Archive for March, 2009

Seraya Island, Indonesia

Friday, March 27th, 2009

Paradise: -noun [par-uh-dahys]
1. heaven, as the final abode of the righteous.
2. a place of extreme beauty, delight, or happiness.
3. Seraya Island

Remote, isolated and far from the maddening crowds, Seraya Island is the perfect getaway from civilisation and is, without a doubt, the closest anyone will ever get to experiencing heaven on earth. Leave your high heels and hair gels behind though, Seraya is not your average 5-star-waited-on-hands-and-feet experience… with ten bamboo huts, no mobile coverage and only two hours of water/electricity per day, this is as primal as it gets. (more…)

Reduce Pee Now!

Friday, March 20th, 2009

In an effort to tackle reckless urination, a new campaign has been launched in Dubai urging motorists to control their bladder. New roadsigns, highlighting the campaign, have been placed across the emirate, including this one recently spotted in Mirdif. (more…)

Indonesia – Kuta Beach, Bali

Wednesday, March 18th, 2009

Mount Bromo behind us, we set out on the final leg of our Java to Bali overland tour. After nine, painfully cramped, hours by bus and one ferry ride later we finally arrive at Kuta, Bali. Chaotic, commercial and cluttered, it was everything we needed after 20 hours on the road in two days! (more…)

Rijsttafel at Poppies Restaurant

Monday, March 9th, 2009

Rijsttafel… I came up with five different ways to try and pronounce that word and every single one ended up with a blank, confused expression on our waiter’s face.

Pronounced [rahys-tah-fuhl], this Indonesian dish has its origins in the Dutch colonial era where it would be served as a representation of the various ethnic cuisines found across Indonesia. Literally translating to ‘rice table’, Rijsttafel generally consists of various side dishes (as little as 10 or as many as 40+) served with portions of rice… not unlike your everyday Thali. (more…)

Indonesia – Yogyakarta to Bromo

Monday, March 2nd, 2009

Day 3 – One day a German, Japanese, Korean, British and Mongolian got into a minibus… no this isn’t the start of a really bad joke, just our fellow passengers/travellers on the 11 hour ride from Jogya to Mount Bromo. We started out from Duta Garden, Jogya at 8:30am and reached the basecamp at Cemoro Lawang around the 9:00pm mark… just in time to catch last order in the local restos. While the journey was tiring, bumpy, cramped and felt like 24 hours, I’d do it two times over after witnessing Mount Bromo! (more…)