Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Bali Trip #4 : Final

This will be our last post on Bali Trip, it will include about Day 4 and 5 (where we say goodbye to Bali). Let's go!

By the way, did you notice something different?


24th January 2015 (Saturday)

The fourth day will be categorized as educational and lay back time in Bali. This is due to a lot of places that we were heading is temples and mostly requires a long time to arrived at that placed. Spending time more in a car and less time outside (not like the last post, where we were at the beach all night long).  
  • Taman Ayun
This place is huge and there are few sections that tell different stories at a time. Like in a picture below, this explains about their lifestyle I perhaps.  For more background stories about Taman Ayun, click here.




  • Jatiluwih pacung rice terrace (lunch overlooking)
I feel like I'm in Cameron Highlands but replaced tea farm with rice terrace.

Indeed, Bali was full of places that you can eat peacefully, and I have no doubt about that even though the food was regular to us.


I know that in Malaysia we also have the same things as Bali, but  what makes this different and value to me is, I captured this memory with my family.

Ehem, enough about it, if you want to know a history of this place, click here.

  • Ulun Danu temple & Bratan Lake


Move on to the next place and it was absolutely on my top of the list, Ulun Danu temple. Similar to Taman Ayun, there are few sections too. But what makes it different is, it's located in Bratan Lake area.

I was awe by the view (I noticed that I repeated the same thing all over again), but this is the real deal. To know about the history of this place, click here.

  • Beranda at GWK
Garuda Wisnu Kencana (GWK) is a park where it full with Hindu monuments that full or meaning and artsy.

We managed to see their performances before having our dinner. The performance was almost similar with the Batubulan barong art and culture performance.


To know more about this place, click here.

As far I remembered, when we arrived near to our hotel, we tell Pak Dita to drop us at the Beachwalk shopping centre. Since it's out last night, why not walking around Kuta and see how locals strive through the nights.

25th January 2015 (Sunday)

  • Shopping around Kuta and Pasar Sukawati
It's our last day, and before headed to the airport, we decided to buy ole-ole for our family (my dad), friends and bring our best memories to them.

We walk around Kuta since last night, most of the stalls are closed and we didn't have a nice glimpse with all the things that they sell during the night. I didn't buy anything around Kuta, instead, I accompany my mother, which looking for leather bags.

When we were walking, I noticed someone shout my name and I thought I was just having it in my mind, but yeah my university friend shouted my name while he rides motorcycle (hawk eye ayee).

Move forward to Pasar Sukawati, this place is huge and has variety of choices of souvenier (you named it). I was in a tight budget, so I choose really carefully and it turns out great.

  • Heading back home!
Along the way to the airport, I never take my eyes off anything that I see and it's kind of heartbreaking and sad for me. Since it was my very first time flying out and have a vacation outside of Malaysia, *sigh* I'm thankful for this opportunity. I just hoped that I will get the chances of travelling to others country as well.

That's the end of Bali post, hope everybody enjoy reading it although there is few grammatical error everywhere. I just hoped by writing something on my blog consistently will bring a change and it was a simplest form or training that I could have during my semester break.

Last but not least, THANK YOU!


 "Wherever you go, go with all your heart." - Confucius


Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Bali Trip #3

Bali, Indonesia
"People don't take trips, trips take people." - John Steinback

23rd January 2015 (Friday)

The third day of our adventure in Bali and the excitement make us walked to Kuta Beach and had a glimpse of surf boys (ehem, that's for me).  After that quick eye-catching ehem ehem, we waited for our travel guide at Starbucks near to Beachwalk Shopping Centre, and it's time for South Bali tour = Beach time!


  • Nusadua white sand beach 


Before our clothes get all wet, we had to visit Turtle Island. To be able to hold that humongous turtle, our only vehicle to make our dreams came true is by boat!

Thank god I don't have seasick which I think would be horrible if this occur. After few minutes, we arrived at Turtle Island.


Pak Dita and us!


I think it was not that suitable to called it as 'Turtle Island' due do that, there is so much more other animals like an eagle, snakes, and iguana after the gigantic turtle were display at the entrance, but towards the end it doesn't feel much like turtle island. (just an opinion)

  • Water activities

After visiting that island, it's time for some water adventure. We didn't get to capture any image when we were in the water but let me tell you what are the games we managed to play, such as donut watersport and sea walker. 

The only water activity that we played in Nusadua white sand beach is donut watersport.

We played sea walker at different places which at the resort where there are few people and a much more calm environment.

It's great because at Nusadua white sand beach, although it's weekdays but there are so many people and it's not that enjoyable when you are packed like in a sardine tin.

Continue with sea walker, before getting a chance to walked underwater, we have to attend a short brief and then it's time to play with all the fishhh!

