Bali Brouhaha IV: Beachin’
We haven’t been on a proper beach throughout our trip and with it being one of the attractions of Bali, we sure as hell couldn’t give it a miss. Faced with so many choices coupled with our indecision, we took the easy way out and got the driver to send us to the nearest beach.
We alighted at Ku De Ta Beach Club, which is supposedly the place to be in Bali, especially if you like to partayy. But nope, no party for us as parties even of the Ku De Ta kind don’t start at 11am. Made the short walk across the compound to be greeted by these fabulous sights.
#1 Bitchin’ | Superheadz UWS | Kodak Elitechrome 200
As in awesome or great, even though we had to pay to rent one of the beach beds for an hour. Yep, nothing comes for free. However, I can’t recall how much we paid. But I did made a feeble attempt to haggle and succeed! Haha, cheap thrill.
#2 Legs Legs Legs | Superheadz UWS | Kodak Elitechrome 200
Binbin showing her legs legs legs while slacking on the bed bed bed.
#3 Loading | Superheadz UWS | Kodak Elitechrome 200
Me? Off to challenge the mega waves of Bali. Here I come!
#4 Ji Ba Boom! | Superheadz UWS | Kodak Elitechrome 200
Ooooof. In my face!
#5 Sleepy Eye | Superheadz UWS | Kodak Elitechrome 200
After my epic battle with the sea, it was my turn to lie down while binbin took to the sea. Loving the vignetting in this one, as if the viewer just woke up, bleary eyed.
#6 Peace | Superheadz UWS | Kodak Elitechrome 200
Taking a step back and breathing in the peace.
#7 Sun Sand Mix | LC-A+ RL | Fujichrome T64
Clouds on the beach. It can only happen through photography.
#8 Circle of Light | Superheadz UWS | Kodak Elitechrome 200
Back to the villa and chilling at the pool. The must have shot for Superheadz UWS camera: sun flares. Point to sun and shoot, Simple as that.
#9 Whitewash | Superheadz UWS | Kodak Elitechrome 200
Warning: Excessive basking in sunlight may cause erosion of features, resulting in a features-less blank face.
That’s the end of the series! Overall, Bali has been good for me, definitely the place to be to recharge your batteries. Even Kuta Beach which has been often criticized for being too commercialized turned out to be quite pleasant. I guess we missed having easy access to eateries and shops from our villa. If seclusion is your kind of thing, then Seminyak or Ubud should be more suitable options. I guess that’s the appeal of Bali whereby it is able to cater to a diverse crowd.
Also, one last tip when it comes to money changers in Bali. Be wary of those who display excessive exchange rates that appear too good to be true. That’s because they are usually too good to be true! We patronized this particular money changer which had to be accessed through a side alley as the rates advertised were hands down the best.
All seems well until the money changer was counting the money, very carefully, to the extent of displaying every single note on the counter which seemed kinda fishy to me. When he handed over the money, he folded up the wad of cash and told me to keep it quick. That elevated my suspicion about 10 times. Just as I was about to count the cash, he grabbed it from me and did a re-count.
Fishiness level: Fish market.
This continued for a few more rounds as I refused to leave without having to do a count right in front of him and he would in turn grabbed the cash back and do a recount.
Fishiness level: Sea of dead fish.
Thanks to my TV habits, I’ve seen a moneychanging scam on Crimewatch (a crime prevention programme for public education) where the guy swipes off a good amount of the cash with his magic hands before handing it over. So I guessed the money changer was pulling the same trick. The guy knew his game was up, gave up and finally handed over the right amount of cash.
Tourist 1 Scammer 0
On hindsight, it was a pretty dangerous thing to do. He could have whip out a weapon and threatened me since the store was hidden from the main street. So I say, save the trouble and just go to the legit money changers. At the end of the day, the difference is minute and not worth the hassle.
That incident aside, it has been all good. Got a nice tan, had a good rest, saw some great sights, owned a scammer. What more could I ask for?