Friday, November 26, 2010

I ♥ Bali - Day 1

This is going to be a bit daunting task as I try to relive our Bali experience. This post is over 3 weeks overdue I knowwwww. And amidst other overdues, I just have to sneak this in before I get lost in my head --- yeah, it does happen to me, I've become forgetful that I rely so much now on my google calendar or the husband to remind me this and that. I hope that's not any sign of medical issues, huh? Eeeek.

Wait, before I start my lil paranoia, if you missed my previous post, I went for a lil get-away to the Island of the Gods recently together with Brian and few friends. It was the much needed vacay I needed I swear I could go insane if I didn't make that trip. That desperate. Tsk Tsk.

Even Teddy can attest how desperate I was. Ha-Ha.

While waiting for our Bali flight at the Singapore Airport -- the crazy me + Brian + Teddy

The travel buddies - Brian, Chris, Moyo & Yvon --- aren't we all crazy excited huh?

A few thousand kilometers above sea level --- I love sitting by the window side and glare happily at the sea of clouds and then I start dreamin' vivid "One day, I'll go for sky-diving. That's been written on my bucketlist." =)
A few hours after, we landed and this is how silly they looked when we arrived. Teehee!
While on the road, we saw this.... and I pretty much felt how Bali makes me feel closer to home, in Cebu. And that's why I already got scared of leaving too soon.
A Balinese mother with her lil girl --- on a motorbike. Seriously? Apparently, in Bali, the easiest way of transport for the locals is riding on motorbikes so when you're caught up in the road, you'll see a parade of traffic with bunch of motorbikers.
On our way to our lodge.... and this was when I started wondering "Where's the nearest beach?"
We arrived safely in Udayana Kingfisher Lodge around 4pm I think but we all were too surprised. It seemed that we booked our lodge situated in the mountains. Yes, in a much tucked-away-mountain,  but supposedly we all imagined we should have been just walks away from the beach --- but we're not. TripAdvisor's reviews sure have mislead us huh?

But we weren't really too sad. Udayana was lovely as it was. And I love the mountain side. It was just not timely to what we intended to do first thing in Bali. Teehee. So, the decision we came up with was to just stay for one night here and the next day, we'll backpack to the city and find a different place to stay -- yes, near the beaches.

While we were there, I took a few snaps....

Udayana's Guestbook was pretty huge. Cool.

Wish I had more time to check what books they had here....pretty cozy.
There was a pool? But I got disappointed. Did I menton there were an army of mosquitoes there? Sadly, yes...and you don't wanna stay longer in the pool area and get all bitten.
Then there it was...I saw a well.... a creepy one though. I couldn't go near it. And I dare not say what movie it was that resembled this well. Eeeeeeeeek.

Okay, I'm just being paranoid. Again, the place was nice --- and so peaceful...but if you're like me who's a scaredy-cat, you'd feel too creepy to stand around if you're alone.

After settling down our things in our rooms, we headed out to Jimbaran Bay to hunt food. It was almost sundown and I was prayin' I could catch Bali's sunset. Not too lucky for us though, weather was bit cloudy. *sniff*
So all I got were these....
Below is my most decent image of Bali's sunset -- and might be my only one.  =(
SOOC (straight out of the camera)
 As our first night in Bali crawled in, we were already so famished we didn't care how many thousands we'll spend for dinner. Ha-ha. Yes, thousands & millions!!! Indonesia's currency has made us instant millionaires. =)
Now since we ate leisurely by the shore, there was not enough lighting for me to shoot our food so I ended up using on-camera-flash and I hated it....but oh well, I still had to -- hope it's still enough to let you salivate. Hahaha.
Bali's Nasi Goreng (fried rice, yum yum!)
 Some yummy grilled fish....forgot the name.

 Giant...giant lobster that cost us thousands. Ha-ha.

I sipped happily my fresh coconut and after billing out and too much food we almost couldn't stand up hehehe, we decided to go to Kuta area via a taxi (which by the way comes cheap in Bali) and walked around KUTA to find a place to stay for the next day.

Saw a few landmarks...

When it was getting late, we head back to Udayana. We just had to survive a night there. Need I tell you how it was more creepy to walk in the night at the lodge? --with all the crickets and frogs singing out loud, I can't bear to even stand and go to the toilet alone. Hah.

There! Day 1 is posted! Will work on posting Day 2 soon. =)

6 souls warmed my heart... ♥:

yvonne November 26, 2010 at 12:00 PM  

Finally! Weeehhh :P

C A R L A November 26, 2010 at 12:09 PM  

very nice, jo. hope we can go to bali in the future =)

blue elephant photography November 26, 2010 at 12:25 PM  

i'm so so jealous! i wanna visit bali next time! you guys looked like you had lots of fun!

mai November 26, 2010 at 7:21 PM  

i've been waiting for this post. i want to go to Bali.. as in NOW na!

is there more Bali post to come? I hope.

Josephine November 26, 2010 at 9:58 PM  

@yvon: ang mga toot na ipost sunod ani LOL

@carla: booked na Carla...ul love it there for sure! ;p

@kachang: you will you will! ;p

@mai: hahaha NOW na! tara!!! i hope to post more Bali soon! hihi too many deadlines yet hihi

Kristin November 28, 2010 at 7:07 AM  

I too love to daydream while gazing out of the window seat at the skies! love the well! and all of them! thanks for sharing your trip! I hope to get out there someday... can't wait to see more Bali days from you!

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