My first fotoshoot!

Some of you may know that a couple weeks ago, when I was still in Bali, I had my first fotoshoot ever.

The fotoshoot I did, was for the spa/ resortwear brand called Goldust Bali. It is located in Canggu, which is the place to be for the beach, healthy hotspots and more. When I arrived at the location of the shoot, I was amazed by how beautiful it was. It was a huge villa in the centre of Canggu, originally from the creator of Goldust Bali. The villa had this amazing half outside kitchen and living room. It made you feel like if you were outside in the nature all of the time. Furthermore, It had palmtrees, bamboo, a swimming pool and even an outside bathroom (with bubblebath!!).

Of course, when I arrived at the villa, I was super nervous, since I had never done a shoot before in my life. I did not know what to expect. There were a couple of clothing racks with lots of dresses. Luckily, the team was super chill and comforting. The shoot was so much fun, and I wish I could do it again.

But for what did I shoot, spa, clothing? Well basically, Goldust Bali offers both. Currently, you can still find them in their ‘old’ building. However, sooner or later you will find them at the exact villa where I did the shoot. They will rebuild the villa into a Spa (how amazing right?!). Goldust Bali offers a wide range of spa treatments, from massages, to facials to beauty treatments. They even offer a 24k gold facial (IKR!).

Anyway, beside the spa, the company also sells beautiful resort wear. The clothing is super light, perfectly created and really beautiful. Even though some of the dresses are maxi dresses, you can still wear them in the Bali heat of 30+ degrees.

I am really looking forward to doing this again!

Natures beauty

On my semi-last day in Bali, we went to the Kanto Lampo, a beautiful waterfall in the middle of the island. Because the waterfall had different layers stone, you could actually stand and sit in the middle of the waterfall, what created lots of beautiful pictures.

The waterfall was rather hard to find, but when we got there, it was worth it. There was even this man that wanted to be our photographer, and of course he could.

After we climbed on the Kanto Lampo, there was another waterfall if you walked a little further through the river. This waterfall looked totally different and you could not sit/stand in it. However, there was this lian close to the waterfall and I really really wanted to sit on it. The only thing was, how do I get up there? After standing on the shoulders of a friend of mine, and trying some other things, he was able to pull the lian a little down, so i could hold it and climb on it. It was amazing, and it is incredible how strong those things are.

After the waterfall, we went to a Buddha to Buddha store closeby, and we had dinner in Da Mare, which was so beautiful and really good !!

Turtles, rice fields, chocolate factory

After I swam next to a turtle, I was dying to see some more turtles. However, we were already back in Bali, so we decided to visit the turtle conservation in Serangan. I loved the place and the fact that it was just charity. We got a tour throughout the conservation, and our guide told us everything from the beginning till the end. There were even turtles who were saved from the black market, which had an amazing shell btw. All of the turtles (except the land turtles) were held in big water reserves. All of the turtles will get released as  soon as they are cured or big enough to take care of themselves in the ocean.

Eventually, our guide asked us if we wanted to release a baby turtle, and of course, I couldn’t say no. They were so cute. We got to choose our own turtle, and take it out of the reserve and put it in a little bucket. It was sad to see that they were bumping their head the entire time to the bucket, but at least they would get released soon. We drove to the beach and there we could release our babies. Mine, which I called after myself since I did not know a name that fast, was super slow and did not want to walk to the water. However, when the waves were big enough and cought the turtle, it swam a little bit closer towards the sea. After about 10 minutes little Nathalie was gone into the ocean.

After the turtle conservation we went back home and prepared for our appointment at the Spa, which was super relaxing.

The next day we planned on going to the Tegalalang rice fields and a waterfall. Sadly, when we were almost at the rice fields, it started raining. Luckily, our Uber had an umberella which we could use. The rice fields were amazing and you could really see the terraces. Also, we saw a loewak, an animal of which his poop is used to create the most expensive coffee worldwide. The animal seemed quite weird and I did not even know that it existed. We walked through the rice fields for a while and fortunately it had stopped raining.

After the rice fields,  it started raining again, so after checking the weather forecast we decided to skip the waterfall and to go to a chocolate factory. Both destinations were quite far away from each other so we hoped that the rain would still stop. When we finally got to the factory, we were quite surprised. The first animal we saw was an elephant, after that I saw a wild monkey. Eventually, there were also bears, geese and a toucan. This man led us towards the chocolate factory, which was kind of a disappointment since I expected a huge factory. In fact, the factory was just about 20 square meters. However, they did have a shop where we could taste all of their chocolate, and it was truly delicious!!

After we went to the chocolate factory we went checking out the animals. First we went to the bears, which was one baby and one bigger one. When I normally visit a zoo, the bears barely move. Consequently, here they did move a lot, which was so much fun to see. Later, we visited the elephants, they had a lot, even 2 babies. They even took out a baby and its mom for us so we could feed it and pet it. It was soo cute and it just wanted to play with you.

When we left the chocolate factory and its’ animals, there was not really enough time left to go to the waterfall. However, I still want to visit the waterfall, and I am definitely going to.

The Gilis

Life goes on in paradise 2.0, the Gili islands of Lombok.

On Friday morning we went suuuper early to the Gili islands. Since the drive to Padang Bai was about 1,5 hours and the boat trip as well, we arrived at 11 only. When arriving, I saw the brightest sea ever. It was so clear blue. I fell in love.

After getting of the boat, we had to find ourselves a cab. Or well, a horse. There were no cars or any other electronic vehicles on the island. So we went by horse to our hotel. We changed clothing, and went to the beautiful beach to chill.

On the second day of the Gilis we were planning to cycle, so that’s what we did. We cycled throughout the island and found some amazing spots. We had lunch and chilled at the beach.

Because all of the Gili islands have turtle points, we became super excited to see some turtles. This is why we went on a snorkling trip to all of the islands to spot turtles. The turtles were amazing and at a moment you could really swim with them for a couple of meters. It was incredible.

Basically all we did on the Gili islands was just chilling and checking out the island. It had such a great vibe and it truly was one of the most beautiful islands I have seen in my life.

Details: the dresses I am wearing are both from Goldust Bali, pink bikini is from Elsa and Rose and the pink bikini top with yellow bottom is from Triangl. The sport wear is from Stronger and the shorts are from Levis.