May 15, 2018

Bali, Indonesia


12 (Sat) - 15 (Tue) May 2018

Lodging: Jas Green Villas



Yingjun and I wanted to plan a short holiday trip to somewhere with beaches so that we can perhaps do some leisure dives. Our initial plan was to visit Boracay on May 11, and we've even bought the flight ticket from Scoot and reserved for accommodation from Agoda until one day on April 4 the Philippine government announced the closure of Boracay for 6 months starting April 26. THIS IS ULTIMATE UNLUCKINESS!

But thankfully our flight and accommodation expenditure got refunded, although the time spent planning all these can't be refunded. Oh well, we then got to plan for another destination, in which we chose Bali. Yingjun has been to Bali but I haven't.


Bali
Our flight details
12 May 2018 (Sat)
Changi Airport Terminal 1 - Ngurah Rai International Airport
Flight No: JQ 117
5:00AM - 7:40AM

15 May 2018 (Tue)
Ngurah Rai International Airport - Changi Airport Terminal 1
Flight No: 3K 246
7:20PM - 10:05PM

Average return fare per person: $116


Day 1
12 May 2018 (Sat)

It started off with a red-eye flight at 5am in the morning. So we reached Bali, and then the villa pretty early, earlier than the time we may check in. So we had breakfast there (we had to pay for it as breakfast for the first day was not included) and walked around first before checking into our Room A9.

The cost of accommodation was $292.18 for 3 nights, and it looks pretty decent.



Had a short dip in the pool (have to right, it's a villa hor) before we headed out for dinner



Day 2
13 May 2018 (Sun)

The most forward-looking day of the trip - diving day! The van from the dive centre stopped by along Gg. Kayangan to pick us up (as the road to Jas Green Villas is too narrow). We arrived at the dive centre in the morning to pick our gears, and departed on a 1.5-hour journey to Padangbai.

Our dive master was Firas from Bali Aqua Dive Center. We communicated via email prior to this on our choices and proficiency of diving. He's pretty nice as he listened to our experience and he explained what to be expected and what can be observed for our next dives at Padangbai. Funny that we ordered our food at a restaurant along the beach where we departed to our dive sites, when the food was only served after both dives.


Topi Inn at Padangbai

We'll be doing a total of two dives today at Blue Lagoon and Tanjung Jepun.

Dive #1: Recreational Dive @ Blue Lagoon

Time in : 09:44 Starting pressure : 200 bar
Time out : 10:50 Ending pressure : 50 bar
Safety stop : 3 minutes Max dive depth : 14 m
Weight used : 3 kg Bottom time : 66 minutes







Ocellaris Clownfish

There weren't many photos taken for the first dive as our dive master would want us to focus on getting used to our dive first while he's holding my camera, and was mainly taking videos instead.

We did come across a marine species called Christmas tree worms (something I've never seen during my dives in Thailand and Malaysia), they act just like Mimosa pudica (touch-me-not/shy plant) - retract as soon as you touch them.

Dive #2: Recreational Dive @ Tanjung Jepun

Time in : 11:46 Starting pressure : 200 bar
Time out : 12:40 Ending pressure : 50 bar
Safety stop : 3 minutes Max dive depth : 21 m
Weight used : 3 kg Bottom time : 54 minutes

If you've dived before, you know you'd have to pee after each dive because of the lack of gravity and the presence of higher pressure drive our body fluids into our torso, resulting in our kidney being triggered to produce more urine.

Well awkward, as we didn't go back ashore between our 1st and 2nd dive, so for the first time in my life, I had to pee in the ocean... 😫😫 (so did Yingjun)

And wow, trust me, it's not easy, took me like a minute to reach the mental readiness to pass it out. 😣😣





Christmas tree worms


Moorish Idol


It's a stingray, can you see it?


Ship wreck





We even bumped into a submarine!


Pufferfish


I was almost gonna touch the lionfish, luckily I didn't because I didn't know it has venomous spiky fin rays which will cause extreme pain and dizziness.



Ocellaris clownfish & Threespot dascyllus (a.k.a. domino damsels)


Padangbai Beach

That's all for our diving trip, although we didn't encounter those highly sought after species like Mola mola or whaleshark, it was definitely still a fun and thrilling diving experience, especially with those artificial wrecks which we haven't seen it elsewhere.

It was 2pm when we left Padangbai. We got back to our villas, took a short break and came out for dinner and a stroll (and to take down some Pokémon GO gyms so we can put our Pokémon there to earn Pokécoins 🤣🤣).


Yingjun said she likes this photo



We had our dinner at The Coffee Library along Jalan Kayu Aya.


Chicken Gordon Bleu @ IDR70,000 | Eat Pray Ribs @ IDR100,000 | Bintang @ IDR25,000



Ending our night with ice cream at Mad Pops


Day 3
14 May 2018 (Mon)


Rise and shine with breakfast from Jas Green Villas

I think we probably just nua in the room before heading out for lunch.

We had our lunch at Soho, food are slightly pricier (due to smaller portion), and the staff took a while to take our order. 😒


Spaghetti Aglio Olio @ IDR60,000 | Chicken Wings @ IDR60,000
Fried Calamari @ IDR60,000 | Caffè latte @ IDR25,000


Followed by an afternoon dip in our villa pool...





At our villa
There's a touristy spot that I always see people visiting when they're in Bali - Potato Head Beach Club.

I'm not a fan of immersing myself somewhere full of crowds but was thinking to just pass by, take a look and take some photos.

Because we're so thrifty, we took a 20+ minute-walk there from our villa instead of taking a taxi. So along our way we'll pass by the Petitenget Beach, on the west.









We continued walking northwards and then we just decided to settle our dinner at Woobar @ W Bali Seminyak, slightly high end but heck it it's our last night in Bali.

And what's better than perching at our very own sun bed at a dinner with a sunset view? Picturesque and memorable...







Smoked Paprika Pork Ribs, Smoked Salmon Pizza & Mango Juice @ IDR265,000 (Promo of the Season) | Bintang @ IDR55,000


Strawberry Cheesecake @ IDR90,000

Sumptuous meal with most importantly, great ambience. We both were very contented with the experience.

Making our leave was a bit of a hassle, as Woobar is like the "backdoor" of W Bali, we needed to head to the main entrance. Along the long passageway linking to the main entrance, God sent us an angel - a buggy passed by and the driver asked us to hop on and he will bring us out to the main road. What can I say? My heart grinned.

Before reaching our villa, I raised my head and observed, despite the presence of clouds, some stars were visible to naked eyes. So I setup my tripod and tried to capture a few long-exposure shots.




The entrance of Jas Green Villas

Good night...


Day 4
15 May 2018 (Tue)


Our last breakfast at Jas Green Villas

Our flight back to Singapore was in the evening, so we had to check out and leave our luggage at the villa counter before we head out for our last exploration in Bali (and it was super hot outside).


I ❤️ BALI @ Seminyak Square


Seminyak Village

Had our lunch at Mykonos Greek Restaurant


Grilled Snapper Fillet @ IDR120,000 | Fried Seafood Platter @ IDR150,000
Strawberry Milkshake @ IDR40,000 | Small Bintang @ IDR35,000


That's all folks! I can see why people keep going back to Bali just to chill or get away. Things are affordable here and Seminyak is just one small part of Bali and definitely there are more places to explore (eg. Ubud etc).

For us, having been able to dive together suffices to make this a pleasant trip for us.
Till next time!


For more photos, please check out my photo album Bali, Indonesia on Facebook.

Javin Tham, MSc, PMP, PMI-ACP, CSSBB Musician | Engineer | YouTube Coverist

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