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Bali Sunset Dinner Cruise
I ended by 10-day trip to Bali with a sunset dinner cruise on board the Bali Hai II. Spending a Bali balmy tropical night on a 3-hour dinner cruise around the Benoa Harbour, watching the sun go down, as we set off on a relaxing cruise whilst enjoying a delicious international buffet dinner and a live cabaret show that included local dance, drag shows, and even an awkward stip show featuring buffed hunky Balinese men.
Upon boarding the vessel guests were welcomed with a souvenir photo session (that's US$50 for a print and soft copy) and a selection of canapes to enjoy as you wait for the vessel to depart.
During dinner we were entertained by traditional Batak singers on the main deck whilst taking in the cool night air, or if you prefer some quiet background music you may prefer to sit on the bridge deck. After dinner the colorful cabaret show began on the main deck and is followed by DJ music which continues through until the end of the cruise. Returned back to my villa to pack up, and flew back to Singapore the day after.
Did some reflecting that evening. After the sunset cruise, I ended the evening with one last Balinese massage only to have the entire Denpasar area all the way to my villa be in a blackout amidst heavy rain halfway through, and had it continued under candlelight. After the massage I walked back topless soaking myself to the bone with little to no regards to my safety as I was in complete bliss with my own self as the rain washed away what's left of the massage oil. Contented, rather, that this trip is but a journey of self rediscovery. I've conquered fears, lifelong phobias, finding my inner peace, letting go of things that I have held on for way too long, regrets aplenty that I am finally beginning to put away, and the strength to live with the mistakes that I have made in the past. So with no hot shower nor light I bathed and propped onto my bed and finally took the courage to watch Eat, Pray, Love on my laptop. Cliche, I know. But it was worth it. This trip was worth it. I didn't come to Bali initially to find love. But love found me. In myself. I will come back again. And again. And again. Light just came back up just as my laptop battery was about 2% and all I could do was smile that at every darkness, there's always enlightenment. It was said that the day after, December 21st 2012, was supposedly the end of the world according to the Mayan calendar. We all survived that afterall... yet I know I have lived. And loved. Special thanks to KLM and Delta Airlines for this chance.
Do note that you need to prepare 150,000rp (US$12) for airport departure tax before you can board your flight.
Photos taken using Sony NEX-F3. No edits except cropping. Click on the images below to expand. No captions available. Disclaimer: The photos herein and all other albums associated with Bali Sojourn are by no means a documentary. They're all touristy snapshots.