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WONDERFUL NUSA CENINGAN

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The Blue Point

I have written about Nusa Lembongan before on my blog. As Nusa Ceningan is just a suspension bridge away from Nusa Lembongan, it wouldn’t be a perfect trip if we didn’t go to Nusa Ceningan, too.

The next day after the Silent Day on the Sea, it was the adventure day for my boyfriend and I. We jumped on our motorbike and off to Ceningan Island. Ceningan Island is an island that is separated by a small strait from Lembongan that a suspension bridge could connect them. And the yellow suspension bridge is so epic! We didn’t want to drive by the bridge. We wanted to stop on the bridge and enjoy the God’s creation from there. But of course that was impossible. The bridge was so narrow that only 1 motorbike/scooter could pass by. But I still managed to take some pictures tho ^_^

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The yellow suspension bridge that connects Nusa Lembongan with Nusa Ceningan

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The view from the suspension bridge

Having had some places in my mind to visit in Ceningan Island, we decided to go to Blue Point first. It was a landscape with a cliff that people used to jump off from and fell down into the ocean. But it is strictly forbidden now as there were deadly accidents. Still, the view was undeniably stunning. It was quite here and we could have some us-time without interruption here. 😉

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The Blue Point is also known as Zipland

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The tip of the rock where tourists used to jump off of

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IMG_0241IMG_0355We then pursued our tour to a café hahaha. I wasn’t hungry but my boyfriend was starving. We stopped in a café with the view of the ocean. Actually, it was a surfing spot which I never knew of. I felt good to know about it. I think, everywhere I turned my head to, it was all beautiful. OMG.

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The view near the surfing spot

Ceningan and Lembongan islands are very well known for their seaweed plantations and the view of these plantations was just mystical. With the canoes of the fishermen above them, just made them more mystical and irresistible. We stopped here to watch the view as well as the farmers doing their jobs. The peaceful feeling growing in my stomach and heart. ^_^

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A seaweed farmer

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We needed to continue our trip anyway and our next destination is the Secret Beach. We took the wrong turn as there was no sign of the Secret Beach. After asking a local people on our way, finally we found that beach. Actually, secret beach is located in Villa Trevally Echo Resort. We had to go in La Baia Restaurant first to reach the Secret Beach. Ahh…ok!

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We sat for awhile on the beach enjoying the view and the waves. It is a small beach and very quite. You will think that you own the beach but you don’t! *reality bites

My boyfriend tried to dip his body in the sea but the waves were just too big and the water was so cold hahaha. I decided to take pictures and posing, of course 😉

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Jumping failure *sigh

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I love the wave!

We had a very good time in Nusa Ceningan. I didn’t wanna go back but, what could I say. We left Nusa Ceningan with warming hearts. I am sure that we will come back here again, sooner or later :*

 

#nusaceningan #nature #bali #indonesia #wonderfulbali

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TUKAD UNDA – KLUNGKUNG,BALI

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So I have been to Bukit Belong (Belong Hill) in Gunaksa Village, Klungkung.My driver said, “why don’t you make it to Tukad Unda? It is just further down on Bukit Belong.” What??! Really?!!

Tukad is a Balinese word for river. I read about Tukad Unda, a beautiful dam and kind of less visited. I mean, it isn’t very crowded and it’s close from Bukit Belong. Ok fine, bring it on! 😀

From Gunaksa Village, it took around 15-20 mins (if I’m not mistaken, can’t really remember haha) to Tukad Unda. But I  wanted to see a bit of further down so we continued. It was a nice little town of Klungkung tho. I was impressed as I never thought that I would see another side of Bali. And I was contented myself. ^_^

After going around the town, I finally arrived at Tukad Unda. OMG I was so excited cos I could see the  dam from the bridge. I was so impatient like a child hahaha.

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The sun was on the west side at the time we arrived. Yes, It was around 4pm and actually kinda late to visit but hey, who cares? I wanted to go there so there I was. I just needed to make the most of my time there to make good photos hahaha.

