Eat, Watch People Pray, Love!
Did you think that our trip was finished in Cambodia? No way! We have a whole other week together and we are going to be taking off the day after we arrive back to Singapore to Bali, Indonesia for 6 days. So – as I am nursing a really nasty intense ear infection at home today, I have been able to write out our next leg of “Gwen and Pat’s Anniversary Asian Adventure“.
Our first stop in Bali will be to Ubud (for 3 nights). Ubud is a favourite place of many, many, many of my fellow teachers and travellers. It is known as the arts and cultural centre of Bali. You know, the “love” part of Eat, Pray, Love and all that goodness (though admittedly I have never seen the movie and I never finished the book but I’ve heard that it’s based on Bali…)
Here are some reasons why Ubud is so well loved by many….
The Scenery – the rice terraces are absolutely stunning. Like, majestic. Like, woah.
The Food – I know that this sometimes may seem like a food blog, but I’m not joking… the food is really, really good! So many options as well to try food from Indonesia and all over the world. Warungs (restaurants) aplenty!
The Temples – it’s not known as the cultural centre of Bali for nothing!
The Monkeys – ok, sometimes they scare the crap out of me, but I have to admit it is an interesting thing to go to the Monkey Forest and walk around with them so close. This definitely doesn’t happen in Canada!! Just hold on to just about anything that the cheeky little buggers might be able to snatch. Touristy as sin, but hey, sometimes ya gotta do it!
The Art – Batik, painting, masks, shadow puppets, sculptures… an art lover’s paradise.
The Spas – aaaaahhhhhhh! Known for yoga, massage and other spa delights!
During our time in Ubud, we will be staying at Rouge Bali Villas. Again, I haven’t stayed here before, but it had wonderful reviews online. It is a new resort and the location in town was what really drew me to wanting to stay here. It apparently has a fabulous jazz lounge with amazing cocktails and a fabulous spa as well. The pool is lit up with red at night as well – fun!
So, our plan is to eat, watch people pray (at the temples) and love every second of our time in Ubud.
Doesn’t seem too hard to do at all!