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Stranded in Bali Pt 2

Friday, 6th Nov 2015

Yayy! Today is our date to fly back to KL. Our flight is schedule to depart at 7.45 pm.

Same like yesterday, we had instant noodles for breakfast. It’s okay since today is the last day we will be here.

Around 11 am, while waiting for Pak Supir to pick us to the airport, me, Jasz and Adik went to Discovery Mall. We saw a T shirt yesterday and after calculate our budjet, still left enough to buy some sourvenirs.

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Above is news from CNN Indonesia.Our hearts are increasingly pleased with this development . Airport was opened in the morning of November 6, 2015 and several flights were safely landed at their destination.

Ngurah Rai International Airport 

1.30 pm

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Happpy face while eating our lunch that we bought at Es Teller, Discovery Mall. Wong Solo Penyet chicken tastier than Es Teller. Actually , the difference lies not either on rice or chicken itself, but on Sambal Penyet.

Cancellation flight : 2nd time

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I received this creepy SMS to check my email for flight has been cancelled again!! Oh my god. What we gonna do??

My heart is increasingly unpalatable. Seriously, there’s nothing left for us to continue our life here. Our budget is thin. We rushed to the Air Asia counter and continue to line up. The face of all the passengers uneasy , waiting for the uncertain result.

We start text to our boss and family members to let know about this situation. Each surprised and did not expect this thing to be happen in second time. Worry , tired , uncertain thought. Various kinds of feelings that arise.

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Above are picture of real time situation right now. All affected passanger line up with patience. Australian or westerner seen more relax when facing this matter than us.

Reschedule 2nd time

We make our turn again. As usual, the staff need our booking number and passport. The booking paper thay I’ve print before turns to be look-alike rubbish as I keep took out and in again from the handbag. Lol.

“The latest flight will be on Monday, 6am”, said the staff. “Is it okay?”

She stares at us. Waiting for the answer.

We look at each other. Then we nodded. We had no choice at all. That flight is the earliest one that not accupied.

“Okay. I’ll change the flight details. You may check your email after this. The itinerary will be change but the booking number remains”

Eventually, we get acquainted with 1 family that stranded same like us. After few time, we get more close and always share our thought about this thing. They turn to check reschedule flight is after us.

“Due to flight is already full, we only have seat on Monday, 5.25pm”, they also nodded. Just agreed even in the first place we thought that our flight will be the same.

She told us that her friends can’t wait anymore, thus they change the flight route from Surabaya to KL. Then her friend take road journey to Surabaya and it takes about 17 hours journey.

I thought for awhile. Thinking if we can make some changes of our plans. I asked the staff, “Is the Surabaya Airport ever close for this cause?”

“Yes, yesterday and few days ago they close for half day as well”, tells the staff. “The Airport also have no confirmation whether they will close or not because it is still depend on weather. If you want to change route, we can assist further”, continue the staff.

I shook. “Thanks”

Then forget it. Don’t want to take redundant risk!

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After that, we sat down the floor at one corner. Thinking what will we do after this. We have 3 more nights to go to wait for our flight on Monday.

First thing first. We need to find an accomodation. We can’t just stay here. Bottle water costs 3 times more than outside. Sigh.

Am texting my aunt. Ask for help to make an online purchase with upfront payment as we have no cash right. But the transaction won’t get through.

How baby how? Tell to myself. Lol.

Eventually my brother offer some help. Pais will cash in some money and it’s enough for my cost here for next couple of days.

Then Adik and Razif got an help as well. Jasz is okay since she left more and enough. Allah’s help are always in time. Alhamdulilah.

“I’m thinking to stay at Suris again. The rate are more cheaper than before”, like an electric shoke, all nodded. Since we got nightmare on 2 daya back, Suris will make us to stay safe here.

We ring Pak Dani again. He also have nothing to do as his guest from Malaysia had cancelled the flight. So he always remind us to call us whenever needed.

Once we saw Pak arrived the airport, he giggles. So do us. Haha.

“Welcome to Bali”, he teases us. We all laugh in tears. On the way to hotel, we make fun for all the things that happen.

Suris Boutique Hotel

Around 6 pm

We arrived again here. There’s nothing can compare how it feels when we step up thia hotel. So joyful.

