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{1 Oct 2012}   BALI TRIPS (summary)

Reference Tool / Useful Trip Information
travel tips and blog or website I use as reference during my trip, my travel tips, hotel info, things to do etc.

  • Perama Bus (schedule & price)
    it’s medium size bus, NO air conditioner with good price if you travel alone or together. They go to most of interesting cities in many part of Bali such as Lovina, Candidasa, Ubud, Sanur etc or even Lombok. Their passengers are mostly from overseas.
  • Map of Budget Hotel in Poppies Lane 1 & Poppies Lane 2, Kuta Beach
    this map is the most complete one that I can find in website. All the hostels here are within walking distance to Kuta beach and the night life < finally i found the map >

My Trip Journals
list of relevant trip journals include travel expense report

newly posted :

  • Back in Bali [April 2012, 4days]
    > Kuta, Legian, Tulamben (diving)

under drafting :
– Lombok and Bali in a Week, via Surabaya [August 2013, 7 days], Surabaya, Senggigi, Gili T, Legian
– Hotel Hopping ?!? Only in Bali ^^ [November 2012, 4days], Kuta, Legian

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All info I share here is based on my experience. I’ve been back-and-forth to Bali since 2009, mostly for diving or playing body board or just hangout. My last trip to Bali was in November 2012 and some info are based on my last visit to these places, so some things might have been different from the present. You might also know or find other thing that is better than what’s written here. Anyway if you have the same type and purpose of traveling like mine (backpacker/flashpacker, budget concern, like beach/underwater/party), you might find this info useful for you. Unless, it’s not your reading material.

INFORMATION I SHARE IN THIS POST

  •  The area I’ve traveled in Bali
  •  Place to visit / eat / stay / snorkel / dive / hangout
  • Bali beaches

THE AREA IN BALI

< I’ve spent at least a nite here >

My fave area to stay : Legian and Padang Bai

  • KUTA – Kuta is like the center of everything. This is a very touristic area, some called it crazy, some (me) called it awesome. When hearing Kuta, people immediately think that this is not the best place to stay or it’s too crazy. For me, this area has everything. If you like quite place, no much crazy ‘new’ bikers around, you can choose the southern part of Kuta along Segara beach. If you wanna have good beach for surfing, crazy party, then northern part is your best option along Kuta beach or Bakung Sari street or Benesari street. But if you are a backpacker and ready for all the actions, Poppies lane is your place ;)My fave place in this area is Poppies Lane 2. There are many affordable guesthouses  here surrounded by a great nite life, cheap food and I can walk to my fave beach (Legian beach) .One down side is that most people here respect only foreigners.It’s about 20min drive from airport.> click here for kuta area map
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    click here for poppies lane 1 map
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    click here for poppies lane 2 map
  • LEGIAN – Thisarea is more calm than Kuta and sometimes it’s hard to differentiate which one called Legian or Kuta. Well, if you are confuse, the area where lies Padma Street, Werkudara Street and Arjuna/Double Six street is Legian. It’s kind of in the middle of Kuta and Seminyak. For me, if I have enough budget, I will stay in this area whilst in Bali. It’s quieter than Kuta, close to my fave Legian beach, many good restaurant but a bit pricy and I like the environment where the hotel/restaurant staffs respect local tourists too.It’s about 20-25min drive from airport.> click here for legian area map.


Brief Schedule

January 2011

Day 1
–          arrive in Bali
–          Double Six café

Day 2
–          Tanah Lot
–          Ubud: ubud art market, sukawati market
–          Celuk: silver shop
–          Batubulan: kecak dance
–          Meals: Ibu Oka Suckling Pig in Ubud and Solaria in Carefour Denpasar

Day 3
–          Nusa Dua: diving, nusa dua beach, waterblow, geger beach
–          Pecatu: padang-padang beach
–          Legian café
–          Meals: Ayam Betutu khas Gilimanuk in Nusa Dua and Bambu Sari in Kuta.

Day 4
–          Legian Beach: body board
–          Seminyak: bintang supermarket
–          Meals: Ocean Blue Resto in Legian Beach and Seminyak café

Day 5
–          depart Bali for Singapore
–          Chinatown: maxwell hawker, smith street/food street, pagoda street/souvenir shop
–          Riverside area : vivo city, Clarke Quay, Boat Quay
–          Meals: Tian-tian chicken rice in Maxwell Hawker.

Day 6
–          Riverside area: cavenagh bridge, raffles statue, merlion statue
–          Little India: Mustafa Center
–          Chinatown: shopping at pagoda street for souvenir & bak kwa at fragrance shop
–          Meals: Roti Prata set at Kopitiam Vivo City and Juct Acia in Dhoby Ghaut Station

Day 7

–          Chinatown : Jamae Mosque, Sri Mariamman Temple,
–          depart Singapore
–          Meals: Roti Kaya Set in Kopitiam Changi T2

**basically tour in Singapore based on Wikitravel : “ Three Days in Singapore

Full story of this trip and pictures  are down below (Trip Journal)

Accommodation

Bali:

*Kusnadi Hotel, Jl. Werkudara, Legian (behind Jayakarta Hotel) = Rp.350,000/nite for standard room include buffet breakfast
It is a nice hotel, old but the garden is very beautiful. I love the pool. Breakfast is standard, my standard room is also very standard but very big..
I like my stay there.
click here for more info on Bali budget hotel

Singapore:

*A Beary Good Hostel, Pagoda Street, Chinatown = S$26/nite/bed include breakfast, free internet service. They have 2 dorms with 10 beds & 12 beds. I booked through HostelBookers.com. They give the best rate than others.
I really enjoyed my stay here. Everything looks nice and clean. Perfect location. They provide the netbook with free internet.  Don’t forget to bring your padlock for the locker.

