Long awaited vacation with the family. Such rare opportunity to travel together. However, we had a addition member, our aunt, who joined us at the very last minute and I had to do all the extra coordinations and payments.
Am not sure if there are other better flight timing that doesn’t cost more, but our flight to Bali is at 520am. That means we have to be at the airport at around 4am or so (with online check-in already done). With 3 hours of sleep, from 11pm to 2am, I am the only person who slept the most. All thanks to my nose for choosing such a good day to be down with a flu.
Day 1 – 23 Dec 2016 (Friday)
After taking some photos in the departure hall, we went up to have our super early breakfast. This is when you can’t decide which angle is the best. After breakfast, we boarded our plane and jet off to Bali. I volunteered to change seat with my aunt so that she can sit with my family and I will take the lone seat. And its selfie time before I nap.
Upon reaching Bali, we were being fetched by our tour guide, Waiyan and driver, Kolma. We topped up IDR400,000 for them to drive us around for the day.
Our first stop, we were being brought to a place where balinese embroidered clothes were being manufactured. Of cos, it is a place to bring tourist to spend money in. Our second stop, a place to buy organic soap and scent-related products.
Our third stop, Pura Batuan, Hindu Temple. All of us had to wear the Sarong around us before entering the Temple. Ladies with menses are not allowed to enter. This is where we wear our Sarong before crossing the road to enter the Temple. Above: Entrance to Temple.
After entering the Temple, Waiyan brought us to different places to take photo and told us some stories along the way. After seeing us do a jump shot. The aunt also wanted to do it and mummy accompanied her. Kinda regreted not bringing a camera along. Photos taken aren’t sharp at all. It’s always good hiding behind people to avoid looking fat >.<Dad caught a photo of me while walking out of the Temple. Totally love this candid photo. It will be perfect if I’m not wearing a cap, carrying a bag and in nicer footwear. Haha!
Weather is simply too hot! We went for coconut drink before going for our lunch. Waiyan brought us to a I Made Joni, Ubud for Lunch.
Bebek Joni Restaurant
Address: Jl. Raya Goa Gajah, Peliatan, Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80582, Indonesia
Phone: +62 361 974738
Opening Hours: Everyday 9am – 9pm I think that was the best meal for the trip.
Our tour continued after lunch. We told Waiyan that we are not interested in wood carvings, stone carvings or branded products. So, she brought us to Coffee Garden. I have always been interested to try 100% luwat coffee (also known as the cat shit coffee).
Teba Sari Bali Agrotourism
Address: Br. Kelingkung, Lodtunduh, Lodtunduh, Gianyar, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80571, Indonesia
Phone: +62 812-3687-466
I tried a cup of luwat coffee at IDR50,000. And truthfully speaking, I am not a fan of black coffee and so, I really don’t appreciate the taste of luwat coffee. However, I still bought 2 packets. It is really expensive! IDR340,000 for 50g.
After visiting the coffee garden, everyone is so tired that we just wanted to go back to the hotel. That is how we missed visiting the water falls 😦 Sis & I were the only people in the car (excluding the driver & tour guide) who didn’t nap during our journey back to hotel.
For the next 3 nights, we stayed in Kuta Lagoon Resort & Pool Villa.
The parents didn’t want to explore outside, and so we had our dinner at the cafe in the resort. Then, we went out to buy mineral water before ending our night early. Good Bye to comfortable leg-room seat at the front. Aunt was complaining about cramped seats at the back and so we swopped. The moment she sat in front, there is no means of switching or rotating seats during the trip.
Day 2 – 24 December 2016 (Saturday)
It’s Papa’s Birthday! And it is our first time celebrating in foreign land. We woke up at 650am for breakfast at 730am. Waiyan came for us at 9am for our ATV Experience. It is a last minute arrangement cos’ papa wanted to try it. We took up the full package with Badung Adventure Bali – IDR750,000 for 2hours with lunch. The 2 hours consists an hour on the road and another hour in swamps. At home ground, we get to do a 2 rounds trial. ATV at their trial bed before heading out to the road. No chance to QC photos. Mostly are pretty badly taken. Well, I really can’t complain. *ANGRY* We have more photos taken of me than my dad & siblings. Nice & Unglam ones. Waiyan prepared a surprised cake for Papa. And after cropping out other people, here’s family of 5: After lunch, we went to Pura Taman Ayun; a Balinese Temple.
Pura Taman Ayun
Address: Jalan Ayodya, Mengwi, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80351, Indonesia And to see pagodas inside the temple: And last photo with the guardian before exiting the temple: Next, we travelled to Tanah Lot. From Wikipedia: Tanah Lot is a rock formation off the Indonesian island of Bali. It is home to the pilgrimage temple Pura Tanah Lot, a popular tourist and cultural icon for photography.
Address: Bali 82171, Indonesia
Phone: +62 361 880361 Here we are at Tanah Lot. The wind is super strong and I’m glad I brought a cap along. No need to bother much about my hair during photo taking. LOL ^_^ First, some scenaries. The waves are super huge and with many folds. We stood at the shore taking photos of the waves and the rocks. Tada! Candid taken by Papa. Paparazi feel isn’t it?? Heex ^_^ Group photos taken at the shore before we move to higher level. Woosh! Luckily we took photos before the tide becomes higher. My aunt observed how I “pose” for photos and requested to have a similar one of her taken. Haha! This was the situation throughout the trip. Whereever spot I took photo at, she will want to have one of her taken there.
