From Bali To Beyond

arriving gili meno

To say I had a wonderful time in Bali would be a grave understatement. So much so, I haven’t been able to put down in words all the wonderful experiences I had with old friends and new ones, travelers and locals. I’m actually having a problem with words at the moment (yes, it’s true!), unable to find enough value in them to express the feeling of love, gratitude and connectedness I was blessed with during my time there. I met … Keep reading…

The Secrets and Lies of Ubud

metal offering

I’ve had a thing going with the girl around the corner. From the day she picked me up on her motorcycle the first day I arrived, we’ve been seeing each other on the sly. “Don’t tell the old lady,” she instructed (referring to the landlady of my home stay), as she wheeled out a shiny new mountain bike from a dusty corner of her compound. “Tell her you got this on Hanoman street, not from me, okay?” “O…kay,” I reluctantly agreed. It … Keep reading…

Life in Ubud

Roosters

I’ve been here three days, and like, I’m totally part of the furniture. Kidding. That’s just the thing, I’m not part of it at all. I’m an observer, an outsider, a tourist. I’m living in a Balinese family compound, alongside them, next to them even, but not with them. And I’m okay with it. A few hours ago, I brought my lap top to the communal, ‘once-was-a-restaurant’ area. It’s a high-roofed, open aired space, with a nice heavy-wooden tabel and chairs, and … Keep reading…

Being Looked After In Bali

homestay lady

I have a cold. Or a flu, I’m not sure what it is other than a snotty, yucky, my-head-is-going-to-explode thing. I mean, it’s not like I’m bed-ridden, or need to go to emergency, it’s just been with me for the last few days, and it’s really giving me the shits. It’s not right to be sick in paradise. There’s just something wrong with sniffling and coughing on the beach. Yesterday, I woke to swollen glands and a tight chest and thought … Keep reading…

First Glimpses of Bali

Ganung Agung

God I love this place. From the moment I caught a glimpse of these volcanic peaks spearing the cloud line, I was filled with the wonder that is Bali. It’s a land I have visited so many times, throughout so many stages of my life, and each time I am given a renewed perspective on it. After the most luxurious sleep last night(what else can you call sleeping for eleven hours in a four-poster bed?), I grabbed a bicycle from the … Keep reading…

Bye Bye Thailand, Hello..?

After the road trip, we had a few days back at The Smith Residence, Chiang Mai, which had served as a comfy home for the previous two months. TWO MONTHS?! Had it really been that long? It seemed at once both a grand stretch of time and a mere blink. I’d experienced so much, not epic adventures perhaps, but little ones, the type that only come with spending time. I’d meditated with a monk, rode a bicycle up a mountain, hung onto my seat on crazy … Keep reading…

Learning A New ‘Love Language’

The expiry of our Thai visas coincided with Tyrhone’s birthday on May 31st. Actually, it was his 31st on the 31st, so it was kind of special. Not that I needed a once in a life-time numeric eclipse to make a big deal of the day, I love birthdays. He, on the other hand, doesn’t see what the fuss is about. I read a book called ‘The 5 Love Languages‘ a couple of months ago, the premise of which being that we … Keep reading…

Cambodia: Land of Smiles

Village kids

After four months on the road, I wanted to make a little ‘film’ to commemorate the beautiful people and places we have experienced. But I got stuck on Cambodia. As the first destination on our Indefinite Travel Adventure, it will always remain a very special place to us. We had such a wonderful time there, the people are by far the most warm and friendly that I have ever experienced anywhere in the world. Cambodia is a very special place, … Keep reading…

Realising A Dream At The Elephant Nature Park

kiss

Do you remember before we left I wrote that I wanted to bathe an elephant? Well, after almost two and a half months in Thailand, I finally did it. To be honest, I had put off a visit to The Elephant Nature Park  because I was being frugal (a tight ass, if you will). A one day visit is 2,500 baht, or $80, which is a lot on our conservative budget. “A visit for two is worth two week’s rent!” I rationalized, trying … Keep reading…