Top 10 Reasons Why You Should Work in Malaysia Compared to Philippines

In the early 90s, there was a huge demand for Filipino skilled workers in Saudi Arabia for manual labor. With their struggle to feed the family and give their kids a proper education, Filipino parents would often remind them to “study hard and get a good job.” Soon after, it was believed that working abroad would help Filipinos alleviate poverty thus the Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW) trend started. People then started to see huge improvements especially from OFW families and government keeps praising them as the modern hero of the Philippines. With the recent economic factors that aggravates the living conditions of the masses, Filipino parents would now remind their kids the same phrase… with a little tweak – “study hard and get a good job abroad.

One of the most promising countries to work abroad is located roughly 1500 miles southwest of the Philippines – the Malaysia. Their labor force often demands a potentially huge number for manpower where Filipino workers often wage competition with laborers from neighboring countries such as India, Singapore, Thailand and Indonesia.

However, they still want to work in Malaysia due to a variety of reasons which our country, the Philippines, does not adequately provide or makes it impossible to reach by sheer hard work and determination. As one of those employees who previously worked in our hometown, going abroad sounds like a fairly natural response that brings solution to this issue. Nevertheless, no matter what occupation you do or what skill set you have, many of the things here might make you say “Yes, this is exactly the reason I’ve gone abroad!”

So without further ado, here are the top ten reasons why it’s better to work in Malaysia compared to Philippines:

10. Different culture

Once you step foot on a foreign land, you’ll notice that everything you lay your eyes on is different from home. You may suddenly pay attention to the women wearing Muslim scarfs known as hijab. Also, when you’re roaming the malls that you’re so used to when you were in Philippines, you’ll observe that there are specific prayer rooms in some floors that they call surau, which we are not accustomed because we belong in a different culture.

Humans, in general, are curious beings and we as Filipinos, do not stray away from that behavior. We tend to be fascinated with these divergent perspectives including the mere differences in religion and celebrations. Moreover, as millenials, we embrace change so much that we like living out-of-the-norm and share our experiences in social media.

As such, we abide to these cultural standards, respect them and if possible, meet-in-between since we have an obligation to go to Church every Sunday and spread the word of God. And whatever you do, believe me, they will respect what you believe as well.

9. More opportunities

Although Malaysia is a developing country like Philippines, working here opens the gate to countless opportunities. In our home country, it is evidently hard to get a job even if you have the most impressive resume in town. However, in Malaysia, you can get a call for an interview in an hour provided that you have the right skills and experience that the foreign agency or headhunter needs.

If you have plans for furthering your career (especially in IT or engineering field), working in Malaysia is a boost on your hard-earned credential since HR often takes into account how you deal with your foreign bosses. It’s also a huge plus for a candidate to have the experience of managing superb work relationships with foreign clients.

Also, if you have other life event goals like immigrating to first-world countries such as Australia, Canada or New Zealand, processing the documents you need is relatively easier, faster and safer in Malaysia. Even though you need to go back home to gather papers for the lengthy list of immigration requirements, still its better to ‘just get it done’ in Malaysia because you have the edge, financially right?

8. Delicious cuisine

I’m turning 6 months now in Malaysia as of the time of writing and I have to say it out loud that Malaysian cuisine, in the simplest sense, is incomparable. No matter how I become “foodsick” (no it’s not what you think – I mean it as missing food back home) while living here, still every Malaysian dish I try completely satiates my craving and satisfies my tummy albeit going to toilets (because I cannot handle some spicy dishes).

Due to the different cooking traditions and practices from the three main ethnic groups in Malaysia – Malays, Chinese and Indians – Malaysian cuisine are so much imbued with a variety of spices that makes foods so much better than the ones at home. The popular everyday food you encounter here in Malaysia are Nasi Lemak, Mi Goreng, Rendang or Bak Kut Teh and some hot Teh Tarik on the side.

To top it all off, they are all cheap. The Fried Nasi Lemak in the picture costs around RM 6.70. With a huge plate and lots of servings on the side, you cannot get this type of food for P80 in the Philippines except if you live in the provincial area. Even with the GST (Goods and Services Tax) newly implemented this year, you can still eat on a budget by buying from wet markets and cooking it yourself. That way, you can eat at an even cheaper price AND can cook Filipino foods the way you want it.

