When Cultures Collide, Love and Romance
Favorite thing: A verse from an old song comes to mind...it can be heaven, or it can be hell. For certain, the dynamics that make a marriage between any man, and any women are as much at play here in Bali as they are anywhere else in the world. Without doubt, the word love, which incidentally does not exist in the Balinese language, but is called cinta in Bahasa Indonesia, is a verb. As a verb, it means action.
A mixed Indonesian/Western marriage can, and often is, a perfect blend of seemingly endless cultural differences. In this bond, both parties can grow within each others' culture, and discover sides of themselves that in their separate lives may have passed by.
Bali is the ultimate narcotic, and her powers are unmistakably understood by those who visit her every year. Bali is also the ultimate seductress, so it is not so unusual why so many visitors fall in love with her, and her women and men.
Endless stories of love and romance between Balinese and Westerners abound. Often, these stories end as tragic words on a script writer's page, but more often the magic of Bali prevails on both who share a cultural divide, and a great union is formed. That is Bali.
My photo, to illustrate this point is of my wife Eri, and our three boys, who are, from left to right, I Wayan Bima, I Nyoman (Komang) Ari and I Made Rama Wishnu...who was having a bad day!
The second photo is more recent of course, again taken with mom who never seems to age.
- Family Travel
- Spa and Resort
Favorite thing: While in Ubud make sure you pop into Kenko for a massage.
After walking all day it's a wonderful opportunity to have your legs and feet feel normal again.
Being a reflexology massage it's interesting to find out what those painful spots on your feet mean!
After they have finished with your legs & feet roll over and your back will be massaged (no need to take clothes off).
It is finished off with a neck and head massage as well. Heaven :)
A cup of ginger tea is the perfect way to come back to reality.
This one hour massage cost me 75,000rp. What a bargain.
You will find Kenko in Jl Raya opposite Ubud market or in Monkey Forest Rd next to Komaneka Resort.
- Women's Travel
- Budget Travel
Ubud Tourist Information
Favorite thing: The Ubud Tourist Information is a great source of information and the people that manned the desks are very helpful. They offer also tours that are competitive prices, all written in the bulletin boards.
If you want to know on what cultural shows are available on the evening, they can easily give you info and direction.
The location is just next to Ubud Market, and almost opposite of Ubud Palace.
Rest & Relax - get a massage
Favorite thing: You will have to experience a Balinese massage. No..no.. not once but everyday! ....if possible.... Its so good and worth every penny! You can get it from the shop, the hotel/resort or you can arrange with your landlord to have the masseur/masseuse go to your lodge. A variety of choice of massages at different range. You can have the simple balinese massage or the sophisticated spas with treatment of exfoilation scrub, steam, floral bath and many more...
Most of the massages will run from 45minutes to 1.5hours - cost about usd10 to usd15 while the spa treatement will take about 2hours or so - cost about usd25 to usd35.
a) Balinese massage - 60minutes (long kneading strokes, deep tissue massage, acupressure)
b) Aromatherapy massage - 90 minutes (treatment of essential oils with massage)
a) Javanese Lulur (Mandi Lulur) - 120minutes (traditional, luxurious massage followed by exfoliation paste with blend of rice, tumeric, sandlewood and a touch of jasmine, leaving the skin gently scented. Finished with yogurt application and a warm flower bath laced with rose petals)
b) Milk bath - 120minutes (soothing massage followed by herbal scrub and milk body mask. Warm milk bath scented with fragrance of sweet rose flowers)
c) Boreh Bali Massage - 120minutes (traditional spices of temulawak roots, clove, ginger, rice to warm the body followed by a flower bath. Treatment is concluded with a massage for the back, neck and shoulder)
d) Mud Body mask - 120minutes (Full balinese massage - body mud mask, body steam and finishes with a cold flower bath laced with rose petals)
e) Bunga Mawar Facials (Rose Flower) - 90 minutes (Use of essential rose oils, floral waters and special rose petal mask. The facial includes a cleansing, exfoilation scrub and steam. Warm towel steam throughout the treatment)
Recommended : the Mandi Lulur or the Javanese Lulur!
Fondest memory: Aww..... how else can i express it...
- Romantic Travel and Honeymoons
- Women's Travel
- Spa and Resort
The Palace in Ubud.
Favorite thing: The palace is located in the center of this village. Landmark. If you go to inside of this village in the late evening, the sunset shines on the tower of this palace. So the mystic mood..
