Sunday, 1 June 2008

Bali; 27-30 May, 2008

The school holiday is here again. This time we went to Bali. Still in Indonesia but its the first time for Adin and I and also the first for WR after many many years.

Day 1 - GWK, Uluwatu Temple & Jimbaran Beach

Looking for lunch after we checked in. Luckily, Discovery Mall was just next door.

And guess what?! There's Krispy Kreme in Bali! So Er, you don't have to go to US after all to get Krispy Kreme donuts! Just go to Bali. Too bad this outlet is under renovation.

Right after lunch, we started our tourist thingy.

First stop, Garuda Wisnu Kencana (GWK)

With the Balinese dancers at GeWeKa.

Next, the famous Pura Luhur at Pecatu,Uluwatu

At the entrance.

View at the bottom of the cliff. Beautiful...

Sunset at the cliff. There were notorious monkeys there and one of them pulled my earring!

Crowds gathering to watch the Kecak Dance.

Kecak dancers at work.

The casts taking their bow.

With Hanuman the magical white monkey.

After that, off for dinner at Jimbaran Beach.

Dinner was literally on the beach. Adin, as usual, being oblivious to his sorroundings...

Being entertained by the strollers.

The service at the restaurant was first class. This is Nyoman Suarnadi, our waitress. Nyoman is a typical Balinese name. Children born in a Balinese family are named according to their rank among the siblings. First child is called Wayan or Putu; second, Kade or Made; third, Nyoman or Komang; fourth, Ketut; and for the fifth child onwards, the name will be repeated to Wayan/Putu, and so on. Since the names are common, hence another unique name is used, i.e. Suarnadi.

Day 2 - Submarine Ride off Bali coast, Amuk Bay & Taman Safari & Marine, Gianyar

We were really looking forward for the submarine ride.

Getting ready to get to the submarine parking place.

Adin getting into the sub.

In the sub.

Next stop, Taman Safari & Marine Bali at Gianyar

At the entrance of one of the park at Taman Safari.

For what its worth, we unanimously felt that Taman Safari in Puncak and Taman Safari in Prigen were so much better than the one in Bali. Maybe because this taman safari is new...

Came across this restaurant, located in Sanur right in front of Mc Donalds.
Babi guling is a Balinese delicacy. So restaurants like this are common.

Sights along the roadside - stone carvings everywhere...

Day 3 - Benoa Bay, Bedugul & Tanah Lot

Third day was a sight seeing day. Went to Benoa Bay for glass boat ride and to watch turtles at the turtle island.

View from the bottom of the glass boat - nothing much to see. A lot of dead corals.

At the turtle island. Adin not too happy to be too close to the turtles.

Only too happy to get back on the boat to mainland.

Then off to Bedugul - the famous temple in the lake, sorrounded by mountains.

On the way, we stopped at Mengwi at one of the Pura to take some pictures and at Pacung for lunch.

Spectacular view of rice terrace from the restaurant in Pacung.

Then off to Bedugul.

The ancient temple entrance.

The infamous temple in the lake.

My favourite shot of Adin at Bedugul.

Spectacular view.

Next stop, Tanah Lot.

Another temple, but in the sea.

Carved from the stone.

Beautiful isn't it?

Adin with Balinese headgear purchased at Tanah Lot. Seen in this picture is our driver, Pak Ketut; obviously the 4th child in his family.

Day 4 - Legian, Seminyak & Home

The last day in Bali was spent sight seeing around Kuta, Legian and Seminyak as the flight home was at 1.50 p.m.

The memorial of Bali bombing victims of 12 October 2002 on Legian Street.

Uluwatu Balinese lace shop was the last stop.

Every single items is handmade and signed by the artists who made them.

Then it was time to say goodbye to Bali...

Mount Agung, the highest peak in Bali seen from the plane...

Goodbye Bali. Till we meet again...