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Hm.. another journal from 2012 that I haven’t completed. 2012 indeed a very lazy time for me to write :p
but there are some interesting part on this trip that I like and it’d be a waste if I don’t share it.

Enjoy!

petitengget beach, seminyak

[ Petitengget Beach, Seminyak ]

TRIP JOURNAL

July 2012

Imo, Seminyak is a high class area in Bali. It’s well-known for its exclusivity .. exclusive clubs, cafes, boutiques, restaurant etc. I was a bit bored with Kuta so this time, I tried to stay here. Turned out, I enjoyed it ^^ It’s kinda remind me of Kemang area in Jakarta.

Day 1 – Saturday

My sister and I flew to Bali using Air Asia and for the second time, the flight delayed for about 30min. Hope it won’t be the same next time I fly with it. We arrived in Bali around 1pm. Bali airport is still under renovation. We had to walk a very long lane to the international terminal to reach the taxi place. I planned to walk until the exit gate to catch my fave Blue Bird taxi  but unfortunately, the route to exit gate has been moved, much more farther that I’d have to take another long walk to reach the public road.  So we tried to find a taxi nearby and luckily there was a Toyota Innova driver who offered us a transfer for Rp.80,000 till our hotel. A bit expensive from Blue Bird taxi but we have no option. Luckily we met our friends on the flight. We planned to meet them in Bali. So we became a group of 4 girls and split the taxi fare to be more affordable ^^

It took about 30 min to reach Fave Hotel Seminyak. It’s located in one of the famous nite entertainment street called Dyana Pura. This street is also known for its gay bars at nite while at noon, there is not much people on the road. Well, at least, much lesser than in Poppies Lane Kuta 😀

The hotel staffs welcomed us friendly. We could check-in soon after we arrived. Good service!! The room is nice too. It’s small but very clean!! Finished with all unpacking things, we started to find motorbike rental. We got it for Rp.50k/day through the hotel staff. Then it’s time to start our agenda that day.

First agenda was to eat at Ultimo Restaurant. After a few wrong turns and getting lost a lot, we found the place. Unfortunately it opened from 5pm so we decided to try Babi Guling Pak Malen (Roasted Pork) in Sunset Road. Again, we got lost but when we found it, it was close only for that day ><” . Geez… we had spent more than one hour wondering around for nothing with an empty stomach ><” We ended up eating Burger King in Sunset Mall, across Babi Guling Pak Malen.

Burger King, Sunset Road
[ burger king ]

Second agenda was to see sunset from Petitengget beach. Last time I visited this beach was 2 years before and it took my mind away. Why? Because there is no many people and surfer there that you can really enjoy seating on the beach, looking at the waves etc. It gave me peace at heart ^^  We were there for about 1.5 hour. It was hot with cold wind breezing. Oh.. I love this beach. The sunset view was beautiful that afternoon

Unexpectedly, we saw a ‘drama’ on the beach. There was this black dog chasing his master who was surfing and it got trap within the wave. Then a girl (a friend of the dog owner) tried to save his dog but she got trapped in the water too. So all Baywatch scene started. A coast guard tried to save the girl, she almost reached the shore but got trapped within the waves again. Then a surfer come rescuing her, putting her in his surf board and pushing it to the shore. Meanwhile the coast guard tried saving the dog. Ow.. That was so awesome!! The surfer was awesome too and very handsome LoL. Lucky her!

Petitengget Beach
[ so many pets in this beach ]

many dogs here @petitengget beach, seminyak
[ left pic, the black dog and girl who were trapped within the waves ]

We made a stop to buy some supplies in Bintang Supermarket on our way back to hotel. They have a liquor store in the back with affordable price. We bought a small vodka for about Rp60k as a booze before enjoying the nitelife. We planned to go to Ku De Ta and Woobar that usually have most crowds on Saturday. First stop was Woobar and we ended up just going to this bar, which we didn’t regret it. Woobar had a silent party that nite where we danced around while hearing the music through headphone. There were 3 DJs with different kind of musics that we could choose. It’s our first silent party and really awesome. People are actually dancing.. Cool! But like most clubs in Seminyak, they close at 2am. So my friends and I continued it at Double Six clubs ^^ It was a great girls nite out!!

W Hotel W Hotel Lounge at nite
[ woobar at w hotel ]

Silent Party @ Woobar, no loud music, except on the headphone
[ silent party, no loud music except from your headphone ]

Silent Party @ Woobar, no loud music, except on the headphone

Day 2 – Sunday

The morning was about taking a rest after a long nite out or the coming nite out ^^ But we didn’t wanna miss the free breakfast which was simple but quite tasty. I luv their chicken wings… then back to bed.

Bfast @ Fave Hotel Seminyak
[ fave hotel breakfast ]

We finally got our head straight around 2pm or maybe our stomach woke us up. We tried to check out Babi Guling Pak Malen again and yes, it was open!! We ordered the complete set and d**n it tasted really good. Not because of starving, but it really tasted that good. I’ve tried Babi Guling/Suckling Pig meal in Ubud (Ibu Oka) and in Denpasar (Pak Chandra) but this Pak Malen’s is the best one among them.

