Selamat Pagi from Bali, Indonesia! After months of planning, booking and lots of anticipation my boyfriend and I took a gorgeous 8 day long vacation to Bali at the end of April! I of course did our rough itinerary planning of where we were going to stay, for how long, where we had to visit, cafes to visit and so on, all of which paid off!
Today I bring to my blog our first two days in Bali! For my boyfriend he had been to Bali before when he was younger but for me, it was my first time! For our first few days on the island we stayed at the Mercure hotel in Kuta! My choice of staying in the Kuta area was really a great choice as the location of our hotel was perfect! Across the beach, near lots of shopping, massage parlors, food and even malls and a huge water park!
Continue below for our first two day in Bali!
|Holiday Special: Day 1 and 2 in Bali, Indonesia! (April 2015)|
|View from outside our room of the lobby below and the large fish pond! Love the plants and how the space is laid out!|
|Kuta beach! At low tide in the early evening! Since we visited in late April it was nice and spacious and not packed like in some photos I've seen! The weather was lovely too!|
|A photo on the beach on day one! Both of us sporting our freshly cut hair just two days before traveling! First time I've had a full fringe since I was 10!|
|Lovely low tide on the beach! There were lots of locals walking besides tourists! Also the stretch directly across the mercure hotel had lots of surfing classes going on by the odyssey surf school that has a shop in our hotel!|
|A shot on Kuta beach! Gorgeous fine brown sand and clear weather!|
|After walking for about 20-25 minutes down the one way street you will hit this structure which marks the beginning of the Legian area of Bali! There are countless small to very large structures like this all over Bali!|
|We decided to sit at a small hotel's rooftop bar and enjoy some cocktails, a cake and the slowly setting sun!|
|Like many hotels along the street this rooftop bar provides a lovely view of the beach and the ocean! I wouldn't mind having a cake and drink with this view more often!|
|My boyfriend had a Pina Colada and I had a Mai Tai!|
|We ordered a lava cake which took about 20 minutes to come out but it was soooo worth it! The cake had a nice crust on the outside and was nice and liquid and pudding-like on the inside! Served with vanilla ice cream!|
|The menu at a local small eatery! We were so lucky to have a square like area just 3 minutes from the hotel full of hawker stalls with menus like this! Full of local dishes and fresh seafood items!|
|Local noodle and rice dishes!|
|For those with a group of friends of your family many of the local eateries like set meals for groups of 4 or larger!|
|Dinner on day 1! My boyfriend and I shared the special fried rice which was delicious with the local chilli sauce and mutton satay!|
|Brunch on day two! After reading recommendations, we headed to this local cafe called Bamboo Corner! It was very empty at the time we visited! They're known for super cheap local food!|
|Fried tempeh! It was so nice and hot and crisp on the outside! It was chewy and a plain in flavor but the chilli was such a good dip for it!|
|Kecap Babi! Sweet sauce pork with rice! Very homey as if my own mom made it, the portion is appropriate for asians or is good if you'd like to share other items!|
|Taking a big bite into the tempeh! Yummy!|
|Our brunch at Bamboo Corner! My boyfriend had a chicken dish with the same sweet tomato based sauce! I had a watermelon blended juice (which I ended up drinking so many times on holiday)|
|A candid shot of me on the beach getting undressed! Of course taken by the boyfriend! Some of his shots are seriously funny or terrible looking!|
|My boyfriend walking towards the waves! He really loves just letting the waves wash around him whereas I like staying on the beach! We did end up soaking around in the ocean together leaving our items in our water pack bag on the beach!|
|Mid-afternoon snack at es teler 77! A popular fast food type chain that sells local dishes! This is the Otak Otak which is like a fish cake but more dense and super tasty! The portion was really a lot!|
|Fried banana with chocolate sauce and cheese at es teler 77! A local favorite all over indonesia! This is totally yummy and anyone would love it!|
|A photo of my favorite toy Doodoo chilling at the balcony of our hotel room in his rainbow board shorts I stitched him for our beach holiday!|
|My soft toy Doodoo with his first bread haul!|
|A small cafe that sells a butt load of wines and different alcohols! This shop was fabulous to look around in, I wish prices and the range was as good in more shops in Singapore!|
|Drinks at Havana Club! We headed to this mexican place for dinner after I read recommendations online! My boyfriend had a Pina Colada and I had a watermelon juice!|
|Havana Club- Fried jalepeno poppers stuffed with cheese!|
|Havana Club- A plate of mixed fresh dips for our food! Guacamole, spicy tomato dip, tomato salsa, black bean dip and a spicy chilli sambal!|
|Our dinner at Havana Club! We shared delicious beef burritos and beef steak fajitas!|
|My favorite photo from our first two days in Bali! On kuta beach with the love in my life! I always tend to cut off his head in photos but oh well, that means more of me is in it!|
After only two days in Bali, I had realized many things. The locals are incredibly friendly, there are plenty of gorgeous tanned guys (yes I told my boyfriend know so he'd be encouraged to tan!!), food can be really good and super affordable and that it didn't seem like there was enough time in the world to do and see everything! We were excited by the end of day two as I had booked weeks in advance a snorkeling trip with one of the top dive companies on the Island and we were looking forward to the trip!
Stay tuned for more post from my beach holiday in Bali! We don't own any waterproof camera or case so we couldn't take any photos of the beautiful marine life during our snorkeling trips but it was so magical and I don't regret it in any way!
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