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Bali Day 16

Today I leave Ubud and head to Saba to meet Aric. Today we are heading to Turtle Island and Uluwatu Temple. First I need to figure out how to leave Ubud as Nyepi Day just ended and mostly everything in town is still closed. In Ubud, Gojeks and other Uber type transportation is frowned upon, so having a driver comes in handy or usually the hotel can help you out. I did try anyways for a Gojek just to see if anyone was around, that was a big fat no. So I contacted Rai whom I have been using and gratefully he only lived 15 mins down the road in Ubud.

Saying goodbye to the new staff, as the staff for the past 2 days left sun up, I was happy to leave this isolation and ready for a new one. As I was walking through the property another snail made his presence known and I said so long to him as well.

I was walking down the alley way where they were doing construction, I stopped and noticed all the bamboo holding everything up, I can’t help but wonder if it’s actually part of the construct of the building or if it’s just temporary. Either way, it was very interesting to see. I made it to the the end of the street and Rai was just pulling up.

It was about 30- 45 min drive to Sanur. There was hardly traffic, we made it there by 930am which allowed me 30 mins to chill and drop off all my belongings.

10 am sharp Arik’s driver came with a friend and we took off immediately on our adventure. It seemed as though the drive took forever, I had no idea where we were vs where we were going. I just knew to go with the flow and have some fun, which is exactly what I did. We finally pull up to this place called Bali Coral Dive and Water Sport.

No one was there except the people working and locals hanging out. We seemed to be the only tourists around, in South Kuta.

Aric was doing all the negotiating with the price and wanting to include his driver Eka and friend Ayu. When everything was finalized we hopped in a boat off shore and cruised around to the other side. Where we were greeted by a woman. We were told it’s an island, but it’s not and that was ok.

We walk in and there are like basins where a few really large turtles stay and looking beyond that in a pond kinda deal were tons of other turtles. First of all, we were the only people there, so we had the whole place to ourselves. We hung out and fed the turtles, she said they release them into the wild and for a month and bring them back (which doesn’t really make sense to me- but what do I know about turtles).

She guides us over to cages on the other side, which were birds, bats, and a muskrat. For those of you who know me, I was mortified for these creatures. I had no idea that it was going to be like this. I don’t believe in cages for animals and especially flying creatures. But I was there and I went along with it, I thanked them all for allowing me to take pictures and I sent them all love and light. It was neat to see these creatures up close and personal, but I felt sad.

We were there for about 30 mins and it was time to go back, the boat ride was like 10 to 15 mins. Aric asked the guy if he could drive and they let him, he was stoked. We get back to shore and realize how hungry we were. We pulled over at a restaurant that was still open, the only one, and had a big lunch. It was so good.

After lunch I was looking both ways to cross the street and realized no one is anywhere. Very rare sight for where we are, but I am sure everyone around the world can identify. We began our drive again towards the Uluwatu Temple. When we finally pulled up to the gate, there were road blocks and guards making sure no one enters. Uluwatu Temple is a Hindu temple which is one of 6 ley lines in Bali.

Uluwatu Temple, the Rainbow Serpent (Great Female Dragon), is the starting point of the ley lines where the energy passes through and is purified. Earth is represented here at the Uluwatu Temple. ~Jodi Louise

As we had to turn around we began driving back to Saba. We tried to find anything open, including Padang Padang Beach, it to was closed. But we were able to stop and check out the view. We saw little monkeys playing in the trees and swinging onto the beach, it was awesome. A picture perfect place, only to be seen from the bridge.

When we left here there was a huge temple that you can see all the way from Canggu. We saw it as we were driving and Eka thought we would like to see it, since we couldn’t see Uluwatu Temple. He took us as close as he could, as the actual temple itself was closed as well. We went a little off roading and came to a clearing next to an abandoned hotel.

After this stop we made it to the grocery store. Eka thought we might want to check out this particular grocery store. We walked in and it was like walking into a version of whole foods, everything all fancy. But they didn’t have a very wide selection of veggies, but the fruit… We walked around looking for everything we may need for the next couple of days before moving again. We ended up spending $34 USD for 2 hamburg patties (huge), pound of bacon (freshly sliced), watermelon, eggs, pocari sweat, lettuce, onions, bananas. dragon fruit, snakeskin fruit, honey, ginger, candy, and smokes. Quite amazing, the place was more for tourists and expats as it was higher priced than the local warungs (which are also little shops and some sell food. I am learning as I go).

We finally made it back and we were exhausted and hungry, especially after grocery shopping. We sat back and relaxed for a few minutes before getting started in the kitchen cooking. When we finally did, we made this awesome dinner that was so good and all fresh ingredients. I was stoked, for all of you who know me, it brings me zero pleasure in cooking; Then I came to Bali….everything here is good and I enjoy figuring out how to cook new things and I actually eat tons of fruit and don’t mind peeling or cutting or anything. Even the salads here are so much better. Everything is better when you are in Bali.

