My Bali Exploration, Nature Specials

Road Trip to Unspoilt Beauty in the North Shore of Bali

“People don’t take trips, trips take people.” – John Steinbeck

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It has been almost four years I live on this magnificent island and it’s actually the first time I’ve gone to Lovina, North Bali. The idea just randomly came into my mind during Galungan & Kuningan celebration holiday as I think I’ve been to most of the places & most of the attraction spots on this island except Lovina beach.

Lovina beach is well known for its dolphin attraction. It’s located in the north Bali and it’s a very quite area. Unlike Seminyak, Legian, Kuta, Ubud or Uluwatu and so on which offer many entertainments for the visitors these days. In Lovina, most of the people come for a visit to see the dolphin attraction in the morning. Besides that, only couple of restaurants, traditional markets and accommodations. We decided to stay there for one night to experience the area apart from the dolphin attraction itself.

Usually, tourists will get into the boat, go to the middle of the ocean and watch some groups of dolphins swimming and jumping freely in the morning. Lovina took us about more less 3h by a car from Seminyak area. Since at that time we planned to do a road trip and took the trip more enjoyable by having brunch at Ubud first, that’s why the journey took longer with the different/ further route.

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It doesn’t matter where you are going, it’s who you have beside you. That’s absolutely true. I have my mum & one of my good friends, Beverly, with me 🙂 Best travel companion ever!

We went to Karsa Cafe for the brunch. It’s a lovely cafe set by the rice field with soothing ambiance at Campuhan Ridge Walk – Ubud which offers various Indonesian and Western dishes.

I am actually so thankful to technology these days, especially to Waze, the navigation app on my phone that I depend on wherever I travel far and it has always been taking me to the right direction with some interesting uncommon shortcut at times.

With zero idea about the road and where Waze leads us to the fastest & closest distance to Lovina from Ubud, we’ve pretty much witnessed plenty of interesting things along the way. Yes, we were amazed and enjoyed it!

There are so many soothing greeny fruits plantations along the way with the street which mostly decorated by penjor – The tall & curved bamboo pole decorated with coconut leaves with an offering at the base. It is one of the media used by Hindus in Bali as part of almost every important ceremony like that time, Galungan celebration.

 

“Our happiest moments as tourists always seem to come when we stumble upon one thing while in pursuit of something else.” — Lawrence Block

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Lawrence Block is actually right. We stumbled upon this Kintamani volcano view from a far in the middle of the way. We stopped by for some times and enjoyed the moment here. We were actually glad to have gone to Ubud first eventho the road took longer at the end. If we didn’t come from Ubud, we wouldn’t have witnessed this majestic view!

This volcano referred to as Kintamani volcano or Mount Batur as a whole, a popular sightseeing destination in Bali’s central highlands. The magnificent views of the 13sqm Batur caldera lake is the main attraction (1,500 above sea level) and it is surrounded by the captivating Mount Batur range. Very interesting spot to visit!

Allright, continue to our main destination, Lovina! It took us around 1.5hours from where we stood before. Once we reached Lovina, I did the massage *felt like heaven!*, booked our trip to see the dolphin in the morning (it’s IDR 100,000 nett/person for the boat and our captain). The boat is very small. It only fits for 4-5 people maximum.

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I & Beverly doing massage by the pool

We departed at 6am in the morning from the beach and we were pretty amazed with north Bali view. Very stunning! It was also because I’ve been seeing sunsets most of the time, so this time I’ve got the chance to witness the sunrise after a long time (I guess last time was during my trekking activity in Candidasa two years ago, oh well) so it’s kinda special.

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Sunrise!

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The dolphins!

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Boats, saltwater & sunshine!

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“Smell the sea, feel the sky, let your soul and spirit fly.” -Van Morrison

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Me & mum. She’s always been afraid of the ocean but I was acting like I’ve forgotten about it 😀 So I am pretty happy that she has actually nailed it! Yay!!

Despite the fact that I was glad and amazed to see the dolphins, I was actually kinda sad too. I feel bad to the dolphins that they might feel insecure when some boats come closer by the time they appear to the surface. I do really hope that the dolphins will keep staying at the same spots next time I come again for the second visit.

If you are a nature enthusiast and need some different experiences whilst in Bali – apart from night outs, Michelin stars culinary experiences & entertainments, I think you should take some days to visit places like these. It’s worth it!

 

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Main Menu, The World Through My Eyes

I am back, Blog World!

It’s been ages.. I know. I can’t even imagine how time flies this fast as I saw my last post was on 3rd of July last year! Well, so many things have been happening (of course! what do you expect what’s been going on for almost a year). Laughter and tears, ups and downs, but what’s the most important thing is I take every single thing that has happened as a lesson to be a better person.

Let me share a little bit what happened with my personal life as it was the biggest change for me in last year. Sadly, I had to break up with my 2 years ex-bf last year. I know, middle of 2014 was one of the hardest moments for me but at the same time, that was the best decision for both of us and we amazingly turned out to be so much better as friends. We knew we were horrible as a couple since our expectation towards each other was always hard to meet plus some fundamental difference issues.

