There are so many reasons to love Bali.
The food, the people, the standard of living. Everything.
I very recently visited the island again (did two solo trips last year- once to Ubud in June, and the other in Seminyak in October.) but this time, traveled with two other friends.
While I had a blast I think I have gotten used to solo travel. But I digress.
I was nursing a busted ankle (old injury which flared up immediately post 2XU), and coupled with my shoebag going missing, was unable to do much … running (ok I fess up – I did NONE!) Tried to surf but when we went to the beach it was high tide and while I am a decent swimmer… I was scared.
We basically spent most of our time exploring the area, which meant a whole lot of eating and shopping.
(Sorry about crappy pics – am using my mobile phone. )
Notable eats include some of the usual joints mentioned ad nauseum – Naughty Nuri’s (must order: the steak, the ribs, and of course, the martinis), Warung Babi Guling Pak Malen (had a much better experience this time round – the pork dishes were to die for), Sasa (no pics – but the pizza was very, very good), The Bistrot (a french restaurant – expensive by Bali standards) and some other small warungs my friend’s local friends brought us to (will try to get the addresses).
Both Sasa and The Bistrot are situated along the “Eat Street” in Seminyak, which was a two minute walk from the villa I stayed at (awesome location, plus I like that there was a resident cat. Which made himself very, very comfortable.) I shared the one-bedder luxury villa with my girl-friend, and the bill came up to SGD 271 for the five day- four night stay. Pretty reasonable, I think.
My only grouse (sorry – being a typical Singaporean – must always complain about something) was that service seemed to stop the nanosecond check-out time (12 noon) arrived. While I was allowed to stow my luggage in the lobby a request to use the loo was flatly turned down. Almost turned blue running to the main road (which was thankfully nearby) to use the restroom at one of the many eating places there.
All in, it was a good break for me – used to traveling alone, I really needed some individual time and was very glad my friends saw this, and understood when I said I needed some ME time. I don’t know why but holidays are a time for me to recharge and think about things; the younger Me would have been happy going out nonstop and gallivanting all over town.
The last trip I made to Bali before this – it was awesome as I went skinny dipping for the first time in my life in my villa’s pool – I couldn’t do it this time, for obvious reasons. 😀
Would I go back again? Yes, and very soon at that. I love the slower pace of life, and am amazed that one can get WiFi connection almost anyone one went. It’s ironic as Singapore is supposedly more advanced as a country, but free WiFi hotspots are few and far in between. Food and accommodation are also much, much cheaper and better (it’s not that I am there on holiday and that I am looking at things through rose-tinted glasses. It’s a FACT. Go try yourself.) Of course, it is not as safe there compared to here but if I were to move, or if I had a kid I would definitely consider relocating there.
Singapore very recently, as you may know, won another No. 1 ‘accolade’ – the title of Most Expensive City in the World.
You tell me lah. How to live here?
Thank goodness Paradise is but two hours away.
Street Art. So pretty.