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Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Seminyak April 23rd 2014

After the wedding, my friends and I moved from the traffic madness of Kuta to the only-slightly quieter, and perhaps posher area of Seminyak. Both areas still share the same long, wide beach on the western coast, but while Kuta is known perhaps for its lively nightclubs, bikini babes and dread-locked Beach Cowboys, Seminyak is the flashpacker or slightly more family-oriented area for those with more dollars (and rupiah) to spend. And while I'd checked out Seminyak my previous visit, I certainly hadn't engaged in the white water rafting that my friends and I did this time round. 2h+ of pretend paddling down a surprisingly fast-flowing river, and a couple of capsizes later, we somehow still managed to emerge more or less unscathed! Stayed at Ananda Resort.... read more
Rice Terraces of Central Bali
White Water Rafting
Seminyak 7-11 Resident

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Kuta April 22nd 2014

And so it almost comes a full circle. Some 23 months ago, on the fifth day of my Southeast Asian adventure, I crossed the straits from Eastern Java to Bali and arrived in Kuta. 23 months later, and nearing the end of my two year sojourn, I'm back again on the island paradise. Finishing off from the Visayas in Central Philippines, I took the flight back home for a quick week's break in Singapore, before heading back to beautiful Bali. This time though I came with a more defined agenda -- a good friend was getting married. While both bride and groom are from Singapore, they'd decided to hold the wedding reception in Bali. And who could blame them? If there were a more idyllic location within a few hours flight from Singapore, well I don't ... read more
The Long March
Seafood BBQ @ Jimbaran
Amana Resort, Uluwatu

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Tabanan April 17th 2014

I had mentioned in some previous posts that I was getting somewhat burnt out of travel. Not that I particularly wanted to return “home” (which I don't really have right now), but that the constant moving from place to place, seeing more sights, doing more surfing, diving, and other stimulating activities, was getting a bit tiresome. So I took Bali up on its reputation for being a spiritual place and looked around for some options. There are a few ashrams here. As far as I understand it, an ashram is a vague term describing people living together in a community whose purpose is to facilitate spiritual progression, often with the aid of a resident guru, whom people respect as wise and spiritually awakened. However, ever since my 10-day Goenka vipassana retreat in Hawaii, I've been itching ... read more
Kimono helps get into the right vibe
The first of several victims
Sample of the constant flow of delicious dishes

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Ubud April 11th 2014

It's all started by my friend, Tissa, who suggested that I joined Yoga Bali Spirit Festival which happened yearly and this year, it was held on March 19-23, 2014 in Ubud, Bali. I am not a true blue Yogi but the thought of attending a yearly global event of Yoga in Bali was exciting, so I booked my flight and bought the five day pass to the festival. A few days before I left, my friend told me she was not able to come, and the rest of my friends were not able to join me either. Determined, I went ahead with my plan and left for Bali on March 19. Upon arrival at noon, I was greeted at the airport by my car rental agent from whom I regularly rented a car, and got my ... read more
Balinese family
Happy kids
Making Ogoh Ogoh

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Padangbai April 11th 2014

Feeling rejuvenated from my earlier Yoga trip at Ubud, I headed towards Padang Bai, a small port town in the North of Bali on Friday, March 21, 2014. I had taken it for granted that road in Bali was relatively easy to navigate, and it should not take that long to drive from Ubud to Padang Bai (if you know the way). The last time I went to Padang Bai was more than 20 years ago, and I had no idea there was a new road linking Sanur to Padang Bai which took only an hour! Relying my poor navigation skill and guts, I finally reached Padang Bai from Ubud in three hours (to a non-local who didn't know the way and didn't have map or GPS, this was an achievement), which was supposed to take ... read more
Old Pier
View of Padang Bai
Prayers for the safety of Bob Marley


Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Ubud April 6th 2014

It's been awhile since I wrote a post, and by this point, I've been in and out of Ubud 3 times, so I'll break with chronology and just talk about my time there. Ubud is Bali's cultural nexus, with lots of arts, crafts, and a great cafe scene. Ubud captures many travelers and retains them for longer than they had anticipated, by offering chill vibes, and an alluring mix of weirdness and comfort. I came to Ubud (for the first time) after leaving the beach in Seminyak. What really stands out about the place is how well the traditional Balinese culture fuses with the Western culture brought by the emigrants who have settled here. And some of them have been here awhile – I met a middle-aged British lady who had been here for 17 years, ... read more
My water
The gang
Typical offerings

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Kuta March 31st 2014

With sadness, I left the charming and chill Koh Tao on March 23rd, with my SSI Open Water diving certification complete, and took a ferry to the port of Chumphon, and from there an overnight train to Bangkok. My sickness came back with a bit of a vengeance, and I didn't sleep well on the train bunk here due to both my cough and the rough ride, so I’m pretty much running on fumes arriving in Kuta, Bali, Indonesia. I just chugged a few coffees and cruised the town and beach on my first day, and that's probably all I've got in me. In resort areas in developing countries, it's pretty hilarious to see prices 5x what they are 2 blocks away. Here on the beach strip, prices are like $5-$10 for mains, yet a local ... read more
Galaxy's shroom shake
Seminyak Beach

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Kuta March 29th 2014

7th March, arrived late on the 6th but checked into my hotel sometime after midnight, I slept on the plane so wasn’t tired. Met two Americans in my dorm who had just got back from the Casino and were topping there alcohol up before heading out again as it was one of their birthdays, this was around 1 am, they were really nice and did invite me but I had only just arrived, so declined. They got in at 5 and discussed that one of them had punched the other in the face, lol. Hotel is next to a bar called ‘Jess Pub’ amazing! Woke around 9.30am as someone was getting up, good job or I may have slept all day! Headed out about 11am after breakfast to the MRT (tube) station near me in search ... read more

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Padangbai March 29th 2014

28 mars (A Senggigi, Lombok) Mon cadran sonne alors qu'il est 8h00AM. Je pose le pied hors de mon lit et, sursaut, une enorme coquerelle se met a traverser ma chambre diagonalement comme surprise par mon reveil alarme. Une belle bete hypocrite et bien nourrit. Damn. Me voila donc a decouper une bouteille d'eau de plastique en deux, et a me servir du dessous pour attraper l'horrible salete. En bobette. Ouaip. C'est d'un chic! Je reussit rapidement a l'enfermer sous le gobelet transparent. Et voila! Elle n'avait qu'a etre plus discrete. Je vais sous la douche et, alors que je m'eponge au sortir de la salle de bain, je m'apercois que le gobelet renverse est maintenant vide. Aucune trace de la coquerelle. Disparue. Volatilisee. Comme dans un film d'horreur de serie B. Saletee. C'es... read more
Aeroport Denpasar
Sculpture pour Nyepi Day
Mur a Kuta

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Kuta March 23rd 2014

Our final week in Bali was fun and busy as we tried to fit everything in one last time (especially the massages)! To us, Bali seems to be all about special cultural celebrations. Just about every time we are out and about we come upon a gathering of some kind often related to the Hindu religion or a moon phase. There are hundreds of temples and shrines around. Every home seems to have one in their yard. As well, each village has a temple and there are the larger district temples of which families and clans have their own smaller temple inside. You see people coming and going to the temples with offerings and incense all day long in every part of Bali whether it's a large temple or a small offering on the beach. We ... read more
The Indian Ocean from Kuta Beach
New Bali Dress
Beach Vendor Friends

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