Bali - A vacation on a lovely island

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#1 Oct 29th, 2015, 15:26
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Our wedding (and the time immediately before and after it) was a very hectic one.

He changed his job (actually he completely changed his career – from a semi-government position to one in the private sector). I changed my job. His father was unwell. Everyone was open-mouthed at the news that we were a couple – we are as different as two human beings can be. He had very little savings and I had only loans (education loan). We were going to be in different cities in the near future. His brand new career did not really start too well. I was leaving for my first assignment abroad within a month of the wedding (date was non-negotiable). We fought constantly. Ultimatums were flying all over the place.

The wedding was preponed by a month to accommodate my assignment abroad. There was no question of a honeymoon. Even the wedding did not look feasible some of the time.

(Don’t worry - this is not going to be my autobiography.)

Anyway, we did get married. That was ten years ago

We have always planned to do something special for our tenth anniversary - whoever knows about my passion for travel and asks me where I went for my honeymoon then gives me a blank stare when I say I did not have any. This state of matter had to be remedied.

My choice would have been Ladakh(again). Or Rajasthan(nth time).

Fate had other plans.
My organization has sent me for a six month work assignment to Jakarta. Once here, it seems a no-brainer to choose Bali as the destination.

As planned - My husband and son came to visit me for two weeks in the beginning of October.

On a Wednesday afternoon they came to my office and I finally rushed out at 3.45 pm armed with the good wishes of all my colleagues.
We bundled into a taxi and started towards the airport. There were a few anxious moments due to traffic (Jakarta traffic is very bad) but once on the toll road it was smooth sailing. We reached the airport with lots of time to spare and then discovered that Lion Air had shifted us to the 7pm flight instead of the 6pm one that I had booked. Anyway – nothing to do but wait. The only point of anxiety was that by the time we reach the hotel in Jogja it may be too late to book a trip to Borobudur for early next morning.
(I guess I forgot to mention – we were going to Jogja (Yogyakarta) for one day first and then Bali for five days.)

Lion Air is a great airline. They trust on the intuition of their passengers. The bus offloaded us somewhere in the middle of the airport. There were three planes waiting nearby. You need to ask any available staff or your co-passengers which flight goes where. It is like a bus terminus – only difference – the bus have some destination sign on them and planes don’t  No one checked our boarding pass as we got into the one we were 90% sure was going to Jogja. We could easily be going to Balikpapan. Or Medan

Once the inflight announcement started we were sure that we were going to Jogja after all

This was my husband’s first vacation in a non-Indian, non-first-world country. I had already told him but he was still surprised to see the amount of baggage people carried with them into the cabin. It was even more than Indians do (or atleast attempt). Till then he had been anxious that we will be asked to check in one of our (loaded)backpacks that we were carrying on our backs. He had wanted to utilize the 20kg baggage allowance that we each had. (I am an ultra-light traveler, he is not.) Now, he was happy that we did not have to wait in the airport to reclaim baggage. Like always – he takes time to appreciate my good ideas
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My Bali thread stopped half way and your's started..you can finish the rest!

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Originally Posted by nayan View Post Lion Air is a great airline.
mmm....I doubt you'd say that If you saw this...

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Originally Posted by nayan View Post ( we were going to Jogja (Yogyakarta) for one day......)
Only one day to Jogja?. Almost five days were not enough for me!
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Originally Posted by prince09 View Post My Bali thread stopped half way and your's started..you can finish the rest!


No No.
Please complete your Bali thread. I read it and really liked it.

My thread is going to be different in tone to yours.

It is not really going to be about Bali

About the Lion - read the whole paragraph
#4 Oct 29th, 2015, 19:12
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Well, a second trip log in the space of a week from you … great writing, nayan!

I know some of this story already, but it is super to read it. I hope there are going to be photographs too.

Bali is definitely on my wish list. (Mr TD and I did not have any honeymoon either - it is more than twenty years overdue !)

Plus I know your life-long desire to see Borobudur.

