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A Day in Bali 3

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Usual routine of having breakfast at Kuta Beach Club but today we started the day a bit later as we only have snorkeling planned at 10am. The rest of the day will be pretty OTOT (own-time-own-target) so we are going to take things slowly…

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One of the interesting decorations at Kuta Beach Club.

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Waiting for the driver to come and fetch us for snorkeling at Nusa Dua. He’s late so I took the opportunity to take some day photos of Kuta Beach Club.

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Entrance of Kuta Beach Club. We waited for around 10mins before the driver arrived.

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Journey to Nusa Dua area didn’t take very long and we were brought to a water sports provider along Nusa Dua beach. Checked our snorkeling equipments and off to sea!

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Testing in open sea on the way to snorkeling with LX3 inside the DiCAPac WP-610 Waterproof Case. Click on link “DiCAPac WP610 Waterproof Underwater Case for LX3” to read the review of the case.

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Photos of fishes taken during snorkeling. It’s pretty difficult to take a good photo as the fishes are swimming around to eat the bread thrown by tourists. Yes, I wasn’t the only group there at the snorkeling site, there was around 6 to 7 boats crowding around.

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Yeah, there was a few scuba divers as well too! The snorkeling took around 1 hour and we took a rest before leaving Nusa Beach.

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While going up the vehicle to send us back to hotel, I spotted a lonely make-shift food stall…

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Back to hotel and then we wander out again – Passing by Ramayana Hotel and Spa (as always), it looks good and location (next to Kuta Beach Club) is great too!

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Rows of shops opposite our hotel (Kuta Beach Club). Our area is really convenient and there is also a 24hr convenience store next to Ramayana Hotel and Spa.

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For lunch, we had a quick bite at McDonald’s at Kuta. It was lunch time and it was pretty crowded, mostly with tourists.

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A very nice-looking restaurant. It look even more magnificent during the night!

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With nothing much on the itinerary, we headed off to Kuta Beach to take a stroll. It’s a beach holiday after all 🙂

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Kuta Beach Sea Turtle Conservation Bali.

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As usual, it’s a very nice weather at Kuta Beach. It’s warm so we sat down to have some Bintang beer (Rp 20,000 each) as well as to chat with some of the locals.

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Taken from our seat (with shelter from large umbrella). The surfboards are used for those who are taking any surfing lessons.

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After lazing around Kuta Beach for more than 2 hours and guzzling down 5 bottles of Bintang, it’s time to move on. We went in to Mecure Kuta Bali to have a look. My, this is a nice hotel too!

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Entrance of Mecure Kuta Bali.

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A nice looking restaurant with swimming pool within.

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Strolling around to sight-see…

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More of walking around. 🙂

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Passing by a restaurant/bar which had a poster – “We serve bloody cold beer”.

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Passing-by the 2002 Kuta bombing memorial that was built on the site of the destroyed Paddy’s Pub on Legian Street.

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Sky Garden Lounge – heard rave reviews about this place and the 3 storeys offers different lounge experience.

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Ordering an Italian ice-cream to cool down from the hot weather.

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Passing by a shop selling Bali kites. Kite flying seems to be a popular and traditional form of entertainment/sport for Balineses.

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Paddy’s Club, believed to be the re-opened Paddy’s Pub.

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Uluwatu – Hand made Balinese Lace. We didn’t go in but I remembered reading that they offer high quality lace.

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Dinner time! We went around Kuta (Poppies) to look for a place to dine, after comparing a few, we settled for Un’s Restaurant!

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Un’s Restaurant – Complimentary frozen margarita. This rocks!

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Un’s Restaurant – Superb setting and ambiance! We were given seats outdoor.

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Un’s Restaurant – We were given complimentary chicken nugget before our main course. Completely surprised by this!

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Un’s Restaurant – Mango juice Rp 12,000. My partner had Banana juice Rp 12, 000.

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Un’s Restaurant – It started to drizzle slightly and we were moved indoors. It was a good move as towards the end, the rain was pouring down fiercely!