7. Improved lifestyle

Once you arrive here in Malaysia, you’ll automatically be called a foreigner or expatriate. If your work does not have free accommodation, you’ll have no choice but to rent rooms on condominiums or on landed estates. Oftentimes, rental rate at major states like Kuala Lumpur and Selangor turns out to be higher than the usual.

However, housing units in Malaysia are usually equipped with aircon, automatic washing machines, fridges, water heater and induction cookers which will mostly make your life a bit easier. If you are living in the Philippines with just an electric fan and cold water, then your lifestyle in Malaysia will definitely get better.

If you choose your place right, you can have access to other engaging lifestyles such as going to gyms, shopping at malls or maybe swimming at condominium pools. Whatever your job is, I promise you, your life will be better, if not a bit then slightly better, but will still be better than it used to be back home, probably with your parents.

6. Easy travel back to hometown

With the boom of low-cost airlines and the accessibility of Asian countries to the world, it has now been very easy to book tickets online and fly back home. Tourists and backpackers from all parts of the world easily fly back and forth everyday to Malaysia including our very own OFWs (Overseas Filipino Workers).

If an OFW becomes so homesick that she wants to be with her daughter during the school awarding ceremony or on her 7th birthday, she can just hit the keys on websites like AirAsia or CebuPacific, book flights and board the plane on the travel date to see her kids. With flight discounts ongoing every month, she can definitely travel back home and still be in budget thus a win-win situation for every OFWs in Malaysia. Moreover, it’s less than four hours going back to Philippines so it’s not that much of a hassle.

However, if your work partially restricts you from leaving the country (probably for domestic helpers), you can still contact them through social messaging apps like Whatsapp (very common in Malaysia) or Messenger and video call through Skype.

5. Tourist destination

As Malaysia strives to live up to their tourism brand – Malaysia Truly Asia – and remain a strong contender as Top 2 in the World Tourism Rankings on Asia’s top destination, it has always been included on every traveler’s checklist of the most wanted travel places. As a Filipino, can attest to the beauty of Malaysia and its awesome tourist attractions as I’ve seen it firsthand.

If you’re free on weekends, you can always travel to famous tourist destinations like Petronas Towers, Genting Highlands or the Petaling Street easily through trains and buses. You can also travel a bit farther to places like Melaka or Penang especially on long holidays since it’s surely a long drive from the city but I promise it’s definitely worth it. You need not to go taxi if you don’t know where they are located since you can fully navigate Malaysia, especially Kuala Lumpur, through web mapping services such as Google Maps.

On the other hand, if you are not sure where to go, you can browse TripAdvisor OR you can browse here at Roumery since I will be posting travel guides in Malaysia soon enough. Stay tuned for more updates!

4. Low cost of living

Some economists use a more digestible exchange rate theory called the Big Mac Index to enact a global standard in measuring Purchasing Power Parity. In layman’s term, it can be used to gauge, although not accurately, the cost of living in a certain country. If base rate is USD, then Malaysia’s currency, the Ringgit, is undervalued at 63% per the mentioned index. Thus, it means that the Big Mac in McDonalds Malaysia is cheaper than most of the countries hence it has low cost of living.

However, you don’t need to consult an expert to measure the cost of living since we do it ourselves automatically without knowing it. Often for first time OFWs, they always convert Ringgit to Pesos every time they buy something and conclude from their everyday groceries if Malaysia is generally cheaper than in Philippines.

In my opinion, food and transportation are customarily cheaper in Malaysia since oil is one of Malaysia’s ace card for its economic growth. Unit rentals are higher in urban areas but mostly normal on the outskirts of the major cities. In general, Malaysia still maintains a low cost of living (if outside Kuala Lumpur) compared to Philippines, or Singapore for that matter.

3. Faster internet

According to this chart, you’ll see that in year 2014, Malaysia has an Internet Speed Index of 5.5 Mbps while Philippines has an Internet Speed Index of 3.6 Mbps. If you are a Filipino reader, you can agree and attest that this is not true. This is one of the reasons why I worked in Malaysia – because they have faster Internet than the Philippines.

