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Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Kuta August 24th 2011

Thursday 11th August - Thursday 18th August A lovely week in Oz!! Friday 19th August Arrive back into Bali. Enjoyed a lovely nasi campur! Chilled at the hotel before heading out to the beach for a beautiful seafood dinner. Saturday 20th August Meet up with Michelle to get over ourselves. We did. We were offered all sorts on our way to lunch; taxi, motorbike, viagara, batteries (unbeknownst to naive us these batteries were actually drugs - don't think our travel stereo would enjoy speed!) Chilled by the pool and then went out for dinner, of what I can remember it was delicious! Don't remember too much but vividly remember being mesmerised by girls posing as dolls in shop windows...very odd. Jason also whipped out a rather hilarious robot impression. Great night at Sky bar. Sunday 21st ... read more
The elusive Bintang "Singlet"

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Kuta August 21st 2011

I've realised we only have one overseas tripped book for the future...eeeekkkk! I cant survive on that! :) So.... read in the paper that Garuda has a sale on and in 1/2hr with a nod from the hubby we are now off to Bali for a long weekend in January. I would have preferred earlier but we're going to Phuket in Sept then a camping holiday in November and kids birthdays and xmas etc etc over december...so January it is. Now to find a kid friendly hotel with a seperate room for the kids and within walking distance of cheap local restarants.... time to go a-googling :)) ps. since having kids we have been going to bali quite a bit...like 4 times in 2 years...but still havent found a hotel (or area) that we 'love'. So ... read more

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Kuta August 21st 2011

After a drunken flight from Bangkok and a night of no sleep we arrived in Bali to the lovely area of Sanur and promptly crashed. It took about 2 days to recover but luckily we were in the nicest hotel we'd stayed in so far... HBO, comfy beds and a lovely swimming pool occupied us. Once we were fully recovered we moved on to Ubud, with everywhere being so close in Bali the 1 hr taxi ride was a welcome relief from all the 12 hr journeys in Vietnam/Cambodia. Ubud was a lovely quaint town, occupied mostly by monkeys and tourists looking for something a little different. Up in the mountains it was a refreshing change from seasides and cities. We soon realised we were going to love Bali, the national dishes were satay chicken and ... read more

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Kuta August 18th 2011

Sunday 31st July Woken about 8ish by the prayer call from the worlds 3rd largest mosque. Went by train Jokartakota and wondered around Kota-once the hub of Dutch colonial Indonesia, there are even lines of bicycles around the square. At Taman Fatahillah I became surrounded by a group of Muslim girls who asked for several group photographs. So cute! A little bit further around the square I have some more group photographs with different kids and also catch a couple of fellas taking pictures of me. I believe it is my height as I definitely wasn't as pasty as in China. We walked down to the chicken bridge, shouldn't have bothered and walked back to the square again where the children were waiting. Their guide asked if we'd help them with a school homework project. Of ... read more
Do the Dutch have the bonnets as well?
With another bunch
After all the interviews

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Kuta August 15th 2011

CJ and I were picked up at hotel and Sanur and taken to Pro-surf's school at Kuta beach. Both the route and the traffic were highly 'interesting'. Squeezing down tiny streets, and back alleys, etc. The surf school is big and well-appointed and at one level is quite professional, however they always seem to be in a state of near-chaos! I joined a 'begginers 3' class of about 8 people, and after a very informative theory talk my owner Frank, and a few exercises in the pool, we paddled out into excellent clean Kuta surf. This was a really great experience, there was one instructor per 2 students. My instructor told me which waves to go for and for the first few waves paddled behind me and gave me a push. First couple of waves were ... read more
Kite
Ari putri hotel Sanur
Surf lesson

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Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Kuta July 31st 2011

We made it to Bali!!! On our last day in Penang (and Malaysia for the time being...) we visited the Kek Lok Si Temple - the most renowned in Malaysia for it's HUMONGOUS statue of Kuan Yin, and just the sheer size of the Temple itself. It was incredible. Probably the best we've seen so far. Snake Temple on the other hand... not so great. It was on the way to the airport so we popped in, carrying all our things with us. We expected it to be slithering with snakes all over. We were disappointed to see just a couple of pythons and what seemed to be a lot of fake plastic snakes. We even laughed at the signs which read "All snakes are live snakes but visitors are requested not to prod or harm ... read more
Steamboat dismay
TekSen Chinese
Temple, Georgetown

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Kuta July 24th 2011

I've been in Australia for over a year now. That means I haven't seen Beata this long. I headed off to Perth, Australia to finish my degree. She went back to Ireland. I was about to finish my 3rd semester and had a six weeks of vacation ahead of me. We both decided it was a perfect time to finally meet up. Afterall, we haven't seen eachother for 13 months! Since we shared such fond memories of Bali, we decided we going to meet there. It was only a three hour flight for me...for Beata it was a loooot more than than. On top of that the airline managed to misplace her luggage...overall, we were happy to see eagain! The funny thing is we both felt like we hadn't seen each other for not more that ... read more
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Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Kuta July 3rd 2011

Hi Everyone Sorry for the lack of blogging... it's hard to find the time to blog often but I will try to get you upto date now. So, from Singapore we flew to Bali. Had the worst experience on the plane when it just dropped from the sky for a few seconds and everybody gasped and clutched the seats but everything straightened out again pretty quickly. We had met a couple, Sarah and Derek, in the taxi to the airport who were on the same flight and so shared a taxi with them from the airport to Kuta. Kuta is the main town on Bali. It was a great beach, good surf and awesome nightlife. So it's pretty much where everyone starts out in Bali. We've heard it being called 'a Kuta vortex' since we left ... read more
Kuta Beach
Sky Lounge
Sky Lounge

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Kuta July 2nd 2011

We spent the morning sitting by the pool and reading. We also all signed up for our free massage. We get a free massage from our hotel for booking in longer then 3 nights. So, Laura went first and came back after an hour saying that it was nice but a little bit painful. Then Ashleigh went and came back and said that it was fine. So my turn. Keep in mind this is only my second massage in my lifetime and my first massage was a 3 hour long Thai massage that was...well a bit of an experience. So, I hop up on the table and it starts off really nice. Getting the legs massaged and then she moves up to my back. OUCH! She climbed on top of the table as well and really ... read more
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Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Kuta June 29th 2011

After breakfast the three of us headed down to Kuta beach also known as Double 6. The waves are really big here and there is only a small spot on the beach to swim at. There are heaps of people just waiting to sell you something, give you a massage, sell you a beach chair. It's not as relaxing as a beach should be! So we walked down the beach from Legian to Kuta and then found a really nice hotel across from the beach. We lounged by the pool soaking up the sun and having a few drinks. I tried my first Bintang beer. The local beer here in Bali. It's actually really good and very cheap here. We hopped in the pool to cool off for a bit. After thst we walked into Kuta ... read more
nice stretch of sand
Enjoying my first Bintang
streets of Kuta




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