Sewing is Fun

On Christmas 08, I gave my kids a sewing machine toy. It's the cutest toy and actually works like a real one. They love and enjoy to sew every time when we bring out the machines to play. My kids have come up with many ideas and projects. It is actually great for their creative mind and handwork. They always have fun with their projects, and I enjoy seeing my kids have fun.
My big girl does great with sewing.
She was making a pink pillow with a little help of grandma.
Here is the pillow. My little girl pretended to sleep to enjoy the new pillow. " Please excuse my mouth from being a little messy from my snack!"....
My little girl with her machine. She was sewing a quilt for her doll.
Here is their work. The leopard dress with red belt on the doll is my little girl's work. It was her idea to choose colors for the dress and the quilt. My big girl made the pink heart mini hand bag for me by hand sewing. Sweet!
The red/green book mark was made by the big girl. My little girl loves to make clothing for her doll. Yeah, She made the blue/yellow dress, but she didn't sew this time. She actually just wrapped the material around the doll, and secured it with the belt. Oh, she changed her mind that the doll's quilt became art and it should be framed. Don't you love this sewing machine toy? It is so adorable, but it's little hard to work with.
While this one is simple and easy to work with.

My little girl was ready for her show at school. She played a puppy. So cute!
My big girl read her science report in her classroom. She loves science.

And now time for my ballerinas.
This is my big ballerina. Look at her pose! very impressive!
Here is my little ballerina.
For now, I should go to bed. Good night!!
Thank you for visiting and comments! Wish you all a wonderful day ahead!!
Big hugs...Hanh;-)

Tour Divide Update: Fatality on the Trail

Sad news from the Tour Divide today, where a report has broken that a rider was killed on the trail last Thursday after running into a truck. It is the first fatality in the the seven years that the event has been held.

Cycling News is reporting that 37-year old David Blumenthal ran into a truck that was traveling towards him on an unpaved road. After being evacuated to a local hospital, near Steamboat Springs, Colorado,  Blumenthal was eventually taken to St. Anthony Central Hospital in Denver, where he was later declared dead from severe head injuries.

Apparently, Blumenthal was on one of the numerous remote trails that  make up the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route, which runs for 2745 miles from Banff in Alberta, Canada to Antelope Wells, New Mexico, along the U.S.-Mexican border. He was reportedly riding on the wrong side of the narrow trail when he came to a curve in the road and couldn't see the truck coming down the other side. Although rescue teams were able to get to him within 20-30 minutes of the accident, it wasn't soon enough to save his life. 

This is a sad story, as anyone who follows the Tour Divide knows that the route is very quite remote. It seems like a very odd set of circumstances that would lead to a tragedy like this one. My condolences to David's friends and family.

Thanks to the GoBlog for the tip on this one. 

Climbing and Skiing 2 million vertical feet in 2010

I mentioned Greg Hill once before, way back in in February when he was a recipient of a Polartec Challenge Grant. Greg is in the midst of a very busy year, as he has set a goal for himself to climb and ski 2 million vertical feet this year, and he has been tackling all kinds of peaks in the process. He has also been filming much of his adventure, and he even managed to slow down long enough to conduct an interview with ESPN.

Greg's website says he currently stands at 916,448 feet as we sit at the mid-point of the year, so obviously he has some work ahead of him yet this year. But in the ESPN article it says that he plans to be on the snow for more than 270 days this year, so he still has plenty of opportunities. The article also points out that he once skied 51,100 vertical feet in a single day, so given the right conditions, he can obviously take off large chunks at any given time.

Check out Greg on several of his mountains in the video below. Then stop and think about how much 2 million vertical feet really is. That's a lot of altitude.

Tour 2010: Notes on Le Tour

We're now just a few days away from the official start of the 2010 Tour de France, which will get underway on Saturday with an 8.9km (5.5 mile) prologue in Rotterdam. Following that fast and furious start, things will really get interesting, as Stage 1 is a 223.5km (138.8 mile) ride from Rotterdam to Brussels in celebration of Eddy Merckx's 65th birthday. While traditionally these opening stages are tailor made for the sprinters to shine, the high winds that are expected across the Belgian countryside could tear the peloton apart, and contenders had better not get caught out if their is a split.