Set Menu, Special Roasted Pork @ Pak Malen
[ Pak Malen Suckling Pic ]

Got our stomach full, we drove to Melasti street to buy some souvenirs. It’s the most affordable place I know to buy clothes . Then headed up to La Planca beach cafe which seems popular that time. You can seat in their big pillow while drinking your cocktail to watch sunset. It was full with people that time and it opens till midnight. Cool!

La Planca in the afternoon @ Double Six  La Planca at nite @ Double Six
[ La Planca beachcafe ]

Then it’s come the time to enjoy the nite. But before that, my sister and I went for a massage in Legian area. It’s about 10min taxi drive from Seminyak but that massage place is the only place we know to get affordable massage. Again back to nitelife, it was an awesome girls nite out in Legian and Doube Six clubs.

Day 3 – Monday

Back to Jakarta with an early flight, which was cancelled and we were shifted to the second flight. Hm…  but no choice, we had to go back to work ^^

ACCOMMODATION

Fave Hotel Seminyak

location:  Jalan Abimanyu (Dhyana Pura) No. 9A, Seminyak, Bali – Indonesia

room rate: USD 38 through Agoda.com for twin bed, AC include bfast

For more review on this accommodation, please visit my other blog:
” My Stay at Fave Hotel Seminyak ” @MyStayinBudgetHotel.wordpress.com

EXPENSES
(USD1 = Rp10k)

<This price might be changed since there was a 30% increment of fuel price in August 2013>

Transportation

  • Transfer by Innova Car (Airport-Hotel) : Rp. 80,000
  • Motorbike rental : Rp.50,000/day
  • Taxi
    – Seminyak to Legian : Rp.25,000
    – Legian club to Fave Hotel : Rp.30,000
    – Fave Hotel to W Hotel : Rp.30,000
  • Parking fee
    – Petitengget beach : Rp.2,000
    – Double Six : Rp.2,000
    – Melasti Street Traditional Market : Rp. 2,000
    – Bintang Supermarket : Rp. 2,000
    – Kuta beach : Rp. 2,000

Meals & Drinks

  • Babi Guling Pak Malen, full set + orange juice : around Rp35-40k
  • La Planca Beach café, sangria/wine punch which tastes more like water and wint : around Rp40k
  • Woobar in W Retreat Hotel, promo Vodka mix: Rp75k
  • Sky Garden, entrance for local : Rp75k, summer berries cocktail : Rp60-75k depends on the hour you buy
  • La Vida Loca, weird martini : Rp60k
  • Mineral Water : Rp3-5k, Vodka small bottle at Bintang Supermarket : around Rp60k

more about food, please visit my post  Foods in Bali

Others

  • Massage : Rp. 55k for an hour traditional body massage
  • Beach short pants : Rp. 20-25k each 

MAP OF THIS TRIP



{10 Feb 2014}   ☆ Back in Bali
This post has been waiting around in my draft box for more than a year ><“

Have you ever had a post that’s been in your draft box for over a year, waiting to be publish?
I just found one (this post). hpmf…   I forgot why I haven’t published it, such a waste. But rather that I deleted it, I better just publish it. Enjoy!

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“ I feel like I haven’t visited this island for years that I decided to have a visit, just a short one
So here I am again, writing a journal of my short visit to Bali.”
  

 sunset from the stones, kuta

[ Sunset from The Stone beach club, Kuta Beach ]

After long absence, I was back in Bali for the weekend. Somehow it felt wrong for not visiting this Island of God for 8 months. You may wonder why, but I am still wondering myself why… So I went there for a short visit, as usual, because of my limited leave days from work. Plus this time, I made a plan to dive with a friend.

BRIEF JOURNAL 

It is a year late journal so I tried to make it simple and emphasize on place-to-eat/hangout/sleep.

For brief expense list, please go to the bottom of this post.

April 2012

Day 1 

– Arrived in Bali Airport around noon. Apparently the airport was under renovation that I couldn’t go directly to parking lot. Instead, I walked to International terminal, to the parking lot, then to the exit gate to take Blue Bird to Poppies Lane 2, Kuta. It was a very long walk, 500m I guess. But rather than I pay double taxi fare, I prefer walking this far.

– Check in at Bounty Hotel, Poppies Lane 2. I was asked for deposit about usd100 while I had paid the room in fuul through Agoda. I just complained ant they settled for USD50 deposit.

– Had my lunch at my fave Warung Indonesia in Gg. Ronta, Poppies lane 2.

– Met up with some coworkers late afternoon. They were in Bali to attend a workshop and I joined their afternoon party at The Stone Beachclub in Kuta beach. The sunset view from the rooftop was beautiful that afternoon.

