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Seven days in island of gods| Final chapter

 

 

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21 January 2017

 

One more day before college start!!

The last day at Bali….

My boyfriend and I spent amazing week in Bali, we got to know each other more. We had  little fuss all the way especially when it comes about direction. I was the one who drive and he was my navigator. I sometimes couldn’t hear him so i often missed place or  a turn over.

Bali is simply amazing, i could never get enough of it and wished to settle there for like 2 or 3 years then move to another place where it is as equal as heaven.

The only thing i did in the morning was packing and voila! we carried excessive baggage. We did simple shopping because we weren’t carrying enough clothes and we have to buy and dressed up like a tourist. We also purchased some Balinese coffee. We came earlier to the airport  and roamed around. It was actually a bad idea because there was nothing much to do other than visiting the shops and walk around from one corner to another. I got so bored here while waiting for the flight  while my boyfriend spend a lot in the toilet.

When it comes to eating, it’s like a lottery, especially for a traveler who wished to try food from street stall. They should be careful, prepare your diarrhea medicine as early as possible. Also, bring your own napkin as it is always the best option since most of restaurants are bit stingy. I think people need to increase their hygiene level because it’s bit uncomfortable getting sickness while traveling.

If you come from colder countries, never ever forget a sunscreen and sunburn lotion, you will need and rely on this a lot. We really regret to not bring those items with us and as a result, we got sunburn and didn’t even seem to heal any sooner.

Bali definitely worth your time and your money. It offers more than just a stunning landscape. jokingly speaking Bali offers companion, and anything which you wouldn’t be able to get back home. Apparently it seems as long as you’re tall and white everyone will easily attach to you like a puppy.

Don’t be surprised when people cat calling ” mister” or  ” how are you”, they’re just trying to be polite and ask you whether you’re interested in buying whatever they sell. Multiple times we got offer with items like ” condom” and  ” viagra” well you name it. They did that even while i was driving my motorbike as they shout from the pavement. I simply ignored and rode away.

” Bon dieau, these people” that’s what often comes from my mouth.

These writings are purely based on our experience while traveling to Bali, each of us might get different experience or exposure due the neighborhood which we chose to stay.So people feel free to always write and share your experience to the world as it cost nothing to simply tell the truth and its peculiarity.

Have a safe travel and have a great time

sante!!!

 

 

 

 

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Seven days in island of gods| Part V

18 january 2017

We explored our surroundings in our fifth day in Bali. In the morning we decided not to take breakfast from the hotel and went to domino instead. Fortunately, The hotel is near to KFC, Domino and several convenient stores. It was a sunny day and the road was slight busy. It didn’t take long for us to walk as it was only 0.80 km away. As soon as we entered the domino, my boyfriend spotted a blondie girl with cycle helmet and vegan tattoo on her wrist, her knee and the shoulders. We were assuming that she was a vegan and she mesmerized us by eating at Domino which obviously a highly processed food plus, less healthier and from that point of view, my boyfriend and i looked at each other in an awe.

As we finished ordering our pizza, we took a seat near the window and that girl was sitting outside the restaurant while waiting her order. I put on music while my boyfriend was reading something on his mobile. Nothing special until once her order got delivered and sat back on her chair. What she did next, got us surprised!

She opened the pizza box and suddenly rose up from her chair. She took the pizza box and placed it on the fuckin dirty floor. We were really surprised and decided to watch her further action. Then, she grabbed her phone and took picture of it. She took several  pictures from different angle and our expression that time was priceless. Next, she got up with the pizza box and sat back then she typed something along with its picture. She opened the box and ate only two pizza then throw the rest on the garbage.

He and i told our friends about that and his friend thought it was an indonesian who did that, but no! she wasn’t indonesian. I get it  that Indonesian or Asian in general is stereotyped  as the kind who take pictures of every single food they’ve consume yet that proves us something different.

As we finished our brunch, we decided to try an indoor activities which we previously googled and our choice goes to Totem room escape. We picked indoor activities because he kinda dislike going outdoor in the heat. uh, well Bali is frickkin hot even I can’t stand the heat.

Totem room escape is a reality escape room which will pump your adrenaline and test your patience plus intelligence to solve  puzzles and mystery. There are several rooms with different levels. We picked the second hardest room which is Kidnapped room. It is a room with a story plot of kidnapping and a murder. It was scary enough and quite dark inside with scattered books, fake bloods, cold room and a ticking bomb sound. It freaked the hell out of me. If you go with little kids, I recommend something easier like Alice in wonderland. Sadly, We weren’t able to solve all of the puzzles. By the end of the game, They took polaroid picture of us and asked us to stick it on their wall along with other pictures. We really had fun time there, especially when i jumped in scare due to sudden and shocking sound of exploding bomb.

