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Indonesia 2011

December 10, 2011

After years of having Indonesia at the top of my to-do travel list, I finally made the trip in November 2011. Mimi was my usual travel partner, so I had to stop by Manila first to meet up with her.

The flight from Key West was quite long as I had connections in Atlanta, Detroit, and Nagoya Japan. I landed in Manila at about 12:30AM on Nov 19. Unfortunately, my luggage didn’t make it for another day and a half.

late bag

After a few days in Manila, it was off to Jakarta! Being the caffeine addict that I am, one of my most anticipated activities in Indonesia was to try some of the local Kopi Luwak which it is claimed is “the most expensive coffee in the world”. The coffee is made by an Asian Palm Civet (a small mammal) eating coffee cherries and then defecating them out onto the jungle floor. Locals then collect the droppings and sell it as super expensive coffee to people with too much money to burn like me.

Kopi Luwak

Kopi Luwak



fruit smoothie

Mimi wasn't as brave as me, and just opted for a fruit smoothie

After our coffee it was time to do some shopping at Plaza Indonesia. Mimi with her sophisticated tastes was upset that the Prada store in Jakarta was still under construction.

Prada Mimi

Poor Mimi

Later it was time to experience the nightlife in Jakarta. We spent the next two nights clubbing at Red Square and B.A.T.S.  Nightlife starts late in Jakarta and I don’t think we even left the hotel room before 11PM. Of course due to the fact that we are both getting up there in years, this required some napping beforehand…..


Around 2AM

Mimi dancing

Mimi looking seductive!

lawnmower man

Showing off my "lawnmower" dance move. Just one of many in my vast repertoire.

After a few days in Jakarta, it was time to move onto Bali. At the airport on our way out of Jakarta I got to try some Oxtail soup.


Oxtail new favorite Indonesian dish.

We arrived in Bali and checked into our hotel “The 101 Legian“.  The hotel was right in the thick of the nightlife in Kuta, only about a quarter mile from the site of the 2002 Bali bombings.

camoflauged Mimi

Mimi's outfit went well with the hotel decor

Bali shirt

I purchased some new threads that screamed "tourist"

We didn’t have much time to relax after arriving in Bali. At 4:45AM the next morning we were up for the Hard Rock Hotel “Rock n Run” 5K race.

Bali 5k

Ready to Run

Mimi Bali 5k

I don't think mimi was as enthusiastic about the race as I was

Rock n Run

Before the race

I think I finished about sixth or seventh place overall out of over 500 runners. Not bad for only getting a few hours sleep the night before. Mimi wasn’t too far behind me. She was the top finisher from the Philippines for sure!

After all the late night clubbing in Jakarta and the Bali 5K, Mimi decided to play up the drama for the cameras with the SalonPas and Advil.

Mimi and Salonpas

Mimi doing her best Gloria Arroyo impression

The next day we decided to do some activities that were less physical. We hired a driver for 12hrs and drove around the island with a mission of  hitting as many temples as possible.



Goa Gajah

Sari Goa

I was required to wear a Sari at Hindu Holy sites


Tanah Lot

At Tanah Lot


Slightly dangerous?

Collecting temple photos around Bali was fun, but the next day it was time to get back to some more adventurous activities. I wanted to go SCUBA diving, but Mimi protested “I can’t swim” and “I’m not strong”. After much debate, I finally caved in and we decided to do the next best thing…..Sea Walking.

Mimi Sea Walker

Mimi at the bottom of the ocean

underwater duo

Underwater Duo

Our last two days in Bali we just hit the beach.


Kuta beach

Bali beach

Kuta beach

Sunset on Kuta

Sunset on Kuta

Our fun in Bali finally ran out and it was back to Jakarta for a night and then on to Manila. We had one last activity planned for there. Timing worked out perfectly in that David Beckham and the Los Angeles Galaxy soccer team were making a visit to Manila at the same time we would be there. Mimi diligently reloaded the webpage for ticket sales for hours waiting for them to go on sale. We were rewarded with front row tickets to the game. We were just meters away from Beckham, Donovan, and company as they took on the Philippine national team. Manny Pacquiao was also in attendance at the game.

L.A. Galaxy match

Front row seats


From → Travel

  1. Katie permalink

    Love it!

  2. Jan permalink

    Great itenerary.

    International fun runs = awesome

  3. Ana G. permalink

    Can’t help not to smile (or laugh even) specially when you described Mimi.
    Thank you for the tour c/o your blog. 🙂

  4. Lerma permalink

    MImi got the front row seats for the football games? Wowwww!!

    After reading the blog, I am finally convinced the Indonesia should be part of my list to visit.

  5. Peter_Ynchausti permalink

    wow..very2 nice travel blog..awesome write up…i think “manong” can have a great career in hosting/writing a ‘web travel blog”… hehe :p amazing pics, nice places & plus a great couple.. what can you ask for :p pictureperfect 🙂

  6. Peter_Ynchausti permalink


  7. That was a good account of your trip to Indonesia. Nice photos too. Knowing that you have tasted Kopi Luwak, it would to be good if you share your opinion about this coffee in my latest post, “Would you still love this coffee?”. Also cast your votes in the polls there.

    Happy Blogging 🙂

  8. Sheila Jonson permalink

    Great! I am so happy and proud to see you guys travel the world and have new experiences. Travel helps people to undestand more about different cultures and it also reduces stress (you know from being a slave to the 9-7 job). More adventures to come!!! All the best to both of you!

    P.S. Hope you can visit us here too. 🙂

  9. Too much awesomeness! I’m glad you two had a wonderful time and I am totally jealous of Bali! That’s mimi alright, pretty creative and diligent in finding the best deals! You two make such a lovely couple :-))). I look forward to meeting you one day soon! So, maybe next stop: the coast of Sarangani 🙂 … My mom asked me lrecently if mimi has a plus 1 next time she visits. Cheers.

  10. Sher Vital permalink

    Nice trip! Indonesia has never been in my travel list however I will try to peek in when I am in Singapore this April. Iam adventurous but no way that I am going to tast some animal’s droppings esp at a really dear price lol mmmm I should put clubbing in my things-to-do list *smiles* By the way, this is a good post!

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