Around the World Singapore & Bali

by tessamarie

Around the World, we went! After just over a week in Vietnam, we boarded a plane for Singapore. As we planned the trip some countries and cities on the list brought more excitement to me while others were more of a bucket list for my husband if you will. Having the balance actually worked out really well and created some good diversity in the countries/cities we selected as well.
The night before we left Vietnam we decided to find some masks as this thing called the “Corona Virus” was just hitting the news in SE Asia, so as a precaution we snagged a package and didn’t think much of it. 🙂
We were in Singapore the week they celebrated Chinese New Year. Travel had just been brought to a halt for planes leaving China yet Singapore still felt pretty busy.

We got in mid-afternoon and made our way to explore the city and landed upon basically a “New Years Fair” just blocks from our hotel. They had a huge tent of street food vendor type booth set up and it was packed! The stadium that hosted this festival was massive, MASSIVE. It’s actually really neat because it’s a floating stage/field that’s typically used for soccer and other events and at this time they were using it for their nightly celebration of the New Year.

Singapore is a very clean city. You experience that walking around but we really noticed it that night- being amongst around 10,000 people at this festival and there not being any trash insight. Not a single piece of trash on the ground, not in the grandstands, no overflowing trash cans. It really was incredible!

Also, there are two things I really, really love. Fireworks and beautiful sunsets. I was a happy girl to experience a huge fireworks show every night and then the night we did a food tour our guide took us to the top of a building and we got to see a gorgeous sunset!

We did a food tour for Hawker food on a Sunday, not the best choice as many booths weren’t open- but we didn’t realize this at the time. We had 4 nights in the city and I felt that was a perfect amount of time to explore and take in what this little city/country has to offer and not get bored.

Just before we left I ran over to the Botanic Garden and it was incredible! The dinner plate dahlias were in full bloom and were so pretty!

We also enjoyed the museum and my favorite exhibit was the history of Disney. They walked you through the history of their movies and how animation development came to be and how the movies were made and conceptualized. It was really, really interesting!

Hawker food.. this was “dessert” Our feelings were mutual!
Their botanical garden has the largest indoor waterfall and the dinner plate dahlias were in full bloom!

Our next stop was Bali! We spent 10 days in Bali and split our time between two different hotels. Our first hotel was in the “hip” district of Bali. We enjoyed exploring town, shopping, dining, and even rented a bike for an afternoon and took to the streets! We survived!!

I had decided that while I was in Bali I would get my Scuba certification. All 4 Diving Indonesia was incredible and my instructor was the absolute best in every way! The first day is all the skills in the pool and video lessons. Phew. It was intense. I’m not a great swimmer and doing the 200m swim and treading water was the hardest part of the entire course for me… yet I overcame moments of feeling like I couldn’t finish and pushed through!

There’s a special beauty in the underworld. There’s a peace that I experience in the depths as well. It’s still so weird and thrilling at the same time taking that first breath submerged!

Not only was Bebes (my trainer) a fantastic teacher but she also had a keen eye for spotting all sorts of fish, turtles, octopus, sharks, and more!

The second half of our time in Bali we spent on the southern side, it turns out they have a “deep South” as well. 🙂 Due to COVID the tourism traffic was very low and so the resort was relatively quiet. So quiet in fact that they upgraded us into a 3 bedroom villa with a private pool. I was thankful to have one last day of diving with Manta Rays and turtles on the day we transitioned resorts, and then a place as beautiful as this to relax and rest and really soak in Bali for all it is.

The second half of our time in Bali we spent on the southern side, it turns out they have a “deep South” as well. 🙂 Due to COVID the tourism traffic was very low and so the resort was relatively quiet. So quiet in fact that they upgraded us into a 3 bedroom villa with a private pool. I was thankful to have one last day of diving with Manta Rays and turtles on the day we transitioned resorts, and then a place as beautiful as this to relax and rest and really soak in Bali for all it is.

This resort was pretty removed from outside restaurants and towns so if you like enjoying the local nightlife when you travel it may not be the right place for you- but if you like quiet solitude then it’s likely you’ll really love staying here.

This was how you’d get to the beach!
Martini on a Tuesday in Bali…
Monkeys moved through on our last morning at breakfast!
Palm in some spectacular light!

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