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Pics from Indonesia and Malaysia

(so you don't have to read too much...)

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Yes, that's right - just pictures and short stories. No essays to read...
Easy ;)
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Dup, Jana and Francois at a tea plantation in the Cameron Highlands.

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Workers collecting tea at one of the plantations in the Cameron Highlands.

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Dup needs some alone time at a watch tower in the Cameron Highlands as he informs us that his Celebrity Televised Swim Gala with Gold Medalist Michael Phelps has been cancelled. Personally, I think he was lying.

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Tea plantation. My favourite pic in Malaysia, I must admit.

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Me beneath the Petronas Towers.

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Dup, this time in business mode. He comes to this bar to razzle and dazzle the KL elite. There's actually a pool in the bar and this night he refrained from doing a few lengths at midnight.

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Bird Park in KL. I swear these birds were trained to kill people! I couldn't shake them off my head! The one on the right attacked me only moments later.

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Rickshaws in Malacca. Some of them have booming sound systems, which detracts from the historical significance of the place when it is only inches from your eardrum ;)

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Borobudur, an ancient Buddhist temple near Yogyakarta.

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Very impressive. The top tier at Borobudur is really amazing - the surrounding views are truely awesome, and the structure itself is just huge.

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Its hard to explain how unique my freckled skin is in some of these places. These guys thought I was taking a photo of them, so someone pointed at me and shouted something, and then they all started to pose. So I got them to do the model pose of pointing and looking like Derrick Zollander! The blue guy on the right needs to talk to someone though, he may have a problem...

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Me on top of Mount Merapi. Fantastic climb, whjich began at midnight with torches, and had us watch the sun rise over the horizon. Thats sulphuric gas in the background.

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The view from the top - this time with a couple of volcanoes in the background for good measure.

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Javanese kids challenging me to a duel to the death at the base of Mt. Merapi. I was tired from the walk and in no mood for trouble, so I whipped their asses.

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Prambanan - also in the Yogyakarta area. Its hard to believe but this structure has been completely rebuilt following a massive Mt Merapi eruption hundreds of years ago (can't remember date) that covered the whole thing in ash and rock.

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Yogyakarta guys playing football outside my B&B. Love this pic.

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The plateau from the top of Mount Bromo. What a view - totally surreal being here.

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Mount Bromo - the jeeps take you right to the foot of the mountain and off you walk.

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Sunrise reveals the Tengger Caldera crater in Eastern Java, with Bromo bullowing out steam constantly.

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Great diving here at Menjengan Island off north-western Bali. Great walls and slopes filled with life. This was a little beach we docked at between the dives. Thats Bali in the background.

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Balinese troops practising karate. Anti-terrorism is taken VERY seriously in Bali nowadays...

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Paddies in Bali - really beautiful.

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Kite flying is a great pastime for Indonesian kids. You see kites being flown anytime there is a mild breeze.

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Father and son, and musician on my bike trip over the mountains in Bali.

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There are little Hindu shrines everywhere in Bali. EVERYWHERE. They bless houses, shops, fields, roads, cars, everything. Perhaps thats why the drivers drive like they're invincible!
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Boatmen cleaning their boats before the next tide I think - Bali.

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More rice paddies.

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On the way to Gili Trawangan, off the large island of Lombok.

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Gili Trawangan. Every evening, I'd go to the west side of the island, beer in hand and watch the sun go down. There was quite a crowd of us gathering after a few days there. So so chilled.
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The moon sets weren't too bad either...!
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Divers horsing around on the way back from a dive. That was my instructor - as you can imagine, dives were good fun!

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Hmmm.... my bar - Rudy's. I stayed here, and as it turned out this place had everything to offer, and plenty of big parties. P1080254.jpg
Awesome bar staff!

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The dog and rooster - Bali's monsters. Roosters for waking me up at 4am everynight! and dogs for barking constantly!

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The last place I stayed at: Amed in eastern Bali. Famous for the USS Liberty wreck dive - what a fantastic dive.

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Cats rule Gili Trawangan and are ready to pounce on any restaurant plate!

OK, thats enough oics for now - more to come in a month or so...
Right now - I'm in Manila, Philippines... its a little dodgy I must say.
Adios.

Posted by Shlugger 04:17 Archived in Indonesia Tagged round_the_world

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