Best Travel Moments in 2013 and Why I Want to Travel More

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Approaching the end of 2013, it’s time to reflect and make resolution for new year ahead. Maybe sounds cliché…make resolutions for new year and maybe some people will forget theirs soon after the trumpet blown and fireworks blasted. But I am not that type of person. Every year I usually make big goals to be reached and usually I work hard to accomplish them. Last year it was Thailand which gave me the travelbug. Trip to Thailand opened my eyes and reminded me of my other passion (besides Medicine), is to travel.

Since I was a kid I want to travel the world (well, who doesn’t?). Me and my family travelled a lot, although only domestically, but they always encouraged me to see the world, gather experiences, and taste everything new. The most important thing they taught me is to pursue my passion, no matter what it is.

I grew up with the passion to see the world, then, I fell in love with Human Medicine. When I entered my Medicine study, I don’t want to forget my travel passion, so I sticked a World Map on my bedroom wall. My very bestfriend who know me very very well always sent me birthday card with text : “Hope your wishes to travel the world will come true”.

This year, I learned and experienced a lot, and here I write some of my best travel moments, because some memories are just too precious to be forgotten and worth to be written (typed?) down so it will last, hopefully, forever.

#Unforgettable View

It was a scenic view of rice fields, long and thick bamboo forest, surrounded by green hills, blue mountains and clear blue sky which took my heart away. A road to Batutumonga peak in Tana Toraja, the Land of the Dead located in South Sulawesi. The road is long and bumpy, but sitting on the motorbike for almost two hours with aching pain on your butt is nothing compared with the price…

Batutumonga Tanah Toraja South Sulawesi

#Unforgettable Experience

To sat inside a bamboo hut, ate pa’piong (traditional Torajan food, pork with spices cooked inside a bamboo), under the hut was living pigs walked around, waited to be slaughtered, meanwhile in front of me was living and anxious buffalos, stood there watching their friend’s bodies laid on the ground, cut and left only head and horns… Next to me was another huts, full with people in black clothing, the relatives of the man who died a year ago, mummified and kept in home until the family ready to held the Torajan Funeral Ceremony, and buried (or put inside the stone grave) after then.

Torajan Funeral Ceremony South Sulawesi

#Unforgettable Fun

Transformers The Ride, USS. Hell yeah it’s good to be kids again! To enjoy the ride, experienced those visual high-tech and felt as it were real, screamed, laughed, and tensed at the same time. Funny was, even on that moment, for a short second, I felt a serene and grateful feeling. A kind of feeling that I want to smile as wide as possible and say “oh thank you God for let me live and experience this fun”. Absurd maybe, but it happened to me. Or maybe it just the endorphine. 😀

Transformer the Ride USS

#Unforgettable Challenge

You haven’t go to Ubud if you haven’t visit Tegalalang. Okay so I took the challenge (actually challenge myself), to bike to Tegalalang. Tegalalang rice fields is maybe one of the  most scenic beauty of Ubud, but it was not the yellow rice fields, nor the smile of the local female farmers which made it unforgettable, but the feeling from a accomplished mission. It was the sweat under the heat, the tiring muscle, the grunting and the self-motivatalk during the journey that made it unforgettable. How I smiled (and relieved) when I finally reached Tegalalang, how I beat the challenge, and how I survived from 10 km biking through some steep hills. It was the survival that made it unforgettable.

biking ubud tegalalang

#Unforgettable Sunrise

Sanur Beach, Bali, the first time I finally made an effort to woke up early to saw the sunrise. I am not a morning person, and after several times I failed, now I know that only persistence can beat laziness. Why choose to snooze if you can experience a view like this?

Sunrise Sanur Beach Bali

#Unforgettable Near Death Experience Feeling

I didn’t realize that I have Fear of Heights before. I am not afraid when I have to ride a roller coaster. Well, I am afraid a bit when I stand in high building. I freaked a little when I use a very very high escalator (like those in some of Singapore malls). I freaked a lot when I have to walked through an old wooden bridge that cross a big river at Maribaya Waterfalls. But I became crazier when I walked through the OCBC Skyway at Garden By The Bay, Singapore. Hell, it is 22-metres high from the ground, with the 128-metres steel-net floor and big wind blew from side to side, I was lucky my heart didn’t stop beating! Will.Not.Do.This.Again.(But.Happy.To.Did.That.Though)

Garden By The Bay OCBC Skyway Singapore

#Unforgettable Overland Journey

I love overland journey! It’s hard to choose between 8-hours journey sat inside the night bus from Makassar to Tana Toraja, full moon outside, mountains, hills, and Gunung Nona view in the midnight, chatted randomly with my travelmate and also one of my bestfriend, no luxurious or fake smile service nor comfortable seat, but I felt so peaceful and comfortable with myself, or 9-hours comfortable night bus ride with massage chair from Johor Baru to Penang, when I awaken by a glimpse of light from the morning sunrise and the beautiful view from Penang Bridge was the first thing I saw. Hmm…I choose both.

