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Kuta Angel Bali Hotel

We instantly booked a room at Kuta Angel Bali Hotel from AGODA  for only 3,127.16 pesos for 2 days. With breakfast, that’s only 1,564 including taxes! Plus, we received a FREE UPGRADE from a Deluxe Room to a SUITE! Our room in BALI was what they call the JUNIOR SUITE DIAMOND. That was a really lucky trip and we’d do it again!

What! You went HOTEL HOPPING in Bali, Indonesia? You must be surprised. After all, this is our BALI ON A BUDGET series. But no harm done! 

Here’s our YOUTUBE Video 

to show you our stay at 

KUTA ANGEL BALI!  What a trip!

At the time we were thinking, we changed rooms all for the sake of safety, and it’s not everyday we experience hotel luxury, so from our point of view; “it’s as good as it gets!” Come on! It’s a foreign hotel for 1, 500 pesos – with breakfast! Lighten up people LOL! Kidding! Not kidding.

As I was saying, we had a hearty breakfast. The buffet was not as big as in GRAND INNA KUTA, and the guests not as many. What’s wrong with that! It was still a decent buffet and we had more than our fill! 

Enjoyed people watching. You’ll just have to stay in it’s bar downstairs and you’ll be settled to do some serious multi-cultural people watching on the streets of Pantai Kuta.

It was a stone throw away from KUTA BEACH.

*google maps

There’s a bathtub to soothe the aches and pains. And when you’ve experienced walking in Bali, that’s when you’ll understand the importance of a good soak. Like, for real!

It’s near souvenir shopping since it’s located at the heart of Bali in PANTAI KUTA.

It has a swimming pool! Bali is not a big place, so it’s always a nice touch for certain hotels to have their own pools.

Who would have thought we’d meet a lot of frogs here in KUTA ANGEL? They have this mural and it just reminded us of our Naruto favourite. Bubbly Hubby even had a blast shooting a SUMMONING JUTSU footage! 

*picture owned by Fear-World. Thanks!

But sorry, guys, he said it’s just for the family archives. Bummer!

So I want to tell you, a vacation is a vacation. No one is going to drop dead if you were not able to follow what’s on your itinerary.  There’s no competition – unless you are actually in one – so chill out! Having a schedule helps, but don’t let it spoil the fun. 

Adventure is right on every corner and be happy to take the ride wherever it may take you. Just be smart enough to know that detours are what makes our experiences special and unforgettable! 

At times, even inconvenient, it helps us grow as well. So buckle up and enjoy the ride!


Remember;

Stay Frugalicious Y’all!

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Our 20-Dollar Harris Hotel Room in Kuta, Bali

The Harris Hotel in Raya Kuta is a strategic location for those wanting to be near the Ngurai Rai International Airport in Bali, Indonesia. It’s a well equipped hotel with the basic amenities to keep you afloat and rest comfortably in Bali.

We stayed for an hours or so, just enough for us to eat and have some bubble tea.

Here’s our BUDGET MEAL IN BALI video;

But at the end of our meal, Bubbly Hubby decided to change hotels. Oh no! We are going to go hotel hopping? Well, that’s the thing. We are on a budget, and yet, he did not want to compromise our safety nor our comfort.

There’s nothing wrong about Harris Raya being nearer the airport that most local watering holes. We actually chose it for that specific reason.

 

Here’s our coverage of

the Hotel Harris Raya in Kuta Bali, Indonesia.

We only know things about Bali from what we’ve read and researched around the net. But that’s it. So, Bubbly wanted to be near the airport, for us to be in a better position for our departure back to the Philippines.

According to its website, we should

“discover the Cozy HARRIS In The Hip of Kuta! 10 minutes away from Ngurah Rai International Airport. 10 minutes to Mall Bali Galeria and to Legian Beach, the hotel is only 5 minutes to Kuta Beach & Kuta Square, to Krisna Oleh – Oleh and just few steps away to Joger Bali shop. 

HARRIS Raya Kuta is a perfect spot for leisure, shopping and business.”   

***Jl. Raya Kuta No. 83 E, Kuta – Badung, Bali, Indonesia l Phone: +62 361 763863 l Fax: +62 361 763867

Later on, and we agree on this, that the hotel is quite far away from everything else. For 1,000 pesos, we thought the Hotel Harris rocks! It’s clean, safe and equipped with German technology. The only thing you’ll miss for this price is swimming pool. By the way, we were able to obtain this room for booking ahead and grabbing a discounted price through AGODA.

