It’s been a good 6 months since we last travelled… we were initially planning for another epic holiday at the end of the year (to the safaris of South Africa or Sri Lanka, maybe?) but God gave us a little miracle and we will soon really be known as the Three Wandering Bears! 😊 (Yes, we welcome our little boy this September!)
So… in preparation for the big arrival – and to enjoy ourselves one last time before baby J arrives – we decided to go on a short #babymoon somewhere nearby. With our doctor’s approval, we settled on a 5D4N trip to Bali 😊
Due to my pregnancy, the itinerary for this trip was quite different. We swapped the adrenaline-pumping activities for more relaxing ones (think relaxing by the pool, café hopping and doing some shopping), which allowed for plenty of downtime so that I could take lots of breaks to soothe my aching back and feet. I still did quite a bit of walking though, which is something I usually enjoy a lot. J took up surfing classes and that left me with some me-time to read and blog in cafes. I also signed up for painting classes in Ubud! 😊 This time around, we only visited Legian and Ubud (psst… this is our 3rd trip to Bali so we’d visited all the tourist attractions during our previous trips. If you’d like more information on these, you can email us or leave a comment below).
Getting to Bali: Changi Airport Terminal 4 and the epic flight delay
From Singapore, we booked an Air Asia flight that was initially scheduled for 1215pm. A round trip cost us SGD 200 per pax. We arrived at the airport at 8am because we wanted to explore Terminal 4 which was highly raved about on social media and by our friends! We had breakfast at the food emporium (decent food, quite affordably priced) and then checked in, before spending a good 3 hours exploring the place and resting at the Blossoms lounge (think buffet… sofa seats… free wifi…).
At about 11am, we received a text that our flight was delayed by an hour. No matter, except that after that, it was delayed by another hour… and another… and another… till we eventually departed at 4pm! :O By the time we arrived at Bali Denpasar Airport, it was 7pm and we were famished. Plus, the day was totally wasted! ☹ We took a taxi (we booked an official airport taxi for SGD20) to Legian where our hotel was located, checked in and went for dinner. (Note: There are more cost-effective options – you can flag a taxi along the main road outside the airport or arrange for airport transfers by your hotel, which may be free of charge or cost you slightly less. For us, comfort was the priority this time and I didn’t want to risk standing around for too long – I was already feeling quite grouchy at this point.)
Where we stayed: Legian Sidoi Hotel & Ubud Rembulan Inn and Spa
The hotel we stayed at for the first two nights of our trip was Sidoi Hotel (not to be confused with Sidoi Inn) located in the Legian region. It was conveniently situated in the main tourist district of Legian, and just a 7-minute walk to Legian Beach.
Facilities-wise, there was an extremely tiny lap pool which was great for taking an afternoon dip in when the weather was hot. I actually wouldn’t call it a pool… maybe a water feature? LOL. Since it didn’t allow for much swimming, we just hung around and made friends with a couple of Australians we met lounging by the ‘pool’. There was also a café/bar located next door. The food was pretty decent and it was a great place for lounging ‘cos there weren’t many patrons.
Rooftop lounge area
The garden area with a small ‘water feature’ haha
Greenery everywhere! ❤
The hotel room came with basic facilities, air conditioning, a safe, attached bath with hot water, television and a fridge. It was relatively clean, but not luxurious – good enough for a decent night’s rest.
Cost: SGD30 per night for an en-suite room with a king-sized bed via booking.com
Verdict: (Totally value for money!)
Address: Jalan Legian No.363, Legian, Kuta, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361
- Ubud: Rembulan Inn and Spa
Our accommodation for the next two nights in Ubud was at Rembulan Inn and Spa, conveniently located along the main artery of Jalan Hanoman. Rembulan Spa is pretty famous for its excellent massages and manicure/pedicure services, and they just started a homestay not too long ago. In fact, they are rated 9.4 on booking.com!
When we stepped into the room, we were absolutely floored. We couldn’t believe we were paying just SGD35 for what looked almost like a 5-star resort room (almost ok, almost…).
