Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Finding Paradise Part 2 - Ulun Ubud

Desination 1 : Ulun Ubud

Among the unique things I noticed about Bali was how dangerously narrow the roads were. It did not help further that the taxi we were in was moving at 90km per hour, and was constantly zigzagging around several parked cars in the middle of the road! I thought I was going to die. But when I peered outside the tinted windows and saw the green rice fields or the tiny wooden furniture shops nearby the roadsides, I was at ease. It was, in fact, easy to get distracted among beautiful things, especially among beautiful things in Bali.

We were going to Ubud, a town famous for traditional dances, the bargain markets and the spas. I can’t remember how long the ride was from the airport to Ubud, but I do remember how the cab slowed down upon arriving at a corner of a road. The cab then slowly moved down a narrow pathway surrounded by tall tropical trees, and slowly down into the driveway of Ulun Ubud, a resort owned by a famous Indonesian painter.

When you first stepped out of the cab, you are first greeted by four Balinese men wearing red sarongs, brown jackets, Balinese skullcap and an incredibly welcoming smile. They then rush to pick up your heavy luggage and gently hand signal you to the reception desk, while still withholding a smile in between. Talk about service!

While Shob registered, one of the hotel guys served us this small glass of rice wine. “It’s not alcoholic,” the guy said, but after a few sips of the pinkish drink, my head was slightly spinning. Such a bad drinker, I thought.

The great thing about the hotel was that it was really quiet. All you can hear from the lobby, which was open air and decked with intricate Balinese furniture, was the gentle breeze, chirping of a few birds on the hotel rooftops, and the quiet patter of the hotel crew footsteps. It was serene to its core, and I inhaled all of it in.

Once the paper work was done, the four Balinese men carried Shob, Len and my bags and we all walked down the open-air hallways to our hotel room. Actually, it was more like a chalet, but instead of by the beach, the chalet stood on the hillside and faced an endless mass of coconut trees and a river below.

The view from the balcony

By the river, we could see from our balconies stone cutters collecting and grinding riverbed stones for furniture and housing. It was indeed far better scenery than the usual traffic roads we used to see from KL’s hotels.

But enough of the hotel. Let’s get to the good stuff.


(Look out for Part 3 - On Hypnotic Dances and Naked Spas)


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi ! Theres a part 3 !!! the suspense is killing me this is like a bed time story.. released lil by lil... Did you stay the whole trip at this place? Were the flights and accomodation booked seperately or package?

Am off to a salsa ball nx weekend.On Sunday I had 40 mins of Orchestrated fireworks to mark the end of the festival. Themed ballet Romeo and Juliet. Its apparently one of the best fireworks in the world.

Wish you were here. Look forward to you replying my emails. Until then give my best to your family.


4:14 AM  
Blogger kudo said...

aisey. why gambar so the kecik?

5:12 AM  
Blogger terabot said...

hehe...i have to wait for Part 3 ek?cant wait bro...btw, my missing in action was due to the virus attack in my place...n some extra excuses...hehe..;)

3:37 PM  
Blogger A Babe Of Very Little Brain said...

so part 3 will have you telling us how you lost your virginity again at the naked spas?

ooooh i can't wait!!

5:20 PM  
Blogger Inn said...

BABE -- hahahaha! how u are so witty ALL the time is amazing!

u're rite. bali is such a beautiful place. my head is still there sometimes.

12:08 AM  
Blogger Inn said...

BABE -- hahahaha! how u are so witty ALL the time is amazing!

u're rite. bali is such a beautiful place. my head is still there sometimes.

12:09 AM  
Blogger fade0 said...

babe .. was that how u were planning to loose urs? i thought u planning to loose it to me, and i to u? hohohooho...

4:29 PM  
Blogger Shopper Mom said...

get on with part 3 already la! :P

hahaha... look at what babe has started.

9:20 PM  
Blogger A Babe Of Very Little Brain said...

what did i do? what have i started? oh dear goodness gracious me!!!!

10:53 PM  
Blogger pugly said...

Babe & Shopper Mom, it gives the term `Finding Paradise' a whole new meaning, doesn't it? ;-)

So Muddy, dish the dirt! We're gagging for it! *LOL!*

1:39 AM  
Blogger lin said...

lama dah tak comment since blogger being blocked.. but couldnt resist commenting since it was about Bali..
Bali si superbbb kan kan kan?? :D

2:55 AM  
Blogger Muddy said...

anon :

hey babe, sorry for the late response. was in melaka for four days for an event, just got back into the office...

anyways, i did not stay at the place the whole time. when in ubud, we stayed at ulun ubud. but when we went to kuta, we stayed at this three star place called bali coconut (or was it coconut moon?). hahaha...

we decided to book seperately since we found out that there were other hotels which were cheaper. but we took the risk since we did not book earlier (except for ulun ubud. that one we got a good deal via phone).

salsa??? ai caramba, since when were you a salsa dancer? ;)

kudo :

brother, that's my style loh. suka gambo kecik kecik. kekeke.

terabot :

huhuhu...virus attack in the office sounds like a b-grade movie. ;P glad you are back.

10:05 PM  
Blogger Muddy said...

babe :

hahahah. just to clarify, i don't think i could lose my virginity again. i don't think i can gain back my virginity, but if i could, i would. ;P

inn :

i know!!! my head is always thinking about bali, especially ubud for me. huhuhu.

fadeO :

hahahha i guess my comment box is where people get hooked up huh? :P

10:08 PM  
Blogger Muddy said...

shopper mom :

sabar sabar. ;)

babe :

indeed. ;P

lin :

superb in the most superbest way. kekeke. ;P

10:09 PM  
Blogger Vlad said...

There are so many places that I will eventually go to.

I better plan which bank to rob first.

6:06 PM  

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