Highlights of My Bali Birthday Trip 2015.

I realized that it takes a while for me to write about my travels for two reasons: First, I snap so many pictures and uploading all of them is such a pain because the Philippines' internet speed is so slow.. Then I still have to go through all of the photos and choose which ones to use for my post.  Second, I'm very particular with information because Joei & Me is my diary. This is where I, as well as T and my friends, relive fun memories so documenting every moment with as much detail as possible is a must.  Just recently, a really good friend of mine (Hi Ara Sam!) messaged me when she was having a bad day and told me that she was going through my blog posts about our Hong Kong Trip last year to brighten up her mood.  

The downside to this, however, is that I don't get to complete my travel posts or don't get to write about them at all!  As a fail safe, I end up microblogging on my Instagram account (@joeiandme) just so I have something to remind me of the trip.  Yesterday, I checked my to-write list and drafts folder and found out that I still have pending posts about Boracay (specifically our stay in Discovery Shores and Shangri-La Boracay and our favorite restaurants and cafes on the island), Bellarocca, Cagayan De Oro, Bukidnon, Batanes, California, Alaska, Pico de Loro, and Sicogon Island.

With just those alone, I don't know where to start.  And now, there's another addition to the list... My birthday trip to Bali!   It's actually an early celebration because T and I won't be together on my birthday.  I chose the destination randomly as I have not seen or read anything related to Bali before T and I decided to travel. The upside is that I found myself enjoying the planning stage for trips again (which I lost somewhere along the way) and researched everything from scratch.  Special thanks to Kat Rances, Patty Laurel, and Alma Tanwangco for sharing information about Bali with me :)

I always have fun when traveling but this one is for the books!!! T and I can't stop talking about Bali with each other or with family or friends who ask us about it.  And it's been a while since we've had a 'hangover' after a trip.  We were in Bali for a quite a while, with each day filled with lots of activities, and yet we still felt like extending our stay.

Going back to what I was saying earlier.. My fear is that with a trip like this, I'd be even more particular with the details and end up not being able to blog about it at all.  So, following the advice of Patty Cuyugan, I'll just post highlights first and then blog about it in detail later.  And even if I don't get to do so, at least I already have an entry about the trip ;)

With that, here are my favorite photos from my Bali Birthday Trip this year!

It's all about pineapples, palm tress, and flamingos (and unicorns) for this trip!

One perk of taking an early flight.. Seeing the sun rise over a mountain range.

T and I haven't even left the Ngu Rah Rai airport yet and yet we are already in awe with the Balinese design and structure!

Tried Jack Nicholson's favorite Luwak coffee from the 'The Bucket List'.. Yes, it's the one that comes from cat poop!

Every home in Bali has a temple and that's why they all look amazing! This is the family temple of painter Imade Rama.

But every Balinese village still has one big temple for each god.  This is the temple for Brahma, the Hindi god of creation.

Anthony Bourdain said this is the best suckling pig in the world.. Let's see!

The Ubud Monkey Forest.. Home of the wild monkeys.  And yes, they are wild and they bite!

Mommy monkey hugging her baby monkey.  

Our villa is luxurious but still retains its native Balinese ambiance. 

This is just one area of our villa's bathroom.  It's huge!

A little green joke during the Barong and Kris dance.. But it's not what it seems! Can you guess what that is? 

Every Balinese village is known for a special art and Celuk is for gold and silver.  What does this remind you of? #Mordor

T and I have always wanted to see a meerkat and today our dream came true :D Hello Timon! Where's Pumba?

This elephant is showing off and showering everyone with water.

Our elephant was a bit playful and kept grabbing branches and leaves.  What a fun ride!

They share a hairstylist :D

After doing a safari, please pay extra and feed your elephant.  They deserve a treat (at the very least) after a ride.

It's a wonder that the elephant didn't sniff T's phone away from him!

It's a long hike down but T and I are going to chase this hidden waterfall #punintended

Mount Batur is an active volcano. The last big eruption was in 1968 but you can still see the black lava field until today.

Beside the volcano is Batur Lake, the widest lake in Bali.

Indonesia food is love. I can eat Chicken Satay with peanut and chili sauce every day!

The springs of the Holy Water Temple are believed to cure illnesses of both body and mind.

When your villa's pool looks like a lagoon.

What I like about the island life.. OOTDs are easy as one, two, three!

Checking another item on my bucket list: Getting a palm reading where Elizabeth Gilbert (Eat Pray Love author) got hers.

I've seen a lot of beautiful places in Bali but this one makes it to the top of the list! I have no words to describe it.

And as they say, not all who wander are lost.

No filter was used, no editing was made to this photo...  The most beautiful sunset I have ever seen in my entire life. 

T and I love the vibe at Potato Head Beach Club. Upbeat but chill at the same time. 

We also love the pool area.

T's first drink.. A Potato Head Creation named Prohibition Iced Tea made of vodka, gin, rum, tequila, earl gray, tea cola.

T's second drink.. Old Fashioned Whiskey, another Potato Head Creation.

Thinking of running away and joining the circus ;)

Surf's up!

My Holster flip flops adding a little sparkle to the traditional Indonesian temple attire consisting of a sarong and a sash.

Another one of my favorite spots that we visited in Bali!

Only problem is you have to go through this forest (filled with even naughtier monkeys) to get to the cliff!

Another beautiful sunset viewed at the lounge of Four Seasons Resort in Jimbaran Bay.

My birthday dinner at Sundara in Four Seasons Resort with a view overlooking Jimbaran Bay. Everything's perfect!

This bottle of Acqua Panna is perfect for my birthday toast because I can't have alcohol (thanks to my monkey bite!)

Having coffee at the airport, sad that our trip is coming to an end.

Just looking through these photos make me miss Bali even more :(  But I hope you enjoyed the little snippets of my birthday trip.  Can't wait until we go back again!


  1. Wonderful post. I hope on your next post you'll be able to tell us how much (estimate) we need to ready in order to enjoy a place like this. It's really beautiful! Happy Birthday!


    1. Hi Mayen! Maybe around 100k if you want to enjoy everything! :)

  2. Wonderful post. I hope on your next post you'll be able to tell us how much (estimate) we need to ready in order to enjoy a place like this. It's really beautiful! Happy Birthday!


  3. awesome trip! :) love your purses too! super colorful

  4. Nice post. very nice. will be an unforgettable memory. I like the photos. It's a nice holiday. nice. for share: https://en.balijetaime.com/activities/ ... thanks

  5. Khrishia Ronquillo-SedenioJune 2, 2015 at 4:20 AM

    I really really like your outfits! Have a wonderful birthday! :D


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