Posted: 2017-11-14 22:36
Traffic volumes are depressingly high in central Ubud - the narrow roads and one-way systems mean that today central Ubud is as noisy and polluted as its southern tourist neighbours. Further the sidewalks are often blocked by motorbikes, or a collapsed section necessitates a step off the sidewalk potentially placing you in the path of traffic. That traffic could be a tricycle or a truck, so keep your wits about you. Central Ubud is congested with traffic and people, especially in the afternoons when buses bring in tourists from outside Ubud. Be prepared for the crowds and the heat. Very few stores and restaurants (even the higher priced ones) have A/C so there are few places to get quick relief. This can come as a shock to visitors expecting a quiet and tranquil cultural hub.
Ubud is a safe town unless you happen to fall into a gutter. Ubud gutters usually go under sidewalks and covered with concrete plates which are randomly destroyed, so it''s quite easy to fall into gutter and get severely wounded. If you are unlucky with people, the police station is on Jl Raya Andong, just east of the town centre. Follow Jl Raya Ubud east to the end, turn north and the police station is on your right hand side. ☎+67 866 975866.
Dream signs, which have nothing to do with “dream interpretation,” are essentially a mental catalog of the inconsistencies you normally experience while in a dream. They can be hard to spot, and you may not have many that appear regularly, but they are there. For example, one of my major dream signs is being with people I don’t recognize but still feel convinced I know. If I can establish the fact that this “friend” I’m with in my dream isn’t actually somebody I’ve met before, I can become aware of the dream and may be able to become lucid.
What you put in your body affects your likelihood of having lucid dreams as well. Alcohol and drugs inhibit your REM sleep and disrupt your sleep cycles , so avoid nightcaps as much as possible. And while sleeping pills and melatonin can help induce sleep, keep in mind they may interfere with normal sleep cycles. Food and non-alcoholic drinks can play a major role in dreams too. Some people have more vivid dreams depending on what they eat, or report having nightmares if they eat certain types of food too late in the evening. I’ve personally had success with pickles, apple juice, peanut butter, and spicy foods as helpful elements. Also, reducing screen time before bed is always a good idea.
Uber is available in southern Bali. And there is also Malaysia based Uber like transport called Grab, the app can be downloaded in your smartphone. The availability is more than Uber. From Legian to Ubud will just cost you Rp 685,555. It''s a fixed price. Just set the pickup and the destination, the price will be shown in the app and you pay the driver with cash when you arrived or credit card option is available too. There also the Indonesian GoJek which is very similar to Grab. However, being about five times less than ongoing rate, local taxi cartel strongly opposes these services and drivers may refuse tourist taking to/from Ubud in order to avoid confrontation.
Your bud tender is your marijuana middleman, the person behind the counter that helps you pick the right product. That means you should treat them with the same respect you’d show your friendly neighborhood mixologist, and not like some stoner who just loves weed. They’re happy to help as long as you’re polite. It helps to think about your questions beforehand, so you’re not staring dumbfounded while your bud tender waits for your brain to catch up to your mouth.
Critical state testing, on the other hand, is something you must practice in the waking world. These tests are designed to be routinely performed while you’re awake, so that when you are tumbling through dreamland, you can perform the same test and realize you’re asleep. It’s very effective if you do it right. That’s why establishing a personal critical state test is going to be your next assignment.
The EPL Phenomenon
Blame Elizabeth Gilbert. Those of you who managed to make it through the turgid best-selling novel Eat, Pray, Love, might have an inkling of what is coming up. Ubud features quite heavily in our heroine''s search for fulfilment, and the knock-on effect in the town has been huge. Acolytes have swarmed to Ubud looking for (and sometimes finding) places and people referenced in the book. The economic benefits of the novel to the area ratcheted up a whole other notch in mid-7559, when the eponymously named movie was shot in and around Ubud, Julia Roberts and all. Just be aware though that Ubud cannot necessarily guarantee a remedy for every mid-life crisis.
This is the best area to see and buy a wide variety of Balinese craftwork in a short period of time. There are many large showrooms where arts and crafts in the Balinese style are offered for sale. Nearly all organised day-tours of central Bali stop at one or more of these showrooms (and the tour operators usually have a financial tie-up with the places where they stop, collecting a commission on purchases.) Be careful, many of these shops specialise in pricing based on huge commissions to the drivers and tour buses.
