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Today is not our last day!

So I tell myself to cheer up.

Tomorrow we are leaving Desamuda and moving to Hotel Pearl.
We were supposed to check out of here on Tuesday, but managed to extend the stay for three nights.
They have nothing available for tomorrow night, or we would have stayed the whole time.

We had a booking at Hotel Pearl anyway and they were OK for us to just come for the one ‘night’ if you can call it that.
Our flight is at 1.30am Saturday morning, so we will only be at Pearl for a matter hours.
And we will be right there with one of our favourite restaurants at our doorstep?
Looks like we have a ‘programme’!

So we’ll be making our way down to Jalan 66 at around 2pm, saying goodbye to the beautiful staff of Desamuda and our 143 square metre chunk of paradise, being villa 26.

Saying goodby to the swanky boutiques of Jl Basangkasa where a little retail therapy today assisted in boosting my flagging spirits of yesterday.
Saying adieu for now to Cafe Moka, Bali Deli, Chill, the friendly men working on the boutique on Jl Kunti (‘Come back next month’, they say, ‘It will be open!’), the people peeling garlic, the dogs, the cats, the hilarious bird that is singing his little song right now (can we please take him home with us?), our cheeping mouse and our walking frog and all the other elements that became a part of Bali Escapade 2011.

And then?
We don’t quite leave!!! 🙂

I’m feeling one last flutter of joy (those tears this morning were nothing) because we won’t be going straight to the airport.
How fortuitous!
The interlude at Hotel Pearl, as short as it will be, will be welcome reprieve.
It will trick us into some kind of happiness, until we have to make that sobering drive to the airport.
I refuse to think about that at all right now!
My mind is already tricked! See?

That doesn’t alter the fact that there is quite a lot of stuff that needs to be stuffed into our suitcases tonight.
We’ve already been online upping our luggage allowance – 25 kg each – just to be on the safe side.

And I will not stop checking my emails every hour to see whether our flight has been cancelled.
I remember all the times in the past when I wondered what would happen if you just never turned up at the airport.
Someone must have done this before me.
Surely I wouldn’t be the first.

But I have my strong (responsible) man with me.
He will make sure I transition from Bali to ‘that other place across the ocean’ with minimum trauma.
He will do whatever it takes.
He actually sees it as his mission (strange man, he is)!

I’m getting a bit ahead of myself here, though.
All this talk of leaving and we still have well over 24 hours left.

Today saw us holding on tight to our routine.
Late, late breakfast, coffee and reading at Bali Deli, change money (rate is 9050/$1 today), jalan jalan wherever our feet took us through the puddles, photography, no lunch, back to villa, relaxation, wonder where to for dinner.

And that’s where you find us now.
We’re going to be disappointing and once again not go to Sarong.
(I bet the day we do go there, we will kick ourselves for not going sooner).
We’ve decided to return to Cafe Degan.
I’m excited. Yum, can’t wait!

Peter has trotted off to book the complementary transport and can you believe it? Run off to Bali Deli again, for some wine.

Exciting stuff hey??

The time has come…
One last lighting of the lavender scented mossie coil.
Our signature fragrance fills the air and I wait for my strong man to return with the wine…


Couple of hours later (sorry I didn’t post the last bit earlier!)

We have returned!

For our SECOND LAST dinner we returned to Cafe Degan!
This place is beautiful.
So peaceful and calm.
The staff are gorgeous – true Bali friendliness.
I want to work there!
Our waiters, Kadek and Apri remembered us from the other night –
Mr Peter and Miss Megan –
They melt my heart – I don’t know if it’s intentional.
It could be.
Neither of them was even born when I first came to Bali.
Most people weren’t!
But they are ‘old Bali’ friendly, flirtatious and beautiful!

Tonight we ordered the obligatory chicken in pandan leaf (if you come here and don’t have it, you’re missing out, big time!)
We had chicken fried rice and the true piece de resistance from the Thai side of the menu; beef curry.
We will talk about this one for a long time.
It was very much like what we call Massaman Beef.
Oh my, it was sooooo delicious!

We will remember the desserts too, for a very long time.
Peter’s, a chocolate type of cake with a passionfruit brulee topping!
Impossibly delicious!
I don’t think I can describe mine and do it justice (remember I’m not a food writer) but here is the picture and I can tell you it was deluxe.

