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Teiki Mathieu Baillan surfing a self-made Alaya surfboard in Macaroni, Mentawaï, Indonesia. Photo by C. Naslain, 2009.
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place to stay - Going to Bali in may. Does anyone know of any nice, cheap places to stay near uluwatu/padang? I've heard there are a few places overlooking the sea on the cliffs, Ive heard the bungalows Rocky is good, isnt?. Any details would be much appreciated. Emails cool. gustavo , firstname.lastname@example.org
place to stay - Going to Bali in may. Does anyone know of any nice, cheap places to stay near uluwatu/padang? I've heard there are a few places overlooking the sea on the cliffs, Ive heard the bungalows Rocky is good, isnt?. Any details would be much appreciated. Emails cool. gustavo , brazil
Any good accommodation near Uluwatu? - Going to Bali in August. Does anyone know of any nice, cheap places to stay near uluwatu/padang? I've heard there are a few places overlooking the sea on the cliffs. Any details would be much appreciated. Emails cool.Andrewhong kong
To longboard waves....... - Siminyak is beach break very walled not a good idea.Playgrounds is a break at Lembongan it would be to the far left if you were looking from the beach it is a peak that works at lower tides with a decent swell.This place could get crowded but with if you play the tides correctly you could get into the wave way before any shortboard. Also pick up a copy of Surftime and on the back will be a tide char.I swear by full moon swells.Most of the popular breaks like Uluwatu could be very fun for you at high tides with a medium or larger swell but it will rapidly change into a different animal with the tides going out,beware!!! If I was you I would go to Bingin stay at Bingin Beach Cafe or Richies Warung A.K.A. Wayan Kamar and head out for a surf at Immpossibles with an incoming tide and of course a medium swell. If you can wipe your ass then you should have a good time here because most short boards will not be in there realm. Have fun and dont drive a motorcycle with your longboard. If you need first class transportcall Ketut at Giri Perdama Oka car rental for transport. (361) 756-222, tell him the guy who uses the 1999 E 320Mercedes sent you.Peace ????????????????????
Longboard Waves?? - i am heading to Seminyak & Nusa Lembongan in July for 10 days & will be looking for waves that would suit a beginner riding a longboard - can anyone give me any tips on where i can find 3'-4' footers that would suit longboard riding without getting hassled as a beginner?
Bukit People Be People Too - Hey amigo, is you were living like a Bukit, perhaps uneduacted and seeking a little income aside to from rice growing, you probably wouldn't be so adverse to kicking back and running the gate for a while yourself. What's the difference between them asking for a few dollars for you to park somewhere happening, and like where I live in San Francisco where lots charge $10-$25 a day on average? Why are we more tolerant here than there? Naturally, we expect to travel to Indo and get away with everyting for cheap, but don't be surprised to find people over there trying to milk tourists for all they can to make ends.
Bukit people are inbred Re;Gate people - Bukit people were brought from Bali during the Japanese occupation to harvest the teak trees ect. Many are related due to the isolation of the bukit before it became part of Bali. Are there tours of the Japanese tunnels and caves???? Are these the same people that build 85 million warungs at the once pristine beaches of the Bukit??Could the same idiots possibly fuck up the tourism anymore by charging at the gate like Disneyland?????
Bodyboarding crew - Hitting Bali June/July with 5 mates, looking for reliable surf familiar driver for most of the 10 days.
To the guy who defends the people at the gate at Pecatu Graha Project. - I understand your way of seeing it, but let me make it clear. I do know the whole situation. I know how they got cheated and used by Tommy and some balinese aristocrats. (even this week some have been prosecuted and face up to one year in jail with some fines and have been named as corruptors). I know some people sat in holes in the ground up to their neck and could only come out when they would say yes to Tommy. I know about the burned down warungs at Balangan. I know about the tales from my friends and close family.But isn't it strange that lately more and more people sit at the gate, who actually don't even life there. Local friends of me (including the Kepala Desa himself) informed me of this.Do you know who receives most of this money? Do you know how much the people can keep? What they do with it?Do you know how other local people think of this and how their business is affected and what a bad name places like Dreamland and Balangan get which they don't deserve!Don't you think it is more greed and jealousy which plays the leading role here? You can support them, they probably know your name and you feel that they like you. But isn't that only because you give them easy money. Would they still like you when you would not pay?Its up to you if you keep supporting them. Maybe you also have the finances to do so. Maybe you support them so you won't experience hassles, to have local friends and you won't feel bad about joining in in everyday life corruption. Pay people of to stay out of trouble. Or just that you feel you are helping them out, to feel better yourself.I find that that road does also alot of good things for the people. It gave them more business on the beach, it made there life much easier. I find that the tourists who go to these beaches return enough to the people there, they should not have to experience the hassles to come to the beach and join in the corruption and anger and jealousy at the gate.Sometimes people should realise that when nobody stands up out of a crowd and speaks his mind, nothing will change. Especially here in Indonesia!
DEFENDING THE GATE PEOPLE - To the guy who protested the gate people and the 5,000 fee: I too live in Bali, for the last 21 years. I surfed Dreamland many days for many years with just 4 - 5 people out, long before they built that road. Your interpretation of the gate situation is ignorant. Have you bothered to find out the entire story of what happened with Tommy Suharto and how they got cheated out of their land? Ask the Kepala desa for this area, he will tell you. Ask some of the reporters for the Bali Pos, they will clue you in. Those guys taking your Rp. 5,000 deserve every rupiah and a lot more. If they vent their anger at tourists that won't pay, or protest, this is unfortunate, but every understandable. These guys are uneducated, and unsophisticated, to be sure, and they could use some lessons in etiquette, I agree, but morally they do indeed they have the high ground here when it comes to that 5,000. If you will tkae the time someday to drive around Bali, to out of the way villages, you will see that there are many other areas where this situation exists. In the vast majority of these cases, they are not collecting the fine from tourists, (these are remote roads that few tourists pass) but from other Balinese who use the road. In strict legal terms, they are breaking the law, but normaly these are Balinese villages that have been unfarily left out of the Governments road budgets, usually becuase they would not be intimidated by corrupt government officials into a particular political stance. The guys at Dreamland though have the best case I have ever seen in my 21 yeras of taxing you, and I myself support them 100%.
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