My Experience Staying in a Homestay, Ubud, Bali

I decided to stay in a homestay as I usually like to stay in accommodation that reflects the country’s culture. Rumah Roda Homestay is a traditional Balinese family compound where three generations live on the property. The pool and garden separated the family living quarters from the homestay allowing some privacy.

Rumah Roda is situated on a quiet lane and walking distance to the busy main street. Nearby a ten minute walk takes you to the rice fields.

A book named ‘A Little One O’clock’ has been published portraying the family history. More information available on their website at rumahroda.com

Rumah Roda Homestay overlooking the Pool

The Homestay overlooks a tropical garden surrounded by Hindu statues and a delightful swimming pool. The rooms were very large with a bathroom, air-conditioning, fridge and a large terrace.  The cost for one night is from IDR400,00 (about US$23) which included breakfast.

A restaurant is open all day overlooking a lane where you can view daily Balinese life.  Tea or coffee is available all day, Balinese coffee is delicious.

Terrace outside Rooms where I relaxed in the Afternoons

Overlooking the Roof Tops

In the mornings I walked in the heat, visiting temples and sightseeing.  Afternoons I relaxed on the lovely terrace outside my room, overlooking the rooftops, writing in my diary and reading a good book. A small temple nearby would play Balinese music every evening creating a Balinese ambiance – I was in Paradise.

Whilst I was staying here there was a three-day Hindu festival called ‘Gulungan’ The family decorated the statues in the garden and made Bamboo decorations that lined the streets of Ubud. The family cooked me a traditional lunch consisting of Pork and Balinese vegetables.

Hindu Statues

Festival Decorations

The family and the staff at Rumah Roda were very friendly and as I was travelling on my own; it was nice to have someone to talk to.  I took two trips with the owners son to Tellallang Rice Terraces and North Bali.

Dharta the owner of the homestay speaks good English, is a character and was very helpful.

 

 


Visiting Milford Sound, South Island, New Zealand

I visited Milford Sound about 25 years ago.   We were going to fly one way from Queenstown and bus back, but unfortunately we couldn’t fly because of the weather.  So it was a long day busing both ways, it took about four hours each way from Queenstown.  The scenery is amazing as you mostly drive through rain forest.

We took a boat ride for two hours. It was a misty day with light rain, but created an eerie atmosphere.

The fiord remained undiscovered by Europeans until Captain John Grono discovered it c.1812 and named it Milford Haven after his homeland in Wales. Captain John Lort Stokes later renamed Milford Haven as Milford Sound.

FAIRY FALLS MILFORD SOUND

Maori Myths

The Māori named the sound Piopiotahi after the thrush-like piopio bird, now extinct. Piopiotahi means “a single piopio”, harking back to the legend of Māui trying to win immortality for mankind – when Maui died in the attempt, a piopio was said to have flown here in mourning.

Milford Sound, South Island, New Zealand MILFORD SOUND SYLVIA 3 Milford Sound, South Island, New Zealand Milford Sound Milford Sound, South Island, New Zealand

Photo Credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/pixelsdumonde/


Landscape of Karst Mountains, Yangshuo, China

Yulong River, Yangshuo, Guangxi Province, China

Yulong River, Yangshuo, Guangxi Province, China

Li River, Yangshuo, Guangxi Province, China

Li River, Yangshuo, Guangxi Province, China

Li River, Yangshuo, Guangxi Provnice, China

Li River, Yangshuo, Guangxi Provnice, China

Yulong River, Yangshuo, Guangxi Province, China

Yulong River, Yangshuo, Guangxi Province, China

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge Landscape

I visited China in 2014, my four days in Yangshuo was very humid and overcast.  I was disappointed as my photos would have been much clearer if there had been blue skies.  However I still found the landscape of these huge limestone peaks spectacular.

Here is a link to a post on my stay in Yangshuo.

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Time Stands Still in Devonport, Auckland

Devonport, Auckland, New Zealand

Devonport is a harbour-side suburb of Auckland, and one of the earliest settled areas in New Zealand.  Daily ferries run  to downtown, Auckland City, which takes 10 minutes.

Last week I visited a friend of mine who lives in Devonport.  We went for a short walk and both took photos of  these lovely two storey Victorian Villa’s.  Built from the 1880’s to World War I, with kauri wood and tin roofs.

Most villa’s have a balcony/verdanda and are usually decorated with intricate lace work and finials.

Devonport, Auckland, New Zealand

Devonport, Auckland, New Zealand

Devonport, Auckland, New Zealand

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge Time


Vibrant Colors of a Tibetan Monastery

Tibetan Temple Lijiang China

This Photo of a Zhiyun Tibetan Monastery was taken near Lijiang, Yunnan Province, China.  This temple is adorned with Vibrant Murals, Lanterns and colorful Prayer Flags.

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge Vibrant

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