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welcome to the adventures of pohonkelapa in bali! this year i journeyed with 2 friends,lauren reate & minh tran nguyen(who is called sun--pronounced "soon").both are college students in the san diego area.the trip lasted from may 31st to june 12th & was the 1st overseas holiday

for both girls.i have visited bali every year for the past 6 years,so some of the pix may be similiar to those from previous visits.there is alot to see in bali besides the obvious tropical plants,so please enjoy!

(note:some pix were taken by the girls)

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laurens mom,tracy & i.

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lauren.

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sun.

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yep,she really acts that way.

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LAX or the jetsons home--you decide.

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in the airport.

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the girls.

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on the plane.

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honk kong after a 12 hr flight.

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duty-free shop from above.

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the girls relaxing in-flight.

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they even let me drive for a while.theres nothing to run into up there!

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"sun,get back in here!"

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this little guy looks vaguely familiar...

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new species of palm found only in the hk airport.

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airplane shots for the aviation-loonies.you know who you are.

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we're a little early.

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free internet in the hk airport.

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good thing its in chinese,ma inglish aint to purdy.

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the girls keep themselves occupied.

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just found the self-portrait setting on my camera.i'll get the hang of it eventually.

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the rain slickers were complimentary.

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Oh good, I've been waiting for this. Let me get my tea. :interesting:

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"hey,whats that island down there?"

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arriving at the ngurah rai intnl airport,bali!!!!

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This looks promising! And we didn't even get there yet!! :)

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finally in my room at the sanur beah hotel.1st things 1st!

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then hit the pool! the weather was a little cool,actually.i was not expecting that.

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why am i always fated to travel with better photographers than myself??? :blink:

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sanur beach hotel.

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pool bar.my 2 favorite words.

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girls 1st bemo ride.i know its washed out but i wanted to give you an idea of the kind of luxury

we became accustomed to.1st class all the way.

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next morning.heres the cell phone i bought for 40usd.i got a weeks worth of pulsa(minutes) for another 10usd.hmm,i already had messages!!! :mrlooney:

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some plant pix from the grounds of sanur beach hotel.how could i resist?

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stretchy wodyetia from lotsa shade.

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these got more sun.

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caryota mitis.

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i haggled them down to 80usd a nite.its not hard,all you say is "can we bargain?" and they say

"yes" & charge you less.

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this is livin'.no sun-burned feet this time.last time i fried em good!

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here i am after a few hrs in the sun & a few mai tai's.

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sanur beach.the "beach" part.

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"hey that statue sprang a leak!"

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hyophorbe sp.flower.

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these ravenela are so impressive you are actually compelled to take a photo.

by a man.with a gun.

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sky.

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heres an old friend.

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he looks lonely.

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we decided to move to a more reasonably-hotel since the girls were on a student budget.

still in sanur.

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the usual balinese ambience.

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c.renda not looking too happy.the owner told me over a few bintang beers that nite that it had been recently

planted there.

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old rice barn on the hotel grounds.

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biggest bismarckia i saw in bali,not too common yet.

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"go ahead--make my breakfast."

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lauren took this pic.she's becoming addicted to palms already & its only the 2nd day,muahaha!!!

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nice group of livistona sp.

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red latan palm.

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some fairly interesting palms for a cheap hotel.not the usual fare,fer sure!

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this was a huge statue,those guys at the bottom are about 2 meters tall!

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lunch time.

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cant get enuff of this palm.

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licuala are common potted palms in bali.

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since the girls had never been to bali before we decided to see as many of the sights as possible,so we were

off to the tanah lot temple.my 1st time seeing this one.

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1st thing you have to do once you get there is run thru the rows of vendors.

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most of the tourists here were javanese & chinese,not many westerners.

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the temple sits on a rock outcrop overlooking the ocean & pounding waves.

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only the priests are allowed into the temple itself.

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who says a dewd cant look cool in a sarong?

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hindus come to recieve a blessing.

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i was stealthily trying to see what was going on in there.

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trying to look inconspicuous.

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warm water,

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nice surf,

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and an ancient religion.what else does one need?

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stole a shot of someone elses gf :drool:

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"on no,my 'mandals' are soaked!"

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laurens tanah lot pix.

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rice terraces near tanah lot.

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thinking:"hmmm,the grass IS always greener."

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young coconuts.

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stopped on the way home for provisions.bananas,mangosteen,rambutan,& salak.mmmmmmm!

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"kids,dont scare the tourists!"

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started off the next day with some quality pool time!

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croton.

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this pritchardia is definitely a contender in the "ugliest palm" thread!

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even soft focus didnt help!

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oh my gawd,i'm gonna HURL!!!

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looks tragic from any side!

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heres one to get the bad taste outta yer mouth.

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Nice tour developing Paul.

That Pritchardia is like The Elephant Man of palm trees. "I'm a (slurp) palm tree... (slurp) a palm tree!"

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