Welcome to my blog!
I am Kal, the queen of the Kulture Kween. I am really passionate about world culture. Learning how others live and celebrate their lives fascinates me. I am intrigued by the perceptions and traditions of different cultures. My other big life goals include writing a book, becoming the president and opening a new age store.
Kulture Kween Mission
To open the door to other cultures for us.
My mission, then, is to inspire you to step outside your comfort zone to embrace and celebrate our lives and its differences.
Born and raised in a different culture from my origin and then to grew up in yet another culture made me a culture-curious person. I have always been fascinated by traditions and spirituality from all over the world. If you are also a curious person like me, who loves to travel to foreign lands, get lost in the local markets, embrace unfamiliar food and a wee bit woo-woo, you have come to the right corner!
What's Inside Kulture Kween
I write to embrace world culture and discover the meaning behind its' traditions.
You can find my observations of the colorful world culture and traditions, highly recommended Asian food and restaurants, good luck symbols, feng shui tips, and travel musings. I write all of my posts as if I am sharing my stories over a cup of tea with a dear friend — and include day-to-day normalcies such as going to markets and eating new flavored snacks. I hope you enjoy reading it.
Oh, if you are a new reader, you might want to start here.
One more thing, you will find grammar and other language-related mistakes on the blog. I am not going to apologize for that because English is not my first language, it's not even my second language. But I promise to continually learn and improve my writing.
The History Behind Kulture Kween
I am an Indonesia born Indian. I was born in a small village in West Java and grew in the metropolis city, Jakarta.
I started blogging in the early 2000s. Back then, blogging for me was posting a few sentences daily and laminating Myspace page with PETA slogans. I am glad that vegetarian period didn't last long, because of seafood. Then I was a Goth chick, thanks to One Tree Hill. I had a Live Journal account with a weird combination of the word Book and Girl as a username. At that time, I knew no IRL who writes or blogs, and nor did I share with anyone about this hobby of mine. I was a misfit who didn't require a reader. And I was okay with it.
After that, I made some stupid life choices which made it tenfold harder. I stopped blogging. But I still wrote offline – it happened to be one of the few things that brought me joy.
In 2007, I packed my luggage and moved to Singapore to live there for a year. During that time, I fell in love with the multicultural city and decided to stay there for a little longer. I then officially started my Singapore expat journey by scoring a job in the travel industry. While living there, I registered at Vox.com and started writing about my daily life. One day the blogging platform stopped operating. I moved to Blogger, created and abandoned many blogs after a while. It felt like I contributed to at least 1% of the 95% abandoned blogs out there.
Then one day, on the 27th of August 2012 to be exact, I played hooky from work and created a travel blog. The blog was a hybrid of my passion for traveling and writing, as a way to document and re-live travels and happy memories. The blog changed its name a few times in the course of five years, but it has become the solid base of Kulture Kween.
After living in Singapore for seven years, I decided to take a break and return back home to Indonesia.
Jakarta was supposed to be a short break but then I accepted a job offer that turned out to be a full-time gig. I loved my time there, with daily access to my parents' attention, family time and warm home-cooked meals.
But this nomadic soul has started becoming restless for a while.
So in 2016, I packed my luggage again, and this time I moved to Australia. I have been living as an expat in Melbourne for more than a couple years now, and I love every minute of it.
More About The Kween
I am into street photography, have way too many plants in my apartment, carry tarot cards in my work bag and believe I was a reincarnation of fruit-fly in my recent past life and before that, I was a Bastet. I practice JOMO and yoga on regularly. I also love to read, write and get on adventures. I could spend hours in bookstores, absolutely fascinated by fish markets, enjoy eating all kind of food with chopsticks.
My first solo trip was to Bali and then years later to Beijing. I have lived in more than 15 houses. In my early 20s, when I hadn’t become a coffee drinker, I used to brew coffee some mornings just to smell it.
I would move to Japan in a heartbeat. When I win the lottery, I am going to buy a house in a small town in Japan, somewhere between Tokyo and Takayama.
This blog is dedicated to wanderlust souls such as yours. Read on for your world to get broader, your mind, richer and your heart, lighter.
If you are visiting Melbourne or live in Australia, or vice versa if I am visiting your city and you want to hang, do let me know! We can meet for a coffee. The first cuppa is my treat! If you are interested in working together, including doing blogger collaborations, email me kulturekween [at] Gmail [dot] com
And, I want to really thank you! Thank you for stopping by, reading my travel culture posts and connecting with me. Thank you for being the awesome person that you are. I would love to know my readers better, so do say Hi! Comment or drop your email in my inbox. Otherwise, tweet, or like on Facebook, or follow me on Instagram, Pinterest, and Bloglovin.