I started the big TimStone asia #fuckbacking tour about 2 weeks ago and my first stop in Bali comes to an end so why not update the good ol blog abit!
Apart from my bday bash there wasn't much happening the last days in Manila that I ended up leaving the 27th of march with destination Bali!
|bday steak dinner|
|club wishing me a happy 29th|
Arrived with brilliant weather and moved into the villa which would be my home for the next 2 weeks. The good thing with Bali is that there are shittons of small villas with decent sized pools for fairly good prices. If you rent something like a 2bedroom villa with pool for longterm you get them starting around 1.5k usd/month which isn't so bad compared to what you get in Europe for that price.
I think this was my 4th time in Bali now after living here for 6months back in the day and alot of stuff has changed quite abit. When i was living here it was mainly during wet season and I can only suggest to avoid this as good as you can. Traffic was always bad but it has become even worse now. However they have alot of motorbike taxis now which decrease your travel time (and life expectancy) by quite abit so it doesn't matter too much... Food and service did improve quite abit as well since I was gone - especially if you coming from Manila where restaurants overall are just a disaster you are in heaven here once you land because everything is just on an entirely different level. Definitely had some of the best breakfast meals I had in my life here and I really don't know if there are many destinations worldwide where you get this quality of food for those prices. Indo currency took a huge dive since 2014 that overall things probably became cheaper if you make your money in USD or Euro while quality increased - I'm not easily impressed but here i really really was impressed often.
Also some smart Harward guys decided to do a company for Indonesia like Uber only better. Imagine you can order everything: Massage? They send a bike! Cleaner? They send a bike with a cleaner! Groceries? They buy... Food? They bring. And so on. You can literally order anything besides hard drugs to your villa with that company and they are quick... I tried to browse the restaurants participating and I couldn't scroll through the entire list because it's just to fucking long. When I wanted to order food in 2014 I had a big magazine and had to call the restaurants directly while being able to choose from 10 restos or so - what a difference! Also noteworthy that internet improved alot, way higher speed and more reliable compared to back then when we had to get our own connection built to the villa to at least get 4Mbit... It's reasonable though since Bali is becoming more and more a hub for digital nomads. I'm also getting very interested to do some property stuff here because I cannot see how you aren't making money renting out a nice villa in a good spot here - definitely will look more into this and what options I have... Just so many spots here popping off: new restaurants, companies, beach clubs everywhere, just incredible!
Overall I didn't do too much stuff while here (also was air con sick a couple of days which didn't help) - all the sights I pretty much already visited back in the day so it was mostly lazying around the pool and enjoying good food every day after that 5months hiatus! For an espresso lover like me there are also some of the best spots you can wish for - coffee here is just insane and if you should ever find yourself in a Starbucks in Bali I can tell you that you lost control over your life and please delete me on social media because I don't wanna be friends with you - thanks very much!
Independant of that I took it pretty easy here I liked it alot overall which lead to my decision to most likely leave Europe end August and come back here in September for 6 weeks or so, rent a nice villa, do alot of sports, clean eating and maybe abit of detoxing. There isn't really much which keeps me in Europe after August and I really want to spend some more time here - it's also peakseason in september while weather in Manila is still crap so I like my plan.
If you have never been to Bali I can only urge you to give it a shot but you probably should go at the very least for 2 weeks because everything else is just too short. Especially if you make your money in a "decent" currency it offers incredible value at the moment.
Not much else to say. Business is going great, Crypto could moon abit moar but what you gonna do? I'll be on the road for another 4 weeks now and flying to KL tomorrow to visit my australian ex roomate for a day and then it's time for Bangkok and Songkran which is the Thai New Year where everybody is getting wet! Main goals here are models and bottles, making it rain alot and avoid nice ladyboys as good as I can... Haven't been in Thailand since I left in 2015 so gonna be interesting to see if/how things changed. From the looks of it I will be with myself and I, so if you are around and wanna go for party just holla!
|one of many dinners w friends from Manila|
|New Dayclub Omnia|
|wakey wakey eggs and bakey|
|Why would you work in a cubicle if you can work here?|
|Catchup with former roomie|
|Finns Beach club pregaming|
|shake and vape after gym in the country club|
|last dinner b4 the boys left|
|El Kabron Cliff club|
|traveling is no excuse to not hit teh gym|