3D2N Bandung Day 2 : Bubur Ayam, Rumah Mode, Cihampelas Walk, Mie Kocok, Kartika Sari

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8.02 am – Woke up together and walked to the back alley of the hotel in search of food.

The street vendors and food stalls were located along Jl Babakan Ciparay.

The messy wires reminded me of Bangkok and Philippines.

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4D3N Yogyakarta Day 3 : Pasar Kranggan, Kraton, Gudeg Yu Djum Wijilan, Plaza Ambarrukmo, Cinema 21, Mie Ayam, Kopi Joss

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07.16 am – Walked down Jalan AM Sangaji towards

Tugu Yogyakarta.

Yesterday I was strolling along the back but today, I’m checking out the front.

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4D3N Yogyakarta Day 2 : Pasar Kranggan, Borobudur, Prambanan, Pawon, Mendut, Samirono, Kadin Bakmi

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06.17 am – Woke up and took a walk along Jalan AM Sangaji, the road where Pop! Hotels Tugu Yogyakarta was located at.

Local traders were already busy preparing for the incoming crowd in Pasar Kranggan.

Saw lots of people and thought that this should be the road to the Kranggan morning market.

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4D3N Yogyakarta Day 1 : Jakarta Terminal 3, Laras, Bakmi GM, Pop Hotels, Tugu Gudeg, Lumpia, Bintang, Malioboro

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07.40 am – Many thanks to Vivian’s mom who took us to the airport.

08.22 am – Soon enough, Vivian and I met up with the other 2 fellas and began the baggage drop process at the check in counters.

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4D3N Bali Day 4 : Rumah Makan Bamboo Corner, Matahari Kuta Square, Tune Hotels Kuta, Ngurah Rai, AirAsia, Indomie, Bintang, Kopi Luwak

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07.23 am – As the 24 hours to my bike rental was still not up yet, Vivian and I took a ride around Jl Poppies 1 to check out the many, many restaurants that we came across during the night. However, only very few were open and Rumah Makan Bamboo Corner was one of those.

A pretty simple restaurant with the prices written on blackboards around the outer walls.

The menu.

The breakfast page. Although operation starts at 9am, we were served nevertheless.

Balinese coffee.

Nasi goreng.

Mie goreng.

A piece of banana honey pancake.

Total damage.

09.34 am – Returned the bike and took a walk around Jl Pantai Kuta for some last minute shopping.

Walked into the already opened Matahari Kuta Square for last minute souvenir shopping.

The foodstuff section.

The Indomies.

10.39 am – Filled in the Tune Hotel Kuta’s guest feedback form and checked out.

Got ourselves a transport to bring us to the airport.

Our luggage.

Our extra luggage.

Bye Tune Hotels. It was good while it lasted.

The Balinese altar by the exit.

10.49 am – And off we go into the streets of Kuta.

The chariot sculpture nearby the airport.

Ngurah Rai again.

10.57 am – Ngurah Rai International Airport.

Went to AirAsia’s airport guest services counter,

took out our passports and

got our itinerary printed out.

The many, many Australians by the check in counters.

The check in counters to our AirAsia flight to Kuala Lumpur was still closed.

The amount of IDR left.

Went to toilet and saw aquariums above the urinal.

Cool.

Checked out the super expensive souvenir shops around the area.

And we waited.

11.53 am – Finally, we checked in our luggage and proceeded towards the departure hall.

Got our passports stamped.

Saw this sign while walking around

Bali airport’s departure hall duty free section.

Went to toilet again.

Potpourri by the washing area.

The free internet counters.

01.46 pm – And off we go. Bye Bali! I will miss you lots! Will definitely be back, but not so soon.

Airasia flight attendants doing their safety demonstrations.

It was a cloudy day.

02.30 pm – By 1pm we were actually pretty hungry as we decided try out AirAsia’s meals.

4D3N Bali Day 2 : CIMB Niaga, Ronald McDonald Surfing, Pasar Seni Sukawati, Babi Guling Ibu Oka, Rice Terrace Fields, Mount Batur, Kopi Luwak Coffee, Tanah Lot, Bakso Pendowo Malang, Massage

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07.19 am – Woke up early. Passed by the closed McDonald’s in Kuta Square.

Passed by a CIMB bank.

The quiet street by the beach.

Kuta beach’s McDonald’s.

One of the only very few eating places around Kuta that sells breakfast.

Their menu never changes. It’s the same throughout the entire day.

Ordered a cup of tea and

2 Gourmet Wrap aka Foldovers.

Tasted pretty good actually.

The crying Ronald McDonald.

I wonder how Manila’s Ronald McDonald look like, now that I have seen Bali’s and Thai’s Ronald.

I see this guy everywhere. Odyssey’s a marketing guru.

09.14 am – By 9.14am, we hopped on to Dean’s Toyota Kijang and were on our way to the tour of the day.

And it rained.

The first place we went to was an art complex selling all sorts of genuine jewelery.

The interior.

The sculpture with the toilet signs on his left and right arm.

10.14 am – Next stop was a market that girls in particular should go to in the mornings.

It’s called Pasar Seni Sukawati.

You get all sorts of clothes, paintings, shorts, bags, accessories, etc. at floor prices.

You can bargain so hard that you’d get a dress for the price of IDR 20,000.

