30 December 2013

Kuta & Legian, Bali + VLOG

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Travel VLOG: Kuta, Bali, Indonesia
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Who does not know about Kuta, Bali? Who does not visit Kuta when they are going to Bali? That is impossible.  I guaranteed that most of you while visiting Bali will be staying in Kuta. Kuta is situated at the South of Bali. I can say that Kuta, Bali is very overrated. I am surprised when I was there last time. The beach is not really nice and the wave is not that beautiful.


Everything is here in Kuta. Bali Hardrock Cafe is in Kuta, and a lot of Starbucks and McDonalds. Along the street, there are many nice restaurant which you can choose. Kuta is really pack. So many tourist here. I think foreigners are more than local.

 
Another part is Legian. Legian is the center of night life. The bombing monument is situated in here. The shortcut of Kuta-Legian is Poppies 2. If you like to dance, you can visit Sky Garden. There is cover charge. But this nightclub is phenomenon. There are many floor you can choose from, but I like the open air area. I remembered hat staff from my hotel I stayed said not to go to the Sky Heaven because of many bad happened there such aspickpocket. If you love live band and more relaxing environment, just go to Vi Ai Pi resturant next to Sky Garden. They offered fine dining but the price is quite cheap. So can request a song or you can sing on the stage.

28 December 2013

Overlooking Batur Mountain + Buffet Lunch, Bali

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We continue our journey to the restaurant which served buffet lunch with the view of Mount Batur which is still active and Lake Batur, the largest crater lake in Bali. The view from this restaurant is really breathtaking. With surrounding is very cool. I think it's about 20°C.



I can tell you that I am still not ready for the mountain climbing. I am lake of energy, stamina, and strength. Need some preparation for that. It just enough to enjoy this amazing view from one of the restaurant here. We arrived here around 12pm. But the wind quite strong, and the cloud and fogs always blocked our view.

 

To enter this area, you need to pay some entrance fee. I am not really sure how much, but I think it is quite cheap, around 3500 rupiah per person. Our driver took us at one of the HALAL resturant. It is with Balinese concept. 1 person need to pay 100,000 per person. There are so many choices of food. But I like the SATAY (chicken grilled). It is like Malaysian satay but they used the big wood stick. You can choose to eat inside the restaurant or outside while you enjoying the view.

26 December 2013

Bali Botanical Garden, Bali

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 I had been to many places, but this is my first time experiencing the Botanical Garden. The truth, I love it. I always seeks for the beach before, but the greenery surrounding is also awesome. Plus the temperature here is quite cool, it is around18-25°C during the day. I need to put botanical garden in my itinerary after this. Now I missed botanical garden in Singapore & Bogor. 



Bali Botanical Garden or known as  "Kebun Raya Bali" is situated in Bedugul area. From here, you can view the Ulun Danu Beratan lake which is quite breathtaking view from this garden. The journey is about 1 hour plus depends on the traffic and it is about 60km from the Denpasar.

 

This garden is really big area and a very unique place. It is for the botanical research, conservation, education, recreation and also of course tourism. This place have their own aura. It up in the hill, and very far away from the polluted Kuta city. Not really many tourist will decide to come here. Hearing it's name sound boring. But I can you that coming here is not a disappointment.  


In this garden, a lot of good spot for taking perfect picture. A lot of big sculpture and have very nice and fresh air. The entrance fee is quite cheap. It is about 7000 rupiah. I think you need your own transport in here because like I said before this is very big area. From 1 point to 1 point is quite far. So, take your time to visit this garden and enjoy the nature!

24 December 2013

Kecak Dance, Uluwatu, Bali + VLOG

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VLOG: Kecak Dance during Sunset in Uluwatu, Bali, Indonesia
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Cak! Cak! Cak!.... At last, I watched Kecak Dance. It was sunset in background of Uluwatu. There is nothing can described the view. The trip to Uluwatu should be on the evening as you can stay longer to wait the Kecak Dance performence at 6 pm.


