‘Now voyager...

sail you forth to seek and find.’

(Whitman)

March 3, 2018

All right, I didn’t know that the majority of Borneo is in fact part of Indonesia. And, aside from being the third largest island in the world (after Greenland and New Guinea), Borneo is the home of reformed headhunters (I knew that part) and is big enough to house two other countries: ‘The Nation of Brunei, Abode of Peace’ and half of Malaysia, th...

March 3, 2018

Numbers: Indonesia is the fourth largest country in the world, after China, India and the U.S. I’ve already mentioned it’s the world’s largest island nation, with 17,000+/- islands when the tide is out, 13,000+/- when the tide is in. Of these, only 6,000+/- — or maybe it’s 8,000+/- — are inhabited. No one knows exact numbers in this, the world’s la...

March 2, 2018

In contrast with the rest of Indonesia, which is predominantly Muslim, 85% of Bali’s 4 million residents are Hindu. Islam was introduced by Arab traders who came here 400-500 years ago, but Bali never changed. We were there on a Hindu holiday, so I suspect the number of ‘offerings’ we saw was especially high that day. Later, street ceremonies cause...

March 2, 2018

I’ve got a lot of catching up to do, starting with Saturday. It was a day of visual overload – a road trip with sites on Bali, the second of our three Indonesian islands. We docked (as opposed to anchoring offshore) but at a commercial pier, in the city of Benoa, aka Denpasar but away from anything we’d want to go visit.

On the Road


Even before...

February 28, 2018

At least I sure as hell hope so! With this brief message, I’m testing that you receive an E-mail Notification of New Posts... since I, too, will receive one if this works.

A real newsy post about Bali will follow as soon as I finish it... which may not be till after I visit the Sultan of Brunei tomorrow. Hope he takes me for a spin in one of his Rol...

February 23, 2018

Some background on Indonesia, called The Asian Tiger: The fourth largest country in the world, three times the size of Texas, it is comprised of 17,000+ islands — and 76 active volcanoes. Its 261 million people speak more than 700 languages, and, besides the 6 official religions (modernist Islam and traditional Islam predominate), they practice 245...

February 23, 2018

No, I’m not talking about my frustrating Blog problems. I’m talking about…

Another successful performance by the Viking Sun World Cruise Choir — a medley of Peter Allen songs from ‘The Boy from Oz.’

You may think you don’t know any of the music from Oz, but you do: ‘Don’t Cry Out Loud’ and ‘Best That You Can Do’ (which became the theme song to the...

February 21, 2018

So I tried to outsmart a computer and I think I failed. I meant to launch this tomorrow, but, if it’s launched today instead, in the larger scheme of things, so what?

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