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Asia » Indonesia May 2nd 2014

After a short one night stay again in KL it was time to leave Malaysia and head to a new country. This time we took a flight to Jakarta, Indonesia where we would stay for two nights before making our way over land and water to end up in Bali. The first thing to say about Jakarta apart from the size of the city is the poverty, it was pretty much everywhere. In our taxi from the airport to hostel we were stuck in a bit of traffic and suddenly all the taxis were surrounded by kids begging which was quite a distressing sight. We didn't want to stay in Jakarta long because there is very little to do there and the best of Indonesia is away from the capital, so the first afternoon, evening and ... read more

Asia » Indonesia » Sumatra » Banda Aceh May 1st 2014

Hey everyone! I've decided to switch blog sites for one thats a little easier to use and has mobile ability so I can blog from my phone while traveling. Thanks for the views :) Check out my new site here!! I'll be updating it from my Sumatra trip this week!!! http://shoestringprincess.blogspot.com/... read more

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
Necessary
Bali cats are very small-boned, and often have short/deformed tails

Asia » Indonesia » Java » Mount Bromo April 29th 2014

Much like the uneven craters of Mount Bromo, our 3 day tour of the volcanic east exposed an eruptive display of emotional ups and downs and my what a physical toll. We were picked up from Yogyakarta before 8am and loaded into an 'executive class' van, obviously air conditioned...This crammed van was quickly filled with cases and 9 other fresh faced travellers (including the most techno, modern Monk I have ever met) and low and behold the A/C was a mere fan in the front seats permanently pointed downwards. The first 6 hours were perhaps the ultimate worst, sweat filling the van like a waterfall. I found myself motivating everyone with the phrase, 'the worst is over'. Boy was I wrong! The next 6 hours were more bearable, after the quick cello-tape DIY fix on the ... read more
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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

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Asia » Indonesia » Kalimantan April 27th 2014

Leading up to Easter, there was an Easter Egg Hunt at one of our dinner club nights. One of our friends had gotten a lot of American candy sent to her from her family with a bunch of plastic eggs. She had stuffed each egg with goodies, labeled our names on them and hid them around her apartment for all of us – it was such a great surprise and it was a mad dash to see if you could be the first to find yours! Over Easter, we had a six day holiday. Three others and I headed off to Borneo, the largest island in Asia and the world’s third largest island for a cruise. Borneo is comprised of three different countries: Indonesia, Malaysia and Brunei. The Indonesian part of the island is called Kalimantan. ... read more

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

Asia » Indonesia » Kalimantan » Samarinda April 23rd 2014

It was a spur of the moment kind of trip. I had my ticket to Chongqing and China visa ready the day before departure, but the Yangtze River Cruise schedule didn't fit with my flight itinerary. I had to postpone my Yangtze River cruise trip to some other time as I didn't want to take annual leave more than I needed. The next thing I did was to go to Singapore Airlines website and went thru alphabetically all the flights that didn't require Visa (Indonesian needs visa to travel to many places in this world unfortunately). Then, I remembered my wish list of a Mahakam River Cruise, and the flight to Balikpapan from Singapore was also available. Once flight was booked, I was frantically looking for a tour agent that could arrange a cruise in such ... read more
Jantur Village
Fishermen and their catch
Proboscis Monkey




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