Showing posts from November, 2015

Ubud Adventures

I still can't believe how quickly my five days in Ubud flew by. Ubud had quite the reputation to live up to, and not only did it exceed my expectations, but I was genuinely sad to leave! My days there were so jam packed with exploring and feasting and adventuring that I never even had time to take a yoga class, or sit in a coffee shop and fill out postcards, or see a Balinese dance performance, or check out any temples. There is just way too much to do in this incredible city.

A perfect Bali afternoon starts with a coffee at Seniman Coffee  and ends with dinner across the street  at Fair Warung Bale, a non-profit restaurant
Alchemy- a raw/vegan cafe and shop
I'd say this is a city to check out when you want to reboot and get your health in check. If you've considered a raw diet, or experimenting with yoga, or been wanting to try reiki or a colonic or buy a bunch of hippie pants, if you love organic locally-sourced coffee, or you just want to stare out at the rice-paddy fields …

Bonkers for Bali

My American teacher counterparts are missing out on a little secret called October break. In Hong Kong, not only do we get TWO spring breaks (February and April), yes, we also get a week off in October for fall break. In the past I have gone to Thailand and Taiwan for this vacation, and this year I chose to go to the infamous island of Bali. I was expecting beautiful temples, serene landscapes, lazy beaches, flavorful food, and Bali did not disappoint!

The front door of a typical Balinese family compound
For the first part of my trip, I stayed in Sanur, a smaller resort town on the east coast of Bali. Four million people live in Bali and there are some bigger cities, but I wanted a more laid back approach so I avoided Seminyak, Kuta, and Denpasar. Sanur was more family friendly, but also more budget friendly. I had a private villa right next to the beach for about $25 USD a night at the Kesumasari Beach Hotel.
My patio where breakfast was served every morning
I used Sanur as my base to …