I’m back with my #KREventures. This time, I flew off to Bali, Indonesia where Elizabeth Gilbert found the love of her life — oh no, wait. I didn’t find mine, but somehow I left my heart in Bali… Specifically at Ku De Ta.
“The heavens declare the glory of GOD, and the sky above proclaims His handiwork.” Psalms 19:1
My girlfriends and I had our “meeting de avanze” to do the itinerary for the said travel. We decided to book our Bali trip on February because my free ticket from Cebu Pacific is only until February 25, 2017 (you might wanna check how I got one from my previous entry, My Singaporean Birthday La), so Florence and I agreed to a valentines celebration at Bali, Indonesia. Yes, you got it right! In commemoration of single awareness day and basically making ourselves feel better during this season when you can see couples dating here and there…
Arrival at Denpasar….
FYI: I’m one of those people who take a lot of videos on IG stories but nevertheless forget to SAVE THEM. I did a room tour yet sadly, I let it slip away within 24 hours. Yep, a pat on my shoulder. 😭😭😭
We had two connecting rooms and was double upgraded to Junior Suite Room (with veranda and pool view) at Montigo Resorts – Seminyak (Seminyak is the heart of BALI). Stunning accommodation and morning breakfast was delightful as well.
Thumbs up to hotel service who managed to give us our room right away.
Unfortunately, BALI has no other transportation, ie TUKTUK. Yep, you either rent a car or call a cab (And the only trusted TAXI is Blue Bird!!!). We asked around where the best nearby place to have lunch and they suggested several restaurants including Sisterfields at Seminyak Square. The hotel receptionist informed us that it would only take us approximately 10-minute walk. So, we decided to stroll, and guess what we arrived 20 minutes later. Good thing we got lost because we were able to come across Petitenget Beach. Great scenery but the beach itself was kind of disappointing, honestly.
Here we are, grateful they were able to accommodate us because they’re jam-packed since Sisterfields Cafe is quite famous especially on tourists.
After lunch, we head back to our hotel to rest and and get ready for our very special BALIntines reservation dinner at Restaurant Locavore. I was actually the one who insisted on trying the restaurant (as well as my sister) because it’s part of Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants. (Of course, we did our research! LOL) What I didn’t realized though is that… It’s in UBUD and it took us almost two hours to get there.
Here’s the menu, two choices — either you go meat or veggie.
Florence, Shobe and I opted for the 5 course meal with alcoholic beverages along with Joana sans the alcohol. While the boys went for the 7 course meal.The food were really distinctive and enticing.
The epitome of our dinner is this one…. YEP, DEFINITELY WORTH TRYING.
This was the last outtake of the course dinner. SO SO DELICIOUSl! 😍😍😍
Hey ladies…. We also asked the restaurant to sang for El Rey since it’s his birthday week. Too bad I FORGOT to save the video again…
Thank you, Restaurant Locavore. We are extremely pleased.
We hired a driver slash guide from Bali Agung Tours for two days, recommended by a friend. Our first stop was at Ubud.
Dismay, our driver didn’t take us to Batubulan Village because we’re quite late. 😑 Moving on, the next stop was at Tegenungan falls. Again, I lost my IG videos of our much awaited trekking.
Right after trekking, we were tired, in scorching heat and hungry for the nth time. We asked Mades (our tour guide) to take us to Babi Guling (Heard that it’s one of the most famous local restos), yet he said there’s no aircon. So he took us here instead.
After lunch we went to Pura Tirta Empul, where the famous holy bathe is.
Indeed a tourist spot.
After the trip, Mades told us we can only choose between Ubud Market and Coffee plantation due to their distance. And he also mentioned we can go to Agung Market instead the next day. (Too bad, didn’t even experience shopping at Ubud Market 😐😐😐).
At Satria Coffee Plantation. Kopi Luwak — most expensive coffee in the world
We bought some pasalubong for friends and family at Satria. I hoarded some yummy coffee except the luwak because it’s really pricey. For the last stop of the day,.sunset at Purah Tanah Lot.
We dined at Mama San for our dinner. Delicious food and cozy ambiance.
Shobe, El Rey and I headed to Potato Head Beach Bar afterwards… Good thing it’s only beside our hotel. Great place to unwind!
Third day at Bali… Most memorable day for me. First stop at Nusa Dua.
After our aqua sport, we went to Ayodya Resort Bali at Nusa Dua where my sister and friends were chilling. Had our lunch as well at the resort. Nusa Dua seems to have a beautiful and better view than Seminyak.
Love how cozy the resort is!!! Will never forget this place because Florence and I had to take our showers publicly. If only I could share the photo Joana secretly took. 😅😅😅
After lunch.. The next on our itinerary was the Uluwatu Temple. I was very thrilled to see the stunning place. Been waiting my entire life for this 😁😁😁
Uluwatu Temple, a Balinese sea temple. Also one of the six sanctuaries of the world. We were also advised to keep our belongings safe because the monkeys might snatch them away. Glad they didn’t. We were also required to wear sarong before entering.
The last on our itinerary was the Jimbaran experience. Our tour guide Mades took us to Ganesha Cafe, Jimbaran Bay to catch up the beautiful sunset and pig-out on yummy seafood dinner!
After dinner, we went to Agung souvenir shop to hoard some local goodies for family and friends. And then Mades dropped us to our hotel and said goodbye. Florence, Joana, Hawk and I were still in the mood to chill at Ku De Ta. While the rest wanted to stay and pahinga mode on for their hike to Mount Batur. (I wanted to join but a 1:30 AM call time is not really my thing. LOL)
While at Ku De Ta, Florence wasn’t feeling very well already (she had an upset stomach), while I ate 3 slices of 4-cheese pizza, two chicken wings and a mojito (Yes, I’m very matakaw, just so you know). Came the wee hours of the morning was my turn, my stomach started to hurl. I was alone in our room because shobe went hiking. The pain was intense, I could rate it 9/10. I didn’t wanna bother anyone so I just let it be and prayed to GOD. After three hours of pain, I fell asleep. I was awaken my Joana (Thanks to her who took care of me the whole day and big help with her Chinese medicine!). God is still good after all, paragliding and surfing weren’t the best thing to do that day and I wasn’t even tempted to hike, so I was able to rest well the whole day. Yep, I did make sulit of the room though. 😆😆😆
I didn’t get the chance to try a Balinese massage, but I rested well enough for the next morning flight. Praise GOD.
So sharing with you the photos of my sister and friends’ adventure that day..
I also didn’t let the moment pass me by without taking a blogger pose. Tee-hee. My baggage was too heavy because of the clothes I brought along. Yep, there is no such thing as overdressed. 😂
Lesson from this trip, well, to be prayerful. We still haven’t figured out where Florence and I got into food poisoning… Yet we still thank our Father GOD that He was able to restore our energy before leaving Bali… The reason why I left my heart at Ku De Ta is because at that moment GOD spoke through the ocean waves… Leading me closer and closer to Him. And it made me realize more and more that the places and things around us are proofs that there are miracles every single day. You just can’t deny the fact that beneath all these things, there is a CREATOR above you.
“I want GOD to play in my bloodstream the way sunlight amuses itself on the water” #EatPrayLove
So until my next adventure, which is in a month…. 😀😀😀 TERIMA KASIH