BALI HOLIDAY

The great thing about weddings is the excuse to take an indulgent holiday afterwards. David's youngest sister married in September and we convinced the happy couple to make their honeymoon an Asian adventure. After a week showing them the major sites of Beijing and Shanghai, we headed to Bali for rest and relaxation. 

We followed the usual itinerary of Ubud + beach, this time staying in Canggu. In Ubud we stayed at one of my understated favorites 'Organic Bungalow' on airbnb. The balconies are perfect for morning yoga. Once we had our fill of rice terraces we headed to Canggu and stayed at another airbnb bungalow. These are run similar to a hotel, each with a private pool, in-villa massage, and outdoor bathrooms. The location was great, secluded and peaceful yet just a few minutes away from Canggu beach area. The Canggu village has a number of different temples to explore, a quiet (and flat) road along rice terraces which makes for a breathtaking morning run, and only 10 kilometers from Tanah Lot. I debuted my new swimwear from Cali Dreaming available here, and I cannot recommend it enough. This bikini top is was surprising comfortable - soft fabric is appreciated when shoulders catch too much sun!

SISTER SISTER

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My younger sister came to visit me this week, her first trip to Asia. We spent a quick 24 hours in Singapore and stayed at The Pod Hotel near Haji Street. For such a short trip, the functionality and efficiency of the pod was great. We shopped the small boutiques of the Arab neighborhood and checked out the art scene. After walking the city all day and seeing Marina Bay, we opted for a one hour reflexology session. And of course, we couldn't leave Singapore without getting some Hainan Chicken Rice at a food centre.

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After Singapore, we headed to Ubud, Bali. We stayed in a treehouse with a lovely view and terrace large enough for morning yoga. We made it to the Monkey Forest minutes before closing time thanks to Pak Ketut. We learned to cook Balinese dishes from Ketut's daughter, making entirely too much food. Ketut drove us to tour the rice terraces, elephant cave, luwak coffee plantation and holy water temple before taking us to Seminyak.

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