Penang Bridge Malaysia

#Unforgettable Food

Despite a lot of arguments toward which is the best Babi Guling or Suckling Pig in Bali, I choose Babi Guling Ibu Oka as the best for my tongue and tummy. A bit pricey, yes, but it worth the size, taste, and experience. I still dream the taste of crispyness and the thick fat under the fried pork skin. Damn, why now I feel like Hannibal? Read the full review and story about Babi Guling Ibu Oka here.

babi guling ibu oka ubud bali

#Unforgettable Drink

Black and strong Toraja Coffee. A sip of this thick black coffee is one of my favourite way to start a day.

toraja coffee

So, why travel? Because I want to collect memories and experiences, not things.

“See the world. It’s more fantastic than any dream made or paid for in factories. Ask for no guarantees, ask for no security” – Ray Bradbury

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Sad Story from Pandawa Beach

Pandawa Beach, Bali, Indonesia

Pandawa Beach, Bali, Indonesia

No, this post is not the story about how beautiful Pandawa Beach is. Instead, this is a sad story…

Last month me and my sister visited Pandawa Beach, Bali. White sands stretched along the beach, clear blue sea water, atop us is clear blue sky and hot bright sun that burned my skin. It supposed to be a peace, calm, and nice usual day on the beach, accompanied with the soft sound from the waves crushed far from the shore. I sat on the warm sands, I can feel my toes tingled when it touched the cold crystal clear water below my feet. In front of us a little local boy, maybe around 8 or 9 years old, swam freely, with a google mask on his eyes and styrofoam tied with a plastic rope to his leg, kept him floated. He wore only a green short, looked too big for his thin body, but matched nicely with his brown coloured skin. We chatted a little with the little boy. He told us that he searched for little fishes. He laughed a lot. I like his smile. As I sat there, I watched him swam and did some “attractions”. He tried to surf using his styrofoam, but he fell and fell again, failed to maintain the balance of his body. That was funny though. I laughed several times, and he laughed back. That short moment felt nice and fun…

until I stood up, decided to leave the beach…Suddenly the boy waved his hand, tipped his fingers and made a gesture that means asking for money. I was surprised, but tried to ignore the gesture, smiled, and said goodbye instead. When I  turned my back, a loud-shouting-voice from this little boy reached my ears…

“Hey you crazy women, why you don’t give me money!”

I was stunned.

This little boy with that innocent face…why he said such a thing? Did he learned that from his parents? Friends? Did he learned that from the tourists? Why he expected some money from us? Did he usually received money from tourists? Why he has such a behaviour? Will this behaviour stayed until he become an adult? Is this one of a result from mass tourism?

It just sad…

Weekly Photo Challenge : The Hue of You

Canang Sari Bali Indonesia

Canang Sari is a daily offering made by Balinese Hindus to thank God. It can be seen in Balinese temples, small shrines in houses, and ground. The colour is just amazingly beautiful. I love how the pink, red, yellow, orange, white, green, and brown mix together and form such a beautiful art. Each colour and each thing (flowers, rice, palm leaves, cake, incense) on it has meaning, arranged and set, for only one purpose, to show gratitude to the Creator.

There are many “colour” in my life, either it’s pink, red, green, white, or brown, each of it has purpose and colour my beautiful life, and show me how to always be grateful.

 

Weekly Photo Challenge by Daily Post : The Hue of You

#PeopleAroundUs : Tukang Es Keliling

Tukang Es Kuta Bali

Suatu sore di Pantai Kuta. Langit cerah berwarna biru muda dihiasi gumpalan-gumpalan awan yang menggantung bebas seakan tanpa beban. Di ujung horison tampak warna semburat keemasan yang menandai matahari akan segera kembali ke peraduan, menyambut malam. Terduduk aku di atas pasir pantai yang empuk, menanti momen-momen matahari terbenam, bersama dengan puluhan bahkan ratusan orang-orang yang juga ingin menyaksikan keindahan yang sama.