On the way back to our hotel, we passed through jalan seminyak. There was a traffic jam and i tried to drive very slowly to avoid colliding with another vehicles. As i struggled my way out there, i spotted several bare naked foreigners riding the motorbike savagely and yelling shit as if the road was himself. I raised my eyebrows and turned back to look at my boyfriend.

It is such a struggle sometimes to pass jalan seminyak and the surroundings especially in night and afternoon. The road is small but overcrowded with motorbike and taxis. Goddammit, the taxi in Bali drive slowly as a snail and it is pain in the ass. Surprisingly, there is no excessive honks and almost none is yelling shit to one another or being asked to move faster. Again, the road in Bali is lethal, be ready to die anytime.

Bali is like a whole different world unattached to Indonesia stereotype. it is truly a heaven on earth. Even some would know Bali but not Indonesia. I even would love to settle there because well, we can get beer and pork easily. Apart from that, they just don’t give a damn about your religion or your story.

 

 

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Transportation in Indonesia | an intermezzo

10 February 2017

So, you’ve decided to visit Indonesia and now you’re doing a research on how to commute from one place to another, here i will tell you optional ways to easily commute in Indonesia apart from conventional taxi or renting a motorbike.

are you afraid of being cheated on price ?

are you afraid of being taken somewhere else which isn’t your destination?

As a foreigner, sometimes those question sparks our mind, and here i will tell you several ways to commute along with tips and trick. First of all, you need an internet connection and Indonesian phone number. After both requirements met, you’re good to go.

Online transportation is a flourishing business in Indonesia. It is now becoming a choice to commute while in Indonesia. Here are the list of online transportation which you can try to use while commuting in Indonesia.

  1. Go jek

Go Jek is an online based transportation which offer   commuting service by motorbike or car. It also offers food service, courier ,ticketing  and etc. To experience Go jek,All you have to do is download the application in playstore or appstore. Then register your number and an email ,voila! you are good to go.

Go Jek  is available in major cities such as  Jakarta, Bandung, Bali, Surabaya, Makassar, Yogyakarta, Medan, Semarang, Palembang, and Balikpapan.

So, in the main page you’ll see several options as in Go ride, Go car, Go food, and etc.

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on the left you can see the main page.

 

To use motorbike service all you have to do is  click the Go-Ride.  Next, Pin point your pick up place and your destination.

 

There are two type of payment: Go pay or Cash, As a foreigner, the option you have is Cash, so don’t  worry. You only have to pay the amount based on the application. And In the end of the journey, you have to rate the driver from one to five stars.

 

in terms of price, it’s cheaper than conventional transportation plus you don’t have to bargain or haggle. If you’re lucky, you can get english speaking rider, or driver especially in cities like Bali or Yogyakarta.

2. Grab Car

Grab car is a car service which allows you to pick three different services. There are grab car, Grab taxi, and Grab rental. The unique thing from Grab rental is that you can rent a car for 6 hours with fixed price, fuel and driver included. Just like any other online transportation, you have to download the application, register yourself and you’re good to go. according to its main site, Grabcar is available only in Jakarta and denpasar Bali, however, it is now also available in Yogyakarta. There are three types of payment, with Grab Pay,  Credit/debit card, or Cash. However, I personally haven’t tried this because there aren’t many cars in my area.

3. Uber

 

Well, i bet people is familiar with Uber but in Indonesia we  have Uber motorbike. Uber is available in 6 cities ; Jakarta, Bandung, Surabaya, Bali, Malang and Yogyakarta. My boyfriend and I tried uber while at Bali and it’s definitely cheaper than a conventional taxi, the rider will call us to make confirmation of order and will pick us up. Usually there’s a slight delay due to traffic so patience is all you need. From our experience using uber in Bali, there are some spot which uber driver won’t pick you up or won’t go because the local has put a sign which prohibit uber driver to pick up or drop off a passenger. However, we are glad with our experience in using Uber while at Bali. Uber Car doesn’t available in yogyakarta, however they have Uber motorbike which is currently growing in number.

4. Say Taxi

Okay so this application is available in Orlando, Tampa, cocoa, Miami, klang Valley ( malaysia), San jose (Costa Rica) and Combaitore ( india) and in Indonesia it is in Yogyakarta.

This is actually an  online application integrated with conventional taxi .The only difference is that you can book it online although the price would be on Taximeter. The application only estimate the price but it’s not a fixed price sometimes, it can be more cheaper or more expensive.

