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CrystalPhuong.net is a Personal Style & Travel Blog based in Singapore, written by Crystal Phuong. The blog was nominated FOUR times in Top 10 Best Fashion Blogs in the annual Singapore Blog Award from 2012- 2015, voted as one of the Best Lifestyle Blogs in Singapore in 2013 by Hotelclub.com, and Best Travel Blogs in 2016 by Foodpanda.com. Crystal hopes to connect and inspire young women to lead a healthy and happy life. Be confident, be positive, and be kind.


Part 1 of my trip to Bali is HERE

We started our day 3 as early as day 2 at 7.30am and there were only 2 places we wanted to visit: 

1. Ubud Tour for Elephant Riding

First thing first, group photo before we were splited into 2 groups. 

From far left: Nicole, Ching Ching, Camile, Jacqueline and me. 

That was my outfit of the day: Bikini underneath, beach dress & cowboy hat with sunnies. I know, the cowboy hat didn't seem to match the beach-y theme but it protected my skin from sunburn.

Ching Ching & I.

Carmen wanted to have a photo with me too. 

Getting ready! Nicole was sharing the seat with me.  We were struggling right here as the elephant kept moving and the seat was too small for 2 persons (even though we are petit human being). It was scary at first. 

but once we settled down, it seemed cool and fun. 

Even I could say "Cheese" to the camera 

Nicole was so courage that she sat on the elephant's neck without any support. If I was her, I would have to hold and pull the elephant's ears all journey long, lolz.

Done with elephant riding. We en routed to the next long awaited destination.

This was also the last destination that would make our Bali trip complete- Dreamland beach. This was the only place that I was so looking forward to visit as I heard so much about how beautiful Bali beaches are, I wanted to witness it for real. And here I was, doing my suntanning at Dreamland beach.

Us: Carmen, Ching Ching, Nicole and me (from left)

The beach is so beautiful as its name. How could I say no to a photoshoot

Victoria's Secret inspired poses, lolz

Enough for modeling shots yet? Now it's fun time with the girls. 

Carmen, Camile, Ching Ching, Crystal. The Cs love bikini

Jump shot. 

Yoga shot. 

and my favorite dance shot by the beach in sunset. I've been wanting to do this for so long. 

At this point, my Bali trip was complete. I was so happy and satisfied because I accomplished what I wanted to do.

At night, we went back to Potato Head for pool party and drinking. It was last night we were in Bali, it's time to get drunk and enjoyed ourself.

Jacqueline, Nicole, Carmen & James.

Carmen, James, Fiona and me. I think we were busy to take photos more than we drank. 

Fiona, me, Ching Ching & Camile. 

Group shot of us: The happy people. 
After drinking, some went for foot massage, some went out, I went back hotel room to sleep. :D 

Last day before leaving to airport, I managed to find sometimes to shop for gifts and souvenirs. 
Navy blue rompers with pink wedges walking along the free market. Things are really cheap there but you have to know how to bargain. I usually bargained at 1/3 of their price, when they refused to give, I just pretended to walk away and they then called me back, lolz. Don't say I'm Cheapo, I'm just good at it.

The shopping street is so long that it leads me all the way to another beautiful beach. Not much time left, I & Carmen only took a chair, sat down and enjoyed some drinks.

And Oh, I got my very first temporarily tattoo right here for only S$3. Initially, the guy quoted me for S$30 and I paid $3 only. I thought with such low price, he would leave me alone. But No, he was so persistent for God's sake, stood there for more than 20 minutes and tried to bargain with me. After his numerous attempts, I still won. Hahahhaa!

Here, the $3 tattoo. It was my very first time to have ink on my body so I was quite excited to show it to people.

That was also the last thing I did in Bali. 
Few hours later, we were already at the airport ready to fly home. 

Overall, Bali is such a memorable and beautiful place. The food is nice, shopping is relatively cheap there compares to one in Singapore (definitely, I know). We enjoyed ourself so much even it was tiring for the first 2 days. 

We also had some bad experiences there too. My friend went to money changer to exchange Singapore dollars to Ruppiah and somehow she got cheated by the couple at the shop even though she counted her exchanged money thrice. So please remember, if you happen to visit Bali and need to go to money changer: Don't ever let them count your money and hand it to you. You must always be the last one who counts

For myself, I wasn't cheated. I overly paid the taxi-driver 10 times the price that it was supposed to be. I wasn't familiar with the currency as there were too many zeros on their notes and I mis-read the 25,000 ruppiah as 250,000 ruppiah instead. I was so nice that I even gave the taxi-driver tips, wtf. The driver took the money, counted but didn't even say a word to me. He just drove off quickly. An hour later only I realized that I did "charity" work. Oh Well! Lesson learned. 

Other than that, Bali is fine and definitely re-visited destination. 

Have you travelled to Bali before?  What do you think about this place? What is your worst and best memory there? Please share with me at the comment section below so that we could learn from each other's experiences

I hope you enjoy the blog entry, the photos, the journey I shared with you and sorry for taking so long. Will talk to you more in the next entry.
Something exciting coming up! Stay tuned!
Crystal Phuong
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