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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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