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Rice, rice, rice...and more rice!

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After the now reliable flight delay with Air Asia, we again spent nearly the whole day travelling from Java to Bali on a flight which only takes just over an hour:) Arrived in the Ubud region at a nice resort overlooking the rice paddies and in the small village of Mas. Had one relaxing day for Miss T in the pool before getting up at 4am the following day to visit the stunning Bilembeng rice terraces with a photographic guide. Slipping and sliding down the moist, moss covered paths in the weak dawn light, M and T squatted down and slid down on their runners! A slipped on the concrete half falling into the adjacent water ditch but fortunately he managed to save the camera. The effort was worth it though as I hope you will see in (mostly A's) photos below. M's photos have been appearing on the Adtamo Facebook page because she takes so long to process these in photoshop! M's also discovering the delights of Bali coffee.

Oh, and M left a little of herself behind in the rice terraces after having to take her morning constitution just like the locals! And A almost had to leave a shoe behind as it disappeared into the quagmire like mud in a 'sticky' rice paddy much to the delight of the locals!

What do you think we had for dinner that night? Yep, rice in the form of Nasi Goring :)

Had some time in Ubud itself yesterday, with Miss T and M experiencing yet another facial for the princely sum of $7 whilst A sampled some bamboo and vanilla bean ice cream. Fx

Belimbing rice fields 1

Belimbing rice fields 1

Belimbing rice fields 2

Belimbing rice fields 2

Belimbing rice fields 3

Belimbing rice fields 3

Belimbing rice fields 4

Belimbing rice fields 4

Belimbing rice fields 5

Belimbing rice fields 5

Ubud rice paddy

Ubud rice paddy

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Bikes, tofu and temples of Borobudur

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Taking all day to travel to the Indonesian Island of Java with a 2 hour flight delay, half an hour waiting for our luggage, followed by an hour and a half drive to Borobudur, we sank into bed ready for the early get up for sunrise over Borobudur temple. Unfortunately, it took us until the final morning to get sunrise from the amazing temple. Our sunsets were non existent unfortunately - such is the cloud build up during the day in the tropical environment of Indonesia. We still managed to get some sort of acceptable photos. And staying in a hotel (while not a great hotel) right next to the main temple was much more acceptable to Miss T as she slept while Mum and Dad climbed the steep steps of the temple to take photos!

We had a great time cycling through the villages surrounding Borobudur, stopping at a house where the elderly couple made palm sugar for the village, a tofu making place and pottery centre, where M had yet another go at throwing clay. We cycled mostly the quiet roads of the villages, but travelled for a short time on the busy roads when travelling towards the markets. Certainly not the scary experience that we imagined - much safer than battling the school pick up time at home with all those mothers! Indonesian roads, while chaotic - drivers and motorcycle riders are so much more aware of each other and far more courteous than their Australian counterparts!

Borobudur temple sunrise

Borobudur temple sunrise

Borobudur temple

Borobudur temple

Young monk

Young monk

Misty sunrise

Misty sunrise

Java woman

Java woman

Tofu

Tofu

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Sunrises and sunny people

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Just spent two days touring and photographing Bali. Adrian had us in fits of laughter one early morning when we left our hotel room to meet our driver when he exclaimed "I forgot my teeth"!

A lovely sunrise at Sanur on Friday morning and a afternoon tour to Padang Padang beach followed by sunset at Uluwatu temple - a small temple perched high on a cliff over the open ocean. A cheeky monkey leapt onto Monique's face and pinched her sunglasses. Luckily there was a well prepared tour guide there ready to retrieve hats and glasses with a bag of bananas. Proving too tempting to the monkey, the monkey dropped the glasses in favour of the banana.

Miss T and Monique had a 'fish spa' where fish eat the dead skin layer on your feet. Amazing - wish they could do this to my entire leg!

Another early get up on Saturday morning much to the dismay of Miss T to tour with a photographic guide. He took us back to Sanur where we got to photograph the classic long boats. Unfortunately the tide was not quite low enough to get those classic shots, but will be testing Monique's photoshop skills to see what she can pull off! Our guide had organised a retired fisherman to throw his fishing net so we could photograph him in the early morning light. Amazing! We then visited another stunning rice terrace, followed by a river dam where 4 boys performed their 'water' show. Throwing water in unison on the count of three made for terrific photographs. Our tour was extended at the suggestion of our guide to visit a Padanas leaf fighting festival in the village of Tenganan. Men armed with a woven small 'shield' and beat each other with the thorny pandanas leaves. The scratches and cuts are apparently healed by turmeric and salt - ouch! The visit to Tenganan was made all the more thrilling for the Wheary Travellers when the driver said he couldn't park very close the village and summoned three motor scooter riders to take us there. No time for Miss T to protest we straddled the motorcycle and scootered our way through the village.

Sanur beach sunrise

Sanur beach sunrise

Sanur sunrise 2

Sanur sunrise 2

Fisherman 2

Fisherman 2

Fisherman 1

Fisherman 1

Balinese long boat

Balinese long boat

Uluwatu temple

Uluwatu temple

Boys playing at Udar River

Boys playing at Udar River

Pandanus leaf fighting

Pandanus leaf fighting

Village shop

Village shop

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Touring combined with some R&R

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Yesterday saw the Wheary travellers rise at 2:45am (yes you read correctly) to meet our driver for the trip to Pura Ulan Danu Bratan, a Balinese style temple situated on a picturesque lake.. M was keen to be there in time to capture the pre-dawn light. Thankfully it did not disappoint.

Once done we stopped at the UNESCO listed Jatiwulah rice terrace fields. Wow, even Miss T was impressed. We walked along the terraced fields watching the local farmers go about their morning work. One flooded terraced section was stunningly beautiful.

Back to the hotel by lunchtime for an afternoon swimming and sleeping by the pool.

Today was much more civilised. A sleep in, followed by a 1hr relaxation massage for A & Miss T. M did not miss out as after the massage she and Miss T each had a 45min facial. Lunch was at a small Balinese restaurant located off the beaten track. 2 Nasi Gorengs and fried chicken along with drinks for AU$10.00. The afternoon was again spent by the pool. In the late afternoon we caught a Taksi to Seminyak for some sunset pics on the beach followed by dinner at another authentic Balinese Warung, just this time a bit more ups market.

Pura Ulan Danun Bature temple

Pura Ulan Danun Bature temple

Water Lillies

Water Lillies

Jatiwulah rice terraces 1

Jatiwulah rice terraces 1

Jatiwulah rice terraces 2

Jatiwulah rice terraces 2

Rice field worker

Rice field worker

Kids playing, Seminyak beach

Kids playing, Seminyak beach

Surfer at sunset on Seminyak beach

Surfer at sunset on Seminyak beach

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Escaping the winter chills

The Wheary Travellers in Bali

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Whilst Bali was never on our bucket list, good research showed that Bali has much more to offer than cheap clothing and Bintang Beer.

The Wheary Travellers have escaped the cold of Melbourne for over 2 weeks, touring around Bali and Central Java. Our first full day was spent at Taman Ayan Temple and sunset at Tanah lot Temple - a wonderfully located temple on the sea.

Tanalot temple

Tanalot temple

Waterfall near tanalot temple

Waterfall near tanalot temple


Taman Ayan temple

Taman Ayan temple

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