Ubud had long been part of the travel bucket list ever since I laid eyes on it on some travel sites. I thought that the place must be rich in culture, is traditional and very rural. Green paddy fields, people riding bikes, “medicine man”, massages – these are just some of my impressions about Ubud. Then came the movie Eat, Pray, Love – so I thought, it might be nice to visit it soon. Ubud is about 2-3 hours drive from Seminyak, normally I would be impatient for a couple of hours drive but this one made me anticipate giddily.
Reaching Bali, you would feel that you are somehow transported to a place that is very different from Seminyak. I was devoured by its rustic charm, excitedly examining each of the shop houses and art work shops that are lined up on the streets. It is culture and comfort combined, making me want to explore it right away. Foreigners are freely cycling through streets and alleyways, where you can feel that some are already living there for quite a while.
I don’t believe in palm readings at all. I know that it is still up to us on how we manage through life and what we make out of it. But, for the sake of being in Ubud and for the sake of Eat, Pray, Love movie – being an adventurer myself, I gave it a try. So who to visit? Of course, Ketut Liyer. Apparently, he couldn’t do palm readings anymore probably of old age – I can see that he is already feeble. But, I think to continue on the legacy, his son does the readings now. I asked to do mine (at an expensive cost of about SGD 25! haha). Of course, what was told is only for myself. =P
After the palm reading, we went around his place and we find that it is comprised of “temple” looking houses but Balinese style and at the far end is a very zen looking spa and massage place. I think the bigger building is actually an inn. I thought, then, this palm reading thing becomes a good business after all. Thanks to the movie maybe.
We also visited some Hindu temples, cafes and shops while we were strolling around. (Pardon my somewhat blurry photos as I only used my Iphone 6 at that time).
If there is one thing I love most about Bali, it would have to be their coffee! Vietnamese and Balinese coffee are my best in the world coffee!! We visited some famous ones which is the Lotus Cafe (as you can see here, why the name is such) and Starbucks which we visited only because we find the place different, the Balinese style.
The back portion of these two cafes, which they share, is a must visit. It is a lotus pond where a temple looking facade overlooks the area.
The day trip was one that I enjoyed the most as I am a person who gets fascinated by the rustic charm of places, like they wanted to tell you a story – of how it has been through time. 🙂 Next time that I decide to visit Bali again, it will be a couple of days stay in Ubud. 🙂