Returning to Perth, albeit early

I’m returning home to Perth today, a day ahead of my original schedule, due to Jetstar’s industrial action by pilots tomorrow. In the future I’ll avoid the airline and go with Singapore Airlines, a much better carrier.

My final morning here, I awoke slightly later and missed the start of sunrise but did capture the photo below of the sun rising over a ship, looked rather cool. Including a second closer to, albeit a gross digital zoom as smartphones don’t optical zoom much sadly.

Sun rises over a ship in the distance
Closeup of sun rising over the ship

Grand Mirage Resort & Thalasso Spa

Whilst in Bali I’ve stayed at the five star Grand Mirage Resort in Nusa Dua. I’ve come at the right time of year as it was quieter, fewer people around which really appealed to me. I’m assured around the 20th that will change and things get more hectic. My stay here has been a good one, especially my visits to the Thalasso Spa, a wonderful service that really knows how to rejuvenate and relax.

If I had to say anything I didn’t like about the resort it would be that I was confused by the food offerings. The various food venues are scattered around, you aren’t provided a map inside your room to know where these are, and they don’t operate throughout the day. Some operate mid morning to just before dinner, others dinner till late night, and the Grand Cafe says is 24 hours but every time I went down people were setting tables yet there was no one to assist. I gave up on a few occasions and went down the road to Starbucks, which was also less expensive in the end even if the food was of a lesser standard.

At the venues I did manage to eat at whilst here, the food was very much enjoyable. Ibu Kitchen served a wonderful Balinese minced fish on skewers with a satay sauce, this was so soft and a delight; at Bumbu Delhi I enjoyed two wonderful dishes, a Punjabi lamb dish and the carrot pudding; finally, at Jukung Grill I had a lovely grilled salmon and huge mojito.

Back to Perth, must go shopping and get presents for my niece and nephew as Christmas is just around the corner now. Not looking forward to returning though, hear is 40c at the moment, is cooler in Bali, how is this possible?

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