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Undiscovered gem of Bali!

Clearing back(travel)log but I think I am doing quite good ady because at least these are still 2014!  Been to Bali once (for photoshoot) but didn’t have much time to explore so hey we are back again.  It’s gonna be a relax trip and no more hectic jam-pack itinerary!

The most awesome thing about this trip is the flight ticket.  Let me give a big THANK YOU to Jetstar!  I got a good steal less than $30 for 2 pax (no baggage).

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Cheers while waiting for our 7am flight!

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Say hi to Kuta town!  It was such an embarrass that we missed Kuta in our last Bali trip.  Just like you go England without visiting London wtf.  So we are here just for a ‘complete’ Bali trip.

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The god of gate – uniquely to Bali only

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Fairy tale?

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Kuta beach – as usual town beach was too crowded and commercialised.  I still prefer the private beach in Marriott (Nusa Dua).

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We want pork ribs so driver brought us here.  Normally we don’t take their recommendation because we have enough info from our best friend (Google).  We accept this time because feeling bad for keep rejecting.  Food was ok but the place is super hot so this explain why we need a beer =D

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Uluwatu – one of the Bali top attractions

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These monkeys are “mischievous” (violent) and smart they will steal your belongings from hat to slipper in exchange for food.

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Wow!!! ?

Don’t conclude as yet!

We pretty much covered for a half day trip so time to check in to our lovely Hotel Rimba at Jimbaran.  You may not have heard of it but I am sure you know Ayana (one hotel the top hotels in Bali).  It is the sister hotel of Ayana.

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Welcome drink =)

Checking-in was quite slow (due to groups) so let me take a few pictures of the hotel first.

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Round seats surronded by water(fall) – Signature of the hotel

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Main entrance to the lobby.

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Another view from outside

So below the waterfall is the restaurant

While I am lazing on the couch, I saw something and awake @_@ !

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Bamboos hanging on the ceiling wtf!  This can be creative deco but at the same time hazardous.

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Love simming pool!

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It will be pefect to do a massage here after a long day walk.

Guest of Hotel Rimba can also use the facilities in Ayana though it is located in a separate building (few minutes tram ride).

After touring the hotel, we still couldn’t check in (late by an hour).  The hotel qucikly calm us down by giving us free access to the bar and complimentary drinks (double thumbs up for their good PR).

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Nice bar (little warning here mosquitoes repellant is needed)

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Hill view from the bar.

Rimba hotel was built beside Ayana so there are still big piece of undeveloped land beside Rimba.

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Indonesian nut crackers (but I got attracted to the bowl made from real coconut) Lol!

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Mojito and lychee martini – perfect for a hot sunny day

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Life is just so awesome like that =D

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Treasure your love ones while you still can (especially after the incident of MH370 life can be so fragile).

Room is ready!

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Nice room (run out of caption)

A little regret that we never make use of the balcony due to lots of blood sucker (mosquitoes)

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The coolest bathtub that I have seen

I like the bathtub design but not the sink which is not practical.  It is way too small and causing water leakage and the bathroom floor is wet all the time.

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View from our room (lots of greenery)

Heading to the Rock Bar at Ayana to catch the sunset (hopefully).

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This is more than a name of a bar.  It is indeed a bar on the rocks.

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Can you see? (I am actually on top of the hill)

Still wondering how to get there?

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by this little vehicle which can only fit 5-6 pax at a time.

Waiting time (return) was long so queue was super long too especially from 5-7pm (sunset).

There is ‘minimum’ order (one drink per pax) for hotel guest.  For public, I think is by minimum spending.  Though the drink is quite pricy but totally worth the experience.

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Lychee martini and Rock My World!

Can you spot the splash? No?

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Here you go!

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Yummiest fries and very generous portion! If no plan for dinner, I would try all the tidbits.

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Heaven for alcoholic

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Get drunk tonight!

I can’t decide which sunset photos so might as well post everything.

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Sunset #1

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Sunset #2

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Sunset #3

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Sunset #4

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Sunset #5

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Pano view.  This cliff is much more stunning than Uluwatu.

