Category Indonesia

Komodo Dragon Kaper: Here be Dragons

Day 9 Saturday May 21st – Dragon Galleries Today we visited Rinca Island and then Komodo Island before anchoring for the night in a sheltered bay. Ora The Komodo dragons (Varanus komodoensis), are part of the monitor lizard family and known to the locals as ora. They were first revealed in 1912 to the scientific […]

Komodo Dragon Kaper: Cruisin’ Komodo

Day 9 Saturday May 21st Prunella woke at 4am with the boys sound asleep. She had started packing late last night and finished the details now. She then woke the boys to get ready and deposited all the luggage in the the hotel storage except for the trip bags. We had pre-scheduled an early breakfast […]

Komodo Dragon Kaper: Pancakes, Pizza, Paradise

Day 8 Saturday May 20th Lux to wake up in comfy beds, well rested and have breakfast served, overlooking this view. And yes, I know all the bad jokes about “backpackers and banana pancakes” but they are really goood. So we had some every morning here, along with our choice of eggs, bread, cereal and real […]

Komodo Dragon Kaper: Ruteng Ruckus

Day 6 & 7 Thursday May 18th & Friday May 19th Hitting the Trans-Flores Highway Today goodbyes as we left the warm, now familiar home of Maya’s family to set off yet again on the trans-flores highway this time by shared car to reach the even smaller market town of Ruteng more than four hours […]

Komodo Dragon Kaper: Under Inerie’s Shadow

Day 5 Thursday May 17th Today is a special day as it was the day that our amazing son Reuben came into our lives 11 years ago. Now here he is boldly adventuring yet again. This time, across Flores, Indonesia with his mum and younger brother. This would be his last year of primary school, […]

Komodo Dragon Kaper: Worlds Ende

Day 4 Wednesday May 16th Today we depart Ende and hit the famous Trans-Flores Highway. It starts east to west, at Larantuka, passed through Ende and stops at Labuan Bajo. A total of 700km across this flower island. Some say, it is one of the worlds great road trips. Another early 4 am alarm for […]

Komodo Dragon Kaper : Navel Heart

  Day 3 Tuesday May 15th Whilst researching this trip we could not help read about one of the most famous sites of Flores – Kelimantu. An extinct volcano, known for it’s stunning vista, of three luminously coloured crater lakes. Little did we know when we awoke, that reaching it, was not meant to be… […]

Komodo Dragon Kaper: You? Jamu?

Day 2 May 14th So as is the nature of budget flights, we hit Indo at around midnight. Pretty rare with us being couchsurfing addicts (we actually turned down a kind host offer), we booked a transit room – a cheap room for max 7 hour stay with free WiFi, included free airport transfers. For […]

Komodo Dragon Kaper: Wandermust

Day 1 May 13th, 2018 Here we are on the brink of another Sabretoothed Chickens adventure, this time to another part of Indonesia – The Emerald of the Equator. For the first time, it will be a little different with only three departing. Prunella and our two youngest, Reuben and Felix heading to the Lesser […]

Sumopore Sojourn: As Friend Calls Friend

Day 13: Friday 24th of April, 2015 Today is a sad day: we are leaving our friends and Sumatra’s fair shores. What a magical adventure it has been. So it was we got up early this morning to say our sad farewells to our hosts, Yoan and her family. Before we came, they were truly […]

Sumopore Sojourn: Rainforest Rain

Day 12: Thursday 23rd of April, 2015 (Note: If you are considering any volunteer work overseas please stay safe, read our blog disclaimer and consider your personal decisions carefully. Also consider that volunteering with a family in tow, involves far more considerations, compromises and sacrifices, than that of a solo traveller). Our day in notes & photos: Awaken in the […]

SUMOPORE SOJOURN: It takes a village…

Day 11: Wednesday 22nd April, 2015 (Note: If you are considering any volunteer work overseas please stay safe, read our blog disclaimer and consider your personal decisions carefully. Also consider that volunteering with a family in tow, involves far more considerations, compromises and sacrifices, than that of a solo traveller). We had contacted our next Sumatran host Yoan […]

Sumopore Sojourn: Fishing and Flying Foxes

Day 10: Tuesday April 21st, 2015 Through couchsurfing we had gotten in touch with Linlin. She was born in Java but is currently working in Medan at an outdoor education centre. She kindly requested to meet us and offered us lunch. So after a pleasant breakfast with our host Adin we set out to find her. Yet, another […]

Bus ride to Medan

Sumopore Sojourn: Over Hill and Dale

Day 9: Monday April 20th, 2015 After our wet and wild adventures yesterday, we spent the first hour on chores – washing and drying out our clothes in our hotel room. They would still be wet when on our departure but at least they would be clean and drip dry, such are the compromises of […]

Sumopore Sojourn: I Lava You

Day 8: Sunday April 19th, 2015 Indonesia is a located on the Pacific Basin’s “Ring of Fire”. It is mostly known for the famous huge eruptions of Krakatoa and Tambora, in the 19th century. So it is not surprising that the country has approximately 130 volcanoes, many of which are currently active. This makes Indonesia one of the […]

Sumopore Sojourn: Spider-Senses Are Tingling

Day 7: Later on Saturday April 18th 2015 The lunch stop before we hit Berastagi was fun.We chose not to sit on the bus, like most of the passengers, as our driver hoes into a huge meal. None of us wanted to eat but it was just nice to stretch our legs and hang out […]

Sumopore Sojourn: Wake Up & Smell the Coffee!

Day 6 & 7: Friday April 17th / Saturday April 18th, 2015 Our time by the lake is drawing to a close, and our thoughts turned to our departure – which trail out of this watery paradise? Not relishing the recommended route of returning to Parapat and backtracking via Medan, we took up the generous offer of a […]

Somopore Sojourn: Leap into the Lake

Day 5: Thursday April 16th 2015 Another day in beautiful Tuk Tuk. We have enjoyed our apartment here. Not only does it have two huge king size beds, it’s own kitchen, ensuite and integrated TV area but there is also more sleeping space in a secret loft which the boys loved to climb up to. […]

Sumopore Sojourn: Land of the Batak

Day 4: Wednesday April 15th, 2015. We are now on the main island Pulau Samosir, which is about the same size as Singapore Island. We awoke this morning in the town of Tuk Tuk, which is a traditional home of the Batak people. Batak is a collective term used to identify a number of ethnic […]

Sumopore Sojourn: Six Transfers

Day 3: April 24th, 2015. Today we are excited to be entering a new country, Indonesia. We are extra excited to be going to the fabled Sumatra. Today our objective is to reach Lake Toba, and it will take six different legs to do so: taxi-ferry-taxi-plane-taxi-ferry. What could possibly go wrong? When we were planning […]

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