Charming Bali - The Land of Geckos and Paddy Fields

by Preethi Chandrasekhar

Posted on 23rd August, 2015

Bali Terraced Rice
Image Credit - Edmund Lowe

Have you ever seen a Gecko? I'm sure many of you have. Have you ever HEARD one?!

"Eh-oh. Eh-oh. Eh-oh."

I never actually saw the Gecko, but always woke up to the sounds of these creatures that cannot blink. Most of them anyway. They have a fixed lens within each iris that enlarges in darkness.

I"m in Bali. Ubud to be exact.

Welcome to my temporary home in the middle of Ubud's serene paddy fields.

Bali House Villa

We spend idyllic afternoons swimming off the heat in the heavenly pool. With Shamu our very own dolphin :)

Bali Villa Swimming Pool

Love the friendly and helpful staff !!! They arrange everything from lunch at a local's house to seeing the famous medicine man :) That is an experience in itself!

Bali Villa Staff

The heavenly view from my bedroom.

Bali Heavenly View

We make sure to get our daily $10 massages at the several huts scattered throughout the villa grounds. When it rained, that was my favorite time. Imagine a full body massage to the soothing pitter patter of the warm Balinese rain outside.

Bali Massage Hut

A massage with a view :)

Bali Massage Hut

The porch upstairs - we spend many evenings relaxing and laughing here.

Bali Villa Porch

Our pretty porch downstairs - the perfect spot to relax with a cup of afternoon tea post swimming in the pool!

Bali Villas

The beautiful and spacious living room. We dance and sing here in the nights - one of our friends in the group bravely tries to enact the Kecak fire dance we had just seen that evening. That was...definitely entertaining and had us in hysterics!

We also spend one night swatting down a flying cockroach as the girls scream in terror. Our friend bravely climbs on a chair to swat it as it clings to the corner of the wall. He ends up falling, the crash of the chair freaking us and the cockroach out. The cockroach vanishes. Our friend survives.

Bali Villa Room

Ah I'm going to miss this place. Our beautiful villa. Eh-oh Eh-oh Eh-oh.


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About the Author: Preethi Chandrasekhar

Preethi Chandrasekhar

I think i'm truly a beach gal at heart. The only time my mind’s a blank space is during a sunset. I seem to love every journey and its destination. If you ask me to pick my favorite country, I can’t. I’m not a bunjee jumping type of thrill seeker, yet I crave adventure. I’m scared of heights but curious about people. I love a good book. I suck at reading a map, but I like getting lost. I don’t know what I’m searching for but I blog to share my experiences. Check me out here.


Bali, Paddy Fields, Villas, Vacations, Geckos