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Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Ubud March 5th 2024

It was an earlier start for me today, as I have booked a private tour. I felt it was the best option to see more of Ubud as I only have 3 days here. It would be a shame to miss out! I set the alarm for 6:45. It wasn’t difficult to get up early, as I purposely went to bed early in preparation! I’m seriously not a morning person these days! I had scrambled eggs and toast for breakfast. Then was ready for the driver to arrive at 8am. I walked up the street to the ATM to get extra cash for the day, and also water, I’m making a concerted effort to drink lots! I will need cash to buy tickets for the entrance costs. I’m not sure if they all take card payments! ... read more
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Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Ubud March 4th 2024

I slept really well, after a very frazzled day, but it feels like it was worth the hassle! The bed is huge! I think the biggest I’ve ever slept in! My day started with the shower. I’m well out of my comfort zone here! Not with getting a shower, obviously!… ha ha… it’s the size of the shower head…. Again, huge! I’m starting to think that size matters in Bali! It’s one of those that make you feel like you’re in the rain. I can see the nice side to that effect, but as a person that does not get her hair wet in the shower, it’s got its problems for me. Therefore, my shower today, was a physical work out, continually bending my head and neck backwards to avoid the ‘rainfall’ on my head!! I ... read more
Taking a walk in Ubud
Taking a walk in Ubud
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Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Ubud July 5th 2023

Had our eggs and mangosteens for breakfast and finished packing before meeting our driver Alit who I met on the path leading to the entry car park. I left Daisy and our luggage at the side car park as it was close to our villa and would save us carrying it down. I hopped into Alit's car and we drove around to the side car park, packed our luggage in and set off on our day tour. First stop was the Ceking Rice Terraces, Tegallalang. We did one of the big swings together which was fun and then set off on a trek through the rice Terraces which was great. You did have to be careful as parts were a bit muddy and slippery, but it was a great little hike. We stopped for a drink ... read more
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Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Ubud July 4th 2023

Today was Daisy's birthday. Because bad weather was forecast we decided to organise an indoor activity and a few friends had suggested cooking classes, so that's what we did. It was a nice tour, we were picked up at 7.50am and we initially had a group of 6 in our pickup group. A couple of guys from Philippines and a couple from Slovenia, all really nice. We were taken to a rice field first and told how the rice was harvested, then to a local market which was very interesting and we even managed to get some mangosteens, a fruit we never knew about but is very popular with people who do know about. We bought a kilo which was 10 of them for $3, so cheap. We got to the cooking house at 9.30am and ... read more
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Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Ubud July 3rd 2023

Woke up late and decided to eat our eggs and corn flakes. By then it was 11am so we decided to just hang around until it was time to visit our friends, Rosie and Gary who moved to Ballu a few years ago. We ordered a Grab car at noon and it artived fairly quickly but then I noticed he was going in the opposite direction to where we wanted to go, so I got him to stop and it took a while to sort out the correct destination. Rosie told us to go to Warung Ting Ting and I found it on Google Maps. For some reason the Grab app was taking the driver to a different Warung Ting Ting, so there must be two in the Ubud area. So it ended up taking an ... read more
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Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Ubud July 2nd 2023

Nice leisurely start to the day. Breakfast in the resort restaurant at 8.50am and we chatted with Jenny and Garry until about 11.30am and then Justin and Lynn . We left our room at 12.45pm and ordered a Grab car which took about 30 minutes getting to us because of traffic. Plan was to look around Monkey Forest, but it was pouring down with rain and when we went to buy tickets, the tickey lady said “no monkes today” because of the rain. We decided we would leave it for another time, but then daisy spied some nice dresses they were selling for a bargain price and she ended up buying one, so at the least the trip wasn’t completely wasted. We then decided to walk up the long road towards Ubud Palace, where the we ... read more
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Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Ubud July 1st 2023

Had a lighter breakfast at the resort restaurant because it is Day 3 of wedding celebration with a farewell lunch at another residence designed by Hadiprana. By the time we had finished breakfast and chatted to people about the previous day’s wedding , it was time to get ready for the transfers to the lunch venue. Today was pouring down with rain and we all agreed how lucky we were that the wedding day was yesterday and the rain had held off at the right time. We were amongst the first to arrive and the grounds were again magnificent. Chef Dean Nor was again in charge of the farewell lunch and this time we feasted on suckling pig with spicy blood sausage, fantastic chicken legs, corn and salads. We had a most enjoyable time chatting with ... read more
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Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Ubud June 30th 2023

Day of the wedding. We decided to have the resort breakfast. Not a buffet style but you ordered what you want from a menu for a set price. It was actually a much better quality breakfast than the usual buffet style. As the ceremony wasn't until 4pm, so I decided to go for a walk. Daisy and Debbie unsuccessfully tried to book a massage, so they agreed to accompany me on a walk. Decided to walk to Puri Agung Peliatan temple as Google said it was about 35 minutes. It took us much longer of course but the walk was very interesting. We passed a few factories that made statues out of various materials and when we turned a corner off the main road we were in a residential street, all with amazing entrances and we ... read more
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Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Ubud June 29th 2023

Today was very relaxed. Woke up around 8am and had our self catered breakfast of corn flakes & banana and some of the fruit that we were given on arrival, a nice gesture. Still can’t get over how cheap we got this accommodation but I think the reason is that it is older and less well appointed than the other 20 official villas in this resort. Ours is probably the original residence of the complex which was formerly called the Chedi Club but then redesigned by architect, Hendra Hadiprana. The cheapest 1 bedroom villa is around $650 but our 2 bedroom villa is less than $100 per night, quite a big difference. Sure the included facilities are not really up to scratch even by AirBnb standards but the fact we are able to make use of ... read more
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Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Ubud June 28th 2023

Last day in Sanur so decided to wake up early 5.20am for sunrise. Arrived at the beach at 5.50 and could see the golden light just starting to break through. We both managed to get some nice photos as the sun rose above clouds on the horizon. Went back to the hotel for a leisurely breakfast before going back to our room to pack for our move to Ubud. Daisy managed to fit in one last swim in the pool, while I went through the morning's sunrise photos and planned our next week in Ubud. 12.30 we decided to walk down the south side of the main Sanur street which is much quieter. Had lunch at an Italian restaurant called Riviera Restaurant and Bar which was quite good. They actually make their own pasta. It was ... read more
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