Bali Photo Diary Day 5 & 6

DAY FIVE



Day Five was a Sunday so we all decided to visit GBI Rock for their Sunday service. We attended their 9 A.M. service and after that, we went to The Bistrot. It's an absolutely darling place and I will be sure to put up a review for this place. It's a vintage-feel restaurant and it's quite pricey although not ridiculous, so be ready to spend some money.


To wait for dinner time, we decided for a swim at Mulia while waiting for our buffet appointment at 6 P.M. You can't swim if you're not a guest tho so we put on our best poker faces and got by unnoticedly! I don't suggest this activity unless you have the gut! LOL





The meal we all had been anxiously look forward to . . . drummroll please . . . The Mulia buffet! Each of us had to pay for (US$36) 389 thousand rupiah nett. (only food, not included drinks. I ordered iced lemon tea which costs me (US$3.8) 40 thousand rupiah before tax). For me, I think is a decent price for a five star meals where you can eat all you want until your stomach burst. I mean, even a wagyu costs at least 200 thousand rupiah, right? And you can eat those here until you don't want to eat wagyu anymore for the rest of your life ( I might exagerate a little..) 

Anyway, I highly recommend this for you who likes good food with great ambiance not to mention excellent service. Just slow down at the sushi bar (yes there is a sushi bar, tomyum section, western section, and the best one is the dessert section!) cause one of my friend actually had a bad case of stomach flu the next day cause she ate way too much fresh salmon.

DAY SIX






Bright and early on Day Six, Revolver was our second stop of the day. We actually had a very unimpressive lunch at a meatball place which not recommended at all. We all just still feeling super full from our last night feast so we decided to eat something really "normal". 

Revolver is located at Seminyak, hidden in a small alley, that we would never find unless one of us who had been here before insisted that all of us should try their coffee. And I sure glad that we did. I had an iced cappuccinno which tastes okay but slightly too thin for my taste. I'd like to have it more dense, I guess. The food was said to be great too! It's a pocket-friendly place. I don't remember the price but I'm sure it costs less than 50 thousand rupiah per cup (before tax). The place is quite small so going there with big number of people is not suggested.







I'm going to go ahead and slip in a little outfit post here... The place is Geger Beach and the outfit is very un-beachy of me! Which I will make up on the post after the next post.. I absolutely love the back details of my top that I'm thinking to get it in another color. I also kind of like the polkadots with my big heart-shaped sunnies. It has a very retro feel into it :)

I definitely recommend Geger Beach (also known as St. Regis beach on my last year Bali photo diary) because it's very near from Kuta or Seminyak. It's very accessible and you only need to pay 50 thousand rupiah for a set of sunbed (last year they offered 50 thousand rupiah for ONE sunbed. I guess we went there on a busy day)

We had dinner at Menega, Jimbaran for a seafood party. I didn't took any pics cause I left my camera in the car and my phone was out of battery. I do recommend Menega, cause it seems to be the only place packed with tourists among other many seafood resto, also it has reasonable prices.

Thank you for reading and I'll see you on my last Bali photo diary on the next post!
Happy weekend, all...


Bali Photo Diary Day 3 and 4

DAY THREE





First stop of the day was Klapa for swimming and lunch. I talked about Klapa on my last year's photo diary post, but I don't mind doing it again. My impression is still the same. It's a super cozy place and the view is absolutely breath-taking. For 150 thousand rupiah (US$14) entry fee that you can use as a voucher to purchase food, the place is absoutely worth the money and I will relentlessly suggest anyone who come to Bali to visit. The food and drinks price range are rather modest compares to Bali standard. It's by no means cheap, but very rationable. My only complain is the changing room. There were holes everywhere! And they do gives you towels but you need to bring your own shampoo and soap. From the beach club, you can took the stairs to go down to Dreamland Beach. Which as you can witness, quite dreamy!






We heard SO MUCH about this recently opened luxury hotel and villas so we decided to visit. Mulia Hotel and Villas are living up to its high standards. We went there and was so impressed, we decided to try their buffet. Although not that exact same day. We simply book a table for seven people for Sunday so I'm not sure if you HAVE TO book or not for their buffet, but more about that on Day Five post.




After a tour around Mulia, we decided to chill down a little and head to Potato Head. There were a short line because we went there on a Friday. But you can book a table in advance to avoid the trouble. We only ordered drinks and waiting for the sunset that never came.. I wouldn't advice you to eat here except for light snacks because I find the prices to be unreasonably expensive.


Ended up at Ultimo for dinner. I promise I'll do a review of this place since it's quite famous in Bali. My overall impression of the place is not bad at all. The food is tasty and I don't clinched in fear seeing the prices.

DAY FOUR





Finn's Beach Club was our first stop of Day Four. This beach aligned with Karma Kandara beach so expectedly, it has similar ambience, which I don't mind at all. We also need to pay 250 thousand rupiah (US$24) to descend using an elevator to the beach club. My advice, just go have lunch at their restaurant near the lobby and spend at least 250 thousand rupiah per person and you can use the bill to go down. If you go straight to the lobby, they will offer you a same amount of money to spend but you can only spend 200 thousand rupiah (US$19) for food. 

Will I suggest people to come here? Definitely! It has better bathrooms and changing room compare to Karma Kandara Nammos and you can get the exact same beach experience. The waves were pretty strong that day, but usually it's calm enough to do kayaking and snorkeling. Which, you can get for free  here!


