Today we had a very peaceful and quiet breakfast at the Pacific Club Lounge. It was only 7 am and boy, it was almost empty.
Aslan, sleepy as usual
We can either have the buffet breakfast or ala carte. We had a bit of both, just to fully utilize the club benefit. Hehehe.
I was feeling quite famished so I ordered the Chicken Fried Rice
While waiting for my meal to arrive, I had some fruits as a starter.
Fresh fruits and strawberry yoghurt
A section of the buffet table
I love this section! I indulged a lot in carb this holiday. Boohoo...
By the time my meal arrived, I was actually quite full. The portion of the fried rice was HUGE, I regret not asking for a smaller serving…
Very moist fried rice, not what I am used to but it was alright...
Aslan ordered his usual, scrambled eggs with sausages, potatoes, grilled tomatoes and a few toasts.
Nice but can't beat Fairmont!
After the big breakfast, we got ready to go on a quick but long tour of Bali. Our itinerary today was a driven tour to the areas of Ubud, Sanur, Kuta and Pura Uluwatu. The tour cost IDR 500 000, quite reasonable when converted to MYR.
We could have covered more areas if it wasn’t for the distance of our hotel. The drive to Ubud itself took an hour plus. Luckily the driver, Pak Guna knew a shortcut to Ubud, if not, we would be stuck in this horrible jam for hours!
First stop in Ubud was this textile factory, called Sari Amerta. We learned about the process of making a batik, songket or ikat and bought a few souvenirs for family back home. The textile there was abundant and beautiful but the price can be quite pricey! *Tourist trap*
How a batik art is created, a step by step illustration
Not sure if this lady is working for real or doing it just for show...
Look at the amount of tourists here!
A lady weaving the ikat
Me trying my hands at the weaving machine... Okay lah, just posing.
Next stop was a souvenir factory outlet. Again, pricey. RM 300+ for souvenirs. *Die* And to think buying souvenirs in Ubud is a lot cheaper. Meh.
Aslan trying the Kopi Luwak!
For coffee made out of civet’s poop, it is very expensive. Aslan said it tasted quite strong and pretty much like any other coffee… We didn’t buy any because it was just so expensive. RM 100+ for a small packet. Meh.
We then went to see an authentic Balinese house. It belongs to the lady who owns the Jewelry shop. It was quite an experience and I am pretty much in love with the design of Balinese houses after that.
The second gate leading into the courtyard just after the carpark area.
The general courtyard. The little wall ensures the household have some sort of privacy as it blocks the view of the courtyard from the entrance.
The third gate/entrance to the actual living quarter
View of the living quarter
On the left is the area reserved for family meeting, resting area and if there are death in the family, everything regarding to the funeral process will take place here. To the left is the sleeping quarter for the family, further down in the dining area, kitchen and bathroom.
In every house in Bali, it is a must to have a shrine or if one can afford it, temple in their house compound. One for the ancestors and one for the caretaker of the house.
This where the head of the family usually resides in.
I love the detailed carving and colors on this door.
Back then, this building was used to store food items like grain.
In Bali, there are a lot of artisans and most of them are based in Ubud. It is because of the fact that most of the resources needed are usually imported, the price of the handcrafts here are not exactly cheap.
We did not spend a lot of time at the Jewelry shop as I am not much of a jewelry person… Half an hour later, we arrived at this gorgeous place just in time for lunch.
Lunch at Bebek Tepi Sawah (Ducks by the paddy field) was interesting. The food was average but the ambience was nice.
Fearing I would gain more weight, I settled down for a bowl of soup while Aslan decided to give their Bebek goreng a try.
Teh botol by the sawah, can't get any more laid-back than this
Bebek goreng crispy
According to the guide, Pak Wayan, the young duck is always the best choice as the meat is tender and it can give ‘energy’ to the menfolk. Bali’s own aphrodisiac. Not that I know if it actually works or not. :p
Dance performance as we had lunch
Enjoying his bebek... Lol.
Volcanic level of spicy.
Posing after lunch
I thought the paddy field was merely decoration, I was quite surprised when I found out it was real!
The drive to Sanur, one of Bali’s earliest tourism spot, took almost an hour due to the traffic jam. One of the highlight of this visit is to see the border between white golden sand and black volcanic sand.
Aslan at Sanur Beach
The water at Sanur beach is very calm compared to the moody beach we have at our hotel in Tabanan. I guess due to that, not many tourists come here. No waves means no surfing. I noticed the beach is not exactly clean. Pity because it is a lovely place.
Left my sunglasses in the room. Genius.
A lot of water sports here and there are also some stalls selling clothes and souvenirs. We didn’t buy anything because they would mark up the price solely judging from our appearance and the fact that business is quite slow at the moment.
Not exactly challenging for expert or intermediate surfers but a good choice for beginners as the wave is very calm but then again, if you consider the sharp corals, not really ideal.
Next, to explore a bit of Kuta.
The Balinese version of Hercules statue just before the main beach of Kuta
A lot of stalls here but because we had such limited time, we didn’t check them out.
Instead, we went straight to the beach and saw this…
For a second, we regret the decision to stay at Tabanan region. But then we saw the crowd and we changed our mind.
A crowded beach is not a favorite of mine...
A photo dedicated to my dudes.
It was so hot and humid, I had to tie up my hair!
A lot of surf shops here
Before going to Pura Uluwatu to catch the famous Kecak dance, Aslan and I did a quick shopping session at Discovery Mall. I bought two swimsuits from Marks and Spencer because I only brought one pair with me.
You know you are at Pura Uluwatu when you see these guys around…
Also known as Monkey Temple.
Had to wear a sarong to show some respect as it is on temple ground.
Was in a rush to catch the Kecak show, did not get a proper photo of the legendary sunset at Pura Uluwatu!
This temple is gorgeous! Pity we didn't get to explore much of it due to time constrain.
This will do!
Before the show started. This was why we rushed, to get a good seat.
Taken from our seat, the closest thing to witnessing the so called legendary Bali sunset...
I have bazillion photos of the Kecak dance but I will show you the highlights. The kecak dance shows the story of Ramayana. There is no music in this dance apart from the sounds vocally produced from the singers.
The kecak singers entering the stage
Ramayana and his wife, Sita
Sita before being abducted by the demon Rahwana
The kecak dance was quite slow to start with but once the White Monkey, Haruman, was introduced, things got more entertaining.
One cheeky monkey...
He fooled around with the crowd a lot.
Helped Sita to tell Ramayana she is safe
Haruman caught by Rahwana's henchmen and about to be engulfed by fire!
He managed to escape!
Fooling around again
Haruman defeating Rahwana
We enjoyed the show and if you are in Bali, it is a must see. Do come earlier so you can enjoy the majestic Uluwatu temple!
Pak Wayan suggested we go to Jimbaran Bay for dinner but since Aslan and I were already quite tired, we decided to go back to the hotel. By the time the show finished, it was already 730pm. The drive back took an hour plus.
We had dinner at the Pool Grill cafe at the hotel. One reason why we refused to have dinner at Jimbaran Bay was $$$. Seafood there is known to be expensive! Meh. At least at the hotel we can sign to the room… Hehehe.
View from our table
Aslan's dinner. Apparently, very good steak!
12 hours of touring. Extremely tired. Can’t wait for the spa session tomorrow!