Part II: Emilie and Yani take on Bali and Singapore
26.08.2013 - 03.09.2013
As you may have read in our previous post, we had the privilege to have my lovely brother Yani come and visit us in Darwin. His time was limited to only two and a half weeks and we were adamant to make the utmost of his stay. After a wonderful week in Darwin which ended in the creation of a series of beautiful memories, we decided that it would be nice for Yani to see a bit more of the other side of the world. Unfortunately, we could not afford a trip down to Sydney or Melbourne, and so instead, we left expensive Australia behind and enjoyed the beauty that Bali had to offer. Ben could not take time of work, which was a crying shame, but it meant Yani and I got to have some quality brother-sister time together.
Our first stop in Bali was a few days in the cultural and historical town of Ubud. Knowing Yani's love for animals, a visit to the Sacred Monkey Forest was an absolute must, as well as doing the gorgeous Campuhan ricefield trek...
Monkey see, monkey do
Campuhan Ricefield Walk
Travelling southwards, we made a stop and visited the Bali Safari and Marine Park for a day. We were both feeling really poorly. I had contracted a nasty cold from one of the children I was teaching in Darwin and it took us a few days to get rid of it... not the best way to enjoy a holiday, but oh well, gotta soldier on! It was a great park with many great animal shows and performances. We loved it!
Elephant Educational Show
There are more pictures of the safari park in this free and public album: Bali Safari Marine Park
With so much excitement in the past days, the last ones seemed to go by quietly. I wished we had the time to discover more of Bali, climb a volcano, go for a massive trek, see more of the beautiful sights in the North, but alas... we were strapped for time. You will have to come back some time, Yani! But I guess, we definitely made the most of it and if anything, we filled up our bellies with the most scrumptious cheap food and inhaled the array of colours and smells that awaited us every year.
More pictures of our time in Bali can be viewed through this free public link: Bali Pictures
Now, Yani's flight back to Europe departed from Singapore. And with Singapore only being a short affordable flight away from Bali, I decided to join him, spend a day or so together and drop him off at the airport. If you haven't seen someone in so long, you just have to make every moment last, right? And so from Bali we set of to the metropolis that is Singapore. I don't think Yani ever experienced such a dynamic place before: his eyes were popping out of their sockets most of our time there!
And here are all the pictures from our time in Singapore: Emilie and Yani in Singapore
And that was the end of an incredible time. Yani, we loved having you here and it was so lovely to spend so much time with you. We both really miss you and love you very much! Thank you for a beautiful time together!