Tuesday, March 4, 2014

INDONESIA BALI TRAVEL 2014: Tanah Lot Temple, Kechak Dance & Fine Dining at Metis Restaurant, Seminyak

Sorry for my blur picture...I was so excited to get into that temple that I didn't even realized my "shot" was blur :-P but yea, as per the picture above, entrance fee for Tanah Lot is 30,000 rupiah (RM 10). Tanah Lot is about 1 hour drive from Kuta. We paid our taxi 200,000rupiah (RM 60). If you can get it for cheaper you're lucky!

Love this shot and outfit! So slim and my limbs look super long...*drools*

Fyi, though the Bahasa Malaysia and Bahasa Indonesia sounds kind of similar but a temple in Bali is known as a "Pura" not a "Kuil" as how temples are called in Malaysia. This is just in case you need to ask for directions and please be specific as there a LOTS of Pura around Bali.









A couple shooting their wedding pictures there. There was once the wave was so strong, it hit the rocks and the bride and groom was drenched! Thank god they didn't fall into the sea *touch wood*



Those bunch of "Gwiyomi" chicks were hilarious!!! They were screaming and squirming as they had to walk around and climb the rocks wearing wedges. I'm vain too...but just a little bit smarter than that. It was only my first day, I just couldn't afford to "hurt" myself and be bedridden the entire journey.











So there's this "cave" like section under the temple where everyone was lining up so we decided to follow the crowd.

We then found out that people were lining up to be "blessed"


The water at the cave was super clear and even had fishes swimming




After washing your face and drinking a bit of the "holy spring water", the "holy man'? lol! would stick some rice-like thingamajig on my forehead and also ...

A pretty frangipani to be worn at the side of my hair.

On the rocks behind me are tiny holes which are homes for tiny crabs




Love how beautiful the sunset is from here :-)

My partner and I hiked up to look see look see and found a tiny lil cafe.

Just breathtaking!






You are my sunshine, my only sunshine, you make me happy when skies are grey :-D

We bought tickets to watch the "sunset" kechak dance at 50,000rupiah (RM15) per person as it is 100,000rupiah (RM30) at Uluwatu Temple (another temple which we eventually forgo due to lack of time).

Just too Beautiful!!! Words cannot describe *dreamy eyed*

Looking at this picture, the first song that comes to my head is...


"Do you liked Pina Coladas? and getting caught in the rain
And the feel of the ocean, and the taste of champagne
If you like making love at midnight, in the dunes of the cape
You're the love that I've looked for, come with me, and escape"

Rupert Holmes - Escape (the Pina Colada Song).

After all that "cam-whoring", we were actually 5 minutes late for the Kechak Dance performance :-P

Oh yea, before I forget, there would be many types of dance performances in Bali such as Barong dance, etc etc but (according to recommendations) Kechak Dance is the dance to watch as the others are just "head shaking"...Being a professional dancer myself and having classmates who has researched on Balinese Dances, I'm sorry if I have "insulted" any of you but I'm just putting it in "layman" for the non-dance people

The Kechak Dance was interesting as there would be a story teller and the one here at tanah lot is hilarious!

The whole ensemble had 40 people. Considering the price we are paying for entrance, I believe that these people are just doing it for passion as there were only 50-odd audiences on a Saturday night.






The MOST interesting part was when the dancers were dancing on fire.






After the Kechak Dance performance, it was already very dark and we had trouble hailing a taxi but a private driver offered to send us to Seminyak for dinner for 150,000rupiah. At first, we were reluctant but we found a police booth as the policeman actually showed us a black and white list of taxi rates and 150,000 rupiah was actually the usual rate from Tanah Lot to Seminyak :-P

So after about an hour, we arrived at Metis restaurant. I really wanted to eat here as I read online they are famous for their Foie Gras dishes!!! :-D It's my Birthday Week afterall! What Sarah May Low wants, Sarah May Low gets :-P

Balinese Wine

The wine prices in Bali is crazy high/exorbitant!!! The cheapest wines are the Balinese wines but long story short, It SUCKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Metis is located at Jalan Petitenget in Seminyak. A famous street full of Fine Dining restaurants. Some of the restaurants were super empty but Metis was filled to the brim. There were also 85% Caucasians as diners.

This lotus pond is one of the reasons why I decided on dining at Metis. Beautiful eh?




Was trying out the functions on my camera as I had trouble shooting in minimal lighting


LOL! My fake lashes was coming off! But whatever, still need a picture to show that I was there :-D


Escargot on Mushrooms 


Cold Foie Gras Pate Trio. This was yummy! Each one of it has a special combination of sauce



Tuna trio




Foie gras "soup"..This was interesting...Nice in a "wholesome" kind of way. it's like drinking chicken soup when you have a cold.



Lobster bisque...rich & creamy! Like how I like it!



Pan Seared Foie Gras with Star Fruit

Signature Foie Gras with apples



Pork Belly...This was really good especially the super creamy mash potatoes that came with this dish but by now, after 4 Foie Gras dishes and many other starters, we were STUFFED to the brim...


Metis Restaurant
Address: Jalan Petitenget No., Indonesia
Phone:+62 361 4737888
Hours: 11:00 am – 11:00 pm

Super cute paper towels...

The small squares below are fragrant water/essence which we would need to dip the dry pieces of paper towels for it the absorb the essence before using it.



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