About Mee

Mee at Cinque Terre, Italy

Welcome! My name is Dioni, but I refer to myself on this site as Mee – my online nickname. Why Mee? I always thought my name is rather tricky to remember and pronounce, so I picked something very simple. It is also the short form of a character name I have created in the past called Meecharixia, or Meexia for short (meexia.com is also mine). People asked if it has something to do with noodle – as mee also means noodle in many parts of the world, and I thought it could very well be, as I love noodle!

I love to travel, to explore, and to learn. I’m a curious creature by nature. Traveling, reading, and telling stories are my ways to understand how the world works, why things are the way they are. I am a migrant, as are my parents, and my grandparents. In the whirlwind of adapting to different culture and society over generations, we end up feeling at lost for a strong identity. Tracing back my roots decades back, even centuries back, and millenniums back, allows me to make sense of who I am and why I am here.

Lost in Seoul?
Lost in Seoul?

Once upon a time, I was a child growing up in Jakarta, Indonesia, who did not think she would ever be able to leave the country and see the world. Today I have lived in seven cities in six countries in four continents around the world: Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, Melbourne, Vancouver, Singapore, Sydney, and London, and have traveled lots more. I believe in meaningful independent traveling and I do it with passion. In a way I feel that I owe it to that little girl who did not think she had the world in her future, I owe it to her to make the best use of my means, to make her dreams come true, and to be the happiest I could be, because the universe has been very kind, and more often that not I wake up every day feeling like the luckiest girl in the world.

Lost in Greece.. or was it Turkey?

In real life I do a technical role for visual effects studio in London. I’ve worked on films like Gravity, Legend of the Guardians, Iron Man 3, Robocop, and more. I am a movie fanatic and can talk about movies all day along, also love books, comics, and games (I even worked as game programmer for a few years). In essence I love stories most of all, no matter in what form.

Wandering Mee is my creative sandbox, a little corner of the internet where I could have my own cozy tea room with cute mismatched tea sets, and serve you with little morsels of stories and photographs I gathered from around the world. Hope you have that tea and cake too while reading.

Mee in Bruges, Belgium

6 replies on “About Mee”

Hi Mee,
I’ve been perusing your site whilst searching for suitable travel writing extracts to use with my Year 11 GCSE English classes. I note that you describe your site as being ‘a little corner of the internet where I could have my own cozy tea room with cute mismatched tea sets.’ I really appreciate this metaphor and your collection of stories from your travels come across in this utterly fascinating, eclectic way. Happy travels and do continue blogging!

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Hi Lisa, your comment just made my day, thank you! If you do get to use any material from my site I would love to hear back from you. I myself am currently teaching online English course for foreign (Indonesian) students, so I’d be very interested in learning your selections 🙂

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Hi Mee, would like to have some advice from you about travelling around in Italy. We will be there in Sept. and start from Naples to north for 12 days altogether. should we purchase a national train pass or buy tickets as we go?

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You should check the train schedules in advance online to save lots of time at the station. High speed trains usually have reserved seats, and you’d want to buy the tickets in advance. But the normal “slow” trains have no reserved seats and you can buy this anytime because the price doesn’t change. I used a lot of the normal trains in the past and bought tickets on the spot, the only high speed train that I used as I remember was the one from Rome to Florence. You should do your research in advance to decide which trains you want to use, and consider the time vs. cost.

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Hi mee. I used to use a meeh name also;)
Thanks for your great postings…very helpful.
We are planning to go to Barcelona & I want to explore the route to Lourdes. Did you go to the shrine? If yes – how far from the train station is the Lourdes shrine & how did you get there from the station? About how much did you spend on fares? Did you stay overnight? Where & how much…hope you don’t mind…I know prices have gone up…but just a ballpark idea.
Thank you sooo much for sharing!

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hi Roweena, yes I did go to the shrine/grotto in Lourdes. Lourdes doesn’t have much else apart from the grotto, it’s the whole point of us taking a journey to Lourdes. There’s local bus going from the train station to the grotto, ticket was about 1-2 Euro I think. I have a personal rule to never spend 30-40 Euro per person for hostel, so I believe that’s how much I spent in Lourdes too, if not less. Check out this post for more details: http://www.wanderingmee.com/2013/12/skinny-dipping-in-the-holy-water-of-lourdes/

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