Life in a bubble!

Well, Im here to make bubbles, but find that Im living in one too!

I live in a little room in Sanur very close to the dive centre, so close, it takes just 2 and a half minutes to walk there, and my life these past 3 weeks, apart from travel to dive sites, is pretty much isolated to this small street – my “bubble”

If you have read my previous post, you will have seen my little apartment

My own little Balinese Garden

My own little Balinese Garden

My little balcony

My little balcony

 

 

This is my new home for the 3 months I plan to stay in Bali!

 

It is on the first floor of a small complex which they call a “Homestay”, I have upgraded to a slightly larger room which has its own balcony, hot running water and a bath (unused in the 3 weeks Ive been here!), but more importantly, air con and even more importantly – it is within reach of the wonderful wifi in Indonesia, which although intermittent, is provided free of charge!

The sun rises above the trees opposite at 06:57, just at Earl Grey o'clock - so the owners of my homestay fixed this blind for me so I could sit outside with my cupa without being blinded!

The sun rises above the trees opposite at 06:57, just at Earl Grey o’clock – so the owners of my homestay fixed this blind for me so I could sit outside with my cupa without being blinded!

I find that my walk from my homestay to the dive centre is taking longer and longer as I meet and get to know more of the locals along the small stretch of road that is my daily commute

Local ladies

Local ladies

Local tour guides

Local tour guides

One of the family members who own my homestay

One of the family members who own my homestay

 

 

 

 

 

I find the Balinese to be such friendly people who respond well to you taking an interest in their lives.  If I try to speak their language, they seem delighted and only snigger a little at my mistakes, which are numerous.  There is a group of men who sit on the side of the road each morning who greet me and try to teach me a new word each day.  They spent the first 2 weeks trying to arrange transport for me, they now accept I can manage the 0.2 mile commute on foot!

I go out for a quiet meal alone, and end stting witha British woman, French woman and Indonesian man who decides to teach us Indonesian!w

I go out for a quiet meal alone, and end stting with a British woman, French woman and Indonesian man who decides to teach us Indonesian!

Part of my Balinese classes

Part of my Balinese classes

The lady in the Deli next door - teaching her English each day - she likes to call me "Ibu Jill" (madam)

The lady in the Deli next door – teaching her English each day – she likes to call me “Ibu Jill” (madam)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So, as you can see, Im having a terrible time living in a “Bubble in Bali!

My little street has more than 10 different restaurants,

A lovely Thai restaurant a stones throw from home!

A lovely Thai restaurant a stones throw from home!

Thai and Indonesian restaurant

Thai and Indonesian restaurant

Snack bar

Snack bar

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Pizzaria - with wood burning pizza oven

A Pizzaria – with wood burning pizza oven

Vegetarian food, plus a visit to a chiropractor!

Vegetarian food, plus a visit to a chiropractor!

even a Japanese restaurant

even a Japanese restaurant

 

 

 

 

 

 

2 spas,

My local Spa - only £3.50 for an hour long massage!

My local Spa – only £3.50 for an hour long massage!

A much more upmarket Spa, as good as any you would get in the UK, with an hour long massage costing around £16

A much more upmarket Spa, as good as any you would get in the UK, with an hour long massage costing around £16

These gorgeous woman give fabulous massages.  I love stopping by for a chat with them

These gorgeous woman give fabulous massages. I love stopping by for a chat with them

 

 

 

 

 

 

a hairdressers,

A Hairdressers

A Hairdressers

 

 

 

 

 

3 hotels, 2 local shops,

My local shop!

My local shop!

 

 

 

 

 

 

2 tour guide shops, numerous clothes stores

A local clothes store

A local clothes store

Not sure why I brought any clothes here with me

Not sure why I brought any clothes here with me from the UK!

A more upmarket clothes shop

A more upmarket clothes shop

 

 

 

 

 

 

a laundry service

I hope my laundry doesnt return in piecies!!

I hope my laundry doesnt return in piecies!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

and a deli which would put most British Delicatessens to shame

The lady in the Deli next door - teaching her English each day - she likes to call me "Ibu Jill" (madam)

The lady in the Deli next door – teaching her English each day – she likes to call me “Ibu Jill” (madam)

 

 

 

 

 

 

The shops are even cute when they are closed

I just loved this shop sign!

I just loved this shop sign!

 

People find many ways to get around, you can catch a taxi which costs from 6000 Rp (30p) or a beamo, a little bus for 15p, or alternatively, hire a scooter, or ride your bike

an interesting way to steer a bicycle!

an interesting way to steer a bicycle!

I couldnt do that if I tried!

I couldnt do that if I tried!

or alternatively……just carry your bags on your head!

 

 

 

 

There is even a tattoo parlour in my bubble!

Im thinking of having a tattoo of a manta on my back......

Im thinking of having a tattoo of a manta on my back……

Frangipani petals litter the pavement - they smell fantastic!

Frangipani petals litter the pavement – they smell fantastic!

 

 

 

 

 

So, Im settling nicely into life in Bali, have brought some home comforts with me

I take my mug and Earl Grey everywhere I go!

I take my mug and Earl Grey everywhere I go!

 

and am rarely alone

 

One of my neighbours who pops up from time to time......

One of my neighbours who pops up from time to time……

Girls night out!

Girls night out!

 

One of the great things about doing a dive course is the fab people you meet along the way.  More about my dive training in my next blog……..watch out for it!

 

In the meantime……

Living in a bubble is exhausting....goodnight!

Living in a bubble is exhausting….goodnight!

 

About Jill Beckett

I hope you enjoy reading this blog, it is written purely for entertainment value! Its just a way of keeping a journal for myself as well as staying in touch with family and friends around the world. I try to "live life to the full", "think out of the box" and any other cliches for making the best of it that you can think of! I started writing this blog in 2011 when I gave up my job in the UK as a midwife ("The Baby Catcher"!) and began circumnavigating Britain in a 45ft yacht and trained as a skipper prior to going to Australia to live for a year. I then returned to the UK for 17 months where my feet became itchy once more and I moved to Bali to take my scuba diving to a professional level ("Jilly Fish") and trained as a Dive Master, then a Dive Instructor. I then sailed from Malaysia, through Indonesia diving along the way eventually making it to Townsville, Queensland, in October 2014, a 4000+mile trip, on a 50ft Catamaran! Following this I spent a wonderful year living in Australia, working on a casual basis as a baby catcher (midwife), and as "Jillyfish (dive Instructor) on the Great Barrier Reef as well as sailing as much as I can on a beautiful 44.7 Beneteau called Shazam. My newest chapter finds me back in the UK, living on the South West Coast in gorgeous Devon! Drop me a message, I would love to hear from you and what you think of my blog! Mwah x
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2 Responses to Life in a bubble!

  1. Kimberley says:

    Brilliant, I can taste it all just from reading this! And feel somewhat envious! Good for you, you spirited adventurous woman xx

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