Juice is just juice … isnt it ????

Let’s face it, for the convenience and having all the benefits of cold pressed juice ( the process is able to maintain the fruit and vegetables nutritious integrity better than your average blender ) delivered to your door, why on earth would you bother even getting your blender or juicer out of the cupboard. While I am yet to dive into the wholesome goodness of green juices,  I do enjoy the Happy Go Berry,  Love Potion no. 9 and Bali – Cious Daze . At 35 K Rupiah per juice you could do a whole juice cleanse with detox packages also available.  Call 0361 473 8722 or 087862391976, or email remixjuicebali@gmail.com for the range and delivery details.
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~ Ladies Only ~ what the ??????

I don’t know about you gals, but I like to hang out in some Facebook Groups and chat to other people, one in particular, (Bali Expats) has become a really grumpy zone with heaps of people criticising others etc. I was about to leave the group however I am now glad I didn’t, as  last night was pure gold. The delightful Kristy posted a curious question on behalf of her ‘ friend’ ( wink wink ). The question was ‘who knows where to go in Bali for a ‘ ratus massage’?’. Keen to help out I quickly got onto Google to make sure I knew what she was asking about and WOAH ! did I learn about a whole new world of beauty treatments. Most of you know I am a prude, so will leave you to go and Google and discover what this massage actually includes. Something along the lines of vibrations, bathing, massage and smoking … yep smoking…..( on your private parts or as some I have since learned refer to as a ‘Love Taco’) yes you can experience all of this in Bali I will try to find our where this happens, I also have since learnt its all the rage in Los Angeles and that Robert Patterson ( Twightlight guy) is really tall and mesmerising. Lets just say what followed was lots of  * laughing out loud* , inappropriate comments, more curiosity, some clear advocates of the treatment and hilarious images being  posted. The topic somehow drifted slightly off to the handsome Bradley Cooper.  Lets just say it might take a few (hundred) cocktails to entice me to experience and blog about the mysterious and intriguing ‘ ratus massage’ so I might need a volunteer to do it for me. Not really sure why images of Thailand some time mind either ……
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Salt Tapa’s at Sentosa Villa’s Seminyak

Salt tapas Bali s is a favourite spot for us, with or with out the kids. You can dine, drink, swim and relax in this beautiful space for a few hours. However sunday’s are family and Salt Tapa’s offers delicious, decent sized morsels to fill your belly to content. Enjoy the fresh cocktails, or frosty beers while the kids join in some activities, swim or play with the toys and get to enjoy unlimited Churros !!!! Every Sunday from 11am to 3pm. Salt Tapas Bar & Restaurant is located at Sentosa Villas in Seminyak, Jl. Pura Telaga Waja, Petitenget, Bali. +62 361 737675. Like them on Facebook to keep up to date.https://www.facebook.com/salttapasbali?fref=ts See More
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Bali Right of passage for kids ~ Unpoppable bubbles !

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One of the best things about Bali when you are a  kid. Although I have a vague memory ( and I can smell the fumes) that someone told me they are fairly toxic, they are pretty fun for a one off occasion. If you put two or three tubes of the glue stuff together you can get huge giant bubbles. These little boxes of fun are available at all of the little tiny shops and in the markets for about 10 000 rupiah. Most suitable from about 6 years and up I think ( for blowing the bubbles anyway) xxx

Bali Souvenir ( its just sugar sticks but Uber Cute)

HOW cute is this box of sugar sticks ??? Yeh I know Sugar is so passé right now. ( I am yet to quit sugar), but how cool would you be taking a box of this back for someone who still LOVES a teaspoon in their tea or coffee hey ? I found these at Coco Supermarket for only 13.500 Rupiah ( about $1.30 AUD) on Jl Kayu Aya, Seminyak. You can probably get it in any supermarkets across Bali. (I hear also possibly at Carrefore, Bintang and Tiara Gatsu in Kerobokan).

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Bounce and Strike at the Canggu Club

How about a little bouncing action or some bowls on your holiday your older kids and families will love the latest addition to the Canggu Club. A great way to get out of the sun for a while of even if its rainy p.s there is even a bar for mums and dads to enjoy a little refreshment. Yehaaaaaa like the facebook pages for more info. https://www.facebook.com/bouncebali?fref=ts

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Gourmet Canggu in Berawa.

