It was Sunday and it was my first full day at the Sanctuary. The night before, I was given the option to do a day trip to Ubud with some of the other ladies, however, being my first day at the villa, I had chosen to do nothing and enjoy my time at the villa, have a sleep in, meditate, journal, eat, laze by the pool, get a massage etc.
So this is EXACTLY what I did. Waking up Sunday morning, I felt amazing. I woke up at around 8 feeling so happy to be in Bali. That night was the best sleep I had had in a long time. I then really wanted to meditate, it is my way to soak it all in. So I moved to the poolside Gazebo and spent a few minutes meditating and writing my gratitudes.
At about 10, my beautiful hostess “J” came up to my room to check up on me. I suppose I hadn’t turned up to the main area for breakfast yet so she asked me if I wanted to have some breakfast. After asking her what she recommended from the menu, I ended up ordering half banana/ half mango pancakes. Although, I NEVER have pancakes in Melbourne, I instantly fell in LOVE with these. Anyone staying at Bliss – this is a MUST! Do not wait until your last day to try these! Thank me later.
I then made my way to the yogashala for a 3 hour massage + treatment. Yes, you heard it right. 3 HOURS! I tried the Balinese massage again followed by manicure + pedicure. Oh it was BLISS! My hands and feet never look this good back home, trust me.
After my treatments, I had some sandwiches by the pool for lunch. I remember being so relaxed, I had forgotten I didn’t live there and that I was a guest. Haha.
I got into the pool for a few laps, spent some time tanning by the pool, Oh the Bali sun is soooooo good. By this point, I had fallen in love with Balinese weather. This weather is not too different from what it is back in Surat, India, the city I grew up in. There was also a Kite festival going on this day so there was quite some movement and noise just outside the villa. But that didn’t bother me at all. It was good to be so close to locals and to have a chance to witness their daily activities, festivals etc.
After some pool time, I felt VERY tired. I had no idea why, although, I felt I needed a nap. Maybe my body wasn’t used to being so relaxed? haha. Waking up from my nap, it was already dinner time. I made my way to the dinner, and was pleasantly surprised at the dinner dishes spread that night. This was the night I tried and fell in love with TEMPEH 😉 Like really, if you haven’t tried it in an Indonesian curry, you have to try it. It seriously does not deserve the bad rep it gets.
Dinner time was amazing, was obviously accompanied by the soulful conversations with the most beautiful women staying at the villa. Oh I crave that place. That vibe. So much. Now that I think about it.
Right at the end of dinner, our hostess “J” let us know the ladies had prepared a surprise flower bath for all of us so we could soak our worries away before sleep. This was so thoughtful. We all joked about how we really needed this since we had had the worst day getting massages and manicures/pedicures. HAHA. 😀
I went back to my room and lo and behold, the flower bath was waiting for me. The beauty of this bath took my breath away, not going lie. When do you ever get treated this way? Unless obviously, you have an amazing partner who surprises you with surprise flower baths. But that aside, pretty much NEVER. This felt SO good. 🙂
So this was Day 2. I journal-ed that night, and it was this night that I mentioned these words in my diary for the first time: SAYA CINTA BALI (I Love Bali) 🙂
And I remember thinking – Is this what it means, when they say “Living on ISLAND TIME”? Because I think I am made for it. Oh hell, I think this is how humans were actually designed to live! And I could really get used to this… the next 4 days were going to be AH-MAZINGGGGGG!
And I will leave you now with a few pictures from this day. I hope you enjoyed reading this post.. more posts in the Bali series are yet to come! 🙂
Until next time, happy blogging!
Lots of love,
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