I think Bali is everyone’s creative place – whether just for the feed, for your style photos or just to spark something inside your right brain. Here are my recommendations aside from the island tours and what I wore in these places.
There are so many trendy cafe’s and restaurants in Bali, especially in Seminyak area, where you can see it left and right. My top pick and prolly the most Instagrammed one is Motel Mexicola, which made me feel like I’m in the tropical oasis of Mexico! There are visuals of art, religion and women lighted by neons. Don’t forget to visit the second floor and to visit int he afternoon. 😉
What to wear: casual. it is kinda hot in this place so while you can wear sparkly ones like below, make sure it is still comfortable!
Address: Motel Mexicola, Jalan Kayu Jati No. 9X, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361, Indonesia
Other places: Nalu Bowls, Cafe Organic, The Bistrot, Sea Circus, Ling Ling’s, Sushimi,
Very popular whether in Kuta or Seminyak, Bali has pretty beach clubs! My top pick is Potato Head Beach Club, which has very modern interiors and just the perfect spot for that sunset viewing.
What to wear: bikini or your coolest summer outfit
Address: Potato Head Beach Club, alan Petitenget No.51B, Kerobokan Kelod, Kuta Utara, Kerobokan Kelod, Kuta Utara, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361, Indonesia
Other places: La Favela, La Plancha
Ubud, Kuta and Tabanan are great places for traditional Balinese food and restaurant interiors. Our Uber-turned-tour guide @Enno3170 whom we got the chance to talk and interview when were on our second day recommended these places which his tourists loved. The menu here are traditional, affordable yet of quality. Plus the interiors and traditional Balinese music, especially in Warung Dedari where we had lunch before going to Ubud. I highly recommend these places which are not yet so popular in social media but deserves the attention!
What to wear: Balinese inspired florals.
Merta Harum Agroo Luwak Coffee, Jl. Raya Mawang No.98, Lodtunduh, Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80571, Indonesia
Warung Dedari, Jl. Raya Denpasar, Perean Tengah, Baturiti, Kabupaten Tabanan, Bali 82181, Indonesia
Warung Sunset, Jl. Sunset Road, Legian, Kuta, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361, Indonesia
I told myself that whenever I would go to Bali, I would visit these temples, not just for Instagram but for spiritual purposes as well. Uluwatu was one of the main recommendations but Enno could only take us to these two which we can reach in a day: Ulun Danu and Tanah Lot. Pura Ulun Danu is a beautiful complex
I dedicated a day of my Bali trip to explore three islands outside Denpasar. I told myself that I need to see these highly-instagrammed crystal clear waters and limestone cliffs when I get to this dreamy place. While I only spent a few days because of work, I needed to maximize my experience, see an overview, then prolly come back if I want more.
I booked this full-day island tour via KKDAY, which has been reliable to me. They gave me a sponsored pass for this one since I’ve written about my Taiwan trip. I didn’t have a very long stay at Bali so I wanted to maximize my travel so decided to just do it in a day. Through this approx USD 90 KKday item, the tour is via High Speed Ocean Rafting Cruise courtesy of their supplier, Bali Hai, which has cruises of different kinds (big ferry ones as seen below) but also rafts designed with the highest safety standards and equipped with 750hp. NusaPenida.com says that “If you want to go to Nusa Penida Island from Bali, the easiest and cheapest way, if you go from the capital, Denpasar is by getting to the Sanur beach and using some traditional public boat called ‘jukung’. Jukung take around 90 minutes to reach Nusa Penida.” We only spent around less than 30 minutes but it was really fast! I have motion sickness but I think that doesnt happen on islands as for me. Plus, there are seatbelts! hehe
Processed with VSCO with c9 presetIn terms of cost, according to NUSA P website, you will spend around 43 USD to get to NUSA P and back which is already half of the cost of this tour, which already included 3 islands, transpo back and forth to your hotel, food and snorkelling. I think it’s worth it.
We were fetched at around 9AM by an air-conditioned van in our hotel in Kuta to the port. Pick-up and drop-off areas includeLegian / Kuta / Tuban / Sanur / North Sanur/ South Nusa Dua / Uluwatu / Jimbaran / Ubud/ Tanah Lot, and selected Hotels in Ubud.
In the port, they will provide you with snorkelling equipments and towels. The vessel can only accomodate a few around (8-10) with some sense of privacy that I like.
In terms of expectations, you can see that my gadgets above show a Drone which I just purchased few hours before I departed Manila. I was kinda expecting that instagrammable cliff view.
But it didn’t happen. While there was snorkelling as you can see below, It was not a literal “island hopping”. We didn’t get off the boat to experience or stay for minutes. We were just on the boat taking photos. It was just cruising past these beutiful towering limestone cliffs and inviting islands.
Nonetheless, I got messages from friends that it was better that way if you’re not spending nights and days in this island (recommended: 2-4 as per my friends) because there’s just so much to do. As for them, the a 1-day hike was very painful for the legs, hard on the skin and that requires so much training and time as well.
