Photos from Bali Trip: Part 1 (Our stay at Gending Kedis + Mount Batur Hike)
So many of you have been asking to see photos from our Bali trip! To be really honest, we don’t have that many! I find that more and more – I tend to leave my camera at home and that includes going on vacation. Becoming a photographer has allowed me to do what I love most: photographing and capturing moments. I spend most of my days looking and editing all the photos I’ve captured but my personal collection is severely dwindling. It’s because sometimes I take the honest decision that I just want to enjoy myself. I just want to stop worrying about making the perfect picture and just enjoy the moment.
It is so freeing – both physically and mentally! Lugging gear around on any shoot has taken a toll on my body. My back is always in pain, I now have carpal tunnel in my right hand, and just worrying about my damaging or losing my gear has always been rather annoying. Walking around with two free hands is such an awesome feeling and taking photos with just my iPhone has been pretty satisfying. They say that the best camera is the one that is on you. Of course the best camera is really the one you know how to work the best and get what you want out of it. But it’s true in many instances on my trip because who really wants to take a DSLR to the beach, to the pool, to the street on vacation? The iPhone can be limiting, but it can also force you to think creatively and use it for what it is. Or best yet, just forget we even have a camera and soak everything in.
It’s been such a long time that Elliott and I have been on a really good relaxing trip. We’ve been on family trips, short vacations, trips to Australia. But a really good relaxing trip where we did well and truly nothing but wake up, eat, lay around and sleep was long overdue. I don’t see vacations as a “get-away” or an “escape of real life”. My perspective on holidays is to experience this amazing world we live in while appreciating some precious time with each other.
That’s exactly what I wanted our trip to Bali to be. I wanted our trip not to be around our wedding but rather our wedding and our trip to be around our family and friends. That’s why we had decided on getting a private villa at Gending Kedis. It was perfect, because we had a 3 bedroom villa that had a big pool, dining room and living area that we host pool parties, order in all our food and not have to leave the pool!
Two days before our wedding, we went on a sunrise hike up Mount Batur. It meant we had to be picked up at 1:45am, drive for 3 hours and then hike up for 2 hours for sunrise at 6:00 am! It was a pretty awesome experience hiking in the dark before the sun rose for the morning because the trip up felt a lot quicker than the trip down as we couldn’t see where we were going! We were just hiking and hiking until we reached the top where it was cool and breezy. A short while later, we saw the sun peek out and it was the most spectacular thing we had ever seen!
We could see the whole view of Mount Agung, the highest volcano in Bali and Lake Batur, the biggest lake in Bali! The colours of the sunrise and the sky were ridiculously incredible and it was the one thing I was so glad to have my camera for. Our guide told us that the last four days there was cloud and rain so that even though the hikers got to the top, they couldn’t see a thing! We were so lucky and appreciative we could witness such beauty. It was definitely the highlight of our trip and so worth the 1am wake up and the tough hike up!
Mount Batur is 1,717m in elevation at the peak and at the top, there were monkeys everywhere. Our guide cooked us some eggs right in the steam of the volcano. That’s right – Mount Batur is still an active volcano but it last erupted in 2000 – just 16 years ago! Yikes! Since we hadn’t eaten anything other than 1 egg, we were all absolutely starving and our guide took us to a breakfast buffet on the other side of Kintamani where we saw some pretty rice paddies along the way and then enjoy Mount Batur from afar. If you’re considering doing the hike – I totally recommend it! A MUST do in Bali!
I’ll post more about our Bali holiday in another post!