Sunday, May 27, 2012

Kapal and Ikeen to Bali with baby!

Date: 23rd - 27th May 2012
Time difference: No
Conversion: IDR 10k = RM 3++
Plug: 2 pins (round) - needs converter
Hotel: Tune hotel, Kuta

Flying with baby

I was so nervous to fly with Baby K. Though I was expecting her to sleep throughout the journey as she normally sleeps like a baby when we travel by car, the exact opposite happens. From KL to Bali, she was awake for the whole 3 hours, from Bali to KL she slept every now and then. Guess she was excited, it was her first anyway.

I would really really suggest you to book hot seats if you are travelling with AirAsia. But, please don't choose seat number 1A, 1B and 1C, it's an emergency exit, not allowed if you have infants.

Khaira is born a traveller I guess, like Ibu and Abi. She's so easy to handle, Alhamdulillah. So, we didn't need lots of toys to distract her in the plane. She inherited both things I love: 1) Books. 2) Kacau orang. That was the two things that kept her occupied in the plane.

Tune Hotel, Kuta - the review

For the price, I rate this 5/5. The location is superb! It's at the heart of Kuta where you can find almost everything down the street. We are contented discovering the area around the hotel for the whole 3 days, we need driver for just a day.

But, I wouldn't suggest if you bring in children with you. It's a very basic hotel with no tv, no kettle, no fridge. Too small that Baby K didn't seem to be comfortable in it.

Day 1

We arrived in Bali around 2pm. Took an airport taxi that cost us IDR 80k. That was expensive though, you could get half the price. But not in the mood to bargain since the first taxi offered us IDR 200k.

Check in time at 2pm. Then had our lunch at KFC. (FYI, most fast food in Bali and Padang food are halal. Bubba Gump serves pork.) KFC Indonesia serves their chicken with only rice. I like KFC Malaysia best, but this one is better than KFC Singapore.

Then we went to Kuta Art Market to buy some souvenirs. (10 mins walk from hotel).

What we bought..

Had dinner at 3 Nyonya restaurant near hotel. It said there 100% halal and no MSG. It was delicious esp the Nasi Campur Bali.

Day 2

Book a driver suggested by our taxi driver on day 1, cost us IDR300k nett in a 2 months old new Avanza. What I had in mind was to Nusa Dua and Tanah Lot.

Our driver, Wayan first brought us to Nusa Dua, by the beach..

Then, we had a breakfast at one of the Padang restaurant, it was so not good. The food in Bali was quite costly as we had to choose proper restaurants after being warned by our doctor. (We met our doctor beforehand and asked her to prescribe some medications for both Baby K and us.)

After that, our driver took us to another part of Nusa Dua where we took a glass bottom boat for a ride to Turtle Island. It cost us USD 25 per person. The boat ride was bumpy; which was fine by me. I super love boats!! But it was not fine by me since they did not provide any safety jacket, esp when I had a baby with me.

Must try the calamari there. The marination is superb!! Anyway, here you must pay IDR 5k per person as donation for the animals, tips to the boatman and the tourguide.

Then, the driver bought us to Garuda Wisnu Kencana (GWK). Cost us IDR 6k per person. Nothing much there. Some boring dance, some statue, beautiful view though.

Since Tanah Lot was quite a distance from GWK, we went to Uluwatu instead. The entrance was IDR 2k per person, you need to wear the sarong first. The view was breath taking, I love the view so much. Would have stayed longer if not because of the monkeys.

Afterwards, to Krisna. Souvenirs here were super cheap!!

What we bought in Krisna..

We ended our day with a romantic dinner by the beach at Jimbaran. Super romantic, nice view, nice weather with live band!

Khaira and Abi on a date
Day 3

It's a day we pamper ourselves, yay! Went to Sole spa (walking distance from hotel)! Took turn with Love. I had Balinese body massage IDR 90k for an hour and reflexology IDR 35k for half an hour. Love had head shoulder and neck massage for IDR 60k an hour and half an hour reflexology. Verdict --> The best massage for both of us and we love massages a lot!!


Love discovered a shop called MBM outlet where I bought my Zara shirt for IDR99k (about RM30++) and Love's Fred Perry shirt with the same price.

Had lunch at Pizza Hut, I like the Pizza Hut there a lot! Much better than Pizza Hut in Malaysia!
Abi candid this pic
Then to Discovery Mall, nothing much there. Books are cheap.

To Kuta Beach afterwards, where people were there to watch the sunset.

Had dinner from Burger King, I like Malaysian Whopper better.

On the way home, I had these custom made from Aussie's coin.. Bangle for Nurul Asyikin, pendant for Khaira Asyikin. Both for IDR 200k.

Day 4

Had a brunch at Coffee Bean and last visit in Kuta street. Bought a painting for Homer.

Then, headed to airport that cost us IDR 45k using Tune taxi. Luckily we still had enough cash as the airport tax cost us IDR 150k per person. Khaira was not being charged though.

Alhamdulillah, we arrived safely in Malaysia where Khaira been missed by everyone back at home. All praise be to Allah, our journey was a smooth one. Alhamdulillah, syukur sangat.

Bali is a religious country. I'm inspired to be a better Muslim from my trip here, insya Allah.

Fun facts about Bali

♥ Every hindu house in Bali has a beautiful temple or pura outside.
♥ The buildings there must not be higher than a coconut tree aka 5 storeys.
♥ No highway or flyover there as it opposes from their adat.

Bye Bali, next year Goldcoast, insya Allah!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

hi sis....where u get the pendant done???