Check out our new digs!


I thought I’d post a few pics of our new digs, in Seminyak. The best part is, everything is already included in the rent. Electricity, satellite tv, internet, maid service and pool cleaning, all at no extra cost! AND…we even have monogramed towels, fantastic water pressure and HOT WATER! I can hardly wait to live in it!

Oh, wait…I already am! πŸ™‚

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Movin’ on up!

Today I moved all of our stuff out of our villa in Kerobokan, and moved on in to our new villa in Seminyak. The owner of our previous villa is doing renovations, so it’s out onto the street for us! I managed to fit just about everything we had into a cab, all except my writing desk and chair. So, I just did what any ordinary Balinese person would do…

Strap it to my scooter!!




And, in case you were wondering…yes, that is in fact my leather belt. Relax my love, that sh*t ain’t goin’ nowhere!

Strangeness in familiarity

Fiona here …
Back home.
It is a weird mix of strange and familiar.
Pre and post flight was quite a drama, the flight itself very good. Once I was finally home I managed a quick and amazing shower (no water pressure in Bali!), before my sisters and mum descended. Sandwiches and party pies later my clean house was a mess and all the gossip was caught up on πŸ™‚
The evening was weird, home alone in a house with 4 walls and even stranger sleeping alone. One of my sisters gave me a framed photo of Justin for beside the bed, I slept like a log and awoke to the smiling framed face of my loved one πŸ™‚
Today a trip to southland was once again a mix of familiar and strange. How easily we slip back into our familiarity. Still weird to have everything so convenient, and hardly any motorbikes. I kept forgetting to put on my seatbelt, and found it weird to brush my hair and have to choose clothes that included socks and heeled shoes!
So lovely to see my family.
Missed seeing the sun though!

Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

Well, day one on my own & they finally get the swimming pool back into action. Just in time before I move us out to a new villa in Seminyak, in a few days time. That’s timing for ya.Β But just as well, it took me a good couple hours to clean up & deflate all our lilo’s. Hot work, I tells ya.

And today, while waiting to change my address at the bank, I’m experiencing a delicious BLT baguette, that fell apart quicker than Doctor Murray’s alibi.

And opposite me, this bizarre signage…

Which I presume, is some kind of reference to Atticus Finch from To Kill A Mockingbird (yes Fiona, I’ve read it), but surely your business logo should at least be a live bird and not a “dead duck”.

Only in Bali…(& possibly the US).

A Farewell to Arms (Fiona’s)


Fiona here …

So this is how I spent my final afternoon in Bali, having lunch and walking along the beach with my love, before I head off back to Australia for a month. I’m looking forward to seeing my family and friends, sleeping in my bed and enjoying a good shower. I am soooo going to miss riding past rice fields on the scooter behind my love. Swimming, sunsets, geckos and the amazing food here. Mostly I will just miss my best friend.

So … from now on … Justin will be blogging from Bali & I will be blogging from Melbourne.

Bye bye Bali … see you on xmas eve!

Not as Fishy as it Seems…

I’ve never really been a fan of sardines, but I might make an exception for Sardine Restaurant Bali.Β 

And don’t be afraid to click on the link to their website. Pretty incredible looking place, nestled right within the rice paddies and the food was light and tasty, but a tad bit pricey. But still, you gotta eat, right? So, why not do it in style and paradise.

(And with a good looking woman, opposite you) πŸ™‚






There’s No Beef About It!

Stopped off for dinner tonight at theΒ Deity of Miracle Vegan Resto.

It’s a vegan restaurant that looks like a Balinese Temple. The food was really delicious and by far, the cheapest dining experience we’ve had in all of our experiences so far. Getting up to the restaurant is a bit like climbing an Aztec pyramid, and being a vegan restaurant…it was a long way to the top, without a sausage roll πŸ˜‰







Tip-toe thru the Tulips

Another exquisite “find” right around the corner from us, a beautiful Turkish & Mediterranean restaurant called, Tulip.

An exquisite array of finger food and dipsΒ (man, those Turks sure know how to cook fingers…even Colonel Sanders would be proud), followed by a selection of mouthwatering desserts, masterfully presented by Marlon Brando

“Gonna make you a dessert…you can’t refuse!”

So much food…and so much time to eat it, too πŸ™‚

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Padma Pool Crashers

Our pool pump has been out of commission…AGAIN…due to excessive rain filling the pit…AGAIN…and burning out the pump motor…AGAIN.

But that just gives us a great excuse to head into Legian and “Pool Crash”, the Padma Resort Bali. Lying in the sun, lunching and swimming in the pool it occurs to me how crazy it is, that what all the people here have paid hundreds if not thousands of dollars to enjoy, we also enjoy…for free πŸ™‚

Cheeky little monkeys πŸ™‚