Cheeky Monkey

There are many things that I love about Bali but one of them are not monkeys.  This year we stayed at the best resort ever www.ubudvillage.com 

One of our favorite times is breakfast time. Not only are we getting a fresh, healthy, and sturdy breakfast; we also get to overlook the rice terraces and the resort grounds which are absolutely stunning.

 

All of a sudden I look up and here comes a monkey on the railing headed directly towards me. I jumped up and moved back also forgetting  to pick up my Iphone and he sat down and started eating breakfast number one. And that cheeky little monkey went on  to eat breakfast number two I think he licked the plate! Look for yourself😩

What to pack this time

It's that time already! Back en route to my favorite place in the whole world Ubud Bali.Of course getting ready for the trip always seems to rack  up dollars  quick. Things I don't normally use on a day to day basis or more seasonal. For example,  I need lotion (smaller lighter sized bottle) mosquito repellent oh yeah even ore mosquito repellent!

BaliBoutiqueOnLine.com In Amsterdam

I have to admit I've always wanted to visit Amsterdam but was put off by the legalization of drugs and what I imagined it would be like. Drug addicts begging for money, or falling victim to a strong armed robbery. All the worse case scenarios weighed on my mind but the natural beauty of Amsterdam and its rich history was plenty enough to still lure me in. 

I cannot believe what fun there is to be had and still not break any laws! Amsterdam is quite diverse and exotic everyone I came across were all very friendly and helpful. The food was magnificent and whatever you want you can have. The deserts were magnificent and yes I tried as many as possible.

We only stayed for three days but I plan on returning for at least a week maybe even two. 

House boats along the canals. 

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I loved seeing so many people riding bikes, dropping the kids off to school and carrying groceries!

Poppies

BaliBoutiqueOnLine is in London! November 11th is Armistice Day in the U.K.

At the Tower of London the art installation Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red commemorating the centenary of the First World War. It was a spectacular and very sobering reminder of all that served their country. For each death in First World War a handmade poppy represents a death. There were 888,246 poppies on display.  

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Tower of London

Seminyak Bali

Seminyak

I have to admit my first few times going to Bali I was so in love with Ubud and Uluwatu that I didn't have much interest in Seminyak or Sanur. So I decided that I would make it a point to spend time on both places before I went to my favorite spot Ubud.

Our first stay was at the Yubi Villas located in Seminyak and really close walking distance to the beach and restaurants, check out their website for further info at www.Baliubivillas.com 

 

The staff at the Yubi exceeded our expectations, they were so friendly and helpful.  We really enjoyed our private villa with extremely high walls that provide great privacy for your private pool! We walked down to the beach each night and watched the amazing sunset, it is definitely worth staying in Seminyak even if for just a couple of days.

 

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Pura Saraswati, Water Palace

This temple and water garden was built at the end of the 19th century, by commission of the royal family, and named after the Hindu goddess of art and learning. The "padmasana" or main shrine features awesome carvings. Traditional Balinese dances are performed by a live gamelan orchestra in the outdoor courtyard next to the lotus pond twice a week. It is an awesome place to catch a live performance. 

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Bali Travel Tip #1

It is all about the packing. My first trip to Bali I didn't really know what to bring. Of course I knew the weather was hot and humid but until I experienced it first hand I really would have no idea just how hot and humid it could get. I came to the quick realization that about 80% of what I packed I wouldn't even wear.  Capri light weight jeans for example were way too warm to wear in Bali in my opinion. What I ended up doing was buying yoga pants and wore t-shirts and tank tops for the most part. In the evening when we went out for dinner I wore my oversized loose fitting cotton type shirts that allowed my skin to breathe a bit more. I bought some more yoga pants there cheaply all under $10.00 USD and cheaper if you were up for negotiating and I was. Ultimately it came down to about $5.00 a pair. I didn't realize that I would be taking a few showers a day and of course wouldn't want to put back on the same sticky, sweaty clothes back on. So definitely bring light weight clothing and a few spares!


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Loose fitting cotton shirts were life savers!

KAFE

The food of Bali is some of the most delicious food I have ever eaten. I never seem to tire of Nasi Goreng (fried rice). However, the MSG bloat is so horrible I often need a break from traditional Balinese food and sometimes just want a clean salad. The best spot we've discovered for this needed reprieve is called KAFE located in central Ubud. Here are some pictures of some of the best food ever! 

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One of the best Pesto dishes ever!

One of the best Pesto dishes ever!

It is a very busy spot.

It is a very busy spot.

Cute area with cd's, soaps and recycled bags!

Cute area with cd's, soaps and recycled bags!

The best vegetarian samosas I've ever had!

The best vegetarian samosas I've ever had!

Cheeky Monkey's

The monkeys within the Sacred Monkey Forest of Padangtegal are commonly called long-tailed macaques. 

Throughout Bali, Balinese long-tailed macaques tend to stay within forested areas. However, Balinese long-tailed macaques, including those within the Sacred Monkey Forest of Padangtegal, occasionally wander into rice fields or even village areas that are adjacent to the forest.

Outside of the entrance you will have the opportunity to purchase bananas in order to feed the monkey's. If you do in fact want to feed the monkey's you will have every opportunity to get up close and oh so personal! I've been a few times and U have never managed to feel really comfortable but that's just me. 

If you decide not to feed them whatever you do do not bring in any food they will sniff it out and they will win in the end.  

Keep close watch of sunglasses, earrings, hats or anything that they could grab and scamper off with, they are skilled pickpockets.  

Once inside you will have countless opportunities to take lots of pictures. Inside you will notice that it seems to be a lot more humid make sure you bring water and stay hydrated. 

 

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Started out cute….

Ohh wait what…...

