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Ubud, Bali's art and culture capital, is an in vogue vacation destination, thanks to the movie Eat Pray Love.

If you've been there and done that already, or are planning to visit soon, then these miniature road sign word tiles would make a cute embellishment on your Ubud vacation scrapbook pages.

You can add a magnet or pinback to the ones you don't use.

These word tiles are made exclusively for Indounik in Bali from a material that is in abundant supply in this tropical paradise – coconut shell.

Too stark to coordinate with your layout? You can tone them down a little by lightly sanding them back and adding Tim Holtz Distress Inks (Vintage Photo or Walnut Stain) or any dye ink to the surface. Start by adding only a small amount of ink with a sponge applicator and remember to let the ink dry before adding it to your project.

AT A GLANCE
Size: Approx 25mm (L) x 18mm (W)- 1in (L) x 3/4in (W)
Thickness: Approx 2mm
Pieces per pack: 6
Material: Coconut shell, paint
Colours: Green (hijau) and white (putih)
Shipping: These items will ship from Ubud, Bali, via registered post with a tracking number. They'll be packaged to protect them in transit, and the cost of the pack will be included in my shipping fee. You can combine shipping.
Extra info: These tiles are hand-tooled and the paintwork is screenprinted by hand so there may be slight imperfections in them or differences between each one. Due to varying monitor settings there may be slight differences between what you see on your screen and the actual colours. You can find the Kuta Mini Road Signs here: http://www.etsy.com/listing/59811815/kuta-mini-road-sign-tiles-6pcs

BACK STORY
Elizabeth Gilbert, author of the best-selling book Eat Pray Love, famously fell in love in Ubud during the final months of her year-long journey in search of fulfillment in Italy, India and Indonesia.

When Hollywood adapted the story for the big screen, cast and crew followed Gilbert's journey, faithfully filming at locations central to her story.

The movie stars Academy award-winner Julia Roberts as the writer and Javier Bardem as her love interest, Felipe. Their romantic scenes were filmed at various locations around Bali, most of them centred on Ubud.

After the film's release, a raft of EPL tourists followed Gilbert's path, visiting all three countries if their budget allowed, or cherry picking one dream destination.

Ubud was named Top City in Asia in Conde Nast Traveler magazine 2009 Readers' Choice Awards, with much credit for the profile boost being given to the movie.

In Bali in 2010, soon after the filming, I played tour guide for an English friend who was making her first ever visit to the Island of the Gods.

She was very keen to see the film locations and my friend Wayan Sumadi from Jalan2 Tours Bali - http://balitourandbusiness.com/ - took us to see some of them. We headed up Jalan Suweta towards the village of Bentuyung, about 2km north of Ubud.

As we continued on our road trip, we passed a glorious gate under construction and I asked Wayan to stop for photos. As I was shooting through the passenger side window, I noticed we were being invited in.

We got out of the car and as we walked towards the construction site, I noticed the man doing the inviting was one of Ubud's famous healers, Ketut Arsana. (The healer featured in the film was Ketut Liyer, whom I've also met, though not for a consultation.)

I knew Ketut Arsana, a spiritual teacher and yoga instructor, as the founder of the Ubud Bodyworks Healing Centre, and as I looked at the work underway, I suggested that this must be the new Bodyworks. “How did you know?” Pak Ketut asked me. “Because I recognise you,” I told him. “You must be getting ready for when the movie comes out.” He did a little double take. “How did you know?” he asked again. “Ah,” I said, tapping the right side of my nose.

It seemed a satisfactory answer and drew one of his benevolent smiles. As it transpired, we were at the location of his new Ashram Munivara in Junjungan, about 5km north of Ubud. If you'd like to know more, go here: http://www.ubudbodyworkscentre.com/

Bali is reaping the benefit of extra tourist dollars, but with the influx of visitors comes greater pressure on infrastructure and the environment. If you do visit Ubud, maybe you can do your bit to restore some balance to Bali's environment by contributing to the Tri Hita Karana Bali Foundation's permaculture centre or even doing one of their workshops. Convo me and I'll put you in touch.

If you'd like to read a movie extra's interesting take on EPL filming on location at the Ubud Market, go here: http://www.worldhum.com/features/travel-stories/an-extra-in-ubud-on-the-set-of-eat-pray-love-20091122/

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“Happiness is the consequence of personal effort. You fight for it, strive for it, insist upon it, and sometimes even travel around the world looking for it. You have to participate relentlessly in the manifestations of your own blessings. And once you have achieved a state of happiness, you must never become lax about maintaining it. You must make a mighty effort to keep swimming upward into that happiness forever, to stay afloat on top of it.” ~ Elizabeth Gilbert (Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman's Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia)
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Ubud Mini Road Sign Scrapbook Word Tiles 6pcs

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Overview

  • Materials: coconut shell, paint
  • Ships worldwide from Ubud, Indonesia
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