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Thoughts About Being 27

I actually planned to skip writing about my 27th birthday, but then I realized that I have been doing it for so many years, I thought it would be a pity to miss this year's. So well, here it goes.

Like what I have said for some years, I have always told myself to chill more about my own birthday and this year I think I did it pretty well. Maybe a little too well LOL. It was a Saturday and I still had to teach a morning tutoring and everything went normal, except that I went to have breakfast with my boyfriend (err yes, I now have one LOL) and his mom too.

Chasing That One Last Sunset - 2018 Bali Photo Diary Pt. IV

Guess who is finally in the right mind to finish all her one and only travel series this year? Yeah it's yours truly, now back to this dusty blog *cleaning spider webs*. I'll probably make another post regarding what I was up to while I was missing from the blogosphere (maybe not too LOL, I can't promise) but let's just focus on this travel post for now.

Our journey started pretty late that day since the other two kiddos I was with decided to sleep a little longer (PS. I don't remember any of these, I peeked at my daily journal LOL). Since it was about time for lunch already, we headed to a famous warung babi guling. It was a bad one though, lucky I didn't remember the name so I can't put it into shame here. So after the not-so-good lunch, we made our way to Toiro-Wagashi.

Toiro was a cafe that served Japanese confectionery. I remembered that every single menu they had there served their own concept and meaning behind the names and the designs. Overall it was quite a pleasant visit and I think I would love to visit there again if I had a chance.

Our food destination didn't stop there. We decided to do some walking and after 3 minutes or so, we stopped at another pastry shop called Poule De Luxe that was famous for cream puffs and macarons (we didn't order any of it LOL). Let's just say we went there for the air conditioner. The ambiance was pretty good, though.

Now last, but surely not least, highlight of this day: sunset at Kuta. Yeah, finally after all the days in Bali, here comes the time where we actually spent time at the beach, waiting for the sunset to come and having some good time there. Luckily the weather, the sky, every thing didn't disappoint us, not even a bit.

We ended the day by having a Korean BBQ dinner (which was the best, btw) and then headed to Beachwalk to watch The Greatest Showman. The next day, we were busy spending time at the airport, heading back home.

Though I may seem like I lack of excitement on finishing this post, please understand that it is because I barely can remember the details of the day. But one thing that I know for sure, I had fun, in fact, so much of it. So now let me thank two of my traveling buddies that have accompanied me through the trip, thank you for the good memories and hopefully there will be more to come in the future. Until next time, fellas!

Check out the other parts of my 2018 Bali travel series here:
- Part I: The New Place
- Part II: Pura Hopping Days
- Part III: The Lucky Finding

The Lucky Finding - 2018 Bali Photo Diary Pt. III

When I said I wanted to take a brief break from the traveling posts, I certainly did not mean it as a THREE-months++ break, but oh well, that's what happened LOL. Even when I started to draft this post, I had a pretty hard time coming up with the post title, but now that I'm back, I'll try my best.

Tuesday, January 2, 2018. I no longer remember the weather that day but I knew for sure that we had decided to go to a waterfall. We never really woke up early on our days in Bali so by the time we headed out it was about time for a brunch.

We made our first stop at Locavore to Go. I've heard good things about food here from Steph so it shouldn't have gone wrong (unless it's a martabak manis place, then it could actually go wrong LOLOL). Okay, so I ordered Crispy Chicken Burger, Steph with Pulled Pork and Elbert decided to go for a Sloppy Joe.

As a non-burger person, I must admit that these were definitely one of (if not) the finest burgers I've ever had so far. If you like burgers and bread-related food, I think you'll most probably love this place. Do give them a try if you go to Ubud someday!

After the brunch, we began our 3 hours journey to our destination of the day: Air Terjun Sekumpul. But on the way there, we happened to stumble upon a very cool coffee shop with the (legit) best  view! We really couldn't be any happier with the decision to stop by here.

Kintamani Cofee: I really think it's such a place for everyone. For you coffee-maniacs, I heard that the coffee here was pretty nice, and for a non-coffee person like me here, I think I had nothing to lose. If someone asked me to join them for a coffee session in this place, say no more, count me in!

Now for the actual destination of the day. We arrived there pretty late in the afternoon because of the 'coffee break' (we actually spent a little too much time there, but NO RAGRETS tho). From the car parking lot to the waterfall, we needed to do a little hiking so we hired a guide since we couldn't afford the risk of wasting time for being lost).

