Thursday, June 24, 2010

The guests arrive! The 2010 Wesco Fabrics Bali tour.

Marla and Dick watching the sunset on Petitenget Beach.

Our guests have arrived in Bali! Their impression of Bali may have been similar to the book “Lost Horizon.” “Conway alone submitted to a rich and growing enchantment. It was not so much any individual thing that attracted him as the gradual revelation of elegance, of modest and impeccable taste, of harmony so fragrant that it seemed to gratify the eye without arresting it.”

Marla and Roger, an interior designer from Denver, watch hundreds of Balinese on Petitenget Beach for the Galungan festival. Galungan is a Hindu Holiday to commemorate the triumph of good over evil and to be thankful for prosperity.

We started the week with a wonderful sunset dinner at Breeze Restaurant in Seminyak.

We toured the personal residence pavilion of the owner of a wood carving company in Mas.

Paula, Kerri, and Bonnie, put on their sashes before entering the Uluwatu temple for the Kecak Dance.

A monkey sits on a pedestal at the Uluwatu temple.

The Kecak, or Monkey Dance, is performed at Sunset. Walter Spies borrowed from an early Balinese Ramayana musical drama and choreographed the Kecak Dance in the 1930’s. Originally a trance ritual, the dance uses only the booming chants of the performers for music.

Ann & Paula at the trendy Ku De Ta restaurant & club in Seminyak. We all loved this place. It is known for great food and the place to be seen for international party people. An outdoor DJ played house music at lunch!

This is the entrance to Goa Gajah, or Elephant Cave. The temple was built in the 11 century. The complex is stunningly beautiful and very spiritual.

Bonnie & Russ at Goa Gajah.

We took everyone for a hike on the ridge near Ubud. Half of the group are in the nearby artist colony buying paintings. Once again a man surprised us on the trail by coming out of tall elephant grass with a machete and coconuts. He started making slices in them so we could drink the milk. I gave him 10,000 rupiah for one but he said, “No...five teen thousand because these are LARGE coconuts!” The same guy has done this to me for the past 6 years at the exact same spot!

Kerri and Roger found some great artifacts in this shop. Kerri bought beaded woven boxes from Borneo and Roger found a brass Hindu holy water vessel. I bought the Sumatran wedding headdress. Had to have it!

After 3 nights at the Nusa Dua Beach Hotel we moved to one of my favorite hotels anywhere! The Royal Pita Maha, in Kedewatan near Ubud, is simply stunning. It is owned by one of the princes of Ubud. Our guests loved making new visual discoveries each day on the amazing hotel grounds!

Marla always feels regeneration and peace when swimming in the Royal Pita Maha’s “Healing Pool.”

Waiting for our driver to take us into Ubud.

5 course dinner at Ary’s Warung.

I love unique shirts! Roger went with us to our favorite Bali clothing designer, Paul Ropp. His colors are always intense and wonderfully creative.

Roger bought Paul Ropp shoes. “Hey,…I wanted those!”

We toured the Paul Ropp factory.

We had one last swim before going on the hotel van for our early flight to Singapore. Each villa at the Royal Pita Maha has it’s own swimming pool overlooking the Ayung river far below! We are sad to leave, but our Wesco trip was really sensational this year!

In 2010 many of our Wesco Fabrics' customers are working hard to earn either our trip to Positano & the Amalfi coast, or San Francisco & Yountville in the Napa Valley. Over the years we have been on many wonderful Wesco Fabrics adventures to exotic locales with our customers. Past trips have included Phuket, Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Koh Samui, Singapore, Bali, Paris, an 11th century chateau in the Loire Valley, Hawaii, and Cannes.

Please stay tuned. Life is great when you are doing what you love!

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