Bali, Indonesia

Travel: Bali, Indonesia

by April@MyFoodTrail on January 19, 2012

in Bali, Travel

Hello first post of 2012! It’s a bit late to say happy new year but happy Chinese new year for next week to all my Chinese readers!

I was very slack with blogging in 2011 as you can see from the measly amount of posts I did. I lost motivation to blog and with everything that was going on, it became a chore.

2011 was a tough year for me. Life threw me some pretty awful lemons last year. Among other things, I had to go to hospital four times for four operations and I found myself needing to pull out of some dark, emotional holes. In times like that, I think it was important not to allow myself to wallow in self pity too much and to remember that things could have been much worse… but it is easier said than done.

While life hasn’t completely returned to normal, emotionally I’m in a much better place now. I believe everything happens for a reason, and everything I had to go through last year only serves to make me a stronger person and appreciate the blessings I do have in my life.

2012 is a brand new year and I’m positive about the new opportunities and (hopefully happy!) experiences it may bring. I hope your year is filled with much happiness too!

During a happier time earlier last year, we went on a holiday to Bali, Indonesia with hubby’s family and his sister in laws parents. Since there were so many of us, we stayed in a beautiful 4 bedroom villa in Seminyak. The accommodation was spectacular but the downside was that all rooms except the bedroom were outdoors! Yes, even the toilet and shower!

It was our first time in Bali and to be honest, I’m not sure I would return. We were ripped off a number of times, the beaches weren’t as nice as I was expecting and hubby got really bad food poisoning for a few days, which put a downer on our time there. It was also very humid because it rained most of the time and the area around our accommodation kept flooding, so it was difficult to get around.

One positive was that the food and drinks were very cheap, but in Seminyak, it seemed like most of the food was Western food, not traditional Balinese food. I must have been pretty uninspired with the food because I didn’t take many food photos and the ones I did take weren’t very good! Our favourite place and one I would recommend was a restaurant called Rumours in Seminyak. The food was really good and cheap, and they had ridiculously cheap frozen margaritas. During happy hour, their alcoholic shots were only about $2, but lucky there weren’t too many hangovers!

Here are some non-food photos of our trip.

Bali Nyaman Villas - Pool

The beautiful pool area at our accommodation, the Nyaman Villas

Bali Nyaman Villas - Kitchen

The dining and kitchen area of our villa. We even had butlers cook us breakfast every morning!

Bali - Seminyak main road

The main road of Seminyak

Bali - Seminyak Square

Seminyak Square – there wasn’t much there!

Bali - Ibu Oka, Ubud

Ibu Oka restaurant in Ubud, famous for its suckling pig

Bali - Statue

A typical Balinese statue

Bali - Prayer offerings

Prayer offerings near Ubud market

Bali - Ubud Market

We went for a walk through Ubud market

Bali - Men in Ubud Square

Ubud Square was filled with Balinese men sitting down, doing some kind of craft

Bali - Temple behind Starbucks in Ubud

Went to Starbucks in Ubud to get a drink, and out the back there was a beautiful temple

Bali - Rice paddies

The picturesque rice paddies

Bali - Stairs to nowhere

Stairs to nowhere at a restaurant opposite the rice paddies!

Bali - Rice paddies road

The road along the rice paddies

Bali - Monkey forest

Monkey at the entrance of the Monkey Forest. We didn’t bother to go in as there were a lot of monkeys to see outside

Bali - Bananas for the monkey forest

Ladies selling bananas at the entrance of the monkey forest. The monkeys were daring and cheeky enough to try and steal the bananas, hence the lady holding the long stick

Bali - Sanur beach

Sanur beach was pretty disappointing. There was a massive sewerage pipe going straight into the water, which is probably why the water didn’t seem too clean!

Bali - Nusa Dua Beach

Nusa Dua was probably one of the nicest beaches in Bali. The sand was relatively clean & the water was warm

Bali - Streets of Kuta

The busy streets of Kuta

I hope to take my camera out more this year and share more of my food adventures with you!

Over & Out, April xx

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{ 36 comments… read them below or add one }

Cherrie January 19, 2012 at 9:10 pm

Nice to see you blogging again. Wishing you a happy and healthy new year, April

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April@MyFoodTrail January 20, 2012 at 9:10 am

Thanks Cherrie xx

Good to see you keeping up your blog too!

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Michelle chin January 19, 2012 at 11:03 pm

i hope that 2012 is nicer to you. 🙂

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April@MyFoodTrail January 20, 2012 at 9:11 am

Thanks Michelle, I hope so too!

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shelvia January 19, 2012 at 11:31 pm

🙂 2012 is a brand new year, and it will be BETTER! 😀

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April@MyFoodTrail January 20, 2012 at 9:11 am

Yep, I’m optimistic it will be! 🙂

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Aga January 20, 2012 at 10:55 am

Thanks for that post, I’m going to Bali in March and now I can’t wait even more! 🙂

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April@MyFoodTrail January 31, 2012 at 9:00 am

Hope you have a great time in Bali! Make sure you get your money at the ATM. Don’t even bother with using the money changers even though they have a much better rate. We were ripped off every time.

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Rita (mademoiselle délicieuse) January 20, 2012 at 11:28 am

The scenery’s beautiful, as is where you stayed, but just gotta laugh at those stairs! Looks like something straight out of those funny/stupid pictures websites.

Hope 2012 is proves to be much smoother for you =)

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April@MyFoodTrail January 31, 2012 at 9:00 am

Thanks Rita! 🙂

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Hannah January 20, 2012 at 6:31 pm

Oh April, I’m so sorry to hear that 2011 was such a stupid debbie downer for you! I wish I’d connected with you earlier so that I could have sent many supportive hugs and silly limericks your way in an effort to cheer you up, even a little. Instead, I’ll settle for shaking my fist at the heavens and demanding it send you a blissful, beautiful, exhilarating 2012!

