Backpacking Virgin Arrives In Bali
Sep 21, 1983
Oct 03, 1983
Flew Garuda Indonesia Airways from Singapore, via Jakarta's Halim airport, landing in Denpasar, Bali at 1130 hrs. Rejecting all the offers of transportation, I walked an hour or so to Kuta Beach. Started shopping then for 2 singlets at 3000 Rp. Carrying on, arrived in adjacent Legian Beach - which I read was "less commercialized" - and found a lodging by the name of Sinar Indah. Spent rest of afternoon at the beach and had a massage that leaves you "smelling like a flower". For dinner, ate at a place called Viva's (nasi goreng, crab & Coke for 2400 Rp). Bought another t-shirt, then found out the sun sets early here. Probed around the alleys for an hour before locating the losmen at 1930 hrs. After a shower with cockroaches, a local boy came to chat and hence begins my lesson in Bahasa Indonesian. Spent a total of 10,100 Rp today, within my budget of 23,000 Rp or SGD15 per day.