Thursday, January 30, 2014

Bali, Indonesia Trip - January 2014 - Day 1

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First out of the country trip with my high school friends... fun, fun trip :)

Day 1

Since the flight is at 4am, we (me and my friends) arrived early at Denpansar airport. The hotel shuttle was already waiting for us outside the airport. The hotel is just around 20-30 mins away from the airport so we arrived early at the hotel. Because the check-in time is at 2pm and we arrived at the hotel around 9am, we rode the hotel shuttle that was going to Discovery mall first to eat lunch and check out the beach at Kuta. On the way to the mall we saw a money changer store that has a high exchange rate. We asked the driver to wait for us while we exchange money. There were 5 of us who wanted to have our USD exchanged to IDR. 2 of my friends went first but when it was our turn those 2 friends went back to the counter to tell the man that the money was not enough. They were lacking around 150000-250000 Rupiah. When it was our turn already, I asked my friend to count the money twice to make sure that we get the right amount. Suddenly, the man in the counter told us that he doesn't have enough money to give us and asked us to return the rupiah and get our usd back. That was when we realized that it was a scam! It was not a legit money changer and the man wanted to scam us! Good thing that all of us counted the money in front of him to let him know that he did not give the right mount.

Anyway, after that we headed straight to the mall. We roamed around a bit then walked going to Kuta beach. We had lunch at Head Quarters. The food was ok, I was able to eat it even though I am not really into Indonesian cuisine. After lunch, we booked our activity for our 3rd day which was a ride in yacht and a trip to a beach/resort. Since it was already 1pm, we wanted to go back to the hotel to finish our check-in and freshen up before heading out again. This was the time that we realized that a lot of the taxi drivers in Bali are scammers! My friend S hailed 2 taxi cabs, both of them wanted to charge us 100,000 IDR for a quick 5 minute trip to our hotel! My friend already had an idea about the cab fares so she did not give in to the scam. The 3rd taxi that she hailed agreed to use the meter, so we all rode that cab. Then all of a sudden, the other taxi driver came knocking on my friend's window. When my friend opened the door, the taxi driver got angry at her saying stuff like "Why you inquire with me then not ride with me?! You bad in Bali! You bad people not good for Bali! F*ck You!". We were shocked with what happened but then we just laughed it off on the way to the hotel. What a way to welcome us tourists in Bali, right?

Photo grabbed from S's instagram

When we got back to the hotel, we freshened up and rested a bit. My friend S and I then went to Kuta Square to shop for some Billabong and Quiksilver items. Then we rode a cab to go to Beachwalk (a new and hip mall across Kuta beach) to shop at Pull & Bear. We wanted to wait for the sunset at Kuta beach before going back to the hotel so while waiting, we had some pizza and margarita at Sardinia restaurant. We did not like the food and drinks but because we were super hungry, we were able to finish it hahaha! We took some sunset pictures at Kuta beach before going back to the hotel.

We had dinner at Naughty Nuri's Warung in Batubelig then some drinks at Eikon at Legian road/street before calling it a day.

From S's instagram

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