Blogs from Ubud, Bali, Indonesia, Asia - page 13


Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Ubud May 29th 2011

Hey our beloved ones, about one week ago we took off in London to start our five month trip through Southeast Asia. First Stop: INDONESIA. After a more or less stressfull 17 hours flight with one stopover in Abu Dhabi we've landed in Jakarta around 3 pm. About 35 degrees and we were, dressed in Jeans and hoodies, sweating our tits off. We picked a taxi at the airport to bring us to the residence where we stay. It was one stressfull hour in the car and Arie decided everything that happened on this roadtrip was IMPOSSIBLE. Quote Arie: "They can't get away with that!!" Obviously they can. Forget about traffic rules. There aren't any! After we drove through thousands of little streets we got finally to our place. Nice, clean and EXPENSIVE ( unfortunately we ... read more

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Ubud May 5th 2011

I really am not sure where to begin with the last week out here in Bali, Indonesia. I arrived expecting to find an island ruined by tourism. And i’m sure if i’d gone to Kuta or Seminyak that might be what I found, but I have had a spiritual experience (I know, I know!) out here in Bali... Elizabeth Gilbert (Eat, Pray, Love) would be proud!! After queuing amongst endless Aussie’s for a visa at Denpasar airport and fighting my way past endless taxI and moped drivers all yelling at me I headed out to the main road and flagged down a bemo (public minivan) to take me to Ubud – a town in the centre of BalI and known for its beautiful paddy fields and artistic locals. After two bemo rides and a moped (with ... read more
Me and Richard..
me, knife and stick
Ogo Ogo

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Ubud April 28th 2011

(The title of this blog is actually the title of a book and film, most of which was based in Ubud (the love part), and after spending a few days in this amazing town we can vouch for that!) After a crazy but fun few days in Kuta, we wanted to get away and see some of the 'real' Bali, so set off in a taxi to Ubud, which was only an hour away. We were going to get a public bus/minibus to save money, but a private taxi worked out at almost the same so we got that insted. We arrived in Ubud around 5pm and got dropped off near the main street to go and find some accomodation for the next few nights. Ubud is tiny and only has 2/3main streets which surround a ... read more
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Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Ubud April 20th 2011

A few giggles along the way from Australia right into China...some unfortunate awkward sentences, some bad spellings, some wit and some...well, if you figure them out let me know!!!... read more
Even Fish Have Needs!!!
Good On You, Aussies!!!

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Ubud April 16th 2011

So after a failed attempt and partial electrocution at the beginning of our Asian adventure I've finally found a (semi) trustworthy computer to do some updates on! Our first few days landing in Bali we spent just outside of the hectic tourist centre near Kuta Beach, in a slightly more quiet town called Seminyak. Chelsea and Angus found us within a day and we spent most of our time touring the ally ways, walking along the beach and watching sunset in a rooftop patio restaurant. We were pleasantly surprised by the cheap and delicious foods, and soon realized how important eating is to the indonesian culture. Hill, Chels and I all shared a room for a couple nights with our own bathroom (even a flush toilet!), but we were quickly tired of the tourist oriented town ... read more
Practicing my Meditation
Hindu Offerings
Sunset over Kuta Beach


Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Ubud April 14th 2011

I think I talked about going to Bali the most out of any of our destinations pre and during the trip. Much to Matt's annoyance. 9 months into the trip, we arrived at the Denpasar airport. We spent the first day or so sleeping and walking around Tuban before heading up to Ubud, the art/culture/monkey center of the island. Personally, in retrospect, it was alot more tourist centric than culture centric. (as we learned during the rest of out Indonesian experience) Nonetheless, the rice fields were breathtaking, the shopping was abundant and the heat was intense. A good day of rafting and one of tourism in an air-conditioned van helped keep us cool and relaxed.... read more
paths through the rice paddies

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Ubud April 4th 2011

After the kerfuffle with Jetstar in Singapore, Trung and I were glad to finally touch down in Denpessar, Bali after 30 hours of waiting around. Mind you, waiting in a 4.5 star hotel isn't all that bad, but Bali was calling! Because of the 'greatness' of Jetstar, we didn't arrive at the airport until about 2am, which meant that we weren't pulling up to our hotel in Seminyak (near Kuta beach) until 3am. It was pouring rain and the hotel was down a back alley off a back alley. I didn't know what to think about the place at first, but when we finally woke up late the next morning, it was a pretty idyllic spot and I met the most amazing cat hanging out outside our room, however it was too far from the beach ... read more
Hotel Cat! So chill...
Sums up the type of shops in Kuta. Surf board stickers?
I must be in Bali...

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Ubud March 24th 2011

We took a Bemo from Sanur and requested the driver take us to Ubud, around half an hour away. A price of 150,000 was agreed (this is extortionate considering we paid 100,000 each for a luxury overnight bus including dinner from Surabaya to Dempasar) but transport prices are sky high in Bali. We had been told there are so many taxi drivers because from one fare they can earn the equivalent of what they would for a days' work in standard employment. We had considered renting motorbikes to get the most out of Bali as this is what most tourists do. With rental prices starting at £2.50 a day (and cheaper, the longer you rent) it is no surprise they are so popular. However, with neither of us having had any motorbike experience we decided it ... read more
art and terraces
Yuliati Guesthouse

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Ubud March 10th 2011

I met Wayan my last visit in Bali, yes, the same Wayan Elizabeth Gilbert wrote about in "Eat, Pray, Love". She asked me to do her a favor so I'm using this medium to ask for help. When she was able to purchase her home, someone loaned her money for her water system. It was a significant amount of money but she has lost the contact information for this person and wants to pay them back. If you have ever visited her clinic and seen the amount of paper work drifting around, thinking of her losing a piece of paper is not surprising. She thinks they were from Australia but is not sure. If you have any information on a friend who might have helped Wayan out, please let me know. Secondly, she sold a statue ... read more

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Ubud March 4th 2011

Today is my 43rd birthday and I begin it with a large breakfast with my wife before she leaves me to go horse riding somewhere near Keroboken. I take the opportunity to chill out before going back to the furniture store to pick up our Komodo Dragon they have done a great job of restoring him, he is actually looking better than before and the breaks are not obvious. I returned to the hotel around 11am to find Ruth waiting for me we spend the next few hours chilling out before we meet our driver who is taking us down to the South Coast today. Traffic jams abound today as the festival revellers have taken to the streets in large groups all carrying large and colourfully painted bamboo statues. Our first stop of the morning is ... read more
A demon made from bamboo
Give me that dress
Nice hat Marian

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