Posts tagged motorbiking
As I mentioned in my previous post, the air-cooled technology will falter when there is no “air” to pass through the system. This situation doesn’t arise as per normal usage – since mainly a rider would be riding non-stop. Clocking an average of 30 km/h to 60 km/h. We head upwards and North West towards Kintamani from Mount Batur. It was overcast and cloudy, and essentially was raining in some parts of the mountain.Therefore we had to make the decision to continue the journey to go over the mountain pass. About 10 kms on the road, we were stuck. Because there was a huge religious Balinese procession with several buses carrying devotees. Some of the buses had stopped and most of the devotees are already walking on foot up the mountain area. We were riding and going slowly. Then suddenly one passer-by noticed smoke coming out of my brother’s engine! So we had to rest the bike. But due to the incoming rain, we continued by pushing upwards. Half way, it rained for 30 minutes. We made a pit stop. IN fact we made several pit stops, because More >
Some time ago, my brother was browsing through some antique shop in Jonker Walk Street in good old ancient city of Melaka (Malacca) – World Unesco Heritage Site bestowed upon this Malaysian town in 2008. He saw some very scary monstrous masks. The shop keeper explained that these were from Sarawak tribal head hunters. Wow.. very shocking and very colourful.
Fast forward to our trips to Bali, alas, these so-called head hunters actually now have migrated to the peaceful island of Bali and still continue carving their wooden scary masks there. We scare because we care. Sounds like Pixar’s Monster’s Inc.
Art is everywhere in Bali. Good painters. Original painters. Wannabes. Even trees are very arty. Big huge art prints using oil, canvass, watercolour, dozens of medium, mixed mode. Here my brother was walking past some huge art on display. To get to the source of these art and artists, one must travel right into the rightful village. To do so, needs real Indiana Jones experience.
After walking past those art pieces, we came across a very unique musical instrument. It’s a box. A special musical box. More >
One day, between the battle of low fares, Everyday Low Fares (ELF), budget airlines, Airasia AK, Malaysia Airlines – in 2008 in the middle of the economic slowdown, there was a super low fare at that time to Bali for over 500 RM. AirAsia just started to Bali and was just about the same fare. MAS was totally trying to get customers and perhaps had zero profit with this fare.
Flights need to be booked in advance. Therefore the actual flight was for the next year 2009 – 11 April.
First thing when you arrive in the airport, is a view of the splendid real old style architecture of a “Stargate” – or welcoming gate – it is used since hundreds of years and still used today. In every village and town. Imagine trying to goto the ruins of Cambodia. That happened 1000 years ago and it’s a past relic. Now this Stargate is a icon 1000 years ago. AND yet still is used today. In other words, you’re looking at a living relic or cultural system, that still persists today. And this occurs for many things Bali.
First day we went to a familiar Indonesian restaurant Cabe Rawet – that More >