Transportation

Bali

Airport Transfer
–          Airport-Hotel = free service from kusnadi hotel
–          Hotel-Airport by Orchid Travel = Rp.70,000/way using APV Car

Rental Car
–          Jack agent, APV Car = Rp.350,000/10 hours include driver and gasoline
–          Orchid Travel, APV Car = Rp.375,000/10 hours include driver and gasoline

Taxi (Bali Taxi, blue bird)
–          Legian (kusnadi hotel) to Seminyak by Blue Bird taxi = Rp.15,000
–          Padma Area-Kusnadi Hotel- Airport by Blue Bird taxi = Rp. 65,000

Ojek (motor taxi)
–          kusnadi hotel to bomb bali monument = Rp.20,000
–          Bomb Bali monument to Kusnadi hotel = Rp. 30,000

Singapore

EZ Link Card for MRT/Bus
–          Card = S$12, non-refundable deposit is S$5.
–          Top-up = S$10
The card is valid for 5 years. I used it to the following MRT routes and still have balance about S$4 until now, very efficient:
ChangiT2-Chinatown, Chinatown-HarbourFront, HarbourFront-Clarke Quay, Clarke Quay-Chinatown, Chinatown-Raffles Place, Raffles Place-HarbourFront, HarbourFront-Little India, Farrer Park-Chinatown, Chinatown-Dhoby Ghaut, Dhoby Ghaut-Chinatown, Chinatown-ChangiT2

Meals

Bali

  • Mineral Water = around 1,000/small bottle and Rp.2,500/big bottle
  • Ibu Oka Suckling Pig in Ubud = Rp.30,000/complete set
  • Solaria in Carrefour Mart, Denpasar = about same price as in Jakarta
  • Ayam Betutu restaurant khas Gilimanuk in Nusa Dua = Rp. 162,000 for 4 persons (1 chicken deep fried, 1 cah kangkung, 4 ice lemon, 5 rice)
  • Bambu Sari restaurant in Kuta, near Joger Shop = around Rp.150,000 for 4 persons (3 nasi campur, 1 fried noodle, 3 house special drink, 1 coconut)
  • Blue Ocean restaurant in front of Legian Beach = Rp.400,000 for 4 persons (2 nasi campur, 1 spaghetti, 1 house special pizza, 1 coconut, 3 juice)
  • Seminyak Café = around Rp. 200,000 for 4 persons (1 giant burget set, 1 friend rice, 1 tuna sandwich, 1 chicken gordon blue, 1 strawberry pie, 3 juices)

Singapore

  • Mineral Water = around S$1.20-1.70/small bottle
  • Tian tian chicken rice in Maxwell Hawker, Chinatown = S$3.5/big set, somehow the taste is different than what I read in the travelers’ review
  • Kopitiam foodcourt in Vivo City Mall, Harbour Front: Roti Prata set = S$6, Ice Milk Tea = S$1.60
  • Just Acia restaurant in Dhoby Ghaut Station: Teriyaki set = S$9.90++  include free flow hot chocolate/coffe/milk/moccacino and free flow ice cream
  • Kopitiam in Changi Airport Terminal 2: breakfast set A (roti kaya butter, hot tea, 2 half boiled egg) = S$4, Roti Kaya only = S$1.40

Others

Bali

  • Entrance to Tanah Lot =Rp.7,500/adult, Rp.5,000/car
  • Kecak Dance Show at Batubulan = Rp.80,000/adult
  • Souvenir in Tanah Lot Market
    *Kain Bali / Bali Sarong = Rp.25,000
    *Bali Barong Shirt = Rp13,000-15,000
  • Souvenir in Ubud Art Market
    *Bracelet = Rp.25,000Souvenir in Bintang Supermarket, Seminyak
  • Souvenir in Sukawati Market, Ubud
    *Mini Dress = Rp.30,000
    *TShirt = Rp.15,000
    *Sandal = Rp.10,000-20,000
    *Short Pants = Rp.15,000
    *Lulur Bali/Body Scrub = Rp.10,000
    *Bracelet = Rp.15,000
    *Kacang Disco = Rp.12,000/box
    *Lulur Bali = around Rp.8,000
  • Beach Bench rental
    *in Nusa Dua Beach = Rp.25,000 no time limitation
    *in Legian Beach = Rp.25,000 no time limitation
  • Body Board rental in Legian Beach = Rp.20,000 no time limitation
  • Angeline Spa in Legian Street, near Bank BNI: Body Massage = Rp.45,000/1 hour + Face/Head Massage = Rp.60,000/1 hour
  • Café entrance that period was a bit higher than usual
    *Engine Room = Rp.50,000 with no free drink and the drink there is expensive
    *Paddy’s = Rp.75,000 with free drink
  • Diving in Nusa Dua at Kanaka watersport operator = Rp.500,000/2 dives include full equipment

