We moved to Ubud

Seeking inspiration, and also reducing costs 😉 we moved to Ubud, Indonesia for a while. Ubud is a world-famous village on the island of Bali, known for yoga schools, art festivals and healthy food, in other words – perfect place for geeks like ourselves.

Also it’s a perfect spot to try Expatria – Ubud is over-saturated with expats of all kinds and shapes.

We plan to spend at least 6 months here. By the end of this period we shall have a fully-functioning project with mobile apps and at least 20-30 thousands of users, and also a nice tan.

A little bit of insight what’s working like in Ubud:

  • Internet is slow and unreliable in most places, latency fluctuates a lot. Even though free wi-fi is available practically everywhere, it’s quite hard to work online. Luckily, we found a co-working space called Hubud, and these guys got 10-20 Mbps connection only 30ms away from Singapore.
  • Mobile internet is often faster than broadband-backed wi-fi, somehow. I managed to get 6 Mbps at some spots with Indosat – that’s faster than in some cities in Europe!
  • We love sports so we had to look for sweating opportunities here. At the moment Ubud got only two gyms: simple cheap Adam Gym (less than 10 USD per month) and somewhat more modern Ubud Fitness Centre (around 40 USD per month). Since it’s quite hot during the day and the road condition is terrible, you can only run on treadmills.
  • Couldn’t find any martial art class in Ubud 🙁
  • Luckily there is good coffee in the village. When I say good, I mean Melbourne good. So far two spots with proper drink: Anomali Coffee and Seniman Coffee Studio, located opposite each other. Many other places claim to have nice cappuccino, but in fact sell something worse than Starbucks.
  • Climate is actually quite mild and comfortable. It only gets very hot during 1-2 hours around noon, and it’s very pleasant in the evening with temperatures dropping down to +24. Many houses don’t even have (or need) air conditioning!
  • Lots of great food everywhere, but unfortunately no authentic pizza (even though many restaurants got nice wood fire ovens) or sushi. Well, we can live 6 months without these two delicacies.
  • Expatriate vibe is alive and kicking here. Seems like at least every second person is a foreigner, and locals mix harmoniously with Westerners.
  • Finding a house here wasn’t particularly hard. You just walk around and ask locals. After 1-2 days of seeking, they will start offering villas themselves 🙂 You can find a house for any budget – from 300 USD a month to 5000+ USD. No brokers, no agent fees, no contracts, but you will get a better price if you pay several months in advance.

In short, we have already acclimatised here in Ubud, and started working in productive and joyful manner. We will keep you updated!

Post by Denis Mysenko

Born in the snows of Siberia