Blogs from Ubud, Bali, Indonesia, Asia - page 61


Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Ubud May 9th 2005

Hi there! There is so much to do here, I'd rather do than blog. AND here's an update so you won't worry. After having a wee case of "oh my god! what am I doing here?" on the first night in Ubud, I am feeling great. I've taken day trips to Tirta Empul to bathe in the sacred spring water that pours out of all these carved stone spouts (with offerings and incense heaped on each) into a big pool, wearing sarong and sash of course (because its a holy spring) and praying at each spout... which totally cleared my skin; Bedugal to see the lake and temple; Kintamani to have lunch on the rim of the outer crater of Gunung Batur (Bali's second biggest volcano), Pura Something Something to see these giant rock cut shrines, ... read more

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Ubud April 9th 2005

Dave and I teamed up with a really amazing couple we met at our Ubud Homestay and hired a "Transport, Transport!" for an all day tour of five major temples. Nancy and Joseph are travelling pros who sold their homes in Hawaii and are on a PERMANENT vacation. For the past two years they have been circumnavigating the globe with no plan to stop. They showed us the ropes by driving a hard bargain with our driver and insisting on "no tricks or arguments" Indonesian drivers love to veer off schedule and take tourists to shops etc. where they will receive a commission for any purchases. They also tend to 'forget' the negotiated price and ask for more money at the end of a trip... Dave and I learned this earlier....THE HARD WAY! Although rainy, the ... read more
Barong Parade

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Ubud April 6th 2005

UBUD, BALI: We are now in the cultural mecca of Bali. Ubud is the artistic center of the island and is definitely my favorite destination so far. It is a tourist town but very charming in a Bali-esque way. There are a series of streets with tons of shops but, you can walk ten minutes and be in the most gorgeous rice paddies watching the Balinese harvest the crop. Of course, everyone is always trying to sell you something and the art of bargaining is highly valuable here. Just walking down the sidewalk you are always accosted with "Transport, transport, tomorrow, tomorrow, Taxi, hello, hello, excuse me, hello, you wanna taxi, you wanna taxi? Cheap, very cheap! And this is all within a five second time span. As a retail queen, I must add that ... read more
Rice Paddy Worker
Ubud Market
Tropical Free Climbing

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Ubud January 22nd 2005

Well, hello there everyone! As I am so far behind with my travelblog, I've decided to summarise the places we've visited to date. That way I'll still have some secret stories to tell when we get back too! So, here's a super-speedy whizz through Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore and Bali! THAILAND KOH PHI PHI 27 DEC 05 - 04 JAN 06 This was just a week of chilling out on our paradise island, and these are the main things we did: * Volunteered for HiPhiPhi- Koh Phi Phi consists of two islands (Lei and Don). Koh Phi Phi Lei is a national park and not inhabited- thought it was here that the film The Beach was, erm, filmed. Koh Phi Phi Don, however is inhabited, and was struck by the 2004 Tsunami on both sides- as the ... read more

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Ubud May 20th 2001

Our short break in Bali has come to an end and I feel quite sad about it. We both had a great ten days. I'm writing this in the lounge at Denpassar airport enroute to Singapore. We were sensible enough to prebook accommodation this time and shall be staying at Tai Hoe Hotel in Little India for the next 3 nights, I doubt we'll be staying any longer than that in Singapore as it will be quite expensive. From there we are heading to Malacca in Malaysia. Since I last emailed we've had a quiet few days. We thoroughly enjoyed our tasty meal of smoked duck (it was very tender and spicy) at one of the best restaurants in Ubud. Very classy restaurant and the meal cost us only $30. Next day we moved rooms within ... read more
Linny on the verandah at Raffles Hotel in Singapore

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Ubud May 18th 2001

I'm using Hotmail att he moment as there are no cheap international phone linese available to us my little pocket emailer. This afternoon I will try one of the international telephone offices to see whetehr I have more luck - most will probably be like the Post Office - with no stamps! Yestarday was very quiet but we spent thre afternoon going to Tanah Lot Temple towatch the sun go down. Very touristy but it was great to sit and watch the waves hit the little island that the temple was perched on. Last night we again ate at our favourite little haunt and spent the evening talking to a couple from Norway who have a son on AFS exchange in America. And listening to latin and jazz musicthey even had Buena Vista Social Club in ... read more

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Ubud May 10th 2001

This is a quick letter from Bali...We love this place and already feel quite at home here. It's very cheap and we will be easily able to live within our budget - we even have a/c and hot water in our room. We're staying in Ubud in a bungalow with an outdoor shower. People here are very friendly and there are thankfully not a lot of hawkers in the town. There were many in in Kuta so we only stayed there for the first night and left the city as soon as possible the next day. I'm quite surprised at how poor the people here are - I guess I thought that becauuse it's such a small island which relies heavily on tourists ( and there are many of those!) it would be less Asian and ... read more
Kakadu National Park - prior to arriving in Bali
Local worker - Ubud
Gunung Kawi, Tampaksiring, bali

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Ubud July 28th 1992

1992………..2MTHS-1st CYCLING TRIP-1300kms ACROSS INDONESIA 26/7/92 Ubud (46.2km 1219.8km) I arrived in Ubud in 2 hrs from Padangbai. The road was noisy, polluted and busy. Not pleasant at all and I thought I would be relieved to get to Ubud, but boy has it changed! I found it hard to find a place as there was so much choice and it was more expensive. The streets are absolutely lined with shops. I spent part of the morning at Puri Lukisan, Ubud’s Art Museum, which was opened in 1956. The gardens remain unchanged but two of the large buildings have fallen into disrepair and are not used at all. The museum is significant in that it shows the movement of the 1930’s when artists broke away from traditional formalistic paintings of mythological scenes and Hindu epic stories ... read more
Boy with Truck
Boy with Gun
Boys with windmill

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