I have been distracted and somewhat grim, judging from my past few posts (or lack thereof). There was work, my badminton journalism stint, being wheeled around on a hospital bed, a boy, and just lots of things that kept me away most of the time from my laptop to write.
But I just came back from Bali, one of the most amazing places in this region, and it would be a travesty not to at least drop by and say hello at my so-called travel blog. Truth to be told, I have lost a little bit of that overflowing ideas on my writing angle on my travel stories due to lack of practice, which is ironic since I’m about to move myself a few thousand miles north to pursue something writing-related (more about that in the coming weeks :)).
So I looked into one of my main sources of writing inspiration – my travel photos (the other one is my favourite travel blog Everywhereist). Apart from finding lots and lots of pictures of food, one place that really stood out was Devil’s Tears Bay at Nusa Lembongan, an island just one hour ferry ride off the the southeast of main island Bali.
If you think that the name Devil’s Tears Bay sounds intimidating, wait until you are actually at the place.
Don’t be fooled by the false sense of serenity. At times, it would lose its composure.
And when that happens, its emotions are extended to different parts of the bay.
The scene was majestic, beautiful but rather menacing at the same time.
Ever the drama queen in photographs, we decided to make full use of this dramatic scene. A normal smiling picture simply wouldn’t cut it and here are a few tips of how you can make full use of your visit to the Bay.
You can pretend to see something cool in the distance.
It made a perfect setup for an album cover of duo girl band.
With the right skills, the right waves at the right time, you can even make a short movie out of it.
Just don’t curse and make fun of the sea.
Because it might come right at you.
Tips for visiting Nusa Lembongan:
- You have to take a ferry from main Bali island. The ferry tickets can vary considerably in price, from Rp 60k to Rp 600k. We took Glory Express which was around Rp 400k, and was a new decent ferry that departed from Sanur.
- Do not by all means hand-carry a lot of things when boarding the ferry. There is a short stretch where you had to walk in the sea water at the shore while climbing to the ferry. Knowing me, I had a lot of things in my hand and carried my friend’s suits, which was not a very good idea.
- Do NOT put your laptop in your suitcase. I’m not doubting the strength of the crew, but since I had my laptop inside, I kept having this nasty thought that the crew accidentally dropped my suitcase in the water complete with my Macbook being submerged in the sea. Seriously, just do not bring your laptop at all.
- You had to take off your slippers before boarding the ferry. So don’t wear expensive ones since someone might accidentally take yours if you are unlucky.
- There isn’t much car at Nusa Lembongan. We travelled around by a pick-up truck that we rented from the hotel, but a more common and more adventurous option would be to rent a motorcycle.
- Nusa Lembongan is beautiful.