Instagram-worthy places: All you need to know part 2

Hello again!

As promised, this is part two of insta-worthy places in Singapore.

You can check out Part 1 HERE

In this post, I’m gonna share with you my next few insta-worthy places in Singapore.

Enjoy…..

 Chinese Garden

The last time I actually visited the Chinese Garden was more than 10 years ago. I have no recollection of how the place looks like.

The Chinese Garden is a 13.5 hectare garden that was built in 1975 by the renowned Taiwanese architect Professor Yuen-chen Yu.

Within the gardens, you will find ponds, streams, a Chinese Pagoda, Bonsai trees and statues of Chinese heroes which make the Chinese Gardens the ideal place for you to enjoy some serenity.

The Stone Boat, Pagodas, Pavilions, Bonsai Garden, the Live Turtle, bridges, Tea House, Stone Lions and Tortoise Museum are some of the artistic masterpieces that stand out in the garden. The bridges at the Chinese Garden represent good luck!

The Chinese Garden is also the perfect place to visit during the Chinese New Year and the Mid-Autumn Festival. Come and enjoy art and culture entertainment from live Kungfu and acrobatic shows. It is also common to find couples shooting wedding photos within the gardens as they capture their special day in this beautiful location.

The Chinese Garden is so big with almost 6000 sq. meters of beautiful space, that we got lost and couldn’t find our way to the exit.

Haji Lane

From funky murals to quirky cafes and bars to cool boutiques, Haji Lane is definitely on my list on insta-worthy places in Singapore.

Known as Singapore’s original indie neighbourhood, Haji Lane is a popular spot for not only tourists, but locals as well!

After exploring the area, you can enjoy a meal or coffee at one of the many popular cafes like I am Cafe and Selfie Coffee.

Masjid Sultan Mosque

Masjid Sultan Mosque is located in Kampong Glam area, which is located in Arab Street. It was built in the early 1800s, when Sultan Hussain Shah, Ruler of Temasek (the former name of Singapore) proposed to build a mosque. These days it’s considered the “national mosque” of Singapore.

The original Masjid Sultan Mosque was demolished after about a century to make way for the current building, which was completed in 1932.

Petain Road

The last on my list of  insta-worthy places in Singapore is Petain Road. The row of houses is known for its eclectic style. The name “Petain” is quite controversial as it was named after Henri-Philippe Pétain, a decorated World War 1 French general who led France to victory against Germany in 1918. However, he worked with the Nazis and adopted repressive measures against the Jews when he became Chief of State. He was later convicted for treason and sentenced to life imprisonment.

There was a campaign by the French community to change the name of the road as they did not want to honour a disgraced French general, but it was not successful as many people were already used to the name.

Hope you guys enjoyed this post and if you’re ever in Singapore, do go visit these places! In the mean time, you can check out my Instagram

Till next time…..

 

 

Xx,

Nic

 

 

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Instagram-worthy places in Singapore: All You Need To Know

Hi guys!

I’ve always written about beautiful places I’ve been to, where are the beautiful spots, best cafes and restaurants to go to, etc, but I’ve never written about my own home country, Singapore.

So today, I’m gonna share with you what I think are insta-worthy places in Singapore!

1) House of Tan Teng Niah (Little India)

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Possibly most colourful and insta-worthy place in Singapore, the House of Tan Teng Niah sits proudly in the centre of Little India. However, unlike the rest of the attractions in this list, the House of Tan Teng Niah isn’t really Indian. As any linguists may have already realised, this building’s routes lie firmly in the Chinese colonialisation of Singapore, and is the only survivor of its type in the neighbourhood.

Situated just a minute’s walk from Little India MRT Station is the Residence of Tan Teng Niah. While the choice of psychedelic colours on the exterior post-restoration is subject for debate, one cannot argue that this eight-room Chinese villa screams for attention in the vicinity of Kerbau Road.

The history of the building goes back to 1900, when Tan Teng Niah who was one of the few prominent Chinese businessmen in Little India, built it for his wife. This building is one of the last surviving Chinese villas in Little India.

A few Chinese businessmen decided to set up business in Little India following the success of the cattle trade. They were usually in the businesses of rattan works, pineapple factories, and rubber smokehouses. These industries may seem unrelated to the cattle trade in the area but there was a far-reaching commercial relationship which made sense.

