[Here is the photostream of Bali 2014, for those who prefer pictures to tell a story. 🙂]
Our holiday was ending! Time really flies…
Today was the Kulungan Festival and most of the staff were dressed in their traditional costumes! The ladies seemed to favour brightly coloured clothing and it was a very pretty sight 🙂
We had confirmed that we would be able to have a free late check-out, as our villa was not booked by anyone else. Lucky us! The other couple that we met yesterday was not so lucky, their villa was booked by another couple, so they had to clear out of their villa by 11am. Since we did not have to worry about where to leave our luggage, we decided to go out for some shopping and lunch after our late breakfast.
It was a both a good and bad day to go out; good because it was very festive with everyone wearing their best for the Kulungan Festival, and bad because many shops were closed for the festival.
We went to Ubud market first to walk around and looked at some souvenirs. I still could not find the tea strainers 😦 Evenutally, I did try out my bargaining skills and bought something. It would be wise to have a starting price less than half of what was quoted… as we found out later at a fixed price shop, which already had prices marked up!
We had an early lunch at Dapur Bunda Restaurant, which we chanced upon and thought it looked like a nice place to rest. The decorations looked very retro and we just had to check it out 😛
We had the balcony seats on the second floor and shared a Bintang beer and Nasi Campur, with 4 dishes. Food here was actually very good! As usual, the tempeh was excellent – we are now tempeh converts 😛 The only dish that we did not like was the vegetables, it tasted rather raw. It was lovely to sit and watch the world go by, enjoying the cold beer in the hot weather.
After lunch, we continued walking around for a short while before taking the shuttle back to enjoy our private pool for the very last time. The water was too cold for me, so I sat by the ledge to soak my legs, while enjoying the beautiful view of the river and our leftover sparkling wine from the spa. The water was not too cold for frogs, so we enjoyed the company of one little frog that could not quite decide if it wanted to be in the pool or get out. Hubby was in the pool too, but he was no frog 😛
We finally left the villa close to 5.30pm to make our way to the airport. It was a very smooth ride without traffic jam, and we made it to the airport within an hour. With plenty of time to spare, we went for an early dinner at Bangi Kopitiam. Needless to say, it was our least favourite meal… LOL! We had enquired about the prices on the menu and were told that it was already inclusive of the tax and service charge, which was actually not true! Service was also quite poor and it was difficult to get the attention of the staff. We were supposed to press some button at the table for service, but it did not work 😐 Anyway, we shared a plate of Nasi Ayam Penyet for Rp55,000, but the chicken did not looked smashed… The tempeh was also not very nice and we were already missing all the delicious tempeh that we had throughout the trip! The food was so bad we didn’t even take any photos! Haha…
After our brief dinner, we went to check-in. Being the typical kiasu Singaporeans, we had decided not to check in any luggage to avoid any potential issues and we thought to check in as early as possible in case of any delays. Turned out that we did not have to worry. We did not have our bags checked before going to the check-in counter; people were being stopped for security checks randomly and appeared to be either Caucasians or travellers with huge luggage bags. We confirmed our seats at the exit row, paid the departure tax of Rp200,000 each and breezed through customs.
We had both ordered special meals for the flight and so we were served first… haha! Happy to say that the food was quite delicious!
We had wanted to continue the shows that we watched halfway during the forward leg of the journey, but alas, we were unable to fast forward the show (think this is an old plane) so we ended up watching another show halfway since there wasn’t enough time to complete the show… *pengz*
All too soon, we touched down past midnight and returned back to reality… Till our next trip!!!
- Dapur Bunda Ubud – Jalan Sri Wedari, Ubud, Bali 80350, Indonesia; Tel: +62 822-3609-3308