The room comes fully equipped with virtually everything you need for a comfortable stay, plus the air conditioning is mighty powerful – an absolute necessity for the hot and humid Bali weather. There is speedy wi-fi and a rainshower as well. Basically, you won’t be lacking anything during your stay, and you’ll be grinning in your sleep for this amazing deal you snagged. 😊
The best I can do with my miserable iPhone 6…
Before we messed up the room :p
Cost: SGD 35 per night for an en-suite room with a king-sized bed via booking.com
Verdict: (This is luxury living at commoner’s price hahaha utterly pleased with J for this I LOVE YOU!!!)
Address: Jl. Hanoman Padang Tegal, Ubud-Bali, Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80571
(Note: As Rembulan Homestay is pretty new, there are only 2 rooms available for booking and these are located on the 3rd level of the inn. There is no elevator to take you to the rooms.)
What we ate… and ate… and ate…
Most of our time (and money) on this trip was spent staking out yummy eating places to feed the growing human in my belly (OK I’m just kidding… I was just being greedy). For the record, ‘Warung’ means ‘shop’ in Bahasa Indonesia (just in case you were wondering). Anyway, here’s a list of what we tried, recommend and regret. 😉
- Warung Padmasari (must try!)
The unassuming shop front belies an unforgettable dining experience 🙂
This popular eatery is located in the heart of the Legian tourist district, yet it manages to retain its authentic Balinese flavour. We had our first meal (dinner on the day we arrived) here, and the food was an absolute delight for our hungry stomachs. We ordered the restaurant’s specialties – Green Curry Jamur and Ayam Goreng Lalapan, and had Hot Ginger Tea and Iced White Coffee, before topping it off with Pisang Goreng with Vanilla Ice Cream. We were absolutely stuffed. THE FOOD WAS HEAVENLY. What was even better was that this entire meal only cost us SGD 14.30 (whaaaat?)
The interior of the restaurant is very simple and its décor very Balinese. We loved every part of it.
For its delectable cuisine and affordable price, Warung Padmasari gets…
Address: Jalan Padma No.14, Legian, Kuta, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361
- Si Doi Restaurant
We had breakfast here on two occasions simply because it was included in our room package. We were given 5 breakfast sets to choose from, and on both occasions we had the Si Doi special, which was really an American styled breakfast set (think toast, bacon, egg…) complete with coffee, juice and seasonal fruits. The food was average, and the place made for a good rest area complete with relatively good wi-fi connection.
Quiet and breezy – perfect to start the day!
Nicely done interior – cafe vibes #gamestrong
Si Doi Breakfast! :p
Address: Next to Si Doi Hotel (see above)
Zanzibar Beach Front Restaurant
The Legian area is well-known for its sandy beaches, so it definitely makes sense to try out one of its many restaurants lining the beach front. Located along Legian Beach, Zanzibar is one of the more popular eateries that serves western fare along with local Balinese food. You can’t go wrong with their beef burger, fish and chips or selection of pizzas, accompanied with Bintang beer or a fresh coconut… It is a perfect choice for lunch on a hot sunny afternoon, right before (or after) you hit the beach. It’s pretty affordable too at about SGD 12 per pax for a full meal with a beer/drink, though it is slightly pricey for Balinese standards.
Lunch with a view!
Somebody’s very satisfied with his Bintang Radler :p
My first time having a coconut that’s bigger than my face. LOL
Address: Jalan Arjuna, Pantai Legian, Seminyak, Legian, Kuta, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361
- Gourmet Sate House (must try!)
Just a short 10-15 minute walk from Legian is Kuta, a backpacker haven that’s full of popular eateries. One such eatery is the Gourmet Sate House, which is popular with both locals and tourists for its mouth-watering sate (or satay) dishes. We tried the ayam (chicken) sate and lilit ikan (minced fish) sate, ayam mie goreng (chicken noodles), and for drinks we ordered iced teh tarik and orange lychee juice, before ending our meal on a sweet note with tapioca (sago) pearls with fresh mango and ice cream. The portions were just nice and the sates arrived piping hot, literally melting in our mouths. I particularly loved the orange lychee juice, which tasted mediocre at first but started growing on me with every additional sip I took. J was a bigger fan of the iced teh tarik. This meal cost us just under SGD20 (yum!) and was so satiating!
