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Bali, Indonesia [20 to 23 June 2016]

Day 1 – 20 June 2016 (Monday)

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I finally have some time to blog about my 26th birthday retreat to Bali, Indonesia. When I was a flight attendant, I have done a few DPS turnarounds but never once has the opportunity to explore this beautiful island. I changed SGD 336 to IDR 3,000,000 at Changi Airport Terminal 2. The check-in process was smooth and I didn’t have to print out any documents which I just show the flight confirmation to the counter staff from my iPhone 6.

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This is the first time that I am using my new backpack (Vaude 45 + 10 litre) that I bought from The Travel Store @ Funan Digital Lifemall. The backpack costs me about SGD250.

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View from Seat 14A 

My personal preference is to choose window seat and mid section of the plane.

Reasons:

  • The front section  (FWD) of the plane has bassinet points and are usually allocated for parents travelling with children/infants. Most children tend to cry during take-off and landing or even during mid-flight. However, the pros of sitting in the FWD section of the plane is you can disembark and clear custom faster.
  • The back (AFT) section of the plane is near to the lavatory and AFT galley. It can be smelly and noisy.

The flight TR 2282 touch down @ Ngurah Rai International Airport (a.k.a Denpasar International Airport) at 9.55am on schedule. The first thing I did was to buy the local sim card (Telkomsel Simpati) at the counter after exiting from the arrival hall.

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I then took a 40 minutes taxi ride to the hotel, Uppala Village & Spa Umalas (Address: Jl. Bumbak Dauh, Kerobokan, Kuta Utara, Kabupaten Badung, Bali) at a flat of IDR20,000. Traffic jams and congestion are common in Bali.

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Nasi Goreng & Avocado Juice with chocolate 

Arrived at the hotel earlier than the check-in time at 2pm, I left my heavy baggage with the concierge and went to have my lunch at the UGGA cafe. The plating for Nasi Goreng was good, it made the dish more appetising and appealing to the palate.

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The 1-bedroom Villa was clean, huge and spacious.

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The initial plan was to rent an open top 4×4 jeep but I rented a motorbike instead which was easier to get around.

I tried this peanut chocolate milk pancake at a local night market. Sinfully good~

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Local delicacy – Vermicelli with meatball and hard-boiled egg which doesn’t taste nice. The “frestea” tastes like iced green tea.

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Randomly came across this food stall that sells the famous must-try local food “Babi Guling” while riding on my way back to the hotel.

The packet of Babi Guling only costs IDR10,000 (~SGD1), which I tabao back to enjoy in the comfort of my hotel. JIN HO JIAK!~ SEDAP!~


Day 2 – 21 June 2016 (Tuesday)

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Even when I was flying around, I always make it a point to take leave on my birthday. Never like the idea of staying in Singapore for my birthday’s celebration except last year I celebrated in Singapore with my family.

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My breakkie – Egg white omelette (Portion so small). Nevertheless, it is yummy and I love to eat eggs.

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Price list of the water sport activities at Nusa Dua

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This is my first time trying stand-up paddle boarding. I looked wary as I was told by many about the tidal waves.

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SUCCESS!:)

I rode my motorbike to Jimbaran Beach to settle for my dinner. I chose a table nearest the beach, started off my first course with fresh oyster and a glass of house pour white white. Followed by grilled red snapper with rice and condiments and stir-fried kangkong with garlic. Wonderful dinner!

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A happy me and satisfied tummy.

I would highly recommend to come to Jimbaran beach to enjoy fresh seafood under the moonlight while watching the sun set. What a great experience…

When I went back to the hotel, I told the hotel staff that it was my birthday and if they are able to give me a complimentary birthday. Buay hiao bai~

Caught by surprise when they presented the birthday cake to me before the clock strike midnight as my request was pretty last minute.

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My 26th birthday cake with 3 big candles.

I was also delighted when the hotel staff gave me a free 1-hour spa to use it the next day.


Day 3 – 22 June 2016 (Wednesday) 

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After the rejuvenating 1 hour complimentary spa, I rode a 2 hour ride to this famous restaurant Ibu Oka that serves the local MUST-TRY delicacy, “Babi Guling”.