I was in the Philippines on the year 2014. The average plan for a home DSL (or WiMax) through any telco carrier was up to 1-2 Mbps as advertised and it had been consistently not even gaining at least 500 Kbps download speed even at 2 pm after midnight (to which 100 Kbps is the usual). Also they didn’t have fiber optic network until recently when PLDT Fibr has been introduced. The price ranged from P1000 to P1500 (RM 222 to RM 333) for this type of plan. As I’ve heard, new plans moving forward already have data caps according to the networks’ Fair Usage Policy.

Here in Malaysia, you can order for a 10 Mbps plan that efficiently exceeds after midnight (around 20 Mbps) and is consistent in the morning. This is already connected to the Fiber Network laid out on the condominium (or on landed house) and can range only from RM 100 to RM 150. Moreover, it is unlimited with no cap and can be disconnected (although with minimum 2 yrs bond) once you’re leaving the country. If you’ll look at the comparison, Malaysia is still leading the Internet race compared to the Philippines in this aspect.

2. Better transportation

If you have worked in Metro Manila like I did, chances are you’ve probably rode the MRT once, or everyday OR depending on where you’re coming you need to interchange from the LRT station first. There are already many stories in the Internet describing their misery on commuting through these trains everyday. I would not describe it here anymore but let me tell you that it is very stressful, time-consuming and unsafe to go to work by MRT everyday.

In Malaysia, the railway infrastructure consists of interconnected commuter rail service, rapid transit service, monorail service and airport rail link service. Commuting through train is not stressful since it’s easy to buy tokens from ticketing machines instead of waiting for long queue, not time-consuming since trains arrive faster than you think and safe since there are stationed guards on every train waiting area and locals are very disciplined that stealing is seemingly nonexistent on train stations.

As one of my wise colleague said, “A developed country is one in which rich people use public transport”.

1. Higher salary

Undoubtedly, the top reason you may want to work abroad is and has always been money. Even if you have the nine reasons above, if the salary discussed during the contract signing is not what you expected, then working abroad may not be possible.

Sometimes, if you are in a desperate situation, you’ll accept the job offer abroad regardless of the salary. On the other hand, your work colleagues would often advise you that if you’ll take another job, your asking salary should sure be twice of what you’re having currently. However, for me, part of the reason I took the work abroad is the lower income tax in Malaysia (around 5 to 10% per month depending on the salary) compared to Philippines (roughly 32% per month). It also helps that when you tune in to Philippines news, you’ll see that there are often reports on allegations of graft and corruption to your own politicians using the taxes that majority of the Filipinos pay.

But in all aspects, the salary must also reach your expectation since it’s the main reason you want to work abroad right? As an IT consultant and with conversations from some of my Filipino colleagues here in Malaysia, the salary will always be higher than what you earn in the Philippines. Since most of us are contractual, it is true that agencies have salary standards depending on your work experience and skillset. It’s also true that some agencies give a higher salary than the usual but it usually falls down to your negotiation skills although you can barter a bit more because of the unstable Malaysian currency (there, I gave you one tip – good luck!)

These are the top reasons to consider when you want to work abroad in Malaysia. There is always a job demand for expatriates but recently there had been raids on illegal workers so please be careful on who or what agencies you trust to (especially those asking for hefty placement fees). However, there are news of freeze hiring for incoming foreign workers in Malaysia so if you’re ready then by all means go apply and work abroad here in Malaysia. Cheers!

Source by Jose Carlo Mercado

Kuta Beach – Bali

Planning a holiday can be a great time – sifting through hotel listings, amping yourself up about all the exciting tours and attractions you are going to visit, mentally browsing all your potential holiday snaps. For my trip to Bali, I didn’t follow this path so much.. I had some free time, no plans and a backpack, and the only thing I could find that would mix well with this combination was a last minute, one way ticket for a week.. or two.. or a day.. really however long I felt like being there.

I ended up staying almost two weeks, and I would have stayed longer if I hadn’t a job I needed to return for. Bali is so diverse, catering to everyone from the extreme holiday planners to the spontaneous last minute arrivals.

Bali is a beautiful Island in Indonesia, surrounded by idyllic beaches and filled with much of the buzz you would find in Asia – Kuta beach and it’s surrounding areas are known for their bustling markets, sizzling late night street food, all night pumping night clubs and a real holiday atmosphere. Backpackers partying it up on the main streets of Kuta beach feel just as at home here as the upmarket holiday seekers who want a private villa and ridiculously low priced daily massages.

