Wednesday, February 10, 2016

A Shopping Day in Denpasar and the Oberoi

Dana picked us up the next day and we traveled back to the main city of Bali where we had spent so much time shopping for our house about eight years ago.  The motorcycle traffice was incredible with many more scooters than cars. Those little guys carry loads that are incredible. Sometimes the load is a happy family.Not sure if those glasses are for fun or for real!

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We went back to the furniture store where we got so much of the furniture for our new house. It was about 95 degrees and 95 % humity in that huge, warehouse type building so I didn’t stop to take many pictures. The Ridds found some things that they really liked and we did too. They took pictures of each one and we are waiting to see how much it will cost to ship them.

Here’s an nice old table we liked (it’s actually just a side-table) and a collection of hand carved bowls!

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It was a delight to see our old freinds there as well as at the wood-carver’s workshop. All those years ago we bought a horse sculpture there that serves as our coffee table in our bedroom. It is amazing fine are with five horses arved from a singe root of a tree and holds a glass table top. The Ridds bought similar horses for Randall’s office by the master artist below who has since passed away.

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The statues in Bali are incredible! Most are stories from Balinese mythology but this one was created by a compnay in the city. This is what a huge wall of whimsical young women looked like as we drove by It was almost a block long.

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Let’s take a closer look:

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Everyone claims that everyone is an artist in Bali. When we see things like this, we believe it!

Rick/Dad suddenly decided that we needed a birdcage. Dont’ know where that came form because we definitley aren’t getting a bird but the hunt was on for just the right birdcage. Dana took us to a place that not only had hundreds of birdages but also thousnds of beautiful birds in those cages!

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Poor things! Can’t help but feeling sorry for them!

For the first time in our memory, we talked Dana into eating with us for lunch. We were at the famous restaurant on the gorgeous beach in Seminyak called Ku De Ta. It was wonderful food and we were glad that Dana could find something he liked. as he explained he usually likes to just bring his own lunch because eh doesn’t like restaurant food, but he seemed to be delighted with his lunch:He explained that it was something that his wife cooks at home but she makes it just a bit better than the restaurant! we love this great guy!

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My lunch was a restaurant specilaty, squid salad… yum!

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On our way home we were delighted to see two men planitng rice seedlings which we had never seen!  they were so nimble as they planted those little guys one at a time. Wish this was a video because it looked fascinating, as well as backbreaking! !

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The next morning we bid Randall and Tamina a fond farwell and checked out of our peaceful hotel.

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We were staying one more night and then going back to Perth for an EO speech and to speak at a church meeitng.. Randall and Tamina stayed for the day, had fun in Ubud and then flew for home!

Dana took us to The Oberoi where we enjoyed a perfect evening in an enchanting room on the ocean. It was pure luxury and it was great to kick back, enjoy the women’s final at The aussie Open and get our clotes and hari ready for a speaking assignmnet in Perth.

My Rick loves comfort and that is just what we got!

This was our bungalo and below is our room:

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We enjoyed an evening of delicious food and lovely Balinese entertainmnet and a gorgeous sunset! 

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Early the next moring we took off, grossly overdressed in our Sunday clothes as we boarded the plane with about fifty excited kids with their families going back to Perth to start their new school year (after their six week summer vacation). Tatoos and short shorts abounded as they came off their holiday to go back to the real world. It was a raucaous ride! 

But we were looking forward to meeting new friends and enjoying our visit to Perth and then Brisbane for another eight days before we took off for home.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

A Monument and a Secret Waterfall

The kids had loved this spot so we wanted to share our love for this gorgeous place with the Ridds! Only about a half an hour away from our hotel was an anceient Monument built in the 1100s in honor of a beloved King and Queen and thier four sons AND the King’s four concubines.

It is quite a hike down 245 steps to the place that the Balinese consider sacred. It’s easy to see why when you see the fabulous scenery on the way.

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Dana, of course, made it so fun for us! He has a wonderful sense of humor!

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And here we are at the Monuments!  The two on the left (one a bit hidden) commemorate the king and queen and the ones on the right, the three sons. Three Universities in Bali are named for those boys!

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From here it was off through the rice padis to the Secret Waterfall. We went here when we hd all the Eyrealm adults with us and had somuch fun wending our way to this beautiful waterfall. Dana said that people who didn’t live near the ocean used the waterfall for “soul cleansing.”

The last time we were here we walked right into a huge tropical rainstrom. We remembered that Dana found a huge leaf to serve as an umbrella for Baby Ezra while the rest of us got soaked to the bone. That was a fun day, as was this one!

