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An Instagram recap of my Bali family trip

Here’s my first post as a 30-something year old blogger! I’m fresh back from a short family trip up to Bali – it’s my third time in the last two years (for my 29th birthday and the Sheraton Bali Kuta FAM trip), which is saying something since before last year I’d never actually been there!

This time around, I headed up with my whole family for some chill out time, our first full family trip in a while and my first with my toddler niece and nephew in tow. No pre-trip post because I was super busy (and still am!), but here’s a little bit of a recap if you haven’t been following me on instagram @jac_theocctrav already:

Bali The Villas Pool

The Villas – has a huge swimming pool right smack in the centre of the large compound

Thanks to my sister’s miles, I flew up via Singapore Airlines, and we stayed in some pretty swanky digs this time around – a 3-bedroom villa with a private pool at The Villas in Seminyak. Lots of space for my niece and nephew to frolic, a fabulous private pool and quite excellent service – overall a pretty amazing place, though it was some way off from the beach. Look out for the detailed review soon.

Bali The Villas Birthday Cake

They even got me a cake!

For some of my family, this was their first trip to Bali, so I ended up back in places I’d been to previously, like Potatohead on Seminyak beach and the beach at Kuta. Like last year, some days were overcast with not much of a sunset, but on other days, this happens:

Bali Sunset at Potatohead, Seminyak

The lighting was pretty amazing, and the Potatohead pool was lit up in a nice contrasting blue/green. Also, those 2 ladies on the right posed so nicely :P

But I did manage to check out new places I hadn’t seen previously, like the famous Tanah Lot temple, where I drank some holy water and got a prosperity blessing:

Bali Tanah Lot Selfie

That rice stuck on pretty tightly! Kept touching my forehead thinking stuff was stuck on it…

I also finally visited the arts and cultural area of Bali – Ubud, and while we didn’t spend that much time around there, we did check out a couple of touristy things, like the Taman Ayun Temple of Mengwi:

Bali Mengwi Taman Ayun Temple

Love the pretty pagodas!

And of course took in the view of some nice rice paddy fields:

Bali Ubud Paddy Field

Green as far as the eye can see – they grow rice, vegetables and flowers among other things in this farm

Popped by the Monkey Forest for a lookaround:

Bali Monkey Forest Grooming

Looking docile but actually not at all!

And sampled Babi Guling (Suckling Pig) from one of the branches of the famous Ibu Oka restaurant:

Bali Ubud Babi Guling

Close up of Bali Guling variants – you’re looking at the crispy skin and deep fried version. I like the traditional Babi Guling which resembles pulled pork in nature, but the spices are awesome.

And even found some time to get a massage and a pedicure done for cheap:

Bali The Villas Pedicure

Blue da ba dee!

All in all a rather satisfying jaunt – I have so much I want to post about from all my trips but so little time to write! Lots to catch up on, stay tuned for more exciting things up ahead!

Thanks to long-time supporter Telecom Square for providing me with mobile wi-fi through their handy Wi-Ho device: being able to post stuff on the go and while waiting for tiny children to be ready is a god-send. 


Thursday 22nd of December 2016

The pictures you’ve taken are breathtaking. You've captured every moment of your holiday perfectly. After 2 weeks we had spent there it feels like Bali is our new home!


Monday 14th of April 2014

At the rate you are going, you'll be a Bali expert in no time! Anyway I'm just trying my luck but do you have any tips and info about Tulamben in Bali? Heading there in 2weeks!

Thank you :)

Jaclynn Seah

Monday 14th of April 2014

ooh unfortunately no~ I've never dived in Bali and that's supposed to be one of the better wrecks to dive! Guess that's something to aspire towards in future Bali trips! have fun in Tulamben, I'll probably be the one taking advice from you instead in future :P