Evacuate 12km Radius of Mt Agung

***Huge amounts of seismic activity being recorded around Mt Agung at present , immediate evacuation to a 12km Distance for anyone in the vicinity please, please take care *****🙏🏼🙏🏼🌋 *** Sejumlah besar aktivitas seismik yang tercatat di sekitar Gunung Agung saat ini, evakuasi langsung ke Jarak 12 km untuk siapa saja di sekitarnya tolong berhati-hatilah ***

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An intriguing experience ….

I have recently been going through a kind of personal nightmare and will spare you all the details but let’s just say it is f£#*ed and I am struggling to make sense of it all. A very kind and generous friend mentioned I go and have an aura cleanse and palm reading by Agus Sihman Palm Reader & Life Counsoler. I thought, what the hell anything to distract my mind, perhaps make me feel a bit of peace and it couldn’t hurt. She booked me in for for whole hog, 2.5 hour flower cleanse and let’s just say while I am very sceptical and don’t believe in magic, this experience was all kinds of intriguing. Located perhaps 20 minutes from Ubud, you enter Agus’s compound and it is full of beautiful blooms, billowing colourful curtains and burning incense. You are asked to note down your name, date of birth, country in his log book. When you meet him you will notice his giant, curling fingernails which are honestly a little freaky. He will offer you two sarongs, one to bathe in and one to wear after for your ceremony. He will then guide you to the flower bath. I followed his instructions carefully and did what I was told and meditated for a while ( not sure how long) until he called me to dry off, change sarongs and enter the ceremony room. I did so and stood in front of him while he prayed/ meditated/ quietly chanted for some time. At this point I must admit I was glancing around for some kind of camera as I felt like it was all a bit of a farce. He eventually came towards me and pressed down on my head and was shaking. He then move his hands to my upper chest ( not in a creepy way at all) and other hand on my upper back and he continue to chant and pray whilst almost squeezing my chest. Now this is where things got weird ( good weird) as tears just started to stream down my face uncontrollably ( and then the snot) which just kept coming and the more he chanted and shook, the more the tears rolled. Then eventually they subsided to a stop. It felt as though he has literally sucked the deepest sadness out of my chest. The sense of relief was sensational. He pressed my eyebrows and asked which hurt and it was the left and he said I had been consumed with the external part of my life and not enough internal exploration. He did some sound healing and we asked for forgiveness from ourselves, family and friends and the universe. He looked over my body with his magnifying glass ( yep weird) then asked me to sit next to him on the daybed and he closely examined my left palm. This again where it was a little freaky. He brought up dates of significance to me that only I could know, he challenged all my thoughts on some recent situations, he posed metaphorical questions to my decisions and opened my mind to new ideas and ways of thinking. He gave me hope where I had felt helpless. He held my hand tightly and made me face some very hard truths. He spoke of my nature of which was 100% accurate. It was very empowering. He squeezed all my fingers again looking for pain where there was none. He said ‘yes you are in very good health’(Yay). He then made me meditate in the dark, alone for ages and threw a heap of flowers on top of me( again another moment of WTF is happening now) he then came and took me around his garden many times I lost count and got a little dizzy. I was not to look back or to the right or left only forward to future. He prayed and chanted to me again. He gave me a take home pack of tea, incense, a bracelet he had blessed and Cempaka oil he used to heal and had placed on my forehead. I left Agus’s place feeling better, I must say and had a renewed sense of hope, optimism and strength. I know it’s all possibly smoke and mirrors and a s£#+ load of flowers, however I felt better for the experience 🙏🏼🌺🌸🌹🌷🌼🌻

http://www.agusbalipalmreader.com/

Melali Villa, Bingin, Bali

I was lucky enough to recently stay at the beautiful Melali Bingin, Bali. A stunning villa with two bedrooms in the main house and a small private villa just next door. This villa can be hired out as a whole or room by room. Located in Bingin ( a short drive) from Bingin beach, it’s in a perfect spot for some superb relaxation and as a base to explore the stunning beaches of the Bukit Peninsula. Run by a gorgeous young couple who live just next door Elise and Liam are the perfect hosts supported by a team of staff that could not do more for you to make your stay as you wish. The villa is so beautifully decorated you will want to chat to Elise as to where she sourced EVERYTHING made including the most beautiful mermaid tiles in the private villa. The breakfast is a highlight with the yummiest chia pudding with mango and you can meet other guest’s and whilst I was there I got to chat to the cutest young couple who had just finished studying quantum physics at Uni on their first trip to Bali. The beds and linen are really beautiful to ensure you enjoy the most restful sleep, and each room has its own balcony to read a book or enjoy a wine. I can’t wait to stay again soon, just loved it ! For more information and booking details head to the website Melali Villa, Bingin

