December 21, 2014

THE BEST 4 DAYS IN BALI: DAY 1 - EAT


I've been putting off writing this travel entry because I'm afraid I won't do our barkada Bali trip much justice. Was really hesitant to travel to Bali at first because of all the horror stories I've heard - getting harassed in the airport, being framed for drugs, getting served fake alcohol, etc, but let me just say - I loved Bali! I've had the best 4 days in Bali.♥︎ It was Mar, Ish and I's first time there and I think that fact made it extra special for us three. I had such a wonderful vacation with these two girls and had tons of fun exploring the island and embarking on cool activities (I'm serious!) together. The last time we travelled abroad was with Cielo when we flew to Singapore back in 2012. So yes, this trip was long over due and I'm really looking forward to the next one! 

Let me do my best to share our Bali experience with you (best trip everrrrr!!!) and maybe you can find itinerary suggestions for a 4 day trip to Bali. :)

Day 1:

After checking in and settling in (unpacking, napping, etc haha) our hotel, we decided to walk to Kuta Beach. We considered surfing but thought otherwise when we saw the waves. Below is the only picture I have of Kuta, and it's from my friend Ish. :)


We then flagged a cab to Seminyak wherein we checked out the famous Potato Head Beach Club.


This quirky signboard greeted us upon arriving. Good to know ;) 


It reminded me of Singapore's very own Tanjong Beach Club, but guys, we went on a Thursday afternoon. I doubt TBC is as packed on weekdays. 


Unlike TBC though, Potato Head has a legit stretch of beach with no ships and vessels within sight.


But for Indonesia standards, Potato Head is quite pricey. Think upper-middle range Singapore prices, but hey, you're on holiday, so why not?!


We ordered this sampler called Welcome to PH. It was served with veggie crudités, gazpacho, pork rillettes, garlic bread, fish and chips, and wagyu sliders. YUM!


We considered staying longer to catch the sunset but on our way to Potato Head, we passed by a lot of eye-catching (and tummy exciting) restos so we figured we'd turn Day 1 into our Seminyak Day. Yay!


See you again soon, Potato Head!

Potato Head Beach Club is located at Jln. Petitenget, Seminyak, Bali 80361 Indonesia

We then took a cab to our next stop: 

Café Bali which is located at Jalan Oberoi Laksmana, Seminyak, Bali, Indonesia

From a hip and trendy beach club, we were charmed by Café Bali's quaint and cozy interiors.


It's so shabby chic, no?


They even had bowls of tropical flora for decor and aroma.


Mar and Ish both ordered pad thai


I had a hard time deciding coz I wasn't really that hungry but good thing I zoned in to this pesto or else I would've missed out on probably the best pesto dish I've had in my whole life.


Cheers to fresh fruit smoothies and to friendship!


Our next stop for the evening has got to be my favorite:

The Bistrot is located at Jl. Kayu Aya No. 117, Seminyak, Kuta, Bali 80361, Indonesia

How to not love a place with such gorgeous interiors?! Cozy, industrial, vintage, and warm - you don't get that combo much.





We opted to stay upstairs so we can fully take in the interiors of the place.






We were still stuffed from the first 2 stops so we didn't get to try their mains. Another reason to come back ;) Did try the Lemon Meringue Tart though which was quite good.


And we had some good convo with our reasonably priced bottle of white. Cheers to Bali!


This beautiful restaurant is tucked within this floor-ceiling windowed warehouse. I will definitely be back!!!


We were a bit tired (our flight left Manila at 4am) but the wine we had pushed us to go to one more stop: Sky Garden.


Not much photos but you can google it and see its interiors. We stayed for a bit to check out the nightlife but left soon thereafter. Oh here's a tip, watch out for people giving out flyers outside the door. If you present it upon entering, you can get in for free with free drinks to boot. Not bad at all! ;)

Sky Garden at  Jalan Legian no 61, Kuta, Bali 80361, Indonesia

From there, we walked back to our hotel in Kuta. It was fairly safe as the roads were well lit and we made sure we were going through the main roads. Not far from Sky Garden though were people in the sidewalk muttering "mushrooms, mushrooms" but we just ignored them and carried on. That was our only semi-run in on my Bali fears. Thank God!

And that wraps up our first day in Bali which I fondly call Eat day.

xx

DATE NIGHT AT AL FORNO


Al Forno is one of the more recommended Italian eateries in Singapore by Google and my Facebook friends. It's also quite nearby (East coast, baby!) meaning it's accessible but at the same time it's something you can put off going to coz it's just there anyway. Finally tried it and although the Panzarotti Classici (pasta stuffed with ricotta cheese and mushroom in cheese and tomato sauce) and Pizza Tutto Funghi (assorted mushrooms) were okay, it was the Burrata and Pomodoro that we fell in love with. Burrata is italian cheese made from mozzarella and cream making it super creamy version of mozzarella - yum! We had a 300 gram slab with rocket and tomatoes which goes with it so perfectly. We finished off the meal with coffee (so Italian, no?) and desserts of profiterole and lemon sorbet. 

Buon appetito indeed!

Al Forno is located at 400 East Coast Road, Singapore 428996

xx
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