Anyway in this palace some Balinean entertainments are held everyday 19:00-
Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary
Favorite thing: The Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary, located at Padangtegal, Ubud is one of the must visit places when you are in Ubud. It is also known as Mandala Wisata Wenara Wana. This sanctuary is inhibited by a specie of monkeys called the Balinese macaques. The forest serves not only as important component in the spiritual and daily lives of the villages, it is also a site for several research and conservation programs. The monkeys are very important to the Balinese culture - it is reflected in dances and stories such as the Kecak dance and the Ramayana, in statues, carvings and folk tales.
Besides being a dwelling place for the macaques, the forest also house 3 temples : The Pura Beji (Holy Bathing Temple), The Pura Prajapati (funeral or cremation temple) and the Pura Dalem Agung Temple. You can spend at least half a day here, exploring the surroundings and watch the monkeys
Address : Jl. Monkey forest, Padangtegal, Ubud, Bali
Phone : +62-361-971304
Email : email@example.com
Website : www.balimonkey.com
Opening hours : 8am - 6pm
Entrance Fee : 10,000/Rp
Fondest memory: watch the interaction between human beings and monkeys.
- National/State Park
- Family Travel
Balinese massage amongst the forest
Favorite thing: Ubud is away from the noise of Kuta, and it's a fantastic base to explore traditional Balinese lifestyle. The villages and rice paddies are just a stone throw away where you see the locals minding their own business.
Fondest memory: Want nirvana? Having traditional Balinese massage amongst the dense forest and flowing river, complete with aromatic oils. Priceless. Attached is the picture of the massage table.
our middle name is ... 'transport'
Fondest memory: i can not help but smile everytime remember about greetings from local that we've got while staying in ubud. first, a smile and continue with "transport?!!" of course we do understand very well, these were drivers who offer us a trip and transportation. but sometimes we like to make jokes like, "no, no, no .. we are @rie and nick, bukan [not] transport." yes, they're very friendly :)
- Road Trip
- Arts and Culture
Helpful tourist info staff
Favorite thing: The friendliness of Ubud residents is matched by the helpfulness of its Tourist Information staff, who go out of their way to giving you great information for almost everything. Performance schedules and tickets, organized tours, spas, and even where to have a taste of authentic local cuisine - name it, they have it!
All these with their genuinely warm Balinese smile!
Ubud's Tourist Information Office is located at the heart of the town center - corner of Monkey Forest Road and Jl Raya Ubud.
- Arts and Culture
Genuine Balinese culture
Favorite thing: Spa at Zen, good food at Pesto Bali, nicer and cheaper floral-printed shorts (compared to those you find in Kuta), scary and aggressive monkeys in Monkey Forest, ceremonies almost everywhere ... just about everything we found in Ubud !
Fondest memory: 'Bukit' is Indonesian / Bahasa for "Hill" - Ubud is in the hills, on the slopes of Gunung Agung volcano.
Food was very good and ranged from dirt cheap to 'high on the hog'.
Ubud is nice for yummy food, Balinese dancing shows, and lots of crafts stuff to take home. And if you hire a car and escape into the centre of the island, there are temples to visit and quiet lush green paddy fields and cute little villages. In the north the beaches are more pebbly, but it is peaceful, and there's some good diving (a nice wreck near Tulamban) and if you're feeling strenuous (unlikely on a honeymoon perhaps!) climb the volcano for sunrise... hard work but well worth it!
- Budget Travel
Favorite thing: We were only in Ubud for two days and one night, but found a bit of paradise at our wonderful hotel. I've never felt so pampered in my life. Our pavilion room was simply gorgeous. We were offered a cool drink as soon as we arrived, the stereo was playing balinese music, the marble floor were cool to our feet, and the room was incredible. We could have stayed forever.
Fondest memory: Dinner at the Amandari resturant was u nforgettable. The open air resturant overlooked the hotel's infinity pool. A three piece balinese orchestra played as we were served a sumptuous dinner. The most romantic place we have ever been.
- Spa and Resort
A place of culture
Favorite thing: - Sitting on our porch drinking bintang.
- The walks into the middle of knowhere.
Fondest memory: Monkeys, smiling faces, the boy who tried to sell us a newspaper each day, the calls of "transport, transport" and the friendly banter with the shopkeepers.
What's going on in Ubud???
Favorite thing: A found a web-site
that lists certain events
and activities in Ubud.
Thought I'd post it and share.