Since I have acquired a new job, one that requires me to report at an actual office, my longer travels will significantly become less frequent. No more staying abroad for months. At most, I can spend two weeks away, but that is if I decide to take my vacation leaves all in one go, which is kind of not possible. Now before I regret my decision of leaving my work-from-home job, I give you the list of places I want to visit this year.
I had wanted to go to Bali for a very long time. A lot of it had to do with the movie Eat, Pray. Love, which is still one of my favorite movies to date. So when a deal opened up in CashCashPinoy, I immediately poked my best friend and travel buddy Ellen and we both booked ourselves the trip. That was months before the trip. We initially wanted to go in time for her birthday (May), but we couldn’t find a schedule so we decided to book it in December, as a late birthday trip for me.
I imagined my Bali trip to be days of lazing around by the beach, but it didn’t quite go that way. It was both our first time to go to Bali, so we decided to visit popular tourist spots.
We went white-water rafting. The rapids were not as strong and our boatman was really helpful and kind and called me “cantik” (beautiful) several times. *blush*
We also went to the Bali Safari and Marine Park where we rode an elephant. I really didn’t want to do it at first, but I forgot my hesitations as soon as I hopped on the back of the gentle giant.
After our tiring white-water rafting activity, we were served with yummy lunch!
After that heavy lunch, we had to climb back up to the main road. I almost fainted, was so totally out of shape. In the afternoon, we went to Tanah Lot Temple which was quite disappointing. It was a cloudy day so there was no amazing sunset and it was high tide, so we couldn’t get close. I was the one who wanted this to be part of the tour because of all the amazing pictures I saw on Google.
One of the tour stops was at the Bali Batik Factory.
We also visited a couple of temples. Unfortunately, I forgot what the names are.
I didn’t take a lot of pictures during this trip because it rained a lot and I didn’t wanna get my camera wet. I took some photos of our trip to the Coffee farm using my iPhone. We tried the Luwak coffee, because one does not go to Bali and not try the Luwak!
Some accusatory refreshment: (the word bintang, in Filipino, means to accuse)
Bali is also full of retail outlets! I bought a Billabong overnight bag and this super cute Airwalk floral kicks:
And the food! We found this place called MM Juice which was near our hotel. They have an amazing Nasi Goreng! I also ordered this fried beef ribs with chilli which was yummy and spicy!
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I will certainly go back to Bali, and maybe next time, I will get to visit more beaches and have a more laidback trip.