Sunday, July 5, 2009

Life of Riley

Bali was exactly what we needed.

The few days we were there, I could barely keep my eyes open because they were in such a dreamy state, opened just enough to see the beauty in things, but closed ever so slightly to simply relax. We stayed at an obscure villa that came with its own pool, sun deck, bed on the sun deck (mmm...), kitchen, entertainment center and private chauffeur. While built to seem like it's off the beaten path, the place was within walking distance to the coolest hangout spots like Ku De Ta, Samaya, and Laksmana/Oberoi Street. Don't you just love how these words form on the lips? It's like a song.

I couldn't have been more enamored with this island, and yet I've only seen a small part of it. Everything was bliss to the senses. The coupling of nature and city-like entertainment blew my mind. It's not hard to imagine why some tourists choose never to leave. Of course with the luxury of refreshing early morning dips in the pool, affordable spa treatments, cocktails by the beach, candlelit baths, and fine local dishes with crispy pork rinds (fortunately not experienced all at once) we couldn't complain.

There was one bad experience, and it was snorkeling at Nusa Dua. We should've known it was a bad idea. US$35 for a single yellow fish in murky waters!!? You've gotta be f*king kidding me! I knew when the bf said, "Let's get the hell out of here and make the most of our day at the beach" trying not to swallow any of the water from the choppy seas, that we make good traveling buddies.

On our last day, both he and our driver Sugi, were such troopers entertaining my idea of stopping at a local design shop to pick up a blouse I fell in love with, having seen it on a chic girl at Ku De Ta. We drove down Seminyak street looking out for store signs, stopping wherever we could. It was hilarious.

Admittedly, our only regret is that we didn't have enough time to travel to Ubud, which you can be sure is on our list as a next destination.

Lunch at Kafe Warisan, a restaurant by a paddy field

The food was good here. Kinda like homemade French food from your local bistro

Wang wee wang wah wow wow. That's the sound I feel I should be making, looking like this. Wang wee wow wow wow

After dinner at the ever popular Ku De Ta

After an even more memorable dinner at our villa, by a pool of petals. The bf revealed his surprise for our 5 year anniversary, having lied about that suspicious newspaper-wrapped box in his luggage. I know it's not another 3 weeks before the real day but wow! It's a lovely present, which I promise to share another day. Thanks love!

Yes. That's my bf over a romantic dinner


The ambiance made up for the silly company. Lol

Early morning dip with petals in the pool. It's quite an unusual pampering feeling, almost like a spa without the aromatherapy. This reminds me of the time when the bf and I celebrated one of our anniversaries at the W Hotel in San Francisco. The staff had formed the shape of a heart on our bed with rose petals. And for the longest time, we tried so hard not to mess it up. Didn't have that problem this time! *Splash

I don't know why I never considered spending hours at the beach tanning and reading as an ambition. Mom, when I grow up, that's just what I'd like to do. Be a sunbathing book expert. Now that's legit

Fresh pineapple from a one-woman operation on the beach

The bf at the Babi Guling (suckling pig) restaurant

This Indonesian dish is a myriad of flavors, mainly a suckling pig served in many different ways. Seasoned meat, crispy skin, blood sausages, crackling, and knuckle (I think?). Our driver told us that it's the "complete Balinese dish because it has a little bit of everything. Vegetables, meat, soup and rice. Oh and crispiness too!" Gotta love the crispiness. We definitely got ripped off here at 68,000 rupiah, when babi guling should only be about 10,000 rupiah per person.

Oh well

Sunset by the beach

So busy making a statement that we missed the sunset!

Last meal in Bali: nasi campur ayam (chicken mixed rice) at Ibu Malek

It's so cute how the restaurant was in a mini lush tropical forest/garden

We tried to play it safe on the plane what with the recent H1N1 scare, but it was really uncomfortable breathing through the masks. The bf playing the fool. What am I gonna do with this man? *Shakes head

For more photos of the trip, click here>


veron said...

Bali, always wanted to visit there. I heard their suckling pig is delicious and i see you did not forget to sample it. :)

Petrina said...

I totally agree with you on the snorkelling bit. A total rip off!! We saw way more fishes in much clearer waters in Phuket.

Speaking of which, let's plan a trip to Phuket! Should be fun!! Get Suen to come back fpr a few days or something. Even 3 days is sufficient.

Your villa looks so nice. I'm jealous. We stayed in the backpackers area in Kuta, super cheap hotel (RM80 a night!) so the rooms were not fantastic but at least clean and smack in the middle of everything!

^cherie said...

heee.. looks like your bf and my hb can hi5!

Silly boys, except that mine acts silly only with me and me only (no to camera too! >.<). Perhaps that explains why our 1 decade relationship is still going very strong.. ;)

Very entertaining and i'm never bored ;)

Danielle Bumblebee said...

veron: there's another indonesian specialty we didn't try n it's fried duck from bebek bengil (literally dirty duck) in ubud.. apparently duck is super crisp n amazing. most say it's a must try!

petrina: suen n i were just discussing a trip :) phuket sounds like a plan.. i'd have to do it over a long weekend though cause i'm starting a new job n should not be taking leave during my first few months

cherie: lol.. the bf does crack me up all the time.. though we're not even a decade long (wow!) i'm hardly bored with his silliness. when r u blogging again?

^cherie said...

Danielle : already started quite some time ago! ;)

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