As for Bali, I really had the time of my life! I think Victor and I really didn't expect it to be that great. We've been to several beaches in the Philippines and thought it might just like be the ones we have here locally. I have this notion that no beach can be better than beaches in the Philippines, where the sand is fine, the waters calm and the reefs, teeming.
|There was a ninja on the plane, named Victor|
But Bali is different. It's a cultural mecca. The woodcarving industry is alive and radiant. I've never seen such varied designs and painstaking detail. The batik/textile industry is just as lively. I got myself some cute Aladdin pants and a long dress. Silver works are bustling as well and they've got designs of varying intricacies.
|Some of the local wares|
|Tried a simple silver stud with floret detail, it was $30 a pair|
|Care for a silver chariot?|
Oh, and I should also mention their spa industry. Left and right, you can get your feet cleaned by "Dr. Fish" for as little as $3. My Muay Thai-thickened feet are suddenly smooth again.
We visited the Monkey Forest at Ubud. The macaques were pretty aggressive. If they want your banana, they're gonna go ahead and snatch it from you.
|I think he knows I have a banana in my pocket|
|They want bananas, too|
|Banana hand shake|
|Cool off at the Lotus Cafe, with a view of the temple|
|Feed coffee berries to the civet cats (luwak)|
|Kopi Luwak in different stages of processing|
|Got to try out different tea and coffee products, all organic|
I think I'm coming back to Bali, oh yes, I am. I need to explore the other areas and temples, which I'll probably need a week to do. I'm also gonna surf some more, because I discovered just how fun it is. I got to stand up on my first try, how cool is that?
|Like a lady, yeah?! Victor's back there, watchoo lookin at? haha|