Beautiful & Blissful Bali

For the longest of time I was trying to breathe and trying to find peace. I was trying to heal and I was trying to learn more about myself. Truth to be told I was about to give up. But then alhamdulillah, I found the beauty of life again while in Indonesia.

My first encounter with Bali was while reading ‘Eat, Pray, Love’ by Elizabeth Gilbert. It was funny because I realised that I was going on my own ‘Eat, Pray, Love’ journey. I ate during the month long Eid celebrations. My love for prayer increased and alhamdullilah, I managed to go to many Islamic classes and talks for the past couple of months. And now I am currently on my ‘love’ part of the journey.

It’s really funny how life works. Sometimes I feel like my life is some kind of movie because I still can’t believe almost half of the things that had happened. But it made me realise how AMAZING life can be. Nothing is impossible. Things ALWAYS fall into place. And I fell into pure bliss while I was in Bali.

Everything was beyond perfect. I felt pure joy for the first time in the longest of time. I found my peace and acceptance. The patience paid off, and everything finally made sense. What I saw was beautiful. What I ate was beautiful. The culture and the people were beautiful. How I felt was beautiful. Everything was just so beautiful.

By the end of the trip, I believed that everything will be okay. I still believe it to this day. And I don’t think that I will ever stop believing it. God is always with me, in the good times and the bad times. Alhamdullilah. How beautiful it is to have so much trust with God that everything will be okay. Alhamdulillah, alhamdulillah, alhamdulillah.  

Nonetheless, I managed to do a lot of things during my trip in Bali. I went to Ubud to visit Monkey Forest, a holy temple, a waterfall, the rice terraces and I also overcame my fear of heights by doing a jungle swing.  The second day we went to the beach at Uluwatu and saw the Kecak fire dance. On the third day I went on a trip to Tanah Lot where I met a lovely girl called Hemi from Taiwan who now lives in Australia (I also touched a holy snake). On the fourth day, we went to the most amazing little retreat called Ketut’s hideaway where they served us the BEST food and had the BEST snorkelling spot that I have ever been to, they also taught us how to make an offering.

Bali felt like a beautiful gift. And I will cherish the memories and feelings I had there. Overall, I wish I had stayed longer in Bali but I have a feeling that it won’t be the last time that I will visit. And I honestly can say that I can’t wait to go back.

Nurul Shamsul