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Trip Report Laurieco's Bali & Singapore Trip Report

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This trip report will differ somewhat from past reports and won’t have much detail, mainly because we didn’t do much sightseeing. We were quite happy to sit around at the pool and look at the ocean and eat and drink. ((H)) We’ve never taken what I call a “slug” vacation before, mainly because we always assumed we would be bored out of our minds. It turns out that we were quite content to do very little. Of course we didn’t need to travel to Bali to do it, we could have gone to the Caribbean, someplace we’ve never thought about going. We will now!

A few words about Singapore Airlines: All in all, a good airline but I would hesitate to fly them again in coach because they won’t allow you to reserve a seat in advance, only to give a preference. This was not a problem leaving JFK for a change but was a big problem when we left Singapore to come home, even though we were at the airport almost 4 hours before the flight and almost no one had checked in for the flight. Suffice it to say that after much discussion with a manager there, we were able to get decent seats. They originally wanted too put us in the middle seats in a middle row. I didn’t need to be at the airport 4 hours early for that. That said, Singapore Airlines will always be a last resort for me.

I didn’t plan this trip, my travel agent did, which is a departure for me. I usually do everything myself but once in a while, I use an agent that I’ve had since 2000. She emails me trips all the time and sometimes they are too good to pass up. This was one of them.

Our first six nights were at the Sofitel in Seminyak. The Sofitel is a very nice hotel on a beautiful stretch of beach and about a 5-10 minute walk into town. We upgraded to a deluxe room but I didn’t see a regular room so I can’t say what the difference is. The room was large, nicely furnished, with a window seat/daybed and a balcony with a partial ocean view. It would have been a full ocean view but there were trees partially obstructing the view.

Seminyak is a nice little town with some very good restaurants. Across the street from the hotel is Gado Gado, a wonderful restaurant serving not quite Asian food but food with an Asian flair. It’s right on the beach and is quite a lovely restaurant. They also make the best mojitos I’ve ever had. We went there a few times for drinks at sunset. The restaurant is expensive by Bali standards (about $50 for dinner for two, with drinks and sushi appetizer) but inexpensive by New York standards.

Other good restaurants in Seminyak are, Veranda (very inexpensive), Made’s Warung II (ate lunch there twice) a great place in a nice outdoor courtyard with very good food and cheap, La Lucciola, a very reasonable and beautiful Italian restaurant on the ocean and my favorite meal on this trip (less than $40 for dinner for two, including beers), Warung 96 which is CHEAP and has very good pizza, The Living Room, serving Western food in a pretty garden setting. There were a couple of others whose names escape me but are in my Bali guidebooks. Unfortunately I can’t seem to find them at the moment.

We had a half day sightseeing trip included, with about 30 people, including my travel agent, Brenda. They all came to Bali a day after we got there. Eric and I added a night onto the Seminyak part of the trip and also a night onto the Ubud portion. One of the reasons I wanted to do this trip was to finally meet Brenda in person. I’ve spoken to her on the phone and have been emailing her for 6 years and she seemed like so much fun. She is, I’m happy to say, just how I imagined she would be. Even though there were about 30 people who came on this trip to Bali, we were really on our own for all but one day.

The sightseeing trip was a walk through a rice paddy and then a walk around a typical Balinese village, culminating in a cooking lesson and very nice lunch.

I did no shopping in Seminyak, other than a kite and a blouse (a schemata really) that I bought from some lady on the beach to get rid of her. It didn’t work and I should have known better. It’s not a bad blouse but I certainly didn’t need it and I gave it to my cousin. We did look in shops but everything seemed to look better in the windows than when I got inside for a closer inspection. Also, since I’ve been to Bali before and bought stuff last time, it wasn’t new to me and didn’t thrill me.

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