Hotel Horison Makassar
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... TV series during the 70's and 80's. After here i headed to one of the many KFC's in town. Though not to have something to eat. In Asia, toilets are wetrooms and so using the hose attachment, i had a much needed shower. I then made my way back to town, had a mooch about and some food before picking up my bags and making my way to the bus station.
Makassar could have been a nightmare for me but it all worked out well in the end. The city has a lot ...
... We talked and talked, ate the soup which was delicious (but not as good as Coto) and he sat there chain smoking instead of eating (he was on a diet).
After telling him I worked in the mining industry, he then told us he had a friend who had heaps of platinum (which is the most expensive precious metal on earth). I can't recall the exact quantity but I worked out it was about AUD$12m worth of platinum. I was a little sceptical as you can imagine!
As I entered Indonesia by ship I thought an experience of doing that will help me in a future. It turns out tho in here nothing is the same. Every corner is hiding some surprises behind it.
Getting on a ship heading from Makkasar to Maumerre was yet another special time I had in Indonesia. You'd think it will be exactly same as my first boat I took, but travels never repeats its stories.
Imagine yourself being in a place where people spot you from far away. They talk ...
... guided by one of the locals who showed us to the small caves, over bamboo bridges and around pools of fish. After an hour or so of taking in this breathtaking scenery, we got back on the boat and headed downstream to a small jetty. We disembarked here and walked inland towards a freshwater spring known as the Angel Pee Pond. It was a 15 minute walk through jungle and small caves, located deep between the karsts, shaded from the sun by the overhanging cliff faces. It ...
... This is a way of life for many people out here, and they determinedly carry on without so much as a grumble (or an insurance claim!). So we were counting our blessings that this only happened to us over this short period.
By the morning of the third rainy day, the back porch was flooded again; we had to bail water out the front door as soon as we woke up. The buckets were brimming ...