The wet environment of the area provided the abundant amounts of water which rattan works required. Recycled rattan by-products and the dregs of pineapple skins from the factories then went into the cattle feed. Bullock carts were readily available and that facilitated goods transportation such as rubber sheets prepared by the rubber smokehouses.

Tan Teng Niah was one such owner of a rubber smokehouse and his legacy would continue to survive today at 37 Kerbau Road as the Residence of Tan Teng Niah.

The best time to visit to capture the vibrant colours is around noon (no shadow casted) but it can be extremely hot and scorching, If photography is not critical, visit during the cooler part of the day in the morning or early evening. If you visit in the evening, you can also dine alfresco and order from a restaurant that now occupies the building or from a hawker across the street.

As the premises house several business, it is not possible to visit the interior of the house, it is definitely a colourful visit.

2) ArtScience Museum: Future World

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You don’t have go too far to find insta-worthy places in Singapore!

Look no further than the Singapore ArtScience Museum, which houses renowned exhibitions that push the boundaries of science, technology and knowledge.

We’re in for a whole new treat because Future World recently added 10 new installations!

3) Peranakan Houses at Koon Seng Road

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Now, you know how much I love a beautiful and colourful backdrop! So it’s a no-brainer that these Peranakan Houses at Koon Seng Road made it to list of insta-worthy places in Singapore.

What does Peranakan mean? Peranakan descendants are of Chinese immigrants who came to the Malay Archipelago, including British Malaya (now Malaysia and Singapore) and Dutch East Indies (now Indonesia).

The road is actually named after Cheong Koon Seng, born in the 1800′, who was one of the first thirteen students at Singapore’s Anglo-Chinese School. Until the 1970’s, the area was inhabited by Peranakan Chinese, which explains the colourful and unique Chinese architecture to be found in the area.

The houses were built in the 1920’s and 1930’s but it was until the early 90’s that they were to be officially marked for conservation.

These perfectly painted Peranakan-themed houses are now a popular spot for budding photographers, tourists and fashion models visiting the city looking for a colourful backdrop for their photography. Each house is painted in a different pastel, and each property tells its own story.

They say some of the houses are still lived in by the original families that moved in during the 20’s and 30’s, while many moved out due to violence in the area during the 1970’s allowing a new generation of Singaporeans’ to take over.

4) Japanese Cemetery

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Established in 1891, the Japanese Cemetery Park was used to serve the burial needs of the Japanese residents in Singapore. In 1891, three brothel keepers, Futaki Takajiro, Shibuya Ginji and Nakagawa Kikuzo obtained permission from the government to build a cemetery for the destitute Japanese prostitutes who breathed their last in Singapore but had no final resting place.

The founders of the cemetery were also rubber plantation owners, hence they used some of their land to serve as land for the cemetery. As a reminder of their deeds, there are still two huge rubber trees commissioned as heritage trees within the compound of the cemetery.

After World War I, industrialisation grew at an astonishing pace in Japan, and hence the composition of the Japanese community here evolved to include people from other sectors, such as agriculture, retail, fishing. The cemetery later grew to include the tombs of these people. As the community became wealthier, the architecture of the tombs took on more ornate and elaborate styles. Design features included stone sculptures of Jizo (a Japanese deity) or Corinthian-styled columns, and plots were also demarcated with fences and gates.

It is now the largest and most well-preserved Japanese cemetery in Southeast Asia, measuring approximately 30,000 square metres, and houses around 1000 graves. The cemetery was closed to burials in 1973 and named a memorial park in 1987. The Singapore government transferred custodial rights over the cemetery to the Japanese Association in 1969. Today, the Japanese Association continues to manage the affairs of the cemetery.

Just before entering and when leaving the cemetery, I did a silent prayer stating that I was not here to disturb the peace of the dead.

While walking about the cemetery, useful information board will tell you more about the history of the Japanese Cemetery, which I found very useful and knowledgeable.

Hope you enjoyed this post!

Stay tuned for part 2, which will be out next week!

