I LOVE LOVE LOVE UBUD!!!

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Awwwwwww - i looove this place!

I absolutely love this place!  Our room has a panoramic view of the wonderful tree filled hills - it's amazing to wake up to this lush loveliness.  (Can't get used to all the bugs and geckos though ...apparently geckos are good luck but they still creep me out a little bit.)  I am still waking up before everyone else so I went out to the common area and had a leisurely breakfast (fab service) of omelette, fruit, croissant and coffee.  Everyone here is so sweet and gentle - I feel like a horribly brash person compared to them.  And, fortunately they have laundry service because I am down to my last pair of underwear!  hee hee! 

There are lovely little offerings of flowers and incense everywhere in Bali - at our hotel, every restaurant and every shop.

Our room's little offering - they are all over Bali - so pretty!
  I actually saw one of the ladies at Alam Indah laying them all out and doing a blessing for each one.  Beautiful ritual.

During breakfast the waiter explained to me how children are named in Bali - I recall this from the book Eat Pray Love - but essentially their are specific names for each first born, second born, third born and fourth born children.  I asked what happens with the fifth kid, and he said you start over, but you are the "second Wayung" etc.  What an interesting tradition.  I wonder how it originated?

As an aside - I'm so glad J agreed to join us at the last minute in Ubud.  I miss having him around - he's the bestest guy friend in the world - perfect manners, fun, smart and just plain fabulous.
Pretty scene at Alam Indah.
  Now I just need to find a straight version of J.  :)

The bathrooms here are much more modern than our villas previously so it was nice taking a proper shower.  Afterwards A and I hung out by the pool writing in our journals and just enjoying the nature around us (while avoiding the ginormous ants circling around)... quite a feat really.

Then J and A convinced me to go through the Monkey Forest... I'm quite fearful of monkeys because we had one as a pet when I was very little, and its favorite activity was pulling my hair and terrorizing me, much to the delight of my cousins and other relatives (big meanies)!  Anyways, so I have a great fear of these creatures and the thought of having to walk through a forest where they are believed to be sacred did not bring joy to my heart - but I did it.
Daylight view of our room.
  Of course, when we made it through, the only person accosted by a monkey was - guess who? - me of course!  one little monkey grabbed at my ankle and I deftly escaped!  We later discovered there's a motorcycle path around the forest where you can avoid the monkeys and not pay the fare to return through the forest to the hotel.

We walked through the main shopping area (Monkey Forest Road) and discovered J's master negotiation skills.  He essentially told A and me to shut up so he could do his thing.  We ended up with beautiful scarfs and sarongs for bargain prices!  We also explored an outdoor bazaar (more jewelry, woodwork, sarongs, etc.).

For lunch we were meeting up with V, C and C for suckling pig at the world famous Ibu Oka Babi Guling -  a roadside shack featured by Anthony Bourdain and Andrew Zimmern and touted as the best suckling pig in the world.

Morning view.
  I was very excited to try my $3 meal - succulent pieces of pork with crackling on top and served atop steamed rice and spicy veggies.  mmmmm...  it was the juciest suckling pig I've ever had.  Yum!  Didn't like the weird cigar looking thing - V said it was a type of veggie, I think it was some innard...

After lunch, J, A and I strolled back towards our hotel but got caught in the rain so we stopped for foot massages!  yeah!  my swollen foot needed the break - the poor guy essentially had to massage around all my booboos and there were lots.  I think my foot massage was about $7.  Then we topped off that luxury with cocktails in one of the inviting open bars along the way.  (Such beautiful cafes and great bathrooms!  One of the cafe bathrooms had a koi pond!)

When we returned, A and I enjoyed tea and cake at the hotel (no, the eating never stops) .

Jason snoozing.
. and then we inquired about the "medicine man" from the novel "Eat Pray Love".  The server said he could drive us there since the man only lived about 7 minutes away.  We asked if many guests went to visit the medicine man and the server very diplomatically said, "no, not really ... some ... mostly americans..."  I had to laugh.  I knew A totally wanted to go so we gathered up our energy and headed out to the medicine (Ketut Liyer).  He really was just a few minutes away - he was already holding court in his courtyard and I think he refused to see us at first but our driver talked him into it.  He invited us over to his prayer area and read A's palm.  In his broken english and slightly impish manner, he coyly told A that she was a "good girl" "very smart" "good karma" etc.
My egg breakfast with fruit .. sorry i ate it before taking the picture.
  She joked that he probably said that about everyone - he insisted that was not the case, and had just seen a big australian who had bad karma, and anyways, he couldn't lie or would go to hell.  Then he said A had to get married and have 3 kids before 40 - which she better hop to it soon! - also she will find true love at 60 and live to 100 (which of course implied her husband won't be her true love.  :)  The only time I doubted his words was when he analyzed her legs and declared that she was a very good driver....I almost burst out laughing.   At the end, A asked how much she should donate for the reading and he coyly said "some people give 150,000 RP some 200,000 RP ... 200,000 is better.  You have to give him credit for his bluntness.