But it was indeed a beautiful sight. Prolly not as pretty as the one here in our country but it invited me for another one try in the next trip for the experience. They say there’s so much to do and see like beaches, falls, and unique viewpoints, like the Kelingking T-Rex. I will plan it very soon!
In the tour, there are 2 snorkelling spots and my favorite was the Crystal Bay at Nusa P. Truly crystal clear and beautiful! It was prolly the only time we got off from the boat before lunch and it was such a nice site. Tour guides are also there to support you if you have fear of the water.
I think that having a high-speed cruise almost like to yourself with very good English-speaking tour guide was worth the money and time. There’s high-quality speakers, neat comfort room, free towels and drinks. Maybe there’s more looking than experiencing but I had a time for myself and the nature versus the kinda busy life and parties at the main island Bali.
And we should talk about the healthy unli buffet that they cooked for us: fresh and deli! I even tried Indonesia fruits that I have never tasted in my life despite living in Southeast Asia LOL
We also got to have a private time at Bali Hai’s private resort where you can swim, parasail (USD 25) and take a banana boat (free). As for me, I just roamed and communicated with Mother nature. 😉
The last destination was prolly my favorite. Ceningan island is the smallest of the 3 sister islands, with a yellow bridge that connects to a bigger one Lembongan. There are only 2000 people inhabiting this place and can be accessible via motorcycles too if you’re in the this island outside Bali. There are no abundance of fresh water, not much of a night life but I saw tourists living and visiting this place with small hotels offering nature tours as well. Our tour guide took us to for a 30-min walk to see the village happenings. I think I would like to stay here for a day then 2-4 on Nusa P the next time I visit Bali.
Overall, i thought that this tour was worth the time and money given that I only allocated one-day for these islands. I recommend these to travellers who dont have much time outside Bali, those who want a private Balinese nature experience and want to see a glimpse of these 3 islands.I have been to Coron and El Nido but there is something about the serenity and simplicity of these islands that got my attention and definitely will be back.
Wonderfruit Festival, Thailand’s pioneering globally conscious, cross-cultural live celebration of art, music and life, today revealed what is in store for Wonderers in The Fields this year. Built on six unique pillars, Wonderfruit is more than a festival, but rather a journey that begins the moment you enter The Fields at Siam Country Club. This year, the site will be transformed into an experiential playground packed with 60+ music acts from all over the globe, 20+ stunning art installations and dazzling theatrical performances, 55 exquisite gastronomic delights, 30+ engaging talks & workshops, 35+ wellness & adventures offerings, plus plenty of interactive activities for the whole family – all intertwined to create an immersive experience for Wonderers.
Since its inception, Wonderfruit has always thrived to bring a diverse, genre-bending lineup of live performers that span the musical spectrum, and this year is no exception with numerous musical acts from around the world.
The Living Stage will be home to notable and diverse mainstage acts from head bangers like Rudimental, famous for their heavy hitting beats and Young Fathers, a hip-hop trio from Scotland, to the eclectic likes of Kate Simko & London Electronic Orchestra with their mesmerizing blend of live orchestral and electronic music, Shura, famous for her new wave synthesized sounds and soothing vocals and Grammy nominated singer, Lianne La Havas.
Those not ready to call it a night, will most likely end up at The Quarry, Wonderfruit’s legendary after party destination. Get ready to dance till you drop to genre-defying sounds by Simian Mobile Disco and the distinctive tunes of European electronica by Yaya; or brace yourselves for some heavy hitting techno by Nicole Moudaber and a dark, hardware-only live set from Headless Horseman.
Those who just woke up or haven’t slept yet, can climb up the Solar Stage, at the highest point of The Fields, built by Gregg Fleishman, who’s known for his creations at Burning Man, to catch unforgettable sunrise scenes.
The Solar Stage will host the performances from Eric Volta, Sabo, YokoO and sunrise yoga with Liv Lo and Rosemary, while sunset performances will be hosted by Wolf + Lamb, Norman Jay MBE, KMLN, Marc Antona, Akimbo and more. Farm Stage, another must-see this year, will see acts like Buke and Gase, Superglasses Ska Ensemble, Yena, Sahai Hang Sailom, Srirajah Rockers, At Adau, Nang Talung Sakon Dharma and more. Listen to the Wonderfruit Playlist and know what you’re in store for.
Wonderers are also in for a treat as Forbidden Fruit hosts Wonderfruit’s first ever gay party on Friday night. “Adam and Steve” features Thailand’s premier drag queen, the inimitable Pangina Heals, who’ll delight revelers with her “waacking” performances, outrageous entertainment and plenty of surprises. The appropriately fabulous venue will also be the setting for irresistible music from Luna City Express, Noxro and Uone throughout Wonderfruit.
The Rainforest Pavilion is where Scratch Talks will take place during the day. Get inspired by the talks from Trash Hero Thailand, the man behind Indonesian unicorn app GO-JEK and more. At night, the Pavilion will delight Wonderers with some techno beats from Agent H, Alex Joy, Cabbit, Zig Zach, Fadi Alurk, Gary Hutchings, Halim Ardie, small&Tall Soundsystem featuring Swamy and David Brabbins and others.
