Hello everyone! Hope you’re all doing well.
In January 2019, I embarked on one of the best adventures of my life to Bali, this travel experience felt more on a spiritual level where I was actually living more in the moment than always trying to pull out my camera phone to capture every single thing I was looking at or experiencing.
Oh I did… but not as often. 😉
This was my second trip to Bali, the first time I stayed in Ubud but this second trip I stayed a few days in Canggu recommended by a friend and Gili Trawangan but more on this island post later.
Cangguu is my kind of place…there is more buzz than Ubud..but enough peace to still relax.. one of the best sunset places. A great range of healthy and vegan options if that’s your thing. On the first day, I woke up at 4am to drive about 2 hours to watch the sunrise from Mt Batur a truly magical experience as there wasn’t many tourist around, just myself and 2 other tourist.. winning!
After watching the sunrise which started ended about 630am we began our journey to Tirta Empul Gianyar, where water is purified by Hindus in Bali. Although, I did not go into the Holy Water, the temple was so beautiful and cool to wander around. There is just an instant feeling of being calm and relax.
And then it was time to visit a coffee plantation and the Bali swings. At the coffee plantation I spent the whole time speaking to a young local who had dreams to move to Dubai and whom enthusiastically captured my moments here.
We then journeyed to Kanto Lampo Waterfall. Hidden away from Bali, peaceful place to escape and roam with such freedom. Entry fee of 15.000 Rupiah. (disclaimer: entry cost as of Jan 2019).
It was here at this waterfall where I really felt my spiritual journey really began. Maybe it was the sound of waterfall, just something about it, felt such serenity and happy, meeting a few Balinese people who wanted to have fun with us, taking photos of us, and where I wasn’t dressed for the occasion but felt so liberated and free going into the water with half my dress rolled up.
Oh yes, I slipped falling quite hard on my butt and hurting my hand. Nothing serious. A big smile came on my face as it happened. That’s just part of the adventure.
After the visiting the Waterfall we drove about 2 hours back to Canggu where the exploration ended at about 1pm. You’re either a breakfast person or not, but I am a breakfast worshipper and yes I did have breakfast at 1pm because #YOLO
This was a Vegan brekky plus a regular flat white cost 115.000 Rp in total (inclusive of service and got tax). 😉
Hope you enjoyed this post and hope you have a lovey week! x 🙂
What started as a fun hobby turned into a journey of adventures, finding a purpose and my passion…
About 3 years ago, I decided to take the plunge and risk it all, packing some belongings in a suitcase, sold my car and went abroad to live in NYC and London. No solid plan. But I was searching, looking and yearning for something.
I enjoyed what both cities had to offer as they are filled with lots of culture and diversity and theres always something to do. Though, there were some challenging periods such as finding work, friendship and myself. Travelling and venturing out to explore different boroughs, cafes, parks, meeting people and capturing these moments and places took a different turn in how things would eventually unfold. Being creative and sharing it with people allowed the opportunity to express myself in a positive form.
And thats how forthecurious started.
Here is a video I put together as a small gratitude for getting me through, all your likes, comments and positiveness has helped me in so many ways, THANK YOU! You guys are amazinggg!!
If you ever have the idea to start a blog, then please please please DO IT!! You don’t need to be an expert. You just need the passion. I never owned a camera at first and was using the camera phone to capture images. Creating visuals makes me so happy. I have no idea what will happen next… but I’m excited.
Hope you enjoyed this edition and your week lovelies x
Hope you’re well! Sorry for being MIA for the past few weeks. I took a longer break than intended but I needed the time to cooperate but its GOOD to be back in action! Since then, on the 1st of March I travelled to beautiful Bali in Indonesia for the first time spending a few days each in Ubud and Seminyak. Balinese people are hospitable with such rich culture and nature.
Getting ready by 2am for a 3:30am trek to Mount Batur Volcano which takes 2 hours each way for a 6:20am sunrise. You will need to climb up with a tour guide even if you are local for safety reasons. I joined a group with 3 other English people plus a guide and off we went in the dark as we made our climb up… I was barely breaking a sweat… joking… our guide had to hold my hand up for the last 20 minutes of the climb – thanks Ari! Alas, we finally reached the top at 5:30am! It was such a relief and achievement since I’m not a hiker but absolutely wanting to do more…Seriously. We waited and waited for the sunrise and WOO she finally came as seen in the first image which is all natural as the sun started to rise across Mount Batur Volcano with clouds floating around the lake, such beauty! After soaking in the sunrise and atmosphere we made the 2 hours climb down which can be proven quite slippery having fallen down a few times and then ended up with a grazed knee, but Oh so worth it.
Image 2 is the Jatiluwih Rice Terrace Tabanan, a community of about 200 people who work by hand and the next image is myself sitting and taking the lush and green scenery all in. The next image is Tanah Lot, Tebanan with many visitors and vendors. I stayed in a secluded villa in Ubud with an open air shower and toilet (although now shown here) since for the past 2 years I have stayed in shared hostels so hence, was so HAPPY to have my own big bed with a mosquite net since there are many of those bloodsuckers around…WOO! Image 4 to 8 is the surroundings of my villa with a pool overlooking the rice paddy and chickens and cattles roaming around… WOO!
After a few days in Ubud, I made my way to Seminyak staying in a hotel which was a 15 minute walk to the beach. Image 5 is a sunset at Seminyak beach – The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences, and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun – Christopher McCandless.
The last image is some free tasting flavoured coffees from a coffee plantation. Because, I love coffee.
Any q’s please send them my way…Hope you enjoyed this and have a great week!