Night at the Bali Zoo


We signed up to do a night tour of the Bali Zoo, which included animal interaction, tour, dinner and a show. It was pretty neat to see the zoo after hours. It was quiet as there were no other guests but the group. Upon arrival, we received welcome drinks and had the opportunity to take pictures with a boa, 2 chimpanzees and an owl. We learned a bit about the animals and how they came to the zoo. 


After the welcome event, we were then able to meet Terry the Sumatran elephant. We were able to feed him. He was a picky with certain types of food and would just toss it aside if he wanted something else. Nevertheless, he was still sweet. (I love elephants :D)


Next, we proceeded on the tour. Seeing a zoo at night feels very different than in the day. A different perspective for sure. Some animals were more lively, others more quiet. Our tour ended outside of the lion’s are where 3 snoozing lions slept. We then proceeded to our dinner buffet and settled in for a fire show.


The fire show’s story and dance were done very well by all of the talented performers. We truly enjoyed it. The way in which the performers moved was mesmerizing – something I definitely couldn’t do. As the show came to an end, so did our events of that night. We took a group picture with the dancers and then made our way back to our hotel for the night.

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That time in Kyoto…


… When I dressed up in a kimono and walked around for a couple of hours. Loved the experience, so many layers! The socks weren’t the most comfortable and the shoes were a little difficult, but I’d do it again! I’m really looking forward to visiting Japan again in the future. I can’t believe it’s been about a year and a half already! 

Temples and Sarongs


After Mount Batur, we headed to a few temples. Each location required us to wear sarongs to cover our legs. Our tour guide told us a bit about temples and offering and their significance to the Baliense people. Majority of people practice Hinduism. There are 3 types of temples – a family temple, a village temple and a public temple. Above is a picture from a public temple, which is typically dedicated to all gods. It’s large, and many people come to visit and pray.


Above is a village temple. Every village has about 3 of these temples – they are meant for the people of that village. The three Gods per temple would usually be Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva.


The above picture is from a family temple, which is within the home of a Baliense family. This particular temple was set in a traditional Baliense home (which were were lucky to visit, explore and experience). Family temples are for worshipping God and ancestors.

Mount Batur 


Following our Ubud stop, we ventured on to Mount Batur. We had a really clear day when we visited. We were lucky to have lunch at a restaurant that overlooked this amazing volcano. Oddly, this was the first day in Bali I actually felt chilly. The altitude change really made a difference. The view include Mount Batur, a lake and then an even larger, active volcano.  It was a pretty spectacular view.

Beautiful British Columbia


I travelled to Vancouver in February 2015 for another trade show.  We stayed at the Pan Pacific, which was on the water and had a beautiful view of the mountain scape.  We were also right beside the convention centre and the Olympic flame (which we saw lit up one night!).

Anyway, this was the first show I had to plan on my own, from booth design to product displays and logistics of getting all item to and from the convention centre. Needless to say, it was a lot of work – but a fantastic opportunity and great experience for me. The show (from set up to tear down) was 4 days.  I chose to catch a flight back home the day after.  

Before my flight, I had about 5 hours in the day to do something in the city.  I caught a tour bus to Capilano Suspension Bridge Park and I have to say it was well worth it! I went across the bridge, through the trails, tree top trekking and Cliffwalk walk.  This small glimpse into Vancouver and its nature was nothing like Ontario.  I can’t wait for another chance to visit this city and explore further. 

Versailles


A nice day trip while in Paris is to catch a train and head out to Versailles to see Chateau Versailles and its grounds.  It’s quite a big place, so give yourself time to get there, do the tours and walk the grounds (there are little villages, stables, houses, gardens and much more). Well worth it. Just a tip, make sure you get the correct train ticket! It isn’t the regular local metro.