I went to Bali on early October to attend an anime festival called Dewata Anime Festival (DAF) 2015.
The festival claimed BABYMETAL will come. Amuse SG confirmed BABYMETAL won’t. (ಥ⌣ಥ)
The venue changed in short notice. ಠ_ಠ
I paid. The ticket didn’t come. ಠ▃ಠ
And at last…the event got cancelled… (ノಠ益ಠ)ノ彡┻━┻
But the flight and the hotel was already booked, so I still had to go. (ᗒᗣᗕ)՞
A more detailed and complete version of the adventure has been written by my friend over here and here, so I’m just going to share some trivial things that I found noteworthy on my trip. If you can slack, go slack, right? 😄
At Terminal 3 Soekarno-Hatta Airport, I rode on a bus refitted for vertically unchallenged sentient beings to reach the plane.
When I got to Ngurah Rai, I found free Japanese brochure and magazine about Bali; titled API magazine, if I’m not mistaken. They were surprisingly very helpful. They are mostly in Japanese, but I advise you to bring it with you. They got map of Bali; detailed map of interesting areas like Ubud, Jimbaran, etc, including the location of shops, restaurants, and points of interest; and they also got discount coupons for selected stores. You really should take it the first time you arrive at Ngurah Rai.
I drove a rented car far from my father supervision for the first time. It was a Daihatsu Agya and it used automatic transmission; I have driven an automatic only once before and it was for less than an hour. So, the experience was quite new for me.
The drive to Ubud was long and tiring.
Arrived at Bebek Bengil. For those who still look at the price of food in the menu, this place is probably not for you.
Went to Puri Saren Agung together with Chinese horde.
Went to Budamarket, kind of store for organic foods. There’s a lot of interesting snacks there.
Continue driving to Mount Batur.
To the peak of Mount Batur, we went.
Fyi, I still bring my cosplay gears.
Then, another long drive to the south. We were going to Uluwatu, since our hotel was there; thx to DAF 2015 who moved its venue to Garuda Wisnu Kencana. Out of curiosity, I went to GWK to take a peek. To anyone of you interested of going there: don’t. You have to pay just to get in and there’s not really much to see there. Go spent your money somewhere else.
At night, we traveled around the hotel by foot and I literally lost my balance and fell, probably due to fatigue.
The hotel where we spent the night has a nightclub on the roof. It was very noisy and the sound got into our room. My advice: don’t choose hotel with rooftop nightclub.
I hate sunburn and heat. I hate beach. Oh yeah, we went to Lembongan Island. And then I knew I also hate snorkeling. It doesn’t mean you shouldn’t go there though. The sea was beautiful; the marine life was lively; the corals were colorful. But I got bad sunburn that’s not going after a month and a scratch mark from a coral. I always prefer mountain.
We went back to the mainland. And since we returned the rented car the day before, we had to rely on other transportation mode. We were made to believe that taxis in Bali were expensive by some blogs and traveling websites, so I tried Uber for the first time. The driver was very helpful and drove us to a “piesusu” factory which we did not know before and he also escorted us to a restaurant near Ngurah Rai called Budesa.
Then we used GrabCar to drove us to the airport (also my first time) and rode on an iron bird once more to Jakarta.