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Itinerary for Naturally Nepal 2016

Nepal 

I will be heading to Nepal next month for a 10D9N trip from 4th to 13th September 2016. It will be my first time to Nepal but I have heard a lot about this beautiful country. My philosophy in life is travel while you are still young and don’t leave any regrets. I wanna live to tell a travel tale..

September is the end of the monsoon brings unpredictable weather but temperature remain warm, and the land is lush and green. High water levels make for especially exciting rafting.

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Flight details:

4th September 2016 (Sunday)

MH  5730 Singapore to Kuala Lumpur (SIN – KUL)

  • 1610 – 17:10 (1 h flight time)
  • Airbus A320-200

Stopover: 2 h 55 m

MH 114 Kuala Lumpur to Kathmandu (KUL – KTM) 

  • 2005 – 2230 (4 h 40 m flight time)
  • Boeing 737-800

 

The return airfare costs SG$540.80.

* Note: Kathmandu GMT is GMT+5.45, which is 2:15 hours behind Singapore (GMT+8).

Exchange Rates:

1 Singapore Dollar equals 79.85 Nepalese Rupee


Day 1 – 4th September (Sunday), Kathmandu

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For the first night at Kathmandu, I will be staying in Meridian Suite Hotel which is located just 500 metres from Tribhuvan Airport (KTM). The room price for the 1 night stay is SG$48.17. I have also arranged the free shuttle service from Tribhvan Airport to Meridian Suite Hotel.

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Meridian Suite Hotel

Address: Near Tribhuvan International Airport, 44600 Kathmandu, Nepal


Day 2 – 5th September (Monday), Kathmandu

Check-out time from Meridian Suite Hotel is 12noon.

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After check-out from Meridian Suite Hotel, I will flag a taxi and travel to my next hotel – Hotel Shanker, which is an approximately 20 minutes taxi ride. I will be staying in this historic high-end hotel Hotel Shanker for 2 nights and the room price cost SG$139.96

* There is an additional 10% off when you key in Promo Code: UOBSG (First 6 digits of UOB Card) at the payment page.

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Hotel Shanker 

Address: Lazimpat, Kathmandu 44600, Nepal. Phone: +977 1 4410151

Upon check-in, I will enquire with the hotel’s receptionist and rent a car to travel around the capital. The first attraction I will visit is Boudhanath Stupa, a UNESCO world heritage site.

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Boudhanath Stupa

Woah.. Hopefully, I will be able to capture a stunning photo of the Stupa when I am there.


Day 3 – 6th September (Tuesday), Kathmandu

Full day white water rafting trip on the Trishuli River


Day 4 -7th September (Wednesday), Kathmandu to Pokhara

Checkout from Hotel Shanker is 12noon.

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The car ride from Hotel Shanker to Hotel Landmark Pokhara is 5 h 23 m.

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For the next 3 days 2 nights, I will be staying at Hotel Landmark Pokhara and the room price costs $136.48.

Address: Lakeside, Pokhara Nepal., Pokhara, Nepal 33700, Nepal. Phone: +977 61-426908


Day 5 – 8th September (Thursday), Pokhara

Sarangkot day hike from Pokhara

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Ohhhmyyyygoshhhhh… Can’t wait to see such scenery with my own eyes. It will be a difficult hike but I am sure the effort will be worth it.

 

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Day 6 – 9th September (Friday), Pokhara to Langtang National Park

Checkout from Hotel Landmark Pokhara is 12noon.

I will take a one-way domestic flight Buddha Air from Pokhara back to Kathmandu. Departure from Pokhara (PKR) is 3:00pm and Arrival to Kathmandu (KTM) is at 3:25pm, 25 minutes flight time.

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En-route to Nagarkot

Travelling from Kathmandu Airport to Bhaktapur  Nagarkot

Just go outside the Kathmandu Airport gate, again this is past the roundabout and by the main road.  From there, you will see a bus station on the left side from the main exit. Make sure you listen well, as they will only call out their destinations.  Look out for buses calling to “Bhaktapur ”. Or the easiest would be to simply ask locals where to find buses to “Bhaktapur” and they will easily give you the bus number and company name.  Just catch the bus to Bhaktapur and get off at the last station. and catch again next bus to Nagarkot.  – See more at: http://www.nestadventure.com/blog/87/kathmandu-to-nagarkot-bus.html#sthash.eNqzNCWh.dpuf

Club Himalaya

http://clubhimalaya.com.np/web/places-of-interest/index.html


Day 7 – 10th September (Saturday)


Day 8 – 11th September (Sunday)

End of 3 days 2 nights stay at Club Himalaya


Day 9 – 12th September (Monday)

Flight details:

12th September 2016 (Monday)

MH  115 Kathmandu – Kuala Lumpur (KTM – KUL)

  • Mon, 12 Sep, 23:30 to Tue, 13 Sep, 06:25 (4 h 25 m)
  • Boeing 737-800

Stopover: 1 h 40 m

MH 601 Kuala Lumpur to Singapore (KUL – SIN) 

  • Tue, 13 Sep, 08:05 to Tue, 13 Sep, 09:00 (55 m)
  • Boeing 737-800

……To be Continued…..

