Friday, November 24, 2006Bali - Free and Not-So-Easy
We decided to skip the tour on the third day and adjust the sightseeing to our own pace. After having our breakfast, we went into the swimming pool. This was the first time Little Skywalker get to experience his favourite activity! There just wasn't any time left in first two days for him. Understandably, he enjoyed himself thoroughly!
After he wore himself out, we went back to the room for a short nap before walking to the nearest McDonald's to have our lunch. As you can see, he was the one paying :P
After our lunch, we went for a little stroll along the beach. During our walk, we could see some horse carts parked alongside the road next to the Kuta beach, ready to take tourist on a sight-seeing tour. We decided to skip that as well...
At the beach, we could see many locals ready to rent out all kinds of surfing equipment and services. In fact, you can't walk for 100 meters without someone coming up to you and asking you to buy/rent something.
As for Little Skywalker, he could barely notice anything but the soft sand. He was digging and playing with his bare hands and got sand all over his face and shirt. Since the weather was hot and humid, we did not stayed too long. We walked back to our hotel to enjoy the air condition instead.
Come evening time, J and Little Skywalker went into the pool again! However, he was a little bit different. He insisted to take off his hand floats. Knowing his stubbornness, I decided to let him experience swimming without floats. Putting up a brave face, he ran to the edge of the pool and jumped into the water! J carried him up two seconds later.
After drinking some pool water, he asked us to put his floats back...
We had a date with a couple of friends (whom opted out of the tour too) to go jalan-jalan as well as dinner. We walked all the way to the famous Legian Street, which is about 1km away. We had our dinner at Made's Warong, which is famous for their Babi Guling. Unfortunately, we were told that the dish needs to be pre-ordered at least one day in advanced.
We could see many restaurant and merchandize outlets alongside the Legian Street. The most common of them are the Polo (both Polo and Polo Ralph Lauren) shops. Other shops were selling Balinese lace, sculptures, "original copies" of DVDs, body tattoos, sports and surfing equipments etc. One of the beach wear shops even used human models instead of mannequins behind the glasses of their storefront!
Oh yeah! Did I forget to mention? Legian Street is also the one of the locations where the Bali bombing took place a year go! We paid a visit to the memorial shrine that was erected on one of the bomb site. Another bomb site (which is opposite each other) was left the way as a reminder to the horrific event that brought Bali's economy to such a sad state, not forgetting the sacrificed human lives!
It took another 15 minutes for us to walk back to the hotel after that. Well, at least we were satisfied with pace of the day...
Jotted down by Egghead :: at around 11/24/2006 10:03:00 AM :: and invited 7 Blah(s):
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