For the first day, we walk around the town area at Kuta without any tour guide. It wasn’t really a good idea as we didn’t know any places there and walk blindly. Wasted a lot of time actually. The first impression Bali gave me, was actually quite a ‘kampung’ place. Because their road was small, many motorcyclist of the locals doesn’t wear helmet while they were driving. But there was a big contrast. Although the road was small and old, as we walked along the road we saw many many nice ambiances restaurants and hotels. And they were quite expensive.
After some blind walking and shopping (wasn’t really nice place to shop!), we came to the Kuta Beach. My jaws drop when I saw the beach. So many ‘ang mor’ there sunbathing, swimming and surfing. It was like in the movie where you saw many people walking around and playing around at the beach. Although Penang have a lot of beach but I never saw that kind of scene before. Not to mention that I never see people surf before as it doesn’t exist in Malaysia!! The sun was shine and hot! But once we get into the sea, it was cold! So comfortable playing water there. The waves are so pretty and big. Not as big as tsunami of course, just big enough to surf. There was something funny about the sea. There were quite a distance of the sea where the water were very shallow, just as high as my ankle only. So it wasn’t really dangerous if you surf there. However, we don’t have enough time to surf either 🙁
Besides, we saw many Japanese there too. There was a bunch of gorgeous Japanese girls. They were drawing a temporary tatoo on their chest!! The Balinese tatoo artist must be excited while he was drawing on her chest! Just on top of their boobs! Oh my God.. They were really really pretty. All of us standing there watching for quite a few minutes, and sorry I didn’t take any photo of theirs 😛
Then we decided to walk around Kuta and found this branded street where they have all the branded beach wear outlets like Billabong, Quick Silver, Roxy and etc. We went to the Billabong Factory Outlet where they have discount up to 75%!! But we were disappointed as the design wasn’t nice. Then we went to another factory outlet where they have all the branded products like Quick Silver and Roxy. Which was really cheap! I bought a Quick Silver beach pant with RM108 and a Roxy t-shirt with RM50+. Poor Andrew couldn’t join us for these. He arrived at Bali a day later than us. And so he joined us after our shopping.
Hard Rock Bali
We walked to Hard Rock from our hotel. Took us about 10 to 20 minutes.
I’ve heard of this for a very long time but never been one before. Heard my colleagues said that Hard Rock just open in Penang! Will find a day to go there and see the differences! In Bali’s Hard Rock there were no head charge. We just order a cup of Heineken for each person and we were allowed to go in. I don’t know about the Penang’s branch, high possibility we have to pay head charge for that =.=” Dam expensive, not worth it. Plus I can’t drink. It took me ages to finish a cup of Heineken, in the end Ding Ren finish it up for me because when we were leaving I still haven’t finish mine 😛
However, I enjoy it very much as they have a stage and live band performing Rock songs there! It was like a concert! Just there weren’t much people there. Hard to heat up with such numbers of customers @.@ Then we visited the Rock Shop, where they sell all Hard Rock products like t-shirt, caps, bears, key chain, lighter and many more. Saw a nice t-shirt that cost about RM100+ and our Ding Ren bought it 😉
A good thing stop by Hard Rock, there was FREE WIFI!! HURRAY! Not easy to find free wifi hotspot in Bali! Our 5 stars hotel charge $0.10 USD per minute!! Gosh..
On the next day, we went to swim at Holiday Inn’s swimming pool because we were going to check out already. The pool was nice, a relaxing-type nice, not the fun-type nice. Because there was a bar in the middle of the pool. Some ‘ang mor’ sunbathing there and some sleep and relax themselves by the pool.
After we check out, we have a tour guide took us around Bali Island for one day and a half starting on our third day of our trip, which was extremely not enough! Many places we went were so nice and I can’t get enough of it!
Our first stop was this Cultural Park. This place was amazing. Again, they have nice view and decorations. Our researcher, Ding Ren, saw the unfinish hand of their God on the net before. This place really was a nice place for photo shooting!! 😛
This was the most amazing place ever! The whole Bali trip, this place was incredible!! The view.. Gosh.. Hardly describe with words! The sea, the sky, the mountain, the cliff, the sea wave was blue in color. You can’t amazed by the photos, you have to see it with your own eyes.
Before we came here, our tour guide told us that there were monkeys there and the monkeys were all aggressive! He told us not to wear any glasses, ear rings or any other things that will attract the monkeys because they’ll come snatch your stuff! Truely, we saw a Japanese tourist camera were snatched by the monkey!! It was terrible..
