Archive: November, 2012

Travel to Flores Island, Indonesia (Video)

Simply put, Flores is one of the most interesting and hospitable islands in the Indonesian archipelago, if not the world. The flavor and diversity of life in Flores is astounding, even against any island I’ve visited before. Highlights include Gunung Kelimutu, Komodo Dragons and world class snorkeling and diving.

Road Trip Through Bali, Indonesia (Video)

One of the best things to do in Bali is get a bike and get the hell outta Kuta / Ubud. The more remote, less crowded areas of the island are truly amazing. Check out my Balinese road trip:

Highlights featured in the video: Babi Guling in Muduk, Denpasar, mountains near Munduk, Bunut Bolong (a tunnel through a tree), fresh coffee at Ngiring Ngewedang, the Hindu Temple Tanah Lot and sunset at Pantai Berawa.

Transport
There are tons of busses and ferries to get around Bali and between the neighboring islands. Of course Merpati, Sky Aviation and Lion Air are good choices for flights within Indonesia. I hear Batavia Air has plane crashes on the reg so watch out for them!

Lodging
If you want to stay in the south, look for places in Seminyak to be close to the clubs or do a homestay in Canggu for a quieter, local experience.

The cheapest place to stay near Ubud is in Bona, at Ketut and Geks House. Their homestay was some of the friendliest hospitality I ever had to pay for and their village life so close to Ubud is really interesting. For 150,000 Rp. you get your own house with a bathroom, kitchen, living room and porch. With three sleeping surfaces, your stay could be quite cheap if you split it.


Ketut and Gek are really friendly hosts, a real pleasure to stay with.

My other recommendation in Bali is close to Negara. Hotel CSB is the “mellow surfers retreat” in the town of Pekutatan. One room with two beds costs 75,000 Rp. The hosts are nice and you can rent a surfboard for 50,000 Rp. a day (better than Kuta’s 50,000 Rp. per hour).


The view from the room: about 100 meters away is an empty beach with nice breakers.

Eats & Drinks
There’s a huge variety of foods in Bali. Areas in and around Kuta have just about anything you can think of, but the prices tend to be pretty high, in the 50,000 Rp.+ range. But the warungs throughout the island offer all kinds of good Indonesia food for about 10,000 Rp.


Babi Guling, a Balinese traditional slow pig roast can’t be missed.

The undisputed king of Babi Guling is Selingsing Cepaka, found in Buduk, just north of Canggu on the way to Tabanan. It’s down some backroads and really hard to describe where it is so you might have to find someone who already knows to reach this place. They open at 4am and close at 6am so get there early before the pig’s devoured.

Indonesian Food: Nasi Babi Guling (Suckling Pig with Rice)

At the core this traditional Balinese plate (or sack) is just a hodgepodge of pig parts. Lawar as it’s called in Indonesian is a mixture of pig meat, skin and blood. Don’t write it off as disgusting till you try it. Somehow these elements wrap around each other to create a surprising fusion of flavor.


It all starts here the night before: a Babi Guling (suckling pig) roast.

If you don’t wake up early enough (or stay up late enough) for the actual pig roast, you can still find Nasi Babi Guling in the morning. Open her up and you’ll find a nice medley of different foods.


My sack revealed rice, lawar, krupuk (pig skin)—the yellow stuff, and spinach and beans.

The roast happens at 4am. The best roast is at Selingsing Cepaka in Buduk, north of Canggu on the way to Tabanan. Check out the video from my Balinese road trip to see more.

The Trinity: Mind, Body and Soul

We’re made to understand the body through words and symbols, but the mind and soul have limitless interpretations. If you wanna keep your Trinity healthy and powerful, practice critical thinking [Mind], get regular exercise [Body] and pursue the art of creativity [Soul].

For the best successes in this life and beyond, find a balance through the Trinity over time. Teachers and mentors are essential for development, but since we understand our strengths and weaknesses best, it’s up to us to create that balance.

Teachers are useful for introducing and refining technique, but don’t become reliant on them. The fundamental responsibility for self-improvement rests on our shoulders alone.

Fortunately there’s always someone who already said it best. Allow me to present ‘Trinity’ by Common Market:

Common Market – Trinity

With Sabzi DJ’ing behind him, RA Scion shares the one of the most tactful metaphysical treatises ever created. He nails the tripartite elements of reality (Mind, Body and Soul), AND delivers practical lessons for good living.

As with any work of art, the messages of this song are best understood with a little time. Study the lyrics before and again after listening. You’re “sublime clientele—-only time’ll tell if more are with us.” “Make a difference in the system with the wisdom that I gave ya.”

Why Do Chinese Kids Love Michael Jackson So Much?

This is teaching English to spoiled Chinese kids in real life. I never figured out why the King of Pop is never gonna die in China, but at least he helped me kill time in class….

Indonesia (Photos)

One of the biggest and culturally/biologically diverse countries on the planet, Indonesia deserves so much more than the standard 60 day tourist visa. Befriending a local to sponsor a longer stay is a must!

Flores Island, Indonesia Travel Map

Right click the image above and choose “Save As…” to download the map

Welcome to Indonesia

Welcome to the world’s largest archipelago state (more than 17,500 islands), largest Muslim state and fourth most populous country. It’s an unbelievably beautiful land of idyllic beaches, primary rainforests and stunning volcanoes. The landscape is generally made up of coastal lowlands, but the larger islands are dominated by interior mountains (the highest point of the country is at 4884m or 16,117ft, much higher than any point in the continental US). Every major island has its own unique flavor and feel, with different dominant religions and languages on each. The fact that so many diverse areas and peoples have been incorporated under one nation is quite a feat. Now the government is challenged to simultaneously create even economic distribution through remote areas while maintaining conservation efforts in diverse and abundant resource basins. The beauty, the challenges to travel and the shockingly privileged role of white foreigners make Indonesia one of my favorite destinations in Southeast Asia.

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Meet DaveUnfulfilled by consumer lifestyles, I left on a really slow trip around the world. As a 3rd eye traveler on the New American Dream, my aim is to inspire and cultivate conscious living along the way....Read More...

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