Tag Archive | Indonesia

Bali Brouhaha III: Sunsets of Tanah Lot

Here comes Part 3 of my recollections of Bali. Click on the links if you missed out on Part 1 and Part 2.

Tanah Lot has gotta be one of the must see sights of Bali, even with its massive crowd of tourists. The awesome sight of the sun setting right before you, it seems like nothing else really matters at all. That is until the mosquitoes start biting.

Tanah Lot lomo#1 Tanah Lot | LC-A+ RL | Fujichrome T64
As Tanah Lot is situated on a offshore rock, we couldn’t explore the temple proper with the tide rising.
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Bali Brouhaha II: Ubud

Continuing from where I left off in Part 1 of Bali Brouhaha, we were headed to Ubud for its famous Babi Guling! Although, our driver informed us that we could easily find better tasting Babi Guling from just about anywhere in Seminyak rather than this joint which mainly caters to tourists. But heck, we’re here so let’s just dig in.

And nope, I’m sorry to say that the only pic I have of the dish is this one from my phone.

It tasted kind of funky. Probably because of the overpowering smell of the pork. I used to scratch my head at friends who refused to eat pork because of its smell. Now I know what they mean.

After lunch, we took our time checking out the area which we so hastily left the day before.

Bali temple#1 Layers | LC-A+ RL | Fujichrome T64
Inside the premises of a temple in Central Ubud.
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Bali Brouhaha

It has been a lifelong dream of mine to use the word ‘brouhaha’ in some form of writing. You would think it’s an easy task but I don’t see how it’s possible to squeeze in that whimsical looking word into work documents and emails without getting dirty looks from my colleagues.

Anyway, I have had the opportunity to visit Bali on a short holiday recently and I was pretty psyched to go due to the rave reviews I’ve heard. Unfortunately, the first day was pretty much a write-off in terms of itinerary accomplishment and photos. We did minimal planning thinking that Bali or at least Seminyak (the area our villa was located) is a commercialized area that is easily accessible. Wrongggg. But our biggest mistake was thinking that the cab will be a cheaper option to get around compared to hiring a personal vehicle. Wrong againnnnn.

We took a cab to Ubud to check out the Babi Guling (suckling pig) and traditional dance performances. The driver must have been on the brink of death trying to contain his laughter at striking tourist gold. Although to be fair, he did informed us that the trip would take an hour or so. Upon reaching our destination, we found out that the famous Babi Guling restaurant was already closed for the day.

In addition, our driver informed us that it will be quite hard to hail a cab to take us back to Seminyak and offered to wait for us while we go about doing our touristy stuffs. We readily agree, then realised he might have keep his meter running, so we had better have a quick dinner and make our way back. Therefore, no dance performances whatsoever and minimal sightseeing was accomplished. And I screwed up the film while loading it in my camera.

Deflated and dejected, we decided to just take the easy way out and hire a driver from our villa to take us out on a day tour the next day. It’s an infinitely better deal than hiring a cab considering it’s cheaper and we could have the car for up to 8 hours.

kopi luwak coffee#1 Expensive Shit | LC-A+ RL | Fujichrome T64
The 1st stop of our day tour, a plantation selling Balinese produce such as fruits, chocolate, tea and coffee. When it comes to coffee, Indonesia is famed for producing the most expensive in the world: Kopi Luwak. It is produced from coffee beans consumed and subsequently defecated by civets and cost between US$100 and $600 per pound.

That’s some expensive shit.
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Bintan Birthday Bash

Here are some pictures I took when binbin and me went on a short getaway to Bintan. Feeling bad for neglecting the Diana Mini, I brought it along with the LC-A+ to take in the sea salt air.

Resort Roof#1 Raise the Roof | LC-A+ RL | Lomo CN 100
At the resort, ready to raise the roof. Kinda hard though with the ri-donk-ulous prices they charge for everything.
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