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Sep 14th, 2014, 05:47 PM
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I am sure we will have fun. Every minute is detailed in our itinerary from Bob. I swim in the morning then eat. We tour and eat. Then we go out and eat dinner. Haha couldn't be easier. See u in ubud!

Aloha!
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Sep 15th, 2014, 04:15 AM
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Have a great time!!! Looking forward to hearing more! Bali is high on our list. We are sorry to miss the BKK GTGs. We are looking forward to our Christmas visit there!
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Sep 15th, 2014, 01:53 PM
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on our way shortly
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Sep 15th, 2014, 02:17 PM
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Have fun. Wishing I could stow away in your suitcase. Have fun.
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Sep 15th, 2014, 02:48 PM
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HT, that certainly sounds like a Bob itinerary!
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Sep 15th, 2014, 03:11 PM
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Bon Voyage Bob (and your lovely wife) -- and congrats for flying "our" Singapore Airlines! At present, your SQ345 (Zurich - Singapore) flight is indeed via one of SIA's serene A380s. And, upon Changi arrival, your SIA connecting flight to Denpasar (SQ940) should be on a B777, with warm Bali greetings awaiting from the beloved Putu.

Savour your Asian holiday, Bob and Karen; very happy for you. Signing off from a sweet Seoul morning, soon to fly home to SIN and a rather loud (and cherished) Formula One weekend. Should your plans change and you end up in SIN this weekend, well, do remember your cheque book -- and ear plugs.

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Sep 16th, 2014, 04:32 PM
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We made it to Bali and are ensconced in the Grand Hyatt in Nusa dua. Got upgraded to an ocean view room while we await the arrival of the Kimball's. This place is fabulous! Kathie I now know why you love this place and the rooms are HUGE. Gonna do a morning beach walk as we await mr balis arrival. More later

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Sep 16th, 2014, 05:20 PM
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Nice going HT! Now if you and the Mrs were upgraded and the Kimballs didn't get one then I foresee some "rough" weather ahead.
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Sep 17th, 2014, 03:46 PM
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Robert..We loved you sing flt to Singapore. IT is probably one of the best flights we have ever taken. Can't say enough about the comfort of the plane, good food and the very courteous staff. We had two very tight connections and our luggage made both.

Glad to be back here in Ubud at Alam Shanti.. MY how Sanur and Ubud have grown in 3 years. Hotels are springing up every where. There seem to be a lot more smaller touristy shops than the better quality one I use to know. We will see when I can finally get a chance to shop. Putu is great as usual for all of you who know him. His two sons( 7months and 3). Are the joy of his life.
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Sep 17th, 2014, 05:11 PM
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greetings from alam shanti in ubud, bali. it is a beautiful warm, perfect really, Thursday morning.

our flights: the swiss air flt was one of our least favorite flts ever... seats are tight as carol had warned us---started off 15 min. late and arrived 15 min late... A-330 in a 2 seat row.. food was quite decent however... Quick transfer in Zurich, Term E to a Singapore A-380 which was slightly more than half full for the 12+ hour flt... we both had an empty seat next to us (aisle/aisle). Good food, good entertainment, good sleep... another quick turn around in SIN to a 777, 2.5 hour flt to Bali. arrived exactly on time.. WOW, what an improved airport....

PUTU was there waiting for us... btw, ATM's are now located in the lobby and I was able to w/d 3,000,000 rp--$300. about 11,800 rp=$1...

We loaded into his suv and were off to nusa dua to pickup peter and linda who had arrived at mid-night and spent the night at the grand hyatt.

KATHIE---- bali hyatt is still in "ruins"... many bldgs torn down, weeds everywhere.. no re-opening any time soon.

We headed to sanur beach for lunch at Toot Sie, an outdoor Indonesian cafe right on the beach. DELICIOUS and only $15 for the 5 of us... Nasi Goering and variations of it... soda.. ice cream/mango and sticky rice.

After lunch the girls visited 4 or 5 shops and came away empty-handed...

Putu drove us to Ubud which took over an hour, passing thru the stone and wood carving villages.... trafiic has increased significantly.

We arrived at Alam Shanti about 3... were offered a delicious cold fruit drink and moved into our rooms---Gangga and Yamunna.. Quick change and we hit our private adajacent pool-- a perk of renting these two rooms.

Boy did that blue water feel nice!

