Hari Nyepi Tak Sepi

April 13, 2019

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I have to believe that it's your travel companions that matters. I love Bali, even Nyepi's Day falls on our vacation period—we only found out 2 weeks before the trip. So glad that we made it happen. It's one of the best trips in my life. It's so free and easy, just as my usual holiday style. Initially we wanted to be a part of Ann's pre-wedding shoot at a church but it was being called off due to unforeseen circumstances.

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Paddy field
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I was kinda surprised to find our villa smaller than what I have expected, but it's just nice to divide the rooms to 5 different groups and each room has king-sized bed and own bathroom. The view of paddy field was pretty breathtaking especially in the morning. Our first 3 days in Bali was very cloudy, definitely not the best kind of weather for a vacation but we had it all worked out somehow.

Nyepi's Day is Balinese New Year, it also means day of silence. It's really one of a kind experience to be in Bali during this time. What are the odds people will actually book your flight to Bali for this day? The Balinese takes this celebration very seriously because on this day, there'll be no phone data, no lights, shops will be closed, even airport too. No one is allowed on the street, everyone must stay in. We went to supermarket several times just to make sure we have enough foods and drinks for the following day.

In the evening on Nyepi's Eve, Pak Made(our driver) was kind enough to take us to his village where the Ogoh-ogoh parade took place in. What an opportunity to witness such unique local culture and ritual!

Nyepi's Eve
Nyepi's Eve
Nyepi's Eve
Nyepi's Eve
Nyepi's Eve

Pretty sure everyone were well rested on Nyepi's, since there isn't anything to do we can sleep as late as we want. Thank God for Netflix so the guys can watch movies. I don't even remember what the rest was doing. After breakfast I went back to my room and just lay down comfortably in bed and did nothing. This one quiet moment, even with the sound of pouring rain, really allowed me to reconnect with my inner side again. It's a great reminder that we should sometimes take a pause in life and be thankful.

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Next day we booked a van to Ubud for lunch and sightseeing before we split and moved to our booked hotel at Ubud, Seminyak and Kuta respectively. We invited Melvin to join us on the last day since he's staying nearby. We also hired a babysitter for our last day. It was the best decision we made! I took the time to go for 2 hours spa while the guys just hang out at the pool bar. After that we went to Potato Head Club and spent the evening there.

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She surely knows how to party.

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Chandra was our best investment during this trip. 🤓

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