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Day 06: Shopping Day 

For those who are still waiting for the rest of my story of Bali, day 06 is a shopping day. The best shopping place if you came to Bali is in Krisna, especially Krisna Sunset Road Kuta, the biggest and complete shopping place for Balinese souvenirs. Some friends said that Sukowati market offers cheaper place and various items. However, based on my opinion, the cheapest place to shop is in Tanah Lot. But you have to bargain in order to get good price. But if you are a bit lazy to do that, Krisna is the place you should go. Trust me. 

Krisna at Sunset Road

Apart from shopping, we went also to Denpasar to visit an old place where I live before. We passed by Bajra Sandhi monument and stopped by. 

Bajra Sandhi

The next day my family and I were getting ready to go back to our city. We visited the Discovery shopping mall which offered a beautiful scenery of Kuta shoreline. 

Discover the view of Kuta Beach

Our holiday was fantastic, full of fun and enjoying nature things. I am grateful for being able to read another page in another chapter of this world.  

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Posted by on August 4, 2016 in TRAVEL

 

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Day 05: Ubud, Tampak Siring, Kintamani

Continuing previous story, our fifth day in Bali are spent in Ubud, Pure Tirta Empul, and Lake of Mount Baturin Kintamani.  

Ubud is famous for its paddy terrace, monkey forest, and also art and crafts. We visited Pure Ubud and the famous place from Eat, Pray, Love movie, the Central Market Ubud. There are many local stuffs we can buy for souvenirs.

Ubud Central Market

Pura Tirta Empul is located in Tampak Siring. It is famous with water temples as a place for cleaning Balinese people from sins and evils. Many international tourists also follows this traditional thing.

Tampak Siring Palace

On the other hand, the Lake of Mount Batur is in a higher place. It is a cold place, with heavy wind, but the scenery is beautiful. You can see Mount BBaturin a great distance. Here also there is Trunyan village if you cross the lake. Too bad that the people in Trunyan is not as friendly as other people within Bali area. But you can see many are still practising the traditional ceremony. 

Lake Batur

 
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Posted by on July 30, 2016 in TRAVEL

 

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Day 04: Legian Beach and Streets, Kuta Square, and Waroeng Tanpoh

Day 04 is a walking day tour. We decided to just walking around the Legian shopping street, after peeping at Legian Beach. Legian Beach is next to Kuta Beach, within the same shorelines goes to North. During morning till noon hours there were few people only, since it will be hot sunny beach. 

Legian Beach

Legian Street is a shopping street area for fashion boutique, hotels, barclub, and massage places. It is where the Bali bomb memorial monument also located. Seeing the name of victims’list, you can imagine how the bomb devastated lives of many people. 

Bali bomb memorial

Kuta Square is a  famous place for shopping also, and the stores have many unique design. I found 1 store which has many windows for its facade.

Windows facade

The good thing for walking tour is that you are able to locate your position on the map exactly and find shortcuts. This helped us to find a nice place for our dinner, Waroeng tanpoh. It has a nice ambience, full of old stuff, and not expensive. Not many people knew this place since its location is in a narrow street.

Waroeng Tanpoh

 
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Posted by on July 15, 2016 in TRAVEL

 

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Day 03 Bali: Taman Ayun, Ulun Danu Bratan, Tanah Lot

Day 03 spent in most famous scenic view in Bali. Pure Taman Ayun is a compound of Balinese temples and garden, with water features in surrounding. It is located in Mengwi village, Badung.

Taman Ayun

Similar to this, pure in Bedugul also located in the middle of Lake, a water temple, named Pure Ulun Danu Bratan. The weather was cool, since its location near to Mountains in Bedugul.

Ulun Danu Bratan

The 3rd place for  our visit was Tanah Lot. This time the temple stands on a rock, like floating on the sea. The waves had a big sound, telling that nature has its own power.

