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Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Our Bali Vacation: They’ve Got Bluer Skies There

Thanks to Jetstar, we were able to fly the whole family over to Bali for free. It was great considering we’ve not been to Bali before and it was Jayne’s 1st flight ever.

The first thing that struck me about Bali when we landed was how cool the place was. I was all prepared for hot & dry weather for all of 4 days, but to my very pleasant surprise, it was only 28 degree celsius when we landed in the afternoon last Thursday! It was windy and sunny, and you can literally smell ‘H-o-l-i-d-a-y-s’ in the air. =P At night, the temperature even dropped to about 25 degree celsius, it was amazingly cool.

The next thing that struck me was how BLUE the skies were. I mean, I do know we earthlings share the same sky, and there was no reason Bali could have bluer skies than Singapore, but it was really so. I could just stand there watching the skies all day long.

Just to prove my point. Blue skies were everywhere we went. It did much good to my soul.

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Right after we checked-in to our hotel, we took a stroll along the beach. Our hotel was located at Kuta and Kuta Beach is a surfer’s paradise. Many tourists flock there year after year just to enjoy the waves. When we were there, it was low tide, and very peaceful. So therapeutic for my mind.

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The sands were fine and almost white, and the skies were a solid blue. It was a perfect combination.

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The girls were just enjoying themselves running on the beach, picking up sand and seashells. Unlike concrete jungle Singapore where Daddy & Mummy would tell them to stop running, here they could run for as long as they liked. =)

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Someone was selling seashells on the seashore!

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The sands were unlike those in Singapore. They were so fine you can’t even build sandcastles with them.

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We stayed at Febris Hotel & Spa for four days. It was a great place to stay at because the staff were wonderful, service was efficient and just a walk out of the hotel would bring us to a street full of restaurants, convenience stores and markets. The Waterbom water theme park was located just 3 minutes walk away from our hotel and a big shopping mall with Cold Stone Creamery, Starbucks, Coffeebean, pizza hut etc was further down the road. It was also very near to the International Airport, just a mere 5 minutes’ drive away.

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There are two pretty swimming pools in the hotel. Beautiful and usually not crowded. Great for the kids actually. =)

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I love the bustling atmosphere right outside the hotel. So much Bali culture. =)

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Interestingly, there were horse carriage rides available on the streets. The horses were beautiful! We made friends with them as we walked past them several times a day. =)

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Our 1st meal in Bali was not Balinese. =P We were hungry and didn’t want to walk far to get our very late lunch, so we settled for pizza and pasta at the restaurant right outside our hotel.

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As it was past lunch hour, the whole restaurant was quiet. Such a nice place for us to enjoy our 1st meal at! Hubby and I just relaxed and basked in the whole holiday mood while the kids created havoc. =P

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I ordered a pizza with spicy pepperoni, and it was devilishly hot! Hubby had to remind me that this was Indonesia. =.=

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We’re enjoying our vacation so far! =) It’s indeed a perfect venue for family vacations!

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