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Bali Day 3 (1)

Day 3.

#LOTD…
旅行為自己打扮得漂亮一些 (至少不邋遢),心情也自然更好!❤

#OOTD.
Top for only RM20 from LAMIDO.

The usual #groupfie before we start our day. ٩(^ᴗ^)۶

We headed to Ubud. First stop, Bali Batik at Tohpati Village. Visit Tohpati to watch the entire Batik making process from the designing, waxing, coloring and drying of the cloth.

You can also shop for your favorite batik paintings. The price here is rather higher, due to their originality. I got myself a batik headband that cost me IDR65,000. (我承認, 這是為買而買…) ƪ(‾ε‾“)ʃ

Next up, we went to Pura Puseh Batuan Temple, “Temple of Origins“,one of the island’s oldest temples. It’s certainly not hard to notice that religion and religious philosophy are part of the daily lives of the Balinese people. This is not in our itinerary but Komang suggested that we should drop by this temple.

We wore the sarong provided before entering the temple premises, it’s a respect thing.

While we were looking around, Komang, came to us with a flower. He plucked it from the tree in the temple and asked me to put it on; again, it’s Bali style, he said. Haha.

definitely, beautified balified my photo. (*‿*✿)

Offerings.

Komang told us how Balinese people would give offerings to God daily. It is to give back what has been given to you by the God, and to appease spirits. Just so you know, if you ever stumble upon any offering basket like this, it’s best not to step on it as the whole cosmos is related to it (according to the Balinese people).

The exterior of the temple.

There’s smaller gates lead into the inner courtyards. This is the “house” where all the ancient statues are kept. Komang told us, all of these statues are about a thousand years old. We were surprised how well-maintained they are. (ᵒ̤̑ ₀̑ ᵒ̤̑)wow!*✰

Komang, is very kind to explain to us about the symbolism of everything there, as well as the uniquely Balinese religious and spiritual beliefs.

In the temple, you will also find a “house” with raised platform that allowed tourist to play the traditional gamelan instruments, A balinese music instruments that include bronze and bamboo xylophones.

The original purpose of it is to serve religious beliefs, & to accompany dances. (& now, it’s a very good photography props, i joke.)

boyfriend’s photography skill improved ♥(ˆ⌣ˆԅ), causing me to have a super hard time choosing which one to post. (travel buddies said, even Komang’s photography skill will improve if I were to stay longer, lol.)

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This 11th century temple is exactly how an ancient Balinese architecture looks like, though I would like to think it looks more like a beautiful house of someone.

Overall, the temple is heavily influenced by the Indian religious architecture, installed with Balinese decorations.

Last picture of us in the temple. Somehow, this visit to the temple has gotten me to realize how important it is to understand and appreciate the culture of where you are visiting. ❤

Stomach started growling, we then headed to our long-awaited Babi Guling! Everyone say it’s a MUST-TRY in Bali. I set my expectation really high for this. Komang brought us to Babi Guling Ibu Oka, apparently the most famous Babi Guling in Bali.

However, according to Komang, this place has got 2 different set of menu. Local menu, & foreigners menu, which is obviously more expensive, easily twice the price of the local’s. Of course, Komang got us the local price. *happykid smiling so widely*

Food served! ♥~(‘▽^人)

Babi guling spesial, basically is a little bit of everything on the menu. Rice topped with grilled sausage, grilled pork, and deep-fried pork, Babi Guling for IDR45,000 (RM12). I was never a pork person, but, I have to say, I LOVE THIS, it was mad flavorful! ॱ॰⋆(˶ॢ‾᷄﹃‾᷅˵ॢ)ӵᵘᵐᵐᵞ♡♡♡

The customary shot with shop’s icon at the entrance.

After lunch, we thought of having coffee. We were then brought to Bali Pulina.

We were greeted by a young indonesian, who later led us through the plantation. We have to go through this small strand of road before we reach the plantation area.

Anyway, photo first, I super buay paiseh, literally kept the guy waiting. (^_^;)

Here, we are allowed to learn and take part in the whole coffee lawak (貓屎咖啡) preparation process. One of the world’s most expensive coffee. We were explained on the kopi luwak making process. These balinese wild cats(luwak) eat the coffee berries and left the beans inside undigested. These are their poops, which is later on collected, thoroughly washed, sun-dried, roasted and ground into coffee.

Me, roasting the coffee. Macam yes, tapi bukan.

Drink station. We paid IDR50,000 to try out the kopi luwak, together coffee of other flavors with including ginseng, lemon, ginger, vanilla and cocoa.

After ordering, you will be served to a waiting area with magnificent view of the paddy field. ❤

Photography credits to the guys. (。・ω・。)ノ♡

Sipping coffee, relaxing ourself, and meandering through the beautiful scenery..
Such a blessing! ヽ(愛´∀`愛)ノ

We spent quite some time there, drinking coffee and chatting. Komang sharing his stories with us, while we shared with him what we normally do back in our country. Pleasant time. These are the strangers that came in to our life, which eventually became our friends. ❤

To summarized it all, this whole set includes lemon tea, ginger tea, ginger coffee, ginseng coffee, chocolate coffee, cocoa coffee, vanilla coffee and the bali coffee. All these are free for testing when you ordered the Kopi Luwak sample for IDR50,000. It’s worth trying, for the experience sake. Nothing much to shout about the Kopi Luwak; afterall, I am more of a flat white person. ╮(╯▽╰)╭

p.s. – the washrooms here are extremely clean.

will continue on our day 3 journey on the next post.
stay tune, cheers! ✿♥‿♥✿

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