Tanah Lot

 
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Posted by on July 14, 2016 in TRAVEL

 

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Day 2 Bali: GWK, Melasti Beach, Pandawa Beach, Jimbaran

Day 02 in Bali is almost full of beach exploring also culinary. First place to be visited was GWK (Garuda Wisnu Kencana). The ticket entrance to this place was quite expensive, IDR 70,000 per adult. However, this is quite word with how vast is the area, plus we got free entrance to Barong attraction and Garuda Cinema, the story behind Garuda and Wisnu.

From GWK, we continue to Melasti Beach and dropped by for lunch with Nasi campur Bali. Melasti beach is a secret beach, hidden between rocks and winding road. It is still a new beach and not so many people goes there.

Nasi campur Bali

While, another beach close by – Pandawa beach, is full crowd of people. Some were swimming, canoeing, walking by the white sand beach. I swim at the sea to release all problems I had in mind.

For the dinner, our family had it in Jimbaran, which is famous for its seafood, grilled fish, and magnificent night view of Jimbaran Beach with Bali airport in a distance.

Jimbaran Fine Dining

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Posted by on July 13, 2016 in TRAVEL

 

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This is my holiday

Finally, after a longgg tough work at campus etc, I successfully arranged a short breakaway within last minute. I usually arrange for a trip like one year or months before.

This year, my family goes to BALI, a paradise island of Indonesia. We did not put much itinerary since we thought that we would spend times enjoying nature, beaches and sceneries. 

The plane ticket is quite cheap for close to holiday peak season. This time, we plan for 7 days roaming around in Bali. 

DAY 01 – Kuta beachwalk and Kuta Beach.

Kuta beachwalk is nice shopping centre, combining park and mall in the design concept. One can relax at indoor, outdoor, or even semioutdoor area seeing greeneries and flowers. It is located right in front of Kuta Beach, so visitors can also watch Kuta Beach from higher level. 

After visiting the Beachwalk of course we are tempted to visit Kuta Beach directly. The best time to visit is 3pm onwards where the sun is not too hot. Kuta Beach is famous for surfers, for it has big waves and long shorelines. Also, we wanted to watch the sun set here, but the weather did not support. There were clouds hiding the sun, but still it was lovely to walk on the beach 🙂

Thank God for giving us another opportunity to explore the wonder of nature ~ God’s creation.

 
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Posted by on July 12, 2016 in TRAVEL

 

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Keep calm and enjoy study in Bali – Day 01

Finally, this year, my students had another excursion. This time we went to Bali, island of paradise in Indonesia. The study tour or the excursion was held from 4-8 May, but the real tour only took 3 days. The rest was the time needed for transportation using bus.

The first place we visit is Panglipuran Village. It is a preserved village for tourism. The village is maintained for its local houses, daily activities, spiritual ceremony, etc. It has been developed as tourism place since 2012. You can feel the spirit of the place, just by looking the surrounding, the smell of offerings, and the silence.

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Panglipuran Village

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Traditional bali house

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Architectural students Uwika in Panglipuran

On day 01, the study also visited Taman Nusa. It is a place to see all models of traditional houses of Indonesia. Indonesia which comprises of more than 17,000 islands has 34 provinces. Each province has its own traditional houses.

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Inside Taman Nusa, we can also see beautiful view of rice fields and terraces. Also, there are historical story of Indonesia. What we found which seemed to be funny was the replica of Borobudur. The real Borobudur is in Yogyakarta. Of course, the size was smaller, and the feeling to see it was different.

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Rice field terraces

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Borobudur model

Here are some of the traditional houses available:
1. Honai, traditonal house of Papua

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2. Dalam Loka Sumawa, traditional house of Sasak, Nusa Tenggara Barat.

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3. Traditional house of Sulawesi Tengah

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And many more..

Overall, me and my students gained new knowledge about genius loci. It is our local culture who brought the spirit and richness of a place. The culture and tradition which are out of our concerns, need to be preserved. Local materials and characters will build local genius and give values to what we have in our built environment.

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Wayang golek inside museum in Taman Nusa

 
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Posted by on May 14, 2015 in Campus Life, TRAVEL

 

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