Sorry for feeding you guys all the old travelogues. I am clearing the albums in my laptop now so might as well just blog it out. It was September 2014. Exactly 2 years ago when we randomly plan a 3D2N getaway to Phuket. A very short one so we basically just arrange a very nice resort, (check out our resort here) pace there and have some family bonding time. It was 5 years ago since I last visited Phuket, not much changes I would say. We went for a very short city tour and I just hate the weather. It was so hot I can barely enjoy anything at all.
It was not even lunchtime yet but as i mentioned, I just couldn’t tolerate the burning hot sun. Randomly walked into this restaurant for
ice cold beer food and aircon.
Not too bad. I have nothing much to offer in this post but food.. and more food. Hahahhaa! Enjoy!
Clockwise : Fried Seafood Platter –> Green Curry Beef –> Pineapple Fried Rice –> Amok Fish –> Prawn Omelette –> Cashew nut Chicken.
And lastly, all norm –> Mango Sticky Rice
Then we proceed to Jungceylon Shopping Mall for the aircon. Its a open concept mall but at least it’s not that hot.
Swensens for ice cream!! Food again yay!!!
Durian Juice in the supermarket..
Hmmm… not that nice. It taste exactly like what you imagining now.
And this facial place is packed with humans…! 299 baht which is around RM 30 ++ for a full package of massage and facial! why not!! Need to take number and queue one eh.
Tada! Feel so naked.
So we managed to spend the whole afternoon at Jungceylon before exploring Patong Beach. It’s a very happening place if you plan to just pace around the street, holding a nice cold beer and just wait for the party to start. No I din’t. I went to explore the duno what sea game competition thingy along Patong Beach.
Hello from Patong Beach! Say hello to my anak monyet! haha!
Normally if its not my first time to the place, I’ll just take my time doing boring stuff, eat and just loiter around. No touristy activities. So mind me if it’s too boring. You can check out my travelogue list at the top panel or the tagged bar beside for more interesting stuff.
Tuk tuk to the night market!! FOOODDD!!!!
I love this little things a lot. Its like a very solid jelly like skin with sweetened yellow bean paste inside. It’s so addictive you will just keep eating it.
And so this is our perfect combination of food for dinner!! Chaos!
Saw a lot of people posting picture of Bali so I was thinking to share my bali trip 2 years back. Hahaha. It was a little bit too late but oh well, I have more outdated post back there. So today I will be sharing my 12 things to do in Kuta Bali free and easy excluding sightseeing:
1. Stroll along Kuta Beach
2. Enjoy the Sunset at Kuta Beach
4. BBQ corn
The corn is a must try. It can be found anywhere along the street in Kuta. That buttery secret sauce and their local mixed chilli paste. oh my! I had this almost everyday when I’m at Bali!
5. My forever so awesome-must-eat Bebek Tepi Sawah
As compared to Babi Guling, I love my bebek so much more. Bebek means duck in Indon language and Bebek Tepi Sawah is definitely one of the reputed restaurant in Bali serving one of the best bebek. Happy to say that they open a branch at Beachwalk shopping mall!! And probably if I were to go back to Bali, Bebek is the reason.
I had avocado juice. Yums! Perfect match!
And this is my ultimate love in Bali!! The duck may look dry but you are totally wrong, the skin of the duck is fried to crisp but the meat underneath it is still very juicy and tender, it is well seasoned and rubbed with their special spices. I guess that’s the reason that makes it so addictive. To make everything even more magical, try to eat them with their sauce. I love the minced onion sauce the most. For those who can handle ultimate level of spiciness, you will love the other two. Too hot for me to handle them.
6. The famous Made Warung
One of the most discussed restaurant in Bali. The Made’s Warung. The served authentic balinese cuisine and some with a twist. This is Bebek berempah (spiced herby duck) with the famous pork skewer. Another high recommended one is their crab cooked with their traditional spices and coconut milk. Dang it! However, its slightly pricey here but definitely worth a try.
7. Explore Beachwalk shopping mall
8. Spend some time in the Arcade
If this is not your first time to Bali and you are just too lazy to visit all the infamous Uluwatu and Ubud iconic places; just want to pace around and relax just like me, you can opt to try out their arcade at Beachwalk shopping mall just beside the food court. This particular game makes me sweat like nobody’s business. It’s like a dancing machine but dance using both of your hand. Hohoho! I spend more than 2 hours crazily challenging this game.
