Bali Travelogue – (Part 2): Turtle Island, Water Blow, Tegallalang Rice Terraces, Ubud Art Market, Tegenungan Waterfall, Beachwalk Shopping Center and Transmart Carrefour

We woke up early for breakfast the next morning. The night before, we managed to find a driver from Carousell who arrived at 10am to pick us up at Holiday Inn Resort Bali Benoa.

Turtle Island Bali Tanjung Benoa Tour

It is important to do your research before arriving to a country so that the trip will be fruitful. There were some attractions we would like to cover and some which did not appeal to us.

We were yearning to participate in baby turtle release programme. Kuta Beach Sea Turtle Center program aims to protect sea turtle eggs and increase hatching rates.You can join in the baby turtle release and release your own baby turtle into the ocean.

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Image Credit: Bali Sea Turtle Society (BSTS)

However the season of turtle release had just ended and we thought the other alternative was to visit the Turtle Island which was at Tanjung Benoa, about 5 km from our hotel.

After some negotiation of ticket prices, we boarded onto the glass bottom boat and made our way to Turtle Island.

We were wondering what was the purpose of the glass bottom when the speed boat was moving so fast and making it near impossible to see any marine life from here.

With a packet of bread given by the tour guide, we realised it was fish feeding time when the boat came to a halt in the middle of the sea.

What a beautiful sight! Schools of fish gathered near our boat and started snapping the bread crumbs hungrily.

A small infinity pool greeted us when we arrived at the Turtle Island.

A local guide at the Turtle Island brought us along the place to explore. This was our first stop. Tourists crowded around 2 big turtles and hauled them up to take pictures. Both turtles hardly had any time to rest before another group of tourists surrounded and picked them up for more photo-taking.
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Turtle conservation area where baby turtles were housed.

Small M’s first experience holding a real turtle.

This big turtle was residing by itself in a bigger pool where it was left untouched by visitors. We guessed we could be paying more and that was the reason why we were allowed to carry it.

Turtle Island, in fact housed several other creatures such as these…

We thought Turtle Island experience was just so-so. Not strongly recommended to visit. But still, we wanted to come as it was near to our hotel.

Address: Tanjung Benoa, South Kuta, Badung Regency, Bali, Indonesia

Water Blow in Nusa Dua

It was an amazing sight watching Water Blow from Youtube. Water Blow in Nusa Dua is basically large waves from the Indian Ocean constantly crash against the jagged limestone edges on the peninsula’s south-eastern cliff.

Entrance to this place is free.

An important thing to take note. It would be advisable to visit here when the tide is high. We came during low tide and it was a pity that we couldn’t witness the majestic effect of the large waves.

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The Water Blow site was scenic and picturesque. Feel the breeze and pause to admire the beautiful sea views.

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Address: Semenanjung Nusa DuaNusa Dua, Bali 80517Indonesia

Tegallalang Rice Terraces in Ubud

Up next, we travelled up north to Ubud to visit a must-see attraction in Bali – Tegallalang Rice Terraces. The distance was about 40 km  but the ride took us about 2 1/2 hr to reach.

We took some interesting pictures along the way.

Tegalalang rice terrace opening hours are 07.00 am to 18.00 pm. It was raining when we arrived and we had to walk about 15 mins from the carpark to the rice terraces. The entrance fee is IDR 10.000/pax.

We were really impressed when the first sight of rice terraces beckoned us. Tourists were eager to catch the beautiful views although it was raining. If not for the rain we would have venture down to walk in the rice terraces.

Cafes sprouting in the vicinity to offer some of the best view of the rice terraces for tourists.

There were many shops along Tegalalang selling varieties of handicrafts, souvenirs and paintings.

We stopped by at this restaurant to have our lunch which also gave a panoramic view of the rice terraces while dining.

Some simple dishes for our lunch.

Getting up close to the rice terraces was one of our best experience so far in Bali. It was that surreal and brought a calming and therapeutic effect on us.

Our driver brought us to a nearby padi field where the farmers were harvesting the crops. This was an educational experience for Big and Small M which was important lessons as part of travelling.

The ducks were excited at the sight of water.

Many of them were swimming happily in the water.

Address: Jalan Tegallalang, Tegallalang, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80561, Indonesia

Ubud Art Market

Next we stopped by briefly at the Ubud Art Market where you can find hand-craft goods, handmade woven bags, clothings and accessories. We did not venture inside as it was raining.

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Address: Jalan Raya Ubud No.35, Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80571, Indonesia

Tegenungan Waterfall

Our itinerary brought us to the Tegenungan Waterfall where we needed to pay IDR 15.000 per pax as entrance fee.

The footpath towards the waterfall was lined with street vendors who were eager to get your attention to patronise with them.

