Thursday, April 10, 2014

Bali Fresque

Here the truism of the day: traveling with young kids is different than traveling without.

For young kids novelty is part of their daily life. Everyday new stuffs are being thrown at them like nobody’s business. It’s when adult that novelty become a more difficult experience, since it has to be filtered by all previous experiences to assess the situation or relate to own being. When young, the assessment has been outsourced to all adults around in the hope that the experience will not disturb too much your cognitive experience, and the focus is only on the experience itself without judgement or reservation.

Young Balinese Kids
Watching Sunset Before a Dance Performance

Near Seminyak

Adults on the other hand have to think and understand the experience throw kids’ eyes and their own at the same. This schizophrenia is usually deceptive yet part of the parenting experience. Why young kids don’t like what we think is best for them?

Fishermen  around Nusa Dua beach

On the other hand, kids do not worry too much of what the experience is and also of the others’ experience (actually just enough to not be trigger the unhappy feeling). Tension rises when too much fun is associated with no value in the experience. Why young kids don’t like watching this beautiful sunset?
Sunset Picture Taking near Seminyak

It doesn’t matter in reality whom had experienced what and what were the feeling or passion felt at the time, because for each side of the equation the unknown is constant and the solution is obvious: do without under-appreciating. Young kids should play and parent should have fun. But why young kids don’t like eating this beautiful meal?

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Bali New Addresses

Everything has been said about Bali and everything has been (re)view about Bali, but still everybody is going back to it drawn by a hope that something will be identical yet different. 

Sunset Lovebird at Seminyak

Some new places have been discovered, and some have been re-evaluated.

The Buah Bali Villas
Jalan Petitenget Gang Cempaka, Kerobokan, Bali 80361, Indonesia.
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A Japanese business fell in love with Bali a long time and made a promise to live on the island of thousand smile. Few years later he bough a piece of land and build a place where a handful of isolated and nicely decorated villas are sitting next to their own private pool. A Japanese trained staff with Balinese smile. This place is too nice to not been mentioned in this blog.

Semara Resort and Spa Seminyak
Jalan Petitenget, Seminyak, Bali 80361, Indonesia, +62 361 8476661.
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When luxury is done at it best. These small appartment/unit are here to make you feel at home while having the splurge of what 5 stars can give you. Very nice if you can afford it.

The Westin Resort Nusa Dua Bali
Kawasan Pariwisata Nusa Dua, BTDC Lot N-3, Nusa Dua, Bali 80363, +62 361 771906.
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From the kids gift package to the good bye at the door, this resort is a kid paradise. Food, pool, kids' playground and activities the resort was build with one thing in mind: How can we make a family vacation good for everyone? I strongly recommend this place if you want to have a beach vacation with young kids.

285A Crown St Surry Hills, NSW, 2010.
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I really don't know what would have happen without Biku at our side to feed the youngster. Not only the food and the atmosphere are great, but the staff was very patient with the all you can eat on the floor attitude.Thank you for being so close to the villa (or was it the other way round?).

Merah Putih Restaurant
Ash Street, Sydney, Australia.
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It looks like a movie decor and it was a movie decor: everything looked beautiful before you taste. This is a place to bring a date and not to enjoy food. Who cares what you have in your plate when you look at someone eye?

Teck-O-Coco Showroom

Teck-O-Coco Furniture Design
Jalan Pura Petipenget No.110X, Indonesia. Open 9:00 am – 8:00 pm.
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This contemporary showroom focuses on Coco Design furniture. Plus they can ship oversea. A must visit anyway.

Lollipop's Playland and Cafe
Jl Sunset Rd No 902, Seminyak. Phone: 0361 8475987 - 8475992.
[Website] [TripAdvisor]
Recommended by the Buah Bali Villas staff, this kids friendly place should help parents in dispair for indoor fun when time/weather is not on your side. A good address to keep in your back pocket in case of ermergy.

Sunset Picture Framing at Seminyak

Going back again any day.