Brunei Darussalam

Our Bali Family Adventure Holidays

It was our first visit to Bali (many friends have been there countless times before us) and equally first experience with Balinese food. We did no homework about where to visit and neither did we consult friends on their recommendation of places we should visit. A friend had given me the contact of a driver (Adi) when he visited earlier for the Maybank Bali Marathon 2016 and Adi came highly recommended.

Essentially, Adi doubled as our guide the entire time we were still in Brunei. He proposed an four day itinerary for us to consider. Over the next forty eight hours, I filtered the places of interests through TripAdvisor, see what contributors had to say about their stay and experience and basically reworked the finally itinerary that way. Choice of accommodation was our own (recommended by a friend who had stayed there previously).

If you’re visiting Bali for the first time and have reached this page looking for ideas, our itinerary may be a good start to build yours. What did we think of Bali? We enjoyed our stay very much and hope to visit it again some day!

Accommodation: The Radiant Hotel & Spa (10 mins from airport)
Driver and guide: Adi Prayitna (+62 813-5310-5050)

Itinerary:
28 Nov 2016
– Pura Tirta Empul Tampaksiring Temple
– Lunch: Batur Sari, Kintamani
(view of active volcano Mount Batur)
– Tegalalang Rice Terrace, Ubud
– Dinner: Bubba Gump Kuta Bali

29 Nov 2016
– Bali Eco Tours Ubud (MTB road cycling)
– Lunch: Surya Rumah Makan Tampaksiring
– Dinner: Bawang Merah Beachfront Restaurant, Jimbaran

30 Nov 2016
– Wake Bali Adventure ATV
– Lunch: Warung Babi Guling Chandra
– Tanah Lot Bali Temple
– Dinner: Jamie’s Italian Bali Kuta

1 Dec 2016
– Bali Spirulina Farm
– Lunch: Made’s Warung Kuta
– Pandawa Marine Adventures (Marine Walk and Parasailing)
– Dinner: Lesica Resto & Kartel Resto

Brunei Darussalam

Cherry Blossoms on Valentine’s Day in Taichung

Feb 14, 2010 couldn’t have been more special — it’s Chinese New Year and Valentine’s Day rolled into one — a day at the Formosa Aboriginal Culture Village in Taichung so beautiful, so memorable. Around this time three years earlier, my family and I visited Japan with great anticipation that ‘timing was right’ for us to catch cherry blossoms. As it turned out, we were two weeks early and we only got to see pictures when they did blossom and made headlines. Running into the cherry blossoms in Taichung was a surprised treat — a magical valentine’s treat, if you will.

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This cherry blossom moment was entered into a photography competition organized by Taiwanese company Silicon Power and subsequently published in the company’s 2011 calendar. (Click on image to read more)
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Air Cable Car: It is the first loop air cable car in Taiwan. Overlook the beauty of the mountains and the woods in Formosan Aboriginal Culture Village with the flying birds in the breeze.
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A picturesque tunnel of red cherry blossoms and fallen leaves.

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A self-portrait of my wife and I backdropped by a row of beautiful red cherry blossoms. Click on photo to view comments from readers. (PHOTO: Canon PowerShot G11)