How we have loved this restaurant!
The things that make a place special for us (as discussed over dinner tonight)?
The food, the service and the value.
Add to that the ambience and the convenience and the ‘welcome’.
We found all this at Cafe Degan.
This is the Bali I love!
(unlike last night)

So here we are, back again at our villa.
I’m just noticing how tanned my hands are.
Oh, obviously that is a ridiculous thing to throw in for no reason.
But I want you to know how much better I feel tonight and how wonderful today has been.

I am not ready to go home, don’t think that for a minute, but today was one of those Bali days when nothing much happens outwardly, but inside the heart feels restored!

‘Om Bali’ -I think I called it last time.


As Night Descends on Day Five…

Bali evening is this –
Every shade of grey racing across the sky, where blue had been rimmed with dark, dark, rain-laden clouds for most of the day.

Birds we’ve not seen, but only heard commence their sunset chorus.
That hilarious bird that sounds like a very talented person whistling!
We crack up every time we hear it!

And later on those little ‘cheeps’ that we thought were birds or maybe fruit bats, but have discovered are mice. We have our own here, he ‘cheeped’ at us, just so we knew who was boss. That’s how we know what the ‘cheeping’ is.

Frogs will begin their evening worship, interspersed with the occasional ‘yapping’ (I know it’s supposed to sound like barking) from the geckos as they congregate on the walls, hunting.
Above the high walls of our ‘compound’ we see more billowing clouds roll across the sky.

Soon night will fall, the birds will become silent, the water feature feeding our pool will be turned off and a new kind of ‘silence’ will descend, broken by the ‘cheeping’, ‘yapping’ and the rain that continues to fall.
Perhaps if we were from somewhere other than Perth, this rain would be an annoyance, but as far as I’m concerned, I would travel to Bali just for the rain!
The lightest wind blows.
I say ‘It’s cold.’
Peter says he’s going to take a dip!
Chillspresso plays on..

I would love to tell you that today was different and exciting and outrageous, but I guess you already know it wasn’t.

Oh, here’s something new!
We did get up a little earlier and we did make it to breakfast.

Then our routine kicked in.
We walked to Bali Deli, had our lattes, then walked to Chill and had our treatments.
The girls at both establishments said
See you tomorrow!!

Then, we caught a cab to Carrefour.
I had wanted to go there since last time, so now we can say we have been.
It was interesting and enjoyable.
We bought a couple of cheap little things like Pringles, incense, more soap and a dress.

So there you go! Our big Bali Escapade for the day.
My mum says we should go on a tour and look at a temple on a cliff.
I just asked Peter if he would like to and his response?
‘Not really’.

We’re not your typical tourists.

So we’re back on the sofa, rain pelting on the roof, glasses full, computers on laps.

For those who have been wondering about our ‘bubbles’ (Funny! On most holiday blogs people would be asking about things like tours, but no, not on our Bali Escapade blog!)

Hatten Wines!

Tunjung sparkling white –
‘Bali’s original winery is producing quality local wines expressing true aromas and flavours of the Tropics’
Tunjung is made from Belgia grapes, enhanced by elegant Muscat fruit aromas. The wine has a crisp, clean, acid finish with a hint of citrus. This wine is a complement to all food styles especially Asian cuisine’
11.5% alcohol

OK, it’s dark now.
The rain is heavier than ever!
Even if the birds were still singing, we wouldn’t be able to hear them.
I actually can’t hear a thing over this rain!
It’s awesome!

We’re going to Iichi Japanese restaurant in Jl Kunti for dinner.
Wish us luck! We might have to swim there!

See you later..


Where to start?
It’s not even 10pm and here we are at our villa, computers on laps, the day almost complete.
We’re off to a very good start as far as I’m concerned
NO STRESS today –
none at all.

Peter’s words to me (that make me a bit sad, ironically) –
‘You know what I love most about Bali?
That you are truly happy here.
I get to see you truly happy’.

OK, yes, I accept that.
Now all I want is to bring this happiness back home with me and be truly happy all the time, but it takes about 5 minutes to be reminded that I have to clean my own house, after I have been away from it for ten hours every day. I have to earn money and I have crazy, mean neighbours who I encounter daily instead of beautiful ‘good morning, thank you, have a good day’ smiles and bows.
Yes, I think my neighbours need to bow to me.
That might make me a bit happier!