But as Virginia Woolf said in her seminal essay, “One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.” Wonderers need not worry as food is another integral element of the Wonderfruit experience and the choices are plentiful. Grab European fare from Marcel, Thyme and Peppina and sushi from Morimoto – some of Bangkok’s hottest restaurants, or indulge in your favourite street food and keep breakfast going all day long at Rocketfruit.
Wonder Feasts, are also back, offering a luxurious communal outdoor dining experience where food and entertainment are in ample supply, and wine flows freely, courtesy of Italasia. Returning for the second time in two years, maestro of progressive Indian cuisine, Gaggan Anand is throwing a feast with the help of his friend Chef Daniel Chavez of Ola in Singapore. Expect fire-grilled barbecue delights, Peruvian ceviche and other delicacies. Wonderers with a taste for the fare from acclaimed Bangkok restaurants Appia and Soul Food Mahanakorn should join chefs Paolo Vitaletti and Jarrett Wrisley as the duo teams up for a reggae brunch. If you are feeling peckish during the day, let Chef Jeriko of Cocotte serve you a mouth-watering farm-to-table banquet of dishes from fresh, organic and seasonal products. Those who are looking for something out of the ordinary should check out F.A.C.T. Collective’s feast, at which chefs Khanaporn “Oom” Janjirdsak and Panupon “Black” Bulsuwan will serve unique dishes that combine the flavours of northern and southern Thai cuisines. (Note: Seat capacity for all Wonder Feasts is limited. More information on pre-booking will be available soon)
Additionally, Wonderers can expect a range of experiences that encourage exploration, creativity and collaboration thanks to SC Asset, who bring The Sharing Neighbourhood back to The Fields, including a new treat for this year – Breakfast for Good Mornings – a truly Thai-style start to the day at Wonderfruit. The Molam Bus Project by Jim Thompson Art Centre is also back by popular demand and will offer Wonderers a chance to experience the authentic culture of Thailand’s north-eastern region Isaan, including music courtesy of All Thidsa and Pimjai Pechpralanchai. Don’t forget to check out the Wonder Salon by TAT for a Wonderfruit “makeover”, relax in The Ziggurat, an upcycled-design beer garden by Singha, or get more intimate and cosy inside Moon Shack by Sangsom.
Apart from talks & workshops, Wonderfruit is also a place where you can strengthen your body and mind through a range of wellness & adventure activities. Shed some sweat and try belly dance, body combat and Zumba with the team from GuavaFruit, a collaboration of Wonderfruit and GuavaPass; practice different styles of yoga with international experts, and take part in meditation, healing and dance sessions. If you come as a family, stop by Camp Wonder, which will be jam-packed with fun activities to keep the whole family busy.
As well as sustainable, Wonderfruit is also big on technology and safety. The event is completely cashless and all Wonderers will receive an RFID wristband, making paying easier and eliminating the need to worry about the safety of your wallet. The wristbands, courtesy of Bangkok Bank, can be topped up at stations around the festival.
Wonderfruit takes place at The Fields at Siam Country Club, Pattaya from 16 to 19 February 2017. Four-day passes can currently be purchased at 6,600+ when “PHILTCM” code is used for 15% discount. Visit Wonderfruit’s website for more information on securing your tickets, travel, and accommodations.
Photos: Wonderfruit Festival
Believe it or not, albeit my nickname was really inspired (Yes, I asked my mom LOL) by that cartoon character which is the official mascot of Disney, it was my first ever Disneyland experience. My blogger friends told me that if you’re going to have your Disney experience, it should be at Disney Sea and since we’re in Tokyo, especially because of its unique nautical theme. And of course, the sea!!
I am quite familiar with the famous Disney characters and movies, probably Mickey Mouse would the least ironically haha. I remember reading of some of their books esp. Sleeping Beauty (Disney version) which mom would leave at our book shelves. I’m not really a fan of all the Disney stories and movies of the time tbh and it might not be the “happiest place on earth” but it was really one of the cutest, most sanitised and adventurous theme-park I went to!
When we arrived in Narita airport, we went to Chiba (east of Tokyo) to leave our bags at Tita Ian’s house and then we went straight to Disneyland which was just a quick and easy commute. We got our tickets discounted for around 4000+ Yen (night pass) days before (this way and fast passes recommended for travellers)
It was a Wednesday night and lines were already long. We skipped the the other Disney places and most of the rides in Disney sea and decided to stroll and just relax. And it was indeed especially with the views of italian-port inspired Mediterranean Harbor, Mysterious Island, Mermaid Lagoon and New York Harbor. More photos below.
We were to able to catch the Be Magical show which featured Disney characters and an amazing firework display. The language is in Japanese but I think the visuals can relate.
We didn’t finish the show and decided to stroll to the Venice inspired place. I think that I got attracted to vibe of this area because I haven’t been!
Of course, the American Waterfront! Felt like New York!!
We stopped and ate at this UCC cafe which had expensive set meals at around 3000 Yen. We were so hungry we missed dinner so i couldn’t tell if it was good LOL
At the mermaid lagoon..
Part 3 of Tokyo here