Day 2 

– I took a day trip dive to Tulamben with my former diving school, Bali Scuba. They pick me up around 7am and brought me to their office in Sanur for settling the administration. Afterwards we were off to Tulamben, one of the best dive site in northeast part of Bali. It took about 3 hours to reach the site. I think it took longer than my previous trip there.

underwater camera at bali scuba dive shop
[ saw this cool underwater camera at bali scuba shop. i want one!! ]

– My friend joined me in Tulamben and we had 2 awesome dives. First dive was near the wreck and second one near the artificial underwater garden. Then back to Kuta which journey was about the same 3 hours ride, so loooooong.

– Had dinner with my friend at Sushi Tei in Sunset Road, about 15-20min ride by taxi.

– At nite, we spent it exploring the nitelife in Legian (bounty, paddy’s, sky garden) and Double Six (la vida loca). Shockingly my friend lost her camera in La Vida Loca. D**n!! I’ve heard those stories about pick-pocket in Bali clubs but that was the first time happened to the group I went with. Awesome nite soon became a bad one. Hm.. those cute pics or ours were gone 😦
Be careful when you partying there guys!

Day 3 

– I woke up late that I missed to taste Bounty Hotel’s breakfast. I didn’t have it the day before due to my early dive. Hm.. will I be able to go back and taste it?? I don’t think I wannna stay there again. The room rate is just too expensive for that kind of old facilities.

– At noon, I check out from Bounty Hotel and moved to Baleka Resort in Legian, the same hotel as my friend.

– I had my lunch at Mozzarella Restaurant in Jalan Padma. It’s near the hotel and one of my fave restaurant. I had a meet-up with Bali couchsurfing members there and spent the rest of the day with them, hanging out in Legian beach watching sunset, check-out La Barca beachcafe in Batubelig and ended the day enjoying clubs in Legian and Double Six. Awesome!

Day 4

– I managed to wake up early and tried Baleka Resort’s breakfast. It tasted good. They served variety of bakery. There were also Indonesian food and my fave breakfast menu, sausage + omelet. That morning was my friend last day in Bali so I said goodbye to her. Sad one. After breakfast, I continued my sleep ^^. So tired…

– I check out Cocoon Beachclub for a friend who was looking a place for her wedding reception and spent my afternoon in Legian beach till sunset time. The place is nice.

– From Legian beach, I walked to Melasti Street to buy souvenir.

– Had my dinner in my fave Warung Indonesia with a friend

– Had a massage in Angelina Spa, Legian street

– Spent the rest of the nite at Legian clubs (surfer bar, expresso bar)

Day 5

– Took the first flight back to Jakarta and straight to work. It was a long but awesome weekend ^^/

ACCOMMODATION

Bounty Hotel

It’s located in Poppies Lane 2, 5min walks from Kuta beach. This hotel is suitable for party lover. so if you are not this group, I recommend you to find other place. They have DJ in the main pool, playing club music till night. They also provide free entrance for local guess to Legian clubs (bounty, paddy’s). I booked a double room through Agoda.com and got USD60/nite include breakfast. For further story, please go to my review “My Stay at Bounty Hotel” in my other blog mystayinbudgethotel.wordpress.com.

Baleka Resort

It’s located in Werkudara street, near Double Six area, a 15min walk to Legian beach. I chose this hotel cause I was curious with their swimming pool that looked great on the web. For further story, please go to my review “My Stay at Baleka Resort”in my other blog mystayinbudgethotel.wordpress.com.

VISITED PLACES

Warung  Indonesia,located in Gang Ronta, Poppies Lane, Kuta. Cannot miss eating at this cheap local restaurant with a good taste of Indonesian food.

warung indonesia

Mozzarella Restaurant, Jl. Padma, Legian. I luv this restaurant. They serve good foods.

mozarella resto, padma

La Barca, in Batubelig. A nice bar in a boat shape. Unfortunately it has closed down now.

la barca, petitengget

The Stones beach club, Kuta beach. Fancy one, food is not really good but they offer a nice sunset view.

the stones beach club, kuta

the stones beach club, kuta

Expresso Bar, in Legian clubs strip. You can sing here if you have the talent.

expresso bar, legian

Other places:

  • Sushi Tei Restaurant, a bit fancy one, located in Sunset Road. I like the restaurant, all white. It has different decor than the one in Jakarta and bigger for sure.
  • Sky Garden Club, Legian
  • Bounty Club, Legian
  • Surfer Bar, Legian

EXPENSES
(USD 1 = Rp10k)

<this expense might be different now due to 30% increment of fuel charge last year>

  • Blue Bird Taxi
    > Denpasar Airport to Poppies Lane 2, Kuta: Rp.25,000
    > Legian street to Sunset Road (Sushi Tei): Rp.30,000
  • Kuta-Sanur-Tulamben-Sanur-Kuta : free transfer from Bali Scuba dive center
  • There supposed to be more transportation expense but my friend gave me a ride to some of the places.
  • Bounty Hotel: USD 60 through Agoda
  • Baleka Resort: USD 60 through Agoda
  • Warung Indonesia, lunch:   for
  • Mozzarella Restaurant, lunch:  for
  • Sky garden, summer berries cocktail: Rp.75k before 12pm
  • La Vida Loca, draftbeer: Rp.30,000
  • 2 dives in Tulamben with Bali Scuba dive center : USD 93.5 for local diver incl equipment
  • Angeline spa : Rp. 75,000 for 1.5hours massage

MAP

bali apr 2012



{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.


