Blogs from Kuta, Bali, Indonesia, Asia - page 8


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
Ari putri hotel Sanur
Surf lesson

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

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
frangipani flower


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

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Kuta May 19th 2011

Kuta is where our travels through Indonesia both started and ended. On our first trip, we were anxious to get out of the tourist hub to see the real Bali and experience our last international destination on this trip as much as possible. The constant surrounds of Australians and tourists seeking another place to party were harsh to swallow. The beach was also quite dirty at the time as the local government was just then responding the bad press of the Time magazine article "Holidays in Hell." It undertook a massive clean up while we were there. However, after having experienced Bali and other parts of Indonesia beyond Kuta, you realize that "the real Bali" is all around you if you can see beyond the McDonalds and the Quiksilver shop. The women selling dresses to the ... read more
Mie Goreng
Seminyak - Ku De Ta
Kuta Beach Clean Up

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Kuta May 15th 2011

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Kuta May 13th 2011

Hello again, finally! Apologies for such a long delay between blogs - blame it on some whirlwind traveling if you like. I am in fact, as the title suggests, writing this during my final few hours in Indonesia, back where it all started - on Bali. Some parting thoughts on this truly amazing country to follow...firstly, however, I guess I should update you on my most recent movements. When I last blogged, I was in the tiny port town of Sape, East Sumbawa, waiting to catch the 9 hour ferry to Labuanbajo, Flores. This I duly did, though not in any great comfort. Before even reaching Flores I had decided that my original plan of driving halfway across the island was simply too ambitious, given the amount of motorcycling I would have to do to get ... read more

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Kuta May 10th 2011

Current Mood: Ooohh its Warm. Okey Dokey... the fun has now begun. Will my bum cheeks take another hiding from the bike seat as i cruise through the Mountains of Bali? Will the Bintang get the better of me? Will the good old Nasi Goerang Ayam be the cure? read on and find out. So Casey and i are out. We have finally escaped the Shaking city of Christchurch, unfortunately leaving some great friends behind. I would like to say a big thank you and great buzz to Ciaran, and the very super Kate (Panda Girl) we wish you guys the best and its a shame you couldnt come with us. For all of those Lads at Allied i met especially Ramon aka Prince and the almighty Gerry thanks for all of the help and the ... read more
My lisence. Bali style
hahaha crazy ladies cant enter. Sebel sebel

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