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Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Ubud October 15th 2016

David here... The 4.5 hour flight from Bangkok was fine. The usual inconsiderate people sat in front of us who had to throw their seats back as soon as the seat belt light was turned out, as my poor knees can atest to. We breezed through the passport control and picked up our bags, to find my bag had a green tie-wrap on it. Fearing the worst we made our way to the customs declaration point expecting to be whisked away, however had no issue at all. It may have helped that it was chaos, but we were pleased not to have any issues. We made our way through arrivals to the official airport taxi desk as we knew there was no public transport from DPS airport. We had done some research in advance and expected ... read more
Hindu cremation procession
Hindu cremation procession
Hindu cremation procession

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Ubud September 25th 2016

Lazy day after the big day yesterday (prelim final, etc.). Chris Mc and Charlie up early for thei ATV tour today. Picked up at 0845 and just a little excited. We spend the morning in the pool and doing not a lot. I wander up the street to see the neighbourhood. Eventually get organised enough and head into town. Decided to just walk up to the road and hail a taxi - plenty moving along this road. Sure enough, 3rd car stops and we are off. Heading to a bar/restaurant called The Bridge. Looks interesting as we have passed it a few times. Arrive and find our way in. Looks a bit flash but bigger it. Get a table and our drinks arrive, then Chris and Charlie turn up just as we are about to order ... read more

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Ubud September 24th 2016

Early early start today. Booked the breakfast with ourangutangs at Bali zoo today. Pick up is 0700, but be ready by 0645. Sure enough, van is here at 0645. Pack bags, water bottles, etc. and away we go. Arrive very early at the zoo, almost the first group into the zoo. Sat at our table and told we are next to where the ouranguatngs will be on show. Nice. Breakast served and not too bad. Go back as many times as you like, and the noodles were great. Eventually the ourangutangs arrived, followed by the elephants. We went to the elephants as we were told that we had to wait for our turn for the ourangutangs. they had lots of other animals out on display so we got a good look at lots of interesting breeds. ... read more

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Ubud September 23rd 2016

Last breakfast in our villa at Seminyak. Woken to the sounds of Stephanie, Charlie and Pippa hitting the pool. Lots of giggles and races happening around 0700. Hope the new neighbours don't mind the noise, guess they made enough last night - karma.... Ketut does her bit for breakfast, including dragon fruit juice today. Hmm, interesting colour - like Beetroot. Tasted a little earthy but not bad. Put that down to experience. Cars due at 1100, then Ketut gets a call at 0915 that they are here already. Bags almost packed and Chris still to have a shower. They are told they are early so they are happy to wait - no option really, as they wont be paid until we get to Ubud anyway. Doesn't seem an issue and we just get organised a bit ... read more

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Ubud June 9th 2016

Je suis allé faire un batik avec Wayan. En gros c'est un dessin sur un tissus. Il y a plusieurs étapes pour faire un batik! En premier, on fait un dessin sur un tissus. Ensuite, on retrace les lignes avec de la cire chaude. Pour ça ils ont un outils spécial! Après, c'est mon étape préféré... Celle de mettre les couleurs! Après on laisse sécher avant de tremper le tissu dans l'eau chaude pour enlever la cire. Moi, mon batik m'a pris 3 heures à faire! ... read more
Faire les lignes a la cire
Tjantings
Mettre les couleurs

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Ubud May 25th 2016

The old woman with her fingers in my hair is wearing an orange shirt, matching the garish walls and gold spandex leggings, looking like something from a figure skater's wardrobe. Her fashion sense is almost as questionable as the green sloppy goop she slaps into my hair and scrapes across my scalp, making it oily and shine. It could be anything from guacamole to bat guano and I wouldn't know the difference, apart from actually tasting it and though I do love me a good batch of guacamole, I'm not confident in the odds it isn't excrement. I'm put under a dryer to presumably heat the goop, though either I'm too short or the drier no longer lowers because I think only my cowlick can feel the heat. As I'm cooking, she massages my neck and ... read more

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Ubud May 25th 2016

Nestled in the rainforest above Ubud is an Elephant Safari Park. The park is a reserve for the 10 rescued Sumatra elephants that were featured in a documentary called "Operation Jumbo". For three days we fed, washed, rode, and played with the elephants. In the process, we learned a lot about these gentle giants.... read more
Eating breakfast
Patrick riding the elephant
Snacking along the trail

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Ubud May 23rd 2016

A visit to Ubud is not complete unless you visit the Scared Monkey Forest. The monkeys are mischievous and have been known to bite tourists. But, if you are calm and keep your items close at hand, your interaction with them can be quite pleasant.... read more
Pura Dalem Agung
Monkeys at the temple
Naughty Monkey

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Ubud May 22nd 2016

As we departed from Gili T on boat toward Bali, all I could think of was the song from South Pacific...Bali Ha'i. The mythical, mystical island with its tranquil, hazy image of the smoothly sloping volcano on the horizon. Our next adventure takes us high into the interior to the city of Ubud. Rich in ancient history, dotted with Hindu temples, surrounded by rainforest and terraced rice paddies. It is steeped in culture, the center of tradition, crafts, and dance.... read more
Komaneka at Rasa Sayang
Komaneka - lobby
Komaneka - restaurant

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Ubud May 2nd 2016

2nd May So the day has come for me and Zoe to fly to Indonesia for a month. Woo.. A month off work :) :) So lucky that they let us both have it off and paid for :) Both double bagged, we set off to the bus station to catch the national express coach at 12.45. Oh my gosh the traffic was horrendous being bank holiday. There was a couple next to us who were flying back to South Africa at 19.00, we arrived at 18.30, who knows if they made their flight? We were flying with China Southern Airways.. Not sure if I checked us in properly online as it took forever, then asked me to print out boarding passes and I didn't have a printer, then froze, so we asked a guy and ... read more
I like Pina Colada
Heeeey
Jus chilling in the bath with a beer in the jungle




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