|L to R: Putu, Komang, Dana, Agus, Putu, Wida, Susan, Putu, Swi|
Saturday, December 24, 2016
Saturday, December 17, 2016
We're in Bali for Christmas
|A Balinese Guardian|
Thursday, November 24, 2016
Thanksgiving Dinner in Bali
Sunday, October 23, 2016
Diving Indonesia's Diversity Hot Spots: Komodo to Raja Ampat with SV Jaya
Have a look at the brief video by David Palfrey who dove every dive and worked everyday to make some superb video footage. I have a 25 minute version which has been uploaded HERE <--Click to see the big version on YouTube.
Tuesday, October 18, 2016
KLM Jaya arrives Banda Naira
We sailed into Banda's harbour at daybreak. Beautiful setting in a very historic environment.
We continue diving tomorrow in the Banda area.
Susan's in San Diego visiting sister Diana. They had lunch with Karin and Claes, friends from Uppsala, today in Oceanside. Small world!
Sunday, October 16, 2016
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Saturday, October 15, 2016
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Sunday, October 9, 2016
Dinner Onboard KLM Java
Friday, October 7, 2016
Komodo Island, Home of the Dragons
Dana M. Fowlkes
Thursday, October 6, 2016
Saturday, September 24, 2016
Sail Indonesia etc Rally in Lovina
We literally have a bird's eye view of the Lovina harbour.
|Morning and the tidal current has changed|
Saturday, August 20, 2016
New Family: Chip Lord
|Chip Lord 3 weeks old|
Saturday, July 23, 2016
Living in Bali has its rewards
|Susan, Nyoman and Dana|
Sunday, May 29, 2016
We've moved into our new home: Villa Cengkeh, Bali
|Overview from living room toward the north Bali sea|
|Sunset over Java|
Sunday, May 8, 2016
Six weeks, two different houses in Lovina, Bali
In Lovina we have stayed in two different houses. This first was a super house found on Airbnb called Rumah Kami. We had
|Putu (L) and Kedek (R) of Rumah Kami|
Last Thursday we moved down to Villa Kayu Putih which is only a 10 minute walk from Villa Cengkeh. We found it by simply stopping in one morning and speaking to the staff. The owner is normally here for the six winter months and had already returned to Holland and the villa was available for 17 days, so here we are. The house is very nice and the two staff here are also excellent and live nearby, so they will be some of our new neighbors. Susan has decided that she needs more cooking experience, so she is making all our meals here. YUM! Note: Villa Kayu Putih can be rented online via Micazu.
|Ketut, the gardener likes to make floral decorations like this one|
Monday, April 4, 2016
A Marina with a Smile
Thursday, March 31, 2016
Villa G's cruise route from Darwin to Phuket in 2015 and 2016
|Villa G's Cruise: Darwin to Phuket 2015-2016|
Saturday, March 26, 2016
Crusing Season for 2015-2016 Drawing to a Close
We will have Villa G repainted and other, mostly cosmetic, work done here in Phuket by Nai and Toe at Phuket Inter Woodwork. We will take off the sails and lines and get them cleaned and repaired, remove most things that might be in the way of the paint work etc. So we will be in the water about a week and stay here another week once Villa G is up on the hardstand to complete all the arrangements.
We plan to fly back to Bali on 9 April and move into Villa Cengkeh by 15 May. It is very exciting for us. Like most people, we have never built a house from scratch. Of course, we are not "building" per se, but enjoying the fruits of skilled Indonesian workers and the fine organizational skills of Tropis-Living's Roland Leijten.
Monday, March 7, 2016
Kalibukbuk, Bali: Final preparations for the community's Ogoh-Ogoh
|The Devil Herself!|
|The Soul being raised from his grave|
|Its a community event|
Sunday, March 6, 2016
Bali's Nyepi: Out with the evil and in with the good
However, leading up to Nyepi is a rush to complete paper mache constructions of evil which will be marched to the sea, burned and then cast in to rid the island of the evil spirits had may have accumulated over the past year. The next day will be Nyepi, or New Year's Day
Every Banjar, or community within a Balinese village, is busy preparing Ogoh-Ogoh, these are puppet like creations of frightful figures varying from small for the kids to gigantic for the Banjar. Below are photos of the Ogoh-Ogoh being created here near our guest house in Kalibukbuk. The young people at the school are preparing to dance the big Olga-Olga to the sea accompanied by musicians seen practicing outside the school.
|The unfinshed Olga-Olga of the Banjar|
|Olga-Olga at a local shop|
|Members of the school orchestra|
|Practice for dancing the Olga-Olga to the beach|
Sunday, February 21, 2016
A Balinese Birthday Celebration
To my surprise, the dinner was followed by a huge serving of traditional nasi kuning campur (yellow rice with a selection of yummies) AND a tiramisu birthday cake.
