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Bali Day 25

I got up today to watch the sunrise around 6am. Again waking up at 5 but didn’t feel like getting out of bed quite yet. So I got up at 6 and went outside to see the sunrise. It was quiet, no one on the property was awake yet and I wandered to the back of the property to see it better. It was beautifully radiant.

Bingo

When the sun did pop up, Made came out to take the offering to the temple and Bingo tagged along until he saw me sitting there.

It was already warm out so I decided to jump in the pool to wake up a bit more. Made asked to clean my room and while I was in the pool so I said sure. She really didn’t have to but sure why not. While she was doing her thing I saw a cat run into my room I paid no mind as Made was doing her thing and I, in the pool.

I was in and out of the pool reading and sunning. Ken came out and we started to chat it up for a while. We decided we would go for a ride and find this juice place he had been talking about and then find some lunch.

I got out of the pool and went in to change to go for lunch. I was about to walk out of my room and I felt a presence. I looked to the left and next to the bed in my little night stand there the cat was hiding. She had been in there for some time, as Made closed the door and I was kicking it poolside. The kitty watched me open the door and ran out and I locked the door behind us.

I rented the motor bike and Ken and I were off. He took me to this little juice spot on the side of the road next to a tattoo shop. The lady made fresh pressed juices. We were there sampling everything while she made Ken’s. I ended up buying 2 500L bottles. Ken bought 1 liter. I got an anti- inflammatory and digestive juice, clearing the pathways.

When we were all settled up with this lovely lady, I followed Ken to this bar called Black Cat Mini Mart. Apparently when it is open you walk through the refrigerator door into the bar. It was closed so I wasn’t able to actually check it out but it was a cool concept.

Ken decided we could go to the Nomad Cafe, which was literally right behind us. He was a member so we were able to eat there. It was really cool. It was open and spacious, they have private rooms you can rent out. Every seat had outlets for digital nomads to work. We sat outside in a little sofa space. Very cozy.

I loved it, Ken said that normally the place is packed and you can’t find a seat; but thanks to the corona the place was practically empty. Just a handful of digital nomads working on start ups or working with clients and then there was us… It was a hidden paradise for expats.

I met a guy from I think Bosnia, his name is Zlatan. We were exchanging numbers and I went to put it into my phone but my phone wasn’t working. I couldn’t figure out why but then they were telling me my Sim card probably finished. That put me in a pickle, I had to go to the ATM to get some money and I put my card on lock; I couldn’t take any money out yet because I didn’t have internet access. Gratefully I Ken was with me, he let me borrow 50k and I was able to get my phone in order. We then found an atm and it didn’t work. I decided I will just try again later.

It was so hot out with the sun beaming down so when we got back we jumped in the pool and cooled off. Clouds started rolling in but they never actually covered us, but we ended up getting sun showers. It was awesome, I let the pool and showers cool me off while still sitting in the sun.

When I went back to my room to change I saw the little kitty laying on my bench outside my room, so cute. Just lounging, relaxing like I have been. So I joined for a while.

The sun had gone down Ken and I started drinking by the pool again as it was still hot but night time. We drank what we had and Ken decided he needed a few more. Ken and I went out to the store to grab some munchies and he got some Smirnoff and I had my wine still.

The trip to the store was quite interesting indeed. The people that were out grocery shopping, everyone’s different languages. It was so entertaining. I had fun in there. We made it back and continued munching and drinking. Ken was in the pool and bats were flying all around and dipping into the water for a drink. Ken was in the pool freaking out, it was hilarious and they were so cool to watch their flight patterns.

He got out of the water and we hung out again on his porch and listened to music from around the world. Ken asked me where I wanted to go in the world; I chose a place and he had music from mostly any country on his playlist. It was so fun. We literally went to every continent. By the time I was finished with my beverages and he his, it was midnight. Way passed my bedtime. So away I went Ken was sad because he was not tired but I woke up hella early so I was sleepy.

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Bali Day 24

Today is the day to catch up on my blogs. When I take a trillion pictures it takes awhile to go through them and add all the media to the blog. As you can tell I have been trying to be as thorough as I can with my daily activities. And there are some days I do nothing and have zero pictures.

This morning I woke up and was sleepy. I got out of bed and read my horoscopes for the day. I meditated for 10 mins to set the tone for the day. Then I did some planks and jumped in the pool to wake up so more. I watched one of the 3 cats play with a bug in the garden.

I made myself some eggs and toast; and for the record I only made 3 eggs and made a sandwich. It was so delicious but then I had to clean up immediately otherwise all the little baby ants would invade my space. Not cool. They are everywhere. When I made watermelon juice, I cleaned everything, or so I thought. I came back to wash my glass and there were ants everywhere…I would’ve taken a picture but I was pre-occupied freaking out!

