Visual Diary: Discovering Bali, Indonesia with myPAL Roam
I've always heard of Bali being a top destination for nearly everyone I know. We all know I'm a Europe kind of girl, so Bali never really made it to my list of Top 10 anything. I quite honestly didn't know what to expect, and I hate to admit that the only thing that really came into my mind upon hearing the world "Bali" was surfing and beaches. Of course, like any person with presumptions, I was most definitely wrong... and I'm glad I was. In May earlier this year Philippine Airlines invited me and Kimi to to test out their new product called myPAL Roam, a pocket wifi you can rent for your travels, and do a quick shoot around the island for 3 days, oh and yes, we'll get to bring our boyfriends too. No question, we said yes on the spot. Free travel with our significant others while exploring a new place in exchange for work was a pretty sweet deal!
Three days in Bali was actually pretty short, but I'm not complaining. Three days were enough to get a taste of what this diverse island had to offer. Bali was a mix of chill vibes and chaotic madness, it was beautifully exotic, full of life, color, and culture. Despite us working 90% of the time we were touring, I tried to take in as much as I could and appreciate the island's natural beauty.
Pentai Tagal Wangi Beach + Cliff
A secret beach perfect for cliffside views, majestic waves and beautiful sunsets in the South of Jambaran.
Garuda Wisnu Kencana
Just 20 minutes from Pantai Tegal Wangi is a culture park called Garuda Wisnu Kencana, where you can see this gigantic sculpture of Vishnu, which is only part of an even bigger sculpture -- Vishnu riding on the back of the Garuda, a Hindu mythical bird (aka Indonesia's emblem). The second time I visited Indonesia (with Trip of Wonders), we met the man who is currently building this majestic sculpture! Their goal is to make it Indonesia's most iconic statue... Whereas Paris has the Eiffel Tower, NYC and her Lady Libery, and Indonesia has Vishnu riding Garuda. It's amazing.
Another beautiful place with breathtaking views, Uluwatu Temple is one of the six key temples of Bali and it's known for its magnificent location sitting on a steep cliff around 70 meters above sea level. This is also one of the best places to catch a sunset around the island of Bali. Not to be missed in Uluwatu Temple is the cultural show called the Kecak, a Balinese dance and music drama developed in the 1930's.
Sights Around Tanah Lot Temple
Tanah Lot Temple is one of Bali's most famed and important landmarks, known for its offshore setting (imagine this: the ancient Hindu shrine is perched on top of an outcrop with strong waves constantly crashing up against the big outcrop on which it sits!) Unfortunately, it was teeming with tourists the day we went, and so Gab & I decided to walk around the area instead.
Deus Ex Machina
A haven for lovers of vintage bikes, surfboards and art, Deus Ex Machina is a store, art gallery and cafe that can be found in the heart of the very chill Seminyak. Here we spent time shooting for the myPAL Roam video project, looking at cool art, and enjoyed a tasty lunch.
La Plancha Beach
On the southern end of Seminyak you'll find the popular La Plancha beach. We got there on a very gloomy afternoon, which means we didn't get to enjoy any sunset, but despite that we still rolled with it. This is also one of the locations we shot for the myPAL Roam video.
This is the photo you'll actually see in NAIA Terminal 2!
Walking Around Seminyak
Like in any other new city I'm visiting, I love getting lost and just walking around to get the feel of the place, to people-watch and see how locals go about their daily businesses. Gab and I walked around while making our way to Motel Mexicola (which was closed due to Cinco de Mayo preparations). I fell in love with how vibrant Seminyak is, the sights, the colors, even the sound of the scooters, the chosen mode of transportation by locals, whizzing by; but I think my most favorite part about Bali in general is how you will always find elements relating to Hinduism. This was the day I fell in love with the beauty of Bali.
A big thank you for Philippine Airlines for asking me to be a part of the myPAL Roam video project and taking us around Bali for 3 days, and a big thank you to the team as well! We ran around Bali trying to get the video done, but still had lots of fun with it.
If you're wondering about my experience with the myPAL Roam, here's my most honest opinion: it works like a charm. The myPAL Roam pocket wifis are actually provided by Skyroam, the same pocket wifi I used for my travel in Europe. There were no problems with connectivity because the pocket wifi grabs signal/data from existing telecom towers -- so as long as the place you're going to has cell service, you're good.
What's great about myPAL Roam is that you can rent the device in NAIA 2 before your flight, and just return it when you arrive. It's the convenience, aside from the reliability, that's the selling point here. Every time I would travel, my biggest issue is wifi connectivity... I had to look for a reliable pocket wifi for my Eurotrip and it took me ages to find one that was convenient enough in regards to pick-up/drop-off points. So, I'm really glad Philippine Airlines was able to provide a solution to a problem thousands of people traveling from Metro Manila might have! And I'll definitely be using it for my future trips too :-)