Last August my husband took annual leave so we planned a short holiday while visiting our home country in Indonesia. We decided to go to Bali, one of the most popular holiday destination in Indonesia.
It became so much exciting because it was my first time to visit Bali with my husband and daughter. So we needed to go to places that were family-and-kid-friendly. Time to say bye to the beach clubs ???hahaha.
Well, husband and I agreed to take it slow, not too many plans in advance. We did only some sightseeing blogs or forums and just prepared for the hotel room and rented a car. We spent 5 days in Bali.
Here are the details:
It’s time for holiday! After landed in Ngurah Rai Intl Airport we had brunch in Warung Mak Beng, this stall only sells one set of menu. With 28,000 Rupiah (USD 2) you willl get a bowl of fish head soup, fried snapper fish plus chili sauce, complete with the white rice.
The fish-head soup tasted light, a bit sour with slices of cucumber. To eat the soup, first I squeezed the lime into the chili sauce. Even though the chili sauce was quite hot, it perfectly balanced with the sour-but-fresh-ness of the lime. Then, I dipped the fish, that was fried until it’s tender inside and crunchy outside, into the sauce. I could guarantee, they totally blended in your mouth!
After that, we walked to the Sanur Beach Market. My eyes catched another balinese food in one of the stall. So we stopped by and ordered Rujak Kuah Pindang and Tipat Cantok. Both were heavenly delicious ?. One day, I will share the recipe!
Rujak Kuah Pindang is kind of fruit salad, but the sauce are made from chili, shrimp paste, fish broth, salt and sugar.
After we finished our craving, we went to Ubud. We stayed at Ubud Tropical Garden, I couldn’t hold my self from enjoying the swimming pool in front of our room.
In the afternoon, we decided to visit Monkey Forest, just 5 minutes walk from the hotel. The forest was beautiful and relatively quite with only a few visitors since it’s not a public holiday/high season.
Sure enough, we found a lot of gently monkeys here. In general, monkeys will not come to you if you do not bring bananas or any other food. If you want to interact or feed the monkey, please do it carefully. If you offer bananas or food to the monkey and they approach to take it, do not ever try to pull it back, or the monkey will be angry ?.
Inside the forest, there were three temples :
- Pura Dalem Agung (The Main Temple), In this temple, people worship the God.
- Pura Beji (Beji Temple), Pura Beji often used for ”melukat” as a place for spiritual and physical cleansing.
- Pura Prajapati (Prajapati Temple), This temple is adjacent to the cemetery. The cemetery is used temporarily, while waiting for the day of the mass cremation which is held every 5 years.
We didn’t know what was the inside of the third temple because, unfortunately, my baby cried outloud as we approached that place, so we decided not to visit it.
Out from the forest, we decided to go looking for food. We went to Goa Gajah, because I remembered there was a food stall that sold Ayam Taliwang. Approaching Goa Gajah site, suddenly we found some sigsn to Yeh Pulu Temple that was founded in 14th century.
Wow! That’s the first reason why we stayed in Ubud area!
My husband wrote a novel and Yeh Pulu played a pivotal role there, but none of us had ever visited it before, so we thought of visiting it, to give more soul to Yeh Pulu in the novel. Actually we planned to go to Yeh Pulu the next day, but those road signs gave us the sign to switch the plan.
The ticket counter was about to close, I thought we’re the last visitor. A short walkway from the ticket counter through paddy field lead us to a unique carving on the natural stone wall. It was about 2 meters high and 25 meters long.
The relief described the daily life of Bali, the ambience was serene with only the sound of wind-blown paddy leaves and some birds chirped. Another couple of foreign visitors came to the wall shortly after we arrived.
We spent about half an hour there, and before back to the hotel we drove to the Ayam Taliwang food stall for dinner.
Ayam Taliwang is a spicy Indonesian grilled chicken dish from Lombok. With traces of shrimp paste, it is tasteful and unforgettable. It can be served with a side of plecing (kangkoong in chili sauce) and beberuk (eggplant in chili sauce).
The dish finally close the day.
Stay tuned for my Day Two! ??
*pictures are courtesy of http://www.cendiliyan.com