Things to do in Bali

Bali is truly colourful, filled with a rich culture,  art, historical temples, breathtaking waterfalls ‘WOW’ views. Before I visited Bali, I turned to my trusted friend, Pinterest for inspiration and itineraries and there is honestly so many amazing blogs, articles and travel diaries of things to do, see, experience and enjoy in Bali. I told myself, I cannot bare to see these mesmerizing photos any longer. I want to see, do, experience and capture it all for myself. Needless to say, I was not disappointed and now I can tick it off The List.

So here’s my photo diary of things to do, see, experience in Bali.

Pura Ulun Danu Bratan

Tanah lot temple

KECAK DANCE

LUWAK Coffee Tasting

Monkey Forest

Monkey see, monkey do… so whatever you do leave all your belongings with your driver or in a tightly closed backpack. Have a strap for your camera or phone and don’t even bother to carry a bottle of water they will legit take it from you and give you a “vuil kyk” should you dare to take it back from them lmao.  I didn’t have anything on me to offer however one monkey pulled my jumpsuit, thinking I was hiding something, it was hilarious and a tad bit scary because they can be crazy mother f@#$ sorry mean monkeys.

Batik

It’s a method of producing coloured designs on textiles by dyeing them, having first applied wax to the parts to be left ‘undyed’. Support this historical art and textile work by purchasing a finished batik product such as a sarong, pillow case or purse.

Shop

Put your negotiating skills to the test and don’t give in too easily.In terms of negotiating, Ubud is the best place to shop for bags, accessories, leather goods, well actually everything. As soon as you get to Kuta and Seminyak the vendors become more rigid in meeting you even halfway with your bargained price.

(Apparently a penis souvenir means goodluck and yes they come in all sizes…smirk)

 Tegalalang Rice Terraces

All I can say is, go early, wear comfortable shoes and take a zillion pics, this rice terrace is the picture perfect.

Bali swing

The higher, the better.

EAT: KLAPON

(Rice leaf with sugary filling and coconut)

Adopt and release a Turtle

white water rafting, deep sea-diving, parasailing

I don’t have images of all the water sports I did because sometimes you just have to leave the camera and live in the moment.

 Spa

I went to a spa in each place I visited in Bali that being, Kuta, Ubud, Nusa Dua and Seminyak, sigh I felt like a queen being massaged with coconut milk and soaking in hot rose petal baths… anyway back to reality.

Stay

Dash Hotel Seminyak I give this place 5 stars for the unique quirky design, location (It is walking distance to the potato head beach club) and the delicious breakfast.

Benoa Sea Suites- Nusa Dua- 4 stars. This accommodation is near all the water sports, beach and restaurants. The suites are spacious, clean and the staff is very helpful and friendly.

Alamdini Resort Ubud- 4 stars. This resort seems secluded but it is still within walking distance to the restaurants and the shopping markets. The room and the bathroom is spacious and clean with an amazing view of big koi fish and the big green jungle tress.The breakfast was a bit disappointing but there is a good variety of restaurants in the heart of Ubud.

There are way more things that I did, saw, experienced, and ate. I couldn’t capture every single moment and I definitely cannot post over 1000 pics. However I triple dare you to close your eyes and book your next trip to Bali (Do it now Ray, you will not regret it hehe).

Lastly don’t forget to see the sunset at Potato Head Beach Club, dance like there’s no tomorrow at Sky Garden and see you life flash by with the killer waves at Dreamland Beach.

Derimakasi Bali, Till next time

Love
The 156 Supermodel
xoxo

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With Love, Bali

Bali which is known for its breathtaking waterfalls, temples, beaches and rice terraces to mention only a few, has always been on my list of places to visit. Earlier this year, I closed my eyes and I made it happen. Needless to say I immediately fell in love with Bali. Aside from becoming a real spa “ho” with the endless spa treatments, this place has so much to offer in terms of things to see, do and experience AND it allows you to test your bargaining skills for all you shopaholics. I was really in my element, wearing short shorts, loose dresses with excessive pom poms, minimal make-up and embracing the au-natural hair. It made me wonder, has my home environment confined and restricted me or rather, have I become rigid because of my daily routine, work dress code and lifestyle. Ugh well that just sucks and if that is the case, don’t you wish you were on a permanent vacation? I certainly do…

These images were taken in the heart of Ubud at the Tegalalang Rice Terraces and the popular Bali Swings.

