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Asia » Indonesia » Sumatra » Lake Toba May 10th 2014

Saturday, 10th May 2014 We were missing out on 1 passenger as our Valuair Flight, VF281 made her final descend at the modern Kuala Namu International Airport in Medan. WX had unfortunately missed her flight this morning and it was decided that she would be travelling together with CC & HQ on the following day. So it was left with the 3 of us on day 1 of our programme as we started our long journey from Singapore to Lake Loba. After what must have been more than 40 minutes delay at the Medan customs, we hopped onto the car which would bring us to our destination in about 5 hours. An hour on the road later, our driver dropped us at Restoran Bahagia for our delicious Nasi Padang lunch. The various dishes were neatly laid ... read more
Lunch at Restoran Bahagia
The Kwan Im Temple at Siantar
Our lovely homestay, the Horas Indah

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 May 8th 2014

Mount Bromo is one of Indonesia's biggest tourist attractions and one of the most awkward places on earth to get to! After leaving Yogya we took another train this time to Surubaya, we had seats in business class this time though (less padding on seats and less a/c than executive class). After a one night stop, there is nothing to do there, we were on another train to Probolingo. This was the earliest train as you had to get to Probolingo early to then make your way to the bus station and then get a minibus to Bromo. This was the only way to get there without being on an expensive tour. So we made the train in time, that was fine, then we got a motorised cyclo each to the bus station, now we said ... read more
Bromo
Inside the volcano!

Asia » Indonesia » Riau Archipelago » Batam May 5th 2014

Day 1 For our school trip, we went to Telunas Beach Resort on Sugi Island in Indonesia this year. The first day, we took a 30-minute boat ride to a nearby village. Most of the village houses were on stilts over the water. The area wasn’t too mountainous so I assume that the houses were built this way to minimize the amount of bugs. We walked for 5 minutes inland to the school for our community volunteer project. When we reached the school, we helped the Indonesian middle school students build a wall around their school. First, we dug a trench and then we mixed cement and poured it into the trench. After, we laid bricks to build the actual wall. The Indonesian students helped us, although they mostly seemed more interested in taking our photos ... read more
The Beach
Telunas Beach Resort
Hiking in the River

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

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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 » 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 » 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 » 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 » 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




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