Its the time of the year again when Denpasar is flooded by dancers in colorful dresses accompanied by the sounds of gamelan. The festival showcases the cultural diversity and has become sort of a way to help conserve traditional Balinese dances and festivities. The festival has daily performances, handicraft exhibitions and food!
For more info on the Bali Arts Festival. Visit www.baliartsfestival.com
There is a nice place in Sanur, Bali where you could chill for a quick drink. If you are from the Netherlands I recommend you to come here. I sat there for hours and heard people speaking Dutch come and go. The food is also quiet nice and cheap. I went there for a quick bite of Soto ayam whilst meeting my friend that stayed at the Oasis Hotel which was right next door.Read More Post a comment (0)
Such a weird day today. As I was walking to go eat lunch, there was a massive crowd infront of Perth’s famous body piercing store “Off Ya Tree” which is near sportsgirls, Dymocks and infront of Piccadilly. Never have I seen such a random crowd in the middle of the city before, at first I thought someone died or they are having a flash mob. Then I ask some curious faces that was there and apparently, Chris Brown was getting a piercing at the Perth shop.
He came out for a split second and it was nice that I get to see a celebrity around Perth :D It was a shame I didn’t get a picture of him, but I did get a picture of the big crowd?? XD
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My picture~ No Chris Brown but alot of people!
A face of grief, a face of disbelief, a face of happiness or a face of content. What ever it may be, every time I look at these pictures, I could never tell their true emotions. It may just be this illusion I created for myself, but every time I take a picture of a random Balinese person, their expressions are always almost the same. Whether it being from the north, south, east or west, the expression that they make is one hell of a remarkable poker face. :)Read More Post a comment (0)
This may be a super late post, but I took this during Christmas (duhhh) in Mal Bali Galeria (Simpang Siur). They turned the big ass fountain at the Mall’s atrium into a big Christmas tree. I swear to god, if someone was smoking next to the ‘tree’, the whole mall will burn down, but thank god nothing that catastrophic happened (mind my apocalyptic mind). Anyways, it was nice to see Bali celebrating Christmas in their own way. Call it creative or not, it looked nice…. (in a way).Read More Post a comment (1)
It may not be their actual specialty, but if you want free wi-fi, relaxing atmosphere and some bad ass chips and desert, come over to NOMAD, Ubud. I regret not trying out their main dishes and their specials, but I was over in Ubud to hang around for abit while my brother does something at work. I was in a school holiday back to Bali, so I had alot of free time. At that time, my blog still looks primitive, its a shame that only NOW I decided to post these pictures.
Now, the coincidence was that I went to NOMAD especially because they had free wi-fi and Nomad was the first place in Ubud to ever have had wartel (telecommunication service). It may not be a significant achievement, but to me, it sadly was.Read More Post a comment (2)
Whenever I come back to Bali, one thing I always crave from Perth is Easy Ways’ Bubble Tea. Specifically, their Taro Milk Tea. Then one day, my brother told me that they opened Easy Way in Bali. I thought he was joking, but it actually existed, only that it was located in a bad location and it doesn’t taste as good as the one in Perth.
Chatime is clever enough to fill that gap in the market and actually taste good. “Chatime has more than 415 stores worldwide including Taiwan, United States, Australia, Hong Kong, China, Philippines, Macau, Korea, and now Indonesia.
There are over 60 varieties of the freshest, yummiest drinks and many types of toppings to choose from. You can even customize your ice and sugar level according to your preference!”-Chatime Facebook page.
Great to know that everytime I come back to Bali, I can still satisfy my bubble tea craving!!Read More Post a comment (0)
One of the stupidest things to do is to not go Karaoke in Japan when visiting Japan. I always wanted to sing Karaoke in Japan like they did in the movie ‘Lost in Translation’. But let me tell you… It’s not all fun and games. When I reached the Karaoke place, I was goddamn thankful that I have a Japanese friend there with us!!!!
It was while we were in Shinjuku that we wondered around the place hoping to find a place to hang out. I was meeting up in Shinjuku with a good friend of mine from Perth who lives in Kanagawa but came to visit us in Shinjuku. We met up, had dinner then wondered across the block 2 times trying to find a place to hang out. I was highly tempted to go try out the many Pachinko machines, but nahh it looked too bizarre for my taste :(
Anyways, here are some pictures of our time at the Karaoke place. We had an awesome time~Read More Post a comment (3)
The Hilton Heiress, Paris Hilton came to Bali last November, I can’t believe its only now that I announced it to the world. Most of you probably have googled about it already, but I took time of my life (while I had my spare time) to put most of them together.
Paris Hilton arrived in Bali to promote her latest products as well to enjoy the island’s pleasures. I was currently in Bali at that time, but no, I didn’t see her. I know it may sound sad about being so excited about a celebrity traveling around, but Bali is so far off Hollywood and it is just interesting to meet people that is from there and you’ve only seen in pictures and movies to be only a couple of blocks away from you.
Here is a compilation of some videos.
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When you go to a place like Shibuya, you will notice just how small and insignificant you are. Coming from a small tropical island of Bali and having to live in a small city of Perth for all my life, it was a shock to me as my train arrives at the Shibuya Station. While I was at the station, I could see a glimpse of the famous crossing. A feeling came up, the same butterflies you would have in your stomach before going on a rollercoaster. The place was loud and full of people, something I was never accustomed to.
As I exited the train station and into the actual Shibuya, I was… speechless. It was a visual orgasm. The amount of lights, music from stores, the variety of people and the billboards in every corner of your eyes, it then hit me, I just fell in love with Japan even more.Read More Post a comment (0)
One of the most famous attractions in Japan is the Tori Gates at the Fushimi Inari Shrine. It is also the place where they filmed Memoirs of a Geisha’s famous scene of the little girl running across the gates and later praying at a temple, wishing that she will become geisha.
We went to the Fushimi Inari shrine to see what we’ve been seeing only in pictures since we were kids and to re-enact the scene of the little girl running across the gates to the temple. One thing we didn’t know was that the temple that they showed in the film ‘Memoirs of a Geisha’ was filmed someplace else. SO, we spent 3+ hours, hiking up and down its treacherous steps trying to find something that wasn’t there. It was not all bad though, time flew by and I didn’t even notice the sky as it slowly turns darker. The gates and the views were just to spectacular.
“Fushimi Inari Shrine (伏見稲荷大社, Fushimi Inari Taisha) is an important Shinto shrine in southern Kyoto. It is famous for its thousands of vermilion torii gates, which straddle a network of trails behind its main buildings. The trails lead into the wooded forest of the sacred Mount Inari, which stands at 233 meters and belongs to the shrine grounds. ” -Japan Guide
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Bali’s new shopping center, Denpasar Junction is situated at the center of one of the busiest districts in the city. For travelers coming from Renon to Teuku Umar, it is hard to miss the large shopping center. The shopping center is currently looking, erm, dead, as it is currently waiting for its Cinema to be built. Apparently, shop owners are awaiting for the cinema before they start to open up at the Junction. In case you are unaware, there is only 1 fully functioning cinema in the entire island.
It is obvious that the Denpasar Junction is currently running at half capacity, it has the potential but shop owners are weary if people would come to the mall without the cinema. As a customer, with/without the cinema, shop owners should invest in the mall as there are many potential customers waiting to spend their money here than going all the way to Kuta’s Discovery or Sanur’s Sogo.Read More Post a comment (2)