12 Things to do in Kuta, Bali

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 It was a little bit too late but oh well, I have more outdated post back there.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

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2. Enjoy the Sunset at Kuta Beach

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3. Surfing

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4. BBQ corn

dsc06358 dsc06359The 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!
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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. 

dsc06515 dsc06517 dsc06518 dsc06519-horzI had avocado juice. Yums! Perfect match! 

dsc06521And 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.
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6. The famous Made Warung

dsc06411One 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.

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7. Explore Beachwalk shopping mall

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8. Spend some time in the Arcade

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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

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10. Happy soda

dsc06510-horzOne 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

dsc06537_pYou 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

dsc06550Do 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 :

 

 

Bali Where to Stay : Mercure Kuta Beach Hotel

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.

dsc06539 dsc06540I love the concept of the hotel. 

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dsc06317 dsc06545If 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. 

dsc06322 dsc06327 dsc06335Other 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.

dsc06408 dsc06483 dsc06549Rooftop pool overlooking the beautiful sunset. 

dsc06479 dsc06490If 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!

dsc06373 dsc06494I love laying on the beach doing absolutely nothing just enjoying that perfect moment when the sun goes down. 

dsc06340_pDefinitely gonna come back again! What’s your favourite hotel in Bali?

 

 

 

The another part of Bali : Nusa Dua Travel Guide

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 +-

dsc06310Not the perfect location but it’s definitely worth the value. A very new and comfortable hotel suite for everyone.

dsc06183 dsc06185 dsc06190 dsc06191 We chose the executive suite. Love every inch of the room especially the spacious and luxurious bathroom. 

dsc06294_p dsc06305There’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?

dsc06306Location wise, you might need to grab a taxi to travel. There are some convenience stores around for some necessities and beers.

Nusa Dua Beach

dsc06218 dsc06241_p dsc06244 dsc06256_pIn 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. 

dsc06235_pI 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.

dsc06268 We settled our dinner with one of the famous Indonesian food — The Bakso

dsc06270-tileNot 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. 

dsc06276Scrumptious! 

dsc06290I 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. 

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Nothing caught my attention except this!

dsc06289Oh my! Strawberry cheesecake ice cream! 

dsc06314_pTo 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.

A heart crushing real life story : Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, Phnom Penh Cambodia

Yeah I am back again from my annual MIA culture. 3 months, not a very long period of time but a lot of things did change. There’s something I’ve forgo and there’s something new coming into my life. Good things come around when you least expected it, guess it sum up my 3 months back there is a quite positive one. I wanted to share a very romantic place to visit in Taiwan but i accidentally bought the wrong hard disk out so next time I guess. Finished reading one of my favourite and heart aching book about the history of Phnom penh so why not just share it first. Enjoy the read people. Hi Puddin!

This is a very depressing post. A real life story that haunts my heart for nearly a year before I decided to share. Every time when I am trying to write about it, I can’t help but to avoid. To avoid going through the feelings I had when I visited that place. It is a painful but meaningful visit. The day when we visited the place, it was nothing but silence and doubts on how humankind can be so cruel and merciless. Every piece of the story, every edges of the building, it lies the blood and prayers to survive.

DSC01100It was a school. A normal high school. Situated at the centre of Phnom Penh. Strategic, or perhaps too strategic. 

This harrowing history accommodated a very short period of time. 3 years. The tragic 3 years from 1976 to 1979 when the Khmer Rouge ruled Cambodia. Khmer Rouge was ruled by a Cambodian revolutionary named Pol Pot who later referred the country as the Democratic Kampuchea. I was shared during the ruling of the Khmer Rouge, everyone was evacuated from their home. They were told by the new government that the act of migration was to avoid the bombing from the Americans. But this act of transformation changed the fate of the Cambodians. Most of them would never get to meet their loves one any more. Money is just a valueless paper. During the 3 years of the Khmer Rouge regime, it’s just purely tortures, interrogations, and executions. 

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Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum was formerly a high school which was then converted to a security prison 21 (S21) where most of the party related or educated personnel like government servants, teachers, doctors, academics, students, monks or even the innocents one were captured and tortured. It was best known as the torture chamber in Cambodia. More than 1.7 millions lives were taken during the 3 years of Khmer Rouge Regime. 

DSC01031 There were building A,B,C and D. Building A consists of the bigger rooms for the higher ranked government servants. Building B consists of the Galleries, Building C has the smaller cells for the prisoners and Building D holds the memorabilia including the instruments of torture. 

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DSC01028 DSC01030This is one of the room in Building A. A classroom, converted into a torture chamber where blood stains were still visible until today. A steel bed with slackers to chain their prisoners. Some were tortured in the room until death. Some were brought to somewhere for execution.

They photographed every prisoner when they were brought in and when they were dead. 

DSC01038 DSC01050There were no words to describe the fall of humankind. The evil in them to how they have treated their same kind. 

DSC01059 DSC01061Classrooms, transferred to cells. Every prisoner was only given 4 small spoons of watered porridge. Legs were chained with the slackers; some prisoners will have to eat the faeces and the urines from their inmates. Some were starve to death, which will be the least painful way to die. 

DSC01063This is the cell of one of the survivors Chum Mey. 

DSC01055 Wired corridors were built to prevent the prisoners to commit suicide by jumping off the building after a few successful cases. 

Galleries that holds the photographs of the prisoners.

DSC01042 DSC01052Look carefully at the picture. The tag was pinned directly through the skin. But what is pain as compared to the series of interrogations that they have been through? 

DSC01073Photos of deaths. Every prisoners will take turns and brought to interviews for their skills, their background, or any information of parties involved. Even if they have nothing much to provide, they will still be interrogate. The common interrogations will be pouring acids to the nose, twitching nipples out, slicing skin, heavy punching until the skulls were broken, slice open the body and have your organs removed without any anaesthetic, some were attached to the intravenous pump and pump every drop of the blood causing them to bleed to death. These were to test how long a human can survive with all the blood was drained. Even when I was writing this, I feel disgusted.

Some of the skilful prisoners like the 2 survivors were taken to paint out the process of torturing. Such as below.

DSC01080 DSC01081 DSC01085Devices of interrogating. 

DSC01034 DSC01035This, supposed to be a playground of the school were then converted to a torture devices. Prisoners whom were passed out during the interrogation will then be hung upside down and dipped in the urine alike chemical to wake them up for more interrogation. 

Almost 20,000 lives were taken here before they ran out of place to bury the corpse and that is when the killing field were discovered to execute more human beings. (will be updated soon).

The last few coffins were the last few corpses to be found in the prison after the fall of Khmer Rouge. 

DSC01092_p DSC01097 DSC01098I was glad I have the chance to actually talk to 2 of the survivors of the Genocide S21 prison. They have been through so much, went through years of counselling before they were able to stand out and live their own live again. 

There will always be loss of lives in every revolution. But what is more sickening and heartless than this? A brutal experience that not only haunts the civilians but also the country. Making the greatest impact in destroying the strength of humanity. 

DSC01109Tuol Sleng buildings were preserved as how they were left after the Khmer Rouge were driven out. The museum is open for public, it was served as the memorial for the Cambodians as well as an important educational site. I spent weeks studying the history of Cambodia before I went, spent 4 days venturing into the actual tragic places and talked to the related beings about their encounter, ending my Cambodia trip knowing a little bit more about the world and a little less about myself.

To the victims who sacrificed during the Khmer Rouge Regime. May your souls rest in peace.

 

 

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