I'm in Bali this weekend for another wedding. Bali sure has become a popular choice for destination weddings particularly among those of us in Asia. It's an easy location to get to - with direct flights from many Asian cities - and the beauty of the island of the gods is indisputable. I'm happy to be back after a 3-year absence.
After finally collecting my checked in luggage and suffering from anxiety about having it picked up by someone else from the carousel, I took a taxi to Alila Villas Uluwatu, where some of us are staying for the weekend. The villas here are a little too modern for my taste - mostly straight lines at 90 degrees with sharp corners. Too much concrete and cement, and virtually no Balinese or Indonesian architectural elements. Having said that, the villas are very spacious - both indoors and outdoors. I look forward to dipping in the pool.
This is the first time I'm in Bali by myself, and with just a few hours until the welcome dinner, I decided to spend some time in my villa. The sky is a beautiful hue of blue, and the temperature is a relatively cool 27°C with a nice breeze. I hook up to the hotel wifi and sit under the shade of the cabana, enjoying the view out to the distant ocean. No, I did not come to Bali to surf the waves. I'm surfing the net.
Dinner is at the Sangkar Restaurant in Bulgari Resort nearby. We are seated at long tables and I'm relieved to find a few familiar faces. There are performers banging out some traditional music to go along with the barong dance, and I would be glad to sit at the far end of the table as the evening progressed.
We're going local tonight, with a menu designed to show off the best of Bali.
There is of course plenty of wine, and I had the privilege to drink the following both during the dinner and after:
when we visited him.