I stayed at Medori Putih Homestay. I chose this as it has lots of positive reviews and it is near the beach. I decided to just chill on my last day in Bali and explore the Uluwatu beaches. My day started with a simple but yummy breakfast. Coffee was great too!
It was a very hot and humid day and I won't be able to forgive myself if I left Bali without taking a dip in their enticing pools. So armed with my music playlist and earphones, I settled quietly in one corner. I was a bit relieved that I had the pool all to myself. After a while, two pretty Caucasian girls came. Although they were not the usual chatty, friendly backpackers, they nodded to greet me. A Hispanic couple then came and had a lengthy chat with another couple who was about to check out of the hostel. I was just people watching and was amazed how they conversed so openly even if, obviously, they just met (maybe just few days back). I really admire how these travellers/backpackers have little to no reservations. They can just openly talk to strangers, as if they are friends for very long time. When the other couple left, the Hispanic guy greeted us and was about to make small talks. I just smiled and greeted back never really wanted to take the conversation to the next level. I was in my awkward self again lol.
I wish sometimes I was not born in traditional Asian culture, or grew up to be shy, uptight and reserved. Don't get me wrong, I love the way I am (good and bad). I love being Asian! But sometimes, in passing, there are qualities I wish I easily possess. The good thing is we can always work on it. I believe we are all rough diamonds being polished and life is about learning and making yourself better. Also, I got my introvert qualities from my dear Dad so it's something I don't shun or hate. There's a common misconception that being an introvert is synonymous to being lonely. This is entirely not true. In my case, I am very much comfortable being alone, doing things I love alone. I get a certain sense of peace and happiness without needing to be validated by someone else. On the other hand, I also aspire to be more confident, free and easy-going as we also need social interactions. With this, I think more solo and backpacking trips could help crack a bit my hard shell. :D
Cheers to more travel!
I planned to bike to the nearby beaches but unfortunately, there were no bike rental shops around. I decided to just walk. The nearest beach was a good 20-30 mins walk. I got very hungry along the way and luckily I found this burger joint . I tried this sesame purple burger and it was good!
I was happy when I finally reached the beach. There were very few people so I was a bit glad its not crowded. The sun has almost set and I managed to catch what was left of the sunset. It was still stunning! I plopped my large handkerchief on the sand and I just sat there with my thoughts... thankful of everything. Our world is indeed beautiful! I also kept telling myself I should be early next time so I can spend the whole afternoon just chilling on the beach buried in a good book. #introvertissues lol
Going back to the hostel, I passed by a small convenient store. I was amused by the local stuff they offered. The names and brands were all foreign to me so it was refreshing to see some things which are unfamiliar.
My hostel offers bbq menu every night. I found this a very good advantage for the hostel. It reminded me life back in the Philippines where there are cheap but yummy bbq stands in most street corner. I tried their bbq shrimp and squid and they were delicious! The "atsara" or sidedish was mindblowing! I would very well book this hostel again, I just hope I know how to drive motorbikes by that time.
I really had a great time in Bali. Until now my heart is aching to go back. I wish I will have a chance to stay there again for a much longer time, hopefully 3 weeks to a month. Bali has become something that is very close to my heart.
I am a Filipina, formerly based in Singapore and is now living permanently in Melbourne. Yet, I am really a global citizen at heart. :)