Bali Brouhaha

It has been a lifelong dream of mine to use the word ‘brouhaha’ in some form of writing. You would think it’s an easy task but I don’t see how it’s possible to squeeze in that whimsical looking word into work documents and emails without getting dirty looks from my colleagues.

Anyway, I have had the opportunity to visit Bali on a short holiday recently and I was pretty psyched to go due to the rave reviews I’ve heard. Unfortunately, the first day was pretty much a write-off in terms of itinerary accomplishment and photos. We did minimal planning thinking that Bali or at least Seminyak (the area our villa was located) is a commercialized area that is easily accessible. Wrongggg. But our biggest mistake was thinking that the cab will be a cheaper option to get around compared to hiring a personal vehicle. Wrong againnnnn.

We took a cab to Ubud to check out the Babi Guling (suckling pig) and traditional dance performances. The driver must have been on the brink of death trying to contain his laughter at striking tourist gold. Although to be fair, he did informed us that the trip would take an hour or so. Upon reaching our destination, we found out that the famous Babi Guling restaurant was already closed for the day.

In addition, our driver informed us that it will be quite hard to hail a cab to take us back to Seminyak and offered to wait for us while we go about doing our touristy stuffs. We readily agree, then realised he might have keep his meter running, so we had better have a quick dinner and make our way back. Therefore, no dance performances whatsoever and minimal sightseeing was accomplished. And I screwed up the film while loading it in my camera.

Deflated and dejected, we decided to just take the easy way out and hire a driver from our villa to take us out on a day tour the next day. It’s an infinitely better deal than hiring a cab considering it’s cheaper and we could have the car for up to 8 hours.

kopi luwak coffee#1 Expensive Shit | LC-A+ RL | Fujichrome T64
The 1st stop of our day tour, a plantation selling Balinese produce such as fruits, chocolate, tea and coffee. When it comes to coffee, Indonesia is famed for producing the most expensive in the world: Kopi Luwak. It is produced from coffee beans consumed and subsequently defecated by civets and cost between US$100 and $600 per pound.

That’s some expensive shit.

Bali fruit#2 Salak | LC-A+ RL | Fujichrome T64
My 1st encounter with this funny looking fruit with a scaly texture. Our driver called it snake fruit. On further research, it’s actually called a Salak fruit. Taste pretty yummy, mind.

Mount Batur at Kintamani, Bali#3 Mount Batur | LC-A+ RL | Fujichrome T64
One of the highlights of the tour, we reached the highlands of Kintamani to take in the epic view of Mount Batur and Lake Batur. The weather was heavenly up there.

double exposure of Mount Batur clouds#4 Smokes | LC-A+ RL | Fujichrome T64
Would have liked to sit around and enjoy the cool breeze. However, with the peddlers pushing their wares in our faces we had no choice but to beat a hasty retreat.

Bali rice terrances#5 Rice Terraces | LC-A+ RL | Fujichrome T64
We dropped by to check out the rice terraces en route to Ubud. Greenery aplenty would be quite an understatement.

Bali peddlers#6 Just the Two of Us | LC-A+ RL | Fujichrome T64
A mother-son combination selling fruits and souvenirs.

concrete stairs#7 Exit | Superheadz UWS | Kodak Elitechrome 200
Stomachs grumbling, we started to make our way back to the car to begin our quest to our lunch destination.

Bali ornaments#8 Bling | LC-A+ RL | Fujichrome T64
Came across this stall selling some pretty interesting ornaments (look closely) just before we got on the vehicle.

So we were headed to Ubud again, determined to sink our teeth into the legendary Babi Guling which eluded us yesterday. Find out if we managed to complete this quest in my next post.

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