Had Indonesian food for dinner at Ayana (Padi Restaurant)

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Ikan pepes and Rendang daging

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Yes had coconut for breakfast!

Time to head to the Ayana’s private beach (hoping it is equally good as Marriott).

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OMG can you see? can you see?

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Got to walk all the way down the hill (stairs) wtf

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Very clean beach but no white sands T_T

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The wave can kill!  Got scared and ruined my beach holiday!

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Stop by Ayana

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Wedding chapter…

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…by the sea

Had Italian food for dinner at Ayana (Sami Sami)

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Lobster pasta and pizza…..nom…nom…nom…

Everything was so perfect especially the awesome dessert (Panna Cotta) and price is very affordable too!

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Super sweet mangosteen from Bali Collection (btw our hotel provide free shuttle to Bali collection on first come first serve basis)

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Ending our last night with more beers =)

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Ordered wrap and sandwiches on board the plane.

Very enjoyable trip and hope can come back with my parents and sister!

 

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BALI TRIP – MAY’12 (5D4N)

We never plan to take our wedding photos in Bali honestly! In fact, I didn’t expect there will be a proposal before our Bali trip and we booked our flights before the proposal.

The proposal was on last year 11.11.11. We only thought of the pre-wedding shoot not until March this year. I thought I want something special for my pre-wedding shoot and at the same time no need to incur so much money. Then only we thought maybe we could fit in the wedding shoot in our Bali trip! Anyway, will share more in a separate post.

Checked in to Courtyard by Marriott Bali Nusa Dua.

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Very spacious room

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Breakfast area

Love this hotel =)

The only downside of this hotel is the location (Nusa Dua-South). You will find it painful if you want to travel to Kuta town (North) because there is only one road and the road always massive jam one wtf!

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This picture was taken early in the morning one.  Don’t be misled by it.

We were supposed to reach the studio in the afternoon to choose the venue and gown for our photo shoot the next day. But the crazy jams made us super late wtf!

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Late dinner at the nearby coffee shop.

We spent the whole day 2 for photo shoot. Super tired!!!

We hired a driver to bring us around Bali in day 3.

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Ubud Market

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Lunch at Ibu Oka.

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Babi Guling. Famous food in Bali but I think I prefer Ayam Penyet lol.

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OMG see how big is the piggy!

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Kintamani Volcano

The weather is cooling but not much things you can do there. They should have developed this place with some cafes or bars for the tourists.

The bicycles took by our driver nice or not? I think Bali drivers do earn some commission for bringing customers to massage, restaurant and etc and can be a little pushy.

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Tegalalang Padi Field

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Jimbaran Beach.  Had a grilled corn before dinner =)

Dinner at LIA. The best dinner for our Bali trip 🙂 But be mindful of the 2 set of menu pricing that they have!

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Yum! Delicious =)

One Bintang beer please!

As you can see we only managed to visit 2 places only!!! We spent most of the time in the car. Bali super jam one  -___-

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Took free hotel shuttle to Marriott private beach.

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Full body massage at Bodyworks

My brilliant HTB brought me to this massage place at Kuta that he claimed to be MUST-GO. Took us almost 2 hours to reach! Ya it’s cheaper but the place very weird and I don’t like it -__-

I then recalled that the taxi driver has already warned us that it would be quite expensive to travel all the way down to Kuta to do massage only! There are so many massage places in Nusa Jaya. We thought he is trying to sell us something again and my HTB lied to him we have paid for the massage so MUST GO! The taxi driver is indeed correct and we should have listened to him.

After the massage, we had a quick lunch at the nearby restaurant before heading for photo collection.

Lunch @ La Lucciola

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I love this bread! Yummy X2

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Lychee drink very refreshing!

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We planned to have dinner at Bumbu Bali but were fully booked so we went to Bali Collection to do our last minute shopping!

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At the end, we skipped dinner and room service for supper instead.

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Room service superb.

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Heading back home.  Love this Nasi Briyani we had in the Air Asia flight =) I think only available in flight from Indonesia.