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Monthly Archives: December 2009
Dropped in Visa application at Indonesian Embassy, which opens an hour late then closes bang on time, just like Indonesia.
Having teeth cleaned polished and whitened as the dentists here are good easy to get an appointment and about 1/5 of the price of the UK. I need some work resulting from when I decided to to some self dentistry last year and killed a tooth filing it down with wet and dry sandpaper. The dentist wanted as much as a secondhand Motocross bike so I bought that instead..
Feet blistered and sore from walking every where.. Xmas day in 3 daystime weird feeling as Bangkok has all the commercial shopping centre trimmings, Santas, trees, lights and xmas carols that the west has but its only in the big shopping malls. Bangkok is not a christian city it definitely seems that religion is definitely focused on money worldwide and not faith. I spend a lot of time evaluating life here and in the UK, I like the warm weather, still in shorts and still dread the thought of living and working there again..
Dentist again later, then want to try and upload some photos to my blog backdated through the relevant posts..
I have really enjoyed living in Lombok in the jungle, Bangkok has reminded me of this..
Today 17th December back in Bali for two days to collect a new 10 year passport from the British Embassy (done with 5 mins to spare) In two days I will be flying to Bangkok for five days for a new Indonesian visa for next year. I want to use my time in Bangkok to update my blog with pictures of my time in Lombok and the people I have met. I have not had time to do this for a few months plus the internet in Bangkok is up to speed..
-I spent the last week with Darsi again all going well looks like I am starting what seems to be a caring, loving and fun relationship! She came to visit me and we spent 4 days again in Kuta Lombok together, we had some fun and she has agreed to me putting a few photos on my blog of her and us for my friends to see. She wasnt happy at first due to the quantity of females that have posted pictures of before but as we are getting on well she seems cool with it now. I really like Darsi and we have a lot of fun together, I learn a lot from her and she is pretty mellow so happy days so far. It would be good if she was coming to Bangkok but no can do..
Today I woke up at 5am and took the ferry from Lembar Harbour Lombok to Padang Bai harbour in Bali.. I just rode to the port (approx 1hr) and onto the ferry with my moped, easy enough a lot cheaper than flying 80,000 IDR approx 3 GBP instead of approx 500,000IDR for flying and taxis to and from the airport. (ferry is a bit boring though (4 -1/2 hours) It is good to have my own moped here in a Bali for a change though. It is unbelievable how Bali has changed a lot in the last two months since I was last here a great big motorway is under construction from Keramas to Kuta which was not there before and looks as though it will be finished in the next 6 months, new shops new restaurants and new staff in all the existing ones..Wow its all change here right now.
Bali feels less crowded as it is no longer peak season and I am hearing a lot more English accents than before. Kuta Bali now feels diferent to me as I have moved my heart over to Lombok and somehow I feel a little empty inside now I am here, difficult to articulate maybe I will try another time. It just feels that compared to Kuta Lombok, Kuta Bali is such a transient place the capitalism has really got a grip of the place. Kuta Lomboks natural beauty still remains in large doses, Bali feels super chaotic and busy to me now. It is low season now and also the beginning of the wet season. Many of the surfers appear a bit lower in spirit and the locals are looking tired. There has been no swell for a month or so, maybe that explains why.. Strangely enough I have surfed once in seven weeks but I havent thought about as I have been enjoying being occupied with my land and Darsi at the weekends..
Although I know need to get surfing again soon, maybe tomorrow
Right handed wave close to Kuta Lombok, good fun, tweaked my neck and shoulder as they are out of practice,. Spent time going through my laptop hopefully, good photos of many things to come soon.
Oh yeh I just remembered, I had a local lorry driver try and attack me on my land with a machette yesterday, for no apparent logical reason, luckily I had a crew of locals there on my side yesterday so no harm done. To cut a long story short, I had approx 16 truck loads of rocks on order to build a retaining wall on my hill side. This local guy heard that I needed rocks and started to deliver his rocks on my land and then charge me for them without prior negotiation with me, he was trying a scam and make out he was part of the my original order and delivery working for the same company which I knew he wasnt. I told him I didnt want them as they were yellow and I had 16 trucks of red rocks all from the same quarry, his truck was also smaller which he denied so I pulled out atape measure to prove it and when I returned from measuring it, he went nuts and tried to attack me with a machette!! all good fun here though Im still alive and the crew working for me made it very clear to him they would have cut his head off if he had gotten any closer, so I felt safe as I could in that situation.I just do not want any angry idiots in my life that communicate with machettes.(Which I am not exagerating is how many disagreements in Lombok are settled! I am fortunate apart from the odd idiot all the people I have met have been great so far, which is why i want to live here, he is the first local that has caused or tried to create a problem so far, but no problem now he was told what will ahppen if he returns
.. as they say “there is another one born every minute!’
Returned back from Gili Trawangan yesterday, had 5 days together with Darsi Miranti, looks like the female conveyor belt running through my life is on pause for the moment, which hopefully will come to a standstill while I get to know and spend more time with Miranti…
Spoke to my brother Nathan in Thailand today and he alongside a few friends have informed me that lately my blog is reading like a continuous stream of different women coming and going in and out of my life, airport rendezvous here and there blah blah with me being a womaniser somewhere in the middle. I have also had a few comments from the uk it has been reading like a Mills and Boon Novel.