Singapore

  • UOB money changer in Changi T2, near information desk to buy:
    * SIN Dollar was sold Rp.250 higher than in Jakarta
    * Starhub Green SIM Card at = S$15
    got free sms local/global and I used it to call to Indonesia using 018 code many times and I still have balance around S$5 until now.
  • Fragrance Shop, Pagoda Street Chinatown
    *Bak kwa = about S$25 for 0.5kg . I got discount when I came so I paid S$21.85 for it.
    *Snack (shredded fish etc) = 3 bags for s$10
  • Bak kwa in Lim Chee Guan Shop, next to Fragrance Shop, Chinatown = S$30 for 0.5kg
  • Bee Cheng Hiang Shop, Pagoda Street, Chinatow
    * Snack/peanut = S$7.80/bag
  • Candy Shop next to Bee Cheng Hiang, Chinatown
    * any kind of candy for about S$1.40/100gr
  • Souvenir in Pagoda Street Stalls:
    *key chain = 11pcs for S$10, there is also 30pcs for S$10 in front of my hostel.
    *refrigerator magnet = S$1/pc, there is also 3pcs for S$5 or S$2/pc
    *scarf = 5 for S$10
    *watch = S$4/pc
  • Souvenir in Little India
    *glasses = S$1.90/pc
    *snack goes as low as S$1.05/big bag
  • Magic Scarf inn Vivo City, Harbour Front = S$29.90/pc
  • Book & Clothes, I think it’s cheaper in Jakarta except for branded goods

Trip Journal

Day 1  Bali: Legian, Double Six

This time, I went to Bali with my family. We arrived at Ngurah Rai Airport almost midnight and we were lucky that Hotel Kusnadi provides Airport Transfer for free (airport – hotel only). Kusnadi Hotel is located in Jl. Werkudara, Legian, near Jayakarta Hotel and Double Six area. When we arrived at hotel, the staffs greeted us politely and brought our luggage to our rooms. We had 2 standard rooms. Mine was very standard, with a very large room, flat TV and a cupboard and a very large bathroom. My mom got a better room, I think that was a deluxe room. Her room is smaller than mine but the furniture etc looks better than mine. The weird thing is that they put the cupboard inside the bathroom..

Well, after putting my luggage and bought some water supply, my sister and I went to check out the clubs at Double Six. It was Friday nite and the crowd wasn’t much except at Cocoon Club. But Cocoon Club looks very exclusive and it’s an outdoor club, so we just watched it from outside, then walked back to our hotel for a good nite sleep.

foto: kusnadi hotel




Day 2  Bali: Tanah Lot, Ubud,  Celuk, Batubulan, Denpasar

We woke up quite late then had my breakfast. The buffet breakfast was okay. There are fried noodle, bacon, potato, cereal, fruits, breads and juices. You can order omelet too actually. That morning I realized that Kusnadi Hotel actually looked very standard. It’s  kinda old but their garden and its arrangement are so beautiful. The walk path to my room is like a maze, but for me, it is very good landscape. Separating about 2-3 rooms from other by the garden, just like giving the guest private space.

After breakfast, I walked to Legian Beach for a quick feeling of the morning air breeze there while waiting the rental car came. It was a very nice feeling seeing all the people there jogging, playing with the water or taking their dog for a walk. After meeting with the driver arranged by Jack, a rental car agent I got from Kaskus (Indonesian Largest Forum)., we started the tour. It was the first time for some of my family members to visit Bali so we did kinda normal tour.

Our first destination was Tanah Lot. It took about 30min from Legian. We took some pictures there from the hill with Tanah Lot temple as background, then did some shopping. My target to shop there is always ‘Kain Bali’ / sarung bali near the entrance gate. The display is good and many variety of design so easy for me to choose. After that, we took an hour drive to Ubud to taste the famous Ibu Oka Suckling pig. The resto was very crowded. We waited for a while to get a seat and ordered the complete set and the taste.. hm.. I think the first time I ate it is better. Some meat looked still raw too. My friend told me that it was best to come there around 11am or after 14:00 because they cook it well/not in the rush. Next time, I will follow his advice. After lunch, we took a little stroll to Ubud Art Market and surroundings. I got some cute bracelets which seem popular souvenir these days. Then, we went to Sukawati Market to buy more cheap souvenirs. My mom and I got some cheap clothes and sandals.. I like shopping there, they can give you good price, as long as you can bargain well.
After Sukawati, we went to Celuk to a Silver Shop.. Local tourist can get very good discount ^^/  but still expensive for me  ><” . And at last, we visited Batubulan to watch Kecak Dance. This is my first time seeing it. I preferred watching it in Uluwatu though but it was rainy days. In Batubulan, we can see Kecak Dance indoor. It is something rare watching Kecak indoor since it involves fire and smoke etc but I like the show. The costumes and dances are very beautiful. Although, eventually everyone smelled like just got burn or something. I would love to see it again.

After Batulan, we had dinner at Solaria in Carefour Denpasar and had quick shopping for water supply in the mart, then we went back to hotel. It was a long day!