Address: Jl. Dewi Sri No.101, Legian, Kuta, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361
- Warung Biah Biah
We chanced upon this restaurant on the first night we arrived at Ubud. Many restaurants were closed because of the Kuningan Festival (a major Balinese Hindu religious festival) and this was one of the few that was still open. There was a long queue forming outside the restaurant, and the menu looked good – plus the food was unbelievably cheap! We got a seat within 30 minutes and ordered the nasi campur (rice with a variety of dishes), mie goreng ayam (chicken stir-fry noodle), bregedel kentang (Indonesian potato croquette), sate tempe (fermented soy bean satay), an iced beer and iced coffee.
Service was prompt and the food was quite tasty, and not to mention unbelievably cheap – the entire meal cost us just SGD 12. Our favourite was the kentang, which smelt delicious and tasted even better – it literally melted in our mouths with every bite. Don’t expect stellar service here though – staff are hostile and chase you out the moment you finish your food. Our mie goreng was also forgotten and arrived a good 30 minutes after we finished the rest of our food, despite us ‘reminding’ the waitress 3 times.
Verdict: (If you want convenience and affordability, this is the place to go!)
Address: Jl. Goutama No. 13, Padangtegal Kaja, Ubud, GIanyar, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80571
Tukies – The Coconut Shop (must try!)
Just a few shops down the road is a small ice cream shop selling coconut ice cream, that is to die for. The ice cream is refreshing, milky, rich and topped with roasted coconut flakes, flesh and nuts! A single scoop cost us SGD2.50. It was so, so good, we kept returning for more.
Calories never seemed so insignificant~~~
Address: 14, Jl. Raya Ubud, Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80571
- Kue Bakery and Café
Kue is a two-storey establishment that sells freshly baked produce such as whole and slice cakes, as well as bread and muffins. Above its bakery is a café where you can have breakfast or indulge in some sweets. We had breakfast here on a rainy morning because we happened to pass by and recalled some good reviews on Trip Advisor. We ordered the scrambled egg, bacon and cheddar cheese sandwich, plus scrambled eggs and cheddar platter with avocado, before ending our meal with an organic strawberry cheesecake and iced latte. This was one of the few places that sold avocado (it’s a seasonal fruit in Bali) and I was so excited to finally have my dose of avocado!
Though we were highly anticipating some good food, we were, sad to say, disappointed by the quality and portion (Maybe Asians have different tastebuds from angmohs? I just couldn’t believe that this place was rated as having “excellent food” on Trip Advisor). MacDonald’s egg mcmuffin tastes better, and the cheesecake seriously needed another round of decent beating – it was all crumbly and left a ‘sandy’ aftertaste in my mouth. ☹ Perhaps we picked the wrong option from the list, but we seriously think there are other better eateries out there to spend limited time and money on (Our meal cost us SGD 18 – comparable to other eateries in terms of pricing but obviously not standard). To add to that, the place was rather dusty and the noise from the road was quite distracting, with vehicles zooming past every few seconds. The waiter was also constantly on his phone… the entire package was just lacklustre, in our humble opinion. The only saving grace was, perhaps, the iced latte, which tasted pretty decent 😊
This is the best view of the entire cafe
Verdict: (But you can give it a try if you trust Trip Advisor’s stellar reviews of this cafe)
Address: Jln. Raya Bunutan, Ubud 80571, Indonesia
- Juice Ja Cafe (must try!)
A popular breakfast cum brunch haunt located along the main thoroughfare of Jalan Dewisita, Juice Ja Café prides itself for offering well-being food that is sourced from local farmers, including its very own organic farm near Ubud. The interior of the café is full of greenery, and you’d be forgiven for thinking that you were eating in the middle of a rainforest 😊 We were there at 8am and were the only customers (we like to start our day bright and early!)
Feels as though I’m entering the ‘Rainforest of Ubud’
Mega in love with the interior of this place. SO GREEN!
The whole cafe practically belonged to us. Heh 🙂
There is a separate breakfast menu for orders before 11am, and though it is somewhat limited, the food is seriously good. We ordered a Juice Ja Bowl (Fresh fruits with yogurt and granola) and a Tortilla Set. The food was tasty and filling; portions were just right and reasonably priced. I especially loved the sauce that came with the tortilla wraps – it tasted like belachan with a mild tangy and sweet aftertaste. YUM!
I’m seriously a sucker for bright and colourful food – this looks so tasty already!
SERIOUSLY GOOD STUFF. And see that simple looking sauce on the left? That is THE BOMB.
