Monday, August 1, 2011

My BALI experience (part I)

July was indeed good to me. My trip to Bali went well and I had so much fun. I am so  thankful that I didn’t encounter any problems at Denpasar immigration but it's still so  unfair that only Filipinos are being thoroughly checked.

I departed from SG on the 28th of July, and took a 2hour and 40mins flight by ValuAir  (Jet Star). Upon arrival, I took a cab straight to my hotel,  Sayang Maha Mertha. Chanty and Joy were  already there when I arrived, they came from Bangkok. I know you can find many negative  reviews about this hotel, but this is a cheap hotel, so given the price, it's a  very good deal. Of course, you don't expect to get wine if you paid for water. It was  really basic- bed, shower, towels, soap, breakfast, small swimming pool and friendly  staff who can understand English. It's just a 5-10 minute walk to the beach, the  restaurants and bars, and there's also a convenience store nearby.

We spend the afternoon strolling in the streets of Legian area and walked their long beach line. We spent the rest of the afternoon at the beach, just relaxing, listening to the sound of the big waves and enjoying a good view of the surfers passing by(wink), while drinking a bottle of their famous Bintang beer.

The next day, we got up early and were able to book an affordable cab for 450,000 Rupiah (2,500 Php) for 10 hours. We're lucky to have a good driver and he can speak English well, too.  First stop is Taman Ayun Temple in Mengwi:

We then proceeded to Ulun Danu, located in lake Beratan, Bedugul. It was very cold there,  and the place is beautiful. In this area you can find very cheap strawberries; you can  get a pack for 5,000 Rupiah (28 Php).

Next stop was at a Gitgit waterfalls.

We stopped for lunch and then proceeded to Ales Kedaton Monkey Forest. If you’re scared of monkeys, don't go there. And do not shop there, it's very expensive.

We then proceeded to Tanah Lot temple, with a spectacular view of the ocean and the rocks, plus a breathtaking sunset. This is also a good place to shop.

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