Kuta Beach Part 2, Bali

Hey guys! I’m expecting very busy weeks ahead so I might not have time to update this space so often. Anyway, here is the last part of my Bali trip. After admiring the beautiful springs of Tirta Empul, we went back to our hotel to freshen up and change before heading to Kuta Beach. The last time we were here the weather was bad and it started raining, so we left early. Since the night was still young, we decided to make the best of it at this very popular tourist spot.

Kuta Square, where all the high end shops are. The place is nicely mantained and well lit. Tourists from all over the world throng the streets. There are lots of cabs, bikes and hotels lining the entire area.

The long sandy stretch of Kuta in the evening.

The beach is separated from the shops by a high wall. Because of it’s open space, the strong winds blew sand inland, which was bad for business. I mean, imagine a load of sand in your food while you’re trying to enjoy a romantic beach evening sunset.

It is one of my life’s bucket lists to visit every single Hard Rock Cafe in the world. Now I’ve added Bali to the list! Didn’t manage to go in coz it was super crowded.

Dinner was at a food court nearby. Felt kinda proud to see our Penang food made it all the way to Indonesia.

Had crab noodles. Taste was okay.

There are lots of shops around the area, and one can spend hours browsing through the many different items available. From imitation goods, bags, shoes and shirts to souvenirs, fragrances, etc, there is surely something for everyone. Apparently mushrooms are legal here too.

There’s this area where there are lots of massage parlours, so we went into one for a foot massage. The price was super affordable – less than RM20 per person for 45 mins. After washing my feet, the girl proceeded to knead my tired leg muscles. We chatted with the masseuses. There was a cute guy who said he was from Sulawesi. He spoke English with a hint of Aussie accent. Must have picked it up from all the Australian customers.

Kuta remains a busy place despite bombings which have happened here before. Nearly 10 years ago, more than 200 people were killed when a bomb exploded in a club along a busy stretch of bars in Kuta. There is a memorial square in the middle of all the busy traffic, a testament to the lives lost.

Well, back to blogging about my mundane life. Til next post!

Batik Making Centre, Denpasar, Bali

After our Barong dance show in the morning, Toto took us to a Batik making factory in Denpasar. Bali being a tourist island, they have clusters of these shops in certain areas. This spot has all the batik centres, while another has wood craft, silver and gold. They’re obviously tourist traps, because the prices are way over. Outside the souvenir shop, some staff members demonstrate the process of batik making.

Batik is a traditional cloth made from wax-resist dyeing technique. (Pic) The staff use hot wax pens to draw out the patterns. They didn’t need corrections, everything was done in one stroke. So wow. The air was pungent with the smell of steel shavings and wax, which hurt my teeth and nostrils lol.

An old-school weaving press. Each line of the batik is woven painstakingly. Line by line. A cloth might take days to finish. Which is also why you have such beautiful, intricate detail, and the reason why batik is so expensive.

Upstairs was a gallery for batik paintings. We weren’t allowed pictures, but I managed to sneak in a few…

Familiar? This is a colourful depiction of the Barong, the mythical lion in Balinese culture and which we saw at the dance that morning.

Even in the batik paintings, elements of Balinese culture which is strongly influenced by Hinduism is present.

Some of the paintings were pretty affordable, but mum figured it would be difficult to stuff it in our luggage lol.

Til next post!