Crazy, sexy and fun – that’s BALI
Trip Start Aug 13, 2009
1Trip End Aug 20, 2009
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J Boutique Hotel
We reached Kuala Lumpur on 13th evening and decided to spend the night at a nearby hotel as our flight to Bali was next morning. Being twice in Malaysia in the past, we didn't want to consume our time going to the city. We checked all the hotels but couldn't find any vacant room, so had to spend the night at the airport. It was a cold and painful night. Morning was drowsy but we had scrumptious breakfast at Old Town White Coffee. I loved their signature breakfast menu ‘brown bread with butter and kaya’ and the ‘white coffee’ – must try
We reached Bali on 14th noon and to my surprise we two were the only Asian in the airplane. No wonder Bali is one of the top holiday destinations for the Aussies. Denpasar airport was substandard. J Boutique Hotel is located at Kuta, the tourist paradise, close to the airport. Later we moved to Febri’s Hotel and Spa which was an excellent choice. After reaching Bali, we grabbed quick lunch at Centro Mall and walked around Kuta streets sipping Caramel Frapuccinno. Streets were packed with tourists coming from Australia, Europe, South America; hardly any Asian – such a multicultural mix! Later at night the hotel manager invited us to a live musical show at Sanur where we enjoyed local dishes.
Stroll all Day, Party all Night
First day in Bali was relaxing. After the brunch we headed for the beach. We went to money exchanger and became millionaires (100 USD = 1 million IDR). I had a minor accident on the street causing slight cuts. We passed international designer boutiques where we picked casual beach wears and changed at the shop. Since every walking tourist had a tattoo, we decided to blend in and get temporary tattoo from a parlor
Legian Street is famous for pubs and clubs. We picked ’Club Double Six’ and partied with DJ Fadi till dawn. That’s where I met 'hot and sizzling' Amir Mirzaee from Germany (if you’re reading Amir, stop making faces) and I bailed out on him the next day (sorry).
On the second day we moved to a new hotel which was at the center of Kuta. We decided to flee Kuta and check out other coastlines. Nusa Dua is around thirty minutes away by taxi. The place is an ideal contrast to Kuta. Surrounded by luxury resorts, Nusa Dua beach is the main attraction for couples looking for seclusion and quietness. Because we got used to the hustle and bustle of Kuta, Nusa Dua was boring for two young women. At the end of the day we had to come back to the noisy and busy Kuta. Dinner followed by a nice drink with a mysterious French kite runner.
White Water Rafting
Woke up early on the third morning and started for the sacred Mount Agung
Following lunch we started for Kuta. Upon reaching hotel I took a long shower and watched MTV while Tanuja decided to take a nap. Later we had sea food dinner and went for a drink at Ocean Beach Club. At the restaurant we got special passes for a party at Club Blue Ocean. We rented two motor bikes and headed for Legion Street. That was our last dance in Bali.
Volcano, Arts & Crafts, Temple and Monkeys
Meeting Dewa was as random as it can be
Consequently on the fourth morning we started for the most active volcano in Bali – The Bator Volcano. That’s where I encountered the bluest lake on earth – The Bator Lake. We enjoyed the glorious panorama over delicious lunch. Dewa drove us to the bottom of the mountain where we walked through the black lava field created from the eruption of 1994. Then we drove to the cultural center of Bali called Ubud. The town is the hot spot for literati, glitterati, art collectors and connoisseurs. I bought two elegant mosaic mirror plates for my living room.
In the evening we headed for the southernmost point of Bali – Bukit Peninsula. It includes the famous cliff-hanging temple and the top surfing beach. Entrance at the temple requires “proper dressing” or else you have to rent a scarf like garment to tie around your hip (!). The temple is inhabited by large number of monkeys, who would snatch anything including bags, cameras and sunglasses. While taking photos, I was almost attacked by one of the monkeys (check out the photo gallery)
Our fifth and last day in Bali was equally lazy and exciting. We woke up late and spent half of the day shopping. Shopping is always the least important task on my list when I’m traveling and so I save it for the last day. However on this particular trip I saved the most exciting moment of my life for the last minute.
By noon I was keyed up and couldn’t wait to start for Club Double Six. A car from A.J. Hackett picked me up along with two Australians. By the time I reached the club my heart was beating faster than ever. The elevator took us to the top of a 45 meter tower. Standing on the tower I enjoyed the last sunset in Bali. I wanted to be the last one to jump out of six of us. They all jumped and they all screamed at the top of their lungs. When my turn came it was already dark and I couldn’t see anything below. Standing on the platform, the thought of jumping in the void, stopped my heart for a second
So now I am an A.J. Hackett certified bungee jumper! We celebrated the achievement at Ocean Beach Club over a lavish dinner and wonderful fire show.
Any other incident after the bungee seemed dull. So leaving Bali did not bother me at all as I was taking home the most memorable moment of my life.