Cafe Wayan Ubud

We stumbled upon Cafe Wayan when we walked along Monkey Forest Road in Ubud. From the outside, all I could see was a small bakery. My friend brought up that this cafe was mentioned in Eat Pray Love. As we entered the cafe, it felt like we entered a different place. It was like a cafe in the middle of a forest. There are plenty of seats, but it feels private. You may choose if you’d like a table-and-chair setting, or sit-on-floor setting (or usually referred to as lesehan). We settled for the… Read More

The Innocent Looking Monkeys in Monkey Forest Ubud Bali Are Really AGGRESSIVE

In the past, I used to think monkeys were cute and harmless. I used to think they were great photo companion. After all, the way they move was delicate, their faces looked innocent and tame. However, my perception was changed completely in 2013. Three years ago, I wanted to get up close with a monkey. I allowed it to sit on my shoulder and played with my hair. My friend helped me take a photo with the monkey, which I was hoping to boost on my social media. After a while, we were ready… Read More

Eating Cheap in Kuta, Bali: Nasi Pedas Ibu Andika

Day 5 is the day when our team members have all arrived. We kicked off the day with a breakfast at Nasi Pedas Ibu Andika at Jalan Raya Kuta. “Pedas” means spicy. Nasi Pedas Ibu Andika is well-known for its spiciness, obviously, and its cheap price. They serve halal food. It’s a kind of mixed rice (nasi campur), where you choose the dishes that you want and you’ll be charged depending on the dishes that you chose. There were so many dishes to choose from: potato chips, fried chicken intestine, fried noodle, tofu, tempe, fried… Read More

Seafood Dinner by the Beach: Menega Cafe, Jimbaran, Bali

Jimbaran is the area at the south of Bali’s Ngurah Rai Airport. The westernmost part of Jimbaran is Jimbaran Beach, which is a pretty long coast line forming the shape of a flipped “C”, thus it’s often referred as Jimbaran bay. Dinner at Jimbaran beach is a good experience for first-timer, however, the price is not quite in the budget traveler’s range. There are a few clusters of seafood restaurants at Jimbaran beach. The one that we visited is located in the southern part of Jimbaran Beach, called “Jalan Four Seasons, Pantai Muaya.”

Eat and Drink in Seminyak, Bali: Best Nasi Campur in Nook; Organic Food in Earth Cafe & Market

Seminyak certainly has so much to offer. We spent 2 days exploring Seminyak and it was barely enough. Seminyak is located at north of Legian. And Legian is located at north of Kuta. If you stay at Kuta/Legian, it is technically possible to walk to Seminyak, the distance is approximately 4 to 7 km, depending on your actual starting point and destination. We hired a driver on the day we explored Seminyak, so it was easy to get around. We started our day with a brunch at Nook Bali (FB page & IG page)…. Read More

Bali: Garuda Wisnu Kencana (GWK), Uluwatu Temple and Kecak Dance in One Day

Due to the close proximity, Garuda Wisnu Kencana (GWK) Cultural Park and Uluwatu Temple can be visited in the same day. Both are located at the southwest tip of Bali. It’s best to visit GWK first in the morning or afternoon, and Uluwatu Temple in the late afternoon. The reason is: sunset at Uluwatu Temple is awesome. Furthermore, there is daily performance of Kecak Dance at 6pm at Uluwatu Temple which you should really watch. Garuda Wisnu Kencana (GWK) is made up 3 words. Garuda is a selfless bird who touches Wisnu’s heart with his strength… Read More

Exploring Nusa Dua Beach and Water Blow – Courtyard Marriott Nusa Dua Beach Club

Even though Courtyard Marriott Nusa Dua Resort doesn’t have its own beach within its resort, it does have a private beach club at Nusa Dua Beach, near Peninsula island, at the easternmost end of Jalan Pantai Mengiat. In the morning of our second day in Bali, we took the complimentary shuttle service of Courtyard to the beach. There wasn’t a fix schedule of shuttle bus timing; whenever we needed the shuttle, we just informed the staff and they would arrange for us. The journey between resort and the beach was quite short, probably between… Read More

Courtyard Marriott Bali Nusa Dua Review

I am not a luxurious traveler, but I’m not the extreme budget traveler either. I am at the middle of the scale, and leaning towards budget direction. However once in a while, I do not deny myself of luxurious experiences. For our 7D6N in Bali, we decided to stay for 2 nights in high-end hotel and the rest 4 nights in medium-end hotel, simply because we wanted to experience the best of both worlds. My friend searched for the cheapest high-end hotel in Nusa Dua area with private beach, and came up… Read More

Eating Cheap in Nusa Dua Bali: Nasi Ayam Ibu Oki, Babi Guling Pak Dobiel, Ulam Restaurant

Nusa Dua in Bali is known as the area with high concentration of luxurious resorts. When I did my research for cheap places to eat in Nusa Dua, nothing much came out. I was a little bit worried that I would have to burn my wallet for every meals in Nusa Dua. The truth is, my worry was short-lived. There are plenty of cheap foods in Nusa Dua. We tried these 3 restaurants during our stay in Nusa Dua.

Exploring St Regis in Bali: Gourmand Deli and Remede Spa

It was not in our itinerary to explore The St. Regis Bali Resort, on our first day in Bali. It was supposed to be checking in to our hotel at Courtyard Nusa Dua Resort, taking a shower, having lunch and lazing around in the hotel. However, despite having indicated in our online booking form that we intend to do early check-in, we were told to come back after 3pm because our rooms were not ready. Tired from lack of sleep the night before, and hungry because we haven’t eaten anything since the night before,… Read More