Checked in as usual.

“The standard room that you are booked are all full house. So we will give you deluxe room”, we smile and nodded. The room is just in front of pool.

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The room. Spacious as before but this room have bath tub.

Once we done, we change our clothes and we debusshhhh to the pool!

That’s all for today’s survival. Will continue soon.. 🙂

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Stranded in Bali Pt 1

Thursday, 5th Nov 2015

I couldn’t barely sleep last night. Same goes to Jas. The room is not cold even equipped with air conditioning. When we lie down on the bed , our body itchy and I doubt there is a termite in bed. Mosquitoes fly in the room. What the hell is this place?

Because there is no free breakfast at the hotel, we ate instant noodle which we bought yesterday at the Indomaret. And there’s nothing we do today. So we just watch TV and surf the Internet while keeping to check update on current flight schedule.

Boredom to the max, we go out and decided to find our dinner as well. And we certain to walk through the narrow road with handwriting “beach” signboard the we found yesterday. Less than 15 min, we reached the main road that we tooks nearly an hour to get here yesterday!

Our fault to hear the advice from the local yesterday. We have no idea why the guy need to deceived us this way. Or else, he don’t get what we asked for. Here, even though we barely understand the local, but because of different accent sometimes is it not translate well.

Once we get to the main road, we asked the nearest way to the beach. We need to walk inside Centro Shopping Mall (Discovery Mall) and the end of the mall, we’ll saw the beach.

We are so happy to see the Kuta Beach!

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If only we bring our swimwear, we can get in the beach. At this times, many people enjoy the beach activities such as surfing and many more.

Eventually the local from Bali Sea Turtle Society (BSTS) organize an event to release a 1 day old baby turtle to the sea. Wonder if the babies could able to live til adult as usually others sea lives will eat the baby turtle.

We walked on the coast until we are tired . Sit for a moment in front of the street of Hard Rock Cafe while cleaning the sand beach at the foot .

“In front of there is a halal food stalls. Let’s eat there, okay? ”

“Yes. It does not matter to eat anywhere. So hungry.. ”

So we walked back to the place. We found 1 stall that we certain halal. So we order:

4 seafood fried rice ( 25,000idr each )
4 drinks ( approx 8,000idr )
Salted Fish Sauce ( 40,000idr )
10 satay ( 25,000idr )

For satay , we paid separately to the next stall .

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Pic above : Satay that we ordered. Small if compare to Malaysia’ s satay. The taste is like peanut sauce.

In total we paid except satay is IDR 220,000 . On the way back to the hotel , we calculate the price that we eat . If we follow , it costs only 172,000idr . Why do we pay 220,000idr ? Excessive in 48,000idr . RM15 if convert !!

We give in. This is our fault for we do not ask well with the stall owner about the price calculation . In this critical time , even 48,000idr is very valuable .

That night there was no activity we do. To be continue tomorrow ..

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Bali 2015 Pt 5

Wednesday, 4th Nov 2015

8.30 am

We woke up as the ray of suns light our room. I thought to get more sleep, furthermore I’ve done all the packing. Take a quick bath and straight to the hotel cafe. Today we have an A la Cart breakfast and offered few variety of choices. We all go for International Breakfast.

We had coffee/tea, orange juice, scramble egg/omelette, saute tomatoes with potatoes, 2 toast with butter and strawberry jam and sausage.

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Pak Dani had been informed earlier to pick us after we check out at 12. After breakfast, we go back to the room and take some nap.

Suris Boutique Hotel
Location : Jln Blambangan. 15 min to Kuta Beach
Room rate per night : 400,000idr

This hotel is the best. We opted for Standard Room but due full house, we are given Connecting Room that worth double the price!

There is nothing that we are not satisfied for this hotel. From the staff to the room and facilities, they work hard to make our stay more pleasant.

The place was cozy, pool open till 10 pm. Because I’m too tired, I forget to take a picture of the room. But actually you guys can check from the website. What you see is what you get.

Notice for cancellation of flight

The night before, I watched news that Ngurah Rai Airport has been closed for operation. Mount Barujari, the small volcano near Mount Rinjani in Lombok produce a volcanic ash. But later in the evening, the airport resume back to normal.