Based on friends many good reccomendation, we decided to look for Gusto Gelato & Caffe to get our sweet tooth cravings under control and the place did not dissapoint! We admit, it was rather difficult to find the place but we finally did and for 20 thousand rupiah (US$1.8) resulting in that big portion, with that scrumptios taste, who could resist a second cup? And definitely try their pastry! So good eating it together with the ice cream!



Dinner time we decided to try out Rayjin, which is a small Japanese dining-bar hidden amongst the big other resto around it. I will definitely recommend this place if Indonesian/Balinese food and western food tastes tire your tounge.  The price is very pocket-friendly and I will see if I will do a review or not. But overall, very worth the money! And the service is beyond excellent.





Motel Mexicola is arising thanks to social accounts and although we just had dinner, we decided to get our late night drinks here. The place is so colorful and I do love the psychedelic vibe but the place was just so.. well.. loud. I don't suggest it for couples but it can be fun with friends. I didn't pay attention on the food prices but non-alcoholic drinks cost around 30 to 40 thousand rupiah before tax.

Thank you for reading and have a warm midweek all! (for some reason, it has been raining non-stop here in Bandung and it's getting reaaallyyy cold)


Flavors of Bali (Day One and Two Photo Diary)

DAY ONE


Touchdown, Bali! We headed straight to Ubud area where we were planning to have our lunch. Apologies for the "I just got off a 6 AM flight" face. But I do love my vintage midi skirt  :) 
It photographs so well and it looks even better in person!
And yes I carried two shoulder bags. One is my real bag while the boxier one is my camera bag.


We had our first meal at Bebek Bengil which as you can read, also known as Dirty Duck Diner. The ducks served are NOT DIRTY at all. It's a very relaxing place to eat (with paddy fields as well, if you look closely at the background) and my friends say it's tastier than Bebek Tepi Sawah--which is also popular in Bali. The price range is quite normal. I do believe it costs less than 100 thousand per plate for duck. Which is cheap considering how big the duck is!




On our first day we decided to headed straight to Lovina. Which is a coastal area on the north side of Bali (we usually only play on the south side of the island) to go for a dolphin-sighting! This Pura Ulun Danu is on our way there so we decided to stop by. There's an entrance fee which I think it's quite sketchy because it's only for foreigner tourists and Indonesians were did asked for a ticket on the gate but when I went to ask to the ticketing guy and found out that I'm Indonesian (I got mistaken as a Chinese or Japanese or Korean tourist quite a few times), he said I just need to pay 50 thousand rupiah for 7 people. And when I asked for the tickets (I mean, the real paper) the ticket guy simply said "just go in". I feel a little bit tricked there.. Hmm..

Anyway, will I suggest people to go here? . . . Probably not . . . 
It was raining cats and dogs when we get there and I did not enjoy my visit there at all. I went there in 2007 already so I wasn't really missing anything. Basically it's just a temple in the middle of the lake... To be fair, the architecture and the facilities are good to okay. The place is clean and even thought the rain was pouring hard, it didn't stop from foreigners to visit and take pictures. Ulun Danu was rather packed when we get there.  




After hours of driving (I guess it was around 3 hours from airport if you don't stop for lunch and Ulun Danu) and getting lost a little bit, taking U-Turn here and there, asking people every a few kilometers, we arrived safe and soundly around sunset time. After checking in at our villa (Gino Feruci. Highly recommended! Other motels are rather spooky) we went out to for dinner but before that, we can't miss the GORGEOUS sunset there.

DAY TWO




To see the dolphins, you need to find a boat. You don't have to rent the boat because it's like paying a ticket.. You just pay 50 thousand rupiah per person and the boat owner will take you to see dolphin-sighting hotspot. I saw the dolphins and I was ecstatic. I saw dolphins at the zoo but it's just so different seeing them in the wild. I am a bit dissapointed because I coulnd't touch them. I guess we can't blame the dolphins for being scared considering the loud boat-machine sound.

Will I do it again? Not really.. I mean we have to wake up pretty early (6 AM) and I'm not the biggest morning person in the world. But I do suggest it if you never do this before. Honeslty, the view is just magnificent. And not just the dolphins, but the backdrop is quite magical too.



On our way back to the southern area of Bali island, we stopped by at Kintamani. As you can witness, the panoramic view was picturesque and looks like it's printed out of a postcard. Honestly, I feel sooo lucky to live in such a beautiful country.


We had lunch at Nuri's Ubud. It's best known for it's pork chops but I am not a fan of pork at all so I decided to eat a beef burger instead which tastes good. Nuri's are very pocket-friendly place to eat good food in Bali!





After another long winding-road trip we checked in at our hotel Ananta located at Legian. 
I didn't take any pics of the room but it's quite cozy. Although it's not too spacious. But I do love the architecture and how peaceful the hotel was. Ananta has a slight Balinese feel in their interior and I think foreigners will really like that. Breakfast was not that great but it was totally edible. Just not that much variety. . .

Anyway, we had dinner at Warung Made, Kuta. It's an Indonesian/Balinese food restaurant with very friendly prices.

Do look forward for the rest of my photo diary. I'll make sure to limit the pics so you won't have that loading page for too long!

Wishing you a great week ahead!


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