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Bali for Babies

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Olive’s Bali trip at 6 months small

Travel period: 25 April to 28 April 2015 (3 nights)

Weather: Year-round summer with temperatures averaging at 30°c.

Stay: Villa Mojo, in the heart of Seminyak district, with 4 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms for a travel party of 8 adults and 1 baby. Unfortunately, Olive did not take a liking to this villa. She wailed the minute we got into the room nearest to the pool and did not stop until we got out and switched to another room. Coincidentally, a driver who came to pick some of us for our rafting adventure made a comment that went “No good vibes. This villa.” the minute he stepped foot inside. Eerie much? We did not have a good experience with the service staff in the villa too so I honestly wouldn’t recommend this villa to anyone else.

Eat: So many restaurants to dine at, but so little time. Some useful Bali food guide links:
Bali’s best restaurants 2015 by The Bali Bible
Bali food guide – 35 restaurants, eateries & bars you have to visit by Ladyironchef
For Olive, I brought myself, the milk cow, and food pouches for her pureed meals.

Moving around: We hired a driver or cabbed to get to places not within walking distance of our villa and also walked around Seminyak for boutique shops hopping and food. Child seats are not required by law but it is best to book transport and a baby seat in advance. Bali is not stroller-friendly so it was a bad idea to lug the Stokke xplory along this trip. It was after this trip that I swore by using a baby carrier for all of our subsequent travels.

Staying connected: Prepaid sim cards can be purchased at the airport. Most, if not all the restaurants we went to had Wi-Fi access.

Others: Check out Bali Baby Equipment hire where you can rent all the baby equipment you need at very reasonable prices.

Itinerary:
25.04.15 Sat Day 1: Flew in to Bali and checked into Villa Mojo.

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Olive lazing around before the flight.

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Villa Mojo

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Little bed tester.

26.04.15 Sun Day 2: Exploring Seminyak.

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All smiles going from one boutique shop to another. Also wearing the baby too low.

 

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Getting a whiff of beer for the first time at Naughty Nuri’s, now called Hog Wild.

Dinner and dance and Potato Head Beach club.

27.04.15 Mon Day 3: Taking a half day off from the baby for some white water rafting adventure. Perks of traveling with the family, especially with the ever doting grandparents.

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Coffee tasting.

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View from the coffee plantation.

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Oh life.

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Grandma giving Olive a bath in the basin. Coming back to this happy face made my heart feel so warm and full, also less guilty for leaving her for half a day.

28.04.15 Tues Day 4: Relaxing in the villa before our flight back to Singapore.

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Breakfast.

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Never knew that putting on sunscreen can be so much fun.

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Pretty babes. One with long luscious hair, one without.

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And we’re out!

Author: JaniceT

A Mother in Search of the Unbearable Lightness of Being.

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