11.56 pm – Next stop, Warung Babi Guling Ibu Oka for lunch.

The huge restaurant famous for it’s pork.

The lower floor interior.

The menu contains only 2 different sets for you to choose from.

Of course there’s also the alacarte section.

Bintang did cross my mind but… nah.. it’s too early for beer.

My green tea.

The keropoks.

The mangosteen.

The babi guling set that comes

with rice separately and

a small bowl of soup.

The set that comes with rice included but without soup.

Awesome lunch!

Oh yeah, for chili lovers, you should try the babi guling chili. Hot as hell!

01.02 pm – And we were on our way again.

Our road was blocked for a while to wait for the guy up in the tree to

finish chopping down a bunch of coconuts. (Spot the falling coconuts)

01.06 pm – 4 minutes later, we reached the rice terrace fields. Beautiful place. Truly beautiful!

01.23 pm – And we were on our way again.

01.48 pm – Mount Batur, an active volcano located at the center of two concentric calderas north west of Mount Agung in Bali.

02.01 pm – And we were on our way again and it rained. It was practically raining the entire day. January is actually the wettest month of the year in Bali.

Passed by a bunch of volcano lava rocks.

Took 2 small ones home as souvenirs. 😈

4D3N Bali Day 1 : Sunrise, AirAsia Check In Kiosk, Airasia 2010 Menu, Bali With Dean, Drivers With Distinction, Pawon Pasundan, TuneHotels Kuta, Uluwatu, Made’s Warung, Bintang Draft

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04.49 am – I was actually awake since 4am, but only decided to take breakfast at 4.49am.

05.52 am – Reached the airport. I have never woken up so early and reach the airport so early before in my life.

Checked in and got out boarding pass.

06.35 am – Was on the plane by this time. (my watch is about 15 min faster)

07.00 am – Loved the clouds.

Watched the sun rise from above the clouds. Life felt perfect.

07.44 am – Arrived in LCCT KL.

The entire place was pretty empty.

07.51 am – Saw AirAsia’s check in machine.

Tried to check in to my next flight.

Touched ‘Check-In’.

Touched ‘Scan Itinerary’ and amazingly, it recognized the bar code printed on the paper. Awesome stuff.

Selected ourselves and

touched ‘Confirm’. And then it asked to scan our passport and this was where it failed. It just couldn’t scan our passport properly, no matter how many thousand times we tried, no matter from which angle. WTF?

And so we had no choice but to line up and check in at the super long queues.

Less than 10 minutes later, we got our boarding pass.

08.22 am – Headed towards OldTown and had breakfast.

Everyone’s favourite nasi lemak ayam rendang.

08.50 am – Took a free newspaper from the stand and read the news

while waiting for the next flight out from LCCT to Bali. One advice for Bali go-ers. You can wear shorts all the way. No need for long pants as the weather is super hot in both Malaysia and Bali. It’s lighter and you have more space in your luggage that way.

09.35 am – Was already by our departure gate, T12.

Connected to LCCT’s free wireless internet and did some time wasting there.

09.57 am – Our plane.

10.05 am – Checked out AirAsia’s new 2010 menu.

mmMmm…. Looks delicious…..

~yum~

Can’t wait to try it on the way back!

The drinks and the instant noodles. The best instant noodles are the ones served on Thai AirAsia. I had it once during my 2nd trip to Bangkok in 2009.

(You should check out my 1st trip too (2008), if you have not seen it.

11.09 am – We were given Indonesia’s customs declaration form and arrival/departure card to fill in.

11.09 am – Caught an aircraft’s contrail.

11.13 am – Felt thirsty.

01.25 pm – And we landed. yay!! I was so damn excited. Like a little boy.

The first Balinese structure that I came across while on the way out of the arrival hall. I noticed that all the gates at the entrances to everywhere were sort of like divided into half symmetrically.

01.43 pm – And as I left the airport, I saw my name held by someone who looked like a character from a Lat comic strip.

Everyone say hi to Dean, the highest rated driver in Bali as reviewed by thousands of his previous customers in

TripAdvisor.

The man behind the group called ‘Drivers With Distinction’. Definitely value for money. Paid a total of RM300 for 1½ days tour.

The dashboard of his newly bought

Toyota Kijang aka Innova.

Caught the first few glimpse of Bali.

Bali teens.

01.56 pm – First stop was Pawon Pasundan in Jl Kediri 2, Kerobokan.

At first, from the looks of the outside, I thought I was gonna be ripped off. The place looked pretty well maintained compared to the other surrounding buidlings.

The surrounding scenery was nicely done. One of the nice stuff was the nice looking bridge by the nice looking pond. Nice!

Got ourselves a nice private hut.

Had a waiter to serve all of our needs. Need chili? Ask him. Need more water? Ask him. Need extra plate? Ask him. Best service!

A picture of us.

The menu.

The food.

The drinks.

Nasi Oncom. RM2.

Cah Tauge-Tahu-Ikan Asin (bean sprouts with salted fish). RM4. Cheap.

Sapi Serundeng (beef with fried coconut shreds). RM3. Cheap.

Flying Gurame (flying fish). RM13. Cheap! Definitely worth your money. I will definitely recommend this place to anyone arriving in Bali’s airport during lunch hour as Pawon Pasundan is near the airport.