Honeymoon, BABYMOON , BALImoon!!!
Call me crazy??? 30 weeks preggie and we were off to Bali... I actually bought tickets to Bali for next year (end of January ~> 2 weeks before my due date...) but after family and friends have said how absurd the idea was...we decided to forgo those tickets...dun wanna deliver baby KarMie#2 in Bali right...hehehe... So anyone wanna date mr. Hubby to Bali end of January...to be exact 21-24 jan??? He wants to go to "pet" those lions and tigers!!! That is what I will call CRAZY...
So we spent a well deserved relaxing vacation in Bali from 6-10 dec!!! I really needed this break before baby KarMie#2 comes out...coz once the baby is out...is back to hard work and sleepless nites!!! The easiest part is when the baby is nicely hibernating in my belly ;)
This the first time baby Si stepped foot in Indonesia...me and mr. Hubby went there almost 5 yrs ago for our honeymoon!!! Although we were there for honeymoon, but we managed to cover all the touristy spots and went all around the whole of Bali... So this time, with a huge belly and baby Si in tow...as mr. hubby puts it "extra human baggages".... We decided just to stay put and relax!!! And that is EXACTLY what we did...eat, sleep, shop, massage, swim; eat, sleep, shop, massage, swim; and the cycle goes on!!!
Comparing Thailand to Indonesia:
.Food wise - Thailand has much better variety of food ... Lots of street food...whereas in Bali, no street food??? Went hunting for a "pasar malam" / night market but couldn't find any despite asking locals around... I liked the local "nasi Padang rice" with the yummy varieties of spicy "sambal"... But without the sambal, it's not as nice and tasty. So mr. Hubby didnt really like it since he can't take the spicy sambal...
We ended up eating all sorts of other cuisines...Greek, Italian, Indian, Thai, etc.
The food in Bali is more expensive than Thailand...
. Massages - Balinese massage is way better and soothing than Thai massage... And cheaper too!!! Not that massages in Thailand is expensive either... 1 hour for 60,000 rupiah = 6usd??? Gessshhh... No wonder mr. Hubby went for 2 massages in a day...one in the afternoon during baby Si nap and another late at nite!!! Unfortunately this mummy was warned by grandma to not get any massages... But hey, I did enjoy some spa time while mr. Hubby babysat baby Si in the hotel... Hair cream, bath spa, body scrub, head massages, etc... Since mr. Hubby had so many massage opportunities, he decided to be adventurous and tried out all sorts (hot stone Swedish, 4 hands, shiatsu etc...)
.beaches - kuta beach is very very crowded... Mr. Hubby and me decided that beaches in Thailand is way better than Bali... The water in Thailand is cleaner, blue-ish, clearer, more scenic... Bali beach reminded me of port Dickson or Penang...
. Shopping is also better in Thailand as there's more variety of different things being sold...whereas in Bali every stall seems to sell the same thing. But there's a local mall called Matahari which sells souvenirs, clothes,shoes, etc at a cheap decent price without the hassle of bargaining and in the convenience of air conditioning
. Definitely stroller friendly in kuta area...the sidewalk pavement is well paved.
. Baby friendly with high chair provided in restaurants and food court.
. Diaper changing area only in malls.
. Mini marts everywhere... Can get daily necessities easily.
. Public transport - we walked mostly everywhere. Our hotel provided free shuttle to kuta square... So we had them drop us at the kuta square every evening and leisurely strolled home. Public taxis are easily available with trust worthy meters. But don't get stuck in traffic though.
I would strongly recommend a short getaway at least once a year!!!
Here are the reasons why:
Me n mr. Hubby hardly give expensive gifts, as we rather spend the money on a vacation!!!
More pics on mr. Hubby fb:
Our honeymoon pics (back in the days):