Bali, Indonesia + Singapore

Whats up guys? I hope everyones been having an amazing week. Thanksgiving is right around the corner and I just can’t believe how fast this year has been going. I recently traveled to Singapore and Bali and the time flew right past me. I had the most amazing time of my life. It was my first international trip and it couldn’t have gone any better. I created a poll a couple days ago to see what kind of travel post you guys would prefer and most of you voted for a detailed blog post with my experiences including tips and recommendations versus a picture diary. I’m gonna do my best to condense all the information, pictures and my experiences as much as possible other wise this post would last a lifetime. So here we go, I hope you all enjoy!e5dd1116173bbe2cccbe72ec53e0609d-dbc3b8hWe took a flight from Orlando to San Francisco and spent a night there, then took a sixteen-hour hour flight to Singapore the next morning. By we I mean my boyfriend Danny Flywithdannyy, and our friends Kelson, aka Kelsswa and Tony, aka Tony Savage. It was literally the best group of individuals we could have traveled with. I want to take a moment to thank Kelson, without you none of this would have been possible (babe you too don’t get jelly, best birthday present ever!!!) and without you this trip wouldn’t have been as special as it was…. Back to the flight, I highly suggest you bring snacks, a sleeping mask, hand sanitizer, a neck pillow, some pain killers and some moisturizer if you  dislike the feeling of dry skin as I do, thank me later! We arrived at night, checked into our hotel, got ready and headed down the street to a nice little plaza to grab something to eat. We stayed at the Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel. The picture below was our hotel room view. I have a lot to tell you about our experience in Singapore but I will leave that for the end since thats where we ended our trip. We only spent one night in Singapore before taking a flight the next morning to Bali, Indonesia and thats where the real adventure took place.IMG_8488Processed with VSCO with q5 presetBali was a dream come true. Being one of my dream destinations it was so surreal being there. I couldn’t believe it. Its nothing I’d ever experienced before. Indonesia is different in so many ways. From the streets, to the people, to the food to the culture and lifestyle. I fell in love with Bali and theres yet so much more I want to see and experience. All I have to say is Bali, you are beautiful beyond words and I am definitely not done with you. I WILL BE BACK! (dramatic much? lol). I’m only gonna discuss my favorite places that we visited to avoid making this post any longer.

We stayed at a private villa in Seminyak that we booked trough Airbnb. Contact me trough Instagram if you’d like for me to direct you to this exact villa. The owners we’re really nice and we didn’t encounter any issues while staying here.Processed with VSCO with a4 presetProcessed with VSCO with se3 presetProcessed with VSCO with av4 presetProcessed with VSCO with kg2 preset

