BALI BALI

As part of the FunEmployment World Tour, my husband and I decided it would be a great opportunity to use this bit of time off to take a proper holiday.  When you’re “working for the man,” he tends to give you only a few weeks off at best, which usually gets consumed by family visits and short getaways.   Living in The States puts us so far from one of the coolest areas in the world:  Southeast Asia.   Bali is the vacation destination Heavyweight Champion of the World, with the heavy gold belt locked tightly in a case in Denpasar and everything.

Lots of people get Bali confused with Bora Bora – since most Americans probably don’t realize even where it is unless they hit maps.google.com, I’ll give you a quick geography lesson.

Bora Bora is the one with those cute little huts over the water.  It’s the one that was featured in the hit movie Couples Retreat, starring Vince Vaughn and Kristen Bell.
Bali is the one in Indonesia, the older cooler sister that Hawaii aspires to be but will never quite make it.  Bali is a small island a few hours flight north of Australia, which makes it a top destination for the Aussies.  (Ladies, think:  good food, cheap drinks, beach, and hot accents!)  For us Americans, it’s quite a bit further of a flight, regardless of what coast you are on.  However, I must say it is SO WORTH IT.

Have you ever been to a beach with temple gates greeting you?  Have you drank out of a freshly-cut coconut for $1?  (and I’m not talking that Vita Coco water Madonna came up with and sells for like a billion dollars a cardboard carton)  Have you ever ate a fruit bowl in America with “seasonal fruits” that consisted of dragonfruit, watermelon, papaya, strawberries, mango, banana, and chia seeds the size of your fist?

Stay tuned to the blog for more on our trip to Bali.  We are spending the first week in Canggu (pronounced Chang-goo), a small surfer beach town that is the most up-and-coming area without getting all touristy.  It’s amazing!  Next week we will be going to Ubud for a few days, and the rest is still undecided.  Leave your ideas for us on the comments, and be sure to follow my instagram:   WorldWanderslut

FunEmployment: the Rebirth of the Wanderslut!

Last week on an emergency Friday morning conference call, two mere weeks before Christmas, my caring, loving, employee-centric company gave the greatest gift of all to our entire salesforce:

A LAYOFF.

How thoughtful of them!

In reality it is very nice to have the holidays to spend with my family and reassess what we want to do at this point in our lives.  California is awesome and we really love most parts of living here.  Like the weather and the fish tacos. And the sunsets and palm trees.  And lack of mosquitos and freaky bugs you find in other parts of the world.

However, I watched the incredible documentary on Netflix about Tony Robbins and he said something that really stuck with me.

“Everyone needs a compelling future.  Everyone needs something to move towards.  If you don’t have something to move towards, you settle for where things are.” – Tony Robbins

More to come on this later – we are kicking around the idea of taking a month off and going to Thailand and Bali, possibly Malaysia or the Philippines.   There will always be more jobs that offer the hope of impending layoffs waiting for us when we get back.  It’s America, after all!  The Land of Opportunity!

In the meantime, to ward off my further exploration into the depths of Netflix during the next two weeks leading up to the holidays, I’ve decided to highlight the best of the best things to do here in San Diego from a Local’s point of view: The 12 Days of San Diego!

Side note:  Some people may be pissed that they got laid off, but I’m actually really grateful for it.  This couldn’t have come at a better time:  I get to spend the holidays with my family, enjoy our beautiful city while it is not overrun with tourists, and do some goal-setting for the new year.

Cheers!!!

24 Hours in Cape Town, Like a Local (Not Just a Tourist)

This morning, a friend of mine announced that she has two truths:  she quit her job AND she is on her way to Thailand!  Woo hoo!    What an awesome Friday she must be having, and in a few days she will likely have the best Monday in recent years.

Well, this reminded me that I need to publish the first part in my series about South Africa!  We are planning a trip a couple months from now (say prayers, and I am not at all looking forward to the 26 hours in a plane with a 1 year old. Needless to say, this is not exactly a “vacation.”)  BUT we are definitely looking forward to our trip, it will just be a bit different this time around!

Let me begin by saying I LOVE CAPE TOWN.  Like, I have a serious love affair with that town.  It reminds me so much of San Diego with the giant mountainous look of Palm Springs, except everyone has sexy South African accents (and you don’t have the geriatrics that come with PS).

I saw an article yesterday entitled “Things to do when you have 24 hours in Cape Town!”  and I thought the list was pretty crappy.  So I decided to make my own!

