Shopping in Seminyak Village

Shopping in Seminyak Village

Hi everybody, dear readers and loyal subbies,

For todays post a little shopping session in Seminyak Village. I had not yet visited the city center of Seminyak and thought that I could not miss out on this experience.

As I usually have the tendency to walk the opposite direction of where I should be heading,I opted for the free of charge shuttle bus the hotel provided to get to said village. Yeap I am one of those lost causes who does not have any sense of direction. Turns out that during one of my walking sessions I was quite near to the village. But that is another point of discussion.  

Due to a slow start of the day and not booking my spot on the shuttle I left the hotel at 4 pm and arrived in the village 4.10 pm.  I was greeted by a lot of shops and the mall to my right hand side. As I was curious about the mall I first headed that direction. 

I was not overly impressed by the mall so I started browsing the streets. Getting ocasionally asked to take bike lessons, to which my reply was a sturdy but friendly ‘no’. So yes if you are in Bali be preparred to be asked those questions often.

Venturing outside the mall, finally had the expected outcome and resulted in some purchases. Exhausted and extremely thirsty of my trip, I treated myself to a coke at a tiny bistro before heading back to the hotel.

As you might see in the pictures below, the Balinese people in Seminyak are ready for Christmas. The trees in the mall and in the village are lit up so beautifully. I could not resist putting in some pics of those.

Overall I can say I enjoyed my outing to Seminyak Village.  For cheaper shopping options the locals recommended to shop in Kuta. So guys if you are in the Kuta area, and interested in cheaper deals head over there. I don’t know if I would go there as I heard Kuta is very  crowded. Something I personally don’t like.

So finishing on some recommendations and preferences concludes this blogpost.Let me know if you would like to see a haul related to my shopping spree!

Until next post friends ūüėĀ!

XoXo

Kim

Lembongan Island Day Trip

Lembongan Island Day Trip

Hi everybody, dear readers and loyal subbies, 

A new day, a new adventure! Todays post is about my day trip to Lembongan Island.

The day started bright and early at 6.30 AM, and because of this it felt like a normal working day waking up that early. Once I survived the screeches of the alarm, I started to get ready for my day. Starting with a lovely refresshing shower and a hearty breakfast.

Our pickup was at 8 in the morning and we headed of to the harbour of Sanur. Arriving there we wrote our name on a check in list and waited about a 30 minutes until departure, in a make shift terminal with wooden benches. It really had its charm.

We had had the Fasboat to the island of Lembongan. And boy did this boat go quick!  You were really thrown back into your seat once they cast out the 6 engines.

A brief 30 minutes later, we arrived to the island. Where we were welcomed by clear white sands  and such clear and blue water.  You could see the bottom of the ocean and the sea crabs playing on the rocks. At that moment it reallt felt like you were on one of the islands of the gods and it was mind blowing. 

After departing the boat and landing thigh high in water we met up with our host on the island. This was the brother of the driver who brought us to the harbour of Sanur. To be honest everybody in Bali is a friend or family member. Something which is not very common in the Netherlands. 

We had an action filled drive to Mangrove Beach, where we booked our  snorkeling trip. We settled on a trip where we would visit one snorkel location with a lot of coral. In some ways I was not overly impressed with this coral. In Egypt I saw more stunning coral. However it might have been caused by the lighting. Plus I heared I missed out on one site which had very nice coral, because I was recovering on board. 

Eventhough we did not pay for this,  our skipper on board was so kind to show us another site where we saw  a lot of big and little fish. And yeeh I found Nemo!  And in the end more Nemo’s and Dorry’s. I really loved that!

Overall this boat trip did not disapoint. You get such a different feeling on Lembongan Island than the island of Bali. The sea is more blue, more sealife the beaches more white and clean. I would def recommend going to the islands than staying on the island of Bali.

A tip I would like to give you,  if you book  a trip not via your agency  is do your research before hand.   Such as how much certain activities, food and an extra nights stay would cost. So you will not be disapointed in the end by unexpected costs,  which might dampen your spirits on holiday. Also always try to bring extra cash with you in case of an emergency.

Curious about how I spent another day in Bali, click on the post ” An excursion day in Bali” in the Travel category. 
As always I hope you enjoyed this post and feel free to leave a comment.

Until next post friends!

XoXo

Kim

An excursion day in Bali

An excursion day in Bali

Hi everybody, dear readers and loyal subbies,

I have been in Bali for 5 days, and I must say I am taking things lovely and slow. Four out of five days have been spend mooching by the pool, reading, swimming and enjoying the rays of sunshine. 

Eventhough it is the rainy season I must say the majority of the days have been dry however very humid. But I cannot complain about this as it is currently very cold and snowy in the Netherlands.

Therefore you will be all very pleased that todays post is not to describe what I have not been doing, but what I did in Bali. 

