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EL PARAISO EN EL MUNDO: LOVINA BEACH

Denpasar, Indonesia


Hola a todos,
Por fin hemos llegado a un paraiso terrenal: Denpasar, Bali.
Hemos "sufrido" mucho para llegar hasta aqui; aterrizamos como a las 14 hrs de ayer, solo que hicimos casi una hora formados en la inmigracion para poder obtener el visado y por lo tanto, la entrada. Durante estos casi 9 anios viajando he pasado por un monton de controles de inmigracion, y me parece que siempre tienen cara de pocos amigos, estan de mal humor o, en Europa, "te hacen el favor" de dejarte entrar; en este lugar, desde el primer momento en que pisas el suelo todo se traduce a una sonrisa, a una contestacion amable, a gestos suaves; como buena mexicana que soy estuve acostumbrada a este trato durante toda mi vida, y hoy me doy cuenta de que despues de casi una decada en Europa he perdido gran parte de ese talento que solo la gente humilde y sin estress te puede brindar. Lo he descubierto y me duele mucho haber cambiado, no se, es feo ver en que me he convertido en lo que odio: salir del trabajo (Ojo, trabajo que me encanta realizar) e ir en bus tratando de abrirte paso en medio de gente tan hosca y maleducada. Eso esta matandome. Porque yo no soy esa persona arisca y malhumorada que habeis conocido algunos de vosotros.
Lo siento mucho.
Aqui, en Bali, estamos alojados en un "hotelito" de 2 estrellas, joder! que no me imagino como seran los de 5 estrellas, porque este, esta de muerte!! Tiene una piscina preciosa en medio de dos edificaciones (que es donde estan las habitaciones), y justo frente al mar hay un pequenio restaurancito. Ayer mi amorcito y yo cenamos un rico pescadito, el carlitos como no bebe alcohol, ustedes ya lo saben, se empino su coca cola, y yo, pues voy probando las cervezas que el no se toma jajajaja me tuve que tomar una de aqui, de la tierra (en Hong Kong creo que la botella era de un litro jijiji) Lo bueno es que aun no tengo que ir a Alcoholicos anonimos para hablar de mis problemas espirituales jajajaja.
En fin. Seguro que Carlos es capaz de explicaros mejor que yo este precioso lugar. Ya escribira algo el (en cuanto termine de ver no se que en el otro ordenador)
A todos mis amigos y familia os mando un abrazo muy fuerte desde este precioso lugar, y me gustaria que supierais que os recuerdo a cada uno muy frecuentemente con todo mi carinio.

Un besazo a todos.

Noemi

permalink written by  Noemi y Carlos on June 3, 2008 from Denpasar, Indonesia
from the travel blog: NUESTRO VIAJE POR ASIA Y ALGO MAS...
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RADIO INDOESIA

Denpasar, Indonesia


Hola compaƱeros y amigos,
Desde esta piscina al lado del mar, entre cocoteros y otros arboles frutales quiero comentaros como cada dia tengo mas claro que el paraiso se encuentra ente el tropico de cancer y el de capricornio. La mejor manera de describirlo es por el intenso olor de sus plantas, por humedad del mar y la sonrisa de su gente.

Ayer por la noche disfrutamos de nuestra primera cena con el mar como testigo, Que quereis que os diga? La vida es asi de cabrona, unos viviendo tan bien y otros tan jodidos, no lo digo lo de jodido por vosotros, que ya se un poquito lo estais, sino por esta gente que no puede disfrutar de nuestro paraiso que mas bien parece su infierno.
Bueno, aparte de eso, esta noche me comere mi segundo pescadito.
Hoy hemos dedicado a pasear y disfrutar de las frutas del pais. Como siempre, paso de museos y otras cosas "culturales" Que quereis que os diga? Soy del Pueblo y pertenezco al Pueblo, asi que disfruto mas viendo a los pescadores trabajar que todas esas Piedras culturales o Acaso cualquiera de las Piedras que os rodean normalmente, no os contarian historias mas interesantes?
Despues de casi 2 semanas de viaje, solo puedo deciros que "COMO TODAS LAS DROGAS, VIAJAR, REQUIERE DE UN AUMENTO CONSTANTE DE LA DOSIS" eso ya lo sabeis los que viajais y los que no....vale la pena una droga como esta.