Without wasting anymore time, I jumped into the water and it was…cold! Dammit! But the water was so refreshing. I was sooooo happy that I started to pose straight away. The dam was even more beautiful when I saw it closer.

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It was a surprise and enjoyable trip. The fun was overloaded. I’m looking forward to have another trip soon *_*

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#tukadunda #bali #klungkung #wonderfulbali #wonderfulindonesia

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BELONG HILL-KLUNGKUNG, BALI

There are always more new places to visit in Bali. As you know, Bali is a perfect island. You can enjoy everything here. Just name it 😉

This time, I visited Bukit Belong (Belong Hill) in Klungkung. Belong Hill is located in Gunaksa Village. To reach there is simply easy. Just go through Ida Bagus Mantra by pass about 1 hour and you will see the sign Kusamba Village. Keep going then untill you pass by a bridge with the view of a temple on the hill. You are almost there.

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At a traffic light with direction to Gunaksa Village, turn right and follow the road down. Belong hill is visible from afar. At the time I visited (February 2016), there was a road construction going on. A gate was even built. Local said that investor will build a housing area on the hill. Oh no!

So yeah, I thought I was lucky visiting the hill before it turns out ugly with houses on it. Anyway, I just wanted to feel free and serenity on the hill as well as to enjoy teh stunning view from above it. OMG, believe me. It was painfully beautiful! *_*

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Do you see what I mean?

 

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Like, really!

But I wanted to go higher! So I climbed more. The bush made me itchy but it couldn’t stop me. I kept going till I reached a tree. Hufff…it was quite an effort tho. I stopped there and stood up. Enjoying the magnificent view. Climbing up was paid off!

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On a broken branch I sat down and posed

I couldn’t help not to climb up the tree as it was so lonely. I just wanted to keep the tree accompany :D. It was just serene and lovely to watch the view of green paddy fields down the hill with the bright blue sky and the ocean in the distance. I was so grateful. How could people destroy that peace and beauty for money?!!

Anyway, I really had a great time there. Ah, before I forget, there was a lady asking for donation for whatever reason. She didn’t speak Indonesian, not to mention English. She said it was as i willed to give but when she saw my friend, she asked for more. Hahahaha…human being! Some people just can smell money even from afar.

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#klungkung #bali #bukitbelong

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BEJI GUWANG HIDDEN CANYON – GIANYAR, BALI

Who would have thought there would be a beautiful nature site hidden in the middle of Sukawati, Gianyar? As most people have known, Sukawati is very famous for its art market which has various options of souvenir and cheap, too. People would shop till drop without any objection here (at least, I did hahaha)

I first read about the hidden canyon was from an article on TripCanvas (formerly balimehthesheep), which is my bible for traveling in Bali! I have always gotten new information about where to go and what to do in Bali from TripCanvas, no matter what your interests are. You name it! 😉

I took the less effective way going there as I reached for Sukawati art market first then started asking around. After 2 wrong turns and asked some locals, I finally found the hidden canyon! Thank God!

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The Beji Guwang Hidden Canyon was on work progress for the stairs and no entrance fee. However, they prepare a jar for donation. Also, as you will have to be guided by a local (as a ranger), it means you should tip him. They did not name any amount of money, just as you wish. But people mostly tip from IDR 50.ooo to IDR 100.000.

As the rain just stopped that afternoon, the river water was somewhat brown. But there was nobody there! Yassss, I loved it! *_*

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Jump Off!

 

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So magical 

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Passing by the rice field on the way back

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NUNGNUNG WATERFALL, BALI- A SOLO RECKLESS TRIP

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The majesty of Nungnung Waterfall

