Back to Bali, Indonesia

back to Bali, Indonesia

 

Why I have fallen in love with Ubud, Bali  – June 2017 

Back to Bali, Indonesia:I throughly enjoyed reconnecting with Australia after all these years, and I couldn’t have asked for a nicer place to stay in Newport Beach in the Northern Beaches. The Sydney Writers Festival was a treat and I even got to meet Robert Forster of the Go-Betweens and we had a chat about the music business in the 90’s.

Now it’s back to Bali and I am on a dog sitting adventure for a few months and living in my favourite place, Ubud. Ubud is the centre of spirituality, art, music, yoga and all things cultural so there is a lot happening here and I am looking forward to a Vegan Festival next month,  the Kite Festival and the Literary Festival in October and trying out all kinds of yoga you can think of – just for fun!

When I was here a few months back I tried all sorts of yoga, from Restorative yoga – a lot of lying down and not much movement (ideal for me), to Acro yoga – hanging from the ceiling in parachute type material (a little scary but fun in parts). There are all sorts of dance sessions as well,  I did try static dance at the Yoga Barn – but it really wasn’t for me. Although, I have been enjoying Kirtan with Punnu and Greg also at the Yoga Barn.

Since my return this month I have tried Beauty of Breathwork and have had some great results with Sam and Jacinta Hoogenboom at the Honai Resort in Ubud. She does this most Friday afternoons, it’s definitely worth a try… you might be surprised with the results. I know I was.

I have had the pleasure of staying at the wonderful Alassari Plantation Resort near Tabanan in the West of Bali. A really magical place that has this total relaxation effect on you the minute you arrive. I felt very spoilt staying in a beautiful Javanese villa, a stunning environment with views of Mount Batu. I really enjoyed taking photographs of the plantation and going on lovely nature walks enjoying the lush green jungle and beautiful scenery.  For more details visit:  www.alassariplanatation.com

ALASSARI PLANTATION

 

Jamie Catto (ex Faithless, Documentary maker One Giant Leap and All About Me) held a two day workshop in Ubud. It was quite funny, as on the online course I was doing in Sydney with John Williams, (author of Screw Work Let’s Play) Jamie was interviewed and he mentioned he was going to be in Bali in June. I emailed him directly and asked him to do a workshop, at first he wasn’t really interested but by the time I got there a workshop had been set up. So sometimes it’s a case of putting it out there for what you want and see what comes back! I throughly enjoyed the workshop and consequently listened to his audio book – to reinforce the learning and remembering to ‘GO YIN’ – go within and check in with yourself.  His book is called Insanely Gifted – Turn Your Demons into Rocket Fuel it’s definitely worth a read.

back to bali

 

Back to Bali, Indonesia

The number two:  Everyone is married here in Bali from quite a young age. The tradition of family is very strong, so it’s appropriate that Bali is represented by the number 2 on my blog.  Two – a pair, a married couple, each home has a set of ornaments representing the  man and wife, to install harmony in their house, ( see image above).

Colour:  Each country I visit I choose a colour that best represents it and Indonesia and specifically Bali for me  is the colour green  – rice paddy fields, trees, and being surrounded by nature the colour has to be green.
Cafe:   Attman and Kafe on Jalan Hanuman have the most delicious food but my favourite for lunch or dinner has to got to a lovely little Warung called Puspa, where I often ask for a bottle of Jamu to be made up. I love it! It’s made from turmeric, lime, and honey. Although Jamu varies in it’s ingredients, either way it’s really good of you. My other favourite cafe that needs a mention, has to go to Lazycats Cafe. I love the art on the walls, the food is delicious and the music is great too!
Inspirational /favourite book:  Insanely Gifted by Jamie Catto
Animal:  Butterflies – I see them everywhere, I have never seen so many in a long time.  It makes the place feel so magical.
Nature:  It’s so green and lush here… rice fields, trees and leaves galore!
I love seeing all the different types fruit trees and trying them out… jack fruit, dragon fruit – such a colourful combination on your daily dish.
Place:  It’s got to be Ubud, there is so much to discover… Junjungan, Penastanan…. can’t decide where my favourite area is yet!
People:  I have met such lovely people here.  Everyone is so generous, friendly and kind, and I feel at home already and I don’t want to leave.
Music: I have been listening to:  Mantras….. galore!  Gamelan music such a special sound it reminds me of visiting here back in 2001. The Gamelan sound permeates the air… and has a feeling of expectancy, and excitement that something wonderful is just about to happen!
FREE Podcasts. Don’t forget you can Listen to the Sydney Writers Festival
Cinema:  I would love to go to the movies and see a film. In Ubud we have the amazing Paradiso Ubud it is the first organic vegan theatre where you can have a beer and eat some gorgeous food while you watch the film or just before I think is best! You can check out the latest movies here:
www. paradisoubud.com. They also hold dance classes and other workshop and events. I was told by an Ayurvedic Doctor in Nepal, Dr Rishi that the answer to everything regarding health and well-being was to simply dance!
I hope to take up his advice this month…