Address: Jl. Dewisita, Ubud, Gianyar, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80571
- Warung Pondok Madu (must try!)
Sink your teeth into the best spare ribs in town at Warung Pondok Madu!!! This lesser-known gem is tucked away in the corner of Jalan Jatayu. Because it is not located in the traditional crowded tourist area, it gets a steady stream of customers (who have done their research or who have read our blog 😉) but it isn’t overwhelmingly crowded like some other convenient and overrated eating establishments.
We ordered the chicken curry, grilled local pork ribs with BBQ sauce (small), Nasi Bira (Balinese yellow rice with side dishes), strawberry banana smoothie, Bintang radler and mango sticky rice for dessert. This entire meal cost us just SGD22. The food was AMAZING. We absolutely digged the curry and the ribs!!! Plus the service was superb – a waitress noticed that our table was a little shaky and attended to it promptly without us even asking! We just love gems like these. Must try please!
BEST RIBS IN TOWN.
Chicken curry – thick, flavourful, just really yummy.
Nasi campur – average but very colourful, I like! Haha
Mango sticky rice dessert – the best way to end the satisfying meal on a high note!
Seriously the food is so good that each dish deserves an individual photo with a caption of its own.
Address: Jalan Jatayu, Tebesaya, Ubud, Peliatan, Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80571
- Roots Korean Restaurant (must try!)
Whenever we travel, I make it a point to shortlist at least one Korean restaurant to dine at, if time allows, because after some days of travelling, my Korean genes get the better of me and I start craving for Korean food. J did some research and came across Roots Restaurant, which is the first and only Korean Restaurant in the Ubud region.
Roots Korean Restaurant serves Korean food with a twist – it has vegan and organic options and infuses some local ingredients into its cuisine. Still, the taste is authentic and the lady boss, who is a native Korean, can really cook up a storm! We had such an amazing dining experience here. The only down side may be that it is located a little far away from the tourist area – it took us about 40 minutes to walk from Jalan Monkey Forest in the rain (but I’m pregnant too so I’m extra cautious and walk really slowly so if J were alone he’d probably reach in, say, 10 to 15 minutes?)
Anyway, enter the restaurant and you will be greeted by friendly faces who will direct you to a staircase, where you will climb about 2 storeys to the seating area above. The place is very well decorated with bamboo and has a zen feel to it. It is spacious, not too cluttered, breezy and has a very laid-back ambience. Perfecto.
Main dining area high above the rest – balmy and the perfect setting for a nice meal 🙂
Super love the entire concept of this place
There are also villas for rent behind the restaurant, so if you wish to stay somewhere further away from the noisy and touristy city centre, this is a place you may wish to consider.
We ordered the gimbap (rice rolls), sweet and sour tempeh with chicken, and gimchi chiggae (kimchi soup) with multi grained rice. The portions were filling and the food was excellent and refreshing. We especially loved the kimchi soup which was so rich and flavourful and perfect for a rainy day! The gimbap was lovely as well; vegetables were fresh and the vinegar brought out the taste really well. It was a great infusion of traditional Korean food and Balinese flavour. The waitresses are very friendly and obliging, and banchan (side dishes) are refillable upon request.
The colours stole my heart and then the actual taste of the rolls stole it again ❤
Excellent taste and consistency – Stamp of approval from the bears!
Tempeh (with chicken) with sweet and sour sauce
A complete meal like this cost us just about SGD18.50! This meal was worth every painstaking step I took to get there. Baby J couldn’t stop kicking when I had this meal… I guess he loved it too! 🙂
Address: Jalan Raya Sanggingan, Sayan, Gianyar, Kabupaten Gianyar,, Samping Badra Fine Art Gallery, Sayan, Ubud, Bali 80571
- The Daily Baguette Cafe
On our last day at Ubud, it rained non-stop so we had to seek shelter in various cafes. That’s when we chanced upon The Daily Baguette Cafe, which we had also happened to read about on TripAdvisor. If you are considering a quiet and less crowded place (save the occasional noise from vehicular traffic, that is characteristic of almost every Balinese restaurant anyway) to lounge at in the afternoon, we strongly recommend this place!
The Daily Baguette is a full bakery serving a variety of bread, cakes and cookies. They also make some really good coffee. You can place your order at the bakery on the first level before proceeding upstairs to get a seat. There are comfy sofa seats and the place is well-ventilated with cosy lighting and good wi-fi as well.