With indoor toilets. Because those are good.

xoxo

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April@MyFoodTrail January 31, 2012 at 9:02 am

Hahaha, you have such a natural ability to make people happy with your bubbly nature and enthusiasm. You make the world a brighter place dearie! 🙂

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msihua January 20, 2012 at 10:10 pm

Ooh pretty places and we’ve always wanted to go to Bali…

BIG HUG!!

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April@MyFoodTrail January 31, 2012 at 9:03 am

Thanks I Hua xx

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Sarah January 21, 2012 at 12:48 pm

Wow.. your photos look really spectacular! Like right out of a tourist brochure! Especially the ones of the rice paddies! Really beautiful, great stuff 🙂

It’s a shame Bali didn’t live up to expectations, but I have to say, your photos make it look much better than the Aussie bogan hell I imagine it to be 😉

I’m sorry to hear 2011 wasn’t that great for you, but I’m wishing you all the best for 2012, I hope it’s a great one for you and Laik! 🙂

xox Sarah

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April@MyFoodTrail January 31, 2012 at 9:04 am

Haha, Aussie Bogan Hell!! It was bit like that actually. You hear the Australian accent everywhere you go!

Thanks for your compliments on the photos and your well wishes xx

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Flower@Nevertoosweet January 21, 2012 at 12:51 pm

Yay 🙂 you’re blogging again and I can feeling your positive energy ~ Sometimes we have good years and some really horrible years.
I hope you’ve had the horrible years and now you’re just going to have great years hehe!

You’re trip to bali looks AMAZING!

Hope you have a wonderful year ahead of you.

Happy Chinese New Year too and looking forward to reading more posts this year ~

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April@MyFoodTrail January 31, 2012 at 9:05 am

Thanks so much for your kind words!

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Winston January 22, 2012 at 1:16 am

Hey April, am so very happy to hear that you’re off to a more positive note after the year you’ve had. Your strength is really inspiring! Btw, your photos are stunning. Especially love the ones of the rice paddy hills. Hope you had a great time with your family anyway. Looking forward to reading more of your posts in 2012! WEE! =D

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April@MyFoodTrail January 31, 2012 at 9:05 am

Thanks a lot Winston!

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Tv Food and Drink January 22, 2012 at 3:59 am

Thank you for sharing! Those pics are beautiful. I would love to visit sometime. Plus, I’m forever a sucker for a trouble-making monkey!

Gary

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April@MyFoodTrail January 31, 2012 at 9:06 am

Those monkeys were cute and very used to lots of people.

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GourmetGetaways January 22, 2012 at 7:24 am

The first time I went to Bali I found it the same as you.
Now I love it as you can tell by all my stories on Gourmet Getaways about the place.

Bali for me is about getting away from the tourist area’s and relaxing in the mountains or further up the coast.

You need to experience the culture and be a part of the community to get to know the real Balinese way. There are rip off Javanese in the tourist area’s. But the Balinese people are very gentle.

I love the outdoor Balinese toilet and shower 🙂 so liberating 🙂

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April@MyFoodTrail January 31, 2012 at 9:07 am

Thanks for the perspective. I guess if you get out of the touristy areas, I can imagine the place would be quite serene.

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Iron Chef Shellie January 26, 2012 at 8:41 pm

GORGEOUS photos! everyone is like a postcard 🙂

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April@MyFoodTrail January 31, 2012 at 9:08 am

Thanks!

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Agnes January 29, 2012 at 4:35 pm

Ooh you blogged! 😀 Welcome back.

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April@MyFoodTrail January 31, 2012 at 9:09 am

Yeah, finally! Thanks!

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penny aka jeroxie January 29, 2012 at 9:30 pm

2012 will be a better year 🙂
Keep blogging and keep taking those food photos

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April@MyFoodTrail January 31, 2012 at 9:09 am

Thanks Penny

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Kat (Spatula, Spoon and Saturday) February 3, 2012 at 8:29 pm

Awww hope this year is better for you *hugs*

Did you try the babi guling? That’s, like, the ONLY reason I want to hit Bali.

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April@MyFoodTrail February 9, 2012 at 7:51 pm

We did try babi guling, but maybe it was a bad place because we didn’t really like it. It was cold and didn’t taste that nice!

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Thanh February 5, 2012 at 8:31 pm

Hopefully things are better this year for you April.

Photos look good 🙂

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April@MyFoodTrail February 9, 2012 at 7:52 pm

Thanks! Mind you this photos were taken a year ago! All I can do is crop them now! 🙂

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Lauren aka Ms Baklover March 17, 2012 at 1:23 pm

Sorry to hear 2011 was not amazing 🙁 I’ve had surgery twice this year and it really knocks you around!

Your photos of Bali are just divine – really takes me back. I’d like to revisit but get away from the touristy areas more next time. Last time I was there I found out I was pregnant halfway through and had so much nausea I could only eat plain Western food like hot chips. What a waste of a food opportunity!

The “official bananas” made me laugh.

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April@MyFoodTrail March 21, 2012 at 9:23 am

Thanks! I can’t imagine being pregnant in Bali, especially with all the “Western” “rules” for pregnancy around food and hygiene, though there are obviously plenty of pregnant Balinese women!

It was actually a major coincidence that you commented on my blog, because I went along to a Footscray market MFWF event on the weekend and you were famous! 🙂 Quite a few girls knew of your blog and mentioned what a lovely person you are! Was trying to find you on Twitter to tell you!

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