With Love, Bali

P.S. Planning your next trip to Bali, Check out “Things to do in Bali” (going live next week)

Till Next Time

The 156 Supermodel

xoxo

The Great Wall

Better to see something once than hear about it a thousand times.

Many a times it has been said, “Seeing is believing”. I have always seen amazing images of The Great Wall but to be honest it was never on top of my list of tourist attractions to visit. However, I had the opportunity to visit The Great Wall and I was left in awe by this man-made wonder. I decided to visit Mutianyu which is a popular section of the Great Wall that has been fully restored. The experience in itself was amazing and even though the Chinese people refer to it as the Long wall (长城/ Chángchéng) as opposed to the Great Wall, I realized that the history etched in the stones and bricks is what makes it “Great”. My friends and I went up with the cable car to tower 14. We then walked down to the 6th Tower so that we could take the Toboggan down. It was literally a “cool runnings” moment come true. I would highly recommend it but also do your own research as there are many sections of the Great Wall which each tell a different story. In the end each section is joined and seen as The Great Wall.

Leaving your mark wherever you go is good but leaving it in a positive way is best. Shruti Poojary

Miracles happen everyday. They bubble up from their hidden source, surround us with opportunities and disappear. Deepak Chopra 

P.S All these images are my own which have been edited because on the day the Air Quality Index aka pollution was above average with a rate of 139.

Love 

The 156 Supermodel 

xoxo

Big Sleeves & Breathtaking Views

Hello Supermodels

I fell off the grid for a little while and literally entered a new time zone.

It’s amazing how your life can change in an instant. For the past month, I have called Shenzhen in China my new home. Where does one even begin to tell of the escapades, stories and experiences encountered thus far on this new journey. Well to sum it up, it is absolutely crazy. I find myself having long conversations with the locals only for me to tell them in the end “Méiyǒu Chinese, I do not understand.” However, what I’ve learnt; smiling and laughing still remains a universal language. There are many challenges that come with this big move but you have to face and accept each with a positive attitude and mind set.

Recently I crossed the border  to Hong Kong for a quick visit which is literally a train ride away. I did some touristy sightseeing and the views did not disappoint. I visited Victoria’s Peak (as per the images), stood in the middle of time square, climbed 250 steps to see the Tian Tan Budha on Lantau Island, walked through Ladies Market and of course ended the night with drinks on the rooftop of Cé La Vi.

This is just a snippet of the latest 156 travels but I hope to keep you posted on my journey with thoughts and even tips if you decide to venture abroad solo.

So here’s to Big Sleeves and Breathtaking Views…


Till Next Time

Peace

The 156 Supermodel 

xoxox 

In the Heart of Canada

Last year this time I was drinking coffee at Tim Hortons, having Barbecues with family and friends, discovering new fashion brands such as Coach and Bench and simply enjoying site seeing as any tourist would in the Heart of Canada, Toronto. The experience was amazing, filling up many pages for one’s  travel journal. I took so many photos but here are a few encapsulating one epic adventure…

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You always start and finish your day with a good cuppa coffee from Tim Hortons. Tim Hortons is literally situated at every second street
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Walking in downtown Fergus
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Had breakfast at the Gorge Country Kitchen Small is not a word in the Canadians Vocabulary
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Celebrating Canada Day
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Canadians are truly patriotic
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Go BIG or go home
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The CN Tower

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20 years ago my mom sat on that exact same spot
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Don’t look down…
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View from the Top
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Toronto City
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Pizza need I say more

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Pimp my Ride

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The Niagara Falls is truly majestic
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The Falls from the US side

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A rainbow to remind us that there is a God

This is only a small part of Canada but hopefully some part of this beautiful country I will get to call my second home soon.

Love 

The 156 Supermodel 

xoxox

P.S I left my camera at home when I went shopping because shopping requires one’s full attention but next time I will show you some of their most popular brands that I discovered.