I began my journey at Kuta beach, known for epic sunsets and frequented by a large amount of Australian tourists who are seeking sun, sand and culture that isn’t too far from home. It is a never-ending hive of activity, and maybe not the ideal destination if you are looking for peace and tranquility (Bali caters exceptionally well to these things, just head over to Seminyak or Ubud). The beach is dotted with vendors peddling everything from a Bintang (the popular local beer) to a Surf board hire, and there is no shortage of entertainment – well into the night.

Street market shopping is something Bali does well – with scooters rushing past you and endless street vendors fighting it out for business, it is not for the faint hearted, but it is thoroughly enjoyable. Down Poppies lanes (both Poppies 1 and poppies 2) you will find a selection of storefronts, selling sarongs, watches, stickers, knock offs and local Balinese trinkets, mixed with local warongs offering a variety of western meals, free wifi, super cheap beers and amazing (and very cheap!) local Nasi Goreng.

If you head outside of Kuta, there are some really special locations to be found. Take a day trip out to Dreamland beach – a multi level bar/restaurant/pool/lounging spot where you can often spot pro surfers down at the breaks, or just grab a cocktail and admire the stunning view from one of the infinity pools.

There are a number of tours that operate outside of Kuta, but will happily come and pick you up from your hotel for the day – so many adventures await you, whether it is a mountain bike tour of the rice paddies, trekking up the local volcano for sunrise, or taking a tasting exploration of the local coffee and cocoa plantations, there really is something for everyone here.

Kuta Tips

Taxis in Kuta: Getting a taxi in Bali can be a challenge – some (but of course,not all) are known for ripping tourists of, taking long routes and not using meters. If you are not familiar with Bali, or do not have a local travelling with you, it is generally recommended to use Bluebird Taxis – they are light blue with a bird in a diamond as the logo. Taxis in Bali tend to be categorized as ‘bluebird’ and ‘everyone else’, so if you are unsure, or wanting a reliable taxi who always uses the meter, try to stick with the bluebird taxis.

Culture in Kuta: Balinese culture and traditions can be quite different from anything you might be used to – keep this in mind when visiting temples and other important sites, there are quite often rules that are very important to the local culture that you follow, such as keeping your arms or legs covered.

Safety: Safety is much the same anywhere foreign that you visit – use money belts to prevent pick pocketing, make sure that your hotel room has a secured to the floor/ground/wall safe for you to use, and don’t leave your drink unattended when you are out and about having fun. Your local government website will have travel advisories for any places they consider a threat, so make sure to have a look at that before you leave, and speak to your doctor about any immunizations you might need.

Source by Anna McPhee

4 Of the Best Beaches in Bali

Best Beach for Snorkelling

Because most of the beaches on the island of Bali have such incredible surf and waves, this does not make them ideal for snorkelling. However, if you travel to the east of the island to Padangbai, you will find three beaches with paradise white sand and calm, clear waters. This quiet sleepy fishing village doesn’t attract so many visitors, meaning the beaches are often quiet and peaceful. Bloo Lagoon beach, located near the Bloo Lagoon eco-resort just over the hill to the left, has the best snorkelling, with calm clear waters, scattered rocks and coral. Amongst the sea life you can expect to see Napolean Wrasse, reef sharks, stonefish, moray, rays, squid, octopus and blue ribbon eels. There is also a beautiful, secluded white sand beach over the hill to the right of the town, which is lined with palm trees and is the closest thing to a tropical island paradise.

Best Beach for People Watching

If you’re looking for a beach full of beautiful people, with plenty of bars and restaurants and activities going on, then Seminyak is the beach for you. Whilst the long sandy beach isn’t as idyllic as some of the others on the island, it is great for people watching, attracting hundreds of tourists looking for fun in the sun. Seminyak’s beach is an extension of Kuta Beach and is a long stretch of flat, compact sand with rolling waves perfect for learning to surf or having a go on a boogie board. You can lie back on a sun lounger with a Bintang or if you’re feeling a bit more energetic, play a game of bat and ball. Seminyak’s beach has one of the best views of the sunset, so if you can afford the price tag, have a cocktail and watch the sun go down from Ku De Ta, Bali’s world-famous bar.

