Wednesday, April 26, 2017

#129 BALI Getaway: Day 3.

Hello beautiful(s)!

I've never been so efficient in the longest time. I happen to delay my vacation post for months, because of the hassle that every blogger has to go through transferring all the photos from their pocket-sized device to their laptop/desktop. Also the hassle that one has to go through editing and ensuring all photos uploaded are almost "perfect". 

I gotta confess what made me so efficient is because I've recently replaced my old mobile device (XiaoMi Note) to a new iPhone 7 Plus. Hence, all the photos were taken using my new iPhone. Boy, I save so much time from editing photos because the camera's resolution is just.. so good 👍👍👍

So anyhoo..

Day 3 in Bali.

We started our day as early as about 9AM. Our first stop was at Coco Bistro.

Coco Bistro @ Jalan Raya Ubud, Bali.

The ultimate purpose of dropping by this area was to have the famous babi guling, or better known as roasted pork. Unfortunately, the shop was closed. So oh well, we dined in Coco Bistro for breakfast instead. It was already 11:10AM when we arrived. I don't even know if I should consider it breakfast or brunch lol. Anyway, wouldn't quite recommend this place 'cause I almost went home bald. Everything was so salty.

Also, apparently there's a palace for visiting just a couple of minutes walk away from Coco Bistro. We skipped that 'cause we were running out of time. Headed over to Tegalalang Rice Terrace @ Ubud right after. It takes only about 15minutes to get there from where we were. 

Tegalalang Rice Terrace @ Ubud, Bali.

I felt so at ease as I sauntered into the dining area, overlooking the long luscious green paddy field. Can't deny the fact that I was pretty damn captivated by the view. It was almost too serene. I heard that the place is usually packed with tourists, but to my surprise, it was quite empty when we arrived. We arrived at approx. 12:20PM.

It was all about nasi campur in Bali. I literally lost count of the times I had nasi campur whilst I was there. Truth to be told, after the trip to Bali, I am not ready for any Indonesian cuisine at the moment. 😂 Food was good, except I didn't quite enjoy the "bebek" dish, or better known as duck meat. It's not that it taste awful, but I simply do not know how to savour it.

We ordered nasi campur bali, bebek, nasi goreng and 2 bottles of mineral water. The total bill was about 440k+ in Rupiah. You literally pay for the "experience". So, it was worth it to me. 'Cause I don't get to dine in this environment in KL. Speaking 'bout yolo 💁

Done with breakfast, done with lunch. And off we went to the air terjun (aka waterfall) in Ubud. It took us about an hour or so to get there from Tegalalang.

Tegenungan Waterfall @ Ubud, Bali.

I look super crappy in these pictures 'cause my hair was drenched with water and sweat and.. k scratch that. I'm chasing my readers away lol. 

Anyhoo, it's only 10,000Rupiah one entry per person. I planned to go to Tanah Lot Temple, but according to Mr.Agus, I'd puke my way there again. LOL! And I had no confidence that I would be able to overcome the bumpiness and dizziness so Mr.Agus suggested us to spend our afternoon at the waterfall. 

Which was quite a good idea.

A heads up thou! You'll need to walk your way down.. idk how many flights of stairs, but it's very steep and dangerous, I'd add. It was leg-day for us all as we climbed back up the stairs. My friend could barely catch her breath as she climbed up the hella flights of stairs. So take your time, don't rush. Don't say I never warn you! 😇

After the torturous work-out sesh, we headed straight to Ayana Resort and Spa Bali. I lost track of time so I'm not too sure how long did we take to arrive there. All of us slept off the moment we hopped into Mr.Agus's vehicle. 

AYANA Resort and Spa Bali @ Jimbaran, Bali.

My #sherrootd for Day 3. Off-shoulder blouse from F21, denim shorts from Factorie, backpack from Shopee and I got it for only RM27, and sandals from Birkenstock. I like to put on an outfit which allows me to move around freely when it comes to trips like this one. 

There are a few bars in AYANA resort, and one of the most prominent bar in that area is the Rock Bar. It was so disappointing when we were told that we were not allowed to enter the area 'cause all patrons are required to dress casual-formal. Therefore, slippers, singlets, tank tops and bikinis are strictly not allowed. STRICTLY no Bintang beer attires too. 

Rock Bar is in my "must-visit place" list in Bali! T___T so can you tell how disappointed I was? 

Bad angle. So pls ignore all of the irksome looking fats 😭

Settled down at one of the bars and savoured ourselves with Tsujiri goodness.

Tsujiri's matcha iced latte, matcha ice-cream, matcha shaved ice, glutinous rice ball with brown sugar and matcha with red bean cake. It is 150,000Rupiah per set, excluding 21% taxes. I was already dreading at the thought of having to pay an additional of 16% taxes in Malaysia. But 21%!?? Seriously!? T____T

And last but not least! Our final stop..

Jimbaran Bay Seafood Restaurant & Club @ Jimbaran Bay, Bali.

Jimbaran Bay Seafood is a group of 30 or more restaurants situated along of Jimbaran Bay Coast. Restaurants, right on the sand with its own private beach. To dine by the beach on ocean views, listening to the sound of waves and night live of quartet singers as you watch the sun sets with your family, friends or your lover, is probably one of the best moment in life. Almost too good to be true.

We had 900g of red snapper and an approx. 7-800g of fried calamari with complimentary side dishes such as kangkong and rice for dinner. The total bill came up to about 400,000+Rupiah. And again, you pay for the "experience", the view and the fresh seafood. 

Departed from Jimbaran Bay back to our hotel at 'round 7:30PM. Only 20 minutes drive away. How convenient! Hahah. And ofcourse we did not end our night so early. The night was yooooung, and so are we. 😭😭 Went back to our hotel to shower and rest and headed back out at about 10PM for supper. Just can't stop eating.

