After a hectic week in Ubud, now come the third or sadly my final week in Ubud. While finishing up the fieldwork, going here and there, meeting and interviewing important people, I finally found some free time on my third week here. How's the third week in Ubud? Let's see!
For the first day of the final week, I really wanted to take my time off the fieldwork and just walk around Ubud with my cameras. This sun was up so I thought, why not put slide films in cameras? It’s totally worth it!
As I walked through Jalan Hanoman, I noticed there’s a traditional religious event on the Pura. I think at that time, the people of Ubud were celebrating the anniversary of a temple (pura) once every 210 days. The name of the event was Odalan. Odalan rituals are performed by the people living near the pura and go on for several days.
Odalan itself will go on for days and I decided to document it.
The more I walked along this street, I spotted many things to be shot. My finger was itching to shoot everything! I suddenly had the urge to shoot again and again after that hectic week!
As I was walking around, suddenly my girlfriend texted me, saying she wants a souvenir from Ubud. Then I thought, “To Pasar Ubud!” Pasar Ubud is traditional market on Jalan Raya Ubud near Puri Ubud. Because I was always walking along Jalan Raya Ubud I knew exactly where Pasar Ubud is. So there I was, walking towards Pasar Ubud to search for souvenirs.
After walking around Pasar Ubud, I finally bought some souvenirs from him. I forgot the shopkeeper’s name and both of them! I totally forgot!
After a little shopping, I walked down the streets of Pasar Ubud to the South which leads to Jalan Dewisita near Jalan Monkey Forest. The power of walking and finding shortcut!
The next day, as things went according to plan and gathering data was almost finished, I went again for a walk and this time revisited Tjampuhan Hills. But before going there, I saw interesting places.
I visited two historical places which are Oos River and Pura Gunung Lebah. Both of them are near Tjampuhan Hills. There are so many historical spots in these places and I have to read books to know their history.
On the third week, Engga and Agung took me to this place called Ceking or Tegallalang Rice Terraces. It was a nice place and it’s a pity that we went there in the afternoon and the sun was about to set, but if you go there on a sunny day, you will enjoy the view.
When the sun has set, we went back to Ubud and Engga showed me some places.
It was getting dark and we decided to visit one of Ubud’s finest photographer, Rio Helmi. His gallery is at Jalan Suweta near Puri Ubud. His photography is totally awesome and I saw his old photographs. I think that he used slide films and processed it with E6 because the photographs are totally awesome! I really admire his work and I love how he documented Bali in general.
Have you all watched Eat Pray Love? I was inspired by Julia Roberts who rode a bicycle. So I decided to rent a bicycle and try it too!
It was so much fun! I really enjoyed my time! Yeaaah!
Time really goes fast in Ubud. After I woke up in the morning I realized that it was my final day in Ubud. To make the best out of it I decided to shoot like crazy! I didn’t think and just shot!
In the afternoon, I met up with Engga again and we decided to go Taco Casa. Delicious food I must say!
After a delicious dinner I went to the homestay and packed my things up. I was really sad because living in Ubud is really a great experience and leaving Ubud is bitter but I must leave because I have to write my master thesis. Right now I’m still writing my thesis and writing this article is helping me to remember all the things I’ve done in Ubud. It was a great experience to live in Ubud for three weeks, and I definitely gained a lot of positive things from there. Thank you Engga and Agung who showed me amazing places in Ubud! Big thanks to the family member of my homestay and considering me as a family as well!
Thank you to all the people of Ubud!