Stumble Into Indonesia's Unseen Places
Passing a free trip to Bali? Hell no! An invitation by Avilla for the 3-day weekend was absolutely a ‘yes’. Lucky me, cos Mumun had to be away for work, so I automatically got to go on the trip! Muhahaa…
The bubbly Alfi and sweet Artha from Avilla hospitality management had arranged activities for us, all of which were in Kuta, Legian, Seminyak and Sanur. Honestly, I didn’t think one could really have a blissful experience in these popular places, but the trip proved me wrong. True, everything was paid for, but I also enjoyed spending time with other travel bloggers as well as food bloggers, giving me many new knowledge and insights. What’s more, as predictable as the destinations are, there is always something I haven’t seen, done, or eaten before.
The trip kicked off with a dinner at Bale Udang Mang Engking. I thought, ‘Hey, that sounds Sundanese!’ as ‘Mang’ means uncle in the language widely spoken in West Java. Turns out, Avilla had acquired the original brand and turned it into a simply Indonesian restaurant, with shrimp (udang) as their prime menu. The Hurang Ageung dish was to die for!
A visit to Kokonut Suites followed the next day. It is a hotel with semi-apartment concept located in Kerobokan, Seminyak, simple and quite elegant. The 2 and 3 bedroom units suit perfectly for your family vacation.
We also had our 4-course meal for lunch at Suka Suka Restaurant, consisting of mango salad, pumpkin soup, grilled chicken mushroom with spinach and cheese filling, then fried banana with palm sugar and vanilla ice cream. Do I see you drool? If you knew how delicious it was, I bet you would.
The highlight of the visit for me was the canang making and Balinese dressing lesson that they arranged specially for us. Oh boy, I love learning how to make things! It doesn’t only channel my creativity, it’s also mind-relaxing. Canang is a composition of betel leaf in the bottom, 6 kinds of flowers with different colors put around the rampe flower, organized in a banten (the plate made of pandan leaves). A canangis used as daily offering by the Hindus, which you would see on car dashboards, doorways, shrines, almost anywhere in Bali. You’d see a lot of them crushed by pedestrians, too 🙁
As for the Balinese cloths, there’s actually something meaningful in how they wear it. The cloth is wrapped and tied around your waist, symbolizing how sexual desire is supposed to be tied up, not to be let loose, which applies to men and women. And men get to wear the headpiece. Honestly, unlike Mumun, I’m not fond of wearing traditional clothes cos I thought it’s quite impractical. But they showed us how easy it really is, and we got to practice it with the cloths they’ve provided for us. And Guess what! We got to keep the cloths!! Woohoo!! I’m so wearing one to the nearest occasion that suits!
If you think that’s all the fun I had with other bloggers in Bali, wait ‘til our next posts. I’ll tell you more about hotels we visited and how to end a blissful trip perfectly 😉