Dari sekian banyak pengunjung pantai Kuta sore itu, sesosok manusia menarik perhatianku. Seorang pria paruh baya, dengan postur yang tidak kekar, apalagi berotot, tetapi figurnya menampilkan sosok yang kokoh, sosok pekerja keras. Kulitnya coklat kehitaman tanda seringnya terpapar sinar matahari Bali yang terik. Untuk mengakalinya, dia memakai kaus putih berlengan panjang, di balik seragam rompi kutung merahnya dengan logo sebuah merk es krim ternama di Indonesia. Menemani rompi merah menyalanya yang sepertinya belum cukup catchy, sebuah topi berwarna sama pun bertengger di atas kepalanya. Topi dengan tepi melebar yang mungkin sengaja disediakan oleh perusahaannya untuk memberi perlindungan maksimum dari sengatan sinar matahari. Di pundaknya tercangklong sebuah tali, tetapi yang dibawanya bukanlah tas kain Bali seperti kebanyakan turis yang berseliweran di Kuta, melainkan sebuah boks berukuran cukup besar, berwarna biru dengan logo berbentuk hati yang berwarna merah dan putih di tengahnya. Aku menebak dari ukurannya, pasti tidak ringan. Belum lagi “angkutan” es-es yang dibawanya. Di tangan kirinya, ia memegang sehelai kertas berlaminating yang menunjukkan berbagai gambar menarik es-es yang dijualnya. Persenjataannya sudah lengkap tampaknya. Santai, dengan bercelana pendek  dan bersandal jepit, ia pun berjalan menelusuri tepi pantai Kuta.

Sedari kapan ia telah berjalan, aku tak tahu. Tapi dari peluh keringatnya, aku menebak ia telah melalui hari yang panjang. Meskipun begitu, tak tampak raut cemberut di wajahnya. Ia hanya berjalan dan berjalan, sesekali menatap wajah turis-turis di sekitarnya dan melemparkan senyum. Berharap panasnya udara Kuta dapat membujuk mereka untuk membeli es dagangannya. Tak banyak kata yang keluar dari mulutnya. Tak ada kalimat-kalimat paksaan seperti yang sering dilancarkan pedagang-pedagang souvenir di sepanjang tepi pantai. Hanya senyuman yang menjadi andalannya. Mungkin ia sudah lelah berjalan. Atau mungkin ia tidak ingin mengganggu pengunjung yang sedang melewati momen-momen berharganya. Meskipun begitu, toh banyak juga yang memanggil dirinya dan melihat-lihat isi boks yang dicangklongnya. Rupiah demi rupiah dijejalkan ke tangannya, bungkusan-bungkusan es berpindah tangan. Senyum berbalas senyum. Peluh diusap. Dan ia pun terus berjalan…

Ikutan #PeopleAroundUs yuk? Proyek satu hari satu foto satu cerita dari @aMRazing ^^

Indonesia in Five Colours

Capture the Colour photo blogging competition by TravelSupermarket.com is back! Again, the competition is to choose five original shots from your travel experiences, and each shot representing the colors : blue, green, yellow, white and red. Last year I also participated in this photo blogging challenge and it’s been really fun! So of course  I want to participate again this year. This time I will share five colours that represent my home country, Indonesia.

Blue : Amirul Mukminin Floating Mosque, Makassar, South Sulawesi

The tranquil Amirul Mukminin, the first floating Mosque in Indonesia

The tranquil Amirul Mukminin, the first floating Mosque in Indonesia

Built in 2009, the first floating Mosque in Indonesia, Amirul Mukminin Mosque, has been a highlight to many visitors who comes to Makassar, South Sulawesi. Located at Losari Beach, only few meters from the Fort Rotterdam and La Galigo Museum, this Mosque offers charming and tranquil beauty of its own. The picturesque blue sky as a background and sea below, matched with the ornamental light blue dome, this mosque has attracted a lot of photographers to capture the magnificent scene. Amirul Mukminin Mosque also named 99 Al Makazzary Mosque, that name symbolized one of the High Priest of Masjidil Haram, Syech Yusuf.

