Has it been 3 weeks already?!?! Where did the days go? It was only like yesterday when my bub & I were preparing to leave… 🙂
Since both of us were pretty busy with this & that, we didn’t pack until almost the last minute… couldn’t say we struggled though… we’re quite the professionals in light packing nowadays. he he packed a very few selection of clothing, a few essential toiletries (especially sun block), some first aid kit, snorkeling gear & not to forget, my bub’s surfboard… and off we go.
As I’ve always said, I love the food in Bali so that’s what we did… we delved immediately into the local food. Some of our favorites are: Nasi Campur, Sari Laut, Ayam Pelecing & Kangkung Pelecing & Seafood at Jimbaran Bay. That’s just to name a few. I’m sure there are a lot more local food that we haven’t discovered…yet.
Nasi Campur: Basically, is mixed rice. It is a very classic Indonesian favorite. Most shops set up their stalls with different kinds of meats, veggies, chili, etc. for you to choose from. If the choices are too much for you, just tell them you want a nasi campur and they are more than happy to serve you a nicely made up delectable plate. Not to mention it’s pretty cheap too.
That’s what we ate most of the time in Bali but beware, if you have a weak stomach, be extra careful lest you suffer from what they famously call Bali Belly. I’m sure I don’t have to elaborate what it is. 😛
Sari Laut: From what we gathered, Sari means fried, Laut means seafood. However, choices include duck and chicken. We asked one of the local ladies why this is the case and they couldn’t tell us either… oh well. 😛 I don’t really mind as long as the food is good. he he We normally order fish and chicken… and of course served with the chili that goes with it. One interesting thing about these Sari Laut stalls is that in the morning, it’s normally an auto shop. And then in the evening, they set up shop outside. 🙂 You’d be able to find some Sari Laut stalls in the morning but very very few.
Ayam Pelecing & Kangkung Pelecing are very famous Lombok dishes. A good place to get this is in Ayam Bakar Taliwang Bersaudara located in Imam Bonjol, Jalan Raya Kuta. Word of caution, it’s VERY HOT! You can order the chicken either just a little bit hot or spicy hot. For people not really used to hot food, I would suggest you order the mild one because the kangkung pelecing will provide you with all the heat you will ever need.
At Jimbaran, we always go to Warung Ramayana, located in Jalan Pemelisan Agung, Jimbaran; tel no: +62.361.702859. Here, you dine by the beach with the waves crashing just a few feet away and a band to serenade you, not to mention the million of stars overhead. You choose from a variety of seafood: crab, lobster, prawn, clam, squid, fish, etc. You tell them whether you like it baked or grilled. We normally have them grilled. 🙂 There are heaps of restaurant along these stretch of beach but in my opinion, Ramayana is the best… they normally have the most number of customers too.
It was in Jimabran also that we had our first taste of Sambal Matah. I didn’t know then that was what it was called… we only found out the name by accident and I’m so glad we did. I have been trying it out since we’ve come back… and I would say I’m pretty close to making it almost perfect. 😛 It’s good to go with almost any food!
Have I got your taste buds piqued now? 🙂 These are definitely must trys. We always make it a point to eat these stuff whenever we’re in Bali. 🙂
Note: As this was our umpteenth time in Bali, we didn’t take many photos… I had to source out some of these photos from the web for illustration purposes.
On our second week there, my bub got sick – it’s pretty weird too. Let me share it with you as it may help you. One evening, he told me that he feels like he’s getting sick. The next morning, he woke up with muscles all sore and with a bit of fever. But then with a bit of rest, he then wakes up in the middle of the day ready for some adventure. After about an hour or so, he then becomes so weak again that it renders him incapable of doing anything else for the rest of the day. This went on for a few days… I was thinking already of bringing him to the hospital if need be. Then he flipped through the lonely planet book and saw that what he was suffering from is very similar to dehydration so he went out and got some hydration salts. From then on, he got better and better. We never would have thought that was it because he was drinking lots of water and weeing a lot too. But anyhow… if you ever feel fatigued for no apparent reason, try taking hydration salt. It just might help.
We went to Nusa Lembongan towards the end of our second week. It’s a small island off Bali. It’s a quiet place with lots of good snorkeling and diving spots. To get there, you have to go to a port in Sanur & pay about Rp80,000 to get across by public boat. They do have speed boats on offer but of course at a much higher cost.
In the island, we hired a small boat that took us surfing, fishing and snorkeling. On our third day there, we went to Ceningan Point. While my bub went surfing, I stayed on the boat and fished with Kade, our boat-man (contact number: +62.878.61253588), he’s nice and speaks pretty good english too. Lo and behold, we caught some big fishes (albeit losing a few)!!! On a hand line!!!
Man, I even got some line burns on my fingers because the fish was just pulling on my line and trying to get away. I had to pass on my line to Kade several times so that he can help me pull the fish out of the water. They call it snapper, but then, they call a lot of their fishes snapper… so I don’t really know what this species of fish is. What I can tell you is this: It’s absolutely YUMMY!!! We took one home and gave the other one to Kade. Had ours grilled when we got back to our hotel and served with no less than the Sambal Matah. 🙂
Reduced to this (in less than an hour, no kidding, I checked, he he):
YUM YUM YUM YUM YUM! YUMMMMMMMMM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
And that was the highlight of our trip! Now it’s back to reality time. I’m scheduled to take my pratical driving license test next Tuesday, for a girl who came from a country which had almost no driving rules, it’s certainly going to be difficult. I can still remember my driving test in Manila. The instructor told me to get into the car, drive the car forward for about 30 meters, and that was it! Tsk tsk tsk! Sad but true! Anyhow… crossing my fingers that everything’s going to be good.
More pictures from our trip:
Max doing his best to do the Bali Dance. 😛
A yummy steamboat dinner we had in Sanur.
Stayed at Bungalo 7 in Nusa Lembongan. I think we had the best located room in the whole place. 😛
Having a meat feast in a Mediterranean Restaurant at the Bali Collections Shopping Center in Nusa Dua.