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Un’s Restaurant – Red snapper fillet Rp 89,000. Fantastic!

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Un’s Restaurant – Greek Salad Rp 39,000.

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Un’s Restaurant – Complimentary Krupuk.

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Un’s Restaurant – Rendang Beef Rp 55,000. The total for the dinner came up to Rp 241,362 (inclusive of 6% service and 10% tax). The meal at Un’s Restaurant was one of the best I had in Bali and I highly recommended that you dine here too!

The rain have started to cease and we hurriedly made our way back to hotel to meet up with our friends to try to finish up the Absolut Berri Vodka. We also did some swimming in the night and it’s cold! Tomorrow will be our last day in Bali and time seems to pass by so fast when you are having fun. Nevertheless, we still look forward to spend another fulfilling day in Bali!

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A Day in Bali 2

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The next morning, after breakfast at Kuta Beach Club, we met up with Ketut

(our English-speaking driver) at 9am at our hotel lobby. Check out “A Day in Bali 1” for my review of him!

Today’s itinerary is as follows:

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After around 2 hours of winding journey (going into the hilly areas), we reached Jatiluwih Rice Terraces. It lives up to it’s name

Jatiluwih as Jati and luwih, where Jati mean really and Luwih mean beautiful. Jatiluwih is a favorite tourist destination in Bali,

famous with the beautiful rice terrace unfolding from the foot of mountain until the coastal side.

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A local passing by with his cow at Jatiluwih Rice Terrace.

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We met a local couple taking wedding photographs at Jatiluwih Rice Terrace and asked for their permission to take as well, which

they kindly obliged. 🙂

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You can take a breather here while enjoying the magnificent view of Jatiluwih Rice Terraces.

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Beautiful panorama scenery of Jatiluwih Rice Terraces.

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Time for lunch and we went to Labhagga Restaurant Pacung which offers superb views of Pacung Rice Terrace while you dine.

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Labhagga Restaurant Pacung is located at Jl. Raya Baturitim Tabananm Bali and is buffet-styled. The buffet lunch costs Rp 85,000 for each adult and we

also ordered 2 large Bintang at Rp

30,000 each as well as 1 lemon juice at Rp 12,5000. Total for 4 person adds up to Rp 495,000 (including Rp 41,250 tax and Rp 41,250 service).

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Wide variety of food selection at Labhagga Restaurant Pacung. Many more available too!

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My first serving at Labhagga Restaurant Pacung. 🙂

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The nice view of rice terraces and the mountain from our table while having lunch. There is no need for fans/air-con as Pacung is

in the highland with cooler temperature.

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A close-up view of the Pacung rice terraces.

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While leaving Labhagga Restaurant Pacung, saw a few locals playing music outside…

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Next destination is Gitgit Waterfall, which Ketut (our driver) recommended to go after lunch as we need the energy boost.

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The reason being that we need to walk for approximately 30 mins before reaching the waterfall and the terrain is relatively rough,

with uphills and downhill climbs.

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Passing by a group of children playing around…

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Gitgit Twin Waterfall.

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Gitgit Twin Waterfall (in dynamic mode). Wonder why this trip I am playing so much of the dynamic feature…hahaha!


Children Playing Tarzan at Gitgit Waterfall, Bali, Indonesia

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A shop selling various products – drinks, spices, souvenirs, etc. Well, it’s not cheap here…

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Magnificent view of Gitgit Waterfall. You can feel the energy of the water from here!

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Alright, time to leave Git Git waterfall…passing by some shops on the way out.

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Following, we went to Pura Ulun Danu (Lake Bratan).

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Magnificent architecture at Pura Ulun Danu Bratan.

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You can go for a cruise if you like and enjoy the cool weather…

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Pura Ulun Danu (Lake Bratan). What a heavenly-like

view!

