Hi, baberoos! OMG! So I was going to write about this beautiful new flowery dress I bought way back in January, and shot then, too, but seeing as I'm in Paradise I thought I might as well write about my experience in Bali so far
Let me start with my favourite topic ...
Style - Now, the first thing I would like to mention seeing as I am a Style Coach and this topic is dear to my heart, is that one thing I always tell myself on every trip I go is that I will not lose touch with my stylish self. Of course you should adapt to the country that you're visiting and respect its beliefs and rules, such as I will make a head scarf look damn chic when I go to Morocco. By the way, I already have half my Morocco outfits planned out for October! But back to Bali! Keeping local culture in mind, I will still be stylish and wear what makes me feel fantastic in my own skin. Personally, I ain’t about that flip flop and ripped jean shorts life with butt cheeks hanging. And I ain't about birkenstocks with fairy like dresses and a yoga headband. If that’s you, cool. You do you. Me? I dress the fuck up every day, do my very minimal makeup and put on my nicely selected outfit even if it is sweltering hot. I just can not be a chill-beachy-yoga wear-whatever person. That just ain't me. I feel much better when I’m dolled up, and I feel like myself. And to me what I choose to wear in this hot weather IS relaxed and chill. There's a lot of hipster type/surfer type tourists here with leathery tanned skin that some might envy, man-buns or unruly hair and they all look like Jesus. They have their style, and I have mine. Together we cohabit peacefully on this amazing island :)
The People - So far, my absolutely most favourite thing about Bali are the ever so kind, go-out-of-their-way, very welcoming and very friendly Balinese people! People here are big believers in Karma and so I feel very safe, but then again from all the beautiful countries I’ve visited, safety has never been my concern, I tend to take the “keep your bags close to you” comments on travelling sites such as Tripadvisor, with a grain of salt. Let’s just say that I tend to believe that everyone has good intentions and wants the best for you, that’s how I like to live my life. I also laugh when I see comments about hotels such as "The water pressure was very low so I give it a 2 star because of that" type of comments, and truly wonder if people are really bothered by such minuscule things when in beautiful places.
Food - Ok, I lied when I said Balinese people are my favourite, food is! Or maybe it's a tie between the two! Vegans, vegetarians, healthatarians, tasteatarians, whatever, rejoice! I have traveled to many places in this world, and Bali is by far the most vegan friendly place I have ever been to. The food here is fucking-phe-nomenal! If you're a plant based eater, Bali is your place! It is un-befucking-leavable! Like, mouthwatering! I honestly can not say enough good things about it! Even a little no name restaurant (if I can even call it a restaurant) will have something gluten free or dairy free or whatever free – but never taste free! I can not vouch for the meat/fish plates but I am certain they are also fantastic! And everything I have had so far is very instagrammable! Duh! That's important in the business I'm in! There are so many, SO MANY options and beautiful café/co working spaces and restaurants, that it can be overwhelming. We have already found our favourites with great food, great wifi (this is very important if you’re working from Bali) and an Instagram worthy appeal for you to take all the photos you’d like to. However, I am not going to share those, yet, because god knows we have only been here for about two weeks and I keep on saying “No, this one is my favourite place” every time we visit a new restaurant or café. LOL! Once I have it figured out, I’ll give my two cents on my fave spots!
Beaches – I must say, I have yet to go to a beautiful beach, I am grateful to be in beautiful and lush tropical paradise (and trust me when I say I do not miss Vancouver one tiny bit, the sun is doing me so good) but the beaches in Bali are quite dirty and not your crystal clear-blue water type. So to overcome that, we plan to live in some of the islands that will give us that, such as Nusa Penida/Lembongan/Gili Islands etc.. On these islands, the water is supposed to be beautiful and the beaches overall much cleaner than what we have here in Bali. One thing that I LOOOOVE, though, the water of the Indian ocean is oh so warm! Ahhhh, so darn nice to go in the water and not freeze!
Sunsets - Are absolutely phenomenal here. So many beautiful restaurants for you to sit an enjoy the sunset. I love sitting and enjoying the sunset with a Bintang (beer) in hand. YES! I drink beer! That surprises so many people (I also know how to drive. Thought I’d mention it as that also surprises many people). I can only enjoy beer in hot weather, which makes sense why I don’t drink it in Canada. Never hot enough for me! So in a nutshell our life here so far has been café hopping, working, building our businesses, sunbathing, drinking coconut water, drinking bintang and eating all the delicious food and fruits. I have 0 things to complain about. But even if I did, I usually find the silver lining.
Ok, my loves! That's it for now! I have so much more to explore here. I have traveled to countries across the globe for only a weekend and have felt that is enough time there, but with Bali, I have been here about two weeks and I don't feel like I've seen or experienced even 1/4th of it. In my opinion, it is certainly the type of place you'll want to spend a minimum of three weeks the least. So many amazing islands and beautiful places to see.
Until next time, beauties!