These are eight, random "Daily Photographs" from my personal Flickr collection.

Friday, December 14, 2018

Only One More Month in Bali

To Our Studio Apt

Day 33 - We woke up this morning and realized that we have just one month before we must leave Bali. Our flight to Kuala Lumpur and the next part of our winter begins on January 14th.

This means we spent a bit of time thinking about actually doing something in the next 30 days. We could buy tickets to travel to Yogyakarta, Java. We visited the ancient the Borobudur Temples years ago. It would be a fun for a few days to return. We didn't decide for sure on anything though.

It's so easy to do little in this routine we've developed during our month here. I think it is kind of nice that we can just hang around and live somewhere else. There used to be a lot of pressure to go see a lot before one had to fly back to a job. I'm sure this lifestyle is healthier even if we end up doing a little less exploration.


Thursday, December 13, 2018

Personal Quote #135

"A whole lot of life boils down to plain, old luck. Of course, what ones does with that luck can make or break the situation."
Dennis Sylvester Hurd (1959- )

Tub Seller
Day 32 - We saw this tub seller twice in different locations when out in the boiling, noonday sun. I am left wondering tonight whether he was able to sell any of his wares today.

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Seven Scenes I've Seen

Day 31 - Most people are never without a camera now. Thanks to that stealthy gadget once used to make telephone calls, there's most likely one in your pocket as you're reading this. Even when I walk out the door without my larger zoom camera, I can capture images of my surroundings.

When we are away from my usual environment, my need to take photos seems to increase. I look at things with a delightfully keen eye. That is a skill or mood which can take place at any time, but when travelling it occurs much more frequently. Practice makes perfect, too. I want to keep things I'm seeing as prisoners for later inspection. I want to let others get a hint of the places I am.

Here are seven things in Bali I would not have experienced at home:

Night Glow
View from the Bridge
One-Meter (Baby) Lizard
Buying Bananas
Hightide and Storm Debris
Bridge by the Market
One Small Stall

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Making No Apologies

No Apologies

Day 30 - We've been thirty days away, already. I started counting on the first day which only included flying across the Pacific and also those days on our Taiwan stopover. Still, we're only staying in Bali for 59 nights but today I did absolutely nothing of importance. Lounging in the swimming pool isn't important, right?

I'm not apologizing for that. It's the left-over Puritan ethic in North Americans which make many want to get out and work hard. It doesn't seem to matter if it's productive, although if it is, then it's often considered an added blessing. They do all this in order to pay more taxes, I guess. Nope. I'm not cut from that cloth. I've always been more than somewhat proud of my lethargy. My laziness is that of a smart man though. We spend time learning new things in new places.

Those mice who run the maze die earlier than those who are confronted with a piece of cheese and eat it along the way. Even if they were to die on the same day, I'd say the cheese-eating rodents probably had a happier existence. Leaving Vancouver winters and discovering a new, warm-weather location been a big goal in our lives since 2014 and I make no apologies for that.

Padma Street
On the return walk from another Bali beach sunset.

Monday, December 10, 2018

Too Interconnected?

Day 29 - My first and only email of the day was sent by some new friends from home. However, at present, Tim is staying on a longterm, winter break in Malaysia. He had read Saturday's entry and commented to me through email.

Celine was screaming for us to have a very Merry Christmas.

His comments about travel reminded me of how travel has changed during our lifetimes. Going off the grid used to be easy and even necessary. I've gone into specifics before, but the Internet is both a boon and a bane. Travelling without reservations used to be the norm. One would just get to a city, and head to an area where the hotels were. Then, one would have to start inquiring at the front desks of suitable-looking establishments. It does seem that things were a bit more of an adventure. Unfortunately, I think, we are able to look up guests' reviews and find photos of even the smallest guesthouse in the middle of nowhere nowadays.

Tim remarked about being the only foreigner in a specific location. Alas, it does seem as though cheap airfares have made the world smaller (and far less exotic). Mass tourism affects nearly every location on the globe. Being a unique guest in any location is an increasingly rarer experience.

Carrefour, Sunset Road, Kuta

While I was thinking about these things, we took a Grab car to check out a large, destination Carrefour Supermarket. It's just a few kilometers from here. They are a large France-based chain operating in South America, Europe, and parts of Asia. I can't remember exactly where we've shopped with them in the past. We arrived at a huge building with lots of nearly everything. There were both local and imported products.

