Life in Laos through the lens of a diplomatic wife raising twin toddlers.
If we couldn’t be with family during Christmas, then I made sure we spent the holiday with friends who are like family to us. Long time friends from my Singapore days reunited with us in Bali to spend a very relaxing week together catching up and bonding with all of our kids.
The southern coast of Bali is much more crowded these days. For more space and less traffic, visitors have to go further away from the main Denpasar area and into the northern and eastern coastal regions.
We stayed in the once laid back area of Seminyak which is much more congested now. So with two young children, it wasn’t convenient for us to spend an hour or more in traffic to get out and about. Although the one day that we did sit in traffic for an hour to get from Seminyak to Nusa Dua, it was more than worth it. Our son loved the giant water slide at the Grand Hyatt. At 3-years old, we didn’t think that he could do it (or be allowed to) by himself, but he insisted and the slide operator let him as long as we agreed, so he swooshed down down down down down all by himself. Too bad I couldn’t take any pictures since I was waist-deep in water waiting for him in the pool at the end of the slide because I would have paid anything for a video of him holding himself upright (strong core!) all the way down the twist and turns in all that water. I wasn’t sure when it was his turn since I couldn’t see the top, but I could tell it was him every time from his bubbling giggles the entire way down. Once he was in view I could see the biggest smile from ear to ear with all his teeth showing before splashing into the pool. I think he was still laughing as he surfaced. Priceless moments.
There were many many priceless moments during our week with special friends in a special place. It might not have felt exactly like Christmas, but it sure warmed our hearts. Here are some snapshots of those moments…