Friday, June 23, 2017

BALI, BALIAN - CAVES, BATS AND SEA MONSTERS - 23 JUNE 2017


A crowed surf this morning. I decided to wait till after breakfast. The waves were good and I had a few at the beginning but the crowd increased again. Towards the end of the session the crowd thinned out and a number of sets broke so I came in with plenty of good waves under my belt. Out in the water I met Jonathan from Gisbourne, NZ.

I chatted to a group of ladies from Denmark in WA - a girls' holiday - they were fun.

Jacinta and I walked to Tom's Garden for a pot of coffee, pie and ice cream.
Later, we went for lunch at a beachside warung. the food was nice but the portions were small so we stopped for sushi on the way back.



After a restful afternoon, I went for a motorbike ride to Secret Bay then a hike to Mejan Beach. Firstly, there were a number of strange sea creatures clinging to the rocks in Secret Bay.



This time I walked and climbed through a series of caves. The first cave under the headland of Secret Bay was a tumble of fallen rocks covered in bat pooh. A fun experience but a bit messy on the hands. The cliff above the cave on the other side had a number of bats clinging to it.



I walked across the bay in this small cove and trough an arch that went under the next headland. This one was all sand but timing was important as waves would fill it up to about knee height. I got through the arch with wet shoes.


I walked across the rough, slippery and barnacled rocks to another cave. This cave was very long and dark and there were some bats flying around inside it. At the far end, the cave turned upwards. It was a steep climb up and out and then it as a steep slippery climb down to the next bay. There was a small waterfall and a large sandy beach. 

I walked around the base of the next headland and onto Mejan Beach then I returned via the road and the cliff top track back to my motorbike.


A great adventurous hike but it can only be done at low tide on a small swell.

Back at the hotel, I cleaned myself up while the girls went for cocktails. I joined them and then we walked down the hill to Pitaya for dinner. A tasty meal.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

BALI, BALIAN - MOTORBIKE, MINIMARKET AND BEACH HIKE - 22 JUNE 2017


A small surf this morning with a number of surfers out at predawn. We had breakfast and then I went for a surf. It was turned out to be really good. The luck was with me and a few large sets broke and I was the only one out the back to catch them. A fun good wave surf.

After the surf, Jacinta and I rode the motorbike into town and bought a few things at the minimarket.

Back for lunch at Deki's then Jacinta and I had a walk along the beach to the river. It was too deep to cross so we walked backed to the north end of the beach.





We had coffee and chill out for the afternoon.

Brandt joined us for dinner at Tom's Garden. The food took a long time in coming but it tasted good and we managed to drink a few wines and beers.

On the way home, I stopped in for a chat at Ayu's. Her daughter also named Ayu but I have always called her princess was now 14 years old. Time flies fast as I have known her since she was 4. it puts a perspective on how long I have know the family.

BALI, BALIAN - SURF, FOOD AND CANDLELIGHT - 21 JUNE 2017


A smaller but very glassy early surf with Brian. Heaps of really good waves. Jacinta even got a few photos of me at the end of the surf session.



We had breakfast at the hotel with Brandt, then Mark S and I went for another surf. It wasn't as good but I enjoy surfing with Mark.


We had lunch at Deki's Warung, a  relax around the pool and then came a sprinkle of rain which turned into a number of afternoon downpours.



The rain eased up and Jacinta and I had  few beers at the hotel bar then we all went to dinner at Tom's Garden.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

BALI, BALIAN - SURF, GRANDDAUGHTERS AND CEREMONIES - 20 JUNE 2017


An early good, fun and glassy surf.

We had breakfast then I was out for another glassy surf with Mark S.

photo - Deki and his granddaughter

Later, Jacinta and I had a pot of coffee and banana/apple pie at Tom's Garden. An eclectic restaurant with a pretty garden.

