This is a mega-post. Warning: many photos and thoughts.
Firstly, the Nano TGIO pictures – belated, I know!
(And the launch of The Steampowered Globe: Please go support local Singaporean SFF and steampunk writers!
(Fanart of Kindness (Path Of Kindness) by my daughter. She is really enthusiastic about Oysters, Pearls and Magic and wants me to continue writing Path of Kindness!)
I celebrated my wedding anniversary in Bali. The island is beautiful, with intense spirituality embedded in everything. Every hotel, resort or living area has its own shrine. I didn’t catch the Barong dance as we stayed at Nusa Dua while all the touristy stuff is in Ubud.
Security is high, considering that Bali experienced terrorist bombings and the scars still linger. Security and police personnel checked cars and buses. There were sniffer dogs (cute Black Labs!) and stern-looking men in uniforms.
The hotel staff was helpful and thoughtful (waitstaff actually remembered what I ordered the night before and asked if I would like another Pina Colada). The resort was gorgeous, lush with tropical trees and plants. So was the wildlife (squirrels scampering all over the resort’s shrine, pairs of spotted doves and tiny Eurasian sparrows hopping about). Now, onto the pictures…
(Blue skies and white clouds, viewed from the beach)
(So I was relaxed…)
(Yum… a refreshing drink!)
(Offerings on the beach.)
(Intricate shrine guardian – this photograph was taken at the airport!)
Right now, I am going to digest everything I’d seen. There are things I need to do: a revise-and-resend of a story, plans to kick into action etc!
Have a good weekend (before the Yule week!).