Visiting to Bali, Island of GOD , such a wonderful thing, and I have found many wonderful and exciting experiences during visiting to the island since the beginning of 2005 and by the end of December 2011. I visited the island about 10 times ever since, and my latest programs in Bali has successfully done by December 2010 with the other six Kang Guru Indonesia Champions all across Indonesia.
If you have not been landing in Bali, one of the most famous islands from Indonesia, I think you must plan to make some visit to the island right now due to its wonderful cultural, natural wonders, food , and also the people as well. There are hundreds of optional programs when you are staying in Bali for your pleasure or business as well.
We are staying in Bali Summer Hotel located in jalan Pantai Kuta 38, Kuta , Bali. We had some discussions and meeting with Kang Guru Indonesia about the magazine and radio programs.
The hotel is quite comfortable, and wonderful atmosphere with well design hotel with combination between Balinese and Modern. We love staying in the hotel for only several days, and we have some little activities outside of the hotel and out of our busy times during in Bali which especially about discussing and meeting with IALF and Kang Guru Staff which can be very boring for some of you.
A few months later, we have had some wonderful visits to Bali for several times, and stayed in many hotels all across Kuta, and around Denpasar, and some other location around Sanur. Some of the hotels we have lived in during in Bali such as Legian Paradiso Hotel , Adi Dharma Cottage Legian, Puri Ayu Denpasar , Puri Dalem Hotel, Sanur , Fave Hotek , Ratna Beach Sanur , Puri Kelapa Garden Sanur, Segara Agung Hotel Sanur and the last one was in Pop Harris , Kuta.
There are lots of fun things and wonderful experiences that might be coming over you during in Bali. You can simply follow all programs with your travel agents during in the island, or you can design the tour around Bali with your Balinese friend as a guide, or you just challenge your self by traveling with your own way and time as well. You may need some extra efforts to know your target area in Bali for sure
Check your travel agents in Bali or searching for the internet to get the latest information about cultural events and tourist attractions that happening in Bali unless you will never know what is going on there. As part of MICE (Meeting, Incentive, Conference, and Exibition) packages , I and the other Kang Guru Indonesia Champions would love to see other parts of Bali in addition to our busy times with IALF .
For example, Kuta Carnival Parade held in Kuta in 2007, and however it happened long time ago, I still remember how happy we were at that time, taking some wonderful photos with our smallest and simple digital camera with myself. I and the other six Champions went to the street and found many wonderful cultural parades with exciting clothes of traditional Balinese dresses.
KUTA PARADE. I took this photo when I was looking for local street parade in 2007.
I came across this event , and took the moment for a while, enjoy. Photo by Asep Haryono
If you have spares time left after looking after the local street festival, please make the most of your time looking at Kuta beach. Wow Kuta Beach? Every thing you need to know about the Kuta beach can be found with your own experiences. Just prepare your self to see many bikinis from local people and of course some from tourist from abroad.
The bikini's party on the Kuta beach are quite thing that usually in common when you are in the beach. Some of the local tourists are in those bikini's and I did not notice of their action, while the people from abroad did the same way. I just enjoying the beach and the wind blowsing in my hairs. I confess I have had some their bikini's photos, but I am not able to put them on this website. Sorry.
The Kuta beach is now able to be enjoyed by many kind of people, not only for tourist. Many local Balinese selling merchandises such as T-shirt, kites, and other small and cool stuffs with ease and affordable prices for sure. Some of Balinese would love to use English and another foreign languages if they have to especially when they met foreign tourist. Most of the local Balinese spoke both language, Indonesia and English
CREATIVE : Glasses is quite essential thing when you are in Bali due to its hot shining from the sun. I took this people in very close range. I cannot see his eyes ever since.
Did he look at me when I take this photo of his? You tell me. Photo by Asep Haryono
SURFING. You can show your skills in surfing on the Kuta beach.
You can hire the surf stuff during in Bali with affordable prices. Photo by Asep Haryono
Accommodation And Food
This is quite important things to notice. This is Bali, and as Moslems , I and the other Kang Guru Indonesia Champions should be more careful in selecting any kind of food to be eaten during in Bali and other places around the island. As Moslem, we are not allowed to eat Pork, and those kind of food are frequently found almost all areas around in Bali.
If you are in groups when traveling to Bali , perhaps you can follow all instructions from your tourist guide to find some food out side of the hotel you are staying in. You could have bought the food available on the restaurants or food outlet in the hotel you are staying. Unfortunately, I hardly buy the food inside the hotel or from any hotel's restaurant which for me can be very expensive.
