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Saturday, January 16, 2016


Bali is one of the most popular travel destinations in South East Asia. Bali offers not just the beaches and surfing, but other in-land attractions as well, such as the rice terraces, volcanoes, and a lot of temples.

I visited Bali for 5 days, which I must say, was not enough. That is why, a number of tourists keep on coming back to experience more of what Bali can offer.

Here are some of photos during my visit in Bali.

Ayodya Resort Bali
The lagoon in the hotel where I stayed in Nusa Dua. I highly recommend this place.


Ayodya Resort Main Lobby

Nusa Dua is a prime location in Bali. It has a different vibe within the compound compared to other areas in Bali. In this area you'll find a number of resorts and 5-star hotels. I was told by our tour guide that US Pres. Obama and other dignitaries stayed in this area during a conference. That's how great the place is! The beach is nice too!


Ayodya Resort Bali

Nusa Dua Beach - just right in front of Ayodya.

Bali is renowned for its temples. There are heaps of temples all around Bali. This is because of the religious and cultural heritage of the Balinese people.

Uluwatu Temple

Sunset at Uluwatu

The Kecak Dance at Uluwatu

Batuan Temple

Tanah Lot Temple

Ulun Danu Temple


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Aside from visiting temples, you will be delighted with the green views of the highlands of Bali.


Jatiluwih Rice Terraces

Kintamani Volcano

And of course, if you're in Bali, you need to visit the touristy Ubud. It is the home of the Sacred Monkey Forest. Ubud offers a different angle of Bali. You are surrounded by mountains and forests. I told myself that if I will be coming back to Bali, I will be staying somewhere in Ubud.




But a visit in Bali will never be complete without experiencing Kuta. Kuta is known for its night life, bars and of course the Kuta beach! If you're not a party animal, I would not recommend staying in this area for long. I only stayed here overnight as it is closer to the airport to catch my flight back to Sydney. And ohh, you can buy lots of souvenirs in Kuta as well!



Please click here to check out my travel itinerary when I visited Bali.



This was the itinerary I made for my Bali trip for 5 days. I must say, 5 days is not enough. But you can come back for more anyway!

This is just suggestive. You can always change and alter the itinerary to your interests and just revise as you go along your trip. Be flexible, relax and just enjoy Bali!

There are a lot tour operators in Bali. You can approach the hotel front desk when in Bali to help you or just research in advance and go to Trip Advisor and search for the ones with great reviews.

DAY 1

Rest and relax
Enjoy the beach

ULUWATU SUNSET TOUR - Price: Rp. 350,000 (35 AUD) + 12AUD/person + Dinner
       * Uluwatu temple - Rp. 20.000 / person
       * Kecak dance - Rp. 100.000 / person
       * Dinner ( Jimbaran )


DAY 2

KINTAMANI VOLCANO - UBUD TOURS
Price : Rp. 550.000 / car (55 AUD) + 8.50 AUD/person
We will start at 8.30 am, proceed to Batubulan village for seeing Barong and Kris dance, next stop at Batik factory, Wood carving making process, Batuan temple, Tegallalang rice terrace field, Kintamani volcano, Coffee and spices garden, Ubud monkey forest, Ubud market and Palace, Tegenungan waterfall.
* Batuan temple - Rp. 10.000 / person
       * Tegallalang rice terrace field - Rp. 5.000 / person
       * Kintamani volcano - Rp. 30.000 / person
       * Ubud monkey forest - Rp. 30.000 / person
       * Tegenungan waterfall - Rp. 10.000 / person


DAY 3

BEDUGUL - TANAH LOT TOURS
Price : Rp. 650.000 / car (65 AUD) + 12 AUD/person
We will start at 8.30 am, proceed to Taman Ayun temple (Royal palace temple), next stop at Ulun Danu temple (Temple at the Lake), Candi kuning fruits market, Jatiluwih rice field, Tanah lot temple for a beautiful sunset.
       * Taman ayun temple - Rp. 20.000 / person
       * Ulun danu temple - Rp. 30.000 / person
       * Twin waterfall - Rp. 10.000 / person
       * Jatiluwih rice field - Rp. 30.000 / person
       * Tanah lot temple - Rp. 30.000 / person



DAY 4

AM: Relax and enjoy the resort
PM: EXPLORE KUTA


DAY 5

Explore more of KUTA
Souvenir Shopping

Friday, January 23, 2015

Sydney Harbour during Vivid Festival.

Australia is a vast land to travel to. It is a country and a continent as well. If you're going to travel around Australia, you have to expect to adjust the time on your wrist watch depending on which part of the country you are going to visit.

The country has different states and territories: Australian Capital Territory (ACT), New South Wales (NSW), Victoria (VIC), Tasmania (TAS), Western Australia (WA), South Australia (SA), Queensland (QLD), and the Northern Territory (NT). So, depending on the time you allotted to travel the country, the money you want to spend (Australia is not that cheap to travel..but there are options you can explore for a budget trip here), and the reason for travelling, then for sure, your travel itinerary will be full on!

Most of the travelers will make use of all the time they are allowed to stay here (for Visa reasons). Some will spend up to three (3) months here (the maximum allowed stay per entry on a tourist visa), while some will just spend four (4) weeks or less.

Depending on what you want to do, your travel interests, and if want to tick off something from your bucket list, a very careful planning of your travel itinerary is a must - to save time and money! But if you just want to explore the top most attractions of Australia, then you don't need to visit all the states and territories. The following are suggested travel itineraries you may use. I will be posting soon the specific itineraries per cities listed below.


SYDNEY


Sydney Opera House

You can spend 3-5 days here, visiting most of the attractions near the city, the beaches (Manly & Bondi), Taroonga Zoo, and the Blue Mountains.


MELBOURNE

Melbourne CBD

A 3-4 days here would be enough, covering attractions near the city, the Great Ocean Road tour, and the Phillip Islands.

Great Ocean Road, Twelve Apostles


GOLD COAST

Gold Coast CBD

Three (3) to four (4) days here would be enough as well. Within your stay here, you can visit the theme parks, check the attractions at Surfer's Paradise, or do some tours in the rain forest of Queensland.

You can also add up to your itinerary a visit to the Great Barrier Reef, Cairns, and the famous Uluru (Ayers Rock).

So what are you waiting for? Plan your itinerary now! Make sure you include some rest periods along the way!




This blog is becoming bigger and better!

The blog has migrated to its new domain (http://www.journeycaptures.com/) with a new name and logo as well. From the stories of the wandering camera, capturements (old blog name), will be known as Journey Captures - a photo blog of travel moments. Still showcasing stories of the wandering camera, but this time, bigger and better!

Wednesday, January 21, 2015


It's been awhile since I last posted on my blog. Now I'm back! 

You might be asking why? 

Well, I've moved to Sydney, Australia since 2013. I've been busy sorting out things for the past months (or a year?), and now everything is under control! Thank God!

I will be posting in the coming days my travels within almost two years time.

For the meantime, I just updated the layout and design of my blog. I hope it's good!

Catch up soon!

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Davao food scene is continuously evolving through the years. Numerous food establishments, local or international, are gearing up to serve Davaoenos with the best gastronomic experience they can offer. Hog's Breath Cafe, an Australian-based steakhouse, opened late last year (2012) their first branch in the Philippines. The people of Davao are very privilege of being the first in the Philippines to experience what Hog's Breath can offer.


Location: Ground Floor (In front of the dancing fountain), SM Lanang Premier, Davao City.