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.
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.
Today I woke up at 630am which was exciting that I got to sleep in, granted I went to bed at 1230am. Nonetheless, I was stoked. I was relaxing by the pool when my friend Phillip came rolling out and said that he and Michael were going to La Brisa, which is a beach club in town, around 1ish. He then invited me along for the ride, in which I said absolutely.
I had plenty of time dilly dally and realized I needed to shower and eat before we left. So I showered and went to the corner and ordered take away from this little waurung that was suggested by Phillip. The ladies were quite busy as they had several take away orders and plenty of taken seats. I sat there watching them after I ordered mine and patiently waited. It was fascinating watching these two ladies work. Everything they needed was right in front of them. They didn’t have all the fancy kitchen stuff that we have in the US and it works, efficiently for them. I loved it. They make one thing over and over until it runs out and it becomes something else. Today it was steamed rice and chicken, yumm. I paid 12k which is like, I don’t even think it’s a US dollar, and I was on my way.
I got back to the bamboo villas and opened it up, I was hungry and didn’t really feel like paying beach prices for my food. It’s all wrapped in paper and stapled closed at the top. I open it up and I see the chicken and not the rice. I got a plate and noticed the chicken was scooped up on a leaf and under the leaf was the rice. I was so excited. I didn’t mix it together yet and took a huge bite of the shredded chicken and vegetables. WHOA…that shit was hot! I am unclear as to why I did not spit it out, knowing how my body reacts to spicy foods. I took one more small bite on the other side hoping it wasn’t spicy and it was. So bummed and nervous now (lol), I gave the chicken to Phillip who was on his laptop next to me. I finished the rice and had some fruit and went straight to the bathroom. Popped some immodium and packed my bag for La Brisa.
We left around 1pm and apparently told Michael we would be there way sooner than we were. When we pulled up security had me get off the motor bike so he could check in the seat and then told us to go park. When we got to the front gate to go in, they checked our bags and asked if we had reservations. We told them we were meeting some people and went on our way. Impressive place.
We found Michael on the beach with bean bags and little tables. The place was like nothing I had ever seen or been to before. It was incredible, probably much like spring break places. Michael immediately said something about timing. Phillip laughed and said, I’m like a girl relax, what else are you gonna do here. I laughed and Michael was smiling. Michael is from Poland, he says to me it’s a sign of disrespect if you are late in my country.
We all kick back and relax, drinking coconuts and Phillip a beer. The sand was so dark, it was black but in the sun it was like black glitter. It was beautiful. Natures glitter as someone once said…I loved that so much because after seeing this…I can absolutely agree. I kept digging my feet in and pulling them out covered in natures glitter and it was pretty. My pictures don’t do it justice but in person, so pretty.
Michael ends up leaving and Phillip is waiting for his lady friend to meet us there. I decide to go into the water, after all it was hot and so was the sand. I walked down to the water, it was so beautiful, the water, the sand, everything. I saw a bunch of seaglass I wanted to pick it up and give it to my sister but not trying to pack in a bunch of stuff, especially not knowing anything at this time. I found a piece of coral which I did pick up and that was it. I meandered out onto the sandbar and played in the waves while standing. I felt the current was really strong, so I didn’t want to actually swim. But the water was so nice. I went back up and sat down on my beanbag and Phillip went to go meet his lady friend down the beach and walk back here. I ordered another coconut and started marco polo’ing everyone.
Phillip and friend came back and they were going to check out another view for a bit. I stayed on the beach till the rain clouds rolled in. Packed up my stuff and went upstairs to the rest of the club and found them. We all found a nice little spot and claimed it. As I sat there looking around I couldn’t help but admire everyone’s beauty. Everyone here was beautiful. From babies to grandparents, beauty.
I jumped in the pool nearest me and scoped the scene. Just taking it all in. The water in the pool was actually chilly, but totally refreshing. I got out dried off and decided to leave these two little love birds and go something to eat before I got hangry.
I walked out and down the road aways and found a corner spot, I forgot the name but I think it was called Canggu Garden. It just started to rain and there was a bench like seat that looked really comfy and sat there. I ordered immediately the avocado toast, so good; and a fresh juice. It started down pouring now and the owner kept asking if I was getting wet because of the roof. I said nope it’s perfect. I finished my meal and was still quite hungry. I even waited 10 minutes, for the rain to stop. The owner said it’ll stop in an hour. So I decided to order another meal. Something about chicken. It came out and it was a sandwich, I had no idea, with French fries. I did not eat the ff but the sandwich was really good. I ate everything. And when I was done, the rain stopped.
I packed up my belongings and went on my way. I was going to walk to the grocery store and then hitch a ride home but I saw this cute guy on his bike and he offered me a ride for what sounded like 15k. So I said sure. As we rode to the store he asked me how old I was, I signed to him 4 0. He freaked out, turned around and was like what??? I started laughing so I asked him how old he was and his reply, I thought you were 23, I am 20. As we both were laughing we made it to the store. It was quite busy in there so it took me about 10 mins to get in and out. I bought some avocados and fruit. When I came out we looked at each other and laughed again. We made it back to my place and I went to give him 15k and he said no 50k. Big difference to misunderstand. I’m glad I had it on me. So I handed it over and said thank you, with a big smile and he took off.
