Bali Instagram Diary

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It has been an emotional but amazing four days as we all flew to Bali to witness one of my dearest friends Jen & her hubby as they begin their new lives together as Mr & Mrs.  After all the wedding excitement was over, NN and I spent the rest of our weekend eating.  This was not our first time in Bali so we already checked off a lot of the typical tourist attractions last time.  Having only one spare day from the wedding, we decided to make the most of it by checking out some local eateries.

Hoping to test out Mamasan (which was unfortunately closed on Sunday), we took a chance and wandered into a neighbouring restaurant The Bistrot for lunch.  Having had our fair share of nasi goreng already, we made an impulsive decision to try their Western menu instead.  Picking two smaller dishes, both my tuna tartar and tempura fried shrimp were wonderfully prepared, with hints of Japanese influences in both dishes.  However the highlight of our meal was definitely NN’s Mediterranean burger, which he rated as one of his best burger experiences ever.  Juicy, well seasoned and diced to a tartar consistency, we did not expect this quality of burger from an Asian fusion restaurant.

Although the next day we were on a tight schedule before our flight, we had to made it back to Mamasan to see what all the hype was about.  The menu was as expected with a variety of Asian dishes.  After some careful consideration, I ended up picking their Thai Khao Gang (which was stylishly served in a tin lunch pail), while NN went straight for the laksa.  Once again we were not disappointed by our choices.  The meat in my Thai Khao Gang was full of flavour and perfectly paired with a fried egg and rice.  Having not had a proper laksa in awhile, NN was very pleased with the creamy coconut broth and the chewy egg noodles.  All in all, this was a wonderful way to end our long weekend before our flight back home.  Looking forward to seeing what Bali has to offer next year!

Highlights of my trip .. favourite shopping spot in the city: Jalan Kayu Aya in Seminyak, best food experience: The Bistrot for lunch, favourite cocktail spot: Kudeta, best souvenir: bracelets and silk scarves from the markets and favourite chill out spot we visit each time: Drifter Surf Shop & Cafe.

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Balinese Retreat

We’re traveling more than normal these past weeks and right after Sydney, we’re now off to Bali.  It’s only going to be a long weekend for one of my good friend’s wedding so I thought I would take a trip down memory lane and look through our photos from our Bali trip last year.  I normally like to plan a detailed itinerary to make sure no time is wasted but since this is just a short trip (and I know we’ll be back in Bali very soon), I’m going to play this one by ear.  Perhaps we’ll lounge by the pool and sip cocktails all day, or maybe go for a wander and visit the local temples.  Either way I’m looking forward to some much needed R&R.  Sending my love from the plane and wishing everyone a wonderful weekend!

Photos by NN and me