Things don't get much easier on Stage 2, which is 201km (124.8 mile) ride from Brussels to Spa that will offer a few climbs to test the riders early on. While none of the big names, such as Alberto Contador, Andy Schleck, or Lance Armstrong will falter on those hills, they will eliminate the sprinters from contention early on. Generally speaking some fairly obscure rider takes the Yellow Jersey in the first week and holds on to it until the real mountain stages appear later in the Tour.

Riders shouldn't take Stage 3 for granted either, as it features more than 13km (8 miles) of riding over the always tricky cobblestones. Most of the riders hate the stages that pass over cobblestone roads, as they are rough to ride on and can be quite tricky. More than one rider has crashed on those roads, ending their tour early.

The tale of the tape for this year's tour includes one prologue, nine flat stages, six mountain stages (including three summit finishes) with 25 category 1, 2 or higher climbs. There are also two rest days built into the schedule as well, and eleven towns that are new to the Tour this year.

Outside Online has posted a few interesting tidbits to keep in mind heading into the tour as well. They have an article entitled Rules of the Road that offers six items to be aware of as the race unfolds, including top Twitter accounts to follow, thoughts on the Green Jersey, and more.

Finally, a few days back, Lance Armstrong announced on his Twitter feed this will indeed be his final Tour de France. Sure, we've heard that from Lance before, but I have a feeling that he really means it this time. He has also confirmed that he'll be riding in the Leadville 100 on August 14th, because he didn't stomp the course well enough last year.

That's it for now. Expect more Tour updates in the next few days, and of course regular coverage once the race is underway. It is shaping up to be a fun one to watch.

Fruit Stall around Kintamani area, Bali

There were many fruit stall like this along the road to Kintamani. So we decided to stop at one of the stall. I was attracted by the way they display the fruits...unique and nice!
The Fruit Stall (S8 17.458 E115 21.612) was located along the way while we drove back to Ubud, Bali.

There was not much different from the food stall at Johor Bahru, except this...rarely can see it around JB area...

Do you know what is the name of the fruit above and below?

The tomatoes of Kintamani, Bali

We did bought some fruits to enjoy along the journey back to Ubud...

Is this mandarin? Or orange?

Bali 5 days 4 nights trip :-
* My Bali Trip on June 2010 (D1)
* Harris Resort at Kuta, Bali (D1)
* Made's Warung at Kuta Beach Road (Jalan Pantai Kuta), Kuta - Bali (D1)
* Babi Guling (Suckling pig) of Warung Ibu Oka at Ubud town, Bali (D2)
* Palace opposite Warung Ibu Oka at Ubud, Bali (D2)
* Tegallalang Rice Terrace at North Ubud Town, Bali (D2)
* Kintamani and Mount Batur at North Bali, Indonesia (D2)
* BAS Coffee Farm at Bali, Indonesia (D2) 
* TJ's Mexican Bar and Restaurant at Kuta, Bali (D2) 
* The Kuta Beach of Bali, Indonesia (D3)
* Pura Taman Ayun (Temple) at Mengwi, Bali - Indonesia (D3) 
* Strawberry Park at Candikuning beside Beratan Lake - Bali, Indonesia (D3) 
* Pura Ulun Danau (Temple) at Bratan Lake, Bali (D3)
* Pacung Indah Hotel And Restaurant at Bali (D3)
* One of the Famous Balinese Seven Sea Temples - Tanah Lot Temple of Bali (D3) 
* Bebek Bengil - The Dirty Duck Diner at Ubud, Bali (D3) 
* The Legian Street (Jalan) at Kuta, Bali (D3) 
* Bali Collection at Nusa Dua, Bali (D4) 
* Garuda Wisnu Kencana at Bukit Peninsula of Bali, Indonesia (D4) 
* Pura Luhur Uluwatu (Temple) at South Bali, Indonesia (D4) 
* Lia Cafe Seafood Restaurant at Jimbaran Bay, Bali (D4) 

*  Our Bali Humble Driver - Mr Agoes (D4)
*  Farewell Bali Island! (D5)

The location of the Fruit Stall we visited at Kintamani area

Solo Sailing Update: Abby's Home, Wants To Sail Again!

Yesterday Abby Sunderland finally arrived back in the U.S. after meeting up with her brother Zac on the appropriately named Reunion Island on Saturday. The teen sailor, who lost her ship to a storm in the Indian Ocean back on June 10th, took the opportunity to fully address the media for the first time, says that she is not done sailing, although she has other things in mind for her immediate future - namely getting her driver's license.

