Indonesia Bali (Day 2)

A planned tour on day 2 of our Bali trip! We got this private tour (driver) contact from a friend! The funny thing is, she herself never engaged his service before. However, she recommended to many others and received positive feedback about his service.

So here we are, a Day Tour to Ubud with Putu! …If you had read my Day 1 post (HERE), you’ll realize my airport pick up driver’s name was Putu too!! But they’re not the same Putu! 🙂 Anyway, Putu was pretty on time, 9:30am texted me about his arrival at my villa reception.

We didn’t have a fixed itinerary to follow, most of the time, it was played by ears. Hence don’t be too surprise if your tour is different from mine even if you planned to go Ubud.

First stop, Artist Village (if i didn’t remember wrongly). We went to this place that show tourist how batik is made, it was a pretty short introduction actually and then you will be brought to the souvenir shop to do shopping.

 

If you ask me, I think you can skip this place unless you want to buy some batik product. They have very extensive goods available – ie: bedroom slipper, shirt, dress, table mat, pouch, drawings, shawl, etc.. However, if you want to know how to make batik, go youtube instead..

We left this place pretty soon after we walked one round and yes, we bought 2 table placemat for our dining table – was given 50% discount.. Probably because we’re Putu’s guest? I don’t know..

Next location was one of my favorite location, Coffee Plantation.

 

When we reached there, the plantation staff greeted us and brought us in. Again, it was short tour giving us knowledge on how Luwak’s Coffee was produced..

When the cats (civets) eat the coffee berries, fermentation of the coffee beans occurs in the cat’s digestive system. During this process, the cat’s proteolytic enzymes seep into the coffee beans, thus creating shorten peptide as well as an abundance of amino acids. This is what gives this coffee it’s unique flavor and aroma. So during this entire digestive process, the beans are transformed into the Kopi Luwak many coffee drinkers have grown to adore. This process is known to lower the bitterness of the coffee.

So at this plantation, they will also demonstrate to your how they prepare the coffee..

 

Best of all. you get FREE coffee/tea tasting!

On the left are the sampling size coffee and tea.. There a laminated sheet of paper on the tray (beneath those cups) showing you what coffee/tea you’re drinking.. Roselle tea, herbal tea, Mangosteen tea, Ginger tea, Coconut coffee, Ginseng coffee, etc etc…

As for Luwak coffee, you’re need to pay 50,000IDR, and my coffee lover hubby ordered one for Putu and one for himself..

 

So after tasting the sampling size, we decided to buy a few pack for our families and friend to try.. If you have the chance to come here, give Luwak coffee a try..

we spent quite a while here before heading to our next destination..

While on the road, we noticed that there isn’t much public transport hence we asked Putu.. According to him, there are public buses available but the frequency is 50 mins interval.. Like seriously?? That probably explains why the road are always full of motorbikes and car – busy road always!

So next destination…

Another souvenir shop.. we did not spend a lot of time here, probably 5 mins and we left.

Next attraction, Tegenungan Waterfall!

Tourist will need to pay 10,000IDR per pax. Quite a decent amount actually..

Tegenungan Waterfall is located at the Tegenungan Kemenuh village, in Gianyar, North from the capital Denpasar and close to the artist village of Ubud. The waterfall is isolated but has become a popular tourist attraction to explore and relax. It is one of the few waterfalls in Bali that is not situated in highlands or mountainous territory. The amount and clarity of the water at the site depends on rainfall but it contains green surroundings with fresh water that can be swum in. The waterfall includes varying highs that can be climbed after the decent down stairs to reach it. This attraction also features a viewing point to the jungle and waterfall at the main entrance

Before we check out the waterfall, checkout Putu’s sexy back!! ^_^

 

It was quite crowded actually! many tourist actually walked down to play with the water! This reminds me of Kota Tinggi waterfall tho..

If we had come with more people and extra clothes, we would have stay to play a while.. 🙂 There’s bathroom for you to wash up too..!

Just before we left………

OMG! I saw my favourite CORN!! GRILL CORN!! Grilled with coconut husk!

The prettiest picture I had in that 4 days!! A shot with my grilled corn filled with coconut fragranceeeee!!

After this, Putu told us the next stop will be another crafty shop, we were a bit relunctant to go but I guess it’s still a good exposure..

After the wood carving shop, we were given the option to eat babi guling or dirty bebek..  As we didnt get to eat my babi guling last night, we chose babi guling at a local stall!

Our happy meal!!! 40,000IDR for a set like this I think.. This is not the usual portion the local eat.. LOL we got Putu’s help to get us a set where we can try everything..

Pig’s blood, Pig’s skin, vegetable, pork, soup..

I recall reading somewhere this was one of the recommended babi guling stall to visit!! We even dabao 20,000IDR worth of babi guling back to our villa as snack! Imagine by evening time when we when back, the skin is still crackling crispy!!

So after lunch, we all had food coma~ I dozed off in Putu’s car!! By the time i woke up, we were at the padi field already!

Again, there’s an entrance fee that you’ll need to pay but I was already zzz hence not sure how much my handsome paid too!

This field was quite a tourist sport.. the farmers sure knows how to earn extra income.. a photo with them cost 5,000IDR, it’s not very expensive but a lil too “commercial”..

I would still recommend you to visit as it’s a really beautiful place! ehem, pls remember to bring mosquito repellent if you have sweet blood!

About 4pm, we are finally heading to out LAST destination before dinner!

   

Upon reaching Batuan Temple, I was mesmerized by the temple structures. It is noted for its artwork and style of painting which originated in the village in the 1930s and has since emerged into a major Balinese artistic style, known as a Batuan painting.

Batuan is mentioned in historical records as far back as 1000 years. The Hindu and Indian influence in the region in the village is evident from the carvings and temples. In the 17th century, Batuan and southern Bali were controlled by the royal family until a priest’s curse led to their losing their control; eventually they dispersed to various parts of the country. During the period of 1947–1949, most of the Batuan people remained loyal to the Gianyar Regency and opposed nationalism.

’nuff said about the temple, we shall go for dinner now! It’s quite a bit of distance from Ubud to Jimbaran, bout 45-60 mins? What else could I do in the car, zzzzz…

we reached the beach at about 6pm, another 30-45mins to sunrise. Again, thanks to Putu, we get to have a front row table for the best sunset view!! (How are we gonna make it through without Putu??)

Due to budget constraint, we ordered the cheapest seafood package @ 900,000IDR!!

While waiting for food, we enjoyed the view the sun and the breeze!

Here comes our food!!!

Don’t underestimate the pathetic looking vegetable, it’s actually quite tasty!

Good for you if you are a chilli lover. The 3 types of chilli they give are totally heavenly! Especially tasty with the grill fish/calamari! The clam was so-so but the lobster is pretty fresh!

And where’s the sunset?

  

Beautiful isn’t it? We were suppose to have dinner while watching sunset.. However, I guess sunset was late. We were done with dinner even before the sky turn orange.

At about 7-7:15pm, we left the place as the sun was almost down and we were already kinda tired.. With this beautiful sunset, we ended our 1 day tour with not much cash left!!  Good thing is, day 3 will be our stay in villa day!! HAHAHA!..

 

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