Today I got up and jumped in the refreshing pool. Made some breakfast with what we had left and decided to go check out the beach and go grocery shopping.
We rode the motor bikes to the beach and it was hot. We parked and meandered down what would be like a “boardwalk” if you will. It was cool, mostly everything was closed but a few warungs and restaurants. Aric had come down here the day before on his walk and found this place that serves smoothie bowls.
We finished up there and continued for about another 10 mins or so. All the resorts and hotels had beach front properties and the pools were huge and empty. Everywhere was empty. A handful of people were lounging on the beach chairs under the shade but only in one little section.
The local shops that were open had women outside trying to get anyone to go and buy anything. I have been analyzing what I have and I am kind of getting bored with the same clothes, but I don’t need anything yet. If I am here longer than we will see, for now, I stick with what I have.
The beach there was interesting, as the waves brake what seemed like a mile out. So the shore was more like lake water. Not something I would jump into because of my phobia of lakes. Lol. It was weird to see the waves break so far away, all the boats were parked close to shore so when the tide is out, the boats are stuck till the tide comes back.
We eventually made it to the grocery store and Aric had invited Eka and Ayu over for dinner this evening. So we made sure we had enough rice and what not to make fried rice with egg and pork belly.
We got back chilled out for a while and kicked it poolside. We bought extra beers and I still had a bottle of wine. Eka and Ayu came by as the sun went down and brought a guitar. I think Ayu left around 9 to go pick up her roommate from work and brought her back over. When they arrived they picked up the guitar and sang, it was awesome. They were so good.
We planned our next adventure, which was to go to Mount Batur for sunrise. which meant we needed to leave at 130am. We planned to do that not tomorrow but the next day, because we would have to go to bed by 5pm or 6pm; well, so I could wake up at midnight.
We played in the pool, played the guitar, and drank until it was time to go. They all left at midnight and we went to bed.
We rolled in and got our scooters delivered. We took them out and found some food at the Glass House, delicious.
When we got back I went to get a mani/pedi, a facial, and a hair mask. All for less then $20, so grateful. It was a few hours and I was relaxed, I saw Aric walking by and I was like, what are you doing here. He went out for a walk and he was heading back to the pad so I gave him a ride.
Kicked it by the pool and relaxed for the rest of the evening.
Today marks the day I got on the motor bike here. This morning, we woke up and relaxed for a bit. There’s no pool here so staying as cool as possible in doors, but it was time to check out the beach. I would’ve gone to the beach for sunrise but i didn’t know how to get there and I certainly didn’t want to go by myself in the dark. We got ready to go on an adventure and started our quest to the beach.
As we walked passed a few warungs and rice fields and jungle territory, we happen to come across this HUGE spider having breakfast…
It was already so hot outside but we trekked on. We passed a rice field and a man seemed to be plowing the field in this old kind of manual tractor. It was neat to watch as we stopped to take a picture in the blistering sun. The farmer was nothing but smiles…
We meandered down the street and eventually came to a dirt walkway to the beach. It led us straight to the river outlet. As we approached there was several people sitting around conversing in Balinese, so we just smiled and said hello. They smiled and watched us walk to the edge of the bank. The area was wooded an had cement cylinder banks along the river. We stepped up and looked out. There was no beach, just an outlet to the water, muddy water. There was no way we were going in the water from where we were.
We turned around and walked back the path in which we came from. We decided to take right at the fork where we didn’t go before and follow that to see if that led us to somewhere different. Of course it did, same area, no beach but more open view. In order to get there, however, we had to walk through a hotel. The hotel was closed much like every hotel in Bali, but there were people inside and it seemed like they were doing some construction of some kind. So my curiosity drew me further inside till I made it in the foyer; or the open space of a living space.
There was staff hanging out having lunch as it seemed and they all scattered when we walked in. A man approached us and I asked if we could walk through and see the place. It was beautiful, apparently a few different owners, from Holland and India. Everything seemed so luxurious. He allowed us to walk through to the ocean front of the property. I stood at the edge of the property looking out onto the water. I wish I could say it was beautiful but I couldn’t. In fact, as I stood there i looked down where the river meets the ocean and there lie a dead dog rolling in and out with the waves. It was so sad. I stepped back immediately and sent the poor thing love and light.
I understand that the body is just a capsule and the soul has already left but it is still dis-heartening to see such things. As we began walking back the way we came, the gentleman showed us the master room. They were so nice, fortress like. Of course everything was under construction, but there were 6 rooms and he said some people rent out the whole place for a week at $900 USD. That was appealing to Aric, him and his friends travel frequently.
We walked out of there, not without a business card for after the Covid era, and made our way through the heat back to the pad. We decided it was nap time, being so hot, my body’s temperature was pretty high. So resting was a great idea, besides I’m an avid napper.