This is my trip journal from few months back. It’s just a waste for not sharing this with other travelers.
So finally, I finished it. Hope it would be useful for you, especially for those who want to visit Padang Bai.
  

BRIEF SCHEDULE

July 2011
Day 1   arrival – padang bai
Day 2   padang bai (diving)
Day 3   padang bai – kuta
Day 4   kuta – denpasar – departure

ACCOMMODATION 

Marco Inn,
Jalan Segara Padang Bai, Bali Ph. 0361-751660

I can say it’s a front beach guesthouse but don’t expect to find a nice beach in front. It’s full with local boats and some garbage. I booked for a twin bed, fan room with breakfast for Rp. 120,000. My room is located in ground floor, right in the corner. There’s hardly sunlight in front of our room and no place to hang my wet clothes. So it’s a little headache for me, thinking where I could  hang my cloth, towel, wetsuit etc. I tried to hang them in a chair, put it on the garden but ended up having their cat slept on it hahaha…. My sister was so pissed.. it’s funny  though I just found it weird that their staffs saw it and did nothing about it. In the morning, there is a nature alarm  (rooster) which felt like living in the country. The air was cold and the water was freezing so  I wish there were hot water. I wish I brought my jacket too. But despite all of the above, I enjoyed my stay there.

Mastapa Garden Hotel,
Jl. Legian No. 139, Kuta Ph. 0361-751660

It is located in the middle of busy Legian street, surrounded by cafes, restaurants, shops, convenient store etc. Good location. They have swimming pool and fantastic garden. I like the garden. I stayed in their standard  room in the 3fl, just right in the corner. The room is clean and big but old. Extremely too expensive for USD 45/nite (agoda.com) but it was high season.  The twin bedroom is actually a bamboo bed. It’s so weird seeing a springbed on that bamboo. Anyway, I will be back  if I can find a lower/promo rate.

Please refer to my post about “Budget Hotel in Bali” for more hotel review and photo.   

TRANSPORTATION

  • Denpasar Airport to Padang Bai: Rp.300,000 by APV car, rented from dive center.
  • Padang Bai to Legian: Rp. 250,000 by APV car, rented from dive center.
  • Legian – Denpasar – Airport: Rp. 140,0000 by Blue Bird taxi. I needed to take Pie Susu snack in Denpasar. It’s indeed very expensive comparing the usual Legian – Airport cost of Rp.40,000.
  • Legian – Double Six: Rp. 30,0000 by Ojek (bike taxi)

MEALS


left-right/top-bottom: No Name Scuba Warung, Warung Jawa, Warung Indonesia, Ayam Bakar Taliwang, my lunch at Warung Indonesia 

Warung Jawa
located in front of Padang Bai Police Office, in the entrance gate to the pier.
Taste is not bad. I ordered Tempe Penyet (Tempe rice set), Nasi Campur (Mixed rice), 1 mineral water = Rp.12,000. Very cheap!! Nasi Goreng (fried rice) = Rp. 5,000 (so cheap!!)

Warung Ayam Bakar Taliwang  (forgot the correct name)
located near Warung Jawa.
They sold  Lombok Food. The lombok special Roasted Chicken with rice = Rp.13,000

No Name Scuba Warung
located in Jl Pantai Silayuki.
My friend told me it’s a Chez Restaurant. I ordered the Slice Beef Starganof <good taste> and my sister had a sandwich <bread is hard to bite>. Then we added our order with banana split, ginger tea and hot chocolate. Beside the sandwich, all the food tastes good!!  Total was around Rp.150k-200k

Warung Italia
located in Jl Kunti, Seminyak.
I’ve been reading the review about this restaurant for a year and finally I could have a taste of it. We went there on Saturday night, the place was so crowded that there were people queuing including us. However there was this Italian Guy, probably the manager, who was kind enough to find us a seat and for other guests too. While the waiters, they ignored us completely.
Anyway, we ordered their house special pizza (forgot the name and it’s delicious), salad (best one ever), spaghetti carbonara with bacon (extremely salty , didn’t finish it) and some drinks.  We spent about Rp.150k-200k.

Warung  Indonesia
located in Gang Ronta, Poppies Lane, Kuta. Cannot miss eating at this cheap local restaurant with a good taste of Indonesian food.
I ordered my usual menu: tempe, sweetsour chicken, potato with sambal, capcay veggies and rice for Rp.14,000.  

