Sunday, April 17, 2011

Bali Trip : Day 4 Pura Luhur Uluwatu & Jimbaran Bay

Pura Luhur Uluwatu
Today is our Day 4 at Bali. We spend our morning and afternoon walking all the stretch of Legion Street. I spent the opportunity to harass the local doggies and had a blast at the Kuta Beach. Later on, we went to watch the sunset at Pura Luhur Uluwatu, which is infamous for their mischievous monkey and we ended our day with a romantic dinner at Jimbaran Bay.

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Today we did not hire a full day driver because we only have one temple left to visit, which is the Pura Luhur Uluwatu. We decided to get a cheap deal from a local driver at the market place.

On the morning, we walked along the Legion street sampling local delicacies and buying more souvenirs for our families. Among the streets in Bali, the most shops we encounter were those selling paintings and T-shirts. The painting looks absolutely gorgeous albeit quite generic because we see the similar paintings everywhere in Bali. The graphic T were also with the most interesting words.
Legion Street, Kuta
After a long and tiring walk, we make a stop at the Kuta Beach to work on our tan. While I was relaxing by the beach, those hunky surfer dudes keep bothering my view. I had a hard time ignoring them.

Kuta Beach

Surfer dude @ Kuta Beach
Did I mentioned that Bali is such a dog-friendly place? Everywhere I go, there were doggies around. They appeared to be straying around the streets without owners, but they looked feel fed and healthy. I can't help myself, but took some photos with them whenever I see them. Is so inspiring to see the dogs co-exist peacefully with the locals. I do hope Malaysia can achieve such a state one day.
The Bali Dogs
While we were shopping during the afternoon, we had a deal with a driver for 150,000 rupiah for driving us to and back from Uluwatu. He threw in a Jimbaran Bay for good measure as he said that place was a famous tourist spot for seafood dinner and it was also situated on the way back from Uluwatu to our hotel.

Pura Luhur Uluwatu was infamous for its mischievous monkeys. They snatch everything from plastic bags, backpack, sunglasses, water bottles, slippers and everything else that they manage to get their hands on. In order not to lose any of your valuable to these snatch thieves, keep everything out of their reach. Do not wear lose item on your head including hair clips.
Monkeys at Pura Luhur Uluwatu
The view of the Uluwatu's cliff is magnificent and also extremely dangerous. There was not safety grill to save you, if you happen to stumble yourself at the cliff. Thus, we need to be extra careful when trying to capture the photo of us by the cliff side.

Cliff view @ Pura Luhur Uluwatu
 After walking a little distance from the main temple to the other side of the cliff, we manage to get away from the crowd and found a nice spot with just a few other people. Mr. B and I settled down and just waited to the sunset to come. Is so peaceful and romantic at this moment.

Waiting for sunset @ Pura Luhur Uluwatu's cliff
Initially we didn't include Jimbaran Bay into our itinerary because Mr. B does not like seafood and is gonna be expensive anyway. But because our new driver insist that we should try it, off we went. Jimbaran Bay is a stretch of seafood restaurant situated by the beach side. All their tables was placed on the sandy beach. There were cultural dance performance and musician for our enjoyment. The band that was making the rounds at the table were very talented. They sang us a mandarin song and a Japanese song for the Japanese couple on our next table. The couple was extremely delighted to hear their own mother-tongue. The atmosphere here was totally romantic. Although we did not ordered the customary seafood dishes, we had a great time at the Jimbaran Bay.
Romantic dinner at Jimbaran Bay