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Naughty Nuri’s

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One place you we always try to visit when we go to Ubud us Naughty Nuris. We go there for of all things…BBQ Ribs. Like, American Style, really yummy BBQ Ribs. It’s an non-AC place, covered, with a young lady gilling away near the sidewalk and it’s fab. Also, you get Martini’s (for Paul) and Margaritas (for me). They are known for making a martini so the waitress fills the glass, you have to take a big sip, then she pours some more to finish the shaker. Sometimes that takes a few sips…

Great ribs.Great drinks. Great times.

People in Ubud

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People in Ubud

One of the things I enjoy about Ubud is the people. People there are so friendly. Granted some are just offering massages and taxi rides, but everywhere you go, I find they smile and say hello. I like Singapore, I really do, but I miss being around people who are more outgoing at times. People here are very closed off at times, there’s little interaction when you are out and about. In Ubud, we would pass people in the villages or at stores and be greeted with ‘Hi’ and ‘Hello’. You could just tell that people in Ubud were OK to speak to you and ask how your day was. It always refreshing and adds to the enjoyment of our time there, being around so many friendly, outgoing people.

So, of course I could not help but take a few (Paul would say a lot) of photos of some of the people we came across. Most of these are from our hike and bike tour thru the rual village areas.

Bali

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Bali

Well, aside from the fact that Tammy could not join us, we had a great time in Bali once again. It was off to a rough start when we arrived though. 1.5 hours to get thru immigration!!! Even Paul was losing his cool, which is saying something. It did not help he had an old Chinese Uncle who kept nudging him the whole time. ¬†This was the first time we’ve had that kind of problem, they were just slammed with too many planes arriving at one time, and not enough desks to process people. Almost all the desks were full, and the staff moves fast enough, but too many people were arriving and it made a big bottle neck. I hope they correct that soon.

But, once we got over that shock it was smooth sailing. We stayed at a great villa Paul found. It was close to downtown Ubud, but down a small lane, and then only accessible by walking or scooter (no cars) and you soon found yourself surrounded by rice paddy fields. Sublime. They had just finished the rice harvest and every morning there were 50-75 ducks making their way thru the fields, waddling and quacking the whole time as they ate the left overs from the rice paddies.

We did the usual routine, which is fine. A walk thru the rice paddies and a local village. Great weather and a nice way to relax. The next day was a bike tour (all down hill) thru some paddies, but a lot of village areas as well which was interesting. A spa day, and some shopping in Mas village. Plus pool time at the villa, Naughty Nuri’s for ribs (YUM!) and in general lazing about.

We may be cursed….

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Well, there’s no easy way to say this to be honest. We are cursed. For the THIRD time now, someone coming to see us from the USA has had to cancel their trip at the very last-minute (as in days before arrival!) due to a family illness or injury. Our friend Greg had to cancel mid-flight at a layover¬†when we were meeting him in Turkey. Last year my parents canceled due to the death of my grandfather when they were coming to see Singapore and Bali, and this November, our friend Tammy had to cancel a few days before arriving due to an unexpected illness with her mother. Oh man!

I don’t know who we upset in the Universe, but I promise I am sorry! Don’t let this discourage you kids from booking some tickets to come see us though OK?

Well, even though we were sad about Tammy, all the arrangements for Bali were made and paid, so we forged on and took a week to enjoy my favorite place on earth, Ubud. We’ll continue to say that this is research the next time we have guests come to visit, assuming we can break this curse….

Fun, but noisy

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I may have mentioned that I work next to a Temple. The temple owns our building in fact with the lower floors reserved for the Chinese Association that runs the temple, and the top 3 floors (it’s only 5 stories tall) rented out to other people like our company.

It’s the temple’s 88th year anniversary, and if you know 8 is a lucky number in Chinese, so 88 is doublely so. Lots of parties and blessings happening around here.

This video was taken from my office window. Notice how loud it is? That’s what I listen to most of the afternoon this week. They are set up stage do to Chinese plays for the temple gods. No audience (at least not that we can see) but for the spirits. Full blast Chinese WAILING (aka Singing). It’s not great.

Nap time

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Napping workers

I can’t blame these workers one bit for catching some zzzz’s. You will see this often around mid-afternoon. The workers get up and start early, and then take a siesta in the mid day heat. They will grab nearby cardboard to make a mat, kick off the shoes, and grab some shut eye. Honestly, I don’t know how they work outside all day the way the do, it must be grueling.

Piece of History

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Raffles Hotel

Established in 1887 the Raffles Hotel is a legend in Singapore. It’s a monument to a time long gone in on the island. I think perhaps this combines some of the best of the old world architecture with some of nicer things of our current times, like air conditioned rooms! The architecture and design is classic and always nice to pass by. As you can see, it lights up nice at night as well :)

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