We’ve spent the past few weeks getting settled into our home in Bali, where we’ll be living for at least the next year or so. It’s so nice to be back here in the town of Ubud with the terraced rice fields and tropical climate, the low cost of living, the diverse and delicious food, and the community we’re getting to know. I think I could enjoy living here for a very long time.
The evening we came back to Bali, we were greeted with a beautiful sunset.
The rice fields have been turning from green to gold, and are now beginning to be harvested. They will soon be replanted for another season.
We’ve also put the kids in a local private school called Pelangi School for a month to give them the chance to see what school is like, to make some friends, and hopefully learn a little bit, too. They’ve been enjoying it so far, for the most part, and Jen and I have enjoyed a little more free time during the mornings. We’re all waking up a little earlier than we’d like to, though. Emily wrote about her first few days at Pelangi School on her blog.
For Mother’s Day, Jen went to a fancy salon and got a complete style and makeover. She even got highlights in her hair for the first time. Doesn’t she look lovely?
While she was there, I went with the kids (except Aysia who was being watched by our babysitter at the spa with Jen) to nearby Lollipop’s Playland and we had a blast together! The kids got to jump on bungee trampolines, we shot foam balls at each other, went down slides and climbed through obstacle courses, played air hockey and a basketball hoop game, caught some goldfish (they died a few days later), played on the playground in the water and had a fun time.
We also walked around the beach for a few minutes in Seminyak, but it was quite crowded, and not one of the nicest beaches in Bali, I’m told. I also noticed that no one was wearing a swimming suit. It appears that the locals often just swim in their clothes.
For exercise, besides taking almost daily dips into the pool, Jen and I are now going to yoga classes at The Yoga Barn, one of the most breathtaking yoga studios I’ve ever seen. It has numerous open air rooms surrounded by rice fields and gardens, separated by nature paths and even a nice café for healthy meals with friends. They have all types of classes running constantly throughout the day. And I like that no appointment is necessary. You can just show up to any class any time and all the equipment is provided for you, for about 60,000-110,000 IDR (roughly $8-12 USD) per class, depending on how many classes you purchase upfront.
Of course, I’ve also taken advantage of frequent massages here in Bali. When they only cost $6-15 for an hour and when they’re so well done, why not? We’ve also been out to lunch a few times with people we’ve met who are visiting Bali or moving here, and we’re making some new friends. This has also given us the chance to try a few of the many restaurants here in Ubud. They have everything — Indonesian, Italian, Mexican, Japanese, Turkish, Raw food, you name it. I love the variety.
We did make one major purchase indicative of “settling in” for our family. And that is a piano! We bought a new Yamaha CVP-501 digital piano (couldn’t find a used one) and it’s been really fun to have around. We all enjoy having so many instruments and sounds to experiment with, and I’ve been enjoying playing the piano for the first time in months, whether just playing from my imagination or following sheet music from some old favorites I have on my iPad. Jen and the kids are practicing too, using the very helpful and fun Piano Marvel software (well, except for Aysia).
Here’s a short video of some clips I’ve taken in the past few weeks of our time in Bali. Ahh… it’s nice to be back!