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5 dreamy Airbnb stays and experiences in Bali

Soak yourself in nature and culture

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Bali has been one of the top destinations in every traveler’s bucket list. Some want it for adventure, some want to visit the place for their honeymoon, others want it for the ‘gram, and some just want to embark on their own quest à la Eat, Pray, Love. Whatever your reason is, there’s always a place for you to stay in Bali.

Here are our recommended stay and the experiences you can try using the Airbnb app:

Ubud

If you’ve watched Eat, Pray, Love, chances are you want to experience Bali the way Liz Gilbert did. Ubud is filled with green valleys and rice terraces, a perfect setting for contemplating about life and meditation. It’s also rich in arts, culture, and history so if it’s your jam, this is the place to go.

Where to stay: The Studio Villa Madella

 

What to do: Go on a cultural tour

Take a trip around Ubud and take photographs of its scenic and picturesque landscapes. Visit a volcano, a temple, and walk around rice terraces. Drop by the bamboo forest at Penglipuran village, and stop at the coffee garden to capture a glimpse of a traditional coffee making session.


Lovina Beach

Fancy watching time slip away? Lovina beach is the place to go! There’s not much to do, and people who want to take a break from doing anything should stay here. Go and play around the volcanic beaches, or spend the night slowly while sipping Bintangs.

Where to stay: Spice House Inn

Spice House Inn is a beachfront boutique-style apartment house located in Kaliasem village. It’s situated within a unique and historical community, and of course, a harmonizing sound of waves crashing down the shore.

What to do: Nothing

Lovina is a place where you can sit back, relax, and enjoy the ocean breeze. Go and read a book, sleep to your heart’s content, or just be at ease. Just don’t spend lots of time on your phone, and remember to make time to those who matter.


Seminyak

If you have the money, then let’s burn it. Seminyak is a quieter spot that attracts jet-setters instead of backpackers frequenting Kuta Beach. It has a relaxing atmosphere that every traveler craves. If you’re a jet-setter, Seminyak offers luxe accommodations surrounded with upscale restaurant and bars. Sounds like your style? Better add this to your itinerary!

Where to stay: Chloe Villa

What to do: Charter a private boat!

Use that hard-earned money and take a once-in-a-lifetime experience! There are tours being offered to tour Nusa Penida via a private boat. If a private boat isn’t enough to convince you, let me tell you this: You’ll also get a chance to swim with manta rays, snorkel, explore the island and see the iconic Kelingking cliff that you always see on Instagram. Sounds fun, right?


Canggu

Recommended by a friend who frequently visits Bali, Canggu is a laid-back town tucked behind the popular Kuta and Seminyak. Backpackers, young travelers, surfers, and digital nomads are attracted with the vibe this town offers, along with its lush greenery and hipster cafes. Oh, it’s also filled with yoga stations and sites where you can get a lot of creative inspiration.

Where to stay: Ethnic Wooden House

What to do: Surf and chill!

Canggu has a quieter surfing scene compared to Kuta. Take advantage of having less crowd so you can learn how to surf without being bothered by numerous swimmers and surfers in the sea. If you get exhausted, grab some snacks on any hipster cafe and watch the sunset!


Jimbaran

Jimbaran exudes a luxe vibe offering a quieter atmosphere. Prices here are a little bit expensive, but it guarantees you a good rest compared to when staying in Kuta, Legian, or Seminyak. Jimbaran might not have a vibrant nightlife but it’s definitely one of the best places to soak yourself under the sun.

Where to stay: Villa Jiwa

What to do: Worship the sun!

Go out and take outdoor activities like stand-up paddling or surfing. Sunbath on different beaches, and enjoy this quintessential seaside town. When you’re done with your outdoor activities, head out to munch on yummy seafood restaurants. If you have a lot of spare time, you can visit fishing villages and shop on markets. Feeling creative? Make a pot or make your own perfume! The possibilities seem endless in this beautiful town.


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Google’s Locked Folder can protect your NSFW photos

Protect everything with a password

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Where do you keep your secret photos? Though there are several options for users, the usual storage suspects don’t have the most robust protection against prying eyes. Google, after a Pixel-exclusive phase, is rolling out a password-protected folder feature for all Android users of Google Photos.

The feature will separate selected photos from the main library. Users can then put them inside a password-protected folder. They can also protect against invaders using a fingerprint. When protected, the selected photos won’t show up when scrolling anymore.

Users can toggle the feature on by going into the Locked Folder option in Utilities. Currently, the Pixel’s camera app can take photos and directly send them to the protected folder. Unfortunately, the feature doesn’t work on other camera apps. At least for now, that is.

The feature does have its drawbacks. For one, protected photos are only locally saved. If you somehow lose your phone, those photos are lost forever or worse especially if a third party gets it for themselves.

Obviously, the Locked Folder has its more innocuous uses. But it’s definitely a way to hide NSFW photos.

Google initially launched the feature only for Pixel phones back in June. Of course, as most Android features go, the developers promised a more widespread rollout coming soon after. Well, that time is finally now. The feature is set to roll out sometime this fall.

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Next Android update is Android 12.1, not Android 13, rumor says

Just a minor update

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One of the highlights of the year is a new Android update. Like clockwork, Google updates the biggest mobile operating system in the world. It’s gotten so popular that the entire industry speculates on the codename each update is attached with even if the company stopped doing them years ago. The hype is there. However, Android users might have to taper their expectations next year. Instead of Android 13, Google might launch Android 12.1 next year.

Reported by XDA Developers, the rumor speculates that next year’s Android update will just be a minor one of the upcoming Android 12 this year. According to one of the publication’s recognized developers, Google attached an “sc-v2” tag for the next Android update, instead of “T” for “Tiramisu,” the internal codename for Android 13. For those who still follow the internal codenames for Android, “sc” refers to Snow Cone, the internal codename for Android 12. As such, it’s natural to assume that the next update is just Android 12.1, rather than Android 13.

It’s been a while since Google released minor updates in lieu of major updates. However, it’s no surprise. Android 12 is already a big update, relative to the past few updates. The update features a revamped design called Material You. Google can believably improve the new update more before launching a major one.

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Google starts rolling out Material You apps

More coming this month

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There is no one more excited for Google’s upcoming products than Google itself. Though the company hasn’t officially launched its products yet, Google has persistently teased everything in the weeks and months leading to their debuts. Now, the company is slowly rolling out Material You apps ahead of the Android 12 launch.

Material You refers to Android’s design revamp for the upcoming Android 12 update. An evolution of Google’s smooth Material Design, the new design personalizes the user interface and the phone’s apps according to the user’s preferences. Android 12 is all about customization.

Of course, since the update also affects apps, Google is also rolling out apps that reflect the new design. Despite the lack of Android 12, the new apps are coming out ahead of time. Officially announced by Google’s Workspace blog, Google Drive will start the new push with its rollout starting today. After Drive, Google Meet will come out on September 19, and Google Calendar will launch on September 20. Google Docs, Slides, and Sheets have already rolled out a week ago.

The new apps will feature new navigation bars, floating action buttons, and a new font called Google Sans. The new font will make readability easier for smaller font sizes.

Android 12 is set to launch soon. Additionally, Google is already launching teasers for the upcoming Pixel 6 series featuring the new, in-house Tensor chipset.

SEE ALSO: Android 12 will make Chrome more colorful

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