I've been getting a little fed up of recipe posts lately, so here is something different for a change!
This post chronicles our recent trip to Bali. This trip was planned as a family holiday (departing from Singapore) with my parents in-law from India, brother-in-law and his wife from the US and me and hubs comprising a six-member motley crew. I will not dwell too much on the sight-seeing destinations since I've already done that in an earlier post, detailing my Bali experience during a holiday in 2009.
Usually I'm not too gung-ho about visiting a place I've already seen before. I look forward to see different places, meet different kinds of people and sample new cuisines. Then why go to Bali again, you ask? We first narrowed in on Indonesia because apart from Thailand, it is the nearest country that has visa on arrival. When you have six people traveling together and coming together from different parts of the world, the easy availability of visa becomes significant. The monsoon was scheduled to begin in Thailand and we didn't really want to be stuck in a resort in a gorgeous place like Krabi or Koh Samui with rain lashing at the windows! And having been to Bali before (and absolutely loving it), we knew exactly which places were worth visiting and we even managed to get in touch with Surya, our driver who took us around Bali in 2009 :)
We deviated from the usual when it came to the choice of accommodation. We stayed at Bali Eco Stay, situated on the southern slopes of Mount Batukaru, north Tabanan, in Central Bali. This resort revolves around the concept of Ecotourism which is responsible travel to natural areas that conserves the environment and improves the well-being of local people. We chose this place to experience the rich local Balinese village culture, surrounded by stunning organic rice fields, mountain fed streams, cascading waterfalls and spectacular views over treetops to the ocean.