New Zealand, a country where God put all of his intention to. A land of God. He must have spent most of his time to create this country.
It was never planned to celebrate 70th Indonesian Independence Day in Bangkok. It never crossed my mind either. But thanks to my friends from Barcelona, they were coming to Bangkok for summer holiday. I was going to meet them in Bangkok, so in Bangkok I would celebrate the Independence Day. I was nervous…
I woke up late! OMG…I was in a hurry to put on my red and white batik as the color of Indonesian flag. I was so determined to go to the embassy that I didn’t check teh address anymore. And yes, I was lost! Nooooooooooo 😥
After several times asking people the address of the embassy, it’s just right across the Pratunam Market! Wtf, I was so pissed as it was so close to my hotel but I had to go around to arrive there. Well done to myself. Phewww…
As I predicted, the ceremony was over as I arrived at the embassy. I was amazed by a Thai officer who spoke very fluent Indonesian language. I thought he was Indonesian hahaha. And he was wearing Batik, too. I was so excited as I felt like home. The officer allowed me to enter the embassy area and told me to go to the backyard where Indonesian people assembled after the ceremony.
As I was taking picture in front of the embassy, there were more Indonesian coming. Yes! I wasn’t the only one who came late hahaha. Apparently, they used to live in Bangkok for a long time and were going to move to North America. And we took picture together, for sure.
So, we went to the backyard together and they introduced me to the Indonesian Ambassador Mr. Lutfi Rauf. He was very nice and welcome. Especially after I told him that I studied in Hasanuddin University in Makassar, he said that, “I am from Soppeng!”. Wow! I felt so blessed to be there.
I stayed there chitchatting with the Indonesian people for about 2 hours. I really wanted to stay longer but I couldn’t resist of the temptation to go to Pratunam Market. After saying thank you for the good times and goodbye to everyone, I was leaving the Indonesian Embassy with a happy thought.
Celebrating the Independence Day of my country not in my country has thought me a lot about being a nationalist. It is irreplaceable. No matter where I go, Indonesia will always be in my heart. A place that I will come back after every of my journey. A place that I call home. I love you, Indonesia!
I never thought that Green Bowl Beach is just 15 mins away from where we lived yet we never got to go there until I hardly insisted to go there. My boyfriend is a surfer but Green Bowl beach has never been his favorite 😀
Finally, one Saturday afternoon, we jumped on our motorbike and heading there. In general, the road was pretty much the same going to Pandawa Beach. At the end of the road, instead of turning left to Pandawa Beach, we kept going straight following the direction of signboard.
We saw a temple, meaning we were almost there. The parking lot was right next to it and kind of full. I was so surprised that I thought Green Bowl was still a secluded beach.But the show must go on. We didn’t have time to argue and followed the path at the backside of the temple and that’s the stairway was.
From the stairway we saw some fishermen were fishing and surfers were surfing hahaha. When surfers and fishermen collide in Green Bowl Beach. The contour of the beach is similar to Gunung Payung Beach, as well as the way down. I knew that it would give me legs ache. I knew it!
We went down and took the left way, following our guts. There was a monkey party going on at that time actually. We didn’t expect that and watching the monkeys hanging out by the beach instead.Glad that we shared the beach not only with human but also the monkeys ^_^
A friend told me that there was a cave somewhere around the beach but we couldn’t find it. Maybe it was in another direction. The beach is smaller here compared to another side and there were natural pools formed by the rocks. However, I wasn’t in the mood to dip in.
It was one fun day at Green Bowl Beach and yeah so enjoyable. Next time I come back here, I will surely dip in the natural pools 😉
Nusa Penida, the biggest islands of three (the others are Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Ceningan), is 30 minutes away from Sanur Beach. The reasons why I wanted to come here was because of my damn curiosity of the beauty nature in Bali. As usual, I did my little research on internet before I traveled. This time I came with my gals. Yes, 4 brave-adventure-thirst girls ^_^
From my so called research, I learned and assumed that Nusa Penida has more breathtaking nature such as Banah, Angel’s Billabong, Pasih Uwug, and more. And of course, not to mention the challenges.