OTHER EXPENSES

  • Massage at Angeline Spa, our fave spa in Legian Street. Price is Rp. 75,000 for 1.5 hours body massage.
  • 2 dives in Padang Bai with Blue Bubble Bali for Rp.540,000 exclude equipment.
  • Snorkeling in Padang Bai with Blue Bubble Bali for Rp.150,000 include equipment.
  • Discover Scuba diving with Absolute Scuba DC, Padang Bai for Rp. 200,000 include equipment.
  • Internet café in Padang Bai, Rp.14,000/hour. It’s so damn expensive but the connection is fast. There is skype ^^/
  • Pie Susu Bali, Rp. 2,000/piece at Toko Bahagia, Denpasar. this store is full will local snacks.
  • Sky Garden Club at Legian street:  entrance =Rp.50,000 for local guest, bintang beer = Rp.30,000, Mix berry cocktail <forgot the name> = Rp.60,000
  • Deja Vous Club at Double Six:  Heineken beer = Rp.30,000

TRIP JOURNAL

It supposed to be a one week trip. Got a really good ticket price from airasia <a year ago>. Too bad I had work to do so couldn’t travel around as planned. I missed going to Nusa Lembongan Island… again.. but I am happy I finally did diving in Padang Bai.  

Day 1:  arrival – Padang Bai

Our 10am flight was delay for 2 freaking hours. It ‘s the first time I had this very long delay using Air Asia. They gave us drink and Jco donut but our plan that day got messed up. I missed visiting Bloo Lagoon Beach. I always wanted to go there. It was one of the must-see-place in our list (mine actually) because I am curious with all the review I heard. In the other hand, our driver has been waiting in Bali Airport since our supposed-to-depart time. He waited for us for 4-5 hours. Poor him. Plus.. actually my sister almost didn’t make it but I was  glad she could settle her issue that morning. …. hm..the trip didn’t start so well..


view from the sky, above Java island

We arrived in Bali around 15:30 and went straight to Padang Bai. It was about 2.5 hours, a long drive. plus we were starving to death. We stopped in a minimart to buy some snacks though.

Slowly the view changed from buildings with many people and traffic to be less people and became the view of mountain and plants.. green everywhere.. made me feel at peace, forgetting all my problems and hectic that day ^^

I decided to go to Padang bai this time to see its awesome underwater I heard. Christian, the owner of Blue Bubble Bali DC (dive center), greeted us when we arrived there. He showed us our guesthouse, which was only few feet away from his dive center. His dive center is small. Well, I guess not many big DC there since it’s a small city. Although I heard the underwater is great.

How about our guesthouse?
Well, it’s a small place, just in front of the beach <but not really tourist type of beach>. I need to passed a small alley to get into this guesthouse, Marco Inn, kinda give it a feeling of hidden place. The lady greeted us nicely and showed us our room in the corner.

We put our stuffs and started our first hunt for the thing we most craved for that time..  that would be a decent food as our late lunch and early dinner. I tried to contact some friends of mine who were there for diving too. Thinking they might be able to give some recommendation for restaurant. But my mobile seemed having no signal there.. It really pissed me off after the whole delay thing combined with hunger etc..  Lucky I brought my other mobile operator (telkomsel) which could work there. I finally could contact a friend, got some good resto info and we chose to taste the local food.

We went to the street in front of the pier entrance. There are some warung (local restaurant). I was attracted with Warung Jawa (Javanese Food stall). Actually I don’t really like the real Bali local food cause there is this specific spice “kencur” that makes the taste so not-for-my-tongue. So I am glad there is this Warung with Javanese taste. Its price is so cheap too. After having dinner, we went back to our room to clean up and damn.. the water was ice cold, but we had to clean up.

Later that nite, we spent it hanging out with some friends at Buddha Bar in Padang Bai Beach Resort. It was all about diving talk. A great talk   Well, the night was ended by us walking down the street, back to our guesthouse, with the sky full of stars.  Something I couldn’t see in the city.

Day 2:  Padang Bai

Our day started great = I woke up quite early  .
Sometimes I wonder why I always wake up so early during vacation. I wish I could do the same when I am not in holiday. LoL.. Anyway, I think I woke up early that day because my bed was not comfortable. It felt like there was a hole in it. There were also sounds of birds chipping and boat whistle, feeling like living in the countryside and like the nature ‘alarm’.


sunrise from the beach in front of Marco Inn guesthouse 

Since I couldn’t sleep again, I went to see the sunrise from the beach in front of Marco Inn. It was beautiful. There were many local people there or maybe the boat owner or fishermen. The beach was  full with the boats…… and garbage. Too bad for a white sandy beach.

