Tag Archives: Bali

Bali gay life found us

22 Apr
Bali Big Brands - Fake

Bali Big Brands - Fake

Our days were filled with lazing around at the pool of our Villa, having a look at the shops around Seminyak (with all the copies of Louis Vuiton, Prada, Armani, Diesel and all other brands I’d never buy), and eventually finding the beach. So what do we do at night? Right, taking some steps into the gay life (if any). We didn’t come prepared with maps and addresses, but that turned out not to be necessary. When we started looking for the gay life on the island, we didn’t find it – it’s the gay life that actually found us!

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Venturing out into Bali Countryside

21 Apr
Typical Ubud street - with those Balinese sticks everywhere

Typical Ubud street - with those Balinese sticks everywhere

Even though our Villa was very comfortable, and we even found the beach once we figured out that it is actually a garden next to the beach, we did go and explore the countryside of Bali. We rented a motorbike (with all its complications – and being stopped by the police), and set off on our explorations.

The inner island is if possible even more quaint and beautiful than the areas along the beaches, where we were staying. We visited Ubud, which has probably just as many tourists as the sea-side but it was nice to be away from the hustle and bustle of the busy beach roads.

  • The best way to share with you the look and feel of Balinese countryside culture, is to upload the pictures – many below.

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Busted by the police in Ubud

21 Apr
Bali MotoBike Blues

Bali MotoBike Blues

Bali is a beautiful island . We could tell from only roaming around in the area that we were living. The streets are donned with hanging bamboo lanterns, there’s traditional houses, temples and gates everywhere. So we decided to go and explore the island, going to the insides of Balinese culture, visiting the heartland.

Easier said than done. How do you get there? We were too proud to go on a mass-tourist tour, so we rented a motorbike instead, not without complications. But we saw some of the countryside, and had some dealings with the police – enjoying the wonders of corruption and negotiation. Continue reading

Where is the Bali Beach?

20 Apr
Yoohoo - we found the beach!

Yoohoo - we found the beach!

We did not stay in our lovely Villa all the time, even though I think I wouldn’t have minded just to chill out in this ultra-comfy environment. We did venture out in the town and tried to go to the beach. It was a bit of a complicated affair. First of all we had to know which beach we wanted to go to… and next we would need to find a way to get there.

Someone had recommended a beach of which I forgot the name, supposedly a gay beach (always nice to meet some like-minded people), so we take a taxi up there. When arriving there, there was as good as nobody on the beach. No umbrellas, no red-burned boele (tourists), no hawkers trying to sell us junk,… So either we got wrong information, or the taxi driver dropped us at a different place (further away, to get more money), or it was too early and too hot (at 13h) for sane people to be out in the sun…

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Food from Belgium to Bali

19 Apr
Manneken Pis is following me - Belgian Restaurant!

Manneken Pis is following me - Belgian Restaurant!

Seminyak is the upmarket section of South Bali (see also Bali Villa post). The streets are lined with boutiques, selling clothes, jewelry and souvenirs at far too expensive prices (compared to local Indonesian stuff). There are restaurants for all tastes: French, Mexican, Australian, and even a Belgian restaurant named Manneken Pis (he’s following me!). Most of them had a fancy décor, lounge style sofas and dim lighting. And if you looked carefully, you could also bite into local cuisine – both Balinese and from other parts of Indonesia in the traditional Warung.

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Bali Villas and Boutiques

17 Apr
Our villa - I miss it sooo much

Our villa - I miss it sooo much

If you thought that we splashed out in luxury in Thailand, you should have seen us in Bali: a deluxe room in one of the antique but modern villas, the streets lined with designer boutiques (all imitation of course) and going for a bite and a drink in one of the lounge restaurants – wow. My ears were twittering and my eyes were blinking because I didn’t know how to handle all of this wealth, me being a country side boy that grew used to bamboo huts in Laos

We avoided Kuta, the surfer paradise which to me looked more like an Asian version of Lloret del Mar or Torremolinos. That was the place described in my ‘South-East Asia on a Shoestring’ guidebook. We booked ourselves into Seminyak, and definitely left ‘our shoestrings’ behind. We were now in Gucci, instead of C&A. We tried to find the beach – the star of Bali – but couldn’t find it… Continue reading

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