Blogs

Follow here our journey of running a small boutique on a small tropical island in Indonesia.

An open love letter to my parents

# DAY 56 OF PROJECT CINLOC

My least favorite day of the year is the day that I need to say goodbye to the people that I love the most. After spending 3.5 wonderful weeks with my parents my least favorite day has come. Dear Papa & Mama, Thank you for flying across the world to ...
Building a new boutique hotel on the Gili Islands

# DAY 52 OF PROJECT CINLOC

Hundred and two days passed since the earthquake. It’s pretty scary to know how quickly time flies. I stumbled upon this quote a few weeks ago: Wherever you go, there you are. So simple. So profound. It means that no matter where you wander, no matter what’s on your mind, ...
Follow your passion and be happy

# DAY 50 OF PROJECT CINLOC

The trick to blending work and play, lies not in what you do, but in how you view what you do. See work as play and see play as important - super, very important. Don’t do what you love, do what you are. Yesterday someone asked me: “What is the ...
Father and daughter sharing a burger on the beach

# DAY 48 OF PROJECT CINLOC

Some days your brain just isn’t working the way you want it to. Some days you don’t accomplish anything. Some days you can’t find the perfect words to string together or find any inspiration. Some days there are no ideas, no words, and no motivation. On some days there is ...
Building a new villa on the Gili Islands

# DAY 46 OF PROJECT CINLOC

Can you believe that a few months ago there was a beautiful two storey villa standing here? Now it’s almost completely gone. Were once used to be the living room is now just earth. I can finally see the ground were we will start rebuilding our dream. It feels like ...
Chocolate Cake

# DAY 45 OF PROJECT CINLOC

I absolutely love eating food. Any kind of food. Most of the time when I’m eating I’m already thinking about my next meal. And on most days my last thought before I fall asleep is what I should eat for breakfast tomorrow. But what I love even more than eating ...
Emotional reunion at the airport

# DAY 41 OF PROJECT CINLOC

A week past by since I wrote my last update. The reason for this is plain simple; when the two most beautiful souls on this planet travel to the other side of the world to hug me there is not much time for writing. Last week I travelled to Bali ...
Green rice fields in Ubud

# DAY 34 OF PROJECT CINLOC

It’s a strange feeling to be scared. As a kid I was scared of many things like the monsters under my bed, the cool kids in my class, thunderstorms and clowns. But as you grow older you realize there is no such thing as monsters, the cool kids in your ...
Sunset on a tropical island

# DAY 32 OF PROJECT CINLOC

What do you do when some of your friends don’t feel comfortable sharing their problems with you anymore? Because their problems are nothing compared to your problems. Because what’s happening in their life is in no comparison what’s happening in your life. I realize we live in an age of ...
project CINLOC

# DAY 31 OF PROJECT CINLOC

There is a reason why we call our boys ‘our boys’ and not ‘our staff’ which is actually plain simple; they are ‘our boys’. All six of them live together with us on the premises of Villa Nangka and they feel like our family. We live and work so closely ...