There are 2 ways to experience the waterfall – either to view from here or make the effort to climb up and down 172 stairs. We chose the former.

Bumbu Asli restaurant in Tegenungan waterfall.

Address: Jalan Ir. Sutami, Kemenuh, Sukawati, Kemenuh, Sukawati, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80581, Indonesia

Beachwalk Shopping Center

We spent a lot of time on the road in Bali and we were pleasantly surprised we managed to cover quite a number of places within a day. Our next stop was visiting Beachwalk Shopping Center.

Beachwalk Shopping Center is fairly new and huge. We felt it was a nice mall to explore and dine, especially at the food court.

We had our dinner at Kafe Betawi.

Trying out Bali local delicacies.

The food court had many selections. Prices were akin to that in Singapore though.

The food looked so tempting that we had to try them.

Address: Jalan Pantai Kuta, Kuta, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361, Indonesia

Transmart Carrefour

We even managed to squeeze in one last stop at Transmart Carrefour before returning to the hotel.

A mini foodcourt at the second level.

Authentic Thai tea In Indonesia!

If we were any fans of shopping, fruits would probably be one of the choices. We enjoyed discovering fruits which were not easily found over in Singapore. One such find was getting BIG dragon fruits over here.

Address: Sunset Road Building Lantai 3, Jl. Sunset Road, Kuta, Pemogan, Denpasar Sel., Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80221, Indonesia

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Bali Travelogue – (Part 1): Holiday Inn Resort Bali Benoa, Bali Collection and Discovery Shopping Mall

This was our first family trip to Bali which is one of more than 17,000 islands in the Indonesian archipelago and is located just over 2 km from the eastern tip of the island of Java and west of the island of Lombok. The island is currently home to about 4 million people.

We hopped onto an early flight and arrived early at Denpasar International Airport.

Upon checking out, we headed straight to get a SIM card at the airport which we strongly recommended against if you are intending to get one. It cost about SGD$35 for just a basic plan and we only realised the exorbitant price (in SGD) after making the payment. It would be better off purchasing one from trustworthy online travel sites.

To minimise any hassle of finding transportation to the hotel, we decided to book airport transfer before arriving here. It was a breeze as our friendly chauffeur from Holiday Inn Resort Bali Benoa were already right at the airport arrival hall awaiting for us.

Did we say the drive from airport to the hotel only takes 20 mins? You can find out everything about this family-friendly hotel in the previous blog here.

AddressJl. Pratama No.86, Benoa, Kuta Sel., Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361, Indonesia

+62 361 894 7888

Bali Collection (Nusa Dua Shopping)

Our hotel offers shuttle services to Bali Collection which is a shopping, dining and entertainment complex located in Nusa Dua. This is a touristy mall featuring international and luxury fashion brands to traditional handicraft and souvenir outlets catering to the guests from nearby five-star hotels.

We did not purchase any items or dine here as it was pretty pricey. Nonetheless, we thought it was worthwhile to explore this mall within less than 30 mins.

Ole Ole restaurant, one of the various dining options at the complex.

Bali Collection opens daily from 10am to 10pm. Guests staying at one of the hotels in the Nusa Dua and Tanjung Benoa areas can take a free shuttle bus (from opening time to around 9pm) service.

AddressITDC area, Nusa Dua, Kuta Selatan, Benoa, Kuta Sel., Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80363, Indonesia

Discovery Shopping Mall

Getting a Grab car is possible in Bali but it does come with a hassle as it is not welcome among the community of taxi drivers. We managed to get into a taxi after negotiating a reasonable price with the driver. We learnt that travelling on Bali road wasn’t that straight-forward. Due to the fact that the roads were really narrow and coupled with heavy traffic, a ride could take us 40 mins instead of 20 mins even if Google map told us the distance apart was only 14 km.

Along our way, we noticed a little girl (on the right of the picture), all alone, peddling a couple of small items 😦

Next, we visited the Discovery Shopping Mall which was located along Kartika Plaza Street, Kuta. Visitors coming to Bali would almost definitely explore Kuta during their stay.

Truth be told – Discovery Shopping Mall is not new and looks dated to us. However, it is one of the largest shopping malls in Bali and the second largest shopping hub in Kuta after the newer Kuta Beachwalk.

This large three-storey mall houses some of the popular lifestyle and familiar F&B outlets such as KFC, Cold Stone Creamery ice cream, Starbucks, Domino’s Pizza and Pizza Hut.

A visit to Bali is not completed without trying their local dishes.

Here were the dishes we ordered.

Finally tried the crispy duck, one of Bali’s most popular dishes which we were craving for. The meat was tender and skin was crispy. Coupled with Bali sambal, our dinner was full and hearty!

