This is the second time in this blog I write about my trip to Bali, It’s interesting since I feel like I have different perspective compared to the last time I went there. On my first review I wrote about ten reasons why I love Bali.
Before I share the experience, I want to tell the story on how I get there this time. I quit my job before I went to Bali for the sake of doing what I love, starting something new and start from scratch. The first time in this blog I went to Bali It’s when I was still working, the motivation was to
party all night long refresh my tired mind so I could get back to job
with a new spirit, but the last time after I quit my job, I feel different, It
was a retreat, a quest for solitude and peace of mind may I say. But no, I
wasn’t doing yoga for the entire of my vacation, although I admit I imagined
myself doing vriksha asana, but this is how
On my 6 days in Bali I endulge my five senses :
The views in Bali are amazing as you know, whether it’s the sea, mountains, rice fields, fine arts, even the people, every little detail is a fine sight. Here’s my instagram capture, taken with my new , reliable HTC sensation :
|Sunset at Legian|
|A catch from Ubud Art Market|
|The foggy weather was surreal|
|Taken at some humble village near Pura Tampaksiring|
|Hindu cleansing ritual|
|The lovely Padangpadang beach|
|Daily offering for the Gods|
On every spot at the daytime from the cheapest spas to haute fine dining restos there must be this sound of Gamelan, ethnic Balinese music, that I found very soothing for the soul, and at night I catch up with the latest dance music in the clubs and bars. I feel balanced indeed.
No need to say much. The best chefs in the country are here in Bali if you’re a Michelin seeker. For you who thought that Michelins are too metro, boring , less hipster and less challenging, I found Nasi Kucing and pork satay that taste like heaven with unbelievable price less than a dollar. Magic. But beware there are also tourist traps too. I ate the most expensive yet worst roast suckling pig ever and the next day I ate kebab that taste like expired yoghurt. The key is to gather info as much as possible, befriends with people other than your tourist guide because some venues have arrangements set with few tourist guides and their opinion are less objective, my case I asked where the surf instructor got his lunch and what is popular among the locals. I believe local cuisine only can be made perfectly by the locals, if you really want to explore.
Every corner smells very frangipani-ish in Bali as you know it. Yes, even the streets, because they give their daily offering with incense stick everywhere, I just love it.
Take time to appreciate all those textures made by nature, how the sea feels on your skin when you take a dip, the warm sand, the corals, get yourself a healthy tan, I used dry oil to make the skin glowing and healthy-looking after sunbathe.
|The Body Shop beautifying oil is a recommended product, It has light texture that add gloss to your tan skin and shines on your sun kissed hair. My fav scent is mango, never leave the hotel without it.|
I found this trip interesting because somehow I observed more, I realized that life is large and the best things in this world are often came for free and in a simple way. I believe happiness is supposed to be like that too. I’ve been living in a world full of ambitions measured by price tags too long and I found it very dreadful. I was too occupied with achievements targets and afraid to let go off few things that made me thought that my happiness is depend to the standards that I was keeping with the Joneses. While the fact, we already have everything necessary to be happy. If life is a blessing, why not celebrate it every day by paying more attention to little details, and count your blessing meticulously. For me, Bali is just a perfect place to reflect life, have fun or simply to indulge your senses. I even think about permanently live there. We’ll see.