Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Bali, Indonesia 7 to 11 June 2014

Our first overseas trip for 2014 as I had been busy with work. Our destination was Bali, the 'Island of Gods'.

To put it in perspective, Bali is about 19 times the size of Penang island. You need at least 3 full days to cover the essential places of interest.

Kuta is only a few kilometres from Ngurah Rai International Airport. It is about 95,000 rupiah by airport taxi and just 48,000 rupiah return. Many hotels and tourist amenities are located here. It is popular with surfers.
Our hotel for the duration of our stay was Best Western Premier on Sunset Road which is just at the edge of Kuta. The hotel was alright but the location is not ideal with limited shuttle service to Kuta.

Denpasar is the administrative capital of Bali province. Ubud is the artistical and cultural centre while Bedugul is the mountainous region at the northern part of the island. Other notable places are Jimbaran, Legian, Sanur, Mt Batur, etc.

Day 1
Uluwatu temple, silver and gold gallery, batik gallery, Tirta Empul temple and Luwak Coffee.

The famous Uluwatu Temple on a steep cliff with the ocean below

Pura Luhur Uluwatu
Be careful of your belongings. That's my RM300 plus RayBan. You've been warned!

Ibu Oka's famous babi guling. 5.5/10.

Sexy right in my sarong?

Tirta Empul Temple

Cleansing ritual

Coffe Sampling. Luwak Coffee at 50,000 rupiah a cup

Dinner at Naughty Nuri's in Ubud. Famous for its pork ribs and chops. Sadly, pork ribs finished for the evening. 7/10.

 Day 2
 Taman Ayun Temple, Ulun Danu Beratan and Tanah Lot.

Taman Ayun Temple

Ulun Danu Beratan Temple. It is actually quite small in real live.  

Tanah Lot. At low tide you can actually walk across to the temple.

View from afar

Long coastline. 
Day 3
The famous Kuta beach.

Sun, Surf and Sea

Main Street

Ground zero where the bomb went off
Total cost:
Air tics & hotel - RM2,076.70 2 pax
MPV rental per day - 450,000 rupiah/RM128
Entrance Fee to Temples - ranges from 20,000 to 60,000 rupiah incl of sarongs
Nuri's Pork Chops - 95,000 rupiah/RM27
Ibu Oka Babi Guling - 45,000 rupiah/RM12.69
Airport Exit Tax - 200,000 rupiah/RM56  Make sure you have this amount in cash remaining.

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Krabi, Thailand : 12 - 15 December 2013

We still haven't shaken off the holiday mood yet and with two days leave and the weekend, we made an impromptu weekend holiday to Krabi, Thailand. We purchased a 3 nights, 4 days package from with accomodation in a 3 star hotel i.e. Krabi Heritage Hotel c/w buffet breakfast and return flight on AirAsia.

Krabi is a town on the west coast of southern Thailand at the mouth of the Krabi River where it empties in Phangnga Bay. The town is the capital of Krabi Province and Krabi district.

Total cost of package RM2,500 or RM833 per pax.
Krabi, Thailand 

View from the room balcony. We could also catch a glimpse of the sea over the roof tops. :)

Ao Nang main street town centre

Ao Nang Beach

Negotiating our dinner!

Our seafood dinner with compulsory Tom Yam. Yum yum.
We went on a day tour package which includes Hot Spring, Emerald Pool and Tiger Cave Temple inclusive of lunch (at Emerald Pool, just rice and a few average dishes an fruits for desert) at 800 baht per pax. Due to the distances from Ao Nang to the places of interest mentioned which took about an hour and half, we were only given about 40 mins at the Hot Spring, an hour or so at Emerald Pool and another hour at Tiger Cave Temple. Tour was just average.

Hot springs

Emerald pool. It is about half an hour easy walk away from the main pool. If you are there, don't miss it.

Main pool area.

I made it!! All 1,237 steps...or did I??

Obviously..Tiger Cave Temple.

Manicure and pedicure 200 baht. Massage during happy hours also 200 baht for 1 hr. One thing great about Thailand is great massages at affordale prices.

Doing what they do best. They bought some nice 100% leather clutch bags.

Krabi town night market. 45 mins from Ao Nang.

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Day 11 North Island: Final Day :( Museum & Botanical Gardens

 Auckland Museums



Mt Eden - Maungawhau 

At 196 metres high, Mt Eden is the highest of the Auckland volcanoes. You can drive up to the summit for a stunning expansive outlook over the city and the Waitemata Harbour beyond.

Auckland City view from Mt Eden 

Volcano crater

Auckland Art Gallery


We Cheongs are experts in blending with the walls!




Auckland Botanical Gardens





Baby dinosaur 'Aliciaceprustor'




Her wish come

Siblings rivalry
 From the Botanical Gardens, we completed our last leg of the journey to the airport to have dinner at Burger King and last minute shopping at a hypermarket. Then we dropped off the car at the rental depot where transport was provided to the airport a mere 5 minutes drive away.
Our flight was on 13 November 2013 at 01.35 hrs. It was a redeye flight of about 10 hrs 40 mins to KLIA.
It had been an amazing and wonderful holiday in New Zealand. South Island was simply postcard picturesque beauty. The snow capped mountains, the ruggedness and remoteness of the country side  were breathtaking and simply awesome. The cold fresh air and crystal clear rivers were invigorating. The beauty was a sight to behold.
Dad's rating: 8.5 out 10
MAS flight tickets for 4: RM11,668 or RM2,917 per pax with return.