  • Diving & Snorkeling Trip

    After breakfast <I love their banana pancake. Their toast  is also good>, we started preparing our equipment for diving and snorkeling.My sister was so nervous because that was her first time snorkeling in a less crowded ocean. She even became more nervous when she found out that no guide accompanied her snorkeling. It seemed there was misinformation from Christian. While me, feeling so lucky coz it is not allowed to dive alone LoL.. Plus I was accompanied by a divemaster who turned out to be from Switzerland and a very handsome one hahaha…Anyway, the dives went great. I had 2 dives, one at Jepun site, the other one at Bloo Lagoon. I can see Bloo Lagoon beach from the boat and I thanked God  for my flight delay so I didn’t have to go to that ‘regular’ and ‘less sandy’ beach.The highlight of my dives would be seeing 3 white tip sharks, one is pregnant (I was hoping not to see them actually. scared & nervous) and orange bat fish and green star fish. I have seen blue and red starfish in Menjangan and Tulamben and it is my first time to see the green one. I wonder how many color the starfish has. In the other part, the snorkeling also went great, I guess. Well, she seemed tense and a little bit sea sick, plus the water was so cold that she didn’t snorkel very long. But from her story, I could tell that she was very excited to be able to see colorful marine life there. It is a good sign for me ^^/ why? Because if she likes the marine life, there is a chance she will try diving.  Then maybe taking the license so I will have a dive buddy hihihi..who knows? The dives and snorkeling finished around 14:00. I realized somehow there was no lunch for us?!?! As a regular diving package is.   But Thomas, the divemaster, burned me the photo he took underwater into a CD for free. It is the first underwater pictures with me on it. So my upset’s just gone instantly. Well, first agenda has completed. Next, we went for restaurant hunting again cause we were starving to death .. again..  We tried the Lombok local food this time. We had “Ayam bakar Taliwan’ (roasted chicken) with some veggies and sambal and ofcourse rice. The chicken was so hard to bite, but we were so hungry so just tried to fill it up with anything in front of us.
  • Try Scuba Diving in the Pool
    In the afternoon, we went to Absolute Scuba Dive Center  for my sister lesson to experience scuba. She was again so nervous that earlier she asked to cancel it. I said it was ridiculous cause the lesson was only in the swimming pool. Althuogh I bet she dragged herself to that pool that day hahaha..  
    Well, after a few set up and briefing, she was finally in the water with a scuba equipment. Her instructor was very patient teaching her. She looked relax.I took some shots while she was underwater. It looked like a big fish from above hahaha…
    I really enjoyed making fun of her <hope she’s not reading this>. Anyway, the lesson took about an hour and ended up with a conclusion that she wanted to try the ocean dive.. Yeah.. mission accomplished < first step of becoming my future dive buddy LoL>.
  • Getting lost in the Woods
    My sister lesson ended up around 4pm. I actually had one other agenda to check quickly on Bias Tugal Beach. I got info from Thomas that this beach was nice, way better than Bloo Lagoon. So I wanted to check there but my sister wanted to go back to the room. I, then, decided to go there alone. I heard it was only 10-15min walk from our guesthouse. On my way, I met with my sister’s dive instructor. He was going to the same direction with motorbike and offered me a lift. I just jumped in, thought that it would be faster.  But somehow the motor ride took longer route than it should be. He said there was another entrance from uphill. I didn’t know so I just followed his advice.
    It turned out to be my worst decision ever. It was almost 5pm, almost dark, and the other entrance was a small path in the jungle. I only saw tress, bushes, cliff and the red soil path. I met a couple but they were going to different direction. I kept walking and walking but it was still up in the hill. I could see the beach from there but it was so in the distance. After few minutes walking, I wanted to go back but I couldn’t see the right path. So I kept walking, speed up my pace.. I kept praying in my heart for His guidance to the correct path.
    After about 30min, I finally could see the beach in distance and it was getting closer and closer .. and I finally felt its sand on my feet. I felt relieved. I was still afraid because none was there and I didn’t really know how to get back. I took some time  to cool my head first before finding the short path back. I took some shots there to calm myself.
    Then I tried to go back, taking the other direction path. Almost took the wrong turn.. Oh God, there was none there… Plus there are many empty storages and houses, giving it a more spooky vibe. Thanks God a few minutes later I could see from uphill, the big street back to the pier. But my worry didn’t stop there. There was this local guy standing down the hill, on the entrance to the street. He was looking at me with sickles in his hand. Oh My God, I was so scared. He said something and I just replied ‘Halo’ then speed up my pace again.. almost running..

    the woods where I almost get lost

You have no idea how happy I was to find myself back in my room, even with extremely sore legs. I told this story to my sister. She laughed at me and said that was my fault for not listening to her.

That night was ended up by playing games and chatting in the internet café and having a nice dinner at a Chez restaurant called “No Name Scuba Warung”.  The dinner was delicious <for me>.

Overall, this day was exciting and really took all my energy.

Day 3:   Padang Bai – Legian

We went to Bias Tugel Beach to see the Sunrise in early morning.

It was 6 o’clock and none in the beach. It was a bit drizzling but it went away fast.

sunrise in Bias Tugal beach

We took some pictures, stayed there for a while until it was time to pack up and prepare ourselves to go to our favorite place in Bali….