Day 1, we took off to Nusa Penida from Sanur Beach around 11am. It was kinda late to start our day tho but hey, we didn’t come this far to walk away. As we arrived in Toyapakeh Village, we first looked for the motorbike to rent. We got them, IDR 80.000 daily plus gasoline. Ok fine, we didn’t have that many choices tho as the clock was ticking. We didn’t even bother to find a hotel either. It can come later, we thought.
So, following the itinerary that I have prepared (yes, I am always in charge for everything), we went to the west side of Nusa Penida. We wanted to see Banah! We were so happy and excited when we started the trip but after half an hour we didn’t see anything like Banah, we started to be desperate. Especially me, the rider of the half-good-condition motorbike, or less.The road access was far from good. It was just the limestone road, dusty, rocky, lond and winding. OMG, I was very close to give up. Until there, yeah there, we finally saw it. The Banah Rock!
Our jaws were kinda dropped tho hahaha. We felt a great relief when we finally saw the Banah rock. Oh my God! How stunning it was. All the pain to get to the spot was paid off. Then, we were hungry 😦
No time for lunch, yet. We pursued to the next destination which was Tembeling Pool. It is a sacred nature water source which has two pools, 1 for gents and 1 for ladies. The pool for gents was found first and then further down was the pool for ladies.
What surprised me personally was actually the ladies pool is located right by the beach. The water was cool and crystal clear and it was sacred for Hindu people. Of course we didn’t wanna miss the chance to drink the holy water. Yes!
Time for (late) lunch. In fact, it wasn’t easy to find a descent place to eat in the area. We finally had just dropped by the street in a hut where an old lady was selling instant noodle and fried. Ok fine! Whatever it took to keep the tummy happy.
It was late afternoon actually but we were driven to go to our last destination of the day. Given the geographical of Nusa Penida which was the top challenge of all, we kept going to Angel’s Billabong and Pasih Uwug. And yes, the sun was coming down when we arrived there.
Practically, we didn’t have that much time to enjoy the magic of both Angel’s Billabong and Pasih Uwug. So, we rushed! Pasih Uwug was the first we saw and we spending around 15 minutes there. It was sunset time already!
We didn’t want to give up, yet. Angel’s Billabong was 3 minutes away walking distance. We hurrily took the small path among the bush that led to it. And you know what, even with minimum light, it was still magnificent. I wish we could arrive here earlier. But, taking pictures was still a must! hahaha
Time to find the place to stay over night. We went back to Toyapakeh tried to find a cheap hostel. And we got none! There was a big ceremony the following day that many Hindu people from Bali mainland visiting Nusa Penida. Great! Perfect day it was. I was kinda miserable that time as my wrist was somewhat sprained from bad hand brake and bad road.
I let the girls handle the place to stay and after being desperate for a while, the owner of the cafe we had dinner at, offered us a room to stay in her house. For FREE! Yes, it was for free hahahaha
The next day, we had no time to complain about how sore and strained our bodies were from the first day trip. We must keep going as we had to catch our boat back to Sanur at 3pm.
Today’s destinations were Atuh Beach and Teletubbies Hill, if we still had time. Atuh Beach is located at the east side of the island. Going there was not as bad as the day before, but still bad hehehe. But as they said, no pain no gain, the pain was (again) paid off here. On the right side of the beach, the rocks formation reminded me to islands in Thailand.
The hill in between these 2 beaches was stunning itself. We sure took photos here too.
Meanwhile, I was challenged to go down the hill to see the rock formation that looked like Lady Gaga’s shoes. It took all my courage and energy to go down the hill to the beach as it was very long steep way down OMG.
I thought that I have accomplished enough of all I wanted to see in Nusa Penida. My friends? They gave up already hahahaha. We were so glad that we finally made this trip. We will come back here. Next time, we better rent a car!
Nyepi Day (Silent Day) is a day of silence, fasting and meditation for the Balinese.It wasn’t this year I experienced Nyepi Day in Bali. It was last year, 21 March 2015. I was staying at my friend’s villa in Pejeng Kangin Village, 30 minutes away from Ubud. As it was my first time would be spending Nyepi in Bali so very excited I was hahaha.
