Friday, December 26, 2008

The Island of Gods

Salam...

Our closing vacation for the year 2008, Bali... 5D/4N @ Bali Garden Hotel.
'twas my second time there, and the first for both MAM & AZA... so, more or less I was their informal tour-guide kehormat.. hehhehe... unpaid!

I was responsible to do the hotel booking, etc... and settled for this 3- star rating together with 2.5 days tour... first look at the hotel facade, I was like, oh no! I've made a mistake here... coz they have patungs here and there (but then again, kat Bali kan, kat mana yg takde pon???) Nevertheless, once you stepped-in, greeted by the staff (tips here and there ;) we found that it wasn't bad at all... apparently there were lots of mat/ minah salleh here and there (banyak gila ikan2 duyung yg bergelimpangan, semoga suamiku tabah sepanjang di sana, hik!) we were the minority ones...

one thing that I had problem in Bali was the food... susahnya nak masuk tekak... I dunno why, but it seemed that the tour package that we took (they provide lunch + dinner for the 2.5 days) always brought us to those restaurants that has bad cookings... dah laa aku ngan lakiku ini sangat menitikberatkan pemakanan yg pedas (plus MAM is really into masin2 punya taste)... sekali these 2 things were the main thing that they were lacking... cheh! so on those remaining days yg takde tour tu, we opted for Masakan Minang... rented a bike, and off we go to any restourant or rumah makan that seemed appealing to our eyes... tapi sampai bila pon boleh makan makanan minang yg berminyak2 tu kan? last2 pegi Wong Solo Ayam Bakar (yg ada kat area2 Ampang ni jugak)... "Baik makan kat Malaysia jek", kata lakiku... hehhehe... "Malaysia tak pandang laaa, we have Pelita, tomyam, nasik lemak what!", aku membalas semula... maka kejadian makan dengan rakusnya pon bermula...

apart from that, I love the culture.. walaupon sana sini terpasang colok, and offerings in the woven coconut leaves were everywhere... this what makes theirs unique (maybe I should be anthropologist, kan?) I love the cleanliness (my FIL experince: he flicked his cigarette butt, and right in front of his eyes, a local people picked it up, and put it in the trash can next to him... he said malu sekejap... heheheh), and the safeness of the place (they believe in karma, even how 'brutal' they looked pon, when they greeted you, they greeted with humble and polite gestures...

me: we should repeat back coming here, lots of other things to see... banyak tpt boleh gi belanja2...
MAM: sekali cukup... boleh gi tempat lain pulak...
me: alaaa, first time kita absorb as much as we can, second time datang, kita relax2, manja2 kan diri, stroll by the beach lama2, beli belah sana sini...
MAM: wahhh, awak punya type of vacation ni banyak belanja kan?
me: (tersengih kerang)...

I SUGGEST: you get yourself to Bali, go to their spa... on the last day there I managed to get myself a Balinese massage, body scrub (with beras ke hapa ntah, kulitku seperti bayi selepas itu.. hahah), and mandi bunga dalam tub yg besar... RM80 jek! Murah ok??? Nyesal aku tak pegi dari first day lagi...

@ Tanah Lot, it was raining, and high tide... so takleh ke sana... waaa, melepas lagi!!!

Kecak & Fire Dance @ Uluwatu... ngeri akak... dorang menari tak pakai baju

sunset @ Uluwatu, accompanied by the dance... Subhanallah

yeah! Pimp my ride... Peace out!

Dinner @ Jimbaran Bay... ok laaa, ala2 romantic gitu...

1 comment:

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