Abby used her forum with the media yesterday to set the record straight on a number of issues, describing the storm in more detail and correcting some misconceptions about what happened. She said that the storm was not an especially bad one, and was what she expected being in the Southern Ocean during the winter. She also said that her boat, the Wild Eyes, was not knocked down as was reported widely in the media, including here in this blog. Instead, a rogue wave hit her boat as the storm was actually dissipating, and it was that wave that snapped her mast, stranding her at sea.

Abby reiterated that she is very proud of her accomplishments despite the outcome, and that she does plan to attempt to circumnavigate the globe again, but not for a couple of years. Instead, she wants to get back to normal life, going to school, hanging out with friends, and so on.

Meanwhile, Abby does have a new brother, as her mom gave birth to Paul-Louis Sunderland, who weighed in at 8 lbs., 9 oz, yesterday morning. The child is the 8th of the Sunderland kids, and was named for the French captain who's fishing boat came to Abby's rescue. There is no word yet when Paul-Louis will begin his circumnavigation attempt. ;)

Steps To The Summit - Step 15: Patience

Today's Step to the Summit offers us another valuable lesson that we should all keep in mind when working towards our goal, whether that is summitting Everest or conquering some other literal or figurative mountain. The subject of the video is patience, and Expedition Hanesbrands team leader Jaime Clarke reminds us that in order to reach our goals, we'll need a healthy dose of it.

Jamie notes that it is very easy to be caught up in the pursuit of our goals and that because of that, we can also burn out in that pursuit. The goal can be all consuming at times, and it is important to take a break, take a look around, and enjoy the journey. It makes the whole experience that much more enjoyable and the completion of the goal that much more satisfying as well.

First 2011 Photo Expedition

I'm on my way back to New York from teaching a multimedia class at the Foundry Photojournalism Workshop in Istanbul, and thought it opportune to announce that my first photo~expedition in 2011 will be to Gujarat, India. I have yet to pinpoint the dates, but I am leaning towards January 23 to February 6, 2011.

The Travel Photographer's In Search of Sufis photo~expedition will focus on the visual exploration of the syncretism which exists between Islam (especially Sufism) and Hinduism. Syncretism is the combination of disparate or contrary beliefs, often fusing practices of various traditional philosophies.

This expedition will travel in the southern peninsula of Gujarat, and photograph at the various Sufi shrines/darghas as well as Hindu temples, where a multitude of pilgrims arrive to supplicate. It will also include a foray in the tribal belt of Kutch to document the unaltered ways of life of the area, to include religious rituals exclusive to Gujarat.

The maximum number of participants is 5 (excluding myself), and participation will be based on a brief portfolio review. This photo~expedition is not for first-timers to India, is for self-starters and requires an interest in Indian religious traditions. It will include coaching in multimedia techniques and story-telling.

The photo~expedition will commence and end in Ahmedabad, which is well served by flights from Delhi and Mumbai. Hotel accommodations will range from 4-star hotels in the larger cities/towns to whatever is available in the more remote areas.

Details of the photo~expedition and its itinerary will initially be announced to my newsletter recipients in a few days, and then to the general public via this blog.

This photo~expedition is inspired by the remarkable work of my friend Asim Rafiqui as per his The Idea of India project.

My Work: Belly Dancing In Istanbul

Photo © Tewfic El-Sawy-All Rights Reserved

Due to the distance between the historic Sultanahmet district and Kadikoy where the Foundry Photojournalism Workshop was based, I wasn't able to photograph much of Istanbul...except for some grab shots with my new GF1.

However, some of us did manage to take some time and attend a folkloric dance program in Sultanahmet, where we were allowed to photograph at will.

The above photograph was made at the Hocapasha Cultural Center in Eminönü during a wonderful performance. The dance was under black light or UV light...and was minimally color corrected.

I used my Canon 5D Mark II and a 70-200 2.8 Canon lens....and yes, my Foundry class attendees; it's a vertical!!!

Amazing Video Details Mt. Shasta Climb

A few months back I posted a beautiful video that captured a seven day hike on the John Muir Trail. The video was filmed and edited by Ryan Commons, and at 40 minutes in length, it was a spectacular look at one of the best hikes in North America, if not the world.

Ryan has returned with another amazing video, this time offering us a wonderful look at what it takes to climb Mt. Shasta, the 14,179 foot tall snow capped volcanic peak located in California's Cascade Mountains. This video is 20 minutes long and is amazing not only for the great scenery, but the practical information you can gain from watching it. If you're planning a trip up Shasta, or want insights into mountaineering in general, you'll enjoy this video for sure.