In the afternoon, My friend and I went to Gianyar City to do grocery as the preparation for Nyepi Day. Along the way to Gianyar, I saw people were getting ready for the festive. Ogoh ogoh were being prepared for the parade at night. I was like, OMG! Really?!! Seriously?!! 😀
The Ogoh ogoh creatures were somewhat creepy to me but of course I respected the Hindu itself. I better enjoy it, I told myself so. We did the grocery as quick as we could as the streets were getting quite and ogoh ogoh and people would be on the streets soon. We didn’t wanna trap among them.
We decided to watch the Ogoh ogoh parade at Banjar Peliatan, near the center of Ubud. We took motorbike instead of the car to make our movement easier. As the street was closed, we had to park our motorbike at the designated area. Ok fine, a little walk wouldn’t kill tho.
The parade took place on a street that was closed for the celebration. As it was getting dark, we took our stand to watch the show. There was a guy playing with fire, a traditional play of Buta Kala, and then the Ogoh ogoh parade.
The atmosphere was joyful and we were kinda tired. We still had a long way to reach home as we had to move very slowly and sometimes stop to let the Ogoh ogoh passed by. There was a little accident that night. Our motorbike tires were both flattened. Thank God we found a workshop that helped us repairing the tires. His son said that it was normal to happened as there were many nails taken off of the Ogoh ogoh during the parade. OMG!
Bias Tugel is a beach located just next to Padang Bai port where people catch the boats and ships to the Gili Trawangan, Gili Meno, and Gili Air in Lombok. Also, people take the ship from here to Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Penida.
As usual, I read about the beach from my Bali bible, Trip Canvas. I was excited as I never heard about this beach before. All I knew about Padang Bai was a gateway to Lombok and the 3 Gilis. So yeah, the excitement was overloaded.
Together with my friend Catur, we left Denpasar early that day. Our destinations were to Bukit Belong and Tukad Unda in Klungkung and Bias Tugel Beach in Karang Asem. I was really curious as I never knew that Padang Bai has such beautiful beach. Look what I have missed!We got to Padang Bai right on mid day when the sun was at its most performance. Freaking hot! But who cares, I needed to do what I wanted to do hahaha. Actually, we were so lucky that the weather was really nice that day after the whole week had been all rainy days. Why would I not want the sun shine, eh? 😉
To find the beach was easy. Before the gate to the port area, there’s an intersection and we took the right turn. We kept going around 1 km and there was a sign of Bias Tugel Beach. The road access was already good even it was up and down the hill. The entrance fee was IDR 2.000 each. Going down the staircases, I could see the ocean and I was stunned already.
At the end of the stair, we turned left following the direction. and in a second, we were surrounded by the trees. Wowww…it was beautiful. We followed the path around 100 m and finally we reached the beach. Yayyy!!! *_*There were some people in the beach and I just couldn’t wait to jump into the water. I picked a spot under a tree’s shade and it was perfect. It was the right corner to take some pictures without having to move my ass out of the beach sarong 😀After resting a little while, I decided to test the water. OMG it was so perfectly warm and soothing at the same time. The water was crystal clear and turquoise that I couldn’t resist. The ships and boat from and to Padang Bai Port just didn’t give AF as they continued to pass by hahaha.
I have heard and read a lot about Vihara Dharma Giri with its famous and huge Reclining Buddha Statue. When the weather is bright and the sky is blue, it will look even better on photo hahaha.
Therefore, no wonder if I wanted to visit and see it in person.I have seen the one in Wat Pho in Bangkok, Thailand. This time, I wanted to see the one in Bali. My boyfriend was so kind to accompany me going there where he was usually preferred to work or surfing himself. Yes! Perfect then.
We had no idea how to go there yet we knew the address from the internet.So, we relied on google maps then. Why not?!
All I knew was that the vihara/temple was located in Tabanan. Off we go! After several times of confusing about where to turn, we finally arrived in Tabanan city. We lost track of where the vihara’s location and we decided to ask the locals. According to google map, we were so close already but the locals only knew the vihara but not the reclining Buddha.
Alright, we have come this far anyway and there was no turning back before we checked. We entered the vihara and was surprised. Mixed with confuse hahaha. The vihara was small and as we asked the guard, definitely there was no reclining Buddha there. It was in another vihara which was 1 more hour away. OMG.
Ok. Fine. It was afternoon already and we were tired to continue our trip. All we wanted to do was enjoying the vihara, resting a little bit, seize the day, and go home. And we still had fun there. A lot of fun! 😉