A 3 Day-Four Black Rest Inwards Bali

As an Indonesian, I direct maintain to acknowledge that I don't know much nearly Bali, the Island of Gods, that attracts many international visitors. So when a friend asked me to accompany her for a brief R&R to the island, I said yes. 

We got to know each other when I was assigned inwards the lifestyle desk during my journo days. While I direct maintain moved on to the non turn a profit sector, she is all the same writing for the lifestyle desk. Hence business office of the trip to Bali was thank you lot to her go equally she won a hotel voucher that would endure void inwards November. 

Since nosotros both had the same friends who go inwards Bali, nosotros decided to concur a modest reunion during luncheon or dinner (because repast fourth dimension is the telephone substitution to happiness together with a meaningful heart-to-heart talk). And approximate what? We both brought our laptops. In the end, it was non a existent vacation hahaha. But anyway, hither are glimpses of review on hotels (we stayed inwards 3 hotels), nutrient together with other random things you lot tin produce inwards Bali.

Disclaimer: all persuasion are my own, I don't have monetary gain from writing this.

Day 1

We arrived inwards Ngurah Rai International Airport the nighttime earlier together with went direct to our get-go hotel, Courtyard yesteryear Marriott. Located on Jl. Camplung Tanduk, Seminyak, the hotel welcome us inwards the reception amongst a refreshing welcome potable together with inwards our room, at that spot was a cheese platter together with 2 Bintang bottles. 


The cheese platter was a existent treat! Slices of Camembert, Gouda together with Cheddar cheese paired amongst pumpkin seeds, cashew nuts together with walnuts (my favorite!). My friend together with I don't drink, then nosotros gave those Bintang bottles to our friend who works inwards Bali together with potable beer.   

Breakfast inwards Courtyard yesteryear Marriott is ane extensive array of sumptuous dishes. It's a five-star hotel, then of class it has to endure delicious together with complete. And equally weird equally it may sound, my favorite breakfast bill of fare is the bagel.

Bagel at Courtyard yesteryear Marriott Bali

Our room had a direct access to the swimming pool. But I forgot to convey my swimsuit. So I googled "baju renang muslimah di Bali (Muslimah swimsuit inwards Bali)" together with industrial plant life this store. My friend already brought her swimsuit together with jumped direct to the pool. 

I ordered Go-Jek together with went across the isle to purchase the arrange at said store. Riding a motorbike inwards Bali is e'er a fun affair to do, together with Go-Jek has made it easier. Unlike Java that has many ojek (motorcyle-taxi), Bali used to direct maintain exclusively taxis together with car/motor rentals. One visitor inwards Bali inwards the yesteryear should endure either rich (to pay for taxis) or able to ride motorbike (because it's cheaper than renting a car). My friends told me stories of having to larn yesteryear taxi together with getting uncomfortable experiences, such equally beingness dropped off out of nowhere inwards the middle of a traffic jam merely because the taxi driver didn't experience similar continuing.

As I scoot along the streets of Bali, I saw people preparing for Galungan, which volition autumn on Wednesday. The isle felt a fleck vacant due to Mt. Agung's volcanic activity. It was a go day, but everyday feels similar a vacation inwards Bali.

The trip to the swimsuit shop was around xxx minutes, then I spent ane hr for the trip dorsum together with forth. Added amongst trying on the suit, my tiresome determination making procedure on which swimsuit to purchase together with waiting for the Go-Jek drivers, I ended upward spending 2 hours on the road. I arrived dorsum at the hotel at eleven a.m. together with packed upward my stuffs because nosotros had to cheque out together with had luncheon amongst our friend at The Stones inwards Legian, which is also a business office of Marriott group.


Our friend, Abel, who moved to Bali vii years ago, adopted v stray dogs together with ane of them has epilepsy. Canine epilepsy is rare, each episode tin final for a few days amongst post service seizure fever that tin final for weeks, then each 24-hour interval is precious for her together with her fur babies.  

After a real long luncheon together with beak amongst Abel, nosotros headed to our following hotel, Yan's House Hotel on Jl. Kartika, Kuta. The hotel has eleven themes for the rooms, together with nosotros got the Homeland room.

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Then nosotros walked to Kuta beach, which is merely a rock throw away from the hotel, to bask the sunset. Kuta beach was buzzing amongst activities, equally usual. But at that spot is e'er a spot on the beach for thinkers, philosophers together with introverts.




While nosotros were there, the hotel held room viewing for a grouping of journos, followed yesteryear a six-course dinner at CodeGrafiti, the hotel's restaurant. We tagged along amongst the group.

The chef, Bondan Yuliarso, is a human being of innovations together with he brings his visions to the restaurant. He is committed to purpose local fruits together with ingredients. He invents juices that are a mix of either kedondong, snakefruit, mangosteen together with orange. He infuses tobacco together with chocolate for the sauce. The component division is small, but real fulfilling together with delicious. By the halt of the dinner, everyone had a nutrient coma.

