Saturday, September 28, 2013

North Bali [19/09 - 24/09]

Day 3 - 21st Sep 2013 (Sat) - Continued

We rendezvous with our driver at 1pm. And to the north of Bali we go. He dropped us at a local restaurant which has a good view of the surroundings.
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The dishes served by the restaurant are really good. The portions are just right.  photo 02_Lunch_zps43c0b7bf.jpg

Our first tourist stop is Ulundanu Temple - the temple by the lake. It is very cooling up here.
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We took a walk around the perimeters to enjoy the nature.
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It feels like one of the town by the lake in Europe with its cooling temperature and vast hilly ranges.
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We continued for another 2 hours before arriving at our hotel - Aneka Lovina Villas and Spa. There is a cart which can fetch us from the reception to our cottage.
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The room is spacious and is very beautifully designed.
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There is a beach at the other end of the villa. We can book dolphin tour from here. And it is also quite cheap.
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For dinner, the driver recommended us Tanjung Alam beach restaurant. It is actually by the beach, but we are not able to see much things as the sun has already set.
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It cost only 70,000 IDR (S$8) for the portions below.
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Day 4 - 22nd Sep 2013 (Sun)

The 4th day morning adventure is dolphin watching. We hop onto one of the boats below.
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The calm morning breeze and picturesque scenery.
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The sun rise.
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There are many boats around chasing dolphins.
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The dolphins move very fast. And out of the many photos I have taken, the below is the best.
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After the dolphin ride out, we decided to walk back to our hotel. There is a market between the dolphin beach and the hotel.
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We had a short rest back in hotel, took breakfast and depart for our next stop at 11am. It is actually a Buddhist Temple in the north area.
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Here are we.
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There is an ancient structure here which they said is similar to Borobudur.
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Here is a closer view.
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It is actually a functioning temple where meditation retreats are held. Below is a stupa.
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Next before lunch, we decided to take a dip at the famous hot spring in this area. There are 3 categories of hot spring which varies between normal - warm - warmer.
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For lunch, we decided to return to Tanjung Alam. At this time, we can see how the beach looks like.
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We ordered a lot.
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Our next stop for the day is to explore Gitgit Waterfall. We need to walk around 15mins before we can reach our destination.
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After a long walk, we finally arrived at the majestic Gitgit waterfall.
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Let's take a closer look at the waterfall.
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Now we are into our final leg of the journey, to Zen Resort Bali at Seririt.
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The zen resort bali is located in a very remote place. Getting there must be by car. At the entrance of the resort, there is a small convenience shop. The rooms are spacious.
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We can also sit outdoors and observe the sunset.
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The room is quite well decorated.
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Day 5 - 23rd Sep 2013 (Mon)

Here is our breakfast view.
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And our breakfast area below.
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There is quite a nice pool in the villa. We also took a dip as we spent 2 nights here.
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During the second night, there is a performance and we were invited to join in.
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Here is the performance.
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And the final group photo.
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Final Day - 24th Sep 2013 (Tuesday)

We woke up early during the final day for meditation. Here is how sun rise looks like.
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And the teacher guiding us for meditation.
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