Leisure & Tourism

Raindrops? Shopping, gamelan and pool can comfort you

When the rain drops start falling, there is still a lot of choices for fun here on the island of Gods.

Who doesn’t like shopping? Bali caters to a broad range of shoppers. You can find fine art and handicrafts, antique and semi-antique furniture, paintings, delicately carved jewellery, wood and stone carvings, masks, woven and dyed fabrics. Best thing to do is hit one of the open air markets. Don’t be afraid of the word open! They are well covered and protected from the rain. Ubud has one of the most colorful markets, and it is in the building so that you will be safe from the rain. You can strike a bargain there any time or shop in modern air-conditioned malls.

Bali Pocket 003 - February 2016_page39_image101Kuta Beachwalk is the place where you can find some of the famous brands such as Armani, Gap, Zara or Top Shop along with the cinema in a digital format and some of the finest dining places such as Bushido, Kitchenette or Kyuoko Sushi. Not to be sad about the rain at all there!

But if you are into something cultural and music related, why not learn a little bit about the Balinese gamelan? Often played for important rituals as well as cultural performances.

Balinese culture and music can turn out to be a neat thing you can tell your friends you did on the island. The Mekar Bhuana Conservatory located in Denpasar is a fantastic choice of exciting workshops.

Bali Pocket 003 - February 2016_page39_image100If you’re not a really the cultural kind, perhaps you would like to shoot a game of pool? It is fun to play with friends and family and is available in various places whether you’re down south in Kuta or up north in Ubud. The Deck in Petitenget has more than one table that gives you a better chance to play compared to a few other options in the area. Alternatively, there’s also The Melting Pot up in Ubud which also holds tournaments if you are in it to win some cash.

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