Busy day...Tomorrow, we're on the road...An unexpected last minute social event...


A beautiful scene at a roadside rest area about halfway through the four or five hour harrowing drive.  Hopefully, tomorrow we'll stop there once again. 
"Sightings in the Beach in Bali"


A colorful sunset photo taken while under the cabana.
After considerable packing experience, we won't become flustered or concerned about getting out the door on time tomorrow at 9 am, fully packed and ready to go.  Five days later we'll be doing the same after the necessity of wearing some of the clothing in our suitcases while staying at the hotel in Kuta.

Vegetables on display for a cooking class at Puri Bagus Lovina where we spent four nights during the five day visa extension process.
At the villa we've only worn swimsuits all day and into the evening and have had very little laundry while here.  We each alternated between two swimsuits, one always drying while the other was being worn. 

With a self service laundry at the hotel, we'll be able to wash what we've worn to repack clean clothing for the 33 night cruise.  Then, on the cruise, with our limited supply of clothing, we'll be using a portion of our "cabin credit" of US $700, IDR 9,137,093, for the ship's pricey laundry service.

Exquisite hand painted fishing boats at the pier in Negara.
While cruising its possible to change clothing four times a day depending on the events we're planning to attend.  From workout clothes in the morning, to swimsuits and cover ups, to shorts and tees for afternoon activities, to casual/ dressy attire for dinner. 

Each fishing boat has a unique design commensurate with the ethnicity of its owners.
With my clothing suitcase completely packed and only the third bag of supplies awaiting the final toiletries and miscellaneous items, we'll have no problem getting out the door on time.  Tom need only about 10 minutes to complete his packing.

Rambut Siwi Hindu Temple (Pura Rambut Siwi) in Negara.
Two days ago the property owners, Egon and his lovely wife Francoise, stopped by to say hello.  After a lengthy interesting conversation among the four of us, we'd hugged upon departing with a plan to say goodbye in person before we leave.

Last night, we heard a knock at the door.  It was after dark and quite surprising.  During the day we leave all the doors wide open (no screens), only locking them at night.  An evening visitor was quite unlikely.

We were honored to meet Gede's parent at their home in Lovina during our first visit to Bali.
Egon had stopped by to invite us to join them for lunch today at a tiny fish restaurant further down on the beach.  We'd known about this restaurant and had walked down the beach awhile ago but found no one in attendance and no posted menu. 

With the fabulous meals the cooks have prepared, we had little interest in investigating it further.  Also, eating only one meal a day, the idea of walking back on the beach at night in the dark wasn't appealing. 

The skill required to create this work of art is typical among Balinese people.
But today, the enjoyment of the companionship will supersede any dietary or dining concerns and we're off to lunch with Egon and Francoise at 12:30 pm.  The next door neighbor, Peony, is joining us as additional guest at the party and to translate when none of us speak Balinese or Indonesian.  It should be fun.

The patience of the buffaloes being "dressed" for the races surprised us as we gingerly walked by.
Today, we'll be dining twice with scrumptious leftovers awaiting us for the evening meal. I guess we'd better get used to dining twice in a day when we'll be doing so at the hotel over these next several days (complimentary full breakfast included) and then on the cruise, where we usually dine for breakfast and dinner.


Wearing sarongs at the Monkey Temple which are required attire to enter any Hindu temple.
We'll be back tomorrow with our post for the final expenses for the villa and the remainder of our favorite Sumbersari photos.  Please check back as we wind down the remaining hours in this exceptional property.

Here's the link to this wonderful holiday/vacation villa.  We're sure Egon and Francoise would love to see YOU here.
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Photo from one year ago today, October 23, 2015:
In order to visit the Vuodomo Waterfalls, its expected that visitors bring the chief, (the owner of the land where the waterfall is located), a bag of kava, an intoxicating local drink made from kava leaves.  Here's the Fish Shop where we purchased the kava before we headed to the falls. For more details, please click here.

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