It has been a long overdue, since my last blog post… And it’s shameful actually… to call myself a Bali Travel & Food Blogger with this long hiatus. The year of 2015 is the year of the new opportunity, our business has been shifted to one field that everybody would want to hear about us : How do you hold on to youth, How to feel, live, and look young. I have to apologize to our readers, from any part of the globe, if you visit our blog and kept coming back and found nothing new on the post. I had been wanted to write about this subject that was initially requested by one of our Twitter Followers @VillaBaliCom. As Jimbaran is our home, our neighborhood, we think it would be lovely to recommend what we, as the locals are used to do as the fun activities with friends and family. There’s definitely a long list to do in Jimbaran when you came to the island as a visitor or tourist or traveler, we just want to share what our family and communities around this area love to do on the weekend or in our everyday activities..Read more »
I was surprised and a bit disappointed – No, I wasn’t supposed to. In Bali, the magic ‘island development’ spell works very well: ABRACADABRAA!!…It turned an off-beaten-path surf beach to a leisure complex with night club and golf course and a new ‘baptised’ name – TADAA!!…It closed the whole road to the beach with thickest sandRead more »
It was one lazy Sunday morning, my (one & only) lovely neighbor, Jeff, asked me to join him walking his two dogs to the beach. Walk? To the beach? Where? yawning me as zapping this remote control seemed much easier and sweat-free. He promised it would be just a quick dog walking around the neighborhood and that I won’t regret when I see this hidden gem located behind our residential complex in Puri Gading, Jimbaran, Bali.Read more »
Living and working in Bali for many people is a privilege. If others should pay millions to buy air tickets, hotel, food & beverage, rent a car, etc to enjoy Bali for 4-5 days stay only, this blessed people such as my second BALI LOVER guest, Gita Ernida Wauran aka GEE, originally from Bandung, West Java, get actually paid to have a weekly relaxing sun bathing on the beach, and change the beach every week, know how to get a good food at affordable price and be where locals go. And we met in Denpasar years ago when we both lived under the same roof of a small boarding house for fellow Javanese working in Bali..:)
Taking theme this year : The New Spirit of Heritage – Marine Life, Sanur Village Festival had taken place from 12 – 16 August 2009, along Sanur Beach coastal area, starting from Pantai Matahari Terbit (the Sunrise Beach), to the main area of festival : Mertasari Beach. Yes, in Sanur, there are several beach access with its own name on each village. Sanur has been known as its laid back atmosphere, from sunrise till sunset, there is no loud ‘house’ music, drunken tourists on the street, annoying freelance illegal guides offering expensive villa membership we will never use, nor t-shirtless surfers on motorbike wearing no helmet – usual scenes you can always witness in Kuta or Seminyak.
Unique! I spotted several cavities or hollow spaces on this beach with pristine clear water, clean enough to wash your hands from sands. Bored with Dreamland Beach several years ago, I chose to find more secluded beaches with less people on it, so I could enjoy reading my book and take a nap without any interruption that sometimes makes me crazy like : getting hit by a soccer ball, screaming kids, a group of school kids from Java accompanied by their teachers in their Batik vest in the midst of hot sunny day!! And on My 5 Favorite Beaches in Bali, I’ve noted down all the beaches I like..
I found your blog on through Google and have enjoyed reading it very much so far. I wonder if it will be possible to get some advice from you about my stay in Bali: where to go, what to see and eat, etc……Kuta makes me sick with all the tourists everywhere. I came to Indonesia to experience the culture, the food, the beauty, and the people.But here in Kuta, with all the development and crowding, I am getting none of that, and starting to go crazy because of it…. Please let me know soon if you are able to help us! We appreciate so much already what you have written on the internet that we will have no hard feelings if you cannot help us……I have only 7-8 more days to discover the amazing beauty of this place, not the ugly tourist centers that we are currently in.
Looking forward to hearing from you,
So last month I received this email from one of my blog reader, and quite surprising as he pointed out that finding my blog through Google has given him some good tips about what to do in Bali to help him escaping from his ‘helpless’ situation in the Bloody Kuta (later he told me how he ended up in Poppies Lane, on his first visit to Bali!staying in a dirty cheap hotel,and surrounded with some tourists that showed a disrespectful act to locals, and it made him and his friend were very sick of it).
Well,that’s what the aussie tourists always say. I don’t get it tough.Is somebody bleeding in Kuta? hmm…I’m not a big fan of Bali touristy place, but have to admit, Kuta Beach and its ambiance has its magic spell that attracts people all over the world to taste the ‘bloodyness’ of this tourist mecca. The beach,shops, Hard Rock Hotel landmark with the giant blue surf board (a must photo shot for most of local tourists, and I have one pic of myself! :p ), overly priced mini-marts along the road – the place where most young locals hang out with Bintang beers, watching non stop scene of people passing by, Kamasutera Club, halfway spot with another mini mart + cafe, and this horrific buiding claiming to be “the biggest Jakarta club to be built in Bali” in the corner of Melasti Road and Kuta Beach..Kuta..Kuta..Kuta..
My days in Bali consist of finding beautiful and stunning beaches that are stretching out from west coast to the east cost, and not to forget southern area. As I live in Jimbaran, some surfer beaches are even located only 10 minutes by a speedy bike from my house :p
Here are my Top 5 Favorite Beaches I frequented quite often as my day dream spots :