Ballin’ in Bali – Honeymoon time!

Top 5 things to do in Munduk and Ubud

  •  Munduk
    1. Brahmavihara Buddhist temple
    2. Stay in Munduk Moding Plantation (Villas, Spa, Coffee Plantation tour, Village bikeride)
    3. Waterfalls (Git Git and Munduk)
    4. Hindu temples (Lake Tamblingan, Ulun Danu Bratan)
    5. Lembuyang rice fields
  • Ubud
    1. Mt. Batur volcano hike
    2. Cultural Dances (Kechak at Uluwatu temple and Legong)
    3. Hindu Temples (Tanah Lot, Pura Lempuyang, Tirtha Empul Temple, Besakih Temple)
    4. Monkey Forest Temple
    5. 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.

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My First Diwali

Our first Diwali 2013! We ended up eating at Nelli’s favorite Indian restaurant Dosa in San Francisco. I loved getting dressed up…Nelli first mentioned the idea of getting dresses up in traditional Indian clothing and then he kept on going back and forth. I even had to call dosa and ask for the dress code and promise to drive to SF so we wouldn’t look too out of place. Once the deal was struck we went to about 4 different Indian stores including a grocery store to complete my look. We decided against a saree because it was too last minute to learn how to wear one. The first store had good reviews but I couldn’t find anything I was in love with…a lot of the clothing looked too old school with a lot of beads. We went to another store down the street but the dresses that I was looking for were expensive. The sales lady pointed to me a different option and I chose a black anarkali with fuchsia and gold threading and teal accents…winning! I also got matching bangles and a bindi. Nelli, a self proclaimed saree master, was present and helpful through the entire process and gave me a seal of approval. I was so excited! We looked great! We arrived at the restaurant and I immediately liked the ambiance…dimly lit with warm colors and Indian designs on the wall. The venue even had a dj and free henna tattoo lady. The food was excellent we got the Diwali 3 course meal. I still remembered what I ate: spicy tandoori chicken bites, pumpkin dosa, and a lamb stew! We even got free dessert cause we had to move tables. This was an amazing night.