Rick couldn’t resist getting in the waterfall to be “cleansed.” It takes a pretty big effort to get under that waterffall where there is a small cove and back out. Here’s going in and coming out:

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Back in Ubud that afternoon we were desperate to find a TV to watch Federer play Djokavic play in the semi-final at the Australian Open. This was the biggest TV we could fin in that big village. We were sad to see Federer lose, but we did find some good food there! 

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It was about here when we began mourning that we weren’t in Utah, seeing Max off to the MTC!  Shawni and Dave would soon be arriving at our house (we think) after just having doppped off their only son in Provo, who is leaving for his tw0-year missions to Taiwan.

With sad hearts we went back to our lovely hotel, emmersed in nature:

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…and a nice cool shower after a sweaty-hot day!

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We went to bed wondering what Shawni and Dave and Max were thinking and feeling pretty isolated!

Monday, February 8, 2016

A Day in the Capital City, Denpasar

Dana picked us up the next day and we traveled back to the main city of Bali where we had spent so much time shopping for our house about eight years ago.  The motorcycle traffice was incredible with many more scooters than cars. Those little guys carry loads that are incredible. Sometimes the load is a happy family.Not sure if those glasses are for fun or for real!

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We went back to the furniture store where we got so much of the furniture for our new house. It was about 95 degrees and 95 % humity in that huge, warehouse type building so I didn’t stop to take many pictures. The Ridds found some things that they really liked and we did too. They took pictures of each one and we are waiting to see how much it will cost to ship them.

Here’s an nice old table we liked (it’s actually just a side-table) and a collection of hand carved bowls!

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thumb_IMG_0671_1024

It was a delight to see our old freinds there as well as at the wood-carver’s workshop. All those years ago we bought a horse sculpture there that serves as our coffee table in our bedroom. It is amazing fine are with five horses arved from a singe root of a tree and holds a glass table top. The Ridds bought similar horses for Randall’s office by the master artist below who has since passed away.

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The statues in Bali are incredible! Most are stories from Balinese mythology but this one was created by a compnay in the city. This is what a huge wall of whimsical young women looked like as we drove by It was almost a block long.

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Let’s take a closer look:

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Everyone claims that everyone is an artist in Bali. When we see things like this, we believe it!

Rick/Dad suddenly decided that we needed a birdcage. Dont’ know where that came form because we definitley aren’t getting a bird but the hunt was on for just the right birdcage. Dana took us to a place that not only had hundreds of birdages but also thousnds of beautiful birds in those cages!

thumb_IMG_0894_1024

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Poor things! Can’t help but feeling sorry for them!

For the first time in our memory, we talked Dana into eating with us for lunch. We were at the famous restaurant on the gorgeous beach in Seminyak called Ku De Ta. It was wonderful food and we were glad that Dana could find something he liked. as he explained he usually likes to just bring his own lunch because eh doesn’t like restaurant food, but he seemed to be delighted with his lunch:He explained that it was something that his wife cooks at home but she makes it just a bit better than the restaurant! we love this great guy!

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My lunch was a restaurant specilaty, squid salad… yum!

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On our way home we were delighted to see two men planitng rice seedlings which we had never seen!  they were so nimble as they planted those little guys one at a time. Wish this was a video because it looked fascinating, as well as backbreaking! !

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The next morning we bid Randall and Tamina a fond farwell and checked out of our peaceful hotel.

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We were staying one more night and then going back to Perth for an EO speech and to speak at a church meeitng.. Randall and Tamina stayed for the day, had fun in Ubud and then flew for home!

Dana took us to The Oberoi where we enjoyed a perfect evening in an enchanting room on the ocean. It was pure luxury and it was great to kick back, enjoy the women’s final at The aussie Open and get our clotes and hari ready for a speaking assignmnet in Perth.

My Rick loves comfort and that is just what we got!

This was our bungalo and below is our room:

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We enjoyed an evening of delicious food and lovely Balinese entertainmnet and a gorgeous sunset! 

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Early the next moring we took off, grossly overdressed in our Sunday clothes as we boarded the plane with about fifty excited kids with their families going back to Perth to start their new school year (after their six week summer vacation). Tatoos and short shorts abounded as they came off their holiday to go back to the real world. It was a raucaous ride! 

But we were looking forward to meeting new friends and enjoying our visit to Perth and then Brisbane for another eight days before we took off for home.