Sunday, 15 July 2012

Bali trip – 15 Jul 12

Although we turn in at 1am plus, all of us are awake by 9am. I have informed the driver yesterday to reach here at 10am today. Actually we pitied the driver as he only have few hours of sleep since he takes about 2 hours to reach home and he has to set off 2 hours earlier but time is precious here. 

As it was pitch dark when we checked in yesterday night, it was a surprise when we see the laid back surroundings when we wake up. I love the padi field but it a pity that all the padi are harvested.
Exterior of our room
Green Field Bali
Padi field

Breakfast is included and there is a choice of western breakfast and local breakfast. Western breakfast includes croissant and scrambled egg or omelette while local breakfast is mee goreng. For every set, it includes a plate of fresh food and a choice of coffee or tea.

We checked out first before our driver arrive as we are only staying at Green Field Bali for one night. Our first destination is Kintamani but halfway through the journey, the driver told us that he forgot to bring some passes hence he suggested we visit the coffee plantation instead. We went to coffee plantation which is near Pura Tirtha Empul.
Coffee seeds
Civet cat
Luwak coffee seeds
Frying the coffee seeds
Pounding the coffee seeds

I learn something new as I didn't know that there is female and male coffee bean. Male coffee bean doesnt have a flat surface and cost more than a female coffee bean which has a flat surface.
Guess which is male and female coffee seeds?

There is free sampling of 10 types of drinks including various type of coffee, lemongrass tea, rosella tea etc.
Various type of coffee for testing

We ordered 2 cups of kopi luwak which cost about S$10 per cup to taste. Maybe I'm not a coffee specialist as I don't find any special about kopi luwak
Kopi luwak
Various products from this plantation

Next, we head to Pura Tirta Empul (Admission: IDR15,000 ~ S$2). This temple is famous for it's holy spring water where Balinese come here for healing and spiritual merit. 
Monument at Pura Tirtha Empul
Entrance of Pura Tirtha Empul
Do take note of these before entering

On the left side of the temple is a modern villa on the hill which is built for President Sukarno's visit in 1954. It is now used as a rest house for important guests.
Villa for important guests
Inside the compound
Seeking blessing from the holy man
Quick sand
Devotees bathing in the purifying pool
Rows of stalls selling souvenir at the exit of the temple
Colourful jeep

We had lunch at Ibu Oka Babi Guling. Babi Guling (Roast Pig) is a local speciality in Bali and Ibu Oka Babi Guling is one the most famous restaurant selling this dish. There are 3 branches of Ibu Oka in Ubud - Jalan Suweta, Jalan Raya Teges, Jalan Tegal Sari). We visited the branch at Jalan Raya Teges.
Ibu Oka Babi Guling

All of us ordered the special babi guling which cost IDR30,000 ~ S$4. The rice is served with pork, crispy pork skin and pork sausages. Well, all of us find that this dish is over hyped. It tasted like our roasted pork but the crispy pork skin is much harder to chew.
Babi Guling special

After lunch, we went to check in at Tegal Sari. A cold complimentary lime juice was served when we are checking in. It's taste so refreshing on a hot and sunny day. Check in is a breeze and we are guided to our room by the staff.
Complimentary drink
Tegal Sari reception area

The guys are staying at this super deluxe room which is on the ground level while we are staying at the wooden room which is on the 2nd level. Although there is a bathtub in the room, I didn't have a chance to use it throughout the stay. I prefer the room in Tegal Sari as it looks much newer and not as tired as the room in Green Field.
Super Deluxe room
Spiral staircase leading to wooden room
Wooden room
Group photo

After settling our belongings, we went out to Sukawati Market which is about 20min south of Ubud on the main road to Sanur. Opening hours: 9am – 5pm. There are many shops selling similar items and is the cheapest compared to Pasar Ubud and Tanah Lot. 
Sukawati Market

It took us almost 2hr to reach Tanah Lot and we were hopping that the sun don't set so fast. The sun in Bali set quite early at around 6pm compared to Singapore where the sun set at around 7pm. It's about 10min walk from the carpark to Tanah Lot and all of us are walking very fast as we do not want to miss the sunset.
Sunset at Pura Batu Bolong
Pura Batu Bolong
Beautiful sunset
Tanah Lot

During low tide, it is walkable from the beach to Tanah Lot. It is believe that poisonous sea snakes are guarding the temple from evil spirits and intruders at the base of the rock. I am curious so I walk over to Tanah Lot with hubby. I can't find any sea snakes at all but I saw priests giving blessing here.
Blessing at Tanah Lot

It takes another 2 hour from Tanah Lot to Naughty Nuri's Warung and Grill. By the time we reached, it's almost 9pm. Address: Jl. Raya Sanggingan (Across the road from Neka Museum, down the Road from Uma Hotel) & Opening hours: 10am – 11pm daily.
Naughty Nuri's Warung and Grill

All of us are famished and we ordered 4 spare ribs, pork satay, 2 sausages and avocado juice. The sausages are mediocre. It's the pork ribs that captured our stomach. The pork ribs are charcoal barbecued and it's so tender and juicy.  This meal cost IDR560,000 ~ S$76 for 4 pax which is not expensive at all. 
Yummy food

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