Ubud Art Market from: http://www.gyoo.com/

Day 3  Bali: Nusa Dua, Pecatu, Kuta, Legian

On this day, I had fun-dive in Nusa Dua with

Kanaka Ocean watersport operator in Tanjung Benoa. It was my first 2 dives after getting OW License so I was very excited. The operator picked me up at 9am. Soon after arriving in the site, I was introduced to my Dive Master, Mr. Roro. He is a nice guy. We had our first dive in the site offshore, far from the regular introductory site. I got some worry that time because there was something wrong with the regulator and my weight belt was not even. I realized I didnt pre-check my equipment. My instructor would be really mad if he found it out. Well, I got my lesson. My buoyancy was off and I hit some rocks, got my first diving scars after 8 safe-dives… so stupid. Anyway, I know I still have a lot to learn and I should be more careful next time. As for Nusa Dua dive sites, it is better than Sanur. No big current. The first site I went has many fishes but the second one, there are many big fishes there (aka people). I only dived short time there because suddenly the visibility went bad (only 2m).

foto nusa dua, ayam betutu


This day, I also rented a car but using Orchid Travel service. The car picked up my family first and next me at the watersport site, then we went for Lunch at Ayam Betutu gilimanuk, near Nusa Dua area I guess. We ordered the Deep Fried Chicken (whole chicken). Ayam Betutu is one of the local Bali food. It has their own spice and sambal (very hot), makes the taste different than other deep fried chicken.
Anyway, main focus of the tour this day would be “beach” which I have never been to. So after our stomach got full, we started the tour by visiting Nusa Dua Beach. I was so surprised seeing the beautiful white sandy beach on my left and also on my right. If you see Bali map, I believe you will know where it is. The wave was so calm that day so we could play with the water. There was also other tourist object called “Waterblow”, where you can see a water blown-up from the rock.. it was beautiful. Then our next destination is Pantai Geger (Geger Beach). This beach reminds me of Dreamland Beach in Pecatu area but without the high rock. It is a very clean white sandy beach. Unfortunately, the beach was full with people, so I just took a picture and decided to go to the next destination, Karma Kandara. But unfortunately, due to limit of time, we skipped it and went straight to Padang-Padang Beach. It took about 1 hour to go there from Nusa Dua. When we reached the beach, we still have to pass this stairs between high rocks.. just like going in a cave and there at the end, we found a beautiful beach. There were no much people since it was about 4pm. The water there was so calm so we played and swam for almost 2 hours. I really enjoyed it, especially when thinking that Julia Robert was there when she did film-shooting of  “Eat Pray Love” ^.^v.

Got tired playing in the beaches, we finally felt the need of dinner. I asked the driver to take us to affordable local food resto. He brought us to the street near Joger Shop Kuta, it was Jl. Kahuripan if I am not mistaken. We ate at Bambu Sari restaurant. The food there is so delicious. I am saying this not because I was so hungry that time, but the Nasi Campur (mixed rice) was really perfect taste!! And the sambal was very very hot, but good !!  The house special drinks were also as good as the food. The driver really know well the location of good resto. 


After we went back to hotel, my sister and I decided to take some massage at our fave spa, Angeline spa in Jl. Legian and then back to hotel, cleaned up, dressed up and tried to enjoy the nite at Legian clubs. I always wanted to try Engine Room so we went there. The entrance ticket for local was quite expensive (Rp.50k) and not included first drink ><”  The place is small, not much people come but the music there is good. Too bad the drinks and others are expensive, if not, I would love to come back there next time. We ordered one drink there then left and visited the most crowded place that time, which was Paddy’s. We went there and got a little shock cause the entrance ticket was Rp.75k, 50% higher than usual. Maybe because of holiday season.. anyway, we like it there so just paid it and enjoyed the music and danced until……

Day 4  Bali: Legian, Seminyak

It was hard to be in this day because we would leave Bali the next day. There were still many things we wanted to do. Anyway, the morning went as usual by having buffet breakfast. I ordered the mixed omelet, tasted good, maybe because there was bacon LoL… then we went to Legian Beach for relax but for me, I went there for Body Board. The water was kinda scary actually, many big waves.. but it was good for body boarding. I remembered the driver told me about it, that the wave in west part was not friendly. That’s why Pantai Geger was full of people the previous day. Many tourists preferred going to east side beach with better waves and calm water.. Anyway, we spent quite long time in Legian.. We rent a beach bench there at my fave place in front of Kumala Pantai Restaurant. I use to rent the bench and body board there because their price is very reasonable. But I don’t think the rental guy notice that :p .. we also had lunch at Blue Ocean resto in front of Legian Beach (dunno if it’s the correct name). The taste was good.. the pizza was too salty though.. but the service was good. Very equal with the price :p  Anyway, we were in the beach until afternoon.

After got back to hotel, we tried a little taste of their good swimming pool. I wish I could stay there longer to enjoy it longer.. Then it came our ‘last nite’ in Bali, we planned it by having dinner in Seminyak café. The food there is not bad. I ordered their famous giant burger, it tasted good but my stomach couldn’t eat it more. I was too full with my lunch. My other family ordered Tuna Sandwich and Fried Rice, both tasted good. Only my sister who ordered their chicken Gordon blue had to regret it.. too oily on the fried. I also ordered their Strawberry Pie and it was delicious. I would love to go back there and try it again next time.