I pulled out the little table from my room and placed it in front of the bench outside; So I could still enjoy the outdoors, aka pool and sun. I literally kept going back and forth with my laptop and pool all day. It was nice, until it started raining.

By the time evening came around I decided to go for a walk to see if anyone was open for food, I walked down the street, not too far away and found a little joint that only did take away. I ordered chicken satay and friend noodles with cap chay and took it home.

Sunset

I sat outside, because I didn’t want any ants following me into my room. I was going to go out but decided I was tired and stayed in. I went in the room, laid down and watched Ozark’s. Went to bed after 2 episodes.

This is where I stay…

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Bali Day 18

Today we move from Saba to Sanur; closer to things like grocery stores and food. This new place has a pool and 3 bedrooms. We don’t need 3 bedrooms but the price was good so we took it.

https://www.airbnb.com.sg/rooms/37839560?source_impression_id=p3_1585790139_CDBO3qJvQrmAspyf

We rolled in and got our scooters delivered. We took them out and found some food at the Glass House, delicious.

When we got back I went to get a mani/pedi, a facial, and a hair mask. All for less then $20, so grateful. It was a few hours and I was relaxed, I saw Aric walking by and I was like, what are you doing here. He went out for a walk and he was heading back to the pad so I gave him a ride.

Kicked it by the pool and relaxed for the rest of the evening.

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Bali Day 13

Today I was leaving the bamboo villas. I was happy to do so, yet sad to leave my new friends. A bittersweet event. I was excited to go to a comfortable hotel where I can sit and relax comfortably, go to the bathroom with no one around (hahaha) and sprawl out. I was headed back to Ubud. I booked it the night before and was hesitant on the area, but I wanted to be comfortable with Silent Day.

“Silent Day, known as Nyepi, is a Balinese “Day of Silence” that is commemorated every Isakawarsa according to the Balinese calendar. It is a Hindu celebration mainly celebrated in Bali, Indonesia. Nyepi, a public holiday in Indonesia, is a day of silence, fasting and meditation for the Balinese.” ~Wikipedia

They turn off the internet throughout the country, no one is allowed to leave their homes and no cooking, no lights. Its actually quite fascinating. Hotels and resorts are able to keep their electricity and people are allowed to use the pool and we also have AC. No tv and no internet. Which was fine by me.

I pack up my belongings and get ready to leave. Arik had reserved a spot somewhere that I cannot remember and he booked it for 5 days. He was supposed to stay at the villas for several days but we both agreed on comfortability. So he was leaving as well. We hiked back up to the main road and both got gojeks. His arrived first and off he went. I waited till I got up there to order mine.

When I looked at the price it said 104k. So I ordered. The day before it was 115k. I would have called Rai but just to transfer locations it made sense to just get a gojek. So I ordered. The person who accepted, texted me and asked to make the price go higher. I told him 115k, in which he replied 200k. My first thought was no, but then I said whatever just get out of here. So I agreed. I then realized he was not moving so I cancelled and rebooked. This time I got this nice old man who just came to pick me up and we were off. He didn’t speak much English and I haven’t learned much Balinese so we just drove, I did ask him if it was ok to sit in front seat; he obliged. I just like to see everything and take it all in.

The drive was beautiful, every road looks like we are on back roads. Then we come to major intersections and everyone is just everywhere and trying to go somewhere. They are pros, that is why I am a passenger at this time and I will leave it at that.

We made it to Ubud and I was starving. We pulled up to the hotel on this tiny road and I think I ended up giving him117k, I was going to give him 150k but I couldn’t find it in my wallet and 117 is a great number.

I was welcomed with a fresh lemonade and a lime. Checking in was a breeze. I remembered that they had a restaurant and was so happy to eat something after I dropped everything off. Sylvia walked to my room and I marveled in the space. So open and fresh, spacious and quiet. The bathroom is bigger than Madonna’s first apt in NYC. A/C a big bed I had a kitchen and the pool right outside my door. I even have a little couch with a soft cushion to sit on. I love it.

I threw everything in the room and went to check out the food. I order spring rolls and a salad as it just turned noon. They were both fabulous, I read on the reviews to try the pineapple pancake. So maybe I will do that. I met a lady who was checking out but having a bite before she left. Nice lady, she enjoyed her stay and was heading to a friends house; they were going to go swimming with the dolphins.

I go back to my room and change right into my bathing suit and join these 2 ladies in the pool. The ladies are from London. They came here on holiday and heading back to London on the 26th. One works for emergency child services and the other is an artist, much like me. We create.

I went back to my room and requested refunds for my flights from Air Asia and my also my Cambodian Visa. That took some time and realized, everything is going to be closed for the next 2 days, I’d better get to the grocery store. The hotel offers a free ride into town but you need to find your way back. So I asked for a ride and we only went as far as the main road. I said no the grocery store, he said this is as far as he can go. I said ok and got off and began to walk. Basically going to the grocery store that was down the street from the Gio Vanda House, where I stayed last time I was here. From where I was, that was far. Google maps said a 30 minute walk, but I beg to differ only because it was hot and there were hills.

