Friday, April 18, 2014

Bali Trip 2014 - Day4 - Shopping around Kuta - Poppies Lane 1 and 2 and Lipo Mall (Hypermart)

The best part now is the shopping, did some shopping around Poppies Lane 1 and 2, did not take too much photos of the shops, guess I was too busy bargaining for my goods hahaha.

Do remember to check out these nice graffiti sprayed on the wall around Poppies Lane 2.

Shops around Poppies Lane 2

Do remember to bargain at least 50 to 60% of the asking price especially if you are buying more than one. If you are buying half a dozen easily can slashed the asking price by 60% but for one piece you really have to try very hard by pretending to walk away hahaha. If you are unsure of the price to bargain or do not like bargaining, you can head to one of these shops with FIXED PRICE. Saw some singlet tee shirts and shorts in this shop going for about RP30,000 each but those shops around Kuta (including Poppies Lane 1 and 2) are asking as high as Rp120,000 each,we managed to slash the asking price to RP 20,000 each. Do not get into argument with the shopkeepers, just politely declined if the price is not right for you.

The heat is getting unbearable for us, head back to Discovery Mall to have our lunch, no appetite for big meals cause of the heat.

Glad that A&W fast food in Discovery Mall had some fried chicken and my favourite root beer float.

Went back to our hotel to bath again (hot hot hot) and rest before heading out again for last minute shopping.

Speedy mart next to our hotel (Adhi Jaya Hotel), had very reasonable fixed prices, bought more tee shirts and local snacks.

Then we headed to the newest Lippo Mall (just opened last year), not many tourists know about this mall, but there's a big hypermart at the basement of the mall which I think sold the cheapest in Kuta. The mineral water is so much cheaper than the rest of the marts and not to mention the sourvenirs like Bali Chocolates, Bali Coffee, etc. Even the brand of cosmetics that I bought from Singapore could be found in here and were at least 50% cheaper, OMG, so much to buy and so cheap, I could not list them all in here hahaha but am glad I found some cheap and beautiful agar agar mould that cost less than S$3 for a dozen and etc etc, hahahaha crazy over the cheap prices.

There's so many empty shops in the mall but you need to head to the basement to locate the hypermart.

Lippo Mall is a 10 mintues walk from Discovery Mall, is just next to Ramada Bintang Bali Resort.

Address of Lippo Mall Jl.Kartika Plaza,Lingkungan Segara, Kuta 80361

You can find the map of Ramada Bintang Bali Resort from this MAP and Lippo Mall is just next to it. From the map you can also find Discovery Mall and Beachwalk Mall(next to Harris Resort Hotel). Print the map out, is very useful to find your way around Kuta.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Bali Trip - Day 4 - Kuta Part 1 - Beachwalk Mall

Day 4, decided to have breakfast at MacDonald Rest. in Kuta. The prices were at least 50% cheaper than the MacDonald Rest. back home in Singapore. :) Definitely save a lot instead of paying extra for breakfast in the hotel unless the room package comes free with breakfast, after all I dont take very heavy breakfast.

After breakfast, we decided to walk around Kuta to do some shopping.

About these horse carriages, do bargain a whole lot for the fare. We tempted to take a ride from Kuta back to Discovery Mall but they quoted us RP300,000, we declined and walked away and the prices quoted can drop to Rp 100,000 which I think was still too expensive and worst was the two drivers were competing with each other and look aggressive so we decided to abandon the idea of taking the carriage.

Lots of nice restaurants facing the sea, very relaxing to have meal or drink with great view of the beach and sea.

Finally, we were at Beachwalk Mall just next to Harris Resort Hotel. The Beachwalk Mall is one of Bali's newest shopping centers (having opened in 2012) and is only the second mall to be located next to the beach (the first is the Discovery Mall).

There's a lot of restaurants in this mall and prices are really inexpensive.

The rooftop of the mall is really beautiful and with a great view of the sea.

There's even a foodcourt on the rooftop of the mall and surprised that they also sell Singapore and Malaysia familar food.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Bali Trip 2014 - Day 3 - Dinner at Kuta

Decided to pamper ourselves for dinner, had a very huge lobster that weigh around 880 gm. The bill came to quite expensive cause of the huge lobster lol.

There's a live band and singing at the restaurant too.

Steam lobster with butter and garlic

Seafood Claypot

Sweet and Sour Pork

Forgot the name of the vegetables but the vegetables is too tough for our chewing and we ended up not eating the vegetables so the restaurant waive the charges for the vegetables.

After dinner, we did a bit of shopping around Kuta.

Headed to Discovery Mall to shop and surprised there's Guardian Pharmacy and very delighted to find prices of products sold in Guardian - cost about 50% cheaper than the Guardian Outlet in Singapore - yipeee - we really stock up what we normally would buy back home and save quite a lot :).