 “There is no holiday in Bali without Kuta/Legian
I think this is the motto of my sisters and I when visiting Bali. Although some people said that Kuta is crazy, but for us, it’s the most fun place. Why?   Well, the sunset is beautiful. The place is crowded (we / I don’t really like quiet place). many cheap places to stay.. we know the cheap places to eat.. many cute guys to see LoL..  it’s like the center of everything .. many options to enjoy as a closure to our holiday  ^^/

It took about 2 hours to reach Kuta from Padang Bai. We stayed at Mastapa Garden Hotel in Legian Street. Our first stop after check-in was our fave place for massage, Angeline Spa, near our hotel. Then we headed to Kuta beach to watch sunset. We were so blessed that day to be able to enjoy sunrise and sunset in the same day. We took the longer road back to our hotel (through Benesari Street). I glanced at many new restaurants and hangout places in Kuta Beach street. I haven’t noticed it from my previous visit, a month before. I think Kuta beach will turn out to be surrounded by commercial places soon. It’s getting crowded and more traffic each time.


sunset in Kuta beach

For dinner, we chose to have it in a little exclusive area, Seminyak.

It’s about 5min drive from our hotel.. well, not really 5min if you took taxi in front of the hotel. Legian Stree is  the most crowded street at night. <cause same street with the clubs> So we took a little walk to the interception/opposite direction with the club and waited in front of Bank BNI. It is hardly crowded there. We had our dinner in Warung Itali, which according to the review, they have good pizza. Later then, I also had the same impression :0 Their pizza is delicious, their salad too. But their spaghetti carbonara was extremely salty, don’t know why.

On our way back to hotel, we saw other Warung Made restaurant chain in Seminyak. It is bigger than the one near Hard Rock Kuta and has a live music (traditional music play). Next trip, I would love to try eating there.

Then last, we spent our “Saturday Night” enjoying the music and dancing in the clubs at Legian and Double Six. It was really a fun ‘girls’ night out’.

Day 4:  Legian – departure

Feeling so don’t wanna go home ^^

It’s the last day of our trip. I started my day early. My sister was still crashing in the bed, so I went for breakfast alone. The restaurant in Mastapa Garden Hotel is very traditional. There is a scent of Balinese wood/art and it faces the garden and swimming pool. Looks so at peace there. Too bad the service doesn’t balance with it. The staff didn’t smile at me at all. It looked like she was forced to serve me. Good thing that the breakfast was very good. I tried their American Breakfast in a big enough portion.

Then it’s time to try the pool. There was only 1 guest there, laying in the bench near the pool. My head was still having a bad headache but I forced myself to get into the water. Hoping it would wipe out all my hangover. But when I entered it, I instantly screamed (in my head) “OMG! The water is as cold as Padang Bai “. It was so freezing that I only swam a few rounds then decided to go back to my room. What a waste! The pool is really nice!!


swimming pool in Mastapa Garden

When I got back , I started to pack up my stuffs. My sister had awaken <good!>. Our flight was 4pm but we should check out before 12 to have some lunch in our fave place, Warung Indonesia, in poppies lane 2. We also had to take the Pie Susu (Milk cream pie)  which was quite popular as Bali snack <we love it!> in Toko Bahagia, Denpasar.

So we checked out around 11am, left our baggage in the hotel then went to poppies lane 2, passing the legian street, entering the alley across the Bomb Monument to poppies lane 2 then taking Ronta alley, and there it is, our fave restaurant ever!! <coz it’s cheap and taste good> I ordered the spicy potato, sweetsour chicken and some capcay/veggie, I think my sister had the same. We ate there till about 12:30pm.

Then I had the feeling to see Kuta beach before leaving which meant taking another long route back to hotel. Soon later we found ourselves in the white sandy beach, attracted by a surfing competition. It was our first time watching a surfing competition LoL..

We forgot our tight schedule to Denpasar, thought it would be fast to go there from Kuta on our way to the airport. It turned out to be wrong. The traffic was bad. I had thought we would miss our flight in this high season, which hard to find cheap ticket back. But then calming myself, thinking that we still had our other ticket <ticket for a week holiday>. But still, I had to go back that day. Well, we managed to be at airport 45 minutes before departure, wanted to check in but none there. We had done mobile check-in but we needed to drop our baggage. So I made some searching around and  running..   It was all sorted out soon later and we could get to the lounge. We wanted to sit there to take a breath and buy souvenirs… but then, we were called for boarding.

Well, some things didn’t go as planned on this trip, but considering that we found a beautiful secluded beach, it was all worth it.

Note:
Truth to say, I love my stay in Padang Bai for diving. Somehow I like its atmosphere than staying in Sanur or Candidasa during diving trip. So I will definitely be back if I wanna dive there or in Tulamben area. Plus staying a night in the crazy Kuta/Legian area for sure. This place I can’t miss. But I will reconsider for going there in June – July.

more story on my travel to Bali, visit this page :  Bali Trip



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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Schedule

March 2010
Day 1 Jakarta-Denpasar Airport-Legian
Day 2 Legian-Tanah Lot
Day 3 Legian–Tanjung Benoa/water sport
Day 4 Legian-Denpasar Airport-Jakarta

Trip Expense Report >> click here
** this is about the report of expense I had during this trip

Trip Journal

This trip purpose would be part of becoming “guide” for my sisters for the shopping place, cheap and good place to eat and good place for enjoying the nite life.