I booked with another couple a private tour to visit some places in the North of Bali. And have listed them below for your reading entertainment. 

Jaliwatuh – When visiting Bali it is enivitable not to visit the rice fields. You are being surounded by the teraces and a lot of green. I saw the rice destinated for Bali and for Thailand use. It is very peaceful to walk around these fields and check out all the greenery surounding you.

Local Fruit Market – Seeing all the fruit and spices layed out, was like seeing a beautiful canvas. All those colors work so well together.

Pura Ulun Danu Bratan – Currently this is still my favorite temple in Bali. It is so beautiful and peaceful at this temple. The temple is surounded by a beautiful lake. If you are in Bali I would definitely recommend visiting this temple.

Coffee Farm – I must say this was the nicest coffee farm I have visited in Bali. And experienced my first tasting of the Luwak coffee. 

Monkey Forest– Unfortunately I am not sure where this forest was. All I know is that I did not enjoy this one as much as the Ubud one. I found this one very commercial as there were shops on the premises and the tour was very short. I must confess I did enjoy feeding the monkey. I always thought these monkies were quite hostile but the one I fed was very sweet. And that little hand of the monkey felt so soft.

Tanah Lot – This temple was one of my main reasons to return to Bali. I was really curious about the unique positioning of the temple, as the temple is build on a giant rock. Also you can experience a beautiful sunset if you are lucky. I must say it did not disapoint.

I hope you enjoyed reading this post and if you are curious about my other posts feel free to browse around.

Until next post friends!

XoXo

Kim

Flying back to Bali¬† (Guess who is going to be back in town)

Flying back to Bali¬† (Guess who is going to be back in town)

Hi everybody, dear readers and loyal subbies,

Yesterday on the 6th of December I started my 16.5 hrs journey back to the Island of the gods, a.k.a.Bali. Eventhough the conditions on Bali have been restless due to the volcanic activity,  I still wanted to bring you along on my journey. 

I personally did not want to play a tourist who is just a curiosity seaker when something would happen to the volcano.

However the local people in Bali,  are being hit very hard due to this volcanic activity. If this activity would continue it would look like 70% of the people working,  will lose their jobs due to this volcanic activity. So they  really need the money. And that being said was also a reason for me to go.

Also the Dutch government did not issue a warning not to go to Bali. They only cautioned not to go the direct area of the Volcano Agung. So that being said lets continue on with this post.

I had an evening flight which left at 20.55 from Amsterdam to Singapore. Ofcourse I was at the airport 4 hrs in advance. As courtesy of the parents ūüėČ.  God love them for bringing me to the airport, as I would say I was a bit nervous/ anxious to take this flight. After having a coffee I sad goodby to my parents and headed of to customs.

Customs went very smooth, even though I heard some swearing from the local officers because people did not remove their liquids.

After customs, I settled for some light retail therapy. And I would say the only part of my body that got excersise that day was my right arm swiping my card. Ofcourse I had to visit the MAC counter and caved into buying my favorite concealer, strobe cream and fixing spray. Neccesities in live right?

After the mandatory excersise, my stomach went on strike and demanded food. I felt considerate to said stomach and soothed my craving with  some Ramen. Which resulted in salt overload and humungous thirst. Very uncomfortable on a 16.5 hr flight. All though I must say KLM staff were making the effort on hydrating us frequently. Cuddos on them. However that meant I had to get way to familiar with one of my main phobias in live, TOILETS. Not just toilets, but airplane toilets. Getting to TMI here, I know lets continue.

 I arrived at gate just on time for boarding and was pleased that I did not have to the Home Alone airport run. Yeeh team me!  

Eventhoug all passengers were on board on time, the flight got delayed due to the avio bridge being broken, o well there are worse things.

Generaly the flight was ok there were some cases of  turbulence but survived by trying to fake my way through these incidents by sleeping and being master Shivu. The word inner peace came across a lot.

During the flight  I had  3 meals  which were all ( claimed) Vegan. And I must say compared to the other flight to Bali this was the better meal.

Dinner on 6 December was a Vegetarian falafel in a bell pepper sauce, some vedge and fruit. 

Breakfast was Something Provincial. You can see that this breakfast  totally grabbed me. Hooray for sarcasme. A bun, butter coconut yoghurt and fruit. Must say my pallette did agree with the coconut yoghurt. Never had that before

The last dinner on 7 December from Singapore  to Bali,  contained a Polenta meal. All though must say they served it with some dodgy pasta  and lettuce leaves. Desert containt out of some Tapioca pudding and red beans.

So the flight time from Amsterdam  to Singapore  was 12 hrs and 50 min and from Singapore  Bali it took 2 hrs and 30 mins or so.  However calculating the lay over time it was about 16.50 hrs.

