Ubud

We spent the the first three days of our trip to Bali in the cultural town of Ubud. It is a one stop hub of an amazing mix of old and new with a growing range of activities in whatever pace you choose. 3 days of eat pray love in Ubud is simply not enough  .  Warning pictures overload ahead 😉 . 

 

 

Day 1 – It was lunchtime when we arrived in Ubud. After dropping our bags at our guest house, we hunt down for some local food and end up at this warung.

Nasi Campur (champur) – rice with a little bit of everything – pork, veggies, chicken, shrimp and egg.
Nasi Goreng – mixed fried rice

 

Pura Taman Saraswati (Lotus Palace) – Pic by R. Allan Geraldez

 

Pura Taman Saraswati Temple

 

 

From Ubud Center, we walked all the way to Sacred Monkey Forest which is like 3 kms away. Entrance 50k IDR.

 

We didn’t spend much time here because most of us are literally afraid of the monkeys. My friend got nipped in the legs coz the monkey is trying to get inside her pants.  They are too sociable for our liking. Afraid!

 

Ubud Market

That evening we watched a traditional Kecak (Kechak) dance at the temple beside our guest house. It cost 75k IDR per person.

 

Day 2

This is our 2 storey 4 rooms accomodation in Ubud. (booked via Booking.com)Breakfast can be served in the veranda or the garden. Limited choices but all comes with fruits, coffee or tea. I highly recommend this place. We had a very pleasant stay. With Wifi, good breakfast and centrally located in Ubud.  Nyoman and his wife speaks english, they also have a taxi and tour services. We booked our Mt. Batur hike with them.

After breakfast we had a full day tour of the following: Tegenungan Waterfall, Kanto Lampo Waterfall, Gunung Kawi Sebatu, Bali Pulina Coffee Plantation and Tegalalang Rice Terraces. For tours around Bali I recommend Kadek. He drove us for 2 days around Bali. He speaks english, his rates are reasonable and he can be your photographer or videographer. You want drone shots? He got you covered.

 

Tegenungan Waterfall. 165 stair steps going down (and up).

 

Kanto Lampo Waterfall. Entrance fee 20k IDR.

 

Lunch was at I Made Joni restaurant in Ubud which we were told to order their Crispy duck. YUM!!!

Gunung kawi Sebatu. Entrance 30K IDR.

Bali Pulina Coffee Plantation. Where you can try their Luwak Coffee for 50K IDR.
The civet cat (Luwak) feed on coffee cherries (seasonally that’s why this coffee is expensive) then undergoes fermentation in its digestive tract and the beans gets secreted as part of its poo. I Know, ewww! Then they separate it and clean it, sun dried, roasted and grind it.
Free taste for all the other coffee and tea except for the Kopi Luwak which is 50K IDR for a cup.

 

Tegalalang Rice Terraces.

 

Day 3 – 4 of us hiked Mt. Batur at 3am. The rest catch up on beauty sleep and after breakfast we grab a taxi and went to Bali Swing. Entrance fee 25k IDR. Swing all you can and refreshments 375K IDR per person. The experience was exhilarating. They have 5 swings you can try. The highest one you need to put a body harness which doesn’t look good in pictures imo.  I’m scared of heights so I did the one not facing the ravine with a rope attached to the waist (4 swings have this).

Mt. Batur

 

Tip. Wear a flowing maxi dress. Red, Fuschia, Yellow colors.

 

We are actually holding on for dear life here 🙂 . All for the ‘gram 😉

 

After this we went back to check out, then lunch at Ibu Oka to try the famous Babi Guling (I like our Lechon better btw), went to Ubud Market for last minute shopping. Around 2pm then we were picked up by our ride to transfer to our second accommodation located in Seminyak. More on that on my next post.

You can watch our Bali travel video here and if you wanna see more pictures you can find me here ;).

 

 

xoxo,

 

Mitzi

 

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24 hours in Batad (Banaue)

 

 

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Notes:

1. Php 1715 per pax  – Overnight package tour c/o Ramon’s homestay inclusive of jeep fr Banaue to Batad, Guide fee, Batad tourist fee, overnight accomodation at Ramon’s (1 hut for 7pax), Ifugao costume wearing for photo ops,  and van from Batad to Sagada (1 way drop off only). Contact Jasmin 0975-615-5542.

2. Ohayami bus transit to Banaue costs at 450 per pax and will take you approximately 8-9 hours with 3 stop overs. We are only maybe 15 locals in that 9pm trip the rest are foreigners.

3. Buy water, snacks and other necessities in Banaue before you go to Batad. It’s cheaper.

4. Toploading is so much fun! Please don’t pass up on this. It is not scary at all I promise.

6.  Walking stick for rent at 10pesos. Believe me you need one. Very helpful. Get one!

7.  There are local porters at the saddle point if you want to hire one. Rate is per bag and how heavy it is. Mine costs 100 pesos. They can carry maybe 3-4 bags each way. Go get one! Para sa ekonomiya!

8.  Food around here takes 45 minutes-1 hour waiting time. A cup of coffee or hot chocolate is maybe 30 minutes. Longer wait than the time I spent drinking it. The view of the terraces while waiting for my cup actually makes up for it.

9. Batad is out of coverage area for any mobile network. Try to enjoy and savor that moment of disconnection.

10. Please please check the weather before you go. The time we went, it was drizzling and the trails can be very slippery when wet. I slipped a few times. A tried and tested trek sandals is a must.

11. We went around February to catch the cold weather up north. The terraces were mostly brown muddy pools with some greens. Locals said it is best to go around June and July when the terraces is in their golden color before harvest in August. If you want to see it on its greenest, then go during summer.

12. No ATM in town. Cash is the only way to go.

xoxo,

M

More about Batad here:

My Batad Photodiary

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Pinatuboom!

 

Mt. Pinatubo Runaway

Mt PinatuboStratovolcano in Botolan, PhilippinesAdventure Trip Ideas#SorianoFilms #MtPinatubo #Trekking #Hiking #Mountain #Volcano

Posted by Travel Adventure Ideas – Soriano Films on Tuesday, 5 January 2016

 

 

 

Expenses:

300 gas and toll per pax
3000 4×4 group of 5
500 guide/5
500 conservation fee per pax
150 aeta passway per pax
250 tip driver
250 tip guide
Total : 1750 per pax group of 5

Package trip c/o Wendell Mercado 09184201286

Bring:

Backpack contents for climb:
-umbrella/hat/cap
-cellphone
-camera
-trail food
-water at least 2L
-wipes/tissue
-meds
-shades
-money
-small plastic for trash
-head gear/sarong
-sunblock!
-insect repellant

Wear

1. Dri fit shirt
2. Leggings/running shorts
3. Trek sandals/rubber shoes/water proof shoes

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