Love at first sight in Bali

Hey you guys.
I am happy to be back writing and to share with you a great story of my recent travel to Bali, Indonesia. To anyone who knew me personally, you know that I’d rather choose to go into a tropical place than out in a city, for so many reason the only thing that I could come up right now is…Hunger for real paradise.
Bali is not a disappointment. There I found what I’ve been looking for. The culture, the atmosphere, the lifestyle, the people, adventure, the general vibe of Bali is as exciting as the next episode of my favorite TV series.
Although, this short trip to Bali is a bit of combination of good and bad events, all the mischiefs, adventure and banter moments with my two best friends, Kim & Pat will be treasured, and I’ll make sure to have it well written and be shared.
Disclaimer: I know that there’s a lot of useful blogs about Bali that you can find in the web especially on Youtube, Instagram, and written blogs are everywhere so I am not gonna try to give you point by point details about it, because even I suck at this. Haha what I’m gonna do is trying to tell you a story, my own version of story of this little adventure we had in Bali.
Get a snack or something cos’ this might probably take a bit of your time, sure you’ll get bored, but I am going to try to entertain you. Like I always do, 😉
That is my bestfriend, Pat (left), Kim (middle), and me on the right, trying to imitate a lovely picture of some models we found on IG looking chick and all in their hotel robe, but obviously we failed. Miserably, well… except for Kim, who look fantastic in that pose.
That’s the night after our one-day trip to Nusa Penida.
Do you ever want to go travelling alone but scared to do so because you’ve no idea where or what or how to start? That’s so me. Except for the (sometimes) lack of time because of my work commitment. I’ve always felt scared to just do it you know? Until this opportunity comes around.
This is the first day in Bali, as I’ve decided to go to Uluwatu Temple, to see the traditional dance that they have, I was told at the hotel that it is at 6’oclock, little miss, is late as usual. When I got there it already started, so I’ve decided to just stroll around the area.
Can’t blame myself for being late, that was a long 12-hour flight from Dubai-Singapore-Indonesia.
Then I saw this.
Wow.
Might have missed the show, but definitely won’t miss Uluwatu sunset. Life privilege to just sit in silence at the end of that cliff, in awe of the view, sunset slowly disappearing from this calm ocean, left with just a ray of sunset light dancing in the water shore.
Day 2, I call the sweet nightmare.
By the way, I made it to that show last night, and only stayed for five minutes. Turned out to be a traditional comedy show, but glad I’ve seen it.
The exact moment when I told myself, this is a good life.
This place is beautiful and peaceful. I could stay here and just write, not care about the world but enjoy the sound of the waves, breathe the fresh air, breathhhhhee  them all in.
Still admiring life and pretending to look around for the photo. Lol. Struggle when you don’t have a photographer with you.
Kudos to me though, how did I managed to take these photos alone? Tips? Rather not give you, these shots cost me so much. Be careful when you are travelling alone, at this same spot, my bag, camera was stolen from me. The worst part is, my passport and scooter key are inside the bag.
While I was out admiring the view, two guys were admiring my belongings too.
So be careful guys, don’t make the same mistake that I did, in short, don’t be stupid like me.
I wish I have just stayed at the hotel that day, or I wish I have just gone to another beach. When a handsome man rescued me from my little scooter accident a few minutes before those stolen bags happened, I wish I just called it a day.
But then,
What I regret the most is not being able to properly say thank you to that young man who helped me in my scooter situation, he might probably be from somewhere in Bingin, I’m not sure but if somewhere someone in this world will show this to you. Stefano, thank you, you are very kind, I should have asked you to grab a breakfast or something.
Maybe next time, I’ll come back to Bali.
Hang in there. It’s just Day 2.
Terrified the next morning, I’ve tried to pull myself up all together because I had a big day plan for myself. I moved from Ulutuwatu side to Seminyak, the most crowded side of Bali to meet my best friends and I’m finally not alone anymore.
Before all that, I went to visit an orphanage name “Jodie O’shea House”, my friend Edward and I talked about visiting orphanage everytime we visit one country, kinda way of giving back. It’s been a pleasure to be granted a schedule to meet the kids at the house, though we are not allowed to post any of the kid’s photos online I wanted you to know that they are open for donations, I will leave their contact information below for you to check out.
Nusa Penida, the new ‘IT‘ Place in Bali. You can’t leave Bali without seeing this island.
Trust me, that 40 minutes boat ride from Sanur, bumpy thrilling scooter ride, thirstiness, major sun burn will be all worth it.
Quoting Kim, ‘Never leave without a sun protection.’
In my defense, it’s okay, it’s Bali tan. 😊
Just a littles story out of this whole story, we’ve almost did not make it to Nusa Penida because we reserve a ticket on the way here a little bit late, we made it at exact noon in the island and all car rentals are out, we can’t drive scooter because it’s too risky and there’s no proper signs on the road.
So, we hired 3 strangers to drive us around, scary and risky but a little bit of trust never hurt nobody.
We made it alive though, even if we’ve lost count on how many times we’ve said. ‘If our parents knew what we are doing we’ll be dead.’.
3 hours back and forth around the island and not even more than 10 minutes at the Kelingking Beach, we literally were rushing the whole day. So, I say, if you want to visit Nusa Penida, plan it ahead or better yet stay at the island for 1 night so you get to really enjoy it.
Here you all have seen, the day when I finally met my family, that was Ricky (third photo). He’s a little bit disappointed on my visit but I tried to persuade him to talk to me.
If you are Instagrammy kind of girl, you would love Ubud. Every part of it. Every corner of it is IG worty, the jungle life, the culture, most amazing waterfalls are here, and so many great foods.
Never miss the Ubud Public Market, lovely stuff in there and in affordable prices.
So there you go!
I’m glad to finally finish this story that has been lying around my computer for almost two months now. Happy to share this experience and I will make a follow-up story on that accident, so wait up for that.
I wish I could have stayed longer, feels like my seven days is not enough to see Bali, there’s so much more to see, and still owe Stefano that breakfast.
One thing is for sure, I’ll come back. I’ll stay longer, I’ll find those two guys and punch them in the face. (Kidding) but on a real note, thank you Bali, you’ve brought youthfulness in my stay.
SPECIAL THANKS,
TO:
Boho Bingin Beach
‭+62 812 46964598‬
CONTACT JODIE O’SHEA
rio@ckabali.org
Thank you for taking time to read this, leave your comment below. Would love to hear from you 🙂
Love always,
lsme
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A lot to be thankful for from the Year 2017

