Shopping Mecca and the First Birthday Party (One of Many)...

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Waking up to tranquil beauty.

I woke up feeling almost 100%.  I'm finally getting over my jetlag - how lame is that?  It was lovely to wake up to the sweet sounds of birds and other creatures, but still not fun getting bitten alive.  I don't think my bug repellant is working...

For breakfast, the villa staff set out a nice array of exotic fruits, pancakes, juices, eggs, and pastries.  (not great, but nice)  At breakfast, we chatted with a couple (B & E) and they were super fun and nice, gorgeous couple too!  (They have the most romantic story - married 6 years, they met on a flight, and then chatted for hours during a layover, whereupon B convinced E to give him her email address.  After that they would speak together for hours on the phone and then they started dating.   He said that by the 3rd date, he knew he wanted to marry her.

The 2nd villa (Villa Ohi) - gorgeous!
  wow!  that's certainty for you - but then who can blame him - she's gorgeous, smart and fun!) 

After breakfast, V, A, C and I headed out to shop at Seminyak!  V had told me that the shopping was amazing and super cheap, but I didn't know what to expect.  I guess I thought it would be more handicraft, folksy stuff, but I was soooo wrong.  There were tons of trendy boutiques selling the most gorgeous sundresses, sandals, handbags, jewelry, etc. - all at amazing prices.  A and I got so excited, we totally missed the meeting spot, lost V and C, and realized we had no idea how to get back to the villa (or the name of our villa to call for a driver)...  Luckily before panic set in, we found V and C on the street looking for us after about an hour.
More villa shots.
  Thank goodness!

(Shopping Note:  We found that most of the shopping in Seminyak was fixed pricing - i.e., no bargaining.  But in Ubud, you can bargain at most places.  Once you get the agreed-to price, the vendors did honor it - not true for Siem Reap, so be careful when shopping there!)

On the way back to the villa, we stopped by a local cafe to grab the Indonesian version of "fast food".  Essentially different foods are already prepared and lined along the display window, and you just point to what you want and they fill up a banana leaf (?) and wrap it up for you.

Our bungalow.
  I had some rice, an egg, some curried beef and veggies for about $2 USD.  When we returned to the villa, our poor friends who opted out of shopping to lay out by the pool had been waiting for 3 hours for lunch.  (The villa is nice but the staff is excruciatingly slow.  It did cause some problems during our stay, but sometimes you just have to give into "balinese time", but that's more difficult when you are hungry... Also some of the baths are a tad outdated but serviceable - the 2nd villa (Ohi) is definitely more updated with a better layout.)  We sat by the pool and relaxed a little with some cocktails. 

For dinner, V had arranged for a lovely dinner party at the villa - we had grilled fish, skewers, a variety of salads, chicken curry etc.  Again the food at the villa is just ok, but it was lovely eating in the veranda area, with music playing.
Our pool.
  (J and his roomie seemed to be hitting it off - super cute!)  We danced, drank, sang into the night (and for some, into the wee hours of the morning).  My foot was turning blue at this point (quite frightening) but I danced on it anyways.  Everyone had a great time!  V's friends are all really nice and fun.  Not sure how I got back to my room - according to J, I was "sloppy drunk", which probably meant I just said things w/out properly filtering them first.  I'm a blunt person, and that translates to comedy esp when drunk.  :)

Unfortunately A got sick.  :(

nsolai says:
villa ohi looks great...
makes me wanna go there and spend some time
Posted on: Aug 01, 2008
ratu says:
Ahhh! what a villa!
Posted on: Apr 22, 2008
rizky_wisnu says:
seems you had alooot of fun there!!!
Posted on: Apr 21, 2008
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Waking up to tranquil beauty.
Waking up to tranquil beauty.
The 2nd villa (Villa Ohi) - gorgeo…
The 2nd villa (Villa Ohi) - gorge…
More villa shots.
More villa shots.
Our bungalow.
Our bungalow.
Our pool.
Our pool.
Enjoying the cabana.
Enjoying the cabana.
Scoping out the 2nd villas treeho…
Scoping out the 2nd villa's treeh…
Peaceful buddha.
Peaceful buddha.
Amanda sitting pretty.
Amanda sitting pretty.
The 2nd pool.
The 2nd pool.
Me attempting to do yoga ... laste…
Me attempting to do yoga ... last…
Breakfast spread.
Breakfast spread.
Exotic fruits.
Exotic fruits.
Pastoral grounds around our villas…
Pastoral grounds around our villa…
Temple in the city.
Temple in the city.
Our fast food lunch in Bali.
Our "fast food" lunch in Bali.
V and I scoping out the goods.  (I…
V and I scoping out the goods. (…
Lounging by the pool after a morni…
Lounging by the pool after a morn…
Happy hour!
Happy hour!
Check out my swollen foot!
Check out my swollen foot!
One of my evil bug bites.
One of my evil bug bites.
Bday girl!
Bday girl!
Getting ready for the bday party.
Getting ready for the bday party.
me, J and C.
me, J and C.
J & moi.
J & moi.
Fried rice.
Fried rice.
Beef and Chicken skewers.
Beef and Chicken skewers.
Grilled fish.
Grilled fish.
A salad of fruits and veggies.
A salad of fruits and veggies.
Party people.
Party people.
Dancing to the 80s.  :)
Dancing to the 80's. :)
More dancing.
More dancing.
My sloppy drunk face (although I s…
My sloppy drunk face (although I …
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