My midwinter 22 day Java & Bali escape REFLECTIONS

Trip Start Jun 22, 2012
Trip End Jul 17, 2012

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Flag of New Zealand  , North Island,
Saturday, July 21, 2012

How to reduce over 3,000 images to just a select 60?

Here goes!

What will I remember this trip for?

Many things.


The Muslims and the 5 times a day call to prayer. Mainly in Java.

The placing of the Hindu offerings on virtually anything (eg taxis, scooters, footpaths, entrances) 3 times of the day. Mainly in Bali.

The Buddist and Hindu temples in Yogyakarta (Jogya).


The 2 extra early morning "get up" to witness the sunrise from Mt Bromo and Mt Batur.

Yes, Mt Bromo was more spectacular and less effort to get there despite the “how many people can you get into the small 4 X 4 jeep?“.

The sun rises and sun sets.

The rice terraces / rice paddy fields.

The land is intensively cropped but with a growing population of 250 + million, I can see why they do not enough food eg they have to import rice from Thailand and Vietnam.

Hate to think in a generation time what will happen if the younger generation are not taking up the challenge and continue tending to the fields.

Because of the steep terrain of the land, mechanism is difficult and much has to be done by hand.

The snorkelling in that tepid clear sea water and swimming in the cool fresh water of Green Canyon.

The animals.

The dolphins.

Glenmore plantation (coffee, cloves, rubber and cocoa)


The variety and fresh local ingredients that were used.


We used the train and a public bus

and 4 x 4 jeeps

and a boat


horse carts and ones own feet.

Jakarta’s car free Sunday morning and walking on the roads where there would otherwise be gridlock traffic.

I wish that I saw Indonesia before the advent of the scooters.

When will they progress to owning motor cars and clog up the roads even more so? It will happen.


The heat and humidity! The relief when up in the mountains.

The open fire at Strawberry Hills, Bedugul and the need to wear several layers of merino clothing.


Ranging from my own arranged pre and post tour hotels in Jakarta and Seminyak ...

... to those on tour which ranged from the unique decor in Mt Bromo to the lovely setting at the next stop in the Seloliman Nature Reserve.

BUT how can I forget the ....


The smiling happy people from the children to the those in the whole hospitality sector that we mainly dealt with.

The interaction with the locals.

How can one forget Sophina, the 92 year coffee maker from Seloliman?

The young girls in the Ikat factory earning just 35,000 Rp (NZ $ 4.80 or US $ 4) per day. But it was said that they are so much better there than working out in the fields (farms).

Several times it was mentioned that the young generation simply do not want to follow their parents foot steps and “till the soil“ ie follow in their foot steps and farm. Haven’t I heard this elsewhere?

Even Nyoman, our local Sidemen guide, said that he didn’t want to continue to be a farmer hence why he was developing his local tourism / guiding enterprise.

The various brief insights into the local craft industry, the time, patience, attention to detail and effort needed to produce an article.

The children of Bandung playing the anklung instruments.

FINALLY - Thanks to my fellow tour members from the 2 Intrepid groups plus Nova our guide for making the trip through Indonesia's islands of Java and Bali what it was.

I do have to come back and see some of the other Indonesian islands in hopefully not that distant future before the country changes even more.

PS - Join me later in the year (December 2012 / January 2013) when I travel to Myanmar / Burma for 3 weeks with Explore with a short stopover before hand in Ankor Watt, Cambodia.

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Gloria on

Thank you for sharing the highlights of your trip with us all. As usual some lovely photos to view and enjoy.

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