If you wanna check out the pool back in GRAND INNA KUTA, here is our Youtube video.

You couldn’t ask for more, given the price of the room. But to be honest, the location was really disappointing, no matter how near it is to the airport.

We missed the vibe and energy of Grand Inna Kuta and the establishments around JL Pantay.

Here’s our WALKING IN KUTA BALI

Youtube video;

We thought Raya is a bit unnerving for foreigners like us because when we walked around and it’s almost the afternoon, the place was almost empty.

You won’t see tourists around roaming for shopping or adventure near Harris Hotel Raya. It felt like being in Manilla, without the people around you so it was a bit eerie.

So our verdict is that no matter how much the hotel rocks for it’s rock bottom price, we don’t recommend first timers in Bali to stay there. You’ll need a taxi to go around and that’s not advisable nor practical, however cheap taxis in Bali are. It is quite far from the Kuta beach. Bummer!

Here is our KUTA BEACH FIRST IMPRESSION Youtube video;

Under and hour or two, we were out of there. With the use of AGODA, Bubbly Hubby booked a room and confirmed a reservation at ANGEL KUTA. That is our next destination for this blog.

So for those who are following the series, no matter how few you are…LOL! we thank you for reading this!

Remember;

Stay Frugalicious Y’all!

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FYI for Hotel Pool Newbies

This is in continuation of our BALI ON A BUDGET series. We are already in day 2. We started out the day with our complementary hotel breakfast. After some time, we’ve decided to see the Grand Inna Kuta’s Sunken Pool Bar.

Then we went swimming in the SUNKEN POOL  and saw the SUNKEN BAR in the Bali Wing of Grand Inna. Too bad, we were not able to see the BEACH ACCESS POOL, nor swam at the KEPALA POOL which is the one in front of our hotel window. LOL! 


Too much to do with too little time.


You can check out our YOUTUBE VIDEO about this trip to the Grand Inna Kuta’s Sunken Bar.

So, what can we learn from this experience?


FYI for Hotel Pool Newbies;

1. You don’t have to bring towels along. It is provided for free at the pool area.


2. You don’t have to bring your wallet along because, you’ll only just have to sign up for your bar purchases. They in turn will charge it in your room for the duration of your stay. You’ll settle the bill when you check-out.


Other hotels have charge bracelets, so they can just scan your orders anywhere in the facility. But as for the Sunken Pool bar, for some reason, we needed a wallet and paid for our purchase upfront. What a bummer!


3. Use proper swimwear.  Too much modesty is frowned upon and is considered non-hygienic for most. So keep your t-shirt and long shorts for beaches at home.


4. Take selfies in moderation and be mindful of the ones behind you, specially if they are in a bikini. Not everyone wants to be filmed nor photgraphed while not being in their best light.


5. Be careful about tile cuts. Just in case you encounter one, do not hesitate to approach the lifeguard for the first aid kit.


Thanks for watching guys and remember;

“Live the sweet life,

without taking out the smart in it.”

-charieclarin

Stay Frugalicious Y’all!!!

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How to Be Streetmart on a Trip

Bubbly hubby and I were getting familiarised to the streets of Kuta, Bali, while looking for a hot meal. We had our lunch at the TREE HOUSE in Poppies St. Later on, we arrived by accident at the BEACHWALK SHOPPING CENTER

But we were up to it and continued walking the lenght of JL Raya to Pantai Kuta.  It was a long walk, so even if we were sightseeing, Bubbly Hubby and I were vigilant about the people and situation. One can not be too careful, specially in an ‘uncharted territory’.

Whew!!! Had to burn those nasi goreng and pizza! It was quite a walk, but a lot of fun, just the same.

Just in case you’d like to see our WALK IN THE STREETS OF BALI Youtube video, check it out here! Hope you can like and subscribe as well. Thanks!


So, what kind of smarts did we apply on our first time to walk the streets of Bali? Or anywhere in the world for that matter.

What is STREETSMART

ˈstrētˌsmärt/

having the experience and knowledge necessary to deal with the potential difficulties or dangers of life in an urban environment.

*from google

A person who has alot of common sense and knows what’s going on in the world. 

*excerpt from the urbandictionary

Tips for Street smarts:

1. Wear sunscreen every time you go out of the sun. You’ll have to re-apply it every 2 to 3 hours or whenever your face and body got wet either from swimming or perspiration.

