Wildride in Indonesia, My 2012 year end Log book -2 of 3

And HERE IT COMES.. Wildride in Indonesia !!
Would you believe it, its already 3rd straight International trip with Wild riders in 2012 alone. What an year for us !! Pheww.. too good

Nov 23rd: Worked from home today, (as if I worked :-P).. 9PM: Mom n dad dropped me at JP Nagar BIAL bus stop. Sunil, Charan, Karthik joined soon. We bid adeau to Raki, Basha nd Ramesh and off we go, we were all talking to each others like did you get that, this and all … Eventually Shreyas, Kumar and NC joind us in the same bus.
Wohooo.. in airport… wohoo our trip begins

Nov 24th:
8:00 AM: Reached Changi airport, Singapore. Wow what an airport!! We had a couple of hours in transit, during which we had our breakfast at Subway.
09:30 AM: Boarded Lion airways flight to Surabaya
11:00 PM: Landed in Surabaya. We got our Visa-on-arrival in Surabaya.
Our tour guide Mr. Dhoni was waiting for us at arrival terminal, holding a 'Welcome Karthik' signboard with a big smile :D. We exchanged a few US Dollars to Indonesian Rupaiah. !!!! 10000 USD = 100,000,000 Rupaiah!!!!
12:30 PM: Lunch in Surabaya, followed by a shopping stop over in IndoMart.
02:00 – 07:00: A long drive in Dhoni's 4 wheeler.
07:00 PM: Reached Hotel Bromo which was located at quite an altitude. Temperature was around 5-10 degrees maybe.
08:00 PM: For a while, boys kept themselves busy shopping woolen clothes to fight cold.
08:30 PM: Dinner was okay, fruit salad and omelet were awesome though
09:00 – 11:30 PM: UNO time. Had a blast.

Nov 25th:
04:30 AM: We woke up early, our 4×4 Jeep was waiting for us in front of our hotel. After a very small Jeep journey, we reached Bromo Surise point. An hour's walk and and an amazing sunrise.
07:30 AM: Reached Bromo foothills in Jeep.
08:00 AM: Trekked till Mt. Bromo top. We were actually walking on an active volcano now. Gushes of wind made it difficult for us, it would make volcano smokes would go into our eyes. !!
09:00 AM: Back in our hotel for breakfast.
11:00 AM: Check out from hotel Bromo.
05:00 PM: We were driving along Java coffee estates.
06:00 PM: Reached Ketapang Indah, Ijen. This beautiful hotel is located in a coffee plantation valley.
There are a fewof hot water springs around this hotel.
07:00 PM: We made friends with a few visitors and walked till Madakaripura waterfalls.
09:00 PM: Dinner followed by UNO, a chinese visitor taught us a few Chinese gestures and we had a nice time playing UNO together.

Nov 26th:
01:30 AM: Yup, we woke up at 01:30 AM, and Dhoni drove us near Ijen Crater.
02:30 AM: Started our tiring trek to Ijen.
03:30 AM: Trekking continued. We could see an active volcano far off, and it looked more like 'Eye of Sauron'. A fantastic view, it looked as if like there was a lightening coming off the mountain ever 2 minutes.
05:00 AM: Reached Ijen crater, we were all awestruck when we saw the burning Blue flames on Ijen crater. Our guide took us past visitor view point. We walked till we were just a few feet away from the blue volcano flames. Wow, what an experience.
08:00 AM: Back in our commute, Dhoni's car.
12:30 PM: Byebye Surabaya. Byebye to mountains n Volcanoes.. Ferry ride to Bali.
02:00 PM: As soon as we enter Bali, the change was evident, we entered into a Hindu region. We could see a lot of greenery, beautiful architectures, temples, well planned roads.
04:30 PM: Lunch near Bali and our first glimpse of Bali beaches
07:00 PM: Checked in our hotel Warung Coco, a nice budget hotel for the backpackers. NC met Mita Savirti for the first time here 😉
08:30 PM: We were all roaming on LEGION Street, the most happening street in Bali. So many Aussies, loud music, disco techs, bars on every corner. We walked from Legion till Kuta beach and back. We all boozed till midnight.

Nov 27th:
10:30 AM: Got up really late, in fact we all missed our free breakfast too. Dhoni was patiently waiting for us all the while.
12:00 Noon: By the time we got ready it was already noon. We decided to go to an Indian restaurant (Queen's Tandoor) on Legion Street. It turned out to be a costly affair.
02:00 PM: We reached 'Tanah Lot Hindu Temple' aka Sea temple, which  is a beautiful picturesque temple and located on a rock just offshore, and dates back to 15th century. We spent a lot of time taking a number of pictures around the temple.
02:30 PM: The snake fiasco. Karthik n me posed with a python. When Charan tried to hold on to the snake, snake chickened out !!
04:00 PM: Sanur beach. First time in beach in this trip.
07:30 PM: We drove till the 'Fire Dance', but missed it because we were too late for the show.
08:00 PM: Send off to Mr. Dhoni. Dhoni was not only our tour guide / driver, he had been a true gentleman who always smiled and helped us all along this trip so far.
08:30 PM: Everyone were raring to go for a body massage. After Ijen trek, and all the day's activities we all badly needed one.
11:30 PM: After a soothing and relaxing body massage, we all met up at the same restaurant where we had dinner the previous night. Spent remembering about our trip so far, boozed and partied till late night.

