Bali, Day 1 (29 November 2016)– After a really early plane ride, we touched down at 8am in Bali. FINALLY. We could barely contain our excitement and couldn’t stop grinning and letting out small squeals of joy at our arrival!The last time I came to Bali was four years ago with my parents but it’s a place that you will definitely never get sick of because there’s just so much to explore!
First stop: Balinese Barong Dance
Our Bali adventure began at the airport where we booked a driver for the day from one of the booths. Honestly though, we had no plans, just a few places we were absolutely sure we wanted to go… so we pretty much went along with our driver’s first suggestion to stopover over at a place to watch their traditional Balinese Barong dance which represents an eternal fight between good and evil spirits.The mythological animal which looks like a lion is the Barong, representing the good spirit which fights the Rangda, the evil spirit. Although I couldn’t understand what they were saying, you could roughly guess who is who and which act they were in, and they tried to interact with us audience from time to time, switching into English and adding some comical parts into the dance at one point.
Second Stop: Lunch
After the show we headed off to Nusa Dua but didn’t end up doing any water sports because we were really shocked by the high prices they offered us. Plus, it was really hard selling us and we didn’t felt like going for it either. We stopped over at a restaurant for lunch and tried their Iga (Pork ribs) which was delicious!
Third Stop: GWK Cultural Park
Then we made our way to the Garuda Wisnu Kencana (GWK) Cultural park where you see huge statues like the ones below. We paid 100 000 rupiah for entrance and it included the Barong dance which we saw previously, so actually we could’ve saved some money if our driver told us about it heh.
Fourth Stop: Pandawa Beach
Headed off to Pandawa beach afterwards. The beach was not exactly stunning but it was nice to just wade in the water near shore. But what was really a funny experience was how locals came up to us asking for pictures. Some of them were students on a school trip who seemed to be on a lookout for tourists and asked us where we were from and how we liked Bali. I’m not sure how many photos we took but they just kept approaching when they see others talking to us… One guy even asked us to hold up a sign which we refused because we had no idea what it said except for the word “wife” which was err..kind of weird?
Fifth Stop: Dreamland Beach
Then it was Dreamland beach! Been there last time with my parents years ago but it seemed so much less crowded this time round and we spent a lot more time here snapping pictures and frolicking around!Right across the main beach there was another more secluded one which we enjoyed so much because there wasn’t anyone there.
Sixth Stop: Uluwatu Temple & Sunset
Finally, we headed off to our last stop Uluwatu Temple for sunset!Also the place where I had my first horrible experience with those notorious monkeys. I’ve heard stories about how they snatched belongings from unsuspecting tourists so I was pretty careful to make sure there wasn’t anything that they could steal from me. But while I was exclaiming how cute they were, one of the monkeys dashed towards me and jumped towards my bag, snatching away my dangling keychain. Ok it was no big deal, just a keychain soft toy, but it was a really cute one which I had for ages and the monkey just took that away from me and was brutally chewing its way through it? Another tourist tried to get it back for me but these smart little creatures were way too fast! I don’t know how long I stood there thinking of a way to get it back and watching that monkey slowly dissecting my poor elephant toy but then I realise that it was a goner, sadly, and reluctantly told the rest to go. We saw the Kecek dance which followed another traditional story while a group of guys were chanting continuously in the background all the way through. We got quite distracted though halfway through by the sunset across the horizon , which we weren’t expecting because of the cloudy sky, but surprise! The highlight of the show came much later on when the sky got darker and the monkey king put up a tiny fire performance. He first surrounded himself with balls of grass lighted on fire and began stamping on it and kicking them high into the sky towards the sea. Pretty impressive sight when you see the fireballs flying around (not towards us of course) in the night.
Bali, Day 2 (30 November 2016)- Our original plan was pretty much just to laze around the beach and relax because our next two days will be super intense. However, on the way to the beach, we passed by a tour booth and decided just to take a look, but ended up buying a package to do some water sports after bargaining to a price of 1500000 for two of us to do the seawalk, parasailing and jet ski.
First Stop: Sea Walking
Second Stop: Parasailing
Third Stop: Jet Ski
The water sports were pretty fun! Personally my favourite was definitely parasailing and it was pretty cool floating up there in the air with a parachute! I really liked the jet ski one too since we got to ride it ourselves too and going at full speed! The seawalk was honestly nothing special for me since I’ve done diving before and you see so much more, but it was still an interesting experience going underwater yet not getting your hair wet at all.
Fourth Stop: Exploring Kuta
So we ended the day walking along the beach from our hotel at Legian to Kuta to take a look. We didn’t get to see any sunset though unfortunately due to the cloudy weather but it was still a nice evening stroll. Plus, guess what we found! Matcha ice cream from Mcdonalds! Of course the matcha addict in me had to try it out. Actually it was vanilla cone ice cream coated with matcha, but I was still really satisfied!
So that marked the end of our two days spent chilling around in Bali because the next two days will be crazy waking up at 2am to catch the sunrise.