BALI - ' BIKES -      AND OTHER BITS.

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Here you will find free tourist information with more than 40 links to our other pages and to other Bali sites that we like.

Information Section :

Bali Rices. Bali without rice? Never!

Bali's Orchids. Bali Orchid Gardens. A must-see.

Bali's Beaches. What do you expect and where will you find it?

Bali With Kidz. Hints for harried mums (and dads?).

Bali and the Balinese. A brief description of the island and its peoples. A simplified account of past history and today's culture.

Bali for Beginners.  Hints for first-timers.

Balinese Art. The history and development of a fascinating part of Balinese culture.

Filo's Bali Toilet Tester. Don't leave home without it!

Bali Belly and other health issues for the Bali traveller.

Bali's Religion - Agama Hindu. Work in progress. Any feedback would be appreciated at this stage.

Balinese prayer. An everyday activity.

Money, Bargaining and Tipping Tips. All about money, money changing and money scams - Bargaining tips and to tip or not to tip, and how much?

Yahoo Currency Converter This converter (which will open in a new web page so you have to be on line) has an interesting 'recent trend' graph (Has the exchange rate been going up or down?) and an inverting facility to convert foreign currency back into your home currency. (How much did I pay for that?)

Shoppers Cheat Sheet in Word format. How much DID I pay for that?

Shoppers Cheat Sheet in Excel format. How much DID I pay for that? Because it's a big Excel file it will take a little while to load.

Shirt-Pocket Phrases. Everyday words in a handy size.

The Bali Animals Page. The Bali Street Animals Rescue Foundation and other organisations that are trying to improve the lot of animals in Bali. Can you help?

Times and Distances. A table to tell you how far it is between towns and how long the trip will take. This is an Excel table and will take a minute to load.

Taxi prices from the Bali Airport; December '05. You can bookmark this page.

My photography. See the link under 'Favourites' at the bottom of the other column.

 

Bali stories with photos :

Bali Beginners 1979.  Memories of our very first trip.

Bali Saga '99    The story of our '99 trip. 

    Bali Saga photos-1,  Bali Hilton, Nusa Dua, '99.

    Bali Saga photos-2. From Ubud and further north, '99.

The Bali Story 2000. - "The Book" about our holiday.

    Nusa Photos 2000. Pictures of the first days of the Bali Story 2000 at the Sheraton Indah.

    The Inn Photos 2000. From the Bali Story 2000. (The Holiday Inn was renamed the Balihai Resort & Spa in '02.)

    Northern Trip Photos 2000. A trip thro' Bedugul to Lovina.

    Getting Back 2000.   This ends the Bali Story 2000.

A Rushed Trip To Bali. The long tale of our 2003 holiday. This is a very big file of the whole book and will take some time to load.

    Rushed Trip Photos 1. From the southern tourist areas.

    Rushed Trip Photos 2. From around Candi Dasa.

    Rushed Trip Photos 3. East coast and central mountains.

Negara and the orphanage,  Our trip in Oct '04.

    The Negara trip. Photos of the trip.

A Nice Day Trip. Up to the central mountains and back to the coast for a varied outing.

2005 - Year of the Toiletry Bags. Covering visits in June and December.

2006 - Year of the Pillow Cases - The Baleka, friends, mountains, orphanages, jewellery, museums, food, spices & Kadek's chair.

2007 - Singaraja Orphanage and the last of the pillow cases, the new road south, Bontihing School, friends old and young, food.

2008 - The Year of the Family. Organisation and getting there, Miss Made Maeve and Bali-brother Made, Poor Wayan Declan, Monica-of-the-teeth, the Negara Orphanage, Pura Rambut Siwi - the holy spring and the secret cave, Teddy Bears (Golliwogs), the Old Boat Builder of Jimbaran Bay, Rice field retreat, Ubud, flowers, the coffee/spice plantation, friends with cataracts, the Safari Park, Bedugul, Candikuning markets and Pacung.

 

 

Other Bali photo-essays :

Photos from the Holiday Inn - 1996. (The Holiday Inn is now known as the Balihai Resort & Spa.)

