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Asia » Indonesia » Bali May 29th 2022

OMG cannot believe a month is coming up, this trip has been one of chillaxing, recharging and indulging in the wonderful food that Bali has to offer. Lots of long walks checking out all our old haunts, strolls on the beaches, lots of pool time and deciding where our next dinner is going to be! The weather has been superb, around 30 each day, just one afternoon of heavy rain so just the perfect environment to relax and recharge the batteries, a good healing time after having lost both my parents in the last few months, just the getaway that was needed to get up and go on our big trip in July to the USA and Europe. EVERYONE here has done it extremely hard through COVID, of course no Centrelink in Indonesia so everyone has ... read more
Basil Kitchen
Little Darren
Sarong

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Seminyak May 12th 2022

Well a whole week in Bali! Absolute bliss and we have survived! Lots of stories of phones and bag snatching going on but as always we are very vigilant. Let me start with the procedure to get out of Aus, if you are organised it is not difficult, we decided to go to the airport 2 days before travel, Sunday night and get our PCR test with histopath set up at each airport, very easy and quick got swabbed, said it may take 90minutes for result, ours back in 30 with stamped certificate, $79 each, then home to relax. If this is required ongoing I would suggest country people go to airport and stayover night before. Nothing worse than stressing re PCR especially if you have early morning flight. We had a very easy check in, ... read more
Travel Insurance
Travel Insurance
Vaccination Certificates

Asia » Indonesia » Bali February 10th 2022

Indonesia Supper at sunset on Tuban Beach on Bali Cathay Pacific - a Thai International pool partner - hosted us from Hong Kong to Bali. There we were guests of the Kartika Plaza on Tuban Beach, in a brick bungalow with a thatched roof. We had an early supper so we could later attend the Ketjak (monkey) dance...just as exciting as the colorful Barong dance the next night. The dining room faced West to the Ocean and - at just 10 degrees south of the equator - sunset lasted 'forever.' Rose wanted to enjoy the unspoiled white sand beach in front of our hotel, but Ron - who escorted two tour groups to Bali - kept her busy visiting the many interesting sights on the island. Tuban was adjacent to Kuta Beach...the favorite of hippies and ... read more

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Nusa Penida December 31st 2020

Call me travel crasher: not only I self-invited joining three friends on a their supposed to be pilates-trip in Bali, but I diverted their plans too! Thankfully, they agreed to the idea of going to Nusa Penida Island, South East of Bali. Nusa Penida is known among divers to spot Mola Mola or Sun Fish, which appeared usually in August, but its current tends to be strong. A few cruise offers day trip to Nusa Penida and its neighboring island, Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Ceningan. Of the three islands, Nusa Penida is the largest, with total population of 45,000. After making the travel arrangement the day before, four of us headed towards Sanur, where the plenty of boats were waiting. We didn't expect our boat would be full. It had 20 rows with 3 seats on ... read more
Kelingking Beach
White sand Angel Beach
Angel Beach

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Munduk November 27th 2020

Sometimes I can’t help thinking we in the west have gone just that little bit mad. We seem determined to live our lives at a thousand miles an hour, each day a constant rush to get ahead, simply to buy more shit we don’t really need. Stuck on the hamster-wheel, we find ourselves trapped in the kind of high-pressure jobs needed to somehow eek out enough to afford a house, the cost of which is, of course, astronomical. What’s more, in some insanity, the fortunate few are pressured to borrow way above their means for a home much grander than they actually deserve, forking out yet more in loans for fancy cars to park in the driveway. The truly delusional then end up hiring staff, realising they’re way too knackered working overtime to be bothered with ... read more
Cliffs, Ulu Watu
Shrimp, Menjangan Island
Pemuteran Beach

