Top 5 things to do in Munduk and Ubud
- Brahmavihara Buddhist temple
- Stay in Munduk Moding Plantation (Villas, Spa, Coffee Plantation tour, Village bikeride)
- Waterfalls (Git Git and Munduk)
- Hindu temples (Lake Tamblingan, Ulun Danu Bratan)
- Lembuyang rice fields
- Mt. Batur volcano hike
- Cultural Dances (Kechak at Uluwatu temple and Legong)
- Hindu Temples (Tanah Lot, Pura Lempuyang, Tirtha Empul Temple, Besakih Temple)
- Monkey Forest Temple
- Downtown Restaurants (Clear Cafe and Kaffe)
- If you have time go to Java and see Borobudor Buddhist Temple!
Out of all our travels so far, going to Bali with Nelli is my absolute favorite….it was fitting that it was also for our honeymoon! Nelli really went out of his way to ensure it was an enjoyable experience and that each of us got what we wanted out of Bali. The above list only represents a FRACTION of what we did the two weeks we were there. We visited so many more places, temples and waterfalls but I chose my favorites above. As you can see, we were quite busy but there was also plenty of time for relaxation (we had 3 spa sessions and stayed at the BEST hotels) which is important for me (read: spoiled). We also got sick (as usual) so that really slowed down our days and it was nice to lounge around our villa recovering from our coughs! Please bring A LOT of cough medicine when you travel internationally – I still haven’t learned my lesson and didn’t bring enough! Here are some tips and tricks related to our favorite activities in Bali.
Continue reading “Ballin’ in Bali – Honeymoon time!”
Apparently, there is a word limit on posts so here is Part 3 of my crazy Black/Indian/Filipino wedding weekend. 1 month down…a lifetime to go!
Saturday Recap (Wedding Day!)
We woke up around 8am again for hair and makeup. All the immediate lady family members went first so I had some more “me time” to relax and write my vows. I finished my hair, makeup and getting dressed around 1pm and I absolutely loved the way I looked – especially the fresh jasmine in my hair which smelled so good. I didn’t have too much time to admire myself because I was running an hour late in terms of being at the venue (why I could never be on time for things, I’ll never know!). Once we arrived, I don’t think I caught my breath until the wedding was over – My photographer immediately swept me away for pictures most of the time, I was busy prepping the jasmine garlands for the baraat, finalizing the song changes with the DJ, writing my vows on a piece of paper and then before I knew it I was walking down the aisle haha.
I can’t even imagine all the details that Jessica my amazing wedding planner made sure happened prior to the wedding start but I’m sure it was 10x what I did so I would have been super lost without her. The favorite part of our ceremony was reading my vows – I tried not to cry but I couldn’t help it, I even heard multiple sniffles from the crowd. Even though the ceremony felt 30 minutes long, it was so memorable! Even the little teeny hiccups I am still smiling about like how the garlands were still in the fridge, or how my sister kept adjusting my veil everytime Nelli put something around my neck or how my vows were considerably longer than Nelli’s or how or when my brother almost got burned from moving the fire holder. I just hope that when we get our wedding pictures I don’t look like a snotty mess from all the crying I did – it truly was a beautiful ceremony merging all our traditions and everybody else thought so too 🙂 Continue reading “30 days post our Wedding – Pt. 3”
Happy 1 month anniversary to me and Nelli HAHA! This past month flew by but I definitely wanted to take the time to reflect on our wedding and the days leading up to it. We spent 1 year and 2 months pouring over the details to create a wedding that was truly us and we accomplished that without a doubt. I promised a part 2 and 3 last time I talked about my wedding at the 100 day mark so here it is 🙂 Continue reading “30 Days Post Our Wedding – Pt. 2”
Hi everyone, two weeks ago we were featured on Nikita’s website and talked a little about our relationship background and things that we’ve learned from being in a interracial marriage. We usually don’t like to give advice but I couldn’t resist as I love her blog and she serves as a great example of what it’s like to be in a black/indian family. We spinned the article and just talked about our experiences and what we love most about each other which is what my blog is all about. Read the link below for more details ❤
Wow….I can’t believe we are exactly 100 days till our wedding…we are entering the double digit countdown ahhh!! It seems like it was just last April when we got engaged and we thought we had all the time in the world. This past year or so, wedding planning has taught me so much about myself, Nelli, and how we work together as a team. It’s been challenging and stressful to plan a wedding (ESPECIALLY a multicultural one) and I didn’t get it before but now I do. Some of the key decisions that we made for our wedding are:
- What’s the definition of FUSION – We wanted ONE ceremony. This was really important to me and Nelli. A lot of fusion weddings have 2 ceremonies to celebrate each culture. I really like that idea and think it’s a good way to incorporate everything but for me personally, it didn’t speak to me. It was important to me to show our close friends and family that we are committed to blending our cultures in our marriage and we were going to showcase that through one ceremony. We got a lot of doubters and I myself am working tirelessly to ensure that the ceremony script is seamless but I have a great feeling that it will turn out beautifully. I think it’s also nice to have one ceremony, because we will be hand pick a few traditions that mean the most to us and have a significant message that we believe in. I also love the fact that me and Nelli are working together to develop a script from scratch so it will truly be unique and represent who we are and what our union represents. Lastly, the officiants will be family members and not priests or pastors and I think this is a great idea to make the overall ceremony more personal.
Continue reading “100 Days till our Wedding! – Pt. 1”
Our experience in Trinidad was one of a kind and definitely felt like we were at home. The beginning to our trip was a tad rocky though. We arrived a day earlier than Phylicia so we stayed at a hotel close to downtown. As soon as we hopped off the plane and headed for customs our jaw dropped: the line to get out of the airport looked miles long. We ended up staying 4 HOURS in the airport just to get through customs – very frustrating time for us and other people. It was utter chaos: people were skipping, complaining, cutting, arguing; this debacle ended up being front page news in Trinidad next day. Luckily, our trip only went uphill from there.
The taxi ride to our hotel was lovely, there were 2 other ladies in our car who were coming back to their homeland Trinidad and were able to give us tons of advice about where to eat close to our hotel. Even though we were emotionally drained, our stomachs weren’t so as soon as we layed down our bags in our room we took a short 5 minute taxi ride to the street food they recommended. We ended up getting a couple Trinidad staples (corn soup, potato pie, roti, etc) and shared it between us. The food was delicious, veg friendly, Indian oriented and very cheap. The next day we had breakfast and explored a little of the surrounding areas before Phylicia’s friend’s cousin picked us up.
Continue reading “Our Trip to Trinidad (The Blindian Connection)”
Hi everyone, I just had an amazing experience with my husband and my new friend Aman Kaur. WE DID A PODCAST EPISODE! Actually 2! Nelli and I talked about our experience as a Blindian couple and I’m so glad we got the opportunity. I am a really big fan of this podcast because it features people that are in interracial Indian marriages! How lovely. I’ve listened to each episode and it’s so awesome to relate to people and hear how they went through the challenges and joys of being married to an Indian! Please listen to our episodes below and let me know what you think. The episode will open in a new window so you don’t need anything else (tech wise) to listen. Also, click the source to go to Aman’s website to listen to other amazing stories.
Podcast episode (Part 1)
Podcast episode (Part 2)
Source: Moving forward and on Francesca & Raghav Part 2 – IIM027 | Indian Interracial Marriages Podcast