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July 22, 2009

the cilipadi guide to Mystical Bali – Part 1

Filed under: Indonesia,My Escapades — lv @ 4:24 pm
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Heeee…. ok i’ve been playing around with time quite long, huh!! so i guess before i decided to totally toss the idea of posting bali, i might as well do it now. plus, some frens are goin there soon. so Peter *waives* this is for you… treat… treat… LOL!! (but with the bombing goin on and the swine flu pandemic, are u still going?) anyway, i’ve posted most of the photos in my fb but some friends just prefer living in the cave (kidding!) so Jane *waives* this is also for you since u missed the trip…. (aiyo, register fb la…)

The Friends and i have been dying for a budget gateway for eons. God bless Tony for his budget airlines, so like most kiasu Malaysian (or Singaporean) we checked the cheapest return ticket that we could possibly find until we finally got one really cheap deal of RM94.40 return ticket KL-Bali-KL each. wohOO!!! RM10 of luggage handling included ok. BUT… but… the angry part was that since i am in Myy, i had to fly over to KL and that return ticket cost me a total of RM470++… @_@ So now u know flying overseas is cheaper than flying domestic!! KNS!! (so that’s for the my first tips – always check for promotion fare and plan ahead!!)

There were supposed to be four of us but to cut a long story short, Jane was so sick with high fever upon arrival from overseas three days before we were schedule to depart (was suspected of carrying H1N1) so she had to pull off… sigh!! leaving only three of us to continue on with the adventure (konon). So let’s start with the things that you need to pack / bring:
Passport!!
• Currencies, about RM1,000 – RM1,400 (should be more than enough for a 4D3N stay, Budget! Budget! do the currency exchange in Msia)
• Light cool comfy clothing (it is always summer in bali)
• Good walking shoes or sandals
• Slippers for chilling by the beach or pool
• Swim wear / Beach wear (even if u don’t know how to swim, just bring!)
• Sunscreen (very important!)
• Sunglasses or hat or cap (u will need these!!)
• Towel (or you can use the ones from hotel)
• Camera (important too, especially me!!)
• Medication (just in case)
• Book / iPod / PSP (I brought Sony :p)
• Extra bag to pack your shopping (ladies… be smart!)
• Toiletries (Cmee brought hydrating mask…. O_o)
• Universal Adapter (very important! the plugs they use in Indonesia are very different from those we usually use in Msia. Lesson I learned from my previous visit to Jakarta)
• Hygienic Face Mask (H1N1!!)

Additional reminder: if u should / must call family or anyone back home, just buy a temporary prepaid sim card over there. that way would be cheaper. u dont want to pay a month’s bill for a total of one hour (overall for the whole period there) phone call alone like me!! T_T my usual monthly bill doesnt even cost that much! *grumpy*

any universal adpter will do....

any universal adpter will do....



Day 1:

I met up with Cmee in LCCT. KSiong’s went a day earlier due to some reasons (don’t have to be so detail here) so we’re gonna meet him in bali. our flight was delayed by two hours. and the journey took three hours. by the time the two of us reached Denpasar airport it was almost 8p.m. =.=” as instructed by KSiong, we took the BlueBird taxi to our accommodation in Kuta. always take the BlueBird taxi!! we were curious to see our place of the night not until we saw the room!! haha!! it was so unexpected and was really out of our imagination that we were gonna stay in such inn. but, it was a budget holiday so budget it was!! surely be a backpacker’s choice. after registering ourselves we went out and started to hunt for food and we opted for one chinese restaurant called Nan Xiang which was only few steps from the Hard Rock Hotel.

see.. not only us wear this the ladies over there also very protective and kiasi like us :p

see.. not only us wear this the ladies over there also very protective and kiasi like us :p

our humble room

our humble room

things we saw on our way to our 1st dinner in bali. bottom: a surfing school where u also can rent their surfing gears, anyone?

things we saw on our way to our 1st dinner in bali. bottom: a surfing school where u also can rent their surfing gears, anyone?

we were too hungry and too busy pigging out that we forgot to take the photos of the food. but mostly just so-so. Bottom: CMee's manggo pudding. Ok lah!

we were too hungry and too busy pigging out that we forgot to take the photos of the food. but mostly just so-so. Bottom: CMee's manggo pudding. Ok lah!

we slept early that night. too tired!

Day 2:
I woke up very early cos i wanted to look at the inn in broad day light and to take photo of it. we couldn’t really see anything the previous night except for that ‘odd lady’ on the wall. Spooky u know if u look at her at night… eee….. the place was decorated with bamboos hence the name Bamboo Inn, with many antics and wooden / rock statues around. i saw the inn keeper performed some rituals by burning offerings to the statues and put flowers on every of them… errrmm…. basically he put flowers almost everywhere included on KSiong’s rented bike! ohya, our inn cost us only RM40++/ night and shared by the two ladies. So cheap!! and it came with breakfast and the breakfast was very filling too!! not bad aei!!

above: the entrance of the inn    below left: the garden in the middle of the compound    below right: see even KSiong's bike got flower!

above: the entrance of the inn below left: the garden in the middle of the compound below right: see even KSiong's bike got flower!

left: Ksiong's room    right: the ladies'  and also where we had our breakfast (look at the lady on the wall... eeee.... spooky)

left: Ksiong's room right: the ladies' and also where we had our breakfast (look at the lady on the wall... eeee.... spooky)

*haunting sounds on*

*haunting sounds on*

our breakfast prepared heartily by the inn keeper himself

our breakfast prepared heartily by the inn keeper himself

once checked out, we took a taxi to send us to Ubud which was around one and a half hour ride. tiring owh some more the taxi’s air-cond was like broken down!! KNS!! then we found this place for our accommodation for the night called Ubud Inn. We were torn between this one with the one next door for some reasons. The rate was supposed to be USD60/night, but somehow succeeded to negotiate it down to USD50 by pretending to walk away to the next door’s and they had to run after us and surrendered. Whee!! and we paid in Rp. 500,000.00 which was cheaper when converted in RM (cheaper by RM6 only :p). talk about kiamsiap but remember the theme? budget… budget!

