I have been living in Bali for almost three months. I choose to live in Jimbaran due to some reasons. First of all, it is closed to the beach. After living in Ubud for two weeks, I finally realized and was sure that I prefer beach to mountain. So, I moved to Jimbaran. Second, Jimbaran is not touristic areas such as Kuta, Seminyak and Canggu (recently). Therefore, the accommodation is still better and cheaper compared to those three areas I mentioned before. Third, even tough it’s not touristic place, but many expatriates also choose to have the peaceful life here. It made the area is also developed as Kuta, but less crowded. Its location is also still in reasonable distance if I want to go to Kuta to enjoy more modern life. Fourth, it is closed to the airport. Bali is often used as transit place if people want to travel to eastern part of Indonesia, Timor Leste or Australia. That makes me easier to meet any friend who had long transit time at Ngurah Rai International Airport. Fifth, transportation is easy to get with the help of online taxi application. Sixth, I could find the 24 hours super markets which is situated only 100 meters from my apartment, bank is in front of my place, many restaurants and coffee shops around, and big shopping mall is only 20 minutes driving if I want to look for something special. To sum up, I have everything I need in Jimbaran.
Back to the beach, Jimbaran Beach is the closest one in my neighborhood. I actually found this beach after staying couple of days in my apartment, when my Russian neighbor, Lyudmila asked me to visit the beach in one morning. Mila (that’s how I call her) was my swimming buddy since I always found her in swimming pool where I always spent my afternoon. We agreed to go together in the next morning.
The next day, we walked into the beach. Well, I actually knew about this beach. But when I looked into the map, it looks like a bit far and I told myself that I should take motor taxi to reach there. But, hey.. Mila knew the shortcut. We passed the backyard of our neighbors, passed the small street, and here we are.. At the beach in 15 minutes later. Not just that, Mila also knew some places with big trees, so we did not need to rent the umbrella while sitting there. That was perfect.
Jimbaran beach actually is more famous for its seafood restaurants. In the morning, the cafes and restaurants offered the umbrellas and chairs for visitors who want to enjoy the sunshine for the whole day. In the afternoon, they converted the area to be open space restaurants, providing variety of seafoods, such as grill fishes, prawn, calamari, etc. The wave could be strong and big, but still safe to swim. The sand is thick enough so that was easy to walk along the beach without wearing flippers or shoes. The beach is also closed to the airport. In many occasions, I may witness the planes took off and landed to the airport.
In other occasion after Mila left Bali to Srilanka, I often came to the beach in the afternoon where I also could witness the sun went down into the horizon. I love to walk along the beach, started from the open space seafood restaurant. I walked further, passed some five stars hotels where the beaches are cleaner. Anyway, people who are not guests of hotels are still allowed to swim or walk in the beach, as long as they don’t enter the private areas, where gazebos are available for the guests. Walking further, I arrived at the fish market, with many colorful wooden boats were anchored at the edge of the shore. The beach here is more alive with many attractions to offer for the visitors. Some guys tried to offer me to ride on their horses when I walked there. Here, I also could find many open space restaurants. Nevertheless, the beach itself is a bit dirty with many plastic waste lying on the sand. It looks a bit disgusting.
Plastic waste has been an important issue in the last couple of years. And Indonesia had been watched by environment activist all around the globe after the dead whale was found couple of months ago in one of Indonesian seas. That was really sad to see that the dead whale had swallowed five kilograms plastic waste. It could be one of the cause of its death. The Government of Indonesia now is trying to do their best to protect our ocean. One of actions had been taken was the ban of plastic use. In Bali Province, the Governor already issued the policy to ban plastic use at all big super markets. Now, I have to carry my own bag anytime I want to do some shopping. Later, this policy will be applied to all supermarkets, including the small one. Not only that, I also found many restaurants had banned the straw use and plastic cup. We still have a lot of homework to safe the planet, but I think what local government in Bali does is a really good start.
This week, Tina challenged us to show the neighborhood where we are living. I hope you all enjoyed my Jimbaran neighborhood.