Y recordad que el mejor de vuestros viajes es el proximo.
Estas frases no son mias, pero me permito el lujo de utilizarlas porque para eso fueron escritas.
Hoy voy a dejar ya de soltaros el rollo porque me he puesto muy romantico y muy tierno, asi que, maniana espero estar mas inspirado.
Espero recopilar todas las anecdotas que vayan sucediendo, que se que os gusta el morbo.

Si quereis ver fotos xxx debereis de pagar!

Un beso y un abrazo a todos.

P.D. Que pasa con mis sobrinos que no me escriben???
Hola Paula, como estas? No sabemos nada de ti.
Besos y abrazos,
Carlos

permalink written by  Noemi y Carlos on June 4, 2008 from Denpasar, Indonesia
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Denpasar, Indonesia


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permalink written by  evaway on February 20, 2009 from Denpasar, Indonesia
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Waiting for the ticket!

Sydney, Australia


So I would love to write how excited I am and how I'm getting all prepared to go and checking in with my visa and passport etc. BUT I'M NOT!

I am waiting for the ticket!

Interesting Story.....

My company recently had their Annual Charity Golf Day- in this day is an auction and Garuda were generous enough to donate a ticket to Jakarta, Indonesia. I bid on it, but once it got to $400 I was out. BUT I know the guy from garuda well so I said " If I ever need a ticket to Bali I will call you." This was on the 14th August. That very evening I get a call from my friend saying " I need someone to go to bali with me, wanna come?" Ummmmmmmmmmm FREAKY!

So I call my Garuda person to arrange the ticket, this is Monday 17th, AND THEN that Afternoon, I get an email from the man who bought the ticket stating he can no longer use it and would I like to buy it for $300 for Charity and he will donate the rest! AGAIN Hell yes!!

So all this good fortune and freakiness of coincidential events has lead to this..... me now discussing with Garuda to fly to Jakarta, or Bali, or Jakarta then bali, on the 17th or the 18th or come back on the 26th, wait I gotta be back on the 26th...... Argh!

So Monday is the day! COME ON BALI TICKET!

Let's get excited!

In the meantime I have managed to get in contact with the Vice President of the Balinesian Tourist Board through a friend in Indonesia.... Smooth sailing me hopes!

permalink written by  Lovelly on August 26, 2009 from Sydney, Australia
from the travel blog: Bali Bliss
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Hawaiian Beaches, United States


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permalink written by  onesimpletech on November 2, 2009 from Hawaiian Beaches, United States
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Lovina Beach: Love the Rain!

Singaraja, Indonesia



We left Probolinggo in the early evening, escorted to an executive bus on a main road and we soon fell asleep after a busy day. When we woke up we found ourselves in Bali and heading along the north coast, our destination, Lovina Beach. We arrived around 4.30am and iwere welcomed by the rain that we would get to know very well during our stay! We asked for directions to a guesthouse and then stretched our legs, walking around 5km with backpacks to the place with the sun coming up to our right and the animals waking the locals. Finally we arrived and were met by another guesthouse owner who easily convinced us to stay in his newly finished [and very exclusive] top room, an oppotunity to relax in comfort and take a shower in the outside bathroom with sea view! Nice!

Nous avons quitte Probolinggo par le bus de nuit pour nous reveiller a Bali. Ce qui nous a marque dans le bus, c'est leur facheuse habitude de mettre la clim a fond (alors que la chaleur reste tres supportable, surtout la nuit!) pour ensuite distribuer des couvertures afin que les gens n'aient pas froid!! Nous avons carrement sorti nos sacs de couchage !! Allez comprendre... Nous sommes finalement arrive sur la cote nord a 4h30 a Lovina Beach, sous la pluie, et avons decide de marcher les 5 km qui nous separaient de notre guest house avec nos 15kg sur le dos. Nous avions besoin de nous detendre les jambes et cela nous permettait de decouvrir l'endroit ou nous etions, le temps que le soleil se leve. Enfin arrive, nous avons profite de la salle de bain sur le balcon avec vue sur mer par une bonne douche chaude bien meritee! On adoooooore!