 

Batik Air Test flight

Selamat Pagi Friends,

Hey, I just wanted to let you all know I recently tested out the Batik Air, Malindo Perth – Bali – Perth route. I paid around $500 AUD however it was a last minute trip. The plane was small and old, however it was clean and had heaps of leg room. I had 30kg check in luggage which is great. The plane seem to be bumped to low priority on both tarmacs, having to walk down onto the tarmac like the good old days at Perth and also in Bali with getting the bus to the Arrivals terminal. I got a small meal on the plane and 1 drink and no alcohol. There were a choice of 8 old movies to choose from, no blankets or pillows. Lastly when arriving in Bali they didn’t hand out Customs cards so be sure to grab one and complete one quickly before joining to customs lines, after collecting your luggage as heaps of people were getting sent back to complete one. I will happily fly with Batik again( that’s if Garuda remains so expensive 🙊).

Love from LMB x

Blangsinga or Tegenungan Waterfall

This waterfall is known by two names depending on which village you come through. We came via Blangsinga as our driver thought there may be slightly less stairs for my mum to come down. Not sure that was entirely true hahah though. Only 15 minutes drive from Komune Resort in Keramas or perhaps 50 minutes from Kuta/Legian or Seminyak. This waterfall was absolutely stunning. You can swim in the pool at the bottom however its really cold but refreshing. The stacked stones which I thought might have a spiritual or cultural meaning are apparently place to warn tourists to stay away from slippery areas and to help prevent erosion and collapse. There are many stairs so its a pretty sweaty walk back to the car park but just go slow and enjoy the view from each angle and vantage point. There is a small shop at the top for cool drinks and to get in to see the waterfall its just 10 000 Rupiah. My dad who is a young 69 year old did it easily however mum who has dodgy knees and tends to get a little wobbly and is not a fan of heights made it to the top of the waterfall with the help of our gorgeous driver by her side. Beau and I in our Bali hiking boots (Beau bare food and I had Havianas on) made it up and back with no problems just with typical sweat moustaches which are part and parcel of Bali.

Fidget Spinners have hit Bali ! 

So we hunted down this new little gadget called the Fidget Spinner and haggled hard ( well as you know I’m not great at bartering ) and got them for 50 000 rup. We went in a mission through the Sanur And Sindhu Markets. I think you could go lower the more you buy and a little higher if they have lights on them. All the rage with primary aged kids and my boys LOVE them. 

Villa Bella 

The most dreamy and welcoming boho heaven, Villa Bella is offering 15 – 20% off their nightly rates during May and June. This stunningly famous villa is incredibly Instagram worthy and is a perfect little 3 Bed sanctuary located in a quiet village just in the outskirts of Canggu. Close enough to all your fave attractions but quiet enough to emerge yourself in the true culture of Bali. For more details head to the website http://www.villabellabali.com or email info@villabella.com

Little Island Store

Now you all know I do like to shop …. a lot 🙊 and my gorgeous friend, Sons has just opened the cutest place called Little Island Store for all your tropical Island requirements. It’s located along Jl Kayu Jati, Seminyak between Mexicola and Sisterfields and just near the ever popular Kody Ko. Be sure to pop in to check it out and follow them on Instagram @littleislandstore and on Facebook 👙👛👌🏼 #seminyak #shopping #boutique

My top ten things to enjoy when holidaying in Bali. 

1. Eat Nasi Campur at local Warungs.

2. Get a Balinese Massage everyday.

3. Sunset Bintangs at a beach bar.

4. Early morning walks enjoying the fresh wafts of incense from the offerings. 

5. Do a power shop along the entire Jl Legian/Jl Seminyak Raya Street. 

6. Share a pizza and a few cocktails at one of the many fabulous Beach clubs. 

7. Get a manicure, pedicure and Hair treatment. 

7. Go and bargain hard for some new sarongs and tshirts at the markets.

8. Head up to Ubud for a day trip.

9. Go for a snorkel way out East at the Blue Lagoon. 

10. Get my laundry done to smells divine and remind me of perfect family holidays 👌🏼

Manta Rays off Nusa Penida

Really excited to be travelling to Lembongan in the next few weeks with my mum and dad. They have been to Bali before however not yet to Lembongan. I can’t wait to let you all know what they thought. Hopefully we catch a glimpse of the Manta Rays off Nusa Penida. This image was taken by Ceningan Adventures.