© Ronald Tan

A Day in Bali

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Hi all, how are you doing? Guess where I am? 😛

I am at Singapore Changi Airport Terminal 1 waiting for the 1905hr Jetstar Asia flight to Bali, Indonesia. For this trip, there will be a change as it not just me and wifey; my friends (another couple) will be joining as well.

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Stop by DFS (Duty free shop) and bought 1 bottle of Cape Mentelle (red wine) S$30, 1 bottle of Larrikin Barro (white wine) S$32 and 1 bottle of Absolut Berri Vodka S$26.10 so that we can consume it while in Bali.

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The flight took around 2hours 30mins and it around 2205hr when we reached. Walking out from Ngurah Rai Airport (Denpasar, Bali).

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Then we went to queue at the Taxi Service counter (right side after you get out of the entrance) to get our voucher (Rp 50,000) to Kuta Beach Club.

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Taxi ride took around 20mins due to the traffic and we finally reached our hotel – Kuta Beach Club.

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After we checked-in, I walk around the lobby and snap the entrance view of Kuta Beach Club. I have made reservation for double bed but was given twin bed as the hotel was running full. This was rather disappointing as the reservation was made on 22nd March 2010, about 4 months from our check in date.

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Welcome drink at the lobby of Kuta Beach Club, Bali.

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First Bintang beer of the trip! Think it was the most expensive I had of the trip too (Rp 45, 000 for 1 large Bintang)!

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Had our snacks at this nice-looking restaurant where the food was anything but good. It was rather expensive (see beer price above) as well and clearly a tourist trap. Haha! After the dinner, we went back to the hotel to have some Vodka before going to bed.

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The next morning, we had breakfast buffet (inclusive) at Kuta Beach Club. Decent but nothing to shout about…

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Nice view of lobby of Kuta Beach Club in the day. We went to the reception after breakfast to request for a change of room to double bed – managed to get 1 room changed and was promised the other change the following day.

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Next, we went back to room to change and head off to the swimming pool. Yeah!

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Photo above is taken with LX3 camera inside the DiCAPac WP-610 Waterproof Case.

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Photo taken with DiCAPac WP610 Waterproof Underwater Case for LX3. Click on link to read the review of the case.

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Sunken pool bar where you can order drinks while swimming but it doesn’t start business till around 11am.

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Around the pool area, there is facilities for playing table tennis (free) if you like to.

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Following the swim, we showered, got changed and then went out to walk around to grab lunch as well as sightsee.

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Rip Curl shop in Kuta. My friend got a pair of slippers here.

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Passing by Hard Rock.

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Then we went to Kuta Beach to walk around. What a nice beach!

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Along Kuta Beach, there are many peddlers around selling sarongs, drinks, tempoaray tattoo, massage, surfing lessons, etc.

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Lunch at Salvador which is along Kuta Beach. They offer water pipe (Sisha) smoking too!

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Giant Beach Burger Rp 37,000. Yummy! We also had 3 large Bintang beer at Rp 29,000 each.

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Cheese Burger Rp 25,000.

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Spaghetti Marinara Rp 32,000. It was tasty though I would prefer it a bit more wet.

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My friend bought a coconut from this stall along Kuta Beach but he said it wasn’t nice…and threw it away…

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Mercure Kuta Bali – The hotel is just along the beach and it looks fantastic! I had initially considered to book this hotel but as we are not going to hang around too much in the hotel/beach, I thought it is more appropriate to go for a hotel which costs lower and of reasonable location away.

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It’s a hot day so we went to Matahari to walk around and also to enjoy the air-con. There is a supermarket in Matahari as well so please get your drinking water, snacks, beer, etc here as the prices are generally much lower than other retail shops.

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You can try the Fish Spa Therapy at Matahari at Rp 100, 000 for 20 minutes.

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Bali Hai beer at Rp 15,500, bought from the mini mart beside our hotel (Kuta Beach Club).

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Also got Bintang Beer at Rp 17,000.

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Around evening time, we stroll beach to Kuta Beach. Bali is truly nice beach holiday destination!

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It’s almost sunset and many people are already gathering around to see it. Kuta beach is known for it’s fantastic sunset view!

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Enjoying the sunset view at Kuta Beach.

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Another sunset view at Kuta Beach.

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The sun is almost gone…

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Went back to Kuta Beach Club to freshen up. Above photo shows the area where we had our breakfast in the morning.

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There is also a pool table beside the swimming pool. I know it’s chargeable but I can’t remember the rates.

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Out on the streets again.. this time for our dinner at Made’s Warung Kuta.

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Horse carriage for rental. Remember to negotiate if you like to go for a spin…ermm…horse ride.

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Dinner at the famous Made’s Warung at Kuta. There was already a long queue when we reached!

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The interior of Made’s Warung. I wanted to sit upstairs as it’s not so crowded but my friend retorted that it might be warm and I told him that there are windows/fans upstairs. Nevertheless, we still got a table downstairs (courtesy of my friend) just in front of the entrance – with the company of many waiting customers behind us and the free smell of carbon monoxide from the vehicles that whizzes by. Now this is hot (& smelly)!

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Made’s Warung – view from the 2nd storey.

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Made’s Warung – Lumpia Udang (Shrimp Spring Roll) Rp 25,000.

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Made’s Warung – Sate Chicken Rp 30,000.

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Made’s Warung – Curry Chicken (comes with rice) Rp 65,000. This is very good!

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Made’s WarungCaesar Salad Rp 40,000.

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Made’s WarungGado Gado Rp 25, 000.

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Made’s WarungNasi Campur Special Rp 55,000. Total bill came up to Rp 306, 000 for 4 persons, other then those dishes mention above, we also had 1 Aqua Rp 7,000, 2 Banana Honey Juice Rp 30,000, 1 Mango Juice Rp 15,000 and 2 Nasi Putih Rp 14,000.

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Walking back to Kuta Beach Club and passing by Hard Rock again.

Going to have an early night we have booked a driver to bring us around for the whole day tomorrow. The itinerary will be

  • Ubud
  • Tegallalang Rice Terrace
  • Kintamani Volcano
  • Coffee Plantation
  • Uluwatu Temple
  • Jimbaran Bay (Seafood)

Check back again!

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  • Glauce Ge

    hi ryan!

    thank for sharing your experience in bali. my friend and i are going to bali next week and we are super excited. =)