Oh yes, HELLO, you’re probably not interested in the dysfunctional environment of everyday, non-holiday life back in Perth.

We’re here to talk about Bali, right?
Today, the first day of Bali Escapade 2011!

Well, we woke to bright, bright sunlight, when Peter opened our TOTAL block out curtains.
Haha, you thought that was the beginning but it was only 7.15am and we closed those curtains and slept a little bit longer until 9.15am!

Next time we opened them it was dark and pouring down the most delicious, tropical rain.
Oh, how this delights us Perth people!

Non-stop, heavy, prolonged, torrential.
Well, it delights me, anyway and Peter is beginning to agree (smart man he is).

‘OH!’ we thought.
‘We’re housebound. How terrible (not)’
We were able to make it to the restaurant for breakfast using an umbrella – so far so good.

The rain eased and our mission to find a decent coffee seemed achievable, so we headed off to Cafe Moka. It was crowded and Peter had the pleasure of sharing his latte with a ‘big back’, who had no concept of personal space.
I think it’s an Aussie thing.
We need a lot of personal space.
Anyway, it was good for a laugh (for me anyway).

Then we wandered and found ourselves in Jl Kunti (don’cha love that name?).
With my expert knowledge of the streets of Bali, I informed Peter that Bali Deli was just down the road and indeed it was.
Peter was thrilled that we had yet another convenience store at our disposal.
Bali Deli is better than anything we have in Perth.

It reminded us of depachika in Japan.
We found everything we ‘needed’ there.
Including our old faithful, ‘Wine of the Gods’ and a Bali sparkling wine, (don’t mock us here, people) Hatten Wines, Tunjung, Sparkling White for IDR219,000. It was more drinkable than the duty free Chandon, Cuvee Riche! Ewwww, yuk!

We also discovered ‘Chill’.
Last time we were here it was recommended and I love how we wander and find these places (eight months later – that’s so Bali).
We checked it out and took a menu and decided to return later.
We continued our wandering, but having bought a couple of bottles of vino at Bali Deli, wandering was becoming a little more like lugging so we split up, me returning with the booty to Desamuda and Peter racing down to BMC to get us cashed up again.
The exchange rate today? 9060 IDR to the AUD.
We’re rich!!

OK, so then what?
I took photos on the way back – putting together edition two of ‘Dogs of Bali’, ‘Cats of Bali’ and ‘Sidewalks of Bali’ albums.

We returned to the ‘compound’ with our supplies, I dealt with a couple of ‘real life’ related emails and Peter went out taking photos in the dwindling rays of sunlight which were rare today.

Winding up now; dinner at Bale Bali.

Oh, I forgot to give you the ‘Chill’ report.
Oh, oh, oh…..


Here we go:

For me: The Classic
‘Transform your day with a relaxing combination of reflexology and acupressure. This Classic Chill treatment concentrates on the feet and ankles where tension and fatigue are stored and finishes with the neck and shoulders to give your whole body a powerful sense of well being.’

For Peter: Chill Out
‘Lay down and chill out for an hour and experience a deeply relaxing full body pressure point massage. By concentrating on stimulating and clearing the energy pathways in the body, this revitalizing treatment will leave you feeling totally chilled out!’

We’re these lofty promises fulfilled?
Oh yes!
All for $38!!
Peter’s words? ‘I’m tingling’.
How sweet…
Later he also recounted to me how his ear phones had fallen out at some stage and he went to put them back in and the masseuse said
‘Massase pinish
(that’s how they say it), Sir’.
He didn’t realise they had taken the ear phones out to do the head massage at the end, but he had drifted far, far away.
Tomorrow I’m having what he had.
I don’t ‘tingle’ as willingly as he does, but mine was pretty, bloody good too. What a gorgeous place this is!
I recommend it for a massage with a difference.

That brings us to here and now, past midnight.
This is going to be an early night for us.
Tomorrow we plan to do what we did today.
Taste and see!

We are marveling at how ‘at home’ we feel.
We’re loving the vibe.
It’s even better than last time.
Now we’re talking about returning every six months!!?

And the lavender scented mossie coil burns on….