White : Hanoman, The King of Monkey, at Kecak Dance, Uluwatu, Bali

Hanoman, the King of Monkey in Ramayana epic

Hanoman, the King of Monkey in Ramayana epic

Hanoman, considered as the central character in Ramayana epic, which he participated in the war between Rama and the demon king Rahwana to rescue Rama’s wife, Shinta. The story has been passed from generation to generation and being as old as the Hindu itself. Now Ramayana story is commonly played in Kecak Dance, Bali. Kecak Dance, which is well-known for its mystical sense, since there’s no music played but instead use the rhytmic sound “cak-cak-cak” sung by dozens male dancers. Hanoman himself played an essential character, like a real monkey, which is fast-moving, intelligent, playful but also humble and fearless. Watching Kecak Dance itself at Pura Uluwatu, with colorful Balinese dancer wearing colorful dancing costumes, the humming sound of “cak-cak-cak”, clear blue sky above, and accompanied by the light of golden sunset, is one of the unforgettable experience in life.

Green : One Day at Rantepao, Tana Toraja, South Sulawesi

A mosque in the middle of Land of Thousand Churches, Tana Toraja

A mosque in the middle of Land of Thousand Churches, Tana Toraja

Tana Toraja is a region in the highland of South Sulawesi, also called “Land of The Dead” and “Land of Thousand Churches”. The first name is given because of the famous ritual of Torajan Funeral Ceremony, “Rambu Solok”, where they held a big feast to celebrate the death, include sacrifice dozens of buffalos and hundreds of pigs, also the tradition to “keep” the dead one mummified from days to years inside the house called “tongkonan” before the feast is held. The last is called because of the massive numbers of churches built in Tana Toraja, since most of the people are Christians. But in the middle of my random-walking through Rantepao, the capital city of Tana Toraja, I found this mosque, covered with beautiful green-coloured-dome, can’t be more serene and free as it seem. The beauty of diversity. (Also seen at Turnamen Foto Perjalanan)

Red : Toraja Traditional Woven Cloth, Sa’dan Village, North Toraja

Natural-dyed traditional cloth, handmade by women in Sa'dan Village, North Toraja

Natural-dyed traditional cloth, handmade by women in Sa’dan Village, North Toraja

This traditional cloth made by handmade-yarn from cotton that grew in local garden at Sa’dan Village, North Toraja. When I was stumbled upon this colorful clothes and motives, I hardly believe that all of this made and colored by natural sources, with only hand and weaving tools, but the fact is, it’s true. Nowadays, only small amount of women do weaving in Sa’dan Village. With the coming of massive industrialization, traditional woven fabric become threatened and leading to its extinction. Only one 83-years old lady left that still do the traditional yarn-spinning. Whereas, Torajan traditional woven fabric is considered as a high value art that should be well-preserved. The question is : Would we?

Yellow : Welcoming a New Day at Sanur, Bali

Sunrise at Sanur Beach, Bali

Sunrise at Sanur Beach, Bali

A new day, a new beginning. As the yellow flag waved freely in the middle of tranquil morning at Sanur Beach, a new excitement inside me began to rise. New day! New hope! New spirit! As the gentle wind stroked my hair, then a new me was born again. Nothing can compared the serenity of a calm sunrise in the morning, moreover the sunrise in Sanur Beach, which is considered as the most hunted place to welcoming the born of the sun once again. Boats waited to be sailed once again. Women awaked to pray and give offering to Gods once again. Children opened their black-browned eyes like a new baby born. Yellow flag waved…

And now here are my five nominees :

1. Danan Wahyu from Danan Wahyu Sumirat

2. Wira from Wira Nurmansyah

3. Halim from Jejak Bocah Ilang

4. Angga from Catatan Ransel

5. Efenerr from Efenerr

Good luck to all! ^^

~happy traveling, happy life~

Weekly Photo Challenge : One Shot, Two Ways

This cloudy sunrise taken from Sanur Beach, Bali, Indonesia. Sanur Beach located in southeastern side of Bali, considered as the best place to enjoy the beauty of sunrise. On this Weekly Photo Challenge by DailyPost, I’ve read interesting post about how to decide which is the best approach to capture a scene : portrait? Or landscape?

When I was stumbled upon this magnificent color of sunrise, I decided to take two scenes. First, the closer look of the sun, gave me the strong or more “yang” energy. But at the second shot, when I saw the bigger picture, it gave me the calm or more “yin” energy. Suddenly, a line of poem by J.W Goethe appeared in my mind…”das Nähe wird weit”, means “the near is getting far”. Was heute sehr wichtig ist, kann morgen unwichtig sein. Same scene, different shots, different perspectives.

So…portrait? Or landscape?