Bali, Indonesia

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Top Ten Things to do in Sydney this week…

1.  Sydney Writers Festival  22nd-28 May 2017

I will be seeing Robert Forster ex founding member of the Go-Betweens, he’s doing a talk at the Sydney Writer’s Festival He has written a book called GRANT & I.  I saw the Go-Betweens play live loads of times in London over the years.  They have recorded over 15 albums but never really hit the big time!  A bit like the Indie band I was in during the 90’s – never quite got there but had a lot of praise during their time.

I will be seeing Liane Moriarty  author of The Husband’s Secret and Little Big Lies  – she was really popular in my book club  back in the UK.  I have been living on the Northern Beaches for the last month so have been getting a feel for where some of the books were set.

    To book visit a place at the festival online: www.swf.org.au

2. Palm Beach Pool  –  I love the salt water pools at the northern beaches.  Palm Beach a beautiful spot to sit against a warm wall and watch the sea, the pool and the blue sky. Followed by a coffee in a lovely coffee shop called 2108 espresso!

  1. Take a boat trip from Palm Beach to Pittwater and back. I took a trip from Palm Beach to Ettalong Beach and visited a friend in Umina. It was lovely to be on the water!

  2. My favourite spot Air BnB – check out this amazing location and a cosy cabin with views overlooking  Palm Beach, located in the Northern Beaches of Sydney. I can personally vouch for Bobbie she is a lovely person and you couldn’t ask for a better host.

Here are some images of her place:

Top Ten Things to do in Sydney
PALM BEACH AIR BNB – WITH BOBBIE YOUR HOST

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5. Clothes shopping  Absolutely,  no need to leave the peninsula for a shopping trip.  I came across a brand called  BOOM Shankar – it’s colourful brand, fun, practical and stylish too!  The skirt I bought is perfect for travelling as its reversible.   It’s a FREE SIZE and held together with poppers and made with 100% cotton. If you can afford to go upmarket or buy a signature piece for your wardrobe visit Lee Matthews shop in Newport Beach – OMG  – Beautifully made clothes but sadly not on my budget. The pieces you would wear for years to come! If you are on a budget pop a few doors down and find a bargain with second-hand designer wear at Encore. Again I saw some Lee Mathews clothes in there.

6. Avalon Cinema – catch a movie here see what ‘s one.. this week it was Their Finest –  a British Comedy with Bill Nighy and Gemma Atherton.

    7.  I haven’t been to Bigola Beach yet, so if it’s sunny this week I will be heading down to this beach again and trying out their pool. There are so many beaches that are all gorgeous but you might as well as visit as many as you can!

8. Mona Vale yoga  – Introductory price only $29.00 for a whole week’s yoga.

Ten top tips to do in Sydney
Meet Koochi at My Organic hairdressers. She is adorable and friendly…
  1. My Organic Hairdressers – Corner of Foamcrest & Coles Prd. Newport Beach,  NSW 2016 – Meet the lovely Hairdresser Claire… and her lovely dog Koochi.

To book call  Claire on 9979 2494

  1.  Visit one of the many cafes on the  Northern Beaches and read one of my favourite books this month: Jamie Catto’s  Insanely Gifted  Turn your Demons into Rocket Fuel and Robert Forster’s Grant & I.

 

Ten Top Tips to do in Sydney

Why I have fallen in love with Sydney, Australia  – May 2017 

Colour:  Each country I will choose a colour and Australia for me  is the colour blue  – rock pools/sea/sky everywhere you look is blue…
Cafe:  Northern Beaches especially Palm beach – lovely spot, great coffee and delicious bliss ball  – lovely friendly staff!  visit: @2108esspresso cafe
Inspirational /favourite book:  Robert Forster ‘s Grant and I 
Animal:  Birds – Rainbow Lorikeet (Hilariously funny things and amazing multi-coloured coats)
Nature: So many beautiful trees around here I am living in a sea of green but my favourite is the Paperbark trees, shredding its bark from the outside and it’s like a soft blanket of creamy coloured contoured bark.
Place: Northern Beaches – also known locally as the  “the insular
peninsular” – Palm Beach rock pool /Newport Beach Rockpool – all the beautiful beaches – who needs to go anywhere!
People:  Friendly Australian people – love ’em.  Always seem to be friendly and kind, willing to redirect you when you get lost or have a chat. I even got invited for Sunday lunch and I had a really lovely time!
Music: I have been listening to Go-Betweens – revisited CD –  Live on Snap!
Cinema:  Buena Vista Social Club – feel-good documentary about Cuban music.
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