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Mar 13, 2014 - Motorbiking in Bali

Monday, March 10: Today we rented motorbikes to ride around the island. We started out with breakfast at our lovely Grandma’s Hotel. From there, we took a taxi to Quyen and Dan’s hotel. He drove us in circles since we insisted on him using the meter and we were a little annoyed with him. How annoyed can you really be in paradise, though? We arrived at their hotel (which is not nearly as nice as ours) and laid by the pool until our motorbikes arrived. We got a map, chose our route and started off on our journey. We decided to explore the...

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Feb 15, 2014 - Bali to Hong Kong

At breakfast the next morning, everyone was talking about the Mount Kelud volcano that exploded on Java, Indonesia. This is, indeed, the Ring of Fire where two continents are continuously colliding. Earthquakes, volcanoes, tsunamis only the superficial evidence of nature's unleashable force. Apparently, only local air travel is affected, so our flight to Hong Kong should go as planned. After we arrived at Bali, Barry and I loaded onto a van with Sayid, our guide for the day, also the concierge who had accompanied the ship for the Indonesia...

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Sep 19, 2013 - Transport & Accommodation Cost's

This is just a wrap up on our transport and Accommodation cost's and the accommodation remark's are how we personally found them at the time of review. Accommodation 2012 to 2013 29/10/12 on flight Melbourne to Kuala Lumpur 30/10/12 Kota Kinabalu Cititel Express 149 ringgit = $47.00 AUD Great position/very small room/clean/good staff/we fi 10 ringgit for 24 hours/air con/cable TV but no news channel/booked on Wotif but would have been cheaper as a walk in 31/10/12 Kota Kinabalu King Park Hotel 116 Ringgit = $36.60 AUD Good medium size...

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Aug 28, 2013 - My first diary in this beautiful island

I begin my story long before the trip to Bali. Say that to my daily pretend especially help those travelers who choose to visit Bali, to prepare your trip, give hints how to organize, places to visit and things to do. I leaned a lot on this forum to decide my journey and my experience will want to other travelers, is my way of thanking all her help fellow members. Bali offers all kinds of possibilities for travelers affluent, middle pocket, or backpackers, adventure travelers, or looking mainly cultural activities ... For groups, couples...

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Apr 15, 2013 - On Our Way

Our stay in Bali is short but it's a great way to start our adventure, we left Perth on Monday 15/4 at about 9.30am and arrived in Bali at about 1.00pm. Our old Friend Ronald was there to pick us up and take us to our hotel. It's our first stay at the Casa Padma and we are pleasantly surprised at how nice it is for only $90/night. We caught up with Alan & Jane Luke from Perth last night for a couple of drinks and a meal, after dinner Jules and I headed for a foot massage before heading to bed. This morning we had breakfast and a bit of a...

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Mar 4, 2013 - Medan/Lembongan Island/Home Sweet Home

5 Lovely days in Tuk Tuk (yippy – a name I don’t have to memorise, then forget, then mispronounce, then forget again). Had the motor bike for 3 days, inspecting the surrounding villages, local markets and waterfalls. I think the fact that there’s hardly any tourists at the moment (it’s the rainy season) makes things that much nicer. Since Palau Weh we’ve been alternately bonding/moving on/reconnecting with quite a few other backpackers which is also very nice. One day, after biking around, stopped at our regular drinking hole and ordered...

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Oct 5, 2012 - Denpasar to Seminyak

Wiki Info Denpasar Legian Beach Bungalow I am amazed by how very friendly Indonesians are, willing to help by-in-large whenever asked and if they speak English, anxious to talk. But just as surprising is how ruthless the cabbies are in trying to rip off tourists. Several times now we have encountered drivers who offer fairs far higher than locals (we know from asking at hotels) and when Bon has answered back, 'No, No. Too high' and then responded with a suggested price half of what they have quoted - which is still higher than what locals...

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Mar 20, 2012 - Bali

March 20 Bali We arrived in Bali and began "our holiday". After many months of moving every other day we were excited to stay in one place for awhile with little interest in sight seeing, only relaxation and sun! Unfortunately we were plagued the first couple of days with rain and then we found out about a little event called "Nyepi New Year". It turns out that once a year the Balinese people have a festival filled wih many events at the temples and parades symbolizing chasing demons away from the island. Turns out the day following is...

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Nov 30, 2011 - Java to Bali - Day 19 & 20 - 26 hour bus ride from HELL

The bus ride was quickly off to a horrible start. We were seated in the front row, right next to the driver and 2 helpers, who quickly light up a cigarette each (right next to the no smoking sign clearly posted above their heads). The smoke was intoxicating, as the bus is air conditioned and it was not possible to open any of the windows. As we started to feel nauseous from the smoke and jerky driving, we moved to the back of the bus, hoping to escape the chain smokers. This helped a little. The rest of the bus ride consisted of a broken...

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Sep 14, 2011 - Visiting school

Our usual routine each day was one hour of yoga, breakfast and then a day tour. We visited a local school and made a donation to the principal of school supplies. This is my last update as it takes quite a bit of time to select the photos and upload them. Tonight is our closing yoga session followed by a group dinner. Most everyone flies home tomorrow. I am staying one more day as I used Frequent Flier miles to get here and couldn't get on a flight until Wednesday. I will leave Ubud and transfer to Sanur as it is closer to the airport....

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Sep 12, 2011 - More photos from Gaia Oasis

We were lucky to be in Bali during the full moon and Gaia Oasis arranged for us to go to the local temple for the Full Moon Ceremony. We also visited a local waterfall up in the mountains. The next day we did water yoga and tried to learn a simple Balinese dance - very difficult hand, eye and feet movements!

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Sep 10, 2011 - On the way to Gaia Oasis

These photos are from our day of traveling to reach Gaia Oasis. Enroute we visited a temple and had lunch with a view of the mountain valley and volcano. We were glad to arrive at Gaia Oasis where we were met by smiling faces, flowers and a welcoming drink to help cool us off.

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