Wisnu in the GWK park

Wisnu in the GWK park

Earlier in June before I left Singapore for Nanjing, ZTE Corporation, a publicly listed global provider of telecommunications equipment, network solutions and mobile devices, launched three new ZTE smartphones; including its flagship product Nubia Z5S Mini, Blade L2, and KIS 3 at Grand Nikko Hotel, Nusa Dua, Bali. The launching was part of ZTE Corporation’s efforts to strengthen its presence and build its brand in the Southeast Asia region.

For Singaporeans interested in getting your hands on the ZTE smartphones, they will be arriving on our shores soon. Earlier this week, Polaris, a Singapore-based holding company was appointed the exclusive distributor for ZTE in Singapore, and three new ZTE Android smartphones, ZTE Blade VEC 4G, ZTE Blade L2 and ZTE KIS 3 were launched. The phones are the first China-manufactured smartphones to be running on the latest Android 4.4 KitKat, and are packed with features, bringing smartphone technology to consumers at an affordable price. The ZTE Blade VEC 4G retails at S$299, Blade L2 at S$169 and KIS 3 at S$99 (all prices are without contract). The Blade L2 is available on Lazada.sg, and the Blade VEC 4G and KIS 3 will be available at all SingTel outlets from August 23.

For my trip to Bali, other than witness the ZTE launch, I had about a day to explore Bali. I know Bali is a common travel destination for Singaporeans, but it was actually my first visit there.

We stayed at the Grand Nikko Hotel resort and I was able to enjoy the beach and sea breeze there for the night:

The resort

The resort

Reception lobby

Reception lobby

Hotel bar

Hotel bar

Bar lounge

Bar lounge

Balinese craft vendor at the lobby

Balinese craft vendor at the lobby

Beach pool

Beach pool

Inside the room

Inside the room

Welcome pack from ZTE

Welcome pack from ZTE

Bedroom

Bedroom

Bedroom from the opposite angle

Bedroom from the opposite angle

Bathroom

Bathroom

Deck chairs in the balcony

Deck chairs in the balcony

Poolview from the balcony

Poolview from the balcony

Lovely isn't it?

Lovely isn’t it?

View of the venue for the ZTE launch party by the beach, from my room

View of the venue for the ZTE launch party by the beach, from my room

Checking out the pool area

Checking out the pool area

Spa

Spa

Guest rooms

Guest rooms

The next day, we visited Garuda Wisnu Kencana (GWK) and Pandawa Beach.

GWK is a 240 hectares private cultural park on the Bukit Peninsula at the southern end of the island. It is devoted to the Hindu god Vishnu, and his mount, Garuda, the mythical bird who is his companion.

Currently, the statue of Vishnu is 23 metres high, although the original plan was for a 146-metre gold-plated Vishnu riding Garuda on top of an 11-storey entertainment complex. Garuda wing span will be 64 metres across. When it’s completed, it will be the largest statue in the world. Construction has been going on for a long time and it seems they will still take maybe a decade or more to complete it. Nonetheless, the completed part of the park is still quite sight:

Entrance to GWK

Entrance to GWK

Balinese wall motifs

Balinese wall motifs

Posing for pictures

Posing for pictures

Large stone blocks everywhere

Large stone blocks everywhere

Nice weather to stroll around

Nice weather to stroll around

A white statue

A white statue

Another statue

Another statue

The vast park

The vast park

From another view

From another view

Garuda's head

Garuda’s head

Back of Garuda's head

Back of Garuda’s head

Another more complete view of the head

Another more complete view of the head

Group picture

Group picture

Completed part of Garuda

Completed part of Garuda

The site where the completed GWK statue is to stand

The site where the completed GWK statue is to stand

Wisnu

Wisnu

Back of Wisnu's head

Back of Wisnu’s head

The full statue is to look lie this - still a long way to go...

The full statue is to look lie this – still a long way to go…

Balinese dancers

Balinese dancers

Comedic dance

Comedic dance

Interacting with the audience

Interacting with the audience

Another Balinese dance

Another Balinese dance

Large Balinese puppets

Large Balinese puppets

After GWK, we headed to a resort in Pandawa Beach for lunch:

The resort

The resort

Really awesome beach

Really awesome beach

Sea-facing infinity pool

Sea-facing infinity pool

People playing in the sea

People playing in the sea

Beautiful water

Beautiful water

A lady enjoying the waves

A lady enjoying the waves

One last look at the beautiful beach

One last look at the beautiful beach

I had to take an earlier flight back to Singapore as I was flying off to Nanjing early the next morning. 2D1N was pretty rush and I wished I had more time to soak in the Balinese charm. Till next time. Maybe when ZTE has another series of smartphones launch for the SEA region. 🙂