Visit Monkey Forest, Ubud

Visit Monkey Forest, Ubud


When you're coming to Bali, you've probably already heard of Monkey Forest, a famous attraction in Ubud. It's a beautiful forest with many temples, but of course most people visit the place to see monkeys. Eight years ago I already visited Monkey Forest, but it was nice to come back. 


Even if you don't like monkeys that much, the forest is a lovely place to visit. You can easily walk there for about 30 minutes to an hour, and observe the pretty temples there. To be honest, I did feel a bit nervous going in there, because a friend of a friend got bitten without doing anything to provoke the monkey, and getting all the injections apparently costs a fortune. The monkeys are definitely not scared of you, as they're used to having people around. 

Before going in there, some tips might be convenient. First of all, it is safer to carry a backpack or a bag that you can close off. Monkeys are very curious as well, and they will easily come up to you if they can have a look in your bag. Therefore, keeping your bag closed whilst in the forest is a good idea as well. I was carrying one of my cameras but wanted to take out the other one, but a monkey saw me opening my backpack and immediately came up to me. I'd rather not have monkey too close to me, so I recommend just keeping your bag closed. Moreover, carrying any food or loose objects might not be a smart thing to do either, as monkeys could easily steal things from you. If you carry your phone, just keep it close and do not wear sunglasses or hats. 



Even though I felt a bit nervous sometimes when a monkey came too close, I did really enjoy Monkey Forest as it's nice to have a closer look, and the forest in general is beautiful. I can definitely recommend it. The price is 50.000 Rupiah, which is about €3,50.  

Selamat Pagi Bali!

Selamat Pagi Bali!


Finally back in the most beautiful place of the world, Bali! My grandmother grew up in Indonesia, and I'm glad to be back to enjoy this beautiful island after 8 years. I arrived Sunday night, and luckily my flight was not cancelled due to Mount Agung. The last couple of days I stayed in Seminyak, a small city close to the beach. It is less crowded than Kuta I've heard, and I quite like this place although there isn't too much to do during the day. 


I have visited a temple called Pura Petitenget, a small one near the beach and the shopping mall in Seminyak. Although it was really small and construction was going on, it was quite interesting to see and seeing temples and little offers made me realise how much I've missed this. 
  

Friends of mine were supposed to join me today and tomorrow, but due to the ashes of Mount Agung the airport is closed and today's flight is cancelled. I'm really bummed about this, because I was really excited to have my friends here as well and explore Bali together. 

Even though I'm by myself and I haven't met a lot of people except for some nice locals, I am enjoying myself. Today I'll be travelling to Ubud, where I will stay for at least three days. Hopefully I'll meet some nice people, so that I'm not completely by myself. 

On the 10th of December, I'll be flying to Singapore (if it's possible) and other than that I haven't really made up my mind yet about my travels. I was thinking of going home for Christmas, but now I can travel with some friends of mine so that changes the situation. I might possibly travel with them to Vietnam and Hongkong, but I still need to figure everything out. For now, I'm enjoying Bali!

Hotspot in Sydney: Calabur Cafe & Diner

Hotspot in Sydney: Calabur Cafe & Diner


Together with a friend of mine I was strolling through the streets of Bondi Junction in Sydney, and we decided that we wanted to sit down for a cup of coffee and some food. We were only there for a couple of days, and we didn't have a clue where to go. On Maps I found a cute place to have some coffee and food, and we decided to go there. I absolutely loved the way the cafe looked - it had brick walls, a guitar on the wall, cute furniture and the atmosphere was really nice.

I decided to have a matcha latte and fruit platter with a bit of yogurt, granola and honey. The dish was a bit similar to the one I had at Harry's, but it had more fruit and less granola. The dish looked amazing, and it tasted really good as well. I probably prefer the one at Harry's, but this is definitely a lovely dish as well. It was around the same price as Harry's, $18 (about €12). It was actually a Thai restaurant, so if you'd prefer a warm dish or something spicy, there's something for you at Calabur as well!

Hotspot in Adelaide: Golden Boy

Hotspot in Adelaide: Golden Boy


A couple weeks ago a friend of mine turned 22, and we celebrated this with a birthday dinner in Adelaide. We found this really cute restaurant called Golden Boy, a Thai restaurant in the northeast of the city. The interior of the restaurant was really cute, and the atmosphere was definitely great. 

I chose a Thai green curry with vegetables and chicken as a main course, and we ordered some rice with it. Some time ago I wasn't a fan of the Thai cuisine, but now I love it! The dish was quite spicy, but since my dad's partly Indonesian I grew up with spicy food, and I absolutely dig it. The prices of the food is pretty okay, I guess I paid around $45 in total including a glass of wine (around €30). If you like Thai food, this place might be something for you!

Hotspot in Sydney: Harry's

Hotspot in Sydney: Harry's


Last week I visited Sydney again with a friend of mine, and I absolutely love that city! There's so much to do, and the suburbs have nice cafes, restaurants, coffee places and bars. A friend of mine back home recommended Harry's to me, a lunchroom at Bondi Beach. I took a look at their Instagram page, and all the dishes looked amazing! On Thursday we were at Bondi Beach, and we decided to go to Harry's for a coffee and something to eat.

I chose a chai latte and this amazing lunch/all-day breakfast - coconut yogurt with homemade granola, a lot of different fruits and cute flower petals. It looks stunning, but of course the taste is most important - and personally I loved it. I would love to have this for breakfast everyday! The dish was $18.50, which is about €12,50 - pretty doable if you'd ask me. Definitely a must-see spot at Bondi Beach!