Birthday Trip To The Land Of Beaches & Pork Ribs

So I turned 31 last September. It’s a whole new season (read: new challenge) being a thirty-something. Hence, since last year (the beginning of my 30s) I made a commitment to myself to always travel for my birthday. Last year, I went to Labuan Bajo, and this year I went to Bali and continued with Singapore.

The main reason of doing a birthday trip, for me personally, is to simply reflect on the past year (where I am right now, how far have I go, etc.) and envision the upcoming year (where would I be a year from now, how far can I go, etc.). Some of you might use the new year eve moment to do that, but I don’t. I just wanna go to sleep now on new year eve LOL.

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Now, the best time for me to do self-reflection is when I’m being alone in a refreshing surrounding. For example, when I’m riding a motorcycle up to Ubud, or when I’m sitting alone on the airplane staring at some puffy clouds. You gotta know what’s the kind of situation or environment that would fill your soul and clear your mind.

Anyway, enough of that, I’m here to share some of the highlights of my birthday trip to Bali. I spent 5 days in Bali this time (the longest so far) and it’s still not enough. Geesh! I’m now planning to visit Bali regularly like every 6 months perhaps, before eventually moving in for good to Bali. Not in anytime soon, though.

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First highlight is MASSIMO. An authentic Italian resto, the best so far in terms of taste and price! Seriously. Located in Sanur, Massimo does not only cook pasta but also serve fresh gelato. The must orders are their pizza, mushroom soup, salmon penne, bolognese  spaghetti, ravioli and of course the gelato. I would definitely come back again to this place everytime I visit Bali.

Next highlight is my ULUWATU exploration. I have never really explored this area, as I often spent too much time in Seminyak area. There were several spots that I visited in this area, like Garuda Wisnu Kencana Cultural Park. I was curious to see for myself the new statue, which was started in 2013, while the original idea was initiated almost 30 years ago. It’s now the third-highest statue in the world, it even beats the height of Liberty Statue. Sadly, when I got there, the statue area was closed so I could only took a photo from afar.

By the way, if you wear shorts, you’d have to wear a fabric to close your legs, just like me in the photos below.

From GWK, I went a bit further up to visit the Abandoned Aircraft site. I forgot the exact location, but you could simply Google it. Apparently, there are three abandoned aircrafts in Bali, but it seems like tourists only familiar with this one. When I got there, there were other international tourists busy taking photos with the fallen aircraft as the background. There was not much to see, obviously. I spent only like 10 minutes there and immediately went back to the car after getting the photos I wanted.

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Pork Ribs at iiga Warung

What’s better menu to have than a full rack of pork ribs when you’re in Bali? After lunch, I hurried to Tegal Wangi Beach, located not too far away from the Abandoned Aircraft. It used to be a touristy spot, but it’s now quite abandoned. There were only four other people beside me in that beach. Well, probably because it’s not sunset yet. Tegal Wangi beach is famous its arch-shaped cave and several of natural jacuzzi. I’ll let the photos do the talking to you.

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People said, it’s way more beautiful during golden hours. But I had a reservation at Ulu Cliffhouse (will post about this later) waiting for me. That’s why I came here a bit early. Overall, it’s never a bad experience to lay on the sandy floor and playing with waves. If you’re a beach aficionado then Tegal Wangi definitely worth your time.

Next to highlight is my lunch experience at BABI MOGLONG in Umalas, Seminyak. It’s a decent restaurant selling Nasi Campur Babi (rice bowl with mixture of crispy pork skin, roasted pork, fried pork, pork soup, etc.), trust me it’s heaven! Plus, Moglong is surrounded by a beautiful rice field so it was a very soothing experience for me inside and out. My tummy is happy with the delicious pork they cooked, my eyes and soul are happy because of the view around me. The price? Remarkably affordable!

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Last one (but surely not the least because more posts are coming) to highlight is watching sunset at Canggu Beach. Actually, my friends and I were planning to go to The Lawn. This new hip beach bar slash resto in Canggu. Sadly it was super packed. So we went to a decent surfboard rental hut next door, which happened to have plenty of bean bags and sells coconut water. There’s something recharging and calming from just sitting there and gazing at the slowly disappearing golden ball in the sky. Check out some of the photos I captured below before the sun went to set.

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Meet my cheeky nephew, Zion, who was just too happy to be at the beach.

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Bali is always, always a great idea, isn’t it? Please stick around because more highlights (Parachute, Folk Pool Ubud, Ulu Cliffhouse, and Artotel ABC Beach Club) from my birthday trip will be up soon (finger crossed). Until then, I wish you a great weekend!

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Write to you later,

HG. (@gersonhenry)

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