Sorry no picture of comfy sofa seats cos yours truly was sitting on one 😛
We ordered a rainbow cheesecake and a café latte. The latter came with some cute little chocolate chip brownies that tasted so good! This satisfying break cost us just SGD5 and we were pleased with the quality and taste 😊
This rainbow cheesecake initially caught my attention ‘cos of its colours but I’m so happy I chose it ‘cos it tasted awesome too!!!
Address: Jl. Raya Ubud No.27, Sayan, Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80571
- Nekopopo Café
This cute themed café serves some casual western fare with a Japanese twist. We loved the cosy décor and artsy murals – the whole set up won us over (Come on in, Y… it beckoned ever so persistently to me).
However, when the food arrived, it was a little disappointing. We each had a beef burger set, a cup of iced coffee and a strawberry milkshake. The presentation was cute, but the portions were meagre and the food tasted meh. The milkshake was not bad, though. The entire meal was quite pricey for its portion and standard, and cost us SGD18.50.
Score! For presentation (Sorry photo does not do it enough justice)
What really irked us was that there was no separate seating for smokers so we were practically gagging in the café the whole time ‘cos some inconsiderate travellers were puffing away at their cigars continuously for 35 minutes. (They arrived shortly after we did). Plus, there was no toilet, which was a big boo-boo for me (When you are preggie you need the loo every 45 minutes, or even more frequently when cute little bubs decides to step on your bladder, just for fun 😊).
Verdict: (Worth a visit for those who like taking cute photos in cafes)
Address: Jl. Goutama Sel., Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80571
Things we did!
If you are the adventurous sort, you might want to try out surfing with one of the many surf schools in Bali. J signed up for his first surfing experience with Up2U surf school, where he spent two mornings (about 3.5 hours each) on Legian Beach catching the waves and learning the basics. Surfboards and rashguards are provided. The instructors were patient and experienced, and the lesson cost SGD30 per session, excluding an SGD20 deposit. Surfing is an extremely popular tourist sport so be sure to book your places early. If you are a greenhorn, you may find the sport really tiring the first few tries. But fret not, you’re sure to enjoy it once you get the hang of it! Surfing in Bali is also pretty safe, as long as you stay within the red markers – outside of these markers rips are common and sharks can sometimes be spotted, so beware!
For surfing classes with Up2U Surf School, we rate it…
Address: Jl. Pantai Kuta, Legian, Kuta, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361, Indonesia
- Shopping (Legian and Ubud)
There are many street stalls and markets around the Legian and Ubud regions. The stalls sell a variety of goods, ranging from pretty batik print dresses to beach wear to the rattan roundie bag that has recently caught the fashion world by storm… Bargaining is the norm here, and it is easy to slash prices by about half if you are good at it. Again, if you can’t find something for a particular price, don’t be disheartened as there are many stalls selling the same goods. Just be patient, persevere and you can easily find something you like. Of course, don’t go overboard by asking for a ridiculous discount ‘cos these locals are trying to make a living too. Balinese are hardworking people, and their shops are open till 10pm at night to cater to tourists who come out later at night to escape the afternoon heat.
I particularly liked the boutiques at Ubud, and found that most of them were quite suited to my taste! They are quite similar to those found in Seminyak, I would say. We also went hunting for the rattan roundie, and managed to find some good deals (I bought two roundies for SGD14 each, for my sister and a friend). If you want more variety, you can visit Ubud Market, where a cluster of shops selling similar goods can be found. We didn’t quite like it though, as the shopkeepers were selling overpriced items to tourists and ironically, prices for the same goods in the market were way more expensive than those found in local shops elsewhere.
