Blogs from Ubud, Bali, Indonesia, Asia - page 16


Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Ubud February 12th 2011

We left the Gilis after a couple of days, since we only had a week together and wanted to see more of Bali. We got a bus to Ubud, still in South Bali, and made famous by the book/film Eat, Prey, Love (not the reason we went, I’d like to point out!). Ubud is beautiful, laid back, and full of amazing shops. I rarely go to places where I think, "Yes, I’d like to live here", but Ubud is definitely one of those places. I’m adding it to my list (currently consisting of New York and Barcelona). Stayed in the nicest accommodation again, and so cheap – just over 10 quid a night for a big bungalow, with, of course, an outdoor bathroom. We decided to be vaguely active and hired bikes to cycle to Goa ... read more

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Ubud February 5th 2011

Kris Before you read - if you are a 'wellness therapist' and/or believe in the healing power of crystals, you might not want to read on. If you do, remember the contents of this blog are the exclusive opinions of the writers.... Ubud has a great location. Nestled in the hills in the island paradise of Bali and surrounded by bright green rice terraces and lush forests filled with tropical flowers, brightly coloured birds and 'serene' (see later) monkeys. The hotels, houses and shops are in the same style as the hundreds of Hindu temples and monuments so it's hard to tell which is which. The shops sell art, sarongs and handmade jewellery and every now and then a local appears in traditional dress to leave an offering of flowers outside their home and business. ... read more
Statue in a lake
Clever monkey unscrewing a water bottle

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Ubud February 2nd 2011

Indonesia: Land of Diving, Dancing & Dragons With diving and resort living on our minds, we were on our way to Indonesia, our eighth and final country and the exclamation point to our already amazing Southeast Asia experience. We couldn’t believe that we would be returning to the States in just a couple of weeks, and we were not quite ready to concede our time. From Singapore we flew to Bali, an island in the Nusa Tenggara chain, known for its unique Hindu traditions, stunning emerald rice terraces, and a welcoming, hospitable culture. The original plan to visit Bali had been made after our wedding when Aaron’s parents gave us a weeklong stay at a resort as a honeymoon gift. However, before we were to travel to Eastern Bali, we had arranged to meet up with ... read more
Flying into Flores
Labuan Bajo
Too cool

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Ubud January 29th 2011

29th January 2011 It took me nearly hour and a half from Kuta to Ubud. I was fast asleep during the bus trip when I suddenly awake to a beautiful scenery of Ubud. All of the hectic town atmosphere were replaced by a serene paddy field view. I can see the villagers were busy carving their statue of god and goddess, local artist taking their time producing fine artworks, and their majestic pura & puri (temple & castle) ... I just thought to myself : this is heaven! The bus passed by the Ubud art market...there were fulled with foreigners, its a must visit market while you're in Ubud. I decided to give four season resort at Sayan a nice visit to witness myself their famous architecture design. It was hidden from public view in a ... read more
four seasons
Legong dance at ARMA

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Ubud January 19th 2011

Fantastiske dager paa Bali saa langt. Her er saa vakkert! Fargerikt, groderikt og utrolig hyggelige mennesker! Startet med 2 dager paa et hotell vi booket via internett, som skulle ligge i naerhet av strand og ikke langt fra flyplassen. Etter 1,5 t havnet vi paa et rart gammelt, men fint hotell langt ut paa landet. Koste oss i suiten der, da vi paa et lykksalig vis ble oppgradert. Suiten besto av stort soverom, utedusj og do med badekar og kjoekken i tillegg. Svoemmebasseng var det ogsaa. Deretter sto yoga i Ubud paa programmet. Ubud er stedet der filmen Eat, Pray and Love med Julia Roberts ble spilt inn. Vi fulgte oppskriften .... og i tillegg fulgte vi lange yogaklasser hver morgen. Er doedslitne av masse yoga, vaare kropper er ikke vant til slike laaange yogatimer. Ellers ... read more
Buddhaer over alt.....
Opp til 2 g/dag med yoga. Puddingen fikk juling!!!k
Saronger i alle farger. Vanskelig aa velge. Goy aa prute!!

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Ubud January 18th 2011

Well, we managed to spend nearly 2 weeks in Bali and it's been a great combination of sights, sounds and food! We finally managed to find some good food in Indo, apart from the millions of options in Jakarta. That's due to Bali being super-touristy as compared the previous regions in Indo we had visited. The shopping and ease of touring around the island were also much simpler and more competitive for us foreigners. Enjoy the pics and we are off to Malaysia in a couple days!... read more
View from Bungalow
Hindu Temple
Dress for temple

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Ubud January 11th 2011

Ubud, le vrai et (un peu plus) authentique Bali... read more
Le petit dejeuner
Maison dans un arbre

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Ubud January 5th 2011

I Love Bali!! These are the words still ringing in my ears some 4 days after returning from our Bali holiday. They were joyously shouted by our river rafting guide as we whirled a 360 through the rushing water of the Ayung River. Laughter and squeals from all of us accompanied his decree. Wow, this place is amazing! You might think that travel to an Indonesian island located some 8 degrees below the equator would be a “beach vacation”. However, for this year’s short family get away, we decided to focus on the “inner beauty” instead. We selected the lovely villas at Agung Khalia, outside of Ubud, as our home base of exploration. With only 4 full days to take it all in, we decided action was the name of the game. Days were occupied with ... read more
The view from our balcony
Our villa
Fresh coconut!

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Ubud January 2nd 2011

Hello all and happy new year! Seems strange to think it's 2011, time flies. And speaking of time flying, I leave Bali tomorrow morning for my last stop, the Philipines. I will try and cram in as much as I can for the nine days I'm there but I am thinking I will have to come back to do it right. But I'm getting ahead of myself, I should fill you in on Bali. What a beautiful island, green and lush beyond imagination. I didn't get around to doing a whole lot, I thought I was due for a break from seeing everything. I spent five days in Ubud and what an interesting piece of paradise. If you can have patience for the taxi drivers desperate for a fare ('taxi, where you go, taxi'), they're just ... read more

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Ubud December 24th 2010

Christmas Tree! O Christmas Tree! Thy flowers are so unchanging; O Christmas Tree! O Christmas Tree! Thy palms are so unchanging; Not only green when summer's here, But also when 'we are in Bali sun'. O Christmas Tree! O Christmas Tree! Thy palm and flowers are so unchanging! We spent Christmas Eve day weaving our Christmas tree and decorating it in true Balinese style. The amazing family at our home stay taught us how to make offerings, which we used to decorate our tree. They also collected flowers from their property for our tree. It is not home, but we couldn't image a better Christmas experience away from home. To all of our family and friends, we miss you and love you very much. We have spent the past few day sharing Christmas stories and traditions, ... read more
Buying decorative flowers at the local market
Taking a break from all the hard Christmas shopping
Sorting palms for weaving

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