Siewch's Guestbook



15th October 2019

Beggars of Mount Popa
Hey, I just read your post having just ventured out this morning to Mount Popa. Unfortunately I have further information about the people you saw road side. They have been there for three years. Their village burned (or was burnt) down and the government relocated them into small “compound like” accommodations. They have no belongings and have no means of income. It is a truly disturbing site and one of those times where to good will of of passing people (all be it very impersonal and almost disregarded) have perpetuated the problem. Just thought you might have been interested in this. We have a very knowledgeable and fluent English speaking guide Cheers.
15th October 2019

Wow. Thanks for the information.
This makes it even more disturbing. Thanks for shedding light on this.
27th August 2019

Mountains
Beautiful! What lovely mountain scenery, and what amazing meals you had there! You've got me interested in potentially giving Bali a second go at some point...!
28th August 2019

Maybe Make Indonesia Your Next Summer Trip?
Indonesia isn't short of fascinating sights, both natural and cultural. This was my ninth trip there and I still feel as if I've only scratched the surface.
27th August 2019

Photo Essay
Wow, a truly unique way of writing a blog, and very well done Siewch! Thank you for bringing Ubud to life for me through this. I spent three nights in Bali in 2007, but unfortunately saw nothing of it as I became so sick that I only got to see the inside of my hotel room. Thank you for opening up a bit of Bali for me, it looks beautiful! 😊
28th August 2019

Ubud
On my first trip in 1993, there were rice fields in the middle of town. Ubud is now way commercialized and crowded. The villages on the periphery are still very pleasant, though. Give it a try. Maybe go during Galungan, or when a major cremation is planned. I watched a 20+ person cremation back in 1993 and it was one of the highlights of that trip!
27th August 2019

Mount and Lake Batur
Wow, Mount Batur and Lake Batur look like really beautiful and scenic places, and I'm sure the cemetery visit was culturally educational. I'm glad you were able to do this trip, it seems you've been meaning to for a while. Sometimes I think it's worth splashing out the extra dollars if it's a place we wouldn't normally get to see or experience in our lives.
28th August 2019

Lake Batur
Lake Batur probably ranks as one of my favorite places on the planet. I remember first going there in 1993 and feeling so welcome. Trunyan was culturally interesting for sure. I sometimes think I should have been an anthropologist!
27th August 2019

Makassar
Wow, seems like my perfect kind of place to visit. Quiet but interesting place with history and sights, and seemingly quite off-the-tourist-beaten track. I'm glad you were also able to spend time enjoying your hotel room and the pool 😊
28th August 2019

Makassar aka Ujung Pandang
The major Indonesian cities aren't pretty but they each have their charms. I suspect you might be more interested in the Galigo Museum (inside Fort Rottedam) than I was... I wanted info on the fort itself and didn't find much. :-(
24th July 2019
Banyuwala Waterfalls

Great swimming
Lots of fun.
24th July 2019
Penestanan

Adorable
Pure joy
24th July 2019
Penestanan

Adorable Indeed!
Yes, I suspect this pup has a good life!
16th July 2019

T50YOB!
I loved this travel blog entry, Siewch. Very witty and tongue-in-cheek, I loved the detachment from the travel experiences. From this T40YOB, I would go for air-conditioned, breakfast-buffet hotel luxury, and short plane hops over 10-hour bus trips any day! Glad you were able to rest up in the lovely hotel 😊
16th July 2019

Dear T40YOB,
You appear to have already garnered enough travel wisdom to avoid the mistakes I have made. Good on you! Signed, T50YOB
15th July 2019

Sulawesi
Fantastic! Great to see you travelling and travel writing again Siewch. I really enjoy your blogs. I have never read anything about travelling in Sulawesi until now, what a really fascinating place. What differences between the culture you encountered and our western one. Mind boggling I imagine, it would probably have taken me a while myself to digest it all...!
15th July 2019

“Mind Boggling” Doesn’t Even Begin To Describe It...
Thanks for your compliments, Alex. This was one situation where I really had to set aside my own values and preconceived notions and try to see things for what they were. It really helped to have a guide.
13th July 2019

The Blair Brothers
Thanks for reminding me about "Ring of Fire." It was shown on PBS here in the States, and a book was published by the two brothers, Lorne and Lawrence Blair. If you look close, in one scene you can see Keith Richards hanging out with the guys. I agree with you about Citidines, and always check them out when traveling. While they may cost a little more, since the rooms have a kitchenette,you can save a ton of money by not having to go out for every meal.
13th July 2019

Ring of Fire
I’m guessing Keith Richards was in one of the Bali scenes? Anyways, Citadines didn’t have a kitchenette... it was a proper luxury hotel - a rarity for me! I think you would agree with me that it would be so easy to just go four star all the way... but what is the fun in that?
13th July 2019

Really enjoying your travels
Thanks for sharing details of the interesting people you are meeting. For me the people make the entire trip. I've never seen Ring of Fire. I will try to find that.
13th July 2019

Ring of Fire
Watch it! The most memorable scene to me was the one with the transgendered sha(wo)men. Totally random.
13th July 2019

Life is short so live it to the fullest! Love those pouring rains. Hellish mountain roads, harping turns, .... sometimes you get what you pay for.... but I will read the book. Thanks for the recommendation.
15th July 2019

Getting What You Pay For
Haha, I most certainly got what I paid for. But hey, a bad day makes a great story doesn’t it? Thanks for following me on my travels!
11th July 2019

Nice blog
The reason we travel is to understand life, family and rituals around the world. It is great you got to be a part of this.
11th July 2019

The reason we travel
You nailed it. Thanks for reading my blog entry.

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