2012 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The new Boeing 787 Dreamliner can carry about 250 passengers. This blog was viewed about 950 times in 2012. If it were a Dreamliner, it would take about 4 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.


Well, the news is out there!

I am so totally overwhelmed by all the love and best wishes we have received. This baby sure will be born into a world of love. At this stage I am still in disbelief, I am not sure I’ll believe it until this little miracle actually arrives 🙂

In 7 days I will be on the plane on my way back to Bali. Back to the sunshine, good food and my love.

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 🙂
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 🙂
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!

Day of Indulgence

Pascy’s last day with us in Bali before his niece’s wedding and then heads back to Oz, so we have to go all out with a Balinese…Day of Indulgence. I can’t tell you how many times Fiona and I have ventured down some tiny side street or winding path only to discover, an amazing Balinese treasure. And today, was no different.

We decided we’d have a full day of spa treatments to really relax and unwind on our final day together, but the Spa we went to was booked out, so we wandered the streets until…a tiny sign, Breezes Resort and Spa, caught Fiona’s eye, pointing down a long and winding alley. We followed the yellow brick road which, unsurprisingly, led us to the wonderful land of Oz.



A beautiful spa situated right on the beach, with an incredible range of treatments and best of all, they could fit us in, right away! The next 4 hours was truly divine. A Balinese massage, body scrub, jacuzzi bath, facial and pedicure for the boys, and cream bath hair treatment, facial, manicure, pedicure, neck and shoulder massage for the beautiful girl. The rooms overlooked the beach, and the windows pulled open to let the ocean breeze in. A reflection pool outside the window and the methodical crash of the waves outside added to the majesty of the experience as we whittled our cares away.



After scooping us off the floor with a spatula, we headed across to Potato Head, which from an architectural point of view, was absolutely stunning. Like a giant Roman Coliseum constructed NOT, from ancient stone and columns, but thousands upon thousands of coloured wooden shutters of different shapes and sizes. Who even thinks to build a restaurant like that? The food was not too bad either, a little on the pricey side and it certainly was no Salt of the Earth, but delicious all the same.

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One thing is for certain, Bali has another fan, and in just these few days, Pascy has already discovered how and why we love this island paradise, so much.

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Jumped the gun…


Fellow Adventurers,

As you’re probably aware, there were recently two posts published prematurely (these things happen at my age…apparently), which you would have received in your inbox but then, the link would have been broken. The issue has now been rectified, ie: I buggered up and posted instead of drafted before I had my pics and videos up!

Anyhoo, the problem has been fixed and the previous two blog posts are back on the site, complete with pics and videos. You can go to each one individually by clicking on each link, or just drop by our blog where you’ll find them for you viewing pleasure.

Kuta Carnivale

Bechtold’s on Safari

Happy Viewing 🙂





Did you ever know that you’re my hero ….

So my lovely husband has of course always held hero status in my eyes but today has moved up to super-hero status. Let me explain …

If you read the previous post you would be aware that Justin had a cheeky spew by the side of the road today … after a very yummy breakfast of Omelette … (yes you can thank me for the visual) … Nasty tummy bugs seem to have no regard for timing or location.

The reason though that he achieves superhero status is that he then rode us all the way to Ubud … and back on the motorbike.


Festival signage on the way to Ubud

So here’s the thing … I know what it feels like to need to vomit … uggghhh … granted, for me it has generally been self-induced. If you are going to be humiliated about street spews Bali is probably on ok place for it to happen, people are very understanding of the tummy bug issue … not so much on the streets of LA or the London Underground or even a Parkdale driveway … but that is a much longer conversation about my mis-spent youth … (and yes this past year does count as my youth in the Parkdale story – sorry Alex I blame Kylie) … fear not though 40 is just around the corner and consequently behaviours will be modified.

However I digress.

Point is … I understand the horrible feeling of needing to be sick, add to this needing to be sick in the heat .. add to this driving to Ubud on a motorbike (an hour drive away) and back … in crazy Bali traffic,



just lugging a wheelbarrow around on the motorbike ... no problem

and some tyres ... as you do.

on pot riddled roads, wet roads from Ubud rain … and back …

..after trying to be professional and sociable in a room of 80 noisy people.

Justin's lunch - digestive tonic, nausea tablets & antibiotics - none of which stayed in him for very long 😦

And your wife finding funny photo opportunities ….


at lunch ... look closer ... magazine in background ... baahhaaaha

So yeah … I’m married to a super-hero 🙂