Blogs from Ubud, Bali, Indonesia, Asia - page 58


Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Ubud July 25th 2006

Ok so I'm just putting this up so you guys will realize I put pictures on. The last blog was a half-assed effort at Bali and Gili Trawangan off the coast of Lombok. The pictures on this one are from Kuta Lombok and Sumbawa. This is taking hours so I'm having a (some) beer (beers). Hope you enjoy.... read more
This is how Marlboro makes their millions.
Future smokers?
Wedding Procession

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Ubud July 13th 2006

If there is one thing I love about travel, it’s shopping. And if there is one thing you know about me, you know I am being facetious. Shopping is the last thing on my list. But as a visitor in Bali, I quickly learned that my raison d’etre was to spread my money around as quickly and broadly as possible. It began at the airport and $25 USD for a visa. I handed the guy $40 and got back a handful of Rupiah, the local currency. As I got my bag, a money changer was waving at me from behind her plexiglass window. Outside, I was offered any number of rides with unofficial taxis, at 20 percent off. Everything, Amy and I discovered, is for sale. And negotiable. Arriving in Ubud, away from the hardcore ... read more

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Ubud July 3rd 2006

Hey People, So I'm finally here after a few days in a plane. I arrived in Ubud on Saturday the first, just two days after a bunch of you poor bastards took your boards. Ubud is the art capital of Bali, and with that probably all of Indonesia. Much of it is pretty amazing, especially the wood carving, Batik, and painting. Beyond that the sheer quantity is amazing. At first I thought no island the size of Bali could possible produce the volume of art supplied by this place, and then it all became clear. They are all artists. By saying this I want you to understand that I mean every man, woman, child, and even animal is an artist of one sort or another. Moto drivers, waiters, street cleaners, mechanics, and policemen all swing the ... read more
Lynda and I on a rented Hog
Me Lady in the Rock Field
This is what I do now

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Ubud June 29th 2006

After a hair raising hour's journey on my suicike (suicide bike), stopping around 5 times to get directions, I've finally made it to Bali's second most important temple: Pura Taman Ayun. Surrounded by moats and covered with lotus blossums this 'Garden Temple On The Water' is truely amazing. Eeek! Suddenly, out of nowhere came 30 Indonesia kids, surrounding me, watching me write my diary and laughing! I was a bit lost as to what to do. I tried conversation but with no luck, I tried showing them a map of Bali and indicating for them to show me where home was, but again their response was laughter. There was only one more trick I had up my sleave: I'm from Man-ches-ter. Manchester United? David Beckham? Success! The kids joined in with a chorus of Rooooooney! and ... read more
Taman Ayun
Ida and the singing kids
Pura Taman Ayun

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Ubud June 27th 2006

I'm still fretting and faffing. When will I relax? I'm driving myself crazy with worry that I'm out of my depth over here, not planning my travelling well enough or watching my budget closely enough.... Anyway, I jumped on the shuttle bus upto Ubud to escape the mad-touristyness of Kuta and am settled in a nice-ish hostel (losman), "Brata 2". Quite why I've been given a double bed and a single I don't know, but for 3pounds per night I shouldn't complain. That's another thing - the money here is driving me up the wall! I can't get my head around the currency at all and every time I go to pay for something I spill out a wad of notes from my wallet - the combined total of which is never enough (and we're talking ... read more

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Ubud June 21st 2006

Hi All!!!!! We'll here we are in Beautiful Bali, and what a sight it is to see!!!We met Abby's parents here along with their good friends Sherm and Diane. This country is REALLY beautiful. We're staying at a very nice hotel (much beyond our normal travel budget... but that what parents are for!!) in the town of Ubud. This town is known for it's amazingly beautiful art... which it absolutely is! Bali is a small(ish) island in Indonesia surrounded by a volcano and the georgous Indian and Pacific oceans. The Balinese believe the Island sits upon the back of a giant Sea Turtle, and that their purpose here on Earth is to make it more beautiful. All throughout the country the people live in small villages, each specializing in one specific type of art. Some make ... read more
Gamelan Musicians
Balinese Dancers
wood carving village

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Ubud May 31st 2006

DAS URLAUBSPARADIES...... übt noch immer diese unbändige anziehungskraft in uns aus.......dort scheint ein gewaltiger magnet vergraben zu sein.......! morgen (01.10.08) gehts ja tatsächlich wieder ab nach indien!! obwohl bisher nicht geplant, schiebt sich mehr und mehr der gedanke die hirnwindungen und die chancen stehen gut, daß es uns diesmal wieder dorthin verzarrt! wenn wir uns die bilder ansehen und die tolle zeit im hibiscus cottage in ubud wieder in erinnerung kommt, meinen wir, dort urlaub vom reisen machen zu müssen! wenn wir schon in der ecke der welt sind........! und für heute liebe leute, lass ich einfach die bilder sprechen! was soll man schon groß sagen über diese insel, wenn auch nur irgendwie möglich, muß man einfach hin! und im blog ...bali, wieder einmal auf der insel der götter.... könnt ihr unsere impressionen nachlesen. ... read more

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Ubud May 12th 2006

ATEMBERAUBENDE VULKAN-LANDSCHAFTEN.....FASZINIERENDE HINDUKULTUR....EINZIGARTIGES KUNSTHANDWERK.... so sind wir nach den kleineren anfahrtsschwierigkeiten ueber malaysien doch noch auf der insel der traeume gelandet. fuer westler ist bali das paradies auf erden schlechthin....aber: die touristen bleiben aus! nach dem verheerenden bombenanschlag von 2002 in kuta, wo hunderte australische turis und balinesen getoetet wurden gings langsam wieder nach oben. der tourismus ist balis wichtigster devisenbringer. vor einem halben jahr sprengte sich wieder in kuta ein selbstmordattentaeter in einem schweizer restaurant in die luft, 2 weitere bomben explodierten in hotelanlagen suedlich von kuta. wieder wird eine fundamentalistische moslemische organisation fuer den terror verantwortlich gemacht. (ausser bali, das hinduistisch ist, wird in ganz indonesien allah gehuldigt!) das haelt die turis n... read more

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Ubud May 12th 2006

Rp35,000 seemed a good price to pay for a motorbike to save 3 bemo changes and several hours of journeying, so this was the method of transport that I used to get from Denpasar to Ubud. I think sometimes the driver forgot how big I am, and I was convinced that at somepoint I was going to lost one of both kneecaps. I finally realised how the horn is used in balinese driving. It is not the responsibility of the person pulling out to look, rather it is the responsibility of the oncoming traffic to inform that driver of their presence with the horn. The horn is also used to inform of overtaking manouvers, to scare stray dogs, to say hello, to see if people walking want a lift and possibly 1001 other messages. In short ... read more
And once its cooked... we can eat!
I wonder what gender this one is?
A little family unit!

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Ubud May 11th 2006

I took the bus to Ubud the other day. As we drove through Denpasar, the island's "big City" there were young men with shovels standing along side the road waiting to be picked up for construction work. the roads are very narrow as are the vehicles. Lots of furniture and wood carving shops/warehouses along the road. we drove through this small village where they were repaving the road which consisted of a few laborers working with shovels and a small roller, can't imagine how long that would take to repave I-5! Ubud is this lush, tropical artist's village in the hills overlooking three volcanoes. there are shops everywhere catering to tourists selling sarongs, wood carvings, batki, paintings. It's pretty quiet here, not many tourists and the ones I have seen/met are mostly oz, german or french, ... read more
Cremation Ceremony at Monkey Forest
Cremation Ceremony at Monkey Forest
Cremation Ceremony at Monkey Forest

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