Living in Ubud. Bali Indonesia 8

Living the Ubud life. 

I have never stayed in Ubud for any great length of time. I have stayed at Padma Resort and Gran Bekas but the stays were short. This time it’s already been a few days and I am unsure if it is in my head but sure feels cooler than staying in Jimbaran.  

The other difference is that I am surrounded by small shops. There is a great little place called Coconut Kitchen. It is but two tables, 4 chairs at each table and two ladies in a small kitchen that is no more than four meters by four meters. This would be the outside measurement of this place. 

I kid you not, banana pancakes for $1.50 Canadian dollars. Yes, I hear and see us foreigners brag about cheap food here and there but wow. I had 600ml of coconut water and a pancake for breakfast and it cost $3.50.  

Now these ladies hustle, they have a juicer and people order food online and some will drop by, pay and come back for the juice later. I mean it is hardly worth cracking an egg for the pancake at the prices that they are charging.  

Life here is a little different.  

Ubud is a little bit farther from the airport than most tourist attractions it is busy but only in certain areas. Even though Bali is open people may or may not come this far out on a weekend getaway.  

The recovery is slow, the competition is tough, and life is not easy by any means.  Many shops are still closed, and it is hard to understand how a once so vibrant island is still in recovery.  

This location is home for a month, and I am happy to see the smiling faces of the locals when I enter their establishment. The two ladies that take care of Coconut Kitchen, for example, work long hours and I am sure their profits are slim, but they make a living and support their family, that is what matters.  


In Bali, traffic is everywhere and even though one would think it should be nearly nonexistent, well one would be wrong. Sure, currently it comes and goes in short spurts. There is a school nearby my place and when school is out, all the parents are right there to pick up the kids.  

I am sure they could walk home like I could walk to the restaurant, the problem is that there is nowhere else to walk except the road. It is risky and for the pile of kids coming out of school to cross the road is kinda scary.  

Rice fields. 

This is one thing I love to see. My view is not of the lush green rice fields at the moment. It is a large muddy puddle; the rice was planted today. Yup watched the 5 men plant away at a rapid pace. By tomorrow they will all be done, and I look forward to the rice field turning green before my eyes this month.  

It is a process I have seen often, men and women planting. However, I never watched the process from the preparation to the finished product. This time I get to see it all. 

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Zsolt Zsemba has worn many different hats. He has been an entrepreneur, and businessman for over 30 years. Living abroad has given him many amazing experiences in life and also sparked his imagination for writing. After moving to Canada from Hungary at the age of 10 and working in a family business for a large part of his life. The switch from manufacturing to writing came surprisingly easily for him. His passion for writing began at age 12, mostly writing poetry and short stories. In 1999, the chance came to write scripts. Zsolt took some time off from his family business to write in Jakarta Indonesia for MD Entertainment. Having written dozens of soap operas and made for TV movies, in 2003 Zsolt returned to the family business once more. In 2018, he had the chance to head back to Asia once again. He took on the challenge to be the COO for MD Pictures and get back into the entertainment business. The entertainment business opened up the desire to write once more and the words began to flow onto the pages again. He decided to rewrite a book he began years ago. Organ House was reborn and is a fiction suspense novel while Scars is a young adult drama focused on life’s challenges. After the first two books, his desire to write not only became more challenging but enjoyable as well. After having several books completed he was convinced to publish them for your enjoyment. Zsolt does not tend to stay in one specific genre but tends to lean towards strong female leads and horror. Though he also has a few human interest books, he tends to write about whatever brews in his brain for a while.

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