 

Xx,

Nic

Kuala Lumpur 5-day Guide: all you need to know

How to get to Kuala Lumpur from Singapore: 

here are two ways to get from Singapore to KL, either bus or plane. Of course taking a plane will be faster by it’ll cost more. Buses are cheaper but there is always the case of jam at the immigration and causeways. It took me 10 hours to reach KL, compared to the usual 5-6 hours. I quite enjoyed the long bus ride I must say. But hey, to each his or her own. There are so many bus options like Billion Stars Express, Star Mart Express, First Coach, etc. Personally, my First Coach is my fave! You can get coach tickets for as cheap as $16!

If you’re not like me, and hate the long bus ride but is willing to pay a bit more, there are also so many airlines like Scoot, Singapore Airlines, etc, that fly to KL.

Where to stay in Kuala Lumpur: 

There are so many options in terms of where to stay in KL. You’ve got upmarket hotels like Mandarin Oriental Kuala Lumpur and InterContinental Kuala Lumpur.

However, if you’re on a tight budget, you can look for cheaper hotels like SS City Hotel Kuala Lumpur or Hotel Sunbeam Palm. There are some pretty good and affordable AirBnbs that you can look at as well.

Insta-worthy spots in Kuala Lumpur:

Thean Hou temple: The first insta-worthy spot to make it to my Kuala Lumpur Travel Guide is Thean Hou Temple! Thean Hou Temple is one of the oldest and largest temples in Southeast Asia. Southwest of the city, it is a popular tourist attraction and is located along Jalan Klang Lama. Overlooking the Federal highway, the six-tiered Buddhist temple is also known as the Temple of the Goddess of Heaven.

Dedicated to Tian Hou, a goddess said to protect fishermen, the temple is also a shrine where many come to worship Guan Yin, the Goddess of Mercy. Built by KL’s Hainanese community in 1894, it is set on a hill and offers wonderful views of the city.

Thean Hou Temple’s structural design represents a successful combination of contemporary architectural style and traditional designs with intricate embellishments and ornate carvings and murals. The front entrance has a multi-arched gateway with red pillars, to symbolize prosperity and good fortune.

You can often see both devotees and visitors burning joss sticks, kneeling in prayer and placing offerings at the feet of the statues. During Chinese festivals such as Vesak Day and Mooncake festival, thousands of devotees frequent the temple.

It is also a popular wedding venue among KL’s Chinese locals and even conducts fortune telling readings as well as traditional Chinese exercise and martial arts activities such as Qigong, tai-chi and wushu classes.

Batu caves: Now this second place is the insta-famous Batu Caves. Why is it on my Kuala Lumpur Travel Guide? Well, it is one of Kuala Lumpur’s most frequented tourist attractions, and is a limestone hill comprising three major caves and a number of smaller ones. Located approximately 11 kilometres to the north of Kuala Lumpur, this 100-year-old temple features idols and statues erected inside the main caves and around it.

Incorporated with interior limestone formations said to be around 400 million years old, the temple is considered an important religious landmark by Hindus. Cathedral Cave – the largest and most popular cavern in Batu Caves – houses several Hindu shrines beneath its 100-metre-high arched ceiling. At the foot of Batu Hill are two other cave temples – the Art Gallery Cave and Museum Cave – which houses numerous Hindu statues and paintings.

Masjid Wilayah Persekutan: Known as “Mosque in a garden”, Masjid Wilayah Persekutan was built in 1995 and completed in 2000.

It is surrounded by artificial lake and three layers of garden. First layer is forest garden. Second layer is palm garden. Third layer is herb and flower garden. ⠀

Masjid Wilayah Persekutan cost around 255 million ringgit to build and is about 47 000 square metre.

It is also one of the few mosques in KL that provides free tours. It was built for 3 purposes: worship for Muslims, a school and for holding banquets.

Including the outdoor grounds, the mosque can hold up to 17,000 worshippers at one time. People tend to come early to pray as not everyone can fit inside the air-conditioned dome, and many are forced to pray outside. The mosque consists of four floors and is home to a school, library, and, of course, the impressive prayer hall.

Each architectural aspect of the religious structure has taken on many different styles from the most noteworthy of mosques from around the world. The Islamic designs throughout the religious structure are arguably some of the most stunning of all the mosques in the city, with motifs and architecture hailing from Iran, Morocco, Turkey, and more.

