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Bali Day 58

Amed

I am so beyond grateful to have been able to take the ride to the East Coast. It takes approximately 2.5 hours to ride there via motorbike. I went with my friend Jason, whom I met in Ubud when I first got here. I left my home in Semyniak and we met in Canggu.

We left somewhere around 10.30-11. It was a hot morning. My first ride following for a long ride. I was excited to take it all. My friend likes to fly, I am so used to cruising; I did my best to keep up, because I most definitely didn’t want to lose him.

We rode through Denpasar and the last time I rode through there I was on a gojek and so glad I wasn’t driving. So today I went, surprisingly I was quite relaxed cruising through the heavy traffic of the city. It seemed like forever we were in city limits, but when we finally made it out I could breathe better.

We took the coastal route as it is less traffic and trucks. But there were still many and had to be careful of their presence. When we were finally able to see the coast the roads got smaller and moved to one lane of traffic. Some spots were open road and then there were congested areas. I have learned to pass vehicles when this happens, otherwise it will take you triple the time to get to where you are going. We stopped half way in a place called Candidasa. Beautiful place, we stopped at a little warung and had lunch. I had chicken satay with rice, the peanut sauce was sooo good! We sat there for probably about an hour, resting our rumps. That was a long hard ride. I had to figure out how to sit on the bike so that my butt didn’t hurt.

We headed out and continued our travels. We rode through small villages, mountains and rice fields on one side and ocean on the other. Breathtaking. I had to contain myself from looking in every which direction because I was still driving.

We pulled over at a temple and Jason pulled out his drone. He got some incredible footage of the temple. Where as all I could get was shots between trees. The Temple was closed, like everything else but you can still feel the presence of amazement. We were standing on the side of the road for probably 20 mins. Our feet were on fire from being in the sun. So we left.

We started riding through the mountains. Wow… I wish I had a go pro for riding because it was so beautiful. The whole ride. We rode through some very small villages, seeing dogs, chickens, cows, pigs, cats, and monkeys. Granted you see those animals almost everywhere but this was the first time I saw little piggies. It was fun to see the monkeys while riding on the bikes. Last time I saw monkeys I was in the monkey forest and in a car driving through the mountains up north.

We stopped at a little spot my friend knew about, a small temple that overlooks a little island. As we pulled into the area, there were people dressed for ceremony. I felt like we were intruding so we kind of stayed back and found another spot to gaze out. It was cool to watch everyone prepare. They were so kind and all smiles. I am absolutely in love with this place and the people and culture.

We didn’t want to disturb them so we left and continued our adventure… We rode through more windy roads and small villages and then we came across this…

Breathtaking
View from a bridge

We stopped at a few different places to see if any hotel/ bungalows/ homestays were open. The first several were closed. But this is the view from one of them..

We eventually came to one that was open, we just so happen to be the only guests. We had a nice little room and the place was on the beach. At this time the beaches were closed so we had to be aware of the times we went on the beach.

Right where I’m supposed to be…

If you are a fisherman you are allowed. The authorities would come around and check in with places and make sure everything is in order.

We were lucky enough that the authorities already came by so we were able to go for a walk on the beach and watch sunset. So we took a walk and we went around the bend and there was Mount Agung…So beautiful..

So magnificent. We found a spot and hung out.

We walked back and the host made us fresh mahi mahi. OMG so good! We hung out for the rest of the evening star gazing. During this time I had come to the realization that what I truly want out of life is a simple life.

Through many conversations and observations I see the Balinese live in the moment. They are grounded and dedicated. Many only have what they need and don’t need more. After being here for as long as I have, living out of my bags, I don’t need much. All I really need is what I have with me. Of course I’ve picked up some things along the way, I have everything I need.

The next big question is what does that look like? What will fill my time? What is it that I want to do with this life? These are the next questions I have been asking myself.

Full Circle
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Karma in Bali

So I have discovered that Bali is an island of mystery, really about karma. There’s a lot more than just karma but I’ve noticed more about the karma aspects with my roommates since living with them. Any time one of my roommates says something, they get hit with karma. Not always but when they joke around something tends to happen, which tends to happen more often than not. It’s quite funny actually.

After Karma did her thing….

Example: Aric was making fun of one of our friends, because her bike had a crack on it and he made fun of her and her driving skills. She turned and looked at him and said no someone hit me there. Aric then took a step back and burned his leg right on the exhaust of his own bike. Karma.

This has been happening all around me. I cannot keep up these guys but these were the 2 most recent examples.

So yesterday we were going to go for a ride and see if we could find any vistas near Uluwatu. One of the girls, Putri mentioned a beach, she said no promises but we can check.

So we cruise that way and we rode down a very windy road till we came to a dead end; which was the beach entrance. There was a sign that says beach closed and the pathway was semi blocked. I didn’t want to go down there, because I’m in another country and all the beaches are closed. I don’t want to run into any problems, but I am with a couple of locals gratefully. When we pulled up to the dead end, I noticed a couple of ladies chilling on a cement wall next to their scooters (they were clearly not from Bali). Charly says this is like straight from a horror movie and we all kinda laughed. Aric says, if this is a horror movie than you are the first to go and then me and then Jen. lol. We all laughed.

Putri suggested that we hide our bikes behind that car, pointing further away. No one can see the sign but it says private parking. As we all started moving our bikes behind the car, the girls that we saw on the wall started yelling at us. They had already driven to the paved part of the road. Aric walked over to them as Putri spoke to a man behind a gate yelling to her. So much happening all at the same time.

Aric comes back and Putri comes back and Aric said that the 2 girls, their tires were slashed; both front and back. Putri says that the man doesn’t want us parking on his property. The minute Aric spoke I was on my bike and backed it out. They were trying to figure out where else to park and walk down. I said no way man, I do not want to be a part of your horror story that is unfolding.

Seriously, they put it out there in the universe and it showed up the way it did…so grateful that we didn’t go down to the beach. The slashed tires would have been ours. When we got back to the main road we passed the ladies at a bike shop, trying to get their tires fixed.

I keep telling them (my roommates- Aric and Charly) be careful what you put out into the universe, she is listening to every word…

Fish Market, Jimbaran
Closest to the beach we can get to
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Bali Day 19

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.

Fried rice with pork belly, bacon, egg, onion, corn, green peppers

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.

Love, Light and Healing
xoxo
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Bali Day 17

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.

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Bali Day 16

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