Trip Start Dec 15, 2008
5Trip End Dec 19, 2008
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Get a lift to the airport from Tanja. At security start talking to the lady who does the explosives test on my clothes, turns out she's from Manang and knows of Gerard. Roz St George is her name. Flight to KL is nice until the landing, where we hit the tarmac with one wheel and go bouncing about all over the place. Get out of KLIA in record time and get a taxi to the Air Asia terminal (RM 34). Check in for Denpasar flight. McDonalds seems to be cashing in on Chinese New Year pretty early with their Double Prosperity Beef Burger ("increase your prosperity by upsizing to large for just RM1!") and the Spoonful of Luck McFlurry (ie. Ice-cream with orange topping). What lows won't they stoop to?
Flight to Denpasar is fine but takes FOREVER! Given that I'm flying practically all the way back to Christmas Island, I don't know why it takes so much longer.
At the airport arrivals gate this guy is waving a page saying "George Clooney" at me, trying to get my attention. Fortunately, Chris & Sean spot me. Their driver takes us back to Chris' place in Sanur. It's 10:30pm. What I see of the place at night from a car window reminds me a lot of the Sunshine Coast. Get to Chris' pace, meet her stepmum and aunt and brothers. The place is incredible. Polished marble floors; thatched conical roofs, Jurassic Park style; kitchen plus show kitchen; maids, the lot! Sit by the pool drinking Bintang with Sean, catch up on his trip to Cambodia and hear about Dion's latest misadventures. Retire to my very own Balinese villa (Chris' little brother got kicked out of it and into his brother's room). Did I mention the giant geckoes, the bat living under the eves and the outdoor garden shower? I wish I was staying here longer!