David,Sunny'and Trish's Asian Adventure 2014/15 travel blog

Students from Jakarta performing the kecak

Lucky us for being their audience

A beautiful student dancer

Beach front seafood lunch

The Rock Bar

Christmas Eve Rijsttafel menu

Main dishes of the Rijsttafel menu

The fragrant Jasmine flower, Indonesia's national flower

Oh Christmas tree, accompanied by a frosty beverage of course

Christmas dinner of chicken, pork and prawns...no turkey

Based on previous trips around Christmas time, we decided to stay put in Tanjung Benoa until Boxing Day because we found that many services were more limited on Christmas Day. Therefore we continued to explore the southern part of Bali until our departure north ward to Ubud today. On Christmas eve we went for lunch to a restaurant on the beach just outside of Jimbaran as we were told that the seafood was exceptional on this side of the island. Not only were we treated to a fabulous seafood lunch but as an extra bonus a school bus of students from Jakarta showed up minutes after our arrival and gave us a private performance of their rendition of the dance (kecak) that we saw the night before in Uluwatu. What a treat it was! This was a practice run of the dance so it was not as polished as the performance the night before, however the students still took the rehearsal very seriously based on their costumes they wore and the enthusiasm they displayed in their performance.

Our initial plan was to go to Jimbaran to have lunch and a drink at the famous Rock Bar in the Ayana Hotel. Fortunately for us we decided to have lunch on the beach instead because once we showed up at the Rock Bar at around 2pm, we found out that it was not open until 4 PM that afternoon. Even though we were unable to have a drink at this bar, clearly it is THE place to go one day for a drink. Stay tuned for when that will happen. Thank you Rene and Bruce for providing this recommendation.

Since we had such a great dinner at Bumbu Bali 2 a few days earlier, we decided to try the original Bumbu Bali for our Christmas eve dinner. We had the set menu consisting of at least 7 dishes, called the Balinese Rijsttafel. It started with a chicken soup then followed up with an assortment of dishes consisting of beef, chicken, duck, pork, lamb, shrimp, tuna and a variety of vegetables prepared in a Balinese style. Then there was still dessert platter to follow. Yup, too much food but the variety was awesome!

We decided to take Christmas day off! That meant we stayed close to the pool where we could cool off after reading our Kobos or playing a few games of cribbage and taking in the incredible fragrance of the jasmine flowers blooming all around us. After all it was a holiday.

For Christmas dinner, we returned to Bumbu Bali 2 for our last dinner in the Tanjung Benoa area. We decided to order a little less food than the night before...grilled pork, chicken and prawns. Unfortunately no turkey on the menu. While we sat down for dinner, we thought of how much we missed our friends and family back home. Cheers to you all!

So we are now in Ubud (approximately 1.5 hrs north of Tanjung Benoa) staying at a little cottage in the area called Pennestan. We plan to explore this beautful cultural town tomorrow. We can't wait to welcome our friend Trish, to Ubud in just a few days!

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