Well, the dinner went well. We had some souvenir shop at Bintang Supermarket, just behind this café, then walked back to our hotel.  It is not close, but it is also not that far.

Day 5  Singapore: Chinatown, Harbour Front, Clarke Quay

Today my family and I had different destination. They were going to return to Jakarta and I was going to continue my journey to Singapore. My family flight was early morning so I booked an airport transfer, using Orchid Travel again. The price is not bad, Rp.70,000 using APV car. I knew the owner of this travel on the net and it was good that she made the time to see me that morning while picking up my family. She is a nice person and we have a common hobby ‘diving’ ^.^  I really thank her to have arranged the destination for me and show the beautiful beaches on Day 3.

After my family left for airport, I tried to find ATM BNI since I needed more Sin Dollars. I walked through Jl. Legian, then Jl.Melasti then Jl.Padma and I could not find it. Damn.. It was a very long walk and end up by me went to internet and played my fave game hehehe..  it is better than just waiting in the hotel..  From that internet café, I took a blue bird taxi to my hotel, then pack up some more things and went to airport…

I couldn’t wait to be in airport, check in and go to Singapore.. I was almost late actually cause I spent too long in internet café and packing.. I was so thrilled and nervous because it was my first time to Singapore and also my first solo traveling overseas. My Air Asia ticket was actually for 2 persons but my cousin had to cancel very last minute. So there was me, checking-in by myself, got questioned by the immigration and airlines staffs about her.. she must be laughing when reading this.. also jealous… I guess hihihi..

My flight departed on time and I arrived in Singapore as schedule. First thing to do there was finding the money changer and the UOB to buy SIM Card and the MRT Ticketting office to buy EZLink Card. Air Asia arrived at terminal 1 so I had to take Skyline to Terminal 2, where there is MRT Station to the city. I looked for UOB and Money Changer and a little surprise knowing that UOB is a money changer which also selling SIM Card. I changed some rupiah and the rate there is Rp.250 higher than in Jakarta. I also bought Starhub Green SIM Card for easy communication with my friend. The starter pack costs S$15. Afterward, I went to MRT Office. Changi Airport is big and a nice place. I think KL Airport is better though but maybe the service in Changi is more complete. Anyway, I got the EZLink Card for S$12 and top-it-up with S$10. So I had value of S$17 in total, the other S$5 was the non-refundable card cost. But with this value, I could go to all destination I planned and yet, still had some balance at the end of my day.

foto changi airport, sim card, ez link

After got all I need, I started my journey to my hostel in Chinatown by MRT. Singapore MRT (SMRT) reminds me of Tokyo’s J-Rail. But SMRT has more alphabet writing that I could read 😀  I was still confused, nervous for sure and I was lucky that there was some Philippine youngsters at train who helped me find my way. They explained to me how to get to Chinatown and was with me until my first alight station/Tanah Merah. Before they left, they reminded me to alight again in Outram Park Station. But clumsy me, it was ‘tanjong pagar’ I had in mind, so I stopped there and got lost a little. Finally I opened my MRT map and realized I got off in the wrong station (one station earlier). Well, eventually I reached Chinatown, found the exit to Pagoda Street with its beautiful Chinese New Year décor. And when I got to the exit gate, I saw my hostel sign on my left “A Beary Good Hostel”. I was hoping that the hostel would be similar to the sound of its name ‘very good hostel”. It turned out that the place was very nice and comfortable. The location is perfect too, only few steps to MRT entrance and there are many souvenir shops in front. Even so, the noise didn’t reach the room. It is my first time staying in a dorm with other travelers and the place and bed looks comfy for me. I felt like home…

photo: chinatown, a beary good hostel, maxwell hawker, smith street

A Beary Good Hostel

tian-tian chicken rice

Anyway, I had appointment with my friend that time. She is a colleague from my office affiliates in Singapore. We went for dinner at Maxwell Hawker and had Tian-tian chicken rice. I chose this place following the good review of other travelers. But for me, that chicken rice tasted so so. Maybe because I am Indonesian and use to have very strong taste of food, while that chicken rice tastes very soft. After dinner, she taught me how to read the MRT sign. She’s very helpful. Then, I went to Vivo City to find this ‘Magic Scarf’. I knew it from my friend and bought one for me. Vivo City is a big department store in Harbour Front area. I think it’s similar with big mall in Jakarta so I didn’t really interest to explore it. Next, I went to Clarke Quay. The view there was great from across the river, seeing the light from restaurants and cafés while sitting in the side of the river. It felt so comforting. I was there quite long, enjoying the view, listening to the house music.. all for free hehehe…  afterward, I went back to Chinatown, saw some souvenir in the shops around my hostel, then finally back to hostel, clean up and rested at my bunk..

photo: clarke quay, boat quay, vivo city


Day 6  Raffles Place, Little India, Harbour Front, Dhoby Ghaut, Chinatown

I woke up with a good feeling. My bunk felt so comfy that made me resting well ^^/  The hostel offers breakfast of cereal, bread, coffee/tea/milk.. You can have as much as you want. I tried the free internet also (they prepare the notebook) and the connection is fast. Very value place!! Anyway on day six, The plan is to stroll down the area in Little India, Raffles Place, Chinatown with its sightseeing referring to itinerary from wikitravel (“Three Days in Singapore“).

