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Jun 3, 2011 - Inspiration, move me brightly....

Light the song with sense of colour Hold away despair More than this I will not ask Faced with mysteries dark and vast Statements just seem vain at last Some rise, some fall, some climb To get to Terrapin.... Some dive .... to get to Terrapin. So I finally did it, I made it to 100 meters this week. Unbelievable. I am sitting here on the surface - at sea level - and it seems somewhat unreal to me that just a couple of days ago I was down that deep. Wow! It was a lot of work to get there. I'm hanging here on Gili Trawangan living and loving...

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May 14, 2011 - I see skies of blue..... clouds of white....

Bright blessed days..... Dark sacred nights And I think to myself..... What a wonderful world.... My days have been blessed and I am so full of wonder that I am overwhelmed at times. I'm back in Indonesia. I was a little fried from the road and burnt out from constantly being on the move so I decided to take a vacation from my vacation. I thought to myself no better place to go decompress then on an amazing little island that I found on my travels last year - Gili Trawangan. It is a small island off the north-west coast of Lombok which...

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May 14, 2011 - Gili Islands

We had an early start again! All hung over we climbed a bus that took us to our ferry to go to gili islands! when we arrived we arranged a room, had some food and than went straight to beach! I slept there for an hour! than I went to see the diving schools and made my choice! diving class will start tomorrow! I'm soooo excited! the next day reini and i had a long lay in and than breakfast together. Than the girls left to go to check out the island and than to the beach and i went to the diving school. I had a fresh'n up course at about...

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Fields of gold

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

Nov 10, 2010 - never try never know

That is a little saying here on the island that I love. Yesterday was a great last day on the island. Sam and I enjoyed the sun and then went snorkeling in the afternoon. It was amazing! We saw so many kinds of fish, coral, and even a jellyfish! The best part was when we saw a sea turtle swimming by, it was so exciting to see one and just made me think of the turtle dudes in Finding Nemo. Anyways, today we leave Gili T and head back to Bali. We have a flight tonight to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The plan is to spend the night there and then...

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Nov 8, 2010 - little slice of heaven

We are only a few days in to our trip and we have already seen and done so much. Let me recap our time in Bali. Sam and I woke up on Saturday to more rain in Kuta and were a little bummed, but hoped it would clear so we would be able to see and do all we wanted that day. We hired a driver for about $25 and had him drive us all around the island for the day. First we headed north to the Batur mountain. It is one of two active volcanoes in Bali. The last eruption was in 2000. We made it to the top of the mountain and ate lunch overlooking the...

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Aug 23, 2010 - May God bless and keep you always....

May your wishes all come true May you always do for others And let others do for you May you build a ladder to the stars And climb on every rung May you stay Forever young.... Selamat siang, (Good day) from Gili Trawangan. Here I am, caught in a sort of vortex, just slowly spinning from one day to the next. Living amongst the most amazing people - especially the locals. Meeting heaps of new friends. Doing lots of fantastic Technical Diving. Getting stretched, pulled and pummeled by the "Back Whisperer". Enjoying great meals and a...

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Aug 4, 2010 - 'Cause there's a place you've never been ....

Maybe a place you've never seen You can hear her calling on the wind Go on and drift your life away .... It's been a while since I've checked in. All is well, all is wonderful. I'm still in Indonesia and back on Gili Trawangan after an incredible journey to Komodo National Park. My adventures, both above and below the water, continue to thrill me and grow in intensity. I have been blessed over the last few weeks to sink to new depths, enjoy a blood pumping, beautiful dive with dolphins and a somewhat pointless hunt for dragons on land....

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Jul 19, 2010 - Once we grew into our shoes ....

We told them where to go Walked halfway around the world On promise of the glow.... Whew! Completely decompressed and chilling out in Gili Trawangan. It was a marathon 40 plus hours of travelling which took me from San Diego to LAX to Tokyo to Singapore to Jakarta to Mataram on Lombok where I took a taxi and then a boat to eventually make it back to Gili Trawangan, Indonesia. It was nice to arrive to some familiar faces and the people of the island who are extremely welcoming and warm and friendly. It was quite the journey but well worth...

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Jun 24, 2010 - Gili Islands

another paradise island...i recommend way more than i would ever recommend bali, as it is too loud, too touristy and too expensive!!! this island is a dream...great food, great atmosphere...and if you don't like the backpacker-island you can just change to gili meno or gili air, which are for families and honeymoons ;-) you have to look a bit for the nice, sandy beach as there are a lot of boats and corals everywhere, but you can go around the island in about 2 hours, which we did by bike! we were staying at scallywags...this place was...

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May 14, 2010 - Senggigi and Lombok

I didn't like Sengigi much, its an ugly place where the local inhabitants are only interested in grabbing the next tourist dollar even to the extent of walking into restaurants and hassling customers. I frequented a German bar in the evenings which had its share of expat customers who were good company as well as a mine of information. I think to make the best of Singigi its best used as a base to explore Lombok, the necessary bike hire is the cheapest on the island and the accomodation is reasonably priced. Day 1 I took a bumpy bike ride...

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Where's Malcolm?

May 7, 2010 - Gili Meno

Next up life on a very quiet tropical island - most people's idea of heaven, but in actual fact the reality is that without a good book then paradise quickly becomes dull. I was fortunate with my choice of resort, the excellent Sunset Gecko was managed by a Japanese guy who had everything predictably well organised - the food was excellent and the other guests were good company. When the weather cooperated and the sea was clear there was some excellent snorkelling on our doorstep albeit with a deceptively fast current. I did manage to...

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Where's Malcolm?

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