 Beautiful Balinese stone carved staircase. Good luck on trying to get the perfect photo without a lot of fellow tourists in the background. 

Bali is HOT

There are so many great things to love about Bali. The people, culture, landscape and artistry of the Island of Bali is amazing. As much as I love Bali, the heat for me is a killer! I am  use to the sunny, usually mild climate of Southern California, it hardly rains and we really don't get any hot weather, at least for a long stretch we don't.

One of the hottest times I spent in Bali was February/March 2014.  Bali is known for 80 something degree weather but the "feel like" is much higher due to the humidity. Of course the best way to cool down is to stay hydrated but I am not a big fan of water. However,  I do enjoy Bingtang!

Have you ever been to Bali and what did you think of the weather?

Lake Bratan (Pura Penataran Beratan)

Description: 

The temple complex is located on the shores of Lake Bratan in the mountains near Bedugul. Water temples serve the entire region in the outflow area; downstream there are many smaller water temples that are specific to each irrigation association (subak).

Built in 1663, this temple is used for offerings ceremony to the Balinese water, lake and river goddess Dewi Danu, due to the importance of Lake Bratan as a main source of irrigation in central Bali. The 11 stories of pelinggih meru dedicated for Shiva and his consort ParvathiBuddha statue also present inside this temple.

Lake Bratan is known as the Lake of Holy Mountain due to the fertility of this area. Located 1200 m above sea level, it has a cold tropical climate.

This lakeside temple was constructed in honor of Dewi Danu, goddess of the lake that was formed by a volcanic eruption 30, 000 years ago.

 

 


Uluwatu Temple Bali

Pura Luhur Uluwatu is one of Bali's kayangan jagat (directional temples) and guards Bali from evil spirits from the SW, in which dwell major deities, in Uluwatu's case; Bhatara Rudra, God of the elements.  Bali's most spectacular temples located high on a cliff top at the edge of a plateau 250 feet above the waves of the Indian Ocean. Uluwatu lies at the southern tip of Bali in Badung Regency. Dedicated to the spirits of the sea, the famous Pura Luhur Uluwatu temple is an architectural wonder in black coral rock, beautifully designed with spectacular views. This is a popular place to enjoy the sunset. 

The temple is inhabited by large number of monkeys, who are extremely adept at snatching visitors' belonging, including bags, cameras and eyeglasses. Keep a very close grip on all your belongings and stow away your eyeglasses if at all possible. If you do have something taken, the monkeys can usually be induced to exchange it for some fruit. 

When visiting temples dress as modestly as possible. When paying a visit to a Balinese temple, both men and women are expected to wear shirts that cover shoulders and part of the upper arms. Flip-flops are perfectly acceptable, so long as the overall look is modest.

The following leg coverings are mandatory for both men and women preparing to enter a Balinese temple:

Sarong (also known locally as kain kamben) around your legs
Temple scarf (known as a selendang) around your waist.

These items are usually rented out at most temple entrances, but you’re absolutely free to bring your own.


Photo of the temple at Uluwatu.

Photo of the temple at Uluwatu.

This monkey managed to steal a sandal from a tourist as he was sitting on the wall his sandal was dangling! Then came in this fella who snatched it up and took off with it. I don't think he recovered his sandal that day.

This monkey managed to steal a sandal from a tourist as he was sitting on the wall his sandal was dangling! Then came in this fella who snatched it up and took off with it. I don't think he recovered his sandal that day.


Bali Bird and Reptile Park

 Bali Bird Park, is a tourist attraction in Bali, Indonesia. It is located at the Gianyar Regency and has an area of 20,000 square metres. The Bird Park houses more than 5000 birds representing more than 200 species in an enclosed aviary.  
Address: Batubulan, Sukawati, Gianyar, Bali, Indonesia

Hours: Open today · 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
 

Entrance to the Bird park. The reptile park is right next door.

Entrance to the Bird park. The reptile park is right next door.


Beautiful varieties of birds in tranquil and peaceful setting makes for a great day out.

Beautiful varieties of birds in tranquil and peaceful setting makes for a great day out.

Bali Bird and Reptile park so peaceful. 

Tanah Lot Bali

A popular day trip from south Bali, Pura Tanah Lot is the most visited and photographed temple in Bali, especially at sunset when crowds and traffic overwhelm the site. However, it has all the authenticity of a stage set – even the tower of rock that the temple sits upon is an artful reconstruction (the entire structure was crumbling) and over one-third of the rock is artificial.

For the Balinese, Pura Tanah Lot is one of the most important and venerated sea temples. Like Pura Luhur Ulu Watu, at the tip of the southern Bukit Peninsula, and Pura Rambut Siwi to the west, it is closely associated with the Majapahit priest Nirartha. It’s said that each of the sea temples was intended to be within sight of the next, so they formed a chain along Bali’s southwestern coast – from Pura Tanah Lot you can usually see the clifftop site of Pura Ulu Watu far to the south, and the long sweep of sea shore west to Perancak, near Negara.

This clip is not of the actual temple but of the beautiful sea. Your daily zen enjoy.
I stood around for a long time drifting off into the sounds of the water!

I stood around for a long time drifting off into the sounds of the water!

Why Bali?

Many people ask how I even ended up having Bail on my list of places travel to, and the truth of the matter is I didn't. My companion whom we will call "The Angry Brit Abroad" convinced me to go on a trip of a life time to Bali. After watching Eat, Pray, Love I still decided to go. 

Flying from Los Angeles where I am based to Bali takes about 24 hours, this includes on average a 3-4 hour lay over in Taipei. I will be honest; finding out how long it took to get there was a bit daunting, but I agreed to go and it changed my life forever. 

EVA Airline

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