First destination was Raffles Place, this place has many high buildings, reminds me of Tokyo. You can see the Cavenagh Bridge (oldest bridge that still standing, you should read the interesting sign board before crossing it), the white Raffles Statue (heard there is the bronze one near it but unfortunately I didn’t find it) and then the symbol of Singapore, Merlion Statue (Mermaid Lion). I though Merlion statue would be big but in fact, I am taller than it LoL ..  I looked that statue for quite long so kinda disappointed hehehe.. but the view from that Merlion park is awesome. You can see the Marina Bay Sands  Hotel (3 high buildings with a ship shape on the top connecting them) and Esplanade building (shape like Durian).

photo: cavenagh bridge, merlion statue, raffles statue

Lunch time, I went to Kopitiam Foodcourt at Vivo city Mall and had Roti Prata set. I like it.

roti prata set @ kopitiam vivocity

Finished with lunch, I continue to stroll down Little India. I walked from Little India Station exit until Farrer Park Station while seeing the Indian decoration on the street and its surrounding. It is nice, many Indians there and there is this famous Mustafa Center near Farrer Park Station, where you can shop for 24 hours.

From Little India, I went back to Pagoda Street Chinatown for souvenir hunting again. There is this famous barbeque pork meat called “Bak Kwa”. Its famous shop are Bee Cheng Hiang & Lim Chee Guan. But I shopped at other cheaper store near them called Fragrance. I got Bak Kwa S$8 cheaper for the 0.5kg. It was Chinese New Year season so everywhere you can see stalls / shop with Chinese décor or selling Chinese new year stuffs. I liked seeing it, all in red ^^/

photo: little india, mustafa center


At nite, I had dinner with my friend and hers at Dhoby Ghaut Station. Before that, we went to book store in Plaza Singapore. The book price is slightly higher than in Jakarta but I believe they get the book released earlier than in Jakarta. So I bought my fave book which is just released last month, last book of Vampire Academy called Last Sacrifice. Love this book. Anyway, we had our dinner at a restaurant in the station called Just Acia. The special thing about this resto is that you can get free flow of any drinks and ice cream if you order the set menu. I ordered the teriyaki set and it tasted not bad. I also took the hot chocolate, moccachino, some ice cream.. interesting : )

Day 7  Singapore: Chinatown

It was my last day in Singapore. My flight was about 2pm so I tried to get the things I haven’t done in the morning which is a quick sightseeing around Chinatown and trying Roti Kaya.

Apparently not far from my hostel, there is a Mosque and Vihara and Chinese temple in one street. It is something very rare to find in Indonesia

photo: masjid, temples

Then next is to taste “Roti Kaya” (toast with some kind of coconut pandan jam). My friend said the best one is called “Yakun Toast” because it is very crispy and I can find it in Changi Airport. So I went to airport earlier . I didn’t get lost that time but after 1 station away,  I realized that I forgot my passport at the hostel. Lucky the passport is still there. I really thank Beary Good Hostel for it. Back to Yakun toast, unluckily, this coffee shop was on renovation that time. Too bad. Although so, I remembered an article about kopitiam which is also selling it and there is Kopitiam in Changi Terminal 2. So I went there and tried the Breakfast set menu A which consist of hot tea (milk tea, like teh tarik), 2 half-boiled egg and 2 slice of Roti Kaya Butter. Roti Kaya Butter tasted very good but half-boiled egg (telor setengah matang), it is better not to order it if you never tried it before and the hot Teh Tarik tasted Good!! Actually we can find Kaya jam (Srikaya) in Indonesia but Singapore’s tastes different (not too sweet). Oh..  talking about Yakun Toast again, I just learned that you can find it in Jakarta… I tried it soon as I know about it but somehow the taste was not good. I believe Singapore taste is better :p

photo: kopitiam changi,  yakun

Well, overall on my solo travelling to Singapore, I think Singapore is good place for shopping branded things or going to Universal Studio in Singapore (USS). The other would be similar with Jakarta. Actually USS was my main destination for this trip, but since my cousin canceled so… It would be funny going to recreational park just alone anyway   :p.  Other than USS, the things I like on this trip would be  “staying at A Beary Good Hostel”, “seating in the river side and seeing the lights of Clarke Quay at nite” and “eating Roti Kaya” …  I would definitely do these 3 things next time I visit Singapore

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as of May 2010

Schedule

Day 1  Jakarta-Denpasar Airport-Kuta
Day 2  Kuta
Day 3  Kuta
Day 4  Kuta-Khrisna Souvenir Shop-PadangPadang Beach-Dreamland Beach
Day 5  Kuta-Bedugul-Teras Sering at Pacung-Ulun Danu Temple at Bratan Lake-GitGit Waterfal-Lovina Beach-Banjar Hotspring- Brahma Arama Vihara Buddhist Monastery-
Day 6  Kuta-Jakarta

