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Catastrophe! My swimming goggles broke across the bridge of my nose. I want to swim a lot of (very short) laps in the hotel pool. Help came via the Ubud Community Facebook page. They tell me goggles are available at the Bintang Supermarket, just up the hill from Campuan. I knew there was a big supermarket there but had never been. So now our friend Nyoman takes us there, and we find Speedo goggles…what a relief. I also introduce Broni to Kopico coffee flavoured Indonesian sweets. And I buy green tea flavoured Listerine, How cool is that!
Back to the hotel and swimming, getting the sketchbook up to date (glueing in the collage…not much writing this time round), writing drafts of blog posts.
Then down the Monkey Forest Road to the small Goddess on the Go shop for leggings to go with my latest tunic. They didn’t have the ones I liked in my size, so she called the other shop and asked us to wait. We thought she was waiting for a phone call to be returned, but another girl arrived on the scooter with the leggings.
Across the road to The Three Monkeys for lunch. Nasi goreng istemewa. Food and service at Three Monkeys is exceptional. it is a busy restaurant but as we were running so late for lunch we managed to get a table right out on the ricefields. And sketch. And listen in to the conversation at the next table. A young couple with a Balinese driver. The young man who was doing most of the talking to the Balinese driver seemed to be so MUCH on his best behaviour that I wondered if he had been a bit bad the night before. Or maybe he is always like that.
So tonight we pack to leave for Lovina Beach in the morning.
A morning of swimming and walking around the market led us to Ibu Rai for lunch, (satay) where I sketched. On entering a restaurant, we always pause looking for sketching opportunities. It makes the restaurant staff anxious. It’s the same everywhere. They want to get you seated quick smart. And on this day we were hustled into sitting down before we were ready. I need to become more ruthless about this. So I sketched what was in front of me. Beautiful soft blues and greens there with touches of magenta.
During our morning in the market we went for a ‘hangover cure’ drink. We had no hangover, but these drinks are delicious. The colour comes from the dragonfruit, and a lot of the flavour too, though it also contains banana and strawberries. We have a list of cafes and restaurants obtained from the Ubud Community Page on Facebook, written by an ex-pat who lives here. So in the afternoon, after another swim, we decided to locate the video shop for once and and for all, and to try to find one or two of the cafes. A highly successful trip to the video shop in Jalan Dewi Sita, then up Jalan Goutama where we came across Kismet Cafe (on our list for a good place for ice blended coconut latte with coconut milk.) The cafe, though up some steep steps, through a split gate and up more steps, gave a first good impression with cool towels and ice water with lime and cucumber. It was a very small cafe with display cabinets containing beautiful and unusual jewellery cleverly set into the table tops. Service was a little slow. I ordered the drink above and my friend ordered something similar.
While we were waiting, a young man jumped up on the wide high window ledge to fix the large fan up there. He had a screwdriver in his hand. He stared at the fan for some time. He held the screwdriver in his hand. He walked to the other side of the fan and stared some more. And some more. Eventually after quite a wait, my friend’s drink came. Mine did not. So we watched the fan-starer. He assumed various positions around the fan, still holding the screwdriver firmly in his hand at his side. After a very long period my drink had still not come, so my friend enquires (I was sitting with my back to the counter). Just coming! Just coming! But it didn’t come, and it didn’t come, and the fan-starer was still staring at the fan. Finally, finally, it came, just as it was a starting to get dark (and we still had to get down the steps in the dark. ) and then it was only a frappé. A long icy drink that couldn’t be drunk quickly. So we got to see the fan-starer admit defeat.
Just on dark we resumed our walk along Jalan Goutama, failing to find another recommended restaurant, but coming out on Jalan Raya (the Main Street) right by Cafe Nomad, an old favourite from the year dot. We had an early dinner while marvelling at Ubud peak hour traffic. We are going back to video it.
Slow start to the morning. Broni is going for a long fast walk for exercise every morning, (and I am staying behind as I can’t keep up). This morning she went for an extremely long walk, and got a bit lost too. Then we had a swim, so a very late breakfast. I had wanted for some time to sketch this little pavilion by the swimming pool outsiders our room. It shows the blue and white thirsty pool towels we use all the time.
He and Michael got talking. Both San Francisco. Then Michael mentioned his former profession and where he had worked. Circus Man said ‘then you may know my aunt’. Turns out, both Circus Man and Michael are both often at auntie’s house. Auntie had wanted to put them in touch when Michael was living in Thailand but Circus Man never got there. Now they finally meet through their love of cats.
Dinner at Tutmak, very close to the hotel. Rendang, just delicious.
