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  • Honeymoon Package
    The ‘Special Honeymoon Package’ in Aston Legend Villas was promising and proved surprising. It included a complimentary ‘Lomé Lomé’ (Hawaiian) massage for two. I have not been massaged by anyone but Carlos, my physiotherapist and Saar, my wife. So ...
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  • Warm Herbal Ball Massage
    “Now we’re here, I really would like to learn an additional massage technique” Saar said. Sounded like a good plan to me. “A 2 hour training only costs 400. 000 Rupiah and you get a free massage, ...
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  • How it all started
    The past years have been tough. Health issues caused a severe mental blow. Personal problems with my business partner led to a stalemate that could have been fatal to the company that we had built in the previous 20 ...
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  • Let the dreaming begin
    'Mandala Desa', the small hotel that was for sale, was fully booked at the beginning of our trip. We therefore first stayed at 'Puri Kelapa' in Sanur, a resort that consists of houses in Balinese style, in a tropical ...
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  • Back to where we started
    Even at the end of the rainy season, pouring tropical showers are no exception. We enjoyed a lot of them during our stay at 'Mandala Desa'. The rains came down violently. The deluge ...
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  • Between Ubud and Peliatan
    We visited our friends in Sanur. They left Belgium two years ago, a decision they did not regret at all. They were the ‘mystery guests” that made an evaluation of ‘Mandala Desa’ for us. . ...
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  • The child has a name
    So we would start a small guesthouse. Then the child needed to have a name. A lot of the small hotels or guesthouses in Bali are called “ Villa So-and-So” where “So-and-So” has to be replaced by some exotic ...
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  • Villa Sabandari
    Picture yourself on a hill called ‘Gunung Sari’, near the centre of Ubud, the cultural and culinary heart of Bali. You are looking out over the rice paddies. The hectic city life and the busy beaches are far away. ...
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  • About koki, supir and tukang kebun
    At first sight the title above seems to be written in Gibberish. That is, for people living outside of Indonesia and Malaysia. The only thing I did was use some words in ‘Bahasa Indonesia’, the standard language of ...
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  • The Witch
    You will stumble upon a small temple when walking in the garden of the Mercure Resort in Sanur. A little neglected, somewhat messy even. In other words: exactly the way a small Balinese temple is supposed to look. I ...
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  • Tanah Lot
    Sometimes you just have to be a tourist for a while and visit one of the highlights, nothing wrong about that. One of the places every visitor of Bali goes to is the temple of Tanah Lot, on a small ...
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  • An eventful pedicure
    My wife took a 3-day course in Balinese massage at a Spa in Jimbaran, a half an hour drive from our hotel in Sanur, Bali. We already paid them a visit to get to know each other and to discuss ...
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  • Arrival at Puri Santrian, Sanur - Bali
    My wife was away to Jimbaran for the second day of her ‘Balinese Massage Techniques’- course. She had been picked up in Mercure Resort by the driver of the Spa that organized the training. It was our last day ...
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  • Swimming in the pool
    Almost half a century ago, the village of my youth didn’t have a swimming pool and school swimming hadn’t been invented yet. The closest swimming pool was in Antwerp, 7 miles by bicycle, one way. Cycling home afterwards was ...
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  • Cremation
    Last week we were informed by Komang, our gardener, that he would like to work next weekend because he had Upacara (ceremony) this week and would like to have a day off. That day became two ...
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  • Shopping at Singapore airport.
    Man, I was tired! We had to wait 8 hours in Changi, Singapore’s airport for our connecting flight to Frankfurt. And so many boutiques in that darn airport! A shopper’s wet dream. Not mine, let me make that absolutely clear. ...
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  • A trip to Alang, Maluku - Indonesia
    Alang is the ancestral village of my wife and quite a few close as well as remote family members are still living there. People you never saw in your life, and to whom you probably are ...
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