Transportation

– Rental Car with Fasta Tour : Rp. 350,000/10 hours + driver + gasoline, new and clean APV Car, the driver is well dressed, very friendly. That time my friend used it to go to Padang-Padang Beach, Dreamland Beach and Souvenir Shop called Krisna and Kampung Bali.
– Full Day Tour to Bedugul, Bratan Lake and North Bali with Polos Tourist Service : Rp. 550,000 for 1-4 person, avanza car, clean, the driver is very friendly and good photographer

….. + Rp. 70,000 for lunch buffet in lovina beach (click here for tour info)
….. + Ulun Datu Temple entrance fee Rp. Rp. 7.500,- / local tourist  — Rp. 10.000,- / foreigner
….. + Gitgit waterfall entrance Rp. 5,000/pax
….. + banjar Hotspring Rp.5,000/pax
– Taxi: *Airport to Jl. Lebak Bene, Legian by Blue Bird = Rp. 50,000 << very expensive..  better take blue bird taxi from aiport exit gate.. might get only for Rp. 30,000

Hotel

Puri Etnik Hotel, Jl. Lebak Bene,  Kuta:  Rp 275,000/nite single room incl bfast, ac
this hotel is not really good, a bit dark. When raining, you can hear water drop on the ceiling. The floor is dirty, no hot water (maybe it didnt work at that time ;(  )

Balita Inn, poppies lane 2, Kuta:  Rp. 300,000/nite single room incl bfast, fan, hot shower
very good room, clean, still new, breakfast delicious, there are some international tv channel… but cannot shower too long because water will not warm anymore… ;(

 

Meals

Warung Indonesia, in Gang Ronta, Poppies Lane 2.
Warung 96: in the street which connects poppies lane 2 and jl. Benesari

Others

Bounty club, Legian: entrance fee Rp 30,000/weekdays or Rp.50,000/weekend, beer Rp 20,000 above, cocktail Rp.50,000 above

Paddy’s club, Legian: entrance fee Rp.50,000/weekend

Krisna Souvenir Shop, in Denpasar, price range from Rp. 5,000 ~ above

Angelina Spa for Aromatherapy Body Massage Rp.45rb/60min in Legian Street, across hotel sorgawi

note:
well, this solo traveling is fun and challenging but still we have to be careful, especially for you girls. My friend enjoyed her trip a lot but sometimes she had bad moment such as when a girl came to her when she had lunch in local resto, offering her to be a ‘companion’ for foreigner..  wow,  this is something to watch out there girl!!!

 

This journal is courtesy of Mary ——-

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For hotel photos, please see my article about “Budget Hotel in Bali

For useful information when travelling to Bali >  click here
(nite life, transportation, things-to-do, place-to-go, etc)


Puri Etnik Hotel, Legian

Banjar Hotspring, north bali

Brahma Arama Vihara Buddhist Monastery, north bali

Gitgit Waterfall, north bali

padang-padang beach, south bali

terrace paddy field at pacung, north bali

Ulun danu Temple - Bratan Lake, north bali

Ulun danu Temple - Bratan Lake, north bali



Jakarta – Bali (kuta, candidasa, tulamben, dreamland)
November 2009

Schedule
Day 1    Jakarta-Kuta
Day 2    Kuta
Day 3    Kuta – Candidasa
Day 4    Candidasa/diving lesson
Day 5    Candidasa – Tulamben/diving – Candidasa
Day 6    Candidasa – Kuta
Day 7    Kuta – Dreamland Beach- Kuta
Day 8    Kuta – Jakarta

Trip Journal>> click here
** this is about the story of this trip

Transportation
– Air Ticket JKT-DPS-JKT by AirAsia & Mandala; Rp. 870k –
– Kuta – Candidasa – Kuta by Perama Bus: Rp. 100k/return, Rp.60k/one way   (perama bus price)
– Airport – Hotel – Airport by Blue Bird Taxi: Rp. 80k (one way @ Rp. 35-40k)
–  Kuta – Dreamland Beach – Kuta by rental Car: Rp. 350k = 6hrs incl driver & gasoline

Hotel
– Kuta Inn Hotel, Kuta:  Rp 225k/twin sharing/nite incl bfast, ac, hot shower
– Lotus Bungalows, Candidasa:  Rp. 350k/single/nite incl bfast, ac, hot shower
– Hotel Lusa, Kuta: Rp. 210k/single/nite incl bfast, ac, hot shower
** these were too expensive. I will try their fan room next time

For hotel photos, please see my article about “Budget Hotel in Bali

Meals
– Warung Indonesia: Rp. 12k / meal (indoneisan food + juice)
– Warung Nulan: Rp. 15k / meal (indonesia food + lemon water)
– Warung in front of Hotel Lusa: Rp. 20k / meal (gado-gado + 2 juice)
– Warung 96: Rp. 75k for 2 persons (pizza, salad, beer, juice)
– Burrito’s Resto: Rp. 40k / meal (burrito + special green drink)
– Warung Made: Rp. 120k (nasi campur, beer, arak bali, french fries)
– Lotus bungalows restaurant: Rp. 60k (nasi campur + juice)

Souvenir
– Pia Legong – famous balinese snack: Rp. 50k / box of 10pcs pia
– Bali Tshirt: Rp. 15k / pcs
– Bali dress: Rp. 35-40k / dress
– Sandal Bali: Rp. 10-15k / pcs
– Bali necklace: Rp. 10-20k / pcs