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Great beginning. Subscribed.
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Great start ...Don't make us wait too long for snaps...
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Don't break rules in Himalaya
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We landed in Jogja in one piece at 8pm.
Jogja is one of those airports where you get down from the plane and walk through the tarmac into the airport building without any interference from any bus or any staff. It reminded my husband of the small airfields in NE India he used to travel to as a child.
In my previous visits to Jogja I had done all travelling on public transport. They have a good bus system called Transjogja. This time – with a child in tow – this would not be possible.
We took a prepaid taxi for Malioboro street.
On the way, almost near our destination, all traffic stopped. A huge procession was out with all kinds of floats and school children in traditional costumes. It was the culmination of a week long festivities for 259th anniversary of the city.
At any other time I would have enjoyed a lot. But now I was tense about getting late.

Anyway, traffic cleared in 10 minutes and we reached our hotel. I had booked this one at the last moment and by then all the better accommodation on Malioboro Street were not available any more. It proved to be better that I thought and the location was superb. We were right in the middle of Jogja shopping paradise
The front desk lady took our booking for three seats in the van to Borobudur for next morning. Once this was fixed I was relaxed. We freshened up and went out for dinner.

We went to the supermarket and bought some cake, juice, biscuits and chips for breakfast as we would be missing the hotel breakfast.
Our tummy taken care of, we started strolling down Malioboro street. Its an amazing place for those who love shopping and window shopping. We had no plans to buy anything that night. We ended up with three big bags of shopping. Batik t-shirts for all three of us, batik tops for me and batik Bermuda for husband.

Afterwards we had dinner in a warung in front of our hotel. These are basic restaurants where you sit on the floor(mats) and eat from a very low table.

Once back in the hotel I discovered that the front desk lady had actually not confirmed our Borobudur booking .
At 11.30 in the night we have very few options now. After some teeth gnashing I decided to for booking a car. It was quite reasonable - 350,000 IDR ie about 1750 rupees.

Now finally I could rest
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Wow...you chose to stay at Malioboro street as well!

Absolutely loved my stay there. Felt like Secunderabad + Abids combo!

I've visited and tried pretty much everything in every shop on that street.
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We woke up at 4.30 am and got ready.
The driver appeared punctually at 5am. We started on our way to Borobudur. Once you cross the city limits the scenery is rice fields and gentle hills.
(this is actually a pic from a different place, on a previous trip and during sunset - but it will give you some idea)
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Talking

first..I should congratulation for your 10th years wedding anniversary.

Nice trip that together with 3 of yours...

waiting for more story and pictures form Medan ..Opps..from Burobudo

Thank you also for the picture..I can got the idea but i'm afraid the rice is different strain that of at Bali...hee hee
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The day was cloudy. October is the month for rains to start in Indonesia. Rainy season continues till February.
We reached Borobudur around 6.30 am. The site is open from sunrise to sunset.
My husband had coffee and my son had his first round of breakfast in one of the stalls that had just opened near the parking place.
We then purchased the tickets and got in. As we have KITAS(Indonesian residence permit), a combined ticket for Borobudur and Prambanan costs us 50,000 IDR each(for adults). That is approximately 250 rupees. If we did not have the KITAS (ie we were tourists) it would have cost us 30 USD each. That is approximately 1800 rupees each.
As mentioned already, this was not my first trip to Jogja. So I have already been to Borobudur and Prambanan. But it was very nice to see it through my husband and son’s eyes.
Borobudur is famous enough for all IMers to have at least some idea of it. All Indian IMers have read about it in school  So there is nothing new I can say. I will just attach the pics.
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This is a picture of sunrise from Sethumbu hills. This is from a previous trip.
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First look at Borobudur from the park
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Too small...and where is the history?
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Happy to see your travelogue.

It reminds me of our (3 friends) recent trip to Yogyakarta (fondly called as Jogja) and Jakarta. We had an awesome time in Jogja. Loved every bit.

Somehow, we decided not to go to Bali thinking that it will be too touristy.
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