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  1. ProducerKen Boddie

    Ken Boddie

    07/09/2016
    Where Horses and Bikes are the Taxis of Choice
    Where Horses and Bikes are the Taxis of ChoiceMarooned on the Gili Isles, (off the west coast of Lombok, Indonesia) I had plenty time to consider how people, luggage and supplies are moved around this haven for sun-worshipers, would be divers, and those into serious relaxation; where the...
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    Dean Owen
    08/09/2016 #5 Dean Owen
    I have been looking forward to this article since the first time you mentioned your upcoming trip months ago. "noting (but not oggling) the interesting blend of skimpily clad tourist beachgoers" - what a great choice of word "noting"! Another classic Ken Boddie line "keep up with the Wongs or the Chaudarys". I saw this article late last night but decided to keep it for reading today as wanted to savour very word, like having a bunch of snacks but leaving the Cadbury Flake for last. You got some great pictures with the new camera. I love the colours, and you did well to keep your lens off the skimpily clad beachgoers! (or is that on another flash card?). Either way, looking forward to the next instalment of your travelogue.
    Paul Walters
    08/09/2016 #4 Paul Walters
    Nice piece @Ken Boddie I have a little storey entitled " By Golly I'm On Gili" that I will post in a few weeks ( recycled from a magazine piece I wrote last year) Love your view of Indonesia !!!
    Kevin Pashuk
    07/09/2016 #3 Kevin Pashuk
    #2 I looked for that picture Ken, and can't seem to find it. What good looking young Aussie fellow? ;)
    Ken Boddie
    07/09/2016 #2 Ken Boddie
    #1 forget the locals, Kev. What about that good looking young Aussie fella on the remodelled Vespa?
    Kevin Pashuk
    07/09/2016 #1 Kevin Pashuk
    Another great travelogue @Ken Boddie. Great shots of the locals.
  2. ProducerPaul Walters

    Paul Walters

    22/06/2016
    Heading For Flores, For here There Be Dragons!
    Heading For Flores, For here There Be Dragons!Ok, I know, technically there aren’t any dragons on the island of Flores itself but I promise, more of the big scaly fellows later. This trip was long overdue and so it was with great excitement that I landed in Ende, the old capital of this...
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    Catalina Serrano
    22/06/2016 #13 Catalina Serrano
    How can you describe so well Flores? It's exactly like this. And now that you have been there, haven't you ever dive? C'mon! You are in a diving paradise, (Komodo is one of my favourite spots) maybe with this I can help: https://www.bebee.com/producer/@catalina-serrano-madrid/the-best-diving-spots View more
    How can you describe so well Flores? It's exactly like this. And now that you have been there, haven't you ever dive? C'mon! You are in a diving paradise, (Komodo is one of my favourite spots) maybe with this I can help: https://www.bebee.com/producer/@catalina-serrano-madrid/the-best-diving-spots

    I'm planning my holidays and I was thinking to go to a new place, but all your reads are making me want to repeat (also is so huge that you don't have time to see everything in just one trip)! Close
    Sharon King
    22/06/2016 #12 Sharon King
    How gorgeously and rich you describe everything @Paul Walters. The photos are fantastic too!
    Pamela L. Williams
    22/06/2016 #11 Pamela L. Williams
    But you picked bait that you knew wouldn't get harmed either, so that's highly admirable :-)#9
    Don Kerr
    22/06/2016 #10 Don Kerr
    "Perhaps I shouldn’t be so negative as why shouldn’t the overweight and the infirm have a chance to see the dragons as well. Special paths that are flat and paved have been constructed to accommodate those on little motor scooters, allowing the morbidly obese to get up close and personal with the lizards who lie around the main encampment soaking up the sun." LOL! Thanks for this @Paul Walters A lovely, refreshing read this morning.
    Dean Owen
    22/06/2016 #9 Dean Owen
    #8 Well it comes naturally @Pamela L. Williams being a chicken myself!
    Pamela L. Williams
    22/06/2016 #8 Pamela L. Williams
    Why does this 'out' not surprise me about you. Two birds with one chicken: your safety and the chicken's safety. LOL!#1
    Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
    22/06/2016 #7 Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
    #5 Agreed, Pam. These days, I rarely get my butt out of my chair. I travel vicariously through @Paul Walters.
    Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
    22/06/2016 #6 Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
    #1 hmmm, could that be the origin of the phrase "chickening out?"
    Pamela L. Williams
    22/06/2016 #5 Pamela L. Williams
    All I can say is; I am so envious of your travels Paul. Thank you for sharing your experiences.
    Paul Walters
    22/06/2016 #4 Paul Walters
    #3 @ken Boddle Thanks for that . The agency I worked for eons ago had the NT account so I guess you can say I had a hand in that line somewhere. Its been used to death forever so time to resurrect it methinks. Enjoy Lombok and the fluffy robes and towels , Its a favourite destination of mine.
    Ken Boddie
    22/06/2016 #3 Ken Boddie
    Sounds an interesting trip, @Paul Walters. Not sure if St George ever made it to Pulau Flores and Komodo though. A few of my extended Indonesian family and I are visiting nearby Pulau Lombok in a couple of months, where things are a bit more "rain head showers and fluffy white robes". I did suggest we explore Flores but there were no other takers. Not sure if you remember Daryl Somers of 'Hey Hey' fame but your sign-off reminds me of his TV ads for NT.
    Paul Walters
    22/06/2016 #2 Paul Walters
    @Pamela L. Williams heres a piece that might be of interest
    Dean Owen
    22/06/2016 #1 Dean Owen
    The Komodo Dragons are simply magnificent! But I find that it always helps, whether on scooter or on foot, to carry a live chicken when nearing one. Not a sacrificial chicken, there is no way the dragon would catch the chicken, but it would keep him occupied.
  3. ProducerPaul Walters

