Well, this post is slightly different from the usual travel post. I haven’t been to Bali before (oh wait, actually I haven’t been to Indonesia at all) and I’ve been wanting to visit the magical Bali since Eat, Pray & Love. So, I’m going to list out on what you can do, or what I want to do if I’m going to Bali, and it revolves around, the famed novel; Eat, Pray & Love.
Bali Tanah Lot
The fundamental of knowing your food, is to learn about it. So, for me, I would LOVE to attend a cooking class to learn about Balinese Food. Authentic Balinese food is not easy to find here. Basa Gede, a sambal (chili-based sauce) is one of the mostly used in Balinese cooking for flavour and kick. Then there is tempeh, although it is a more Javanese food but really, I fell in love with tempeh the first time I ate it many years ago.
Paon Bali Cooking School, Bumbu Bali, Casa Luna, and Lobong Cooking are some cooking schools to check out if one decides to add Balinese cuisine to their culinary repertoire.
Popular food that you must eat in Bali:
Babi Guling – Spiced-rubbed, spit-roasted suckling pig
Bebek Betutu – Spiced and stuffed duck smoked with the embers of rice husks after wrapping them in betel nut bark.
Sate – Chicken, pork, fish, tofu – just about anything – on skewers and grilled over hot coals.
Lawar – Made of minced pork, offal, young jackfruit, coconut, galangal, chilies, spices, and fresh blood !!
Kopi luwak – Poop coffee
The Balinese religion have strong spiritual roots , their culture is still very much alive. The main religion is Hindu Dharma, which arrived in Bali with the spread of Hinduism through Sumatra and Java during the 11th century. Although originally from India, the Balinese religion is a unique blend of Hindu, Buddhist, Javanese and ancient indigenous beliefs, with customs that are very different from the traditional form of Hinduism practiced in India today. With over thousands of temples in Bali, you wouldn’t have to walk far to stumble upon one.
The Besakih Temple – More precisely it is a complex of 22 temples. The temples are situated on the slopes of Mt. Agung, Bali’s largest volcano at the village of Besakih.
Pura Luhur Uluwatu Temple – The highlight of Pura Luhur Temple is the temple’s spectacular location on the edge Uluwatu’s towering cliffs leading down to The Indian Ocean.
Pura Ulun Danu Bratan – When it comes to picturesque temple setting, it does not get much better than Pura Ulun Danu Bratan.
Tirta Empul Temple – One of the six most important temples in Bali. Pura Tirta Empul dates back to 926 AD. Visitors are allowed to take a bath in the pond and the unstoppable water flow is believed to be able to cure any kinds of diseases.
If you plan to enter a temple, please show respect for the local customs and dress accordingly. In general that means legs should be covered and a top that isn’t too revealing should be worn- a t-shirt will do. At some temples a sash is also required. If that is the case you can usually rent one at the entrance, like you often can rent a sarong for covering up your legs.
“To lose balance sometimes for love is part of living a balanced life.” ― Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love
The thing about traveling for me is self-discovery, learning to love, learning about life. How else can we learn without a clear mind, a relaxed body ?
For that, how about experiencing a spiritual yoga retreat or class set amidst terraced rice paddies, nestled in the quaint mountain village of Ubud, Bali? The Yoga Barn looks like an amazing space to do that.
To seal it all up, what is a trip to Bali without a holistic spa treat and the healing rituals of Balinese culture, the traditional Indonesian massage!
Well now I feel like booking the next flight in to Bali and stay in a beautiful, relaxing villa just to recharge my body and freshen up my mind.
And I know just the right place to look for amazing villas and resorts; The Luxe Nomad
Wow, it’s been about 6 months since I went to Krabi. Since it was an all expense paid trip (because I won a contest?) I didn’t go much research at all. I was ready to laze around the beach and do nothing. but of course there were activities planned for the winners, like a cooking class.
We were suppose to do some beach hopping but the waves were rough, and thus, we couldn’t do any beach-bumping.
Luckily, they put us at a not too bad hotel with a good long pool. Mercure Krabi Deevana (also known as Deevana Plaza Krabi) is located in the quieter side of Ao Nang town. It’s close to the beach, but not just right out of the door. The hotel offers a range of amenities and services such as a steam room, gym, and spa center should you need to relax after a long day (or for no reason at all).
Once checked in, we were given keys to our room. Mine was a Deluxe Room with 2 single beds. It would be great if we got the pool-access rooms, which then we could dive right into the pool from the balconies. But nevertheless, since the pool was a long stretch, it was easily accessed from whichever block you are.
Now let’s check out the room!
The room had motifs of wood and pastel blue, making one feel comfortable upon entering and close to nature. The bed and linen was comfortable and I had a very good and deep sleep throughout the 2 nights. The TV had many channels to choose, and you know what, you can even catch a glimpse of it while taking a dump
Don’t worry, there is a roller blind to close up the bathroom should you need some privacy.
Which brings us to the next space, the bathroom. I’m ever so happy to find a rain shower. Since my bathroom has one and I’ve ever been so used to it, it always makes me feel at home whenever I see a rain shower head. Hahaha. However, the shower faucet handle was a bit faulty. So I got the housekeepers to come fix it in no time at all. The housekeepers were efficient and clean.
Each room also have a beach bag filled with 2 beach towels either for the pool or for the beach. I love how thoughtful they are for the guests. The beach bag had some swag colours that made me wanna bring them back! Hahaha, well it could be very handy when buying in the market ? Or course I didn’t !!
How about the food?
The room had a complimentary buffet breakfast running from 7am to 11am. With an array of Asian to Western breakfast selections, we were literally spoiled with food. Thai congee and a wide selection of bread if you wish to load up some carb on your morning. Eggs, Salads, stir fries and yogurt if you wish for a more balanced meal.
The bar had happy hours about 4pm-6pm. Since we didn’t get to do any island hopping due to rough waves, we came back to the hotel for a swim. Mango Margarita to toast for a beautiful stay.
I was quite happy with Mercure Krabi Deevana even though it needed 15 minutes walk to Ao Nang beach. It is slightly more secluded, or rather quiet so if you’re looking for some peace at night, this may be a right choice.
I had a 3D2N stay in June 2014.
Mercure Krabi Deevana (Deevana Plaza Aonang)
186, Moo 3, Ao Nang Soi 8
81180, Krabi, Thailand
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Well since Christmas is around the corner, it’s the best time to get gifts for your friends. I’m pretty sure you know what to get now if you’re sick of buying mugs and photo frames for gift exchanges! Be a good Santa / Santarina ok! Get them girlfriends lipsticks, mascaras, even for men, .. hrm.. I don’t know, shaving cream ?