bali

festivals

We were driving in the mountains near Ubud when we saw this lady and her two daughters walking along the road with food on their heads. Such a surprisingly beautiful sight amid the chaos of the traffic.

They were off to a festival at the local temple, we stopped and I took a few images, not wanting to disturb their moment.

I have to say that the Balinese are the most generous and lovely people; they are so fantastic to photograph. Whenever I asked to take a photograph I always was allowed and usually with a smile.

 

 

off to the festival

off to the festival

festival in bali

festival in bali

festival food

festival food

entering the temple bali

entering the balinese temple

balinese girls

balinese girls

 

motorbikes

In Bali motorbikes are the main form of transport and who needs a car when you see what they can carry? I saw many things being transported, children hanging on carefree (apparently the limit is 4!)  Others with boxes and boxes between their legs, including  around 10 dozen eggs once (I was too slow to take the shot).

I did  get this shot though!

balloon bike

balloon bike

bali drinks

bintang beer

bintang beer

 

coconut

coconut juice

The Balinese are great at drinks, their cocktails are quiet fantastic. We had a few to taste over our holiday, my personal favourite being the Mojito (just perfect in the heat).

We also had our fair share of mocktails and just plain juices, all wonderful. But beware the yellowish Absolut Vodka available at many roadside shops! Its only for motorbike consumption.

 

coconut juice

coconut juice

 

coconut lady

coconut lady

 

mojito

mojito

 

campari smooth

campari smooth

pins colada

pina colada

petrol Absolut Vodka

petrol infused Absolut

rock bar in bali

I had the most amazing experience in Bali at the Rock Bar. Situated at the Ayana resort you have a view of the beautiful sunsets of Bali whilst watching crashing waves on the rocks that the bar is built upon. The Mojito was the best I have had and the food delicious. If you ever get to Bali do your self a favor and pop on down before sunset, grab a drink and enjoy.

rock bar bali

rock bar bali

rock bar bali

rock bar bali

rock bar bali

rock bar bali

rock bar bali

rock bar bali

mojito cocktail, rock bar bali

mojito cocktail, rock bar bali

snacks at rock bar bali

snacks at rock bar bali

rock bar bali

rock bar bali

rock bar bali

rock bar bali

rock bar bali

rock bar bali

rock bar bali

rock bar bali

 

fish Jimbaran style

We are here in Bali loving the people the weather and the food, ( 28 degrees everyday compared to Melbourne’s high of 10! ) A favorite so far is the Jimbaran style snapper.

grilled baby snapper "jimbaran style"

Jimbaran style snapper

eaten baby snapper

baby snapper after

balinese chilli crab

Annie has been telling me about a meal of chilli crab she had here in Bali 12 years ago ever since I have known her ( 8 years now ). Her description of chilli dripping down her arms and the flavour is something I’ve been looking forward to ever since. Finally we had chilli crab yesterday and  it was as good if not better than I expected. The crab meat was so sweet and fresh, I think they had just caught it. Enjoy.

annie eating chilli crab

annie eating chilli crabchilli crab

chilli crab

chilli crab

chilli crab demolished

chilli crab demolished

kopi (coffee) luwak

coffee process

kopi luwak
kopi luwak

In Bali and other parts of Indonesia they make coffee out of the beans after they have been eaten and digested by an Indonesian civet (Indonesians call them Luwaks) . The bean stays intact but the berry is eaten, the Balinese collect the animals poo, clean and then can go ahead and process the bean. Why was this even thought of as a way to have your morning coffee? Well I did some research and coffee was introduced by the Dutch in the 18th century as a cash crop, the Dutch prohibited the native farmers and workers from picking coffee for their own use. But they really liked coffee (dont we all), and they had noticed that the local civet that was eating them actually left the bean intact, so they cleaned and used those  beans. It soon spread across Indonesia and the Dutch colonies that this coffee was aromatic and soon became a favourite with all, Because of the low  production of this coffee it has always been expensive, even back then. The roasting process at this place up in the mountains of Bali was stirring by hand  for 2 hours over a wood fire, then grinding it in a mortor and wooden pestle. Word of warning though, some places cage the Luwak and feed them the berries, we witnessed this here and it was really sad to see them in little cages instead of jumping in the trees. So only buy the wild luwak coffee, its better coffee as well for the luwak selects the ripest of berries only.

roasting coffee in bali

roasting coffee in bali