Notes by Nectar

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Bali: Week 3

It feels like all I’ve done this week is eat and drink!

Sunday and Monday were quiet during the day. My sister and her family arrived on Saturday evening so we spent Sunday relaxing at home. My brother and his wife arrived late Sunday night/early Monday morning so we didn’t do much on Monday either.

On Sunday evening Harry came over to say hello with his son Timothy. After that five of us and Harry (Timothy was dropped home) went back to Trattoria for dinner. I had my first slice of pizza since September! I couldn’t decide what to eat – I didn’t feel like fish or steak so I ordered chicken stuffed with emmental, mushrooms and spinach. It was excellent! I don’t usually order chicken when I go out but I think I should reconsider that. We shared tiramisu for dessert.

On Monday night we went to La Scala for dinner. I ordered a soup to start with and tacos for my main course. Nothing really appealed to me that evening – I don’t know why! And thankfully there were no bats that night.

We spent Tuesday afternoon at Bali Zoo. That night we went to Sushi Tei for dinner. My parents went home after dinner and the five of us went to Hu’u Bar for some drinks.

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It was quiet but we stayed on until they closed.

On Wednesday my parents and I went to Jenggala Keramik for lunch (the others had all gone to Seminyak). I ordered a hot dog – it was the best hot dog I’d had in a long time.

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After lunch my mum and I went to Le Salon des Coiffures in Jimbaran. I really needed a mani/pedi and wanted to get my hair coloured before going to Phuket. The mani/pedi, colour and blowdry cost $65. Bargain!

That night we went to Mama San in Seminyak to celebrate my brother and sister-in-law’s second anniversary. Harry joined us as well. We got there and had a drink at the bar upstairs while waiting for our table. I had the passion fruit and vanilla martini – it was pretty good but not something I could drink all night.

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We sat down at our table and ordered. To start with we had: Peking duck with hoisin sauce, char sui pork with five spiced sauce, beef and bamboo dumplings with chilli and hot bean sauce, pork and prawn siu mai, crispy salmon with green mango salad and sweet fish sauce. For our main course we had: crispy lemongrass chicken with sweet chilli sauce, clay pot snapper braised in soy with Szechuan shitake mushrooms, Massaman curry with duck, stir-fried black pepper beef with asparagus, crispy whole fish with three-flavour sauce, pad thai, roti canai, steamed rice. We shared everything. We finished almost everything.

For dessert, we had home-made banana cake with cinnamon and cardamom with coconut ice cream – it was fantastic.

After dinner my parents went home and five of us went to Ku De Ta for a drink. Again, it was quiet, but not as quiet as Hu’u Bar the night before. We had one drink and called it a night.

Thursday was an uneventful day. We woke up late and lounged by the pool all afternoon. I did a few lengths of the pool and passed out on a sunbed for an hour.

We had dinner at Queen’s of India that night, at their branch in Tanjung Benoa.

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It was full of Indians. The chef told us they had all been attending a wedding at one of the hotels nearby. We sat outside – there was a live band playing Indian music. The singer was Indian, the tabla player was Italian and the guitarist was Danish. At one point everyone from the wedding party got up to dance and I felt like I was gatecrashing a sangeet. It was weird. I ordered a dosa for my dinner. It was average – I don’t think I’d order that again.

Friday was a busy day! I was up early(ish), went to the gym, came back and had breakfast. We splashed around in the pool for a while and then five of us decided to have lunch at Menega Cafe in Jimbaran Bay.

We ordered the prawns, red snapper and lobster.

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It was excellent. And the restaurant was a lot more relaxed compared to what it’s like at night. They only had a few tables out and some sunbeds and umbrellas too. After lunch I was too full to move.

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We stayed at the beach for a little while and then headed home.

Early that evening four of us (my mum, brother, sister-in-law and me) went to the National Deaf School (or ‘National the Deaf School’ as the sign outside said) to feed the children. On our birthdays and anniversaries my mum always feeds the poor – if she’s in India she’ll do it herself and if she’s elsewhere she’ll arrange for it to happen. This year, for my brother and sister-in-law’s anniversary, Harry arranged for us to feed the children at the deaf school. He arranged for all the food (KFC) to be delivered and the kids were so excited.

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They put on some entertainment for us. Three girls did a dance…

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And two boys put on a very entertaining skit.

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Harry explained to us that it was a state-funded school and they didn’t get many treats. He said that the age range of the school was 8 to 28 years. They stayed until they graduated, no matter how long it took them to get their high school diploma. He said a couple of the hotels employed a few high school graduates from the school as well. We asked how often they saw their parents – and he said that several of the boarders (all the kids we served were boarders – there were about 50 of them) were from neighbouring islands and rarely saw their parents. He said sometimes their parents couldn’t afford to make the journey or that the trip would take days to make and they couldn’t take that much time off work. He said the school runs mainly on donations – several local companies donate things, such as 50 kg of rice each month. I’m so glad I went – the kids were so happy.

