Go back to China.
Go back to Hong Kong.
We reached Bali around 9pm that evening. A bit of sightseeing on the first day, a bit of beach time on the second day and then we were sort of Bali-ed out. The southeast portion of the island is incredibly touristy and very crowded. The local flavor is very much drowned out and yet we were stuck with a pre-reserved place that was meant for a now-defunct family reunion. Also, we were not connecting with our hired driver. For example, we asked him to take us for some local eats and instead ended up elbow deep in “world famous ribs” with a bunch of drunken Chinese tourists at a place called Fat Chow’s. After three days we were itching to go home. This time, the trip dragged on with long flight legs and almost equally long layovers.
I’d like to go back to China to taste more of the varied climbing this vast country has to offer – two or three other crags look particularly intriguing and of course more areas are being developed. Shirley’s less psyched – it’s a big world with many more places to check out. Hopefully the pull of our 10 year visas will win out in a few years.
A typical residential street on Bali (Sept. 2016).
The Barong of Balinese mythology (Sept. 2016).
A performer at the Barong And Kris Dance (Sept. 2016).
More of the colorful performance (Sept. 2016).
Molotov cocktails for sale?
Walking through the Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary in Ubud (Sept. 2016).
Robbery in progress. Shirley lost the whole batch of bananas here to a single perp (Sept. 2016).
Ubud (Sept. 2016).
Monkey Forest denizen (Sept. 2016).
Ubud (Sept. 2016).
Can we take him home?! Can we??
A temple inside the Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary in Ubud (Sept. 2016).
Monkey Forest in Ubud (Sept. 2016).
Random sights on Bali (Sept. 2016).
One of reportedly 10,000 temples on Bali (Sept. 2016).
Random sights in southern Bali…being stuck in traffic gave us ample opportunity to shoot photos (Sept. 2016).
This was the place with the best local food that we’d have on Bali even if the venue itself was touristed up (Sept. 2016).
Another charming temple on Bali (Sept. 2016).
Street scene on Bali. These ubiquitous decorations that line the streets are made of bamboo (Sept. 2016).
A girl carrying in offerings at Gunung Kawi (Sept. 2016).
Shirley and the famous rock-cut shrines (candi) of Gunung Kawi (Sept. 2016).
Shirley and a Balinese girl at Gunung Kawi (Sept. 2016).
Offerings at Gunung Kawi (Sept. 2016).
A woman carrying offerings down to the temple at Gunung Kawi. She was more than happy to pose for my camera (Sept. 2016).
More Gunung Kawi (Sept. 2016).
Terraced fields at Gunung Kawi (Sept. 2016).
Pretty girl at Gunung Kawi …but a bit weary of my advances (Sept. 2016).
The streets outside of Gunung Kawi with a continued stream of pilgrims bringing in the offerings (Sept. 2016).
Poolside in Bali. It was fun for like 3 hours. Then we were bored – guess 3 hours is our tolerance for a “beach holiday” (Sept. 2016).
Kuta Beach (Sept. 2016).
Shirley admiring the rice paddies outside of Ubud…at first we thought we’d go and hike but after seeing the hoards of f…ing tourists, we decided to watch the zoo from above (Sept. 2016).
A town overlooking some rice paddies (Sept. 2016).
A family on a scooter (Sept. 2016).
Interesting trees (Sept. 2016).
Temple entrance decorations (Sept. 2016).
The natural beauty of Bali is undeniable but it’s being ruined by humans, esp. the uncontrolled influx of tourism (Sept. 2016).
Two posers and a turtle…more tourist bullshit on Bali (Sept. 2016).
Bali “wildlife safari”.
A staring contest (Sept. 2016).
Asian palm civet…the secret ingredient behind Kopi Luwak (Sept. 2016).
One of a dozen spontaneous (from our point of view that is) celebrations and rituals taking place on the streets of Balinese villages (Sept. 2016).
Ulu Watu Temple grounds with the views of the Indian Ocean (Sept. 2016).
Then monkeys of Ulu Watu Temple (Sept. 2016).
Two tourons in a sea of tourons at Uluwatu Temple (Sept. 2016).
Balinese girls preparing for a ceremony at Uluwatu Temple (Sept. 2016).
Last sunset on Bali before we head to the airport for the trip home that night. Click photo for a video (Sept. 2016).
The return schedule kind of sucked…catching a bit of a nap in Guangzhou on the way home (Sept. 2016).
Bali to Guangzhou, China to LAX (Sept. 2016).
Go back to China