 

 


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First Bora Experience (Day 3)

Boracay, Philipines 

Day 3 – 4th August (Thursday)

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The early sunrise view which I woke up at 5.40am to see the mesmerising changing colours of the sky. I have the habit to wake up earlier than usual only when I am in overseas to catch the beautiful view of sunrise.

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Taking a ‘selfie’ before I am off to sightsee.. Oh yes, I know how to ride a bike..

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The two taiwanese friends I know while I was having breakfast at the hotel’s lobby. Haha.. Seems like I make friends pretty easy.

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With ‘江刨冰 

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Went out of my mind and decided to challenge downing 5 exotic shooters in 11 seconds, which I won a COCO BAR Shirt. Siow~

After downing these 5 exotic shooters, I still manage to ride back to the hotel. Champion man~ But the after-effect of the 5 shooters was unpleasant and made my stomach churn out the dinner I had.

……..To be Continued…….

Finally, I have tendered my resignation for a job that I didn’t really like.. cos I feel that it is starting to lead me to depression. Rather stay at home for the time being… Can do my face mask.. Play games.. Read books to occupy myself.. and also update my Travel’s blog.

 


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First Boracay Experience (Day 2)

Boracay, Philipines 

Day 2 – 3rd August (Wednesday)

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Morning sunrise view from my hotel room

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Had the complimentary breakfast at the hotel’s restaurant, American Breakfast Set with Mango Juice.

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The sand is white and fine, the water is crystal clear in turquoise blue. Boracay unquestionably boasts one of the nicest beaches in the world.

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Matchy-matchy outfit with the great scenery, crystal clear blue water.

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 Blue sky, white cloud – lovely weather to set sail for island hopping

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1…2…3…Selfie..Selfie..Selfie…Selfie Queen!

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The name of the sailing boat, Missy bob

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Nothing much… Just chilling my life away on a sailing boat while enjoying the sea breeze

Astonishing view, isn’t it?

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…..To be continued….


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First Bora Experience! (Day 1)

Boracay, Philipines

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Hi readers! I still hope I have some blog readers.. I know I have been updating my travel’s blog less often than usual.

Just came back from my trip to Boracay, Philippines. It was a 6 days 5 nights beach vacation from 2nd to 7th August 2016. When I was a flight attendant, I flew to the capital of Philippines, Manila (MNL) for few times but never to this beautiful island Boracay (KLO)

I took SilkAir flight [MI 599], departing from Singapore Changi Int’l Airport T2 at 10:00am which I completed online check-in prior to departure. Flight time from Singapore [SIN] to Kalibo [KLO] was 3 hours and 45 minutes.

It was an impromptu trip with no itinerary, which I have only bought the air tickets and accommodation from online mobile apps. The return SilkAir fare for SIN-KLO-SIN costs $371.40

Day 1 – 2nd August (Tuesday)

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Mandatory tourist ‘self-shot’

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嘴嘟嘟的 ‘candid shot’

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Currency Rate: 1 SGD to 35.150 PHP. I manage to change 400 Singapore Dollar to 13,000 Philippine Peso.

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AirBus A320, my first time taking SilkAir’s flight and also on an A320 aircraft.

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CIQ (Custom, Immigration, Quarantine) forms to fill up for foreigners – Arrival card, Customs Declaration and Health Declaration Card

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Window view from Seat 15A

It has always been a personal preference that I like to sit on the port side of the plane rather than starboard. Better view, maybe?

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SilkAir Studio Instruction Guide

All the Singapore Airlines’ aircraft are equipped with Inflight Entertainment System (IFE), KrisWorld. Whereas for SilkAir’s aircraft, there is no inflight entertainment system but you can connect your electronic devices such as iPad to onboard WIFI network.

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Ordered the special meal (SPML), low-fat meal (LFML) deliberately because I wanted to be the first few passengers to get food serve first. :p

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‘Wefie’ with the SilkAir cabin crew at AFT galley

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Aircraft on final approach to landing into Kalibo International Airport. Beautiful white clouds and blue skies…

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The first thing when I came out of the airport was to buy the local sim card for my iPhone 6 and Samsung S7 edge. Didn’t have any itinerary so I was constantly google-ing where are the places-to-visit in Boracay. Boarded this taxi as I was told by the locals that there aren’t anymore van or coach to Caticlan jetty port. The 1hour 30 minutes taxi ride costs 1500 peso. Expensive siol~

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Caticlan Jetty Port

Posing with the boat tickets

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Landscape shot of the Caticlan Jetty Port

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Cabgan Beach/ Jetty Port 

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Another selfie shot😀

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I took the motorized tricycle from Cagban Jetty Port to my accommodation, Luxeview Hotel. The 15 minutes ride cost 150 peso. Halfway through, it began to rain…

Luxeview Hotel 

586 Bulabog Road, Malay, Aklan, Bulabog Beach, Boracay, 5608, Philippines

My accommodation was booked through www.booking.com. The 5 nights stay at Luxeview Hotel costs PHP 8,930 (~ SGD 259), excluding 12% VAT.

Had a late dinner at the hotel’s restaurant, I was really hungry so I ordered 2 main courses – Baby Back Ribs and Aglio Olio. Must eat full full then can sleep well at night.. Lol~

 

……To Be Continued……

If anyone is keen in engaging my expertise in blogging or writing reviews, please email me at tlli.90@gmail.com

 


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Wonderful Indonesia

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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