22/05/14 16:47 Filed in: Travel
Bali The Dream and The RealityVisions of magic places on our bucket list float in our heads even if we are only dimly aware of them. I imagined Bali with pristine beaches framed by swaying palms, and bathed in sunlight radiating from a pure blue sky. In reality, as our tour bus rumbled along the highway from Bali’s port of Benoa, the tropical paradise I envisioned was nowhere to be seen. Instead, mundane shopping strips with old houses jammed in between, and heavy traffic with scooters buzzing everywhere.
Unexpected MacDonalds in Benoa, Bali Read More...
22/05/14 16:30 Filed in: Travel
After the metropolitan glamour of Singapore, Lombok, Indonesia by contrast offers a more unspoiled beauty and a glimpse into authentic traditions that are still followed. While some of our fellow travelers were disappointed in Lombok, I was happy to see an island less commercialized than Bali (see more about Bali on the next Blog). We took a bus ride to the north part of the island up to our destination, the Sendang Gila Waterfall in Mt. Rinjani National Park
. At our first stop, Senggigi Beach
, we partook of tea and assorted sticky rice sweets in banana and bamboo leaves. Read More...