A rest and then I had a motorbike ride south to Peyan. I turned off the main road when I past over a small bridge. The scenery look inviting but what a surprise... there was a Hindu ceremony on the beach. I watched blessings and gifts given to the ocean. I had a chat with one of the ladies, Made, who had three grown children and was working in a Kuta hotel. Nice lady.


photo - the holy man



photo - Made and her granddaughter

Back to the ranch and down to dinner at Pitaya. Brandt was there and so he joined us for our evening repast. Brandt was a friend of Rodney and it turned out that we Brandt and I knew each other about forty years ago at teachers collage and we know heaps of the same people.

BALI, BALIAN - GOOD SURF, MASSAGE AND BLACK MAGIC - 19 JUNE 2017


An early fun smooth surf. I was much happier with my surfing and got a few compliments on the walk back to the hotel.

I had breakfast with the girls at our hotel.

The sun came out and I hid in the shade and the girls sat in the sun around the pool.


I had a massage at Ayu's for 100 000R it was hard and a bit painful due to a lactic acid build up. Next time, I'll ask for baby soft massage. No, change that, wont be a next time.

We had tasty Indonesian lunch at Ayu's then an afternoon of chilling.


Jacinta and I had a great and merry afternoon drinking into our bottle of Jack Daniel and eating crackers, cheese and apple.


Later, we met a couple from Umina (near where I live). His wife was from a small island south of Ambon in Indonesia. She had great stories on black magic and her island's customs.

BALI, BALIAN - SURF, LONGTIME OLD FRIENDS AND HIKE - 18 JUNE 2017


I woke up to a heavy downpour of rain. It only lasted a short time though.

Jacinta and I went for a hike to Mejan Beach. Along the way we walked over a foot bridge and down to a pretty bay called ' secret bay'. The bay is really a cove with a small beach at the end. The waves funnel into the cove and wash along the cliffs on either side. The wave erosion undermines and smoothes the lower cliff wall.


We walked back up and followed a path to the end of the point. There was an expansive and beautiful view of the waves at Balian and the northern coastline. We continued along a narrow track through jungle, past a small field shrine, over a small cascade of water, through a field with cows and onto Mejan Road. Along the road, we passed a small temple then it was a steep descent to the beach access. The beach was long, wide and stretched off into the distance.



We returned via the road to the village. In the village we brought a large water 60 000r - 20 litres - and they delivered to our hotel room later. We continued along the entrance road to Balian and our hotel.



I checked the surf and ran into Mark, who was with a friend who turned out to be a guy I was good friends with in high school - Rodney. We hadn't seen each other for about forty years. We chatted and then had a fun, smooth surf together. It was so good to meet up again we Rodney and share some good waves.


After lunch, I  spent the afternoon relaxing in the room. It rained on and off throughout the afternoon.


We had a few beers and tasty dinner in the hotel restaurant. The girls had cocktails.

BALI, BALIAN - SURF, SUSHI AND CHILLIN - 17 JUNE 2017


A morning surf in big and wild but smoother conditions. I had a few good waves and came out tired and ready for breakfast. The girls had already eaten.

I  had another surf. it was still wild but and I managed a couple of okay waves. The hamstring was hurting throughout most of the surf but I was feeling a lot more surf fit.

We walked down the hill and had sushi for lunch and then we spent the afternoon, chilling out, catching up on FB and sitting around the pool. Kara walked to and from the restaurant. A great achievement considering the steepness of the hill.

We went down the road for dinner. I drove Kara on the motorbike. We ate in an open air pretty restaurant with lights dangling from the palm trees. The food was good.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

BALI, BALIAN - SURF, CURTAINS AND HIKE - 16 JUNE 2017


A morning walk along the beach at low tide. It was very pretty at the northern end of the beach where vines had grown from the cliff top giving a curtain effect. I met Jeff the postie from WA.


I had breakfast with the girls and after that a surf. It was very big and wild but I had fun. The waves were coming from a number of directions but I managed to get a couple of okay ones.