For the record, I have misspelled Aric’s name thus far. I changed what I could find but I do apologize…lol

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Bali Day 15

I am in pure isolation today, except the staff of 6 and a cat. It’s a beautiful day and everyone left this morning and when I say everyone, it was just 3 couples. The 2 London Ladies, Dicky and his friend and the Romanian guy and his lady friend.

Now I am here enjoying the place all to myself. I have the pool, plenty of food and plenty of water and I am doing my part, isolating. Last night while watching the sunset I asked Universe for a sign that I am supposed to listen to my intuition and stay despite everyone elses ideas and beliefs. I closed my eyes and first a pizza popped up and then a snail.

I have seen a lot of snails since I’ve been here but not at this hotel and certainly no pizza. So today after spending quite a bit of time with self and reflection I went to the pool. I sat poolside to dry off and began writing in my journal again. I had finished a thought and put my pen down and at the same time I heard something behind me. I turned around and my eyes locked onto a snail. It was the first place my eyes landed. Bali is a magical place and for my eyes to see something instantly without scanning, impressive. It was the snail. I laughed and was so grateful, I thanked Universe and went about my business with a smile.

A little while later I move to my porch and kick back out of the sun, scanning my phone after being in the pool. I scrolled maybe 3 people down and saw my friend had made a delicious looking pizza, as that was my other sign; again I laughed and put my phone down. I began to write again.

The staff has to stay overnight again as today was a mandatory stay home day. So with everyone else gone, they started playing music and having a dance party! Then they moved it to the other pool, as there are 2 pools. They were fun.

After enjoying them and kicking it poolside off and on, I decide to take a shower and let my bathing suit dry as I am to go to Arik’s place in the morning, which means I need to pack it all again. So I do exactly that and realize I’m hungry. It’s funny to me how I talk about the food a lot. They are semi small portions here so I eat 3 times a day.

I pack up what I can and go order dinner and while she’s making it I went above my room and sat to watch the sunset. So beautiful. Heaven on Earth. Really, my vision boards don’t lie! Hahahaha.

I was heading back to my room when Sylvia comes to me and says I have a letter. She hands me a note from the London Ladies. I was so happy! I missed them this morning. They left earlier than I anticipated. They were trying to get on a flight home. I really enjoyed their company. When they talked about London, it really made me want to move there; just to check it out. They spoke of the ins and outs of living in and around London. Something to seriously think about. So I got their info and found them on facebook and messaged them, I trust that they are on their way home.

As I sit here writing this the staff is hanging out in the restaurant and listening to music and having dinner together. I love how this culture unites, at least on Bali. I’m not sure about the other islands but it’s so beautiful. I’m sitting outside on at the table on my porch, enjoying their music and listening to them laugh and sing.

Everyone here is so friendly and kind. People honk on the road but it’s not road rage, it’s hey I’m here- watch out. They have 4 religions here and they all unite as one. Christian, Buddhist, Muslim and Hindu. Bali is mostly Hindu with some Muslim, I think they said Jakarta is more Muslim. It’s a beautiful blend of religion.

Here comes another dance party!

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Bali Day 14

I slept in till 730 today and it was amazing! Today is Npeyi Day. No internet and no tv (not that I’ve used one since I’ve been here). I started with breakfast, fried eggs with watermelon juice and toast. It was so hot by 830 that I jumped in the pool and hung poolside for some time. I went above my room and meditated on my situation and wrote another letter about it. The minute I put the pen down, I looked over and there was a feather sticking right out of the ground. Anyone who is in the know, understands that feathers represents angels, when one crosses your path, know they are with you. That was what I needed to see in that very moment. It was perfect.

When a feather crosses your path, know that the angels are with you

I then decided it was time to play catch up with my posts. So I started doing that and then I would take pool breaks in between because it was so hot. By the time noon came around I was hungry so I made myself some noodles and toast, I peeled a cucumber and ate a banana. I was full and happy. I took everything up to the restaurant and washed everything there. I jumped in the pool and then went back to writing.

As I was sitting there, a young man, Dicky, came up and we started talking. He lives here in Bali. His club that he worked at in Denpasar just closed so he is just passing through with a friend. He was living in Jakarta and couldn’t find work because the big companies there don’t hire their own people. The big companies are owned by Chinese and they don’t use people that live in the city. It is so sad. He left because he couldn’t find work and he got into drugs there. So he came here and he has been clean ever since and had a job. His parents live here, and he helps them with their business. Which is cooking, selling food. It seems most families do that as a team. I love that. He is a drummer and loves Wu-Tang and Rancid and many more bands. He is currently working on his first hip hop project, he is in the middle of writing lyrics. He just finished university for tourism and is working on getting his passport so he can go to America and work on a cruise ship in Miami. He is very excited about it. I am super stoked for him too. I told him, don’t spend your money there…save it and bring it home. You can build your restaurant or hotel easily. That’s what he wants to do, and he wants to help his friends out by giving them all jobs in Jakarta. He is also learning how to surf. Super nice, cool cat.