2. Walk ahead facing the traffic. This is the “boy scout’s way”.


3. Have some extra cash stashed away somewhere in your body besides your wallet or purse.


4. Make sure you have the number of your hotel, a police hotline and a small list of emergency numbers from home you can call, just in case of trouble, emergency or lost wallet.


5. Drink mineral water only to avoid stomach flu while on vacation. This also means not having ice on your drinks. 

(We had it because we’re used to the water in the Philippines. My bad! I know!)


6. Try to either wear a hat or shades to protect yourself from the blazing sun of Bali. But if you do wear a hat like mine, people are going to turn around and think you’re NOT cool! It’s like you are avoiding to get tanned. For most, that’s the main reason why they’re under the sun; to have that sought after bronzed look after a well paid vacation. LOL! 


7. From your first day, be on a lookout for souvenirs already, but NEVER buy it until your last day.  This way you can plan what to buy from whom, haggle properly and get the best deals because you’ve already surveyed the shopping area.


8. Wear sensible footwear. Or else, you are going to regret the rest of the trip. 


9. Do as the locals do.  Try to blend in with the crowd, to protect yourself from predatory people.


10. Be vigilant at all times. After all, even on a trip, you are still in an unfamiliar territory.  Try to get the balance in the situation and you’ll have lotsa fun memories to share at home. 


Good luck!

Hope you enjoyed this. Thanks for watching!

And remember;


Stay Frugalicious Y’all!

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Grand Inna Kuta Room

We travel in style! But as a frugalicious family we usewits than wallets to have a fantastic holiday! So, to make the cut, I present to you:GRAND INNA KUTA for “Bali on a Budget” Series 

Yes, we travel on a budget. ALWAYS! But being on a budget doesn’t mean, we travel cheap.  This hotel is one of the most prominent and most respective ones in Bali. It is in a strategic location which saved us a lot of money on transportation and sight seeing expenses.

We hope you can check out our  
hotel room video in 

 

Grand Inna Kuta!

*The Grand Inna Kuta Compound Map

So what are the RULES before you make frugalicious travel plans??? LOL!

First rule: 
PLAN and RESEARCH

One of the simplest reason why we didn’t break the bank for our BALI VACAY  is for it to be planned A YEAR in advance. After all it was our 40th so, it figures!

If you can do all your reservations for hotel, air plane tickets, chauffeur services, entertainment programs and trip bookings etc. – and lock these discounted products and services ahead, it’s going to save you enough money to ensure yet another vacation.

Find yourself a great APP to help you research and plan in advance the location of your choice. And when I say advance, that is if you can plot your vacay that far, I mean WAY advance.
I used AGODA.COMTravel Advisor andBOOKING.COM. And so peeps, I want to share to you an article of BOOKING.COM about our hotel, theGRAND INNA KUTA.

 

This property is 1 minute walk from the beach. Grand Inna Kuta is located right on the iconic Kuta Beach. It features an outdoor pool, dining options and free buffet breakfast.
 
Grand Inna Kuta is a 1-minute walk from Kuta’s shopping streets and a 2-minute walk from Kuta Art Market. Surfing and other water sport options are a 1-minute walk away. The hotel is situated 5 km from Bali Denpasar International Airport, and airport shuttle service is available at an additional cost.
 
The rooms are air-conditioned and non-smoking. They come with bathroom amenities and slippers. Minibar, tea/coffee maker and 24-hour room service are provided.
 
Grand Inna Kuta features a tennis court. Services include tour desk, money changer, drug store and valet parking service. All areas offer free Wi-Fi. Free parking is also available.
 
Guests can savour on drinks and light meal whilst enjoy a relaxing swim at the Sunken Bar or at Kelapa Pool Bar & Snack. Putri Duyung Cafe and Breeze Restaurant serve Western and Indonesian dishes. 
This property also has one of the best-rated locations in Kuta! Guests are happier about it compared to other properties in the area.
 
Couples particularly like the location — they rated it 9 for a two-person trip.
*Written by:

RULE TWO: 
Know thyself…errr your budget and stick to it.
Like this instance when in Bali, Depansar Indonesia. It wasn’t cheap, but I am proud to say that we went home with 20k well intact in our wallets, debt-free and even feasted on airport knickknacks and food on the way home.
I understand that most would go home with credit card debts and even wanting more of everything they’re going to leave behind; more experiences, more food, more shopping etc. There is nothing to be ashamed of! I’ve been there. It’s normal right? But why do the normal thing when you know you’ll probably get in trouble following it.

Do you really want to regret going before you’ve even arrived home?