Best Beach for Ultimate Relaxation

Few backpackers have heard of this beach, but Balangan, down in the south of the island past Jimbaran, is one of the ultimate for relaxing and letting your cares fade away. This sandy beach is lined with palm trees and is also a great spot for skilled surfers, with glassy waves rolling in over the coral reef. You can relax on a sun lounger in front of one of the beach shacks with a banana milkshake and a view of the surf, or go for a swim in one of the many natural rock pools. As the tide goes out you can go for a wander over the reef to get a closer view of the surfers in action. Balangan is a peaceful, tropical beach which will make you feel like you’re a million miles away from reality.

Best Beach for Experienced Surfers

Uluwatu, at the southern tip of Bali, is famous for its temple perched dramatically on the cliffs. Tourists flock to Uluwatu to see the band of monkeys that run around the temple complex, and to witness the traditional dance performance at sunset. But Uluwatu is also the most famous spot in Bali for experienced surfers, offering perfect waves during high season when the swell is good. Pantai Suluban is sheltered by steep cliffs, so on a windy day it’s perfect if you want to avoid getting sand in your eyes. Set in the cliffs are several warungs serving traditional Indonesian food like Nasi Goreng and banana pancakes, as well as a couple of ding repair shops and shops selling surf wear. Sit and enjoy the incredible views with a spot of lunch or climb down the steep steps to the shingle beach where you’ll find cool caves and rock pools.

Source by Victoria Brewood

Ethical Gifts for Valentine’s Day

It’s the season of love and the evenings and mornings are steadily getting lighter and brighter. The birds are waking up and spring is in the air, faint but full of promise, lifting the heart. With Valentine’s Day on the horizon, this is the perfect time to express your love with a gift that’s thoughtful, ethical and great to look at. Whether it’s something practical or a little slice of luxurious indulgence, there are masses of beautiful ethical presents to choose from. Here are four of the best.

Deliver a floral chocolate treat to your loved one

It’s difficult to go wrong with chocolate. Never mind diamonds – quality chocolate is a girl’s best friend! Plenty of men admit to a passion for the brown stuff, too. Take Floral Chocolate, made with love in Ecuador with 60% cocoa, organic dried rose petals and a hint of vanilla. Or Cashew Nougat with Field Flowers, crated with lush flowery accents: dried daisies, marigolds and cornflowers. Awesome!

Fabulous organic herbs for the chef in your life

The North Yorkshire-based Steenbergs Organic Artisan spice company has been in business since 2003, creating an exceptionally fine line in quality organic spices and cooking ingredients. Their spices all come from ethical sources, grown organically, carbon neutral and packaged like a dream. Classy, creative and practical, they’re a great gift for men whose first passion is you… but for whom cooking comes a close second!

The Thai Spice Gift Box is popular with adventurous cooks and contains 8 mini jars: Freeze-dried Thai Lime leaves, Cassia, Lemongrass, Galangal, White Peppercorns, Thai Spice Mix, Nasi Goreng Mix and tangy crushed Bird’s Eye Chillies.

A funky couples gift for extra together-ness!

If you love to buy gifts for yourselves as a couple, bookends made from real vinyl albums are great fun. Around 22cm high and 30cm in diameter, they’re ideal for bedside tables and mantelpieces, great storage for books with room at either end for knick-knacks, a fine example of top quality re-purposing. With a smooth black wood base, they’re bang on for shabby chic styling and look equally good in a cool minimalist setting. And they’re made in Britain so haven’t travelled far.

Love me, love my dog?

Are you buying a Valentine’s gift for your furry friend? If so, Animal Pure make dog collars and leads from soft, strong hemp webbing in a choice of fabulous bright and subtle colours. Hemp is amazingly hard wearing but it’s lovely and comfy, with no chafing. And it gets even softer over time. The leads and collars are naturally hypoallergenic, ideal if your pooch has sensitive skin. They’re dyed using eco-friendly, pet friendly dyes and the catches, which are rugged and strong, are made from material that’s been part-recycled.

