On the 31st of December we flew to Bali to celebrate NYE at the Old Mans beach club. It was a bit of a culture shock after two weeks in Maluku and Flores, but we had a great time. In total we stayed in Canggu for 10 days, our last days we spent together with our friend Chris. He came to visit us, very nice. We did some surfing at Pantai Batu Bolong, had great coffee at Satu Satu and enjoyed our time on the Island of Gods, Bali.
Special Capital Region of Jakarta
Here we spent our last 4 days with my father and relatives in Jakarta. This was a special time, because of the quality time I spend together with my father. We visited the grave of my grandfather and great grandmother, and other relatives. This was a real local experience, because we were staying with the family and we met a lot of other relatives, had great food and a lot of pictures taken together, kind of a tradition in Asia I presume.
Our first Workaway-project with Ken Choong, a very kind, open and informed Chinese-Malay man. We cleaned his house for several hours a day, and in return we could stay at his place for free, including some meals, entrance to the gym and swimming pool. Together with Ken we tasted a lot of Malaysian culture, this means food, movies, talks, parties, landmarks, and so on. In total we spent 1 week at his place. A very nice first encounter with Workaway.
On Thaipusam we experienced these beautiful caves together with thousands of other people, both spectators and participants of this Hindu Festival. If you're around when this goes down, make sure you put this on your itinerary. Expect devoted Hindus bringing offerings in a way you've never experienced.
We spent 3 days in this green highland area, which is covered with lush green tea plants, strawberries, and all kinds of vegetables. We stayed in the Cameronian Inn, the perfect spot to explore this beautiful and cooler part of Malaysia, especially if you like to hike. We did trail 10, a 3 hour hike, which will take you to several nice view points. Enjoy!
We had a very relaxing week on this tropical island, we spotted the Dusky Leaf Monkeys (Brillangoer in Dutch), enjoyed the public beaches and the most touristic ride at the Cable Car, which brings you to one of the highest peaks of the main island. From here you have a marvelous view of the island and the surrounding islands. We stayed at the Sea Gypsy House, and Leena was our host. Very helpful, open, and kind, she helped us with a rental scooter and showed us the must see beaches, and told us where not to go, very helpful.
After our first Workaway-project Ken introduced us to Anne and C.T.. They have inherited a typical 70's Chinese-Malay house, and want to turn in to a guesthouse. So we are staying there and helping them out in this start-up fase. The place is called Oriental Heritage Malaysia, and will be on the market as soon as the permit is in the pocket. We are staying here for free and will leave for Australia on the 18 of February.
Our first stay in Perth, enjoying our 3rd Workaway project at this lovely guesthouse. The place is run by Beth & Gordon, lovely and laidback people. The place is huge (for Dutch standards) and is a home for around 20 chickens, local ducks and a small family of kangaroos. We're exploring the surroundings with the complimentry car. Very nice first encounter Down Under.
Our first stop while road tripping and camping with our new motorized travelbuddy, the Grampians. Here we spent a couple of days, hiking and enjoying the wildlife, kangaroos, cockatoos, emu's, and coockaburras. We met heaps (australian for 'a lot of') of great people and enjoyed our first encounter with a magnificent clear starry night and we could even see the Milky Way.
Beautiful scenic drive from the Macedon Ranges towards Coopers Creek. We cruised through Yarra Valley, ascended Mt. Baw Baw, and spent two days camping here. This place has a lot to offer if you like nature, hiking, kayaking, and reliving the early 1900s Gold Rush, in little villages like Walhalla.
Here we stayed for one week and spent it at Ruth and Morgans organic cafe called Morganics. We helped them out with several jobs in the cafe and they gave us a great local experience. East Gippsland has a lot to offer if you like hiking in the rainforest, the beach or the mountains. Go explore and stop at Morganics for a good mug of organic coffee. As our hosts were both woodworkers they helped us out with building a bed and storage in the back of our travelbuddy. Ruth and Morgan Hanson, thanks for a great time.
Asia, Australia & New Zealand
Since October 2015 Sophia and me are traveling Asia & Pacific together. We like to explore, enjoy, and travel like a local. We love nature, culture, and people.