Summiting the Volcano, Mt. Shasta California from Ryan Commons on Vimeo.

Tour Divide Update: Mathew Lee Wins Again!

The 2010 Tour Divide is still in full swing, but it appears that we have our first rider to cross the finish line today, with former champ Matthew Lee claiming victory once again. The details are still a bit sketchy at this point, and the Tour's blog is still being updated, but it seems that Lee reached Antelope Wells, NM sometime this morning.

The Tour Divide is the longest mountain bike race in the world, beginning in Banff, Alberta, Canada and running the length of the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route, a distance of about 2745 miles. This year's race began back on June 11, and now 19 days later, the first rider is home. While we still don't have Matthew's official time, you can quickly figure out that he had to average roughly 145 miles per day to complete the race this quickly. That's riding on trail that varies from single track to jeep roads, and stretches through some extremely wild areas and up and down mountain passes. Riders gain nearly 200,000 feet of altitude throughout the length of the course.

Apparently the victory wasn't assured for Lee even as recently as yesterday when he was sitting in a McDonald's in Silver City, enjoying a tasty burger while keeping an eye on his bike. Much to his surprise, someone walked up to his ride, looked him directly in the eye, then promptly hopped on and took it for a spin. A chase ensued, and the offender was eventually caught, and the bike returned to Lee, who was able to continue on his merry way. Turns out, not even a thief can keep him from winning the TD!

Congrats to Matthew on another fantastic ride! And what does he get for his big win? Absolutely nothing! Riders in the Tour Divide do it just for the fun of it, which seems to make it even better.

The World Tri: A 12,000 Mile Long Triathlon

Now here is a very cool expedition for you. Adventurer Charlie Wittmack is setting out on what he calls his "World Tri" today, which will incorporate all the elements of a standard triathlon, and in the same order, but on a much larger scale.

Charlie will begin in London, where he'll swim down the River Thames, then across the English Channel to France. Once safely on the other side of the Channel, he'll get on his bike and ride to Calcutta, India, where he'll then proceed on foot to Nepal, up the Khumbu Valley, and attempt to climb Mt. Everest. All told, the journey is expected to cover more than 12,000 miles through 13 countries, over the span of about 11 months. If all goes as expected, he'll be making a summit bid on Everest in May of next year. 

Wittmack is no stranger to adventurous pursuits. He successfully climbed Everest back in 2003, and attempted to swim across the English Channel back in 2008. On that attempt he had to be pulled from the water mid-swim due to the cold conditions. This time he is wearing a wetsuit to help keep him warm on his swim. 

The World Tri isn't just about the adventure however, as Charlie is on the expedition to help raise awareness of a couple of causes in the Health and Education area. The first of those causes is the incredible maternal mortality rate in Nepal, where a woman is 100 times more like to die during childbirth than here in the U.S. When the expedition reaches Kathmandu, a team of doctors and students will provide clinics to help educate local women on steps the can take to be safer and more healthy. In the field of Education, Charlie is working with the Adventure Institute to develop a year long curriculum program to help bring learning communities together, allowing students and educators to share in the experience.

Charlie, along with his wife and son, let out for the London today, and he is expected to begin his swim in the River Thames tomorrow. Hopefully everything will go well, and he'll complete the swim leg of his triathlon without issue. If not, he says he'll continue on no matter what, but it shouldn't be too long before he's on his bike and peddling his way toward India. 

Having Fun at Dolly Python Vintage Shop

I had so much fun on Saturday date with my girlfriends, Nini and Nha Khanh. Especially at Dolly Python vintage shop. You can imagine how much fun it is when girls together with the same common passion; loving fashion. We were so silly and enjoyed our time together. Yeah, we all had some goodies to bring home.

This is the necklaces that I purchased.Yes, right away, I had some necklaces on right there ;-). The long chain whistle necklace is fun.
Nini and I brought home the vintage fox tails fur. I attached mine to Derek Lam bag that I purchased from last year 75% off.
Friendly and cute! Her booties are rock and her cute tulle blouse was a thrift find.
Nini walked around the store, played with the camera, and took pictures of the reflection, just like a little kid. Cute!
Reflection of us. I looked like a spy ;-)
We both had on the new necklaces.
Reflection of us. Being silly in front of the camera.
Nha Khanh tried on the vintage fur jacket which I couldn't say No to bring home with me for $35.00.
I'm in love with my Rodarte booties. They're surprisingly comfy.
Thank you everyone for stopping by and your comments!
Wishing you all a lovely day! Kisses...Hanh ;-)

Everest Base Camp Trek: The Gear!

