Indonesia Travel Guide
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Before we get into this, let's be clear here--The Bachelor, a reality TV dating show, is probably the worst kind of TV show out there.
Giving one man a chance to
make-out "date" 30 women over the course of a few weeks before forcing him to propose to one of them, is a ludicrous premise. How can you possibly propose to a woman a few days after you spent the night with a different woman in a "Fantasy Suite"? And how can you really get to know each other in front of the constant cameras?
Not to mention, the show is devastating to overcoming stereotypes. The women who are vying for The Bachelor's attention are almost always edited to come off crazy, clingy or at worst, "easy." (Although, to be fair, some contestants really are crazy. #kelsey.) And most tellingly, there has never been a non-white Bachelor or Bachelorette in all
15 19 seasons of the show. No, Juan Pablo does not count.
Still, I can't look away. I started watching because I was curious about the hotels used in the show and the far-flung destinations the contestants visited but now, I am fascinated by the whole set-up--getting to know someone, or rather, a bunch of someones, under the glare of lights and the scrutiny of the HD camera all the while watching your "true love" go on dates with other girls.
Yes, the strings are almost entirely pulled by
creepy ever-present host, Chris Harrison, and his producers. But the hopeless romantic in me wants this crazy reality TV experiment to work (and it has in a few cases like with Trista and Ryan, Ashely and JP and Sean and Catherine.)
Still, I am not so far gone as to realize this show is a piece of crap, albeit a crazy entertaining one. But in last night's episode, I thought the show reached a new low. After Chris Soules and his three lovely ladies spent a week "getting to know each other better" in Bali, it came time for the final rose ceremony. And here's where they held it....
Tiger Airways / Tigerair / Tigerair Mandala / Indonesia Travel / Low Cost Carriers / Airlines / Airline News / LCCs / Budget Travel / → All Tags
There’s many flavors of Tiger Airways from which to choose, as the low cost airline offers up a few different options while holding down headquarters over in Singapore. However, now there’s one less option, as over in Indonesia the carrier known as Tigerair Mandala will no longer be climbing to cruising altitude as of July 1.
Apparently the cash and fare funds weren’t exactly pouring in, and after thinking things over it was decided that it would be best to just shut things down. In a statement they provided the following reasoning and rationale, as to why things would no longer be heading up in the air. “Mandala wouldn't be able to sustain its operations and the airlines key shareholders decided to cease funding the carrier."
Yolanda Foster's recent Instagram feed proves she is the luckiest Real Housewife of them all.
The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star/wife of music mogul David Foster documented her latest luxurious vacation to Bali, where she "connected with nature," hung out with elephants, and did yoga poses on the beach.
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She may not be the largest cruise ship in the world any longer, but the Queen Mary 2 is by far the most photogenic.
2014 marks the 10th anniversary of the Cunard liner's christening, one blustery day in January 2004 when Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II smashed champagne on the bow. It's that bow which is again the focus, as the ship posed for an anniversary portrait featuring Captain Kevin Oprey standing not on the ship's bridge, but on her bulbous bow.
The image was taken as the ship anchored 1 mile off the coast of Bali, Indonesia. The weather and sea conditions were perfect for such a risky shot, and The Daily Mail has the details:
Situated in the middle of Southeast Asia is Indonesia, an archipelago nation the includes the island of Bali, synonymous with tropical cocktails, private luxury villas, and people with smiles as warm as the temps. There is one thing that can throw a wrench in the enjoyment of all of this paradise, however: a sleeping volcano that awakens.
That's just what happened late last week on the main island of Java, when Mount Kelud woke from its dormancy and began spewing ash, rock, and smoke into the sky. History has proved an issue for air travel when there's any type of ash in the atmosphere, so naturally planes were grounded across the region, even as far south as Australian flights en route to Bali, the Cocos Islands, and Christmas Island.
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Komodo Dragons are one of Indonesia's prime tourist attractions when it comes to adventure travel, and it looks like the rich just discovered they're a little richer than they thought.
While the Dragons were assumed to only live within the cozy confines of Komodo National Park in the Lesser Sunga Islands, 12 of the world's largest lizards were found on its eastern neighbor, Flores Island, in Mbeliling Forest. We're guessing the small population is the result of unnatural means -- that is, a human being was involved in their migration.
