Knowing more about this website from the answers of the most frequently asked questions
Who created this website?
My name is Lusy Aaltje and I am a Dutch-Indo (of Indonesian and Dutch descent) sunset aficionado.
I come from Manado, the capital city of North Sulawesi province in Indonesia. My daily life involves a lot of things and it usually starts with a cup of coffee. I have a degree in computer science but language has been my field of work for years.
Learning languages itself is high on the list of things I love doing. I can speak Indonesian, English and French although my French is a bit rusty because I don’t use it as often as the other two. I understand Dutch a little and I am currently learning a new language.
English is the language I use on this website.
When did you start this website?
The journey in the beginning of my blogging life started by accident on an old blogging platform in 2007. That place was later closed by the owner. Since then, I moved from one free blogging platform to another before thinking about having my own website.
It wasn’t until April 2010 that I embarked on a do-it-yourself project of building my online home and created this website: Thesunsetgirl.com. In the first five years, I have changed the theme setting of my website three times.
It has been a wonderful journey so far.
Why do you blog?
To learn by sharing is the short answer. The long answer would be, as a way to use my voice and freely express myself by all the blogs I write on this website. The more I share, the more I learn and there are not many things in life I love more than learning.
Why do you like blogging?
Fortunately, by being myself, I have met more nice people than what not online. Some of them are more than just blogging friends. They have become more like online families to me. For that, I’m blessed and grateful. Yes, people first!
What else can you get from blogging?
Blogging has opened many doors for me. I learn more things by doing it and one of them is photography. After learning from my photographer friends online, I decided to get my first DSLR camera in 2011. Then I signed up for some classes at a photography academy when I lived in Jakarta, Indonesia.
I also learn more by joining several international events. One of my favourites is the Scott Kelby’s worldwide photo walks. I have joined some of the photo walks in this event around South East Asia (Malaysia, Singapore and the Philippines). I also led one photo walk in my hometown back in 2013. I met even more photographer friends and learn a lot from them.
What do you write about?
I write about my passions: things that made me who I am now, things I love and enjoy doing, places I am grateful for the chances to visit and most importantly the life lessons I learned from all of them.
At the end of the day, I am a work in progress just like everybody else.
How do you write on your blogs?
I have learned over the years that the best way to communicate with other people without meeting them face to face is by using everyday language. Doing it that way can also be more helpful for people who are still learning the language. So simple English is definitely the way to go here.
I love capturing the motions of time and nature. For me, sunset is the best way to do it. It is a moment of peace (after knowing that you give the day your best shot), gratitude (for witnessing the glory of nature) and hope (for a chance to see the sun again on the next day). Furthermore, as something enjoyed by almost everybody I know, it has become more like a universal language to me.
When did you start taking sunset pictures?
I started taking sunset pictures in 2005. I do so mostly when I’m traveling. My most favourite place to take sunset pictures is my hometown, Manado. I like going on a sunset hunting trip around town whenever I’m there. When I don’t have the time, I can just wait with my camera for the sunset to greet me right at my home balcony. I love it!
Are there any rules here?
This is a personal blog so what I share here are the lessons I learned in my life. Since I don’t sugar coat things and just say them as they are, it is best to not take things too personally when you read them. Put it another way: People are different so disagreement is bound to happen. There is always room to agree to disagree and the key to that room is respect.
Until when will you blog on this website?
I will blog on this website for as long as I possibly can. Then I will pass the torch to someone from the generation after me. Yes, it will be my legacy sooner or later. For the meantime, I am here to learn more about life by sharing its stories.