Weekly Photo Challenge : One Shot, Two Ways

Solo Travelling to Ubud : What to see, what to do, what to eat

Ubud. Kota kecil yang terletak di tengah-tengah Pulau Bali ini terkenal sebagai cultural center of Bali. Disebut juga kampung senimannya Bali, karena banyaknya karya seni yang dihasilkan di sini. Paintings, wooden craft, glass craft, leaves craft, stone craft, bamboo craft, paper craft, semuanya ada di sini. Di sepanjang Jalan Monkey Forest dan Jalan Hanoman, mata seakan dimanjakan dengan keindahan karya seni buatan tangan para seniman Bali. Lukisan pemandangan, penari Bali, dewa-dewi Hindu, Sang Buddha, pura, abstrak, berbagai motif, sampai lukisan wanita telanjang pun ada. Semuanya berjejer rapi menghiasi art shop di sepanjang jalanan tersebut. Dan jangan lupa, ada juga Pasar Seni Ubud, di mana ada berpuluh-puluh toko yang menjual barang-barang seni sampai souvenir tumplek jadi satu di sini. Pecinta barang-barang nyeni dijamin kalap di sini. Untungnya saya travelling dengan budget terbatas sehingga tidak tergoda membeli koleksi barang-barang unik khas Bali tersebut. Padahal sih ngiler abis.

Solo backpacking di Ubud sangat mudah, aman, dan tentunya menyenangkan. Beda dengan suasana tempat-tempat touristy di Bali seperti Kuta atau Sanur, Ubud lebih cocok untuk menyepi, menenangkan diri, dan memperkaya jiwa. Nggak ada tuh abang-abang yang berbaris sepanjang jalan menawarkan tur atau barang ini itu atau berkomentar nakal seperti yang sering ditemui di Kuta. Suasananya yang “lebih Bali” dan masih belum banyak dikuasai toko-toko dan brand-brand asing membuat Ubud lebih terasa asli dan nyaman. Penginapan di Ubud pun rata-rata bernuansa tradisional, dengan  bungalow-bungalow kecil yang bernuansa Bali dan menghadap ke sawah. Harganya memang sedikit lebih mahal dibanding penginapan di kawasan Poppies Lane, tetapi suasana, keindahan, dan servis yang didapat pun jauh lebih oke. Saya menginap di Penginapan Danasari, Jalan Hanoman. Untuk review penginapannya, bisa dilihat di sini. Overall sih saya sangat puas dengan penginapan ini.

Mengeksplor Ubud, cara terbaik menurut saya adalah dengan menggunakan sepeda. Sepeda bisa disewa melalui penginapan atau di rental-rental yang tersedia di sepanjang jalan. Harganya sekitar 15rb-20rb/hari. Menyusuri jalanan di Ubud sangat menyenangkan, karena selain udaranya yang cenderung sejuk,jalanannya tidak terlalu padat, dan bisa menikmati art shop yang ada di sepanjang jalanan Ubud. Kesannya lebih selow aja sih, jika dibanding naik motor. Naik mobil sih nggak disarankan, mana seru…hehe. Dua hari di Ubud, inilah tempat-tempat yang worth to visit di Ubud :

1. Museum Puri Lukisan

Lokasinya di Jalan Raya Ubud, buka dari jam 08.00 – 16.00. Tiket masuknya Rp.50.000. Awalnya, gw merasa harga tiketnya overprice banget, maklum jarang maen ke museum berbayar. Rata-rata di Bandung sih masuk museum gratis, hehe. Eh ternyata…setelah masuk, gw merasa 50rb itu worth it banget. Jangan bayangin bentuk museumnya gedung tua dan kusam yang di dalamnya gelap dan berdebu ya. Museum Puri Lukisan ini gedeeeeee luassssss dan hijaaauuuu banget. Pintu gerbangnya berbentuk gapura besar gitu, dan setelah melewati gapura, gw disambut dengan pemandangan taman yang luas, hijau, banyak bunganya, plus ada kolam teratai dan pendopo Bali gitu. Wih. Spekta lah pokoknya. Asri banget! Tampak beberapa anak bule yang ganteng, cantik, dan mungil-mungil itu lagi lari-larian di taman. Beberapa pengunjung sedang asik minum welcome drink di sebuah cafe kecil di samping museum. Beberapa sedang memperhatikan pertunjukan live cara melukis di daun palem. Beberapa sedang menonton seorang wanita yang sedang duduk menenun kain tradisional, lengkap dengan alat tenun yang terbuat dari bambu.

Di salah satu sudut museum. Nice.

Di salah satu sudut museum. Nice.

