Nusa Lembongan Island – Bali

She glanced at me and said “Isn’t it magic?” I asked her what she meant, and she answered, “Isn’t it magic that the Gods remind us how beautiful this island is every night when the sun goes to sleep.”

What a gift it is to be able to look to the cycles of nature and be brought into the present and into a state of gratitude. Bali continues to offer me offerings of insight every day!

Here are some images from my time in Nusa Lembongan island off Bali. It most certainly is a magical little patch of beauty at any time of day or night!

Gili Island Paradise

I found myself in a very introspective space while in the Gili Islands – it’s the type of place where one can spend days scribbling away in a diary or reading a book. That being said we never went to the party island, Gili Trawangan as we all wanted some peace and quiet and therefore stayed on Gili Air and Gili Meno. My days were spent swimming with the fish (and a few turtles), thinking about life, basking in the sun with my other two muskateers and photographing horses.

Gili Island Horses

Just the mention of the Gili Islands evokes images of aqua water, pristine beaches, golden sunsets and magnificent scenery. It is a paradise like no other where the days can easily slip into weeks. If you are lucky, you will be able to snorkel with turtles just a few meters from the beach. It is an Eden, but it is no utopia if you are a horse!

There are no motorized vehicles on the Gili Islands only horse drawn carriages also known as Cidomos. This means that every single brick, beer and bag is more than likely been transported by a horse.

There is just something about Bali – Photos from our time in and around Ubud

There is just something about Bali that touches my spirit like no other country I have ever been to. Bali is a feast for the senses but there is is an energy here that arouses more than just the eyes, the nose, taste, touch and the ears. There is an energy here that touches the soul. You wont find this at a nightclub in Kuta or in a hotel chain resort. No you need to head out of the tourist traps and into Bali itself.

When I asked our taxi driver about this, he simply said “In Bali the people give offerings and thanks to the gods many times a day, and when there is so much gratitude there is good energy.”

This really made me think.

Can you imagine how many more smiles there would be in this world if we all gave thanks many times a day?

Bennu House – Pegeng – Ubud – Rice paddy

Monica, Charlene and I left the hustle and bustle of the tourist trap also known as Kuta, after the Fearless wedding conference needing some peace and quiet. Charlene had booked us a villa on the rice paddies just outside of Ubud through airb&b and we really had no idea what to expect as so often photos can be very misleading. Our jaws had to be picked up off the floor when we walked into Benu House and we had to give each other a good pinch just to bring ourselves into reality and realise that we had landed with our bums firmly in the butter.

Benu House is not only in an absolutely breathtaking piece of paradise surrounded by coconut trees and working rice plantations it is also exquisitely decorated. All three of us love interesting and quirky design and we have all commented that Benu House is our idea of a dream house. It is a reclaimed Joglo house from Java, which has been given a modern open plan design and it is mostly blue which is my colour! The furnishings are just perfect and even though it is really modern and spacious it has an Indonesian charm and aesthetic which is exactly what one wants when visiting Bali!