Bali, Indonesia

here are some pictures and little bit about my travel to Bali

My brother invited me to go to Bali with him last February when I had to painfully declined because of my new full time job. Although I was happy to finally land myself a big girl employment, I was also really sad that I wasn’t able to go. When my brother got back from his vacation, it was the only thing he could talk about and I don’t blame him at all!

Bali, Indonesia
on my way to Bali

For half a year, travelling to Bali was all I could think about until one night in September, I decided to finally bite the bullet and buy my round trip flight for the following December. After seeing it with my own eyes and being there first hand, I can fully understand why he felt like he had seen some magical place.

The 30 something hours of journey to get there wasn’t an easy one but I’d do it all over again if I had to.

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the best luwak coffee

I had the best coffee and tea of my life while also having the best view.

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Not to mention that Bali has the bluest body of ocean I have ever seen!

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Day trip to Lembongan
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New Year’s Eve at Kuta Beach

Before leaving Canada, I had some doubts. I began to second guess myself as to why I was travelling when I could be spending the holiday season with my friends but I’m glad I did it anyways. It was by far the best New Year’s Eve I’ve had in ages. Not to mention I met the coolest brothers from Netherlands who were nice enough to let me sit at their table during the dinner party so I wouldn’t feel left out. Thanks Tim and Mark!

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Lovina Beach

Also $10 for a boat ride to watch the dolphins up close and personal wasn’t so bad. It was the most thrilling experience, aside from when I went scuba diving of course.

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everywhere I went, I saw beauty in everyone and everything
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Rice Field, Ubud

I also enjoyed the best avocado shakes of my life so yes, I fell in love with Bali. I fell in love with the people, the culture, the history, and the island life.

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I’ll be back again.

 

With love always,

 

Erika

Travel Thursday

Greetings! I hope everyone is having a fantastic day. It’s Thursday afternoon and I want to talk about travel.

I stayed up until 3am again last night. It seems that I get a lot done during the wee hours of the day.

Anyways, I was brainstorming of all of the places I want to go to in the future. Of course travelling anywhere is nice, but don’t we all have our top places that we want to travel to?

A friend of mine asked me a couple of days ago where I would want to live if I didn’t live in the beautiful and very expensive city of Vancouver. If we are being technical here, I don`t exactly live in Vancouver but I like close enough to know that living cost is through the roof.

Since then, I have realized that there are so many different places that I want to see and possibly fall in love with enough for me to want to move out there.

One of my goal with my life is to travel often and see the world. I want to fall in love with other cities as much as I have fallen in love with Vancouver the first time I moved here from the Philippines.

With that being said, here are the places I want to set foot in before I kick the bucket.

  1. Brazil
  2. Portugal
  3. Indonesia (Bali)
  4. Thailand (Southeast Asia, really)
  5. Germany
  6. England
  7. Spain
  8. Panama
  9. New Zealand
  10. Denmark
  11. Iceland
  12. Czech Republic

If you have been to these countries, let me know where to go or tell me where would you want to go!

 

Also, let me know what your travel essentials are!

Leave It To The Breeze

These past couple of days has been really great. I’ve woken up to the sun shining through my window and I have really enjoyed having that to be the first thing I experience when I wake up. Last week, I dreaded waking up in fear of finding myself broken again. However, that hasn’t been the case as of late and I am so very glad.

This might be weird to say but I honestly believe that being broken is the biggest positive experience I have had in my life.

I’ve learned so much about my body, the people around me, I got put into a position where I could rebuild and repair relationships that has wavered for so long. There is no need for me to hold onto something that serves me nothing but pain. Sometimes it’s hard for us to see when we should walk away from something that once made us very happy. However, when we notice that it is changing us to something we are not and don’t want to be, that is when we need to step back and just let go. At first I was lost when it came to myself but now I can finally say that I’m okay. I find myself smiling more and other people in my life notices it too.

It also helps that one of my best friend has stayed with me through this hard time. She has honestly been by my side this entire time and I am forever thankful. It’s nice to have someone who will sit next to you and not say something when you’re at the weakest point of your life. Everyone needs a person who will be sit by their side and help them get back up again.

 

 

 

Be Free

the lesson I learned at the nudist beach

What’s more freeing than being naked? Absolutely nothing.

I have always wanted to go to Wreck Beach, a clothing-optional beach which stretches approximately 6 kilometers just west of Vancouver.

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Since the weather these past couple of days has been really nice, my friend and I decided to commute the hour and a half to UBC and flaunt what we have while we still got it.

I have to say that at first I was skeptical to take my clothes off. However, after multiple anxiety attacks, I realized that it really wasn’t that big of a deal. Sure there were tons of people around, but they also had their own business to mind. The fact of the matter is that other people really don’t care what you do, and if they did it really didn’t matter as well.

What I’ve learned in taking my clothes off in public is that most of the times I am so worried about how others may perceived myself that I forget to live in the moment. I learned to finally be free and not care what other people thought of me.

My advice to you: be free and get naked, whether it is physically or mentally. If you don’t allow yourself to be vulnerable, you may miss out on life’s greatest moments.