***FUN FACT*** everyone drives on the left side of the road in South Africa, AND what seems like 99% of cars are manual.  If either of these is a problem for you, then don’t bother renting a car and use Uber instead!***

  1.   First Things First! Get Coffee at Truth Coffee.  OMG this is the coolest freaking place.  It’s like that crazy, quirky Aunt of coffee shops complete with a steampunk vibe and a bathroom I literally got lost/stuck in.   Not only is the coffee strong enough to get your day going with a bang, since most people down there drink coffee-flavored water instant coffee, but the food there is pretty awesome, as well.  #freewifi

    Truth Coffee. Cape Town, South Africa

    Truth Coffee. Cape Town, South Africa

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The Giant Effing Gondola

2.  Take the giant effing 360 degree  gondola up to the top of Table Mountain.  Get your tickets online in advance, and show up immediately when they open.  This especially applies if you’re going in December, when everyone and their grandmother is on “holiday” in South Africa.  That way you will get parking, the top won’t be too crowded, and you can get some kickass views of 12 Apostles, Robben Island, Lion’s Head, and the entire city of Cape Town below.   Try not to pick any flowers or try to  fit one of the cute little dussies in your purse.  Also, bring a sweater (you can call it a jersey to fit in better with all the South Africans.)

 

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On Top of Table Mountain, 12 Apostles are right behind us.

3.  Get back in the car, take off that bulky sweatshirt, and HEAD TO THE BEACH.  Straight at the bottom of the 12 Apostles is a super cool beach part of Cape Town called Camp’s Bay.  Here, you can hang out on the beach for a while, take a dip in the ocean, and then go grab a few drinks at one of the many eateries and bars there on the strip.  Cafe Caprice is the place all the boets from Jozi and celebrities go when they are in town.   It’s great people watching!

Champagne Toasting at 12 Apostles Hotel

Champagne Toasting at 12 Apostles Hotel

 

4.  12 Apostles Hotel – go have lunch/champagne/early snacky dinner/whatever you want to call it on their outdoor restaurant patio, overlooking the ocean and the other side of Lion’s Head.  This is one of my absolute FAVOURITE places on earth so far.  I swear they give you like 12 different toppings for your 5-star curry dinner.  My husband liked his steak so much, I thought he was going to leave me and marry it instead.

He really LOVED that steak.

He really LOVED that steak

5.  Head to the Bo Kaap area and Bree Street for some nightlife and to hang out with the locals.  Get a feel for what Cape Town is all about, instead of the same old touristy stuff.  You can do all that when you naturally extend your trip, since you’ve fallen in love with CT after doing all the things I mentioned above.  Bo Kaap is near Long Street, one of the famous streets in CT.  Long Street can be a bit dangerous at times, so watch your back and your backpack.   Bree Street is a super cool up-and-coming area with all the best new restaurants and spots.  You can do some shopping, enjoy the nightlife, get your boogie on, and grab a some late night food.

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Wow I’m ready for it already!   If you’ve been to Cape Town before, what are your favorite places?

 

 

 

 

Choose Your Adventure!

Adventure!  That’s the name of the game.  And the name of today’s challenge, in which we were just supposed to go out and have fun doing whatever we wanted to do.  Which is pretty much what I do everyday anyways.  If you’re going to live in San Diego near the beach and NOT go there at least occasionally, then you’re doing it wrong.  Just sayin.

Especially yesterday, it was such a g-o-r-g-e-o-u-s day in San Diego, and I decided to take the little man with me on a walk down to the beach from our house.  This was a little exercise in understanding what every single day of my life is going to be like once we are living our lifestyle by design. Remember, Freedom is the goal!

So after watching the Chargers play a decent game and then look like they were going to give it away faster than a Catholic School Girl at her senior prom, I decided to AVOID DRIVING BECAUSE OF THE HUGE AMOUNT OF TRAFFIC DUE TO MOTORBOAT RACES ON MISSION BAY  get some exercise.

Little Mac decided to toss his hat out of his stroller, leaving me with two adult-size trucker hats with equally inappropriate logos for a 9 month old. CHOICES!

Finally my internal magnet led us straight to OB Noodlehouse, a place you absolutely MUST go to when you visit San Diego.  If you don’t, then you should be ashamed of yourselves and never find yourself around these parts again!  I’m not kidding.

They have the most awesome pho and happy hour specials out the wazoo.   Plus Stone (Delicious), Ballast Point, Modern Times, and a few other local craft breweries are on heavy rotation.

We stopped along the half mile-long OB Pier to take some pictures (#duh) and watch the freak shows on the grassy knoll below.   On a typical day,you can see hobos, people who left home and will be asking for a key to their moms’s place again once it gets colder, acroyoga, tight-rope walkers, and a family of mimes!   It’s like a human zoo!

Then we walked back home, watched episodes of Caribbean Life on HGTV and yelled at our neighbor’s dog to shut the hell up.  Pretty typical Sunday evening around here!

What’s your adventure?  If you had to choose what you would do on your perfect Sunday (or vacation everyday), what would it be?  Leave a comment if you’re feeling generous!

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