There is no denying that our fourth day in Indonesia was one of the things I was looking forward to because of Bali. As mentioned before, Bali is one of the places I wanted to go to and I was really lucky to have it granted by the Trip of Wonders on my birthday month!
Our flight to Bali was around 8:00am and arrived at around 11:00am. We subsequently went to Sunday’s Beach Club for lunch and to chill for an hour by the beach.
In all honesty, Sunday’s Beach Club is such a lovely place! The food is great and so is the view! However, overnight stay is definitely a better choice than just a day tour because seriously, going up (because it is located on the cliff edge) is so exhausting particularly when you are only visiting for a couple of hours. But in general, Sunday’s Beach Club’s view is certainly a divine!
After lunch, we headed straight to Uluwatu Temple.
Uluwatu Temple, also known as Pura Luhur Uluwatu, is said to be meant to protect Bali from the evil spirits, as it is one of the key nine directional temples of Bali.
But the best thing about Uluwatu Temple is its impressive location: perched on top of a steep cliff that is approximately 70 meters above the sea level. What is more, the view of the sunset here is really stunning!
On the other hand, when going to Uluwatu Temple, make sure to watch the Kecak Dance, which performs from 6:00pm to 7:00pm daily and costs IDR 100,000/person.
A Kecak Dance presents a story taken from the Ramayana epic that is about how the prince and his brother rescued the prince’s wife who is stolen from him by the demon. The dance consists of 50 to 100 men wearing a loincloth. They perform it in circle while continuously chanting “cak ke-cak” and moving their hands and arms to depict a battle from Ramayana epic. My favorite part? As the sun sets, the dramatic scene starts as they set the monkey king on fire in the middle of the stage.
Everything about the performance is really awesome and it is indeed one of the must-sees when you are in Bali, Indonesia. Even if there is no narration and no throwing of lines, you can easily understand the story considering how great the actors are. All in all, Kecak dance is entertaining and worth everyone’s while!
Our fourth day was ended with a seafood dinner at the Jimbaran Beach Café! The table set up was really nice and somehow, dreamy with candlelight, but more importantly, the seafood was so fresh and scrumptious! It was undeniably one of the best dinners we had during our stay! Too bad, I was not able to take a good shot of everything.
The next day, which was our last day, we spent it mostly at the Bali Purina that every time I recall my experience, it is its Vanilla Coffee that I always remember, seriously! Nevertheless, Bali Purina’s highlight is not just its Vanilla Coffee but also, the world’s most expensive and low-production variety of coffee, the Kopi Luwak or Civet Coffee!
So how is it made? It is made from the beans of coffee berries that are digested and excreted by the Civet Cat – and yes, they get these beans from their poops. Through this digestive process, it creates more aromatic and less bitter bean. After they gather the beans, they wash the beans thoroughly and then they sun dry them, roast and then brew.
The result? A smooth, dark and slightly sweet coffee! Surprisingly, unlike any dark coffees, Kopi Luwak is not that bitter!
We also tried different coffees and tea blends that are also available at Bali Pulina, and as mentioned, the Vanilla Coffee is really good!
The trip was capped off with the view of sunset, tasty dinner and good conversations. I was very lucky and thankful to be included on this trip and to have met these wonderful people, which I hope to see again soon! Too bad that this trip ended too quickly but every moment shared with these people will always be remembered. I learned a lot of things about them and also, about their country that I find very interesting. So maybe, my next destination will be one of their home countries and will make sure to meet them again in one of those days! Cheers to another successful Trip of Wonders!
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