Hemp is magical stuff, a seriously eco-friendly alternative to cotton. It grows like lightning, going from seed to harvest in just four months. It’s drought tolerant, excellent for conserving precious water. It grows like a weed, thriving even in poor soils. And it needs little or no pesticide, fertilizer or other chemicals. Which is all good news.

Specialist online retailers are expecting a rush on ethical gifts for Valentine’s Day – it looks like more of us than ever will be spreading the love ethically in 2013!

Source by David Robert Bowen

Indonesian’s ‘Unknown’ Cuisines

Who has ever tried Indonesia’s cuisines? Maybe some of you have ever heard or tasted Rendang, Nasi Goreng, and Satay. Yes, of course, those are Indonesian’s cuisines that some years ago became popular foods in the world. As the CNN articles in 2015 about 50 delicious foods in the world, those three cuisines were chosen in it. However, the Indonesian’s cuisines are not only those three, there are some cuisines which is recommended for you to taste. Some cuisines which will provide here is not totally ‘unknown’ or ‘new’ in Indonesia, but it means that some cuisines here are not widely known by people outside Indonesia. Hopefully, it will give you a new information related to Indonesian’s cuisines. So, what are they?

The first one is Soto. Soto is a cuisine which uses chicken or cow’s meat as the main ingredient and it mixed with the sauce which is made from various kind of spices. The characteristic of this food is on the sauce’s color, yellow. Soto is like a soup which contains meat, potato chips, fried onion, and noddle. In addition, it always served with a plate of rice and krupuk.

The second is Rawon. Basically, it is almost same with Soto. However, Rawon has always used cow’s meat rather than chicken’s meat. The other characteristic is on the sauce which is black colored. The black color sauce is taken from kluwak, one of the spices which are the main ingredient of Rawon. As like Soto, Rawon is always served with a plate of rice and krupuk.

The third is Bakso or it is well-known as a meatball. Actually, the meatball is not the original cuisine from Indonesia, but also it originally from China. However, Indonesian people have modified it and make it different from the original ones. In Indonesia, Bakso or meatball is not only served a meat which is formed like a ball but also it served by other items, such as tofu, siomay, noodle, fried siomay and mixed it in a bowl with meat stock.

The next is Lalapan or in some places, it is called as Pecel Lele or Penyetan. This cuisine is related to Sambal or spicy sauce. Sambal is made from chili, onion, tomato, salt, and terasi (fermented shrimp). Sambel or spicy sauce is always served with various kind of side dishes, such as fried catfish, fried chicken, fried mushroom, fried tofu and tempeh, and so on. In addition, it served with some vegetables like cucumber, tomato, basil, and lettuce. As an Indonesian cuisine, of course, it is also served with a plate of rice.

Next is Gado-Gado. Have you ever heard that? Maybe it is odd for you. This cuisine is well known as Javanese Salad. Basically, this cuisine is almost same with salad in some countries. However, this cuisine is differenced with the common salad, it has special characteristics. This cuisine contains lettuce, cucumber, tomato, cabbage, string beans, boiled egg, boiled potato, fried Tempe, fried tofu, lontong (rice steamed in banana leaf), emping (melinjo chips) and mixed with the special thing, peanuts sauce (dressing). It is so tasty and of course so healthy.

And the last is Pecel. This cuisine is also widespread in Indonesia. As like Gado-Gado, it is also called as Javanese Salad. So, what are the differences between those two? Pecel is always served with rice, not lontong. The various vegetables used in Pecel is not as many as Gado-Gado. It is limited on cabbage, string beans, cucumber, water spinach, and bean sprouts. There is no boiled potato, boiled egg on Pecel. Pecel is also enjoyed with rempeyek (thin chip made of flour) rather than emping. And of course, the peanuts sauce is different. Pecel’s peanut sauce is spicier than Gado-Gado. Try it by yourselves to find out what is the differences between these two cuisines. They have the same name but have the difference tastes.

Lastly, some cuisines which have been listed above are the Indonesians’ cuisines which have been widespread in Indonesia. It means that you can find it everywhere if you visit Indonesia. Moreover, those cuisines are popular in Indonesia, but not for the world as like Rendang, Nasi Goreng, or Satay. Hopefully, it will give you new information about the ‘unknown’ Indonesians’ cuisines which is recommended to taste. Try it and you will love it.

