Kuta: I'm in heavenwell... close to my utopia anyway.
I can't believe it! I thought I'd hate Kuta! But it's so much better than I expected. And I think a perfect ending to my Bali trip. The shopping is sooo good.. I've already splashed out on a short, ruffled, pink with tiny white polka-dots skirt and a cute tropical dress. And I want more bikinis!! It's like bikini paradise here. So many cute bikinis, surf wear.. Not enough cash! I may actually break out the credit card..
And lots of perving! So many hot men walking around, topless! I was so busy drooling over this pack of young, hot Europeans that I almost fell over a standing sepeda motor - that's motorcyle for you English-speaking folks.
The beach is gorgeous.. Beautiful, white, soft sand. Sure, it's crowded but it means more people-watching. I'm in people-watching heaven right now. Lots of beautiful bodies, barely clothed - male and female.
So many little shops to browse but I'm already figuring out that the cheap stores pretty much have the same stuff anyway. I'm looking for the more unique clothing stores, from Bali and overseas. I simply love the surfwear. I shouldn't buy any more bikinis though because it's not like I could wear them in Malaysia. Wear a haltertop and everyone thinks you're being slutty. Beautiful, beautiful bikinis though.. sigh..
I found a cheap room for only Rp40,000 which is very close to the action and the beach (just a straight walk for less than 5 minutes!!). It's the furthest from the road so my room is pretty quiet. Very comfy bed. I like the bathroom the most because it's partially opened which means I get a nice stream of daylight coming in.
Sigh.. I'm happy now.
Yesterday was a melancholy day (re: guilt over Richardo) although I was in beautiful surroundings. Sanur has a beautiful beach as well and what I like about it is that the beach has nice, large pavilions where you can sit in the shade and gaze towards the ocean to your heart's content. When I first got to the beach, I wept for a while because it was much more beautiful than I expected, especially coming from Lovina where the beach was very disappointing, and because I thought that Richardo would have really like it. Sanur and Kuta is more like the beach paradise that I had envisioned when paying for my online ticket to Bali several months ago.
I travelled to bemo to Sukawati, which is reputed to be the cheapest, best market in Bali. I had to make at least three bemo connections but I think getting there was worth it. I did so much mad shopping though that at the end of it, I was so exhausted from the lack of food (didn't eat anything all morning), and hard bargaining that when I tried to order for food, I completely forgot what the Malay word for noodle was. Ended up not eating until I got back to Sanur.
But am happy for with my purchases because they were mostly gifts. And I finally got my chess set! Very happy with that. I also bought a wooden rhino, which was initially for my boss who collects wooden animals but it had so much character, that I think I want it for myself. I named it Richardo and he travels with me now. Hee..
Now I'm curious about the nightlife of Kuta but only because I want to perve some more. But I'm shylah and I'm by myself so we'd see.
I'm rather bummed now that I'm only here for two more days! They offer surfing lessons for three days!! The alternative is a 1/2 day beginner course. The internet cafe that I'm in right now, is almost opposite this surfing school. Gonna check it out after this.
Oh! Another thing that I like is that there are cafes here with cheap food that show movies. During lunch, I watched Austin Powers, and after shopping this afternoon, I watched part of Guru (?) with only the cost of a Coke. Watched the sunset at Kuta beach.
I'm sunburnt and happy!