Jackie & Dean


Jackie & Dean

We are two skydivers and yogis who love to travel, explore and experience new things. This is snapshot of some of our trips. Here's to many more!

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Denpasar November 16th 2015

After three flight cancellations and many calls to the airline, we finally had a confirmed flight out of Bali! After a further time change, we were routed via Brisbane with a connecting flight to Melbourne on the following day. It felt strange to see an airport again, but we were both ready to go home. As the flight took off, there was applause from our fellow passengers. Obviously, many others were ready to go home too. As luck would have it, we were seated next to a special gentleman on our first flight. He had already had several drinks at Denpasar airport and was quite intoxicated throughout the flight. The crew eventually stopped serving him drinks, but it was too late… Eventually, after being fed two meals and some non-alcoholic drinks, we had a reprieve when ... read more

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Sanur November 12th 2015

How fortunate are we in so many aspects of our lives, not least of which that we get to spend some more time in this beautiful place. Apparently the #stuckinBali hashtag has gone viral as travellers stuck on the island share snippets of their tropical ordeals. The first couple of days after our flight was cancelled we didn’t really do too much as we kept expecting a notification from the airline, asking us to go to the airport. Once we had got our head around the situation and there was continued absence of flights to Australia, I realised this was the time to do the things I didn’t want to leave Bali without having done. So I signed up for a cooking class! Whilst classes are widely offered in Ubud, they are a little rarer in ... read more
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Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Sanur November 8th 2015

I have come to appreciate that I am somewhat of a Goldilocks. Always weighing up one thing versus another, on a quest to find that bowl of porridge that is ‘just right’. For many, the beachside town of Sanur is that: it’s just right. It is like a cross between Seminyak and Ubud – lots happening with a definite towny feel, but a very laid back vibe with healthy eating options on offer. Unlike Ubud, there is not a plethora of yoga classes on offer. Instead, Sanur travellers a little older and appreciate fine living. There are plenty of swanky beachside resorts, but also lots of little guesthouses and homestays. It’s very civilised and proper, and many mature expats have made it their home. My feelings about Sanur took the shape of a wave: first I ... read more
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Asia » Indonesia » Lombok » Gili Meno November 4th 2015

There are three Gili islands which technically belong with Lombok rather than Bali. They all have distinctly different characters. Gili Trewangen, the largest of the islands, is a party destination. Gili Air was the first of the islands to be settled and is still busy but apparently has more of a local and backpacker flavour. Gili Meno, the smallest of the islands and our chosen destination, lends itself to tranquil Robinson Crusoe getaways. Our journey to the island was somewhat awful though. There are numerous fast boat companies that offer transfers from the mainland to Gili Trewangen and to Gili Air. The coast around Gili Meno must be too shallow for speed boats to moor, so you need to disembark at Gili Trewangen and catch another boat to Gili Meno. We had known about this and ... read more
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Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Padangbai November 3rd 2015

Whilst it’s Melbourne Cup Day in Australia, it’s time for us to bid farewell to Ubud. It has been such a pleasure spending a week here and we will definitely be back. Next time, we may stay out near the rice fields. We plan to take an Indonesian cooking class and visit the Subatu Water Temple, the Sungai Ayung river valley, and the Gunung Kawi temple/tomb complex. Apparently when you hire a driver in Bali they don’t always turn up. Luckily our second driver showed and were on our way to the beachside town of Padangbai. Most tourists only stay here for a night, en route to/from Lombok or the Gili islands. The same went for us as we had booked a boat to Gili Meno the next morning. When we arrived at our little family-run ... read more

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Ubud November 2nd 2015

Our last day in Ubud arrived and I felt a little sad about that. What a great week full of positive experiences, reflection, connections, exploration and delicious nutritious food. We spent our day very low-key. After our morning yoga class and making a new friend over breakfast, we rode out to the Ubud Chocolate Factory. We arrived at noon, only to discover that they close for lunch from noon to 1pm. It was still worthwhile seeing the building itself though: an impressive structure built entirely from bamboo. On our way back, we stopped at the gorgeous Alchemy cafe in Penestanan, another health food restaurant and shop. We had lunch at the famous Bali Buda restaurant. We were somewhat underwhelmed by the food we ordered, but it had a great vibe and I just loved reading the ... read more

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Ubud October 30th 2015

I woke up in agony. Riding over large potholes on a scooter with very questionable suspension wreaked havoc on my back. When it became too painful to even breathe, I decided to seek out a chiropractor who incidentally was from Melbourne. I felt so much more human following my treatment and we were able to go for a gentle walk and have lunch. We stumbled across the wonderful Warung Siri Bale, a lovely restaurant which supports a public healthcare foundation. As much as 70% of the funds come from the restaurant and meal purchased provides two healthcare consultations for the 27,000 thousand people that are cared for each year. The restaurant’s food, drink and atmosphere are fantastic, so please pay them a visit on your next trip to Bali. By the afternoon, I was desperate to ... read more

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Ubud October 28th 2015

We had heard about Ubud’s Monkey Forest and, as it turned out, it was only a 10 walk from our accommodation. This one is an absolute must if you are in the area. It’s a lush jungle that houses three temples and hundreds of monkeys. They are very accustomed to tourists and not at all shy! It pays to put anything on your possession inside a bag or backpack – even a bottle of water or sunglasses. The Monkey Forest really is a lovely spot; an oasis away from the hustle and bustle. After a cruisy rest of the day, filled with drinks / food / massages / shopping, I went to a Sound Medicine session in the evening. Wow, this was a beautiful experience! After some meditation, everyone lay down on mats and cushion. ... 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

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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