I have always enjoyed travelling – the liberation to breathe again… away from the daily grind and of the joy of discovering new places, learning about its people, history, food, to appreciate their way of life and to absorb in the beauty of mother nature.
Ever the dreamy explorer that I am, there is also the unmatched joy in finding what a beautiful canvas God has created the world to be with its generous offering in landscapes, cultures, history, its people and their amazing tapestry of colours and life.
Some places you travel and you like it immediately without knowing why. Some places you need to go more than once and in-depth to explore its surroundings and feel the pulse of the city before you appreciate it. The latter explains why it took two trips for me to understand all the buzz around Bali in this part of the world.
I was breastfeeding Baby B exclusively and he was only 6 months old so I asked for the management’s approval to pay for his infant flight ticket on my own with the selling point that he was a really easy-going and good baby.
He proved to be a sweet angel throughout the journey and even during the flights, snuggly held close to me in his baby carrier as we covered almost a dozen of must-see places in the five-day trip. However, may be because I still had to think about finding a place all the time to change his nappies, breastfeed in our transport and feed him his first baby food, I was a distracted tourist who did not fathom why people were smitten with Bali’s sunset, terraced rice paddies and inactive volcanoes. I looked but I did not see its beauty.
At last, while attending a good friend’s beautiful wedding last week in Bali with some girlfriends, I finally saw and comprehended its beauty and knew why my friend has chosen Bali as the venue for her destination wedding.
Their respect for life, their reverence for their family gods and the power of nature and the harmony between people are displayed in full splendour through their dedication to the many daily spiritual rituals.
Their unique perspective about harmonious living is encapsulated in their songs, artistic sculpture, fashions and it shows magnificently in their everyday appreciation for life in general.
Despite a short 3-day visit to Bali this round, I finally got it. I understood Elizabeth Gilbert’s journey in Eat, Pray, Love a little more.
May be it was because of the Uma Sapna Villa we put up at which came with our own private pool, but at last I got in touch with the relaxing vibe of Bali. I also took time to treat myself to a luxurious Hair Cream Bath at the Bodyworks Bali Spa which soothingly eased my stresses away.
I packed my trusted travel mate Panasonic Lumix GM1 along this round and hope that through these pictures, you will start to feel the artistic beats and mystical charm of the exotic Bali and make it the ideal place for your second honeymoon or even the renewal of love vows over its gorgeous sunset!