Travel: July 2006 – Road Trip l Bali l Indonesia

Nature | 24 July 2006
During our road trip from Tulamben to our private villa stay in Gianyar, we passed by a few scenic places along the way. There were many padi fields, corn fields and lushful jungles in Bali. We managed to catch a glimpse of an old volcanoe too!

Volcanoe

Rich jungle by the foot of an old volcanoe. (I can’t remember its name)

Padi Field

A valley of padi field.

Padi Field

Terraces of padi field up the mountain

Padi Field

Beautiful young green padi plants

Rural Area

“Kampung” houses

Washing Car

Washing vehicles by a river. Now you don’t see this often in Malaysia anymore!

Rural Area

Fire Extinguisher for Fuel Stations. So weird!

We stopped for a lunch break at a local stall for their local food called Lesehan. Will blog about this soon…

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Travel: Tulamben l Bali l Indonesia

Cultural, Nature | 13 July 2006
Francis & I had recently return from a relaxing & refreshing trip to Bali. We stayed in a wonderful paradise called Tauch Terminal Tulamben Resort in Tulamben for the first 2 nights. We did some diving in Tulamben & had a great time underwater. We also had a spa session in this resort. To my pleasant surprise, darling Francis actually liked the massage session very much! (cos he’s never a fan for massage-spa thingy)

Here are some photos taken in the Tulamben resort we were staying. All photos here were taken with my new Canon 30D.

This is a view from our verandah in Tulamben resortFront view of our verandah

Front view of our verandah

Front view of our verandah

Swimming pool facing the seaside at Tulamben

Swimming pool facing the seaside at Tulamben

Another pool view

Another pool view

Our verandah view with darling Francis lazing around

Our verandah view with darling Francis lazing around

Pool view at night

Pool view at nightRestaurant view at night, Tulamben resort

Tulamben

Restaurant front view at night, Tulamben resort

Verandah view at night

Verandah view at night

We later moved to a romantic villa called Peruna Saba Villa in Gianyar for the remaining 2 nights stay. We did nothing there but relax & swim at our private pool & sleep. The scenery there was breath-taking with vast padi field & the sound of nature at the background.

We also took a day trip down to Kuta for some shopping & sightseeing. On the last day, we went for a short visit to the birdpark which I enjoyed immensely by taking lots of pics with my new camera!
I thought I’d share some of the pics taken from the trip but will have to do this in parts as I’ll need time to process my RAW images to JPEG format. Hence, there will be more blogs about our Bali trip soon!

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New Tattoos

Personal | 3 July 2006
Since my return from Layang-Layang, I’ve decided to have a new addition to my body tattoo. Well… actually… TWO additions. First one is a continuation of my old seahorses tattoo. Second is a total new design behind my waist.

Here is Eddie, my tattooist from Borneo Ink, using his creativeness in designing the perfect tattoo just for me. I knew Eddie from an old friend back in 2002. He did his first piece on me then, which was the pair of seahorses on my back. Later, he did a reconstructive touchup on my Fiery Kriss which is on my left arm.

It was a pleasant coincidence that Eddie’s from my home-state, Sarawak. What more to say when I found out that his younger brother, Simon, was my college mate back in INTI College Sarawak. (but I never got to know him personally until I met Eddie) In addition to this great coincidence, Lina, his younger sister was my highschool mate back in St Teresa, Kuching. Both Simon & Lina are also two very talented members in Borneo Ink. (Simon did darling Francis’ tattoo back in 2002) Yup… you can call it a “Family Business” at this stage.

Eddie started by designing & drawing out the figures on a piece of tracing paper. He never fails to amazed me with his agility & accuracy while doing the sketches.

I wanted a Chinese character of my family name to be tattooed in between my pair of seahorses. Another will be a pair of hammerhead sharks behind my waist. (I’ll explain the meaning of each of my tattoos in another blog)

I’m getting ready for the PAIN. Borneo Ink’s tattooing room is like a dentist room. Very brightly lighted and clean. I always feel safe being here without having to worry about deadly diseases. One can even fall asleep with the droning sound of the tattooing machine. He gave me a small little pillow so I can sit in this position throughout the whole process with more comfort. Well… it helped when he gave me a few chances to stretch in between short breaks.

Eddie prepares the needles into a tattooing machine. He normally prepares his tools infront of his client to ensure them that he’s using fresh new needles and ink casings. I like him a lot cos he’ll answer all my stupid questions down to the technical details of what he’s doing.

This is how my Family Surname looks like now in between my Seahorses. It took only about 10 mins to complete as it was pretty small and easy to do.

Next, my two hammerhead sharks behind my waist. As I’m pretty ticklish around my waist area, this process was a tinie-bit more uncomfortable than my other tattoos done before. However, Eddie managed to tattoo me in such a way that he’s minized the pain to a minimum degree. Phew…

Finally, the hammerheads are completed without a glitch. I was a little surprised at how ‘big’ the tattoo looked but am pretty amazed with its beauty.

Many thanks to Eddie once again for doing such a wonderful job on my new tattoos. Now I hope they’ll heal fast in time for my trip to Bali as I’ll be diving there with darling Francis pretty soon. P/S: This is a photo of Eddie making a silly face. Hehehe… he normally looks more “decent” than this.

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