My 12 Most significant moments in 2014

So, this came a little late (but hey, for a good reason) so, here’s a recap of my 12 most significant moments in 2014!

1. I hit a quarter of a century old

Turning a year older was a simple affair with my family. We did our favourite late night activity: We made a trip to Swensen’s at Changi Airport and had my favourite Gula Melaka salted caramel sundae.

2. Playing the ukulele

Chinese New Year is also significant this year because that was when I got back on my uke seriously. Previously, I just kind of muddled my way through and could barely play.

3. My most epic work event

You know how, in work, you have that ONE epic work event that you remember for a while? This event in March topped my three-year work history.

Image credit: @yiyans

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Bali Green Spa (Kuta, Seminyak)

I usually like to round up my holiday with a massage, best to get home to a hectic life by relaxing on the last day.

Bali Green Spa was one of the recommended spas I found on TripAdvisor but to be honest, I don’t think the massage was anything in particular to rave about. However, they do have one great service (no naughty thoughts guys, PG here).

The front is pretty unimaginative, I wouldn’t have given it a second look on any day. You walk through a long indoor walkway and you get to the garden.

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Bali (Legian): Kubu Kauh Beach Inn

If you’re in Bali for a happening beach holiday, tourists typically veer towards Kuta or Seminyak ย for their hotel. Since I was on an extended two-week trip and I’m not a picky person, I don’t have to stay in a nice hotel. My picks usually lean towards flashpacking (which is sort of a more upscale backpacking) or boutique hotels.

There are some hostels in Kuta and Seminyak that go quite cheaply but they weren’t an option for me because I wanted my own room and didn’t want to deal with noise or party-goers. Man, I’m on holiday. So Legian which was smack between Kuta and Seminyak sounded like a perfect spot for me. It’s easily accessible to both areas and sounded more laid back.

It took a lot of Googling and research before I found Kubu Kauh Beach Inn. On TripAdvisor, the Inn does not have a lot of recent reviews and seemed to have just gone through an overhaul. The inn is more like a home stay as compared to a boutique hotel as it is operated by a local family.

Initially when I arrived, I had some issues with room availability because I had my dates swopped around. Thankfully, they managed to sort things out. If you’re heading to Kubu Kauh, here’s a guide to walking into the place because even after staying for 4/5 nights, I still get lost in this maze.

You start at this lane, to the right, is a provision shop of sorts, walk straight down

Walk straight down

You will see this marking on your left, turn in here

Spy the sign?

Congratulations on navigating the maze!

The reception/check in to your right

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Bali (Ubud) food: Confiture Michele

In case you are wondering, the set featured image was taken along the way!

I’m not much of a jam person, give me Nutella or good old butter and kaya (coconut spread in Asia) to go with my bread.

However, if you’re a fan of handcrafted jams with tons of flavours, I think you’ll like this place. They go great with crepes and and pancakes.

Tastings

 

Crรชperie Confiture Michele
Address: Jalan Gootama N. 26,ย Ubud, Bali
Opening hours: 9am – 10pm, daily
Website:ย http://www.confituremichele.com
Google Map: Confiture Michele

Bali (Seminyak) food: Biku

Biku is probably one of my favourite places to dine at in Seminyak because it’s such a relaxing and affordable place! They have a western high tea option which is quite a spread and super value for the price.

The bad thing is, it’s located at a far flung area of Seminyak, your best bet will be flagging a cab. Biku was also tastefully decorated, with a whimsical theme. Perfect place for OOTD!

At the door of Biku

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