Hello hello weekend
Seems we have not had an "extensive" travelblog here on VRF for a while now so I thought of sharing my recent "unique" travel experience in exotic Bali.
We have always wanted to experience the friendly people in Bali and immerse our ourselves in their unique Hindu culture and architecture.
Luck (or life's dark humour) had me re-visit my original 2007 honeymoon's destination but it was cancelled due to my China's project commitment back then
So, my missus & I planned this trip a year ago to give it a go again. It was damn ironic & funnny as in this trip we had 2 kids + 2 set of parents in tow!!!!
But we survived the trip and I lived to tell the tale on VRF with you guys
Here we go....................
*Please prepare for uber boring of wrist shots! This may be my last fling with the old girl*
I kid you not when I said it was a big entourage.............
After checking in the Mongolian hoard, we settled for an early lunch (I am having pork tripes in peppercorn soup with steamed yam / taro rice)
The obligatory AD shot in the terminal
Bali, here we come!
Interesting Indonesian complimentary snack pack from AirAsia. Tom, do you want to test this out for Strontium 90? LOL!
Beautiful skyline, land ahoy, padi rice fields! Bali airport is on a narrrow strip of land next to sea which makes the landing very exciting
Feels like we are like cattles herded into a truck.... En route from tarmac to arrival hall. Cool entrance I must say and every airports
shoud have this architecture IMO.
It was a 90 mins slow bumpy drive from the airport to the villa but soothing scenes (feast for the eyes)
Dropped off the bags and headed to a seafood haunt at Tanah Lot's seaside (IMHO overpriced, too touristy)
Black pepper crabs, grilled fish and giant clams, heaps of steamed rice
Good morning Villa!
The inside scoop
All these smack in the middle of a padi rice field
The villa provides an inhouse butler so meals can be prepared on site according to your order.
Breakfast of champions
Terraced padi fiels en route to Kintamani volcanic highlands - very nice. We didnt stop as they charges entrance
fees for almost every attraction site here in Bali
Hello Gunung Batur (mountain) and Danou Batur (lake)
Had a buffet lunch that costs Rp70K per head (USD8) and it was worth every cents for the view. Temperature was a cool 20'C
Typical Balinese and Sulawesi fare
After lunch, we went ahead to visit an organic coffee plantation which produces the famous Kopi Luwak (Weasal's coffee)
The estate still process the Balinese coffee the old way (Drying > Hand Roasting > Hand Pounded) For those who finds drinking
undigested coffee beans from the weasal's diet most unappetising (think again) These coffee are almost priced in gold in weight
and are safe. They processed the same say like your arabica or robusta coffee.
Different stages of the process
From top to bottom, Balinese Coffee, Luwak Coffee, Coconut, Mocha, Ginseng, Ginger Tea and Honey Tea (yes they grow tea here too)
Yo Nick, pop quiz for you friend if you are reading this - see anything familiar here on the pix above? LOL! Hope you getting better soon
And off we go to visit a sacred temple in Tampaksiring - The Holy Spring Temple (hope I got this correct). Its a holy natural water spring
where families come and bath away bad luck + for blessings. It just rained and that water would be freezing cold IMO.
Didnt take much pixs here for out of respect of the fellow Hindu locals
The high walls is for security for the old times and now houses the President's retreat residence just like Martha's vineyard in US.
Then back for some home styled Balinese dinner by the capable household team in villa
Good night Bali!
(will continue the rest in part 2 provided VRF allows me the bandwidth and members here are not bored.
Boy, its a hard job posting a travel blog and I know why) LOL!