A day with an early start and a plan. Which fell apart quite soon. The plan was to be dropped off at Goddess on the Go at Pengosekan, then walk all the way up Hanoman Street, looking at everything on the way, then back across Dewi Sita Street to the hotel. But at 9am it was clear that it was too hot for walking that far, and even in the car going down Hanoman Street we knew we wouldn’t be walking back that far in the heat. Besides, “Hati-hati, ada proyek “. Roadworks! That sign always amuses me, and I would love to acquire one. It says, “danger, there’s a project”. As a project manager, that’s my feeling about projects too.
So at Goddess on the Go, Broni decided not to buy what we had come to look at, but I bought something else. Then we walked off, intending to at least start on Hanoman Street. But by the time we got to the corner of the Monkey Forest Road, we were hot and thirsty and Tropical View Cafe beckoned. I drank a healthy carrot, beetroot and ginger drink, and we sketched. Too hot to be walking for long, so we walked through the track beside the Monkey Forest to the village of Nyuh Kuning and the restaurant Laka Leke. Lunch of mee goreng in a pavilion in a garden.
So then we had a brilliant idea. We have a list of cafes and restaurants written by an ex-pat who lives in Ubud. There is a section of Best Non Alcoholic Drinks. Just back through the Monkey Forest track and over a small rise lay Kopi Bali House where ANY of their drinks would suffice, but the frozen moccachino was recommended. So, off we went and it was FANTASTIC. Must have more.
The lower part of the Monkey Forest Road after it turns the corner is quite steep, but once you are up the hill it is not far to the hotel. So we walked up in the early afternoon heat, needing a lemon juice at Cinta at the top. A LONG walk…the Hanoman Street walk would probably have been shorter…..but ww needed all these stops at shady cafes.
Dinner at Tutmak, very close to the hotel. Rendang, just delicious.
Dewi Sita Street was our main plan for today. It runs along the top of the playing field in the Monkey Forest Road to Jalan Hanoman. We wanted to check out the small interesting shops there, the DVD shop, some shops that sell essential oils and some restaurants. The DVD shop seemed to have disappeared, but we were only too early, and we found it another day. Other shops were noted for future gift-buying when we return from Lovina Beach.
In Jalan Hanoman we could not find the restaurant we were looking for so we ended up in Jalan Raya (the main street) where we bought amazing, brightly coloured thongs. Ready for a cool drink, we popped into Gedong Sisi, right across from the market. This coffee shop is a treasure trove of things to sketch and this time I sketched the door to an adjoining house. We popped into the market, then to Bina Wisata, the tourist office, to try to get the little May book of Ubud….not yet available.
Lunch was at an old favourite haunt, Mumbul Inn, where they got the Broni and Wendy Award for Best Snack served with Drink. Krupuk (prawn crackers) with peanuts embedded in them. Oh yummm. Lunch was good too. I had duck spring rolls. Mumbul Inn was always favoured for Best Lemon Juice, and for sitting on the terrace looking over the ravine and watching the squirrels in the big tree. The terrace is still there, but the tree and squirrels are gone. They are building over in the other side of the ravine, but for once it is tasteful and blends into the landscape.
Too hot to walk back to the hotel, so we found a driver. We spent a lazy afternoon swimming, blogging and finishing sketches. Dinner was at our favourite of two years ago, Sagittarius. Balinese seafood satay. Another dish deserving a repeat.
Another beautiful morning in the Island of the Gods and we drive off with Nyoman, down to Sanur for a look around. I had been there in February, but Broni not for twenty years.She is planning another trip soon, so first step was to look at some hotels. There are three hotels all in a row along the beach, so we looked at rooms in the first two, and at the third, Tanjung Sari, we had a cool drink. This is my bucket list hotel, and way out of the price range, but the restaurant is right on the beach, and we had a cool drink there. Walking along the beach to Sindu Beach Market, as usual we were joined by two girls who had stalls at the market and were anxious we go to their stalls. Things are a bit quiet in Bali and the sellers seem a bit anxious. It is a beautiful walk along the beach, though hot except for some shady areas with trees. We had a good look around the market, always accompanied by the two sellers who had walked along the beach with us, until we finally looked at their stalls (as always at the back of the market, away from the sea). But it was hot in the market, so we went to Benno’s on the beach for a coconut drink. We hadn’t really thought it through, so we were surprised when it came in a whole coconut. Neither of us finished it…….too much! Just a little further along the beach at Rosetta’s Coffee Shop, we decided it was time to sit under a big beach umbrella and have lunch. I ate fish, prawns and vegetables with rice. Then it was time to call Nyoman to take us back to the just slightly cooler temperatures of Ubud, where we had a long swim. Dinner and mojitos at Cinta Grill. Laksa Lemak. So delicious we have to go back and have it again.