Kitty cats. They rule the internet and, whether we realize it or not, pretty much the world too. Ever noticed how cats sometimes stake out the coolest spots in a city? This new featureTravel Catfocuses on exactly that. Submit a photo to be featured by tweeting or Instagramming it to us (details below).
Travel Cat spotted in: Ubud, Bali.
This chill feline was photographed by Kenzi Henna in the cultural heart of the Indonesian island of Bali, a town named Ubud. Having been before, we can vouch for its awesomeness and say it's totally worth detouring from the beach for a day of temple and art market exploration. Do as the kitties do, as Kenzi shares she caught this "ginger kitty paying her respects at a temple in Ubud, Bali."
The Jolie-Pitt clan has some new competition when comes to being the world's most traveled kids.
Earlier this month Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin brought their kids, Apple and Moses, on vacation in Mallorca, Spain, where they reportedly stayed at a home owned by Michael Douglas.
But, the family's earlier summer vacation makes Mallorca seem like the Jersey Shore. In May, Gwyn brought her kids on a "dream" trip to Indonesia.
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Welcome to "What Everyone's Buying," a new series on souvenirs, wherein we investigate what tourist trinkets are the hottest selling in hotspots around the world.
Kopi Luwak. In the movie "The Bucket List," it's the favorite drink of Jack Nicholson's character; he calls it "the rarest beverage in the world." We wouldn't exactly say that, but it is pretty rare and not to mention expensive, with a reputation as being only for connoisseurs.
Of course all this makes it a terribly in-demand souvenir purchase for tourists to Bali, though purchasers may not always realize how it's made: an Indonesian civet (like a possum) eats a certain type of coffee berry. Its digestive system digests the meat of the berry, adds enzymes to the bean inside, and then poops out the bean. These beans are then collected, cleaned and sterilized, roasted and ground into coffee powder.
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Just before 5:10am EST this morning, it was reported that an aircraft had gone into the water off the runway at Bali's Airport at 15:10pm local time. That was a simple newsflash, but additional details have emerged in the minutes since, and here is what we know:*
· Update (12pm EST): It is now confirmed that the plane didn't overshoot the runway, but landed short of it. This would mean that the 737 landed too early (versus too late, with an overshoot) and thus hit the water just before the runway. The number of passengers has also been solidified; there were 101 passengers and 7 crew, all surviving.
· The aircraft, a Lion Air Boeing 737-800 (registration PK-LKS), was operating a flight from Bandung, Indonesia to Denpasar/Bali, Indonesia when it landed in the ocean.
· Both ends of the runway at Ngurah Rai International Airport (DPS) are bordered by the ocean. The 737 was unable to stop before continuing off the edge and into the water on the runway's western end [See Update above]. The force of the landing caused the rear area of the fuselage to break, just behind the trailing edge of the wing.
Tax day is coming, and you're probably excited...but not because you look forward to sifting through receipts and credit card statements. You're excited because you're getting a fat refund. Probably. The economy may be on its way back up, but you should try to stretch that tax refund as far as you can...like with a little "you did a great job last year" tripa Tax Refund Vacation.
With what we can only hope is winter's final squeeze on the majority of the 'Lower 48', this blizzard is one of the best reasons to escape the blustery weather is to plan a vacation to a tropical location which gets you way far away, albeit with a few sleepless flights. While many come to mind, one in particular we would recommend highly: Bali.
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...And not just the Balinese beer, but wine, vodka and any other adult libation. A new piece of legislation has been brought to the parliament of Indonesia asking for the potential ban of alcoholic beverages on the tropical vacation island and across the rest of the Muslim country.
If you have ever been to Bali, you know how ridiculous this whole topic sounds. The island is a tourist mecca attracting travelers with daydreams of sitting poolside sipping on a fruity cocktail made from fresh squeezed fruit juice. If relaxing is not part of your itinerary, there are storefronts and cafe-fronts full of sunburned Westerners enjoying a cocktail or beer. Even our own trip last year was dotted with some interesting cocktails and other beverages, both alcoholic and kiddie-safe.