Well, it wasn’t my first time travelling on a plane alone but this is my first time travelling solo and exploring a place where I knew no one there. It certainly was a great way to spent the first day of 2013 in one of the most beautiful place on earth with an adventurous and crazy journey ahead of me. This marks my new beginning for the new year.
“Are you travelling alone?” The lady, probably in her late twenties, asked me. I was at immigration Check counter at Ngurah Rai Airport, waiting for my passport to be stamped.
I’ve been reading travel blogs lately and I’ve read so much about the freedom and adventure you get to enjoy while travelling solo. As an avid traveller, all I was yearning for was a trip with some elements of risk, fun, excitement and adventure. In addition to that, I was a big fan of the movie and book, “Eat, Pray, Love” which was written by Elizabeth Gilbert who visited Italy, India and Bali in Indonesia to embark on a soul-searching and soul-discovering journey.
“You must be so brave to travel alone.” She further added.
“Please come back in one piece and have a pleasant trip in Bali!” She said with a smile. And I laughed, sheepishly.
I could only say that it was nice to be engaging in a conversation with another fellow Singaporean at the start of this trip. Especially when I was feeling rather anxious about setting foot on my own and the fact that I realised I’ve forgotten to bring my memory card for the camera had got me feeling rather down, in the doldrums.
Imagine this : I’ve brought my bulky DSLR along during this trip in hope to take beautiful pictures of Bali and then at Changi Airport, I’ve come to the realisation that I’ve got no memory card to store the photos! Fortunately, my camera function in my phone works as well as any digital camera though I wish I had use my DSLR to photograph that places I’ve visited during my Bali trip instead. Oh well, I just got to make do with what I already have.
In preparation for this trip, I’ve made arrangements for transport from the airport to the guesthouse in Ubud which I would be staying for 3 nights. I managed to calm my nerves down and then prepare my heart to embrace this popular tourist destination, Bali, which was also listed as one of the top 10 places to visit on Tripadvisor. There must be something magical about this place which entice travellers to visit this place countless of times.
At the arrival hall, I spotted this man, dressed in T-shirts and bermudas,with a sheet of paper that has my name written on it. Selamat Tahun Bahru and welcome to Bali.
It was about one and half hours ride from the aiport at Denpasar to Ubud and during the long car ride, I had a friendly conversation with the driver who shared with me about his life and some cultural aspects of the Balinese. Since it was close to lunch time, he offered to drive me to Ibu Oka in Ubud for lunch before going to the guesthouse. Ibu Oka was one of places which I’ve included in my travel itinerary. This eatery,which serves the famous Babi Guling or suckling pork in Bali, was one of the must-go places for any tourist who is visiting Ubud,Bali. Others raved about their tender suckling pork while others simply said it was mediocre. Whether it’s delicious or not, I’ve at least go to try this Bali signature dish which is also the local’s favourite!
Jangkrik Home Stay at Jalan Haloman 60, Ubud, Bali
I was told that Jangkrik in Bahasa Indonesia meant cricket. But not to worry, it isn’t a house full of crickets. I don’t even think I ever saw one here.
It’s clean and tidy.
What’s in the room?
Double bed, bedside cabinet,wardrobe,ceiling fan, toilet with shower, towels and a bamboo rack.
According to the staff at Jangkrik, it wouldn’t bite but it just barks. It’s one fierce doggie that sometimes I got a little scared but at least, I know that it’s safe to live here. With that doggie, I’m certain there will be no intruders or thieves trying to come in.
Right outside my room, there’s a coffee table with chairs, a rubbish bin and a clothes rack for you to hang your laundry. At around 7 am, a thermoflask with hot water and a teacup will be placed on the coffee table where you would also have breakfast. I love their breakfast and Kakek serves a different breakfast set every morning. Read my next post for pictures of the breakfast meals served here!
I love the intricate wood carving designs on the door.
Stepping on the cold marble floorings made me really felt at home.
Well, I’m not going to lie that there are bugs here especially mosquitoes. I had a few mosquito bites on the first day so I had to apply some mosquito repellent before I go to bed. Even though my windows and doors were close at night, the room was well-ventilated with the openings near the ceiling and the ceiling fan. In fact, it was rather cooling in the evening.
My Ibu Oka Lunch.
It’s lovely sitting outside at the balcony while having my packed lunch.
|At Eve Spa Bali – Enjoying the tranquility|
Red, pink and purple flower petals with a couple of frangipanis.
Back at Jangrik Homestay.