Source by Zeya F Widyaka

List of Activities You Can Do In Kuta

Known for its verdant volcanic mountains, iconic rice paddies, beaches and coral reefs, the Indonesian island of Bali is an ideal dream vacation. And if you are fueled up to keep partying from dusk to dawn with electrifying music or a bonfire and some strumming on the guitar to the sound of the waves, then Kuta is your place. A destination that not only boasts affordability but also incredible nature, intriguing culture, and signature beaches. This humble place has a reputation for being an overcrowded party destination, but if you give it a chance you’ll find there is so much to do in the city. Many travelers have not been on this Indonesian island. Yet, the word “Bali” conjure daydreams of the most captivating landscapes. Believe it or not, Bali never disappoints. The weather is generally good all year round, so it’s never a bad time to visit the Island of Gods.

If you want to dance your ass off all night and drink till the sun comes up, we bring you a list of 10 things to do in Kuta where you can let go and paint the town red.

**1. Sample The Amazing Street Food**

If you are a foodie traveler, then you should know where to go to make your stomach enjoy to the fullest. Bali has plenty of delicious food to offer, but there’s something about getting it from a street vendor that makes it taste better, and feel more local than eating it at a sit-down restaurant. If you walk down to the beach at sunset you can find many people selling delicious Nasi Goreng and other mouth watering dishes.

**2. Shop Till You Drop**

If you are looking for your trip to Kuta, be sure to save some room in your suitcase because you’re going to need it after all of the amazing shopping you’ll be doing. Whether you are looking for souvenirs or high-end items, Kuta’s best shopping destinations have something for browsers and shopaholics alike-from a perfect souvenir for a major purchase to remember your trip forever. Check out shopping street JI and Poppies 1 & 2 for tons of souvenir stalls with reasonable prices (just be sure to haggle!). For more mainstream stores like Zara & Pandora, visit the open air Beachwalk Mall.

**3. Explore Trick Eye Museum**

If you’re looking to get out of the heat for a bit, take a taxi to the nearby Dream Museum Zone to visit the 3D art museum. This trick art museum has life-size 3D murals for guests to pose and play with. Sitting in a monster’s mouth, catching money falling from a truck, and even getting peed on, are all possible at the exhibition. Make sure that your camera is fully charged because this museum has over 120 murals to pose with.

**4. Be A Beach Bum**

Soft white sand and unbelievably clear blue water make Kuta Beach a traveler’s dream location. Kuta Beach is a lovely spot for some sunbathing and people watching! You can bring a towel or rent a chair from one of the locals on the beach. There are also food and drink hawkers that will come around and sell you an ice-cold beer. A picture perfect setting awaits you at the Kuta Beach.

**5. Take A Sightseeing Tour Of The Island**

Bali is somewhat of a most loved goal for the youthful and the marvelous worldwide for island hopping. From the peaks of the volcanoes to the depth of the sea, there’s simply such a great amount to investigate. Every island has its own particular appeal. Gili Meno is the calmest of the three with few individuals around and scattered spots to remain isolated from the hustle bustle. Gili Trawangan is the undisputed party island, with mushroom shakes on offer and the renowned swing over the water. You will feel new and stimulated as Gili air is something in the middle of, with a laid-back environment however despite everything it knows how to party! stunning common magnificence, unlimited experiences, and impeccable beaches- the Bali Islands have everything to rave your romance.

**6. Experience Taste Of Luxury At Amazing Resorts**

One of the best approaches to enhance your mentality is to unwind and let the stress melt away. A decent place to do this is Kuta. Kuta has such a significant number of astonishing lavish resorts and hotels that are destination themselves. Stay in these resorts is about the romantic staycation and first-class benefit. Your stay here starts in extravagant luxury, as you ride in a private speedboat from the shore to the resort’s entryway. A standout amongst other rooms to remain in is the Hard Rock Hotel Bali, which offers staggering perspectives of the water, particularly at dusk.

**7. Light Up Your Life At Night**

Bali has a crazy nightlife and once you advance into one of their gatherings, you won’t have the capacity to return as the individual who entered it. In the event you need to shake a leg or score to your main tune, at a point you’ll discover that there’s no preferable place to party like Kuta. Bali has various housetop bars, underground clubbing basements, exuberant night-clubs and so on. You have to simply pick one and you’re ready. In case you’re a gathering creature, then take your companions along to this goal and take advantage of your vacation.