Nov 28th:
07:00 AM: Our taxi was already waiting for us, so was our breakfast at Warung Coco. We left all our excess luggage in the hotel.
08:30 AM: On speed boat heading towards Gili Trawangan.
11:30 AM: Reached Gili T, we were all like, Did we land in a Paradise or what?. <Pic>
12:00 Noon: I rented a bike as our cottage, 'Eden Cottage' was almost half way across the island, a couple of kilometers maybe.
01:00 PM: Played volleyball and dived around in Eden Cottage Pool.
02:30 PM: Lunch at 'Alam Gili' (close to Eden cottqage). The restaurant offered Free Wifi and food was great too. And the best part was the restaurant was right on the sea shore with a great scenic view of the beach. To add to that food wasn't so expensive either !!
04:00 PM: We hired snorkeling gear and went snorkeling. We all had an amazing time snorkeling in crystal clear waters of Gili-T.
Shaz, Sunil and me went a step ahead and swam across great depths to a long boat which was anchored at quite a distance from shore.
07:00 PM: Party time at Gili, we missed full moon party by a whisker, full moon party had happened the previous night :-(.
09:00 PM: Dinner and booze till late night.

Nov 29th:
We were supposed to return to Kuta today, but we got our stay in Gili extended by a day.
10:30 AM: After a nice breakfast in Eden Cottage, we started our snorkeling day-out on a glass bottom boat.
11:30 AM: Our first dive on shallow waters. I was hesitant a bit, but later decided not to use a life jacket while snorkeling.
01:30 PM: Our second dive, in deeper waters this time. We snorkeled over a sunk ship and later along the Turtule inhabited waters.
02:30 PM: Lunch and shopping at Gili Air.
03:30 PM: Our third dive, in shallow waters, with so many colourful fishes around. Thousands of colourful fishes in theses waters circled us as we fed these fishes with bread. Truly amazing experince.
06:30 PM: Back in our cottage, freshened up and played UNO for a while in Alam Gili.

Nov 30th:
Breakfast, check-out, returned my bike and byebye to paradise Gili-T.
Gili-T, you beauty, you have been the highlight of our trip so far. \m/
10:30 AM: Back in speed boat. We spotted a few dolphins while returning back to Kuta.
02:00 PM: Back in Warung Coco. Freshened up and hired scooters in Warung Coco.
03:30 PM: Speeding on our scooters in busy narrow Bali roads.
04:00 PM: Hired Surfing boards, and off we go on Surfing. I'd been dreaming this moment ever since I watched the trailers of "Chasing Mavericks'. Live like Jay, Jay you're one of my hero.
06:00 PM: Super tired after surfing. Gosh those heavy surfing boards and 5-10 foot waves made us go real tired real quick.
07:00 PM: Freshened up at hotel amd we were back zooming on our scooters.
08:00 PM: Sunil, Kumar and me went on out shopping on our scooters. Kumar and me were fortunate to find a fair/sale near Legion. We bought many souvenirs there.
Together we spent millions of Indonesian Rupaiahs shopping today 😛
11:30 PM: Dinner in an Indian restaurant. Last few minutes in Indonesia ;-(

Dec 1st: Early morning flight from Denpasar Airport to Changi Airport..
Singapore HERE WE COME.. To be continued in my next Post

Advertisements

My 2012 year end Log book -1 of 3

The month of November, 2012 has been a Deja-vu of January 2012 to me. In Jan, I flew from US and within a couple of weeks I was holidaying in Thailand. This time, again I flew back from USA in the 1st week of November and within 10 days I was holidaying in Indonesia.
The planning, excitement has all been the same, just like in January.
October 2012: Lots n lots of video calls on Skype n Google Hangout. We booked our Indonesia/Singapore flights first. And then came the brief planning part. Lots of plannings and schemes, gosh how we enjoy during these days:)).
I ended up doing a lot of online transactions for booking hotels in Singapore/Indonesia, paying advance to the Volcano trek tour guides, getting USDs for the offshore WR boys..etc

Nov 1st: I vacated my apartments. 312, Fountainhead Apts, Westborough, MA and moved to Extended Stay Delux, Westborough.
Nov 3rd: Knights limo dropped me off at the airport. I had to ship across a huge # of electronics articles (AV Reciever+ 5 Speakers + Laptop + iPhones + iPad).
Nov 5th: Cleared immigration without any fuss at BIAL. Sunil picked me up at 6 am, and we went straight to Vidyarthi Bhavan. Belted there. Evening was about catching up with all the WRs.
Nov 6th: Met Deepthi at CCD.

I really don’t know how things shaped up, but in the next couple of weeks it was all just clock work. Like in any other arranged marriage scenario, Deepthi’s parents and our parents chalked out plans for our marriage. Deepthi and me met a few of times, and days just flew..