    Paul Walters

    19/05/2016
    Living  On Two Wheels In Indonesia.
    Living On Two Wheels In Indonesia.So you've decided to spend some time in Indonesia ? Good Choice. Now, if you are a long term resident you simply have to get around. Taxis are fine, but after a while you will become frustrated at being dependent on somebody else, so the...
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    Paul Walters
    19/06/2016 #11 Paul Walters
    #4 Thanks @Cat Gal U. for stopping by the 'hive' Want some honey with that?
    Paul Walters
    19/06/2016 #10 Paul Walters
    #8 Thanks Netta next time you are here Ill take you for a spin!
    Kevin Pashuk
    15/06/2016 #9 Kevin Pashuk
    @Paul Walters... you have eloquently described chaos, living on the edge, new experiences at the risk of life and limb, with a side order of adrenalin, all in one post. My oldest son worked for a bit in Bangalore, India and sent me a link to a YouTube video to describe the traffic (https://youtu.be/N_nDuN7tqfE). He couldn't find words to describe it. You have.
    Netta Virtanen
    23/05/2016 #8 Netta Virtanen
    Love this post! =) ¨Traffic. Okay, welcome to Indonesia.¨ hehehe! =)
    Catalina Serrano
    19/05/2016 #7 Catalina Serrano
    #6 Don't doubt about it! And I will call you for a motorcycle ride! :)
    Paul Walters
    19/05/2016 #6 Paul Walters
    #5 Thank you catalina...come back we would love to have you here!
    Catalina Serrano
    19/05/2016 #5 Catalina Serrano
    With this kind of posts, and the ones from @Dean Owen you are really making me miss too much Asia. Remembering all this fantastic mess makes me wanna go back (at least for a vacation)!! Great post! :)
    Cat Gal U.
    19/05/2016 #4 Cat Gal U.
    Even if I live or don ever live in Indonsia this is such and interesting and entretaining buzz! These cultural details and tips are things that even if you don't use them in the place will give you also some ideas somewhere else with a little bit of imagination. Nice! =)
    Lisa Gallagher
    19/05/2016 #3 Lisa Gallagher
    wow.. that's all I've got! Enjoy the way you write @Paul Walters
    Paul Walters
    19/05/2016 #2 Paul Walters
    #1 probably!!!
    Dean Owen
    19/05/2016 #1 Dean Owen
    Love this article. Yes, traffic lights appear to be merely suggestions in SE Asia. Is that man really fishing in a pothole?
  4. ProducerDean Owen

    Dean Owen

    17/05/2016
    Destination Bali, Indonesia
    Destination Bali, IndonesiaI remember as a kid talking to a girl on a beach in the Algarve. She was at least 10 years older than me, had a hunky German boyfriend, but regardless, I had a crush on her.  Her boyfriend was playing golf that day, and we just lied in the...
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    Catalina Serrano
    18/05/2016 #8 Catalina Serrano
    #7 that's right, sunsets are very cool there, and also, SURF..!!! Lombok is just 30 minutes away by tail boat to Gili. For diving Gili Islands are amazing, but don't forget Suñawesi and Komodo (Flores).
    Dean Owen
    18/05/2016 #7 Dean Owen
    Thanks Catalina, I remember when Ubud was truly an artist village, not much more. Still nice, with some cool boutiques and restaurants, but lots of mopeds now. I learned dive in Hawaii and Bali, was never impressed with diving in Bali. Have never been to Gilli Island. Went to Lombok which is being touted as the new Bali - great diving there. I would like to explore more of central Java if I can. Agree on Kuta, except the sunsets are stunning (especially from Kudeta).
    Catalina Serrano
    18/05/2016 #6 Catalina Serrano
    I love Indonesia, Bali is a good place to visit, but I agree with you, most of it is crowded, specially in Kuta, I have to say that I hated it. But what about Ubud? I think it's magical, with all the temples, celebrations, etc. Anyway, I vote for Gilli Islands, where the Indonesians are happy to have you there, and diving there is one of the best experiences I have ever had!
    Dean Owen
    18/05/2016 #5 Dean Owen
    I can imagine @Paul Walters that Bali is now a perfect place to lay your hat as the magic is still intact and you have the added conveniences of the modern world. But as a tourist, Bali is no longer off the beaten path and that is what I search for. Much appreciate you stopping by.
    Paul Walters
    18/05/2016 #4 Paul Walters
    As a resident here I share your sentiments. However bali is a big island and most of the development is centred on the 'tourist spots' Kuta, Legian, Nusa Dua ,seminak and the like. I do so love it here!!
    Anees Zaidi
    17/05/2016 #3 Anees Zaidi
    Interesting place @Dean Owen, would love to visit. Thanks for sharing your journey experiences.
    Jennifer Martin
    17/05/2016 #2 Jennifer Martin
    I would love to go there.
    Pascal Derrien
    17/05/2016 #1 Pascal Derrien
    Another great travel story :-)
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