Bali 2014: Day Thirteen – Distinction Team Party Day
Wednesday 19 November 2014:
Today was a little different to our normal pattern – we were excited to be meeting up again with our good friend Fredy from Drivers with Distinction. Over the past couple of years we have become great friends with Fredy and his team leader Dean. Dean and I share a common bond in that we are both photographers and this trip I had promised to come spend some time with him and impart some of my knowledge of Photoshop. Fredy had also promised me that HE made the absolute best Babi Guling (Roast Pork) in Bali so I held him to that with a request he show me how to make it.
So today we would be heading to Fredy’s house just outside of Denpasar to have a small party with Fredy, Dean and the rest of the Drivers with Distinction team.
That being said – first things first – we need to get some breakfast.
This morning we headed up the road from our hotel and popped into Randy’s Canadian Café & Bar for their breakfasts. Randy’s offer some really tasty options for the breakfasts – I went for the American and darling wifey went for the Canadian Breakfast choice. This with Bali Kopi and Juice came for Rp. 88k ($8.80 AUD).
After breakfast we jumped in a taxi down to Hardy’s to stop up on more “essentials” – I am sure I have droned on about Hardy’s before but it is a great place to get everything from Clothes to fresh fruit and groceries. Upstairs you will find plenty of souvenirs (and most at a cheaper price than you will get in the markets!) and also some good value clothing. We spent about Rp. 810k upstairs getting plenty of clothes and souvenirs – then about Rp. 400k downstairs on food and grocery items.
Fredy gave us a call to let us know he will pick us up around 1pm so we just headed back to the hotel to laze around the pool and relax.
The pool area at Hotel Semarandana is not huge, the pool isn’t massive but to be honest this is only a small hotel tucked away in a small little area. We stayed 5 days here in June and I think only saw people in the pool once or twice, so chances are you won’t be fighting for a chair. We were also a little worried about the noise level with our room upstairs above the pool – but really when you spend your time out and about during the day in Sanur you don’t notice any significant noise.
Disclaimer: Now at this point I want to put in a little warning/disclaimer – if you are offended by the sight of gorgeous pork roasting on a spit, or the idea of a pig being killed for the purposes of food please stop reading now. I am not a vegetarian so have no problem seeing how and where my food comes from but I respect not all my readers will agree so rather than being offended please stop reading this post now!
Ok so with that out of the way – Fredy rocked up at about 1pm to pick us up and take us back to his street for our party. Just to give Fredy a little plug feel free to check out some of my past blog posts about our many tours and day trips we have done with Fredy – search for #Fredy on my blog and you can see what we have gotten up to.
We arrived at Fredy’s house and sat and enjoyed a couple of drinks and snacks with Fredy’s family. Obviously to protect Fredy’s family and neighbours I won’t show you where we were but they live in this lovely little part of Denpasar but away from the crowds. It feels more like part of Ubud rather than Denpasar – suffice to say Danielle and I could both easily live in this neighbourhood….hmm any houses for rent?
Next up it was time to get the little piggie ready to become our lovely Babi Guling dinner. Fredy asked me if I wanted to see how we prepare the pig “from the beginning?” – yeah sure I figured.
I will save you from any gory videos or pictures – I figure as a Meat Eater it is somewhat my obligation to see where our food comes from and I must admit it was quite confronting seeing the little piggie get killed and cleaned out.
Was really interesting to see how the pig is prepared and also how much of the pig actually gets kept and used for cooking. Unlike here where we tend to only want to buy the “best” bits of a Pig almost all the animal gets used including many of the internal organs – which is actually quite good to see that very little goes to waste.
Such a simple way of cooking – just put the Pig on the pole and roll backwards and forwards from the flame. The spot we were cooking was between a couple of buildings and had a nice concrete wall to the side so A LOT of radiated heat. There is quite an art however in the cooking in that you don’t want the pig too close to the flames otherwise the outside will cook too quickly compared to inside. It basically cooks from the inside out.
So after the little piggie had been thoroughly cooked we moved up to the gorgeous rooftop terrace at the end of the street to have our dinner and a couple of drinks. Dean had arranged for almost all of his Distinction Team to come join the party as well as Fredy’s family. Was glad to see so many people come together because there is no way wifey and I could have eaten all 20kgs of that Pig alone!
Great place to sit and watch the sunset over a few cold drinks. Was great to catch up with some of the team as well – over our last few trips to Bali we have driven with Hadi / Nyoman (Mandika) / Fredy / and Kasa so nice to be able to sit back and have a great chat with them about their lives and families.
After dinner however things got a bit messy – so sorry the photos somewhat stopped, the Johnnie Walker Scotch came out and we all had a couple of drinks…. was wonderful fun bonding with these guys and having a great time – good to see the generally Scotch and Coke will bridge almost all cultural divides.
The party ended at about 11pm and we headed back to Sanur, making it home around midnight. Was an absolutely fantastic night having a party with these guys – Thanks to Dean and Fredy for organising this we had such a great time.
If you are heading to Bali and want to do some tours with a great team of drivers please do check out Drivers with Distinction – especially my friend Fredy. His sense of humour and genuine smile will ensure you thoroughly enjoy your time in Bali. They will also be able to ensure you see the REAL BALI and experience some lovely memories. *I can’t promise you a Fredy Special Babi Guling but he can definitely take you to some good quality Babi Guling Warungs so you can sample this lovely cuisine.
Straight to bed tonight, strange the head is feeling a bit sore – can’t have been the scotch surely…. see you tomorrow morning.
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