When we got up it was time to rent a motor bike. If I am to learn how to ride in the streets in Bali, here was the place to learn. We ordered a motor bike and it arrived an hour later. We got ready and off we were.
Not gonna lie, it was a little weird at first, as it’s been a long while. I followed Aric and we moved about on the back roads for a bit. We went to a few beaches and parked and stood there looking out among all the locals.
We stopped by another turtle sanctuary but it was closed but there were paths all around so we decided to to follow them. The one passed the turtle sanctuary led to the beach. We passed by a beautiful temple with banyan trees all around.
Then it was time to go through major intersections. Gratefully the lights were working so we followed suit. We stopped at the mini mart for some goodies and sat down for a bit. When we were ready to go again, Aric told me that he will follow me, I wasn’t ready at that moment to ride down the main road yet, so we trekked on the back roads for a bit longer.
The sun was going down soon and it was time to try the main road. I followed Aric to the busy street, almost like a route 1 in New England but the cars go faster. Nothing to look at for locals. So I follow Aric, we stayed to the left and everything was fine and dandy until a whole slew of cars come out of nowhere behind me. hahahaha.
I did fine, it was just like they weren’t there and then they were. So anyways, there’s no where to turn around for several km. Aric sees the opportunity and takes it, I follow suit. Because you are driving on the opposite side of the road, it made the turn we took seem challenging. But I did it and raced across the intersection and back towards the pad we go. Bugs and dry eyes. Yummm…hahaha. We both had some serious bug action on the way back, made me not want to ride in the dark if I don’t have to. I mean HUGE bugs…
When we made it back we made fried rice and had dinner. Sat outside for a few and a little grasshopper joined the party. Just in time before we called it a night.
Today I leave Ubud and head to Saba to meet Aric. Today we are heading to Turtle Island and Uluwatu Temple. First I need to figure out how to leave Ubud as Nyepi Day just ended and mostly everything in town is still closed. In Ubud, Gojeks and other Uber type transportation is frowned upon, so having a driver comes in handy or usually the hotel can help you out. I did try anyways for a Gojek just to see if anyone was around, that was a big fat no. So I contacted Rai whom I have been using and gratefully he only lived 15 mins down the road in Ubud.
Saying goodbye to the new staff, as the staff for the past 2 days left sun up, I was happy to leave this isolation and ready for a new one. As I was walking through the property another snail made his presence known and I said so long to him as well.
I was walking down the alley way where they were doing construction, I stopped and noticed all the bamboo holding everything up, I can’t help but wonder if it’s actually part of the construct of the building or if it’s just temporary. Either way, it was very interesting to see. I made it to the the end of the street and Rai was just pulling up.
It was about 30- 45 min drive to Sanur. There was hardly traffic, we made it there by 930am which allowed me 30 mins to chill and drop off all my belongings.
10 am sharp Arik’s driver came with a friend and we took off immediately on our adventure. It seemed as though the drive took forever, I had no idea where we were vs where we were going. I just knew to go with the flow and have some fun, which is exactly what I did. We finally pull up to this place called Bali Coral Dive and Water Sport.
No one was there except the people working and locals hanging out. We seemed to be the only tourists around, in South Kuta.
Aric was doing all the negotiating with the price and wanting to include his driver Eka and friend Ayu. When everything was finalized we hopped in a boat off shore and cruised around to the other side. Where we were greeted by a woman. We were told it’s an island, but it’s not and that was ok.
We walk in and there are like basins where a few really large turtles stay and looking beyond that in a pond kinda deal were tons of other turtles. First of all, we were the only people there, so we had the whole place to ourselves. We hung out and fed the turtles, she said they release them into the wild and for a month and bring them back (which doesn’t really make sense to me- but what do I know about turtles).
She guides us over to cages on the other side, which were birds, bats, and a muskrat. For those of you who know me, I was mortified for these creatures. I had no idea that it was going to be like this. I don’t believe in cages for animals and especially flying creatures. But I was there and I went along with it, I thanked them all for allowing me to take pictures and I sent them all love and light. It was neat to see these creatures up close and personal, but I felt sad.
We were there for about 30 mins and it was time to go back, the boat ride was like 10 to 15 mins. Aric asked the guy if he could drive and they let him, he was stoked. We get back to shore and realize how hungry we were. We pulled over at a restaurant that was still open, the only one, and had a big lunch. It was so good.
After lunch I was looking both ways to cross the street and realized no one is anywhere. Very rare sight for where we are, but I am sure everyone around the world can identify. We began our drive again towards the Uluwatu Temple. When we finally pulled up to the gate, there were road blocks and guards making sure no one enters. Uluwatu Temple is a Hindu temple which is one of 6 ley lines in Bali.
