Soooo I Got A Tattoo……

Settling back into the Canggu Community of hipster Bali, Pat’s original travelling companion Matt joined them at the Jungle House Hotel. Pat and Matt had been travelling since October through Nepal, Vietnam and Thailand.

With another Skater lad to hang out with and watch Jess thought it time to make some girlfriends. Plucking up courage she made a few failed attempts at not bonding. Making new ‘Girl’ friends at this point in her travelling experience was extremely difficult. The three travellers moved on to Canggu Castle which Jess thought was the best hostel they had stayed in so far. Persevering with her attempts at making finally paid off.

“She’s 22, so not a lot older than me compared to everyone else.”

Jess’s new German friend was travelling alone and was a good tonic of spirit, fun and company! An American followed and a couple of Portuguese soon after. So while the lads were Skating Jess and her new friends had a few good days of “bonding”, “chilling”, “exploring” and shopping at Old Man’s Sunday Market.

CANGGU CASTLE BALI

I am glad my daughter loves food! I am not surprised one of her favourite places to eat was Ithaka Canggu! As someone who has suffered from “Hangar” since she was little this menu can refuel any foodie!

For less than £3 healthy portions of Gado Gado – Peanut Sauce with Veggies and Rice or Nasi Goreng – with Sambal Sauce or Pad Thai etc… etc… can be devoured. Western Fusion Food is also on the menu – The Canggu Combo – Veggies, eggplant balls, Tapas, omelette, rice fritters, and samba sauce. They even serve Tapas, or Build your own Sandwiches -Yummy!

Jess also loved the local Balinese ‘Warung’s’ and even though she had become ‘Veggie” liked ‘Shmurger” at Berawa’s Kitchen. Jess is also a bit of an avocado fan.

I THINK THIS IS PIZZA?


BREAKFAST

Fifteen days into her trip I was still missing Jess very much. I am not sure why people become tearful when they are happy to see someone they miss. But I felt relieved and happy and sad all at the same time and during a video call must have come across as a wounded animal.

So my Gen’Z child sends me a lovely comforting “Don’t cry” message then slam dunks me with ….

“Soooooo….I got a tattoo….don’t shoot me…What’d u think?….

“Followed shortly by a cheeky message of photos

“…Here’s some pics if u miss my face”.

Like the Yoga classes in Ubud Jessie had been researching where to get a Tattoo done – La Femme Tattoo House does have an impressive Instagram account, and a day after her 2nd Rabies injection my daughter, the first person in my family entered ‘La Femme Tattoo House’ in Badung and let a talented tattoo artist inscribe in ink her arm with “dainty fine lines”.

Pat and Matt’s mums later found out their boys had been “inked” in Thailand and they were also left temporarily speechless. I had given Jess a pashmina before she left the UK to wear in Temples, this apparently is perfect for keeping the Sun off a new Tattoo!

The final few days in Bali started to become more entangled with all the Australian travel and work plans. Instead of going back to Ubud they stayed on at Canggu Castle for a few more days, soaking up Pretty Poison Vibes and being sociable. La Laguna was a perfect place for “hipster” Somerset types who are accustomed to Bunting and Wagons! Then they moved in convoy on scooters and in a Gojeck to Uluwata in the South of Bali. This would also make it easier for the Airport.

LA LAGUNA BALI
PADANG PADANG BEACH

The three buddies stayed at the Karma Backpacker Hostel and relaxed on Padang Padang beach. Jessie’s favourite place to eat was ‘Single Fin’. A bar/Cafe/Restaurant/Shop overlooking “a surfers spiritual home” – The Indian Ocean. Set above the Warung’s along the Suluban Beach and below the Blue Point Hotel and Spa.

Cocktails on the balcony and a dip in the pool?

“Don’t catch me drinking my daiquiri”

Here you can have Acai Berries and Revolver coffee for breakfast in the Nula Bowl Shack, Uluwata Burgers and Coconut Pudding in the Restaurant for Lunch, Tapas for Dinner and Late night Cocktails and Music on Thursdays and Sundays. Jess said the Cocktails were around £5.

SINGLE FIN ULUWATA

Being ex-dancers, skaters , gymnasts and adventurers they had to see the Kecak Fire Dance at the Open Air Amphitheatre on the cliff top by the Temple. With the Sunsetting into the Indian Ocean as the backdrop to this Great Hindu Epic Story it must be rather impressive. They missed the performance in Ubud which featured an all female cast. This one was all Male.

Jess, still wearing her pashmina was perfectly dressed for the performance. The lads were given beautiful purple sarongs to tie around their waists that covered their legs. Jessie found it amusing that everyone used their story sheets that explained the performance as Fans to waft away the heat. This was a good end to her trip on the Island of Bali, the only problem now was being on her own in Australia and missing Pat.

FIRE DANCE ULUWATA
BALCONY OVERLOOKING THE INDIAN OCEAN
SO LONG !
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How Time Flies!

Jessie loves flying which is a great attribute, as I on the other hand have to micro manage every part of boarding a plane, the take off ritual of putting my Kate Bush CD on loud enough so I can’t hear the planes engines, frying my eardrums. Then again during landing, playing the same song over and over again to keep calm, panicking if I haven’t got the right track on. Having sweets ready at hand to suck on and water to sip – it’s ridiculous but it works for me. I knew Jessie would be looking forward to the in-flight food and films and was lucky enough not to have any weird behaviours like mine. This was a relief in itself, and after our last goodbye and final text that she was boarding it was still a massive jolt that she was off.

Thai Airways Airbus

The Thai Airways flight to Bangkok took off just after midday and I started work at 1:30pm which was a good thing as for the next 7 hours I would be pre-occupied with work and the time would fly by. At midnight I received my first text from her.

“Hi, I’m in Bali – no wait I mean Bangkok”

It made me laugh, classic Jess – half way round the world and kind of knows where she is. She described the flight as being in darkness the whole time and now the sun was rising in Bangkok! In a few more hours the next leg of the journey to Bali would be complete and she would meet up with her ‘childhood sweetheart’ who she hadn’t seen for 3 months for a 3 week holiday before venturing off to Australia on her own.

Photo by Oliver Sju00f6stru00f6m on Pexels.com

Pat met her at the airport with a taxi and off they went to the hostel I booked near Echo Beach for 4 days and then they were on their own. I met a woman in a nice bookstore in Bath who worked in the travel section, and she said to me her mum always use to book the first hostel in a country she went to just to give them both some piece of mind and get sorted out. I thought this good advice and even though I booked it I didn’t pay for it. Cash on the day!

Another piece of good advice I was given was from a friend who lives in South East Asia is that you need plenty of cash in Bali – all kinds, US dollars, AUS dollars, Indonesian Rupiah, UK Pound coins.

Two weeks before Jess left the UK we had been made aware of Travel Cash Cards including Monzo and Starling Bank – this has to be one of the best financial accessories to have if travelling. She now can transfer money from her bank account into Starling and use it without incurring hefty exchange fees. She was lucky it got set up and arrived so quickly.

After Jessie’s first full day in Bali I received this encouraging Gen Z’ message…..

Wasson” “Been to the beach today – Pat’s got a scooter so we’re both carting around on that”, ” We got some food at this Peng restuarant…”, “£1.60 for all dis”
 
Lunch!
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