Blogs from Ubud, Bali, Indonesia, Asia - page 8


Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Ubud May 21st 2015

Due to the lack of internet in the places for the past few days (mainly in Bromo and Ijen), we were unsure of where in Ubud we intended to stay, yet alone what we intended to do once there. When we arrived we were therefore pleasantly surprised to find that there was an abundance of things to do and that the town was actually quite charming (even if it was more touristy than elsewhere visited). What we did not know was that we were about to fall for the alluring aura that this town exuded. When we were in our cab we were completely drawn to so many things. Mackque Monkeys relaxing on a high wall that enclosed a jungle clad interior, small temples remaining intact standing into between shops and homestays, and lots of tourists ... read more
Family portrait
Our favourite monkey. Isn't she adorable?
Nope. We are not sharing!!

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Ubud May 16th 2015

We arrived back in Padang Bai at around midday and after picking up our suitcase from Aquaria, we headed straight back to Ubud for some much needed shopping. The local village markets we had spotted previously were on our hit list. Ketut told us Guwang Markets are usually busy in the morning so we went in the afternoon (on a Thursday) at 3:30pm. They had such a great selection of artwork – both traditional and abstract. The thing to keep in mind here is that their ‘starting price’ will be lower than the main tourist markets so therefore your room to move on price shortens. At your standard Art Gallery in Ubud we would offer $200 for a $1,000 artwork. After a half hour of serious bargaining on our last day I got my favourite Mohammed ... read more
Artwork purchased from Guwang
Evita Villas
Pasar Seni / Pasar Umum Sukawati

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Ubud May 12th 2015

We had to head off from Pemuteran quite early to get to Ubud at a reasonable hour. With just one night in Ubud we wanted to make our time count. We stopped at Adi Asiri Restaurant on Jalan Raya Sanggingan in Ubud for a light lunch. We had the Chicken Satay and Cap Coy (stir fry beef and veges) with cans of drink for $36AU (36,000 IDR). Before we had even arrived in Ubud we drove through some local “Pasar Seni” (Art Markets) which we made note of, just in case the shopping in Ubud wasn’t as we expected. It was lucky we did because we returned to Ubud a week later and absolutely loved these markets (will write more in the articles following). We arrived at Dupa Ubud Villa, set amongst the rice fields just ... read more
Dupa Ubud Villa
Chilling, Ubud style
Bebek Bengil (Dirty Duck Diner)

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Ubud May 4th 2015

Driving through the narrow streets of Ubud trying to find our guesthouse, put a little fear in all of us but after passing through the rusty gates, we found a little paradise. And so explains the wonder of Bali… Still feeling enchanted after re-boarding the ship the day after our “Safari Under the Stars.” A few mishaps along the way didn’t ruin our evening. It took us 1-1/2 hours to reach The Elephant Park which was founded by Nigel Mason and has been documented on You Tube as “Operation Jumbo.” It is a touching story of how the elephants as this refuge were rescued and brought to Bali from Sumatra. By the way it should have only taken us 1/2 hour but our driver made a few wrong turns. Upon arrival we all hit the ladies ... read more
Beyond the Rusty Gates is Paradise
Buddhas at Happy Hour
Drinks Around the Pool

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Ubud May 1st 2015

We have now completed our third stay in Ubud Bali, over three consecutive years, each one longer than the previous year. Yet instead of it becoming a little old, tired, boring, and "same-same", Ubud seems to have the opposite effect on us. The longer we stay, the more we appreciate the diversity of all it has to offer, so it feels we are continually peeling away layers, discovering and appreciating more the culture of this very special place - Ubud - which I learned recently actually means "healing place". Healing and learning often go hand in hand, and as my Bahasa Indonesian language teacher stated one day, Ubud is a good place to come for learning. That is a definite understatement, as everywhere you turn a variety of classes are available, whether your interests are language ... read more
Campuhan College English Class
Another Visit with the English Class
A Vision of Green and Blue

