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Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Ubud February 8th 2016

From across Canada to across the world, I have been privileged to share your love, companionship, and your ever-present spirit of adventure for over four decades, from our first adventures together working and living in communities in remote Northern Saskatchewan, to exploring Canada from west coast to east coast, to visiting Hawaii, some central and west coast American States, as well as travelling through the Baja Peninsula and central Mexico in our non air-conditioned van long ago on our first out of country adventure. In more recent years, with our children grown and gone, and our careers completed, we have had the time to indulge our lifelong travel passions fully, Preferring always the richness that comes from a Passport full of stamps over a house full of things. And so we have visited many countries in ... read more
Chiang Mai, Thailand
Pai, Thailand
Bangkok, Thailand

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Ubud November 24th 2015

Since I last updated my blog I've been up to a lot of fun stuff! My dive trip was great, it was just a day trip with two dives, there was only me diving with the one dive master (the rest of the people on the boat were snorkelling) so I was able to have him spend some time refreshing things with me (it had been almost 9 years since I last went diving!). I didn't have to memorize all the dive tables and depth calculations all over again luckily! But I did get a refresher on equipment and did jyst fine (took me a bit to get the right buoyancy and to breathe and swim calmly though). They were both drift dives along the side of a big drop off, so it was an easy ... read more
Happy diving day!
Sunset in Lovina
Sekumpol waterfalls

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Ubud November 2nd 2015

Our last day in Ubud arrived and I felt a little sad about that. What a great week full of positive experiences, reflection, connections, exploration and delicious nutritious food. We spent our day very low-key. After our morning yoga class and making a new friend over breakfast, we rode out to the Ubud Chocolate Factory. We arrived at noon, only to discover that they close for lunch from noon to 1pm. It was still worthwhile seeing the building itself though: an impressive structure built entirely from bamboo. On our way back, we stopped at the gorgeous Alchemy cafe in Penestanan, another health food restaurant and shop. We had lunch at the famous Bali Buda restaurant. We were somewhat underwhelmed by the food we ordered, but it had a great vibe and I just loved reading the ... read more

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Ubud October 30th 2015

I woke up in agony. Riding over large potholes on a scooter with very questionable suspension wreaked havoc on my back. When it became too painful to even breathe, I decided to seek out a chiropractor who incidentally was from Melbourne. I felt so much more human following my treatment and we were able to go for a gentle walk and have lunch. We stumbled across the wonderful Warung Siri Bale, a lovely restaurant which supports a public healthcare foundation. As much as 70% of the funds come from the restaurant and meal purchased provides two healthcare consultations for the 27,000 thousand people that are cared for each year. The restaurant’s food, drink and atmosphere are fantastic, so please pay them a visit on your next trip to Bali. By the afternoon, I was desperate to ... read more

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Ubud October 28th 2015

J'ai choisi de faire le trajet vers le Nord "à la locale". Plutôt que de prendre un taxi ou de payer une place dans le bus d'une compagnie touristique, j'ai recours à Go-Jek. Go Jek est une application de type Uber qui te dépose d'un point A à un point B pour une somme (très modique) et convenue à l'avance. Sauf que contrairement à Uber, ce sont des scooters et non des voitures. Deux scooters plus tard, me voilà donc arrivé à Ubud principale ville de la partie Nord de l'île. Bien loin des des boomers et des vapeurs alcoolisées de Kuta, Ubud est considérée comme une ville plus paisible et tranquille, notamment reconnue comme capitale artistique de l'île. En effet, le scooter fait défiler sous mes yeux de nombreuses toiles qui se fondent avec la ... read more
Prière au dieu du fleuve
On se met bien...
Collecte du riz

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Ubud October 28th 2015

We had heard about Ubud’s Monkey Forest and, as it turned out, it was only a 10 walk from our accommodation. This one is an absolute must if you are in the area. It’s a lush jungle that houses three temples and hundreds of monkeys. They are very accustomed to tourists and not at all shy! It pays to put anything on your possession inside a bag or backpack – even a bottle of water or sunglasses. The Monkey Forest really is a lovely spot; an oasis away from the hustle and bustle. After a cruisy rest of the day, filled with drinks / food / massages / shopping, I went to a Sound Medicine session in the evening. Wow, this was a beautiful experience! After some meditation, everyone lay down on mats and cushion. ... read more

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Ubud October 27th 2015

Smashed from the previous day, we chilled out at our hotel villa until it was time to check out. Next stop: Ubud. This is the part of the trip that I have been so excited about! After a 1.5 hour drive we arrived at Ubud’s Yogabarn, our home for the next week. I chose this accommodation very deliberately as our time in Ubud is all about practicing yoga and nourishing the soul. The name Ubud is derived from Ubad, which means medicine. Legend has it that a disease outbreak claimed many lives in the village and was only contained when a meditating Hindu priest realised that leaves from a local tree cured the disease. The site then became known as Ubad, and more recently Ubud. Our room at Yogabarn was rustic chic with Indian-inspired decor. Besides ... read more

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Ubud August 7th 2015

Ubud is known as the Spiritual and or Cultural Centre of Bali. A lot of activities are to do in Ubud, or in the surroundings of Ubud. Therefore, the city is a best known tourist place, a travellers place and a backpackers place. In the evening, restaurants and clubs are booming, where in the morning and the afternoon a lot of excursions can be booked. Close by Ubud you find the Gunnung Kawi Tempeles and the Holy Spring / Tirta Empul. The (Tegalalang) rice terraces in Ubud are famous. But did you knew that Ubud was famous because of her craft carving? Overnight, I stayed in the Mansion Hotel, a little bit out of the centre of Ubud. The Mansion hotel in Bali is defiantly a good place if you would like to spend some time ... read more
Daging Woodcarvers
Dagging Woodcarvers
Gunung Kawi

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Ubud July 27th 2015

We are now going to Ubud. We took 2 planes to get to Ubud. We got our bags and took a taxi to our hotel. When we got to our hotel (Villa Kayu Lama) we were amazed. We had our own pool. We got ready to go to Monkey Temple. When we got there there was these tables where a bunch of macaque monkeys were. They were so cute. But when my dad sat down a monkey came and stole a water bottle from his backpack. We bought our tickets to go to the temple. But then Ania kneeled down to get something from her purse and a monkey tried to get her glasses from her purse. He tried but he couldn't do it so he left. Now it was my turn. My monkey problem was ... read more
Tegallalang rice Terraces
Cafe Luna, Ubud
Pura Taman Saraswati

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Ubud June 5th 2015

Welcome to Ubud, home of commercialised healthy living and spiritualism. Bali's cultural heart of galleries, spas and artistic creavity is a buzzing business catering to visitors and expats seeking a 'better' way of life.  Walk the adjoined gauntlets of Jl Wenara Wena (Monkey Road), Dewi Sita and Jl Hanoman to pick from a plethora of variable quality spas and nail bars, browse silver jewellery and silk clothing shops, sample organic or vegan icecream and select your cafe of choice to enjoy fresh salads, extracted juices and beetroot and cacao pie.  On the way you can recite 'no thank you' to every man you pass who sits waiting to ask if you'd like a 'motorbike', maybe 'tomorrow?' for 'cheap, cheap'. Smile and shake your head at the laminated signs that are presented in your path in the ... read more
My favourite meal
Inner urban morning view
And relax...

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