Headpiece .... useful
At the Ubud market you will see lots of women with a coiled up towel on top of their heads. This is almost like a "must" thing to do - as most of them have heavy loads to carry. They rest their basket of goods on top of their head, with the support of the coiled up towel. They definately have strong necks to support! It is simply amazing to see how they can balance the heavy basket and yet some only use one hand to hold onto the basket. See pictures attached on the "balancing act"
The green, green grass of Katik Lantang
Rice (Oryza sativa), is perhaps the most vital of grass species, at least in Asia. It feeds billions from China, to some parts of India, and almost throughout of Southeast Asia.
It is no wonder that farming in Southeast Asia is synonymous with the planting, growing, and harvesting of rice. As this cycle is repeated throughout the year, the rice paddies go through a colorful transformation that is truly a visual treat - from dull grayish muddy fields during preparation, the verdant green fields after planting, to the golden brown hues just before harvesting.
Tourists who venture out into Katik Lantang are in for this special treat. The rice paddies were particularly verdant green at the time I visited this small village near Nyuhkuning. It is so refreshing to see swathes upon swathes of rice paddies, so verdant, so alive.
The restaurant is expensive. Normally it's full and consequently the service is not very good.
The atmosphere is too much western and I didn't seem I was in a Balinese restaurant.
But the food is good, and the restaurant is nice.
Stepping unto Ubud's Terazo?s
Redecorated Terazo is
located right in the center of Ubud
and onwed by the same owners of
Fuel and Batan Waru.
This open aired restaurant
serves delicious and fine food.
During lunch they have
a special menu including items such as:
Pizzas, Wraps and Sandwiches
between 26,000 - 45,000 Rp
They also serve Lunch Main Dishes specials.
I had opted for the Sea-Bass served with
fresh Coconut Long Green Beans for 65,000 Rp.
I was able to have a taste of
my companion's Portobello (26,000 Rp) which,
was delicious and his salad looked very fresh.
As a starter I had the
Crispy Duck rolled in Chinese Pancakes
with Cucumber and Spring Onion with
Hoisin Sauce for 38,000 Rp.
The rolls were big for a starter
and compared to other restaurants.
Not to mention, delicious. Other choices on the Starter menu:
Tender Prawn Dumplings in Spicy Szechuan
Sesame Peanut Sauce for 45,000 Rp
Double Baked Goat Cheese Souffle
with fresh Watercress Walnut Vinaigrette for 45,000 Rp
Other choices on the Starters menu range from 38,000 Rp.
They had a few options in the Pasta and Noodle section
from 55,000 ? 65,000 Rp.
In their Main Dishes menu, choices included:
Seared Beef Tenderloin at 134,000 Rp
Italian Seafood Stew at 84,000 Rp
Red Chili Chicken at 58,000 Rp
Polenta 'Tartlette' at 49,000 Rp
Several other options were available
with prices that range between
the prices from dishes above.
This restaurant is definitely a place worth dining at.
Go See the Monkeys!
This was my favorite part of the trip. The monkey forest was a lot of fun, even if the roaming bands of monkeys seemed to freak everyone else out.
Think about it.. if these monkeys live, untethered in the middle of a bustling village..with no fence to keep them in.. but do not go running amuck through the streets... they are liking their comfy life and want to keep it as such.
Take their picture.. they will pose, but be careful, they may steal your glasses or camera. Secure all of your valuables before entering the forest.