Bali 2014: Day 2 – Let’s Get Settled
Saturday 8 November 2014 – First Morning in Paradise – Salamat Pagi Bali
After a pretty quiet evening last night I was up pretty early this morning. I had decided that Bali would be the perfect place for me to Learn to Surf. At the tender age of 33 surely I am at the prime age to become an expert surfer? I will add at this point that this experience was not one shared by darling wife who opted to stay in bed and sleep in this morning.
So there I was bright and early 8am Saturday morning – Ketut Tirta from Silver Surf Bali was already waiting for me with a big smile on his face. Today’s lesson would be just me and another girl and our destination was to be the waves at Double Six Legian. Was great to have a chat with Ketut on the drive up the road to Double Six – after spending some time working as a surf instructor at some of the bigger schools Ketut decided he wanted a better work-life balance so went out on his own. Ketut’s mantra is to work enough so that you can surf the rest of the time – pretty chilled way of life.
We made it to Double Six and unloaded our boards, my other student for the day joined us and we started with a brief instruction on the beach before hitting the waves. Ketut’s teaching style was relaxed and quite simple. He taught us a few easier ways to “pop-up” on the board rather than the traditional method. It seemed pretty easy on the beach so how much harder could it really be on the water?
The surf was perfect today, probably about 2-3ft swell so nice waves good to learn on but with enough force behind them to push my lazy backside towards the beach. After a couple of failed attempts I was standing on my 3rd wave. And managed to ride about 1 in 2 waves which was pretty good in my opinion. Ketut was always on hand to give me tips and help to improve my style. After our 2 hour lesson I was absolutely stuffed, hands were sore, knees sore, hips sore – god I am going to sleep well tonight.
Sorry for the lack of pictures – as mentioned darling wifey stayed at home. But I totally ripped those waves up just picture an awesome surfer smashing a big wave at Uluwatu and that would be close to what I looked like (in my head at least!). I don’t know if I could call what I did “surfing” – more like standing awkwardly on a board travelling along a wave…. anyway was great fun and I have a sneaky feeling I might be hooked.
MEANWHILE AT THE SPA
While I was being all energetic and getting my exercise in for the day Danielle was off getting a Hair Crème Bath at Casey Spa & Beauty Salon. Basic hair salon down a small laneway, first impressions from the main road might make you a bit worried but apparently they are really professional – most of their clients they do “on location” doing wedding hair and make up so they don’t have a flashy store. But Dan really enjoyed her hair crème bath for Rp. 60,000 ($6). They are on Jl Melasti (across the road from Legian Beach Hotel, go down the alleyway 20 meters on the left) they offer a range of Massage and Body Scrub treatments as well as hair and beauty treatments.
Tip for the ladies: First day in Bali get yourself a hair crème bath, it is like a leave in conditioner that makes your hair really soft and you likely wont need to wash your hair for another week.
Next up we needed to drop off some Leather goods to be copied. So popped into Putu Leather Fashion – Dan had some leather boots copied when we were here in June so this time I wanted to get my leather work shoes copied. We also got another pair of shoes for Danielle as well as a leather wallet copied for her. Prices were pretty reasonable – all up for Rp. 1.6million ($160). I don’t mind paying a little for my leather products because the quality is good. They work pretty quick as well, products usually ready within 3 days.
After all my hard work surfing this morning I had worked up a pretty decent hunger. So we hopped a Bluebird Taxi and headed up to Seminyak. I had read some great reviews for a little Hamburger joint that sounded worth a look. Wacko Burger in Seminyak was our destination. In the super competitive world of TripAdvisor reviews Seminyak is a hotbed of fantastic dinning options including some seriously expensive restaurants. What then does it say to the quality of this place when a Burger joint is ranked around 2nd place on TripAdvisor!
Taxi from All Seasons to Wacko Burger was about Rp. 30k so not too bad – thankfully traffic was reasonably light today. We wisely decided to forgo an entrée/starter – I say wisely because once the burgers arrived we knew we had made the right choice. To drink we opted to get a milkshake. Wacko are well known for their great Milkshakes – at first I was a little worried – on account of the fact that Bali + Heat + Humidity = not the best stomach conditions for Milkshakes! But they were absolutely spectacular (and served in a Mason Jar, because in 2014 it isn’t cool unless it is served in a Mason Jar!)