Jaimie, who was pregnant woke up very sick so they left for the hospital in Kuta.


We spent the day eating, sitting by the pool and chatting with old and new friends.


We had dinner at Pondok Pirces. It was okay but I wasn't too impressed.

BALI, BALIAN - GUBUG, AYU AND OLD FRIENDS - 15 JUNE 2017


On arrival, we settled into the Gubug Bungalows @ 500 000R per room for 11 nights. This is a  very pretty hotel with okay rooms with a small patio overlooking  gardens and an infinity pool with a view over the ocean and surf in the back ground. It has a pleasant restaurant and bar.


I dropped over to see Ayu ( my Balinese friend) and her family. It was nice to see them and we had a lot of laughs.


Back at the hotel and down at the pool were Steve and Jaimie, whom I met at Balian a few years ago. Then a short while later, along comes Tank from Tasmania. I knew he would be there. Then a few minutes later, Mark and Mandy came over. I met those two in the early eighties in Sri Lanka. Of course, we had a few beers and I joined them at Deki's restaurant for more beers and a chat. Phil was there and later Roice turned up. I don't remember when I met Roice but it was a long time ago in Balian.


I didn't join them for dinner as this was our first family night in Balian.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

BALI, LEGIAN - ON THE ROAD AGAIN - 15 JUNE 2017


13 June 2017

All our bags are packed we are ready to go,

The shuttle bus will pick us up outside our door...

Shuttle bus pick up no problems. A long queue at the Jetstar check in. Customs quick and no problems. on the plane. - two movies, snacks. Arrive at Bali. Customs quick but the baggage wait was long time in coming. Nyoman was there to pick us up, a late night meal then Grand Kumala Hotel. We had booked two rooms for 515 000R per night per room.



14 June 2017

A good sleep then i had a morning walk down to and along the beach. All was quiet along the streets and the beach was just starting to come alive. Everything was looking clean and fresh after a few days of rain and the morning light just illuminated the world.


Back to the hotel for breakfast with Jacinta and Kara. We met a nice couple, Peter and Marie from WA. Peter was well but recovering from a recent heart attack. After that, it was a rest and swim around the hotel pool.


Jacinta and I went to do our  arriving jobs - cash money at ATM,  get a local sim card for the phone, buy extra food and odds and ends at the supermarket and buy Kara and John's boat tickets to Gili Air.  The latter a good price for 500 000R (rupiah) each.

Back to the hotel to pick up Kara for lunch at a restaurant down the road.

Back again to the hotel to sit and swim around the pool. After a short time, Kara and I decided on a massage at Ayu Spa. We had an aromatherapy for 100 000R each. It was quiet and okay massage.


Back to the hotel and then it was down to the beach for the sunset, a few beers and people watching. It was very lively and the sunset was Monet like as the sun disappear behind the clouds on the horizon.





We walked over to Blue horizon for filling dinner, chatted with a Western Australian (WA) couple and headed back to the ranch for sleep.




A fun first day.

15 June 2017

Another good sleep. I stated the day with a walk along the streets to Padma then returned along the beach. another quiet and pretty morning. I stopped at the Singkenken Hotel to book a car/driver to take up to Balian on the north west coast of Bali and 12:00 @ 500 000R.


Back at the hotel, we went to breakfast at the hotel restaurant. Breakfast for all was included in the room price.

I went to get more cash from the ATM. We could do only two limited withdrawals per day and we needed enough cash for Balian (3 weeks) where the ATM was a quite a drive away.

I joined the girls at the pool for a short time before I decided on another massage. A better aromatherapy massage @100 000R.

After that it was packing time, down to the lobby and a a two hour drive to Balian.

BALI, BALIAN - CAVES, BATS AND SEA MONSTERS - 23 JUNE 2017

A crowed surf this morning. I decided to wait till after breakfast. The waves were good and I had a few at the beginning but the crowd i...