Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Vacation @ Bali, Indonesia

Bali also known as the Island of the Gods, with its varied landscape of hills and mountains, rugged coastlines and sandy beaches, lush rice terraces and barren volcanic hillsides all providing a picturesque backdrop to its colourful, deeply spiritual and unique culture, stakes a serious claim to be paradise on earth.

With world-class surfing and diving, a large number of cultural, historical and archaeological attractions, and an enormous range of accommodations, this is one of the world's most popular island destinations and one which consistently wins travel awards. Bali has something to offer a very broad market of visitors from young back-packers right through to the super-rich.

Visiting to Bali is a pleasant experience for me. Beautiful places, charming sea waves, fantastic volcanic mountain view & of course unique food makes this place a must visit destination. With such a great attraction coupled with knowledgeable tourguide makes travelling around Bali as simple, organized & fruitful.

My tips before visiting a place: Do a lot of research on place that you want to go & take effort to check out the food before leaving for the trip. Don't waste time by looking for this when you are on the trip and there is chances that you may not get what you wanted to see. So plan well & tell your guide where you want to go. Its easy that way rather than people need to think for you.

Photo session at viewing area in KLIA.

Waiting for boarding at departure hall.

Lunch of the flight. Good nasi beriani but a bit spicy.

With my chocolate dessert in plane.

Arriving Ngurah Rai Airport. Looks like has many China visitor here. They use B747.

Everywhere Toyota Vios taxi.

The cow cart is also a common sight around Kuta.

Me with Kuta Beach signboard.

Crowded Kuta beach in the evening.

The beaches in Bali is paradise for surfers with huge wave every few minutes!

Kuta Bali McDonalds.

Hard Rock Hotel merchandise shop.

Bintang merchandise shop.

Around Legian road. Full blast entertainment here and has many foreigners here.

Sad day for Balinese. Monument to remember the Bali bombing incident.

For Bali trip, I highly recommend our tour guide Mr. Yandeardana. You may checkout his website: http://yandeardana.blogspot.com

Kopi Pot @ Legian Road, Bali

Serve Western style & Indonesian food.

Taste:6/10(Moderate.Nothing much to shout about the food here).
Price:3/10(Expensive.Their breakfast cost too much and the portion is small. The only plus point is that they have free wifi. The egg benedict together with a chocolate drink cost Rp72,000 plus taxes).

Kopi Pot located near the Bali bombing memorial.

Nice environment with WIFI but the food is just normal.

Egg omelette.

Scrambled eggs set.

Egg benedict. All the eggs breakfast.

Address: Jl Legian, Kuta, Bali, Indonesia
Coordinate: -8.708835,115.171931
Phone:(0361) 752614

Monday, August 16, 2010

Bebek Bengil(Dirty Duck Diner) @ Ubud, Bali

This place is very famous for its crispy duck & we have dinner at that time. There is a story behind why this the dish called dirty duck. The origin of the name started when the place was being built. While squeezing out some ideas, a flock of ducks walked nonchalantly from the paddy fields surrounding the restaurant, squawking their way and leaving their webbed footprints all over the floor! Since the ducks were unofficially the first ‘customers’ waltzing into the still yet to be ready restaurant, the name Dirty Duck Diner has stuck since then.

Taste:10/10(Excellent. This is the best duck that I tasted. Crispy and able to eat the bones too).
Price:3/10(Expensive. The crispy duck meal cost Rp72,000. Considering it is delicious, this is a must try item although it is a bit expensive. The portion is not that big. Don't be suprised by their word "half duck". Their duck is quite small. This restaurant also charge 15% tax).

Lookout for this signboard.

Nice looking restaurant setting beside paddy field.

This is it. Crispy duck. Bebek bengil is their signature dish.

Delicious Bali style sauce.

Nasi campur Bali.

I finished the dirty duck.

Address: Hanoman Street, Ubud, Bali, Indonesia
Coordinate: -8.517088,115.264478

Ibu Oka Babi Guling @ Ubud, Bali

Ibu Oka located at Ubud, served a unique roasted pork. It very popular among the tourist to Bali and for me the pork is different compared to Malaysian version of suckling pig.

Taste:9/10(Delicious. The pork cooking style is different from what we have. The meat is juicy combined with additional stuff in their "special babi guling". It also comes with some fried pork stuff & pork sausage).
Price:6/10(Moderate.The "special babi guling" cost Rp30,000 per bowl).

The forever famous babi guling(suckling pig). In direct translation, babi guling is rolling pig :-)

Wow, the queue is long. Must be very good.

This is how the all ladies workers slice the pork. See the amount of fat. Its delicious!

Pork soup. Its just normal.

This is "special" babi guling. Many assorted items inside. Good.

Coordinate/GPS: -8.497054,115.26529 (Approx).
Address: Jalan Suweta/Tegal Sari
No. 2, Ubud, Bali, Indonesia

Warung Made @ Kuta, Bali, Indonesia

Warung made is a famous cafe in Bali Island due to its proximity with the Kuta Beach and they serve quite good Indonesian food. I recommended their gado-gado.

Taste:9/10(Good Indonesian mixed rice with gado-gado. However their fried rice is normal).
Price:6/10(Moderate. This place is usually packed for dinner. Good food with a good price and they don't charge taxes. Their nasi campur Gado-gado cost Rp35,000).

First day dinner in Warong Made. This place is packed. We are on the waiting list.

Indonesian tea.

Warung Made Fried rice. Taste normal.

Nasi campur with gado-gado. It has quite a number of items inside: fish, beef, water spinach, corn, tempe, peanut, bean curd, sambal & taugeh.

Address: Br. Pande Mas, Kuta, Bali, Indonesia
Coordinate: -8.722393,115.175037
Phone: + 62 361 755297

Mengkwi,Ulan Danu, Bedegul & Tanah Lot @ Bali, Indonesia

Me at Mengkwi gate.

Historical site of Mengkwi. The pagoda looking structures is amazing.

Mengkwi. Royal temple. Entrance fee: Rp3,000.

Tall and thin park trees at Ulan Danu.

Ulan Danu is lake located at the top of a mountain. You feel cool here.

Unique looking temple at the side of the Ulan Danu lake.

Classic scenery at Ulan Danu.

Floating temple at Ulan Danu lake.

Beautiful park at Ulan Danu with clean landscape.

Nice temple at the middle of the lake. Romantic ride.

Take picture for my friend on the colourful boat.

Nice garden in Ulan Danu.

Ulan Danu in Bedegul. Located at the top of mountain with cool temperature & beautiful temple surrounded by lake. Its a very beautiful place. Entrance fee: Rp10,000.

Buffet lunch at Ulun Danu.

This is how the place we had our buffet lunch in Ulun Danu. Can't find the name of the shop!

Tanah Lot entrance. Entrance fee: Rp10,000.

Beji holy spring below the Tanah Lot temple.

Nice view.

There was a couple having their wedding photo session.

Majestic view of Tanah Lot.

Surfer at Tanah Lot area.

Tanah Lot sunset.

Nasi campur at Campur Campur.

Fried duck thigh rice as dinner.