Sunrise in Breathtaking Borobudur

Borobudur sunrise

TheBuddhist temple at Borobudur is one of the most well-known attractions in Central Java, Indonesia. Built in the 9th Century, the temple complex looked stunning, and our mission was to visit at sunrise.   The alarm went off at 3.30 and it didn’t feel like I had been asleep for long. Soon enough though I […]

Exploring Yogyakarta, Indonesia

Yogyakarta, Indonesia

I have visited Bali several times since 1998, however this was to be my first visit to what I had started to think of as the “real” Indonesia. With 255 million people and 88% of the population Muslim, it has the largest Muslim population in the world. Yet although it has been an Islamic country […]

Relaxing in Bali, Indonesia


After a particularly busy time at work, and the weather in Auckland starting to cool down, I was very excited about my trip to Bali. A group of eight of us had booked a luxury villa in Canggu. It promised a pool, four large double bedrooms, a chef and a pool boy. It did not […]