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Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Ubud January 2nd 2011

Hello all and happy new year! Seems strange to think it's 2011, time flies. And speaking of time flying, I leave Bali tomorrow morning for my last stop, the Philipines. I will try and cram in as much as I can for the nine days I'm there but I am thinking I will have to come back to do it right. But I'm getting ahead of myself, I should fill you in on Bali. What a beautiful island, green and lush beyond imagination. I didn't get around to doing a whole lot, I thought I was due for a break from seeing everything. I spent five days in Ubud and what an interesting piece of paradise. If you can have patience for the taxi drivers desperate for a fare ('taxi, where you go, taxi'), they're just ... read more
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Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Ubud December 24th 2010

Christmas Tree! O Christmas Tree! Thy flowers are so unchanging; O Christmas Tree! O Christmas Tree! Thy palms are so unchanging; Not only green when summer's here, But also when 'we are in Bali sun'. O Christmas Tree! O Christmas Tree! Thy palm and flowers are so unchanging! We spent Christmas Eve day weaving our Christmas tree and decorating it in true Balinese style. The amazing family at our home stay taught us how to make offerings, which we used to decorate our tree. They also collected flowers from their property for our tree. It is not home, but we couldn't image a better Christmas experience away from home. To all of our family and friends, we miss you and love you very much. We have spent the past few day sharing Christmas stories and traditions, ... read more
Buying decorative flowers at the local market
Taking a break from all the hard Christmas shopping
Sorting palms for weaving

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Ubud December 17th 2010

My son in Toby is now branching out into making chocolate, right from the bean to the bar and I had the dubious please of helping with the first batch. I say dubious as I thought that if all went wrong, then I would have to share the blame! This venture is taking place at an area near Ubud called Antap and it’s stunning. It is where Toby’s wife Inda has the elephant trekking and white water rafting camp. If you come to Bali you must come here. “A True Balinese Experience” is the company and as well as going on a great trek on elephants you may be able to taste Toby’s chocolate. First I was shown a few batched of cocoa beans being dried in the sun. They have already gone through the fermentation ... read more
Toby inspecting the beans.
Toby and Tasha weighing the beans for roasting.
Beautifully dried beans ready for roasting.

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Ubud December 17th 2010

An Ode to My little red shoes I set off on my journey, With my suitcase full of gear, I don’t know where I’m going, But I sure am leaving here. And I’m walking in my red shoes, I know they won’t let me down. My red shoes keep me moving, I go from town to town. I’m walking around India, The people tend to stare, They don’t mind my red shoes, But they sure look at my hair. And I’m walking in my red shoes, Through the dirt and dust and grime, My red shoes keep me moving, Come hail, rain or shine. When walking through the monsoon, My red shoes can be seen, Don’t worry ‘bout the water, ‘Cause they’re made of Neoprene. And I’m walking in my red shoes, They hold my feet ... read more
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Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Ubud December 12th 2010

Bali-Java 2010 Exchange “Snatching Adventure from the Jaws of Disaster” We missed the tsunami by a couple of days, but we were in Yogyakarta for the earthquake and the eruption of Mt. Merapi. In the 1880s they had a very large eruption of Mt. Merapi, the Indonesians took it as a sign that it was time for the Dutch to leave. The Dutch agreed, and left rather quickly. Our hearty band of Friendship Force Ambassadors saw the Mt. Merapi eruption as another opportunity for adventure traveling. Between Oct. 26 and November 1, a mixed crew of American Ambassadors gathered in Ubud, Bali, to start our adventure. The travel agent informed our ED that she forgot to make hotel reservations on Oct. 20th. Fortunately, our Bali Guide, Made, flew into action and found us the perfect accommodations ... read more

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Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Ubud November 29th 2010

I arrived back in Bali and Inda was there to meet me at the Ngurah Rai airport, Toby being on business in Papua. It was great to see Jayden and Tasha again, it felt like I had never left. In the mornings I here, “Oma, Oma!” outside my door, which means get up and open the door and let us in. O.K. Cool with me. Their English is getting better and better, thank heavens as my Balinese isn’t, they even translate for me. Tasha has been doing this for a while but now Jayden is too! It was Inda’s ottonan a few days after I arrived, ottonan being the Balinese birthday as opposed to the western calendar one. It was on a full moon day which was very auspicious so it was off to the Padanda ... read more
Inda by a statue of her grandfather, Ngurah Rai.
The padanda (priest) and Inda.
Toby and Jayden at Inda's Ottonan (Balinese birthday)ceremony.

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Ubud November 29th 2010

“To call woman the weaker sex is a libel; it is man’s injustice to woman. If by strength is meant pure brute strength, the, indeed, is woman less brute than man. If by strength is meant moral power, then woman is immeasurably man’s superior. Has she not greater intuition, is she not more self-sacrificing, has she not great powers of endurance, has she not greater courage? Without her man could not be. If non-violence is the law of our being, the future is with woman…..Who can make a more effective appeal to the heart then woman?” Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi – Mahatma. ... read more

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Ubud November 26th 2010

Well, it's Friday afternoon here in Bali, and I've finally found a moment to sit at the computer and update this blog. We are having an amazing time and feel so fortunate to be on this trip with a wonderful group of women. It is hotter than Hades here .. Mona is handling it quite well, but I feel like I'm in a constant hot flash. I can't complain though as I hear it's been a wee bit chilly in Calgary since we left. Since Mona updated this last ... Let me tell you a little about our resort, the Kumara Sakti in Ubud. It's a very private, gated resort with only 12 suites so our group is occupying the entire resort. It is built down a hillside so lots of stairs. Mona's and my room ... read more

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Ubud November 22nd 2010

Day 17 – Nov. 15 Made and his crew were there to pick us up and return us to the Ubud (SRI Bungalows) hotel. Paul left at 1:30 AM (Nov 16) in the morning for a 32 hour flight through Korea and on to Washington. ... read more

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Ubud November 22nd 2010

Day 18 – Nov. 16 Linda and Patt were going to Hong Kong the following morning but had some flight changes. After a last round of shopping (for the women), some of us had a final dinner at the Dirty Duck restaurant. Most of the crew (Mary Anne, Carol & Patricia, Victor & Louise, Don & Betty, Barbara & Beverly) left on the 1:30 AM (Nov. 17) flight to Seoul, S. Korea. Kay left in the afternoon of Nov. 17. ... read more




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