Bali day 11 – Wed 23 Dec 2015

Agung pan L Or fix 203

 Kintamani. (Filter applied) (C) PJ Croft 2015

Had a bad night of cramps last night. Groaning in agony a couple of times. Managed to get back to sleep until 0430 when I decided to give up and get up. I’ve just had another hour or so to make up.

I’ve decided to take it easy today. I’ll have to walk out to get a meal, but it’ll be late afternoon, I think. It’s a fair slog up a steep slope. OK for the young ‘uns.

1445: It’s lucky I didn’t go out. The rain started half an hour ago and it’s a constant downpour. I saw a pair in their 20s head past with an umbrella, one umbrella. Good luck. Still, she wasn’t wearing much 😉

There’s no shortage of things to occupy my mind. This computer is an endless source, and I have a good magazine full of dense articles, and scores of music tracks on my phone.

I had a bit more chat with Putuh, the dancer, this morning. She’s a paid performer, it’s her job. She’s been learning it since she was 10 and she’s 19 now. Does she ever forget her moves and make mistakes? Oh yes. Big laugh. Wish I could learn more. She’s nice.

I’ve emailed my driver in Kuta about transport tomorrow and how to find me, but no answer yet (1315). It’s quite out of the way here:

Ubud, Jalan Arjuna

Karma House No. 2, Jl. Arjuna Ubud

I screen  grabbed from Google Earth, brought them into ACDSee Pro and cropped them, then added the lines and circles in the same program. Neat, huh? Took me about 20 mins, I’d say.

You can’t get a vehicle down the lane I’m in, so he has to stop where the red arrow head is, above.

My verandah overlooks a small stream and I can hear the water at times. But when I look over the wall, it’s a rubbish dump down there. It’s terrible.


I bought three DVDs yesterday – All Is Lost with Robert Redford; The Company You Keep, again with Redford; and Melancholia, directed by Lars von Trier and starring Kirsten Dunst. Wow, what a looker she is!

The first disc I tried, All Is Lost, was lost alright. The disc was blank, empty, never recorded. I should take it back but it’s a fair hike. $1.50 worth?

The second, The Company … I realised I’ve seen before and I don’t want to see it again. Another $1.50 wasted. Huh.

The third, Melancholia, is weird. Melancholia is the name of a planet that’s on a collision course with Earth. Somehow that’s relevant to Kirsten Dunst getting married in a spiffy ceremony somewhere. The opening shots are in super slow motion, birds are falling from the sky and objects have double shadows from the two big bright objects in the sky. I dunno what it’s all about yet. TBC.


 While I have the fast internet connection, I’ve been taking advantage to upload as many of my photos as I can to Drop Box, effectively “Cloud” storage. That should make it easier to import them into this blog, I think.


Well, how strange. I got an email this morning from a name I recognised, asking me if I knew anyone in an attached photo of Werribee. No, wrong era I think, but how come I knew the name? I used to work with someone of that name for over 30 years and I never knew we shared that connection. Too complicated to explain here, but there you go. Small world.