Sonntag, 20. Oktober 2013

Welcome to Bali

Hello folks, wanted to update couple of days earlier but well...

I'm finally moar or less sorted now here in Bali that i have a decent chair and desk, a nice villa and a sweet bicycle, only things missing is a 27" screen i ordered and a coffee machine but those two things should arrive teh next days.

But let's go a little back in time. I finally left teh rock on october 2nd and after wat i've seen so far in only 21 days i'm sure it was for good. I hopped on a plane to munich and from there went with air qatar via Doha to Singapore to get my longterm visa sorted for Bali (which was moar or less a fail bc it's a one entry and i'm not planning to stay only in Bali for next 6months but w/e). Arrived quite exausted in Singapore on thursday afternoon oct 3rd - flying economy is just not much fun but flying business is just a waste of money...
Checked into my hotel close to CBD in Chinatown and worked 2 hours before going to bed bc next day i needed to be up early to meet with teh visa agent and since Singapore was/is a city on my "want to live for a while list" i wanted to discover a bit moar of it and take some pictures.
Well, this city did not let me down. As i've seen quite a bit of teh world so far by now i can pretty much instantly say after leaving teh airport in teh first 15minutes if a city is for me or if it isn't and this feeling was as usual spot on. I jumped onto one of teh touri busses with my cam and took a city tour. Teh main difference compared to any other city big city i travelled to was that it doesn't really feel like u r in a city. It's moar like a giant park and they built some massive skyscrapers into that park. There is green every fucking where no matter where you look and it is clean like shit. Haters will argue that it is superficial and to clean but wtf do i care, it just looks and feels fucking nice. I went off teh bus at teh Singapore flight which is a giant observation wheel to take some pictures of teh skyline. Definitely breathtaking and teh tallest building in Australia i visited beginning this year seemed like a joke compared to all this. Afterwards i wanted to check out teh marina bay sands which is prolly one of teh sickest looking hotels in teh world. I knew there was a Kudeta on teh rooftop and since i learned to love that place in Bali i decided to have some lunch there. Food was definitely amazing but once u paid 50euro for a pretty small lunch you realize this place is not for teh poor.
Went home afterwards to have a nap and then go out with 2 polish poker dudes i wrote with on 2+2 in order to get some moar info and see how teh nightlife is. I can say if teh other clubs are only half as good as teh one we went to it is for sure quite sick. In front of teh club you found 3 supercars and even though cars cost appr. 4times as much as in europe (a vw golf goes for 80k euro) you see lambo's, ferraris and stuff pretty much at each street corner. Club was supermodern and prolly have never seen so much money in a single club even compared to Dubai. There were not teh usual 2-3 bottles at each table, there were 10-15 and not teh cheap stuff, moar like Ace and Cristal kinda stuff. I decided to get a bottle of belvedere with teh polish kids which wasn't teh best idea bc teh next day and my flight were not too much fun.
Anyways, after seeing all this i can for sure say that i need to do some time in Singy but especially renting and going out are insanely expensive while food or taxis for example are quite reasonable. I still believe it makes alot moar sense for me to choose BKK over Singy and have a 4bedroom penthouse over there for half teh price i need to pay for a 1br apt in Singy but for a couple of months it is definitely worth considering it.

Ok, so next day i went to Changi airport completely hungover and took my flight to Bali which was only 2.5hours thankfully. I arrived at teh shortterm villa quite late and all other friends with whom i'm spending teh next months already arrived in teh afternoon.
From now on teh week was alotta stress mainly due to teh villa hunt. We had teh shortterm place for 7days with teh option to stay 2 days longer but we had to come up with something. I already made a couple of appointments with agents teh following days that we had some stuff to look at. Well, it definitely wasn't going to good. Either teh places were not modern, too expensive, not in teh right area, etc. I was convinced that i wanted to stay in Seminyak but somehow this was not really happening so we decided to look a little moar north of Seminyak as well. We then managed to find some decent options in Canggu and in teh end i would take this district over Seminyak all day. It's just so much moar relaxed, quieter, teh food is alot cheaper compared to touristy Seminyak as well, etc. Makes sense that most expats and people who want to stay for longer decide to stay in this area. Another big plus is Canngu Club which is Bali's only member club with state of teh art gym, pool, restaurants, spa, football court, beachvolley, etc. And best thing is teh membership is already included in teh villa price. If we still want to go to a beachclub in Seminyak or nightlife in Seminyak/Kuta it's only 10-20mins drive (if you don't chose rushhour) so imo where we are atm is basically teh absolute nutlocation - even to teh beach it's only 600m.

Here is teh villa we finally opted for:

Most likely teh sickest place i lived in so far but also not teh cheapest. I have to say in general that renting here was/is alot moar expensive than i ever would have imagined but since everything else is cheap as shit i guess it's ok. For now we are 4 people and will be 5 from november til christmas. Teh place is 7.5k$ a month but comes with an all inclusive package basically - best internet available, 2 maids, private driver, security, gardener, gymmembership etc. Definitely not cheap but once u are sharing it's somewat ok. All in all we have around 8 different people working for us who are all quite cool and chill, place is always clean and i'm supersatisfied so far. The group of players we have now is quite cool as well, all very cool kids and we having a good time and no arguments whatsoever so far. We rented and paid teh place for 6months and afterwards i have to see what happens but i guess i'm moving on to one of 3 cities with clear preference towards BKK so far (Jakarta and Singy being teh alternatives).

So far we love it here, especially teh food is amazing and ultracheap everywhere. In most restaurants you can eat a main dish for 3-4euro. Once u left Malta u also realize how bad service and quality in teh majority of restaurants really is but fortunately i don't have to put up with that anymoar.

Only downside so far is that nightlife seems pretty mediocre. We checked a couple of places so far but i haven't found anything i really liked so far. Either teh music is insanely bad, too many australian meatheads are there, place is too tiny, etc. But i guess sooner or later we might come up with something we like. On teh other hand it's not too bad bc place here is insanely good to put in some decent volume at teh office and make some cash and if i only go out 3 times/month so be it - would definitely save alot of cash haha...

Regarding poker i haven't played much during teh first days while searching for teh villa and i'm slowly getting into speed. I guess it will get better though once my big screen arrived and now that i sorted pretty much everything else i needed i'm ready to play some moar.
Cannot provide any graphs bc i haven't checked results this month but it's not too bad so far. Definitely up a bit but nothing crazy.

That's it for now, enjoy eurowinter and kind rgds from Bali

50 euro lunch in kudata, those two drinks were 15euro alone

View from teh observation wheel

rent a ferrari or lambo for a spin

homeoffice in bali

Singapore F1 track

Pool area of our shortterm villa in Bali

Office space of teh other players

In Pyramid club

Car of one of our travelguys/drivers

Picture of me which is not really me

Gardens in Singy

Random view from restaurant in Canggu, Chicken Schnitzel is 3.50euro

Potatoe Head beachclub view

Pool area of our longterm villa in Bali, 2000m² landsize

Ricefields in teh background

On teh way to Marina Bay Sands in Singy with a sick sick rooftop

Seminyak Beach

Cartlon City Hotel room in Singy

Observation Wheel

Nighttime poolview

Another villa we were consider renting

Me and infamous AlexanderT.


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