Day 49, June 28: Singapore to Siem Reap, Cambodia (720 NM)

Another flight day, up early…bags ready and off to the airport. 3 hours flight time today.

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Another over water leg today…heading 358 degrees.
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Muddy looking river…with little villages along side.
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Holding pattern X 3 for traffic management in Cambodia.
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Finally after an extra 25 minutes, we are on short final.
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Rice fields..

The holding was necessary because of ground work (closed taxiway & section of apron).  Airplanes landing needed a long taxi to position and take-off traffic required a long back taxi on the runway to take-off.  The four Air Journey planes were part of stack up…..and only one runway.

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Cleared for the approach! We were # 4….

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Day 48, June 27: Touring Singapore

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One day tour for the highlights of Singapore: tour guide transported us to the largest display of orchards in the world! Then an hour floating boat tour.

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Singapore Marina Bay water front offered a unique view of the city.  We boarded the Bumboat (battery operated) which decreases polution of motor boats on the Singapore river. In 2008 the government created a new method of providing drinking water: a “Marina Barrage” to hold the conservation of recycled rainwater.  Currently, Singapore has a water supply agreement with Malaysia which ends 2060. Fresh water is a valued and limited commodity which drives the government research for plausable solutions.

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Esplanade—interesting armadillo-like structure—huge concert hall for the arts.
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Singapore’s national icon, the mythical Merlion with the head of a lion and the body of a fish. This is miniature, the large stature is closed off for cleaning.
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Fish trading buildings reflective of older times of fishing village.
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Marina Hotel building—with boat shaped top section.
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Not a UFO….rather, this modern structure court building.
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Singapore Flyer, 165 meters high (answer to the London Eye).

Singapore Flyer: each capsule holds 28 people with full capacity of 784 total. A full circuit is completed in 32 minutes and gives amazing views of the city.

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Victorian Library
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Each bridge over the Singapore river has a history…the Cavanagh Bridge (only suspension) bridge opened 1870. It was build in crates in Glasgow, Scotland and reassembled by convicts in Singapore. It is a national monument and now open only to pedestrians.


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IMG_2243Our Buddhist Temple visit in China Town…was most colorful and a peaceful conclusion of touring on this very hot and humid day.

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Day 47, June 26: Bali to Singapore (920 NM)

Much of our flight took us over water…the Java Sea.  Flying over the equator…we attempted to photograph it on the middle portion of the display…almost!!  We did get the South indication….then the North.

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Busy bay with boating activity.
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More volcano tops seen above the clouds.

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High  cranes to left of our approach…

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Tall cranes on the Malaysain side of the waterway.
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Johor Strait divides the Malaysia side…from Singapore.
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Atrium in the Raffles Hotel..
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Raffels Hotel, Singapore
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BEST steak all trip!
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Unusual floral arrangement in lobby of Raffles….warm greetings.

Day 45, June 24: Trekking in Bali

Early rise, breakfast and off for a 5K trekking experience. This was a very beautiful trek which involved several hills, rice fields and a rocket-river bed. We visited an isolated and “time forgotten” village,  the village of Tengarian where we had the opportunity to bargain for exquisite basketry and prized Geringing ikat cloth.

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School is on holiday until late July. Boys on their way to fly their home -made kites.
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Initial crossing bridge over rocky stream.
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Family and workers stopping for lunch after a morning of rice planting.
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Simple method: man pokes holes for planting corn.
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Our trail took us past homes with little store fronts to sale their hand made creations.
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One most diversified farmer: PIGS! Water buffulo, chickens, and crowing roosters.
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A Hindu temple….seemingly in the middle of nowhere. It is used once a year. Other Hindu prayers are routinely said before their three house shrines.
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Distant view of ocean.
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Bamboo is used in building….scaffolding is all tied bamboo.

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Painted mask, anyone?
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Blooming cactus? Nop, someone is drying drained egg shells and will paint them!
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We wonder which Cock will be fighting next??!!
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Content grazing in the village.
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Banyon tree

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After the trek we were ready for lunch and resting near the beach side pool…

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Day 44, June 23: Borobudur Indonesia to Bali, Indonesia (300 NM)

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When arriving at Amanjiwa we could faintly see the Borobudur Temple through the opening window. Too hazy to see on this photo.
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View of Borobudur Temple from our patio.
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Manager chatting with Captain Tom.

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Saying goodbye to this peaceful place, one recognizes how the building designer (Edward Tuttle, California) incorporated Borobudur Temple aspects to be reflected in the resort structure.

Travel Day: Yogyakarta airport to Bali, Indonesia 1 hr. 20 minutes.  Crossing the equator…moving south….when it is less humid and a little cooler (winter). Photo just before (N) and just after (S) crossing equator.

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A short flight brought us to Bali and a long transfer 1 hour + to our hotel the Amankila, a magical Oasis.  Amankila (which means peaceful hill) opened in 1992 set on a cliffside overlooking the Lombok Strait in East Bali. Below the resort is its private stretch of sand and beach club. The sand is black (volcanic) sand.

Day 43, June 22 Sunrise at Borobudur Temple

0415 wake-up call to transfer to the world’s largest Buddhist Temple: Borobudur.  Awaiting sunrise, taking photos of the multiple reliefs which tell the story of Buddhist philosophy and principles, and the amazing engineering of this 9th century temple. This is considered one of the world’s seven wonders! The Temple was built during the 9th century during the reign of Sailendra Dynasty. This is a monument (not a temple you go inside). 504 Buddha statues are part of the Temple. A shrine to the Lord Buddha and a place for Buddhist pilgrimage. This is Indonesia’s single most tourist attraction.

Evidence suggests that Borobudur was abandoned following the 14th-century decline of Hindu kingdoms in Java and the Javanese conversion to Islam.

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The central dome is surrounded by 72 “stupa” (bell shaped forms) each contain a statue of Buda inside.
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Sets of 4 relief panels tell a story. 2,672 panels.

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Two amazing facts: This Buddhist Monument/Temple was overgrown with vegetation significantly damaged with sunken portions when re-discovered.  Sir Thomas Raffles 1814 — first sparked world wild knowledge of its existence. It took years to discover and reconstruct this Temple…no blue prints were available– a huge puzzle to put together.  The largest restoration was done between 1975 -1982.

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People come to pray here….

Second amazing fact: Diann made it up the 99 steps!  The beginning step is taller in each section (one must work harder in beginning of controlling desires) — gradually the step is less steep.