Monkeying Around the World

Lil Dave’s Adventures with Ivan and Jennifer

Relaxing Class

Relaxing Class

Ivan and Jennifer had the free breakfast at the hotel on July 17, 2009.  I had two bananas with a piece of toast.

Jennifer used the internet. 

We had a late lunch at Bamboo Corner.  Ivan had a mushroom soup and a tuna sandwich with fries.  I had a pita with bananas and chicken.  Jennifer had the chicken sandwich with fries. 

We drove to Oceans 27 to relax for the day.  Ivan and I each ordered a banana shake while Jennifer got a strawberry shake.  The shakes are yummy here.  Ivan and Jen went into the pool for awhile. 

We saw the lovely sunset.  Ivan and Jennifer each had a strawberry mojito.  It was good.  We had a good, relaxing time at Oceans 27.

Everybody was getting hungry.  Ivan drove us to Queens of India.  Ivan and Jennifer shared the tasty masala papadums.  I ordered the banana tandoori for my main course.  It was really good.  Ivan and

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Jen shared the mint chicken tandoori, chicken kashmiri curry and pashwari naan.  They loved the food!

We went to Paddy’s to check out the Snow Party.  It’s like a Foam party.  It was really sad though.  The Snow was too watery so it came out like suds when you’re taking a bubble bath.  Only a few people were playing around in it.  Ivan found it funny.  Jennifer thought it wasn’t very good.

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We checked out Bounty as well.  We only danced a bit.  Jennifer was stopped because the bouncers thought she was Indonesian.  She doesn’t look Indonesian at all in my opinion.  Indonesians have to pay to enter these clubs, but foreigners are allowed in for free.

We got a taxi to Seminyak.  It’s only about 10 minutes away by car.  We were dropped off on Double 6 Road.  We heard a good band playing at La Vida Loca.  They were playing covers.  Ivan and Jennifer each had a drink.  The band finished.  There was going to be another band in a few minutes.

Ivan wanted to go dancing at 66 Nightclub.  Jennifer wasn’t in the mood for dancing.  We hopped on two motorbikes back to Kuta.  Ivan walked us back.  Jennifer and I went back to the room.  Jennifer used the laptop for a little while.  I went to bed.  Shortly after, Jennifer went to bed. 

Ivan went back to Bounty and danced for awhile.  He got a chicken panini at ESC.  It’s a place that’s hidden from the street so it’s always slow in there.  He went back to the hotel to get some sleep.

Ivan and Jennifer had the free breakfast in the hotel.  I had a nice banana to eat.

We went to the cooking class.  It was actually just a chef at the Ayu Beach Inn’s restaurant teaching some dishes to people.  So, it was only Ivan, Jennifer and me in the class.  We first cooked vegetable lumpia.  I added bananas to my lumpia to make it monkey-friendly.  It was pretty easy making it. 

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We actually got to chop things up, put the vegetables in the wrappers and roll them up and cook the food.  Ivan and Jennifer made a chili sauce to dip the lumpia in.  It was spicy and tasted great. 

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We made chicken curry next.  Chef Putu was using a packet of coconut based curry.  Ivan chopped up vegetables while Jen cut up the chicken.  Jennifer cooked it on the stove. 

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The chicken curry looked nice but there wasn’t much gravy.  Ivan thought it was more of a stir fry dish.

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I cooked my own version with bananas and vegetables in the curry.

Next, we made Jennifer’s favorite Indonesian dish Nasi Goreng.  It’s best made with day-old rice.  This recipe had chilis in it so Jennifer hoped it would be a nice spicy dish.  One of he cooks there, fried up the chicken satay and another cook made an omelet. 

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I made banana satay and fried up the bananas in a pot. 

Ivan and Jennifer made the Green Tape.  It’s a traditional Balinese drink.  You use fermented rice in it.  The rice is bright green.  It was a very sweet drink.

It was time to eat the food we made.  There was lots of it!  We really loved the slightly spicy Nasi Goreng.  The chicken curry was average.  The lumpia tasted good but naughty since it’s fried.  We were so stuffed after eating so much.  I guess we should have skipped our breakfast! 

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We really enjoyed our cooking class.

I worked on the blog in the room.  Ivan and Jen used the internet.  We chilled in the room for awhile.

We walked to the beach for the sunset.  There were hundreds of people on the beach. 

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The sunset turned out alright.

We walked to Un’s Restaurant for dinner.  Ivan and Jennifer were given a small shot of Un’s Margarita for a welcome drink.  It tasted really good.  I wish I was older so I could drink a banana margarita. 

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Ivan started off with the peppers soup.  Ivan ordered the Mahi Mahi.  I got the Banana Ravioli. 

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Jennifer got the Un’s Ravioli’s which had chicken and Balinese herbs inside.  Ivan and Jennifer each ordered a Un’s Margarita.  The food turned out really good. 

There was a band playing.  They sounded great.  They moved to each table and asked for requests.  The band came to our table. 

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They played Besame Mucho.  Jennifer asked them to play Can’t Take My Eyes Off You by Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons.  The singing was good on that song but some of the guitar playing didn’t sound like the song.  Ivan asked for Hey Jude and it sounded great.  The band moved to the next table and played Pretty Woman, Hotel California and Unchained Melody.  We hoped that we could catch this band again whenever we came back to Kuta.  We walked back to the hotel since we had an early start tomorrow to take a ferry to the Gili Islands.

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