We asked our driver to buy tickets for the show. The ticket sold 1 hour before the show, there is no que to buy the ticket. So, come early to the ticket counter (actually, there is no counter). The sold it at the open space down a theatre. After you get your ticket, just enter the theather for your sit. Assume everyday will always fullhouse. Bring an umbrella as you sit there for an hour with the sun shine in front of you.


Kecak is a form of Balinese dance and music drama that developed in the 1930s in Bali. It is performed primarily by men, although as of 2006. Also known as the Ramayana Monkey Chant, the piece, performed by a circle of 150 or more performers wearing checked cloth around their waists, percussively chanting "cak" and throwing up their arms, depicts a battle from the Ramayana. The monkey-like Vanara helped Prince Rama fight the evil King Ravana. Kecak has roots in sanghyang, a trance-inducing exorcism dance.


22 December 2013

Ulun Danu Beratan, Bali

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At last, I had been here. Pura Ulun Danu Beratan. With the background of Lake Beratan, the scenery is completely breaktaking. The temple look very unique and different with any temple I had seen before. Pura Ulun featured in Indonesian 50,000 rupiah banknote.

 
Lake Bratan is known as the Lake of Holy Mountain due to the fertility of this area. Located 1200 m above sea level, it has a cold tropical climate.


Pura Ulun Danu Bratan, or Pura Bratan, is a major Shivaite and water temple on Bali, Indonesia — the other major water temple being Pura Ulun Danu Batur. The temple complex is located on the shores of Lake Bratan in the mountains near Bedugul. Water temples serve the entire region in the outflow area; downstream there are many smaller water temples that are specific to each irrigation association. Built in 1663, this temple is used for offerings ceremony to the Balinese water, lake and river goddess Dewi Danu, due to the importance of Lake Bratan as a main source of irrigation in central Bali. The 11 stories of pelinggih meru dedicated for Shiva and his consort Parvathi. Buddha statue also present inside this temple.

20 December 2013

Uluwatu, Bali + VLOG

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VLOG: Uluwatu, Bali, Indonesia
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To be honest, this place is so beautiful. This is my first time at the top of the cliff. The waves of the beach is awesome. Our driver tell us the story of the cliff. When you look carefully on the ground of the cliff, you will recognized some sort of corals fossil. So thats mean, the water once upon a time is more than then the top of the cliff. Awesome right?


I feel so much Balinese this time. So just ignore my pose. This things is kind of the activities you should try when you backpacking. It's crazy and out of mind but when you remind your journey again, there is a spontaneous smile on you. Uluwatu is a must place to go when you want to visit Bali. Can you challange my pose on the top of this cliff? hahahhaa

18 December 2013

Ubud Sacred Monkey Forest, Bali + VLOG

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VLOG: Sacred Monkey Forest in Ubud, Bali
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One of the main attraction in Ubud is Sacred Monkey Forest. The entrance fee is around 20,000 rupiah. In here there are a lot of monkeys and they are very wild. Suitable with the name of this place.
 

In here, you can see any size of monkey. Actually I see this type of monkey at my place in Borneo. Nothing special. In this forest, there a few of temple that you can visit. But whatever you do and go, just watch out for the monkey ya.

 

Fact: This is my second time here.... ahaks!

16 December 2013

Pura Tirta Empul, Bali

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Pura Tirtha Empul is our last place to visit in Bali. It is situated in Tampak Siring which is one of the nicest place in Bali. Tirta Empul Temple is a Hindu temple in the middle of Bali Island, Indonesia, famous for its holy water where Hindu Bali people go for purification. Here if you plan to take a bath in this holy water pool, u need to start from the left until to your right. What I heard, this holy water is mix from the water of the death (bathing the corpse). So, it is sound scary to me.


Tirta Empul Temple was built in 962 A.D. during the Warmadewa dynasty (from the 10th to 14th centuries), at a site where there was a large water spring. On the left side of the temple is a modern villa on the hill. built for President Sukarno's visit in 1954, which is now used as a rest house for important guests.

