公主般的峇里遊 Day 4
Thanks for the manager of the SPA I went yesterday. He recommended his cousin to be my daily driver and offered a price cheaper than the one my travel agent and my hotel gave me. Of course I took the deal, it's more reliable and easy for me than looking for a cheap driver by myself on the street.
I left the resort by 11am, my driver drove a small van to pick me up. We drive along a big road. It's good to see some different parts of Bali, out of Kuta. It's getting bored to stay at the same place for three days now, especially I had moved around at certain streets only. I enjoyed observing everything and everyone we had passed.
I found there's a lot of men and women wearing their traditional clothes. And all of them were white for men, and colourful for women. I try to ask my driver everything I saw, unfortunately, his English is not that good to explain every question I had. Still, he told me these people are going to temples to pray, because it's like a second Christmas (one of our taxi driver explained it as 2nd Christmas) for them today and there's a ceremony. Fascinating!? Nap, you will know why later on.
With the help of the map on my traveling guide book (I can't explained where I want to go by English), we went to Goa Gajah (象洞) first. My driver can told me barely nothing about the cave. But he's not a tour guide anyway. That didn't brother me. I just want to see the historical remain, I can do the history reserach later.
Holy water here. Cool water, nice to touch it in this hot weather.
We then move on to Puri Saren Agung (皇宮). There's not much to see, there's people living in there. I can only get in to see the front plaza where people can watch dancing show at evening. So it took me less than 30 mins to stay there.
Interesting enough, I saw this mother Golden Reteriever. I think a Golden Reteriever should worse a lot here, so it could belong to the royal family here. Just guessing.
I want to go shopping at the handiwork market in Ubud. However, it was closed for the ceremony. Also the restaurant Ibu Oka was closed.
I went to Bebek Bengil instead. The owner is a German, that's why the restaurant remain opened.
The restaurant is quite cosy. Feeling quiet, relax, and most importantly cool. Although there's a lot of people waiting, I be able to get a table immediately because I only need a table for one person.
I tried their famous duck. It's the second time I had dirty duck, they were different, still I don't like them. It's crisp as it was mentioned in books; however, the duck was dry and firm to chew. I didn't like my juice as well, it hadn't been diluted. It's not sweet as what I'm expected. And I wanted to drink something cold and smooth.
After my lunch, while I'm waiting for my car, I saw another Golden Reteriver. This time it's a boy, and it's so sweet.
After my car had arrived, there's not much time left for me to go anywhere too far away. So I stay in Ubud trying to find some shop that is cheap and special. I still need to buy everyone a souvenir. I had a deal with Chun, that each of us will buy ten gift worse no more than 6,000rp for our colleagues. And I need more for my friends and family. So far, I had got nothing for them but myself. I got a lot of shopping to do.
Walking up a sun and high temperature for 1.5hr (I think it's more than 30 centigrade as the weather report I saw before I left Taiwan), desperately, I got nothing still. But I saw some kids taking a god-like creature walking around and dancing. It's for the ceremony. Also I found there's more Asia tourist than the others.
Ubud is away from beach and ocean, so there's trees and farms around the place. I took this picture just by walking pass a small alley. It gave a feeling of calm and peaceful just by standing a small alley beside main road.
After the no-reward shopping, we drave back to hotel to pick up Chun. We were going to Jimbaran (金巴蘭) to have a nice seafood dinner along with a nice sunset view.
Jimbaran is not far from our hotel. After able 20 minutes drive, We arrived a seafood restaurant. I couldn't remember if I had told the driver which restaurant we're going, still he drave us to a nice restaurant. I think we went to one of the best seafood restaurant because it's full during the dinner time while the others were not.
We be like second guests to them while we arrived. We get to choose which table do we like. Of course, we took the front row table facing the beach. They had offer some set menu for two people. But all of them included a fish, both of us don't like to eat fish. Therefore, the waiter recommanded us to order B set and change the fish into a crab. The deal couldn't be even better for us. So we took it.
While waiting for our dinner, we leave our table, walking to the beach. It's like the first time I had set a foot into the ocean in Bali, unbelievable. Behind me, the one with white tablecloth is the restaurant.
Our table do provided us the top-class view. We can watch the sunset just like this while we digging in our feast.
Here's our supper looks like. The set goes with seafoods, vegatable, fried chips, rice, and two bottles of beer. I can't remember the price of these, it cost more than 2,000NTD.
After we enjoyed ourself with the nice dinner, we went to a coffee shop. In Jimbaran, there's a lot of coffee factories where you can but coffee baked and ground right in front of you. However, the one the driver's brother (he's English is much better than he does, he helped us to solved some language problem by phone) and friend recommeded was closed. So we give up and went back to Kuta.
The shopping continuted at Kuta centre. What can I do!? It's the last night we were here. I needed to bought all the gifts I need. We just walked around. And I finally got the bought enough amount of souvenirs at the time most of the shops was closing.
We took a cab back to hotel, being exhausted. I thought we will go to bar that night. Obviously, we didn't got the energy to go anywhere any longer.
I slept early that night despite I'm gonna miss the sky that's clear and full of star.