Not far from the Uluwatu cliff, we stop by Uluwatu Beach for 30 minutes. The beach was short, but many ‘ang mor’ sunbathing and surfing again. Saw a lot of handsome guys and pretty girls! Satisfied both guys and girls.. LOL
Tirta Empul Water Temple
We went to this place first thing on the next day in the morning. Nothing special about this temple. I never really fancies “temple tour” 😛 Well except for the pretty lake. There was a pretty lake there where it was the farmers source of water and so they build this temple here to worship the God and the lake. There was water coming out from the bottom of the lake. It was pretty..
Our next stop was this coffee farm. I didn’t know that Bali is famous with coffee until I went there 😛 First time saw original fruit-type coffee bean, it was red instead of dark chocolate. I know that it only turns into dark chocolate after it was fried but then I didn’t know the original color la. Other than that, it was my first time saw the original look of vanilla plant too. It was dark chocolate instead of white! A little bit curious how come the color was so different 😛
We have free coffee to drink there. There were coco which was very nice and tasted chocolate. Ginger tea which, tasted very ginger, I don’t like it but then they said it’s good for “Ng Ng” as I didn’t have output for 3 days already, so I drank some, result was so so, have output but very tiny and less in quantity 😛 Then there was my favorite of all, Ginseng Coffee. It tasted really really nice! And we can’t found Ginseng Coffee back in Malaysia!
Besides, there was also a special expensive coffee, called Musang-shit-coffee lolz.. It was a shit of an animal called Musang, the animal was kind of look like squirrel. It only ate high quality coffee bean and then poo it back out. So, they take the poo (ewww) and process it and make it into a coffee. The guy told us the coffee is like ‘Tongkat Ali’ and good for MAN!! Haha.. But this coffee wasn’t free, have to pay for it, $6 USD per cup. So 6 of us share 1 cup. I drank only a little bit cause I don’t like it. Tasted weird and bitter.
As people say, there was no free lunch in this world. After you drink the free coffee, now they bring you to their shop to buy their coffee. Aihz.. Spend a lot of money here cause I like the Ginseng Coffee a lot. Then bought some souvenir here, a special gift pack of coffee which contain the coco, ginger tea and ginseng coffee. Bought it for my relatives.
Our next stop was this incredible Batur volcano! I tell you, the view was really really really incredible!!! What you see from the photo above, it was nothing, nothing can compare with seeing with your own eyes!! It was like a huge poster in front of you and it was so brilliantly pretty until it was too perfect to be true!
With this incredible view, people sure have tourist business to do here. They build a restaurant there, facing the incredible view. So comfortable. We were suppose to have our lunch there, but then we ate too much from our hotel buffet so we were just order some drinks and enjoy the view..
Doesn’t get to stop here and enjoy the view for long. They have this multistory rice terraces! It was pretty. Before I came to Bali I always wished to take a photo in the rice terraces which the rice are ready to harvest in gold-yellow color and tall. It would make a wonderful pictures. Too bad the season we went there just pass the harvest season. Most of the padi field we saw were just normal green just like the one in Malaysia 🙁
Our last stop of the tour was this Ubud Art Market! For the girls, they were so excited because they can shopping at last!! However we only have one hour here as we have to rush back to our resort and catch the free shuttle van to the pub street after this. There were so so many nice things to see and buy! However, the fun of shopping here was not shopping but is to bargain the price with the locals =.=” I feel like I was in China, where you have to bargain at least 50% of the price they give you. It was quite tired. If you have no interest in that item U MUST NOT ASK FOR THE PRICE!! Otherwise they’ll stick on you and keep on narrow down the prices! Feel so annoying. However I still bought a lot of souvenir here. For those who didn’t get my souvenir sorry la har! Can’t afford so many souvenirs 😛
Our last night in Bali, we went to the Legian Pub Street, where few years ago a bomb case happened here. We were little bit scare when we going there. Didn’t stay for long, just walk around and have a look that’s all.
There was an interesting story while we getting to Legian. The free shuttle van was actually stop us at Seminyak, which we were told that from Seminyak to Legian was actually walking distance. When we tried to walk to Legian, I asked directions from a local and he point us the wrong way!! The more we walk the darker the alley become! Terrified, we asked directions from a security guard and he told us we went for the wrong way! So they help us to catch a taxi and we took taxi to Legian instead. IT WAS FAR!! Oh my god, can’t believed we plan to walk there.
Also, our dinner that night at Seminyak, guess what, mee cup at a high class convenience store! Why? Because they have free wifi so that I can upload photos to Facebook! 😛
On the next day, we forced to woke up 5am in the morning because we have our final stop at Bali which was the Tanah Lot Temple just located beside of our resort. The purpose we choose this resort was actually because of this temple because we might not have the chance to take a close look when there’s high tide. However we still unable to go inside the temple 🙁 sad..
On our way walking to the seaside, we saw this huge bat!! It was really huge and ugly! Never saw a bat this close before. It wasn’t tide up there but still it won’t fly away. What a lazy bat. The wings really looks like Batman’s 😛
to be continue…