Tranquil Ubud (part II)

So sorry for the long silence, also the gap between this sequel and the previous one. Guess I’m too busy living my live while daydreaming lately. Well, if you’re following, you might know that I wrote my recap of our stay in Ubud on the first and the second day here, and I’d like tell you about some other stories of it.

But I’m gonna do this post with numbers, so here’s the list you may thank me later when you decide to visit Ubud. A to-do list for your next trip, perhaps? 😉

1. Visiting Nyuh Kuning Village

Nyuh Kuning neighborhood at a glace
Nyuh Kuning neighborhood at a glance

Read the longer explanation of why you should pay a visit to this lovely village on my previous post. To reach Nyuh Kuning, you can take a shortcut from Monkey Forest if you ride bicycle or motorcycle, or ride through Jalan Pengosekan – Jalan Nyuh Kuning and take a turn to the north for thicker rural atmosphere.

2. Treat yourself some delish-healthy meals

Can't get over it!
Our meals in Warung Sopa. Can’t get over it!

Ubud is such a heaven for those who are into healthy lifestyle. You can easily find healthy restaurant and cafe around you. Just name it! Warung Sopa, Bali Buda, Alchemy, Wulan’s Warung, Kafe, and so many more. They mostly come with reasonable price. I only spent around IDR 30k for a big lunch in Warung Sopa and Wulan’s Warung. I don’t know if this may sound a bit exaggerating, but it seems like we couldn’t find any bad restaurant in Ubud, even a dubious restaurant (because it was gloomy and there wasn’t any visitor other than us at that time) we visited turned out to have delicious menus.

3. Do the yoga at The Yoga Barn

Warm sunrise at The Yoga Barn
Warm sunrise at The Yoga Barn

Eating healthy food and doing yoga. I’m a damn healthy lifestyle person, right?

Ok, kidding.

Well, this lazy ass was actually just being a good company for the yoga queen, Aprishi Allita, back then. So what did I do during the wait? No other than eating at The Yoga Barn’s cafe (pffft)-(oh no probs, still healthy, it’s ok since they served vegetarian foods and gluten free cakes)-(ah, self defending!). They have THE BEST carrot cake ever, and it’s also served with gluten free. For me who’s having problem eating foods with too much flour and cream, this feels sooo heavenly satisfying. Oh and about the yoga? Just ask Aprishi for more details.

Ok, the sub-title for point number 3 was just failed, it was supposed to be ‘Do the eat at The Yoga Barn’, wasn’t it?

4. Take a walk and do a shop-hopping

The famous Kou Cuisine
The famous Kou Cuisine at Jalan Monkey Forest

There are a lot of unique shops in Ubud. They mostly spread along Jalan Monkey Forest, Jalan Ubud Raya, and Jalan Hanoman. You can find some international brands’ concept stores, souvenirs shops, also pretty boutiques around. I’d suggest you to park your vehicles somewhere convenient, and take a walk. It will ease you to go in and out the stores.

5. Boost your morning with a cup of coffee at Seniman Coffee

The view from our table, another part of Seniman Coffee
The view from our table, another part of Seniman Coffee

Three persons suggested me to pay a visit to this place. Seniman Coffee is claimed to serve the best coffee in town. Seeing the place which was always full of visitor perhaps proved it right. I couldn’t judge, since I’m not a coffee drinker, and I ordered juice instead of coffee there. But another thing that makes it worth a visit is actually their concept especially regarding how they manage to recreate common things to be a very unusual furnitures.

See the iconic 'Kursi Bakso'?
See the iconic ‘Kursi Bakso’?
Brilliant!
Why didn’t I think about this earlier!

6. Shop for some souvenirs in Pasar Ubud

Just like any other typical pasar seni, perhaps you’ll find the sellers provide pretty similar stuff inside. You also have to be very careful cause the sellers may drag and force you to buy their products (this innocent girl was a victim).

Pasar Ubud
The crowd in Pasar Ubud

7. Hanging out in the roadside cafes at Jalan Raya Ubud

You can easily spot some cafes at Jalan Raya Ubud, from nasi Bali to gelato, they serve them all well. We tried out Secret Gelato and Oops Gelato, and they’re pretty good. Plus you’ll also be entertained with the ambience around the street, priceless.

Enjoying our cups of gelato in Secret Gelato, Jalan Raya Ubud
Enjoying our cups of gelato in Secret Gelato, Jalan Raya Ubud

8. Visiting Green School

If you happened to be an architecture or environment enthusiast, you might not want to miss this place. Green School! It was like a trending topic back when I was in architecture school for its very sustainable design and concept. And finally I got a chance to visit this super school. It took almost one hour driving from Ubud, and the place was totally like a hidden gem. You’ll not only be amazed of it’s architectural design or it’s environmental-sustainability concept, even the curriculum idea also made me want to go back to school again there.

A sweet corner in the main building
A sweet corner in the main building
The construction 100% consists of bamboo
The construction 100% consists of bamboo

9. Get lost in those alleys

Don’t hesitate to stroll around the city. Surprise yourself! You might find some pretty objects and places around. I personally find it interesting to witness locals’ daily life.

This was just too colourful, in many ways!
This was just too colourful, in many ways!
An empty building somewhere near Jalan Raya Ubud
An empty building somewhere near Jalan Raya Ubud
A peek behind the gate
A peek behind the gate

One thing for sure; Ubud is so colourful. I don’t know, but that was my impression to portray Ubud in one word other than tranquil, of course. Yes, colourful. I and Aprishi were also agree that happiness galore was so obvious here and there in Ubud.

