20 Nov 2014

WARDROBE BASICS: STRIPES

Before I share this incredible location with you, first I want to post this outfit. Snapped up in the Banana Republic sale, I fell in love with the easygoing style and nautical stripes of this dress. Images of beaches, hot summer days and sailboats filled my head, and it was mine.

Euriental | fashion & luxury travel | Banana Republic striped dress, Diesel sunglasses and H&M hat
Euriental | fashion & luxury travel | Banana Republic striped dress, Diesel sunglasses and H&M hat
Euriental | fashion & luxury travel | Banana Republic striped dress, Diesel sunglasses and H&M hat
Euriental | fashion & luxury travel | Banana Republic striped dress, Diesel sunglasses and H&M hat
Euriental | fashion & luxury travel | Banana Republic striped dress, Diesel sunglasses and H&M hat

The dress is now sold out at Banana Republic, but get a similar look with these options:

18 Nov 2014

AN UNDERWATER WORLD

I love scuba diving. It's serene and thrilling all at once, being one with the ocean, experiencing the calm underneath the waves on the surface, watching turtles, sharks and fish go about their daily business in their natural environment. It's incredible. 

We spent 2 days diving with a company called Bali Diving. The first was a boat dive in Padang Bai, the second, a shore dive off the coast of Tulamben, in a World War II wreckage (The USAT Liberty). It was my first time shore diving (I've been a qualified diver since the age of 12), and I loved it! Sure, it's not easy trying to stay balanced with a 15kg tank on your back as you wade in through the waves, but it was a fun challenge and not all too difficult in the end.

In the past, I've dived a lot around Thailand and in parts of Malaysia, and to be honest, I did find the visibility in those countries a lot better, and the coral a lot more beautiful and colourful. However, I did see sea turtles in Bali, which I haven't come across before and have been desperate to see, and we saw many gorgeous fish, including puffer fish, pipe fish, stone fish, box fish, eels, lion fish, sting rays and more. There certainly wasn't a lack of sealife. 

Euriental | fashion & luxury travel | scuba diving in Bali, Tulamben
Euriental | fashion & luxury travel | scuba diving in Bali, Tulamben, on the USAT Liberty shipwreck
Euriental | fashion & luxury travel | scuba diving in Bali, Tulamben
Euriental | fashion & luxury travel | scuba diving in Bali, Tulamben, on the USAT Liberty shipwreck
Euriental | fashion & luxury travel | scuba diving in Bali, Tulamben, on the USAT Liberty shipwreck
Euriental | fashion & luxury travel | scuba diving in Bali, Tulamben, on the USAT Liberty shipwreck
Euriental | fashion & luxury travel | scuba diving in Bali, Tulamben, on the USAT Liberty shipwreck
Euriental | fashion & luxury travel | scuba diving in Bali, Tulamben, on the USAT Liberty shipwreck
Euriental | fashion & luxury travel | scuba diving in Bali, Tulamben, on the USAT Liberty shipwreck
Euriental | fashion & luxury travel | scuba diving in Bali, Tulamben, on the USAT Liberty shipwreck
Euriental | fashion & luxury travel | scuba diving in Bali, Tulamben, on the USAT Liberty shipwreck
Euriental | fashion & luxury travel | scuba diving in Bali, Tulamben, on the USAT Liberty shipwreck
Euriental | fashion & luxury travel | scuba diving in Bali, Tulamben, on the USAT Liberty shipwreck
Euriental | fashion & luxury travel | scuba diving in Bali, Tulamben, on the USAT Liberty shipwreck
Euriental | fashion & luxury travel | scuba diving in Bali, Tulamben, on the USAT Liberty shipwreck
Euriental | fashion & luxury travel | scuba diving in Bali, Tulamben, on the USAT Liberty shipwreck


Bali Diving are a great team - our dive instructor, Sammy, was a chilled out, easygoing guy, and a knowledgeable and thorough instructor. My only issue was with the equipment - the mask was ill-fitting and the regulator's mouthpiece was too small, I think, for my mouth, causing me to have to spend both dives holding it in with one hand, and leaving my mouth with ulcers for 2 weeks afterwards. That part wasn't so enjoyable. However, it is unrealistic to expect rented gear to fit you perfectly, and in future I'll probably purchase my own mask and mouthpiece so as to avoid any issues.

In all other aspects, it was a really positive experience. They even send a driver to pick you up and drop you off from wherever you are staying on the island, and provide dry-cleaning and suit dropoff for those with their own wetsuits. They're very reasonably priced, and you'll score an extra 25% off if you book online via their website.

14 Nov 2014

BALI PHOTO DIARY - UBUD

During the first three days of our short but sweet time in Bali, we stayed in the dense jungle area of Ubud, an up and coming town in the Gianyar regency of Bali. Ubud is trendy, artistic and often touted as the cultural heart of Bali. Although we spent two out of three days scuba diving (and a lot of time in the villa), we still managed to see a little bit of Ubud - just enough to guarantee a return.

Euriental | fashion & luxury travel | Ubud, selfie

Quick selfie upon arrival, after being presented with gorgeous flower necklaces in typical 'on-holiday-in-an-exotic-country' style.

Euriental | fashion & luxury travel | Balinese dishes, beef rendang
Euriental | fashion & luxury travel | Balinese dessert bubur injun, black rice

Favourite Balinese dessert bubur injun, black rice with coconut milk.

Euriental | fashion & luxury travel | Ubud, morning view of jungle
Euriental | fashion & luxury travel | Ubud, cacao bean plantation

Cacao bean growing on a plantation.


Euriental | fashion & luxury travel | Ubud, roasting beans at a cacao & coffee plantation
Euriental | fashion & luxury travel | Ubud, Ibu Oka 2

Lunch at Ibu Oka 2. Famed for having the 'best babi guling (suckling pig) in Bali', we had to give it a try. I'm not sure if it's because we didn't go to the original Ibu Oka or if the quality has just gone down since it became so popular, but we were extremely underwhelmed. One measly piece of pork skin, a couple of chunks of pork and uninspiring atmosphere and service. Whilst I was glad to have some babi guling, I wouldn't recommend you come here for it.

Euriental | fashion & luxury travel | Ubud, wreck diving in Tulamben
Euriental | fashion & luxury travel | Ubud, wreck diving in Tulamben
Euriental | fashion & luxury travel | Ubud, Bali monkey forest
Euriental | fashion & luxury travel | Ubud, Bali monkey forest
Euriental | fashion & luxury travel | Ubud, Bali monkey forest
Euriental | fashion & luxury travel | Ubud, Bali monkey forest

Where & What To Eat:

We only had one dinner outside of the villa during our stay in Ubud, but it was a delicious one.



I also recommend trying the following dishes during your time in Bali:

Bubur Injun - black rice pudding with coconut milk and palm sugar
Nasi Goreng - stir fried mixed rice
Beef Rendang - slow-cooked beef in lemongrass, coconut and mixed spice sauce
Babi Guling - roasted suckling pig