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Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Seminyak October 22nd 2013

Kuta, Seminyak and Nusa Dua have one major thing in common: they are seen as some of the most popular tourist beaches in Bali, Indonesia. Although they do have a lot to offer in terms of beach activities and general convenience, they neither have the nicest sand nor the clearest water on the famous island. During a recent trip to Bali, I had the opportunity to check out a bunch of beaches ranging from these world famous strips to some secluded gems. One of those gems turned out to be Geger Beach. After renting a moto from my guesthouse in the Kuta region, I made my way south past the Ngurah Rai International Airport en route to the gated resort area of Nusa Dua. Some friends of mine were staying at the tranquil Ayodya Resort, so ... read more

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Padangbai October 16th 2013

You're going to think I am right plain lazy, but if I'm honest Bali so far was all about the snorkelling and diving along the coast. Unfortunately I do not dive and I've done a lot of snorkelling. In honesty, I just wanted to chill and be in a place where I could have a break from alcohol - three consecutive days was more than enough. So Padangbai was another two days of beaches, eating and basically walking around the place. There were two beaches I visited, Blue Lagoon and Bias Tugal. The latter had beautiful white sand but the sea was too rough to swim in with massive waves that just knocked me over. However, the weather was goooood and the second day I burnt whilst sun bathing there. I also tried a new dish ... read more

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Sanur October 13th 2013

Indonesia. I feel so lucky to have made my way this far as I fly into Denpasar airport. I had heard Kuta was very touristy, busy and loud so I opt to head for Sanur. A taxi took me the 15 minute drive to The Big Pineapple Hostel, which I had heard from Hannah was a great place to stay and yes, first impressions were good. Mia the owner was helpful and pointed out on a local area map where things were and the local warung (cheap food that was amazing). It was a beautiful sunny day, so I took a short walk down to the beach (firstly stopping at the Warung and meeting 3 Indonesian guys, the food was great and cheap by the way). At the beach, I fell asleep, waking up with the ... read more

Asia » Indonesia » Bali September 30th 2013

Been a bit slack with the blog over the last few weeks, purely because my weeks have consisted of trying to develop my surfing so thought it best to wait and summarise. 13th September came which meant it was time to say goodbye to Lisa knowing that I probably wouldn't see her for potentially a few years as she is starting her Singapore adventure before I return home. Was actually quite an emotionally prospect as we have reflected a lot on our friendship/group of friends and all the fun/ridiculous/cringe worthy stories and times we have shared in the last ten years. Was so good to spend time together exploring the various places but above all spending the majority of the time laughing, accept when we were hungry or tired. Then we were vicious little pigs who ... read more
Where I eat my breakfast
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Asia » Indonesia » Bali September 27th 2013

Dive Dive Dive (27/9/2013 to 30/9/2013) I decided to do my advanced open water diving certificate, so Bali seemed as a good place as any, as I wanted to also dive to the World War II wreck there. I chose Padang Bay which on paper shouldn't be a great diving place as it is a ferry port. The first dive was the deep dive to 30m, and after doing some maths underwater the rest of the dive was just a fun dive. The maths is to see if I had narcosis which is like being drunk and can be dangerous on deep dives - but I didn't have it at this depth, although doing maths underwater wasn't easy. Spotted a blue spotted sting ray and the tail fin of a Wobbegong shark hidden behind rocks. The ... read more
Sting ray in Padang Bay
Liberty Wreck from World War II
Liberty Wreck from World War II

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Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Kuta September 21st 2013

Arrival in Bali was traumatic! In brief - the flight was delayed, the airport ATM didn't accept VISA, paying for the taxi in dollars cost a fortune, the first town we tried, Legian was beautiful but too expensive, the second, Kuta was like Ibiza for Australians and the cheapest beer we found was over £2 a bottle. After a night in a pretty rough guest house we hired a bike to look around, got pulled by the police, I lost a ring on the side of the road and I burnt my leg badly on the bike exhaust. Thankfully, after this we found a decent hotel in Kuta out of the crazy night life street but still in the mix and things did improve. Bali is just one of 17,000 islands in the Indonesian archipelago and ... read more

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Sanur September 15th 2013

Dear Grace and Mag, So I was persuaded to book a last minute flight to Bali (didn't take much persuading). One minute I was at work and 6 days later in Bali. Was the best holiday, saw a few places on the island and was very romantic :) As you know Mr.F has to go home but he planned to stop in Bali on the way so I went too. The day before I left for my holiday, my housemates moved out and made their way down to Melbourne so it was prefect timing to go away. I will just summarise it because all I can say is that it was so special and one of highlights of my entire trip so far. And it felt extra special because he had never done anything like this ... read more
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Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Kuta September 7th 2013

In the end, maybe it’s wiser to surrender before the miraculous scope of human generosity and to just keep saying thank you, forever and sincerely, for as long as we have voices. – Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love I spend my final afternoon in Kuta Beach, the main tourist drag of Kuta in southern Bali. Heavy clouds drift overhead, casting a gloomy look on the long stretch of beach, though the general vibe of the area remains alive. I stroll along the dirty-white sand, passing a surfing school doing lessons with a few tourists who are learning to conquer the waves for the first time. A group of schoolchildren does some extracurricular activities, running towards me as soon as I signal to them my camera. Vendors sell bottles of Bintang beer, shirts and souvenirs. Somewhere in ... read more
Tourist and Locals
Surfer Boy
Made's Warung

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Ubud September 6th 2013

I wake up to the bus conductor yelling where we are. “Ubud! Ubud!” he wails, as the passengers get off the bus. During the early afternoon drive to this bucolic town in the middle of Bali, all image of paradise I had in my mind of this Indonesian island were quickly replaced by grinding traffic and unremarkable city structures, and before I knew it, I was asleep. After yesterday's trip to Mount Bromo, I backtracked in the afternoon to Surabaya, where I took a short flight to Bali, the last leg of my (ill-advised) whirlwind trip. I had actually scheduled an early morning walking tour that would have taken me across Ubud's rice fields, local villages, and possibly a Balinese dance school. But during my last night in Yogyakarta, a blackout hit the city, which prevented ... read more
Offerings
Fruits and Art
Ubud Hospitality

Asia » Indonesia » Bali August 25th 2013

Our last full day in Bali. It's been great to be here, and the fact that friends and family were here too made it even more fun. One highlight today was the innaugural Anyar Olympics. There were five events (football, targetted ball throwing, swimming, rock retrieval from the bottom of the pool and diving) five competitors ( Ben, Carys, Andy, Keita and Nick) and two judges (Anna-Marie and Sandra). Competition was incredibly intense and ended with Ben taking the gold while Carys and Andy tied for silver. Well done to all three kids! In the early evening Andy, Anna and Keita all headed off for the airport just as the sun was setting over the paddy field behind our house. The lovely evening was a great farewell backdrop for them. We also jumped in a taxi ... read more
Little fish
View from deck
Another view from the deck




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