There are still many corners that whisper stories of a more laid-back Bali. And some of these areas became our places of refuge at times where we felt the need to escape from the hustle and bustle of Canggu and Pererenan. Retreating to more serene places was also a great compromise on not having the "villa of dreams" during our two-month stay in Pererenan.
Here are our most memorable staycation experiences...
After bidding farewell to the magical charms of Ubud, I reunited with my partner and embarked on my next chapter in Bali, venturing to the energetic coastal areas of Canggu and Pererenan. While Canggu and Pererenan may not have been my favorite destinations in Bali, they left a lasting impression. The overwhelming energy tested my adaptability and pushed me out of my comfort zone.
"Embrace the art of being present" - a mantra that resonated deeply with me during my enchanting five-month stay on the captivating island of Bali. Throughout my stay on the “island of the gods”, I embraced the transformative power of simply existing and found solace from meditating, spending time in nature, basking in sunsets, and simply spending time alone in silence.
"Set an intention, begin the path, and watch miracles unfold." A note I wrote at the beginning of this year and one that has been manifesting since then. This year, 2023, has felt like a new beginning- a new beginning that I had been yearning for a very long time. I feel great! A lot lighter, positively different, and elevated to a higher level of consciousness. The healing work has been working, my inner being is being, and yes, I am still in Bali.
2022- a year of two contrasts, and it kicked off just as 2021 did! Once again, escaping Shanghai Winter and partying on a beach in Sanya with my dearest friends. Celebrating together on making it through another year of being stuck in China, thinking that the worst had passed.
'Tabanca' is a Trinidadian creole expression that describes the sad feeling that one may have after a breakup or separation. We have also come to use this word to describe a sad feeling of longing for many other things. It is common to hear someone having a Carnival tabanca, which means that the person is missing Carnival celebrations, and yes judging from this blog post title, I am currently having a very bad case of Summer Tabanca.
Life outside of China has taken off rapidly with travel, and since my departure, I have been making up for 'lost' time, happily unwinding, and visiting cities and places that I had planned on seeing since 2020. It feels great to finally be free to do so, especially since I embarked on my travels during the Summertime.
It may be unknown to many of you, but this is my third attempt at leaving Shanghai. With the repercussions of COVID epidemic management on the city, there is not much left to bring me back here.
I guess the third time’s a charm...
I recently spent the afternoon strolling along the Former French Concession, buying flowers, cooling down with ice cream, and chatting about the future with my friend Annie. A modern nomad with a sense of self and style, that’s Annie- a woman on the go who does not compromise comfort for style. She has spent over 18 years living as an expat in Shanghai and is a lover of astrology, fashion design, travel, and nature.
It has been a rough past two months in Shanghai, but Annie has continued to radiate her positive energy and outlook on life…
We were not supposed to be there, but that’s the exciting thing about travel- flexibility is a must when rollin this lady!