Dec 2, 2012
My virgin trip to Bali (Part 1: Day 1 & day 2)
While waiting for our bus to arrive...
When it comes to Bali, you can never say no to..."Bikini". There are so many bikini shops every where: Roxy, Rip Curl, Surfer Girl, Billabong, etc... they are really cheap. I bought 3 sets at only SS$30.
And because it was too beautiful, I couldn't stop myself from taking many photos of.....myself with the sunset. Hahahha! Very lame! People tell me that I should take more photos of the places that I visit instead of myself. Bitch please! If you want to look at scenery photos, go to photo stock and buy it. They have tons of beautiful scenery photos with high resolutions for you to choose. To me, if I want to take a picture of the place that I travel to, I must be in it.
At night, we went to have dinner at a restaurant along Seminyak street which was close to our hotel. Some of my friends went for shopping, some went for body massage, only I, Carmen & Camile went to Potato head to chill. In fact, we were busy taking photos of ourselves more than we chilled and when we realized the sky went dark, it's time to leave the place for dinner.
Don't ask me how much did it cost because I don't remember. Overall, I think the foods are not super cheap like what I expected.
Getting some drinks at Balimoon bar while listening to music and having random conversation were the last things we did on our first day in Bali. Perhaps, we were all exhausted and sleepy. We went back to our hotel around 11pm as we had to wake up early at 6am for the next day tour.
God! This blog entry seems to take forever to end. I'll try to shorten it as much as possible. Are you ready? Here we go!
Second day in Bali started at freaking 6.30am. Our tour schedule was packed from morning until 6.30pm as we wanted to visit many places at one day so that we could spend the next entire day by the beach for sunbathing. With me, my favorite sunnies from Coach, leopard printed hat and simple T-shirt, short shorts on the go.
Bali is developing, thus you will see construction, road works every where. It was early in the morning yet the traffic was already that bad.
Our first stop of the day: Tohpati- Batik home made village.
This is the place where Balinese traditional cloths are made. It's amazing to watch all the artists using wax to draw on the white cloth just dots and lines but they turn out to be many beautiful faces, scenery and images artistically as what you are seeing in the photo.
Wax pot and special bamboo pen are the only tools to create the colorful Balinese batiks (*means: clothing).
Once painting work is done, it's time for cutting and sewing process to make shirt, dress, skirt etc...Notice the uniforms worn by the artists? They are the finished products.
Third stop: Batuan painting village.
This is a major painting center and it has many different types of painting for sales. I didn't look at the price as I didn't have any intention to buy but I believed they are relatively cheaper than ones in Singapore. The only thing that attracted me was the beautiful painting wall when we first stepped inside. Immediately, we took out our camera and shoot, shoot, shoot :D.
Left painting village, we went to one of the most famous places in Bali: Ulun Danu temple located in Beratan Lake. This Balinese Hindu temple is dedicated to God of Lakes or Waters. I love this place and will definitely visit it again.
As Beratan Lake is located in plateau area with cool atmosphere surrounding it, it will give you instant chill when you first step out of the car. But after all, it feels amazing right here! Look at this place!
It was also about lunch time so our driver dropped us at Pacung, a highland with very cool temperature and an epic view of rice terraces, mountain and greenery.
After 2 hours lunch, we decided to continue our journey regardless the downpour because we didn't want to waste time. But we were so lucky that the rain stopped when we were on the way to Alas Kedaton- Monkey Forest.
I was expecting the place must be huge to be called "Forest" but when we walked inside, it took us only 15 minutes to finish seeing what we needed to see. Well obviously, the monkey! They ran everywhere and so many of them.
From the entrance.
in the garden. Yeah! It's should be called Monkey Garden instead of Monkey Forest. I felt like I was being misled like that.
Carmen wanted to do the same so she got some peanuts from me and while she was looking for a monkey somewhere, there was one from the tree jumped right on top of her head to snatch it, lolz. That's how aggressive they are. I was freak out as I was standing next to her when this happened. It was so funny and we had a really good laugh and memory about this incident.