Time is of the essence when you’re travelling. There’s so much to see and do, it’s probably sound to stick to a schedule. Of course, you’ll have your smartphone by your side when you explore a new city, but there’s a case to be made for travelling with a watch. A functional, stylish ticker can accent your style, help you navigate different time zones, and keep track of time during mobile-forbidden activities (surfing and riding, for example) or when your phone battery goes flat (which happens pretty fast these days).
CASIO’s new additions to its G-STEEL series—the GST-B100, GST-B100D, and special edition GST-B100X—make seriously good travelling companions, thanks to its strong, shock-resistant layer guard structure, slim case, analog chronograph, and super-quick time adjustments. All three feature dual time indications with home and local time displays that can be swapped as you please, plus they are equipped with CASIO’s Connected Engine, which hooks up to Internet time via a smartphone app to keep accurate time anywhere you are.
The limited edition GST-B100X recently accompanied us on a trip to Bali as we sussed out Canggu. And in respect of time, here’s where to go to eat and in the paradisiacal ‘hood that seems to drip cool at every turn.
Breakfast: Crate Cafe
This industrial, concrete-finished café is more than just a cool breakfast spot; it’s also a gallery for emerging artists who has never formally exhibited in a gallery, as well as a retail space housing mostly local labels including And Me, Ma:Hi, Rue Stiic and The Bali Tailor. Canggu’s coolest come here for its super smoothie bowls, hearty breakfasts, delicious vegan plates, coffee that rival those in Melbourne, and green juices. It’s always busy, but tables are worth the wait.
Crate Café is located at Jalan Canggu Padang Linjong, Canggu. For inquiries, call +62 81 238 943 040.
Lunch: Moana Fish Eatery
A Polynesian menu with a big emphasis on seafood is served at this dreamy diner surrounded by plants. Tuna’s the main star here, and you can have them in a tataki plate, a poke bowl, on spaghetti, on a satay stick, and—it’s Bali after all—on top of nasi goreng. There’s red snapper, prawns and salmon too, if you don’t fancy the red-meat fish.
Moana Fish Eatery is located at Jalan Raya Batu Bolong No.28, Canggu. For inquiries call +62 812-3815-8373.
It has a Japanese name and a Japanese chef at the helm, but the uber-trendy Musubi offers more of a Pan-Asian menu despite its Japanese leanings. Flavourful starters include MGFC (gyoza fried chicken with ao nori fries); prawn katsu bao and mini Kogane scotch egg. For mains, give its toothsome sushi burgers (crunchy rice buns sandwiching a beef patty, grilled tofu or miso-marinated cod fish) and/or excellent mini nori tacos (choose from chicken teriyaki, smoked salmon, and sweet and spicy pork).
Musubi is located at Jl. Pantai Berawa No.99, Berawa Corner, No. 6/7, Canggu. For inquiries call +62 812-3653-0799.
Drinks: The Lawn
According to our local guide, this beautiful beach lounge is where it’s at every Friday at sundown, thanks to its better-than-good, half-off happy hour from 7pm to 11pm. Sink into of its bean bags or on the artificial turf under a Balinese umbrella and watch the dazzling sunset on the horizon.
The Lawn is located at Jalan Pura Dalem, Batu Bolong, Canggu. For inquiries, call +62 361 3351055.
Special thanks to Janina Limantara, our local Canggu guide and founder-designer of Bali-based clothing label 7ev7en, for her top-notch recommendations.