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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Okay lang, mahal ko yung sarili ko.

Sabi nila matapang daw ako. Sabi nila ang lakas daw ng loob ko. Sabi nila bilib daw sila sakin. Hindi. Mahal ko lang yung sarili ko.

It’s been five months now since I moved here in Dubai. Can’t beleive how time flies so fast like this, the last thing I remember I was at the airport hallway, carrying a yellow envelope on my right hand, green  suitcase on the other; waving goodbye to my beloved Dad. Looking back now, five months? Not even enough for people to say how brave I am. But I appreciate it, the thing is. I’m not. I’ve been back and forth for so many times, torn between Yes I wanted this and No this is not really want I want. Most heartbreaking part is, I accepted it in the end. Because you know what? I love myself like that.

Many would disagree but all I can say is. Kapag mahal mo yung sarili mo, alam mo kung anong makakapag pasaya sayo. Kung mahal mo yung sarili mo, hindi ka mag da-doubt sa sarili mo na kaya mo. Kung mahal mo yung sarili mo, kahit ilang beses kang nagpabalik-balik sa decision mo, alam mo pa rin yung deserve mo.

Hindi naman mahirap gawin. Kailangan mo lang tanggapin na may mga bagay na hindi mo kayang gawin, at may mga bagay na ikaw lang ang may kaya. Lalo na ang tanggapin mo na may oras lahat ng bagay. Kung para sayo, para sayo. Hindi ibig sabihin na hindi para sayo hindi mo deserve. Ibig sabihin lang may mas deserving ka. Saang aspeto ba? Sa work man yan, kaibigan or love life. Minsan kasi tayo pag hindi natin nakukuha yung isang bagay feeling natin pinagkakait na. Baka naman kasi dapat paghirapan lang bago mapasayo.

Okay lang. Basta alam mo sa sarili mo, tulad ng sinabi ko kanina. Alam mo yung deserve mo.

Eto simplehan lang natin, mga bagay na dapat mo sigurong marealize, okay lang mag disagree ka: As long as nagpapakatotoo ka 

1. Accept yourself. Una sa lahat, tanggapin mo muna yung sarili mo. Bago ang lahat, ikaw yan. Yan ka na. Isa pa, wala ng iba. Ilang beses pa ba dapat ulitin na kung ano mang pagkululang ang meron ka, tanggapin mo kasi that makes you YOU.

2. Don’t depend your happiness on others. Isang pagkakamali yung sinasabi nila na “Ikaw lang makakapag pasaya sakin.Kalokohan. Nakakapag laro ka nga ng barbie mag isa noon masaya ka naman di ba? Nakuha mo pang mag bahay-bahayan kahit may nagpapanggap lang na tatay di ba? Bakit nung tumanda ka kinalimutan mo na nagawa mong mapasaya yung sarili mo kahit mag isa ka? Bakit all of a sudden yung pagiging masaya mo depende na sa iba? Point is, kaya mo naman. Baka kasi ayaw mo lang.

3. Don’t be too hard on yourself. Baka masyado mong pine-pressure yung sarili mo sa expectations ng iba. Wag. Wag mong hayaan na malamangan ka ng “disappointing ka” sa “masaya kami para sayo”. 

4. Give yourself a break. Okay lang minsan mag breakdown ka. Umiyak ka. Magpaka subsub ka sa sakit. Mag lupasay ka. Okay lang. May mga moments talaga na gusto mo lonely lang yung feeling mo the whole day, or kung minsan trip mo lang mag paka-sad sa buhay. Naiintindihan kita. Pero, again, deserve mo yung happiness. Breath ka lang. Maybe these are bad days but remember this is not a bad life.

5. Believe in yourself. Yes. Wala ng iba. Wala ng ibang tutulong sayo kundi ikaw. Sa totoong buhay, ikaw at ikaw lang talaga ang makakatulong sa sarili mo. Paniwalaan mo yung kakayanan mo, tanggapin mo yung kahinaan mo. Work hard sa mga bagay na gusto mo talaga, pag gusto may paraan. Pag binigay mo yung puso mo sa isang bagay make sure na kaya mo yung bigat. Sa totoo lang wala ng mas sasarap sa feeling na sobrang hirap pero nagawa mo, kasi nag tiwala ka sa sarili mo. Iba yon. Yun yung hindi matutumbasan ng kahit na ano. Yung nasa baba ka na, down na down na. Pero alam mo sarili mo na kaya mo at magagawa mo.

Hindi ko alam, kasi hindi naman lahat tayo parehas ng situation. Para sakin lang ha baka there’s someone somewhere who’s going  through the same thing that I did. 

Hoping at some point, it might help. I know some of my friends will. I’m here for you, no matter how big a situtaion is; life must go on and trust that everything will fall into places one day. 

Share your thoughts. I’d be happy to know what you think.

All the love that I could give,

Lmse 💖

DAWN OF A NEW BEGINNING

Aloha lovelies!

Being in an event company means having to work on Sundays and even holidays. There’s no definite time of hours, no break,  only ten cup of coffee and a rewarding feeling after you’ve accomplished your work. It is really a tough job that I have to give all my patience and energy for me to succeed in something. With it, is also the undying pleasure of failures and sometimes, I mean most of the time I feel like a walking zombie… alive but dead. Despite all the pain and madness I know that by far this is the most rewarding moment of life and I am grateful for it not only it made me stronger but it showed me the braver version of myself.

Allow me to take you in this journey and let me show you how a concept became an event. I am Little Miss Special Events and I don’t know what I’m doing.

Next on my journey:

Pinto Art Museum
Pinto Art Museum

Ria @ 18 shoot for winter in May.