Part 1 ~ An Evening in Bandar Seminyak Kuta
The next morning, which was Friday (17 June), we woke at around 9 o' clock. For the very first time, I saw the appearance of our very own private swimming pool in the clear daylight. Feeling hungry, we went to the main hut to order in-room dining for breakfast. While waiting for breakfast to arrive at our villa, we walked around the villa and I took some pictures of our pool.
|The first view of our private swimming pool in the morning|
|The exterior view of our main hut in the morning|
After exploring our villa while waiting, our breakfasts were finally delivered to us at 10 o' clock. We then went into the dining area in the main hut and had a refreshing breakfast. Since it was a rest day for us on this day, we simply had the time of our lives for the rest of the afternoon.
The clean-up service also came to clean up our huts at one point. We were relieved as we had purchased some food and beverages to cook from a convenience store in Bali shortly after we arrived the previous day. I even had a Japanese language lesson with my valued tutor, Miss Yuko Yasuda.
|Our breakfast plates laid out on the dining table|
|Scrambled eggs with sausage, bacon, baked beans and bread for myself|
|Two pairs of relaxation chairs by our swimming pool located by the huts|
|Several koi fish swimming in our small villa pond|
|The interior of our living room in the main hut|
|The king-sized bed in the villa I shared with my brother|
|Our main villa surroundings in the late afternoon hours|
|The exterior view of our main villa in the late afternoon|
|The grey tile paths that cross the koi fish pond in our villa compound|
At around 5.15 p.m., we decided to go out towards Bandar Seminyak in Kuta, a popular Balinese beach for tourists. With that, we went to the main villa to arrange for a buggy to the main lobby of the Sentosa Private Villas & Spas.
At around 5.30 p.m., a resort buggy came by the entrance to our private villa. Gathering all our belongings needed for the evening at Bandar Seminyak Kuta, we hopped onto the buggy, eventually reaching the main resort reception by 5.40 p.m..
Once we were at the reception counter, we asked the concierge for a free cab ride to Bandar Seminyak in the town of Kuta.
|A large swimming pool by the main lobby at the Sentosa Private Villas & Spa|
|Evo Restaurant as seen by the swimming pool from the main lobby at the Sentosa Private Villas & Spa|
|The swimming pool in the directions towards the main lobby at the Sentosa Private Villas & Spa|
At around 5.50 p.m., a man with something like a white van came to the main lobby of the Sentosa Private Villas & Spa. He ushered us into the van and soon, we were on our way to Bandar Seminyak Kuta. The journey lasted for about 10 minutes, eventually arriving at Bandar Seminyak Kuta by 6 o' clock just as the sun was about to set. The driver offered to wait for us and drive us back to our resort.
Once we were in Bandar Seminyak Kuta, the very first thing we did was to go to a restaurant by the name of Made's Warung. We were feeling famished since there was nothing much to do earlier that day. Upon arrival at Made's Warung, we requested a table for the four of us.
|Some of the shopping areas along a narrow road outside Bandar Seminyak Kuta|
|Inside Bandar Seminyak Kuta near the restaurants and cafeterias|
|The outer seating areas in Made's Warung Bandar Seminyak Kuta|
As soon as we managed to get a table for the four of us at Made's Warung, the food and beverage menus were distributed to us. To decided on what was best for this evening's dinner at Made's Warung, we made a good review through the food and beverages menus.
|The cover page for the food and beverage menu at Made's Warung|
|Reviewing the food and beverage menu at Made's Warung|
After making a good review through the food and beverage menus, a waiter came by to take our dinner orders. We ordered several dishes that seemed pretty good to us. That night, we had dinner at Made's Warung. Dinner at that place was not very bad.
|A plate of poached eggs with toast|
|A plate of pork chops with salad, potatoes and satay for myself|
After a sumptuous dinner at Made's Warung cafeteria, we looked around Bandar Seminyak Kuta and did a little shopping around it. There was a kind of small bookshop selling all sorts of books. Night was falling by the time we had finished dinner and started looking around.
|The outer seating areas at Made's Warung Cafeteria during nightfall|
|Looking around Bandar Seminyak Kuta at night|
After spending the evening at Bandar Seminyak Kuta, we met up with the cab driver who took us to the centre just outside the entrance. With that, as we hopped onto his van, we stowed our belongings in the boot, and we were on our way back to the Sentosa Private Villas & Spa at 7.20 p.m., eventually arriving back at the main lobby 10 minutes later.
Upon arrival at the main lobby at 7.30 p.m., we boarded a resort buggy back our Villa No. 45. For the rest of the night, we did our own free stuff in the main hut. We also managed to fix up some supper later that night.
|The lounging area in our main hut|
|The kitchen and dining bar in our main hut|
|Watching my dad's favourite TV programme in the living room|
|My mum preparing supper in the kitchen|
|A side plate of french fries laid out on the bar|
|Our supper being laid out on the kitchen bar|
|Watching my dad cook in the kitchen|
|A plate of beef chucks with sautéed mushrooms|
|The interior of the living and dining room in our main hut during supper time|
By around 1 or 2 o' clock later that night, we realised that it was already getting late. We then put all the lights out and headed to bed, as we had another day of explorations to come.
