Wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas, hope you all enjoy a safe and happy holiday spent in the company of friends and family. I have been busy writing the Balinese tour blog, as you could imagine it is quite a long story to tell, complete with photographs. Stay tuned for it sometime after Christmas.
Bali Adventure Comes to an End
Hello and Good Morning from Bali
Today is our final day on this truly beautiful island. These past 10 days have been absolutely cracking!
I decided that I will be updating my travel diary blog when I return home as I haven't had enough time to sit down and write it. We have filled the time since my last post with many fantastic adventures. We've been on day tours, exploring markets, dining out & catching sunsets. I have been using my phone to keep my blog updated but it is pretty time consuming. Plus; I want to be able to share my photographs that I have taken with my DSLR to accompany the tales, but I can't do so until I get home.
I must admit travelling overseas is exceptionally difficult when you have Fibromyalgia and it really takes a heck of a lot out of your system. Regardless of the pain & fatigue I've endured and as much as I wish that I could engage in the more adventurous activities like I did in my youth, I wouldn't change the experiences that my wife & I have had for anything in the world..
I'm really looking forward to getting home, seeing my family, the dogs and just relaxing. I'm also looking forward to sitting down on my computer and editing all of the photographs that I have snapped during our ten day stay.
My wife & I have loved every minute we have spent together in Indonesia and we both agreed that someday we will be back!
Jason 'Skett13' Asplin
Good evening from Bali!
Today my wife & I decided to walk down new market lanes and head for the big shopping malls of Kuta. Before we left I decided to copy a list of prices we should expect to pay for items because we made the mistake of paying way too much for a tshirt after not familiarising ourselves with the currency. It cost 22,000 RP but spent 220,000 RP by accident. Ouch!
Today though, we walked for what seemed like miles (turned out to be about a Kilometre) before ducking into a Circle K to grab an ice cream and new bottles of water after running out quite quickly in the Balinese heat. Rehydrated, we stumbled out onto Jalan Legian and continued our way by foot to Lippo Plaza on Sunset Road in Kuta, before the heat started taking it's toll.
Hot & flustered we were approached by a man on a scooter at an intersection who wanted to sell (scam) something timeshare related and tried to hand us cards which we politely declined. He proceed to tear it open and tell us we had magically won 2 "free" tshirts but we ignored him and kept on going. We were glad that we were warned about that kind of thing before we left. A little unsure of where we were, we found a tour agent vendor who told us where it was and that we should back track to the previous intersection and take a Taxi.
Seeing that timeshare guy wanting our attention again, we quickly jumped in the taksi (taxi). Without thinking (and we were warned against doing so) we agreed on a price of 100,000 RP and headed for Lippo Plaza. Once we got to the Plaza we got out of the taksi and stepped inside the nice cool air conditioned shopping centre. We looked around and my wife said it was much smaller than she thought. In truth it was tiny and had very little to offer. After a quick Google search using the free wifi, it turned out we muddled up our shopping centres and were at the wrong place. Where we actually wanted to go was Lippo Mall. but we sat down and enjoyed a coffee anyway.
After our refreshment we headed outside, we hailed another taksi and immediately asked for the meter to be on (having learnt our lesson) and headed for Lippo Mall. We traveled much further but only spent less than 30,000 RP this time round. We also pulled off the bluff of having been here before much more convincingly this time too!
Bubba Gump Shrimp. A Forrest Gump themed restaurant in Kuta, Bali Indonesia.
We finally arrived at Lippo Mall and it was much, much bigger than Lippo Plaza! We decided to do a quick browse and then get something to eat from the food court. Ordering food there was an interesting experience! We went to order and were informed that we had to get a pre paid card from the central counter before we could order. After eating, we returned to the counter and got a refund of the money left on the card and then headed for a shop my wife had seen a tshirt she liked earlier.
We then returned outside, chatted to some locals and walked along the road searching for interesting things. We then came across Jalan Kartika Plasa, another big retail shopping mall and browsed around there too.