To be honest, there was not a lot to do in Lovina Beach itself and th best part was renting a moped and shooting off into the hills to discover the GitGit Waterfalls, temples and surrounding countryside. This option is also much cheaper and convenient than taking organised trips with either the guesthouse or another local agency. The waterfalls were nice but better not talk about 'the hammock'! The temples were everywhere and after a while it became much more interesting just to roam the county roads and discover the places we would otherwise not have seen.

We also had the fortune to make it to the lakes 'danau tamblingan' and 'danau buyan' just before the rain arrived. We had a great lunch and then the heavens opened, meaning we had to stay inside for an hour before getting soaked anyway on te journey back. After ten minutes your feet and everything are soaked and there really is no getting away from it. Then there are the lorries which cover you in a blanket of water off the road too. It was an experience and introduction to the real 'rainy season'!


Lovina Beach n'etait pas vraiment ce qu'on attendait... endroit touristique pour aller nager avec les dauphins sans charme. Alors nous avons decide de louer un scooter pour decouvrir les alentours: la cascade Git-Git, les temples et les beaux points de vue du haut des montagnes proche des lacs tramblingan et buyan. Tout se passait tres bien nous mangions a l'exterieur, admirant la vue sur les lacs... jusqu'au moment ou des enormes nuages gris arrivent en un rien de temps, et une minute apres : pluie tropicale!!! hum les pates (mie goreng) a la pluie!

Optimistes, nous avons decide d'attendre a l'interieur du restaurant que la pluie se calme un peu... en vain... et il fallait bien rentrer! Alors sans aucun equipement de pluie (bien sur c'est toujours comme ca) nous avons repris la route en evitant l'aquaplanning. Nous avons mesure ce que l'expression "trempe jusqu'aux os" voulait dire! Mais a ce moment la, nous n'avions pas encore rencontre le gros camion qui venait en sens inverse... deja qu'on y voyait plus rien et qu'on avait la bouche grand ouverte pour respirer, un gros SPLACH d'eau nous a totalement submerge!! c'etait tellement enorme qu'on s'arretait plus de rire (nerveusement a ce stade!).

Equipped with our new raincoats [imagine a small tent on wheels] we decided to go west along the northern coast of Bali until Permuteran. In the morning we stopped at the local hot springs for little dip and the chance to meet local people. Lenaic felt a little uncomfortable in her swimming costume so she decided to keep some clothes on and not make any cultural statements. After this we got back on the road, passing through Pulaki and then finally landing in Permuteran, where we enjoyed a relaxing couple of hours on a nice beach and with some gorgeous food! The sun beating down and still no sign of the rain, we returned to Lovina and saw out the night at the restaurant which had become our little reliable place!

The usual entertainment was provided by the two young lads who served us each night and on the first night brought us home. They got the chance to practice both their English and French and we got a small insight into a backstreet but local place to eat, of course complete with cats and flying insects! The next morning it was time to leave but not without seeing the street dog which followed us for a good 30 minutes along the main road one last time. A sad sight but a reminder of another way of life!

Equipes de nos nouveaux ponchos de pluie, nous avons decide d'aller explorer la cote nord-ouest de Bali. En chemin nous nous sommes arretes aux hot springs, une source d'eau chaude dans laquelle vont se baigner les locaux. Par pudeur j'ai garde un vetement par dessus mon maillot de bain car les femmes se baignaient toutes habillees! et hop, de nouveau sur le scooter en partance pour Pulaki et Permuteran ou nous avons profite d'une belle plage. Magnifique! C'est la ou nous aurions du aller! Mais non, il nous a fallu repartir vers Lovina sous un soleil de plomb (toujours pas de pluie...finalement ca rafraichit la pluie!)

Nous sommes directement alle a ce qui etait devenu notre repere du soir, "kiki restaurant" avec ses insectes, ses chats et ses 2 serveurs mythiques qui ne loupaient pas une occasion de nous parler pour pratiquer leur francais et anglais. Ils etaient bien sympa. Le lendemain matin il etait deja temps de repartir mais pas avant d'avoir revu le chien sauvage qui nous avait suivi durant une demi-heure la veille le long de la rue. C'etait triste mais reflete bien la realite de Bali qui est une ile remplie de chiens qui vivent sur le bord de la route a la recherche d'ordures. Le probleme est que ces chiens dorment sur la route, traversent a tout bout de champs et qu'un accident est tres vite arrive.


permalink written by  Lenameets50 on January 10, 2010 from Singaraja, Indonesia
from the travel blog: Indonesia & Malaysia et al 2010
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The town of meeting people and shopping!