Ubud Inn and the compound

Ubud Inn and the compound

our room which was far more spacious than the previous one....

our room which was far more spacious than the previous one....

we rented a jeep for Rp150,000.00/ day. u can opt for motorbikes or bicycles too which were far far cheaper. but since me and Cmee will melt under the sun so Ksiong had to gave in :p

top: our rented jeep    below: the driver :p

top: our rented jeep below: the driver :p

before we start our exploration, we filled our stomach at the infamous eatery place called Babi Guling Ibu Oka…. (to my muslim friends, sorry i just have to put this up :p)

nyum.. nyum... must try... must try... :p

nyum.. nyum... must try... must try... :p

And then a brief visit to an old castle just opposite.

they look like a couple here.... hehe... btw, KSiong is single and he can sing :p the old castle at the back.

they look like a couple here.... hehe... btw, KSiong is single and he can sing :p the old castle at the back.

since we had a jeep we decided to go a bit further. we went up to Kintamani. KSiong the driver, me the map reader (which was totally useless) and CMee the ‘tai-tai’ sitting at the backseats. the journey was around 20 minutes and it got colder by kilometre cos it was a highland. when we reached there we were greeted by a bunch of kids selling postcards…. this is where u have to act very cold cos once u stop, look and hold the postcards, they will pester u around whenever u go even though u already said u don’t want….. don’t be like me… i’m soft-hearted T_T I gave in when the girl keep saying it was for her pocket money to go to school…. aihh… couldn’t stand looking at her sun-burned sad-looking face i gave her Rp10000 for 10 postcards which i then realised i lost them when i unpacked my luggage T_T so Cell *waives*, this is why i didn’t send u postcard. huhuhu….

Mount Batur the gorgeous volcano, at least an achievement :-)

Mount Batur the gorgeous volcano, at least an achievement! 🙂

top: the lake near the volcano, we drove half way down but at some point it got really secluded so we returned back   bottom: we didnt wanna miss a photo with it :p

top: the lake near the volcano, we drove half way down but at some point it got really secluded so we returned back bottom: we didnt wanna miss a photo with it :p

on our way back to Ubud we stopped for a photo session at this breathtaking terrace paddy field. It was the harvesting season that time that’s why u see more yellows 🙂

Top: the awesome paddy field    Bottom: hmm... so not match, next!! but my fav bb-t matched the background perfectly though!!

Top: the awesome paddy field Bottom: hmm... so not match, next!! but my fav bb-t matched the background perfectly though!!

Dusk, we went to another recommended eating place called Bebek Bengil Dirty Duck Diner (BBDDD). The restaurant was highly maintained with expensive deco. I really liked the various settings of the dining area. Since we didn’t do any reservation, we were seated at the furthest end of the restaurant overlooking the paddy field. ok why they name it Dirty Duck Diner? The story goes like this (scroll down if u want to skip this part) the story goes like this…. once upon a time, the owner and staffs were getting ready with the opening of the new restaurant but they have yet to think of a suitable name for it. until one day when they were scratching their heads for the name suddenly a group of ducks with their dirty webbed-feets came in from the nearby paddy field and danced around leaving dirty footprints on their tables and all over the place. with that, the owner came up with the name ‘Dirty Duck Diner’ cos they were their very 1st customers. phew!! wat a story… u can read that in their menu book.

Bebek Bangil Dirty Duck Diner. No it wasnt that dirty after all!! and the duck was like so boney....  served with spicy sauces

Bebek Bangil Dirty Duck Diner. No it wasnt that dirty after all!! and the duck was like so boney.... served with spicy sauces

After dinner we romped around the town in our rugged jeep. we still have an hour before the owner came to collect it. we wanted to go for a foot massage but all massage centre were closing soon and it was only 9.30p.m. so we drove around sight-seeing and ppl-watching.

Top: a place called The Green Room. we thought it was some bar or something but we didnt enter.    Bottom: Ubud town at precicely 8.49p.m most of the shops were closing already....

Top: a place called The Green Room. we thought it was some bar or something but we didnt enter. Bottom: Ubud town at precisely 8.49p.m most of the shops were closing already....

FYI, Ubud town sleeps earlier than Kuta. We went back to the hotel and play ‘monopoly’ a.k.a splitting our bills with millions of Rupiahs. Things we did every end of the day and it was fun (^.^)V

We slept even earlier that night!! haha!!

So that’s a wrap for day 1 and day 2. I actually planned to post up the whole four days activities but i myself am so sleepy while typing this….. zzzzZZZZ….

i live to learn and i learn to live with it

Be blessed, people!

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2 Comments »

  1. sorry guyz,

    no nite scene pics..
    not even “bule”(mat saleh) sun bathing

    wot a waste!!

    Comment by haro — July 22, 2009 @ 4:50 pm | Reply

  2. Nice photos 🙂
    *two thumbs up*
    il register my fb soon…promise

    Comment by Jane — August 12, 2009 @ 5:03 pm | Reply


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