4D3N Bali Trip

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)

img_2750 img_2755 img_2751After 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.img_2766 img_2757After 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. combined_day-1-on-the-planeAnd 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. img_2785 img_2788eOur 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. img_2789 img_2791 img_2796 img_3169eThis is where we wear our Sarong before crossing the road to enter the Temple. img_2799 img_2806Above: Entrance to Temple.

After entering the Temple, Waiyan brought us to different places to take photo and told us some stories along the way. img_2814 img_2816 img_2819 img_3150 img_3153e img_3155e img_3141e img_3140 img_2829 img_2898 img_2906After 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. img_3131e img_3138e img_3135e img_3142e img_2931 img_2932 img_2939 img_2943 img_2944 img_2949 img_3110eIt’s always good hiding behind people to avoid looking fat >.<img_3089eDad 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. img_2957e img_2962eWaiyan 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 – 9pmcombined_day-1-lunch img_2983eimg_3090eI 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
img_2990e img_3048 img_3049 img_3092e img_3087e img_3080e img_3094eI 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 😦 img_3073eSis & 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. img_3071Good 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. img_3551 img_3565At home ground, we get to do a 2 rounds trial. img_3541 img_3621ATV at their trial bed before heading out to the road. img_3530 img_3603 img_3556 img_3619 img_3568 img_3584 img_3602No 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. img_3581 img_3574 img_3569 img_3566 img_3559 img_3540 img_3538 img_3536 img_3534 img_3523 img_3514 img_3508 img_3501 img_3498 img_3495 img_3489Waiyan prepared a surprised cake for Papa.img_3224e combined_day-2-dads-birthday-cake img_3479eAnd after cropping out other people, here’s family of 5: img_3615eAfter lunch, we went to Pura Taman Ayun; a Balinese Temple.

Pura Taman Ayun
Address: Jalan Ayodya, Mengwi, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80351, Indonesia  img_3229e img_3232e img_3234e img_3463e img_3462eAnd to see pagodas inside the temple:img_3236e img_3235e img_3238e img_3241e img_3413 img_3428e img_3435e img_3453e img_3434eAnd last photo with the guardian before exiting the temple:img_3247e img_3420e img_3427e img_3424eNext, 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.

Tanah Lot
Address: Bali 82171, Indonesia
Phone: +62 361 880361img_3416e img_3408eHere 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.img_3267e img_3310e img_3308eThe waves are super huge and with many folds. We stood at the shore taking photos of the waves and the rocks. combined_day-2-paparazi-feelTada! Candid taken by Papa. Paparazi feel isn’t it?? Heex ^_^ Group photos taken at the shore before we move to higher level.img_3400e img_3409eWoosh! Luckily we took photos before the tide becomes higher. img_3390e img_3354e img_3355e img_3347e img_3345e img_3344e img_3341e img_3343e img_3339eMy 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.img_3348e img_3325e img_3324e img_3328e img_3307eAnd more of sis & I…img_3320e img_3316eAnd when I see a long bench…img_3321e img_3314eOne 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 – 11pmimg_3303We 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. img_3305Waiyan & 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)
img_3371e img_3492eThe 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! img_3642eThe buffet breakfast spread today is slightly better 🙂 img_3648eThere 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. img_3635eI 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.img_3681e img_3661eSarong time…img_3904e img_3901 img_3821e combined_day-3-gwk img_3809e img_3813e img_3815eNo more Sarong….img_3871e img_3873e img_3878e img_3893eAfter 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.

Uluwatu Temple
Address: Pecatu, South Kuta, Badung Regency, Bali, Indonesiaimg_3798eA photo at the entrance before climbing the flight of stairs.img_3870e img_3838e img_3836e img_3779eWe did jump shot and aunt also wanted one. So there am I, jumping with her. img_3892e img_3894e img_3784e img_3786eAnd some photos with the curly tree. Then it is some scenaries below.img_3669e img_3906e img_3670e img_3776eAnd with our faces…img_3768e img_3794e img_3797e img_3874e img_3888eThen we walked towards the “auditorium” for the Kecak Dance. We arrived an hour early to secure seat. img_3708e img_3731eSorry, but I am not able to appreciate the dance. 80% of my attention is on the sunset. img_3684e img_3725e img_3762eJust 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 – 1.30amimg_3916eOnly 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). img_3925e img_3939e img_3929We 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.img_3933eThat marks the end of my 4D3N Bali Trip with my loveables.img_3945e img_3993e

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Birthday – Date with Loveables

Loveables; the label I have given to my family. A birthday, I planned for myself. We had a good dinner at Canton Paradise and paid by yours truly. Doing it differently, to thank the parents for what am I today. img_2500 img_2501After Dinner, we walked around a little before going for our karaoke session at teo heng, star vista.

We sang happily for 2 hours before making our way home to cut the cake specially made by bro’s girlfriend, nicole, for me. img_2507 img_2533

Disappointed Lunch at Manhatten Fish Market

Wanted to bring mum for a better & different lunch and we landed out butts at Manhatten Fish Market (Jurong Point Branch). 

Happily ordered a set lunch and an ala carte from the menu. We were initially very happy looking at the food until I tasted raw flour and burnt chicken. I complained and they asked if I wanted them to replace. Mum said no and so I let it go. I think I was so pissed I threw the bill at the counter and the girl seems a little scared. 

JB with Mummy

It’s a torturous day of queuing. We queued three hours before we got into the mall. Eat and shop for three hours and had to leave for SG which took us two hours to get out from city square to kranji mrt. Didn’t meant for us to queue that long. 