Processed with VSCO with a6 presetProcessed with VSCO with a6 presetProcessed with VSCO with 10 presetProcessed with VSCO with a6 presetProcessed with VSCO with fp8 presetIMG_8506Before I begin introducing you to the places we visited I’m gonna let you guys know that if budget and spending is one of your biggest concerns then anywhere in Indonesia is the travel destination for you. It is insanely affordable. Just make sure you learn the currency conversion or download an app for it. Locals will try to scam you but take your time trying to figure out the price difference. For transportation I highly recommend getting in contact with a local driver (Contact me for the best local driver in Ubud). You can often hire them and pay them to drive you for an entire day. Taxis are okay but they will try to scam you and a lot of times it was a hassle finding one. As far as Uber goes I really don’t recommend it. They take forever to pick you up and a lot of them only wanted to take cash which was really sketchy however if Uber is your only option go for it. Ladies, for attire pack your most comfortable pieces. Lots of dresses, shorts and flowy skirts/pants. If you are familiar to Florida weather then you know what I’m talking about considering this is what our wardrobes consist of for the most part but take my advice. Bali is way hotter than Florida, more humid and theres rarely any wind.Processed with VSCO with s3 presetOne of the first places we checked out that I had been dying to visit months before arriving to Bali was KYND Community. It’s a plant based cafe whose atmosphere is right up my alley. They are mainly known for their smoothie bowls and its one of the best I’ve ever had, trust me I’m not exageratting. I had three plates, a drink and Danny had two plates and a drink as well all for about thirty-something dollars. Where in the U. S. can you eat such great quality food for that price? Let me know because I don’t know of any lol. Not to mention how cute and picture worthy it is. 10/10 from me and I highly recommend it if you’re ever around that area. Processed with VSCO with 4 presetWe also visited the Potato Head Beach Club in Kuta. Laid back spaces suitable for drinking, grabbing some bites and tanning by the beach. Entrance is free however you have to pay if you’d like to rent out your own personal cabana. Processed with VSCO with s3 presetProcessed with VSCO with s3 presetProcessed with VSCO with s3 presetProcessed with VSCO with kp3 presetProcessed with VSCO with fr4 presetIMG_8510If you’re an animal lover like me you have to visit the Sacred Monkey Forest. One of my favorite destinations. Entrance is not free and you have to pay to buy fruits and bananas so the monkeys can climb on you. They’re literally everywhere just jumping on visitors and monkeying around (hehe ;)) They highly recommend you don’t wear anything loose such as hats, purses, or any jewelry because the monkeys will snatch it from you and you can say goodbye to it forever. I was wearing these flowy pants and I guess they thought I was hiding something in them because they would jump on my foot and look under my pants. It was the funniest thing ever. I could have stayed here for hourssss.Processed with VSCO with a6 presetProcessed with VSCO with 7 presetProcessed with VSCO with 4 presetProcessed with VSCO with fp4 presetProcessed with VSCO with kp8 presetProcessed with VSCO with kg2 presetProcessed with VSCO with fr4 presetimg_8789.jpgYou can’t go to Bali and not go to the beach. By far few of the most beautiful beaches I’ve ever seen. We visited a few such as Uluwatu, Padang Padang and Suluban. When I return my goal is to spend almost every day exploring beaches and waterfalls, which we didn’t get a chance to do with so much in our plate.Processed with VSCO with fr4 presetProcessed with VSCO with fr4 presetProcessed with VSCO with kg2 presetIMG_8135Another cafe spot worth the visit is Coffee Cartel. It’s another plant based cafe that will blow your mind with its tasteful dishes. We had the chance to chat with the owner who’s a really sweet guy from Sydney, Australia. This spot is so chic and aesthetically pleasing I didn’t want to leave. Definitely check this sweet spot out if you’re ever in Seminyak.Processed with VSCO with fp2 presetProcessed with VSCO with ke1 presetProcessed with VSCO with 4 presetProcessed with VSCO with fp8 presetProcessed with VSCO with fp2 presetProcessed with VSCO with 4 presetProcessed with VSCO with fr4 presetProcessed with VSCO with fp2 presetAfter a few days in Seminyak we made our way to Ubud. The drive was supposed to be about two hours however with the crazy driving and traffic in Seminyak it became five hours long. Thankfully our villa in Ubud sent the sweetest driver we had in Bali to pick us up. His name was Jana. Jana is a local from Ubud who dedicates to driving tourists and owns a shop with his wife near Bukit Campuhan. We also hired him to drive us around Ubud for two days. He gave us recommendations, took us to the best spots around the city and partook in some Indonesian traditions with us. Jana became our friend. I miss him and when I go back to Bali I will be contacting him again. Please, if you’re ever in Ubud ask me for his contact information. You’ll make me the happiest person!IMG_8126Processed with VSCO with kg2 presetOur villa in Ubud was beyond words. It was in the most peaceful neighborhood, overlooking rice fields. The only downside I have to say is it wasn’t always peaceful. The villas owner has a person assigned to cook you breakfast and clean up after you. Though that might sound nice to some, to those looking to get away from people and have some privacy its not the best scenario. We asked her in the nicest way possible not to come the next day, explaining to her we didn’t need our rooms cleaned or any breakfast since we had plans to eat out. She still came by with her assistant the following morning, hung out in the living room area waiting for us to leave. It was really uncomfortable and very unprofessional in my opinion. Therefor I’m not exactly sure I would recommend this villa to someone looking for privacy based on my experience. However if you don’t mind any of what I just described feel free to ask me for this villa’s information.  