Wednesday, August 22, 2012

From Hong Kong to Bali!

This is the view that greeted me as I awoke from sleeping an unknown number of hours from Los Angeles to Hong Kong.

Cathay Pacific airlines is seriously one of the nicest airlines I’ve ever been on….my back doesn’t hurt! My leg doesn’t hurt! The seats in coach had great lumbar support --- and I DID sleep.

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A view of part of Hong Kong as we were descending --

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I know this pic is blurry, but I also think that Cathay Pacific has the most exotically beautiful flight attendants EVER! When the whole crew came marching towards our gate en masse – we were instantly aware of the power of the color RED!

I sat bulkhead with no window on my way from Hong Kong to Bali….worked on hexies and slept on and off. Somehow it felt like that 4.5 hour flight was LONGER than the 14 hour LAX to Hong Kong leg.

We are checked into our hotel in Nua Dua ---We are staying at the Melia Resort, and I honestly have never stayed at a more beautiful place! Sew Many Places has done a great job at having all of this arranged for us, including a special dinner tonight. I’m stuffed to the gills as I write this before heading to bed.

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After arriving in Denpasar, we deplaned only to find ourselves in one long line after another. First – to pay for our visa ticket (($25 per person, US funds, not bad!)) and then wait in ANOTHER long line to go through the customs area. I think the whole process took about an hour and a half.

After this, we wound our way to baggage claim, and then out to meet our guide, Mawa who was waiting for us! He herded us all onto the bus, and off we went!

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Toto, we are DEFINITLY not in Kansas anymore!

This statue is enormous, and I got this shot through the window while at a traffic light.

We got in to our hotel about 5:30pm ---by the time we got checked into our rooms it was 6pm –and dinner was at 7pm. We hadn’t seen a bed for over 36 hours ---but this place is PARADISE!

And as tired as I am…..I’m going to show you the room pics, and then head to bed. Tomorrow our batik factory day starts at 8:30am when we meet up with Mawa again in the lobby of the hotel.. I promise I’ll get MORE photos –I can hardly keep my eyes open as it is.

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Upon entering my room I spy paradise beckoning!

((That’s my lei from the airport on the bed. Frangipani flowers…yummy!))

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My bed from another angle….canopy with tassels! Perfection!

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My balcony looks out over the pool that meanders around like a lagoon --- or is it a Moat?!

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There are gardens for exploring and a path that leads to the ocean ----

But first….it’s dream time!


  1. Room is gorgeous! Can't wait to read about all of your adventures!

  2. Thanks for the pics....now get some rest...you've got a busy busy schedule...ENJOY!

  3. What a beautiful room. And the sky is glorious.

  4. Maree mynanamaree@yahoo.com3:03 PM EDT

    Looks like a dream come true for this NC girl! Get some much needed rest! Enjoy ~ I know you are!

  5. Anonymous3:12 PM EDT

    Beautiful. I can't wait to see more pictures.

  6. So glad that you arrived safe and sound. Your room and accomodations look wonderful. That sure is a long trip to get there! I had no idea that it would take that long, until you mentioned it in one of your postings. I'm sure it will be worth it. Enjoy, and take lots of pics!

  7. Forget about the fantastic resort and all the exotic scenery and sites to come--I'm sure that bed was the most beautiful thing you have seen for a long time! Rest well....we'll wait for the splendoriforous stuff to come.

  8. back in my working a job days I had my red "power suit" I loved it! There are just some clothes that you gotta have.

    Love the bed!.. Hope you get a good night sleep!


  9. RED is one of my most favorite colors ... ever. I regard it as the "new black" in a lot of instances. Red clothes are wonderful and attractive on so many people ... like HelenMarie ... in my working days I had a red suit that spoke volumes ;-) Beautiful country and beautiful hotel ... so glad you're getting to enjoy them and share with us ... it's like riding on your shoulder!! LOL Enjoy and thanks for sharing with us!

  10. Oh, goodness...this is all so beautiful! Enjoy every moment!

  11. It all takes my breath away!! Enjoy!

  12. gorgeous room! you will have such an adventure - I am waiting to hear all about it.

  13. Get a good nights sleep, as you have some great adventures awaiting!

  14. Anonymous5:05 PM EDT

    Wow what a wonderful place!
    Hope you have a great time and a safe trip home.

  15. ohhhhhhh... Bonnie! it truly IS paradise! I am SO happy for you honey. Thank you for giving us this little glimpse into how you are doing. ENJOY!

  16. Cindy, The Purple Quilter6:08 PM EDT

    Lovely! Hope you slept well. :)

  17. Looks like heaven, Bonnie, Wish I was there...

  18. Thank you Bonnie for the posts. Shirley

  19. Loving the posts it's like being on holiday without going :)

  20. Thanks so much for taking the time to share these pictures! Sleep well my friend!

  21. 6:30, 7:30, 8:30? I've been on one of Jim's trips and remember those early wake-up calls!

  22. OH I am so jealous I couldn't go on this trip this year. But I am glad you are sharing your experience so I can pretend I made the trip too. Thanks!

  23. What a gorgeous place! Definitely worth the long trip. Thanks for posting this update when you are so tired. Looking forward to more from Bali. :D

  24. Oh Bonnie! It looks so wonderful - It is so exciting to follow you on this trip

  25. My e-mail is sstessin@gmail.com


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