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Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Ubud September 23rd 2016

Last breakfast in our villa at Seminyak. Woken to the sounds of Stephanie, Charlie and Pippa hitting the pool. Lots of giggles and races happening around 0700. Hope the new neighbours don't mind the noise, guess they made enough last night - karma.... Ketut does her bit for breakfast, including dragon fruit juice today. Hmm, interesting colour - like Beetroot. Tasted a little earthy but not bad. Put that down to experience. Cars due at 1100, then Ketut gets a call at 0915 that they are here already. Bags almost packed and Chris still to have a shower. They are told they are early so they are happy to wait - no option really, as they wont be paid until we get to Ubud anyway. Doesn't seem an issue and we just get organised a bit ... read more

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Ubud June 9th 2016

Je suis allé faire un batik avec Wayan. En gros c'est un dessin sur un tissus. Il y a plusieurs étapes pour faire un batik! En premier, on fait un dessin sur un tissus. Ensuite, on retrace les lignes avec de la cire chaude. Pour ça ils ont un outils spécial! Après, c'est mon étape préféré... Celle de mettre les couleurs! Après on laisse sécher avant de tremper le tissu dans l'eau chaude pour enlever la cire. Moi, mon batik m'a pris 3 heures à faire! ... read more
Faire les lignes a la cire
Tjantings
Mettre les couleurs

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Ubud May 25th 2016

The old woman with her fingers in my hair is wearing an orange shirt, matching the garish walls and gold spandex leggings, looking like something from a figure skater's wardrobe. Her fashion sense is almost as questionable as the green sloppy goop she slaps into my hair and scrapes across my scalp, making it oily and shine. It could be anything from guacamole to bat guano and I wouldn't know the difference, apart from actually tasting it and though I do love me a good batch of guacamole, I'm not confident in the odds it isn't excrement. I'm put under a dryer to presumably heat the goop, though either I'm too short or the drier no longer lowers because I think only my cowlick can feel the heat. As I'm cooking, she massages my neck and ... read more

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Ubud May 25th 2016

Nestled in the rainforest above Ubud is an Elephant Safari Park. The park is a reserve for the 10 rescued Sumatra elephants that were featured in a documentary called "Operation Jumbo". For three days we fed, washed, rode, and played with the elephants. In the process, we learned a lot about these gentle giants.... read more
Eating breakfast
Patrick riding the elephant
Snacking along the trail

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Ubud May 23rd 2016

A visit to Ubud is not complete unless you visit the Scared Monkey Forest. The monkeys are mischievous and have been known to bite tourists. But, if you are calm and keep your items close at hand, your interaction with them can be quite pleasant.... read more
Pura Dalem Agung
Monkeys at the temple
Naughty Monkey

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Ubud May 22nd 2016

As we departed from Gili T on boat toward Bali, all I could think of was the song from South Pacific...Bali Ha'i. The mythical, mystical island with its tranquil, hazy image of the smoothly sloping volcano on the horizon. Our next adventure takes us high into the interior to the city of Ubud. Rich in ancient history, dotted with Hindu temples, surrounded by rainforest and terraced rice paddies. It is steeped in culture, the center of tradition, crafts, and dance.... read more
Komaneka at Rasa Sayang
Komaneka - lobby
Komaneka - restaurant

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Ubud March 31st 2016

Its been a while since the last travel post, because we have been literally posted in this one very special place - Ubud, Bali - for the past seven weeks. Ubud has become our home base in Asia for the past three years. My Indonesian language teacher once said to me "You go to Kuta (the beach) to play. You come to Ubud to learn." "Ubud", I am told, translates to mean "healing place". Balinese healing and devotedly active spirituality are fundamental to the Balinese, evidenced by numerous ceremonies, daily offerings, and daily spiritual practices that seem untainted by the arrival of western culture. Healers and seekers gravitate here from everywhere, and Ubud is a yoga capital currently hosting the ninth (?) annual Bali Spirit Festival that attracts a broad range of yoga, dance, and spiritual ... read more
And Yoga Practice Begins . . .
Yogi Stan - Ready for Practice
The Yoga Shala

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Ubud March 27th 2016

Sunday 27th March 2016 Having had a great time in the beach area of Bali we had decided we’d mix things up a little and spend some time inland of Bali at a place called Ubud. Located only a 1-hour taxi ride from our hotel in Seminyak getting there was very easy and was quite a strange feeling leaving one area and arriving at the next by taxi. Usually our travel days consist of sweaty buses and hours of looking out of a window whereas this change was very smooth. We had booked into ‘Ubud City Hotel’ which was quite expensive compared to other places we’d slept on our travels. The room rate was almost £30 per night and was actually quite basic. I think we were paying for the location which was on the Monkey ... read more
View on the way down the volcano
Sunrise from mt Batur
Traditional Balinese dancers

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Ubud March 20th 2016

I split a taxi with a couple from my van and headed to my hostel, a place called In Da Lodge. Right when we arrived it started pouring rain. We ran to reception. I checked in and was shown to my 6-bed dorm. I spent the first night hanging out in the common area. Everyone was German. All of the people. Germans. Three German girls and I went out to dinner at a place called The Yoga Place. I had some kind of tofu and lemongrass thing wrapped in a banana leaf, and it was one of the best food decisions I've ever made. When we got back, I met two guys, Rik (Dutch) and Matthew (Belgian) who were renting motorbikes the next day. I decided to join them. I got up around 8, had breakfast, ... read more
Temple Cave
Ubud
Rice Terraces

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Ubud February 20th 2016

I had no idea what’s got into me but after I tendered my resignation, I was terrified of leaving the banking industry after 27 years. When my friend Rosina suggested that I went for a one week silent retreat in Ubud, it seemed like a great idea. Timing wise, it was perfect as I would not start the new job until a week later. I needed to clear my mind so that I could start fresh at the new workplace. So, off I went the next day. It was at Bali Usada’s office in Sanur I met a few other participants, most of whom were first timers. Arriving at Svarga Loka Resort later in the afternoon, I was relieved to see the decent looking resort located in the heart of Ubud. I had zero expectation and ... read more
The room at Svarga Loka
View from the meditation room
Room interior




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