Inspired by the book and movie Eat Pray Love, me and my best friend Coy booked a ticket to experience the Balinese culture. Our usual travel agenda is to recharge, drink coffee and beer whichever comes first, people watch, culture immersion, explore food and just catch up because she is based in Davao while i am based in Cebu. With the help of a good friend, AJ Quiambao, we were able to come up with an Eat Pray Drink itinerary for 5 days and 4 nights.
Arrived very early in Ngurah Rai International Airport also known as Denpasar International Airport from Manila via Cebu Pacificair. It is a 4 hour flight. We took a cab going to our hotel and slept until around 2 in the afternoon. Woke up energized, our first afternoon was spent walking around the vicinity of our hotel which is just a 10-minute walk to Legian’s shopping area and restaurants and is a 15-minute walk away from Kuta Beach. It is also just within 5 miles away from the airport. It is truly convenient.
We went into a rash guard and slippers shopping spree on our first day. So overwhelmed with the big discounts the stores offer ranging from 50%-70% off on brands like Billabong, Quicksilver, Rip Curl, Roxy, Volcom and more.
Beachwalk Mall is directly in front of Kuta Beach, the surfers paradise. It is a mall with a mix of shops, restaurants and this strip is also filled with luxury and boutique hotels as well. There are two starbucks coffee shops here, one located at the 2nd level and the other one is located directly infront of Kuta Beach. And yes, i bought Bali City Mug as i am collecting it!
Our first dinner was at the the very famous Bali restaurant, Made’s Warung. Tried out Nasi Goreng which is a well-recommended dish when in Bali.
After an authentic Balinese dinner, we wanted to try a Balinese night out at Hard Rock Cafe Bali which is just along Beachwalk Mall. They have a live band and anyone can dance in the dance floor. A very laid back city, people who go out at night wears casual or beach clothes.
Woke up late (again) but fortunately, the free meal in the hotel is not limited to breakfast, you can avail it anytime of the day even dinner! They have Nasi Goreng for breakfast too!
We spent the day 2 beach bumming at Kuta Beach.
We planned to relax at the beach, surfing lessons and catch the Balinese sunset today.
Such a laid back island where tourists and locals alike starts to drink beer even in the morning. Trying to immerse with the tourists (mostly Australian surfers) and try out this place where they hang out and turned out to be the best pizza i ever tasted.
My bestfriend took the Surfing Lessons and had so much fun(falling off the surf board!). LOL!
Relaxing at the beach while waiting for the sunset.
Continued our relaxation at the hotel pool where night swimming is allowed even until in the wee hours of the morning.
For the past few days while we were walking around at the vicinity of our hotel, we were canvassing for the most affordable day tour in Bali. We were able to negotiate and rent a car with driver who will take us around Bali from 8:00 AM to 8:00PM.
First Stop: A Balinese Theatrical Play.
Second Stop: Ketut Liyer’s Clinic.
The famous Ketut who was featured in the movie and book, Eat Pray Love. The line was really long. People there say that It is like that everyday. The place is filled with tourists who are as curious as i am. I waited for around 2 hours to be accommodated but Ketut will really take time to talk to you, give you sound advises and divulge your future.
Third Stop: Lunch to try their famous Balinese Crispy Duck.
Fourth stop: Lumbung Sari House of Coffee
It is a heaven for coffee lovers like us, coffee and tea tasting at Lumbung Sari House of Coffee. It has a vast plantation of coffee and tea. We went here to taste the famous Luwak or Civet coffee. The guide was very informative and showed us the actual process of making Luwak Coffee. There was a free taste of all the tea flavors bu they charge us with the Luwak Coffee but it was worth it. It has a relaxing place with a view of the rice fields and mountains to have your coffee. We even bought coffee and tea for pasalubong and for personal consumption as i really love the quality of their coffee.
Fifth stop: Ubud Monkey Forest.
Its official name is Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary or Mandala Suci Wenara Wana in Balinese. It is the home of approximately 605 crab-eating Macaques or known locally as the Balinese long tailed monkeys. Bananas are sold in the park for the tourists to feed the monkeys. These monkeys are fed by the park staff with sweet potatoes, corn, leaf and local fruits. It is prohibited to feed the monkeys with biscuits and chocolates. This is one of the popular tourist spots in Ubud. There are three Hindu Temples inside the park all built on 1350. The park has 15 species of trees too making it conducive for the tourists to relax and take their time exploring the place.
Last Stop: Temple hopping around Bali.
Puras are all over Bali. A Pura is a Balinese Hindu Temple and it is the place of worship for Balinese Hindus. Hinduism is the dominant religion in Bali. It is often called as the “Island of a Thousand Puras” and what makes Bali really enchanting are the Puras you see in every corner of the island.
Because we can’t get enough of Nasi Goreng. We has a sumptuous Balinese dinner at this quaint restaurant we found as we roam around the city.
Ending our day with the most relaxing Balinese massage! A must do when in Bali.
Our Balinese holiday ended the next day when we flew back to Manila from Denpasar International Airport. We parted ways at NAIA 3 when i took my flight back to Cebu and my best friend Coy took her flight back to Davao all via Cebu Pacific. We took home beautiful Balinese memories and went home recharged ready to face the very demanding and toxic corporate world.
Bali has so much to offer: its rich culture, good food, the historic temples, the wide beaches with its fine sand all throughout (which is why it is perfect for surf lessons because you’ll never worry if there are rocks that you might hit when you fall off from the surf board), the perfect surf waves and the hospitable people. Truly the island vibe here is like no other. No wonder there are a lot of tourists everywhere in this island. One of the best laid back islands i ever spent vacation at.
Every vacation always leaves a mark in my heart. Aside from spending this holiday with my best friend, i was able to tick off another travel destination in my bucket list. Traveling feeds my hunger for meeting new people and immersing into a different culture. I never want to stop learning and traveling is a way of educating myself about the history of a place.
I never get tired of moving from one town, city or country to another. This is what makes me feel alive! I wish to share through this blog site what i saw and what i experienced and hopefully inspire everyone to travel and see the beauty of the world.
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