Eat, Love, Pray & Play Bali – Part 5.

DSC06544DSC05339After a one and a half hour van ride from Seminyak, followed by a bumpy traverse over narrow unpaved tracks deep into the paddy fields, we finally arrived at our destination – Agung Khalia Villa, abode for our 5 nights in Ubud, Bali. 



This incredibly alluring  villa complex is surrounded by plots of lush paddy fields; we learned from our driver that they belong to different farming families, with the boundaries of ownership demarcated by small shrines planted at the corners of each plot.


Agung Khalia Villa has an interesting history, as told to me by the villa manager Guru, a local Balinese who incidentally is a superb hospitality professional who doesn’t say no to any guest requests. Apparently the c0-owner of the villa, Californian college professor Laura Leaver, used to lead school trips to Bali. She fell in love with the place…

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Eat, Pray, Love & Play Bali – Part 2.


After enjoying our villa, we headed to Sarong for our first dinner in Bali.
Award-winning Sarong opened in 2008 in Seminyek, and is now one of the top tables in Bali, with reservations required weeks in advance.


Celebrity chef & author Chef Will Meyrick, after successful stints at Sydney’s well-regarded restaurants Longrain and Jimmy Liks, started Sarong to assemble and reinvent street-food around Asia; plating and serving them in an eclectic fine-dining style, yet retaining the authenticity of the dish.


The restaurant is walled within a lovely verdant Balinese garden potted with pretty lights. The breezy open-air curtained pavilion features majestic chandeliers, plush sofas, ethnic yet chic decor with elegant table settings, thronging with hip-looking professional waitstaff who would not look out of place in New York City.


Tasty crackers to start the dinner rolling


The zesty salad delivered a refreshing start…

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Eat, Pray, Love & Play In Bali Part 1.


This is the time of my annual vacation with my Mum and siblings; our choice of destination this year is Bali, a popular vacation spot made even more famous by the Eat, Pray, Love movie portraying Elizabeth Gilbert’s (played by Julia Roberts) soul-searching sojourn, part of which took place in Bali.

We rented a vacation home in the upscale Seminyak area – Villa Martine is hidden from the madding crowd of the main Seminyak shopping thoroughfare, down a narrow little lane; I’m amazed that our van could pass through it.


The villa is a lovely 5-bedroom bungalow with its own pool, furnished in open-concept Balinese style with a modern touch. It comes with outdoor showers in a few rooms and includes the services of 2 in-house domestic helpers who even cook your breakfast to order –  a gorgeous villa to spend 2 days.

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She Walks the World

I have never heard of Pulau Weh until I started diving early this year, when I was told of the beautiful reefs and marine life surrounding the island. So during the monsoon season (Oct-Feb) in South East Asia that usually sees most of the islands on the east coast of Peninsular Malaysia close-off to visitors– I wanted to dive, and somehow, Pulau Weh seemed like a very attractive choice. Apart from the diving; it’s relatively unknown, almost untouched by mass tourism, and offers some much needed peace and quiet.

About Pulau Weh
If you want to travel as far up north of Indonesia as you can go, Pulau Weh is the place to head to. It is situated in the Andaman Sea off the coast of Indonesia’s Sumatra island, and is part of the Acheh province.

The main religion of the province is Islam, and shariah law was applied here…

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She Walks the World

Pulau Weh, or Sabang as the locals call it; is an island situated off the coast of the northern tip of Sumatra island in Indonesia. It is part of the province of Aceh, and can be reached by boat or ferry from the mainland at Banda Aceh. Noted for its beautiful natural environment, most of the surrounding area around this small active volcanic island (about 150 square kilometers) has been declared a wildlife protection area.


With so many popular and well-known islands in Indonesia, Pulau Weh is often overlooked. I have never heard of this island until quite recently; when I was told about its beautiful underwater world. Most people head to the island to dive.

However, apart from its oceanic treasures,the island offers something for the non-divers too– whether it’s discovering the volcanic mountains or just chilling by the seaside resorts, there is something for anyone who wants to…

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