A couple months ago, I received a message on my Facebook Messenger asking me if I wanted to go to Jakarta, Indonesia to attend the Hot Import Nights event there. HIN was a big event series for me when I was younger but as the years went on, the show faded to obscurity and I don’t regularly attend their events anymore. The Indonesia event held the HIN name, but has been operating independently as a separate entity for over a decade now. They had asked me to go before, but I honestly didn’t have the time to go and Indonesia was a place that I had never been to previously, and that made me a little nervous. I usually travel with friends, which makes things a lot easier, but being invited to an event like this meant that I most likely would have to go by myself, especially considering the fact that the event was being held during the same week as our Thanksgiving holiday here at home in the U.S. There was some reluctancy on my part because I honestly just didn’t know a whole lot about the country. I had done some research in the past and looked up the HIN Indonesia events but other than that, I had no idea what to expect. I responded by telling them that I would go if I could bring Tiffanie Marie with me. It would be a good opportunity for us to explore a new place together and if they were willing to take care of our travel expenses, we would make the most of it. They obliged and even agreed to take us around Indonesia and eventually to Bali after the show. That sounded amazing and we were on our way. All I had to do at the show was pick three of my favorite builds from inside the show, and three from outside the show, which operated as a joint, smaller car show called “Jakmodfest”. It all sounded too good to be true so we were on our way…
In Part 1 of the two-part Vlog journey, we take you straight to Jakarta, Indonesia. The flight was incredibly long and with layover times included, travel time was well over 20 hours total. What was cool about it was that we got to stop over at Narita, Tokyo, Japan. We hung out there for a bit, ate some delicious Japanese food and then flew another six hours to Jakarta. After we arrived, we met up with the head of HIN Indonesia, Reza A., and he took us to our hotel and set us up for the week. We got a shared hotel with some of the other guys from the U.S. who regularly work as judges for the HIN show over there and then they took us out to eat. Indonesia is an interesting country, and there was a lot that went on, but we only captured some of the most notable experiences we had while we were there. After being chauffered around Indonesia and seeing some incredible things, we head to the HIN Jakarta event which serves as the final show of their calendar year. Check it out and experience Indonesia through my eyes…
*I am not a videographer and this wasn’t meant to be a visual masterpiece of any sort. I am merely capturing bits and pieces of my life for you guys to see…
Some of the people that are in this video who have Instagram accounts:
Tiffanie Marie (@tiffanie.marie)
Mickee Zenarosa (@mickeefree)
Reza A. (@hinofficial)
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