Wednesday, January 29, 2014

10 Things I truly, madly, deeply LOVE about Bali


People are generally nice and accommodating.  They’re easy-going, friendly, and  approachable. It’s easy to strike up a conversation with them anywhere at anytime as they seem very willing to chat with foreigners and even practice their English.

9.  The Balinese are also strictly religious and it’s such a treat to witness their ceremonies in action. One will often see a regular “upacara agama” (religious ceremony) happening on a weekly basis. But every now and then, one will be lucky enough to witness special ceremonies like this (ex.below: Upacara Melasti),


              or even participate in one (above: holy waters of Tirtha Empul).

                         8. Balinese architecture, d├ęcor and design      are gorgeous. The expert and exotic-looking woodcarvings with rich colors are cultural stamps of beauty to normal things around here. I am such a fan of the intricately-carved teak-wood doors and window panelings, as well as the gazebos and open-air style bungalows here in Bali. 

7. One is able to live comfortably (and even a bit more) here as the cost of living isn’t like that of the city or other more popular holiday spots. Basic commodities and local food are generally cheap, and one can spend enough without hurting the monthly budget.

6. The sunsets and sunrise are simply breathtaking. I don't think I've seen anywhere as beautiful than here.

It's also a bonus that the weather is beautiful most of the time. Sure there’s the rainy season, but it’s not so much a nuisance. There are hardly any typhoons here in Bali and the rains often last just a few hours in a day.

                                                              5. The quality of life. If you prefer this over the rush and stress, Bali is an awesome place to live and enjoy life to the fullest. Life here is slow and unhurried, allowing one to enjoy the scenery and the abundant nature that surrounds.

Getting in touch with nature and or one’s spirituality are some of the gifts Bali bestows to its residents.

Imagine driving your motorbike through fresh breeze with scents of flowers and greens under the full moon? or watching beautiful sunsets in the open sea while sitting on your surfboard? It’s just simply a beautiful place.

                           4. Gorgeous beaches! 
Need I say more?? The island offers different beach spots for every preference or activity. Want to Surf? Kite board? Snorkel? Dive? or simply swim and wade in the water. There’s definitely a spot for you. And all are easily accessible too!

           3. I get to wear flip-flops at work 
                               and get to dip my feet in the sand after! 
                                                  Can’t get any more comfy than that!

                                                        2. The Surf! 
Often the main and only reason most foreigners have regarding why they live here. As for me, I’ve only acquired this sport upon taking residence years ago and now I truly understand the passion and obsession they have of the waves in Bali.

If you surf, I guess there is no need for me to explain this. But if you don’t surf, well, you may want to learn.

and the #1 reason.....

Detachment from Superficiality and Material Things.

This is probably the best thing Bali has taught me. This place definitely changes a person’s priorities and attachment to what is important. 

Bali showed me how to focus more on growing in spirit and experience, and mostly to realize that true happiness can be found in the simplest things. It helped me release my dependencies on the many material things I once revolved my life on. It has encouraged me to look at my environment, to pause and appreciate the beauty and blessings that the world is giving me; to relish in it, use it well, and exist harmoniously with it.


 "Remember that wherever your heart is, there you will find your treasure."
                                                                                  ----  Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist

Previously:  10 Things I truly, madly, deeply DISLIKE about Bali

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