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Bali

The final leg of our trip

The view from our balcony at Permana Cottages

The view from our balcony at Permana Cottages

02 – 09 October 2013

Flight out of Darwin was late coming in, so it was late arriving. As planned Mr. Blue or rather Mr. Blue’s beautiful daughter was waiting for us …right up front with Mr. Blue close behind. We were surprised to arrive at the new airport terminal. When we left three weeks prior it really didn’t look anywhere near ready to be open. But…there is always a “but”; Bali was holding the APEC Conference this week. There were signs all over the arrival hall for VIP’s and Diplomats!!! I’m sure they wanted to show off their beautiful new facility even if it was only half ready.

On the one and a half hour ride up to Ubud, we caught up with Blue and talked about our schedule with him for the coming week.

Arriving in Ubud around midnight – it seemed like a sleepy little town which would be very deceiving. We knew that our guesthouse was off Jl. Bisma but were not really sure how to get there. Blue directed us down a gang (alley), around a corner, up some stairs and then down a bricked walk along the rice fields to arrive at Permana Cottages. As tired as I was, I couldn’t wait to wake up in the morning to see what our view would be.

I was not disappointed……Soooooooooo beautiful. Coffee waited for us at the table on our balcony and I couldn’t take my eyes off our view.
Path leading to Permana Cottages

Path leading to Permana Cottages

Permana Cottages - from the rice field

Permana Cottages - from the rice field

Rice field view from our balcony

Rice field view from our balcony

View from bed - doesn't get much better!!!

View from bed - doesn't get much better!!!

Our week in Ubud was a quiet one. We checked out some new (to us) restaurants, some on Bisma, some off. We also made our way back to one of two of our favorites: Bubu’s (in Penestanan where we stayed in 2012) and Ibu Oka (which has relocated due to construction) for little trips down memory lane. The food was a good as ever.
Ayam Pangdang BuBu....

Ayam Pangdang BuBu....


Ibu Oka.....ask for the Special

Ibu Oka.....ask for the Special

We definitely indulged (in an economical way) this trip on one of our favorite pleasures….spa treatments. Massages, facial, etc. in Bali are really inexpensive. Really inexpensive!!! The most expensive treatment I had was a 90 minute hot stone massage for 190K Rp ($17USD). It’s hard (for me) not to have something done every day – I settle for every other day. Our “go to” place in Ubud is Putri Bali. Nela and her staff do a wonderful job. I was also able to get a recommendation for a haircut (which was way overdue) after one of our visits. She sent me down the street to Nelly’s – good cut and pretty short but that’s what I wanted. 90K for a cut!!!

Saturday - When we are visiting other countries, one of our goals is to learn more about the culture of the country we are in. The lady at the corner market told us that there would be a cremation ceremony that weekend and that we should see it. The cremation would be on Saturday. We thought that it was being held early afternoon. When we walked the street and saw nothing we thought we had missed it but, back in our room, later that afternoon; we heard some commotion behind our guest house. Unbeknownst to us, the cemetery was just past the rice fields behind Permana.

We walked through the rice fields to observe this interesting ceremony. We found out that the deceased was a young man from the community who had died in an accident in Java. His body was returned for his cremation. The atmosphere was both sad and festive. There were small children with balloons and gamelan players and a large crowd of both locals and tourists.
Family and friends gathers to pay their respects

Family and friends gathers to pay their respects

Community staging the cremation

Community staging the cremation

Festival atmosphere of the cremation ceremony

Festival atmosphere of the cremation ceremony

Cremation Vessel

Cremation Vessel

Sunday – One of the things we really wanted to do that we didn’t (for some reason) when we were Ubud last year, was to take a walk up into the rice fields north of the city. It’s a simple walk along a foot path from Jl Raya, following the signs towards Sari Organic (a local café). Along the path and just past the houses that squeeze along the main road way, the rice fields rise like a velvet green patchwork blanket. As you walk the path, which is paved and then not and then paved again, you pass small cottages, large homes, rice field huts (ponduks) with the sound of rushing water that irrigates the rice fields and squawking ducks splashing in the fields.

There are a number of paths in this area and it was our loss that we had not done this walk before.
Rice fields north of Ubud

Rice fields north of Ubud

Local boys joke with passing tourists

Local boys joke with passing tourists

The rice fields are a sea of butterflies

The rice fields are a sea of butterflies

On Monday, we were off early for a day trip with Mr. Blue. We’re always looking for new places, so we asked him to take us to the north part of Bali. We headed out early and the sky clouded up but the air got significantly cooler. We visited a waterfall, the temple in the lake, the hot springs baths and stopped for some beautiful views along the way. Lunch was along the dark sand beach in Lovina. We especially enjoyed just spending the day with Mr. Blue. We love his sense of humor and always come away with more insight into the Balinese culture.
Near the 200 year old banyan tree a village prepares for Gulungan

Near the 200 year old banyan tree a village prepares for Gulungan

Beautiful rice field in Northern Bali

Beautiful rice field in Northern Bali

View of the mountians in Northern Bali

View of the mountians in Northern Bali

Twin lakes in Northern Bali

Twin lakes in Northern Bali

That night, for dinner, being a little tired, we decided not to venture far for dinner and tried Umah Pizza (on the recommendation of Trip Advisor) which was just across Bisma from our gang. It turned out to be a great choice. We were up for a little western or rather Italian and decided on a garden salad (more than enough for two) and pasta – both our choices hit the spot.

Tuesday – Our last day in Ubud. A bit sad for us. We really like Ubud and our one week seemed to go so quickly.
We started the day back at Putri Bali for massages and ended it with dinner at Ibu Rai.

Regarding Ibu Rai, when we were in Ubud before we thought that it was a bit too expensive but it really isn’t. It’s not the least expensive but definitely not the most and after lunch there earlier in the week – we found the food much to our liking.
App at Ibu Rai - Yummy mini samosas with a tamarind ginger sauce

App at Ibu Rai - Yummy mini samosas with a tamarind ginger sauce

Black Cod with a soy sauce at Ibu Rai

Black Cod with a soy sauce at Ibu Rai

Pandamus dessert with toasted coconut at Ibu Rai - heavenly!!!

Pandamus dessert with toasted coconut at Ibu Rai - heavenly!!!

Enjoying our last night in Ubud

Enjoying our last night in Ubud

My handsome hub!!

My handsome hub!!

Wednesday – our last morning. I spent extra time over breakfast, (I think I forgot to mention- breakfast is included with our 400K per night at Permana. Each morning with our coffee, we were served, on our balcony, fresh fruit, fresh fruit drink, and either a veggie omelet or banana pancake.) I lingered more than usual to take in the beautiful view wishing we had more time to spend in this lovely area.

Posted by pjburke 19:04 Archived in Indonesia

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