When I got inside, the couple from Czech Republic were still up and having dinner. About 15 mins later Phillip and his lady friend came rolling in. Straight to the room they went. It had been quite the long day so I turned in as well.
Today I woke up and I was tired. I got out of bed at 530am. I was awake at 445 but I was tired. I think subconsciously my energy was sad that we were leaving the most beautiful place I have ever been too. My emotions were heavy hearted.
I got up and finished packing and the girls made me a delicious breakfast as usual. I showered and laid down in bed until about 915 because my driver, Rai was to come and pick me up at 930. I just laid there resting my eyes and couldn’t sleep, so I got up at 915 and to my demise my driver was sitting downstairs hanging out on his phone. Gratefully he hadn’t been waiting long at all.
I gave him a tour of the treehouse, said my see you laters to the girls and we went on our way. We made a few pitstops on the way to Kuta. The first being immigration office, as the world is shutting down I need to know what I can do to stay. I went to the one in the north, I knew that one would not be busy at all. The one in Kuta, that would be crazy busy. Rai took me and helped me figure out how to get seen. I waited patiently as I only had 3 people in front of me. Whe I finally got up there they told me there was a restriction till March 30th. So I plan on making my plans and then calling back on the 31st. And see if they have lifted the restrictions. Otherwise they say I need to leave by April 9th. That is not going to happen. I am supposed to be here and I’m just gonna go with the flow. Everything always works out…
After we left there we went to Gigit Waterfalls. It was very beautiful but nothing compared to the Blue Lagoon and the waterfalls there after. Rai didn’t come on the tour with me, which I was bummed by because he’s cool and extremely helpful. I had another guide who was cool, Ketut.
As I have been here for a week, I have learned that Ketut means that the person named Ketut was the fourth born. The first is Gday (Gede), second is Kadek, third born is Komong and the fourth is Ketut.
Our walk to the waterfall was short and sweet, however it is well over commercialized and what I mean is that there are so many little shops on the way down and back up and they will not stop harassing you. I say that because we walked by so many women and children trying to sell me stuff (as I was basically the only one there, due to corona virus). After we walked by so many apparently we came up on his own family’s shop and said to me, if you decide to buy something then we would appreciate your business. I told him I didn’t need anything but I would love to help out, as everyone is hurting for business.
When we get to the waterfall, breathtaking. So beautiful, it was too chilly and about to rain to actually get in the water. I just wanted to take some pictures and sit back and enjoy it. He asked to take pictures of me, which was something I do’t hear like ever and was hesitant by his words. But I gave in and was totally stoked to have someone take a picture of me. My last guide did too and I was glad for that. However I am not an instagram photogenic person. I’m so used to being behind the camera, so when the time came for pics I stood there awkwardly. lol. It’s fine…something I am going to work on…
As we made our trek back he reminded me that his family’s shop was right here so I decided to look around anyways. Knowing I need nothing, a woman can always find something. And I did. I found a beautiful batik sarong purple and gold…I saw it and said I LOVE that. she tried selling me pants and a tank top which I knew I did not need. I kept looking and saw bags. I actually did need a bag so I didn’t have to continue to take my backpack everywhere. I began to make a pile. Which included the honesty fruit tea, mangosteen and tumeric. I wanted to make the same drink the girls were making me at the treehouse (I call them girls because they are young and this was there first job). I finish my pile and I ask how much, she tells me 900k rps. Which I’ve been here for a week and know that is way too much. I tell her I only have a certain amount. she kept on, I said no thank you and tried to walk out. Apparently everyone but me knows not to buy anything when going to places like that. I really thought I was helping his family, but then she got aggressive. I said 200k and that is that. She gave it to me because I was probably going to be the only tourist feeding into her. Meaning, that would be the only money she makes that day and with everything going on, probably the only money she will make for a while. I wasn’t trying to be rude but 900k is criminal.
We finally got back to the car and I was so happy to see Rai! We left the mountain in a heavy down pour. Still saw monkeys and dogs all over the road. Our next stop was supposed to be the rice terraces but it was raining buckets and there was no way we were getting out to walk around. So he took me to this restaurant that over looked rice terraces. Wow…and we got to stay dry. For me, that was priceless. Sure it would’ve been amazing to go see but It was cold rain. We had a buffet and I had a glass of wine. They say that when you have a driver that takes you distance like that, it’s customary to buy them lunch. I definitely have no problem doing that. He’s been super amazing. He took me to all these amazing places and didn’t add the detours to the bill.