I had made a 6PM res for dinner at Siam Sally in Ubud. AS's van took us there at 5:45. Honestly I was a bit disappointed with the food this time, but we were also tired. 2 for one drinks till 7PM. One bright dish was a special that night of a duck sausage, which was very tasty. we had some satay, phad thai, chili chicken stir fry, delicious chicken laab salad, cashew chicken, followed by ice creams. lots of drinks.. about $90 for 4.

AS's van picked us up about 8:45 and we were in bed by 9:15. The beds in these 2 rooms are huge kings, quite hard--hey, it's asia.. Both of these rooms have 2 beds, one king, one double---our staging area.

We slept well and were up about 7 this AM... Karen and Linda swam briefly.

We will have breakfast delivered about 9 to our huge porch about 9. I never tire of the view out over the rice paddies with their ample wild life and occasional workers.

Putu is coming for us about 10:30 and we will have a simple day in and around ubud.

A GREAT START!
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Sep 17th, 2014, 05:32 PM
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Any bug issues in your room? What about monkey visits?
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Sep 17th, 2014, 06:50 PM
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How wonderful to go to Bali again…and say "hi" to Putu, whom we also toured with based on your recommendations. We too have never been to Japan so are looking forward to adding Kyoto to our Singapore to India cruise trip next spring.
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Sep 17th, 2014, 06:51 PM
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Following along, and enjoying your report.
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Sep 17th, 2014, 07:13 PM
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Bob I told you Swiss is cramped.......... Glad that the SIN A380 was much better.
Sounds like you are off to a good start. Keep the report coming.
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Sep 17th, 2014, 10:38 PM
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How was immigration Bob? Took us 10 minutes to pay the VOA but 1 hour in the other queue to get our passports stamped, although wait to you depart the airport has improved significantly .
Assume though all your luggage made it, even with those tight connections?
My flight back from Sin to CDG was also half full, my PE cabin had 11 people in it.. ( 6 on the way out)

Any plans to go to Sardine in Seminyak? Lovely restuarant within a great setting....

Sigh, wishing I was still in SE Asia......
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Sep 18th, 2014, 12:31 AM
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don't think sardine is on our list but we will see..

immigration: walks are now very long but i half cheat and have a wheelchair... no line, no waiting for people with a visa... and we were last off the plane..

the ladies saw 30-40 monkeys being chased away this AM about 7:30 by a guard.. none on our balcony... but we did have overnight guests--- some bat shat in 2 places on the balcony... fair number of small ants around but no problem... no mosquitos at all..

off to the pool for an hour or two. cake and tea will be brought to us at 4..

dinner tonight at Dolce Arancia, a new ubud restaurant...

more on that later and a review of our day with Putu today.

Craig will be here later tonight..
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Sep 18th, 2014, 03:20 AM
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Also following, and loving this! Thanks for taking the time to give the live reports!

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Sep 18th, 2014, 04:01 AM
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I'm taking notes, tvm. 6 more sleeps.
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Sep 18th, 2014, 06:24 AM
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Sounds so wonderful! I so wish we were there with you all! I am now really craving some good Asian food. Fortunately, we're in NYC this weekend, so can go find some. Looking forward to your next report!
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Sep 18th, 2014, 06:46 AM
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our first stop was at the kite making shop outside ubud. unlike other visits there were only 4 people painting and constructing kites... today much of it is done in homes.
the painting is still elaborate and detailed. Linda bought a small version in bright yellow for about $12.

From there we travelled to putu's family compound outside ubud. he explained for peter and linda the family and religious life of a balinese family. 30 people live here on and off. we met a few of them. we got to see various crops and many animals.

After our visit there we moved closer to downtown ubud and had a nice lunch at dewi cafe, overlooking one of the most popular rice terrace areas in this part of bali... delicious lunch.

an atm stop was next and then we returned to AS... paid putu for 2 1/2 days= 1,000,000rp= ~$90.

we ordered afternoon tea and cake to be served by the pool at 4. changed into swim suits and hit the pool for 2 hours.

At 6:15 we headed into town to Dolce Arancia. This may prove to be our best Bali meal. very authentic italian fare... i had shrimp and chic pea soup, followed by pochini ravoli with a touch of heat in a wine reduction sauce---FABULOUS--~$9. some had different preparations of veal..
Desserts were to die for--mine a trible selection of mini desserts--$7.50

Hotel car came for us and we waddled back to our rooms. we must have looked like the brown ducks i see parading around in the rice paddy behind our building..

we've left a note for craig when he arrives, inviting them for a morning swim and breakfast on our porch afterwards.

Putu will come for us about 10:30 to take us to a factory tour at jeweler John Hardy, followed by lunch with their staff.
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