Yoga keeps you balance!

Yoga keeps you balance.

Since then, most of my world is mostly about work (I’ve been enjoying it so much as it’s my passion too!), girl friends, hang out, socializing and networking, trips around the island and exercise. I kept myself busy and embrace the life that is trying to work its way into my consciousness.

Oh ya.. Did I tell you this? Not so long after my break up, I’ve got a promotion at work – a new challenge for me to keep me excited everyday. Besides that, the connection between I and some friends are getting stronger as I spend more time with them, I have some amazing work mates in general at the office and another countless blessing!

 

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Surfing makes me happy.

These two ladies are such   a gift from heaven.

More time & more connection with friends.

Housemates, Weekendmates, Second Family.

Housemates & Weekendmates.

From these life lessons, I started to believe that when we lose something, the universe will give us another great thing, or even better, to replace it. Even the romance fortune is not on my side this time, I believe it will come when its time.

The most important thing is, keep seeing the positive side in everything. Embrace every moment with open arms, open heart and open mind. Believe in good karma and universe’s rules, what you give is what you get in return. You will be fine 🙂

From Bali with Love.

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My Bali Exploration, Nature Specials

Discover the Hidden Paradise in Southern Bali

I know It’s been a quite long time I didn’t write any post yet as I have been busy at work, some friends from Jakarta came for a visit, some times work out after work, having dinner and fell asleep after.. What a routine. Even the whole weekday could be tiring, I always try my best to balance the life by exercising or meeting with some friends after work even only for about 1hour or 2. And also, exploring new places as many as possible on the weekends.

These couple of times we explore the super stunning beach on the south coast of Bali. Yes, by having the desire to explore new places makes me get bored of this place yet it makes me feel like I need to explore the place more.. This time I would love to share the nature that Bali offers to us and it’s everyone’s responsibility to make the nature stay clean and remain the same for years to come. I picked only three stunning beaches which are really worth a visit;

Nyang-Nyang Beach

“The magnificent hidden beach on the South Coast.”

The stunning Indian Ocean seen from the cliff

The stunning Indian Ocean seen from the cliff.

Situated next to Uluwatu Temple, Nyang Nyang Beach is simply extraordinary. The way to get there is not easy. You need to go though the rocky and bumpy street along the way to finally see this sight of heaven. Nyang-Nyang beach is quite popular to those who surf. To get down to the beach, you need to go through over 550 steps. That is the reason why some people who don’t surf prefer to enjoy the stunning scenery of the ocean from the cliff.

I was too excited seeing this outstanding scenery.

I was too excited seeing this outstanding scenery.

The crystal clear water which worth to enjoy after the hundreds steps.

The crystal clear water which worth to enjoy after the hundreds steps.

The green surroundings on Nyang-Nyang Beach.

The green surroundings on Nyang-Nyang Beach.

The perfect place to those who seek for serenity since almost nobody there.

The perfect place to those who seek for serenity since almost nobody there.

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If you fit enough, you should go down and experience this pure beach which rarely touched by people. If you don’t surf, I guarantee you will still find it worth the effort to go downstairs and come back upstairs as this stunning crystal water beach and the cliff surrounding views will surely pamper your eyes. Experience your quality time by hanging out by the beach, swimming or sunbathing with friends or your loved ones.

Bingin Beach

“A breathtaking coral beach with cliff surroundings.”

A lovely image that I captured in the low tide, when the dog carried the little kid to the shore.

A lovely image that I captured in the low tide, when the dog carried the little kid to the shore.

One of the gorgeous beaches in Uluwatu area, which offer a fantastic view of the cliffs. Surrounded by another surf beaches such as Balangan, Dreamland, Impossibles and Padang-padang, Bingin beach could be crowded at times but it doesn’t reduce the beauty of the beach itself. They offer some local cafes and restaurants overlooking the beach that you can enjoy your meal whilst watching the surfers catch their waves.

In here, the dog is having fun too!

In here, the dog is having fun too!

A dream house that I found on the way down to the beach. Lovely!

A dream house that I found on the way down to the beach. Lovely!

This beach has been visited by some world class surfers and also as the venue for surf competitions. There are many level of waves here both for pro and the beginners. In the low tide, it might be quite rocky and don’t forget to put on your booties to stay safe.

Balangan Beach

“The stunning white sand beach with panoramic view.”

One fine sunny day at Balangan!

One fine sunny day at Balangan!

The last but not least, another Bali nature’s beauty called Balangan Beach. Situated in the north of Dreamland beach, Balangan offers the scenic view of the beautiful cliffs and coconut trees in line which provide you the reaffirmation of the ultimate exotic getaway.

A lovely golden sunset moment.

A lovely golden sunset moment.

The gorgeous waves captured from one of the restaurants.

The gorgeous waves captured from one of the restaurants.

Similar like Bingin Beach, Balangan Beach is also offer plenty of cafes and restaurants overlooking the beach and also the surfing lessons. It could be crowded at times especially on the weekends, so if possible be there on the weekdays. But either it’s crowded or not, it never reduce the beauty scenery of Balangan.

 

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