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Chasing the Sun at Bantayan Island

Bantayan is perfect if you want to relax, slow down and not do anything. We left the Island feeling thankful that we accidentally got stuck there to see its beauty. It’s too bad though that we didn’t get to see its sunset but hopefully we will on a different time. I’m sure watching the sunset there in the summer would be awesome. 🙂

Tips and Notes about Indonesia

Indonesia is an amazing country, it’s one of my favorite countries that I visited to date. I had a lot of fun in the two weeks that I spent there despite our mishaps. Here’s some of my notes about Indo. It’s not a definitive guide about the country  obviously but just random notes that might be helpful to others who is planning to visit Indonesia too. Useful Info Indonesia is largely a Muslim country. Ramadan or Eid Al Fitr is a national holiday observed all over Indonesia. Make sure to have enough cash when visiting around this time because prices of all transportation hikes up and almost all banks and most establishments are close in observance of the holiday.Ramadan is celebrated around June-July   Indonesians don’s speak a lot of English outside of Bali which can get a little bit frustrating sometimes, they’re also still a bit conservative and it is common to see people wearing hijabs and kufi and small prayer nooks in local establishments. Central Bali is 30 minutes away from Denspasar Airport, …

Smoke Fest and a Dead Nail

After a year of backpacking around Asia I know for a fact that bus rides can be a nightmare and after once enduring a bone jarring and hair raising bus ride from Vietnam to Cambodia, I thought I’ve experienced it all.So when I decided to travel around Indonesia during Ramadan, I didn’t really worry too much. I was warned though by a local  surfer that I befriended and again by the Hotel staff  where we stayed at in Bali that it’s not a good idea because Ramadan is a big holiday in Indonesia and travelling around this time can get stressful specially if you don`t have a solid bus seat booking online. FYI in Indonesia(Cambodia, Vietnam and most south east Asian countries), bus seats can be booked ahead of time online and is highly recommended if you want to spare yourself the headache.Another thing to keep in mind is that bus rides can get pretty expensive around the holidays, they sometimes double their price during these times. I of course, taught knew better, decided to head to …