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PRAMBANAN, JAVA

Tuesday November 18, 2014

Prambanan, Java www.bucketlistbums.com

Prambanan, Java www.bucketlistbums.com

Prambanan, Java www.bucketlistbums.com

Prambanan, Java www.bucketlistbums.com

Prambanan, Java www.bucketlistbums.com

I was up early the next morning ready to venture out into Yogyakarta’s surrounding region. This part of the country was Indonesia’s ruins powerhouse, and I was determined to channel Lara Croft and check a slew ancient sites off my bucket list. Borobudur, the Machu Picchu of Java, was still a few days away, so I decided to spend the morning adventuring through the ruins of lesser known (but equally spectacular) Prambanan …

YOGYAKARTA, JAVA

Sunday November 16, 2014

Yogykarta, Java www.bucketlistbums.com

Yogykarta, Java www.bucketlistbums.com

Yogykarta, Java www.bucketlistbums.com

Yogykarta, Java www.bucketlistbums.com

I arrived in Yogyakarta EXHAUSTED! Thanks to a conflicting set of flight schedules, I was stuck at the Jakarta airport overnight, and travel time to reach Yogyakarta totaled nearly 24 hours. Flying into new places, I’m usually pretty good dealing with jet lag (the adrenaline of being in a new country keeps me going), but this time it was impossible to shake. Thankfully, I had a suite waiting for me at one of the city’s landmark (and most luxurious) properties – The Phoenix Hotel …

KAYANGAN LAKE, THE PHILIPPINES

Monday November 10, 2014

Kayanagan Lake, Palawan www.bucketlistbums.com

Kayanagan Lake, The Philippines www.bucketlistbums.com

Kayanagan Lake, The Philippines www.bucketlistbums.com

Kayanagan Lake, The Philippines www.bucketlistbums.com

Kayanagan Lake, The Philippines www.bucketlistbums.com

We departed Busuanga Island early in the morning by private boat and made our way across the bay toward the eerie, jagged peaks of Coron Island. The limestone outcrops were surreal, soaring out of the turquoise shallows as we glided through the calm water in search of Kayanagan Lake. 20 minutes into the journey, we pulled into a small, milky bay that sparkled with vibrant shades of blue … our epic, watery wonderland …