Nah itu baru pemandangan pembuka. Gedung utama museum ini terdiri dari 3 bangunan yang masing-masing menampilkan karya lukisan dan seni dari 3 masa yang berbeda, yaitu tema Wayang Bali, Bali Pertengahan, dan Bali Modern (ada pengaruh budaya Barat di sini). Paling keren adalah gedung Wayang Art. Di sini lo bisa liat lukisan dari kisah Ramayana, Mahabharata, dan tokoh-tokoh wayang, kumplit! Lukisannya pun nggak main-main, ada yang dilukis di kain dan usianya udah tuwir banget, dari jaman masih penjajahan Belanda, dan masih bertahan sampe sekarang dong. Indah banget deh, apalagi kalo lo penyuka tokoh-tokoh Hindu, betah rasanya di dalem. Kudu banget lah tempat ini lo datengin. Terharu dan bangga rasanya liat karya seni Indonesia yang indah banget. Agak miris juga tapi setelah liat daftar buku tamu yang tebelnya kayak kamus, dan udah gw bolak-balik pun pengunjung dari Indonesia  bisa dihitung dengan tangan. Miris! O ya selain lukisan, ada juga wooden crafts yang keren-keren di sini. Yang paling gw inget adalah patung berjudul “Senggama”. Nice banget pokoknya patungnya 😀 Btw, di dalam gedung museum nggak boleh memotret ya, jadi kalo penasaran silakan kunjungi museum ini ^^

Masa sih nggak mau mampir ke museum seindah dan seasri ini? :3

Masa sih nggak mau mampir ke museum seindah dan seasri ini? :3

2. Museum Renaissance Antonio Blanco

Puas menikmati karya seni asli seniman Bali, sekarang saatnya menikmati karya seni seniman luar negeri yang akhirnya tinggal menetap di Ubud. Don Antonio Blanco adalah seniman asal Spanyol yang menikah dengan penari Bali, akhirnya banyak menghasilkan karya seni aliran Renaissance yang kebanyakan bertema Bali (ehm, lebih tepatnya lagi wanita Bali). Lokasinya  di Jalan Campuhan, lumayan juga sih jauh dan naik turun bukit gitu. Tapi pemandangan menuju ke sananya edan keren abis…pohon-pohon rindang sepanjang jalan, udara yang sejuk dan bersih…ihik…kaki pun nggak kerasa pegel meski harus gowes di jalanan yang naik turun. Sama seperti Museum Puri Lukisan, Museum Antonio Blanco ini pun sangat asri, meski luas tamannya tidak sebesar Museum Puri Lukisan, tapi yang mencengangkan di sini adalah bangunan museumnya itu sendiri. Arsitekturnya luarnya bergaya Bali, tapi pas masuk interiornya ala-ala Spanyol gitu. Yaa…kaya rumah-rumah Eropa gitu yang ada kubahnya mewah, pilar marmer, plus sofa-sofa nyeni yang empuk. Lukisannya mayoritas wanita nude. Yes,bugil, naked, tak berbusana. Tapi meskipun nude, sama sekali nggak vulgar, meskipun erotis tapi berkesan nyeni. Bahkan ada lukisan wanita masturbasi segala loh, sampe shock gw -______-  Uniknya lagi, tiap lukisannya dipigura dengan pigura yang dibuat khusus untuk lukisan itu, misalnya lukisan wanita nude dengan highheel biru, di piguranya ada dong patung highheel biru. Ya, custom made gitu deh masing-masing piguranya, plus ada ukiran “Blanco” di piguranya. Keren banget deh. Nggak kebayang lukisan Renaissance itu kayak apa? Kira-kira gini deh salah satu karya beliau :

Gini nih lukisan Renaissance by Antonio Blanco. Indah kan?

Gini nih lukisan Renaissance by Antonio Blanco. Indah kan? (taken from this site.) 

Selain menikmati lukisan, di tamannya juga ada burung-burung yang jinak dan lucu-lucu, salah satunya kakaktua yang putih berjambul kuning dan kakaktua warna-warni kayak di Faber Castle itu loh (ups, nyebut merk). Bisa foto juga sama burung-burung itu.

Parrot "Faber Castel" warna-warni lagi akrobat ^^

Parrot “Faber Castel” warna-warni lagi akrobat ^^. Ditampilkan juga di Turnamen Foto Perjalanan.

