Jul 07 2012

Cooking class at Bali Asli

Published by under Sights & activities

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

Jun 18 2012

Review: Cheap food in Seminyak, Warung Murah

Published by under Food

Just eat it.

I kicked off a series on cheap Indonesian food in Seminyak a while back and am continuing with a little post on Warung Murah, which translates, literally, as cheap roadside restaurant. Located on busy Jalan Laksmana/Oberoi/Eat Street, it’s actually better than roadside, being a proper three-walled restaurant, but the food mentality here is the same: … read the full post

Jun 07 2012

El Parque

Published by under Kids,Seminyak

UPDATE: El Parque has closed. El Parque, a playground and cafe for children and their parents, opened in Seminyak a few months ago and is a great addition to a fairly slim scene when it comes to easy places to take very young kids in Bali, particularly in Seminyak. Yes, there’s Cubbyhouse, but you have … read the full post

May 30 2012

Review: Lacalaca Bali

Published by under Food,Seminyak

There’s a new kid on Bali’s Mexican block, and she’s a beauty. Well located on Jalan Drupadi just around the corner from Eat Street, Lacalaca offers a short but beautiful Mexican menu in pretty but not silly surrounds. Come here for the quesadilla, stay for the bloody yummo habaneros sauce. We popped in here a … read the full post

May 28 2012

Things to do in Java’s Bogor

Published by under Java

Many people travelling to Indonesia enter through the capital, Jakarta, which immediately challenges visitors to move on find the next location check out. Of course different people choose different destinations based on the type of journey they are on, but the difficulty of where to head next remains the same. Some jump on the first … read the full post

May 27 2012

Where’s a good place for cheap Indonesian food in Seminyak? Part 3

Published by under Food,Seminyak

We’ve covered some cheap Indonesian eats in the Legian area of Seminyak already, so now we’re turning our attention to the Laksmana/Petitenget loop, where despite the ever-growing numbers of fancy boutiques and pricey restaurants, you’ll still find some bargain eats. A few years ago I interviewed chefs here in Bali about where they like to … read the full post

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