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Bali: Island of Gods…of Peace…of Love

Great news, Manila backpackers! Cebu Pacific finally announced its newest international destination! It will be launching a direct service from Manila to Bali (Yeah! It’s Bali) on March 2013. Ay-yay-yay!

Bali is now super duper accessible to us budget travelers. No need to fly through Jakarta or Singapore or Kuala Lumpur which can also be expensive.

Betcha Buy Bali Now!`

Betcha Buy Bali Now!

No, I am not booking for this flight. It may be cheap, but I still ain’t got breads for this. I’m a cheapskate sometimes. Then, why am I so happy? It only means that Manila-Bali flights can already be included in the great P1 (piso) Seat Sale! Now, that would be something I can afford. Who wouldn’t want to visit the Island of Gods with just less than P3,000 airfare budget?

Ayo, teman-teman, mari kita mengalami budaya Bali dwipa jaya. (Come, friends, let us experience the culture of the great Bali island.)

“In Bali, there is no single day without a ceremony — a balanced relationship among humans, gods, and nature.”

 

 

Disclaimer: I suck in speaking Bahasa Indonesia. I used an online English-Indonesian translator and asked my friend if I stated it correctly.

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7th Anniversary Date

Cebu Pacific Seat Sale

Cebu Pacific Seat Sale

I was about to sleep but I decided to check my Facebook first before turning in. This was the first thing I saw. So, I spent the next hour trying to book a flight for the boyfriend. I don’t have a credit card and I still owe my mom and sister my flight back home for December so I was panicking not knowing how I can book. Fortunately, the airline had an over-the-counter payment option. As soon as I decided on the dates, I just guessed boyfriend’s passport number and proceeded with the reservation. I sent him a message after that he should pay the fare at the bank the following morning.

It’s a crazy seat sale. Cebu Pacific can be cunning at times but you can easily forgive them for their super dooper cheap fares and I couldn’t just let it pass. Here’s why…

Itinerary

Itinerary

The base fare is just P1 for one way. I just hate the fuel surcharge but, of course, I couldn’t really complain. It’s still pending and I’m hoping that I would be receiving the confirmed itinerary tomorrow. Yay! He’s bound for Jakarta but we are still deciding whether we will stay in Jakarta then visit Bandung or go back to Bali. I could also bring him to Yogyakarta to see Borobudur and Prambanan. It’s still a long way to go but I can’t help but feel excited. It’s going to be another awesome anniversary! This time, we’ll make sure he won’t get offloaded. Documents will definitely be ready for this. Ay-yay-yay!

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Indonesia in the Blink of an Eye

Want to see all of Indonesia but got money issues? Worry no more! All you need is TMII.

Taman Mini Indonesia Indah has it all for you. I got to travel around Indonesia in the blink of an eye. Check out the places I visited. :p

West Sumatra

West Sumatra

North Sumatra

North Sumatra

West Kalimantan

West Kalimantan

West Sulawesi

West Sulawesi

North Sulawesi

North Sulawesi

Gorontalo,  North Sulawesi

Gorontalo, North Sulawesi

Papua

Papua

Riau Islands

Riau Islands

Bali

Bali

Yogyakarta

Yogyakarta

I am not sure if this ship is the Pinisi or the traditional Indonesian sailing ship. If it is, then this is from South Sulawesi.

We also got to take a rest on some shady parts near the “army” museum.

If going around Taman Mini is too hot for you, there is the Snow Bay to cool off. There are also lots of museum around which you might want to try.

They have a fauna and flora areas and we got to visit the freshwater fishes and the insect museum.

Fishy

Fishy!

Bugs and Butterflies

Bugs and Butterflies

There are three cable line rides available. You get the bird’s-eye view of Indonesia.

Cable Ride

Cable Ride

Taman Mini is like a Nayong Pilipino, waterpark, zoo, botanical garden, museum, and picnic area all rolled in one. The best thing is the price. Entrance fee in TMII is only 9,000 IDR per person and 10,000 IDR for your car. Entrance fee for museums is 5,000 IDR (I think. The one we tried costs 5,000 IDR). The cable ride is 25,000 IDR. The big balloon (not sure if it is a hot-air balloon)-ride is 120,000 IDR.