Processed with VSCO with a6 presetIf you love elephants then you probably feel the same way I do about elephant parks. I’ve never liked the idea of them nor supported them. However I researched this one and apparently these elephants were rescued from Sumatra, where their natural habitat is being destroyed by deforestation and the animals are being persecuted and hunted due to their damage to the palm oil trade. This park  is called The Elephant park in Taro and it meets international standards of animal care and was awarded the “Best Environmentally Friendly Tourist Attraction” in Bali. Though I still disagree with elephant riding and would never partake in it, it was a remarkable experience getting to feed and bond with the elephants.Processed with VSCO with a4 presetProcessed with VSCO with a4 presetProcessed with VSCO with j3 presetI got to check of a few things from my bucket list on this trip. Visiting the Tegalang Rice Terrace was among them. You have to pay a small fee to access the fields and be able to walk trough them but its totally worth it. It was definitely a hike. You start at the bottom and make it to the top and you have to make donations as you go otherwise you have to turn back around. Processed with VSCO with 4 presetProcessed with VSCO with 4 presetProcessed with VSCO with l1 presetProcessed with VSCO with a4 presetIf visiting temples is among your plans for Indonesia make sure you do some research and find which ones you’d like to visit. I made the mistake of not doing so and when we got there I didn’t know which ones I wanted to see. Theres so many. Literally every corner or street you pass by theres a temple. Some of the Temples have rules for females. So keep that in mind when getting ready before visiting the temples.Processed with VSCO with av4 presetThis was Bukit Campuhan in Ubud. It’s a twelve kilometer trail amid lush green woods, valleys and rivers.Processed with VSCO with 4 presetAmong Danny’s list of places he wanted to see was the Pura Tirta Empul. Tirta Empul is a  holy spring water temple. The temple has a spring that gives out fresh water regularly. The water is believed to have magical powers and local Balinese consider it to be holy and come here to purify themselves under the water spouts. Our friend and driver Jana guided us trough the whole tradition. Though the water was freezing and I was reluctant to go in initially it was definitely worth it. I would do it all over again.Processed with VSCO with 4 presetProcessed with VSCO with 4 presetProcessed with VSCO with av4 presetProcessed with VSCO with 4 presetProcessed with VSCO with j3 presetProcessed with VSCO with 4 presetProcessed with VSCO with kg2 presetAfter a few days in Bali we took a flight back to Singapore and stayed there a couple more days. Let me tell you guys, Singapore is the complete opposite of Indonesia. It is tremendously expensive. From hotels, to food to attractions. As spectacular as it was I wouldn’t recommend anyone staying in Singapore for more than two to three days unless you have the money to splurge. We stayed at the Marina Bay Sands hotel. That was totally worth it. It was on Danny’s bucket list spending some time at the infinity pool overlooking the skylines and it was truly a magical experience. The hotel is beautiful and super high end. It has a lot of restaurants, a mall and some attractions. We had such a hard time finding good food anywhere in Singapore. Never imagined having this issue EVER. Aside from the food being expensive almost everywhere, everything we tried wasn’t that great sometimes not even good at all. Now I know everyone has different a taste but that was just my experience. Super dissapointing.Processed with VSCO with 10 presetProcessed with VSCO with kp8 presetProcessed with VSCO with 4 presetimg_8019.jpgIMG_8001Processed with VSCO with q4 presetMy favorite attraction in Singapore was of course the Gardens by the Bay. This was on my bucket list for a very long time. I have always been obsessed with trees, plants, and flowers so this place was a dream come true. The garden has these beautiful super trees that light up at night. It has a forest with its own indoor waterfall, a flower Dome and sky conservatories. Outdoor garden admission is free but everything else has a small price to it. Processed with VSCO with 10 presetProcessed with VSCO with 4 presetProcessed with VSCO with kg2 presetProcessed with VSCO with j3 presetProcessed with VSCO with j3 presetProcessed with VSCO with kg2 presetProcessed with VSCO with j3 presetProcessed with VSCO with j3 presetProcessed with VSCO with s2 presetProcessed with VSCO with j3 presetOne of the last places we visited in Singapore was the Art Science Museum. It is located right next to the Marina Bay Sands. I was really looking forward to checking this place out but I was a bit disappointed. Mainly because there wasn’t many exhibitions making the visit really short. We were’t even there for an hour. All the exhibitions were mind blowing, I just wish there was more of them. Despite my disappointment I really do recommend this museum because its something that you’veprobably never seen before. Processed with VSCO with j3 presetProcessed with VSCO with a4 presetProcessed with VSCO with a4 presetProcessed with VSCO with a4 presetThe very last thing we did was the Merlion Park. Its across from the museum and the Marina Bay. I got a little frustrated in this location because it gets incredibly crowded. People don’t even give you a chance to get a nice picture in front of the lion. They take forever to finish taking their own photographs and will jump in front of your picture with no empathy. I would highly suggest coming here early in the morning so you can avoid this. Processed with VSCO with 10 presetProcessed with VSCO with ke1 presetProcessed with VSCO with a4 presetProcessed with VSCO with j3 presetHere are the Gardens by the Bay at night. If you stay at the Marina Bay Sands theres a bridge that has easy access to the gardens. They have a few light shows so make sure you do some research for the times so you don’t miss it. Processed with VSCO with kg2 presetProcessed with VSCO with j3 presetProcessed with VSCO with j3 presetProcessed with VSCO with kg2 presetProcessed with VSCO with kg2 presetI forgot to mention earlier but research all of Singapores rules and laws before arriving. They are very strict in some aspects. You cannot litter or throw any type of trash on the ground (which I believe should be a law everywhere), you can’t chew gum, can’t show affection in public, and many more. Another tip, ladies make sure you bring plug adapters and make sure the voltage in your hair appliances is within the voltage limit of these locations. Last thing you want to do is fry your straightener or even worse your hair while on vacation. If I were to choose which place I would rather travel to it would be anywhere in Bali a million times.  Singapore is a beautiful city, but I was dissapointed various time making my visit not the best experience. When I travel  I try to go in with an open mind and willingness to try and do anything but I don’t think I would ever go back. Bali is another story. Bali is a place I would visit even once a year. Thats how much I loved it. I’m not going to explain in detail what I love about it because its everything, the culture, the people, the food, the landscapes. You just have to experience it for yourself to understand what I mean.

 

I really hope you guys enjoyed this post or found it beneficial in some way. Please contact me if you ever want any more tips or recommendations about any of these places. Thank you so much for reading this all the way if you did. Hope you have an amazing weekend and Thanksgiving holiday! Hasta la proxima!

“Now more than ever do I realize that I will never be content with a sedentary life, that I will always be haunted by thoughts of a sun-drenched elsewhere.”
―Isabelle Eberhardtxox kiara

 

 

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