Plus, ada juga gallery di mana kita bisa berfoto pura-pura lagi melukis, lengkap dengan palet cat nya. Hehe…asyik kan? Tiket masuknya untuk Indonesian sih Rp 30.000, untuk foreigner Rp 50.000. Worth it banget! Dapet welcome drink pula… ^^

Museum kok ya bagus dan asri gini! :3

Museum kok ya bagus dan asri gini! :3

3) Watching Balinese Dancing

Pura Saraswati, Lotus Pond, Ubud

Pura Saraswati, Lotus Pond, Ubud

Ke Bali masa sih nggak lihat pertunjukan tari Bali? Nah di Ubud ini, ada banyak sekali tempat yang menampilkan pertunjukan tari Bali setiap harinya. Yang paling terkenal yaitu di Ubud Palace (Pura Saren Ubud). Tapi saat itu sudah tampak turis yang berjejalan di sana, sehingga saya memutuskan untuk menonton pertunjukan Tari Barong di Pura Saraswati (Lotus Pond) saja. Lokasinya nggak jauh dari Ubud Palace. Harga tiketnya Rp 80.000, pertunjukan dimulai pukul 20.00, berlangsung selama 1 jam. Lumayan mahal memang, tapi pertunjukannya cukup menarik, tari yang ditampilkan terdiri dari beberapa jenis, yaitu diawali tari pembukaan, Tari Legong, Tari Kebyar Duduk, Tari Nelayan, Orkestra Musik Gamelan, Tari Baris Tunggal, Tari Nyamar, dan diakhiri dengan Tari Barong Macan. Kapasitas penontonnya nggak banyak, hanya sekitar 30-an, dan saat itu SEMUAnya foreigner. Gw celingak celinguk ke segala arah dan hampir semua bule, dengan berbagai bahasa dari Inggris, Jerman, Perancis, Italia. Penonton Asia hanya gw seorang dan sepasang couple yang berbahasa Cina entah dari mana. Penonton di sebelah gw seorang Amerika yang pindah dan menetap ke Ubud sejak dikeluarkan dari pekerjaannya, 20 tahun yang lalu, dan sampai sekarang pun dia masih senang menonton pertunjukan tari Bali. Ups, gw aja br pertama ke Ubud dan kedua kalinya melihat tari Bali. Heuh. Malu deh sama bule.

Beautiful Balinese Dancer

Beautiful Balinese Dancer

Tari Kebyar Duduk

Tari Kebyar Duduk

Barong Macan yang menjadi highlight di akhir pertunjukan

Barong Macan yang menjadi highlight di akhir pertunjukan

4) Biking ke Tegalalang

Si biru teman suka dan duka ^^

Si biru teman suka dan duka ^^

Well, jangan bayangin adegan bersepeda cantik ala Julia Robert. Karena ternyata track biking ke Tegalalang ini lumayan melelahkan, naik turun bukit, apalagi ditambah dengan terik matahari, wih, lupain deh adegan bersepeda pake rok unyu-unyu kaya Miss Julia Robert 😀 Gw sendiri nggak tau pasti seberapa jauh perjalanan dari Jalan Hanoman ke Tegalalang, tapi yang jelas gw menempuhnya dalam waktu sekitar 2 jam bersepeda. Meskipun berpeluh keringat plus nafas tersengal-sengal, but, again, it was worth it. Pemandangan Tegalalang dengan sawah-sawahnya yang cantik memang indah. Meskipun, jujur, karena dulu gw sering main ke Baturaden dan daerah Gunung Slamet sana, sawah sih buat gw sudah jadi pemandangan biasa. Atau mungkin gw udah tepar dulu dengan perjalanannya makanya jadi nggak begitu excited, hahaha…But the feeling “Hey, I did it!” itu yang bikin worth it. Yang bikin gw terkesan sampai sekarang yaitu saat melewati jalanan dengan pepohonan rindang di kiri kanan jalan, dan ada semacam kanopi yang melintasi jalan, yang terbuat dari dahan-dan dan daun dari pohon itu, wogh, beautiful! Sawahnya? Bagus sih, tapi karena gw datang saat musim panen jadi buka lautan hijau sawah tapi lautan kuning kecoklatan, hehe…but still, you should try biking to Tegalalang, at least once. Lelah melewati bukit-bukit,saat perjalanan meninggalkan Tegalalang gw menyerah, menggunakan jalan raya. Gw melewati Jalan Raya Tegalalang, desa Petulu, desa Peliatan, Jalan Raya Goa Gajah, sampai akhirnya berlabuh ke Bebek Tepi Sawah. What a beautiful ending.

One of unique place at Tegalalang

One of unique place at Tegalalang

5) Bebek Tepi Sawah

Crispy Duck, nom nom nom...