For more info about sea walker, click here. I think it's around RP 5,517,000 per person for the activity.

  • Resort lunch
We had a western style lunch at the resort where we do the sea walker. Not much I can tell you about the food, just an ordinary western style food but yeah, of course, our plate is really cleaned since we just came out from underwater.

  • Uluwatu

BEWARE of all the monkeys! Naah, they mean no harm. Well, I totally want to advise you to : please wear something that is comfortable and maybe jeans. I have no idea what I wear during this visit, especially with that maxi skirt. 

Continue... there are a lot of stairs and a journey that might take you for a while to arrived at the main attractions, and totally worth it.

For an info about Uluwatu, click here.

What I love about Bali, is the view, there is no words can explain the view that I get to have on that day. 


  • Jimbaran sunset dinner seafood
Our last pit-stop, of course involve some delicious food!


I love sunset but not all the rubbish that scattered around the beach, it's not smelly at all but my eyes hurt with all of that plastics, etc because I really want to enjoy the sunset view.

It was too bad, I just hope during my next visit, the beach will be cleaned and worth to just running around without put on our slippers or shoes.


Just forget about that negativity for a while, talking about the food, hey hey. Who doesn't love seafood? added with that romantic view, that everyone should be able to enjoyed once in a while. It was awe-wait for it-some, AWESOME!


That's all for Bali Trip #3, thank you who have been followed the continuous post and next post will be the last one for Bali Trip #4. Thanks and see you on the next post! :)

#END


Previous Post:
Bali Trip #1 here.
Bali Trip #2 here.

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Bali Trip #2

"Travel makes one modest. You see what a tiny place, you occupy in the world." 
- Gustave Flaubert.

22nd January 2015 (Thursday)
The second day of our adventure in Bali and the excitement make us woke up in early of the morning and it's time for East Bali Tour!

  • Batubulan barong art and culture performance
It's just so 'not my time to wake up yet' at that time. But it was really great that I am able to wake up and enjoyed our first stop which full of culture performance.

Well, it took a really long time for me and others to understand the performances, therefore, we read the pamphlet that were given to us and catch up time to time. Oh, their customs are really colourful! Thumbs up for this.

So, if you want to know more about this place, click here.





After the culture performance, we do a quick pit stop, get in depth with the 'art' are in Bali. This was not in our package, it was an unplanned pit stop, and it was a good deliberating choice.




  • Kintamani volcano (lunch overlooking Batur Lake)
Having our second lunch in Bali was not so bad, but the weather are just sooooo cold! For some people who really want to look for a clearer view of Kintamani volcano, they will be heartbroken.

But as for me, I was really enjoyed and 'syukur' for an extraordinary view, like look at the picture below, that is exhilarating for me and it just enough.

Oh, and the food was 50-50 and they served a buffet style but added the scenery, thumbs up!



  • Bali coffee, cacao and spices plantation
*Sigh of relieved* because finally we get out from that stormy weather, now it was just nice and my kind of weather.

"Nak cuba masak kopi? Boleh tangkap gambar sekali."

Yes, this a place where tea and coffee lover will go nuts like my brother, where he tried 'kopi luwak' (picture will be inserted below).


Hello, Luwak!


We managed to buy two only since it was really expensive. I take a sip out of it, and it taste bitter and doesn't have that disgusting smell at all (fewh!


I've tried it all and my favourite was rose tea if I'm not mistaken and chocolate!



If you have an opportunity to visit here, make sure you buy ole-ole for your friends that who really like tea, coffee and chocolate. Their contents in a chocolate bar were almost 95% of cocoa and it taste really chocolate-ty.

  • Tirta Empul (holy spring water temple)
Every time when we visited a temple in Bali, we need to wear a sarong and it's the same as mosque too, women that having their time of the month, aren't allowed to enter.


Our tour guide, Pak Dita told us about the temple a little bit and what I remembered is each of the water, have its own function and you need to complete all of it. 


After walking around the temple, we visit their pasar for a while, to take a look on what we can purchase during our last day in Bali for our family and friends.


  • Ubud palace and centre

We don't spare much time in Ubud palace because we arrived pretty late. Hence, we walked around the shops that they have there.


  • Dinner at smoke duck
It was a pleasant dinner, even though the sun already came down, but still it was enjoyable. Oh did I mention, smoke duck is one of food that must try in Bali? Yes, there are! I myself enjoyed eating food that out of my comfort zone, so this is the starter to everything.

Day two is a really long day, we were total blackout when we put our head on that nice puffy pillow.

Till then, see you on the next post!

#END
By the way, all of this wonderful picture was taken by my eldest brother.

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Bali Trip #1 here.

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