Being here in Bali has shown me that I need to just do me at all costs. Since the beginning of this amazing adventure I was at the mercy of my own intuition…going on my first solo trip out of country and then this covid thing happened.
As I met new people and began hearing everyone’s concerns and situations I started getting wrapped up in their emotions and decisions.
I had taken a step back and realized that they weren’t mine to take on and so I left the emotions behind and continued on with my intuition.
Around this time August 11th, there has been a wide spread panic about everyone’s visa situation. The Indonesian government announced that everyone here in a free visa/ visa exempt needed to leave by August 10th. That was July 14th. Over the course of those weeks, more people stresses over the visas than anything else. Flights are still being cancelled and so many people have no way of leaving. And if they are like me, we don’t want to leave at all, especially to America at this time.
The last week of July the Indonesian government made a second announcement saying that the deadline has been pushed to August 20. All other visa holders just need to extend their visas with no problems.
I came here on the free visa/ visa exempt so I needed to figure out how to get on the social visa before it was too late. Everyone I spoke to had so many different ideas. I have no clue what I am doing and all I could do was listen to everyone.
Going through an agency is super challenging because who can you really trust. The prices were so high. It’s not cheap to go through an agency but I really needed assistance going through the process. I was going to wait for more information and nothing came. My friends kept saying they are gonna wait…and we were all gonna do it together.
Yesterday was the last day for free visa holders to handle their shenanigans. I finally stepped out of everyones energy surrounding the visa crisis and went last Friday and handled it. I went yesterday to pay for it. Most of my friends didn’t do anything. I was worried about them u til I realized that it’s not mine and let it go.
If they are meant to stay then Bali will keep them, but when Bali is ready for you to move on you will know it. That’s a fact!
So with that being said I am learning my lessons with ease and grace. My lessons in the past have been aggressive and abrasive. Some things you would think I would have learned them already but when it creeps in like this clearly I have not. But I feel that these things were just reminders for me to stay in me and continue to listen to my needs.
I am so blessed to be in this position and the ability to see clearly. Forever grateful to Bali, the island of gods, for accepting me and welcoming me with open arms…
Today I was tired. Woke up and feeling exhausted. Didn’t do much today, I sat on the couch inside where it was hot and tried to blog. But what I forgot was, we had to find a place to stay tomorrow.
I jumped in the pool and came back to the couch. I turned a movie on netflix on the TV and zoned out for a bit. Arik and I talked about going our seperate ways for a bit and I was down for that. So he had found a place and booked. Me on the other hand, over thinking everything and do too much research.
I finally found a place in Canggu for 16bux a night. I found a room with private bath, private kitchen and bed; with a pool. Walking distance to the grocery stores. Good, I was settled about that. I decided to pack up and get everything together so I wouldn’t have to in the morning.
Arik had gone for a walk and came back saying he got a 2 hour massage. He went the same place I had gone to for my mani/ pedi. We both were hungry but didn’t feel like cooking. So we hopped on the scooters and went for some of those tacos we had the other day.
On our way back, still so early we stopped to ask the ladies what time the massage is open till, they said 7. So we went back to the house and I decided I was gonna go get an hour. Arik stayed and got caught up on some tv shows.
I went there and asked for the girl who worked on Arik, he said she was amazing. So when I did, I guess she didn’t want to or couldn’t and the motherly woman says, I do it. I said ok. She was good but not how I like it. But that’s ok, I didn’t mind so much, it felt good to be touched.
When I got back we decided to chill out and watch the Ozarks on Netflix. Omg…SSSSSOOOOO good!
I don’t even have any pictures for today, that’s how lazy of a day. Trying to take care of business.
Today marks the day I got on the motor bike here. This morning, we woke up and relaxed for a bit. There’s no pool here so staying as cool as possible in doors, but it was time to check out the beach. I would’ve gone to the beach for sunrise but i didn’t know how to get there and I certainly didn’t want to go by myself in the dark. We got ready to go on an adventure and started our quest to the beach.
