Eat, Pray, Love (Bali, Indonesia Part 1)

Bali, Indonesia. This should have been uploaded months ago — back when I was always telling myself I need to put up a site where I can dump my travel memories to. It was May 2011. I was with the travel bud and a notebook in hand. That’s how I do it. I write down my observations, my expenses, our rights and our wrongs, hoping that one day I’d be able to collect them all to share to everybody. The bad news is, I don’t know where that notebook is. But hey, the photos are still here (as well as some of my itinerary notes)! So lemme show you some of our eatin’, prayin’, lovin’ adventures last summer.

Getting There

First things first: there is no direct flight from Manila to Bali. You gotta go Manila-Jakarta-Bali. From Manila, we took the 9:00pm flight to Jakarta, which is roughly P6,500 round trip via Cebu Pacific. We arrived around midnight at the Soekarno-Hatta Airport.

Pretty cool place. We got to sleep a bit since our next flight is still at 6:30am. Going to Denpasar Airport, we flew with Air Asia — it’s pretty much like Cebu Pac in the Philippines, except with leather seats and nicely dressed stewardesses. We paid around P5,300 round trip for that. So the whole fare from Manila to Bali was roughly P11,800.

We got to Bali at 9:00am, but the flight was actually just 2 hours. Jakarta and Bali has a time difference of one hour — funny, but yeah. And so from here, I don’t think I’d be able to tell you the series of events in the way that it happened so let’s do it per place, shall we?

Bali Safari and Marine Park

With an animal-lover with me, this was definitely a must-go-to, so we went off to check out some roaring things.

But then there were just sleepy lions.

Sleepy tigers.

More sleepy tigers.

A camel on siesta.

A zebra’s black and white ass.

Some of these pretty creatures we saw via the train ride at the safari — it’s usually part of the package. There’s actually A LOT more, including some really cool white tigers. It’s worth it.

This is the entrance to that place with the white tigers.

We practically spent almost a whole day going around the safari. By the way, Bali weather is similar to summer here in the Philippines. Wear something comfy. Expect it to be hot!

Here’s one of my favorites — the elephants!

During the Elephant Show (which I was a part of!).

Apparently, this is how they fart.

Have you seen a swimming elephant before?

Here’s me as one of the show’s volunteers.

Elephant bathing.

Me tugging the tail of the giant creature.

Before leaving, we decided we wanted to smell like a jungle and be truly one with the animals so we met with the baby orangutan.

For a short photo opp.

Aww… The cute little thing seems at home in my arms, eh?

Hold it! I’ll be back. 🙂 I’m not even done with the safari yet. Stay tuned.

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