We are made of the same stuff, but our motivations will bring us to happiness or ruination. Sounds harsh even for a holiday…but SO true!

RULE THREE: 
Happiness is contentment. 
No ifs and buts.
Please do not be fooled by our amazement and excitement, nor our general enthusiasm about the places we saw. My husband and I? We are mostly childlike -thankfully – not childish. “(Can’t you tell from the video?”)But we’re not newbies in travelling.

I was an international flight attendant and had been in different kinds of hotel rooms around the world.  But for me, if you are happy and you know it…show it! Why bottle happiness up when you can appreciate people and things around you. So, please know that we are not ‘simple’ when it comes to these matters. We know what we are talking about, and that’s usually how it is when we talk about something.

The point is, no matter how rich you are, if you can not amuse nor even find happiness in the grandest things, then how can you expect yourself to be frugal? In this lifestyle, moderation is an art to perfect.

So, try to have a talk with your companions regarding your over-all expectation about the trip. Here are some further tips to give you an idea;

– Don’t be a glutton for punishment or pleasure.

– Don’t think the vacation will be ruined if you don’t finish everything in your itinerary.

– Make sure that you and your companions will still be happy even after the vacation. No one wa ts a drag specially after a helluva good time!

Many a vacations are ruined because of poor money management and the aftermath bills of the holiday. So be very careful on this one. You want happy memories, not a mountain of debts to remind you of the holiday.

So we’ll start out slow and ease into the BALI ON A BUDGET vacation series. Did you already watch our AIR PLANE RIDE? If not, you can check it out here;

Again, thanks for watching and please watch out for our next uploads, so you can travel, the Frugalicious Way too!

Remember,

“Live the sweet life,
without taking out the smart in it!”
-charieclarin


Stay Frugalicious Y’all!

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Angono Lakeside Eco Park’s 50-peso Boat Ride

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In the past, this part of Angono was fondly called Carebe. For some reason unknown, they called it after the word”Piranha” in Spanish or maybe it just means “lakeside” in Tagalog. But after much improvement shared hand in hand, by the public and private sectors, we now have the Angono Lakeside Eco Park and their boat rides!

I have more than a couple trips under my belt in “carebe”, since my family and I have been frequenting the place since childhood. We went there either to watch the sunrise and sunset. In this blog, I’d share a different side of the park not commonly enjoyed by many, which is the boat ride.

For 50-peso per head, in a group of four, my family and I boarded the boat of Manong Bekong. He’s a seasoned boat driver and goes as far as Marikina, Paranaque and Pasig for commuters smart enough to avoid the roadside traffic jam.

In the first leg of our trip, he showed us thekangkong farm where the residents of Angono, Binangonan, Taytay and Cainta would harvest this Pinoy food staple. One can not help but wonder how can one thing arrive at our table, without us thinking where it actually came from, or how it came to be.

Also, we experienced buying fish from the local fishermen, while still on board! It was pretty exciting seeing the freshest of fish, some still jumping, fresh out of their nets and scooped into our feet!

I can just imagine a little child  giggling in delight if he saw where exactly fishes came from besides the supermarket. We were really thankful to the nice group of fishermen who were having lunch at the time but accommodated us nevertheless.

Near the end of our trip, which was super fun through and through, specially for someone who hasn’t been in a boat for years, Manong Bekong also took us to see a floating house.

It was quite big and inviting, specially for someone trying to find refuge from the hustle and bustle of the city. The only question burning in our minds at the time, which we of course, being the “Brady Bunch” did not fail to ask was, where the toilet are. Nuff said! It was still a sight to behold.

Just in case you are wondering where to find the park, you can check out their unofficial Facebook Page here:
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Angono-Lake-Side-Wawa/199919000041637

And as a disclaimer, I just want to inform you that we haggled with the boat driver, so this 50-peso per head ride is not set. You must talk to them and make sure that both parties are happy about the set price. If you are fair or even generous enough, they will really get out of your way to show you and your party a good time. 

It was an idyllic ride and time well spent enough to be cherished for years to come. Just imagine, that with just one Starbucks Mocha Frapuccino Mint Venti, you  and your whole family can enjoy this more or less, 20-minute boat ride! What do you know! Think about another instagrammable moment!

This is the Frugalicious Pinay wishing you happiness and money smarts in your life choices! I start blogging again this July!

Remember;

“Live the sweet life, 
without taking out the smart in it!” 
– charieclarin

Stay Frugalicious Y’all!!!