10D9N Melbourne Day 0 : Australian Dollar, Mohd Abu Bakar Money Changer, Suan Hin Mini Market, Malabar Spinach, Luwak Coffee, Wallet, Malaysian Ringgit, Toiletries, Packed Travel Bag, Paul Coelho The Alchemist

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Spent the entire morning a day before the eve of my holiday, calling the money changers around Masjid Kapitan Keling and Chulia Street to get the best exchange rate for MYR to AUD. Finally found one after calling almost 30 money changers around Penang.

02.40 pm – Changed RM9,000. Mr. Abu Bakar made lots of money today.

07.49 pm – Started packing.

Tried fitting everything into the luggage but found out it was impossible.

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08.45 pm – Showered my doggy on the eve of the trip.

Took a walk down Lorong Delima 7 to

Suan Hin Mini Market and bought

200 grams worth of malabar spinach.

12.29 pm – Started preparing lunch.

2 weeks before a trip, one should take extra effort to build up one’s immune system and health by consuming vegetables as often as possible.

Half an hour later, lunch was served.

Luwak coffee for dessert. 👿

01.31 pm – Started prepping my wallet.

Took out irrelevant items and

exchanged them with relevant ones.

Rolled the extras up for tucking into somewhere safe around my body during the holiday.

02.50 pm – Called Maxis up to get the calling rates for roaming in Australia.

04.59 pm – Continued the second part of my packing.

Toiletries.

Electronics.

05.01 pm – Printed out the itineraries, Circus Oz tickets, Phillip Island tickets and AirAsia’s flight info.

Printed out the ebook for reading on the 8 hour journey from KUL to MEL.

Clothes to be worn for the journey from PEN to KUL to MEL.

07.25 pm – Dinner was served.

I think I only managed 3 hours of sleep cause I was TOO EXCITED!!!!!!!

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. 😈