No real plans as of yet. I'm currently at a point in my life where I feel I must do what feels right. Getting out of Europe sounds about as right as it gets to me. Not thinking of burning any bridges though. Just feeling the urge to explore, to have a home base but to roam around. In short, to semi-wander.
Last trip to the Archipelago [two years ago] has left me thirsty and I hope this time to be able to visit more remote places such as Kalimantan, Maluku, Irian Jaya and maybe even PNG, Bougainville and the Philippines. Seeing this circumference, Manado or Makasser seem like the novice's obvious choice for a home base.
Travel would start after Christmas [father's 60th birthday, can't miss that] and would ideally include either an overland journey through India or [even better] a maritime voyage a la [dirty words coming..] VOC to Jakarta. Don't know whether this Romantic Ideal is at all feasible, but i'zz gunna try
So my plans are quite inchoate for the moment, yet reading up on this forum as well as LP's Thorn Tree helps a lot. Have you checked there? thorntree.lonelyplanet.com