Ok here goes i will offer a brief explaination. One year ago tomorrow I left the Uk on a journey into the unknown to Indonesia, I took a passport, a debit card, camera equipment, malaria tablets and an open mind and an open heart to all that was to come my way. I ended up in many different airports, cities and surf breaks, numerous restaurants, hotels, bars and clubs. I left the Uk as a single person and I was aiming to follow my heart. As a result I have met many other people also following their hearts and living their dreams, communication in such situations is often open, caring and honest. Many of the barriers people hide behind during normal daily routine existence are non existent. Strong experiences and bonds are easily created in this emotional environment, however I know and understand people are travelling, many are not in a final destination so many of my encounters have been brief. Especially with women. I have met wonderful inspiring women and if situations would have allowed I could easily have spent more time with all/ any one of them and developed stronger emotional bonds. However geographical circumstances and individual paths through life so far have not delivered such circumstances. I am living as a stream flowing through the rocks, just following a path that life takes me on. I have remained in contact with many people I have met and they have firmly planted roots in my heart. Physical experiences through my life are important to me, surfing, skateboarding, gymnastics, bmx, motocross, making love, having sex,.. all of them are situations which make me come alive, make my heart beat faster. All carry risks which I always assess in advance and calculate whether or not I am prepared to take them..
A barreling wave broke my friends neck in Panama on a shallow sand bottom and a different one broke Christophe Frats neck at Lakey Peak Sumbawa last feb, there is always a risk for the rewards life has to offer ( see Lakey Peak Section on right side menu for more info
., .Motocross paralyses many people at the top of their game my friend Jamie Squibb damaged his spleen this year backflipping a 75ft gap on his fmx bike. skateboarding and bmx has put me in hospital most of the adult years of my life. Working on my land has cut my palms and shins to shreds and each cut has become a puss filled sore lasting two weeks. Even surfing safely a person experiences reef cuts which always develop into sea ulcers quickly. Life for me is always been about taking risks, assessing risks and enjoying the rewards that follow, My most important lessons and education has been learning from the pains and mishaps along the way. Pain is a living proof that you are live and feel alive, the ability to feel has always been my route to the truth. If I follow what I feel in my heart and combine my decision making process with all the information I have gathered in my head so far, I can make decisions with a clear conscience. This clear conscience has been a good thing to live with..
The greatest risks I have taken always involve my heart, the very core of me and I have found to offer it to other people piece by piece brings some of life’s greatest rewards. However the price is high when my heart is injured and love for all its rewards has the greatest price to pay when it comes and goes. When traveling love comes in different ways and different experiences, it is delivered in brief encounters, small moments that alone do not appear to be a lifelong relationship. However all these moments amount to something quite wonderful when they are totaled and added up. For now that is my life and one that I am very grateful and appreciative of. I aim to value all who pass through for the moments where we have shared, loved and learnt together. I have moments that will last in my memory forever now, these experiences have left me feeling fully filled and satisfied no matter how brief.
If my life today was a book then it most definitely would have a contents page, that is my life now, full of content and content, the root of contentment. Yes “Content” I know how it feels, no longer frustrated and empty, feeling unsatisfied and dreaming, my life has become a dream come true every day I step into its direction. I just thank God for every woman that has passed through this year, every city I have visited, every wave I have ridden, every flavour I have tasted every sunset I have witnessed. I stepped into my dream with an open mind and open heart and met others who had too. I have discovered love is experienced through giving and sharing and that has been all I aim to do give and share, my blog is just one small way of sharing this experience with anybody who wants to know, its is that simple I am just keeping an open diary along the way..
Ok 9 trucks full of rocks have arrived for retaining walls today, so that is this weeks project. Woke up feeling odd this morning, somewhat at a loss having spent 5 intimate days with Darsi Miranti on paradise Island again, a mix of emotions spinning inside but I remembered later that this week happens to be the Anniversary of when my Dad hung himself about 12 years ago, and I think my spirit reminds of this inside, so it’s an emotional time subconciously for me at the moment although all is going well on the surface…..
Ok, all good here in Lombok, had a crew of men and machines carving two levels into the side of a hill, all good then heavy heavy rain, a whole heap of earth has moved back down and filled up the foundations the digger has dug for the retaining stone walls. It had to be all re dug out by manual labour. Had some ups and downs organising steel and ready mix concrete due to my limited bahassa Indonesia language knowledge but we managed to get 8 cubic metres of concrete poured 4 days ago and the steel is in place for the concrete posts. All good here many great pictures to come on this project soon..
I am now in Gili Trawangan with what appears to be my girlfriend that apparently is turning into a relationship (Ooo La Lah!) I shall not speak too soon, her name is Darsi Miranti we have fun together.. Gili is a little pradise island and I am relaxing here now for a few days before we start building retaining walls. I have bought myself a Honda 125cc moped secondhand to save money as I have been renting a bike for ayear.
I just booked my tickets to Bangkok for 19th Dec for my next visa run and looks like I will be returning to Bali on Xmas Day, was planning on visiting my brother and Sister in Thailand but the flights were too expensive as it is high season.Sorry Nathan and Natalie, gonna plant trees instead..