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Ubud April 23rd 2015

The Ashtanga Yoga Bali Conference 2015 was described on the Conference poster as " A once in a lifetime epic event with senior teachers of Ashtanga Yoga sharing their most profound experiences after decades of exploration" . The conference has now come and gone, and it truly was a legendary experience, the presenters all being North American icons of Ashtanga Yoga. One of the presenters - Nancy Gilgoff - was the very first North American woman to have been taught the Ashtanga Yoga method. Three other of the presenters were her students who followed her back to India in the late seventies to study with her teacher, Sri Pattabi Jois. They all later returned to North America to introduce Ashtanga Yoga to the Western world. The conference presenters also included Eileen Hall, the Australian woman responsible ... read more
The Ashtanga Yoga Bali 2015 Conference Hosts
Feeling Grateful
Afternoon Workshop with Eileen Hall

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Ubud April 22nd 2015

March 2015 my girlfriends and I decided to embark on a new adventure to Indonesia. This was a long awaited dream of mine as I've always wanted to visit Bali since the movie Eat, Pray, Love staring the gorgeous and talented Julia Roberts. Four airplanes and 34 hours later, we arrived at Ngurah Rai International Airport and boy was it humid but we were happy to get away from the freezing cold in New York. Our driver greeted us and off to hotel we went. We stayed at the Tjampuhan Hotel and Spa which apparently was the first hotel built in Ubud in 1928. I must admit I was very skeptical about this hotel as I had read reviews online but upon arrival I was pleasantly surprised. They greeted us with a cold beverage, a towel, ... read more

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Ubud March 21st 2015

After being on the road and moving regularly every few days for the past two and a half months, visiting new territory and revisiting some familiar places, we welcome the opportunity to once again settle in Ubud, Bali, for the next six weeks, where we will build a routine around our daily yoga study, my continuing study of the Indonesian language, music (of course), and just enjoying the cultural richness of this very special part of the world. It was here that we spent the last few days with our son Tanner and his partner Annie before they returned home to Canada, bags overstuffed with a few samples of amazing Balinese artistry and craftwork. I also tagged along with them on a visit to Ubud's famous Monkey Forest, a tourist destination I had been well aware ... read more
Ogo Pogo
Another Village Ogo Pogo
Early Beginnings

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Ubud March 20th 2015

Yesterday evening Danielle and I booked to be taken an hours drive north to a small town called Ubod. One way was 60,000 rupiah - £3 with just having to make your own way back. On the journey up I sat next to and chatted with a nice man from Holland. We all got dropped off at a central car park from which the monkey forest was signposted so we decided that would be our first stop. Only about a ten minute walk away, paying a small entry fee and picking up a map we headed in. The forest was quite small with obvious paths and easily signposted quite a novelty really after the walking I did in Malaysia! There were stalls selling big bunches of bananas to feed to the macaques, which of course the ... read more

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Ubud March 7th 2015

Ubud / Bali Von Java aus gings mit der Fähre nach Bali, und ich verbrachte 4 Tage in Ubud bzw. hab ich wieder mal auf einem Moped die Gegend erkundet. Zu sehen gab's den Sacret Monkey Forest, viele Reisterrassen und den Vulkan Batur. Die Reisterrassen waren die Entschädigung für den braunen Sumpf in SaPa und den Regen in China 2013 :-) Mt. Batur Normalerweise braucht man für den Aufstieg auf den Mt. Batur einen Guide. Nicht weils so schwierig wäre, sondern weils eine Abzocke ist. Nachdem ich das gehört habe, hab ich mich schlau gemacht, und bin ein bisserl hinterwärts herumgefahren, um nicht am "Haupteingang" vorbeizukommen, wo die ganzen Schlawiner ihren Opfern auflauern :-P Durch diesen schlauen Schachzug hab ichs geschafft, dass ich den ganzen Berg für mich allein hatte :-) Ach ja, die ganzen Touren ... read more
Affen im Sacred Monkey Forest
Elefant im Sacred Monkey Forest
Komodo Dragon (Waran) im Sacred Monkey Forest

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