If your hanging out in Berawa, then this place is really good. Gourmet Canggu is brand new and is serving up delicious and cheap food. The coffees are good, the juice fresh, the salads yum and the deserts AH -MAZ – ZING. Its located on Jl Tegal Sari ( kind of near the Bali Equestrian Centre) almost half way between Jl Batu Belig and Canggu (perhaps 15 minutes north of Seminyak). My apple juice was excellent and the Thai Beef Noodle Salad so good when it was tossed through with the zingy chili sauce. We ate and drank heaps for between 3 of us for under 200 000 rupiah. Thanks for this hot tip Bali Baby xxxx

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~ Flower Crowns ~

I recently lost a beautiful friend to breast cancer and just felt like I needed some quality time to reflect, and appreciate life. I lay the rug in the sunshine to make some beautiful, fragrant, flower crowns and garlands with my little ones ( or not so little ones). Its really easy, you just need a few bunches of frangipanis, some thread and either a needle or toothpick ( you just tie the thread to a tooth pick ) or use a needle and thread and just poke it through the centre being careful to keep them straight and keep threading them on to make a full crown or even longer to make a necklace they smell amazing too. XXX






Over thinking the Bali Massage

I must confess, I am only fairly new to the whole massage thing in Bali. I had dabbled in manicures and facials for many years, however I just could not quite get to the point of stripping down, mostly naked in front of a total stranger, allowing him/her to rub oil ALL over my body. However, since everyone else was doing it (yep I will blame peer pressure) I thought hmmm I might be missing out on something here.
It might be due to the whole “ happy ending “ thing that I have come to associate a Bali massage with the more sensual ( read seedy) side of Bali, however I became intrigued and thought hmmmm you only live once, how bad can I it be right?
Well, my mind tends to go into overdrive sometimes and of course what is meant to be a tension releasing, time out, pampering session initially stirred my brain into a frenzy. Even just starting with the being handed paper undies? whats wrong with my own undies ? where do I put the undies when the massage is over ? do other people wear the undies? Am I weird if I don’t accept the undies ……
I would initially lay on the table and try to make sure my face is squished as comfortable as possibly into the arkward little hole, then I would notice the dribble bowl underneath which can at times be filled with pretty flowers, fragrant oil or if your are at one of the total lux places, a small screen with relaxing images ( I did notice that didn’t have any dribble on it)
Once the masseuse gets started I kind of start to ponder what they are actually doing. Are they standing on the massage bed above me to get to that angle? Are they using there elbows? Yep I must relax, this is meant to be relaxing, hmmm it does feel nice, hang on did she just touch my boob! Is she meant to touch my boob? I am sure she has touched 1000 boobs but why is she touching my boob?????
I might get really adventurous and one day actually respond when they ask “is this ok miss?” other than ” yes thank you ” in regards to gentle, medium and firm pressure. I have gathered my assertiveness skills to politely decline the paper undies these days.
Whilst my husband prefers to pay about 60 000 rupiah for his massages, he always returns saying, either he had a small gathering looking on and chatting to the masseur about what’s for dinner during his massage, or he has caught someone riffling through his pant pockets for small change a couple of times or during his massage or the masseuse was privy to a little more of his private parts than perhaps should have been on display ( I wont go into detail but I am sure you can imagine the male anatomy of which could fall out of the paper undies). These stories do make me laugh and may actually be the root cause of my Bali massage anxiety. I do prefer the mid price range where the table is at least long enough to cater for my 5’9 height ( some places have too short tables to perhaps check this out before you say you want a 1 hour massage.
These days after a beautiful massage I still ponder why I don’t leave the room looking as good as I feel. In my mind I feel toned, relaxed, beautiful and refreshed. I sometimes and perhaps shouldn’t glance in the mirror to see a creased, sleepy face with wild woman hair. In saying all this I now really enjoy a good massage and at the first hint of that massage oil scent I get the dreamy look come over my face. I have some of my favourite place to go for a massage listed in my App in the day spa section if your willing to trust my opinion. Always on the search for the perfect massage let me know your favourite places to head to when in Bali ?