Travel Feature: Bali, Indonesia

Have you ever been to Bali? Let us take you on this whirlwind trip to one of Asia’s prime beach destinations!

I love Bali! The first time I ever landed on this tropical paradise was 15 years ago as part of our honeymoon. I have decided, after 15 years, it’s time to come back and see once again the beauty of this amazing place. I am glad my sister gladly obliged and joined me in this whirlwind trip. We were only here for a weekend because my aim was really to attend a cooking class to learn more about Indonesian food but we still saw quite a lot. We came back totally in-love with the people,  the glorious food and the awesome scenery Bali has to offer. Don’t be surprised if I am off to Bali again soon!

Enjoy our mini-vacation and hope you get to visit Bali soon yourself!

We arrived quite early in the morning as we took a red-eye flight from Manila.

This is what greeted us – glorious sunshine and oh that wonderful wide beach!

There weren’t a lot of people yet so we got to enjoy the beach to our heart’s content!

The only sound that broke the perennial splashing of the waves was the buzzing of this helicopter that flew so low and came out of nowhere! I love this shot though, don’t you?

And when you’ve been awake since 1 am, then the first thing you look for is a coffee shop. Thankfully, there was one near us in Seminyak where we booked our hotel. It was an awesome coffee shop. What a great find!

Cute!!!

Well, this was my primary reason for coming to Bali. I was doing some research for my rice and noodles cookbook so I wanted to learn firsthand how to make the most delicious Indonesian dishes. Incidentally, my cookbook is coming out, Lord-willing, early summer 2019!!! Can’t wait to share it with you all!

Here’s my sister being taught by Ibu Dotty – quite a master at her craft!

Chopping some shallots for her spice paste!

Look at all that delicious food we made. And yes, all these yummy dishes are included in the cookbook. Are you excited yet? 🙂

I couldn’t wait to dig in here!

And here’s the trio of chefs! We had such a lovely time learning how to cook Indonesian food!

In the evening we went to a restaurant famous for its food and also for its cultural shows.

 

 

Here’s the interior of the restaurant. The food was great. But to be honest, my Beef Rendang was better than theirs!!! Ha ha. 🙂

Since we were here on a Sunday, we made sure we visited the local church.

This, like in my other travels around South East Asia, had always been the highlight of my trip. It’s so amazing to worship with other Christians from the around the globe.

My soul was truly blessed.

Yes, I do love and enjoy Indonesian food!

This is the Indonesian version of Halo-Halo, a tasty summer summer treat that not only refreshes you while under the scorching heat of the Asian sun but is sure to delight your palate, too!

Did I mention I love Indonesian food? Yes, so much I had to take home a souvenir so I can share some of these yummy recipes with you!

For our final day, my sister and I decided to go to the beach and do some relaxation and sightseeing. But guess what? We stumbled into a huge mall instead just right across the beach!

What a view! Probably one of the prettiest malls I have ever seen!

And of course, the lovely and wide sandy beaches of Bali can’t be beat!

I will definitely be back soon!!!

 

 

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