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Friday, 10 March 2017

Finding Relaxation at Lovina Bali

Sometimes the most productive thing you can do is relax, unwind, refresh and revive. Lovina was meant to be a relaxing destination at Bali, Indonesia, where one can enjoy a laid back and relaxed life experience.

Unlike other popular destination in Bali, Lovina offers its own beauty. Lovina Bali is nestled on the beach between the Bedugul mountain range and the Bali sea. Stretches over five miles in length with lovely back sand beaches and consisting of a string of coastal villages of Kalibukbuk, Kaliasem, Tukad Mungga and Anturan; collectively known as Lovina. The heart of Lovina is the village of Kalibukbuk. Lovina Bali is one of Indonesia island hidden gem surrounded by beautiful ocean, coral reefs, mountain and various interesting and balinese attractions.

The Climate. Lovina enjoys quite average temperatures throughout the year. the Months June to September have much cooler temperatures. On average the warmest Month falls in January and coolest Month falls in July.

Getting here from the airport. From the capital city of Bali, Denpasar, you can get to Lovina through Bedugul over the mountainous central part of the island, which takes  about 2 hours. Alternatively, you can follow the Gilimanuk route of West Bali which will take about 4 hours’ drive. Sometimes your booked hotel may be able to send a driver to pick you up.

Getting around. Renting a bicycle will be another choice if you are not a walker. Visiting the surroundings of Lovina, easiest by renting a motorbike. Also having frequent island bus from several tour agents in town.

What to do? Lovina is famous for its black sand beaches and calm seas. Lovina beach is also a playground of bottle-nosed dolphins. Normally appearing early in the morning, while the sun rises. You are able to see them from the beaches and having plentiful of boat rides to get you close. Watching these beautiful dolphins as they feed in the morning. Having incredible clear water and underwater life to plunge in for those who enjoy diving and snorkelingLovina Bali is home to beautiful preserved coral reefs in Bali. Trekking to waterfalls, hot springs and mountains. Watching local fishermen going about their daily life. As sunset reddens the sky, witness as the light of fishing boats appears as bright dots across the horizon.

Things to take note. Going to the correct beaches and villages is important. Few local beaches and villages could be dirty due to tourist, with trash on the sand and in the water. Always promote care for dolphins and do not leave trash behind.

How long should you stay? Depended on how much you want to unwind and relax. For me, having a slow and peaceful stay in Lovina Bali close to a week will be idle.

Saturday, 4 March 2017

Welcome to Ubud, Bali

Experiencing the unforgettable wonders of Indonesia. Beautiful untouched tropical forest and wildlife sanctuaries. Witness the monstrous Komodo Dragons and their natural habitats. Natural and beautiful beaches, vivid blue seas and popular diving locations. Busy beaches filled with activities, surfings and nightlife. Its deep traditions and culture and fascinating lifestyle. Magnificent islands all around and comprises of over 17,000 islands waiting to be explored. The Indonesian archipelago spreads over 5200km between the continents of Asia and Australia and between the pacific and the Indian Ocean. 

Ubud bali. Ubud is culture, Bali's cultural hub. One of the seductive town set amid terraced rice paddies, steep ravines and dense forest. Known for its peaceful and quiet laid back cosmopolitan community in central Bali compared to many other tourist locations in Bali which are favourite for family holidays, bustling with crowds, activities and nightlife. Located quite a distance from the popular beach activities and parties of Kuta.

Having the best art museums and commercial galleries on the island and is also a recognised centre for spiritual tourism. Also known for its talented classical dancers, musicians and prolific painters and craftspeople. Making Ubud known as an arts and crafts hub. It is also home to good restaurants and organic cafes. Having dining restaurants providing delicious Indonesian cuisines and spas that will delight and relax your senses. 

The Climate. Ubud enjoys much cooler temperatures than other popular Bali coast locations. Due to its elevation at 200m above sea level. Having average climate of daily highs 31 degree celsius and nightly lows of 21 degree celsius. 

Getting here from the airport. There are public buses, taxis, shuttle bus services or rental cars. Going around is easy. Ubud Bali is a small laid back community. You could explore the towns on foot or hire a bicycle, motorbike or car. Also known to have Uber/Grab.

What to do? Visiting the Neka Art Museum, the creations of Suteja Neka, a private collector and dealer in Balinese art. The Ubud Monkey Forest, a sacred monkey forest sanctuary, temple complex with many monkeys. The Goa Gajah, cave famed for its ancient carvings. Blanco Renaissance Museum, a creation of Spanish artist Antonio Blanco. Agung Rai Museum of Art, founded by balinese artist Agung Rai as a museum, gallery and cultural centre. Bamboo Forest Cycling Tour, cycling through the bamboo forest, coffee plantations and visit traditional villages.

How long should you stay? Recommended at least a week to settle in the peaceful and quiet environment. Taking your time to explore the Ubud Bali.

Monday, 16 January 2017

Taste Kitchen @ Mercato Mall

Mercato Mall

Just before the new year we went to one of my favourite mall, the Mercato Mall. Looking for somethings to do. So we decided for the usual activities. Shopping. Movie. Dinner.

Taste Kitchen

We have seen this restaurant numerous times. Very interesting interior. Cosy environment. Not sure how's the food like. Wasn't really high rating on the web. Guess it's time now. Time to give Taste Kitchen a try. 

My Wife
The Husband

We had the Salmon Pasta and Wagyu Cheese Burger. Very tasty and balanced. Our drink the Mint and Cucumber, was well done. Very refreshing. Enjoyed the simple complementary appetiser with vege sticks and nice sauces. Well worth our money and time. Love this place.

Wagyu Cheese Burger (AED60)
Smoked Salmon Paste (AED58)

Booo to online reviews. This place deserve better. Portion may be slightly small but it was really well balanced actually.

Location : Taste Kitchen, Mercato Mall, Ground,
           Jumeirah 1, Dubai

Time     : 10am - 10pm (Weekend 12Midnight)
Cuisine  : European

Rating   : 4.0/5.0
Critics  : Plating was quite off. Pasta on a small bowl, looks like a dog bowl. Does not help anything. Burger on a small cutting board.  Looks good but created a whole mess around the table.

Will i be back? Already wanted.

Monday, 9 January 2017

Wishing you a Happy New Year #Burjkhalifafireworks

Brunch at Cheesecake Factory JBR

New Year Eve have always been an exceptional day for me. Not only a new beginning. Starting fresh on new year. A chance to get together with family and friends. NYE also marks my anniversary with my wife, getting together, knowing how lucky i am. What a day.

We started our day with brunch at Cheesecake Factory, Jumeirah Beach Residence. Nice weather. One of the best restaurant. Lovely place to chill. There are also other good restaurants like Eggspectation and Tike here. Definitely worth the try.

This year, we will be watching the Burj Khalifa fireworks again. Round two. Previously we had watched the Palm Jumeirah and Atlantis the Palm fireworks. Recommended.

Arrived at Business Bay Skate Park
Walking towards the Burj Khalifa
Our New Fireworks Spot! Front view of the World Tallest Structure.
And Here it Begun.
From down to top
And with a twist
Happy New Year!!!
We Wish You a Happy New Year!

Despite the wonderful experience celebrating the new year with good mates. Having a amazing brunch experience down at JBR. Chilling at the Business Skatepark. Walking together towards the Burj. Spending time together, having snacks, playing games while waiting for the fireworks. This year fireworks was quite a disappointment. The fireworks started earlier, as in slightly before midnight. Where is the fun where people started counting from 10sec? Further, the fireworks was definitely much nicer when watch from far. Waste of effort going near ha-ha. Happy New Year Peeps!

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