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Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Ubud June 28th 2011

Tuesday, 28th June 2011 We were back at Ubud Dream by 11am this morning in time for our late breakfast. This was a nice serving of Nasi Campur, courtesy from the guesthouse owner, Mr Gomeng. It consisted of pieces of chicken, an egg and some vegetables. After breakfast, it was time for me to hit the bed for a much deserved rest. The heavy rains that plagued all morning made it a perfect excuse to confine myself in the comforts of my room. Not that I was complaining. In fact, I was so glad that I had more time to catch up on my sleep in such a peaceful environment. After the rains, it was business as usual for me for a late lunch at Three Monkeys Cafe. As usual, I chose a seat overlooking the ... read more

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Ubud June 26th 2011

Sunday, 26th June 2011 I woke up to the sound of roosters as I greeted a brand new year in Ubud. 26th June 2011 - the day when I was born some 32 years ago. What a way to commemorate this day by waking up to a rustic kampong setting. For the first 3 months of my life, I was staying in a village before moving on to an apartment in late 1979. While I had no recollection of my time in the village, it was memorable to be back to the same environs some 32 years later. Breakfast was served at the veranda overlooking the lovely gardens. I had 2 egg sandwiches, a plate of fruits and a nice brew of Balinese coffee. Not exactly filling, but enough to last me for the morning walks. ... read more
My Neighbourhood
The Rice-Field Views
A farmer toils the land

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Ubud June 25th 2011

Saturday, 25th June 2011 Alas, I finally made my way to the island of Bali, about 2 hours and 20 minutes from Singapore by plane. Our previous attempt in July 2009 was called off amid security concerns following the 2 bombs that went off in the capital city of Jakarta. The AirAsia airbus took off to a turbulent start this morning even though the skies appeared ok. It took quite a bit of effort for the gigantic machine to stabilize in the air. By then, I was scared stiff, totally glued to my window seat, located at row 31 of the aircraft. I was pleasantly surprised to be served a complimentary pack of peanuts on board the budget flight even though free drinks were out of question. Seated next to the window was a real feast ... read more
Way to homestay
In search of the best Gado Gado
Washed down with a healthy brew

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Ubud May 29th 2011

Hey our beloved ones, about one week ago we took off in London to start our five month trip through Southeast Asia. First Stop: INDONESIA. After a more or less stressfull 17 hours flight with one stopover in Abu Dhabi we've landed in Jakarta around 3 pm. About 35 degrees and we were, dressed in Jeans and hoodies, sweating our tits off. We picked a taxi at the airport to bring us to the residence where we stay. It was one stressfull hour in the car and Arie decided everything that happened on this roadtrip was IMPOSSIBLE. Quote Arie: "They can't get away with that!!" Obviously they can. Forget about traffic rules. There aren't any! After we drove through thousands of little streets we got finally to our place. Nice, clean and EXPENSIVE ( unfortunately we ... read more

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Ubud May 5th 2011

I really am not sure where to begin with the last week out here in Bali, Indonesia. I arrived expecting to find an island ruined by tourism. And i’m sure if i’d gone to Kuta or Seminyak that might be what I found, but I have had a spiritual experience (I know, I know!) out here in Bali... Elizabeth Gilbert (Eat, Pray, Love) would be proud!! After queuing amongst endless Aussie’s for a visa at Denpasar airport and fighting my way past endless taxI and moped drivers all yelling at me I headed out to the main road and flagged down a bemo (public minivan) to take me to Ubud – a town in the centre of BalI and known for its beautiful paddy fields and artistic locals. After two bemo rides and a moped (with ... read more
Me and Richard..
me, knife and stick
Ogo Ogo

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Ubud April 28th 2011

(The title of this blog is actually the title of a book and film, most of which was based in Ubud (the love part), and after spending a few days in this amazing town we can vouch for that!) After a crazy but fun few days in Kuta, we wanted to get away and see some of the 'real' Bali, so set off in a taxi to Ubud, which was only an hour away. We were going to get a public bus/minibus to save money, but a private taxi worked out at almost the same so we got that insted. We arrived in Ubud around 5pm and got dropped off near the main street to go and find some accomodation for the next few nights. Ubud is tiny and only has 2/3main streets which surround a ... read more
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Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Ubud April 20th 2011

A few giggles along the way from Australia right into China...some unfortunate awkward sentences, some bad spellings, some wit and some...well, if you figure them out let me know!!!... read more
Even Fish Have Needs!!!
Good On You, Aussies!!!

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Ubud April 16th 2011

So after a failed attempt and partial electrocution at the beginning of our Asian adventure I've finally found a (semi) trustworthy computer to do some updates on! Our first few days landing in Bali we spent just outside of the hectic tourist centre near Kuta Beach, in a slightly more quiet town called Seminyak. Chelsea and Angus found us within a day and we spent most of our time touring the ally ways, walking along the beach and watching sunset in a rooftop patio restaurant. We were pleasantly surprised by the cheap and delicious foods, and soon realized how important eating is to the indonesian culture. Hill, Chels and I all shared a room for a couple nights with our own bathroom (even a flush toilet!), but we were quickly tired of the tourist oriented town ... read more
Practicing my Meditation
Hindu Offerings
Sunset over Kuta Beach

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Ubud April 14th 2011

I think I talked about going to Bali the most out of any of our destinations pre and during the trip. Much to Matt's annoyance. 9 months into the trip, we arrived at the Denpasar airport. We spent the first day or so sleeping and walking around Tuban before heading up to Ubud, the art/culture/monkey center of the island. Personally, in retrospect, it was alot more tourist centric than culture centric. (as we learned during the rest of out Indonesian experience) Nonetheless, the rice fields were breathtaking, the shopping was abundant and the heat was intense. A good day of rafting and one of tourism in an air-conditioned van helped keep us cool and relaxed.... read more
paths through the rice paddies

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Ubud April 4th 2011

After the kerfuffle with Jetstar in Singapore, Trung and I were glad to finally touch down in Denpessar, Bali after 30 hours of waiting around. Mind you, waiting in a 4.5 star hotel isn't all that bad, but Bali was calling! Because of the 'greatness' of Jetstar, we didn't arrive at the airport until about 2am, which meant that we weren't pulling up to our hotel in Seminyak (near Kuta beach) until 3am. It was pouring rain and the hotel was down a back alley off a back alley. I didn't know what to think about the place at first, but when we finally woke up late the next morning, it was a pretty idyllic spot and I met the most amazing cat hanging out outside our room, however it was too far from the beach ... read more
Hotel Cat! So chill...
Sums up the type of shops in Kuta. Surf board stickers?
I must be in Bali...

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