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Asia » Indonesia » Bali October 27th 2015

Yeah!!!! We zijn weer terug op Bali! Maar aangezien dat het beetje planning dat we hadden, nu weg is en alles weer open ligt, besluiten we eerst naar Ubud te gaan. Hiervan wordt gezegd dat het een rustig, alternatief en kunstzinnig plaatsje is. We slapen in een guesthouse van een Balinese familie. Ze zijn erg gastvrij en vriendelijk. De man des huizes pikt ons op van het vliegveld in Den Pasar. Na een ritje van 1,5 uur rijden, rijden we Ubud binnen. We schrikken ons rot! Het ziet er wit van de westerse mensen, mega veel restaurants en accomodaties om te slapen. Dit hadden wij niet onder het kopje 'rustig' gecategoriseerd. Het is even slikken. Voordeel is wel, dat ik allang heb gezien dat ik nu niet 3 x per dag rijst hoef te eten. Hoe ... read more

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Ubud October 27th 2015

Smashed from the previous day, we chilled out at our hotel villa until it was time to check out. Next stop: Ubud. This is the part of the trip that I have been so excited about! After a 1.5 hour drive we arrived at Ubud’s Yogabarn, our home for the next week. I chose this accommodation very deliberately as our time in Ubud is all about practicing yoga and nourishing the soul. The name Ubud is derived from Ubad, which means medicine. Legend has it that a disease outbreak claimed many lives in the village and was only contained when a meditating Hindu priest realised that leaves from a local tree cured the disease. The site then became known as Ubad, and more recently Ubud. Our room at Yogabarn was rustic chic with Indian-inspired decor. Besides ... read more
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Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Bukit Peninsula October 26th 2015

After another class at Prana, we stayed there for breakfast in their serene courtyard restaurant. It was a treat for the senses: a wonderful peaceful atmosphere, far removed from the hustle and bustle of the streets, delicious fresh food, and the beauty of Prana itself. Even the bathrooms are decorated in that stunning Moorish style with mosaics, colourful glass lampshades and wall paintings. We had hired a driver to pick us up after breakfast and take us out and about for the day. Wayang took us south to the Nusa Dua area on the Bukit Peninsula. Bukit means ‘hill’, and nusa dua means ‘two islands’. It’s a rather soulless and unattractive place with all kinds of watersports on offer. There’s parasailing, banana boating, jet skiing, fly fishing, snorkeling and glass bottom boat trips. We chose to ... read more
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Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Seminyak October 25th 2015

Here it is. My 40th birthday. There seems to be a lot of meaning attached to this one. It certainly is a landmark (most likely the half-way point of this human existence) but, like most things, I think it is what you believe it to be and what you make of it. A good friend reminded me that many people do not have the opportunity to live to this age and that it is an honour and privilege to awaken again each day. Thank you for this inspiration. For me personally this birthday is an occasion to visit a part of the world that I have wanted to see for some time and go on something of a spiritual, soul-searching journey. So I began the day with a yoga class at Prana, a very beautiful resort ... read more
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Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Seminyak October 24th 2015

On our first full day in Seminyak we wandered around the town, getting our bearings and getting a feel for the town’s character. The Lonely Planet describes Seminyak as “flash, brash, phoney and filled with bony models”. Perhaps I should have read that part of the book before setting aside four days there. It’s certainly worth a look, the beach is great, there are lots of boutiques and designer shops, and there is an abundance of restaurants and massage spas. Every man and his dog will offer you a taxi ride, a massage or some trinkets as you pass by. It’s great for the outer pleasures, but not really conducive to delving deeper. Most tourists tend to stay in Seminyak and, now that we realise how small Bali actually is, it makes sense that many people ... read more
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Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Seminyak October 23rd 2015

After setting up food and litter trays for the cats, we made our way to the airport. It’s not long since our last trip in July. After a year of no holidays, 2015 is certainly the year for travel. Unlike last time, we left the mains power on as we like to come back home to a working fridge :-) What a pleasant surprise to bump into an old colleague at the airport. The lovely Melvin, who used to be a concierge at National Australia Bank, is now a flight attendant for Virgin and was rostered on our flight! He looked after us beautifully – thanks Melvin! After a 6 hour flight, we landed in Denpasar and I must say I was relieved to have pre-booked our airport transfer. It’s absolute mayhem at the international airport, ... read more
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Asia » Indonesia » Bali October 22nd 2015

We decided to take a break from the diving and once a week we are trying to get to know the Balinese culture a little bit better. Today it was a Balinese Dance Day. We missed the Barong Dance because it is from 9:30 to 10:30 am in Sanur which is 3 hrs from our hotel and in the same place they do the fire dance at night so we went for that one. We didn't think the show was amazing as we have seen really out of this work fire dance spectacles. But it was fun to have a day going through the island. Here are a few shots that we could rescue from very low light conditions. Later I will update this blog with info about the location of the show and more details. ... read more
Traditional Balinese Dance
Traditional Balinese Dance
Traditional Balinese Dance

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Bukit Peninsula October 20th 2015

Me voilà donc lancé à l'aventure à la découverte de l'Indonésie. Forte de ses 17000 îles, l'Indonésie est le plus grand archipel du monde. Ancienne colonie hollandaise, elle est le troisième pays le plus peuplé après la Chine et l'Inde, et le premier pays musulman au monde. Malgré tout cela, j'ai choisi de ne découvrir qu'une partie finalement infime de cette grande culture insulaire: l'île de Bali, de Lombok et l'est de Java. Station touristique la plus prisée du pays, Bali, l'île des dieux a la particularité d'être à très forte majorité hindouiste, contrairement au reste du pays principalement musulman. Me voilà arrivé, à 23h passées avec mon gros sac à l'aéroport de Denpasar. J'ai prévu de me rendre à mon auberge à pieds, ce qui se révèle finalement plus compliqué que prévu. Après avoir humé ... read more
Les mains de fée de Triana
Padang Padang
Balangan

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Tulamben October 16th 2015

I was very lucky to find cuttlefish eggs on my first dive here. They were undeveloped as we could still see the yolk. We were very exited and still tried to get a decent image. They are about a 15 mm in size and transparent. I just had a lot of fun watching them. If you watch close you can see them move. The current was ripping and it was hard to stay steady. We waited a few days and went back to the spot to find that there were newer eggs and the older ones were now shaping up and we could see a perfectly formed little cuttlefish. We were just settling in to take a shot of the more developed eggs...when something surprised us!!! Watch the video to see what happened next! http://youtu.be/4ZOzYxCgMmo I ... read more

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Bedugul October 15th 2015

I thought it would be a good idea to break from the diving routine once a week and go for a landscape photographic adventure and choose a different location each time. Bali has a lot of temples, some facing the mountains, some facing the sunset, some facing the sunrise, some facing the water. All sorts of people from all over the world to visit them for different reasons: to admire the Arquitecture or the gardens, tradition, spirituality...I find them energizing and peaceful, with a lot of healing powers from crossing vibes from generations and generations of visitors. We chose to go visit the water temple in Beratan Lake: Pura Ulun Danu in Danau Beratan, Tabanan Bali as its one of the most dramatic visually because of its location up in the mountains besides a lake. Beratan ... read more
Water Temple : Pura Ulun Danu Beratan
Water Temple : Pura Ulun Danu Beratan
Water Temple : Pura Ulun Danu Beratan




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