Thursday, July 18, 2013

Twen Tee Seh Vun

Kurt informed me a few weeks ago that I was "booked" from July 16th to the 18th. What we were doing or where we were going? I had no idea. I'm not even sure if Kurt had any idea ;) In traditional Indonesian style, Kurt and I were stopped by the Balinese police on the way to my "surprise destination". You see, Kurt and I have been riding scooters for quite some time now. 36 days to be exact. We don't exactly know the "rules" but figure that we'll learn them as we go. We were informed by our taxi driver that we can go and "purchase" a license at any time. Yes, we can just pay the $20 and have someone deliver us legitimate motorcycle licenses. I'm not really sure what legitimate means anymore.

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)
I had an amazing birthday. I played ping-pong, I swam in the Indian Ocean, I video conferenced with some close girlfriends, I spoke to my sisters, I ate the most delicious ice-cream bar, I received so many wishes from friends and family and I nourished my body with a healthy meal for dinner with great people. I was able to speak with my mom - and that in itself is such a blessing. Hearing her voice and laugh brings me so much genuine happiness. I can be half way across the world from her and share a moment - how wonderful is that? I went to the gym TWICE - that to me is a luxury and the greatest gift I could give my body! Thanks to Kurt for playing Personal Trainer for me!

(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.

Love,

Estelle

2 comments:

  1. Oh, so glad to hear you had a fabulous birthday! You deserve it girly. I love you so much and can't wait to hear more. (and for you to come home...I miss you!)

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  2. I miss you too Trish! Love love love you!

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