I finally made it there and wow the streets were quiet, compared to the last time I was here. I thought to myself now I could ride a motorbike, way less people. I walk in to the store and it was busy. I went in for bug spray, fruit, and noodles. I ended up also getting bread, a pastry, honey and ginger. I paid just under 8 bux for everything and I got quite a bit. It filled up my backpack. You can’t walk out of a US grocery store without paying 7 bux just for honey, ok maybe honey and a 1/3 watermelon.

I begin my trek back, I decided instead of getting a ride I would walk all the way back and see everything. As I made my way I thought, why not some wine. So I stopped and bought a bottle of Bali made rose. I got off the main road and this is the road that seemed challenging. I walked about 7 mins or so and came across fruit stand. I stopped and realized I wanted dragon fruit. So I bought 3 and somehow fit it into my bag. Off I went again. I found my road and marched my happy ass back to the hotel.

I was so hot from the walk. I made sure to go before the sun would go down so that I can walk safely back. I had given my laundry to the ladies so all I had were my workout leggings that were black and thick. I got back and changed back into my bathing suit and right back in the water.

The pool was actually quite cold but it was so hot out that it was refreshing and you were fine after being in it for a few minutes. The pool at the bamboo villas was like taking a bath. It was so hot. The only reason you get in is so that when you get out you are nice and cool.

I worked myself up such an appetite that I went back to the restaurant to have dinner. I know you are probably thinking, you just went to the grocery store. But here’s the thing, I didn’t want to use the kitchen to cook anything at night. 1 reason is the bugs; 2 well I was looking for anything to wash the dishes with and there was nothing; 3 there could potentially be an ant situation which is not cool. So I went and had dinner and ordered the chicken satay and the spring rolls again. Yummm.

I had jumped back in the pool and started questioning everything. With everything going on, it’s been a battle of mind and heart. So, I wrote a facebook post…not really for everyone else but for me. I needed to write it out. I also realized it was a new moon so I sat and wrote out things that I am manifesting into my life. And I sat with it for some time.

After my brain being fried over what I feel in my soul and what society is telling me to do I was tired. I had a glass of wine and went to bed.

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Bali Day 12

I was feeling so much better. I didn’t have as many cramps but I was bloated. I took some Acidil and left it alone. I was still kinda nervous about leaving. I ate some toast and avocado and more fruit.

I hung out mostly in the pool and in the common area. It was around 1pm when I started to get real hungry and again I wasn’t ready to leave yet so I tried to order off of gojek food, basically like uber eats. I was able to order food from the first night I was here, Nonii’s. I was happy about that. I may have waited up to an hour or so which I was fine because it didn’t require me to leave.

As it arrives I get so excited and open it up straight away. Delicious chicken satay and a salad. I don’t know why but I feel like the salads here are so much better then the US. I rarely eat salads in the US but on occasion I will. I found myself eating more salads here for sure. Maybe it has to do with the temperature and no pesticides.

As I enjoy my delicious meal, a new face pops in. His name is Arik and he is from Hawaii. He is also on his first big solo trip, so we immediately hit it off. We made plans for dinner and went our separate ways. I continued with the pool and the common area all day.

7pm came around we decided to walk to a café that Phillip had told us about. It was quite the walk but it’s so much better to walk with someone at night. Up until this point the only place I’ve walked around at night was in Ubud, at the Gio Vanda house. I felt comfortable walking around by myself there. Not so much anywhere else I’ve landed thus far, at night. I did go to Kuta for dinner but I had a gojek drop me off where I was meeting my friend. Then we walked together back to the main road.

The café we were going to closed about 10 mins prior so we kept walking. The street was so dark, thanks mom…for my flashlight (that thing has come in handy everywhere I’ve stayed so far. I am really appreciative for it). We were able to see the dogs lying on the street so we could avoid them just in case. Then we had to walk through a dirt road so we were able to see all the puddles. We finally make it back to the main street and find an Italian restaurant that was open. It was the first spot. We decided to do it. We sat down outside and relaxed.

My stomach had been doing great all day, I was stoked. I ordered a salad because it sounded so good again, after all it had been so hot all day it seemed so refreshing especially paired with watermelon juice. He ordered a pasta dish that he said was really good.

This was taken on our way back from dinner. Neverland, club that was closed due to covid-19. So many awesome graffiti artists around Bali. This just happened to be all in the same place.

We got up to leave and not even a minute after we began our walk back it started pouring. Not really sure how far away we were but we passed the grocery store that I had gone to the other day. Crossing the streets were challenging on the main roads. It was like frogger trying to cross, but we made it unscathed. By the time we got back everything I was wearing was soaked. We stayed up for about 30 mins and went our separate ways once again; and to bed I went.