The hall is adorned with awe-worthy Islamic designs and features, including the magnificent mehrab. It is here visitors will find semi-precious stones actually embedded into the carved marble and was done so by descendants of the same artisans who built the famous Taj Mahal in India.

The turquoise blue colour of the dome is typical of mosques in Iran. The marble floor resembles those found in India. The cool verandas are lined with Moroccan inspired archways, with a spacious courtyard featuring the main arch: one of the mosques most memorable attributes.

Masjid Wilayah Persekutuan was built this way in hopes of being inclusive of mosques found around the world. In doing so, visitors will be able to connect with the structure on a deeper level and feel at home while partaking in prayer, regardless of where they come from.

Where to eat:

There are so many amazingly good food in KL, but I’m gonna share with you my top 3 in this Kuala Lumpur Travel Guide!

Prosperity Bowl: I came here for the chicken rice but fell in love with the Char Siew! It was so soft and juicy!

Address: No. 19, Jalan SS 2/30, SS 2, 47300 Petaling Jaya, Selangor
03-7866 0979

Moon Kee Fish Head and Seafood Noodles: Omg, the deep fried Garoupa had me drooling! I wasn’t sure I would like it, but after one bite, I was hooked! And the soup had a tinge of alcohol in it! I can see why it was packed when we arrived!

Address: 48, Jalan 19/13, Seksyen 19, 46300 Petaling Jaya, Selangor
03-7954 1518

Oriental Cravings: A meal at Oriental Cravings isn’t complete until you’ve tried the Roast Pork Curry Laksa! I visit this restaurant almost every time I’m in KL!

Address: 359, Ground Floor, Rainforest, 1 Utama Shopping Centre, 1, Lebuh Bandar Utama, Bandar Utama, 47800 Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia

 

Xx,

Nic

Explore Nusa Ceningan In A Day: The Highlights

Nusa Ceningan is the smallest, nestled between Lembongan and Penida. While it’s not nearly as popular as Nusa Lembongan, it’s quieter and has less traffic.

You can take travel by motorbike from Lembongan to Ceningan via the famous yellow bridge.

It’s pretty easy to explore the highlights of Nusa Ceningan within a day! Some of the popular places include the famous The Sand Nusa Ceningan, the Blue Lagoon and Mahana Point Jump Cliff.

The Sand 

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The Sand Ceningan is setting the scene with cool island vibes and its own take on beach-side lounging.  Located on the waterfront of Nusa Ceningan, this latest hot spot has been inspired by a local who loves a good time and knows how to share his passion for life with others.

Laze on lounges, dip in the crystal clear waters, hang out on the canoe hammock or sip cocktails on the swings…. there is no better place to get into holiday mode.

Open for all day dining, stay for the day or come at sunset as the sun kisses the ocean and your plan your next day in paradise.

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Blue Lagoon

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The Nusa Ceningan Blue Lagoon is a rocky cove of the brightest blue water I’ve ever seen! I was amazed by the beautiful colour of the water and this amazing little cove.

Did you know you can cliff jump at Nusa Ceningan Blue Lagoon? Fellow adrenaline-junkies, this is for you!! There are relatively safe jumps from heights of 4m, 6m, 8m and 13.5m. To get out of the water once you are in you will swim to your right back towards the coast and clamber up the cliffs when you find a gap in the waves. If the swell looks too big maybe save the jump for another day as you don’t want to get stuck unable to get out. Make sure you assess the conditions thoroughly before jumping here as getting out can be dangerous.

*PS, I wasn’t that brave to do a cliff jump! Plus it was high tide.

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Mahana Point Jump Cliff

Another highlight of Nusa Ceningan? Mahana Point Jump Cliff! It is another great spot on the Nusa Islands for cliff jump and surfing. Unlike Nusa Ceningan Blue Lagoon, at Mahana Point Jump Cliff, there is better access with ladders installed at the cliffs.

 A small bar sits on the point overlooking the surf break and has a 10m and 5m platform to jump off. However, you have to pay per jump. It’s 25000 rupiah (SGD 2.50) for the 5m jump and 50,000 rupiah (SGD 5) for the 10m jump.

Mahana Point Jump Cliff is a pretty cool place to spend the rest of your day there, relaxing, having some drinks and finger food and watch the epic sunset!