Uluwatu Temple, the Rainbow Serpent (Great Female Dragon), is the starting point of the ley lines where the energy passes through and is purified. Earth is represented here at the Uluwatu Temple. ~Jodi Louise
As we had to turn around we began driving back to Saba. We tried to find anything open, including Padang Padang Beach, it to was closed. But we were able to stop and check out the view. We saw little monkeys playing in the trees and swinging onto the beach, it was awesome. A picture perfect place, only to be seen from the bridge.
When we left here there was a huge temple that you can see all the way from Canggu. We saw it as we were driving and Eka thought we would like to see it, since we couldn’t see Uluwatu Temple. He took us as close as he could, as the actual temple itself was closed as well. We went a little off roading and came to a clearing next to an abandoned hotel.
After this stop we made it to the grocery store. Eka thought we might want to check out this particular grocery store. We walked in and it was like walking into a version of whole foods, everything all fancy. But they didn’t have a very wide selection of veggies, but the fruit… We walked around looking for everything we may need for the next couple of days before moving again. We ended up spending $34 USD for 2 hamburg patties (huge), pound of bacon (freshly sliced), watermelon, eggs, pocari sweat, lettuce, onions, bananas. dragon fruit, snakeskin fruit, honey, ginger, candy, and smokes. Quite amazing, the place was more for tourists and expats as it was higher priced than the local warungs (which are also little shops and some sell food. I am learning as I go).
We finally made it back and we were exhausted and hungry, especially after grocery shopping. We sat back and relaxed for a few minutes before getting started in the kitchen cooking. When we finally did, we made this awesome dinner that was so good and all fresh ingredients. I was stoked, for all of you who know me, it brings me zero pleasure in cooking; Then I came to Bali….everything here is good and I enjoy figuring out how to cook new things and I actually eat tons of fruit and don’t mind peeling or cutting or anything. Even the salads here are so much better. Everything is better when you are in Bali.
For the record, I have misspelled Aric’s name thus far. I changed what I could find but I do apologize…lol
I am in pure isolation today, except the staff of 6 and a cat. It’s a beautiful day and everyone left this morning and when I say everyone, it was just 3 couples. The 2 London Ladies, Dicky and his friend and the Romanian guy and his lady friend.
Now I am here enjoying the place all to myself. I have the pool, plenty of food and plenty of water and I am doing my part, isolating. Last night while watching the sunset I asked Universe for a sign that I am supposed to listen to my intuition and stay despite everyone elses ideas and beliefs. I closed my eyes and first a pizza popped up and then a snail.
I have seen a lot of snails since I’ve been here but not at this hotel and certainly no pizza. So today after spending quite a bit of time with self and reflection I went to the pool. I sat poolside to dry off and began writing in my journal again. I had finished a thought and put my pen down and at the same time I heard something behind me. I turned around and my eyes locked onto a snail. It was the first place my eyes landed. Bali is a magical place and for my eyes to see something instantly without scanning, impressive. It was the snail. I laughed and was so grateful, I thanked Universe and went about my business with a smile.
A little while later I move to my porch and kick back out of the sun, scanning my phone after being in the pool. I scrolled maybe 3 people down and saw my friend had made a delicious looking pizza, as that was my other sign; again I laughed and put my phone down. I began to write again.
The staff has to stay overnight again as today was a mandatory stay home day. So with everyone else gone, they started playing music and having a dance party! Then they moved it to the other pool, as there are 2 pools. They were fun.
After enjoying them and kicking it poolside off and on, I decide to take a shower and let my bathing suit dry as I am to go to Arik’s place in the morning, which means I need to pack it all again. So I do exactly that and realize I’m hungry. It’s funny to me how I talk about the food a lot. They are semi small portions here so I eat 3 times a day.
I pack up what I can and go order dinner and while she’s making it I went above my room and sat to watch the sunset. So beautiful. Heaven on Earth. Really, my vision boards don’t lie! Hahahaha.
I was heading back to my room when Sylvia comes to me and says I have a letter. She hands me a note from the London Ladies. I was so happy! I missed them this morning. They left earlier than I anticipated. They were trying to get on a flight home. I really enjoyed their company. When they talked about London, it really made me want to move there; just to check it out. They spoke of the ins and outs of living in and around London. Something to seriously think about. So I got their info and found them on facebook and messaged them, I trust that they are on their way home.
As I sit here writing this the staff is hanging out in the restaurant and listening to music and having dinner together. I love how this culture unites, at least on Bali. I’m not sure about the other islands but it’s so beautiful. I’m sitting outside on at the table on my porch, enjoying their music and listening to them laugh and sing.
Everyone here is so friendly and kind. People honk on the road but it’s not road rage, it’s hey I’m here- watch out. They have 4 religions here and they all unite as one. Christian, Buddhist, Muslim and Hindu. Bali is mostly Hindu with some Muslim, I think they said Jakarta is more Muslim. It’s a beautiful blend of religion.