You know how you see some postcards and wish you were a part of it? That was what Bali was all about. Only that, we never had time to fit in ourselves in all the post-cards. Good, if you ask me. Who doesn’t like an excuse to re-visit a lovely place again?
When we were scouting around for some good places that my in-laws would enjoy as a couple and relive their younger days, we thought of Bintan and Bali in Indonesia, Malacca and Kotakinabalu in Malaysia, Nuwara Eliya in Sri Lanka or Krabi in Thailand. After a lot of discussion and looking at what would have everything – architecture and temples for the in-laws, water for the mum-in-law, foodie quotient for the pop-in-law and a good pool for K and I, we chose Bali. Ofcourse, it helped that we have always wanted to go there and click those postcards ourselves.
We booked a hotel + flight thingy online. It was my first experience flying on Qatar Airways and I loved it. The hostess offered us chocolates and warm towels! Go ahead and judge me but I have always wanted to go on a plane because every movie seemed to show air hostesses handing out chocolates. But after all these air travels, I hadn’t ever come across an airline that gave chocolates to its passengers. Ofcourse I travel in economy class but hey, who doesn’t need chocolates?
Anyways, I pretended to be good and took just 2 toffees on my way to Bali. But on our return, I couldn’t hold onto the act and grabbed a handful. Yeah, I am the one you would look at and feel gah. And I will do it again next time.
Alright, coming back to the point. So we flew to the Depansar airport. We had booked a 2 bedroom private pool villa at Widyas villas in the cozy interiors of Seminyak. Nothing grand, nothing too city-like. Just that it was located in the lap of the rice terraces in Bali, amidst the countryside.
While K and I slept blissfully, my mum-in-law came running upstairs in the morning squealing in delight that the view is beautiful and we must be up and about clicking photos. It is hard to get out of your bed especially when it is something like this.
We weren’t at a great vantage point for clicking good snaps but as soon as I stepped out I was met with pleasantly warm and yet cool green air. I love green when I am out and green was what it all was. Imagine being in the lap of greenery, amidst the native people who go on about their business as usual, never forgetting to wish you a good morning, always asking if you have eaten and your agenda for the day.
We had a chef who cooked whatever we felt like eating right in front of us as we sat and talked incessantly about India, Singapore, weather, local customs, our trips and so on. It is an amazing feeling to see what goes into your food even when you are eating out. I had few options but he was kind enough to make a lot of modifications and make them taste good!
After a hearty breakfast, we all got into the pool and you know what happened next. K was lifting his mum and me up and splashing us into the water while we held onto dear life. The pop-in-law showed off the swimming lessons he learnt in primary school while we made fun of how his strokes are. I can’t swim but hey! my strokes are super cute. So I can make fun alright! 😛 This was a great bonding moment, one which we will carry with us for a long time.
Before leaving for Bali, I had spoken to Mr. Ketut of Bali Sunrise tours who had guided one of our family friends on their Bali trip. He was very willing to take us around and as promised, he was there at the villa right on time after lunch.
The ideal thing to do would to rent bicycles or bikes and explore Bali. We had elders with us and hence opted for a personal guide and car. You can always do the biking/cycling if you are feeling adventurous. K and I plan to.
I wouldn’t be lying if I said that Bali is full of temples. Every nook and cranny has a small praying place with offerings. People are very pious and you can often see them in their traditional attire, Payas Madya. The colour of the outfit depends on the ceremony. We noticed and were told that temple visits usually require white attires while cremation ceremonies are in black. Weddings and other ceremonies are the most colourful because people dress in different hues and it is a wonderful sight to watch a procession. We were lucky to catch glimpses of them.
The streets are pretty with local handicrafts on display. Everything is so colourful in Bali!
On our way we passed through a small artists’ street that had several little shops with paintings on sale. The little details on the paintings was something to watch for – right from the brand of the vehicle to the print on the bikini to the details on the crown of Lord Ganesh to the life and vocation of people in Bali, everything was amazingly portrayed.
We were on our way to Tanah Lot, the temple amidst the sea. After a 2 hour journey, we finally reached there only to be speechless again.