During our hike throughout the acres of products, for four minutes, we were subjected to something quite Canadian. It wasn't the 30-foot Christmas tree made to display plastic laundry baskets. Celine Dion wished us, via song, a very merry Christmas over the PA system! To me, this is definitive proof that there's nowhere left to run.

Sunday, December 09, 2018

Who's Running a Bit Late?

Day 28 - Many of the 'professions' overbook and make clients or customers wait. This is often true with doctors and dentists, perhaps because their schedules are too often crammed with patients. I don't have a lot of experience with lawyers, but I assume it'd be similar.

Plumbers Never Arrive on Schedule

Most assuredly this is a worldwide phenomenon for plumbers. Today's one o'clock appointment turned into a quarter past three. Maybe that's not so bad on a Sunday!

It seems as though one of the one professional groups which seldom start late is teachers. At least this one was nearly always in the classroom before even the earliest student. But then again, I was pretty exceptional as well as punctual.

Saturday, December 08, 2018

Never Stop Paying Attention to Details

Colourful Doorway

Day 27 - My plan was to bookend a tiny blog note between the two, larger photos. When walking anywhere, we are constantly near decorative cultural statues and images. The thing that is key to me, is to never start ignoring them. That is what happens when one gets too familiar with any place. Being able to fully notice and appreciate one's surroundings is one key to staying young. Sadly, I have a lot of acquaintances who think and act as if they are old.

The top picture was near a doorway entrance we passed this morning. Most of the land is precious on this coastal strip as it is a tourist zone. Property tends to get walled off with pathways and lanes running between high walls. A break in the wall had not only a door but the colourful display. Next, the photo at the very bottom was taken near an active, tourist-street shrine.

The picture directly beneath these words needed to be added. We were so spoiled by the price and experience of the Sky Garden, we returned for dinner tonight. As it was a long walk, we used a Grab car to go there at around CA$ 1.50 but made the several-kilometre trek back to walk off the overindulgence.

Sky Garden Rush Hour


Friday, December 07, 2018

Three Weeks Here!

The Intersection

Day 26 - Today is Friday which means we've been in Bali for three weeks already! It seems more amazing because we haven't travelled around the island yet. We have stayed exclusively in the Kuta/Legian strip of the beach. We know Bali has a lot to offer as decades ago, we explored volcanos, terraced rice paddies, and northern beaches.

Has early retirement slowed us down? I don't think so; it's just that we have created more time for ourselves. We have five an a half more weeks here before we move on to a neighbouring country.

There's a lot to be said for taking time. For example, it seems there are always festivities taking place for the Balinese Hindus from morning to evening. We were quite surprised by the beach event. Prior to sunset, we walked across to the beach and then down the beach road.

The Evening of Dec 7
The Evening of Dec 7
The Evening of Dec 7
The Evening of Dec 7
The Evening of Dec 7

There is one HSBC ATM near Kuta beachside. We wanted to get some cash but also enjoyed some of the fusion, Christmas decorations in the Beachwalk Shopping Mall. We had a McFlurry while waiting for a Grab car for a lift back to our neighbhourhood.

The Evening of Dec 7
The Evening of Dec 7

Thursday, December 06, 2018

Sky Garden for Food and Drinks

Beach Town Crowds

Day 25 - Last Friday, we went to a buffet at a nearby hotel. Since then, we learned about the Sky Garden down in Kuta. The advertisements showed all you can eat and drink for less than $US 8.00 each. We thought we'd give it a try.

Oh my. The food was plentiful and I had four mugs of beer. One can stay a full four hours and eat as much as one wants. The place turns into a monstrous set of lounges and nightclubs as the night goes on. We didn't stay. After my second plate, I could hardly move. It's good that it was a two-kilometer walk back to our apartment. I needed it. One could eat there every weeknight without breaking the bank, but I'm sure the novelty would wear off.

OMG Plate #2
Sky Garden
Ate Too Much

Wednesday, December 05, 2018

Damn, I'm Lucky

Unabashed Display

Day 24 - I was sitting in the swimming pool today listening to the birds in the nearby mango trees. No one else was around. A cloud moved away from the corner of the sun and the rays felt warm on my face. I thought, "Damn, I'm lucky." That's it. That wraps up the entire day!

Oh, other than that, of note, I viewed a leaked copy of Hyundai Canada's KONA Electric brochure That's going to be my vehicle when we get back to Canada in the spring. I've been planning for the new vehicle since July. It was funny how a simple document helped make my future purchase suddenly real and more than just a theoretical plan.

