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Dec 27, 2016 - Lombok, finally

Always wanted to go to Lombok! Lombok is totally different from Bali. Bali is all Hindu, which is really weird in a Muslim country. Lombok seems like Bali probably was 20 years ago but its Muslim instead. This gives you mosques...or mini mosques which I have dubbed...mosquitos...and lots of cats. You don't have that in Bali, will get to that. We wended our way through rice paddies, dodging horse and carriage along the way...and of course, scooters and motos. Made our way to a weaving village. Don't bother trying any Bahasa, these guys all...

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Christmas in Indo

Dec 24, 2015 - Lombok Island Time

Well, here we are, settling into retired life. It's amazing how quickly we have adjusted to "island time" - leisurely breakfasts, long walks along the beach and afternoon beverages watching the sun going down over the ocean. Indonesia is made up of 14,000 islands (6,000 inhabited) with a population of 255 million. It stretches for 2,830 km. The currency is Rupiah and for one NZ $ we get approximately 8,500. We were millionaires a few times over when we got money from the ATM! Things sound really expensive, like 25,000 rupiah for Nasi Goreng...

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Jun 8, 2014 - A room with a view on Lombok

Arriving in Kuala Lumpur after a night flight from Tokyo was an assault on the senses. But in a good way. Within minutes I realised I'd left the cooler temperate climate of East Asia behind. KL is the kind of city where the humidity is so intense your glasses immediately steam up when you get out of an air conditioned cab. And I was also happy to be back in a country where food and eating are the focus of my day. KL is a melting pot where you can feast on spicy Malay food, as well as Thai and Indian. There's also Chinese, but, well, I've...

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Six months in Asia

Feb 16, 2014 - The Gilli Isles

14th February For the last 6 days e have been staying on the Gilli Islands which are between Bali and Lombok. They are like 3 jewels strung out in a blue ocean. Gilli Air has the largest indigenous population and has a family/laid back vibe to it that makes anyone feel comfortable. We spent three lovely days there when we cycled round the island( quite challenging as there is a lot of sand) and got faintly lost in the centre that is bigger than you think. We snorkelled and saw a multitude of fish though the coral here is pretty but not...

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Dec 6, 2012 - Sasak Village & Kuta Beach

Today we went to Lombok, Indonesia. It is a small island and the people work hard for very little money. Our first stop was to a village where women made pottery without any tools. We bought a "magic water pot" there. I will bring it to school to show you. We got on a horse carriage a rode to the pottery place. It's like a taxi cab for them. Next we went to a Sasak village. The make their houses out of cow poop mixed with mud. Next we went to the beach and swam in the Pacific Ocean. Bella collected some coconuts on the beach. She was very...

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Mar 7, 2012 - Crossing the Equator

Today we cross the Equator, the center point of the earth which divides the Northern and Southern Hemispheres. King Neptune (known in Greek mythology as Poseidon) oversees this part of the world. He uses his trident – a spear with three points on its head – to shatter rocks and call for or subdue storms. In time-honored seafaring fashion, we attend a ceremony to honor King Neptune in return for safe passage to the Northern Hemisphere and smooth waters. The ship’s staff has searched from bow to stern to find the perfect offerings. These...

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Mar 6, 2012 - Lembar, Lombok, Indonesia

We tender ashore to take a tour to explore the fascinating culture of Lombok in Indonesia. Lombok is an island west of Bali and advertises itself as the “unspoiled Bali” in an attempt to draw more tourism. Tourism is Lombok’s highest source of income and we are warmly welcomed at the pier by Indonesian dancers. It is a 45 minute bus ride inland to Mataram, the capital city. The area is agriculturally fertile and we pass many rice and water spinach fields. Mount Rinjani is the island’s most dramatic geological landmark rising 12,224 feet. It...

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Jun 10, 2011 - De Munduk à Lombok

Journee se deroule bien et on retourne a l aeroport de Denpasar ou ns prenons un vol domestique vers Mataram. La soeur de Noyan a finalement pu ns acheterles billets car ce fut tout un defi...vive LionAir. Vol de 30 minutes...apres 27 heures...une vraie joke! Arrivee a l hotel de Sengigi, tres bien et en plus sur le bras deSofi qui est SPG member, on ns upgrade ds une chambre avec vue surmer...encore une fois...superbe! Je sais que je dois etre tannant mais c vraiment beau :-) Ns sommes un peu fatigues, car depRt de munduk a 6:45 am...

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Feb 8, 2011 - Sengiggi, Lombok

Arrived 8th February Departed 9th February Just stayed here because we liked the name and to break the journey up to the gili islands. It was a really nice little town and the hospitality we received in the little guesthouse we stayed in was great! We also picked up and 18 year old who really should not have been allowed to travel by herself as she was a complete liability!!! I felt like her mother!! (No, I’m not quite old enough yet for those of you thinking it!!!) The little town was really cute but not much going on. When I say not much...

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Flip flop's tour

Feb 19, 2010 - Lombok, Indonesia, February 19, 2010

Oh, the humidity (or the humanity suffering from it)! If the heat & humidity were not enough on Komodo to kill a person & only good for Dragons, then they followed us to Lombok like ugly twin sisters of fate. We found out our "twin sisters" would be following us for many a day until we get north of Manila, Philippines or at least until we get to Shanghai, China (then the smog & pollution will be accompanying the other "twin sisters"). Our early morning sunrise to Lombok was omen to what we should have known what the day was to be like-HOT!...

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Dec 10, 2009 - My 25th birthday !

We arrived early in the morning to the pier. Jon woke me up with a sweet Happy Birthday blew in my ears… (well he heated me during the night by accident so it compensated lol ) Once to the pier we shared a shuttle bus with jean-Luc to the main bus station. We stopped on the way to an ATM I needed some cash before going to the islands. The transaction didn’t work. I started to be worry. We took another bus from the main station to Bangsal ( the pier where we had to take a boat to the Gilis ) On the way we stopped to an ATM again and I have...

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Oct 20, 2009 - Gilli T

We left Bali at 6am, was supposed to an 8 hour trip via mini bus, Ferry, mini bus, boat, which turn out to be a 13 hour trip!!! But when we arrived on Gilli T it all seemed well worth it! The Gilli islands consist of 3 islands 1km apart and about 7km off the coast of Lombok. On the Gillies the are no dogs, cars or cops and according to the locals "No worries mate"(wannabe Aussies). Gilli T was amazing, a small island packed with pubs and restaurants all along the East side of the island. There is always a great party vibe with a Happy Hour...

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