“Hope that when we go back tomorrow, our flight ease. This is creepy guys”, said Jas to us.

Actually we are not so excited to flees back but this not mean that we want to extend our holidays. I woke up and get the jaw dropped text!

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This is not okay! We have little money left and this is just enough for food and not for accommodation.

“It’s okay. We check out the hotel and we ask Pak to sent us to airport as planned”

“Might be we can straight away to the airlines customer service to check what they can do and figure out this matter”

But first of all, I email the airlines as they give 2 option which is reschedule or refund. Refund? No way!

Ngurah Rai International Airport

12.15pm

As we arrived, I saw long queue. But I walked away to get the flight schedule board. Airport has been closed and no one can enter the departure hall.

Many tourists go back and forth in the airport and I know what they feel. This is very unpleasant and there is no signboard to where need we go for help.

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Then we saw Air Asia desk. We asked the status for we get constantly panic.

“Please get yourself queue here…” the staff with Indonesian accent pointing us to long queue that approx to be more than hundred people.

“…and you will get to the counter. You may reschedule or cancel the flight”, continue the staff.

In no time, we started to line up.

5.00 pm

At last we reached our turn. I saw many people return from the counter with sad faces.

Jasz give body language to 2 couple that just passed the counter and both of them that we certain will flees back to KL knew what we want to ask.

“Reschedule. It changed to Friday 5pm”, they said without any question.

That was a long gap between us and if they schedule at 5pm, what about us?

Our eyes keep on the counter and check whether is there any counter that done while waiting our turn. When we saw the staff hands up at us, we push the trolley over.

The staff asked our booking details and passport. We give it and few minutes later, she inform,”Due to volcano activity, we have to cancel the flight and change the date. It will be on Friday, 7.45pm”

We nodded. Agreed even deep down inside, we are very upset. Where we’ll going to stay? Is our money enough to go through another 2 days?

Razif suggested to ring back Pak Supir. Pak had told us that he can find the cheap and cozy hotel when he dropped us this afternoon.

“He said to book The Tirtha Inn Kubu Anyar”, tell Razif.

We go direct to Booking.com site. Found it! For 2 standard room for 2 nights, the rate is 620,000idr. Around RM50 per night.

6.00 pm

Bapak pick us up. Directly to the hotel. When we arrived , I saw the front of the hotel lobby was not tidy . They do construction work of swimming pool and too severe . The entrance to the hotel is too small, construction sand lying around outside the hotel area and the staff is not friendly at all.

Due to this, the hotel looks very messy. The location is in front of local houses. I just calm myself for this only 2 nights stay.

I open the door of the room . It’s like a normal without any other facility. In this room , there is one room as a kitchen and there is a sink . The bathroom inside the room with kitchen. The soap dispenser was dirty , and Jasz thought me not to use the soap provided for we do not know maybe that is an old soap.

For this room, I have no feels to take a picture. But believe me, the picture you guys see in the website is far nice than what we saw.

7.00 pm

We take a walk out of the place to find a dinner. We just keep walking as we have no idea the place is. Then we saw the “Beach” handwriting signboard to the left.

“Should we go this way?”, asked Adik. Eventually we met local guy that walk towards us and asked,”Is this the right way to the beach?”. He shook his head.

“This is path to the hotel only”

Then we resume to walk. We find Waterbom Bali in the back road. We are too exhausted as we can’t find the way as well.

2km after that, we found the road that the Mc Donalds located. At last we found the road that we recognize. We get in to the KFC.

This isn’t like a normal KFC that we had in Malaysia. They only served chicken with rice. No coleslaw, no whipped potatoes or even cheesy wedges.

We walked out. “So how do you think?”, one of us ask.

“Better we go to the Bakso place that we had yesterday.”

We slowly take a walk even though the leg started to ache. After 20 minutes, we reached the area. From afar, Jasz notice that the restaurant is closed. What we do is all in vain.

Lastly, we decided to go to Wong Solo. The place is just around the corner.

We had a Ayam Penyet as usual. The meal is so tasty and always be all time favorite meals here.