Screenshot 2018-12-05 19.41.17

Tuesday, December 04, 2018

Earlier This Evening

Sunset Dec 4

Day 23 - The days lately have been a mix of sun, rain, and clouds. It seems to change from minute to minute. One constant, however, is the temperature; it's always between 25C and 30C.

Towards evening, we decided to walk to the beach in as direct a way as possible. People do go to watch the sunset and we weren't sure how good the natural display would be tonight. This means taking small path-like shortcuts. We left at 5:32 and we were on the sand at 5:46. So, I was correct in assuming our place is about fifteen minutes by foot from the Indian Ocean.

Sunset on Dec 4

Monday, December 03, 2018

More than a Cursory View

Warung for Lunch
Helmets Optional

Day 22 - There are lots of avenues and laneways in the Legian neighbourhoods of Bali. We are sort of like a Roomba® vacuum learning a new house. We keep walking around bumping into places until we eventually have been everywhere.

Today, we walked places we'd not yet been. We picked up a takeout lunch from a warung. They are small, family-owned restaurants selling cheap food to locals and tourists alike. Each day their fare is different and a basic meal with rice cost around $US 1. We like the variety of adding to the food that Jay cooks. It is also nice to spread around cash as food is so cheap.

We have fallen into a routine with two major walks: one in the morning and another around 6:25 PM sunset.

Checking Bananas
Crossing the River

Sunday, December 02, 2018

My Offering for Sunday

Offerings on a Sunday
Saturday in Bali

Day 21 - By offering, I mean blog post. By Sunday, I mean the day of the week. Just wanted to make that clear ...

Today was a nice enough day but we stayed pretty close to home. The portrait shots, in particular, were taken during an evening walk within a few kilometers from our studio apartment. Canang sari offerings are always interesting on walks. Jay has devised a personal system for ranking them. If they contain a cigarette they are ranked higher although that is a vice we can hardly see would impress local spirits. If there are crackers, then they should be large. The size of the incense matters as does arrangement and number of flowers. Toffees are a bonus.

Days like today are why we leave our comfortable environment to live away from home. The world is a gift. Not going to see it is an affront to its maker.

Offerings on a Sunday
Saturday in Bali

Saturday, December 01, 2018

Colourful Events

Spectators and Participants
Saturday in Bali

Day 20 - Whenever one walks out of the door, one may be swept up in an event. Bali is an excellent place to practice photography. Even the most ordinary day may contain the most extraordinary visuals. This morning, a temple just down the street had the road blocked off. I think perhaps a new part of the structure was being dedicated. A crane was there as well as the requisite musical instruments and dancers for the hoisting of timbers to the upper-most precipice.

Nearby Temple

Friday, November 30, 2018

Uber Sold to Grab in SE Asia. We Tried Them.

Day 19 - I added my Visa card to the Grab phone app a week ago but we'd not used it. So this morning, we decided to walk out by the shortcut to Jl. Raya Legian and summon a car to the 'Discovery Mall'. It cost us around $US 2 to travel to a bit south of Kuta Beach. As the roads are seemingly always busy, it took about a half hour. Then, we walked through the mall to get to the waterfront.

Grab Bought Uber in SE Asia

We wanted to stroll south.

A few pricy hotel/resorts are along this section. A sidewalk ran along a new-looking embankment. Some fishing boats were at the sandy end. We were getting close to the airport. In fact, during the walk, we encountered a few kids with backpacks actually walking into town. I can only assume they are on a rather strict budget.

It was a walk on the beach!
It was a walk on the beach!
The Last Day of November
It was a walk on the beach!

We walked back along to the mall and peeked at a few things inside. We checked the GPS and saw the 'Lipo Mall' was inland, so we'd skip it today. We instead went in the direction of the 'Hard Rock Cafe'.

It was nice to see the beach-side activities on a warm day. Things were drying out from the recent rains. We had a $US 0.40 McDonald's soft-serve ice cream cones while waiting for our Grab car and driver back. The routes looked clear but one Hindu temple had the easiest route blocked because of festivities. We were probably back to our street in twenty minutes though. The first Grab experience was positive and that's good as we'll use them in Kuala Lumpur later during our winter.

We ate lunch here at the studio apartment.

It was a walk on the beach!
It was a walk on the beach!
It was a walk on the beach!
It's 30C ... Again!

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