We talked for like an hour and next thing you know it’s 4pm. Dinner time. The kitchen closes at 5 today and this meal was on the house, although I didn’t know it. I ordered the chicken cordon blu. I was slightly skeptical, but I didn’t need to be. It was so good.

I went to go shower and wash my hair; I couldn’t run my fingers through it anymore. The water pressure is so horrible there was no way it was gonna do the trick. I through in some shampoo and said ok all done. Not even gonna bother with conditioner at this time. I sat back down in front of the computer and continued on. I had forgotten that it was a new moon, and no light pollution so when it out dark I wanted to go above my room on the terrace and look at the stars. I invited the London Ladies too.

I went up there and brought my camera. It was so beautiful. Saw some things shoot across the sky and remembered how to take night shots. The only problem is that I need a powerful light to get focus on something. But I did what I could, and I was just so excited to figure it out again.

I stopped taking pictures so I could just enjoy what was before me. I even saw a lot of fireflies which I rarely see anymore in the US. It is truly a fairyland here. Nothing but amazing. Everything is beautiful and right where it’s supposed to be, including me. To see everything with my own eyes, absolutely stunning. No words could truly describe anything I feel or see and for that I am truly blessed.

As I was getting up to go back downstairs, I coughed loudly and a bat was in the tree across from me and I must’ve scared it and it made some noises and flew away. It startled me too. My heart was pounding but then I started laughing and made my way to my room and went to sleepies.

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Bali Day 5

Sun Rise

Today I woke up at 5am, seems to be a theme for me here. I stepped out onto the front triangle deck and pulled out the thai mat, meditated and did sun salutations as the sun rose. In the valley of the waterfall, which is beneath me, I can hear the sounds of a man singing somewhere along the valley lines. It was quite beautiful and tranquil.

Today was my day to just sit in peace and do me. I had no desire to go anywhere, as my legs are ridiculously sore from trek the previous day. Side note; I woke up at 2am and had to use the restroom which is downstairs. I cannot tell you how painful that was! So I took a shower and had some delicious breakfast and relaxed.

I opened all the doors and windows in my treehouse and let the air flow through. When the sun came out I would go and sit out there and bask in it. I spent most of my day going through all of my pictures from the waterfalls. It was so wonderful.

Lunch time came around and my new friend, Vipin, and I were to go have lunch; But then the rain came and it poured buckets…much like it is at this moment. And I ran downstairs and played in it…It was magical!

The rain finally came to a halt and we were set free. Vipin and I went to lunch at the koi pond. It was so pretty and green. The fish were happily fed as was Vipin and I. We hung out there for a bit and meandered back to the houses.

Vipin wanted to show me the other cottage in the rice fields so off we went on the motor bike. I enjoyed the ride, we are in a small village so there isn’t traffic everywhere like in Ubud. We drove country side and came to the property. It was quite amazing, staying in this little villa. The view was astounding. It was placed on the bottom of the fields, so all you see is rice fields- going up.

When we left we took a cruise through the rest of the village and came back. Where I picked up where I left off, on my computer. Just as dinner was being served, Vipin comes to me with a message talking about cancellations and such. So I start doing my research as I am eating. I am to go to Cambodia for 2 weeks on the 20th.

I find all my flight info and found that Cambodia closed it’s doors to tourists. So now I am in a panic, trying to figure out how to cancel my flight and get a refund; and then I realized I did not get a VOA when I arrived because I was going to Cambodia. VOA is visa on arrival. Which is if you want to stay past 30 days. Which now I will be. hahaha…nervous laughter at that time.

Have a Beautiful Day

I start calling my mom and emailing my dad and contacting the airline. Then I stopped.

I said to myself, “Self, what are you doing, this is why we didn’t plan anything. It’s all about the adventure, the journey, the excitement of what is going to happen next. Everything happens for a reason and it is ALWAYS for your greatest and highest good. You might not be able to see it but it’s a fact. You already trust the process, and this is no different.”

So with having that little chat with myself I was able to get some rest, with ease and grace.

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Bali Day 4

I went to bed at 830pm, so you can only imagine what time I got up. I finally decided to get out of bed at 530, I had been wide awake for the past 45 mins. Sunrise isn’t till 630ish so I figured I would move slow till then.

I rolled open the mat and did some stretches and then meditated. When I came to, you could see the sky brightening by the second. I sat here watching it grow brighter and brighter. Everything was wet so I was looking upon a beautiful sparkling forest.