Again, pouring buckets we pull up to the famous candi bentar, in front of the golf course. He was telling me that normally there is a line about an hour long just to take a picture. We pulled up and I shot a picture from the car. Not the same but for me it’s all about my eyes seeing beauty, not necessarily the camera. It was beautiful, but they are literally everywhere in Bali. So I didn’t feel guilty for not getting out and taking an instagram pic.
We then went to this beautiful temple on the water, Ulun Danu Beratan Temple. Wow, incredible. Again I was told that there is usually no parking and the wait is more than an hour, normally. Today, it was empty according to Rai. We walked around and took some pictures and then it started down pouring. Everyone ran for cover. I had my nice camera out so Rai and both ran too. We all huddled under the canopy where they prepare their offerings. I sat there looking at all the offerings, ducks, chickens, and others. I asked how they do it and during the ceremony they slit their throats.
It slowly stopped down pouring but was still raining. Rai and I both agreed that we were not going to melt in the rain so we walked out and took some more pictures. On our way out I wanted a picture between the candi bentar. My phone had died so Rai was pulling out his phone for me and while that was happening a group of women from Jakarta jumped in the center and started taking pictures. I was standing watching them and they looked at me and motioned me to come in the picture with them. I laughed and was so happy too. I got in the picture and we all went our separate ways. Rai told me that they were from Jakarta and they were going to go home and tell everyone how excited they were to take a picture with a foreigner. I had no idea… but I love it. He said because nobody is here, they haven’t seen many tourists.
We continued on our journey to Kuta. It was a beautiful drive, through the country side and through all the villages. We entered the city and I knew it. The energy, the air and so many people. I was taken back and I guess not ready to leave the mountains. I miss it a lot.
We made it to the hotel and Rai and I looked at each other and we were like, wow this place is fancy! Lol. We went our separate ways once again. I went to my room, 108=9. Loved it, except that the tv was on and it was crazy loud. I immediately turned it off, and laid down. I was so tired. I was to meet a fellow GLT’r for dinner somewhere in the evening. So I took a nap for 40 mins and got dressed and ready to go.
I downloaded the GoJek app and was on my way. GoJek is the Uber of Indonisia, only they have motor bikes and cars. I ordered a bike. My third ride of my journey. We met at a spot called Lia Cafe. Literally on the beach. It was awesome and she was cool. I loved meeting her from a facebook group! That was awesome. In order to get back to we had to walk down the street to the main road and only then can we order a gojek. I finally found my driver, or actually he found me.
Made it back to the hotel and sat by the pool for a bit longer and went to bed. I so appreciated the air conditioning and the clean bed I was about to dive into.
Waking at 4am this morning was not cool, but in lieu of everything going on in the world I decided to do some research. I found more places closing and decided that I am going to have to stay in Bali! oh darn…
I called home to see what my parents found out, as I delegated some tasks of research. We found the number to the embassy and my dad emailed them in regards to my situation. I shared with my parents my thoughts on everything and let it all go. After all, today is my last day and I want to enjoy every second I have left here.
I had an appointment at 8am for a reiki session from a dear friend Cathy Abeyta in California. I laid down on the napping bed and we facebook video chat. We went through all the chakras and found out some pretty amazing things. I released so much that was no longer needed. Quite honestly I’m not sure what was released and I don’t need to know. I felt so much lighter, like a feather taken by the wind. It was amazing. So blessed to have had such a shift while here in this magical place. We pulled cards, asking a question about my situation with the visa, Universe has plans for me and I need not worry. She validated everything I knew and was feeling.
Feeling blissful, I reach out to Vipin. We were going to go to the waterfalls for one last hoorah. Even the girls came with us, it was so fun. We trekked down a hidden trail and this time I wore my hiking shoes. Glad I did. Another day in paradise as we approached the waterfall. We were a group 5. We were the only ones there for a few minutes.
Tours started to come in and so did the couple that came to Wavi the day before, my neighbors. We all played in the water, skipped some rocks and watched people take all their instagram photos. Yuni built some of her rock formations and everyone was having a grand time. We were the last to leave this beautiful place and in perfect timing as it started to sprinkle. Which would eventually turn into a down pour.
When we got back Vipin was going to head out to another village to stay for a few nights. So we said our see you laters and went our separate ways.
I went and packed everything I could, I figure I will get up at 5 anyways, and pack the rest. I will be sad to leave here. I found out that everything in this little village is closing too. I will be picked up at 930am and head to Kuta. I was going to Kuta so I would be closer to the airport. But now I am not going to Cambodia so I get to actually start planning my trip; sort of. I have a list of places I was intending on going so when I get to Kuta I can take a look and map it out.
But first thing first, Thursday morning I will go to the immigration office and figure out what is going on; and take it from there. In the meantime, a fellow GLT’r (Girls Love Travel) is in Bali as well. We planned to meet for dinner tomorrow night somewhere. So I will contact her when I get down there and see what we can make happen.
I hope wherever you are in this World, I pray that you are safe and kind to others. Everyone has their own version of whats going on and their own feelings towards the events that are taking place.
Be loving and compassionate as you only have this very moment…
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.
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.