Asia » Indonesia » Bali April 4th 2020

There is no doubt that most families want to travel together and look for a perfect travel destination. Bali is definitely one of them. This magnificent and exotic island with breathtaking sunsets, comfortable weather, beautiful beaches, and welcoming local people keep families return for family holidays again and again. If it is your first time traveling to Bali with kids, here is a useful guide on where to stay and what to do in Bali as a family. Accommodation There are many accommodation options in Bali, so you will not have a problem to find a perfect one for yourself and your family. Most families choose between two of them - hotels and private villas. Hotels are pretty easy to find because there are tons of travel websites with useful information, with Booking.com the most popular ... read more

Asia » Indonesia » Bali March 26th 2020

YOU CAN CLICK ON ANY PHOTO TO ENLARGE IT - RECOMMENDED - THEN GO BACK TO THE BLOG OR GO THROUGH THE 67 PHOTOS - CLICK ON NEXT OR PREVIOUS IN THAT ENLARGED FORMAT. I PUT LOTS OF INFORMATION IN THE PHOTO CAPTIONS SO YOU CAN SKIP THE NARRATIVE, JUST LOOK AT THE ENLARGED PHOTOS AND CAPTIONS AND YOU'LL STILL GET MORE INFORMATION THAN YOU EVER WANTED. TO RETURN TO THE BLOG ENTRY, CLICK YOUR BACK BUTTON OR ON THE NAME OF THE BLOG - BELOW THE NUMBERS ON THE LEFT. As you have probably figured out, these travel blogs are a way for Bernard and me to keep track of our adventures. I can't tell you how many times we've referred to one of our over 70 travel blogs looking for various details, maps, dates, ... read more
Indonesia on Top, Bali Below
Danu Bratan Temple
Morning Temple Procession

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Ubud March 25th 2020

Our return flight to Canada from Bali was originally booked for April 28th, but we moved it ahead to March 21st in light of our Canadian Government’s calls for its citizens to return home, combined with those of our son and his partner - both highly trained nurses - strongly encouraging us to get on a flight home while we still had that option. But let’s backup a bit, to convey a sense of how quickly things were changing in our world, just as they were everywhere else. Wednesday, March 11th: Conversation with my niece and her husband in Vancouver. Me: “Bali is so chill. If you didn’t listen to the news or other tourists talking about the news, you would not even be aware that anything was wrong. It is totally calm here. No one ... read more
Indonesian Government Declaration, March 18th
 Bali International Airport: Quiet
Singapore International Airport: Quiet

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Ubud March 15th 2020

Bali’s New Year’s Eve day, as determined by the Balinese Saka calendar, is a Hindu holiday mainly celebrated in Bali, Indonesia. This year the celebration takes place on March 25th. It is also known as Nyepe Day, or the Day of Silence. On this day, the entire island of Bali turns off all power, stops all traffic, abandons all global activities, including the internet, and remains in silence. Streets are literally empty of all traffic, as only emergency vehicles are allowed, and people are expected to remain in their homes or their yards, but cannot venture on any public streets. All businesses are closed, including the international airport in Denpasar. The intention is multifaceted: to spend quiet time connecting alone or with family; to rest and meditate upon the year, resolving to practice forgiveness for any ... read more
Ogo Ogo in All Its Terrifying Glory
Ogo Ogo Proud Village Community Creators
Ominous Mount Agung from our Bedroom Window

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Nusa Dua January 12th 2020

Gosh, I realised it’s been ages since I updated my seven wonders of the world series. Yes, some hiccups here and there causing the delay and busy is not the word I like to use even if this is the case. BALI... This beautiful island holds a special place in my heart, not because of my Indonesian heritage, but it's really unbelievable. The best place to relax from my recent trips to 3 long-distance counties within 3 weeks. Something about Bali calls out for relaxation that my brain could not say no. I couldn’t resist the vibrations of its beautiful nature, the friendliness of its people and the finest cuisines. I find myself in a complete relaxation mode, unwinding from my hectic Amsterdam routines whenever I am in Bali. Whether it's next to a pool, at ... read more
Eating - My fave activity
Wining in my backyard
Pure love wont hurt - I love you too Bali




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