After done it, we tried to walk back to the hotel. But seems the place gone far and we found that we can’t find the right place anymore.

Then we asked 1 guy that we met in front of Best Kuta Villa.

“Your hotel is already too far. Whether you turn back and use the small road or you use main road but the place will be double far.” tells the guy.

We give up. “Is they any cab? How much to the hotel?”, asked us. “50,000idr usually”.

After bargain, we got for 30,000idr. We agreed and the guy that actually the cab driver, drove us back to the hotel.

This is not the end of our survival. To be continue.. 🙂

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Bali 2015 Pt 4

Tuesday, 3rd Nov 2015

HAPPY BIRTHDAY JASZ !!

After having a Indonesian Cuisine buffet breakfast, we continue our journey today to Begudul and Tanah Lot. It takes 2 to 3 hours to get there. I just sleep on the journey. 😀

Bedugul Temple

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This place surrounded by the lake. We just hang around and take a picture of the temple.

Tanah Lot
Cost : 30,000idr

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Because both places is too far, today’s tour is just for those places only. Before we go back, we stopped by at Krishna. This place sells a lot of souvenirs.

Pasar Candi Kuning

Here offers a lot of local fruit such as Salak (Snake Skin Fruit), Ciku and what makes me more excited is the spices. They sell raw vanilla, black peppers and many more!

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Bakso Bali

“Pak, can u get us to the best halal bakso in here?”, asked us. “Okay then. I’ll bring you to the restaurant and this place just behind the street of your hotel location”

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It is just 9,000idr for 1 bowl of Bakso. The taste so good and Pak joined us as well. As this is our last dinner here, we had so much fun. Total for all is just 80,000idr!

We will go back tomorrow gais! 😉

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Bali 2015 Pt 3

Monday, 2nd Nov 2015.

8.30am and Pak Dani pick us up. Today we start check in to Suris Boutique Hotel. So today’s is all about beach and sunset.

Nusa dua water sport : Turtle Park
Cost : 200,000idr + 10,000idr for parking

For here, they offered various water sport activities such as Banana Boat, Sea Walker and many more. We just choose for boat tour and Turtle Park.

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Pandawa Beach
Couple beach seat rental : 15,000idr

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Dreamland Beach
15,000 per car

For this beach, minivan will pick us from the parking and get us to the beach entrance. We need to walk down to the stair and walk along concrete bridge.

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Padang Padang Beach

To get here is more challenging. We need to walk down using stairs and walk through the cave. This is the only way to get to the beach.

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Uluwatu beach
Cost : 20,000idr

This is more breathtaking!! My thought goes to Merlin tv series when I saw the beach.

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Kecak Dance show
Cost : 100,000idr per pax

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Jimbaran Seafood Restaurant.

When we get here, Pak Dani told us this place offerred a Halal and worth price. The place is good whereby the place is just in front of the beach. But, the price for seafood set for 2 is 1.5m idr! Just forget it and we only ordered 4 drinks for 120,000idr.

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Wong Solo : Bring back

We asked Pak to drove us back to Wong Solo. Set for 2 with drinks and extra 2 side dishes only 100,000idr!

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We had enough for today. Thank god for all the view today 😉

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Bali 2015 Pt 2

Sunday, 1st Nov 2015.

I woke up as the sun light distracted me. “What time is now?” asked me when I saw Jasz woke up as well. “It’s just 6”, replied her.

I take a shower and get ready. Pak Supir (our tour guide) will pick up up on 8.30am. Since last night I’d try to get the internet connection but nothing connect.

Airport Kuta Hotel
Cost : 165,000idr (online booking) / 200,000idr (walk in)

For this hotel, we just get what we paid and nothing more that you can ask. Internet connection only avail in the reception counter, bottle water in the toilet instead of in the room, no adapter, no hair dryer, no iron, no sugar or creamer for coffe. No everything.

Fortunately we just here for 1 night as our flight arrived in the evening. Besides that, the pillow and bed is soft and we slept soundly last night.

On the time, Pak Supir named Pak Dani arrived. He greet us my smile and introduce himself. Since we are not have anything yesterday, we ask to get us to breakfast. Pak Dani drove to the local restaurant.

