Happy New Year

Yesterday morning we got back after a wonderful 10 days in Bali. We spent the first 2 days staying in Seminyak with Tabetha, doing some shopping and enjoying the traditional Balinese cuisine at La Lucciola’s (well actually it’s Italian but nevermind ;-)) Tabetha threw a party for us which was great fun, especially with all the drinks. While in Seminyak, we also discovered our new favourite cocktail location called Ku De Ta which is right on the beach and has great music. We visited it no less than 3 times during our stay in Bali!

After the hustle and bustle of the Kuta/Legian/Seminyak area, we headed off to Pemuteran in the north west for some diving and relaxing (we had a 1 hour massage every afternoon). It was Jackie’s first diving after her PADI course, but we wasted no time and had her night diving on her second dive! While in Pemuteran we headed over to Menjangan island for some dives one day, which is in a marine national park as has some great wall drift dives. At Menjangan we spent some time with a cuttlefish, and I got some good photos (the dive photos will be up tomorrow, since they are being digitized now – our underwater camera uses a novel technology called film). Christmas dinner we had traditional betutu duck and chicken which was delicous, with Pak Prana who owns Taman Sari, where our place is.

After Pemuteran we spent our last night in Ubud staying in Nyuh Kuning by the monkey forest, and once again Keiren was ‘mugged by the organised monkey mobsters’ and lost his sarong 🙁 We had some good shopping time in Ubud and had crispy duck at Bebek Bengil (dirty duck) with Jane. It’s one of my favourite meals so I was very happy. Our final night we headed back down to Seminyak for a final dinner at Ku De Ta with Caroline and Paul, old friends of mum and dad. Unfortunately that brought our trip to a close, and we flew back to Sydney overnight to be back for New Years Eve.

Last night we headed to a party for New Years Eve with Pete (my cousin who is staying) and his girlfriend Rachel at Will’s house in Bellevue Hill. It was a really fun night and we went down to Point Piper for the fireworks so had an awesome view of the ‘coathanger’ (Harbour Bridge). Today has been a quiet day at the beach recovering from last night. The day has flown by since jackie and I only got up at 1! It was a nice sunny day though, so a quick surf at freshie sorted me out (even thought the surf was small) 🙂 Jackie had a go too and we took my new waterproof digital camera in to the surf which was fun.

Mum is at the airport now picking up Ooma Carla so the house is really filling up! We’re going to have a quiet dinner down at Bather’s Pavillion – yum yum (I really do seem to talk about food alot!)

Hope everyone had a great Christmas and New Year, and if you made any resolutions then good luck with keeping them 😉
Enjoy all the photos!
Selamat Tahun Baru – Happy New Year

Ben

4 thoughts on “Happy New Year

  1. Hey Ben – The Fedele’s in Melbourne are lookig forward to your and Jackie’s visit later this week!

  2. Im just at Emmelines in London, trying to stay awake a few more hours. It’s proving difficult, but Im at least using up a few minutes to say I hope the quote marks you put around the organised monkey syndicate was to indicate I said it rather than insinuate it didnt happen! miss you xxx

  3. The pictures are great. Looks beautiful Thanks for sharing. I sure wish I was there. I loved the underwater pictures. You guys look like you are all having a wonderful time. Enjoy the holiday. Love to you Bonnie

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