Just imagine the prices, a plate of Nasi Goreng (fried rice) you buy with more than Rp.20.000,- or twenty thousand rupiahs or equal to $ 2 USD and that is quite expensive with budget local tourist like me and the other Kang Guru Indonesia Champions. You could have bought the nasi goreng out side the hotel which very cheap and affordable price. The normal price of that Nasi Goreng around Ten Thousand rupiahs.
Just like we did , we hardly eat suffer for "ngemil" around the hotel and perhaps you could search the street around the hotel to find the Nasi Goreng , and we enjoyed very much. Just try to find HALAL food, because of we are Moslems, and find their characteristic with Islamic signs in front of the restaurant. Most of local Balinese food can be unknown from all of us and that is why we always looking for Moslem's food.
RELAX. Staying in the hotel is very cool, and wonderful things especially they are free of charge
My friend took this photo for me, and I cannot remember the name of the hotel where I was standing.One thing to be sure of the hotel was in Bali for sure. Do you recognize this hotel? Do tell me
Ahaak, do you like shopping like me? Every one in this world would love to go shopping, and the activity of shopping might be excellent and wonderful programs in our team of Kang Guru Indonesia champions anytime we have a chance to visit Bali. We always try to find spare times outside of those busy meetings with IALF staff by looking for some merchandises of Bali which can be found every where.
There are three awesome places for people to go shopping in Bali such as Erlangga One and Two, and Khrisna. You can find more information about those shopping center by using Google, and you can find hundreds of information about those shopping areas. One of the most famous merchandise spots in Bali can be found in Joger. I have searched the whole Joger, and found nothing special.
For those which never been in the Joger can be very impressive, but not for me and the other Champions. We visited many times in the Joger, and it is a good idea for all of use to find more alternative Balinese merchandises from other merchandise places such as Erlangga I, Erlangga II and also the Khrisna as well. I found many cheapest things at Erlangga, and Khrisna. How about Sukowati Market? Wow I never been in that place.
SHOPPING TOGETHER : I (left side) and Keyko, Ririn and Fadel at souvenir shops, Erlangga Bali (12/4).Just select the merchandise you like to buy, and take them home for you and your family. Photo by Syahrir Badulu / KGRE Representative Makasar
Me, after shopping at Erlangga 2, Denpasar Bali. Did you notice a small bag I am wearing on? That is my Kodak EasyShare Digital Camera Z812 IS. I took the camera with me to anywhere in Bali for capturing and recording. Photo by Syahrir Badulu
The Erlangga is very famous for wonderful and exciting stuffs for local and international visitors to find some Balinese merchandises with affordable prices. The Erlangga itself located in Jalan Nusa Kambangan, Denpasatr. They have had two Erlangga, One and Two as well. The Erlangga with neighbor Krisna Bali can be found very easily.
Take by local Taxi, I suggest using BlueBird Group, to take you to those places. If your hotel location is around Kuta Beach, then you just simply take any cabs from the BlueBird group to help you find those places. You can even enjoy the night life during in Kuta , Sanur or around Denpasar with your cabs if you are afraid of bad people around you. Enjoying the night life by riding can be fun too.
Do not forget to visit Bali Bombing Monument in Kuta Okay?. Some Balinese told me that you will never be considered to have been in Bali if you have not visited the Bali Bombing monument. There will be no sad stories again when you are looking at the monument these days, and there will no more flowers to remember the victims of the bombing
Afraid of walking around at night in Bali?
Hiring a cab and you can view the night life in Bali with safe and comfortable way.
Photo by Asep Haryono
Can you count the total number of the money in this photo?
A crazy and silly action of myself during in the hotel in Bali. Photo by Syahrir Badulu
As conclusion of this posting, I would like to remind you once again some practical tips when you decide to visit Bali, the Island of God. Just remember about the budget and time you may have. Some people would love to go with groups and some other don't. It really does not matter if you have planned to visit Bali with better preparation.
I am not sure of when will I see and visit Bali again for this 2012 due to the budget constrain in Kang Guru Indonesia, and some of our future programs are in review by Australian Government. To be honestly, Bali is always in our mind which cannot be forgotten. My Balinese friends there always keeping me informed with latest information in Bali for some times. When Will I see Bali again for some time? (Asep Haryono)