Bali & Conference 2016

by Azirah Azhar

When I knew I am going to Bali this year, I was so excited. This is because it is my first trip oversea (even just Indonesia, but still outside of Malaysia) and I get to attend a conference and holiday as well. This is my second conference, the first one was last year in Penang.

On October 31st , I went to Bali. An hour flight from Penang to Kuala Lumpur and three hours from Kuala Lumpur to Denpasar Bali.

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While waiting for our flight. I need coffee every morning or I become a zombie

Decided to check in at the kiosk at Penang International Airport, but turn out the kiosk did not process our check in. Instead of queing at Economy class, I went to Business class counter. At first my intention was just to ask about my check in status as the kiosk did not process my boarding pass, but end up the staff check in for us, and our bags too! Check in at Business class counter like a diva, but forgot to ask for free upgrade 😛

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Arrived at Ngurah Rai International Airport at 6.17 pm (the time in Bali is same as Malaysia) and there is twilight as it is already Maghrib in Bali. The airport is just by the sea so the view was so beautiful once we were about to land and across the runway. Checked in at the hotel at 7.30 pm and decided to just rest at the hotel.

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While waiting for the bags


November 1st

First morning in Bali. Had breakfast at the hotel I stayed, Bintang Kuta as it is near to the conference venue, Ramada Bintang. The hotel is nice and comfortable to stay, just lack of choices for breakfast buffet.


First breakfast at Bali, with Syifaa

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The view from the hotel room

After breakfast, me, Syifaa and Syazana (the secretariats) and my supervisor went for a meeting with the hotel manager to discuss about the conference. My supervisor is the chair of the USM Bali Conference 2016, so that is why I became one of the secretariats. I was also the co author for one of the papers for the conference, but Syifaa was the one who present our paper.

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After the meeting, I had nasi bakar for lunch

We had lunch at Lippo Mall, which is near to our hotel and we need aircond! Bali was so hot and we had to wait for others who arrived in the evening to set up for the conference so we just had lunch and went back to the hotel.

After the set up, we went to the beach. Kuta Beach is amazing!



Can watch the airplanes arrive from the beach!


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With Syifaa and Syazana


November 2nd

First day of conference, my first experience as secretariat. Challenging but need to remain calm. Such a great experience!


One of the rooms for parallel session

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With my field supervisor

The first day of conference ends at 5 pm. Went to the hotel room, change clothes and went to the beach to watch the sunset again 😀

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Being jemah as usual 😛


Beautiful and romantic place for dinner ❤


Single lady only can walk around and take pictures 😛

Later in the evening, me, Syifaa and Syazana went for a walk, looking something for dinner.


Had nasi campur Bali. Rp 35,000 for nasi campur and Rp 15,000 for juice.

After dinner, we decided to walk around Kuta. The place is happening and safe to walk, because there were hotels along the road and there are guards in front of the hotels. The guards also help to cross the road, or else the cars won’t let us cross hehe.

We found

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Jamie Oliver restaurant! Just beside Hard Rock Hotel and the Rock Shop

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Hard Rock Hotel

Went back to the hotel at 10.30 pm to get some rest for second day of the conference.


November 3rd

Didn’t take pictures because kinda busy preparing for the day and end of the conference and also went for parallel session and keynote address. It was a smooth conference Alhamdullilah.

Guess where I went for dinner?

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Had delicious seafood with very nice view, but it was dark so I just took a few pictures.


November 4th

Had breakfast and went to watch Barong dance. Ticket price: Rp 100,000.


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The stage


The music players



Had nasi padang for lunch


Some of the dishes for nasi padang

After lunch, we went to see the making of kopi luwak


The coffee seeds

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The poop 😛

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Free coffee and tea testing. I love the vanilla coffee.

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Kopi luwak testing. Rp 50,000 per cup.

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Kopi luwak

All of us tried the kopi luwak except my supervisor and her kids. She was against us when we first told her we wanted to try the kopi luwak, but finally she just let us try it. Tried it just for experience and I don’t think I will drink it again. FYI, kopi luwak is the most expensive coffee in the world, but in my opinion, the taste is just like normal black coffee.

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At Ubud market

To shop at Ubud market, you really need to bargain to get the cheapest price. Just leave if they didn’t give you the price you ask for, and they will shout “okay, take it (what price we asked before)”. But not all will do that, because it is tourist attraction and there are a lot of tourists from other countries who willing to buy at higher price so some of them don’t mind if we don’t buy from them.


Last destination of the day: Rice terrace


November 5th

Shopping day! Every Saturday, Rock Shop at Hard Rock Cafe (not at Hard Rock Hotel, there are two Rock Shops) will be having 50% discount for all items. I won’t miss this chance. Arrived at 9.10 am quite many people already inside the shop and also queing for their turn to shop. Alhamdullilah I did not have to wait for long time to get into the shop.

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Walk along the beach from Hard Rock to the hotel

At 4 pm, we went to the airport.



Not my flight


Change gate from Gate 6 to Gate 1


Bye bye Bali

I had such great experiences at Bali. What a nice work trip & holiday, I get to meet so many peopleAlhamdullilah for the opportunities. Looking forward to visit Bali again with family and friends as I did not go to all famous attractions in Bali like Uluwatu temple. Can’t wait for many more conferences too!

Now back into reality. Let’s continue writing for Ph.D thesis.