9. 24 hours restaurant for Supper
10. Happy soda
One of my favourite drinks in Bali. Happy Soda or Soda Gembira. It’s a mixture of air bandung with milk and a bottle of fizzy soda. Yums!
11. Dress like a typical tourist
You always have your holiday outfit. Just dress like you are going to the beach, you will enjoy more if you indulge yourselves in that mood!
12. Save some rupiah for airport tax
Do not spend every cent of your money in Bali. Please keep at least the amount above to pay for the airport tax or you will stuck there like a lot of my friends did. hahahahahahaha!
And of coz, you should enjoy the nightlife in Bali but we give it a pass this time. For more touristy itinerary, please click the link before :
I personally still prefer to stay at Kuta Beach area in Bali. Perfect location to the beautiful Kuta Beach, breathtaking view of the sunset, restaurants, 24h eateries and shopping mall within walking distance, 7-elevan located just around the corner; what more to mention pubs and lounges.
For this time being, I stayed at Mercure Kuta Beach Hotel Bali. It is located beside Hard Rock Hotel and Kuta Beach is just in front of Mercure Hotel.
I love the concept of the hotel.
If were to pinpoint one thing that I don’t really like about the hotel, the standard room is quite small as compared to the one I had at Nusa Dua.
Other than that, I have nothing to complain about. Staff is friendly and service is good. They have their own surfing outlets that you can rent the surfboard or to purchase anything you want.
It is beautiful during the night as well.
Rooftop pool overlooking the beautiful sunset.
If you’re bored at night or just want to take a stroll along the beach, Kuta beach is just right in front. Less than 1 minute, just walked across!
I love laying on the beach doing absolutely nothing just enjoying that perfect moment when the sun goes down.
Definitely gonna come back again! What’s your favourite hotel in Bali?
As compared to Kuta and Ubud, Nusa Dua is considered a less popular area in Bali. Nusa Dua caters for people who opt for a more relaxing and carefree trip. Most of the resorts have their own private beach for their guests. You won’t feel empty or bored even if you just stay in the resort for days, they have everything you needed for a holiday. People often choose Nusa Dua as their wedding location as well. I guess I went through around 5 or 6 wedding receptions in just over the weekend along that stretch of white sandy beach. For people who opt for a cheaper price range of accommodation with compatible environment minus the private beach, you can always follow my suggestions. We can go to the public beach, they are as gorgeous as well.
Where to stay in Nusa Dua?
Amaroossa Suite, Nusa Dua — Executive Suite RM250 +-
Not the perfect location but it’s definitely worth the value. A very new and comfortable hotel suite for everyone.
We chose the executive suite. Love every inch of the room especially the spacious and luxurious bathroom.
There’s a shared pool beside the reception lobby. Not the biggest but enough for you to do your swimming. We went to beach most of the time in Bali anyway right?
Location wise, you might need to grab a taxi to travel. There are some convenience stores around for some necessities and beers.
Nusa Dua Beach
In less than a 10 minute drive from Amaroossa Suite is the Nusa Dua beach. You don’t need much here, just enjoy yourselves, indulge in the beautiful scenery, grab a beer, read a book, get a sun tan or whatever you feel like doing.
I had a half an hour nap at the beach after taking this picture. Hohoho!
Explore the place : Night Market and Mall
It’s a free and easy trip, we spent just two nights in Nusa Dua wandering around the place without any plans. A cab driver suggested a night market and we settled down for dinner. Nothing much to pace around though.
We settled our dinner with one of the famous Indonesian food — The Bakso
Not the best one but definitely authentic. I love it more when you add the crackers or crispy pork lard thing. There are just on the table, grab anyhow you want and add them in your bakso.
I don’t exactly remember how and where we wandered and we came across this mall called Hardys Mall. You get everything you want here from clothings, electronics appliances, food, souvenirs, paintings, plants or even raw materials.
Nothing caught my attention except this!
Oh my! Strawberry cheesecake ice cream!
To be honest, it’s
bored to death very boring here in Nusa Dua unless you just want to lay on the beach the whole day and enjoy the resorts. I can’t wait to go to Kuta area!! Nothing makes me happy in Nusa Dua except for our suite room and the strawberry cheesecake ice cream… darn! Moral of the story : Get a really good resort like Clud Med, Sofitel Luxury Villa, Nusa Dua Beach Hotel, The Laguna and The Westin those if you want to enjoy Nusa Dua.