Saturday, July 26, 2014

4D3N in Bali: DAY 4 (+complete itinerary)


Read DAY 1 >>here<<
Read DAY 2 >>here<<
Read DAY 3 >>here<<

***Disclaimer:
1. My Bali vacation is NOT a sponsored trip, I am NOT paid to advertise for anyone or any place.
2. I went to Bali with a friend and for the sake of his privacy I would name him "GUY" in the entire Bali blog post series.




Kuta Angel Hotel: http://www.kutaangelbali.com (booked through Agoda.com)


Our departure time was 12.50 in the afternoon, despite being sad and melancholy about leaving, we tried to make the most of it. The scooter rental represent came over to our hotel to pick up the scooter at 9am as planned. We also almost forgot about the pork ribs we bought last night in Ubud (read about this in Day 3 post), so quickly we took it out and savoured it.



It was cold but still tasted amazing, imagine if it was hot. The sweet and savoury sauce, plus meat that falls right off the bones, I am craving for it as I'm writing this. How?!?!

Please please please visit Naughty Nuri's Warung in Ubud if you're ever there, and do give their famous pork ribs a try, they are famous for a legit reason.


After packing our luggage, we checked out from the hotel and walked over to Made's Warung to, of course, get our one last dose of the awesome Mango Juice (read about this in Day 1 post). One more for the road eh?




We opt for a takeaway so that we can drink it on our ride to the airport.


I bid you farewell, beautiful Bali.






Visited their airport lounge using my Business class ticket, can't beat KLIA's lounge of course.


Ordered Beef Lasagna and watched Devil Wears Prada, no better way to end this short and sweet Bali vacation.


Now, since I've relived my entire Bali trip, I am finally ready to move on with my life and carry on with my daily routine in Malaysia. Till next time, Bali, you will be missed.

Ok, since Day 4 post is so short, I decided to add in some additional information just in case I've missed out in the previous posts.

Wifi: is mostly available in major, well furnished restaurants (except for Made's Warung which I found weird), but then again, you're in Bali, put your phone aside (other than picture purposes), enjoy the view and take in as much as you can while you're there. Also, it's recommended to get a local SIM card with a data plan so that you can use your navigation apps on your smartphone to get you around.

Traffic: is quite hectic around Kuta, their roads are mostly made one way and one lane, so it can get quite congested, also you might need to take a big round to get to where you're going because some roads are of single direction. Some cars might stop in the middle of the road to drop off passengers so the congestions are understandable, hence why a scooter will be the smarter, yet more dangerous choice. At some junctions, they do have traffic lights but cars there simply don't follow, all these are made possible through experience and the excellent hand-eye coordination of the local Balinese. Being a Malaysian, having exposed to terrible road/traffic situations also helped a lot in dealing with the Bali traffic issues. Just remember this when you're there, "Rules are made to be broken".

Driving License: I do not have a motorcycle license but Guy does, and that is why he did all the riding and I was the navigator. While I was doing my research before the trip, people were saying to get your International License done before you go there and the ways to get your temporary Indonesian license made at the local police station, but thanks to a Malaysian stranger on the web that said Malaysian local license are just fine and that it goes a long way in Indonesia, Guy never got his International License made and just went on the trip with his domestic license. There are many cases where tourists on scooters will get stopped by the local police, especially during night time and especially for Caucasians or anybody that doesn't look local, and a fine must be paid if you don't have your international license or legal documents with you. Guy and I got stopped by the police on Day 3 around Legian area when we came back from our Ubud day trip, the officer asked for his license and he showed him his Malaysian domestic license and we were free to go. But still, I would recommend an International License just in case you're not as lucky as we were.

Pickpocket/Snatch thief: Lucky enough, I didn't experience any of that in Bali and I suppose I have to thank the shitty Malaysian pickpocket and snatch thieves issues for making me take extra precautions with my belongings wherever I go. I have never seen or read any articles on the web complaining about this issue in Bali and I assume even if there is, it's not as bad as in Kuala Lumpur, but then again, it is always good to be cautious of your surroundings and take extra care of your personal belongings 24/7. Better safe than sorry!

My Pictures: are taken with 2 types of cameras. 

1 is of course my iPhone5s camera, which is pimped up with a wide angle lens. All the scenery images of my blog post series are taken with the wide angle lens.



It is a clip on lens so you can use it on both front and back camera.


Without lens.


With lens.

I really really really recommend using a wide angle lens when you're travelling because it takes great scenery pictures without having to stand far away or risk having some parts of the scenery being cut off. I am not a pro in taking pictures but sorry to say this myself but I think my pictures turned out to be quite decent, and I must admit, I did not put in any extra effort to capture the images, most of the time I could take a picture of the whole restaurant, while sitting down, in just one snap. I got so much use out of it and I am really happy I made the decision to purchase this lens for my vacation.


It is a 3-in-1 lens package that includes wide angle, fish eye and macro lens.


My second camera option is my Sony Nex-5T, which I use to take close up shots of food and in low light. This camera never disappoints and has served me well during my entire trip, nothing to complain about!




It's best to have at least two options to switch around at all times, in my opinion. I am really a point-and-shoot kinda gal, I do not know how to play around with the fancy camera settings, everything was set in Auto (#noshame), and the iPhone and Sony camera really were able to cater to all my needs. Big thumbs up!


For those of you who are interested, here is the link to my complete itinerary in PDF for a 4 days 3 nights stay in Bali, also the list below is some of the options which were on my To-Visit list if I had more time there, so if you do have more time to spend, or you would like to swap out some of the places with these, feel free!


OPTIONS:
Warung Murah - Jl. Arjuna No. 99, Legian Kaja, Kuta
Warung Malang - Jl. Patimura No.1-B, Kuta
Warung Raja Rasa - Jl. Majapahit, Kuta
Alleycats (Breakfast) - Poppies 2, Kuta
Jicama (Rooftop bar) - Petitenget 900, upper floor, Kuta
Woo Bar - W Retreat & Spa, Jl. Petitenget, Seminyak
The Rock Bar - Jl. Karang Mas Sejahtera, Jimbaran
Ku De Ta - Jl. Kayu Aya no.9, Seminyak
Potato Head - Jalan Petitenget, Seminyak
Kitchenette - Jl. Pantai Kuta
Biku (High tea) - Jalan Petitenget No.888, Seminyak
The Bistrot (French) - Jl.Kayu Aya No. 117, Seminyak
Ibu Oka (Babi Guling) - Jl Tegal Sari No2, Ubud
Seniman Coffee Studio - Jl. Sriwedari, Ubud
Sang Spa - Jl. Jembawan, Ubud
Jaen’s Spa - Jl. Raya Pengosekan, Ubud
Balangan Beach + Suzuki Warung (Banana milkshake)


Alright, hope I didn't miss out on anything, if you have any questions, just drop me an email, I'd be more than happy to answer them. Happy travelling! Xx

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