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Oliq’s Third Country


Oliq (now 11 mo) went overseas for the first time when he was 6 month old. It was Malaysia en route to Australia.

A short visit in Malaysia as we stayed only a few hours at the airport. And because we passed the immigration (with the stamps) — it was officially Oliq’s first international exposure.

Australia was the big one. 12 day trip, Melbourne and Sydney. 6-mo Oliq experienced the 40 centigrade heat and a low chilly superwindy St Kilda at maybe 12 degree Celcius.

The third country is Saudi Arabia for umra. 9 hour flight is a longhaul. I myself don’t hate flying but taking a baby for such a long airtime is frankly exhausting. Turned out everything was alright.

Jeddah, continued with 5hours busride to Madinah. Oliq is finally at Masjed Nabawi!!! Yeeaaaaa lucky baby!

In Madinah, we visited Masjid Quba, Kebun Kurma, Quran Complex while passing some other significant mosques.

In the holy city of Makkah al Mukarrama, Oliq got his chance to see Ka’bah, circled it 7 times (for 3 times) carried by papa and mama. Did his Sa’I until midnite and continued with Tahalul. Oliq is now gundul!

An extremely exhausting process at King Abdulaziz Airport followed by 9 straight hour flight. Oliq is finally home again.

He is looking forward to the next country to step on.

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Welcoming the third backpacker in the family


9 months has passed and new sunshine has come to our life. Gembolan has turned into Oliq: the latest backpacker in our small family.

During the pregnancy period, with bulging belly, relentlessly we prepared our baby to become a travel addict. Traveler from the womb. To be fair, it also satisfied our hunger of traveling.

Cibodas, Aceh, Batu Karas and Green Canyon, Ciater, Delhi and Agra, Phuket, Kuala Lumpur, Ciwidey, Merapi, Siung and Wediombo in Gunungkidul are among those visited.

Today Oliq is 22 days old and is ready to conquer the world. After all, he is named after Thariq bin Ziyad, the conquerer of Spain.

So, welcome my son. The world is big but you will have your whole life ahead of you. Welcoming the third backpacker in the family: Thariq Naveed Risanto (Oliq).