After around 30 mins hike, we finally reached the waterfall and it definitely was a very exciting first time for me going to a waterfall. Cheers to many more waterfalls to come! #ifmybodycanmakeit #toounfit #neverexercising

Do not mind our sloppy appearances, but it's the memories that count, isn't it? Well, that marked the end of my third out of four (what, another one?) posts that I have for this Bali trip. Let's make a prayer and hope that I'll be able to finish that one last post soon enough, shall we? See ya on the next one!

Check out the other parts of my 2018 Bali travel series here:
- Part I: The New Place
- Part II: Pura Hopping Days

A Weekend to Remember

Let's take a brief break from the traveling posts and talk about something else, shall we? Last weekend so far has been one of the most memorable days of the year beginning, because I got to spend it with people I am really fond of.

Me and the kiddos have been planning to do a gift exchange since the beginning of December but we never had the time to sit and have some proper meal together since all of the members were busy traveling here and there during the holiday season.

BUT last Saturday we finally managed to find a good time (before another one flew again the next day) and I was definitely having the time of my life. These people are the the craziest one to hang out with and there was always something to laugh at (even when there's really nothing to laugh at).

*will be happily third-wheeling these two forever*
The gift exchange went well and every one seemed to be happy with what they got. We spent the rest of the time taking a lot of pictures the waiters probably were sick enough of it. But I remembered I went home with a joyful heart that night and I am thankful for it :)

Another important moment to cherish was le Amah's 81st birthday. She has been in town for several weeks now and I am very much enjoying her company here. We bought her a simple cake and took her for a Thai dinner that I hoped she enjoyed as much (if not more) as I did.

I really think that the first two weeks of this year has been very well spent and hopefully it would be a good way to start the year with a heart that is filled with thankfulness. And I'm also praying that this smile that I have been wearing will make a good friend for me throughout the year, in every circumstance :)

Pura Hopping Days - 2018 Bali Photo Diary Pt. II

When people were busy planning what to do on their new year's eve, we were busy thinking where to explore on the last day of the year. Ubud had been raining cats and dogs, but spending all day just at the hotel also didn't quite sound like a good idea.

I was lucky I didn't have to do the thinking all alone because Steph had done it for me LOL. She had been exploring Bali for quite some days before I arrived and one place she hadn't visited was Pura Gunung Kawi. I had no idea what that place was but I didn't think it would be a bad trip to have.

We made the bet by going there without knowing if it would be raining or not in Gianyar but luckily we won the bet. The weather though was gloomy, we still managed to do the walks there without getting all wet.

What made this temple different from the others was all the shrines were carved inside rock cliffs, instead of built on land. The walk down to the shrines was easy but the way back was (literally) a pain in the calves since they probably had around 200+ stairs that we had to climb. What a great reminder of the aftermath of never exercising.

Before making our way back to Ubud, we did make a brief stop at Pura Tirta Empul, since it was located really close to Pura Gunung Kawi. The name Tirta Empul itself literally means 'holy water spring', so that kinda explain why people decided to do some ritual purification by washing themselves in the spring. But really though, even with so many people washing themselves there, the water still happened to be really really really clear and you really could see through the bottom of the spring itself. We finally took our first 'squad' photo here. Notice our cool t-shirts there? You can have one from @kame.id too! #intanpariwara

After Tirta Empul, we decided to go back to Ubud just to realize we'd been 'pranked' by Google Maps since it should have only took us 30 minutes from Ubud to Gianyar but yet it brought us to a 1 hour+ ride. That's where we learned that Waze came to be more trustworthy while in Bali. By the way, later on we welcomed the new year at a friend's rented villa near our place.

Moving on to the next day (you are not that bored yet reading this, are you?), another temple hopping day! Again, it was raining so heavily in Ubud, so we made our escape to Pura Lempuyang Luhur.

The journey to this temple was a long one. We Steph had to drive around 2 hours to reach the temple but I personally thought it was very fun to do some road trips in Bali since there were always something to see along the way.

What I know (from late minute research) about this temple was it was one of the oldest temple here in Bali, and the view was pretty awesome. If you are lucky, you can see Gunung Agung (yep, that one that got really famous lately) just right behind the shrines. We were somewhere between lucky and unlucky since it was pretty cloudy but the mountain was still visible.

This was actually the first time for me to go to so many temples that I've never been to before in Bali (normally it was always the mainstream tourist spots). So I think I'll have to thank my itinerary planner, Steph, for taking (and of course, driving) us to these places. I had the easier job, I just had to make sure I kept talking during the drive so the driver didn't get sleepy LOL. Until the next adventure, mate!

Check out the other parts of my 2018 Bali travel series here:
- Part I: The New Place