Monthly Archives: December 2013

Bali World

This has been nice time in my life. Getting to see a great deal of this mystical Island.  I downloaded the music from ‘South Pacific’ with the song ‘Bali Hai’. This captures the sense of this place.
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The first week was one of torerental rain storms.  It comes down very hard and seems to never stop. On Christmas Eve day the sun came out and everyone was outside enjoying rainfree Bali.

Christmas Day was another blue sky day.  I went to a beach North of Kuta and drank a watermelon juice and watched the magnificent sunset.

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Bali Sunset

Adi drove me on his motorbike to Ubud,  the center of Bali artists.  It rained the whole time.  We did have a nice lunch at the Dirty Duck restaurant which was a pleasant experience. There was a police convention going on a we saw almost every Bali cop there is.  They had a live band and played many American songs.

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Dirty Duck Ubud

We went to Arma Art Museum and saw many Bali paintings. We are going to go back to Ubud,  there are many things to see when it is not raining.

I ran into this group of Youngsters and tried to tune their guitar. Just could not get it into tune. So many isolated kids in this world. The Internet is the thing which gives them an opportunity to know what is out there in this world. I am sure many will want to be something else then a farmer.

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Bali Rice Terraces kids

Bali, Indonesia

Hard to believe that I am back here to this beautiful island of Bali. Staying in Legian, near Bali Kuta. This area is all built up but if you drive 20 minutes you are in the countryside.
My driver/tour guide, Adi from last year is driving me around again. I have taken him to a nice dinner here every night.  He was at the new airport with his friend with a van to pick me up. Really glad he did because the Singapore Airport was very crowded on Sunday morning. Although I had checked in online, and had a printed boarding pass, I stood in the Air Asia line to check in my bag almost two hours. The flight was delayed but easy. When I got to Bali I had to wait an hour and a half to get my passport stamped.

This international travel is hard work sometimes and actually not that glamorous most of the time. The fact is, no matter how hard it gets, it is worth it.

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It does look like this in some places


The first thing I did was go see the new Hobbit movie. The only seat left was in front in the second row…way too close. It has been a long time since I have enjoyed a movie as much as this one. (Maybe because it only cost $4.00).
Adi took me to the Bali Botanical Gardens which is a two hour drive north of Kuta. This was worth it, I liked the statues and the cactus exhibit.
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Cactus Exhibit


We then went to a Hindu Temple next to Bali’s largest lake. This is a real international tourist place and it was worth the trip. Nice things to do and see.
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I have more to add, but will do it on another post.

Goodbye Malaysia

Melaka is a tourist town for Chinese people. I was able to enjoy my time there by keeping busy each day walking around. I went to the new mall to see if there were any films to see…none that interested me. I did find a roller rink/disco on the 5th floor. I took a boat up the river and the next day I walked the river. I came across this guy…
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There is plenty of art here, many craftspeople making things and tourists buying it up. Plenty of paintings on buildings.
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It was time to head back to the ‘perfect’ City/Country of Singapore. Back in a nice hostel in Chinatown. My first day back I spent at the zoo. Nice day but tiring. Here are some pics:

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White Tiger

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Puma

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Sunday I am off to Bali for the holidays and then I will explore some more of Indonesia. Again….glad I am doing this and I know I am very lucky to be able to do it.

KL again then Melaka

3 days in KL, not much happened. Nice Indian food for dinner each night with the same result…the spices kept me awake most of the night.

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Indian food

Now that I was back in a real hostel I started to meet real people again. One guy Sasha from NYC just arrived and was looking for a motorcycle to ride around SE Asia. 3 USA ladies were in my dorm and were a bit obnoxious.  I met Lauren from Australia and she supports herself on line by editing and writing for a travel blog.

Tim from Nuremberg has 7 weeks in Asia and he works all year without a vacation just to travel in Asia.

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Tim from Germany

He loves beer and was great to hang with.

The bus to Melaka was caught in a Saturday traffic jam. Asia has too many cars. Melaka, another UNESCO World Heritage Site is a tourist place. I am sharing this place with half of China.

I am in a good hostel and I am enjoying talking to the beautiful Chinese girls here. They are always giggling and shopping and some dress very sexy.

I met a couple of young guys from the Philippines who are working here. I told them about all the places I have been to in their country and they were impressed.

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Pinoy friends

So now I have 3 days to walk the streets of this historic place. The straights of Mullica is the sea between Malaysia and Indonesian Sumatra. Now I have visited the place which guarded the north..Penang and the place which controlled the south..Melaka.  Here are some pixs of Melaka.

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Bride and Groom on their wedding day

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Melaka Mosque

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Off to Singapore in a few days, Bali in a week. Feeling real good about my trip. Staying happy…

A Week in Penang

I got very comfortable here. I was not in a backpacker hostel, just a very cheap hotel. But I made the most of it. Every day I went out and did something. On Sunday I walked to the ocean and went into St. George’s Anglican Church. This is the oldest Christian church in SE Asia.
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I was lucky to have caught a service there. It was very nice, a good sermon,  some nice music and short. Every time the collection plate comes around and think how generous my father was when it was time for collection.  I continue the tradition although I am a non-believing participant at these things.  I waa surprised that the Anglican clergy said something very nice about Pope Francis.

My next stop was the Cornwallis Fort next to the water. Cornwallis was the British General who surrendered at Yorktown.  I guess he had better luck in Malaysia.
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I walked through Little India and it felt like I was back in Amritsar. Today I took a ferry across to the mainland.

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Penang Ferry


I came back to Penang and took a bus along the coast to the other side of the island. It was nice to get out of the City.

There are plenty of high rise apartment buildings here and it looks like South Florida a bit. Of course this is Asia and it is filled with things you would never see any place else. The traffic is terrible. Way too many cars and motorbikes. It is difficult to walk the streets. Traffic is coming at you from all directions. You also have to watch for open drainage ditches.

I have my bus ticket for KL on Wednesday and I am glad to be heading out. A week here alone is enough. I think Penang is a great place to visit. I have felt good about this place, but it is time to move on. I got a $3.00 haircut here and that included a great head massage
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