Group photos taken at a few strategic locations. And more of sis & I… And when I see a long bench… One last photo before we leave tanah lot for dinner. The aunt requested for chinese food for dinner and I did a quick search on google map and located this chinese restaurant which is quite near to our resort (17 minutes walk – if we don’t have any transport).
The Garoupa Seafood and Dine Restaurant
Address: Jl. Raya Kuta 21 B C D E, Br. Abian Base, 80361, Kuta, Kuta – Badung, Bali 80361, Indonesia
Phone: +62 361 764925
Opening Hours: Everyday 11am – 11pmWe were there before 6pm for dinner. So early such that there is no other customer in the restaurant. All servers simply just stood around our table looking at us having our dinner. Food were served really fast but not that fantastic. Sweet & Sour Chicken, Vegetables and Egg Tofu were ok. Soup and Crab are not nice. Crab was served with crispy bread. I find the chili gravy not hot enough. The spices used are different. Prefered the Singapore Style. Waiyan & Kolma joined us for Dinner and sent us back to our Resort. Since it is early, we decided to take a short rest before heading out to take a walk down the neighbourhood.
Our butts landed at Street Food Festival (A pub, cafe, restuarant) for some Satays & couple of drinks.
Street Food Festival (Bali)
Address: Jl. Legian, Kuta, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361, Indonesia
Opening Hours: Mon to Thurs (4pm – 11pm) | Sat (5pm – 2am) | Sun (5pm – 12Mid)
The mummies had orange juice. Bro & Sis shared a Cider. I had Margarita (The one I had in Bintan is so much nicer). Papa had 2 bottles of Bintang Beer (of which, I drank half a bottle of his). And the bags right beside my butt were some tidbits, maggie mees (all for the bf), coffee sachets, toothbrushes and sanitary pads. Haha!
Day 3 – 25 December 2016 (Sunday)
It is Christmas Day! The buffet breakfast spread today is slightly better 🙂 There is no activities in the morning. We then took the resort shuttle at 10am that bring us to Kuta Beachwalk Mall; it is a shopping mall at the Kuta Beach area. Since it is still early, we went to Starbucks for some coffee & cake. I tried the iced version of matcha espresso fushion and didn’t quite like it. After coffee, we walk round the mall before making our way to Matahari Kuta Square (our meeting point with Waiyan). They did some shopping at the departmental store before we had our lunch at A&W.
Waiyan came at 2pm to fetch us for our tour to Uluwatu.
Our first destination: GWK Cultural Park.
Garuda Wisnu Kencana (QWK) Cultural Park
Address: Jl. Raya Uluwatu, Ungasan, Kuta Sel., Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80364, Indonesia
Opening Hours: Everyday 8am – 10pm
Taken at the Entrance before we had to put on a Sarong. Sarong time… No more Sarong…. After GWK, we made our way to Uluwatu Temple. From wikipedia: Uluwatu Temple is a Balinese sea temple in Uluwatu. The temple is regarded as one of the sad kahyangan and is dedicated to Sang Hyang Widhi Wasa in his manifestation as Rudra.
Address: Pecatu, South Kuta, Badung Regency, Bali, IndonesiaA photo at the entrance before climbing the flight of stairs. We did jump shot and aunt also wanted one. So there am I, jumping with her. And some photos with the curly tree. Then it is some scenaries below. And with our faces… Then we walked towards the “auditorium” for the Kecak Dance. We arrived an hour early to secure seat. Sorry, but I am not able to appreciate the dance. 80% of my attention is on the sunset. Just before it went into the sea.
Waiyan requested for us to leave the “auditorium” 10 minutes before the Kecak Dance end for us to avoid long vehicular queue exiting the uluwatu temple. Although it took us really fast to hopped on the van, but it took us 2 hours travel out of uluwatu and back to kuta area. 2 hours journey for a usual 30mins ride.
We had dinner at Sungei Seafood, a place recommended by Waiyan for Chinese Food.
Sungei Seafood Restaurant
Address: Jl. Tuban No.333X, Tuban, Kuta, Kuta, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361, Indonesia
Phone: +62 361 765039
Opening Hours: Everyday 10.30am – 1.30amOnly Vegetables & Egg Omelette is nice. Oh…and because of my aunt’s religion, we can’t have seafood. The seafood that requires them to fish out seafood alive before cooking. We can’t have that. Yeah…
We reached the restaurant at 9pm and everyone was complaining about being hungry during our 2 hours traffic jam. But, somehow, upon reaching the restaurant, the priority becomes connecting mobiles to free wifi. Food ordering become so insignificant that it pisses me off totally. I was really mad just short of screaming at them in the restaurant.
Day 4 – 26 December 2016 (Monday)
It’s the day we are travelling back to Singapore. It is too short a vacation but too long a suffering (to a certain extent in a certain aspect). We didn’t have opportunities to buy local food products. I bought some at the airport and filled up my cabin luggage. I carried none by hand. That is how little I bought.
After having some drinks and snacks at a cafe in the departure hall, it is time to finally jet back to Singapore.That marks the end of my 4D3N Bali Trip with my loveables.