We took the back exit and walked out onto a Kuta Beach with old fishing Junkers anchored off the shoreline behind the breakers. We stopped and took some photos and take in a bit of the sunset before heading back for the main road. We decided to take a taksi back to our hotel as we were well and truly exhausted by this point. Along the way we passed by the waterpark and Bubba Gump Shrimp, a Forrest Gump themed restaurant that we have since been told is really good. Our taksi driver Ervan was great, he gave us a few pointers as to good tour operators who are much cheaper than Buffilo Tours, who can take us to Ubud in a couple of days time.
After we got back to the hotel, my wife & I went across the street to the mart and got some snacks and more water bottles. I swear, I've never drank so much water before in my life! The heat and humidity really takes it out of you here. We also realised alcohol is far cheaper there than in our hotel and made a mental note of it for later. We pigged out a little on a bag of French Fries style potato chips with chilli dipping sauce and headed downstairs to the swimming pool to lounge out and take a dip.
I had a vision of a shot I wanted to take since we got here of our hotel but decided to leave my DSLR in our room as it was a little cloudy. After a while though I started regretting it, as the full moon broke out from behind the clouds and rose up over the ornate entrance to our hotel. I swam over to the ledge and asked my wife if she could return to our room and get it for me. A few minutes later she returned with my camera gear and I set my camer up on my travel tripod and waded over to the swim up bar in the middle of the pool. I set the tripod up on the counter and shot the stunning moon rise. Now I just wish I had brought my laptop with us, so I could share it with everyone! For now though I'll have to keep you updated with shots from my iPhone
Hello From Tropical Bali
Arrived in Legian yesterday evening after a pretty crazy day. Started the day waking up at 5am (after going to bed at 1:30am, the night before) and arrived well on time at Perth Airport. My wife and I were sitting at the Airport Bar when alarms started ringing all around us and we were promptly evacuated from the terminal. We gathered outside for less than about an hour, until we were allowed back inside. The flight left on time but we had to double check our airport transfer documents just in case we were late. We discovered that our ETA in Bali was the time our flight left Perth Airport so we hastily rang Flight Centre & Buffalo Tours to make sure everything was OK. It turned out to be a misprint so it was all good! We hit a little bit of turbulence during the flight but nothing major and we were delayed by ground staff by about 15mins, who were doing runway inspections during the time we were supposed to land. With the volcanic eruption on the nearby island of Lombok, the sky was a little hazy but got to see a little bit of the Bali coast line from the air as we circled until we could land. After we landed my brain was well and truly buggered, as too was my wife's! She left her boarding pass on the plan and started to worry as we approached the customs desk which stated to provide it and I had forgotten how many days we were spending in the country. We managed to be let into the country though and what a beautiful country it is!
We passed through customs, walked out into the arrival section of Denpasar airport and changed our money to Indonesian Rupiah. We felt like multimillionaires for the first time and then spotted our driver holding our name aloft above the crowd of drivers and taxi drivers pleading for us to choose them. Our driver had someone make us leis out of frangipani flowers and we got into the mini bus which was booked by us alone and headed for the hotel.
The sunset over a pair of surfers at Legian Beach Bali, Indonesia (taken with iPhone 5)
We were told by a friend to say we had been to Bali 3 times to avoid being scammed but we couldn't keep up the charade long as my wife had mispronounced a place badly but the driver laughed it off and told us not to worry. Our hotel in Legian is amazing as I finish this blog I'm sitting by the pool on our 2nd day in Bali watching the full moon rise above the entrance with a cocktail with my wife and I'm spewing I decided to put the camera in the safe after spending the afternoon on the beach catching the sunset with a few drinks. Today has been an adventure, we walked along the market strip and down to the foreshore and caught a game of beach football (soccer), relaxed with a few drinks, watched tiny micro bats darting above enjoying an evening feast and then got slightly lost and had a chuckle with a guy at the tourist booth when we were less than 500m from the turn off we overshot. Looking forward to shooting some more shots with the Nikon D610 tomorrow after getting a feel of the place today.
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