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Xx,

Nic

Nusa Lembongan: All You Need To Know

Nusa Lembongan is around 8km square in size, surrounded by the clearest turquoise water imaginable, and is the most popularly travelled of the three islands. It is connected to its neighbouring island of Nusa Ceningan by a yellow bridge that was actually rebuilt after tragically collapsing in October 2016. You can definitely include Nusa Ceningan in your Nusa Lembongan day trip.

Some beaches in Nusa Lembongan are populated by boats, others are teeming with coral and marine life. Others still remain deserted. There is only a population of 5000 on this island, which hardly requires a transport system of any kind so visitors have to rely on renting a bike or car, to travel around.

Nusa Lembongan is actually the first Nusa islands that became popular with tourists. The island provides a perfect balance between raw beauty, relaxation and adventure.

Between Nusa Penida and Nusa Lembongan, I would say the hotels at Lembongan are much nicer. In terms of sightseeing however, I think Nusa Penida has a higher advantage.

So, are you planning a trip to Nusa Lembongan? Or hope to visit the island one day? Do not fret, this blog post will give you all the information you need to know for your Nusa Lembongan day trip!

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Getting to Nusa Lembongan is easy! You can take the ferry from Sanur straight to the island. A mere 45 minutes ferry ride and you will arrive in paradise! Another way is you can spend some time in Nusa Penida and then take a 15-minute boat ride over. As mentioned in my previous post on Nusa Penida, there are many ferry companies that provide trips from Sanur to Nusa Lembongan or Nusa Penida. Just make sure to book your tickets in advance. For the boat ride from Penida to Lembongan, you don’t actually need to get a ticket in advance. Once you arrive at the harbour, you can actually just purchase your ticket from the staff there.

A Nusa Lembongan day trip isn’t complete without visiting the famous Devil’s Tears! As one of the most popular spots on the island, Devil’s Tears is a can’t miss! This amazing place features some of the most intense waves ever! You’ll get to witness the raw and unforgiving power of mother nature as the enormous waves continuously hit the cove, creating a massive ocean explosion and mist. What an mesmerising sight to see! This is one place you cannot miss out during your Nusa Lemobongan day trip!!

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After spending a hot morning at Devil’s Tears, you can relax at 3 Monkeys Pool & Bar, and enjoy a drink by the pool. If you’re a fan of shisha like me, this bar is the only place in Nusa Lembongan that sells it!

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Xx,

Nic

Top Must-See Places In Nusa Penida: Day Tour

There are many places to explore when in Nusa Penida. The West is more popular as there are more places to explore, however the East is just as beautiful but with fewer visitors.

Nusa Penida Island is quite large compared to Nusa Ceningan and Nusa Lembongan. Just traveling from the East to the West takes about two hours. Therefore you may want to consider spending 2-3 nights on the island if you would like to see all of the points of interest without having to rush.

West of Nusa Penida

Kelingking Beach

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Ah the famous ‘T-Rex’!

Kelingking Beach is a hidden beach in the village of Bunga Mekar, on the southwestern coast of Nusa Penida island. You can enjoy one of the most breath-taking views over the hills and small strip of white sand from atop a hill of the same name. The sight features a limestone headland covered in green, against the deep blue waters of the open Indian Ocean.

Kelingking has been on my to-do list for ages and to finally be able to see it with my own eyes was pure magical! It is as beautiful as everyone says it is! The water was so clear and a turquoise colour I’ve never seen anywhere else!

Even though there were many people when I arrived, I felt a sense of serenity and awe at seeing this magical part of the island.

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Now, besides the famous ‘T-Rex’, Kelingking is also known for its steep cliff and the difficult hike down to its secluded beach.

Mind you, that hike is not for the faint-hearted! The ‘stairs’ are so broken up with barely any railings for support! Half-way down, it doesn’t even feel like a hike anymore. It felt like rock climbing, except I didn’t have any protective gears and I was wearing slippers!

A little precaution, wear hiking shoes or sports shoes if you’re going for this hike! I did not expect it to be the worse hike in my life and was not prepared for it! I left Kelingking Beach with cuts and bruises all over my legs and a nasty sunburn from head to toe, and I mean literally! My scalp was sunburnt as well!

