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Pondok Pekak Library and Learning Center

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Pondok Pekak Library and Learning Center

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Melinda wrote a review Mar 2020
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Everyone even thinking of visiting this library needs to know that the owner of this place (called Made), is intimately abusing and touching women during his massages in his other business called Boreh Pijat Spa (Goutama street, Ubud). You can check the Spa reviews here on Tripadvisor to see that he has had many victims during the past years. Please boycott all his businesses and avoid this place. Share the word!
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Date of experience: February 2020
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daveloni wrote a review Oct 2019
Chiang Mai, Thailand106 contributions39 helpful votes
This library offers classes such as woodcarving, silver making, painting, Bahasa language, fruit carving, playing the gamelan and Balinese dancing. It also has a room and an outdoor wall filled with books, with lots in English, such as Harry Potter or the Book Thief. To borrow a book you can become a member for a month or a year and pay a flat rate before borrowing or just grab a book for three days minimum at a rate of 2000rp per day. With either option be prepared to pay a fully refunded deposit of about 80,000rp per book. To book a class ask at the front desk- they do not approach you at all even if you are wandering around having a look. There is no schedule- just choose a class and a time and they will get the instructor in. You will be asked to pay a deposit of about 100,000rp per person. Each course also comes with a free meal and drink. They ask you to book 2 hours in advance. We attended a silvermaking course with Sri where we made beautiful earrings that we love. She was lovely and patient and let us have a go at every component of making the jewellery, including cutting the metal, hammering designs into it, soldering, sanding and buffing. This course cost 300,000 per person for 3 hours. We also paid a bit extra as our earrings weighed more than the included 3 grams of silver- it was 20,000rp per 1 extra gram. We also did a painting class with Kadek which was lots of fun. We used both watercolour and normal acrylic techniques. Our final paintings are awesome and will be hung up at home. This class cost 330,000 per person for 3 hours as we chose to paint on canvases (it was 300,000 each to use paper). Come prepared with ideas (screenshot from google is fine) as this will make the whole process faster. The wood carving and gamelan lessons we saw happening also looked like lots of fun. The whole library is a great resource for tourists. It is very chilled out and relaxing and is a great opportunity to meet new people and learn new skills.
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Date of experience: October 2019
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ShugrGrl55 wrote a review Aug 2019
Mission Viejo, California2,098 contributions101 helpful votes
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The Pondok Pekak library is a small quaint open air area, that can be a little tricky to find. Along the east side of the soccer field in the middle of Ubud town center is a small path lined with little warungs and the like. Right about in the middle of this path you will come to a big Blue arch, with yellow letters painted on it and signs pointing towards the library. Head all the way back and you will eventually find it. The books available was a very small selection (maybe one wall full), but we did not come here for that, so this was ok by us. We came to sign up for one of the many cultural lessons they had on offer. There were several to choose from, ranging from 1-3 hours in length, and 150K-300K in price. Including lessons in Balinese dance, Gamelan music, Making Offerings, Carving Fruit, Silver Jewelry making, Wood carving, & Painting! Bookings can be made on the same day, but they need at least 2 hours advanced notice and a 50% deposit. The price also includes a coupon for 1 food item & 1 drink at their snack bar (per person). The choices at the time we were there included: Fruit Salad, Balinese pancake, French Fries, Nasi Goreng, Mi Goreng, Coffee, Tea, & Fruit Juice. My husband, 6 year old daughter, and I chose to do the Gamelan Gong class, and I must say, it was one of the highlights of our trip. Our instructor was awesome and made the processes a ton of fun for all 3 of us. By the end of the lesson, the four of us are playing like a real band. With harmony, a wood block type of instrument, and our little one on the large gongs in the back. We even start to draw a crowd! I’d highly recommend this class to anyone with kiddos (or not) looking to fill an hour or two. It was awesome!
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Date of experience: April 2019
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Juna Berry M wrote a review Jul 2019
Redway15 contributions1 helpful vote
Wonderful, personalized lessons in Bahasa Indonesia by a knowledgeable and skilled instructor who speaks perfect English.
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Date of experience: May 2019
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jazzymama1 wrote a review Jun 2019
Hurstbridge, Australia135 contributions85 helpful votes
We arrived and nobody greeted us with a smile. We waited in the library area (which is a big room with a stage and desks and jist a few shelves of books) and still nonody came to talk about the classes. Eventually my son went to ask. The classes are $25 each child with no discount for families. As I have three kids it was $75 for them to do a class. I have no problem paying but that is really expensive I think! And when nobody even botherw to come and explain the classes, what’s on offer or any information, I think. When we asked if there was a family discount she said to go somewhere else. The library is just a front for another tourist trap it seems.
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Date of experience: June 2019
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