Thursday, 18 June 2015

Bali Guide 2.0

I'm back with the 2nd part of Bali Guide and I'm so excited for you guys to check out Nusa Lembongan for yourself. Well Lembongan island is a small island off the main island of Bali and it takes approximately half an hour to get there by fast boat from Sanur informal "ferry terminal". It's a pretty quiet island to shake legs and chill so if you're looking for adventures, I'd say look elsewhere!

We hired a driver for 6 hours for USD$50 (for both Daniel and I) when we reached Nusa Lembongan to drive us and that included fees for snorkelling and its equipment. So our first stop was to this inconspicuous hut that conducts snorkelling tours. We were lucky enough to get our own boat and a very friendly captain!

1. Snorkelling

Crochet top : Upcoming on The Juice Market
Bikini : Seafolly
Tribal Pants : Overseas
Accessories : Overseas, Marc Jacobs

Our captain sailed us out further for about 10 mins so we could see coral reefs and colourful fishes and I'm so happy we snorkelled there cos it was the best snorkelling trip I've ever gone on! Wish I brought my underwater cam, so many beautiful fishes and coral reefs!!!

We spent about 1 hour snorkelling in the water before heading off to our next destination!
Here are some beautiful aqua blue sights along the way

2. Yellow Suspension Bridge

Daniel and I were very disappointed when we reached cos we were expecting a very nice and maybe majestic-looking bridge but nope, it was JUST a normal bridge that linked Nusa Lembongan to Nusa Ceningan. Meh. We left very soon after taking some touristy pictures.

Spotted a seaweed plantation!

3. Dream Beach

Okay, now we are talking. Dream beach was literally a dream. I was astounded by the beach cos it was beautiful!!! The crystal clear water, clean beach, huge crashing waves and rustic brown cliffs. Although I've been to similar ones in Bali main island (in Uluwatu), I kinda prefer this cos it's less touristy and the cliffs are just incredibly nice! We had lunch at the beach club and soaked in the sun for a good two hours. I actually fell asleep on the beach for like an hour so I became really tanned after that, ouch. There's also a pretty nice infinity pool facing the pool but non hotel guests have to pay 50,000 rupiah to use it.

4. Devil's Tears

Devil's tears is just 5 minutes walk from dream beach so if you're planning your trip, do put it together!

Devil's tears was magnificent and absolutely breathtaking, yet intimidating at the same time. It was the most beautiful thing I've seen at Bali this trip and it really blew my mind. The waves were HUGE, I swear. The pictures can't seem to portray the magnitude of it but it was mega. Never seen anything like that.

Literally mind blown right there, Daniel.

So I decided to be garang and climbed down to the part where the waves actually hit once in awhile. Daniel was pissed with me for not caring about my safety and kept persuading me not to go down cos it was damn dangerous but I just had to :x

Just look at the waves. It look like it was gonna consume the whole of me.

Then guess who went down himself after awhile.................
and who took such a nice photo for you huh.......................

Thank God we were safe (but of course I did careful observation first to see which is the safe spot)

One last hilltop shot before we bid goodbye to the small but beautiful island.

Nusa Lembongan is really small so I feel a day or two should cut it. The water and beaches are nicer than those at mainland Bali and the devil's tears alone makes the trip worthwhile. We reached the island at 9.30am and left at 4.30pm. If you're planning to hire a driver, you can just hire one when you reach the island. Make sure you bargain! However, if you wanna be adventurous, you can rent a bike for around SGD$8 for the whole day!

We booked our ferry transfer at a random stall at Kuta. You know those booths that sell island hopping tours and water activities? Make sure you haggle for a good price too! We paid 350,000 rupiah (about 35sgd) per person for a two way fast boat ride via Glory Express and I think that's pretty ok. It includes pick up and drop off at hotel too! There's nothing much to spend on the island itself so you can just prepare cash for meals and drinks (: Oh yes, bring your own towels too!

You can also read about my Bali Guide 1.0 here. 
This sums up my recent Bali trip and it was beautiful. Always a beach gurl at heart but for now, I'm craving for some cities ^^

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Friday, 12 June 2015

Bali Guide 1.0

I've decided to a Bali Guide and I'm splitting it into two posts. This post will mainly be on flights, hotels and food whereas the second post will cover what to do and this island I went to. I am not entirely familiar with Bali, in fact there are a lot more I want to explore so for starters, don't blame me if this guide isn't good enough k. Just wanna share my Bali experiences with those who might need some recommendations (:

Here are some beach visuals of this trip before we start!

@ Seminyak Beach

The love of my life.

@Legian Beach

Pardon me if you're cringing at my VS moments, just having them while I can hahah

I wish I had been to Bali earlier because it's pretty big and there are so much to explore! Honestly, I don't think 2 weeks is enough so if given a chance, I would love to stay in Bali for a month and of course live like a local on some days.

So let's start with flights from Singapore to Denpasar Airport!
There are many airlines that fly into Bali from Singapore. If you're looking for cheap flights, you can consider Jetstar Asia, Tiger Airways and AirAsia. I've only flown to Bali with Jetstar so far for the past 2 times and both times, my air tickets including 15kg baggage were around $120 each! Secret? Start camping for their sale 2-3 months beforehand, which happens almost weekly or bi-weekly really.
If you wanna splurge a little (which really isn't necessary imo considering the flight duration is only 2.5hrs)
, you can consider taking Singapore Airlines or KLM. They have sale every few months and you can snag an economy seat for around $230 - $300+. I've taken KLM once to Bali via business class and it was awesome! I'd definitely fly KLM again. You can read about it here (: However, I recall the timing wasn't very good so yeah Jetstar for the win for Bali!

