Category Archives: Bali

Oh-bah-ma! New York, New York!

When I tell local Indonesians I meet that I’m from NY, I get an immediate response of word association of everything that comes to mind for them at a rapid pace. Typically it starts with them excitedly  blurting out
Immediately followed by “New York, New York – Sinatra!”
Or singing Alicia Keys’  chorus line from “Empire State of Mind,” which is funny because they both have a strong accent and are typically way off key. The combo is quite entertaining and didn’t get old even after having this happen nearly two dozen times in just a week.
Sometimes this is followed by “US and A!” cheer, and then random facts that they know about the US.  “50 States!”   One guy started naming random US state capitals. One guy started rattling off random cities he had heard of, that we have 100 senators, and the NY Yankees.
Interestingly enough I found I got a warmer initial response when I said I was from New York rather than from America or the US.
Has anyone else had an experience like this?  Is this typical for countries in SE Asia?  Let me know if this has happened to you.
Like my experience in HK, I met such wonderful people here (both travelers and Indonesians).  Some of them I’ve been staying in touch with (and some will be perhaps by reading this blog).

Wings Air – Cheapest Flight I’ve taken

My flight from Bali (DPS) to Java (SUB) was $29 on Wings Air. That’s the least I’ve spent on a flight up to this point. It’s a prop plane. That’s right, we’re flying a plane with a propeller. Hope we make it!

Wings Air - a prop plane to get us from Bali to Java
Wings Air. It’s a real plane. Just with propellers. Can this thing fly?

Closeup photo of the propeller of the Wing's Air prop plane
Closeup photo of the propeller from the plane. [It was taken through an airplane window so it’s a little grainy
You can see the propeller on the Wings Air plane pictured above. I had last taken one on my trip through Belize and that was an adventure!  Scary!  I’ll post about the Belize adventure after I finish posting about the 15-country Asia trip.

My $29 Wing's Air prop plane flight