To my year of everything,

I’m sorry.

I’m sorry I was disappointed when you came.

I’m sorry I didn’t show much attention to you when everyone was celebrating

I’m sorry I did not even bother to be thankful that you gave me another chance.

I’m sorry that I’ve taken for granted all the lessons you were trying to teach me.

I’m sorry that I was too eager to get over you and start all over again.

Lastly, I’m sorry that I only realize now when it’s almost over.

You have brought a humble beginning to my years of existence, you know what they say,

People appreciates what they’ve lost but not what they have.

I was blinded by my dreams, got too ambitious and entirely forgot if I fully lived you.

Could you blame?

You threw me surprises that are beyond my imagination.

I could have sworn if I get a penny everytime something happens to me I’d be a millionaire by now.

All your ups and downs,

moments of weakness,

disappointments and expectations,

everything that I went through,..

I get over it.  Didn’t I?

The days when everything was falling apart, when everything seems wrong, the days that I thought there was no way out… I made it, didn’t I?

And I’m still in that moment, I will go through it again for sure, there will be much bigger problems but I’d like to take this moment to thank you.

Thank you, because you have made me a stronger person. Fierce. Vulnerable and even more appreciative that I will ever be.

You kept in the ground so that I could appreciate what I’m stepping on. I’m so grateful for that.

I’m thankful for the love of my family, you kept them safe and healthy. That is even enough for me. The gift of friendship that is continuously growing. New friends that will be with me for more years to come and the good old friends that have been with me since day one. These are the things that matters the most. I could have not lasted a day without them, so thank you.

Perhaps, you are the eye opener, you boldly showed me my worth and what I deserve. In my search to a true meaning of happiness you unveil that it does not come easy, that I have to work for it every single time and most importantly that it does not come from anyone but right within me.

2017, I thank God the most for an extraordinary life. What a blessing it has been to be alive and be loved everyday.

You have been a blessing to everyone, I hope whoever is reading this is feeling the same.

 

Love always,

lmse