**8. Climb the Mount Batur Volcano – Sunrise Trekking Tour With Breakfast**

Why take the easy way out? Beat the group, get your boots grimy, and work those thigh muscles by trekking Mount Batur Volcano! The supernatural island of Bali offers an unwinding tropical heaven, as well as an open door for a one of a kind trekking knowledge. Once up top, applaud yourself and sit tight for the staggering dawn over the Mount Batur Volcano.

**9. Trade A Day And Get Wet At Waterbom Bali**

Do you have the balls to ride top-level rushes? Just on the off chance that Disney isn’t for you, Waterbom Bali has an incredible water-stop in Kuta. The palm trees and cool wind shoreline topics easily fall into place at Waterbom Bali. This mind-boggling waterpark incorporates all that you could request with regards to water undertakings. There are many incredible rides, a significant number of them, so adrenaline-pumping that even the greatest excite addict would be fulfilled.

**10. Rejuvenate At Spa**

Raise your hand on the off chance that you begin your day ahead of schedule with some yoga. On the off chance that you are one of the few handful couple of individuals who are yoga addicts then Kuta will be your new spot to brush your yoga. It has turned out to be one of the go-to goals for yoga sweethearts. Practice your own particular yoga and even get the chance to take in more methods for doing it with the ideal foundation of a shoreline and the ideal climate. In case you have an amusement for having a go at something new, at that point do attempt the repulsive force yoga which includes your typical yoga steps however while being suspended from the roof.

We admit that the list is incomplete, it’ll never be finished. In any case, with your assistance, we can make it far-reaching. So please contribute to the comment section the spots we’ve missed and are deserving of a visit.

Source by Fatima Zahid

Sweet Chicken Nasi Goreng Recipe

Preparation time: 25 minutes

Total cooking time: 15 minutes

Serves: 4 to 6


– 5-8 long red chillies, seeded, chopped

– 2 teaspoons shrimp paste

– 8 cloves garlic, chopped

– oil, for cooking

– 2 eggs, lightly beaten

– 350g (12 oz.) chicken fillets, cut into strips

– 200g (6 1/2 oz.) peeled raw prawns, deveined

– 8 cups (1.5kg/3lb) cooked rice

– 1/3 cup (80ml/23/4 fl oz.) kecap manis

– 1/3 cup (80ml/23/4 fl oz.) soy sauce

– 2 small Lebanese cucumbers, finely chopped

– 1 large tomato, chopped

– lime wedges, to serve


1. Mix the chilli, the shrimp paste and the garlic in your food processor until the mixture becomes kind of a paste.

2. Heat the wok until it becomes hot, add 1 tablespoon of oil and swirl it around to coat the side. Then add the beaten eggs and, using a wok chan, push the egg up the edges of the wok for it to form a large omelette. Cook for about 1 minute or so over kind of medium heat, then flip it over and cook the other side for another minute. Then remove from the wok and cool it before slicing into thin strips.

3. After that, reheat the wok, add 1 tablespoon of oil and stir-fry all the chicken and half the chilli paste over very high heat until all the chicken is well cooked. Then remove the chicken from the wok.

4. Reheat the wok, add 1 tablespoon of oil and stir-fry it the prawns and the all remaining chilli paste until the prawns become well cooked. Then remove from the wok and set it aside.

5. Reheat the wok, add 1 tablespoon of oil and the all cooked rice, and toss it constantly over kind of medium heat for about 4 or 5 minutes, or until the rice becomes well heated through. Then add the kecap manis and the soy sauce, and toss them constantly until the rice is coated in the sauces. After that, return all the chicken and the prawns to the wok, and toss it until well heated through. Season them with freshly cracked salt and pepper. Then transfer to a deep serving bowl and top with the omelette strips, the cucumber and the tomato. Serve immediately with the lime wedges.

Nutrition Value:

– Protein 30g;

– Fat 10g;

– Carbohydrate 70g;

– Dietary Fibre 3.5g;

– Cholesterol 140mg;

– Energy 2105kJ (505cal)

Source by Shirley M. Duran