Day 1

Arrived Bali in the afternoon, got pick-up by hotel car which is complimentary from Bali Sorgawi Hotel for reservation min.2 nites. This hotel is nice, down the alley from Legian main street and about 15-20min walk to the beach. The room is too small for 3 person, hardly can move but they have nice pool which is very important for me. I like refreshing myself in that pool. We got it for Rp.295 include xtra bed, AC, TV, shower, bfast for 3 persons.
Well, first agenda of the day and always must be done when coming to Bali is to get Tattoo.  So we got dressed, headed for the beach and looked for the tattoo guy. It usually costs about Rp. 20-25k for each. Then we went for dinner at my fave Warung Indonesia in Gang Ronta, Poppies Lane 2. It was crowded during lunch/dinner time but I like it here since it’s Indonesian Food and very cheap. I ordered rice + 2 kind of veggies + egg + sambal potato for Rp. 11k.
At nite, hit the Bounty club in Legian til morning.

Day 2

Had breakfast in hotel, I ate the toast + egg + jam + orange juice and some sliced fruit. It tasted okay. We don’t have any fixed plan so we had this crazy idea to go around Legian by Motorbike. So we rented a motorbike at hotel (Rp.50k/24 hours) and asked a good friend of us who lives in Bali to show us around. I said it’s a crazy idea since I had to drive that automatic motorbike without any experience or license ><”  It was challenging, almost had 2 accidents but we survived till end of the day :p
Anyway, our plan is to go to Art Market in Kuta for shopping, we had lunch there. It was nice place, lunch in the beach under the trees. It’s in other side of Kuta beach but still called Kuta beach. The food is not bad also the coconut drink which we drink from that coconut directly. Then we had another crazy idea to go to Tanah Lot.. hahaha.. no license but we did it anyway and we made it to Tanah Lot. Why Tanah Lot?? Because there are many shops sell various “Kain Bali/Bali Clothes”. After shopping, we relax in Tanah Lot café which is above the hill. I had no idea there was café there. The drink is expensive but you can watch the beautiful sunset. Unfortunately, we had to skip the sunset since it is not good for first time driver, driving a motorbike at dark. So we went back to hotel in Legian, had dinner in hotel, the Nasi Goreng tastes good. Then dressed up and start exploring the nite life in Legian. We hit Paddy’s, the music there is good but not much guests so we got bored and went to Bounty for dance till morning J .

Day 3 – Day 4

This day our plan is to go for water sport in Tanjung Benoa. After having breakfast at hotel, I bought Nasi Jenggo in the Legian Street (only Rp.4k) for lunch at water sport spot. The watersport package from DrunkenBunny website offered us free transfer to/from hotel which is very value. We took the package which include “Banana Boat + Parasailing + Snorkeling” for Rp. 225k/pax. Cheap!!  The watersport went very well, I like the snorkeling but it has not much to see there, not much fish or coral. I want to explore the water further from the boat but I was afraid of many speedboats there. At least it is good experience for my sisters ^.^ The watersport took about 3-4 hours include lunch then we got back to hotel, got massage at spa just in front of the hotel alley and started shopping around Legian again.
At nite, we had “big” dinner in Warung 96. We ordered the House Pizza + spaghetti + beef salad + French fries + 2 milkshake + 1 banana juice + 1 beer + 1 mineral water for around 160k/3 persons. The taste is great, maybe because we hardly had a ‘regular taste’ food in Bali. Somehow the food in Bali has different taste than we usually have in Jakarta, the same meals, look same but maybe different ingredients. Anyway, that was one big meal during the trip. After full with these meals, we got back to hotel for swimming then dressed up and since it was our last nite in Bali, we went for clubbing til morning. We hit our fave place Bounty and went to Sky Garden til dawn. 2 hours rest then packing then bfast then we went to mini market in front of Kuta beach, relaxing while watching the people surfing. The weather was so good that day, cloudy and not hot so we sit in that mart bench till 11am. The went back to hotel for check-out, left some stuffs with the receptionist first till our departure time. Had lunch at Little Island Resto in Jl Benesari, its burger tastes good. Then we spent the rest of time by searching at the hotel I plan to stay on my next trip.

First we checked the Gemini Star Hotel located in  Gang Ronta, Poppies Lane 2. It is a nice, clean hotel, the pool is small but somehow the hotel looks exclusive. It costs Rp. 134k/nite single, fan room NO bfast. Ups.. this hotel is too expensive for me, but maybe I  try it later.

Then next we checked on the Tunjung Bali Hotel in Poppies Lane 2. I saw the room downstair and it is clean with pink bathroom. The pool is great with trees around it, looks so great.. It costs Rp. 100k/nite single, fan room include bfast. I might choose this hotel later on..

Note:
I met a friend there who lost his wallet in the club. It’s my second time to find a guy lost his wallet in the Club. So for you guys, please bring only necessary things if you wanna enjoy the nite life without any ‘incident’

 

Well, that’s all for this trip story.
Next trip would be about diving in Tulamben or.. I dunno..
I am still wondering where I should go or what I should do on my next trip to Bali in the end this year..

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