Bali Day 3
Woke up the third day extremely restless, itching to started the day with a bang.
We woke up at 6.30am that morning to have an über early breakfast, so that my boy could reach back to our room in time for a Skype conference call with a client at 8.30 am.
Yeah, that’s what you get when you’re working for yourself.
He’s owns a web design company – you can check him out at http://fixx.sg. He currently has clients from all over including San Francisco, Netherlands and Singapore.
As planned the previous night, we were going to join our friends, Ray and Erica, on a full-day private guided tour around Bali. Costed us a total of 400,000 rupiah (S$54/-), which is only S$13.50 each. Fuel charges included, but you’ll have to pay for any additional entrance fees, depending on where you want to go.
They picked us up from our hotel at 10am and after a 1-hour ride, we finally arrived at our first stop, which was a giganormously beautiful, scenic plantation.
I don’t know how many of you have heard of this very unique type of coffee called Kopi Luwak. For the benefit of those who haven’t, it’s priced at a premium (Singapore sells it at around S$36 per cup). So what makes it so special?
Well, this may sound as revolting as the durian smells to Caucasians, but to put it in the most tasteful way, Kopi Luwak is made using the coffee beans passed out in the faeces of the Civet Cat.
You see, these cats eat nothing but the best coffee beans. In other words, these kitty cats are kinda like extremely skilled coffee connoisseurs who select and give you only the best of the best coffee beans.
Their poop goes through a very meticulous cleaning and drying process before they appear before us as solid coffee beans.
And just like our usual cuppa, Kopi Luwak is made using these superior-quality beans – grounded, pressed and filtered to ooh-la-la perfection.
These are just normal coffee beans. Funny how Kopi Luwak makes normal coffee sound erm… boring. *yawns*
We took a break from the walking to try out various unusual blends of coffees and teas.
It was crazy how this guy (who happens to own the plantation with his family) could tell the coffees and teas apart even though they looked so similar.
They had barley-coffee, coconut-coffee, ginger-coffee, Rosella tea, red rice tea, cocoa, mocha, and a few others – all free for us to try.
Of course, if you want Kopi Luwak, it’ll cost you around 50,000 rupiah (S$7.50/-) for a small teenie-weenie cup.
I was particularly in love with the coconut-coffee. It was so bizarrely exotic, the weirdness in me just had to love it.
Now, this is the star of the show.
Presenting to you Kopi Luwak.
Looks like normal coffee, kinda smells like normal coffee, and perhaps even tastes like normal coffee. But for some psychological reason, every sip was somewhat heavenly. We were told that Kopi Luwak has several health benefits such has its ability to balance blood sugar levels, prevent breast cancer and other cancers, protect your teeth and bones, and lower your risk of depression.
Later on, we were brought to this shop owned by the family behind the plantation. They sold coffee powder, spices, teas, and every other thing grown there.
After our very educational plantation visit, our guide brought us to a popular tourist area called Kintamani.
This is where you can get a panoramic view of the dormant volcanic area of Bali. Also there are a handful of eateries and restaurants that are surprisingly known for buffets. According to our guide, it’s one of the very few places in Bali for buffets.
The spread was very simple, but for just about S$10 per person, it’s pretty affordable.
Afterall, the real value in the price you pay doesn’t lie in the food, but more so the scenery you get from all the way up there.
We spent about 2 hours at the restaurant, just chilling and enjoying the cool air. By the time we left, it was around 3.30pm.
We set off from there and headed to the Holy Springs Temple, which was actually somewhere our friends wanted to go. Both my boyfriend and I weren’t too keen, but we just tagged along.
From what we hear, Holy Springs Temple is another popular tourist area. Locals, as well as tourists, would often go to the temple to make prayers and cleanse themselves.
There are a few rules, however. You’re not allowed to enter if you’re having your monthly period (it’s considered unclean), if you’re wearing shorts (they’ll provide you with a ‘sarong’ to wrap yourself with), or if you’re dressed too revealing in any way.
There’s also a very small market of about 50 stalls, each hawking clothes, hand-crafted necklaces and accessories, artworks, etc.
We left Holy Springs Temple at around 4pm to reach Jimbaran Beach by 5.30pm.
Watching the sunset at Jimbaran is apparently a very popular touristy thing to do in Bali.
As you can see, Jimbaran Beach is also the place to go to for seafood.
Ask any local and they’ll tell you it’s really the ONLY place to go to for seafood.
Breathtaking scenery, isn’t it?
This place was recommended to us by our tour guide.
He said it’s one of the few good ones, but we actually think he gets a commission out of it.
Live crabs for you to choose from.
Dinner was really good. For the food and of course the unforgettable experience, it costed us around 250,000 rupiah each (S$30~). It isn’t all that cheap because as we all know, it’s catered to tourists, but it’s still cheaper than if we were to eat at East Coast beach in Singapore.
It’s undeniably a wonderful place to chill at.
We spent the entire evening just sitting back while enjoying the breeze, live music and the soothing sounds of waves hitting the shore.
We left at 9.30pm for a place called Krisna Oleh Oleh. It’s a place locals go to, which makes the stuff there very locally priced. You’ll see shelves of t-shirts just stacked from the ground all the way up to the ceiling. And I’m so not kidding.
There are lots of Indonesian snacks, coffee, teas, fashion accessories, toys, bags, shoes, handicraft, kitchen ware, etc. It’s a must-go if you haven’t been there. But do note that there are countless “Oleh-Oleh’s” in Bali.
Not all of them offer cheap stuff. Krisna Oleh Oleh is the one our guide recommends. So keep this name in mind.
I have one last Bali post coming your way. The last day of our lovely trip :( Sadly.
Will blog soon!