This was Kurt's first encounter with the Polizia! We were pulled aside, given notice as to which laws we had broken and had to either pay the penalties on the spot or be taken to the station. Lucky for us, we were riding with backpacks and so our "we-are-poor-backpackers" story was believable and we were set free with minimum charges!
The resort that Kurt picked for us was INCREDIBLE. SO incredible that he wasn't even sure if we had come to the right place! I kept saying "I won't get excited until the receptionist tells us we have a reservation." The second she said "Mr.Hynes?" I squealed! The compound boasts 500 pools (or maybe just a really large number) and lagoons everywhere. Our room was stunning. I love that Kurt and I feel the same way in that we don't want to stay at these types of places often. We love that when we do come, it's exciting and a real treat. We don't want to ever take moments like these for granted.
|(VIEW OF THE BEACH FROM ONE OF THE RESTAURANTS INFRONT OF THE RESORT)|
I woke up on July 17th next to the man I love aaaaand from the phone ringing at 7 AM. I knew it could only be one of two people. My sister Danielle or my sister Riani. Kurt picked up the phone and I could hear her voice through the earpiece. :) Danielle had found me and wanted to know if she and Riani could buy us an extra night at the resort. The great thing about having international ninjas as sisters? They can find you on your birthday no matter where you are! AND they are willing to buy you an extra night and have your room upgraded to an Execute Suite. I really can't complain - I live the good life. Thanks guys!
|(OUR SUITE HAD A BEDROOM, BATHROOM, LIVING ROOM, DINING AREA AND A BIG-ASS BALCONY)|
|(OUR LITTLE JUNGLE ADVENTURE TO THE CLIFFS OF NUSA DUA!)|
|(FLOWERS FROM MY SISTERS AND MY MOM WHO ALL LIVE IN THE U.S!)|
|(WITH MY BIRTHDAY GIFTS FROM PAT & ELISE)|
I honestly don't know what i would do without technology. All of my friends and family are scattered around the world and the internet has managed to make that space seem not so vast. I was able to jump onto "Google Hangouts" and video conference with TWO of my closest friends at the same time. If you haven't used this program - do it. I was able to find a digital cake, and a suave Google head-band (that would float around the screen looking for my head!) and even grow a mustache at one point. It really is an incredible platform. Another great feature? When there are more than two people in the chat, whoever is speaking at the time will replace the bigger video box. This can give you quite the headache when it's a bunch of girls talking because the big video box turns into a blur ;)
|(A SCREEN SHOT OF THE VIDEO CHAT I HAD WITH TWO CLOSE FRIENDS - NAT & TRINA)|
Birthdays are always a good time to reflect. What have I accomplished in the past year? Have I changed in any ultimate way? Do I live the life I want for myself? In my 26th year of life, I traveled to Jakarta, Vancouver, New York, Boston, Cape Cod, Maui, Kauai, L.A, Portland, Singapore, Hong-Kong, Malaysia and Bali. I jumped out of a plane the day I turned 26 and have been flying ever since! I moved across the world with a great guy, gained a wealth of experience from an unconventional job and found a sport that I am more passionate about than anything else I have ever encountered. How powerful are we, that we can decide at any given moment how we want to react to any situation. If I want to be happy all the time - no matter the circumstance - I can choose that. I am not saying that I am able to do that - but how powerful is that? My resolution for this 27th year is to practice embracing all moments - even the bad. That way, all the good ones will be that much sweeter.
To another year! I pray that I will continue to appreciate the simple things in life, to keep those that I love close and to make a positive impact in whatever way I can. Life is short and I tell Kurt that I don't want to ever wish I lived in the movies. I want my life to be my own movie.
To my sweet, sweet Kurt. I love you. Thank you for slow dancing with me at a restaurant where the dance floor was empty. You make me feel like a princess every day and that is more than I could ever ask for.