Ubud Market – gathering place for pushy sellers and tourists looking for good deals (but ultimately finding none)
Finally, this is for all the pregnant mums to be out there: We all know how difficult it is to find pretty clothes that fit, right? I went from shop to shop and kept telling J that if I weren’t pregnant, I would buy so many things! I loved the clothes… to which he’d answer, “don’t worry, you will go back to your original size after giving birth and we’ll come back next time, OK?” Well it was sweet but it was hardly any source of consolation for me, because WHAT AM I GOING TO WEAR FOR THE NEXT 4 MONTHS!? Nobody understands, seriously! J was being super accommodating and proactive in helping me find clothes along the way… so imagine my delight when I stumbled across this awesome shop, Puspita, that actually carried pretty dresses that fit me!!! The dresses there are just the right cut for pregnant mums – empire underneath the bust and flare to the knee! Plus, there are buttons down the front so their dresses are great for nursing too! You can also wear them after you give birth 😊 The prints and fabric are super pretty and each dress costs about SGD 30 – 35. Happy shopping! (You can thank me later)
*Pupsita has two boutiques in Ubud (there are some in Seminyak too), and can be found along Jalan Hanoman and Jalan Monkey Forest! Prices are fixed (you may want to bargain if you get more pieces but honestly I was just so glad to find something that fit me, so I just paid full price)
This was the highlight of our trip! We signed up for traditional Balinese painting classes at Pondok Pekak Library and Learning Centre, a local library that’s situated next to an open field along Jalan Monkey Forest. The entrance is pretty obscure and it is easy to miss it if you aren’t actively looking for it 😊
Entrance at a back alley
Our instructor, Dekta, was a talented painter and he taught us basic techniques using water-based acrylic paint. Dekta works at Denpasar but travels to Ubud often as this is his hometown. The session cost us SGD30 per pax, and lasted for slightly over 3 hours. We got to bring home our own painting and lunch was provided too!
J learning the basics of painting from Dekta after his sketching
Us with our finished pieces! We both decided to paint padi fields using the traditional Balinese painting style 🙂
One with Dekta – that’s his artwork at the background. Impressive, huh?
Loved the entire process!
The library itself is also an area for exploration. It houses lots of books, a temple, a swimming pool, and provides other classes like silver jewellery making, cooking, fruit carving, traditional Balinese dance etc. You can drop by to make a reservation. The staff are super friendly and helpful!
Lovely place – you can walk in and out freely to explore it or use its facilities (drinking water, toilet, etc)
Part of the proceeds from classes goes towards funding the public library
If you would like to contact Dekta directly for painting classes, leave us a comment or drop us an email! (Classes can be conducted at Denpasar as well)
Address: Jl. Monkey Forest, sebelah Timur Lapangan Ubud, Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80571
One of the top things to do in Bali is to get a relaxing massage. After all, that’s one of the things that Bali is famous for, right? Well, if you are pregnant like me, there are lots of things on the list that are a no-go… You can choose to skip the massages and indulge in facials or milk baths instead, or if you really need to soothe your aching feet, opt for a gentler option! I did a one hour foot and lower leg massage at Rembulan Spa. My masseuse did a gentle rub for me and avoided using herbal oils. She also did not do the full works for the foot massage, as some points on our feet can trigger labour or cause contractions. The bottom line is, make sure your masseuse is trained and be sure to let her know that you are expecting. They usually know what to do. 😊 Rembulan Spa was excellent! A one hour foot and lower leg massage cost me just SGD 10 and was super effective!
Verdict: (I walked for 7 hours straight after this relaxing massage)
Address: Jl. Hanoman Padang Tegal, Ubud-Bali, Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80571
Both Legian and Ubud are nice places to just walk around and soak in the atmosphere, but we particularly liked Ubud as it was more cultural and less ‘wild’. You don’t really see drunk or rowdy tourists hanging out around the Ubud area, which we found a refreshing change from those we happened to come across at Legian.
Owing to the Kuningan Festival, the streets were very lively and there were street processions and dances (and not to mention traffic jams)! Ubud has changed quite a bit since the last time we set foot here – the vast padi fields that the region was once so well-known for are slowly disappearing to give way to souvenir shops, hotels and cafes… Quite sad, in our opinion.
You play drama, you get karma LOL
Other important information…
- Getting to Ubud from Legian
The most cost effective way is possibly catching a shuttle that will take you from your hotel to Mongkey Forest Road in Ubud. This one hour ride cost us SGD15 in total. We booked our shuttle a day in advance at xxx. However, if you take this option, be prepared for delays. We waited 4 hours for our shuttle bus to arrive (the driver went to the wrong hotel).
