Madeloby, a musician and business man from Ubud.
Is by far the people. Which means they must be extraordinary because there are a myriad of things to love about this place. But the people will steal your heart.
Smiling face post ceremony in Payogan village.
Mary, crocheting a bag (which will take her 2 days to complete) on the walkways on Uluwatu.
En route to Canggu…he smiled as soon as he saw the camera pointed at him.
Anna, one of many women selling sarongs on Ku De Ta beach.
They are so open and possess a genuine kindness which I have never felt before. From shop keeps to women selling sarongs on the beach to little children walking along the road…they all smile and laugh and give you a feeling that despite their hardships they are in love with life.
Like me you can come here knowing no one and leave with an abundance of love to take back home and spread freely in your native land – just as they do here.
Love, the Glossy Queen
It’s been on my to do list for a long time to start a YouTube channel. Back home I never really felt inspired or always had some lame excuse as to why I couldn’t do it. Yesterday all that changed – I filmed and edited my first YouTube video!
Pretty much took me all day and a lot of the early morning to get this short 30 second video up; simply because I had to download apps and test things out. I expect the process will be much smoother going forward. You know what else, I did all this with 3 small devices – iPhone 5, iPad 4 and Nikon D7000. My tripod came in handy as well.
As for the content you can expect much more than outfit/style posts. During my first week in Bali I’ve connected with some vivid spirits. These artistes + adventurers have very interesting stories to share. I hope to get some of these chats on camera, I know their words will inspire you to follow your heart and live in color. At TGQ that’s what its all about!
Now my friends I shall venture out. I’ve spent the past 2 days working and its time to explore.
Love, The Glossy Queen
Many moons ago my youngest brother nicknamed me rampage after I accidentally walked straight into a screen door. I mistook it for a clear path. Oops. Well Neil Allen, I’ve lived up to my name and I am sure you will be proud…
Early Sunday morning, internet was down at the house in Ungasan and I needed to book my next accommodation. With sleep in my eyes I hopped on le moto and whizzed down the road to Cafe Moka. It was only my 2nd day driving the scooter. No incidents during the previous days drive to Karma Kandara so I was feeling pretty confident (but still cautious as one must be when driving in Bali).
Made it to the cafe incident free. Okay, almost incident free. I rolled into the parking lot (aka a patch of dirt). Several bikes were parked in front. In an instant I somehow ended up knocking 80% of them over! Was I even moving at that point? I sat there holding up my bike as baristas and patrons came scurrying out to assess the damage.
Not too bad. One man picked up his rear view mirror and screwed it back in. No one said anything to me except a witty blue-eyed boy from Russia who just looked at me and started laughing, “What, did you mistake the brake and the gas?”
“I dunno…” I replied, “It’s only my second day on this thing!”
After confirmation his surfboard was all good he invited me to join him for breakfast.
Not a bad way of meeting people, eh!
Love, The Glossy Queen
Dreamland from the cliffs.
Unfortunately my fingers cannot keep up with my experience. Yesterday marked my 1 week anniversary on the island and I’ve already got 1 million stories to tell. Some of which are not to be shared. Desole.
On the 4th day I left the busy, bustling center of Kuta and ventured south to Bukit Peninsula. After settling into my accommodations, a minimalistic SurfHouse in Ungasan I accepted an invitation from my host to join him and his friends for a sunset surfing session at Dreamland Beach. I hopped on the back of his dirt bike and off we zipped through winding country roads, an adventure in itself!
Fell in love soon as my eyes pictured the Indian Ocean peeking through white stone cliffs which we descended to rest our feet upon pink hued sand. C’est magnifique! The setting winter sun, yes, its winter in this part of the world, painted the sky the most perfect shades of pastel. Me in Dreamland…swear I was dreaming. But nope. After an imaginary pinch I still found myself on the ground. This is reality!
The boys headed for the waves.
Its just a reflection of a reflection (see you on the other side)!
Such an easy place to love.
The sea was littered with surfers all braving 7-8 foot waves. As a super novice (meaning I have only surfed once back in Los Angeles) I stayed on the shore, Nikon in hand, trying my best to capture the magic of this place.
I hope you feel it.
Love, The Glossy Queen
Modern with a touch of Balinese charm.
Upon arriving in Bali I opted to stay in the belly of the beast known as Kuta. Not far from the airport its infamous for traffic jams, wild party goers and over aggressive natives looking to sell you anything. Knowing this I wanted to experience the madness at the beginning of my trip so I booked 3 nights at the Asana Agung Putra Bali.
The hotel is located on Popies Lane 1, a narrow road lined with swap meet style street vendors selling cheap Indonesian wares of all kinds. You’ll also find bars, restaurants and a mish-mash of stores catering to tourists. Definitely be cautious of where you step, the sidewalk sized cobblestone road is shared by pedestrians and motorists alike. From what I’ve heard this is one of the first streets to be developed in Kuta and it has seen quite the transformation over the past few years.
Asana is near the end of Popies 1. I made the rookie mistake of letting my cab driver drop me off at the beginning of the street. So after 30 hours of travel time I was lugging 2 bags and a backpack down the road trying to find the entrance. Initially it was a bit overwhelming but the natives pointed me in the right direction and I made it in just fine.
Now this hotel is quite lovely IF you book a deluxe room. I believe 90% of the hotel has been remodeled and the 10% that is not you will want to steer clear of. My favorite thing about it was the modern lines juxtaposed with charming Balinese details (such as the intricately carved entryway doors). The staff is friendly, accommodating and look to do whatever they can to ensure you have an enjoyable stay. I definitely recommend this hotel.
My room. Comfy with pops of color.
Love these doors!
I’m a beach person but for those who like pools Asana has two,
Personally I don’t think Kuta is as horrid as its made out to be. It is what it is and if you go in knowing that what can you really complain about? Besides, who complains when in Bali? Not I.
I’ve moved on though. I’m currently adventuring in south Bali on the Bukit Peninsula. This area is much less congested and instead of beeping horns I hear countless roosters beckoning in a new day. More to come my friends.