Ubud, Indonesia



After Lovina and all the rain we arrived in Ubud, a small cultural shopping city north of Denpassar, Bali. On the bus we met a couple of French guys, a couple of Dutch girls and a German guy, Sirko. Together with Sirko we checked into a guesthouse with a swimming pool on the main street [Monkey Forest Road] and then started to discover some of the best food had on the trip so far! After the delicious curry in Permeturan i thought it would be difficult to find better on the island, however over the three days in Ubud i can't recall eating or drinking one bad thing! Gorgeous food and lots of coffee milkshakes and really fresh juices!

On the first day we did a bit of shopping in the famous tourist market there and then in the evening we went for a meal together with some Dutch people we had met in the guesthouse in Yogyakarta. We also started to spend a lot of time sorting laundry [after the rain] and the next part of our trip, leaving Bali and reaching somewhere in Flores [...and somehow more importantly!].

Apres Lovina, Ubud! La ville des rencontres! Dans le bus nous avons rencontres des francais, des hollandaises et surtout Sirko, un allemand. Nous sommes reste dans le meme homestay, proche de la foret aux singes, et avons passe nos 2 jours a profiter ensemble de la bonne nourriture et des fantastiques cocktails pur jus a tomber par terre. Le premier jour, nous sommes alle au marche (pour les touristes hein) faire quelques emplettes. Dur dur les negociations! Sinon Ubud est une ville tres agreable ou il fait bon se promener. On s'y sent bien. Et vu que c'est la ville des rencontres, nous sommes tombes par hasard sur 2 couples de hollandais qu'on avait rencontre a Yogjakarta!

On the second day of our stay, we rented a scooter and headed off into the country surrounding Ubud and in truth it didn't start that well. We went to a place called the elephant cave and neither did we see any elephants or enjoy it. It just felt like on big tourist trap with people on every corner asking you either to pay them to be their guide or to enter their 'different' temple! There wasn't anything that special about it and the most amusing part was watching a couple of europeans doing some yoga/meditation by a pool as their master had a shifty cigarette while sitting on a stone and giving the odd chant. Why would you do that in a place like that? Serenity i think not. However the afternoon got much better, plane ticket confirmed to Maumere [Flores] for the next day and the discovery of the places where they make much of the stuff for sale on the market and stalls.

While asking for directions we were invited in by a lovely lady who made plates like we had bought at GitGit waterfalls [70Rph]. She showed us the processing and even let me break a few things trying, then at a very reasonable price she sold us four coasters that we appreciate greatly. The real price of the plate was revealed as 15Rph and the starting price of the stall seller had been 150Rph! On the way home we stopped off at a sublime cafe overlooking a rice field and as the rain came and the rainbows formed, we sat back and enjoyed a few drinks!

Then on the way home i reaslied that i had lost my wallet, that sinking natural feeling that is confirmed on opening the bag! We went back as night fell and the rain fell - thankfully after another scare and breaking their toilet door - Lenaic discovered the wallet, saved me and landed me a sarong from a lady who had helped for 40Rph!!! Thankfully a good end to the day was completed with more great food in Sirko's company and in the morning we had a flight to catch...

"Le deuxieme jour, nous avons loue un scooter pour nous balader autour d'Ubud, decouvrir l'elephant cave (bof-bof sauf pour voir des europeens en pleine seance de yoga/meditation avec un maitre et tout...dans un lieu tres touristique), un vieux chaudron (qu'on a jamais trouve), et les fameuses rizieres en terrasses (magnifiques). De petites routes en petites routes, on s'est un peu perdu. Et c'est en demandant notre chemin qu'on est tombe sur une dame tres gentille qui tenaient un atelier de fabrication d'assiettes au decor de mozaique, justement les meme qu'on avait achete quelques jours plus tot ( beaucoup plus cher que son prix de vente, degoutes!). Elle nous invite a venir voir le processus de fabrication, Brian s'essaie a couper une plaque de verre pour en faire des petits bouts, pas facile, c'est un coup de main a prendre!

