Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Bali Adventures: Ubud Village


Joan and I died in this bead shop in Ubud Market. :P  We lingered in the shop just a tad too long absolutely undecided on which styles/ color we were going to buy.  Since I couldn't have too many beads, I had decided to buy this and just took a photo of me wearing this pink number below.  LOL!

Funny when I searched about Ubud Market in Google, I couldn't see a photo of this place where we'd been to.  Obviously, we all got a little heavy shopping for pasalubong given the very limited time we had and made the most of it that we didn't have time for snapping photos of the location.  Perhaps the driver was thinking to drop us in this tail end part of the market and that we start from there since I noticed that it was a very long stretch of shops.  Save for the party dress shopping on the first few stores that we passed by (which will be featured in the next post), each of us went on our separate ways of shopping for souvenirs. :P

Only when we were back heavily laden with different plastic bags and inside the van, when flashes of Julia Roberts' film would come to my mind as we passed by different streets containing even more "high-end" looking shops and restaurants.  I wished we had the time to just snoop around but as it was, we had to hurry because of Shiela's errrmmm lactating issues.  Hehe. :P  #motherhood 

But the driver wouldn't give up on us exploring Bali (lol!), coz for our next pit stop we stopped by this structure known as the Ubud Palace.  It is a traditional house that served as residence for the Ubud King.  

This is how the gateways looked like.  Very majestic with that distinctive Balinese architecture that is omnipresent in every streets of that island.  I wonder what does it characterize??? :-\

source here
The entrance is free and there were some other people milling around too so we weren't able to get more information about the place and just simply enjoyed having a glimpse of the life of a Balinese royal.  We particularly had fun posing by the different gazebos found inside the palace. :))

Ubud, a town in central Bali, is far removed from the drunken bikini scene in Kuta, and is regarded as the cultural centre of Bali. It is famous as an arts and crafts hub, and much of the town and nearby villages seems to consist of artists' workshops and galleries. There are some remarkable architectural and other sights to be found, and a general feeling of well being to be enjoyed, all thanks to the spirit, surroundings, and climate of the place.

I just had to insert some information about Ubud and was surprised in the underlined words, haha!  Anyway, pictures quota is already reached for this post so I will just continue with some more in the next. :P

...to be continued...

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