3rd May - I suppose I really ought to start this packing thing need to be at Airport by 4.30pm and it is an hours drive from home. Finally got myself sorted and we headed off to the Int Airport at 3pm to book the car in and ourselves - 2nd up to the counter and got the first row in economy on Virgin - good leg room and an extra seat between hubby and myself (Rylee moved over later in the evening to give his mum room to stretch out).Shouldn't have worried getting there early as the Plane was late getting in and then with Swine flu and quarantine the flight left nearly and hour an a half late meaning we got to bali a 1am on the 4th. Poor Dean - he had been hanging around for over 2 hours and DazAdelaide and his wife had been out with him for 9 hours that day - But there he was full of jumping beans and raring to go. LOL - all we wanted was a bed. Arrived at Kumala Pantai - everything organised and we were snuggled up in bed within 1/2 hour of arriving.
First day fairly quiet day - swimming in pool, catch up with sister for lunch, massage in afternoon and to Uncle Norms Bistro for dinner.
Tuesday 5th - Dean was unwell so he sent Wayan Lia to take us out for the day - went to Tanah lot, Rice paddies and Lake Bratan. Markets at Tanah lot were great and wished I had bought some more of the things we had seen. Had flat tyre on little narrow road on way to the Rice paddies - Dean had removed the lever that lets the tyre down from under the car - poor Wayan Lia he had a lovely white shirt on that ended up more black than white whilst trying to work out how to get this tyre down - I know lets wait for another Kijang to come along and borrow theirs - great idea 2mins later (lets face it -they are a dime a dozen even on the back roads) we have a kijang, a lever and the wheel is on its way to being fixed. The rest of the day passed without incident and was enjoyed thoroughly. Lake Bratan would have to be one of my favourite spots. Bree was able to access most areas around the Lake - it is one of the few places which is relatively wheelchair friendly.
Wednesday 6th: Rest and Relaxation - After brekky and a swim in the morning David and I headed off to Poppies 2 to Janoko Tailor to organise my Suit, Blouses and work Trousers for David. (total cost $153). After that effort we ducked in to Alleycats for a drink before checking on the rest of Poppies 2 & 1 and doing some serious shopping in Matahari's - Also picked up 3xPolo shirts for around $95 at the Polo store. Back to KP for rest and get ready for the TA get together at the Bali Beach Shack - See report in "Any one in Bali in May".
Thurs 7th: Up early for our trip to Lovina - Dean picked us up at 8am and off we headed. We stopped to feed the monkeys on the roadside - Much to Rylee's delight - He couldn't get over how soft their paws were - Bree was able to join in as they were happy to get close to the open doors of the car and take peanuts from her. We chose not to swim with the Dolphins due to the cost and also were not happy with the conditions, so we headed off to one of the local restaurants for a lovely lunch and caught up with my Sister, hubby and kids who were with Wayan Lia. After lunch they headed off to the Hot Springs whilst we headed for Munduk Waterfall, seeing some beautiful scenerey along the way. Now, if anyone tells you it is a nice gentle walk down to and back from the Waterfall DO NOT BELIEVE THEM. It is a faily steep walk down to the falls and quite slippery (without the rain - with it it is treacherous). Having said that it is worth the walk and we got some lovely photo's. On the walk back it was pouring with rain - quite torrential so made it really hard. Josh & Rylee made it back quite quickly, such is the benefit of youth - even then Rylee's 6 year old description to his dad when asking for a lift on his back was that it was worse than "The biggest loser workout". David headed up slowly and the lovely Dean stayed with me (being as i am not fit) and made sure I got back safely. Consequently we were both dripping wet - Fine for him he just strips his top of and wraps a sarong around him - Me i had to sit with towels soaking up the water. Fortunately we were not that far from the Twin Lake Buyan & Tambligan were we stopped for photo's and were able to get T-shirts and some nice beaded thongs (dirt cheap) LOL I bartered a better price for our shirts than Dean did for his- much to all our delight and his. Sister and family caught up with us at this time and heaps of photo's where taken. Then it was back to Kuta and head back to the Bali Beach shack for the Hulu Night - Well, what can I say. I have been to the shows in Phuket with the Shims but this was quite different - almost a little confronting but hysterically funny. I am glad that Bree stayed home with Rylee (being pretty exhausted) as it really is not for young children. I would certainly say to anyone wondering about it - go, but go with an open mind to enjoy it. Caught up with some of the TA'ers from last night as well.
Friday 8th: Totally exhausted so had a day at the hotel just swimming, having massages and sleeping. The Kumala Pantai is a great hotel for being able to do this.
To be continued shortly......