It’s our last full day in Bali and we wanted to get the most of it. The night before, we contacted a travel agency and hired a driver who’s going to drive us around Bali from 9am to 5pm the next day. Always remember to negotiate and ask for a discount. It never hurts to do so.
We woke up early and decided we’re just gonna chillout on this day. My body was literally aching from all failed wakeboarding attempts we had the previous day. Seriously, I cannot even bring myself to put a shirt on! Before our driver picked us up, we already planned out what we’re gonna do. We pulled out the Bali map and pinpointed the places we wanted to go to. Basically, we created our own little roadtrip. So when our driver arrived, we explained to him the route we want to take and if it’s feasible for us to return back into our hotel at 5pm because we have a scheduled pickup to go to a spa at around 7pm.
We really didn’t know how long the drive would be from one place to another but I just know for a fact that I wanna go to Thana Lot. I’ve seen it in pictures and it was majestic, so whatever happens, I will not leave Bali unless I am able to get a pic of myself with Thana Lot in the background. We visited some batik factory first, which I thought was just boring, so instead of staying there, we didn’t waste another minute and drove to our next destination. Our driver suggested we go to Mount Batur, an active volcano, which was about 2 or 3 hrs from Kuta. We thought, what the heck, let’s go, as long as we hit Thana Lot at around 3 or 4pm, I’m fine with it. So we drove for a few more hours, and I even managed to sleep inside the van, with the latest Indonesian pop music playing in the background. We arrived at the Mount Batur area, actually it was just a road across the volcano, not the volcano itself. The driver dropped us off at the Sari Restaurant, it was around 11am, and we decided to have lunch there. When we went inside the restaurant, our eyes literally opened wide with the amaaaazing view in front of us. We didn’t expect it to be like that. Right there, in front of us, was an open view of Mount Batur, it was so close, I felt like I can almost grab it. I wanted to sit and eat in front of Mount Batur that we waited for some diners to finish their lunch and get up and we took their seats even before the waitress was able to clean up their leftovers.
Once we were seated, I felt like I was in heaven. Haha! The view was just amazingly stunning I did not want it to end. Definitely one of the best eating experiences I’ve had in my life. I didn’t care how the food tasted, I was just loving the view from where I sat. The food actually was really good, but I was transfixed all the time to the volcano in front of me. It was also a little scary since the restaurant was situated on top of the other side of the mountain and I can feel little tremors from time to time because it was soooo windy from where we were.
After we had our share of snapshots and pictures, and after we finished eating, we drove for another hour or so to the Thirta Empul Temple, or Pura Tirtha Empul in Indonesian, a Hindu temple situated in the heart of Bali. Audrey and Naina had to pickup and wear the sarongs at the entrance of the gate, while me, they just told me to go inside. I was wearing these crazy pair of shorts that I got from Thailand, that could also pass itself out as a man-skirt or something. This was by the way, my most favorite travelwear ever. You can see from all my travel pics that I am always wearing this most of the time. And it saves me the burden of being banned from the temples or being forced to put a sarong over, which was really cool.
Once we entered the temple, I had goosebumps. They were playing some Hindu music, I guess, which gave me a really strange but good feeling. At that point, I really felt a different sense of culture and religion and I was very thankful I was able to experience that. When we entered into the Purifying Pool area, I was really amazed by the rituals and ceremonies that every person inside the pool was doing. They were basically inside this pool, and showering themselves with the water coming out of the cemented pipes on top, with fishes inside the pool as well. For me, it looked really strange but eye-opening. It’s nice to see how other people celebrate and practice their religion, no matter how different it would be from how we practice and celebrate ours.
It was around 3:30pm already and our last destination was Thana Lot. This was definitely one of the highlights of our trip. I really, really recommend everyone visiting Bali to go here. The place was just simply beautiful. I will probably run out of words describing it, but I literally felt I was in heaven (again!). The waves blasting to the rocks where we stood and the cold winds blowing around us, I didn’t want to go home. We were going everywhere trying to capture the amazing views from our cameras. We went up and down the rocks, to the edge of the cliff, we even saw some surfers there. The waves were really, really strong here. After we had enough shots of ourselves, we then went back to our van for another long drive back to our hotel in Kuta. Once we arrived, we went ahead and took a quick shower and waited for the van from the spa to pick us up since we seriously needed a traditional Balinese massage to end our wonderful Bali adventure.
We left 3am for our AirAsia flight back to Singapore where we spent one more night to enjoy Universal Studios before we left for Manila the next day.Follow @iamthegarysia