The cars range from blue , black, white chevrolet and also a toyota alphard. We use this taxi a lot because it’s reliable and the drivers are friendly plus we don’t have to call, just do it online and someone will pick us up. Just like a normal taxi, we can ask them to stop or wait for us while we are shopping.

So those are the online transportation which can be your optional choices while in Indonesia. However, you need to have patience while waiting for the driver or rider to pick you up, due to traffic jam and long red lights in Indonesia. I hope it helps and for further information, comment below or simply visit their main website

Bon voyage

 

 

 

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Seven days in island of gods| part IV

17 january 2017

we woke up to  a sunny day with moderate temperature as we decided to visit a cultural park and a temple. According to google it was located 30 mins ride from our hotel and as usual, we finished our breakfast and get ourselves ready. We completely dressed like a tourist with T-shirt printed Balinese dance and pattern. We thought it wasn’t hot so we didn’t apply any sunscreen.

The road in bali is lethal, as if none care whether they’d be alive or dead the next day. This was a whole new experience as i live in java where the police road are strict. In bali, you can ride around without a helmet, as i witness several rider myself, well maybe this only applies to locals not foreigners nor other than balinese. I have to drive very carefully though my boyfriend said my driving skill is totally awful. I couldn’t agree more, as i am still traumatized by an accident i had last year and that bring a huge impact.

Okay, so we drove to visit Garuda Wisnu Kencana, unfinished cultural park but still worth to visit for seeing bali above the ground. In this park you can see a 75.5 ft high statue of Vishnu and a Garuda, a mythical bird companion of Vishnu. In this park, you can also see a lotus pond and a balinese theatrical performance. The entrance ticket for foreigners is about 100 Idr all included. But for those who love to do adventure, don’t put this on your list because it’ll completely waste your time.

Next, we visited pura uluwatu, a temple which was built at the edge of 70 meter rocks facing towards the sea. The entrance ticket for this temple is about 15000 idr rupiah. before entering the temple, the visitors have to wear a cloth to cover their knee;This is to respect the holy place. The temple is inhibited by naughty monkeys who will fearlessly steal your belongings, so if you decide to visit this place it’s best to be extra careful with glasses, cute sandals, keychain or your camera. However, don’t worry as you’ll have 30% chance to get your things back as the temple provide “monkey whisperer”, they are the people that can control the monkey and knows their habit very well. let alone the monkey, you will be mesmerized by the ocean view and the magnificent temple.  I really recommend this place to be in one of your list while visiting bali.

As we return to our hotel room, we just realized that we got a sunburn. I got a sunburn all over my face and hands meanwhile he got sunburn around his neck, hands and knee. So that night, we decided to buy sunscreen and sunburn cream. We had a fun time over the park and pura uluwatu.

 

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Seven days in Island of Gods | Part III

16  January 2017

We finally get our motorbike in our third day in Bali s

Soon after we finished our daily breakfast at hotel. It is only a typical western breakfast: a bread and a jam. to be honest I barely felt full so i have always eat a bit too much during lunch or earlier, blame my asian tummy. We started our journey at 9 and reached the office about fifteen minutes after. fast forward, we finished our business there and standing clueless outside the office.

” where do you want to go?” i asked

” I don’t know, you’re the indonesian”  he replied while brushing off his hair

” okay, let’s back to hotel and figure something out”

I decided to go back to hotel and  we went back to our room. Most of attraction sites are located farther from the city well because mainly they are beaches and mountain.  I googled over places which we should visit through tripadvisor but nothing sparks our curiosity. So we decided to look for restaurant for dinner and he found one over jl kartika.

Jl kartika in bali is lined up with restaurants and bar and  as crowded as legian or seminyak. There we find El Greco, a restaurant which served Greek food. To reach our destination,we relied on google maps a lot and i often find myself taking a U turn because we missed the place. Just like El Greco, it was a small restaurant located in Jl kartika and to spotted it, we have to ride very slowly until we find a small blue board sign with the restaurant name.

So,This was my first time tasting a Greek food. We went there because he wants to eat kebab and it said to have the best kebab in town. As i parked the motorbike on the road, The owner greeted us and asked whether we want to dine in or take away.The place has a romantic ambient with several cushions table set and pictures of Greece hanged on the wall. We ordered quite a lot , a complete buffet: appetizer, main course and desert. The owner chatted every now and then to make sure we have a great experience at his place. By the end of our dinner, they served us a complimentary drink which tasted like a mixture of lemon and a beer. From what i have observed, several guest were already regular and they keep coming back when they are in Bali. To sum up everything, we enjoyed our dinner here, we got ourselves very full and we satisfy our sweet tooth.However, that restaurant was the most expensive one while we stayed at Bali. We ended the day by feeling accomplished and full.