In 2011…

8 02 2012

I know it’s late posting this but I guess it’s never too late for anything in life right?

So in 2011, I..

1) self drove across the vast Scottish highlands, the place I always wonder about after Braveheart
2) heard bagpipes being played live for the first time in my life; it was truly music to the ears
3) set foot in the place where Nessie was spotted
4) visited the castle that had the same name as me, well sort of.. Eilean Donan Castle
5) went to Taiwan for the first (and second time) and can’t get enough of it
6) went to Ho Chi Minh for the first time and had quite enough of it
7) had many of my good friends move away and prompted me to seriously think what’s next for me too
8) understood the true meaning of karma when my evil ex boss got what she finally deserved
9) dated European men- unique breed really
10) took up Spanish- my fourth language! Viva España!                                             11) drove an ATV for the first time and got hooked. Cars are so boring in comparison
12) read many books- but wish I could read a lot faster so I could cover more
13) bought too many bags
14) bought too many shoes
15) considered going vegan after reading Eating Animals but still lacked the determination to do so
16) asked myself for the 2485th time why I am still working for this organisation
17) finally watched Last Tango in Paris
18) laid ownership to four phones in total- 2 iPhones died on me, changed my 3rd iPhone to my current one
19) went upside down after finally conquering headstands at yoga
20) met Samantha Brown who has the best job in the world
21) fell in love with Gaudi, there was reason for all that hype
22) lost my dear grandmother. You are in a better place we all know.

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Bali Hai!

7 02 2012

It’s great to be two hours away from paradise! Bali is just one of the places that I never get sick of..just because it feels so much like home, yet so vastly different from Singapore. Some must-trys.

Eat

Bali is a place of great eats- cheap, tasty, no frills. That said, you can find great food at chi-chi places as well, you just need to know where to go.

Naughty Nuri’s

In a span of two trips, I have been here four times. Casual, unpretentious environment with great food. Patrons usually pop by, freshly sun-kissed in their board shorts and flip flops. Wash down their legendary juicy ribs and tuna steak (order rare) barbecued right in front of you with Bintang beer. No visit to Bali is complete without coming here.

Biku

Biku is a chance discovery on my way back from yoga and highly recommended by the folks at the yoga place. It’s a great place for brunch cos’ they are famous for their cakes, teas and coffee. But they have other great local delicacies such as beef rendang and nasi goreng. What really got me sold was the concept of the place- lounge, little wellness store (with chakras, aromatherapy), books, even tarot reading. Doesn’t hurt to have free wifi too.

Made’s Warung

Again, no visit is complete without savoring the famous nasi goreng here. The chilli here is to-die-for. Be wary of how much you add, cos it is fiery baby.

Also check out Hu’u Bar for excellent fusion food and La Luciola for by-the-beach Italian cuisine but a bit high on the $ side though great place for a date.

Pray

Bali is a great place for soul cleansing and getting in touch with nature and your inner self.

Jiwa Bikram Yoga

Jiwa was a spontaneous decision made after googling ‘yoga in seminyak’. I was initially hesitant on doing Bikram simply because it is hot enough out there! But boy was I wrong. A 1.5 hrs hot yoga session is no child’s play but you reap the rewards after that. I went back to the villa and slept like a baby. But what I truly love about yoga in Bali is that it is usually a one stop retreat. Jiwa sells affordable yoga wear- very pretty and comfy and stocks a juice bar where fresh coconut juice (full of electrolytes!) awaits you after that hard work.

If you are in Ubud, check out the famous Yoga Barn where you do your downward dog in the middle of rice fields. Hippie alert.

Love

Didn’t meet a hot brazilian like Julia Roberts in the movie but then there are many things and places to fall in love with!

Potato Head and Cocoon

One of the most famous beach clubs in Seminyak. Beach clubs like Potato Head house a restaurant, bar and an outdoor patio perfect for people watching. But so- so cocktails. Check out Cocoon along Legian 66 for the best drinks! The glory days of Legian are over for now but Cocoon is still a nice, quiet place for chilling. Lie on their huge day beds with a cocktail in hand while listening to the crashing of waves on the beachfront. Bliss.

Bali, I will be back!