Frequent readers of my blog know that I enjoy testing and writing about new gear, which is why today's post on Gadling about my trek to Everest Base Camp was an enjoyable one to write. The story offers some information on the gear that you'll want to take with you on the trek, offering up some insights and suggestions on what I found worked for me.

I know that my audience here on the Adventure Blog is far more outdoor/adventure oriented than the usual Gadling crowd, and the article was written with that in mind. Much of what I wrote there will likely come across as basic info for many of you, but you might find some useful stuff none the less. I even recommend some specific gear that I took that worked out very well for me.

Selecting the proper gear for the trek isn't always an easy thing to do. As I mentioned in the article, after you spend thousands of dollars on the trip, throwing airfare into the mix as well, you may look to cut corners on your equipment in an effort to save some cash. In theory, that sounds like a good idea, but if you end up with sub-par gear, you'll probably regret it later. For instance, the example I use in the story is that a number of my fellow trekkers ignored the suggestions for bringing 4-season sleeping bags and ended up paying for it. We were only a day or two into the trek when they began asking for extra blankets to pile on at night, as the teahouses, which remain largely unheated outside of the common room, can get quite cold over night.

I aslo note that purchasing the gear for the trek can add up very quickly, but of course if you buy quality gear, it'll last you for many trips, and will be an investment on future adventures. Similarly, many of us already have full gear closets, so we only need to pick up an item or two here and there before we go.

The real message I was trying to convey however is that your gear can have a direct impact on how much you enjoy the trip and how challenging it is to complete. A bad pair of boots, for example, can make life on the trail a living hell. The lesson is to choose wisely, shop for bargains, but get good quality stuff. Saving a few bucks now is asking for trouble later.

Chico Sanchez: Andalucian Flamenco

Photo © Chico Sanchez-All Rights Reserved

Here's another lovely audio slideshow by Chico Sanchez, a freelance photographer based in Mexico City. Chico worked in Venezuela, collaborating with Reuters, European Pressphoto Agency, Agencia EFE, and freelances for various newspapers and magazines.

The title of this audio slideshow is The Angel.

This time, Chico documents the spiritual side of Flamenco, whose mystical, almost religious origins, are almost forgotten by the admirers of this genre of music and dance. Chico is well placed to do so...he's a native Andalucian, a musician and was involved in flamenco himself.

I would have loved to see a flip book effect in Chico's work...various shots of a dancer (or singer for that matter)...and arranged in such a way that playing the slideshow would have animated these almost-identical stills.

The well-known flamenco style of music and dance is emblematic to the culture of Spain, although it is actually native to only one region: Andalusia.

Gypsy, Sephardic, and especially Arabic musical influences are found in flamenco. For me, one of the best flamenco singers is Diego Ramón Jiménez Salazar, known as El Cigala, whose album Lagrima Negas fusing Cuban rhythms and flamenco vocals, made it an international success.

New 24-hour Distance Record Set By Kite-Skiers

Eric McNair-Landry and Sebastian Copeland recently completed a kite-skiing expedition across Greenland, taking 43-days to complete the journey, which ended on June 22. Along the way, they managed to harness some amazingly strong winds, and set a new record for most distance covered on skis in a single day. 

Back on June 6, following a day of already high powered winds, the pair decided to go after the distance record, which had been held by Norwegian Hugo Rolf Hansen, who once covered 505km (313 miles) in one day. Eric and Sebastian broke out their kites, and decided to see just how far the wind could take them, and by the end of their day, which was extended thanks to the midnight sun, they had covered an astounding 595km (370 miles). 

When they had finished, the two men were exhausted. Copeland reportedly slept for 13 hours, while his tent mate went for another two beyond that. In the end, it was just one small element of their long journey, but still very impressive none-the-less.

Thanks to The Adventure Life for the news on this very cool story. 

Greenland Trailer

Sebastian Copeland | MySpace Video

Karakorum 2010: Bad weather on K2, Teams into C2 on Broad Peak

More teams are now en route to K2, while those already on the mountain have gone up to Camp 1 and are reporting bad weather in the region.