It was a wonderful occasion and super way to celebrate.
|Lovina's Spice Beach Club|
|Mr. Roland and wife, Dana and Mr. Nyoman and wife|
|Traditional Balinese Nasi Kuning|
|Dana and Susan|
Sunday, February 14, 2016
Back in Bali: Sanur in the South
Monday, February 8, 2016
More from Straits Quay Marina Penang
Secondly, there is now a non-halal meat shop. Specifically that means they sell a lot of pork products including imported bacon, sausages and fresh pork products too.
|Entrance to Straits Quay Shopping Area|
|The new Sam's Groceria at Straits Quay|
|The "Pork" Store at Straits Quay|
|The Marina at Straits Quay|
Thursday, February 4, 2016
Celebrating Chinese New Year in Penang Malaysia
Juni (far right in photo) will be attending University in Adelaide beginning next week. Joey, sitting to the right of Susan, is a University student studying mass media in Taiwan. To the left of Juni is Jerome who is a high school student here in Penang.
Monday, February 1, 2016
Chinese New Year in Penang Malaysia
Excellent Chinese food is to be found everywhere and experts claim it
is the best. Of course, there is excellent Indian food to be found
here too. Even a Burger King if needed.
Villa G is comfortably situated in a berth in Straits Quay Marina
where she will stay for two months. Susan and Dana will take a 3 week
trip to Lovina Bali to look after the Villa Cengkeh construction
Tuesday, January 26, 2016
Waiting out the wind near Kho Lanta
producing high pressure over China. These winds sweep down over the
Malay peninsula blasting everything with frequent gusts of 30 knots
even a few hundred meters from the protecting shore.
Since it is not fun to sail with such gusty winds and finding good
protective anchorages a challenge too, we departed Phuket last
Saturday and motor sailed over to Kho Lanta. This is a long island
with mountains. We are just taking it easy and reading and doing
Today Susan baked fresh bread. What a good use of free time. Also,
with the consistent winds, I have sorted out the problem with our wind
generator and seem to have it producing power now.
Wednesday we will sail on toward Malaysia. We need to be in Penang by
Thursday, January 14, 2016
Hanging out in PhangNga Bay
We've been anchored in a beautiful cove off of Kho Yao Yao in Thailand's PhangNga Bay. Quite relaxing; however very sunny and rather hot in the afternoons. Tomorrow we go about 9 nautical miles to Phuket Boat Lagoon Marina for a week while we get some rigging repairs etc.
Sunday, January 3, 2016
Ao Po Grand Marina - Phuket Island, Thailand
When we were in Phuket previously they had yet to build sea walls to
protect the marina, thus it was not a great place to be in the winter
season with winds from north or east. However, the walls are there
and they had a berth available, so here we are. The marina has a nice
setting in Phang Nga Bay about half way up Phuket Island's east coast.
The water is deep and there are no tidal limitations for entry. A big
improvement over Boat Lagoon Marina where the draft is always a touchy
issue and 80% of the time too shallow to enter.
We hope that we will be able to organize repairs to our steering
system relatively soon, but boats are boats and one never knows what
to expect. There is a Parker hydraulic supplies store in Phuket, so
it is mainly a matter of having the right stock available and the
manpower to get it installed. Mainly we need 15 meters of half inch
5000 psi wire re-enforced hydraulic hose and a bunch of high quality
fittings to connect things. We'll take out all the old copper pipes.
Copper tubing is still recommended by the marine industry, but it is
too fragile for our comfort.
Friday, January 1, 2016
New Year's dinner on SV Villa G
NEW YEARS OF 2016
Happy New YEAR'S from Phang Nga Bay Thailand! Blue skies and brisk NE wind and about 87 F. Maybe a few showers next week, but it is the dry season and should be mild until middle of February.
Susan just bought a kilo of fresh prawns from a local fisherman (husband and wife). These will be great with homemade potatoes salad.
We lost the use of our hydraulic steering and autopilot on the trip up from Langkawi, so we will hang out unto business reopen and organize repairs in Phuket. There are worse place to be held up for a week. :)