Did I mention it took us three hours to get down and go back up? Yeah talk about torture! Especially since a quarter of the way back up, I finished my bottle of water! Under that mid-afternoon sun, that was a big no no! I was lucky because one guy gave me his bottle of beer. I’m not really a beer drinker but that beer was the best thing ever!

But hey, it was a jolly good experience even though I was almost in tears! I will definitely think twice the next time I say YOLO and decide to take that hike!

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Broken Beach

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Broken Beach also known as Pasih Uug Beach, is a scenic coastal formation on the southwestern edge of Nusa Penida. The spot is marked by a hilly arch-like rock formation, which is the distinguishable landmark of the area. Set over the crashing waves of the open Indian Ocean, Broken Beach is a great spot for travel photographers and panoramic view seekers.

If you’re lucky, you may spot silhouettes of giant mantas near the surface of the deep blue water.

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I like to say that in order to get to Broken Beach, you’ll have to go through the broken road. Seriously.

The broken road is the worse area to drive in Nusa Penida, and I would recommend using a bike to get to your destination.

I got there before 9am and it was completely deserted. I could enjoy the beauty of Broken Beach, take as many pictures I want, and not have to worry about a crowd.

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Angel Billabong

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About an 8-minute walk from Broken Beach, Angel Billabong is another popular place to visit while in Nusa Penida.

Take extra caution at all times when descending into Angel’s Billabong. Avoid going down if it’s a high tide and don’t attempt to swim there during these times. There’s usually a security guard there to make sure that tourists do not go near the water during high tide.

Sadly, I was underwhelmed by Angel Billabong the second time I visited. Due to low tide, the water was really murky. The previous time I visited, it was high tide, which meant no swimming. But the water was so clear and blue. I guess you can’t have the best of both worlds.

Tembeling Forest & Beach

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Now this is one place in Nusa Penida where you can swim and not worry about high tide.

If you’re arriving by car, you will need to rent a bike at the entrance as the road to Tembeling Natural Pool is only big enough for a bike.

With Nusa Penida’s hot weather, you’ll definitely want to cool down here!

There are about 100 stairs down to the natural pool, but don’t worry, unlike Kelingking, these are legit stairs.

I was lucky to have the whole pool to myself and was able to just relax in the refreshingly cool water.

East of Nusa Penida

Diamond Beach & Atuh Beach

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Diamond Beach Nusa Penida is located on the far most eastern point of Nusa Penida island. It is the next beach over from another Nusa Penida gem known as Atuh Beach.

Located at the bottom of a sheer cliff, Diamond Beach was previously inaccessible to the public and could only be enjoyed from above. But that’s all changed. Locals have built stairs that goes all the way down to the beach. However, like Kelingking, some parts of the stairs doesn’t seem to be completed. There is a rope that you can cling onto when climbing down. The hardest part is actually once you make it down to the ground, where you’ll need to navigate your way through the huge rocks. It was a tough hike down towards the end, but compared to Kelingking, this was a walk in the park.

However, the raw beauty of it all will make the hike worth it!

After that, you can have a more relaxed time at Atuh Beach,  where you’ll find sunbeds, bean bags and a series of warungs serving food and drink.

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Nusa Penida Treehouse Rumah Pohon

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Perched on the cliff at Thousand Island viewpoint near Atuh Beach, this treehouse is actually an Airbnb!

Like many of the famous locations in Nusa Penida, a short hike of 15 minutes is required to reach Rumah Pohon. However, under the hot, unforgiving sun, it feels like ages to reach the treehouse!

Tourists who aren’t staying at the treehouse are also allowed to explore and take some pretty epic pictures!

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How to go to Nusa Penida

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There is only one way to get to Nusa Penida from Bali, and that is by ferry from Sanur terminal. There are so many ferry companies that you’ll be spoilt for choices!

Here is the list of ferry operators that goes to Nusa Penida…

There are all kinds of deals for those traveling in pairs or groups. It is slightly more expensive if you’re a solo traveler like me.

I would definitely recommend booking your ferry tickets in advance as there are times when it gets fully booked really fast.

