Sunday, December 16, 2018

We Love Bali with Brompton Day 3 (Part 2)

After much of a fun time at Taman Ujung, Karangasem we were preparing ourselves for the next itinerary and we wouldn't be pedalling to the next place.
Our Brompton will be loaded into these small delivery pick-ups while we will travel on the coaches.
The next place of visit was Tirta Gangga. Tirta Gangga is a former royal palace which is about 5 km from Karangasem. It is known for its water palace owned by the royalty and one of the favourite retreat for the royal family in those olden time.
It has many pools, fountains, gardens and statues. Tirta Gangga literally means "water from the the Ganges"
The place has gone through a series of restoration works due the the destructive hot showers of volcanic ash from the 1963 Mount Agung eruption.
Half the figures are looking very evil and the half are pleasant statues to balance up.
That's why a "yin and yang" sign is found on the floor to represents the contrasting figures found in this amazing place.
This plant is unique with a trunk of a banana tree and leaves of a non-banana tree.
Our tour guide at Tirta Gangga standing next to a statue that looks like him. He loved my remark of this similarity and he felt good about it.
Getting closer to a traditional Balinese fishing boat in one of the pools.

Posing for another group photo before we leave this former royal palace.
The coaches continued ferrying us to Kabupaten Gianyar where famous Ubud Palace is located. We disembarked at a parking bays next to SenS Hotel & Spa (GPS : -8.509565, 115.269155).
Over here we unloaded our bicycles and set them up for a final ride back to Sthala Ubud Hotel.
One more wefie in front of Ubud Palace before we roll back to the hotel.
While some of us were getting more of the Palace of Ubud the rest were patiently waiting and ready to roll again.
Another short ride of approximately 8km before we reach Sthala Ubud Hotel as we took this bend into Jalan Hanoman in Ubud town.
Our entrusted Pak Polisi ensuring our safety on this very wet and busy road.
We encountered a bit of flooded stretch at Jalan AA Gede Rai. Fortunately the rain has stopped and we were able to cycle. It was surely a heavy downpour.
Along and passing by Jalan Raya Mawang and quite close to the hotel we were able to enjoy the lush paddy field view with the sun setting in the evening.
Finally we arrived at Sthala, a Tribute Portfolio Hotel and it was 5.20pm. What a lovely day with so many memorable moments piling up for us.
Taking more photos before we rest ourselves back in our respective comfortable rooms with a farewell dinner lining up for us later in the evening.
A dinner that marked the end of a wonderful event with great memories for everyone of us who have came to Bali.
The winners for the most well dressed participant and best dancer on stage to receive their prizes. And they were none other than Anne Cheong and Edmund Foo from Malaysia.
The evening with graced with beautiful people who were responsible to ensure that the event was possible and went on well with full satisfaction. The dinner was sumptuous and everyone was well dressed to the theme of traditional Balinese style in white.

A night to bade farewell with so many lovely experience in Bali and truly a Wonderful Indonesia. Terima Kasih Ministry of Tourism Indonesia and Brompton Owners Bali. Special thanks to Pak Kanuraituha Wiwin for his amazing contribution in this event. We hope to see you in Kuala Lumpur.

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