Friday, 26 April 2013

Ubud - Indonesia

For all the hoopla I had heard about Bali, I have to say I was very disappointed as I mentioned here but luckily not far away is the spiritual center of Ubud which is a tranquil shot of bliss (if such a thing exists). Rice fields, monkey sanctuaries, rain forests, waterfalls are among the highlights. Forget about sleeping in as the local wildlife is buzzing from the wee hours.  Here are some pics and video.







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Thursday, 25 April 2013

All aboard the bus..Indonesia Style

Travel in Asia can be a little chaotic at the best of times and space is a premium luxury not often afforded to budget travelers.  Case in point, this 3 hour ride in a minivan with official seat capacity for 9 people which at one point had 17 people with luggage. Comfy! Check the video below.

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Saturday, 20 April 2013

Prambanan, Indonesia

We visited the impressive 9th century Hindu temple compound (one of the largest in South East Asia and a UNESCO World Heritage Site). There was a local school tour where the kids obviously didn't have much interaction with pasty face westerners like us, so we were immediately inundated with requests for photos and felt like celebs for 15 seconds.  There is a night show with dinner and the backdrop of the illuminated temples which is well worth seeing.    







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Sunday, 14 April 2013

Yogyakarta - Indonesia

The more time I am back in the 'comfort' of the West the more I think about the pleasure of the East which was not so comfortable at the time. Here are some pics / vid from Indonesia. 


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Monday, 8 April 2013

Mount Bromo Volcano - Indonesia

This spectacular active volcano in Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park, was one of the highlights of our trip to East Java, Indonesia.  You can take a trip by jeep to the heart of the crater but the real jewel is watching the sunrise from a distance.  Enjoy the pics.





    
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Monday, 1 April 2013

Watch Town, Guangzhou, China

Guangzhou, China is not exactly on the main tourist trek but anyone in retail will be more than familiar with this industrial city.  Different neighborhoods are home to blocks of shops selling the same thing. The video below is from 'watch town' where you can buy real and fake watches in bulk and all accessories to along with them. There were no shortage of customers when we were there. 


We bumped into a very strange bunch of kids doing an even stranger photo shoot.
As always there is a classic 'Ching-lish' sign to amuse..


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