Others
– Bounty club, Legian: entrance fee Rp 30-50k, drinks Rp 40k above
– Iguana café, Candidasa: drinks Rp 30k above
– Klapa café, Dreamland: drinks Rp. 50k above
– Tattoo: Rp. 20-25k / pcs
– massage: Rp. 50k (full body)
– Discovery Scuba Diving with Ganga Diver Center, at Lotus Bungalows, Candidasa: Rp. 960k / 1 pool + 2 sea sessions



After my last visit to Bali 9 years ago, finally I come back to this beautiful island in beginning of 2009. It was 100% pure for vacation but I got a chance to do many activities include visiting some cafes, restaurants and beaches below:

Day 1: Jakarta – Ubud – Kuta

Noon: I arrived Bali quite late, as common Indonesian flights is usually delay or something. That’s why that day, I just got the chance to visit Sukawati Market in Ubud Area, the place where you can buy many Bali Souvenirs with a very cheap price than in Kuta/Legian, if you can bargain it. The shirts, short pants and sandals/slippers price range is about RP. 15,000. The other stuffs, please bargain at least 50-75% from the given price.

Nite: I had dinner in Jimbaran.. seafood. The clam dishes was so delicious.. too bad it’s not a buffet dinner, unless I could taste plenty of it. After getting back to hotel, I strolled down the Kuta Street and hang out in this Bali Club House café? The place was so great, I’d like to tell you about it more but it is not there anymore when I checked the other day.

Afterward, I hang out with some colleagues at Food Court in front of Kuta Beach. The food here is kinda expensive comparing to its taste. I think we can get a better fast food for Rp. 40,000.

Day 2: Kuta – Ubud – Kuta

Morning: I went for Rafting in Ubud Area. I forgot the name of this rafting place but I really enjoyed it. although beforehand, I strongly suggest you to prepare yourself to go down/climb up through a thousand footsteps I think..  It was so many that made my leg hurt so bad.. plus I almost drown during the rafting too, cause I felt out of the raft, went under it and I am so thankful to God that I could manage myself out from under the raft..  Be careful if you’d like to try rafting!!

Nite: I enjoyed music and dancing in Hard Rock café then hang out again at this Food Court in front of Kuta Beach.

Day 3: Kuta – Ubud – Sanur Beach – Dreamland Beach – Seminyak Beach – Kuta

Visiting many places this day.

  • Went to Ubud to taste this delicious-so-heard Ibu Oka Babi Guling. The mixed lunch set is about Rp. 30,000 and it does taste really good. I’d love to go there again and try it.
  • Went to Titiles to buy some non-halal aka pork products eg.sausage.. in Denpasar. The price range is actually quite expensive for my pocket :p  It’s about Rp. 70,000 above for Abon and others.. Anyway, I was so surprise when I got to the shop cause there are wild animal in the yard, Lion, Tiger, Big Snake.. they are all in the cage though but honestly, I only stayed  for 10min in the shop and decided to wait for my colleagues in the car. It was so scary…
  • Then we went to eat Ayam Goreng Taliwang, if I am not mistaken, Lombok traditional food. It is located nearby.. It is fried chicken, tastes good but I don’t really order any cause my stomach is full with Babi Guling :p
  • Sanur Beach, it was my first time there. I like the beach but I am very surprise, the same surprise that I got when I see Kuta beach.. it was so dirty, full of garbage.. So sad seeing it because 9 years ago, Kuta was very beautiful beach.
  • Dreamland Beach, I see this beach from the top of the cliff only where there is this KLAPA café. The beach looks very clean from above and good shore, I really wanted to go down there but the pain in my leg from rafting was killing me. Anyway, the café was so good, it has pool and looked new. The price of drinks there is same as Jakarta club, which is quite expensive for a café in Bali.
  • KU DE TA café in Seminyak. I like this café. You can enjoy the sunset here, many cute foreigners :p and the food is not bad. Like the cheese pizza. The price is affordable, same as Jakarta’s Café.
  • At nite, strolling down the clubs in Legian Street. Really wanted to come inside the club but too bad I haven’t had the guts to come in :p  Well, none of my colleague likes to hangout so maybe next time.

Day 4: Kuta – Legian – Jakarta

It’s my last day so I just focused on buying souvenir for my folks, family and friends and having tattoo in the beach. The tattoo is worth about Rp. 20,000 – 25,000 actually, but it depend on how smart you can bargain 😉

As for hotel, I stayed at Hard Rock Hotel which is very great place but too bad, I was too busy doing activities outside. I also stayed at this Yulia Beach Inn hotel which I regretted to choose this hotel. Why? Because they gave me a very awful room with a broken bathtub, a clear shelling glass in the bathroom where people can see you shower from outside and a very expensive price of Rp. 400,000 a nite. Honestly, you can get a better room in poppies with this price. My fault, I should have check out the room or be patient enough to go to poppies and find a good place to stay. So my advice to you: Please check out your room before deciding to stay in the hotel!

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For hotel photos, please see my article about “Budget Hotel in Bali

For useful information when travelling to Bali >  click here
(nite life, transportation, things-to-do, place-to-go, etc)



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