I saw the ladies come pull in and decided it was time to shower, I was to leave at 8am on a trek to 5 waterfalls with a guide. I wanted to be ready when he showed up so we could get going. He arrived promptly and we began our adventure. It costs typically 400,000 Rupiah for a single person and 250,000 for two. Today i paid 350,000 which equals out to $23.90 USD. I was totally fine paying that, I don’t have waterfalls and surroundings like these where I live.

We hopped on his motorbike and headed out. Mind you I asked the girls what kind of shoes to wear, silly me, everyone here only wear sandals. LOL, so here i go in my flip flops. I was slightly nervous about the scooter thing only because I’ve seen the way people drive around here. They know how to do it but being on the back, hmmm. Anyways we went up this huge hill just to come back down, the road is so tiny 1 car and 1 motorbike can fit on this road at the same time. We get to this spot and he parks. I was like wow, that’s cool we are already here. I specifically asked about real hiking, everyone denied that. Joke was on me because we hiked.

I didn’t mind hiking in my flop flops but I would have done things slightly different. Anyways I was so involved soaking it all in I really didn’t take many pictures while hiking. Everything was so green and lush. The end of march, beginning of april is end of rainy season. So some areas were slippery but nothing I couldn’t handle.

We walked through old back roads with homes along the way. Everything was so pretty, even if it were run down or animals everywhere it was all still so beautiful. I loved every second of that hike to the waterfalls. We stopped and had a little rest on the way there. I was given a young coconut to drink and then when I was done we cut it open and I ate the inside. So good. Even played this instrument…

We continued on the journey and made our way to the Blue Lagoon. Which is the first of 5 waterfalls I was going to see today. Little did I know they were all connected and my guide would have to get a ride back to his motorbike later. We started from the top and worked our way down. Blue Lagoon being the first.

It was like i was watching virtual reality, you see these places in movies. I was there. And that made it even more special for me. I pulled out my camera and took some pictures. I then sat down on a rock and meditated for a bit while my guide sat else where and played on his phone. grateful to be uninterrupted and no one but us there. I was totally taken back by her beauty.

When I was ready he asked me if I was going to get in and I said no. It was chilly and honestly it was so beautiful I feel like it would have been a disruption to her nature. It looked so pure and beautiful. And so we moved on.

Aling Aling falls were the next. It was very beautiful, we walked right up to another guide who was waiting for his couple to come back up. They were down there taking photos for Instagram- as in boyfriend taking pictures of his girlfriend in a bathing suit. It was cute and funny. I’m just so glad no one asked me to take any pictures! hahaha… There wasn’t much space to walk down there so I decided I’m cool, lets go to the next. We get to the next one, the first jump- 5 meters. He asked me if I was going to jump. I said no and so we just sat there and took some photos and people showed up. So we watched them think about jumping and then finally jumping- quite hilarious. We go down to see the next jump (still not jumping) and it is about a 10 meter jump. Still no. But again watching people. Then we went followed that all the way down to the last one which is a 15 meter. I watch someone jump off before heading to the bottom and swimming in it. It was magical and cold. Not freezing but I also prefer not to swim alone. So I jumped in and swam for a few seconds and then got out and got dressed.

What goes up must go down and vice versa. I kept telling him how grateful I was to not have to go back the same way we came. Because that trek was challenging in flip flops. But I spoke way to soon, all the stairs…ok here it is. Imagine you are at the top of a waterfall and you hike down to the bottom- of 5 waterfalls- then walk back up at least halfway to get back to main roads. But for the record we did not start anywhere near the waterfall. It seemed quite far away to get to. I think they do it that way to get the hours in that you pay for. Don’t really know but I was grateful for it. I got to see some beautiful things that i wouldn’t have if I had chosen a different package.

Happy Feet

We make it back to the house and we go our separate ways. By this time it’s not even noon. I am so grateful because as we were coming out of the forest, so many groups of people were on their way in. We left at the most perfect timing. I got back and sat in the sun to help dry my clothes I was wearing. Laid in the hammock on the water for a bit and decided I was going to nap. I go upstairs to my outdoor bed and lay down. I’m down for like 30 mins. I couldn’t sleep so I ended up just laying there.

I get up because I can no longer just lay there and I go visit my new friend Vipin. We hung out at his little abode for a short time and talked about everything positive. That was so refreshing. I am beyond grateful for his words.

We talked for a while longer and I left to go shower as I was covered in sweat and river. The combo washed off my citronella soap. So I got bit once. By then dinner was ready for me and I was so grateful because I was famished. I had chicken fried rice with 1 fried egg on top, fruit and turmeric, ginger, honey, and something else that makes me feel good.

It was fantastic! As was my entire day. My legs are going to feel great tomorrow!

Filled with so much gratitude…

Blessed