Mr Potatohead

Trip Start Oct 03, 2012
Trip End Feb 28, 2013

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Flag of Indonesia  , Bali,
Saturday, December 29, 2012

Bali again after 17 years ago! Let's see if it still has the same atmosphere and beauty. I choose to spend my days around the New Year in Seminyak, one of the better area's in Denpasar. My residence is the Guess House Hostel, a very small but cosy hostel. It really has a nice vibe and nice people and the staff is extremely friendly and helpful. I meet a nice Australian guy (Daniel) and we go for a swim at the beach. Well, this beach was clean 17 years ago, it is dirty as hell today! I am a bit shocked and can't understand why so many people happily decide to have a beach holiday in Bali..After a swim we walk around in town and wonder off leaving the busy and loud main streets. This is more the Bali I remember: small streets with medium traffic, smiling kids, rice fields between houses and quiet spots also. It's time for dinner and we're going to a small restaurant with traditional Balinese food. This food is delicious! The next day two English friends of Daniel arrive and we all spend the day on the beach and take a little neighbourhood walk again. Today is actually the last of the year and I want to celebrate my New Years party in the biggest beachclub I can find! Luckily I bought a ticket already for Potatohead Beachclub. It's quite an expensive ticket so it better be a good party! Nobody else from my hostel is going, so it's gonna be a solo party again. But first everybody in the hostel is having a New Years eve dinner together specially prepared by the lovely staff of our hostel. They are so friendly and are really happy when I tell them 'enak!', which means delicious in Bahasa. After a few pre drinks at the hostel it's time for me to leave everybody and go to Potatohead to finally join the party I've been looking forward to for a long time! The top of the entrance is made of wooden windows, really artistic. Inside I order a drink and check out the club. Yes, this looks promising! A big open air stage with swimmingpools in front of the DJ booth and on the left a huge luminated pineapple! It's only 22.30 so I decide to find a quiet spot and reflect on some things for the last time this year and make up the balance. Enough for now, it's time to party! I find a good spot to get ready for the countdown and to see the fireworks. Suddenly I guy asks me why I am standing there with two whiskey cokes. My reply: 'Just because I can!' Fair enough he says. It's almost 12 and the countdown starts... 10..9.. Meanwhile I finish up one of my drinks so I can but hand hand in the air..5...4...3....2....1! HAPPY NEW YEAR!! The fireworks start and it's amazing! But before I can really watch the show a beautiful Australian girl walks towards me, gives me a kiss and walks away again. Haha there are worse ways of starting the New Year! The fireworks keep on going fir another 10 minutes when the MC takes a minute to give some uplifting words for 2013 followed by a short silence.. Suddenly the DJ spins the first track and another even louder firework show starts! This is by far the best 12hour moment I've ever had! I enjoy the rest of the party completely alone dancing like crazy. Strangely enough most of the people leave at 2AM and the dancefloor runs empty.. What??? Why? Did I pay so much money for a 5 hour party? Maybe because it started raining.. At 2.45 The DJ announces his last track so I better dance the hell out of it. And what a track to finish this party: Dancing with 4 other diehards in the poaring rain on The Prodigy's - Smack my bitch up! A beautiful memory! It's only 3AM and allthough Potatohead has finished, my night is far from over. My crusade for an afterparty starts and I actually found one pretty soon. I hear some banging minimal techno coming out of a fancy lounge club called Mint. Some big bouncers are guarding the doors. I wait for my moment and just sneak in when they look the other way without paying. Nice one :D This place is full of Asians and Russians. The music is nice so I party the night away here and return at the hostel at 7AM. Having an awesome New Years party in Bali: Mission accomplished!New Years day I wake up at 3PM and didn't do anything. Yeah I know.. but what else did you expect :D The next day Daniel, the British girls and myself hired a driver to take us on a little tour. We started of in Ubud which is a nice little artistic town but also a commercial one. On the way my eye falls on these beautiful wooden art sculptures in several woodwork shops on the side of the road. Especially the big arty tree sculptures are to my liking and I dream of putting a couple of those in my future garden. We visit the Monkey forest and have a blast feeding the greedy monkeys. Our next stop our the famous rice terraces where we have some lunch and chill out. Our destination today is the temple at Tanah Lot. When I was just a kid my grandma had a picture of this temple on the wall and I've always wanted to see it in real life. So what's so special about this temple? Well this temple is build on a small rock 50 meters from the shore and looks impressive! It is a massive tourist spot though but I'm enjoying it anyhow. We sit there till it gets dark and then return to the taxi. On our way to the taxi we see some local kids sliding down the slopes on a plastic bag and laughing and having fun. Makes me wonder how far away from reality most Western kids are, playing with their iPad and are hardly able to be social these days. The sight of these kids having fun with a plastic bag in the rain reminds me again that life is all about the small things and having fun!Tomorrow I'll leave busy Seminyak for the quiet Island of Nusa Lembongan to chill out.
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