I'll do a short wrap-up for the remaining day 4 and 5 in the next post 'cause I don't wanna cramp everything into one post. I'm afraid I'll bore my readers away. That's why T_T 

So stay tuned lovelies! Will be right back with more! 😚

Friday, April 21, 2017

#128 BALI Getaway: Day 1 and Day 2.

What day was it? It's D-Dayyyy!! ✈

My bf and I have been planning to go on a beach getaway once I graduate from college. So I've been waiting patiently for the day to come. Can you tell the excitementtt!!? We were contemplating between a few places and we decided to spend our holiday in Bali.

Did our booking through and booked a 5D4N stay with Kuta Beach Heritage Hotel at only about RM1,200/pax. Flight, accommodation and taxes included! Also booked ourselves a personal tour guide whom I highly recommend! He speaks well English and he knows his way around Bali very well since he has been doing this for almost 9 years. So if you'll be heading to Bali and would love to get yourself a personal tour guide, then drop a comment below and I'll share the details.

Departed from KLIA2 at about 10:30AM and arrived in Bali at approximately 1:30PM. Arrived right in time for lunch! Our personal tour guide, Mr. Agus, arrived on time and quickly brought us to the nearest and probably most affordable warung for a quick bite before we continue with our journey. 

This is their usual nasi campur bali where they serve a variety of vegetables with meat and rice. Not recommended, so i'm not even bothered to remember the name of the place. Let's move on...

So our second stop was at Water Blow @ Nusa Dua, Bali. Not too far from the airport. Arrived there at about 3PM and took a quick tour around the beautiful place. We left at about 4PM 'cause we wanted to catch the sunset at the next destination.

Water Blow @ Nusa Dua, Bali.

My #sherrootd for Day 1. Cropped top from Tapas, shorts from Factorie, backpack from Shopee, and shades from Cotton-On.

The name of the place says it all; Water BLOWWW. The waves will be hitting against the rocks and splassshh! But it was a little let down 'cause we were hoping that the tide would come by the time we arrived, but I guess we were just unlucky? Or we were slightly too early. Cause there was nothing to see 😭 though I enjoyed myself there just looking into the ocean, enjoying the warm breeze and get carried away, thinking 'bout absolutely nothing.

P/s: No entrance fee needed for WaterBlow.

A picture with ma bae! 💖

 And not forgetting a group-fieee 😁

And here is where the horror beginnnnns.

Like I don't even wanna talk about it, but it is a part of the memory so I guess I'll just have to say it. Anyhoo, I puked my way to Uluwatu Temple @ Kuta South, Bali. If you didn't know, I have ear-balance problem. Which means! The volume of fluid in my ear is constantly changing depending to my surrounding, causing balance problems, hearing loss and dizziness. I prep myself well before I go on a vacay. I got my meds with me, but it just didn't seem to be helpful when the road in Bali is just.. bad. Can't blame thou, Bali is an island. I should've expected the journey to be very.. VERY bumpy.

I couldn't regain my balance even after I overdosed myself with medicine and candies. But since we were already there, I thought, let's not put it to waste and snap a couple of pictures before we leave. We were in Uluwatu for only like what? 10-15minutes? And we left. lol.

Uluwatu Temple @ Kuta South, Bali.

Our initial plan was to have dinner at Jimbaran Bay after the visit in Uluwatu, but due to my awful condition, we had to cancel the plan and head to the hotel immediately. I was literally dying. My face went pale, my lips turned colour, my hands were cold and I was having cold sweat. Le-tothefriggin-git.

P/s: 30,000IDR entrance fee per person. 

Kuta Beach Heritage Hotel @ Kuta, Bali.

 Complimentary welcome drink which kinda make me feel better. According to the receptionist, it's their traditional ginger-tea.

After checking in at about 7:30PM, we rest for a bit, showered and headed out to have dinner.

They've matcha and salted caramel topping in Bali's McD! How can we ever say no to that!?

Horse-carriage. It's really cute to see the horses and ponies walking around like that, but I didn't quite like the idea? I wouldn't want to sit on the carriage and add more weight/burden to the horses 😕

After wandering and exploring the night life in Kuta, we decided to head back to our hotel before 12 midnight to sit by the pool at the rooftop and chat our night away. 


Day 2 in Bali.

What's better than to step out of your hotel on a morning to a view like this? Gosh.

We didn't do any visiting / sight-seeing on Day 2. Instead, we wandered around Jalan Legian, Jalan Kartika, and Jalan Poppies 1 and 2. Just casually walking around, looking for food and things to buy.

Beachwalk Shopping Centre @ Kuta, Bali.

Stopped by at Beachwalk Shopping Centre as it was only about 5 minutes walk away from our hotel.

This scorching hot weather calls for a popsicle!

After walking around for about 3-4 hours, we went back to our hotel to rest for a bit. But my bf and I decided to hit the gym since we have free access to it. Gym-junkie wannabe mou? Lol. Went to the gym and spent about 45-50 minutes doing cardio and strength training. And jumped into the pool for a swim right after!

Candid, which explains the unglam sitting posture 😂

After our gym and swim sesh, we went out to have dinner at Dulang cafe; our new found love. Love the food there especially their nasi campur Bali and fisherman's basket although it's slightly pricey compared to other warung(s)/restaurants. 

Ended the night with more nonsensical talks and endless laughter with the bunch 😘 Headed back to the hotel at approx 12:30 midnight 'cause we will be starting our Day 3 as early as 9AM.

And that's about it for Day 1 and 2. Stay tuned for the next update on my trip to Bali!

Much love, xx.