Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Sotto: Bali: A Perfect Detour

I WOKE up to the rustling of the waves, the wind brushing through my hair and the sun in its vibrant glow. Enjoying a warm cup of luwak coffee, my day has just begun.

Bali is home to interesting destinations. Sprawling 400 kilometers from east to west, it is Indonesia's scenic capital. Its picturesque beaches, iconic rice paddies and volcanic hillsides will leave you breathless. Attracting over 10 million visitors per year, Bali is the perfect detour for those who want a getaway.

In my one day stay, I was lucky enough to visit three of its most iconic places.

From Aston Kuta Hotel, I set out on a 45-minute drive to the Uluwatu temple in Denpasar. When I arrived, a majestic view of a temple perched on top of a hill greeted me. High above the crashing waves of the Indian ocean, I sat around and contemplated about life.

Satisfied with my daily musings, I then went to Padang to visit a beach literally surrounded by monkeys. In Padang-Padang, not only will you be walking hand in hand with the monkeys, they will also observe you swim and surf at a distance. It is a fun experience I think everyone should do at least once in their life.

Time has passed by quickly so I moved on. You may have already seen the picturesque rope bound wooden swing pop up on your instagram feed lately. Set on a beautiful sunset, the Bali Swing is one of the many things I adore about the island. For P1,800, you get to enjoy four swings as many times as you like. Each swing has its own level of difficulty. You can try standing or sitting down on it but make sure you don’t forget your camera to document it like I did. Right after enjoying the swing, you can feast on a Balinese buffet and enjoy non-alcoholic drinks.

Not satisfied with my local immersion, I went to the streets in Kuta and bought a cute Bali bag for P500. One must know how to haggle and be extra careful in buying so they won't price you high. Suddenly my legs were aching so I decided to head for a massage. When it comes to spa, Bali is the cheapest and the best. They offer a unique variety of the massages you've never tried before.

In Bali, Not only did I enjoy my stay, I also learned a thing or two about life as per usual. Sometimes, when we encounter difficulties we think it's the end of the road. Looking at the waves that crashed on the shore reminded me that hardships will always come our way. But it is through those experiences that make our life's landscape more beautiful.


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