My last family tour in 2015 brings us to Bali, Indonesia. A first for my boys (Shang, 10 years old and Keyan, 6 years old) and hubby.
Living in Singapore a crowded, hectic cosmopolitian city, Hubs and I decided to make this holiday a slightly different one by taking it slow. We want to dedicate time for bonding and interacting as a family rather than trying to achieve as many tourists' spots. We hired a driver which cost 500,000 rupiah (equivalent to sin $50) a day, he drove us to the outskirts, took us to local restuarants savouring what the locals enjoy, visited a friend that has shifted there for awhile and also, a trip to a disabled children foundation where the boys spent a day of quality time with the children (some mute and some suffering from Post Polio Syndrome which I woud be sharing more about it in my later blogs).
Day One in Bali, we visited our friend Ivy. As we were staying in Kuta, she suggested a cafe, named Nooks Cafe about 20 minutes away (under smooth traffic conditions). Nested in the middle of a rice padi field, its quiet and very local. We love their arrays of local and amercian food selections and reasonable price. Far cry from the prices we see along Kuta and Seminyak.
Owned and managed by a balinese family, many expats living around the area loves to chill out here.
I took the Casear Salad and its sumptuous!
The boys had their love, carbs and fries!
Hubby tried their popular local dish Nasi Campur and it's really good! The spices they use in their cooking gives the dish lots of intensity and flavours. Very flavourful!
I love it for its unassuming, cozy laid back atmosphere but it took the boys awhile to adapt to the humility and sun.
They dirtied their feet while running around the padi fields and couldn't find a tap to wash off. Shang then tried to protect his feet using rolls of tissue papers:)
But kids being kids, it didnt take them too long to adapt to the envoirnment. After awhile they were running around the padi fields. These photos were taken by Shang for Keyan. Shang who enjoys taking photographs and Keyan, always the more active and mischievous one had a ball posing for his brother:)
A very very dear friend of mine Ivy. I've known her since I started my media career. Her kind words and advise will always be firmly grounded in my heart. No words can ever describe the gush of happiness and tears of appreciation I feel when I see her living so happy, contented and grounded here in Bali. If you are reading this Ivy,.."Thank you for being who you are. Your pursue for simplicity keeps me inspired and grounded and like what you say " We cross paths for a reason".
It's the last day of 2015 and we have come a full circle. It's a truly beautiful experience, a very grounded and unpretentious way to round up an eventful year for me.
Sending my love and thanks to you, who is reading this... and I leave this quote with you..
" enjoy the little things in life for one day you'll look back and realize they were the big things....."