Wandering: Bali Diary
The diary of We Are Glitter and Gold, a creative partnership between self taught photographer, Josh Hedge and model/stylist Lucette Romy.
The weather in Australia was starting to head on a downward spiral, so we packed our bags and set off to live on the island of Bali over the next few months. As soon as we stepped off the plane into the steamy climate we knew we were in for some tropical fun.
We met up with an old friend of mine Rochelle Fox and her talented partner Chris Soll, the founders behind IAMU Collective at their pad, Villa Aum on the cliff tops of Balangan. This place was seriously surreal, on top of a cliff looking down at crystal clear water with tropical jungle palms surrounding us. It was easy to lose track of the afternoon, talking ideas, past times and future. Before the day ended we headed down to the beach for what is one of the best parts of being on this island; the sun setting over the ocean. It's truly magical floating around in the water while the golden glow fades behind you.
We hadn't had dinner yet so Lu suggested we should go to Earth Café as it is one of the best vegetarian/vegan restaurants in Bali. If you are a vegetarian, vegan or just a health food lover you will literally be in heaven. Our recommendation is the Green Earth Salad with steamed mushrooms and avocado, and a Super Mania Bite to follow. Simply delish.
Luckily for us there is an organic farmers market which is held every Sunday. The Samadi Market in Canggu is very small, with only 5-6 stalls but it was definitely not the smallest in the amount of genuine kindness and love being shared in a beautiful little garden that's home to a yoga studio and organic cafe. People of all nationalities, shapes, sizes and ages were hanging out and enjoying all the fresh and local organic fruits and juices which aid living a healthy life.
What a RAINY DAY! Can't be sunshine all the time.
Thankfully the rain cleared up just enough for us to drive down the road to one of our favorite Warungs, Warung Bu Mi. We had one of those small world meetings, bumping into a fellow creative couple from Byron, photographer Catie Allen and her partner Jay. All four of us did the whole 'We don't know each other personally but I've seen you on instagram' convo, which had us all in laughter and a friendship quickly formed.
Sugar Cane Juice Bar, is one of those places that you cannot miss, with funky décor, music and an incredible super doctor juice menu we were overwhelmed for choice and decided on some fresh sugar cane juice with lime as well as some salads to accompany. It may have been the first, but it most certainly won't be the last visit. I think this could become a daily ritual.
After lunch we ran into Catie and Jay again who invited us to head off to Tanah Lot for sunset and to visit the temples. Although it is an incredibly busy place scattered with tourists, it was still a calming to sit on the rocks and watch the pastel sunset gracing us with it's beauty across the sea.
Continuing our hangs with Catie and Jay we set off early in the morning to Keramas. Our scooters loaded with surfboards and bags we zig-zagged our heavy loads through the morning traffic and arrived safe and sound to a perfect day of at the beach. Jay and I went surfing while the girls topped up on their vitamin D, taking photographs and sharing good times while talking creativity.
A few days before arriving in Bali, a young creative named Maya, contacted Lu. She was looking for artists and photographers to donate works to The Green School just south of Ubud to auction and raise money for Suara Rimba in support of OIC rainforest restoration in Sumatra. Of course we were more than happy to be involved and Maya picked out two of our images to feature in the exhibition on the day of the auction. On arrival at The Green School we were completely blown away at the structures and classrooms that spread out across the land, all made out of bamboo making them completely eco friendly.
There was a beautiful river flowing straight down the middle of the school, including an infinity pool built into the rocks above which was filtered naturally from the flow of the water. An abundance of vegetable gardens scattered the school and all the organic produce was harvested and used within their own lunch shops and cooking classes. A truly magical place where students are nurtured to flourish and grow whilst learning.
Many parents, students and artists whom all shared the same passion to restore the rainforest in Sumatra attended the auction. Silent bids were placed before hand and the top ten artworks were taken to a live round, which saw the works sell between $70 and $200. It was incredibly inspiring to see so many people young and old passionate for the cause and ready to awaken others to live with more care and gratitude towards our planet.
If you would like to know more, or how you can donate head to facebook.com/suararimba.art
After being told about a little slice of heaven called Serenity (which by chance only ended up being a 2 minute drive away) we were greeted with a menu that was completely vegan, a pool we were allowed to utilize and bamboo villas for people to stay in as well as yoga classes and courses. A real tucked away paradise where we will most definitely be spending some more time at during the rest of our time here.
Being a Friday, we got ready to head out and enjoy an early dinner at Betelnut followed by sunset at Old Mans in Canggu with some friends. There was no shortage of atmosphere as we laughed and danced to great music. A night that will not be soon forgotten.
To think we still have another month or two left in our trip to do all of the above plus much more, life is sweet.
Photography and words: Josh Hedge
Model and muse: Lucette Romy
Clothing and accessories: Tree of Life