The cutest dish of the nighttime abide by would larn to Obat Nyamuk Lime Leaf, which is made from dark glutinous rice together with squid ink. My favorite is the lamb sirloin together with the cod fish. For to a greater extent than photos of the half dozen courses, delight consider below. The numbering is based on the lodge of appearance.


Day 2

After breakfast, nosotros had a picnic yesteryear the beach, laid upward yesteryear the hotel. Influenza A virus subtype H5N1 handbasket of picnic treats for 2 is worth Rp 175.000, together with you lot don't direct maintain to endure the hotel's invitee to lodge one. 

The hotel's staffs laid upward the picnic treats



Black sandwiches, crepes, plainly dark bread, juices together with soda

I was non certain what was this duet trying to do.

Then nosotros checked out together with headed to our 3rd hotel, Fontana Hotel on Jl. Dewi Sri, Kuta. After the cheque in, my friend together with I went divide ways.

I went to Brownfox Waffle & Coffee to come across upward amongst my friend Desy. She was assigned to Bali inwards 2009, together with I direct maintain yet to come across her again. She was a unmarried adult woman when she left Java. Now she is a woman rear of 3 kids.

We looked then cool, calm together with collected inwards this photo...

...but here's what happened on the side yesteryear side tabular array :D

Then I went to Nook, a eatery inwards Kerobokan, because my friend was there. Owned yesteryear creative somebody Happy Salma, the eatery is located following to a paddy acre together with has the trendy crowd. Most dishes inwards the bill of fare are vegetable-based.

Nook

Calm amidst the chaos

Nook salad

Nook Iced Coffee

One would consider to telephone phone it a day, but these girls decided to halt yesteryear Gusto Gelato together with had some cool treats earlier bed. I chose stracciatella together with gianduia inwards a cone, priced at Rp 24.000.

Stracciatella together with gianduia

Day 3

Plunge!

We went swimming at the pool, had breakfast together with headed to Sukawati fine art market. We spent 4 hours at the market. I didn't purchase a lot, merely a modest rattan bag, 2 hand-shaped woodcarving, a piece of cloth together with a pair of pants.

Woodcarvings inwards Sukawati Art Market

My friend rode the motorcycle, spell I had to read the map from GPS. I was non certain how, but nosotros ended upward passing the Bali Mandara tollroad, or Nusa Dua-Ngurah Rai-Benoa tollroad, which is a tollroad carried yesteryear a span stretching across the Gulf of Benoa 12.7 km inwards length.


This is in all likelihood the exclusively tollroad inwards Republic of Indonesia that allow motorcycles to transcend through. It fifty-fifty has a dedicated lane for motorcycles. Some tips if you lot desire to transcend this tollroad: (1) Since it is correct inwards the middle of the sea, the air current is strong, then article of apparel windbreaker or other biker approved outfits, (2) Take an electronic coin card, because all tollroad gates exclusively have this form of payment, together with (3) Read maps together with GPS, because if you lot brand a incorrect turn, it would endure hard to larn dorsum on the correct track.

And equally you lot tin guess, yours really together with her friend took the incorrect plough hahaha. We were planning to larn to Nasi Pedas Ibu Andika inwards Kuta, together with when nosotros had to select 2 roads betwixt Ngurah Rai airdrome together with Denpasar, I didn't know which to accept then my friend chose Denpasar, together with the determination brought us dorsum to the get-go tollroad gate.

When people got lost, people showed their truthful self. While I took the incident lightly, my friend completely blamed me for getting us lost. She was yelling, complaining together with cursing. She was hungry together with tired, I understood. I also got tired inwards reading the map, something got into my correct optic which afterwards got cherry together with teary for 10 minutes during the ride, but did I complain? No.

Anyway, nosotros arrived at Nasi Pedas Ibu Andika, ordered our real belatedly luncheon together with ate inwards silence. The repast was expert together with affordable, together with I would recommend it for budget travelers together with people amongst Fe stomach.

A plate of rice amongst ane type of vegetable, slices of tempe together with anchovies at Nasi Pedas Ibu Andika, priced at Rp 19.000.

We went dorsum to hotel together with prepared to unopen the 24-hour interval yesteryear having dinner amongst our friends Yoyo, Judith together with Haikal at Moringa, which is exclusively 300 meters from our hotel.

Mie Cakalang Kuah at Moringa

A candid of yours really at Moringa yesteryear my friend. It must endure that "Damn, I had to larn dorsum to go in ane lawsuit to a greater extent than tomorrow" face.

I promise you lot tin observe something useful together with entertaining from the post. Have a magnificent Monday!

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