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RTW-career-gap-year kinda mission till June 2010, I think.

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Kupang night market

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Night time in the tropics comes early, say 1830. Having eaten elsewhere, my companions walked me to the night market. The main road quiet after 2100; the bemos have left. I wanted to see what was on offer.
The barrow stands advertised local dishes; Gado Gado, Soto Ayam, Nasi, Mie and Bakso. The familiar names stuck on the glass in garish neon lettering, lit by energy saving bulbs.
Small barbecues further heating the already balmy evening. Chicken bits sizzled in a closed grill over hot coals. Regularly flipped and basted with a delicious smelling marinade. The sauce liberally slapped on by paintbrush. No silicone basting brush here. Pungent smoke rising as the red hot embers spat and hissed as drips fell through the grid.
The shouts of children playing in the sealed off street, open shop fronts each a new play area to explore. Fun for some, but 1 poor fellow was still on duty, selling his, or his family's catch. No rest for the wicked, no rest for the grindingly poor.
The luridly coloured treats, dessert perhaps? Tooth achingly sweet, a health hazard in festive and alluring colours. My chocolate condensed milk sweetened mango juice was enough of a sugar high for me to easily pass by without succumbing.
13th Oct 2009, 16:05   | tags:,,comments (0)

Afternoon tea

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Each afternoon, around 1730, tea is served outside one's room. This little perk is included, like the breakfast, in the economy room price of 100 000 IDR. The choice of tea or coffee is supplied in a pot that holds 2 and a bit cups. There is a little sweet treat too. Today it looked like a tiny slice of milk tart, complete with cinnamon dusting. Unfortunately it was rather tasteless, but enjoyable none the less. I could do with a big, fat 150g slab of Green and Blacks 85% cooking chocolate. That would do very nicely thank you very much!
12th Oct 2009, 14:38   comments (0)

Surfcamp food

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This is what I got for dinner tonight. Can you tell the difference between the before and after pictures? :)
4th Oct 2009, 16:49   comments (0)

Bad taste theme restaurants abound

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Here I am, back in Mataram Mall looking for a camera repair shop. I stupidly dropped mine in the sand yesterday. So far, I have been told the closest one is in Java. Not much good to me as I am heading to Sumba next. Feckarse! Stopped for some sustenance at the Oceanic Cafe for sustenance. Truly the worst bowl of soup I have ever had. A broth of sweet, sweet liquid, a handful of tinned mielies bedecked with grated cheese. Horrid. More disaster, the zip on my new bag is broken too. Sigh. Don't have the time or inclination to try and fix it to be frank. Just going to get another more robust one. To add too my litany of woes some twat helped themselves to my travel towel that was folded on top of all my clothes night before last. I can't win. I am neat and tidy stuff gets nicked, I am messy I lose it. It's the last 2 are minor irritants really. My camera is a big shame for the documenting side of things. Oh and the picture; it's what greets one as one enters this fine establishment. Hope the coffee is good.
23rd Sep 2009, 11:28   comments (0)

Go Slow Gili's

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Things happen slowly here. A decidedly sedate pace of life, now even slower as it is Idel Fitri. The Muslims have headed home, in this case Lombok, to be with their family.

Those who are Hindu, still present and trying to cope with the tourist hordes. The warungs open offering a limited selection of preprepared food. Most places running on less than skeleton staff, who still manage a harried smile and a few polite words, are swamped. Understandably service is glacially slow. To be honest it doesn't really matter. What pressing business could one possibly have?

A noticeable number of restaurants and shops are shut till the 21st at the earliest. The big, almost corporate establishments don't seem to have staff problems. Almost no laundries are washing so clean clothes must wait.

A few cimodo, literally carting people and goods, jangling, clip-clopping and tooting up and down the beach front track. Single carriage way, muddy now it has rained sealed in some places that serves as the main road strangely desolate and deserted.

The rainy, windy weather no doubt adding to the lack of people trawling the strip in search of food, a drink, or just going about their holiday business.

So what does one do when it is far from perfect weather on an otherwise postcard perfect tropical paradise? Drink, I suppose, happy hour is a ticking away.
20th Sep 2009, 11:10   comments (0)

But is it Land Art?

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A semi by the sea...
20th Sep 2009, 10:03   comments (0)

Tempestuous Gili Trawangan Skies

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Gili Trawangan a small island just off the coast of Lombok lying in the Bali Sea. A veritable tropical paradise ticking all the required boxes; azure seas, sparkling white beaches, palm trees and the blazing equatorial sun. Although right now, some of those are missing as you can see. According to my guide book it has a resident population of 1500. I imagine the tourists outnumber the locals 5 to 1 at least. Apparently tourist numbers will swell even more with the end of Ramadan. Or so my hostess Ida said as I tried to haggle the price of the room down "Plenty of walkins tomorrow." Having stomped up and down the strip with my boards and baggage far too many times I was loath to start the Great Trek again. Hence I chose to cough up the asked for money. It's a nice enough room, really close to the beach. I can't complain. Or shouldn't considering where I sit as I type this. May need to move off the hammock, it's rocking a bit in the sea breeze.
19th Sep 2009, 11:11   comments (0)

Milo in a can! Oh joy

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Now I will admit I thought Milo in chocolate slab or bar form as available in South Africa was sheer genius. Until I laid eyes on this beauty in a local shop. I was under the impression that the Indonesians had maybe just come up with a better idea. Ready mixed Milo in a Red Bull form factor tin. Oh the possibilities... vodka and Milo anyone? I must say that unfortunately the anticipation far exceed the reality. Perhaps that is as I drink about 5 or 6 teaspoons of Milo in a mug.
18th Sep 2009, 14:13   comments (0)