After starting out strong at the Thailand Open, Rafael Nadal was beaten by a fellow Spaniard at the Impact Arena. Nadal may have lost, but one of his biggest fans just won:
Congrats Maggie! You just won yourself the I Nadal shirt, the matching pin, postcards and a poster
The nice people at United Limsun, the authorized Philippine distributor of Pacsafe gave me another item for review, which compliments the Toursafe Handbag: the Pacsafe Toursafe Wallet. The Toursafe Wallet comes in the same design and colors as the handbag: black, taupe and tabasco.
Pacsafe Toursafe Wallet without the matching Toursafe handbag
The wallet matches my handbag perfectly: it’s also black outside and lilac inside. The wallet comes with a slash-proof chain that you can hook to any Toursafe bag, giving you peace of mind that your wallet’s not going anywhere.
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Those who follow Just Wandering on Facebook and Twitter would already know that I spent the weekend in Bangkok. If you recall, I was in Bangkok around the same time last year as well. The reason for heading to BKK last weekend was the same as last year’s: to
stalk watch Rafael Nadal at the Thailand Open.
Fernando Gonzalez, Rafael Nadal, Juan Martin del Potro and Ernests Gulbis at the PTT Thailand Open 2010
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This is probably the first international trip (not counting Australia) wherein I didn’t make a travel budget prior to leaving. After last year’s trips, I now have a pretty good idea of how much damage I can do to my wallet when I travel. Also, I got too busy and lazy to thoroughly research everything, much less create a spreadsheet. True enough, the amount was as I projected.
The cost of traveling in Indonesia is pretty much the same as other Southeast Asian countries — not as expensive as Singapore, though not as cheap as Vietnam. It’s not a dirt cheap trip — it wasn’t meant to be. It was a vacation, and I don’t want to scrimp. A lot of people have done the same trip far cheaper than I have, but they’re them and I’m me.
I also decided to give CouchSurfing another try so I CouchSurfed with Zuky in Jakarta. Actually, I had intended look for accommodation when I get to Jakarta, but I couldn’t stand the thought of arriving without any accommodation. I tried to find a good, cheap place in Jakarta but the ones that had decent reviews are either already fully booked or are too expensive. I turned to CouchSurfing when I ran out of options, and luckily, Zuky welcomes last minute requests. I requested to CouchSurf with her the night before I had to fly to Jakarta, since the host I initially contacted canceled at the last minute. I had two tickets out of Yogyakarta actually, and I was already considering taking the August 25th flight instead of the 24th in case I can’t find a place. Thankfully, Zuky replied quickly, so I made my way to Jakarta and had a very positive CouchSurfing experience.
Of the three cities in Indonesia, Bali is the most expensive (and has the most touts), but it’s also the most interesting. Admittedly, I am partial to beaches, but it wasn’t the beaches of Bali that endeared me to the place. It was the Balinese culture that’s making me want to go back and explore the island.
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Read about this place from Kenny Sia‘s and Carls Palma‘s blogs. Kovan was actually pretty near my brother’s place, so I figured I’ll try it out since I’ve been craving for nasi lemak.
This one is a make your own nasi lemak, where you can put as many or as little viands with your rice.
The rice is so good. You can really taste the coconut cream. If you don’t like spicy food, no need to worry because there’s plenty of non-spicy choices. Definitely worth the SG$6.50 price tag and 30 minute wait.
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