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Sunset At Ku De Ta Restaurant In Bali

November 14th, 2007 · 6 Comments

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A black man with hair dyed blonde to match his wife’s. Although his is closely cropped.

Their child being comforted for her tears in the arms of an Indonesian nanny. The parents gaze off across their table towards the surf.

I imagine the man thinking, “Why can’t somebody else take care of this child?” Even though somebody already is.


The little girl and her mother speak French amongst themselves. The father uses British-accented English and fusses a lot with his hand phone.

The nanny calls out to the child, who is now crawling across the lounging cushions towards my head.

“Eva! Eva!”

I feel my cushion give and turn towards her without using my eyes to actually look.


The girl scurries back.

“Sorry,” the nanny says to me, holding up a French fry speared on a fork.

I smile.

She smiles.

The father glances over to read my reaction. Satisfied, he turns back to the wife.

The child starts to hop like a bunny over the cushions, much to the nanny’s chagrin. And then there are monkey imitations.

I turn back to my book and nurse my $8 Apple Thyme martini as a man glides by above the beach strapped to a parachute with an oversized fan attached to his back. I guess that looks like fun.

The sun slips away. Now what to do.

Ku De Ta

Travel Betty Basics

Ku De Ta
Jalan Laksmana no. 9
Seminyak, Kuta, Bali, Indonesia

Other Betties Blogging About Ku De Ta

Eric Cheng’s Journal has a nice sunset shot
Josh Spear has a great shot of the reflecting pool and breaks the joint down so you know what you’re getting into
And of course, Nick over at Bali Blog always has something useful to say

Tags: Bali · Food and Drink

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  • 6 responses so far ↓

    • 1 The GoAbroad Network // Nov 15, 2007 at 11:26 pm

      Hi Betty,

      Good day!

      I would like to invite you to join GoAbroad Network and share your travel experiences with us. The travelers on the site would love to hear your travel stories and visit your personal website to view more information about your travels.

      Hope to see you on the site. Happy travels!

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    • 2 sindhu // Nov 17, 2007 at 3:04 am

      Great blog you have got!

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    • 3 Debo Hobo // Nov 17, 2007 at 7:21 am

      Hi Betty,
      This was a great article. I never understood why parents bring little kids to resorts, the kid is not going to remember the trip they should be left at home with a grandparent or other family member.

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    • 4 Travel Betty // Nov 19, 2007 at 11:32 am

      Hey, thanks for all the compliments! Now I’m blushing. :)

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    • 5 SimoneM // Nov 21, 2007 at 12:30 am

      Hi Betty,
      what a slice of life! Love Bali, but really loved seeing it through your eyes. Had an almost identical experience in Phuket in Thailand last year. Love to people watch over the rim of a cocktail in a balmy country… Bliss!
      Thanks for reviving the memories :)

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    • 6 Karen (Karooch from Scraps of Mind) // Nov 22, 2007 at 4:42 pm

      Wow Betty! I really felt like I was there. That was really evocative.
      A must to Stumble and share with the rest of the world.

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