Bali. The name speaks for itself. It is an island which is often dubbed as heaven on earth. It has been voted as the world’s best island by various international publications. One of its latest worldwide exposures was in Elizabeth Gilbert’s best selling novel: Eat, Pray, Love.
Bali. Four letters which have captivated me since long time ago. A lot of my friends have been there, and relatives as well. Yet, until I’m 26 years old, I barely step my feet onto the island. What makes things worse is the fact that I have visited other places in the region, like Bangkok and Siem Reap, even to far-flung places like Paris and Vienna. But I never breathe the air in Bali, an island neighboring Java in which I currently live in.
For me it’s an embarrassing ‘sin’. I always avoid conversation about Bali with other travelers when I’m traveling abroad. Until one day I realized that I have to put this shameful fact into an end. Therefore early this year, I booked an AirAsia flight for my very first experience in Bali this December.
However, last week I got a rather pleasant surprise. The company I work at decided to send me for a business trip to Bali! That means I don’t have to wait for another two months to go to Bali. Nevertheless I didn’t expect too much from this trip because it is a business trip which is supposed to be a business trip. But at least I got a free flight (no budget airline whatsoever because I flew Garuda Indonesia, a Skytrax 4-Star Airline), free accommodation (no hostel with hard bed this time, only comfortable bed at Hard Rock Hotel), and free transportation.
During the 3-day program, I managed to sneak around a little bit to go to some interesting places which are located not too far from the hotel. Stay tuned in this blog for more stories and pictures of my recent trip to Bali.
Now I can walk confidently, put my chin up and say: “Bali, been there, done that!”. But make no mistake, this is not the end. It’s just a beginning of my trips to explore Bali in the upcoming months.