Mum said she is quite full while I don’t feel full at all. Cos’ while I’m taking photos or cutting meat for her, she ate non-stop 🙊 So ended up eating more than I do. 

Didn’t have time for massage and went for shopping instead. Bought her some clothes and none for myself. Even mum is surprised and asked why I didn’t splurge on buying things for myself. 

1st Date w Bro

Decided to catch a late night movie with Bro since WL said Train to Busan is worth watching. 

A photo while waiting for our waffles!!! Late night supper is so sinful! 

Late night supper with super sweet treats is way too sinful. 

Time flies and our one hour waiting time passes by so quickly. 

Train to Busan is really worth watching. The tears and swollen eyes are all worthwhile. 

The plot keeps me excited throughout the two hours. I find myself grabbing my fingers really tightly. Certain point in time my butt wasn’t on the chair for split seconds. 

Dabbing my eyes with tissue papers and trying to open my eyes wide without blinking. No scene shall be missed! 

It is THAT nice! 

Day 8 – Seoul to Singapore

It is the very last day of our Travel to Korea. We really spent quite a bit of time in our room before leaving our accommodation to do 1 last walk around Sinsa-Dong.

One last visit to Line Friends Store.IMG_7802 IMG_7803 IMG_7804Since the queue to take photo with Brown is short, we decided to just queue for it. Took a photo and leave the place.

We walked from our accommodation to Sinsa-Dong and back home. Went Pizza Hut for Lunch before heading back home. And then it is a tiring trip from Apgujeong Station to Incheon International Airport! Especially with 2 luggages (1 hand carry & 1 roller luggage) each, we really had a good exercise moving them. Not forgetting getting some help from the local. Uncles helped sis & I to move our luggage up the stairs at Seoul Station! Seriously tough without escalator and lifts. IMG_7813 IMG_7815And we are finally at Incheon International Airport. PHEW!

We checked-in at the counters, did our tax-refund scanning, checked in our baggage, clear the custom into departure hall, get our cash from tax-refund counters, took internal train to our departure gate and it is finally time for us to FLY. IMG_7822Last photo at the land of ginseng.

Day 7 – Namiseom Island

I am back to Namiseom Island, in a different season, with a different person, and that makes it a different experience all in all.

Going to Namiseom Island isn’t at all difficult by public transport but it definitely took us quite a bit of time. First of all, we took their subway from where we are staying (Apgujeong Station) to Gapyeong Station along the Gyeongchun Line. That is more than an hour ride on the subway.

Upon reaching Gapyeong Station, unlike what I did in 2013, Sis and I took a taxi to the Nami Island Ferry Terminal instead of hopping onto the 6,000Won Shuttle Bus. It is advisable to only make use of their Shuttle Bus Services if you are visiting more than 1 destination/attraction along the serviced route. Taxi costs us less than 4,000Won/trip. IMG_7625 IMG_7626Upon reaching, we are surrounded by tons of tourists and locals. It is, one word, noisy. IMG_7627We proceeded to buy our Ferry & Entrance Ticket to Namiseom Island. IMG_7628 IMG_7629And we are on board! IMG_7630We took a photo out in the sun before hiding indoor. IMG_7635Didn’t managed to take a photo at the Entrance as there were simply too many people obstructing views. Here’s our 1st photo in Namiseom Island with a Christmas Tree. I was wondering why is it a Christmas Tree when it is JULY. IMG_7637 IMG_7638 IMG_7639 IMG_7640 IMG_7642 IMG_7643 IMG_7645 IMG_7647We took some photos before entering the more-exciting places of Namiseom Island.IMG_7651 IMG_7653 IMG_7657 IMG_7661 IMG_7668 IMG_7664 IMG_7669 IMG_7671 IMG_7665 IMG_7673 IMG_7674 IMG_7675 IMG_7676 IMG_7679 IMG_7682 IMG_7684 IMG_7685 IMG_7687 IMG_7689 IMG_7698 IMG_7700 IMG_7709 IMG_7711 IMG_7714 IMG_7720 IMG_7721 IMG_7725 IMG_7726 IMG_7728 IMG_7731 IMG_7737 IMG_7740Done with some touring and settled for our lunch. IMG_7744 IMG_7745 IMG_7747 IMG_7748 IMG_7751 IMG_7754 IMG_7756Our tuna bento rice and kimchi pancake. Its yummy! IMG_7758 IMG_7759 IMG_7760Really in need of Ice Cream to save us! IMG_7766 IMG_7767 IMG_7768 IMG_7772 IMG_7773 IMG_7774 IMG_7775 IMG_7776Yeah! We managed to get some photos taken at the Entrance before going back to main land.

And it is another long travel back to Seoul Shopping district – Myeongdong. Our last day of shopping to finish all our Korean Won. It started drizzling after some shopping and so we hide into a BBQ Place for Dinner. It is quite a famous BBQ Place. Dinner MenuMe at DinnerIMG_7791Satisfied with our Dinner and continue with more shopping. We have already buy enough of cosmetics and got nowhere else to spend our money. So we decided to buy more tidbits as sovenirs. Managed to find an underground mart selling Korean Tidbits but it is at a higher price as compared to Lotte Mart. Well, what to do??? Haha!

After leaving the mart, my last stop is at OST to buy watches! Went home with bags of buys and started packing out luggages! Packed a total of 4 luggages (2 of my own and 2 of sis’s). That’s the problem you faced travelling with a baby sis who don’t have the skill of packing luggage.