This time I was really reckless and dared myself to go to Nungnung waterfall alone by motorbike. I read a lot about it since 2 years ago and I even have lived in Bali but I still didn’t get to go there? Something didn’t add up.
It took me only to read the article (once again) on balimehthesheep.com about Nungnung Waterfall to give myself more courage to take this trip. I left Seminyak solo on motorbike then headed to Tabanan area which I believed I knew the way. But then I started to doubt myself as I entered the unfamiliar area hahaha.
I decided to use google map to help me and according to it, I have passed the turn to the shortest journey but  it suggested me to go ahead with few minutes slower. I was so confident to reach the waterfall soon.
Halfway there, I was directed to turn to the rural area…then woods! I still tried to believe in google map and went on. The road got narrower and there it was, a broken road, too damaged and dangerous to pass by on motorbike. I pushed the motorbike to pass it by 😥
I was thinking, dammit! Really? What have I done to deserve this route? I was alone in the middle of nowhere and nobody in my sight? What if…..what if…..
No time for whining. It was drizzling and apparently it was raining before I arrived. I was so grateful for that that after all the difficulties, at least I wasn’t under the pouring rain.
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FULL MOON PRAYING AND PARTYING IN NUSA LEMBONGAN-BALI

IMG_0604It was my second time visiting Nusa Lembongan with a different intention and plus another person. Yup, it was my boyfriend coming with me this time. We always wanted to go there all this time but always, there was something happened that stopped us.

As the boat off to Nusa Lembongan from Sanur Beach, we couldn’t help but very excited for this trip. As most of the time, I prepared the itinerary (as I have been there once) to make the most of our trip. As we arrived at Mushroom Beach, first thing first was to find the motorbike/scooter to go to Jungut Batu Village. Mushroom Beach to Jungut Batu is around 15 minutes riding.

My sister-like in Nusa Lembongan, Mbok Komang, which I met on my first visit, welcoming us with her warm heart and open arms. Not to mention, her brother Om Sugi and his wife. If at my first time coming here I stayed with Komang, this time we stayed in a homestay close to her place.Komang had been waiting for us and so excited when she finally met us hahaha. So happy to see her again.

In fact, we finally came to Nusa Lembongan because it was I-don’t-remember-how-many-times she had invited us to celebrate the full moon party in Lembongan. It was even more special because there would be a Hindu full moon ceremony. Omg, I couldn’t wait to have my first Hindu ceremony ever.

It was the end of September 2015, exactly the same time as the full moon ceremony and “Hari Nyepi Laut” (Silent Day on the Sea). In which, any kind of activity with ocean related was not allow to conduct. No sea transport at all, the fishermen had to stay in land, and any other sea activities. So I thought, alright then, it’s time to enjoy Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Ceningan properly. Bring it on! *_*

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The only public transport in Lembongan

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The quite street in Jungut Batu Village, where most of backpackers stay (including us) 😉

 

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Breakfast at Panorama Cafe

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At Panorama Point of Nusa Lembongan. Posing before more tourists coming.

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At Dream Beach

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The Devil’s Tear

Oh, we also stopped at the underground house built by a guy for his meditation nest. It took him 15 years to dig. Alone. By himself. On his own.

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At Gala Gala House (an Underground House)

As we dropped our backpacks in our room, Komang said to take our time and rest because her family will go to the ceremony in the temple in the late afternoon. So yeah…we decided to catch up on some more sleep hahaha

In the afternoon, we were getting ready for the ceremony and came to her place. She had prepared dresses for me and my boyfriend for the ceremony. Oh my God, we were very excited cos finally we will dress in Balinese traditional dress properly. How lucky we were.

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Being a Balinese couple as Ida Bagus and Ida Ayu *_*

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At the temple, while we were waiting for our turn to pray, I looked around and saw another foreigners in Balinese dress. So my boyfriend wasn’t the only white guy to pray then. Interesting! As our turn came, we took a seat on the sand (yes, on the sand as the temple was by the beach) and getting ready for the ceremony. As we are not Hindu, we just followed the gesture of the worshippers. It was quite a spiritual experience for me. I was very grateful and serene.

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The offers for God

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Posing in between prayings 🙂

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Being a Balinese woman it means you have to be strong and multitasking 😉

The moon was so big and red that night. Actually it was the supermoon that happens once every several months. Then it was the time for the fullmoon party at Jibaku Café. There was a DJ coming from Sanur to heat up the night with the music. And that place was full of foreigners. Apparently, not so much night life in the island for the tourists. No wonder why that place was so happening.For an island like Nusa Lembongan, it was an important party and Komang somehow managed to get us free drinks. Hahaha…she acted like a she owned tha cafe!