A revisit to Ubud someday? Yes for sure, without any considering.

Thanks to ma boho-sister for making this trip happened!
Thanks to ma boho-sister for making this trip happened!
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Tranquil Ubud (part I)

Hi all! Yes, it’s been a while since my last post, as things have been very hectic lately (or am I being lazy and that’s just me finding alibi?). How does life treat you for the last few weeks? I hope you’re doing great, anyway. If not? That’s ok, everyone got their hard times, and however it would never stay forever, but surely it will define and reform the better you. We just have to remain positive.

Sooo, if you happen to follow my Instagram account, perhaps you already knew that I went to Ubud for days last week. Well, that’s just the pics on Instagram that you’ve seen, and now here, I’m going to tell you the story behind our (not-too) sudden trip to Ubud.

It was a random thought between me and Aprishi Allita couple weeks ago in the middle of a casual chit chat in our favorite lunch-time-place called Pacific Place (don’t ask why). We’re talking about our desire to go somewhere to break our routines. It wasn’t only Ubud at the first place. We’re thinking about Bangka Belitung, Lombok, Ubud, also Vietnam! But then, after having a holistic consideration, the choice fell on.. this very tranquil city, named Ubud.

I must say, our trip to Ubud was kind of blessed. We bought the tickets on the last day of a travel site’s promo, we also got a great deal for the hotel for almost 60% off, and another coincidence was; our stay in Bali was at the same time with promo period of a Taxi company, which gave us free ride! Happy!

Didn’t want to lose the time, we decided to have a super morning flight. We landed at Ngurah Rai on Tuesday morning, and had our lunch at KZU, Sunset Road. This one is a-must-visit restaurant if you’re looking for a healthy yummy meals!

KZU Sunset Road
KZU Sunset Road

Right after having our lunch, we went straight to Ubud. It took around an hour to reach Ubud from Denpasar. We’re staying at Sura Inn, between Jalan Raya Pengosekan and Jalan Hanoman, quite strategist and close to some nice cafes and restaurants. This budget hotel with minimalist architecture turned out to be very nice. The staffs are so friendly and helping. It only costed us IDR 800k for our 4D3N stay! Kiss goes to that famous hotel booking site which gave us 60% discount for this.

Mbak Wina, our hotel officer with Balinese daily offering
Mbak Wina, our hotel officer with Balinese daily offering

Since both of us can’t ride a motorcycle, so we decided to rent bikes. It was also our first attempt riding bikes after so many years anyway hahaha. Ubud is pretty friendly with bikes, you just really need to be a lil bit more careful riding it around Jalan Raya Ubud for its traffic density, and prepare yourself to take a walk holding your bike on some uphill roads, like the one on Jalan Raya Monkey Forest.

The bike rental
The bike rental

We spent our days by taking a stroll in and around Ubud. Funny thing is, we were often mistaken for foreigners, though clearly we don’t have the look for not being Indonesian. I guess, it’s because of domestic visitors rarely stroll around with bikes and stay in Ubud for days. Even in our hotel, some places we went, and some restaurants we visited, we’re like the only local visitors. Not too surprising anyway, since it’s a common thing that the local visitors mostly would prefer to stay in Kuta area and doing a quick visit to Ubud just for lunch at Bebek Bengil restaurant, rather than to stay for days in Ubud. But the fact is, Ubud is worth more that just a quick culinary visit. The more you dig, the deeper you will fall for it.

Ubud is so full of hidden gems! So, just before we had our trip to Ubud, I browsed and read on some articles about Ubud, and I stumbled upon a foreigner’s blog. She wrote the story about her one month stay in Ubud, and she also portrayed her family daily life in the midst of Nyuh Kuning village. Turned out, the village is not too far off from our hotel. So, Nyuh Kuning village was definitely being one of our destinations. And how was the village? You might say I’m exaggerating, but it was truly the nicest neighborhood I had ever seen (and felt!).

can you feel the serenity?
The road in Nyuh Kuning village. Can you feel the serenity?
a happy lady from the field
A happy lady from the field
one of small organic alleys in Nyuh Kuning
One of small organic alleys in Nyuh Kuning
Look at the golden light!
Look at the golden light!
A restaurant on the side road
A restaurant on the roadside
Details at the front house
Details at the front house
I couldn't stand the colours!
I couldn’t stand the colours!
A cultural parade to welcome a guest
A cultural parade to welcome a guest
Bu Ayu, the friendly fruitseller
Bu Ayu, the friendly fruitseller
Pak Dewo, the painter who has been painting since 6 y.o!
Pak Dewo, the painter who has been painting since 6 y.o!

There’s no single way I couldn’t fall in love with Nyuh Kuning! Spending like two hours or more to stroll around, step aside to talk with locals and take photos, we definitely enjoyed our time there.

One thing for sure, in Ubud, the people are too nice, warm, and somehow happy! I started the hashtag #tranquil_ubud from the very first day of our stay, and I guessed it was totally a right diction to be chosen. Tranquil. Despite all the physical beauty that it holds, there’s something magical and soothing here in Ubud. Perhaps, it’s the people in it, who transmit positive vibes to their surroundings. Perhaps it’s the air in it, which vapours serene feeling that we inhale into our lungs. Perhaps.

Our rides, the main contributor for our exploration B-)
Our rides, the main contributor for our exploration B-)

See you on the next chapter of our Ubud trip! Wait wait 😉