Postcards from Paradise

So it’s been some time since my last travel blog post. Mea culpa. It has been a very busy time for me and my family, and updating this blog just got edged out by other events. Negative ones: an uncle getting cancer, battling and clearing it twice, and then sadly succumbing to after the second recurrence; an aunty also getting cancer, and then succumbing after a year. Positive ones: my wife recovering from a malignant tumor; and amazingly, our first pregnancy and the birth of our first child (!); we’ve been trying to commute/move between two cities; and I’ve gotten involved with a new health and wellness project in Hong Kong.

It was therefore a great suggestion by my wife that we take advantage of the Chinese New Year holidays last month to have our first proper family vacation in a long while, and we decided to go to Bali, where she had never been before, and I hadn’t been in over 5 years. With our 4 and a half month old baby!

To cut a long story short, we had a wonderful time - I still highly, highly recommend the place, despite the terrible traffic and some pollution along the beaches close to Kuta. Somehow it is still the one place in all the world that for me is a perfect combination of natural beauty, spirituality, great food, and most recently, a Mecca for healthy living.

We were there for just under a week, and split our time between Ubud at the center of the island, and Seminyak, one of the most popular beach areas on the western coast. In Ubud we stayed at the Como Shambhala, an older property but still magnificent if only for its location in the heart of the tropical forest and the amazing breakfasts, and in Seminyak we put up at The Legian - again an older property, but with a great location and good service.

The following are a few of the photos I took while on this trip - some are with an Leica M10-P (with Summilux 35mm/50mm) and some are with a Leica Q-P.