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It’s party time!

 

#fullmoonparty #nusalembongan #bali

 

 

 

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FULL MOON PRAYING AND PARTYING IN NUSA LEMBONGAN-BALI

It was my second time visiting Nusa Lembongan with a different intention and plus another person. Yup, it was my boyfriend coming with me this time. We always wanted to go there all this time but always, there was something happened that stopped us.

My sister-like in Nusa Lembongan, Mbak Komang, which I met last year on my first visit, welcoming us with her warm heart. Not to mention, her brother Om Sugi and his wife. If at my first time coming here I stayed with Komang, this time we stayed in a homestay close to her place.

Actually, we finally came to Nusa Lembongan because it was I-don’t-remember-how-many-times she had invited us to celebrate the full moon party in Lembongan. It was even more special because there would be a Hindu full moon ceremony. Omg, I couldn’t wait to have my first Hindu ceremony ever.

As the boat off to Nusa Lembongan from Sanur Beach, we couldn’t help but very excited for this trip. As most of the time, I prepared the itinerary (as I have been there once) to make the most of our trip. As we arrived at Mushroom Beach, first thing first was to find the motorbike/scooter to go to Jungut Batu Village. Mushroom Beach to Jungut Batu is around 15 minutes riding. Komang had been waiting for us and so excited when she finally met us hahaha. So happy to see her again.

As we dropped our backpacks in our room, she said to take our time and rest because her family will go to the ceremony in the temple in the late afternoon. So yeah…we decided to catch up on some more sleep hahaha

In the afternoon, we were getting ready for the ceremony and came to her place. In fact, she had prepared the dresses for me and my boyfriend for the ceremony. Oh my God, we were very excited cos finally we will dress in Balinese traditional dress properly. How lucky we were.

At the temple, while we were waiting for our turn to pray, I looked around and saw another foreigners in Balinese dress. So my boyfriend wasn’t the only white guy to pray then. Interesting! As our turn came, we took a seat on the sand (yes, on the sand as the temple was on the beach) and getting ready for the ceremony. As we are not Hindu, we just followed the gesture of the worshippers. It was quite a spiritual experience for me. I was grateful.

The moon was so big and red. Actually it was the supermoon that happens once every several months. Then it was the time for the fullmoon party at Jibaku Café. There was a DJ coming from Sanur to heat up the night with his music. And that place was full of foreigners. Apparently, not so much night life in the island for the tourists. No wonder why that place was so happening.

The next day, it was the adventure day. We jumped on our motorbike and off to Ceningan Island. Ceningan Island is an island that is separated by a small strait from Lembongan that a suspension bridge could connect them. And the yellow suspension bridge is so epic! We didn’t want to drive by the bridge. We wanted to stop on the bridge and enjoy the God’s creation from there. But of course that was impossible. The bridge was so narrow that only 1 motorbike/scooter could pass by. But I still managed to take some pictures tho ^_^

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Having had some places in my mind to visit in Ceningan Island, we decided to go to Blue Point first. It was a landscape with a cliff that people used to jump off from and fell down into the ocean. But it is strictly forbidden now as there were deadly accidents. Still, the view was undeniably stunning. It was quite here and we could have some us-time without interruption here. 😉

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We then pursued our tour to a café hahaha. I wasn’t hungry but my boyfriend was starving. We stopped in a café with the view of the ocean. Actually, it was a surfing spot which I never knew of. I felt good to know about it. I think, everywhere I turned my head to, it was all beautiful. OMG.

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Ceningan and Lembongan islands are very well known for their seaweed plantations and the view of these plantations was just mystical. With the canoes of the fishermen above them, just made them more mystical and irresistible. We stopped here to watch the view as well as the farmers doing their jobs. The peaceful feeling growing in my stomach and heart. ^_^

Oh, we also stopped at the underground house built by a guy for his meditation nest. It took him 15 years to dig. Alone. By himself. On his own.