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That night we had dinner at a Korean Restaurant on Jalan Sunset Road called The Grill House. We ordered way too much food – beef, pork, chicken, kim chee – the portions were huge and the waitress really should have told us that! After dinner we weren’t sure whether to go out as we stank of Korean barbecue. My parents, brother and sister-in-law decided to go home, and my sister, brother-in-law and I went to Hu’u Bar for a couple of drinks. We got there before 11pm and managed to get a sofa outside – but inside the club was heaving. We left just after 1am.

On Saturday we hung out at the pool in the morning.

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We then decided we’d go to Turtle Island (Dad stayed home). We spent an hour there, and then came back and had lunch at Bumbu Bali. I can’t decide whether it’s prettier in the day or at night!

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That night my parents went out for dinner on their own and the five of us decided to go to Potato Head Beach Club. Harry had told us it’s the new place to go and was similar to Ku De Ta. We got there a little before 10pm and didn’t have a reservation. The woman at the desk told us all the beds by the beach/pool were booked but that we could have a table in the restaurant (none of us were keen). Luckily we saw some guys paying their bill and managed to get their table.

It’s a gorgeous space, but it didn’t feel as cosy as Ku De Ta – there was a large unused space in the middle of the ‘amphitheatre’ which made the club seem too big.

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We ordered our drinks first and then looked at the food menu. That first round of drinks took forever to get to us. We decided we’d have to order our next round when we were halfway through our first! We ordered a cheese platter, a cold cuts platter and some smoked salmon to share. I was so excited when the cheese platter came that I forgot to take photos of the other food.

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At midnight we decided to move on to somewhere else and ended up at Hu’u Bar. Because we’d arrived after midnight we
had to pay the entrance fee ($10), which included one free drink.

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There were some interestingly dressed women there…

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We took a cab home at about 2.30, stopping at the McDonald’s drive-thru near the villa. We were laughing so hard about something (the Australian guy that walked up to the drive-thru window – ‘Where’s your dingo, mate?’) that my sister had tears running down her cheeks. I’m not even going to explain what we were laughing at because it won’t seem remotely funny now.

We got home, scoffed our food and went to bed.

I love my life.

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Bali Zoo

On Monday night we decided we’d go to Bali Zoo the following day. We left home in two cars at around noon (we had planned on leaving at 11am but by the time we were all organised it was closer to 12). We all went, except Dad – I think he just wanted some peace and quiet. 

It took us just over an hour to get there. 

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We were told that if we went straight to the restaurant we’d be able to see the tiger cub and have photos taken with it. When we got there, there was a different animal there (which we later discovered was an Asian bearcat – I’d never seen one before) and were told it would still be a while before the tiger arrived. We decided we’d skip the long queue to see the tiger and start walking around the zoo. 

The first animals we saw were the lions.

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We followed the path and came across some crocodiles.

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I asked my brother-in-law to stand near the crocodile to put its size into perspective.

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There were lots of bats!

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We were introduced to Jerry, the wild pig. 

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‘You can touch him if you want,’ said the zoo staff. Er, no thanks! We later learnt that safety wasn’t a priority at this zoo!

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Our paths kept crossing with a large (very annoying) Chinese family – they had no manners and kept trying to feed the animals. At one point they put some chicken onto a long stick and tried to feed it to one of the monkeys! They were noisy and we just wanted to get away from them.

There was a sad tiger all alone in its enclosure. At first I thought it was limping but then realised that it only had three legs.

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We saw honey bears.

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Some birds roamed around freely.

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There was a petting zoo with deer and rabbits – but the rabbits didn’t look very healthy at all.

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We then met Bobby, some kind of bird of prey (I can’t remember what he was). He reminded me of a character from ‘The Muppet Show’. We were told not to get too close to him as he wasn’t fully trained yet.

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After walking through the python enclosure we came to Jacky, the orangutan. The warning outside his enclosure told us to be careful as he had a habit of throwing his food at visitors watching him. 

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And then several things happened at once:

  • The Chinese family caught up with us
  • An elephant carrying people approached us

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  • A member of staff rushed towards us ushering us off the path saying ‘the tiger is coming’

Excuse me? The what is coming? 

‘We’re bringing the tiger this way so move off the path.’ 

Where were we supposed to go? We got off the path, moving closer to Jacky’s enclosure.

‘Be quiet – the tiger is dangerous.’ The Chinese family understood this to mean ‘make even more noise’.

A few seconds later, three members of staff walked past with a tiger cub on a leash – just a few feet away from us. The tiger was 9 months old, but bloody strong! It caught sight of the elephant on its right and bolted towards it. It took all three men to regain control over the animal and walk him away. In hindsight any one of us could have been mauled!

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While watching the drama with the tiger we all had our backs to Jacky, when my sister felt something hit her back. Jacky was throwing things at us! Either we were blocking his view of the tiger or he was feeling neglected. He started looking around for things to throw at us so we decided we’d better move on. We left the Chinese family throwing things back at him. 

We moved on to the safety of the camels and elephants and bought some fruit so we could feed the elephant.

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We passed another tiger enclosure and then we’d seen all the animals. We went back to the restaurant to have a bite to eat and relax.

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The zoo itself was very pretty… 

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I’m glad we went – it was an experience – but I don’t think I’d go back again! 

 

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