Pura Ulu Danu was built in the 17th century on highland Lake Bratan. This gem-like temple is half on the mainland, half on a tiny

island. The complex is dedicated to Vishnu, the preserver, in his guise as Dewi Danu, who protects all living creatures. Small

and charming, it comments on the spirit of place without leaving a big footprint. A peaceful, shimmering vision.

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Locals fishing around Pura Ulun Danu (Lake Bratan). Wonder whether they

have caught anything?

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At another quieter area of Pura Ulun Danu (Lake Bratan)…

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For those interested to take cruises, you may do so here. There are various transport available – speed boats, atap boat, sampan,

etc.

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My friend wanted to go pick strawberries but they are not in-season yet (mentioned by our driver as well!). How are the

strawberries in Bali? Are they any good?

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On the way to Tanah Lot, we were caught up in a massive jam

and our vehicle wasn’t moving at all. Also, in Bali, most areas only have 1 lane for each way. As it’s taking too long, our driver

suggested that we walk instead so as not to miss the sunset at Tanah Lot. The jam was acutally caused by a kite competition! The

kites are huge and protruding out from the vehicle body, which made the transporting very slow!

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Some of the locals who participated in the kite competition gladly posed for us to take photos.

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Entrance fees for Tanah Lot is Rp 10,000 per pax. Think we

have walked for 30 mins and have not reached yet….hahaha!

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Finally reached and we just missed the sunset at Tanah

Lot…. so sad!

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Beautiful panorama of Tanah Lot Temple.

Excerpt from Wikipedia.org (Tanah Lot)

Tanah Lot is a rock formation off the Indonesian island of Bali. It is home of a pilgrimage temple, the Pura Tanah Lot

(literally “Tanah Lot temple”) and a popular tourist and cultural icon for photography and general exoticism.

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Sunset at Tanah Lot.

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This area holds the holy snake, where you can pay to have a look… 🙂

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Queuing at Tanah Lot Temple. Wonder what is that for?

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Superb sunset view at Tanah Lot.

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Sunset at Tanah Lot. Still lots of people around capturing

the moments!

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Walking out to the carpark from Tanah Lot and passing by the

many retail shops. We left before the large crowd at Tanah Lot left but was still caught in the massive jam. It’s probably due to

the the after-effect of the previous jam as well as the peak hour. It took us around 1.5 hours to reach back to Kuta Beach Club (our hotel) and after-which, we thank Ketut for his good service for the 2 days. We decided to

split up with our friends to have some romantic time on our own (they also need so!). 😛

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For dinner, we took a taxi from Kuta Center to Warung Sobat at Jl Batu Belig No. 11A kerobokan Kuta.

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Interior of Warung Sobat. Fantastic ambiance!

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Warung Sobat – Fresh Garden Salad Rp 15,000.

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Warung Sobat – Spring Roll Rp

10,000.

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Warung Sobat – Griglia Mistro Marinara Rp 32,000. It’s a seafood mixed grill consisting of tuna fish, ocean fish, calamari and prawns.

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Warung Sobat – Scampi Fritti Rp

27,000.

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Warung Sobat – complimentary dessert. What a nice gesture! it’s good too!

We also had 2 large Bintang at Rp

27,000 each and total for the dinner is Rp 138,000. Very reasonable pricing and yet superbly tasty! Hmmm…I think I prefer Warung Sobat over Made’s

Warung… 🙂

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After dinner, we went to Hard Rock Hotel Bali.

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CenterStage at Hard Rock Hotel Bali, which hosts a live band every

evening. Initially, we wanted to have a drink here before we end the night, but the place was way too smoking for us so decided to

just take a walk around Hard Rock Hotel.

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Walk around for a while and took some photos. Then, we strolled back to our hotel for an early rest as we had a long day.

Tomorrow, we will be going snorkeling at Nusa Dua. I had

initially planned to go Nusa Lembongan but then decided to go for a simple one instead. For the snorkeling package, it was arranged

by Ketut (our driver) for USD20 per person for 1 hour of snorkeling (inclusive of equipment and boat rental). There will be someone

to fetch us from our hotel the next morning at 10am. 🙂