Sunday, January 20th, 2019

Served every day. I like the stand:

No, we’re not talking Cafe Nero in Cambridge, but instead a find here in Bali. Visited a coffee plantation, well not just a coffee plantation but also cocoa: Throw in a few cockerels in cages ‘being trained for fighting’ just to satisfy the tourist hunger for something gruesome and you’ve got a perfect money maker. [...]

First stop on the tour the other day was a temple. Indonesian temples are quite boring to look at compared to Buddhist ones, very basic in nature and grey in construction (i.e. no colour) which gets black over time. I learned that they have cock fighting at temple events, I explained to the guide that [...]

Pretty heavy rain in Bali…

Dinner tonight was amazing… Started with small beef envelopes – like mini Beef Wellington without the mushrooms: Then T-Bone steak. It has to be the best steak I’ve ever eaten in my life. So well seasoned and pre-sliced to add to the flavour:

Being in a foreign country involves the obligatory day tour. Over the years I’ve come up with a reasonable formula for day tours: 1. Book a personal 1:1 tour. There are a couple of reasons for this. Firstly, you don’t have to deal with the annoying people who tend to be late or get lost [...]

I realised last week it’s been around 18months since I’ve had a proper holiday abroad. Coupled with doing far less travel from work, I’ve missed seeing sunshine. Thankfully this is remedied now and I’m in Bali on holiday. The route here is via Singapore. Singapore Airlines has amazing service, from checkin right through to disembarking [...]

Last time I was in Japan I attended a dinner at a Korean BBQ restaurant. Before the food was served, someone arrived with a set of small aprons to wear – a nice touch for someone who commonly spills food on their shirt. I was so impressed, I asked the waiter if I could have [...]

(that’s of the railway variety before anyone gets excited). When I was heading for Narita the other week I spotted a small model of the train on the cart the girl was pulling through the train selling tea and coffee etc. I realised I had to have one as a memento. I hope that doesn’t [...]

The main success of this latest trip to Japan was my newly discovered ability to navigate around Asian cities. Large Asian cities tend to have stations with many exists and streets also feel like a maze. My forcing function was the desire to go to the Apple Store in Ginza. Now, I must say that [...]