When we got back to the hotel, J and C were so intrigued that they also wanted to go the next day.

The pool area.
  Crazy americans!  :)

For dinner V suggested we try Bebek Bengil - the original crispy duck place.  It was quite good - half a duck served with rice and pickly vegetables.  We've been so spoiled with good food ... I hope I don't return 200 pounds heavier!

sybil says:
aaaawwww! your pictures look so pretty!!!
Posted on: Apr 22, 2008
rizky_wisnu says:
agree!! i love bebek bengil too...delicious!!
Posted on: Apr 21, 2008
sybil says:
did you see the medicine man yet?
Posted on: Apr 09, 2008
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Awwwwwww - i looove this place!
Awwwwwww - i looove this place!
Our rooms little offering - they …
Our room's little offering - they…
Pretty scene at Alam Indah.
Pretty scene at Alam Indah.
Daylight view of our room.
Daylight view of our room.
Morning view.
Morning view.
Jason snoozing.
Jason snoozing.
My egg breakfast with fruit .. sor…
My egg breakfast with fruit .. so…
The pool area.
The pool area.
Another view of pool.
Another view of pool.
yet another view of the pool - we …
yet another view of the pool - we…
Me with my silly braids - but its…
Me with my silly braids - but it'…
Pretty blue sky.
Pretty blue sky.
Enormous black ant - they were eve…
Enormous black ant - they were ev…
A - ready to head out and shop!
A - ready to head out and shop!
Lady setting out the offerings in …
Lady setting out the offerings in…
J and his cane - he wanted to buy …
J and his cane - he wanted to buy…
Entering the Monkey Forest.
Entering the Monkey Forest.
A temple in the Monkey Forest.
A temple in the Monkey Forest.
Little monkey.
Little monkey.
J and the monkey - who strangely l…
J and the monkey - who strangely …
Monkeys all over!
Monkeys all over!
Pretty flowers at a store in Ubud.
Pretty flowers at a store in Ubud.
Sigh - look at the vandalism.  poo…
Sigh - look at the vandalism. po…
Cool statute.
Cool statute.
Pretty lotus.
Pretty lotus.
A cool gallery in Ubud.
A cool gallery in Ubud.
Shopping with the master negotiato…
Shopping with the master negotiat…
Yum - the famous suckling pig plac…
Yum - the famous suckling pig pla…
Pork, rice and spicy veggies for a…
Pork, rice and spicy veggies for …
Me enjoying the crispy skin - yum!
Me enjoying the crispy skin - yum!
A enjoying her babi guling (suckli…
A enjoying her babi guling (suckl…
Yeah!  Resting and eating after a …
Yeah! Resting and eating after a…
The women preparing the massive pl…
The women preparing the massive p…
A palace/temple across from the su…
A palace/temple across from the s…
Dressed up statue.
Dressed up statue.
Palace across from the suckling pi…
Palace across from the suckling p…
The marketplace in Ubud - nice sar…
The marketplace in Ubud - nice sa…
The weather suddenly turned - craz…
The weather suddenly turned - cra…
Ahhh... much needed foot massage.
Ahhh... much needed foot massage.
So relaxing!
So relaxing!
Happy Hour - yeah!
Happy Hour - yeah!
Indonesian peanuts - V says they a…
Indonesian peanuts - V says they …
Afternoon cake.  :)
Afternoon cake. :)
A and the medicine man from Eat Pr…
A and the medicine man from Eat P…
Now hes reading her palm.
Now he's reading her palm.
The medicine man does it all!
The medicine man does it all!
Rooster outside of the medicine ma…
Rooster outside of the medicine m…
Fancy fruits in our room.
Fancy fruits in our room.
Not sure what this was, but it was…
Not sure what this was, but it wa…
A and her new sarong.
A and her new sarong.
Bebek Bengil - diry duck diner - y…
Bebek Bengil - diry duck diner - …
Sitting in a little cabana.
Sitting in a little cabana.
Appetizer assortment - chicken sat…
Appetizer assortment - chicken sa…
Salad with green beans, bean curd,…
Salad with green beans, bean curd…
Crispy duck - yummy!
Crispy duck - yummy!
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