14 December 2013

Rice Terraces of Tegalalang, Bali + VLOG

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VLOG:  Rice Terraces of Tegalalang, Bali, Indonesia
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This was our 2nd day in Bali. After we visiting Sacred Monkey Forest in Ubud, our driver took us at Tegalalang. It is a rice terraces and have very breathtaking view. Green is good for your eyes. A month after visiting this place, the ANTM Cycle 21 had this place for their shoot.


What is the flag all about? We brought the flag because that day was 16th September. It was Malaysia Day. So one of my friend decided to bring Malaysia flag.

12 December 2013

Bali - Where To Eat? - Bakso Supra Dynasty



To tell the truth, Bakso is never my favourite food. It is my last menu on my mind when I want to order food in restaurant. But, last Bali trip, we suggest to our driver to stop by at one of the local Bakso resturant. On the way to the Bali Botanical garden, he stopped us at here for our breakfast. It is called Bakso Supra Dynasty. What A Name !


One thing you should learn about Bakso in Indonesia, if you do not want some sort of food poisoning or eat some called "rat-flavour", do net ever bought a Bakso at the stall on the street or the hawker cart. Some of the local said the meatball sometimes the mix with 'rat meat' to make the meatball for spongy and long expiry date.


The price was suprisingly cheap. Its around 6000rupih for normal portion. For special, it is only 10,000rupiah. Less than RM3. The meatball are big and many have many types. The amount of noodles is less, not in Malaysia when the noodles is full of the mug and the meatball only 3. It is so delicious. Most of us ordered for the 2 mugs. Hahaha!

10 December 2013

Ubud Great Temple of Death, Bali

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Great temple of death also known as Pura Dalem Agung Padangtegal. It is situated in the Sacred Monkey Forest in Ubud. 

The first time I had been to the Sacred Monkey Forest, I did not have a chance to visit this temple because of the time rush. But now, I took this opportunity to visit thia temple.

To enter this temple, of course you need to wear a 'sarung'. Here they gave a green 'sarung' with yellow cloth act as belt.

The building of the temple is orange in colour. This temple is for the death ceremony. Of course wild monkey everywhere.

One time when we wanted to pose to take some photos. We put aside our bags, suddenly 2 monkeys came and want to grab our bags. It was so hectic in that temple that time because we were shouting.

The high building look like the house is for the dead. And I can't believe that I sat under it. 

08 December 2013

Ubud Palace, Bali

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Beside the Sacred Monkey Forest, Ubud Palace is one of the main attraction in Ubud. Also known as Puri Saren in Balinese. Stayed in Ubud for 2 nights made me free to explore Ubud which is very calm place. There is no entrance fee to enter Ubud Palace. Most of the building looks old and gloomy. Anyway, I always thought the archicture and the sculpture is scary. At night, this place is main venue for the Legong Dance show. 




Ubud Palace or Puri Saren is an Ubud Kingdom Palace with beautiful Balinese traditional houses as a residence of Ubud King. It is set in the center of Ubud Bali with traditional art market just in front of it and it is found by Ida Tjorkorda Putu Kandel who has commanded from year 1800-1893. This palace is an artistic cultural life center, while the traditional market is the symbol of local economics resident. The existence of Puri Saren as a palace is equipped by a auditorium that is a large building of meeting room and a banyan tree as shelter place at the daytime.



06 December 2013

Ubud Town, Bali

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I had stayed in Ubud for 2 nights on a weekend. Ubud is very nice and peaceful place. You can avoid a hectic of Kuta & Legian busy town in Ubud. Ubud is very green and the temperature here is quite cool and refreshing.

 

I did not make any reservation of room in Ubud. When I arrived here, I just walked-in into one of the hotel along the street which look comfortable and cheap price. In here, I did not stayed in hostel because I decided to get some pampered treatment at the nice hotel with its own swimming pool. My hotel is just next to the Sacred Monkey Forest.


Staying near Sacred Monkey Forest was a mistake. This was because the main venue in Ubud is near the Ubud Palace. It is like Monkey Forest at the end South and the Ubud Palace at the end North. But then you can still walk along the street. During the night, walking is possible, but if you add on the architecture of Balinese, it is quite scary. Same like Kuta & Legian, the road here is one-way.