Part 2 ~ Bali Safari & Marine Park and the Reptile Park
The next morning, which was Saturday (18 June), we woke up at around 8.30 a.m.. The very first thing we did after we had a shower to commence the day was to call the in-villa dining service for breakfast. We ordered the usual things which we always ate.
At around 9.05 a.m. our breakfasts were finally brought to us. The sausage I ate tasted quite sour and funny. After breakfast, we called the resort buggy service to come and fetch us to the main resort lobby at 10.25 a.m., after our breakfast plates were cleared away.
|A rather condensed fog view from my camera of our own private villa swimming pool|
|The main hut by our own private swimming pool|
|Our breakfasts displayed on the dining table in the main hut|
|A plate of scrambled eggs with sausage, sautéed mushrooms, bacon and toast for myself|
|Our swimming pool and the relaxation hut on a relatively cloudy morning|
|Our private villa pond with koi fish swimming in it|
At around 10.20 a.m., a villa buggy arrived at the doorstep to our villa. As soon as we hopped onto the buggy, we were on our way towards the main lobby of the resort, eventually arriving at the lobby at 10.25 a.m.. We even met up with my Japanese tutor, Miss Yasuda, in the lobby.
|The massive swimming pool by the main lobby in the Sentosa Private Villas & Spa|
|The main lobby of the Sentosa Private Villas & Spa in the late morning hours|
With that, we arranged for To Day to take us to the Bali Safari & Marine Park and the Reptile Park. To Day then arrived at the lobby with his cab at around 10.35 a.m.. With that, we all hopped on board To Day's cab and we were on our way to our first destination, the Bali Safari & Marine Park. The journey towards the Bali Safari & Marine Park took approximately an hour.
|Passing by the beautiful Balinese countryside on a cloudy afternoon|
|Approaching the main car parking area of the Bali Safari & Marine Park|
After approximately an hour from the Sentosa Private Villas & Spa, we finally arrived at the main entrance to the Bali Safari & Marine Park at 11.40 a.m.. To Day also obliged to spend the day with us at the safari park.
With that, we went to the ticket booth to purchase our one-day tickets for the Bali Safari & Marine Park. At the main entrance to the safari park, there were lots of people, both locals and tourists, crowding at the main entrance to visit the park as well. I even met my Japanese tutor, Miss Yasuda, at the entrance.
|The main car parking area outside the main entrance to the Bali Safari & Marine Park|
|The main car parking area outside the main entrance to the Bali Safari & Marine Park covered by some plants and bushes|
|The main entrance to the Bali Safari & Marine Park|
|The car parking area as seen from the main entrance to the Bali Safari & Marine Park|
|The main entrance to the Bali Safari & Marine Park packed with tourists|
After we had purchased our one-day passes for the Bali Safari and Marine Park, we went towards the free safari bus station, which was located just by the main entrance to the safari park. Once we were in the park, we went to the tourist information booth to get some maps of the Bali Safari and Marine Park. Obtaining the maps and having all our personal necessities for the day, we went to the queuing area for the free safari bus to roll up for the bus ride.
|The massive map of the Bali Safari & Marine Park|
|Lots of visitors rolling up at the safari bus platform to ride the bus towards the inner Safari|
|A safari bus of the Bali Safari & Marine Park arriving at the platform of the main gates|
After lining up on the safari bus station for a few minutes, a Bali Safari & Marine Park safari bus finally arrived at the platform at 12.15 p.m.. Once the doors were opened, we rolled up to board and were seated on board within just a few seconds.
Soon, we ventured deeper into the animal park towards the areas where all the animals were located.
|The interior of the safari bus of the Bali Safari & Marine Park towards the main animal park|
As soon as we arrived at the inner portion of the Bali Safari & Marine Park by 12.20 p.m., we alighted the safari bus and went further down the park to look at some fishes. Most of the enclosures at the park had quite a lot of interesting creatures to see. Such creatures included leopards and fishes.
|A Hindu temple-like piece of infrastructure on the other side of the Bali Safari & Marine Park|
|Bypassing a small bird enclosure in Bali Safari & Marine Park|
|A large catfish swimming about in its enclosure in Bali Safari & Marine Park|
|A large school of fish swimming about in their enclosure in Bali Safari & Marine Park|
|The interior of the main meeting concourse in Bali Safari & Marine Park|
|Bypassing a large fish tank in Bali Safari & Marine Park|
|A small waterfall flowing gracefully in the Bali Safari & Marine Park|
|A leopard resting lazily on a rock in its enclosure|
This officially brings the second section of my summer beach vacation on the island resort of Bali, Indonesia in June 2011 to a close. The remaining sections will be published with the best quality images.