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Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Ubud February 29th 2008

London, New Delhi, Mumbai, Hong Kong, Melbourne, Darwin, Sydney, Phnom Penh, Hanoi, Kunming, Macau, Kota Kinabalu, and now Ubud - that's the list of places I've been to twice since I began my travels, though only a handful were because of actually wanting to return rather than having unavoidable admin motives. Ubud required revisiting in order to meet up with LA Woman, whose itinerary for 2008 was otherwise rarely going to be coinciding with mine. Ubud in rainy season was a rather different prospect to when we had visited last September. An oppressive heat and humidity weighed on the town, discouraging activity and permitting only sweaty forays out for lunch and dinner. Regular monsoonal downpours created cataracts down the stone stairs of the guesthouse's gardens - at least their coming brought with them a blessed breeze ... read more
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Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Ubud February 29th 2008

Geo: -8.51927, 115.263So today Made and Ketut (The Guest House's Official Driver) and I took off after brunch for a day out. (I now have brunch everyday, I'm getting so lazy here in Ubud!) We headed up to Bali Bird Park and the Reptile park adjacent to it. I've uploaded a few of the highlights here. The bird park had lots of birds just loose, flying/walking around the grounds. They were all fascinating to me, so many I'd never even heard of before (and I'm not even really a bird lover). Most all of them were from the Southeast Asia area, so if you were a local visiting the park you probably wouldn't be that impressed, but I don't think too many locals visit there. I was impressed. Except for the bats, they had huge 2 ... read more
Bali Bird Park - B-b-but don't you, step on my....
Bali Bird Park - Beautiful Blue Bird
Bali Bird Park - Bird with Pom-Pom Head

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Ubud February 29th 2008

Geo: -8.51927, 115.263So, this is not a tourist thing. I was given specific instructions on how to dress and act in order to attend a ceremony in the Village Temple in Ubud. There are ceremonies all the time, I think sort of like how Christians and Jews visit church and Synagogue weekly, though I'm not sure the Hindu ceremony's are weekly - I haven't figured out their schedule yet. In any event, I had to wear a sarong - no pants in a temple, even for the men. I needed long sleeves and a sash/belt for my waist. I did my best with what I had, my guesthouse had a sash I borrowed, but my plain white linen shirt was a poor comparison to the elaborate lace and sequined shirts that the ladies of Ubud had ... read more
Temple - syncronized prayer
Temple close up of hands
Temple - Close up of palm fans

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Ubud February 28th 2008

Geo: -8.51927, 115.263So I totally vegged by the pool today, had dinner on my front porch (room service) and only because the Gamelan Orchestra was playing literally next door at the Lotus Temple pond did I venture out for the show tonight. I've decided to stay in Ubud through next thursday march 6th for the BIG festival that precedes Nyepi ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nyepi). They villagers have been working on an Uggah-Uggah (I'm so totally spelling that wrong) all week. It's a huge two story sized statue of a big fat man, kind of like a Macy's Day Float. It was just wire mesh a few days ago, but he got some coverings recently and is actually starting to look like something. The men first made some bamboo scaffolding and put a big tarp over it (to protect ... read more
Gamelan Dancers at Lotus Temple 2
Gamelan Dancers at Lotus Temple 3
Gamelan Dancers at Lotus Temple 4

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Ubud February 26th 2008

Geo: -8.51927, 115.263...I guess I'm getting onto local time. =) Which is really unmeasured.On Sunday night there was a big fair type thing in the main soccer field here in Ubud. Apparently the Governor was giving a big party to thank everyone for his re-election. There was free food, and a couple Gamalan Orchestras and even fireworks. I went and enjoyed the scene and felt right back at home as if I was in New York City. I hadn't realized how quiet Ubud was until I was back in a big crowd again. This is definitely small town living here, everyone is approachable (and always approaching!) to know everyone business. Privacy? What's that?I met a girl from The States at the fair (she found me actually) and we went for lassies* after the fair and swapped ... read more
Faith and Me at Cafe NOmad in Ubud
Gala Shop Chickens
Gala Silver

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Ubud February 22nd 2008

So i booked a ticket to Lovina, a northern beach area. I have to be there in order to get over to Java (i will get some coffee there dont worry ali). I did not know you had to go back through Ubud to get there...so i kept my ticket as a transfer and got off in Ubud to chill out here one last time....maybe for the weekend. I have less than a week left in bali, and Ubud is by far my favorite place. So lively and full of culture. Beach resorts can wait...i have plenty of time for the beach. That being said, i have some new pictures from before. Read the descriptions as i will tell a story with them. Hi grandpa and grandma! sorry for the bad language, i will try my ... read more
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Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Ubud February 22nd 2008

Geo: -8.51927, 115.263Monkeys on my head, monkeys opening my bag, reaching down my shirt, monkeys sitting on my lap! That was how I spent my day. I went to the Monkey Forest (and I'm going back again tomorrow to do it again because I loved it so much). In Ubud, there is a Monkey Temple it's in a tropical jungle just outside of town. Cost me 10,000Rupia ($1) to hop on the back of my friend Eddie's motorbike and we were there in no time. (I'll tell you another time about the naming convention for the babies born in Ubud, it's pretty unique. And Eddie is an even more unique incarnation.) The temple is a sacred place, so you have to wear a sarong to enter (men too!). They have a bunch avail for all the ... read more
Monkey Temple, Ubud 2
Monkey Temple, Ubud 3
Monkey Temple, Ubud 4

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Ubud February 19th 2008

Geo: -8.51927, 115.263It's only noon so I really don't have much to report on doing yet, but I'm actively trying to slow down and not gage the success of my day by how many activities I put into it. I've been reading in my Vagabonding book about the new trend of 'slow travel', instead of hitting the town each day with a list of sights, it's about living in the town/village and being with the people who live there; Experiencing the culture and really letting it affect you, rather than hitting the hot photo ops. I'm trying to get the hang of it, but I confess I still did make a little list of things I wanted to do when here at the Internet cafe today. It's a process, right? LOLI met a really great lady ... read more
Gamelan Dancers
Gamelan Dancers 2
Gamelan Dancers 2 at the Commnuity Center in Ubud

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Ubud February 18th 2008

Geo: -8.51927, 115.263Well I've arrived here safe and sound in Bali! My flight was delayed an hour leaving Jakarta, and I made a little video while I was waiting there to show y'all how gorgeous the airport is there. (I still haven't uploaded any pics or vids yet, I know, so I'll really try to upload some tomorrow. I just don't want to spend more than a few minutes at a computer!)My flight landed in the town of Denpasar and then it was a hour taxi ride up to Ubud up in the hills (away from the volcano Mom, but it isn't really active anyway). Ubud is SO quaint, it reminds me a little of Woodstock in upstate NY only the southeast Asian version. =) It's got a zillion little art studios all along the little ... read more
Bali Rainforest (again) from Plane
Bali Rainforest from Plane

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Ubud February 18th 2008

Geo: -8.51927, 115.263I only flew from one island to another (Java to Bali) yesterday, it was a 90min flight - and I crossed a time zone? Who knew, I guess that is one of the little things you miss when the announcements aren't made in English. Well, no worries, I don't have a meeting to get to or anything. I guess I'll just each lunch when I'm hungry...LOLOK, every wall of every building I've been in here in Ubud has a gecko on it, a real live gecko. I think of it now, because there are two scurrying about on the wall in front of me in this internet cafe / artists studio. Gotta love it, I said good night to the little one that was on my wall last night in my hotel. Good thing ... read more
Dinner 'Deck' Lotus Temple, Ubud, Bali
Just carrying home the firewood..
Lotus Blossoms




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