(so you don't have to read too much...)
01.05.2008 - 29.05.2008 -17 °C
Yes, that's right - just pictures and short stories. No essays to read...
Dup, Jana and Francois at a tea plantation in the Cameron Highlands.
Workers collecting tea at one of the plantations in the Cameron Highlands.
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.
Tea plantation. My favourite pic in Malaysia, I must admit.
Me beneath the Petronas Towers.
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.
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.
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
Borobudur, an ancient Buddhist temple near Yogyakarta.
Very impressive. The top tier at Borobudur is really amazing - the surrounding views are truely awesome, and the structure itself is just huge.
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...
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.
The view from the top - this time with a couple of volcanoes in the background for good measure.
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.
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.
Yogyakarta guys playing football outside my B&B. Love this pic.
The plateau from the top of Mount Bromo. What a view - totally surreal being here.
Mount Bromo - the jeeps take you right to the foot of the mountain and off you walk.
Sunrise reveals the Tengger Caldera crater in Eastern Java, with Bromo bullowing out steam constantly.
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.
Balinese troops practising karate. Anti-terrorism is taken VERY seriously in Bali nowadays...
Paddies in Bali - really beautiful.
Kite flying is a great pastime for Indonesian kids. You see kites being flown anytime there is a mild breeze.
Father and son, and musician on my bike trip over the mountains in Bali.
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!
Boatmen cleaning their boats before the next tide I think - Bali.
More rice paddies.
On the way to Gili Trawangan, off the large island of Lombok.
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.
The moon sets weren't too bad either...!
Divers horsing around on the way back from a dive. That was my instructor - as you can imagine, dives were good fun!
Hmmm.... my bar - Rudy's. I stayed here, and as it turned out this place had everything to offer, and plenty of big parties.
Awesome bar staff!
The dog and rooster - Bali's monsters. Roosters for waking me up at 4am everynight! and dogs for barking constantly!
The last place I stayed at: Amed in eastern Bali. Famous for the USS Liberty wreck dive - what a fantastic dive.
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.