If you want to travel in maximum comfort without restrictions as to departure timings, you can hire a private car that will cost you about SGD 40 from Legian to Ubud (you’ll be dropped off at your hotel entrance). This can also be arranged by your hotel or by any other tour company in the city centre. Or, you could rent a bike/scooter (I don’t recommend this if you are pregnant haha)
- Getting from Ubud to Denpasar Airport
On the last day, we booked a private car for SGD30 to take us from our accommodation straight to the airport. The trip took about 1.5 hours but the journey was comfortable. There are many taxi and private car operators along the street so it is easy to book; or you could get you hotel to do it for you.
(Tip: Arrive at the airport at least 2.5 hours in advance of your flight timing, as it can get really crowded at check-in counters. Some flights do not allow online check-in as well, so you will still have to queue even if you only have carry-on baggage.)
Planning for a child requires lots of saving up. Still, don’t let that stop you from treating yourself to a short getaway before bubs arrives. We budgeted SGD1000 for 2 pax, and ended up spending the following amount:
Air tickets (round-trip): SGD 200 per pax via Air Asia
Accommodation: SGD 60 for two nights at Sidoi Hotel, Legian and SGD 70 for two nights at Rembulan Inn and Spa at Ubud
Food (we spent bulk of our money here): SGD50 per day (moderate restaurant dining)
Transport: SGD20 from Denpasar airport to Legian, SGD15 from Legian to Ubud, SGD30 from Ubud to Denpasar Airport
Total: SGD1145 (all in) for 2 pax over 5D4N 😊 DEAL! 😉
Tips for pregnant mums-to-be visiting Bali
Here are some tips I found useful – some of them are pretty common sense but I kept reminding myself because I realised I tend to be excited and forget some important things during holidays 😛
- Make sure you get a letter from your gynaecologist that certifies that you are fit for travel. Airlines sometimes require this and will not let you board your flight unless you have proof.
- When at the airport, do not enter the airport scanner. They have a separate queue for pregnant women. Sometimes, the airport staff may be busy and overlook you, especially if you aren’t showing yet, so it helps to pay more attention yourself. (There isn’t research that specifically states that the machine is harmful but it’s always better to be safe than sorry)
- Bring pantyliners and maternity pads/sanitary pads, especially if you are in the middle/nearing the end of your second trimester – that’s when you realise that it is not as easy to control your bladder as you thought! This helps save you the embarrassment of incontinence during sporadic sneezes or on bumpy rides that last for over an hour, or when the cute little bugger in your tummy decides that lying on your bladder is the most comfortable position to be in for the next few hours 😊
- Pack light and carry a backpack with good support. This helps a great deal when travelling from place to place (or hubby could lug everything, but I want my husband to enjoy the trip as much as me so I try to carry what I can). I invested in a good Samsonite backpack that has brought me so much convenience and saved me from backache!
- Always have a bottle of water with you. Pregnant women get dehydrated easily and you want to have safe, clean water with you wherever you are.
- When deciding between the cheaper option and one that is a little more expensive but offers you slightly more comfort, choose the latter. This is a golden rule and one that you should insist on, especially if hubs does not understand.
- Don’t pack your itinerary as you would on a normal holiday – leave ample time for rest. Plan little activities throughout the day, and intersperse these with rest time, such as in a café, back in your hotel room… etc. Your legs/feet will most probably swell up after some walking, so go slow. Remember, for now, YOU ARE QUEEN! 🙂
- Bring comfortable walking shoes. Fashion is secondary, or rather, absolutely unnecessary.
- Research on the nearest medical service/hospital just in case something happens to you. You want to be able to get medical attention straightaway when the need arises. It may also be helpful to bring your own medication on the trip, especially since pregnant women have a lot of restrictions on the types of medication that are allowed. Also, always have your baby’s latest ultrasound appointment card with you (the one with updates on his development) in case of an emergency.
- Avoid raw and cold food, and eat at well-established places that are hygienic.
- Bring bug spray/ wear mosquito patches. You don’t want to get mosquito-borne diseases like dengue while pregnant… prevention is always better than cure.
- Pee at every chance you get. Even if you don’t get the urge just yet, visit the toilet to empty your bladder. I’m serious.
- ENJOY! You won’t get another opportunity like this for a long time to come! 😊
Looking at this pic makes me smile and cringe at the same time ‘cos I have put on SO MUCH WEIGHT over my 5 days in Bali. Whatever. (Oh and that’s me in my new Puspita dress! Hehe)
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