That’s all for Day 1 where we were exhausted by the time we returned to the hotel after a day of activities. More than just shopping, stay tune on our journey in this Island of the Gods which offers some of the most natural sites to explore and yes, they are picturesque as well.

Opening Hours: Sun – Thu 10:00 – 22:00, Fri – Sat 10:00 – 22.30

Address: Jalan Kartika Plaza, Kuta

How to get there: Jalan Kartika Plaza, opposite the Waterbom Bali and beside the Discovery Kartika Plaza Hotel.

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Choosing Our Favourite Flavours from Emicakes this Christmas {Log Cakes Giveaway!}

Christmas is just around the corner and while everyone has their favourite ways of celebrating the occasion, what we can’t do without is to treat ourselves to the signature flavours of Christmas cakes from Emicakes.

Celebrating its 25th year of presence in Singapore, Emicakes has several flavours of Christmas cakes to choose from with inviting layers of cream that aren’t too cloying. For the health conscious, Emicakes now offers “eggless” alternatives to almost all regular cakes. Without sacrificing the quality and premium taste of the cakes, these guilt-free eggless cakes are up to 85% lower in cholesterol compared to regular cakes, which makes these treats the “healthier choice.” The Christmas offerings are not only beautiful that you would fall in love with them at first sight, but also tastefully crafted.

Mini Yam Logcake (Real yam blended with cream cheese swirled into soft and fluffy vanilla chiffon).

Winter Frost (Premium D24) – 15% off until 20 December 2017 only.

Tiramisu Wonderland (Emicakes’ popular logcake with vanilla chiffon soaked in coffee with smooth cream cheese)

Need a sweet treat to quell your rumbling tummy? Delight yourself with this 20-cm Choco Truffle Cake that is light, moist and appealing 🙂

Customised your round cake with these designs here – Floral Blush, Floral Swirls, Lavender Dream, Pastel Flourish, Pink Glow, Rosette Garland, Rosey Delight, Rosey Posey, Tiffany Blooms and more!

Hey, we had a hard time debating which cake to partake, satisfying and not too sinful. When planning your Christmas celebration, do try out Emicakes!

GIVEAWAY!

Special thanks to Emicakes, they are giving 2 winners with a small log cake each of either Truffle SparklePure AddictionTiramisu Wonderland or D24 Cheer.

All you need to do is:

  1. Follow the Facebook at Emicakes & Katong Kids Inc
  2. Share this blog post of the giveaway on your Facebook and set it to public.

Terms & Conditions:
1. The winner will walk away with a mini log cake of either Truffle Sparkle, Pure Addiction,  Tiramisu Wonderland or D24 Cheer flavor.

2. The winner must be agreeable to provide his/her contact details to Katong Kids Inc.
3. Judges’ decision is final. Closing date: 13 Dec 2017.

Florist Singapore – Online Florist Delivery Singapore {Littleflowerhut.com.sg}

Celebrate any occasions with Little Flower Hut fresh flowers. Humbly started at 2010, Little Flower Hut has since grown to be the preferred Singapore Florist to many companies and individuals.

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Many Products and Services

As you can see, Little Flower Hut specializes in more than just flowers. Their florists also offers flower workshops/classes at customers’ request.

With their florists’ professional eye for floral design, sophistication, and beauty, you will definitely learn the design and techniques on flower arrangement.

During the workshop, customers will not only get to see a full demonstration by the instructor on flower arrangement, they will also be tasked to reproduce flower arrangement within a given time frame. One of the key takeaways for the customers is learning how to manage their time management skills effectively whilst producing presentable flower arrangement. Little Flower Hut’s aim is to build leadership qualities and teamwork of the participant and promote communication, coordination and negotiation skills.

Hey, there are many themes to choose in the workshops ranging from flowers for home, hand bouquet, wedding flowers & seasonal flowers such as centrepiece for Christmas,  gift ideas and many more.

Little Flower Hut’s florists also provide floral services appropriate for corporate gifts, occasion baskets, new born gift baskets, and so much more!

You can find the finest range of Flower ArrangementHand BouquetBaby Hamper, Gifts and many more offerings. The website is an ideal spot to browse for Birthday, Anniversary, Baby ShowerGet Well Soon and any occasion.

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It’s contemporary and innovative style seasonal Flower Workshops/Classes in floral design make an ideal choice for planning team building and bonding sessions.

