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Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Ubud June 1st 2014

If we had been a little bit ­­on a waiting mood during our last days in Melbourne, not having real motivation to get out of the apartment until afternoon and just taking things at a leisurely pace, our trip definitely gained some fresh excitement as soon as we landed on Denpasar airport on Bali in the evening of May 24th. Suddenly being in totally different kind of environment, where hundreds of motorbikes occupy the streets (sometimes carrying entire families), and landscapes are dotted with Hindu temples, was exciting. Not to mention how nice it was to be in tropical heath again. Our first stop on Bali was the town of Ubud. We were met by the driver of our hostel at the airport, and he drove us the 1,5 hour trip there. Ubud was quite busy ... read more
what a cute baby :)
Balinese dance performance
at the rice paddies

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Kuta May 30th 2014

Okay so today, we defined how NOT to do Bali. Read and learn, kids. 1. Do NOT be so ignorant to assume that native Balinese people will be understand your own language, especially when it comes to an important errand such as needing to find a pharmacy for malaria tablets. Ten minutes of 'chemmmmmist', 'pharmaccccccy', 'medicine', and other awful 'Bridget Jones in the Alps' mimics will still not get you there. 2. adding to point 1., Do not believe your trusted doctor at home, who has probably never in fact been to this particular place, when he proclaims you can buy Malarone out here. You can not. #prayforBex&Tills 3. we should've learnt from point 1., but then trying to get a taxi to take us to a cheap travel agent within a couple of miles, results ... read more

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Kuta May 29th 2014

Fortunately, we made it to Bali without a criminal conviction against the ignorant family and children sat behind us on our second flight, but I guess the 'kid-flight' curse is inevitable to every traveller. Despite this, the flights were smooth with no delays or dramas; we were both surprised to have landed in Bali with zero dramas! Before arriving in Bali, we had read that Kuta to the Australians was reminiscent of Magaluf to the British, so we weren't expecting much culturally for our first few days, yet it is nicer than expected- (probably because Australians are nicer than the British!) despite the numerous taxis beeping at us for a ride and the amount of $1 "Rolexs" we've been pested to purchase! Our first night in a hostel was relatively good; cleaner and quieter than expected, ... read more

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Canggu May 14th 2014

There are many, many surf spots in Bali, but after visiting Kuta, Seminyak, Nusa Lembongan (technically another island), Medewi and Balian, the only one I that I really still wanted to see before leaving the island was Canggu, just an hour or so further down the West coast from Balian. Canggu is a cool surf town. It's in my Goldilocks zone of being big enough to have the amenities that I care about (most importantly, fiber optic internet) and a good social scene of western expats, while being small enough to not be too commercial, crowded, or ritzy. Since I've left, I've wondered at times why I didn't just stay there through the end of the surf season (September). Whereas the expats I met who were living in Balian and Medewi were mostly older, either retirees ... read more
It's not Kuta
A bit wild
Westerners be here

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Balian May 10th 2014

After cutting my foot badly on the same day I was headed to Bali's West coast, which is the surf coast for the May-August months, I was rather demoralized that I wouldn't be able to surf immediatly, but was hopeful that I might only be on the bench for only a few days. I chilled in Medewi, and reconnected with my past life – i.e. being an internet addict – by going to a local internet cafe in the town of Pekutatan where most of the customers were giggling teenage girls using their plethora of social and pic apps, or teenage guys doing some gaming. I just tried to fill myself in on what had been happening in the cryptocurrency realm over the last few months while I'd been on the road. Things are moving so ... read more
Nasi-Padang!  Great stuff, but best refrain later in the day
My humble bungalow porch at Balian
This is where I started drinking entirely too much coffee


Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Pemuteran May 1st 2014

Right now I'm taking a time-out, in the preschool sense, where the teacher puts you in isolation for awhile after doing something bad. In my case, it was more something stupid, and I'm not really in isolation, but it feels that way because I'm staying right by the beach at the most beautiful surf break I have seen in my travels, and I can't surf at all. Stupid thing – I've been keeping up with some strength training while on the road. Regular gyms are pretty much out of the question, so that leaves bodyweight exercises. There's a great book on bodyweight exercises called Convict Conditioning, that takes you through 10-step progressions in 6 big exercises to get eventually to crazy things like one-arm handstand pushups (I seriously doubt I will ever be able to do ... read more
Medewi. . .Sigh
Bali cats are very small-boned, and often have short/deformed tails

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Lovina April 29th 2014

After returning to Ubud from my short post-retreat surfing excursion in Nusa Lembongan, I decided that it would be fun to motorbike around the coast of Bali, which features some great surf and dive spots as well as a lot of local villages. I had already been in Bali for a month at this point, and wanted to get to the Philippines before the Southwest monsoon started dropping serious amounts of rain there. So instead of circumdriving the whole island, I was just going to jet North over the mountains for some more peaceful beaches and diving along the Northern coast and then head to the West coast for some surfing at low-key spots. The drive North from Ubud is really beautiful. The mountains are covered in lush jungle and poke their heads through the clouds. ... read more
My ride w/blessing
Bali mountains
My impressionistic take on Bali mountains

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Ubud April 26th 2014

It's taken a while for me to write this entry. Truth be told I'd left Ubud and Bali weeks ago, and returned to my home country of Singapore. I'd been retrospectively updating the blog entries for my Balinese escapade, until this one. And it's taking a while because it's been dawning on me that this could be the last entry of my two-year Southeast Asian/Southern China adventure. Yes, from 14 May 2012 to 22 Apr 2014, from the first nervy flight I took to Surabaya in East Java, Indonesia, absolutely clueless as to what the immediate (and distant) future would present, to the last one I took back to Singapore, it's been quite a trip. I guess it's kinda fitting that very early on in my adventure (Day 5 to be precise), I'd arrived in Bali, ... read more
Ubud Palace
Ibu Oka Babi Guling
Balinese Baller Wedding

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Nusa Lembongan April 25th 2014

Being already at Sanur, it made perfect sense to take the quick 1h boat ride eastwards to the island of Nusa Lembongan, the smallest of a cluster of three that lies just offshore. This was where LP promised lay "the Bali that people imagine, but never really find". Before that though was a matter a boarding the slowboat. Because of an absence of proper piers at Sanur beach, the slowboat berthes slightly offshore in waist-high waters. So getting on is a matter of timing your approach in between the approaching and receding waves. Despite the crew's best intentions of assistance, I failed miserably at this test and boarded with soaking wet shorts. That wouldn't ruin my stay at Lembongan though. It's not nearly as quiet or remote as an old edition of LP might have led ... read more
Lembongan Seaweed Farms
The Unusual Coarse and Elongated Sand of Lembongan Beach
Slowboat to Lembongan

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Sanur April 24th 2014

With the departure of my friends, I moved on from luxurious Seminyak to the eastern board and the original Balinese beach resort area of Sanur. I'd distinctly remembered passing by the area the last time en route to the central region of Ubud, and thought to myself that I should check out the place if I ever had the opportunity. And so here I was, two years later. Sanur can pretty much be described as a very quiet, and older version of Seminyak, with a correspondingly reflective resident composition of long-term retired expatriates. Nicknamed "Snore" because even the waves here are gentler due to the protective reef that lies just off the beach, there are certainly no loud parties or boisterous crowds here. Apart from the obvious retiree population, the rest of the denizes even appear ... read more
Le Mayeur Museum
Sanur Beach
Le Mayeur Museum

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