For seven days, Jana and I were in Bali, Indonesia. This was one of those trips that I booked when I was still working in an office. A promo fare was going on and I was able to book cheap flights to Bali from Kuala Lumpur for about 2500 Php (60 USD) round trip. I’ve also been reading other blogs about the place and I thought it would be nice to visit the island for some surfing lessons.
Seven Days in Bali, Indonesia
July 21-27, 2012
inside the shuttle bus to the airport building
So what did we do during that one week stay? We bummed.
It’s a bit far from the usual travels I’ve had where I would maximize the time visiting as many places possible. But I think that’s how travelling is. It evolves. You tend to lie low on creating itineraries with complete time and schedules.
Not that you lose interest of going to unfamiliar places, but you feel more grounded that you take your time to explore. Either that or I’ve become lazy. hehe.
Air Asia – from Kuala Lumpur to Bali
free maps and brochures in the airport
Surfing at Kuta Beach, Bali
Surfing is an activity that I’ve always wanted to master, but I’ve never really had as much time to do so due to location. I was able to practice surfing by myself and FAILED miserably on my last attempt when I was wipeout by a huge wave.
surfing (or attempting to)
I swam in deeper water and I almost drowned because the water was sucking me in whenever I would swim to the surface. Despite the unfortunate incident, I still carried on.
Blog Post Here: Surfing Wipeout at Kuta Beach in Bali, Indonesia
Sunset Everyday at Kuta Beach
I’ve read opinions about Kuta Beach as a not-so-nice destination to go to because there’s just so many people around. But I didn’t mind. We were there just to enjoy and lounge around. It wasn’t dirty according to what others said. Also, even if there were a lot of people, nobody cared and everybody minded their own business. People-watching is also a nice activity to do.
Having spent the previous months without visiting a beach, I craved for the sea. So everyday, we walked five minutes from the guesthouse so we could wait for the sun to set at Kuta Beach.
The beach is very wide and even if it’s not meant for swimming, I love the fact that you can admire the amazing sunset almost everyday. The beautiful red sun would bid the day goodbye, leaving a beautiful hue of the sky.
a view like this almost everyday
sunsets and silhouettes
There’s something about sunsets, and the laidback environment. Probably because I didn’t have to worry about anything and my mind was free from distractions that I accepted whatever nature gave me. I don’t know if I’m even talking sense. hehe.
Blog Post: Sunset at Kuta Beach in Bali, Indonesia
beer on a beach
Tour of a Few Attractions
We spent one day touring a few tourist places in Bali. We went to Dreamland Beach, Uluwatu Temple, and Tanah Lot Temple.
For about 10 hours, we hired a service van that would take us to these tourist attractions that Bali has to offer. Although we weren’t able to maximize the places, so long as we visited a few, it was already fine.
tourist places collage
Indonesian dishes like chicken and beef satay and cafe diner meals, it was a variety of food that we enjoyed during the whole seven days.
No Ubud for Us
The initial plan was to spend a day touring Ubud, which is another town in Bali. However, we ended up just going to the beach everyday. It was already enough. That, or I was being lazy again. hehe.
Special thanks to Chyng and Jerome and their blogs for posting their experiences in Bali. These served as our guide for things to do in this beautiful island.
Check out my other blog articles about my trip to Bali, Indonesia here:
- Seven Days in Bali, Indonesia
- Surfing Wipeout at Kuta Beach in Bali, Indonesia
- Sunset at Kuta Beach in Bali, Indonesia
- Three Kids in an Airport in Bali, Indonesia
- Monkeys and Cliffs in Uluwatu Temple – Bali, Indonesia
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When I thought Bali, things comes to my mind is Surfing and Bombing, lol. It would be a great future destination for us, you know how laid back we are 🙂
thanks ed! haha, nakaka tamad na talaga gumawa ng kahit ano kapag nasa Kuta beach ka na, and I agree with you, though Kuta is far from the usual beach we have in the Philippines it is unexcpectedly better than what others are saying. I like Kuta, ang lawak nya kasi kaya walang makikialam sa yo kahit madaming tao. hehe
cheers…di ka naman tinatamad or nawawalan ng interest sa travel, nag iiaba na talaga trip ng mga tao kapag tumagal tagal hehe chill, chill na lang unlike before lahat gusto mapuntahan.
ang haba ng comment ko! hahaha
@Sky: lol. killer combinationa ah! hahaha. yes. drop by Bali kamo one of these days!
@Supertikoy: Jerome! hehehe. chill na tayo cause tumatanda na ta. lol! thanks for the long comment. hahaha
i love the silhouette shots and the lazy moments while traveling 🙂
@chyng: hi chyng! sunsets everyday are truly beautiful. yes, those lazy moments. signs of old aging na ako. lol
Tumatanda na tayo kaya ok na sa steady travel hehe 😀 At least you spent the ‘lazy moments’ with the one you love <3
Hindi ako pupunta ng Bali hangga't wala akong dyowawits… so matagal-tagal pa :))
haha, ok lang yan. makakapunta ka rin dyan 🙂
I agree, there comes a time when we travel and we just let it take care of us and not the other way around. If going on a slow mode is a way to recharge, then yes, I’ll just lay back and relax.
@Dennis: really nice to relax especially in Bali. Thanks Dennis!
i will finally experience the magic of bali soon! beer+beach is a killer combinations!
haha, true that. but i prefer fruit shakes on a beach – matanda na talaga. lol
have fun in bali! 🙂
Hi Edcel. Your posts have been very helpful in drafting my Bali itinerary. How much was your budget for the 7-day trip?