Fly fly fly~
We booked the AirAsia tickets one year ago in 2013, and got them at a superb discount of SGD 70 including taxes for both ways! (YAY!!) It was supposed to be 6 ladies trip but two dropped out (but its only $70 la!). Oh I didn’t know that Airasia has a new (to me) tactics on the seats allocation thingy. We requested to sit together at the check in counter and the lady told us we had to top up $3 each inorder to select the seats. We declined as usually the budget airline will allocate us together even if we did not pre-select the seats. This time round, she allocated weird seats to us, eg 20C / 23E / 21 F / 25A. We thought maybe the flight would be very full, that’s why they split us up. And guess what, the flight is barely half filled!!
Arrived about 3.30 pm and took a taxi (95,000 rupiah) to the villa. Anyways since the ticket was so cheap, we splurged on accommodation instead.
Guessed it was the off-peak season in Bali, so we managed to get the two-bedroom villa at a steal of SGD 245 / night.
We couldn’t decide to sleep upstairs or below, so we drew lots. I slept on the first floor with Rayna and she has a weird (but good) habit of packing her stuff before she sleeps. For me, I will just bathed and head to the flurry bed to be knocked out!!!
I did bring my bath salt to soak in the bath tub but the surfing made me not want to be immersed in water for a long period of time. And I was also way too tired to climb upstairs to shower / watch TV / make use of the living room. I just wanted to sleep and sleep and sleep!!
Zooming in on the first level:
Sorry for the bad quality image. I super loved this vanity area and a semi walk-in wardrobe. I need a proper vanity table at home!!!
The pool was smaller than I had expected, but nonetheless was thrill to have our own pool 🙂 The staff bothered to scoop out the dead plant debris (every other day) and the pool was rather well maintained. Not much chlorine smell, I hope that sun UV rays killed all the bacteria. On the last day of the stay, I did notice that the pool had a bit of stagnant water smell despite the water filter running 24 / 7 in the pool.
Did a quick wash up and head out for dinner.
The villa staff recommended Made’s (pronounced as “Ma” – “they”) Warung when we told them we want to eat some good local cuisine around the area. We took a cab there and there was a minimum charge of 30,000 rupiah if it was called and booked over the phone.
Heard from Yun Kay that the Blue Bird taxi is the prestigious taxi in Bali, in the sense that they will go strictly by meter and will not cheat your money by quoting higher price before the ride. Now let’s remember this taxi name in hokkien….
In my opinion: I felt that the food was pretty ordinary, they didn’t taste bad, pretty decent but not up to its hype. Albeit like food court standard and considered super expensive in Balinese standard. A plate of fried rice here for 55,000 rupiah, when they can easily get the same for 8,000 – 10,000 rupiah. Total bill came up to about SGD 60. I would not recommend this place. Spoke to a senior couple who had visited Bali 5 times over the past decade, they said that Made’s Warung was a much better place ten years ago. Now it is just living on its past glory… Quite sad isn’t it.
Br. Seminyak, Kuta, Bali, Indonesia
Tel: + 62 361 732130
Then we went to do some shopping along the shop houses and the super market. I found SGD 1.30 Magnum ice cream vs $3.90 in Singapore!! Cheap thrill~ Somehow we managed to walk back to the villa from the super market along the dark alleys and abandoned huts…. Not doing it again!!!
Couldn’t resist the pool when we were back *splash splash!!