Babi Guling, or suckling pig, is one of the most famous food in Bali. Warung Babi Guling Ibu Oka is a landmark in Bali, and it is known to serve one of the best, if not the best Babi Guling. Rice topped with suckling pig skin, grilled sausage, grilled pork, and deep-fried pork, Babi Guling (Rp 40,000) is good for the soul but bad for the arteries. It is one of the things that you must eat in Bali.

I ordered the set lunch “Babi Guling”, rice topped with suckling pig skin, grilled sausage, grilled pork and mixed vegetables.

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Taking a mandatory selfie shot before I tuck into my meal

After the delightful lunch, I drove back to the hotel to return the rented motorbike. Took a nap and before I know it, dusk falls and I went to the hotel’s restaurant to have my dinner.

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Seafood linguine with a glass of Bali White Wine.

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Another mandatory selfie shot~ 在这巴厘岛的最后一顿晚餐

I thought of frequenting the club in Bali and immerse in the night scene, but then I felt that it was too far and the taxi fares will be too expensive so I gave up the thoughts and went to bed instead. Wah like good girl man! And I want to be back to Singapore in one piece… My life is precious! There is always next time too~


Day 4 – 23 June 2016 (Thursday) 

…..To Be Continued….


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My Upcoming Solo Bali Trip

Bali, Indonesia 

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I just booked my flight to Bali, Indonesia…My second time travelling alone! The first time when I travelled alone was to Santorini, Greece and I enjoyed myself a lot.

My flight details to Bali are as follows:

TR 2282 SIN – DPS 

  • 20 Jun: 0715 – 0955
  • Seat: 14A
  • 2h 40 min

 

TR 2289 DPS – SIN 

  • 23 Jun: 1900 – 2145
  • Seat: 15A
  • 2h 40 min

 

The round trip Tigerair Bali flight costs me SGD 313.70.

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The very last I took a Tigerair flight was almost 4 years ago where one of my friends was working as its flight stewardess and she booked me on a BKK flight without my knowledge.  Truth be told, I find that a 2D1N BKK trip is too rush and tiring.

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This is how the passport stamp looks like for entering and exiting Bangkok.

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I finally bought myself a Burberry Black Label passport holder and I hope this also signifies that I can travel more often. The passport holder, quite chio hor?

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I also got an International Driving Permit (IDP) over the counter at Automobile Association of Singapore (51 AMK) which I paid for SGD20. The IDP is valid for a year and is recognised worldwide as valuable document identifying motorists as legally-licensed drivers. With this IDP, you can rent a car or motor cycle anywhere in this world except Brazil, China and Brazil. It means you won’t get screwed and also, to avoid any unnecessary disputes when the local police decide to pull you over just because you’re a foreigner. Without it, you may get hit with ridiculous fines or bribe payments.


Accommodation 

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For the 4D3N in Bali, I will be staying in a 1 Bedroom Pool Villa at Uppala Village & Spa Umalas. Total cost for the 4D3N accommodation is SGD 413.85.

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I can already imagine myself soaking in the outdoor bathtub, enjoying a glass of Champagne and room service dinner while blasting some of my favourite hit music.

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I wanna get this Rainbow Unicorn float and throw into the large swimming pool outside the room. Woah…


 

Day 1 – 20 June 2016  (Monday) 

5.15am – Reach Changi Airport Terminal 2 and check in my cargo luggage at Row 12. After the luggage check-in, I will have a light and hearty breakfast before I enter the Departure Hall

6.3oam – Check boarding gate and be at boarding gate at least 30 minutes prior to departure. Board TR2282 to Bali  (Boarding usually close 10 minutes before flight’s departure)

7.15am – TR2282 departs from Singapore To Bali

9.55am – Touch down @ Ngurah Rai International Airport (a.k.a Denpasar International Airport). Collect my luggage from the conveyor belt and change local currency (SG 1 to 9841.66 Indonesian Rupiah) at the money changer.

After changing money, I will buy the local sim card (Telkomsel Simpati) that costs Rp 200,000 (SGD 20) with 4 GB worth of internet data and Rp35,000 in call credit at the arrival terminal. The counter is nearby the money exchange and ATM and just before the taxi counter.

I will then take a taxi ride (about 40 minutes or more) to the hotel, Uppala Village & Spa Umalas.

Address: Jl. Bumbak Dauh, Kerobokan, Kuta Utara, Kabupaten Badung, Bali

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The check-in is at 2pm so I will drop by my cargo luggage first at the hotel lobby before familiarising myself around the area.

