Bali High…lights

As the last of the gang make it home tonight, a few highlights for those considering a visit to Bali (or not) and for those who have already been, a chance to reflect on their own special memories…

Speedy Visa Man – who for a small fee, whisked us through the arrival mayhem and into the warm night air and our Villa-driver within mere minutes.

Body Works – for the best manicures, pedicures, facials, body and hot stone massages and waxing gurus…No! Strike the last, she had a mean glint in her eye and a sadistic laugh!

The Offerings – the content so intriguing, from rice cakes and cigarettes to money and Oreo cookies; and the orange kitten at Ku De Ta who climbed the shrine daily to feast on them.

Surprise and Enthrallment – the expressions on a young Balinese girl’s face when she looked through Binoculars for the first time, thank you Bret for making her day so memorable.

Xmas Wrapping Compromises – creative pressies artfully hand decorated housing hours worth of giggles, thank you guys!

Blow up floating devices – kept us pool cool…though still not sure of the purpose for the large vagina like squishy hole in the tube ring.

Sunsets – now fully appreciate why it was Telly’s favourite time of day…a toast to you on the high seas my boy.

Nusa Dua – and our Komodian boat driver for calmly negotiating through an ocean thick with every conceivable water sport being carried out simultaneously within a 2 kilometer radius. A preference for airspace with 9 other Para-sailors or water space with multiple jet skis, banana boats, long boats, fly fish and the jet boats towing the Para-sailors?

Turtle Island – for the dear Hijab adorned tourists who insisted on having their photo taken with Bret and Steve who, for just a very small moment, fancied themselves rock stars.

The Balinese – every single one of them so very humble, so friendly, so gentle…beautiful people.

Dewa and Putu – our intrepid drivers who provided us with a deeper understanding of Caste differences and cultural ceremonies; and for their patience, humor and warmth.

Palm fruit – a new taste sensation, interesting!

Rock Bar – closed, but how magnificent I imagine it would be to sit sipping cocktails and viewing glorious sunsets while casually hanging off a cliff face. Or maybe wallowing in the cliff edge infinity pool just below. Ayana resort itself rather splendid too. Next time. And finally…

Our travel buddies – Miss Rynnie ‘n Mr Stephan, for being able to hang out sans makeup in our jammies, commiserate with one another over the state of our tums as well as explore the temples, the streets, the odd volcano, ocean floor and the bestest nosheries, all off the back of a daily gym workout! … love you both and thank you for your friendship and companionship.











Girl’s gotta eat!

Seminyak plays host to some amazing nosheries and the gang, keen to let their taste buds do the talking, went exploring and here are our highlights…

Sarong. A blend of complex yet pure Asian fusion flavours served in ambient Balinese luxe. Chilli, lime and honey Margherita, tender oysters bathed in a coriander and chilli lime dressing, a soft shell crab with green mango and tamarind chilli dressing…note a theme here? Cucumber sticks nested in ice and an intriguing coconut tapioca dessert provided a welcomed ‘chilli’ reprieve before taste buds deserted the building. BJ…Chef of few words thought this place was the ‘mut’s nuts’ (his words) and the gang concurred…hot ‘n spicy lovers rejoice!

Le Lucciola. Thatch-roofed, bi-level, bumping up against palm studded beachfront, the Frangipani lounge the perfect place to sip an Appletini and graze on mud crab and lime sorbet while watching yet another spectacular Balinese sunset.

Starfish Bloo at the W for sheer splendor, the suspended birdcage seating alone enticing one to climb in and swing, not to mention clean sensational flavors, my sashimi, miso prawn soup and lime sorbet topped off with special touches including ‘bugger off’ spray, magnifying glasses and torches to read the extensive menu. A pretty trippy bathroom too!

Ku De Ta, trusty fave for long leisurely breakfasts on sprawling lounges while watching the beach venders ply their wares including the ever present black pirate kite, to the unwary; pumping chill out music and a pretty damn fine luncheon menu too, not to mention our fun and funky celebratory Xmas nosh. And another lux bathroom yea!

Samaya’s ‘Breeze’ for late afternoon cocktails, corn fritters and mini burgers munched waters edge whilst watching the gorgeous sunsets, overwhelmingly friendly service, a mighty fine evening menu and a few quirky horns, random fireworks and an amusing countdown leading to one hell of a blast as we saw the New Year in.

Sea Circus, for splendid coffee, tastebud heaven chilli prawn quesadillas and mighty fine avocado corn fritters, just around the corner from Body works, THE one stop body maintenance shop. A huge bunch of staff with no apparent strategy and ready to argue that you DID order the random coffee they’ve just delivered to your table. Bless ’em!

Potato Head, currently the most uber cool place to hang, brilliant conical structure composed of recycled shutters housing a groovy bar, several restaurants and again splendid beach front sunsets. The place bordering on overrated and under-friendly and would have liked to dispel initial impression but sadly had to cancel much coveted dinner booking due to unhappy tummies. THE place to be seen NYE however a number of resulting drink spike reports.

Grocer and Grind for more excellent coffee and breakfasts, just don’t order a takeaway bacon ‘n egg muffin …runny yolk and white t-shirts don’t mix but hey that leads to just one final suggestion…wet wipes! Stock up on them. Lots ‘n lots of ’em.

I’m sure you have many more yum spots to share, please do.

A few zen moments…

Amazing what a rainy day can do for your spirit, your soul. New Years day in Bali…a day of enforced relaxation, a chance to read, create with fun iPad apps, watch old movies, reflect on the year that was and plan for the year ahead. Been reading ‘The Happiness Project’ by Gretchin Rubin, inspiration at its best and quite possibly a blueprint for my own project, meanwhile a few photographic highlights of our holiday thus far…








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