Ubud

We spent the the first three days of our trip to Bali in the cultural town of Ubud. It is a one stop hub of an amazing mix of old and new with a growing range of activities in whatever pace you choose. 3 days of eat pray love in Ubud is simply not enough  .  Warning pictures overload ahead 😉 . 

 

 

Day 1 – It was lunchtime when we arrived in Ubud. After dropping our bags at our guest house, we hunt down for some local food and end up at this warung.

Nasi Campur (champur) – rice with a little bit of everything – pork, veggies, chicken, shrimp and egg.
Nasi Goreng – mixed fried rice

 

Pura Taman Saraswati (Lotus Palace) – Pic by R. Allan Geraldez

 

Pura Taman Saraswati Temple

 

 

From Ubud Center, we walked all the way to Sacred Monkey Forest which is like 3 kms away. Entrance 50k IDR.

 

We didn’t spend much time here because most of us are literally afraid of the monkeys. My friend got nipped in the legs coz the monkey is trying to get inside her pants.  They are too sociable for our liking. Afraid!

 

Ubud Market

That evening we watched a traditional Kecak (Kechak) dance at the temple beside our guest house. It cost 75k IDR per person.

 

Day 2

This is our 2 storey 4 rooms accomodation in Ubud. (booked via Booking.com)Breakfast can be served in the veranda or the garden. Limited choices but all comes with fruits, coffee or tea. I highly recommend this place. We had a very pleasant stay. With Wifi, good breakfast and centrally located in Ubud.  Nyoman and his wife speaks english, they also have a taxi and tour services. We booked our Mt. Batur hike with them.

After breakfast we had a full day tour of the following: Tegenungan Waterfall, Kanto Lampo Waterfall, Gunung Kawi Sebatu, Bali Pulina Coffee Plantation and Tegalalang Rice Terraces. For tours around Bali I recommend Kadek. He drove us for 2 days around Bali. He speaks english, his rates are reasonable and he can be your photographer or videographer. You want drone shots? He got you covered.

 

Tegenungan Waterfall. 165 stair steps going down (and up).

 

Kanto Lampo Waterfall. Entrance fee 20k IDR.

 

Lunch was at I Made Joni restaurant in Ubud which we were told to order their Crispy duck. YUM!!!

Gunung kawi Sebatu. Entrance 30K IDR.

Bali Pulina Coffee Plantation. Where you can try their Luwak Coffee for 50K IDR.
The civet cat (Luwak) feed on coffee cherries (seasonally that’s why this coffee is expensive) then undergoes fermentation in its digestive tract and the beans gets secreted as part of its poo. I Know, ewww! Then they separate it and clean it, sun dried, roasted and grind it.
Free taste for all the other coffee and tea except for the Kopi Luwak which is 50K IDR for a cup.

 

Tegalalang Rice Terraces.

 

Day 3 – 4 of us hiked Mt. Batur at 3am. The rest catch up on beauty sleep and after breakfast we grab a taxi and went to Bali Swing. Entrance fee 25k IDR. Swing all you can and refreshments 375K IDR per person. The experience was exhilarating. They have 5 swings you can try. The highest one you need to put a body harness which doesn’t look good in pictures imo.  I’m scared of heights so I did the one not facing the ravine with a rope attached to the waist (4 swings have this).

Mt. Batur

 

Tip. Wear a flowing maxi dress. Red, Fuschia, Yellow colors.

 

We are actually holding on for dear life here 🙂 . All for the ‘gram 😉

 

After this we went back to check out, then lunch at Ibu Oka to try the famous Babi Guling (I like our Lechon better btw), went to Ubud Market for last minute shopping. Around 2pm then we were picked up by our ride to transfer to our second accommodation located in Seminyak. More on that on my next post.

You can watch our Bali travel video here and if you wanna see more pictures you can find me here ;).

 

 

xoxo,

 

Mitzi

 

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Bali

 

Hey guys! I know it’s been ages since I last posted, life happened 🙂 . I’m back with this first installment of my recent trip to Bali. It was our first time there. And omg it definitely did not disappoint.

Bali oh Bali! It’s been three weeks since our trip and we’re still talking about you, posting pictures of you, well all of us technically haha. We can’t seem to move on. Not yet.

 

Pura Taman Saraswati (Lotus Palace), Ubud

 

So how did I prepare for this trip? Let me count the ways…

We got our airfare from a Cebu Pacific sale sometime in May 2017. Not Piso fare. Bali fares seldom goes on sale anyway.   So I just grab whatever discounted fare they have. Lucky that I booked the 8 of us all in one go 🙂 .

I booked thru Agoda our Ubud and Seminyak accommodation two months prior to our trip.

Last month I started to look for transportation. Specifically a van that we can use to go around. Much better if the driver is also a tour guide. I emailed and drop fb messages to some prospects inquiring about their day tour rates. At this point I haven’t finalized yet our itinerary. So many temples so little time haha. I’m still looking around googling and reading blogs on the best places to visit for the 5 days that we have. I look into those places on my list and you know familiarized myself on how it looks by looking at pictures, what time it opens/close, does it have restroom (very important to me),  what to wear, and things like that.  We traveled with a lot of gadgets so I have to consider that too. Do they allow big cameras inside, how about flying of drone, do we need a permit? Things like that. I also looked into Instagram for Bali travel pictures for inspiration. That’s where I found my driver. And his services includes a drone! Yay!!!

One week before the trip I booked a wifi 4g device at Klook for pick up at Denpasar airport on the day of our arrival. I highly recommend this if you want to be connected all the time. I didn’t noticed any spot issues. Google map worked and we didn’t get lost. It only last 4-6 hrs of battery only depending on usage. No battery pack included so I brought one. You need to deposit $50 upon claiming it but of course you will get it back when you return the device before departure.

Money. We exchange a few IDR from BPI. We have USD and had our atms activated for international use. We didn’t have problems withdrawing IDR from the atm at the arrival hall of Denpasar airport. There’s just a small fee for international withdrawal.

 

ATM at the arrival hall of Ngurah Rai Intl airport (there’s 2-3 more atms around this area. Just choose). A few steps from here is Discover Bali where you can claim the 4g wifi device from Klook.

 

Bali 5 days Itinerary  – Sept 9-16, 2017 – 8 pax

Day 1– Arrival. Taxi to Ubud. Chk in at Taman Ayu Ubud. Lunch.Ubud Palace. Pura Saraswati Temple. Monkey Forest. Ubud Market.

*Day 2 – Day Tour: Tegenungan Waterfall.  Kanto Lampo Waterfall. Lunch. Gunung Kawi Sebatu. Bali Pulina Coffee Plantation. Tegalalang Rice Terraces.

Day 3 – 4 of us hiked Mt. Batur and the other 4 went to Bali swing. Check out Taman Ayu Ubud. Lunch. Last minute shopping at Ubud Market. Taxi to Seminyak. Check in at Tijili Seminyak. Sunset session at La Plancha.

*Day 4 – Day tour: Tanah Lot, Water Blow at Nusa Dua, Abandoned Aircraft and Sunset session at Uluwatu Temple.

Day 5 –  Resto hopping: Motel mexicola. Sea Circus. Revolver Espresso. Check out Seminyak Square. Kudeta. La Plancha.

Day 6. (Very) Early check out Tijili Seminyak. Go back to Manila.

*Day 2 and 4 Van service tour of Kadek – get his services if you’re going to Bali. He’s the best!

 

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Our travel video of Bali is up too if you wanna watch. Please 🙂

Ubud post next 🙂 .

 

xoxo,

 

Mitzi

 

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