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I am married to my loving husband for more than 38 years now. I am a mother to 3 beautiful children, until 11 years ago when I lost my youngest son. Since then my life is forever altered but yet unbroken....

My Travel Journal

"There isn't much I haven't shared with you along the road and through it all there'd always be tomorrow's episode" - Elton John

I started traveling around the world since early 80s when I had the opportunity to combine business trips with vacations. Then later when my rezeki is in abundance, there were numerous other trips along the way for vacations, most of the time with hubby and the kids when the timing is right. I have also started to compile the journal and photo-pages covering almost more than 25 years of world wide travel. Some destinations I visited just once, others many times. Many of those places are the obvious famous places people would like to visit but some, the casual traveler doesn't even think to try. I have placed links to my travel at the side bar of my personal page, My Life Reflections, and will be updating them from time to time.

My wish is to continue my travel and complete circumnavigate the globe, insyaAllah…

Sunday, 26 January 2014

Day 2 : Bali Adventure Ride

"The way we choose to see the world creates the world we see..." - Barry Neil Kaufman

Day 2 - Saturday, 25 Jan 2014
(Ubud - Kintamani - Lovina)

We had breakfast early and it rained quite heavily when we got ready to ride out of Ubud. The weather turned out fine when we started riding towards Kintamani.

(Ubud prominent monument)
(Pretty girls walking the street)
(A religious gathering at a temple)

About 10 minutes ride out of Ubud, we stopped at a small village of Tegallalang in the Gianyar district for a nice spectacular view of the rice terrace. Water from the mountain springs flows into the step terraces on the hillside and mountain edges and keeps the paddy fields irrigated all year round. The terrace rice fields attracted photographers and have become the most popular features of Bali landscapes.

(The rice terrace)
(A nice view of the paddy terrace)
(Our ride for today, Honda CBR)

We rode on the winding road to Kintamani, one of the most favorite tourist destinations in Bali with the view of the active volcano of mount Batur and beautiful Batur Lake. Mount Batur has erupted about 24 times since year 1800 and still active up to now.

Kintamani is surrounded by the captivating nature and there are six ancient villages around cauldron of Batur Lake. The local people from these Bali Age villages own the unique cultures, houses and life style.

(A small road passing small villages)
(Riding leisurely through the trunk road)

We stopped for photo shots of Gunung Agung, a stratovolcano which is the highest point on the island. It dominates the surrounding area, influencing the climate. The clouds come from the west and Gunung Agung takes their water so that the west is lush and green and the east dry and barren. The most important temple on Bali, Pura Besakih, is located high on the slopes of Gunung Agung.

Gunung Agung last erupted in 1963-1964 and is still active, with a large and very deep crater which occasionally belches smoke and ash. From a distance, the mountain appears to be perfectly conical, despite the existence of the large crater. From the peak of the mountain, it is possible to see the peak of Mount Rinjani on the island of Lombok, although both mountains are frequently covered in clouds.

(Gunung Batur and Lake Batur)
(The majestic Gunung Agung)
(Deja Vu, our last visit was 10 years ago!)
(The lady bikers)
(The bikers gang)

We rode downhill towards Lake Batur, the biggest lake in Bali. It functions as irrigation source to all farmers around it. There are nice hotels and restaurants along the lake. It is a famous tourist place because of its beautiful panoramic view and the cool mountain climate.

(The winding road to Lake Batur)
(Steep road downhill towards the lake)
(Beautiful chalets on water)

We stopped for a short break at the floating restaurant and had iced tea with hot goreng pisang while absorbing the tranquility of the surrounding scenery.

(The floating restaurant)
(Boating in the lake)
(Many rest areas along the lake side)
(Having tea and goreng pisang)

We rode the winding road out of Kintamani. The weather was sunny at first but it started to rain when we were riding the mountain road and there were a few landslides along the way.

(Local scene - bicycle on the motorbike)
(Checking the routing in the rain)
(Wet and slippery ride on a winding road)

Riding slowly with care in the rain, we later stopped for a short break at Desa Bengkala. When it stopped raining, we continued riding towards Lovina Beach.

(Pit stop and ciggie break)
(Entrance to the village)
(Motorbikes taking a break too)

We stopped for lunch at one Nasi Padang Restaurant in Singaraja. Singaraja is the largest city in North Bali, and the former colonial administrative capital of not only Bali, but the whole of the Lesser Sunda Islands. It is also a noticeably multi-ethnic city. The Arabic influence is especially apparent in the district near the old docks called Kampung Arab and the largest Chinese temple in Bali is here. It is also a major academic centre with two univerisities.

(Masjid Jame' Singaraja)
(The road to Lovina)

We reached Lovina beach Resort early in the afternoon. After we checked-in, we had a long refreshing nap in the room. When we woke up it was already dark. We had a two-hour traditional body massage in the room to relieve tired muscles.

(The Lovina Beach Hotel)
(The beach is littered)
(Clean and cozy room)
(Riding pants and jackets hang to dry)

Around 8.30 pm we rode to a nearby Ikan Bakar Harga Local Restaurant to have a hearty dinner by the seaside.

(Having dinner by the sea side)

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