Saturday, November 10, 2012

Alice Travels: Solo Bali Adventure 2012

It's almost vacation time to Bali (again)! Only eight more days to go. In the meantime, I am reliving the first time I went to Bali and that was my solo trip in May, also this year.

A few Balinese asked me, "Miss, are you alone? Are you doing the Eat, Pray, Love?"... Hmmm... interesting questions. My observation while vacationing there was I hardly see anyone traveling solo in Bali. Maybe that's why they asked me. Another question was, "Miss, are you from Japan/China/Hong Kong?" as I get stopped by taxi drivers every 10 minutes (I kid you not) asking me that question while I was doing Nusa Dua on Day 4. Souvenir shop assistants greeted me in Japanese and I promptly replied in Japanese as well. (Yay to learning foreign languages!)

MY ITINERARY

Day 1: Arrived in Bali; check-in into Hotel and daily massage

Day 2 (with my Guide)
  1. Barong Performance at Catur Eka Budhi Kesiman
  2. Pura Puseh Pura Desa village temple
  3. Restoran Rapuan Cili - Mas Ubud 
  4. Bali Pulina, Ubud
  5. Art Village, Ubud
  6. Kuta Beach
  7. Daily massage
Day 3 (with my Guide)
  1. Tanah Lot
  2. GWK (Garuda Wisnu Kencana)
  3. Padang Padang Beach
  4. Uluwatu Temple and Kecak Performance
  5. Daily massage
Day 4: Exploring Nusa Dua on foot

Day 5: Bye-bye Bali!
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 And now, for some snapshots! They're a collage of images from my Facebook. Enjoy!


Day 1: Checked in into my hotel at Nusa Dua. This hotel (Studio One) by the main road is just outside the prestigious Nusa Dua gated area where stringent security is imposed. All the 5-star hotels are in there. I paid a really GOOD price of MYR150 for 4 nights' stay - that's US$45 only!

Day 2: This is at the Art Village in Ubud. Here you'll see folks doing all kinds of crafts from batik arts to weaving. I also went to a wood carving store and bought something at a really great price with a free gift! The guy at the store was most helpful. *GRIN*

Day 2: Bali Pulina. What you see here is some of the photos for preparation of the Luwak Coffee. The coffee beans are swallowed by civet cats and then pooed and processed for consumption. I tried a cup and it was not bad... My advice: drink it while it's hot.

Day 2: The Barong performance at Catur Eka Budi Kesiman. In fact, this was the first thing I did in the morning. Admission for the show is IDR100,000 - approximately US$10.

Day 2: Kuta beach. I went there in the evening and that was the last thing I did for the day; a great way to unwind!

Day 2: Lunch after the Arts Village but before Bali Pulina. Beautiful view of the rice terraces even from the wash room (see third pic). I couldn't resist taking a photo.

Day 2: Ahhhh... I almost forgot. This is the Pura Puseh Pura Desa, one of the many village temples in Bali but certainly one of the bigger ones. You have to wear a sarong before entering the holy place if you're wearing something short.

Day 3: Tanah Lot. It's breathtaking and crowded with people. You can get your blessing and holy water here.

Day 3: GWK (Garuda Wisnu Kencana). In the snapshots above are the statues of Wisnu, including close-ups of his face, and his Garuda. The last picture is him riding the Garuda in a gallery inside the premise.

We are still at GWK *grin* Lots of open space and I had a great time sweating it out there.
 
Day 3: Padang-Padang Beach. This is a beautiful beach (my favorite of the whole lot), also crowded and there were ladies sun tanning topless! I had the most wonderful pancake and a Bintang beer here. Gnam gnam...

Day 3: Uluwatu Temple. This is the Kecak performance. I arrived early and my guide planned it well for me. I got a great seat high above with fab view facing the famous temple on the cliff. The show received a full house audience for the evening. Admission is IDR100,000 (I think...).

Day 4: I was exploring Nusa Dua on foot. To get into the gated area where everything looks beautiful, it took me about 5 minutes to reach the gate (as seen in the first picture of this compilation). Once you get in there, it is as if you're in a totally different part of Bali. Outside it feels "chaotic" and backpacker-ish but once inside it's totally 5-star.


Day 4: Nusa Dua beach. Even the beach has two sides: private and public. The first five pictures are private and the rest (just walk across to the opposite side of the road) are public.

Day 4: I'm ending this Bali-esque post with beautiful orchids, also found in the 5-star Nusa Dua. Aren't they gorgeous?

For the upcoming tripmy travel buddy and Iwe haven't drawn up a plan of where to go when we land in Bali eight days from now, but I'm sure it'll be another wonderful experience! Coming up next, food pics! Stay tuned...