Along the streets of Ubud, many restaurant you can choose. Most of it is Balinese style with serving local menu. But some of the restaurant offered Western menu. I hang out at one of the bar which served reggae music. They served good fish and chips. For the one loves souvenirs, Ubud is a right place to buy some. Near the Sacred Monkey Forest, there are souvenirs shops. Make sure you bargain the price. A lot of souvenirs shop lot near the Ubud Palace area. Make sure you visit the souvenirs market there.

03 December 2013

Dec2013 #giveway: 5 JAPAN Fridge Magnets to grab

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Are you love to collect Fridge Magnet? Now at the end of the month, I am giving 5 JAPAN fridge magnets which I had bought few days ago in Akihabara, Japan to 5 lucky readers (1 fridge magnet each person). Each magnet cost around RM20.

What you need to do:

1. Like my facebook page at facebook.com/mytravellicious

2. In mytravellicious FBpage: SHARE the link that I had post about this giveaway.

Just simple as that.

*The winners will be randomly selected randomly using a software or manually lucky draw.

*Open to Malaysian only who have FB accounts.

*The contest start from now and the last share and entry will be on 26th December at 0000hrs.

*Winner will be annouce on 1 January 2014.

02 December 2013

Chocolate Hills, Bohol + VLOG

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Chocolate Hills in Bohol, Philippines VLOG. UNESCO World Heritage.
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One of the very unique place I never forgot is Chocolate Hills in Bohol, Philippines. The hills is very amazing and reminds me of the Hershey chocolate. I went to this hills via the tuk tuk I rented. Yes, here have tuk tuk but little bit different. I am kinda forgot what was they called it.

To the chocolate hills is quite far. Around 1.5 hours sitting on the tuk tuk, but luckily I made many pitstop during the journey. After the entrance of the hills, you need to drive through one of the observation hill. Then after arrived at the observation hills, you need to climb up to the top of the hills.


The view is magnificent. You will kinda wonder how can the hill is so perfectly in amazing shape. It is not one hill, but many of them. If not mistaken it's around 1500+ hills.

The Chocolate Hills is a geological formation in Bohol Province, Philippines. There are at least 1,260 hills but there may be as many as 1,776 hills spread over an area of more than 50 square kilometres (20 sq mi).They are covered in green grass that turns brown (like chocolate) during the dry season, hence the name.

The Chocolate Hills is a famous tourist attraction of Bohol. They are featured in the provincial flag and seal to symbolize the abundance of natural attractions in the province.They are in the Philippine Tourism Authority's list of tourist destinations in the Philippines;, they have been declared the country's third National Geological Monument and proposed for inclusion in the UNESCO World Heritage List.


How about the legend? Every places have its own legend. There are 4 legends being told.

1. The first tells the story of two feuding giants who hurled rocks, boulders, and sand at each other. The fighting lasted for days, and exhausted the two giants. In their exhaustion, they forgot about their feud and became friends, but when they left they forgot to clean up the mess they had made during their battle, hence the Chocolate Hills.

2. A more romantic legend tells of a giant named Arogo who was extremely powerful and youthful. Arogo fell in love with Aloya, who was a simple mortal. Aloya's death caused Arogo much pain and misery, and in his sorrow he could not stop crying. When his tears dried, the Chocolate Hills were formed.

3. The third legend tells of a town being plagued by a giant carabao, who ate all of their crops. Finally having had enough, the townsfolk took all of their spoiled food and placed it in such a way that the carabao would not miss it. Sure enough, the carabao ate it, but his stomach couldn't handle the spoiled food, so he defecated, leaving behind him a mound of feces, until he had emptied his stomach of the food. The feces then dried, forming the Chocolate Hills.

4. The last legend is about a gluttonous giant named Miguel that eats everything in his path. One day he came to a plain. He saw a beautiful young woman named Adrianna. To win her affection, he needed to lose weight. So he excreted everything he ate. In the end, his fecal matter covered the land and he won Adrianna's affection.