Sara, Brett and Joel have come back for their annual stint and they brought presents:
They must've weighed a ton. All hardback covers, proper paper books.
I cannot wait to get stuck into them. It feels like Xmas.
I've been enjoying early morning walks with Sara. No mountains to climb but heaps of beachside walks, lasting up to two hours every morning from 06.30. Really great especially since the surf has been way to big for my little break to work.
Now she's gone back to her beautiful island of Kauaii and I miss her dearly.
As for the walks it will be hard to do them alone as I will miss the company and the conversations but I got into such a good groove I will try and continue on when the waves are not breaking.
As you know I just came back from Bali and I did manage to pick up a few items of clothing.
Not having seen the inside of a clothing shop since March it is suffice to say I did go a bit nuts.
Bali is great for shopping and it is expanding every year.
They've now built a brand new complex on Kuta Beach called the Kuta Walk where you can find shops like "Pull and Bear", "Guess", "Top Shop", "Gap", "Gucci" and heaps more as well as "Starbucks" and "the coffee bean and tea leaf". However, these are shops that you can find anywhere in the world and when in Bali I much prefer the local flavour.
They have some awesome batik's there and if you are in hurry and only have one day to shop I would head straight to "Centro" which is a big mall on the beach as well and they sell all your major brands as well as some of the local ones. I picked up this awesome top that you see pictured above, with a funky back detail, cropped top but hey I am in the tropics so I figured it is ok.
I also picked up this really nice cover up/top/sundress
So I am leaving the serenity and peace behind me and head to Bali.
Where I know my footsteps won't be the only ones in the sand, they'll be mixed in with thousand other footprints. I don't think I'll even have time to hit the beach. This will be more like hitting the shops.
Our food supply are down to nothing.
Luckily I get to travel back to Bali with my neighbours: Ellen and Sascha.
My mouth is watering with the thought of having 4 days of good quality restaurant food, no dishes and most importantly I get to stock up on chocolate which I have run out of.
My girlfriend Sascha has set up SPA in the resort.
Which is awesome!
They've given the old SPA building that Tom designed a facelift and it is now light and breezy and beautiful on the inside:
The two massage therapists has had extensive training in Bali throughout the whole wet season, which was huge for them, especially as they are both from a little village here on the island. To change it up from here to Bali is overwhelming even for me.
The space is so peaceful and Sascha being the wonderful person she is has spoilt me rotten using me as a "test dummy" for all the treatments, (pinch me I must be dreaming). With names like "Jet Lag Remedy" and "Divine Renewal" you cannot go wrong. I had my first ever facial there and it was fantastic.