Just Bali :「Kiss Villa 」有家的温暖,却美的像梦!

与好友Sophia闲聊巴里岛。她说一位新加坡的朋友在巴里建了一家很好的独栋别墅,名字很简单 -「Kiss Villa 」。却因上次访巴里岛时,联络不上这位朋友而和‘它’无缘‘相遇’。常常前往巴里岛的我对此不以为意 。事隔 5个月,陆陆续续有好几个客人给我摇电话,说想要住「Kiss Villa」,一查之下不得了,1房私人泳池独栋别墅 (01 Bed Room Pool Villa ) 1晚就需要RM 810 + 税 RM 199;澳洲假期 7-8月,一个晚上的房价可飙升至 RM 1232 !我于是开始好奇心作祟,想会一会这座 「热吻别墅」。碰巧今年5月往巴里踩线时,便抽空去探一探究竟 是何方神圣 ,叫人为之着迷?

Impressive Taipei

One of my weakest languages would be Mandarin, so when I was assigned to Taipei for work, it became a constant worry as I thought of communication. Sure I can understand some Hokkien and Mandarin, but that is about it.

What I wasn’t counting on was how the city impressed me the minute I started walking the streets to get a sense of direction on my own.

Taipei, the main capital of Taiwan, a country with a population of about 23.5 million people, would have given me the thought that land would be very precious and therefore, the streets would be narrow and not accommodating. All thoughts were proven untrue.

Heels on Sccoter

Taipei gave me the impression that space isn’t a problem. The main roads are wide and orderly, cars drive on the right lane and the public transportation service is one of the best I have seen so far from my other travels. ‘Citizens’, as the locals are referred to, are encouraged to go green and a majority of them are very supportive. There were no unsightly rubbish or litter found anywhere and even if there were, the refuse would be neatly packed away, waiting for the garbage collectors to do their job. Whenever I have something that needed throwing away, I’d usually be cursing quietly as it’s difficult to find a bin. How in the world do the locals keep clean?

The Haven Seminyak

My latest trip to Bali had been hectic, to say the least. What with all the traveling and long hours putting up with crazy demands and dubious colleagues who create dramas out of small incidents - by the end of the job, I was treated with a dull pounding headache and sore throat. This didn't help as I was to travel even more for a second assignment. The only upside was that I was traveling solo.

What did happen to make my ailments better was this drink, as common as it may look. Aptly named "Hot Biotic", it is a mixture of honey and a few common herbs and veg to sooth the body and mind, a drink introduced to me while waiting to have lunch at the Sabeen in The Haven Seminyak. On the outset, it looks a bit odd but it is rather pleasant once you take a sip of it.

Hot Biotic - Natural Drink

As the nausea and dizziness passed, I noted with the surprise I first felt when I entered Seminyak. My gracious host, Mr Hendra of The Haven Seminyak (where I was residing at the time) became inquisitive and asked if I had been here before. Why yes, a couple of years back, probably 8 or 10 years, I cannot remember.

Unforgettable Experience at Dreamland Luxury Villa and Spa, Bali

Unforgettable Experience at Dreamland Luxury Villa and Spa, Bali

I heard so much about the villas in Dreamland Bali recently. Dubbed as the next best thing, I was recommended to stay at Dreamland luxury villa and spa for 2 nights. My wife Rachel and I just finished our wedding dinner and we are glad to choose Bali for our honeymoon destination. We reached Denpansar Bali in the afternoon as the villa’s couch picked us up.

 

Upon arriving at the villa, the lobby receptionist gave us a warm welcome. We were then brought to our lovely villa. Since the compound is huge, there are buggies available to ferry guests from the villa to the lobby. To walk from the lobby to our villa took around 15 min walking depending on location.


 stay package was inclusive of candle light dinner for two in our villa. During evening, the room service people came and set up the dinner at the gazebo in front of our villa.

With a little upgrade on our meal, I surprised Rachel with a full lobster dinner.

Overlooking the private pool covered with red petals, the dinner was excellent and it was a night to remember. We spent the whole night chatting and swimming at the private pool. It was the best moment for us to spend time together after our hectic wedding arrangements.

A piece of heaven

Besides the islands, lounging by a beach side hotel or a secluded villa somewhere far from the hustle and bustle of the city, I am also a sucker for quiet cities that offers friendly smiles all the time and simple but delicious foods that creates a craving that lasts for many many months.

Located in a small alley, tucked away from the main city of Chiang Mai, Thailand's second largest city, is the beautifully serene Fern Forest Cafe.

Fern Forest Cafe, Chiangmai

The name itself holds true to its surroundings. The entire garden is filled with ferns of different shapes and sizes, plus a few other different plants I am not familiar with, although no less beautiful in its overall green landscape. What I did like most were how the tables and chairs were placed under towering plants, in a semi-shaded area. So if I wanted some shade, I can sit here, or if I wish to get a bit of a tan, I could sit there. So pretty.

This isn't what got me psyched though - but it was the simple selection of cakes that my gorgeous colleague had encouraged me to try out that knocked me off my feet.

BALI, The Paradise ♥六天六夜♥

 

Bali paradise

 

这次的旅程可以说是一个美丽的意外。这个美丽的意外,让我深深地为巴厘岛着迷。一群没有去过巴厘岛的人,竟然光看游记,和照片就有那么深的着迷。大概从去年7月份开始,我努力的做research,对巴厘岛略有所闻之后开始中了巴厘岛的毒瘾。

很多从巴厘回来的朋友们都说:

只要你呼吸过巴厘的空气,喝过巴厘的水,喝过巴厘的Bintang,吃过巴厘的食物,都会中了巴厘的毒,重游巴厘!

原以为这只是一种普通的说法,结果当我们去了回来后,显然更严重,回来没有一个月,就订了九月的机票!

重游巴厘岛!给自己和我的他最有纪念性的生日礼物

这次的8人行,人比较多,所以预定的一切东西都比较麻烦,所以交待要很清楚。

我们的行程如下:

Day 1:Supper @ Bamboo Corner  > Masa Inn.

Day 2:Check out Masa Inn > Sukawati > Check in Greenfield > Lunch @ Dirty Duck > Coffee Plantation > Kintamani > Tegalalang > Ubud Palace > Dinner @ Nuris Warung> Greenfield > Supper @ Pizza Bagus.

Day 3:Check out Greenfield > Bedugul > Lunch @ Strawberry Farm >  Gitgit Waterfall > Lovina > Check in Frangipani Beach Villa > Dinner @ Ranggon Sunset

咖啡扩展旅行版图

 巴厘岛咖啡之浓浓香醇,爱的味道

十月的巴厘岛是如此的美,天与海是连成一片。它是多么的蓝。

出发巴厘岛之前,我已经在网上和朋友口中了解当地的咖啡资讯。同时,也希望可以喝到巴厘岛咖啡和世界级的LUWAK咖啡,LUWAK一种俗称「麝香猫」的树栖野生动)

Kudeta: The Most Happening and Exclusive Club in Bali

It is the most happening and exclusive club in Bali. The name is Kudeta and if you are in Bali without patronizing this club, you missed the best night scene of Bali.

Located at Seminyak, Kudeta is very popular for its own house music and top class décor. Kudeta produces their own music CDs and 2010 its their 10 year anniversary.

We personally requested to visit Kudeta due to its popularity. There is a group of security checking each vehicle that entering their premises, making sure the safety of its guests. We ventured into the club and it is huge.

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