Ten Things We Learned as Tourists in Japan

After recently spending a week in Japan, here are ten of our insights — in no particular order — for tourists. If you’re going to Japan in the near future, hopefully, these silly observations might help get you oriented quicker. Also, if you are going to Japan in the near future … then we are…

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Important Bali Temples and Holy Sites: the Hyped

Important Bali Temples and Holy Sites: the Hyped 1. Pura Ulun Danu Beratan (a/k/a Pura Ulun Danau Bratan) This temple, perched on the shores of Lake Bratan and encircled by forested mountainsides, is one of the most important Bali temples and was founded in the 1600s. (Although I don’t think the bright green concrete frog in…

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Bali Temples and Holy Sites: The Obscure

My previous post on the Jatiluwih rice fields and their interlinking water temples made me think of all the beautiful Bali temples and holy sites Sam and I have visited over the past few years — some before we ever came to live in Indonesia. Our list is still super sparse when compared to the huge…

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The Weird and Wonderful: Rain Forest Walk in Balikpapan

Indonesia has the world’s third largest tropical forest, after the Amazon and the Congo. And lucky us, we currently live in Kalimantan, a/k/a Borneo, where the rain forests cloister species still being discovered; currently our island — the third largest in the world — is home to a huge range of flora and fauna found nowhere…

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Balikpapan Haze: Indonesia’s Air Pollution Problem

Slash and burn farming remains widely practiced in Indonesia, especially in the forested or agricultural areas of Sumatra and Kalimantan (a/k/a Borneo). In addition to agricultural pursuits, land development is booming here — much like China, where acres of land are cleared for housing and commercial developments, many of which remain vacant after construction is completed….

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Hiking Trails in the Mountain Town of Munduk, Bali

Two things I love the most about the tiny, mountain town of Munduk: the amazing hiking and the day-to-day activities going on all around. Here, for the most part, people couldn’t care less about the ogling tourists in their “Bali” pants, snapping photos beside waterfalls and limitless scenic vistas. Whatever. They’ve got coffee cherries to…

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