Going to Japan was a distant thought. Never a dream. I had hopes of going there after watching Memoirs of a Geisha, but not to the point where I wished I could. It wasn’t until one day, two friends and myself decided that we should go to on a trip. Since they were half Singaporean and I haven’t gone there for a very long time, we decided to travel there for 2 weeks and throw all our money on shopping/universal studios/expensive…Read More Post a comment (0)
Taking pictures of yourself or have someone take pictures for you whilst travelling is something you MUST do. It captures the memory of you actually being there. If you look at your photo album, you would cherish the pictures with you in it forever and would show to other people that you were actually there. No matter how egotistical that sound, its just a must in the law of travelling *if such a thing even exist.
Unlike everyone in Hollywood, I…Read More Post a comment (1)
One bright summer day, I went to visit my grandmother for lunch, by the time I went home, she had apparently booked me a ticket to the neighbouring island of Lombok for her friend’s funeral. Couple of days later, I found myself sitting inside a propeller plane for the first time. It was also the first time I actually felt scared of flying and I love flying (but not heights, which is weird) ! I think it was the loud propeller sound and…Read More Post a comment (0)
Heres some pictures from granddad’s little escape in the village. My granddad always had a passion for landscaping, so one day he saw that he had a land full of mosquito, dead dogs and an absolute eyesore. He turned it into a garden full of different flowers, trees and had turned the once dead-land into a little park for him as well as villagers. Good to know my dad is still active and gardening.
Structures made of plastic and bamboo. Is it safe??
Having…Read More Post a comment (0)
Unlike most temples around the world, Balinese ones have their own birthdays. Well…. Its actually called anniversaries, but being the random person that I am, it shall be called birthdays. Celebrated twice yearly and according to the Balinese 210 day Pawukon calendar. Deities would be invited from Pura Besakih to the family’s temple.
There are three types of Odalan. Odalan alit lasts only one day, odalan madudus agung lasts for four days and eka dasa rudra is celebrated at Mount Agung’s Pura Besakih every 100 years. The next celebration being in…Read More Post a comment (0)
One of the dishes that I crave for the most would be none other than the Terang Bulan. A dish that literally translates to ‘bright moon’ which makes sense as it is of a moon-like shape and that it is usually sold after 6PM. Terang Bulan is heaven. Imagine thick crepes with a mixture of melted butter and chocolate which melts in your mouth. After you eat it, you would feel like hell. Cause’ its damn fattening.
Terang Bulan is basically…Read More Post a comment (0)
It was after eating at the Slippery Stones that I made my way to the L Hotel to meet up with my uncle. Afterwards, I found myself at the hotel’s 4th floor and generously been given a tour by Widjaja, the hotel manager. It was so unexpected and I regretted it because I brought the wrong camera lens, so basically, I could not get a full shot of the hotel interiors. Only close ups.
L Hotel is one of those beautiful contemporary…Read More Post a comment (0)
If you are around Denpasar or insearch of some really good Bakso (Indonesian style meatball soup dish), Ayu Minantri is the perfect place. The look of the shop may throw you off, but hey! this is local food, not everything in Bali looks like Biku or Three Monkeys.
Since I was a kid, we have always been eating there or having take aways and I had only one incident of a stomach ache, but that was because I added two packets…Read More Post a comment (0)
Strangely as a child, I was not so much into eating ice cream. Yes its nice, but I was never as in love with it as I do now. It was not until I had Gelato Secrets that I fell in love with ice cream. To be more specific, its White Chocolate flavour.
Gelato Secrets is founded by Maria & Carlo Lantini and currently operates shops in Ubud & Sanur. The gelato are made with original ingredients and inspired by the…Read More Post a comment (0)
For those seeking a refuge from Seminyak’s modernism. Escape to this quaint little restaurant and probably bring a book or laptop to watch time go by. Biku is one of those restaurants that makes you feel at home and expects you to sit there for hours without seeing the time. The atmosphere in the restaurant has this old-Batavian feel with a touch of classical Balinese elegance. A restaurants surrounded by antiquities and trinkets, reminiscent of former Dutch East Indies. &…Read More Post a comment (0)
As you enter the ‘villa-turned-restaurant-looking-restaurant (if that makes any sense), you are kindly greeted by paintings of cows. Which I take as a hint that they sell really good beef. The restaurant has a shitload amount of seats for a restaurant hidden from the eyes of ignorant tourists who would not venture through alleyways to find food. So I am guessing they are attracting customers from mouth-to-mouth of some sort.
The up-market, oasis-among-the-paddy fields feel of the restaurant would have to…Read More Post a comment (0)
For those that hasn’t flown into Bali recently, you obviously do not know that the 2012 apocalypse has already hit the airport. What was once an overcrowded, under-maintained, yet classic Balinese airport is now hidden by a dusty urban construction ground full of road detours and taxi drivers. Tourists are greeted at the arrival gate with a wind of hot air, taxi drivers dealing, grey unfinished buildings, long walkways and Starbucks.
I’m not complaining here, its great that Bali is finally…Read More Post a comment (0)