Jul 17 2012

Highlights of Indonesia’s Java

Published by under Java

Gunung Bromo is worth the effort and definitely lives up to the hype

Many people arrive in Indonesia with limited time to travel through this sprawling archipelago of more than 17,000 islands; typically they pick just a couple of islands to focus on, with Java being high on the list of choices. Many times during our travels through Java we’ve been asked about which places should not be … read the full post

Jul 16 2012

Beachwalk Bali

Published by under Shopping

There’s a new kid on the Bali mall block, and, for a mall, it’s rather pretty. We’ll put aside arguments about what our beachside Bali dream might be for now and look at the curvy new Beachwalk, across from Kuta beach, for what it aims to be. In summary, if we absolutely had to have … read the full post

Jul 14 2012

Cooking class at Hotel Tugu

Published by under Sights & activities

My eyes water just looking at this.

When I did my cooking class at Bali Asli recently, chef Penelope Williams told me it was worth checking out the cooking classes offered at Hotel Tugu due to their lovely surrounds. So I booked in for a half-day class, comprising a pick up, market visit, then cooking in the “warung”, a kitchen set up … read the full post

Jul 12 2012

Review: Warung Bunana

Published by under Food

dishes

UPDATE, October 2013: The┬áJalan Raya Kerobokan location has moved around the corner to Sunset Road, about 50 metres on the left as you come rom Raya Kerobokan. I was poised to write something about roti canai and how it’s the simple things in life that are often the best… and then I remembered we’d written … read the full post

Jul 09 2012

I’m in Jakarta, where do I go next?

Published by under Java

Bandung's volcano, Tangkuban Parahu

Many people arrive in Jakarta without a clear plan of where they will go in Java. In many ways, this is a mistake because this first impression of Java can be a very poor one and can encourage travellers to move as quickly as possible across the island. But with a bit of research, you … read the full post

Jul 07 2012

Cooking class at Bali Asli

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Ah, my definition of perfect prep -- prep done by someone else.

Suck on a lemon, then a lime, then a lemon again, the lemon will seem much sweeter; take a slice of kencur, a root essential to Balinese cooking, bite down on it a little and it will leave your tongue anaesthetically numb; take slices of ginger and smear over sunburn for relief — it’s cool … read the full post

Jul 04 2012

Munduk by motorbike

Published by under Munduk

After almost a week in Bali I had still only managed to acquire one two-word phrase of Indonesian, which is more than a little sad really. Fortunately, terima kasih is a phrase with a lot of mileage; it got me all the way from Denpasar to the magnificent volcanic highlands at Munduk and back again, … read the full post

Jul 03 2012

Bandung’s Kawah Putih

Published by under Java

It really is a thing of beauty, no?

Bandung is one of those cities that people visiting Java tend to skip through rather quickly, mainly because the surrounding activities all seem like too much of a hassle to get to. Kawah Putih to the south of Bandung is a case in point, but those with persistence will find a crater lake of staggering … read the full post

Jun 27 2012

Medewi beach, Bali: Learning to surf and enjoying a massage

Published by under West Bali

The walk up from Medewi Beach to the mosque. (photo taken on a different trip to Medewi)

What exactly does a travel writing scholarship entail? We’ve been busy finding out with New Zealander Hanna Butler, winner of the World Nomads/Rough Guides travel writing scholarship for 2012. We’re only two days in and we’ve surfed, been massaged, eaten and drunken and yes, we have driven quite a few miles. But what exactly is … read the full post

Jun 20 2012

Geological wonders around Garut, Java

Published by under Java

One of the great things about Java is that it’s home to an intense concentration of geological activity due its location on the rim of fire. This means frequent earthquakes, regular volcanic eruptions and an abundance of interesting active geological sites. Garut is one area on the island that in particular punches above its weight … read the full post

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