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Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Seminyak September 18th 2023

We’re both feeling a bit sad. Today’s the 99th and last full day of our sojourn, and whilst we are indeed feeling melancholy, this is the longest we’ve ever been away so it probably is time to go home. We have a very enjoyable beachside lunch with our friends Jane and Mark from Melbourne. They tell us that they come to Bali at least once a year. They’ve been over in Sanur on the slightly less frenetic east side of the island for a week and they’ve just arrived here in Seminyak where they’ll be spending another week before heading home. We’ve booked a car from the hotel for a late afternoon trip to the iconic Tanah Lot temple. Mr Google says it’s less than 20 kms away, but it’ll take an hour and a quarter ... read more
Pura Batu Bolong Temple
Tanah Lot
Pura Batu Bolong Temple

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Seminyak September 17th 2023

This is getting a bit monotonous - more sleeping in and missed breakfast followed by another arduous session on sunlounges by the pool. Ah, but today’s different - we both manage to summon up enough energy to go for a dip.…. Oops, I think we might have over exerted ourselves a little there. The solution, well that of course would be to fall asleep again. We were planning to take a late afternoon ride to Tanah Lot temple to watch the sunset, but by the time we stir from our slumbers it seems we’ve left our run a bit late; we’re told the sun will be long gone by the time we get there. We’ve only got one full day left here and we still haven’t ventured more than a few hundred metres from the hotel. ... read more
Seminyak Beach
Sunset watchers, Seminyak Beach
Religious festival, Seminyak Beach

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Seminyak September 16th 2023

We sleep through breakfast yet again, and then set up shop on sunlounges under a tree next to the pool. We can’t be bothered going in for dip, and we haven’t been more than a few hundred metres from the hotel since we got here three days ago. I know we came to Bali to relax at the end of our three month sojourn, but this seems to be taking things just slightly to extremes. Issy’s decided to extend the relaxation theme by having a massage. I’d rather stick pins in my eyes, so I’m planning to head out to take some happy snaps while she’s getting the living daylights pounded out of her. I’m just about to leave when she asks me if I’d mind taking some happy snaps of her lying on the table ... read more

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Seminyak September 15th 2023

We keep the blackout blinds open overnight, but it doesn’t seem to make a lot of difference. Jetlag’s still got a firm hold and we miss breakfast yet again. The signs on the lift say not to use it if there’s a fire … or an earthquake. This is good advice I’m sure, but where are the stairs, or are we perhaps supposed to just jump over the balcony? I‘m suddenly glad we’re only on the first floor, although it’s still a fair drop even from there. There’s a palm tree a couple of metres out from the railing, so maybe we could leap out on to that and slide down to the ground if we really had to. I’m not finding any of these options all that appealing, so I head out in search of ... read more
Seminyak Beach
Not quite sure what this is, but looked interesting

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Seminyak September 14th 2023

It seems the block out blinds in our hotel room are quite effective; we thought it was about 6am when we stirred from our slumbers, but a quick check of our devices suggests we were out by a bit, like say about six hours. I suppose that’s jet lag for you. So so much for breakfast; it looks like it’s straight onto lunch. It feels slightly strange to be completely surrounded by Aussies again after three months when they‘ve been a relative rarity. We head out for a wander down onto the wide grey sand of Seminyak Beach. The surf’s pounding in and signs on the flags recommend against swimming. I think there might be more motorbikes here than people … on the roads that is, not on the beach; the sand on the beach is ... read more
Surf crashing in, Seminyak Beach
Seminyak Beach
Enjoying a late afternoon drink

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Seminyak September 13th 2023

12 September Today we start our tortuously long journey home with an eleven hour overnight flight to Singapore, which we’re looking forward to like a hole in the head. Then it’s on to Bali where we’re planning to spend a few days chilling before finally heading back to reality. We’re flying with Singapore Airlines’ low cost carrier Scoot for the first time. The fare was about half that for the real thing, and it seems you get what you pay for - I think I can squeeze into my seat, but I’m going to be spending most of the flight with my legs dangling out into the aisle - I hope I don’t get run over by a food trolley. And perhaps unsurprisingly you have to pay for everything, including charging your phone? Really? The lights ... read more

Asia » Indonesia » Bali August 14th 2023

June was all over US and Bahamas...The first two third of July was back in Shelly Beach, South Africa, the place we call our long-term home! No blog this time about these nearly three weeks. It was all about playing a lot of golf, drinking some superb wines, and yes, few more dives with my sharks! By the 19th July, and this for the next 4 weeks, I'm back to my lovely wife working hard in Bali! Imagine, pretty soon it's already a year we arrived here! What a year it has been so far! Tanya is seriously busy with the re-branding of her hotel. She leaves home each morning at 8am and she is back most day just on time for the dinner that I love to cook just before 7pm! Glad for us, this ... read more
This morning at Blue Corner, Nusa Penida, 6.40am...5 mola molas...36 meters deep, massive drift...
Diamond beach
Manta Point, Nusa Penida

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Ubud July 5th 2023

Had our eggs and mangosteens for breakfast and finished packing before meeting our driver Alit who I met on the path leading to the entry car park. I left Daisy and our luggage at the side car park as it was close to our villa and would save us carrying it down. I hopped into Alit's car and we drove around to the side car park, packed our luggage in and set off on our day tour. First stop was the Ceking Rice Terraces, Tegallalang. We did one of the big swings together which was fun and then set off on a trek through the rice Terraces which was great. You did have to be careful as parts were a bit muddy and slippery, but it was a great little hike. We stopped for a drink ... read more

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Ubud July 4th 2023

Today was Daisy's birthday. Because bad weather was forecast we decided to organise an indoor activity and a few friends had suggested cooking classes, so that's what we did. It was a nice tour, we were picked up at 7.50am and we initially had a group of 6 in our pickup group. A couple of guys from Philippines and a couple from Slovenia, all really nice. We were taken to a rice field first and told how the rice was harvested, then to a local market which was very interesting and we even managed to get some mangosteens, a fruit we never knew about but is very popular with people who do know about. We bought a kilo which was 10 of them for $3, so cheap. We got to the cooking house at 9.30am and ... read more

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Ubud July 3rd 2023

Woke up late and decided to eat our eggs and corn flakes. By then it was 11am so we decided to just hang around until it was time to visit our friends, Rosie and Gary who moved to Ballu a few years ago. We ordered a Grab car at noon and it artived fairly quickly but then I noticed he was going in the opposite direction to where we wanted to go, so I got him to stop and it took a while to sort out the correct destination. Rosie told us to go to Warung Ting Ting and I found it on Google Maps. For some reason the Grab app was taking the driver to a different Warung Ting Ting, so there must be two in the Ubud area. So it ended up taking an ... read more

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