Flower Delivery Singapore

Floral Delivery to You

There is nothing more important than understanding customers’ needs. With its Same Day Flower Delivery, they be just in time to get the flowers and gifts to your recipient’s hand. Their island wide Singapore Flower Delivery is always quick, easy and most importantly convenient. Ready to serve you 24/7.  No matter what your reason, you can put your trust on us for all your gifting needs and as always, beautiful and freshest blooms. Little Flower Hut also provides dedicated flower delivery services right to your doorstep. All you need to do is to provide your quotation and preferred floral design.

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Find out more about Little Flower Hut below:

Click here to their Website

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Click here to their Instagram

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Face to Face Noodle House (面对面) @ City Square Mall

Fans of Face to Face Noodle would not need to travel across the causeway to get a taste of the authentic Sarawak noodles. Riding on the success of its outlets in Malaysia, Face to Face Noodle has an outlet in City Square Mall.

Face to Face’s special noodle recipe traces its roots to Sarawak over 100 years ago. The story begins when the founder’s great-grandfather picked up the technique of making Jook Sing noodles, one of the rarest forms of noodle-making in existence. A decent stall selling fresh homemade noodles, it soon won the hearts and stomachs of many Sarawakians and the rest was history.

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It was one of the weekday nights that Big and Small M wanted to try something they like. Having an outlet here spared us the hassle of waiting for an opportune time to visit Malaysia to get a taste of it. The ambience here was very different to that of the Malaysia outlet we visited previously which you can find it here.

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Our orders included:

HOUSE SPECIALTY PAN MEE (DRY) – Homemade noodles in rich broth served with minced pork, crispy anchovies and onsen egg.

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Genki Herbal Chicken Pan Mee (Soup) – Homemade noodles in traditional herbal soup served with tender chicken, enoki mushrooms and various herbs.

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Creations Pork Pan Mee (Dry) – Homemade noodles served with minced pork, cooked in signature gravy, wantan crisps, braised egg and meat balls.

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Traditional Sarawak Kolo Mee (Dry) – Springy homemade noodles served with minced pork, char siew, and fried wantans.

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Overall, the broth was flavourful and the thick and flat noodles added extra texture which gave a good bite for a decent family meal. Click here to see their menu.

Address: Lot 02-23/24 City Square Mall, 180 Kitchener Rd 

Opening Hours: 11am to 10pm

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The Changi Village Story: Eat, Play and Explore

Tucked away at the far eastern coast of Singapore is a small and yet well-known neighbourhood by name of Changi Village. Those who love photography, cycling and sight seeing would inevitably hop into a bumboat and head to Pulau Ubin. Even if you are not “that” adventurous, Changi Village can also offer you as the ultimate destination to experience some of the best-kept treasures in Singapore.

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Just the mention of Changi Village Hawker Centre would remind everyone of some of the popular Nasi Lemak stalls there. Personally, I feel that the Nasi Lemak tastes largely the same and I have no preference of any particular stall to patronize.

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If you get to travel to this far eastern side of the country, remember to come with an empty stomach. The lure of irresistible Nasi Lemak – rice cooked in coconut milk, mixed with some slices of cucumber, fried ikan bilis and peanuts, fried egg and chicken wing or drumstick and lastly, smeared with delicious sambal is sure to win everyone’s heart.

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You can call this place super ulu but it is not going to stop hip cafes and eateries from opening here. Chocolate Origin specializes in chocolate cakes and confectionaries. It uses the finest ingredients to get the cakes tasting oh-so delicious, ensuring all goodness when you take a bite.

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Crepes & Puffs is a quaint cafe boasting a wide range of delicious confections for all taste buds. On weekdays, it even attracts loyal customers dressed in their office attire who come for its artistically created crepes, puffs, pastries, cakes and other treats.

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Delicately prepared by Shanghainese chefs, Tang Tea House is famed for the freshness and authenticity of its halal dim sum ranging from chicken pau, har kow, siew mai and steamed chicken dumplings.

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Stepped into the corridors of these blocks you can find traditional shops selling…

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Chap Huay Tiam certainly brings us back to the old school days. Myriad of tidbits, old school biscuits and customized goodie bags for all occasions are what you can find here.

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Not heading to Pulau Ubin? Try renting a bicycle here and explore the vicinity!

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ST Bakery serves a variety of fresh bread and cakes. The prices are reasonable and affordable too.

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Johor Bahru Pau / Tim Sum [新山手工包點]  selling unique assortment of delicious paus which includes black sesame pau, chicken, pork big pau, braised pork pau, Amy Yi’s Jumbo Pau, Sured-Win Jumbo Pau and other dim sum items.

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More shops around the blocks.

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If you are feeling adventurous, take an exploratory trip down at Changi Point Coastal Walk which stretches 2.2km.

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Also referred to as the Changi Boardwalk, you may even catch views of the waters out towards Johor. Last but not least, remember to bring along your insect repellent and sunblock when you are here!

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