Photos from Lombok - 1997

Ubud '99. Mainly photos from a '99 trip.

 

Bali Writings :

Flight of Fancy.  Bali dreaming.

Leaving Bali'   W R Foran, 1925.

Father's Poem.   Unknown author.

Coward's Bali. One of Noel Coward's short and sweeties.

 

Orphanages :

The Orphanages of Bali & Lombok. General information and some details.

The Negara Orphanage. Photos taken on our discovery trip, '04.

The Tuka Orphanage. - and others.

 

Our trips around Bali :

Tuban and Kuta. A few views of the beaches, shops and streets.

Jimbaran Beach and our boat builder. A different and developing relationship.

The Ubud Village Hotel and Lamak Restaurant photos.

Archaeological Museum near Ubud. A fascinating half day if you're at all curious about Bali's history.

Gunung Kawi near Ubud. Huge rock carvings commemorating 11th century kings and their wives, plus the eerie Tenth Tomb.

The Yeh Pelu  rock carvings, near Ubud.

The Prani Legian Hotel, April '04.

Sanur and Sindhu Beach - October '04. A transformation.

The PALM BEACH INTERNATIONAL HOTEL in Tuban, 2009.

Evelyn - 2009.

 

Others writings that we like -

'Time'.     Dava Sobel.

An Irish Blessing.    Anon.

Ego.  Robert S McGee.

Mans Demise.    Anon.

The Owl and the Pussy Cat.    Edward Lear.

An Evening on Legian Beach. Badak Sinting ('Rhinoceros & a little crazy'), also known as Peter Ryan from Perth, Australia.

 

'bike stuff -

'First Time' - A Biker's Tale. Life's dream or nightmare?

By 'Bike to Queenscliffe. Another bad 'bike ride with a nice meeting in the middle.

 

 

 

We are the Filo's - and these are our pages.

Most of these pages are to do with Bali but some are about my 'bike (mis)adventures and some are pieces of work by others which we just like.

 

Select from the list at the left, by clicking on the topic you would like to view.

The greater part of our pages is the "Bali Story 2000" and the photos that go with the story. It is the daily diary of our Bali holiday in the last two weeks of September, 2000. A large part also is the story of our 2003 holiday, 'A Rushed Trip To Bali' which is around 400 pages and has photos to go with the story.

 

Also in the links is an earlier story (Bali Saga '99), with photos.

 

There is also advice for travellers in -

     'Bali For Beginners',

     'Bali With Kidz',

     'Shoppers Aid / Cheat Sheet'

and a description of the trip out west to Negara, to our favourite orphanage, Panti Asuhan Alas Kasih. There are photos of this trip too.

 

You'll even find memories of our first trip to Bali in 1979 if you look hard enough.

 

Money, shopping, eating and visiting suggestions, from our own experiences and from postings on the Bali Travel Forum by other travellers, can be found in 'Bali Travel Forum Recommendations'.

 

Links to large files, such as Bali Travel Forum Recommendations and the photos, may be slow to load. Please be patient - we think that you'll find the wait worthwhile. 

 

In addition there are all sorts of related and unrelated bits and pieces.

Look hard and you'll find 'Filo's Toilet Tester' and the Animals Page.

 

Use the E-mail address - filo11(no spam please)@optusnet.com.au  to tell us if you're not satisfied  -  or if you are  -  or if you'd like to ask us something about Bali. Just leave out the (nospamplease) part which is only to foil spam trawlers.

 

               ENJOY  !

 

Favourites Links

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Currency Converter.

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Bali Travel Forum.  THE information source for Bali travellers.

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Wonderful North Bali.  Ringo's great stories & photos.

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Our Bali. Interactive travel & E-mail site.

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Shar^kies Bali.  No. 1 Aussie site.

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My Bali Guide.
DonRon's guide to all things Bali including an up-to-date Shoppers Guide with prices. Great for Bali Virgins as well as frequent travellers.

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Tuka Orphanage. Their home page.

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Hope Children's Home (Dutch/English) Seeking support.

 

My Photography.

What I've learnt about taking photographs in general and the extra things that I have learnt about taking photos in Bali.

Red frangipanni.