Transportation in Nusa Penida

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Tourists in Nusa Penida can either rent a car or motorbike to explore the island. The cars usually come with a driver, but with a bike, you have the option of self drive or getting a driver. Just keep in mind that the roads in Nusa Penida are uneven and narrow, and signage can be a problem.

Essentials for the island life

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Now, SPF is a 1000% MUST! I did not reapply my sunscreen for half a day and got as red as a lobster! No joke! My driver called me lobster since that day. Don’t forget your hat and sunglasses for extra protection!

Make sure you have the right footwear if you’re going to places like Kelingking. I wore my slippers for that climb and it wasn’t pretty!

Swimsuits cos duhhhh, you wanna have a good time tanning! And honestly, it’s so hot in Nusa Penida, that sometimes I explored the island in just my bikini top and shorts.

Most of the tourist attractions require entrance fee of 50,000 rupiah (SGD 0.50). It’ll be great if you have some small change when you explore the island.

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Where to stay in Nusa Penida

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As I was exploring the island, I saw so many new hotels being constructed. Nusa Penida is getting more and more popular with tourists, there are so many options to choose from; Airbnb, hotels and guesthouses. There are so many choices that will certainly fit your budget!

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Xx,

Nic

 

Why Bali has the best cafes

There are so many cafes in Bali, that you might wonder, which are the must-go cafes in Bali?

Have no fear, because in this post, I will be sharing with you my top places that are worth visiting!

Coffee Cartel

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Have you seen pictures of coffee with cute designs on it? Well, Coffee Cartel is the place where you can get a cup of coffee with a customised design! Now this is why Coffee Cartel is on my list of must-go cafes in Bali!

Located in the heart of seminyak, Coffee Cartel also serves an amazing variety of food! You’ll have a wide option of all day breakfast and all day lunch! My personal fave? The double royal with cheese burger! The beef patty is so soft and juicy, it literally melts in your mouth! Yum!

Nothing is priced above 100k rupiah! You’ll get to enjoy a delicious meal that is not only insta-worthy but is wallet-friendly.

Don’t forget to check the side wall of the cafe! There’s a really pretty pink mural that you’ll definitely need a shot with.

Address: 08 Jalan Lebak Sari, Petitenget, Seminyak, 80361 

Opening hours: 7am – 6pm (daily)

Kynd Community

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Now a trip to Bali isn’t complete without visiting Kynd Community!

Omg if you haven’t heard about one of Bali’s must-go cafes, which rock have you been hiding in?

Kynd Community is one cafe that you cannot miss when you’re in Bali!

Like Coffee Cartel, Kynd Community is also located in Seminyak.

The plant-based cafe proofs that vegan food can not only look good and careful, but is just as tasty!

Lemme tell ya, I’ve tried many vegan cafes in different countries, and I’ve never left one feel satisfied or full. The food was expensive and it tasted awful!

Kynd Community has renewed my faith in vegan food! Hence, it’s on my list of must-go cafes in Bali!

Address: Jalan Raya Petitenget No12x, Bali

Opening hours: 6am – 5pm (breakfast & lunch), 6:30pm – 10pm (dinner)

 

Strawberry Fields

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How does a huge bowl of beer battered fries with bacon and melted cheese sound?

When I heard that Strawberry Fields offered their specialty loaded fries, I was drooling! I could not wait to get my hands on them!

There’s such a huge variety of food being offered. If you’re a health nut, you get vitality bowls, healthy smoothies, juices, etc.

However, if you’re like me, and want a decadent meal, you’re spoilt for choices! There’s their huge a** burgers that I didn’t know where to begin eating! The garlic prawns in truffle was absolutely foodgasm! And you have to try the monster shakes! I got The Cookie Monstershake and was hooked!

Plus points? The staff are really friendly there and this places oozes comfy vibes. Did I mention they have a pool table?

Strawberry Fields should definitely be on your list of must-go cafes in Bali!

Address: Jalan Batu Belig 77, Gang. Anisa, Kuta Utara, Kerobokan Kelod, Kuta Utara, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 8036

Opening Hours: 8am – 11pm (daily)

 

Neon Palms

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When I first stepped into Neon Palms, I felt like I stepped into a safari with the African-themed murals.

Want a little retail therapy before or after your meal? Fear not! Neon Palms is located right about Bali Boat Shed Boutique!

