Sunday, February 14, 2010

Bali

(Photo borrowed from Amandari's website.)

I've had quite enough of the city. Most of the vacations last year have been spent exploring nooks and crannies in the cities. As much as I enjoy the wonderful array of theatre shows and gigs, I still like island vacations where I simply bring 2 pairs of slippers and no shoes. After a quick perk-me-up in Pangkor Laut island last week, Bali is a good break, and I don't even have to take leave from the office to get here. Just so you know, I'm starting 2010 with 40 days of leave. Highly doubtful that a good portion would be utilized. Of course I could quit and leave immediately. *bright grin* But the colleagues might just yell 'traitor' at me. :p

While I love the sea and the beaches, I've always gravitated towards the hills in Bali. I'm fond of Ubud and the walking trails along the Ayung River. I spent an enormous amount of time in Bali years ago. Those were great carefree and irresponsible times. Am missing that nowadays. Haven't been to Bali for a while. It feels good to be back.

Hearing the friends whine about the bad parts of the festive season, it seems that modern day celebrations have been so overshadowed by negativity that the positivity is all lost. We've no Chinese New Year obligations to fulfil. I can't even begin to tell you how blissful that feels.

I wanted to sleep for at least 12 hours. But I didn't. How could I miss out on the lovely sunrise, sights, sounds and smells of nature? I went to bed at 9pm when all was still and the stars were twinkling. I bounded out of bed at 5am. Waking up to the chirping of birds and crickets was so refreshing. I've forgotten how crisp the air can be. Most of all, I've forgotten how liberating the island makes me feel. Relaxed and not so tense, the exercising comes easy. The stretches sink deeper and longer. I relish sessions of pilates by the infinity pool overlooking verdant rice terraces.

10 comments:

Missy P said...

Bali is always one of my favourite place for my home country...it survives and thrives even in greater force now :D enjoy your bliss there...I miss the local food, the ever spicy balinese cuisine :D

jingjing said...

Wah.. quit?? Seriously??

imp said...

missyP: i like the peace in the island and its relaxed pace of life. Very nice.

jingjing: the running joke betwn my friends and i is about when i'm going to quit. it's more a question of why i'm in a full time job. it's more shocking that i've stayed so long in this job.

jingjing said...

HAha.. sounds like you can retire alr leh...

imp said...

jingjing: i've always thought abt quitting n i've always got stronger reasons why i should not quit. it's a great environment. so yes, i'm lucky in the sense that i work because i want to and not because i have to. Work keeps me grounded, humble and in touch with reality.

JoMel said...

woohooo! Blissssss..

tuti said...

the only island i know right now is 'happy island' hahah.

enjoy the peace and quiet! it's so good for the soul.

imp said...

jomel: peace.

tuti: u ought to take a break lah! short one also good. u work too hard.

sinlady said...

i have mixed feelings about bali... can be so wonderfully peaceful one minute and so frustratingly messed up the very next minute.

imp said...

sinlady: i sidestep the messiness and just go with the flow. figuratively and literally. Say, i avoid Kuta totally because that's just crappy.