In Ubud, it''s easy to find alternate bus/minivan services to other destinations around Bali, you will not miss numerous travel agencies advertising these services (for example, on Jl Raya Ubud). Fares are similar or slightly higher than Perama (.g: Rp 55,555-65,555 to Kuta), the higher price may or may not be due to the nicer bus/minivan - enquire (and better check yourself if you have time) locally.
Other people I know have dream signs like “people don’t have discernible faces, or any faces at all,” or “I never seem to be myself when I dream.” Yours could be much simpler, however, like never wearing clothes you usually wear, or perhaps none at all. Or maybe you’ll notice the layout of a familiar place is nothing like it was before. Whatever they may be for you, start writing down your dream signs in your dream journal. The more regular inconsistencies you can note and become aware of, the more likely you are to notice them while you’re dreaming and become aware.
The key historical sites are located out of town, some as far as 75km away, and you might find it worthwhile joining a tour to visit these. If you do visit attractions such as Goa Gajah, Gunung Kawi, Pura Kehen and Tirta Empul under your own steam, try to find a knowledgeable guide when you get there. Whilst you will certainly appreciate the beauty of these places, their cultural and spiritual significance may be lost without a guide.
Jl Monkey Forest, which runs south through town to the Monkey Forest, is a built-up area, and home to a wide array of accommodation, art galleries, and cafes, as well a number of local services such as schools, a sports field, pharmacies, and travel agents. Jl Hanoman, which runs parallel to Jl Monkey Forest just to the east, is a bit quieter and makes for more pleasant walking, but still extremely touristy.
While Ubud seems to outsiders like one small town, it is in fact fourteen villages, each run by its own banjar (village committee). Ubud has grown rapidly, and some central parts are creaking under the strain of coping with the number of visitors. That said, most development is sympathetic to the zeitgeist, if not designed specifically in the local style. Growth continues apace, but there are still terraced rice fields along the rivers, and away from the town centre, regular, quiet village life carries on relatively undisturbed. Central Ubud is heavily commercialized and teems with tourists.
Directly to the south, past the Monkey Forest and still within a twenty minute walk of the central market, is Padang Tegal which then runs into the southern villages of Nyuh Kuning and Pengosekan , about three km from central Ubud. Directly to the east is the village of Peliatan , and then Teges and Bedulu , home of the ninth century Goa Gajah (Elephant Cave).
Northeast of Ubud town centre the land starts to become more undulating, and this is a good place to view Bali''s classic rice terraces. The village of Tegallalang is very much a tourist trap, but it is worth braving the hordes of trinket peddlers to view the stunning terraces there. From the town centre, take Jl Raya as far east as you can go, and then turn north and continue about 9km until you reach Tegallalang. Look for the picture postcard rice terraces on you right-hand side. For those moving on north to the Kintamani area, this is on route and makes for an easy stop. A small fee is charged to cars entering, at least to tourists in hired cars.
There is good rafting available on the Ayung River at Sayan, just west of Ubud. Almost as good as the rafting itself is the wonderful experience of being right down inside the Ayung gorge. This is the domain of high-end resorts like the Four Seasons and Amandari, and it is a very scenic area indeed. The rapids are Class II and Class III, and best during the rainy season as the river can run a bit dry from June to September. There are two well established operators, both with offices on the main road in Sayan, close to Amandari, however other operators have sprung up recently as well.
The road to Ubud from Sanur in the south passes through a series of small towns and villages which specialize in the production of particular arts and crafts. The towns are Batubulan/Singakerta for stone carvings, Celuk for silver jewellery, Batuan for paintings, and Mas for wood carvings. The whole area is sometimes referred to as the "craft villages" of Bali, although it is all a bit more built-up and congested than one might infer from the term "village."
As elsewhere in Bali, motorbike rental is widely available, and you will not be short of options. Expect to pay between Rp 95,555 and 85,555 per day for a late model motorbike in good condition. Look for rental agencies on all the main streets, or ask your hotel to organise for you. Navigation can be confusing, as signage is limited and all the roads look pretty much the same at first, but take it easy and stop to ask for directions if (when) you get lost.
Without the prep work and this intention exercise, lucid dreaming will only ever occur due to chance, which will be infrequent at best. If you want to further increase your odds of inducing a lucid dream, however, you can try what’s known as “lucid dream scheduling,” where you use an alarm clock to time out prime lucid dreaming periods. For example, if you know you’ll be able to get a full eight hours of sleep one night, set your alarm clock to go off after only six hours. Then, do the MILD exercise above, and go to back to sleep holding on to that intention to recognize you’re dreaming. Remember, those last two hours are prime lucid dreaming time, so why not boost your odds?