Next up, hotels!

Kitchenette and living room on the 1st level

Loft bedroom upstairs

Breathing in fresh air from our balcony
View from our room

Walkway into the hotel!

Pandawa All Suites Hotel is a fuss-free hotel which provides basic amenities and Balinese activities such as Balinese cooking class, yoga classes, detox spa and rural village cycling. The rooms are very spacious and they also come with a very affordable price tag of approximately SGD$55/night for my room. That being said, you can't expect 4 or 5 star services! If you have a budget but don't want to compromise on space and comfort then this might be a good choice! It's a bit inaccessible but there is shuttle service to Seminyak area so that's not really a problem.

Room : 3/5
Service : 3.5/5
Price : Approx $55/night
Location : 3/5
Facilities : 3.5/5
Overall : 3/5

Our one bedroom pool villa at Wolas which I loved!

*2 pictures above taken from Google*

Love big toilet and huge mirrors!

I really love taking afternoon dips in our private pool after coming back from the beach. So refreshing and I just love the privacy! There's just something different about having a private pool and swimming in a communal pool. Love having breakfast in our villa by the pool too!

Can I just say I love the food at The Wolas?!! The garlic lemon butter prawn I had was amazing (and it was only SGD$10 with mashed potato and sautéed veg)! Breakfast was also tasty and they served it to the villa (: I've stayed with Bali Villa Properties the previous time at Ossotel, Nyuh Bali Villa (my fav so far!) and Samaja Villa and their food are just consistently good!!! Big big bonus for me since I'm quite the foodie!

I'm so happy they put me up at Wolas Villa this time cos I've been meaning to try it cos the reviews on Tripadvisor are very good! It's also located in Seminyak, my favourite area! Shuttle service is also provided to the main beaches like Kuta, Legian and Seminyak. Bali Villa Properties has a lot of other villas and hotels under them and most of them are quite reputable so don't worry you can definitely trust them when it comes to accommodation!

Here are some photos I took just outside my villa, along the walkway!

New bikini top from Seafolly!

Room : 4/5
Service : 4.5/5
Price : Approx $260/night
Location : 3.75/5
Facilities : 4/5
Overall : 4/5

This trip I didn't really get to eat at lots of nice places but I'll also recommend others which I haven't tried but highly raved online k? Let's start with those I've tried myself first!

1. Roadside stalls

The roadside grilled corn is one thing I look forward to the most when I'm in Bali. I LOVE IT TO DEATH. I don't know what butter and chilli they grill it with but it tastes heavenly! Best $2 spent! It's usually located at random roadside or by the beach so you gotta pray that you get lucky. The one that I always go to is outside Seminyak beach.

2. Sea Circus cafe

This is definitely the most famous cafe in Bali and it certainly lives up to its reputation! They serve really good tacos, quesadilla and smoothies! Not to mention the cafe interior is so Instagram worthy. Even my toilet selfies are nice haha.

Sea Circus

Jalan Kayu Aya No. 22 A, Petitenget, Seminyak, Badung, Bali 80352, Indonesia

+62 361 738667

3. Made's Warung

It's my second time at Made's Warung and I will definitely head back for more Nasi Campur Special. It's essentially a Malay mixed rice so it consists of different kinds of vegetable and meat! Daniel said their Nasi Goreng was so so only though.

Made's Warung

Br. Seminyak, Kuta, Bali, Indonesia

Phone: 62 361 732130

4. The Junction Restaurant

I quite like the Nasi Goreng at The Junction but I'm pretty sure you can easily find good ones around too. Not sure if this is a hit but if you wanna be safe, you can most definitely visit this restaurant!

The Junction Bali
Jl. Kayu Aya, Kuta Utara, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361, Indonesia
+62 361 735610

5. Gelato Factory

*Picture taken from Google*

Being the ice cream girl that I am, I just had to get my ice cream fix and so glad I got it here. I loved the simple yet sinful chocolate ice cream cone that I had. They have many other funky flavours and their waffles seem like a hit!

Gelato Factory

Jalan Kayu aya no 32 (oberoi) Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361, Indonesia, Indonesia

+62 361 739124

Here's a list of other restaurant/cafes recommendations which I have compiled from past experiences/online research

1. Potato Head Beach Club (tried, good food and ambience but quite pricey)
2. Cafe Bali (tried, good and cheap food)
3. Revolver Espresso
4. The Bistrot
5. Angelita Patisserie
6. Watercress Restaurant
7. Taco Beach Grill
8. Naughty Nuri's
9. Wahaha Bali (tried, good and cheap pork ribs)
10. The Glass House
11. Ultimo (tried, relatively good and cheap)
12. Gabah Restaurant
13. Sheppy's Bar and Restaurant
14. Warung Eny
15. Tekor Bali
16. Mamasan
17. Swept away at The Samaya
18. Fair Warung Bale
19. Bambu Restaurant
20. Sundara Bali

I hope you've enjoyed this post cos I put in lots of effort in it (: 

If you're feeling nice, you can send me your recommendations/itineraries to so I can use it for future Bali trips. Fanks!
Next post will be Bali Guide 2.0 which will focus on Lembongan Island and things to do in Bali!

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