Morning Walk - Entire Village and Rice Fields
Starts at 8:30 AM
It's a walk through Kepitu Village (where their restaurant is named after). Inhale the fresh air and enjoy the scenery of rice fields and tropical coconut trees.
Get to experience talking to friendly locals, observe their daily activities as well as learn about Balinese culture and customs in an authentic setting.
*Guide will accompany guests on this walk
*One day advance reservation
Morning and Afternoon Yoga at Yoga Pavillon
7:00 AM and 2:00 PM
A spacious pavillon on the upper level facing the relaxing pool and forest is dedicated for this activity.
The class is conducted by their experienced Balinese Yoga Instructor who has been practicing for years teaching guests the ways and benefits of yoga for body and soul.
Throughout the ancient art of classical yoga, lessons will teach the technique of keeping your mind still, strengthening of body and expanding your consciousness using posture, breath work, meditation, relaxation, all within the confines of the relaxing setting, hearing the water flowing from the river down below.
*Also suitable for beginners
Starts at 1:00 PM for an hour at Yoga Pavillon
Experience Balinese through authentic activities of making Balinese offerings, orientation on the Balinese dress, lesson on Rindik Music Instrument, making of pancak or klat klat, understanding spice knowledge and even Balinese dance.
Afternoon High Tea
Starts at 3:30 PM for an hour at the Riverside Canyon Jetty
Sample their complimentary Indonesian tea with assorted Balinese cakes and pastries in an intimate setting offered at the wooden deck along the river side while you enjoy the water flowing from the river.
"Agni Puja" pool side sunset cocktail happy hours
Starts from 4:00 PM until dusk
An exotic and unforgettable experience at the Kayon Resort. Enjoy a selection of cocktails and mocktails with a special price of up to 40% discount while you enjoy the view of the valley at dusk, sometimes even covered by mist.
Socialise around the fire bale and enjoy the comforting heat.
*Advance reservation is appreciated although walk-ins are also welcome.
As I wrote it on 28 June 2014
Our home away from home is called Prague Old Town Apartment. It was very charming, had tons of character and definitely offered lots of comfort.
That was not the first impression though. Honestly, we were tired, hungry and apparently dehydrated. Few sips of water from Dubai (never again) led to small mishaps creating a snowball of confusion.
We were dropped off at a cobbled street which is typical of Europe. One thing we were glad was we didn't have wheeled suitcases to haul around with us. Still does not discount the fact that at that point, we were very disoriented. The maps just didn't make sense to me or Joseph. We got lost at the start and walked and walked in streets we are not familiar of.
The check-in process was meant to be smooth. Most guest found the place easy. Our host, Teresa and her family were ideal, we were the problem. She even sent her brother to find us but even when the poor man asked us if we were the guests from Saudi, it didn't click in our heads? Thick, eh? After 20 minutes of us walking and him driving about looking for the loopy family, we finally realised that he was looking for us!
We got to the building before the host's brother and I was a little disappointed when we finally found the house’s street. A little embarrassed is the best description because I couldn't stop talking about how charming the apartment was to my husband and then there we were in a street that's not so impressive.
It was hidden. There were graffitis on walls, the main door of the building looked outdated. And there's no one to receive us... because he was driving around looking for us! In all seriousness though, we didn't fully appreciate how lucky we were to have it for a few days! We also didn't know that most of Europe is like that, progressive and expressive.
Those writings on walls are not considered eyesores the way it is in other countries. Back home, if we see those, we smell danger. For us, it is automatically considered as works of gangs. In Europe, it's different. Theirs evolved from years of oppression, to freedom, to art form. It has become part of a place's character, something we now understand, having traveled a bit of this world.
Powerful creatures. Invincible. Always present. Always lurking about.
It waits for the perfect timing equal to your worst.
Brittle moments celebrated like gold.
Drowning in murky muddy weight with useless branches on sight.
Sneering, it raptures in delight,
To the fact that you are your own person.
The truth beyond all truths.
The useless branch.
Energy, vision, all impaired
How to reach for it?
Why even reach for it?
It's always bright and sunny out there
While the storm brews within
You work hard to keep them windows clean
Keep the shades up for the golden rays
You keep hope, tomorrow is another day
Blithe disregard for the dark is possible
Or that one day, Mr Sun will burn the house down
The shadows will then have no home
For now, you sit by the window
Smudging the pane with your face
Bearing the burnt skin
A better alternative to the vultures
Doubts casting aloft
As I wrote it on 24 June 2014 and some additional insights I learned in the last 4 years. Still learning!
1. Before the end of each year, I pick 3 countries/cities I want to see.
I might not have the money, I might not have time, it might be difficult to get a visa... I don't care! I am picking!!! So, looking at the next 12 months, list the top 3 countries or cities you have been meaning to see and why do you want to visit each?
2. Build a rough "must-do". List your top 3 things in each places.
If you ever push through, you have the top 3 to aim for, everything else will be a bonus. That way, you don't feel stressed into jamming your day with so many things to do or places to see. You are on vacation, you are not at work!
Om Swasti Astu. It means "Peace and greetings from God" in Balinese.
The Kayon Resort. A destination on its own. I sound like a loser but really, I booked this hotel and built the trip around it.
I checked Kayon out of a recommendation and I immediately fell in love with it. I just thought it has that tranquil charm anyone from the concrete jungle will be in awe.
It was supposed to be a solo trip. Read a book, perhaps a trip to the market, but really, the date of all dates was between me and Mother Nature. I booked Kayon in 2016 for a 2017 trip but had to rebook for this year. Then, late last year, I thought, how awesome will it be if Joseph come with me to this exquisite destination? He replied with the usual, “yes, sure why not” with the same enthusiasm as how one will answer the question, “do you want to have broccoli with your steak?”
Joseph gets excited with adventure trips, scuba diving, skiing, trekking, desert safari but not a photo of a serene looking hotel that offers quiet time for reflection. It’s not his thing but he will indulge me, coz he wuv me.
He knows, I MUST SEE THE WORLD. My obsession with traveling is as much as how strongly I feel towards munching KFC every other week if not every week. (Puh-leese, do not start me with the diet and health talk. You do you, I do me). Since I got bitten by the travel bug in 2014, I have not been able to not think of traveling.
My husband, is more than happy for me to see the world, with or without him. If he can, he tags along to keep me safe and happy. Our children love to travel too but they have school and one is much too young to be traveling to un-surveyed places. We have a once a year family travel, somewhere family-friendly or foodie-friendly
We used to flip through the pages of glossy magazines or colourful webpages, drool and gawk at gorgeous places we only dreamed of seeing. We used to daydream over the idea of food we might never get to taste. Wondered how each destination feels.