Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Eat. Pray. Love Bali- Day 2

Assalamualaikum wbt..

It's been a while since I shared about our Eat. Pray. Love journey in Bali. My life was a bit hectic since Aulia' was hospitalize due to Rotavirus infection. On the other hand, mom also recently was hospitalized because she was complaining she had exactly the same symptom like last year. I, myself decided to further my study after thinking to do so for four years. We'll see how it goes.

So, back on the farm, our day 2 of Eat.Pray.Love Bali continues with a light breakfast at the hotel. There is a cafe called Kopi Langit at the rooftop of the hotel. I had Seafood fried rice, fried banana with chocolate topping, fruits and pineapple juice but really sleepy to had breakfast that day. I can't remember what hubby had for his breakfast haha.

Pak Sastri have waited for us at the lobby as early as 8.30 a.m. 
We then headed out to Batubulan where the Kris and Barong Dance were held.I wasn't excited for this show though because I have seen the Kecak and Fire dance on our first day in Bali, so I thought it would be the same. I was up more to sculptures and the traditional Balinese architectural temples and I really wanted to go to Tirta Empul but Pak Sastri said it will be closed by the time we get there on the evening due to prayers ceremony for Nyepi day. Sigh!

We arrived at Sari Wisata Budaya Kris and Barong Dance a bit late and the place was already jam packed with people. The entrance fee is about 100,000 Rupiah per person. 
The dance is depicting about a "good versus evil" story based on a mythology of Bali which the "Barong" plays the protagonist role of the story.
There you go, your's truly looking fatty as usual, taking photo with one of the actress.
The Barong. Although the mask they wore were quite frightening, their acts were full of expressions and emotions flowing accordingly to the storyline.
Our second destination that day was art villages where all the local artists display their masterpiece such as paintings, wood craft and jewellery gallery. All handmade! Amazing.
After a long hours tour at the art villages, Pak Sastri brought us to Tegalalang Paddy Rice Terrace located in Ubud, Bali. The entrance fee is 5000 Rupiah per person. 

Due to its unique landscape of uneven land and steep ravines, the paddy farmers of Ubud has strategically utilize the terrain and plant rice paddies in layers or terrace (rice terrace). The excessive water in the rice terrace will then flow naturally from the hilltop to the lower area. Bijak kan Indonesian people ni:) :) We stayed about 30 minutes to enjoy the scenery and took some photos.Many of the tourist had lunch at restaurants located at the undulating paddy field and enjoying the beautiful view. We decided not to have lunch here because most of the food are non-halal food.
We then proceed to our lunch, a place where everyone should go in Bali-Mount Batur, Kintamani. To compare our lunch of the day with the previous meals we had, it was slightly special in terms of environment, providing the fact that the restaurant was located at an elevation of 1200 meters above sea level. It's almost like Genting Highlands in Bali! We got excited over the chance of watching an active volcano, the Mount Batur. We weren't jakun. Malaysia never has a volcano!

Mount Batur is located at Kintamani and it has erupted about 24 times since year 1800 and still active up to now. Since the mount erupting, it has impacted to the local society life around this mount, like removing altar, improve or repairing the village and re-arrange the tradition. Lake Batur is the biggest lake in Bali and functioning as irrigation source to all farmer around it and it is also for all Bali society generally. 

Our lunch was just typical Balinese cuisine served in buffet style with one preferred soft drink or fruit juice included.
The environment was very nice, they also provides musolla for muslim tourist who wanted to perform their prayers. 

Mount Batur behind us.
Quick tips for you travelers... Don't ever buy anything from the roadside vendors or else you'll end up buying the merchandises from all the street vendors who came and bugging you non-stop.  Trust me, we had that experience. 

Later on the evening, we went to Kopi Luwak farm in Tampak Iring nearby Kintamani area. Kopi Luwak is also known as the most expensive coffee in the world.Although the coffee is expensive, a cup of home-brewed civet coffee actually costs less than an average cup of brewed coffee bought at a cafe like Starbucks. We ordered a cup of Kopi Luwak and we got free to try out six difference coffee and tea (I remembered the lemongrass and coconut tea was nice-I brought home some of those too!). 

IDR 50,000 a cup, about RM15..(not extremely expensive thought). Well, I don't feel like drinking the cat poop so I passed it on. Eeek! 

This time, I can't do any food review because we skipped few meals and we also had dinner in our hotel room. But, btw, lunch in Kintamani was awesome. Probably because of the weather (^_^)

I shall share our Day 3 of Eat. Pray. Love in Bali next time.


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