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Gonna rent this open top 4×4 jeep…Don’t you think it looks badass to drive this jeep in Bali? I like driving with such large steering wheels…can feel the kick and power of driving.

An authentic Balinese lunch is a MUST! One of the Balinese cuisine that I definitely will try is Babi Guling (suckling pig). The most famous place for Babi Guling would be Ibu Oka in Ubud..

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Babi Guling 

For the next three weeks till my vacation to Bali, I shall try to eat lesser so that I can devour more yummy Balinese cuisine. Hiak..Hiak..Hiak..

Day 2 – 21 June 2016 (Tuesday)

It is my birthday! Turning 26 years old officially on 21st June 2016! Never like the idea of spending birthday in Singapore and I prefer to spend it overseas. And I am spending it alone this time…Cos I am single! Been through a few crisis…So am I older and wiser? Probably not leh.

One of the bucket lists that I want to clear, turning 26 years old, is PARASAILING. 不 懂会不会害怕到尿裤子. 应该是不会吧..

As dusk falls, I will head to Ulu Watu to enjoy a good view of the vast indian ocean and admire the legendary Bali’s sunset while enjoying a good and simple romantic dinner.

 

 

Day 3 – 22 June 2016 (Wednesday)

After a hectic day of extreme sport activities,

 

…….To Be Continued…….

 


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Amsterdam

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There are just days I do not know when I will have the desire to pack my luggage and start to travel again… and I really miss wearing my winter clothing.

The weather right now in Singapore is killing me. I will teleport myself to Amsterdam now if I can to enjoy the cooler weather..


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Spartan Super Race

Spartan Super Race [7 May 2016] 

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Woke up really early with my brother Andy on the event day itself and we took a cab to the race event at Tampines Avenue 10.

There are three main types of Spartan Races – Sprint, Super and Beast. We registered for the Spartan Super Race which is the middle distance course. The 12km+ Spartan Super Race packs more than 29 Signature Spartan Obstacles and we completed it within 4 hours.

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Each participant was tagged with “CHRONOTRACK” which is used to track the race timing.

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My brother Andy and his two friends, Wen Jun and Xiao Han.

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My brother & Me

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Start line

I have no idea what I will be expecting because I am a first-time participant for this Spartan Super Race event. I tell myself that no matter what I gonna complete this whole race and “No Cheating” since I have paid an exorbitant amount to take part.

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Selfie time @ 3km Distance

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My brother’s friend Wen Jun looking quite breathless, needing some energy intake to continue.

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Another selfie time @ 4km distance.

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Me and my reliable Adidas pink torsion running shoes.

SPARTAN

1…..2…..3….JUMP!~ 

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I couldn’t complete this obstacle so here is a mischievous shot of me poking someone’s ass.

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Another scary obstacle and the tip is just climb and don’t look down when you are at the top.

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STAIRWAY TO SPARTA 

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TRAVERSE WALL

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OTC DUNK PIT

I removed my shoes, socks and waist pouch which has a pocket to put my phone in (didn’t want to get them wet) before dunking into the muddy pool.

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Finally met up with the rest of the team members to continue with the race and I am still looking strong and fit. Haha! :p

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Roll about 50m under these barbed wire which made me felt a little giddy.

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Welfie time @ 12km distance

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We are the proud finishers of Rebok Spartan Super Race 2016😀

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“Screenshot” of the summary of our workout details which we ran 12.03km in 3 hours and 53 minutes at a speed of 3.1km/h, burning 770 calories.

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Covered in dirt, mud and sweat but beaming with joy because I have finally gotten my first ever medal for this year.


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Spartan Super Race 2016


One of the toughest and most challenging race I have ever participated in. We completed 12km+ and 29+ obstacles within 4 hours. A lot of running, climbing, and crawling across unknown terrain! Had to carry 20lbs sandbag (pancake carry) up and down steep terrain, pull up 20lbs heavy cement block to the top (hercules hoist), jump over 6ft to 8ft walls, dunk under muddy water, trek while holding a bucket filled with gravels, roll about 50m under barbed wire, etc… It is physically exhausting but the rewarding part is I got my very first medal for this year and hopefully, more to come! I would really love to join a triathlon next.. or take my passport to join an international race.

So.. Anyone keen in joining the bubble glow 5km on this coming 21st May? #FeelTheGlow 

http://www.bubbleglow5k.com

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