Friday, December 11, 2009

Amore No. 11 - Bali

i HEART Bali!!

I really do! Some people don't but i really, truly do! From Perth Bali is only a 3 and a half hour flight so it's completely affordable and convenient. Also with the Aussie dollar strong, once converted into rupiah it's ridiculous how affordable everything is however that's not why i love it. I love the people with all their rituals and constant smiles, the food (tho it's not always agreed with me), how luscious and green everything is, how the whole island accommodates for everyone... from the glitzy $1000 a night villas, to staying in $30 a night bungalows. Bali has everything =)

When the horrific Bali bombings happened in 2002 the tourist industry was at an all time low which was a complete meltdown to the Balinese, seeing that the island's main source of income is through tourism. Many foreigners were afraid to visit the beautiful island and the Balinese suffered (not to mentioned family and friends of the victims).

Hubby and I chose Bali as our honeymoon destination not really knowing what to expect. I did a lot of research and for our wedding we asked guests to contribute to our honeymoon rather than the usual registry. We were so pleasantly surprised and spent a wonderful 9 days there, completely relaxed and taken by the gorgeous people who were so friendly, even those who haggled us like crazy in the markets would always give us a warm smile after wards followed by 'enjoy the rest of the day' hehe

So when i found out that Hubby's company was sending all employees (plus partners) there as a Xmas pressie i was ecstatic! It was only for 4 days but it was enough to take in everything and revisit all our fave spots. I didn't however expect it to be as HOT & HUMID as it was and the fact that it was leavers in Australia so the streets were filled with teeny boppers who some how got permission from their parents to come to a foreign country with all their barely legal friends without adult supervision and even that couldn't dampen my mood.

I love Bali and i look forward to the day when i can take my children there and watch them run around on the beach with the local kids.
drinks at one of our fav chill out places - KUDETA
Awesome view - KUDETA
shopping at local markets (ignore creepy sweaty guy in background hehe)
loveprawn & calamari in turmeric sauce... yummmm!
on kuta beach

Bali sunset =)

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