Wow, too much “Bali” in the title. As I’ve impulsively posted before, I spent my first morning in Bali with some alone time at the beach. Here are some more photos from that solitary morning of mine.
And now, this is where I try to re-capture, through words and pictures, the rest of what happened during our five-day stay in Bali, a beautiful island filled with warm and kind people, gorgeous and delicious food, and creative finds from almost every corner.
We stayed at The Westin Nusa Dua and the hotel itself was a sight to behold. Situated in a vast land beachfront, the hallways were unlike traditional hotels because of the open-air spacing accentuated with lush greens. For some reason, it gave me the impression of a school dorm.
One of the things I learned from our driver was that buildings in Bali are mostly mid-rise because there has been a government order that buildings should not be taller than coconut trees. The Westin was an example of that, seeing that it was only until the 4th floor. But what it lacks in height, it makes up for with in width. The hotel was huge, I tell you.
After our complimentary daily breakfast (which, in the coming days, we would be enjoying tremendously hehe), we got ready for our first stop in our unofficial and very spontaneous itinerary: Bumbu Bali, a restaurant that has become some sort of tourist spot in Nusa Dua. Trivia: “bumbu” apparently means “spices” in Bahasa.
The entrance to Bumbu Bali was irresistibly photogenic so here we were, taking turns with the “frame”.
Our Bali trip taught me just how generous Indonesians are when it comes to food – a simple rice and ulam (viand) combo won’t do; there has to be lots of side dishes to ensure that it’s one happy party in the tummy.
After our late lunch at Bumbu Bali, we went in search for Revolver, a specialty coffee store in Bali which Ate Elo discovered via Instagram. It was quite difficult to find it because it only had a small sign, but no worries because once we asked around, we were good to go. Indonesians are so kind.
We were still full from our lunch at Bumbu Bali but who can truly resist some desserts and coffee? Not us, clearly.
Outside the Revolver was a small room that was apparently still part of the coffee shop. It was called “The Kissing Room” and on the wall are collages of different kissing photos from Hollywood and other mainstream media.
And then we continued our mini road trip outside Nusa Dua and hunted for all sorts of “creative finds” for the indie bookshop my aunt is opening in a couple of months. We literally just drove on and made stopovers in stores that seemed interesting and mind you, there were a lot!
Here are some of the things that caught our eyes and tickled our hearts!
And then it was time to go back to the hotel for some dinner and rest. We were welcomed once again by this princess who was so nice and graciously posed for a photo with us.
There’s a nice Japanese restaurant in our hotel and that’s where we had dinner. One of the guests was celebrating his birthday then and the whole restaurant sang with the waiters when the birthday cake was out. It was also cool how the chef cooked their food in front of them, complete with all the wine and flame combo. I was a bit exhausted by then so this was the only photo I have from that dinner.
That’s pretty much it for our first day in Bali. I have four more days to re-capture and I really hope to write about them soon. 🙂