It was just so big we couldn’t see all in one day. Hopefully, I can visit again soon. 🙂

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The Bali Trip (June 8-11, 2012)

We waited for 6 months for the trip to celebrate our 6th year anniversary. He arrived in Jakarta 2 days after his scheduled arrival due to an unforeseen event. We were just so excited as it was boyfriend’s first out-of-country trip and our first time in the Island of the Gods known as Bali.

The Hotel. We stayed at Best Western Hotel in Kuta Beach. I booked it because of it’s proximity to Kuta beach. The hotel was really clean. Room and bathroom are small but really clean. Food is ok. Price is a bit disappointing (Rp2.000.000++ for 3 nights) as I booked for an ocean-view room (which is a bit pricey than the regular) only to see an inch of the beach. I’d rate it as 7/10.

The Car Rental Service. At Rp400.000 per day, we had the superb service of Pak Oka who brought us around Bali. English-speaking driver/tour guide.

The Itinerary.

Tanah Lot

Tanah Lot

Labhagga

Labhagga in Pacung: Restaurant and Sky Lounge

Ulun Danu

Ulun Danu
Potato Head Beach Club

Potato Head Beach Club

Barong and Keris Dance

Barong and Keris Dance

Celuk Village (Silver and Goldsmith)

Celuk Village (Silver and Goldsmith)

Mas Village (Woodcarvers)

Mas Village (Woodcarvers)

Ubud Monkey Forest

Ubud Monkey Forest

Tohpati Village (Batik-makers)

Tohpati Village (Batik-makers)

Garuda Wisnu Kencana

Garuda Wisnu Kencana

Uluwatu Temple

Uluwatu Temple

Kecak and Fire Dance

Kecak and Fire Dance

Jimbaran Bay

Jimbaran Bay

Kuta Beach

Kuta Beach

The Bali Experience

The Bali Experience

We had a very tight schedule for our 3-nights/3-days stay in Bali. We were able to visit lots of places but we know there are still so much so see. We never even tried the water sports and cruises. We will definitely go back. ❤

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Countdown to Holiday

Spring break has started in most schools here. Ours doesn’t have. We are feeling a bit sad that others are already going on a holiday while we are stuck in school. Good thing because today is the last day of school for us, as well. Tomorrow is Nyepi. Yey!

Marine Temple of Tanah Lot in Bali

Nyepi is a Balinese “Day of Silence” that is commemorated every Isakawarsa (Saka new year) according to Bali’s calendar. It is a day of silence, fasting, and meditation. It is observed from 6 a.m. until 6 a.m. the next morning, Nyepi is a day reserved for self-reflection and as such, anything that might interfere with that purpose is restricted. The main restrictions are: no lighting fires (and lights must be kept low); no working; no entertainment or pleasure; no travelling; and for some, no talking or eating at all. The effect of these prohibitions is that Bali’s usually bustling streets and roads are empty, there is little or no noise from TVs and radios, and few signs of activity are seen even inside homes. The only people to be seen outdoors are the Pecalang or traditional security men who patrol the streets to ensure the prohibitions are being followed. (*Source: Wikipedia)

According to a co-teacher who previously worked in Bali, she said that they even have to cover their windows with black cloth because the Pecalang were really very strict. So, for those who plan to go to Bali, unless you plan to go on a retreat, you need to know that Nyepi is not the time to go there. You would be wasting your time and money as you would only stay in your hotel room for the entire day.

Basically everyone going on a holiday has already crossed out Bali on their list of destinations. Most of our students are going to other countries. As for me, I am also going on a trip. Yeah! This is going to be my first every holiday trip since I got here in Jakarta. We will leave early tomorrow morning for YOGYAKARTA! Yey! I’ll be seeing the renowned center of Javanese culture. Of course, I did some research on what I would be seeing there. This is the Borobudur Temple (which is very beautiful on these pictures). I know I won’t be able to capture it like this so I give credits to their rightful owners.

Borobudur Temple

Sunset in Borobudur

Borobudur Temple during Waisak Night.

I wouldn’t be able to see the view on the last picture as this was taken during the Waisak Night or a day that honors the birth, life and teachings of Buddha Shakyamuni which occurs on the full moon day of the fourth lunar month (Vesakha). It will be on May for this year.

Few more minutes before school ends for this day and I’ll be packing as soon as I get home. Yes, I’m that excited.

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