Fredrik Ericsson posted a new update over the weekend with the news that he and his teammate Trey Cook have gone up to Camp 1, and had actually been planning on making the acclimatization trek up to C2, but weather conditions turned for the worse, so the pair have now made the descent, by ski no less, back to BC. They reported high winds and blowing snow, and thought better of pushing it up to C2 at this point.

Meanwhile, Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner called her home team today to let them know that she is well into her trek to K2 BC. She, and her team, are expected to reach the Baltoro Glacier tomorrow, and will most likely be in camp on Friday. If everything goes as expected, and she makes a successful summit on this very temperamental mountain, Gerlinde would become the first woman to climb all of the 8000 meter peaks without supplemental oxygen.

The Field Touring Alpine Team is hoping to pull off a Karakorum double-header, nabbing both Broad Peak and K2. The team managed to fix the ropes up to C2 on Broad Peak over the weekend, and they are now in the midst of their acclimatization process, with everyone taking a turn at sleeping in Camp 1. The team is being led by Fabrizio Zangrilli, and counts Meagan McGrath as part of the team, as well as Brian Block, who is sending out audio dispatches to his blog. Brian is the owner of Ames Adventure Outfitters and a former Iowa Boy like myself.

Finally, Mike Horn and Kobi Reichen were making attempt on Broad Peak today, but were turned back due to heavy snow. The pair went has high as Camp 3 before resting, and then were prepared to make their summit bid, but got just another 200 meters up the mountain before they decided to turn back. Reportedly they were wading through waist deep snow and new that, at least for today, the summit was out of reach. They have now returned to Base Camp, and will await better conditions. 

Want To Go To Expedition School?

Explorer and adventurer Mark Kalch has put together a cool, innovative program designed to help other potential  explorers get their expeditions off the ground, and in August he'll be holding a seminar in the south of France with that very goal in mind.

The Expedition School, as it is called, will run from August 20-22, in the Pyrénées-Atlantiques region of France, near Bordeaux. Over the course of the three days, participants will sharpen their rafting and mountain trekking skills, while also learning how to craft a letter to potential sponsors, use both still and video cameras to document their journey, and select the right gear for their needs. The school will also be a place to foster ideas, share thoughts, and network with other adventurers, all of whom are considering similar expeditions of their own.

The price for the program is £295 with the camping option or £365 to stay in a twin share room. That includes all the activities you'll be taking part in, and your meals for the very active weekend as well. 

Kalch will impart his wisdom he has has gained through his own expeditions. Back in 2007 he was part of a team that went the length of the Amazon River on rafts, source to sea, through Peru and Brazil, and he recently completed a solo trek north to south across Iran. I'm sure he's learned quite a bit on those types of adventures, and will have plenty to share with his "students".

This sounds like a really cool program, and one that could be potentially very useful for anyone planning their own expedition, but could use a little help and experience to point them in the right direction. Anyone planning on attending? 

Steps To The Summit - Step 14: Test Yourself

The message of today's Step to the Summit is a simple one. Test yourself before you go for your goals, what ever they may be, so you're aware of your own strengths and weaknesses ahead of time.

In the case of the Hanesbrand Team's recent climb of Everest, that early test came on the Himalayan peak of Pumori, where they tested their gear, team chemistry, and skills months before they attempted Everest. By doing so, they were able to make corrections as needed and the process helped to result in a successful summit of Everest this past spring.

Team leader Jamie Clarke gives another example of how to apply this lesson, using the goal of running a 10k instead. He says that before you run that distance, you'll train over shorter distances, but might test yourself on a 3k time trial, in which you'll run at a faster pace than you expect, you'll test your food strategies, and determine if your shoes will work for you. The lessons you learn from that process will help you prepare for the real event later on.

Kintamani and Mount Batur at North Bali, Indonesia

"Kintamani is the most favorite tourist destinations in Bali with the active volcano of mount Batur and beautiful lake. Kintamani is surrounded by the captivating nature and there are six ancient villages around cauldron of Batur Lake which is often conceived by Bali Age Village. The local people from these Bali Age villages own the unique cultures, houses and life style. Kintamani Area is consisted of some Villages those are Kedisan Village , Buahan, Abang, Trunyan, Songan, South Batur, Middle Batur, North Batur, Sukawana and Kintamani Village . The total of resident in these area are about 15 thousand who are mostly working as farmer, merchant, or work at industrial tourism." Source from here.