As we walked passed a few warungs and rice fields and jungle territory, we happen to come across this HUGE spider having breakfast…
It was already so hot outside but we trekked on. We passed a rice field and a man seemed to be plowing the field in this old kind of manual tractor. It was neat to watch as we stopped to take a picture in the blistering sun. The farmer was nothing but smiles…
We meandered down the street and eventually came to a dirt walkway to the beach. It led us straight to the river outlet. As we approached there was several people sitting around conversing in Balinese, so we just smiled and said hello. They smiled and watched us walk to the edge of the bank. The area was wooded an had cement cylinder banks along the river. We stepped up and looked out. There was no beach, just an outlet to the water, muddy water. There was no way we were going in the water from where we were.
We turned around and walked back the path in which we came from. We decided to take right at the fork where we didn’t go before and follow that to see if that led us to somewhere different. Of course it did, same area, no beach but more open view. In order to get there, however, we had to walk through a hotel. The hotel was closed much like every hotel in Bali, but there were people inside and it seemed like they were doing some construction of some kind. So my curiosity drew me further inside till I made it in the foyer; or the open space of a living space.
There was staff hanging out having lunch as it seemed and they all scattered when we walked in. A man approached us and I asked if we could walk through and see the place. It was beautiful, apparently a few different owners, from Holland and India. Everything seemed so luxurious. He allowed us to walk through to the ocean front of the property. I stood at the edge of the property looking out onto the water. I wish I could say it was beautiful but I couldn’t. In fact, as I stood there i looked down where the river meets the ocean and there lie a dead dog rolling in and out with the waves. It was so sad. I stepped back immediately and sent the poor thing love and light.
I understand that the body is just a capsule and the soul has already left but it is still dis-heartening to see such things. As we began walking back the way we came, the gentleman showed us the master room. They were so nice, fortress like. Of course everything was under construction, but there were 6 rooms and he said some people rent out the whole place for a week at $900 USD. That was appealing to Aric, him and his friends travel frequently.
We walked out of there, not without a business card for after the Covid era, and made our way through the heat back to the pad. We decided it was nap time, being so hot, my body’s temperature was pretty high. So resting was a great idea, besides I’m an avid napper.
When we got up it was time to rent a motor bike. If I am to learn how to ride in the streets in Bali, here was the place to learn. We ordered a motor bike and it arrived an hour later. We got ready and off we were.
Not gonna lie, it was a little weird at first, as it’s been a long while. I followed Aric and we moved about on the back roads for a bit. We went to a few beaches and parked and stood there looking out among all the locals.
We stopped by another turtle sanctuary but it was closed but there were paths all around so we decided to to follow them. The one passed the turtle sanctuary led to the beach. We passed by a beautiful temple with banyan trees all around.
Then it was time to go through major intersections. Gratefully the lights were working so we followed suit. We stopped at the mini mart for some goodies and sat down for a bit. When we were ready to go again, Aric told me that he will follow me, I wasn’t ready at that moment to ride down the main road yet, so we trekked on the back roads for a bit longer.
The sun was going down soon and it was time to try the main road. I followed Aric to the busy street, almost like a route 1 in New England but the cars go faster. Nothing to look at for locals. So I follow Aric, we stayed to the left and everything was fine and dandy until a whole slew of cars come out of nowhere behind me. hahahaha.
I did fine, it was just like they weren’t there and then they were. So anyways, there’s no where to turn around for several km. Aric sees the opportunity and takes it, I follow suit. Because you are driving on the opposite side of the road, it made the turn we took seem challenging. But I did it and raced across the intersection and back towards the pad we go. Bugs and dry eyes. Yummm…hahaha. We both had some serious bug action on the way back, made me not want to ride in the dark if I don’t have to. I mean HUGE bugs…
When we made it back we made fried rice and had dinner. Sat outside for a few and a little grasshopper joined the party. Just in time before we called it a night.
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