So I don’t have any exciting photos from Amsterdam Schiphol Airport, however made some pics in  the plane, coming inbound and outbound from Singapore

I hope you are all excited for the coming posts from Bali and hope to see you back soon

Until next post friends,

XoXo

Kim

Bye Bye Bali Day 12, 13 and 14

Bye Bye Bali Day 12, 13 and 14

Hi everybody, dear readers and loyal subbies,

Be prepared for a longer post than usual, but hopefully worth it!  Hopefully you will  all enjoy some of the photography shown in this post. So lets go through the last day from my holidays.

Day 12

Another lazy bum day. I know, I know should be active but letting the good times role and enjoying the weather the food and the overall relaxing.

Day 13 North Bali 

This was the longest yet one of the most beautiful trips I made. We got picked up from our hotel at 8.00 hrs and we returned to our hotel at 19.00  We visited so many things! Such as a local food market, another coffee farm, the twin lakes , more monkeys and the most serene place I ever visited the Pura Ulun Danu Bratan Temple.  The temple was in the water and the flowers, the lake and overall nature was beautiful.

I  highly, highly recommend doing a North Bali Trip if you are in Bali. Either doing it by yourself or booking via an agency.

DAY 14

The last day of my stay in Bali. I extended the stay at the hotel so I could still have a shower at 16.00 hrs as my pick up was at 17.25 hrs.

I really tried to make the best day possible out of my last day. This meant I Woke up early and had my breakfast early. Afterwards I headed to the swimming pool where I remained the most of the day.  I really loved the relaxing at the swimming pool and having a great view  over Sanur from the Infinity pool. You could really see the kites that were being flown from the beach.

I had lunch at approx one and enjoyed my last batch of tasty food. Soon I would be doomed by the horror that is/ was airplane food. And trust me the food on the plane going back was not that good. The I was so very sad to leave the hotel and the beautiful island that is Bali. During my (minmal travels) I met really nice people and it made me a better / stronger person to make this decision to go by myself to Bali.

But guess what ,I will be returning to Bali in 4 months time. I might have become slightly obsessed , I know :p. But there are still a lot of things I want to do. Also I want to experience as little wintry weather as possible.

Thus for now the tales of Bali are over but I am sure there are more adventures to come. if you liked this post please like and subscribe and hope to see you back soon to Thumbelinaslifestyle.com.

Until next post friends!

XoXo

Kim

 

 

What I ate in Bali

What I ate in Bali

Hi everybody, dear readers and loyal subbies,

This post is dedicated to all you foodies out there. I thought it was about time to share what I ate in Bali with you. Trust me food is very important  in my life and Asian food is one of my faves! So I could not say no to writing this post! Please note  that there were 2 days I had some European food ( I know shame on me! )

But without further a do please check out the food and some drinks I had in Bali!

Unfortunately I cannot remember what I had on each day but here is the overview :

Nasi Goreng Gambing, Seafood Curry ( Cannot recollect the name) , Nasi Goreng Kampoeng.Singaporean Noodles, Gado Gado, Corn Fritters and  Kwetiaw Goreng Seafood.

European

Haloumi and Beetroot Salad and Penne with Mushroom

Drinks

Tropical Cocktail ( Again forgotten the name) and a green ice tea. The great thing about that one was you could adjust the sweetness of your tea. As my experience was that the Iceteas in Bali and Singapore are real sweet.

Deserts

Pisang Goreng with Ice and Nutella and cheese croissants.  Now you would say this sounds strange but I was pleasantly surprised.

Food is a joy in my life and I hope to find more delicious food in the years coming.

What is your favorite food and what would you recommend me trying? Feel free to leave  a  comment.

Until next post friends!

XoXo,

Kim

Bali day 8+ 9 + 10 and 11

Bali day 8+ 9 + 10 and 11

Hi everybody, dear readers and loyal subbies,

Another combined posts about the amazing time I spent in Bali. Enjoy and lets get started shall we!

Bali day 8

We started of by visiting the butterfly gardens. I saw these  amazing big butterflies and the flowers there were beautiful. Afterwards we headed to the rice fields and had a beautiful view over the paddies. Of course food was a given. Afterwards we headed home.

 

Bali day 9

Let the lazy time role! Loving complete laziness, Enjoying the Beach the sun the food what is there to tell.

Bali day 10 East of Bali

 

 

It was time for another excursion. It was time to visit the East of Bali. We visited the plantations and sampled some coffees and teas. Also we visited a family in their house and it was very interesting to see.  After lunch we visited one of the most beautiful temples during my stay in Bali the Pura Agung Besaki.

 

Bali 10 & Bali 11

I just let the lazy time role which involved a lot of swimming, sunbathing, reading and  food.

These were some very active and relaxing days and I so enjoyed the combination of activity and sheer laziness.  I hope you all enjoyed this consolidated post of one of my last days in Bali.

Until next post friends!

XoXo

Kim