Kintamani (S8 16.614 E115 21.051) is located at the north of the Bali Island. The entrance fee was rp22,000.00 for the 6 adults and 2 children. We decided to view the Volcano Mount Batur at one of the restaurant named 'Grand Puncak Sari' (S8 16.352 E115 20.839).

"Mount Batur (Gunung Batur) is an active volcano located at the center of two concentric calderas north west of Mount Agung, Bali, Indonesia. The south east side of the larger 10×13 km caldera contains a caldera lake. The inner 7.5-kilometer-wide caldera, which was formed during emplacement of the Bali (or Ubud) ignimbrite, has been dated at about 23,670 and 28,500 years ago." Source from Wiki.

Grand Puncak Sari Hotel and Restaurant

The Grand Puncak Sari Restaurant is located about 700 meter from the entrance of Kintamani. The restaurant dining area are divided into indoor and outdoor 2 session. They are serving buffet lunch while we arrived, but we already had our lunch at Warung Ibu Oka and we just intend for a drink. So we ONLY allow to sit indoor where the outdoor session (better view of Mount Batur) is for customers who order the food! That's normal, don't worry! :)

The outdoor session of Grand Puncak Sari Restaurant

The indoor area of Grand Puncak Sari Restaurant

This was the first time I tasted the Bali Coffee! Hmm...taste nice!

The Bali Coffee - rp.6,500.00 (MYR2.50 / USD0.75)

I did check the altitude of the restaurant was 1360 meter from Garmin etrex HCX GPS device.

The GPS device shows altitude at 1360meter

Some photos of the Breathtaking view of Mount Batur and the Batur Lake...

The Mount (Gunung) Batur Volcano of Bali

You can see the Lava clearly from this photo above

Lake Batur from far away...

Too bad the summit of Mount Batur was covered with thick clouds...
The weather at Kintamani is cooling, temperature was around 23C-26C. I can imagine how nice if we put a night at the Hotel here...but beside enjoy the cool air at night, there might not have other activity. Quite boring...

We were off from the restaurant after 30 minutes rest, and still looking for a better viewing area for the Volcano...and we found this! About 2.5km East from the restaurant (S8 16.972 E115 21.867). The view was much better! And the area we stand were closer to the Lake Batur.

The local women selling drinks to visitors

Many peoples gather around here to witnesses the Beauty of Mount Batur! I like it very much!

Mount Batur from another angle

And more closer to Lake Batur

After all photos were taken...we continue our journey to the next tourist hotspot and bye-bye to the Beautiful Nature!

Bali 5 days 4 nights trip :-
* My Bali Trip on June 2010 (D1)
* Harris Resort at Kuta, Bali (D1)
* Made's Warung at Kuta Beach Road (Jalan Pantai Kuta), Kuta - Bali (D1)
* Babi Guling (Suckling pig) of Warung Ibu Oka at Ubud town, Bali (D2)
* Palace opposite Warung Ibu Oka at Ubud, Bali (D2)
* Tegallalang Rice Terrace at North Ubud Town, Bali (D2) 
* Fruit Stall around Kintamani area, Bali (D2)
* BAS Coffee Farm at Bali, Indonesia (D2)
* TJ's Mexican Bar and Restaurant at Kuta, Bali (D2) 
* The Kuta Beach of Bali, Indonesia (D3) 
* Pura Taman Ayun (Temple) at Mengwi, Bali - Indonesia (D3) 
* Strawberry Park at Candikuning beside Beratan Lake - Bali, Indonesia (D3)
* Pura Ulun Danau (Temple) at Bratan Lake, Bali (D3)
* Pacung Indah Hotel And Restaurant at Bali (D3) 
* One of the Famous Balinese Seven Sea Temples - Tanah Lot Temple of Bali (D3) 
* Bebek Bengil - The Dirty Duck Diner at Ubud, Bali (D3) 
* The Legian Street (Jalan) at Kuta, Bali (D3) 
* Garuda Wisnu Kencana at Bukit Peninsula of Bali, Indonesia (D4) 
* Pura Luhur Uluwatu (Temple) at South Bali, Indonesia (D4) 
* Lia Cafe Seafood Restaurant at Jimbaran Bay, Bali (D4) 
*  Our Bali Humble Driver - Mr Agoes (D4)
*  Farewell Bali Island! (D5)

Location map of Kintamani at Bali Island