I brought a friend to this lovely cafe for a meal and we were there a little too early. The cafe hadn’t opened yet. I managed to sneak in a little shopping before we headed upstairs for our breakfast.

This beautiful place is perfect for a cocktail and some tapas with a touch of tropical vibes!

Address: Cnr of Jalan Kayu Aya & Jalan Kayu Jati Seminyak, Bali

Opening Hours: 8am – midnight (daily)

Balibola

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Balibola is a flexitarian cafe that is known for is instagrammable back drop like “Balifornia Dreamin'” and colourful food!

What does flexitarian mean?

Well, by definition, it is a plant-based diet which occasionally includes meat. In Balibola’s case, they serve fish.

The name Balibola comes from the word “bola”, which means ball in both Spanish and Bahasa. Spain is where the idea of creating delicious savoury balls of wholesome vegetarian goodness was born.

Balibola’s dishes are inspired  by staple meals all around the world and are carerfully crafted to taste as authentic as can be – just meatless.

The pop of pastel colours, food and exterior, will definitely attract you back for more!

Address: Jalan Petitenget No8x, Seminyak Bali

Opening Hours: 8:30am – 10pm (daily)

Cafe Organic

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I’ve heard so much of Cafe Organic but I was only able to visit this cafe during my last trip.

Cafe Organic offers health conscious vegetarian meals with a passion for simple dishes using fresh, locally farmed produce.

Cafe Organic has three branches; Petitenget, Canggu and Umalas.

I am obsessed with the Bao Bun, which is pulled marinated jackfruit, coriander, cucumber chili, tamari hoi sin and coconut bacon. The hoi sin tasted so good, I wanted to order seconds!

The smoothie bowls and chia cups were just as tasty! You wouldn’t want to miss it!

Adresses: Jln. Petitenget 99x Seminyak Bali
Jln. Batu Bolong 58x Canggu Bali
Jln. Umalas 1 Kerobokan Bali

Opening Hours: 7am – 6pm (daily)

The Shady Shack Bali

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Finally venturing out of the cafes in Seminyak, we have one from Canggu that has made it to my list of must-go cafes in Bali!

Dear readers, rejoice if you’re a vegetarian cos Shady Shack is another vegetarian cafe in Bali!

Now, I went on an absolutely freakin’ hot day and was sweating like mad even before we got our table. But on a less hot day, you can sit outdoors, enjoy a cup of coffee…or coconut, and enjoy the view of the rice field just opposite!

I wonder why didn’t I visit this quaint cafe during my previous trip to Bali, when I actually stayed in Canggu.

We ordered the nachos for sharing, and good gracious, it was addictive! Partly due to Shady Shack’s house-made chilli sauce. It was so good, I actually asked the waiter if we could buy the sauce. Sadly, they don’t sell it.

I would have ordered more food if not for the fact that we arrived at Shady Shack with a half -full tummy! But I’m pretty sure the other dishes are just as good as the nachos!

Address: Jl. Tanah Barak No.57, Canggu, Bali

Operating Hours: 8:30am – 11pm (daily)

 

Cabina Bali

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My last must-go to cafe in Bali is Cabina Bali! Well, technically it’s not a cafe but if you’re in Bali, you definitely can’t miss the floating breakfast that it’s known for!

Cabina is designed in such a way where it reminds you of a tropical paradise, with all the lush palm trees, cactuses and wooden deck chairs.

We ordered the tropical floating brunch, which includes 2 drinks per person; a coffee or tea, and a mocktail. We were given a fruit platter, 2 mains and 2 sweet and sour dishes.

My personal favourite? Mac Daddy Croissant! Cos who doesn’t love a good Mac & Cheese?

Cabina Bali is the perfect place to spend the day! Enjoy a hearty brunch and get some Vitamic D by the pool!

Now this is what I call a vacation!

Address: Jalan Gang Daksina No 01,
Batu Belig, Kerobokan, Denpasar 8031 

Opening Hours: 8am – 7pm (daily)

 

I hope you guys enjoyed my list of must-go cafes! I do hope you have the chance to visit some of these cafes while in Bali! Also, if you have any other cafe recommendations, please share with me in the comments.

 

 

Xx,

Nic