Parked the car in the long term parking (it cost us not only an arm and a leg but throw in a couple of kidneys too – but TOTALY worth it!). Walked straight to the ‘Departures’ area in 5 mins (winning!).
I am very very very paranoid about people smuggling things into suitcases – so first thing on my list was to get the bags wrapped. We had checked in online the night before and picked our seats for no added fee (2 seater at the back of the plane – again winning!! I have a thing for bathrooms. It’s a serious thing hahahaha…). We were expecting the check-in line for Emirates to be long but to our surprise there was no one in line! As I walked up to the counter I was a little anxious, worried about the 20kg allowance. First bag weighed – 19.7kg, fingers crossed for the second bag (my bag), and again 19.7kg. Something MUST be wrong with their scales. Well the universe is definitely working in my favour and I get to fly Auckland to Bali direct – goodbye long layovers in Australia!! We are definitely off to a good start. Got through the security check with no issues this time – AMAZING. Whenever we go through security the new e-passport scanner have difficulties identifying us – perhaps because we look so young compared to the photos or maybe because we are dark? Who knows hahahaha
Departed on time with no issues or complications. The plane was not full, there were several empty rows.
Plenty of legroom, flight attendants were lovely and approachable, top notch service – that’s why I like Emirates. Two hours into the flight we got our meals served. I had pre-ordered the lactose free meal and it was alright – nothing to write home about.
There was an endless supply of water, tea, coffee and juices – a nice touch. The entertainment on board was good with recent releases, but I had no interest in watching anything. The highlight of the flight was the lavatory! Last year we flew with Malaysian Airlines and it was a total disaster – there was water on the floor, and only one was working, the journey was a nightmare. ANYWAY, the toilet on this flight was clean, there was hand lotion, hand soap, air freshener and it was kept clean the whole journey (I was in heaven – literally). I could talk about this all day :). The flight was really comfortable and painless. Just before we landed we got served a small little sandwich and a muffin. Again an endless supply of liquids to keep you full up.
Landed on time at Denpasar airport. As we walked out of the plane – Oh that smell – that familiar smell of Bali greeted us, it’s amazing, I can’t fully describe it. Straight through to Immigration – it took less than 10mins. The real wait was for the bags ~ 20 minutes.
Declared some food I had to bring with me. No one seemed to care or want to look at what I had declared (I almost wanted to insist, but my husband hurried me along). Met our driver – Nyoman, he has been our driver for the last couple of times we have been to Bali. He is reliable and honest BUT above all very very patient with me (I have sent him a million emails changing my mind about things, he has always been kind and responds quickly).
Headed to a reputable money changer first and then Mal Bali Galeria for the sim card. It was such a funny little experience. First we got lost in the mall as it is really really big. When I asked directions from a lady sitting at a bag stall, she pointed randomly in a direction (she seemed a little annoyed that I had disturbed her.) Quickly apologised and said thank you in the same breath. Walked aimlessly for a minute and we finally found the store – or the store found us. The security guard at the door helped us with the process of getting a ticket and told us to take a seat.
After what seemed like an eternity our number was called up. We ended up buying a sim card with 35GBs of data for about $35NZD (at the airport they were offering 45GBs for 50NZD hmmmm). The registration process is not quick but once it was done, we were told the sim card worked immediately (it did). Then off to our first destination for a few nights. This is our first time staying in Sanur as previously we have stayed in Legian, Seminyak and Ubud. Decided to stay in Sanur after reading reviews that it’s a great place if one wants a slower pace. So we have decided to check it out and see how we feel about it. We arrived at our homestay (Kamboja), anxious and excited all at once. The check-in process was a little funny as the receptionist asked us to wait by the gate as he went to check if we had a booking. I got a little panicky – but alas all is well, and they have our booking – apologies all around. First impressions the room is big with a huge bed (that could fit four people – not that we are planning on testing that out) and with a big bathroom with shower (may I add very very clean – a tick for me) definitely good value for money and also has air conditioning and a pool.
I am very happy with my choice, husband is happy too. It is also our first time trying out a homestay – this trip for us is about trying new things with LOTS AND LOTS OF RELAXATION.
Quickly grabbed dinner at Warung Baby Monkeys (a 2 minute walk) – as it was one of the few places open late and busy with people. I have to say my meal was not the best (tofu curry), but I was too hungry and tired. Straight back to the room and off to bed. Excited for what the trip has in store for us. I am happy to be back in Bali again 🙂