After our relaxing time in Ubud it was time for some 'fun in Seminyak'...shopping and some of our favourite restaurants were on the agenda.
There is no shortage of wonderful places to eat and drink in Bali, especially Seminyak...everybody has their favourites...ours are Bistrot Bali.....worth a visit even just to see the great decor, Corner House stop by during happy hour....The Junction...and a newly discovered restaurant with amazing food, Indonesian with a modern twist called Merah Putih definitely worth a visit!
Our villa was just off Jalan Drupadi so quite central to all the restaurants and great boutiques of Seminyak. No visit to this area though is ever complete without a quite taxi ride to the area nearby of Canguu to visit our favourite cafe and store Bungalow Living. We enjoyed a wonderful healthy breakfast, lingered over good coffee and cake and may have returned a few hours later with more cushion covers...LOL a girl can NEVER have too many cushions!
August and September are traditionally the season for "kite flying" and the skies were full of amazing kites and the streets full of laughter as kids transported these huge kites from place to place...
Ahh yes reality check, now that I have posted it feels like the holiday is really over....thanks for stopping by..back to regular viewing now...the housework awaits!
When we arrived to stay in Ubud we were told by the villa manager that there was a special celebration to be held during our stay in the nearby village...a Hindu cremation ...the last of its kind was held 5 years ago! We were truly honoured to be asked to attend in all the times we have visited Bali we have never witnessed this 'celebration' take place.
A Balinese funeral or Ngaben is a Hindu ceremony where the cremation of the body returns the 5 elements of earth, water, fire, air and ether to their original residence. It is the last and most important rite in the cycle of a Balinese Hindu life. The bodies are not cremated immediately after death but buried and then retrieved a few days before the cremation. The remains are placed in the decorated sarcophagus and then carried by members of the village quite some distance to the cremation site. The ashes are then returned to the sea, the 'final purification'.
Such colour and chaos all at once...and oh so noisy! The gamelan orchestras were deafening at times and the cheering and laughter of the kids brought smiles to or faces...as did these beautiful ladies selling their 'wares'!
Whilst we were in Ubud we visited the amazing Sari Organic, it had been on my 'wish list' for a while and it certainly did not disappoint.
Its about a ten minute 'easy' walk through rice paddies from the centre of Ubud (you'll have to walk unless you have a motorbike) Sari Organic started growing organic produce about 12 years ago and they now have quite a large farm nearby where you can also pick your own vegetables.
So many amazing dishes to choose from and reasonably priced. The return walk was welcomed to walk of the food we consumed!
If you are visiting Bali and heading to Ubud mark it on your list of things to do!
A sad day today...yesterday we lost a beautiful soul, a lady who inspired others to be better, who never gave up and with whom touched so many lives.....heaven has another angel, another star which will continue to shine so bright...
For those of you who follow me on Instagram you'll be aware we have been away overseas in Bali...we had the most amazing time (child free woo hoo).... its been a busy week settling back in there has been no time to edit and choose photos ....so many photos to share I have decided to break it up into a few posts....
We travelled to Bali (our second home) with dear friends and shared a villa near Ubud in the town of Lodtunduh just a few kms from the centre of town. We have stayed at the River Moon complex before once once again we were not disappointed!
We were fortunate enough to attend a traditional Hindu cremation in the local village, an event that takes place only every five years or so, our timing was perfect....you'll have to visit again in a few days to hear all about it!
Must admit less than a week home and I am ready to pack my bags again...does anyone else suffer from "post holiday syndrome"???
Spring is officially here in Australia and although its still a little chilly you can almost see a change as the days start to get just a little longer...its about this time of year that I start to dream of a summer holiday!
Nan's Marshmallow slice is ALWAYS a bit hit so when we were asked to 'bring a plate' to share recently for a school Musical Night it was the obvious choice.
With its crumbly biscuit bottom and its soft and gooey marshmallow top once people get started there is rarely any leftovers...oh and did I mention its easy to make.
Last year "Nan" turned 90 and Lilly put together a book of her family recipes as a keepsake. Its a fabulous book with all the children, grandchildren AND great grandchildren favourite recipes from Marshmallow slice to her famous Sausage Rolls. There are photos and stories but most importantly some amazing recipes that will now be enjoyed for generations to come.