Review: Hotel Indigo Singapore

iylanaDestinations, Points and Miles, Reviews, Singapore0 Comments

After leaving Bali, we had a short two night stay in Singapore before continuing on to Thailand. With some IHG Rewards Club points still in our stash, the Hotel Indigo Singapore emerged as a solid option we could redeem for free nights. Located in the trendy Katong district, the Hotel Indigo Singapore was a great base for a short exploration … Read More

Uluwatu and the Kecak Fire Dance

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Of the thousands of temples on Bali, six are considered the main “directional temples” which provide spiritual balance for the island. Of these six, only one is also a “sea temple” which surrounds the perimeter and provides spiritual protection for the island. Pura Luhur Uluwatu is a most auspicious site, perched on a steep 70 meter sea cliff, offering stunning views. And … Read More

Eating Your Way Through Ubud

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Ubud is a foodie haven, especially if you’re vegan, gluten-free or just appreciate a delicious healthy meal. You would think the culture of juicing and veganism came to Ubud with the yoga fanatics, but the fact is that Balinese eat incredibly healthy (suckling pig aside). The great thing about eating out in Ubud is that you can get a taste of … Read More

Standing in the Gates of Heaven at Pura Lempuyang

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The first time I saw a photo of a Balinese candi bentar was on Pinterest, and my first thought was, “That can’t be real.” The photo I had seen was from Pura Lempuyang, which is known as the Gate of Heaven. It’s the only gate which looks out toward the next mountaintop with nothing but sky and clouds beyond it, evoking a surreal and truly heavenly … Read More

Up Close and Personal at the Sacred Monkey Forest

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No Ubud itinerary would be complete without a visit to the Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary. The preserve is home to three Hindu Temples built in the 1300s, and more than 600 Balinese long-tailed monkeys (Crab-eating macaque) who are completely comfortable with human interaction. As you can imagine, 600 monkeys climbing over ancient temples makes for some incredible photo opportunities in a Jungle … Read More

3 Must-See Temples in Ubud, Bali

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Bali, Island of the Gods; also known as the island of a thousand puras (temples). Religion is interwoven throughout the fabric of Bali, from small neighborhood shrines to centuries old sustainable irrigation channels serving both temples and farms. If you’re visiting Bali you simply have to carve out time to visit temples, and if you’re in the Ubud area, these … Read More

Hiking Boots You’ll Actually Want to Wear – for Women

iylanaGear, Reviews0 Comments

For quite a while, I’ve been looking for a pair of good hiking boots that are cute enough to wear around town. I want the durability of the hideous, heavy weatherproof boots from the outdoor stores with the stylish look of the cheap, poorly made booties at the fashion stores. I’m a firm believer in packing light, so if I’m going on a … Read More

A Day in San José Costa Rica

iylanaCosta Rica, Destinations0 Comments

If your Costa Rica trip is as jam-packed with adventure as ours was, you may find yourself with little more than a day in the capital city—typically the day you fly in or out of the country. When we arrived, we picked up our rental car from the airport and drove straight out of town, so it wasn’t until the … Read More