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. (more…)

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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, we decided to roam around outside the hotel. We walked through Bali National Golf Club, and ended up at St Regis. (more…)

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My Frustration Finding Taxi in Bali Ngurah Rai Airport, And How You Can Avoid It

So, my friends and I arrived at Bali Ngurah Rai Airport early in the morning, on a Wednesday, at International Terminal. Our plan was to get the official taxi to go to our hotel, Courtyard Marriott, at Nusa Dua. Being the one who speaks Indonesian language, I approached the official taxi counter and asked for the price. The staff, a middle-aged man, asked me how many people we have, to which I replied 3. He then said, “Rp 250 000”. I was shocked, because I knew Nusa Dua was not that far from airport. My eyes went straight to the price list behind him, it showed Rp 150 000 to Nusa Dua. (more…)

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7 Days Bali Trip Overview (15-21 June 2016) – Itinerary & Cost

Bali seems to be that destination that everyone wishes to visit at least once in their lives. It also has that magical pull that keeps everyone, who has visited before, coming back every now and then. I myself am visiting Bali for the third time now, my friend however is visiting Bali for the third time in a year! It’s kind of crazy to think of how popular Bali is among the world travelers, countless of blog posts have been written about Bali, some movies are filmed there. Before my first visit in 2008, I imagined Bali to have plenty of skyscrapers and modern buildings in the city center. But I was wrong. The roads were narrow everywhere, and not many skyscrapers were around. Even now, the roads remain narrow. However things are getting pricier and pricier. (more…)

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My kind of Retreat in Jakarta – Run/Trek in Sentul, Touch Animals in Taman Safari, Witness Friend’s Wedding, Food in PIK
The village where we had our trail run / trekking at Sentul

My kind of Retreat in Jakarta – Run/Trek in Sentul, Touch Animals in Taman Safari, Witness Friend’s Wedding, Food in PIK

I was excited to go to Jakarta over the weekend (Saturday-Monday) to attend my friend’s wedding as well as explore Jakarta and its outskirts. We have arranged detailed itinerary of how we spend our time in Jakarta. And I’m imagining that I would have lots of photos and info to write a blog post about Jakarta. However it turns out that I didn’t take that much photos as I was deeply immersed in hearty conversation, peaceful scenery, intense workout and hard laughs. At the end of the trip, I felt that this weekend has been a retreat for me instead of traveling. I’m free from social media, work-related calls & messages, boring-city-grumbles. I just feel free and appreciative. Here’s what has happened in Jakarta.. (more…)

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