Nasi Pecel Bu Tinuk
Cost : ≤50,000idr / 2 pax

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Me and Jasz having 2 plates of fried noodles, 1 grilled chicken and 2 drinks. The food is just okay.

Tohpati Batik Village

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After that, Pak start the tour journey. 1st place is Batik Village. They make a batik design using the traditional method. More likely to Songket.

Celuk Village : Yan Yan Silver

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Then we continue to Silver shop. They sell a jewelry and decoration made from silver.

Pura Batuan

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This is a Holy Temple for Hindu religion. I’m not sure whether this place still been use for the ritual but it seems more like tourist center.

The art for all the temple quite same. Sometime I can spot the big house with the same design.

Cantik Agriculture

This is the place that they process coffee from scratch. The most popular coffee is Luwak Coffee. According to local, Indonesia produce best quality of Luwak Coffee.

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Kintamani
Cost : 20,000idr/per pax

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After that, we go to Kintamani. I’m so amazed!! This place is beautiful see with eye instead I saw from the photo.

And we stopped a 1 restaurant with mountain view. So exciteddd! But the price is too expensive and we have 4 drinks for 120,000idr. Pheww.. So no meals!

Tega Lalang Rice Terrace

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Then we drove to next place. We arrived around 20 minutes journey. This place such wonderful place as well! Rice terrace whereby they plant High Hill Rice. In Malaysia, we don’t have such places by if i’m not mistaken, they plant it in Myanmar.

Wong Solo Restaurant

We had our dinner here and it taste soo good! The price is worth as well. I love the Ayam Penyet to the moon!

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We done all of the tour today. We are exhausted but we satisfied.

Will be continue… 🙂

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✈ Bali 2015 Pt 1

Saturday, 31st Oct 2015

The flight take off on 6.20 pm on 31st Oct 2015. For my own part, I had been feverishly excited all day. Today’s is the Solemnization day of Jasz’s aunt and the double the joy!

3.30 pm :

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Pic 1 : Taken when we just arrived KLIA 2 airport with background of the Terminal.

6.15 pm :

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Pic 2 : After a heavy rain.

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Pic 3 : Witnessed a Sunset catched in the sky

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Pic 3 & 4 : Our inflight menu. Mac and cheese with chic meatball and Roast Chicken with Cream Sauce

9.30 pm :

We arrived in Ngurah Rai International Airport around half past 9pm. As I’ve booked a room in Airport Kuta Hotel, we just tried to walk outside and thought that we’ll ask someone for the direction to get to the hotel. Unfortunately, no one knows at all 😦

So we wander around hoping that we’ll find the hotel. We are walking until the end of the street and we found Jalan Kartika Plaza (if i’m not wrong). Since there is no idea, we moved separately. Me and Jas resumed walking along the road to find the hotel or others reasonable hotel. We moved separately at half past 10.

10.30 pm :

Keep walking and keep walk in to numerous hotel to find the reasonable rate (since we could’nt find where the Airport Kuta Hotel is), we just find ourselves too far from Adik and Razif. We also tried to walk through the narrow road between the building block, hoping that we will find the nearest get away to get back to Jalan Kartika, but all in vain. Jasz kept a small rock holds in palm, in case anything harm us so we can just use that. Haha.

11.30 pm :

At last, we found the main road. Our jaw dropped. Actually we just get back to the same place!

12.00 midnight :

Nearly 12pm and we give up. We stop the cab and drove back to the corner that we left Adik behind. But, our heart stop beat again. Adik and Razif is not there anymore. “What we’re going to do?” asked Jasz. Then we dropped at that place and we planned to wander around to find them. In at no time, 1 cab honked us. “Where you guys going??” Some one shouting from the cab. Razif and Adik!!

The cab pull aside. We get in. Adik in heavy tears. Haha. We giggled but they started to nagging us. They are so worried as we are not get back after 2 hours. 🙂

1.00 am :

We checked in to the Airport Kuta Hotel.that just 500 metres from the airport. Our way is wrong that we should go left after the main Airport’ gate instead of right side.

After take bath, we go to bed straight away. Too flat to talk as well! Good night Bali and thank you for the thought today. 🙂

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Airport Kuta Hotel.