So after receiving the delicious Milkshakes it was time to get our burgers. Wow I am running short on Adjectives to describe these burgers. I had chosen the Down Under burger – Lettuce, Tomato, Pickles, Beetroot, Bacon, Fried Egg, Fried Onion Rings, Cheddar Cheese, Wacko Sauce, all served with Fries.
Danielle chose the Speedy Gonzales – Lettuce, tomato, sautéed onions, cheddar, potato crisps (lays), Indonesian chilli sauce, and Fries. Potato Crisps how in the world are they going to incorporate that into a burger?
The burgers were extremely well made the burger patties are made from 100% beef and were seasoned just enough to give it a subtle flavour. Cooked well. All the sauces and relishes were tasty and gave enough flavour to allow you to taste it but not be overpowering. All up for the 2 burgers and drinks was Rp. 261k ($26). Definitely give yourself a bit of time to eat here, the meals are a healthy portion size and you will want to just sit a bit before heading out into the heat again. If they could add a small bed out the back because a snooze would be great now.
Lunch over we jumped into a taxi to head down to Jl Legian. We jumped out at Jl. Werkudara and walked along checking out the various Leather shops. I had wanted to get a leather travel/overnight bag made. So we headed into Dan Leather & Fashion (Jl. Werkudara No. 22). He had a sample bag in the window that pretty closely matched what I had in mind just with a few minor tweaks required. Bag ordered – Rp. 1.3million; Ready in 3 days (seriously this must be the standard response time).
So since I got to do some “Ross” shopping apparently it was now time for “Danielle” shopping – we wandered down the road to Gang Three Brothers to stop in to Tina Shop to get a dress. Tina is an Australian lady who makes lovely dresses from fabric sourced across Indonesia and Malaysia. They are also made “Australian sized” so stand a great chance of fitting and looking good. Tina also has a range of jewellery made locally with proceeds helping a local family. Worth a look if you are in the area – the shop is just off Jalan Legian in Gang Three Brothers (between Jl Padma and Jl Werkudara).
All this shopping and eating had us both in the mood for a bit of Spa treatment. Last time we were in Legian we found Pips Spa and loved the treatments so made sure we booked (last night) for an afternoon of relaxation. I chose the Massage and Body Scrub and Danielle the Pedicure and Reflexology. Pips is a large spa with plenty of treatment rooms out the back, it gets quite busy so in peak periods make sure you book in advance.
My treatment was fantastic the massage had the right balance between pressure and relaxation. The rooms are nicely walled off as well so you don’t feel like you are sharing the room with the person next to you and that helps you to relax. The body scrub was quite invigorating.
Danielle said her reflexology was fantastic, not usually one to enjoy a massage the treatments had the right level of pressure to not make her scream – so that’s a good thing (if only for the people sitting next to her).
Leaving the spa nicely relaxed it was time to pop down to the beach for a quick Pre-Dinner drink. This evening we chose The Sand Beach Bar and Grill – nice little bar, cocktails were a bit pricey especially with no Happy Hour (seems to be a pattern I am noticing – drinks are getting a bit more expensive). Sat on a beanbag chair and enjoyed the sunset while waiting till our dinner reservation nearby.
Our reservation for dinner tonight was at Mozzarella by the Sea – tonight being a Saturday night it was also their weekly Beatles Tribute band night – The Facebeat – these guys are an institution around the beaches of Bali and have quite the following. The restaurant was absolutely packed tonight, apparently it is full most Saturday nights – hint: reservations are a must!
Sorry no photos of the food, it was just way too dark and I didn’t want to blind everyone with the camera flash. The band were really quite good – would I say they sound ‘exactly’ like the Beatles? No. But they sounded pretty good nonetheless.
Anyway that pretty much did us for the night – I think perhaps my surfing adventure was catching up on me – I was a little bit tired and ready for bed.
If you liked any of the places mentioned today do check them out via the links – and definitely hit up Ketut if you are going to Bali and want a more private lesson than the huge surf schools on the beach. Hope you are enjoying following along with our trip, it is great reliving our memories from the trip.
Please feel free to leave a comment if you enjoyed the post and also if you want any information about anything you have read today – or Bali in general. Thanks again and see you tomorrow.