Borobudur, a Birthday Gift

For the most part, my trip develops as I go along and I am never quite sure which places I will visit. There are however, a few places that I know for sure I will see. Borobudur was one of them. I had wanted to see it for many years and as my trip unfolded, I arranged to go there for my birthday. Continue reading

Getting to Know Ubud

I loved Ubud so much that I decided to come back after my trip to Australia. I felt there was unfinished business for me here. I love the pace, the food is cheap and utterly delicious, the locals are sweet and the foreigners are unconventional. It has been interesting to see how I have perceived Ubud this second time round. First time so much time was spent just walking around and exploring, discovering new yoga studios, cafes, restaurants and massage salons. Second time I was able to notice the details. Continue reading

Ubud: The Magic of an Embrace

Ubud is different. Full of tourists, restaurants, souvenir shops, massage salons and yoga studios yet there is a charm about it. The Balinese are lovely, always smiling, and even though most just want you to part with your money, they are sweet about it. I walk about the streets, among all these beautiful buildings and I know I have found a place where I want to spend more time.

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Something Wacky: Shaking Ashram in Bali

Times I Thought I Was in a Loony Bin: Impossible to Count

This trip is multi-layered, like peeling an onion. I want to do things I love, things that take me out of my comfort zone and a few things that are totally wacky. Recently I heard about the Shaking Ashram in Bali. Intrigued after a 3 minute conversation, I checked online and booked the minimum required stay of 5 days. Continue reading