Bali and Nusa Penida ?

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January 12th 2020
Published: December 9th 2020
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Gosh, I realised it’s been ages since I updated my seven wonders of the world series. Yes, some hiccups here and there causing the delay and busy is not the word I like to use even if this is the case.

BALI... This beautiful island holds a special place in my heart, not because of my Indonesian heritage, but it's really unbelievable. The best place to relax from my recent trips to 3 long-distance counties within 3 weeks. Something about Bali calls out for relaxation that my brain could not say no. I couldn’t resist the vibrations of its beautiful nature, the friendliness of its people and the finest cuisines.

I find myself in a complete relaxation mode, unwinding from my hectic Amsterdam routines whenever I am in Bali. Whether it's next to a pool, at a beach, or just chilling at local a warung. I love spending my time lying on a beach in the shade of an umbrella whilst sipping cold and icy watermelon juice after a long swim in a calming sea.

During my stay, I indulged myself with all sorts of relaxation programs in Benoa Bay for five days where I took a amazing five-star studio apartment with incredible backyard. To make it complete, I treated myself with a two hrs of daily massage, girly stuff medi-pedi, facial, hair vitamin treatments, wining, dining, beaching, swimming, sleeping, anything that does not involve a lot of physical movements. Oh no, it ain’t cheap to do nothing in Bali.

After a few days of pampering my arse, my adventurous side started craving for productive activities. So, I took a stroll and found myself a travel kiosk agent. I decided on the spot to hop on a day tour to Nusa Penida the next day. A driver from the Bali office picked me up early in morning and then dropped me off at the ferry port. Upon my arrived, a local driver from the island has already waited to escort me to Kelingking beach with a few other places I signed up to see. On the way to Kilingking, we cross small villages where the scenery and nature of the island are unbelievable. The road to get around is up hills, and you can see the blue waters beneath the blue sky from a distance down peeking through the palm bushes. A few warungs, B&B, cafes and shops on side roads are conveniently ready to host tourists whenever in need.

I feel that the weather in Nusa Penida was warmer than in Bali, there was no sea breeze blowing over the island. Mind you, my tolerance to heat is very low, so the weather out there may not be so hot for some of us. Anything to do with Nusa Penida is worth going through a variety of weather conditions. No words can describe the beauty and purity of its island, and I hope it remains unique. I would definitely recommend Nusa Penida if you are looking for peace and quiet. Kelingking beach is the highlight of the island, the beautiful white sandy beaches are very welcoming. I didn’t stay very long there as the group and I had to depart for our last destination Crystal bay beach, a beautiful beach with black sand and blue water.

I took a long dip, floating on the surface and let the gentle waves from the sea sweep my body to the shore and back into the sea. A beanbag on the shoreline is waiting patiently as I take my time inhaling all the goodness around me. It feels so nice lying under the beach umbrella after a lot of fun in the water. I love hearing the sound of the waves crashing down while closing my eyes feeling the sun on my skin. Somehow, the sea, sun work together as soul energy for me. A healing spirit that helped clear my mind of past and future thoughts and to be more present.

That said, there is an end to each beginning. Before I knew it, the time had arrived for me to return to Bali for the last night before returning to Amsterdam (the part where I like to skip). Although the idea of returning to routine does not turn me on, I remind myself that travel has always been a part of me, and I will always travel. A passion that enables me to learn more about the world, people and culture, which I will not exchange for anything else. Now it’s time that you chuck Indonesia in your bucket list ?

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10th December 2020
Wining in my backyard

I love Bali
Hi Jules Francisca, Great way of relaxing. I love Bali, hoping to return soon. Will
18th December 2020
Pure love wont hurt - I love you too Bali

Sounds like a true love and heathy relationship:). Beautiful photos, I enjoyed reading your stories. Tim
18th December 2020
Kelingking beach

Such a beautiful beach, white sand, blue water. This place is added to my bucket list. Thank you.

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