Crispy Duck, nom nom nom…

Yeap, selain Bebek Bengil, masakan bebek yang harus dicoba di Ubud adalah Bebek Tepi Sawah. Di Ubud, lokasinya bener-bener di tepi sawah, suasananya oke banget. Gw milih makan di lesehan gitu, semacam pendopo yang diisi beberapa meja, dengan alas bantal-bantal duduk yang empuk, hihi, nikmat banget deh, apalagi abis berpeluh keringat setelah biking ke Tegalalang. Sayang setelah lihat daftar menu, keringat itu malah makin deras mengucur. Crispy duck yang gw incer itu ternyata dibandrol Rp 80.000. Ampun deh. Kalo nggak inget misi ke Ubud adalah untuk memuaskan hati, jiwa, dan perut, mungkin saya bakal pesen air putih aja deh. Meskipun sedikit nggak rela, akhirnya gw pesen juga Crispy Duck yang tersohor itu, sambil menikmati suasana sawah hijau (karena sawah buatan jadinya masih hijau kali ya, beda sama yang di Tegalalang 😀 ) di depan mata. Nggak lama, datenglah bebek seharga 80rb itu. Hmmmm…ternyata harga emang nggak bohong! (sambil menangis terharu dalem hati) Ini bebek terenak yang pernah gw makan. Bebek Asap Kuningan lewat! Bebek Duck King lewat! Rasa gurih dan crispynya itu maknyus banget. Dan juaranya adalah sambel-sambelnya! Ada 3 macem sambel yang disediakan, 2 di antaranya, yang pake bawang putih dan yang  mirip sambel matah, itu e-nak-ba-nget! ^^ Menikmati makanan enak setelah perjalanan yang melelahkan itu emang nampol!

Sambel dewa!

Sambel dewa!

6) Monkey Forest

Romantisme sepasang monyet di Ubud~

Romantisme sepasang monyet di Ubud~

Lokasinya tentu aja di Jalan Monkey Forest ya. Tiket masuknya Rp 20.000. Monyet-monyet di sini jauh lebih jinak dibanding monyet-monyet di Sangeh. Ukurannya juga lebih kecil-kecil. Tapi hutannya sangat menarik di sini, meskipun nggak terlalu luas, tapi masih alami dan tertata rapi. Gw suka banget sama pohon beringin raksasa yang akarnya menjalar sampai ke mana-mana. Aaakkhh berasa pengen gelantungan gitu (apa gw dulunya Tarzan apa gimana sih!). Cakep banget kaya gini nih :

Banyan Tree, Yak, siapa mau gelantungan???

Banyan Tree, Yak, siapa mau gelantungan???

Mau nggak jalan berdua bergandengan tangan sama aku di sini? :3

Mau nggak jalan berdua bergandengan tangan sama aku di sini? :3

Gw suka banget jalan-jalan di dalem hutan ini, malah lebih seneng kalo nggak ada monyetnya, hihi…abis takut sih. 😛

7) Adi Bookshops

Buku-buku second berbahasa Rusia

Buku-buku second berbahasa Rusia

Nah ini khusus buat pecinta used-books kaya gw, coba mampir deh ke toko buku kecil yang berlokasi di Jalan Hanoman deket Pasar Seni Ubud. Tempatnya ada di sudut pertigaan. Di sini, ada banyak banget buku-buku bekas dari berbagai bahasa. Yang paling banyak tentu aja yang berbahasa Inggris. Tapi selain itu, banyak juga buku berbahasa Jerman, Belanda, Russia, dan juga Prancis. Karena gw lagi belajar bahasa Jerman, toko buku ini berasa surga deh. Bayangin, novel-novel berbahasa Jerman dijual hanya dengan harga Rp 20 – 30.000an aja. Belum lagi koleksinya yang sangat lengkap dari buku ilmu pengetahuan, fiksi, sampai buku anak-anak. Ba-ha-gi-a. Borong deh gw 3 buku. Ba-ha-gi-a! Lucunya, karena gw beli buku berbahasa Jerman dan Inggris, eh si mbak kasirnya ngajak gw ngomong pake bahasa Inggris dan nunjukin harga pake kalkulator. Ya elah masa gw dikira orang asing sih mbak, jelas-jelas muka eksotik ala Farah Quinn gagal gini, hahaha… 😀

8) Babi Guling Ibu Oka

Nah kalau ini, baca di postingan gw sebelumnya aja ya…saking istimewanya sampe dibikin 1 postingan sendiri lho, hehehew…

Gimana? Masih ragu untuk travelling ke Ubud?

Happy travelling, happy life! ^^