Une fois notre chemin retrouve, nous nous sommes arrete boire un milkshake (encore!) dans un endroit avec vue panoramique sur des rizieres. Jusque la tout allait bien mais alors qu'on rentrait sur Ubud, Brian se demande ou est son portefeuille....aie aie aie, il ne l'a pas! Et hop de retour a l'endroit du milkshake...qui entre temps avait ferme! On alerte un voisin qui gentillement nous aide. Il verifie dans les toilettes en demontant la serrure...rien. Par chance, il etait la ou on s'etait assis... ouf!"La femme du voisin n'a cependant pas perdue le nord, elle est arrivee avec ses sarongs a vendre! Brian lui en a pris un histoire de remercier.



permalink written by  Lenameets50 on January 13, 2010 from Ubud, Indonesia
from the travel blog: Indonesia & Malaysia et al 2010
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Kuta get out of here!

Denpasar, Indonesia


We spent two nights and one day at Kuta Beach before our flight out of Indonesia and onto Singapore. Kuta is a former paradise that has been destroyed by mass tourism and we were told this all along the way, hence why we didn't go. The only interesting aspect was the memorial to the victims of the Bali bombings in 2002, including many Australians, British and French too. The area surrounding the memorial throngs with trendy and not-so-trendy bars, blasting music and westerners clad in Bintang vests, not so great for us! We used our time to catch up on this blog and sort a few emails and details out. See you in Singapore.

Avant de prendre notre avion pour Singapour, nous sommes restes 2 jours a Kuta Bali, desormais celebre endroit pour le surf et la fete....et son attentat a la bombe en 2002. Un grand memorial a ete construit avec le nom de tous les morts a cet endroit. Majoritairement des autraliens et indonesiens, avec aussi des anglais et des francais. Triste paysage avec autour toujours autant de bars et boites de nuit qui semblent concourir pour l'etablissement qui fera le plus de bruit! Ca nous change de Gili! Du coup, on a rattrape le temps perdu et mis a jour le blog (d'ou toutes ces entrees d'un coup!).


permalink written by  Lenameets50 on February 1, 2010 from Denpasar, Indonesia
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Bali

Ubud, Indonesia


5th and 6th at sea.Excellent lectures by Dr.Michael Boll on American Mid-East policy and Russia.Tue will be on North Korea.

We anchored in Padang Bay and tendered in.The day was overcast so most of us took an umbrella from the ship.(This is the rainy season) My tour was called "Colors of Bali".Our first visit was to an 11th century temple,quite interesting.We had to cover our legs,even if wearing pants,though not our arms,surprisingly,so we were given sarongs to wear.The men donned them reluctantly and most of them looked quite amusing with them on.


We then saw a Balinese folk tale performed on an open stage.We were all given a sheet with the explanation in our language of choice,otherwise no one could have followed what was going on.A tiger entered early on and the two men in the remarkably elaborate costume were magnificent.They cavorted around,opened and closed the wooden mouth noisily and lay down to sleep.I don't know how all the actors managed in the heat and humidity,even though the heat was abated by the grey skies.


We learned that there are 13,700 islands in Indonesia.The Dutch came in 1908 and an uprising evicted them in 1942.Then the Japanese invaded and we saw many bunkers from their occupation.
After the war the monarchy was dissolved and Indonesia became independent.
East Bali is mostly Hindu while West Bali is Muslim
People live in small communities with a central meeting house.All know each other so crime is practically non-existent.
The caste system is prevalent but slowly dying out.The people are generally poor.Those who could afford air conditioning prefer to do without it.They believe that nature is healthier.
We had a lovely buffet lunch in a well known restaurant,then want to a silver manufacturer where we saw lovely filigree work.Our last stop was to see wood carvings,some very large and elaborate,some very small and delicate.They use ebony,mahogany,sandalwood,silkwood and others.
At each coach stop we were surrounded by men and women selling cloth and carvings.I did not buy a thing.




permalink written by  edoyle on March 8, 2011 from Ubud, Indonesia
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come to indonesia

Denpasar, Indonesia


i Love Indonesia..
I love Bali..
The best Island I the world..
see you soon bali..


permalink written by  baligreen on November 26, 2013 from Denpasar, Indonesia
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