Nusa islands

This weekend was my first trip to another island of Indonesia, or well, other islands. I visted 3 islands in the weekend, Nusa Lembogan, Nusa Ceningan and Nusa Penida. All of the islands are located just under Bali.

The first day we traveled after class to Nusa Lembogan, where we stayed the night. The next morning we went snorkeling at 7.30 and guess what, we saw wild dolphins!! We wanted to go snorkeling with mantas, however, we could not find them so we went to crystal bay. We saw some beautiful fishes.

After the snorkeling we rent scooters and went to the other island. At least that was our intention, we got lost on Nusa Lembogan. After asking other tourists, we found the yellow bridge which connects both islands. On Nusa Ceningan we had lunch (a smoothie bowl of course). Next we toured around the island and went to some beautiful beaches.

In the evening we traveled to the other island, Nusa Penida. Here we rented scooters the next day as well. Unfortunately, one of us got a flat tire in the middle of the jungle. We had no connection with our phones. After about one hour 2 boys of 14 or so helped us to get to a repairer. Then we went to another beach which was soo amazing.

The last day on the island we asked the hotel owner if he could bring us around to the hotspots. Here we went to the Kelingking beach (with the famous dinosaur) and to broken beach which has a nature made infinity pool. The roads to these places were shitty and we were sitting with the six of us in the back of a pick-up car. But it was a great day I promise you that (:

 

Finns Beach Club

Today we went to our second beach club, named Finns. The sun was shining, it was 30 degrees and we were on the beach. How great is life?

Finns Beach Club is located in Canggu and has just like Potato Head an infinity pool. It was so beautiful. We had a double bed between the beach and the infinity pool. We could see the surfers catching waves, while the vacationers were enjoying a drink in the water.  Furthermore, the music was so relaxing. In this place, I had my first real coconut, with the water and everything. I have to admit, it is not really my thing.

After we went to Finns Beach Club, we had dinner in a place close to Finns, named Panama. The building looked like a basic Santorini house, while the back yard looked like the typical American back yard. They had this round pool with the striped beach chairs.

After dinner I went (for the first time) with the scooter taxi. I was scared at first, but I am glad I did it. I saw so much from the island.

Tomorrow I am going to 2 small islands underneath Bali, called Nusa Lembogang and Nusa Peridan (I think). And it has this great blue water.  I am so excited to stay there for the weekend.

What are your plans for the weekend?

 

Pura Tirta Empul

Yesterday we went to a temple, close to Ubud which is about a 1 hour drive from Denpasar. This temple, called the Pura Tirta Empul (Water Temple), was fantastic. The rare thing is that it is still in use. You could see people praying and going into the holy spring.

The temple has been declared as a UNESCO World Heritage site in July 2012 and the inscription reads:

”The Cultural Landscape of Bali Province: The Subak System as a manifestation of the Tri Hita Karana Philosophy, consist of Supreme Water Temple Pura Ulun Danu Batur and Lake Batur, Subak Landscape of Pakerisan Watershed, Subak Landscape of Catur Angga Batukaru, and Royal Temple of Taman Ayun has been inscribed upon the World Heritage List of the Convention concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage. Inscription on this List confirms the outstanding universal value of a cultural or natural property which deserves protection for the benefit of all humanity.”

Furthermore, they had strict rules if you wanted to enter the temple. Starting with the fact that everybody had to wear a sarong (as you can see on the pictures, I am wearing one as well). It was prohibited to wear shorts as well. Moreover, as a girl I had to tie my hair, and I could not enter the temple if I was on my period. Of course, it was not allowed to enter the temple wet, and to climb on the holy buildings.

At the exit of the temple, there were multiple small markets in which you could buy traditional clothing or souvenirs. Here I bought my own sarong. Afterwards, we went to the city of Ubud to have lunch.

 

Violet Hamden

‘Time flies when you’re having fun.’

That’s what they say right? Well I definitely agree with this quote.  As you might have seen in previous blogposts or on my Instagram page, I looove watches. They are a great accessory and it is very useful (only if you don’t use your mobile phone to check the time and date).

Today I received a new watch from Violet Hamden. Violet Hamden exists for a conscious lifestyle. They want you to live your life and create memories. Currently, they have two collections, the Nowness collectiona and the Day & Night collection. Furthermore, they created a jewelry collection in which you can find several minimalistic bracelets, earrings and necklaces. These are perfect to combine with your watch. If you prefer some variety from time to time, these bracelets are interchangeable.

When you purchase a Violet Hamden, you will receive a watch (obviously). However, the watch comes with a journal in which you  can write your own stories. Just like they describe on their website ‘ You cannot catch time, we think back to a certain feeling, memory or a dream. Be aware at what time you get up in the morning, when you perform your rituals, when you meet new friends, and when you explore the world.’

Furthermore, when I hear Violet Hamden, I hear quality. The watches are hand-made by specialised watch makers with passion for their job. The quality of the material is very well. Moreover, the jewellery has been made perfect in every detail. And above all, it is fashionable and payable!

The watch I retreived was from the Nowness collection, the Nowness Rose Evening Rosegold. This collection features 7 watches. Furthermore, this collection consist of 4 different colours mesh bands. The watches of this collection are shown below. 

The Day & Night collection features 23 watches, it features 6 different colours of leather bands. The Day & Night collection shows elegance.

Currently, they have 2 kinds of bracelets, the moon and stones bracelet in either silver or gold. As shown on the pictures, I retreived the moon and stones bracelet in silver with my watch.

As said before, I chose for the Nowness Rose Evening Rosegold watch since I already own a silver watch and I was doubting before between the silver and the rosegold watch. Therefore, my decision was easily made. Furthermore, the watch shows class and fits to a huge part of my wardrobe. Thus, I find it easily to combine the watch with my clothing. The watch is lightweighted and very minimalistic, which I really love. Furthermore, the watch and bracelets come with a beautiful box with the company’s name on it. When I don’t wear the watch, I always attempt to put it back in the box.

In case you want to see and try the watch first, you can go to your local Brandfield store in Amsterdam or Groningen to discover the beauty of Violet Hamden. Of course, you can also shop them online exclusively at Brandfield or at the official Violet Hamden website.