Happiest Holidays and Empty Nest Syndrome
Notes from Gwen:
We arrived in Bali on Monday afternoon. As we exited the airport, we were greeted by beautiful girls,who put flowers in our hair. At that moment I knew this was going to be a totally different taste of Asia. As our hosts at the Rouge villa where we are staying said, “welcome to paradise.” This villa is fantastic. Red and white, is definitely the theme. It is new and modern with a beautiful lounge area, aesthetic building, pool and individual rooms. Everything was so perfect. The staff were all very helpful and wanting to assist us in anyway possible.
Ubud is a busy tourist town, with lots of people on the street and shops. After we arrived and settled in, we enjoyed some drinks and sushi at the lounge in our villa. We went for a walk to check out a bit of the town and ate dinner at TeraZo’s. It is a lovely restaurant and the food was excellent. We try to order a variety of things, so we get to taste many things. This little plan works wonderfully.
The following day, Keriann arranged for a driver to take us around the country side in this area. We drove to the coast to see the 11th century, Tanah Lot temples built on rock formations in the water. Wonderous structures so beautiful to see, and the bonus to smell and feel the warm Indian Ocean. We saw lots of country side and the beautiful rice terraces. You can’t help but recall the scene in Eat, Pray, Love, with Julia Roberts. Seeing it is even more spectacular! We ate lunch at a lovely roadside restaurant. There were chickens strutting around, which isn’t unusual in any way but one chicken made a hilarious noise that sounded like it was laughing. That was pretty entertaining.
After lunch we visited a butterfly conservatory. Interesting, with many beautiful specimens. Keriann bravely let a gentleman put a collection of bugs on the front of her dress. I wasn’t too interested in participating in that bug collection. Some of them were huge.
We continued our tour which included a butterfly conservatory. A stop to see and taste various spices teas and the world famous Kopi Lamak coffee. If you ever saw the movie, The Bucket list, there was a scene when Jack Nicholson learns this expensive coffee comes from Mongoose poop. Anyway, after the process was explained, and as a true coffee lover from 1/2 way around the world, I couldn’t not pass it up. It wasn’t brewed properly at this little tasting place so the best I can say is it was ok.
After a full afternoon we were back at Rouge, to get ready for dinner out at another fabulous restaurant, the Lamak. Our usual combination of cocktails, dinner and wine made for another amazing meal. Just when you think you topped it all at the last place we dined, another restaurant has something else very special.
The next day was a Hindu celebration day in Bali. Some shops were closed or opened late. We spent the morning walking through the monkey forest. This is a lovely wooded park, that is home to many, many monkeys. They are very used to tourists so they come very close. I decided to distance myself from the people that like to feed and try to attract them. I saw a male jump on a guy who was tempting him with a water bottle. Monkeys are cute and fun to watch, but that’s where I draw the line as they can also be very aggressive. After the monkey forest, we browsed through a few shops, had a delicious lunch, and relaxed around the pool at the Villa. To complete our last evening in Ubud we ate dinner at Bridges. It is located by a bridge of course, but it over looks a beautiful, steep ravine. Dinner was so amazing and we were surprised again with a anniversary dessert. The whole experience was amazing!
The next morning we were off to our last destination in Bali, Seminyak. It is another big tourist area. Bali is the tourist capital for Australian holidayers. We have our own private 3 bedroom villa, Keriann’s friend Rob DeRosa has joined us for a couple of days. It has been great to see him again and listen to some of his many travel stories. Not too many places he hasn’t been.
At this very moment I am sitting on a lounge chair, whole a cook prepares our breakfast. Reality is going to bite badly when we get home.
In the evening we went to a temple by the ocean and watched a famous Hindu cultural dance performance. It was beautiful with some beautiful costumes and masks. Of course if finished the evening by going to a gorgeous restaurant overlooking the ocean.
The next day we spent the day at the beach, We lounged, swam, watched people body surf, drank and ate the day a way. Just a perfect last day in paradise!
This morning we are enjoying some quiet lounging at the villa, before having to pack and head to the airport to return to Singapore.
“Bali Ha’i will call you, any night any day.
In my heart I’ll hear it calling
Come away, come away
Next stop Singers!
Notes from Keriann:
We definitely tried to make the very most of our final days together. We arrived into Singapore in the late afternoon, and spent a couple of hours just doing things around the apartment and running a couple of small errands. We then headed out for an amazing dinner together at Artichoke. True to our holiday dining, Artichoke was fabulous! We loved the banter we had with the host and the food was out of this world delicious.
Our last day in Singapore, was also my last day of holiday so we did our best to make the most of every second before the reality of the end being near was realized. We decided to make a stop at the pool for an hour, then we headed off to Park at Holland Village for lunch. I had heard that the eggs benedict here were amazing so I had been wanting to try it out for awhile. We were definitely not disappointed in the food. yum! It rained so we were a bit stuck for a little while until it cleared up, but then we were off to Sentosa Island to check out the aquarium and try out the casino for a short while.
The aquarium was really impressive. It’s the world’s biggest oceanarium and it really does look pretty wonderful. All I can hope is that the animals inside are treated well and their needs are being cared for by the aquarium. The exhibits are gorgeous. We also tried our luck a little at the casino. We should have quit while we were ahead there, but that’s the problem with casinos!
We ended our perfect Singapore Sunday with a dinner at Glutton’s Bay overlooking the Marina Bay with cousin Katelyn and some friends. Again, the food was amazing and it was a great way to end a great time together experiencing all the different foods (and Tiger beer) that make Singapore one of the best food capitals!
P & G’s Anniversary Asian Adventure has now come to a close. I left them at the apartment early this morning as I headed off to work. It is never easy to end such a wonderful time with people who mean so much to you, however, knowing what a fantastic time we had together and getting to experience so much of my life together was an amazingly wonderful experience.
Until our next Asian Adventure, Mom and Dad! See you again soon!