Bako National Park

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We were looking forward to our trip to our first Malaysian national park…Bako. To get there, we flew into Kuching Malaysia, and were picked up by a guide who took us to a hotel to drop off our suitcases. Then, with just backpacks containing things we would need for one night, he drove us 45 [Read more …]

Kuching Restaurants and Hotel

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Our Kuching Restaurant: TopSpot While in Kuching, we found some interesting and delicious food atop a parking garage. This isn’t anything new to us as we ate at, and thoroughly enjoyed Miami Beach’s Juvia last year. In fact, Tom and two friends once lived in a New Orleans parking gargle for a few days, [Read more …]

Yogyakarta Restaurants and Hotel


Of course, food is a passion of ours in any city. we don’t leave any city without thinking of food. Food in Indonesia is so inexpensive that we often ordered many dished to taste things even if we couldn’t finish them. Ledai Tiga Nyonya. We had a nice three-dish lunch here based on restaurant-highlighted [Read more …]

The Magic of Borobudur and its Neighbor Temples

Sunrise at Borobudur

Our main reason for going to Yogarkarta Indonesia was to see Borobudur and the surrounding temples. We started the day at 4 AM for the obligatory sunrise visit to Borobudur, the largest Buddhist temple complex in the world. It was built in the 8th century from more than 50,000, hand-hewn one-cubic meter stones [Read more …]

Yogykarta Indonesia


Yogykarta itself would not normally be on our itinerary. But since we had to go there to get to Borobudor, the most famous attraction on the island of Java, we stopped to see some of the sites. The two most interesting are: Sultan’s Palace; and Water Castle. [Read more …]

In Search of the Komodo Dragon


We have long read and seen photos of the huge, fierce Komodo Dragons, the largest lizards that are capable of devouring pigs, or should the opportunity arise, young children (fact or fiction? who knows?). We had our first glimpse of the famous lizards, and a huge range of of the indigenous reptiles and birds, at [Read more …]

Ubud Bali Food

Ubud Food and Entertainment Indonesian food is not as spicy as many of the other foods in Asia. Breakfast was part of our price of staying in some of the hotels that were booked through agents. On our private deck at \Komaneka Rasa Sayang Hotel, Tom had the Indonesian menu and Joyce had the western [Read more …]

The Beaches of Bali

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An Afternoon on Sanur Beach Since we were going to be on Bali anyways, we thought we should at least explore the beaches, the clubs and to pay our respects at the site of the 2002 terrorist bombing at a hotel on Kuta Beach that claimed more than 200 lives. Our time, however, was very [Read more …]

Bali’s Beautiful Countryside

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No trip to Ubud in Bali (Indonesia) is complete without seeing some of the countryside and the seaside. With our tour guide and driver (after seeing how they drive, Joyce was very thankful she was not trying to drive and Tom was very thankful he didn’t have to navigate the multiple roads), we set off [Read more …]

Bali: Beyond the Beaches

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Indonesia When we started researching going to Indonesia, many people advised us to skip Jakarta, so we started out on the island of Bali. For this portion of our trip, we enlisted the help of a wonderfully helpful agent, Diane Embree of Michael’s Travel. Our primary base for exploring the island was the village of [Read more …]