2 Kutas

April 20, 2011

In Indonesia, there are two towns called Kuta. One is the Balinese hellhole where sozzled tourons go, and the other is the small surfer town in Lombok where this post is centred.

It’s also where I learned to surf. I can now successfully stand up on a board, and with any luck, soon I might not need a push to get me going.

Some compare surfing to snowboarding, but I don’t snowboard so I can’t comment. Yet.

Anyhoo, I’ve got sunburn. Again. It sucks.

All the same, I still love surfing, and I’m sprightly enough not to get muscle pains from doing so.

Can’t say the same for mum though. Poor, poor mum. She’s been surfing 2 days in a row, despite my warnings of the terrible muscle pains that will ensue.

Boards, I now know, are hard to keep while on the road, even without the waxing problems. Oh yes. Boards need to be waxed for some reason. You have to get a big piece of wax and rub it on the surfboard really hard.

But enough about surfing for now, as this post is about Kuta, not surfing and stuff.

Kuta Lombok, not Kuta Bali, that is.

So, about Kuta Lombok. It’s a lovely little town on the beach with a few budget hotels and a nearby Novotel.

We, of course, are staying at a cosy place called the G’day inn, in a decent room with running water, a fan, shower, what seems to be an air freshener, wardrobe and a flush toilet.

The place has free breakfast at its cafe, which serves decent food and ice cream.

Oh yes, BTW, we bought a motorbike.

And put skull-and-crossbones stickers (which we bought here) on it.

Our bike has a terrible colour scheme. It’s white with green stripes. I hate it. Mum hates it. We couldn’t get it painted and now we face the consequences.

Did I mention I can surf?


Back 2 Oz

April 11, 2011

Hey all! I’m back from Oz now, so I will now happily reminisce about my fun time there and call it a blog post. Oh yeah. I forgot to tell you I went to Brisbane again for a week. So I did stuff I wanted to do there. I went to the Victoria  park Putt Putt crazy golf course one day. That was fun, and I got to improve my putting technique.

Next I discovered I might not be hopeless at cricket. That was nice. Then, I got to go to a really awesome theme park called Dreamworld Australia®. Look it up. My favourite ride was called Cyclone, and I liked it because it was fast, long, and had a double loop. Exactly what I like. And then there was a laser tag place called (look it up) Laser Force®. And, errrr, that’s all, I guess.


Cove

March 23, 2011

Hey everyone, I got to see the movie known as  The Cove. Well, maybe not a movie. Maybe something like “depressing documentary on the slaughter of dolphins that teaches us that fish contains toxic levels of mercury” would be more fitting..

I don’t think this post will help much because due to the infrequency of my posting and all, few people actually read this stuff, as opposed to my mother, who rolls out a couple of posts per week (in the presence of internet that is)….

Anyways, cut to the chase, they (49 fishermen) were slaughtering them (the dolphins) at the small Japanese town of Taiji (population three thousand and something). After the release of this film, Japan, under international pressure, lowered the kill count, but did not drop the act. Find out more @ SaveJapanDolphins.org


School Again….

March 3, 2011

Today, I, as has gone on for over a month, went to school. Yes, school. And, as a result, I have made 2 new friends. Their names? Rama and Otis. Mum’s happy that I have friends and that I am going to school, and I get tomorrow off for the parade, which makes it even more special. Plus, I’m in the only place in Indonesia which understands the prospect of a rare steak.

Hooray for Bali.


Cookery Indo

February 7, 2011

Hi again. I have just finished cookery class. I learnt to cook balinese food. And then I got to eat it. However, Asian food is very high in salt, and I shall be having salad for dinner. No salt. I’ve probably had 2 days’ worth anyway. Anyways, here’s a recipe for all to read.

Bumbu Bali (Basic spice paste)

Ingredients:

25 shallots or onions, peeled and chopped

2 heads of garlic, also peeled and chopped

7 large red chillies, seeded and chopped

5 cm  galangal, peeled and chopped or 1 tbls powder version

5 cm lesser galangal, peeled and chopped or 1 tbls powder version

5cm ginger

10cm fresh turmeric, peeled and chopped or 2 tbls powder version

1 tbls coriander seeds

6 candlenuts/ 3 tbls ground almonds

2 tsp dried shrimp paste or thai fish sauce

1 half teaspoon black peppercorns

1 pinch freshly grated nutmeg or powder version

3 cloves or powder equivalent

1 pinch cumin

1 quarter tablespoon sesame seed.

4 tbls oil

To make:

Using a blender or mortar and pestle, pound or blend all the above ingredients except the oil. Heat the oil in a wok or heavy pan, add the mix (bumbu) and cook over a high heat, stirring frequently for 5 minutes, until the mix turns golden. Cool before use. Can be frozen.

Bye!


The long drive

January 14, 2011

Hello, I have just come back from a long drive through the Outback. On the first day we (me,  mum, granny and grandpa) drove through Adelaide in South Australia all the way to the mining town of Coober Pedy.

Then we went to Yulara (near Uluru/Ayers Rock and Kata Tjuta/The Olgas), where we saw the sunrise (I, personally, think it was overrated) at Uluru. However, I do recommend the valley of the winds, which is a hike through Kata Tjuta.

After the Uluru sunrise, we set off for Alice Springs. By now  we were in the Northern Territory. After Alice, we went down to SA, to Woomera, a town which was used as a British missile test site, and by jove they are proud of it, with old rockets decorating road signs, a hotel, and  even one by the local church.   

Then we went to Adelaide, which is where we are now. The total distance? 4005 km.


Watery Year

January 1, 2011

Where did you spend new year? I spent it at the wet ‘n’ wild waterpark, in Brisbane. I think my favourite ride was tornado, where you went down a massive funnel. Terrifying. Then there was the kamikaze, a boomerang slide where you could literally feel the g-force. There was one with a three-man tube, and one where you raced down on mats.

I loved it.