My Awesome Adventures
Ruby – 12, Ella - 10
I first became really interested in Bali when I studied Social Anthropology at University and enrolled in a class called Rituals and Symbols in Bali. My father also has a collection of beautiful Balinese art which he has bought over the years so I feel I’ve always been surrounded by the beauty of Bali.
We were only going to move to Bali for a year but we ended up staying for 5! The island has a peculiar hold on you once you’re there. I love going back - the landscape, the people, the food, the smells, the sounds…it’s my second home.
The minute I step off the plane, my body feels different and I love speaking Bahasa – something happens to my brain when I start talking in Indonesian. It makes me smile.
My heart always hurts a little when I leave but I know it’s always there for me.
My husband and I used to head to Bungalow Living after dropping our kids off at school. It has great coffee, the worlds most gorgeous owner and staff and the atmosphere is always inspiring. We noticed lots of kids coming in and they’d be on their ipads or just not engaging with their surroundings.
Bali is one of the most beautiful and culturally rich islands and we thought HEY! What if we created a book that would have lots of fun activities where they could learn more about Bali, keep them entertained and provide a memento of their holiday.
We set to work straight away on creating the content for the journal, found an illustrator ,a printer and almost 8,000 copies later, we’re still going strong!
I love a family calendar and a to-do list! Ticking jobs off my to-do list makes me very happy!
Running your own business means that there’s no set hours and there’s the tendency for work to creep into family time. ‘I’ll just check my emails quickly’ or ‘Me on Instgram? Yes, but it’s WORK!’ is a common catchcry.
I try and be really aware of this and make a rule that there are no phones at mealtimes and that everyone is present when we’re all together. A conscious delineation between family life and work is important.
My husband, my kids, the ocean, books, art, travel, music, exercise, meditation.
Corn on the beach at sunset and nasi campur from any of our favourite local warungs in Umalas (I’m dreaming of my favourite eggplant dish right now!)
Exploring the island – heading to Pasir Putih in East Bali and eating grilled fish at the local warung on the beach. Doing a cooking class –Casa Luna and Bali Asli are both amazing. (Food seems to be a theme here!)
It’s not for the fainthearted but I love going to the Pasar Kodok in Tabanan. It’s a crazy, dusty, crowded market full of second-hand clothes. You have to look hard but when you find a treasure, it’s so satisfying!
If I’m not in the mood for rummaging, I always find the best dresses at Frockk.
My husband and I had the most luxurious 3 days at the Aman in Ubud during the Writers Festival. The grounds were so lush and it felt so beautifully authentic and Balinese. Otherwise, we all love the Alila Manggis in Candi Dasa, which was recommended to us by Saffron from Coco and Ginger when we first moved to Bali.
Rachel Greig and Natalie Armitage
Rachel: Sonny (8), Tex (5), Lola (4)
Natalie: Raff (13) Bailey (8)
We live in Canggu and we’ve got similar stories – we have both been here for 3 years now.
Initally we came with our families for a year to see how we found it, after many years of frequent travelling to Bali on surf holidays. 3 years later and we are still here and loving it!
Nat’s background is in photography and Rachel’s social work. Our kids ended up at the same school and we decided to team up a few years ago and create a business together.
Natalie had the idea of making silk pillowcases as she had used one for many years and loved it.
We developed our own signature prints and designs as we wanted to do something unique that no-one else was doing. We mainly focus on pillowcases and sleep masks but sometimes dip our toes into homewares on the odd occasion!
We’ve got some stockists now but mainly sell via our own online store. We love collaborating with our friends and other mamma's on the island for photo shoots and promotions, it always ends up being creative and fun!
For us, family always comes first and our work is flexible so we can work it around (or even involve) the kids. Its always a juggle and its pretty much impossible to get the balance right so just do your best and don’t beat yourself up if the balance tips the wrong way every now and again!
Being on the island is always a great source of inspiration. Canggu is full of creative people and the environment itself is so beautiful so we love to use that in our designs too. Our Tropical Dreams print is one of our most successful and our personal favourite, its hard to beat a palm tree!
So many to choose from locally– Quince, Milk and Madu & The Shady Shack for the day time and One Eyed Jacks, Trattoria (for the best pizza), and La Finca at night.
For dinner in Seminyak we love Merah Putih, Da Maria and Barbacoa.
The beach! You can find us at Echo beach (at the local warungs or La Brisa) or Berawa beach most weekends, we all love it and we spend plenty of time watching the kids surf and drinking coconuts!
Batu Bolong in Canggu - Auguste, Haze and Glory, Velvet and so many more popping up all the time! In Seminyak, we love the little market in seminyak square for a market bargain and Kim Soo for everything beautiful and home related
For a bit of luxury, the W in Seminyak and for some time outside of Canggu on the weekends, we love roadtripping to Balian or Komune in Keramas.
You can also follow the adventures and travels of these beautiful Bali based mamma's and their spunky tribes via their personal Instagram accounts here:
Rachel : @rachel_loves_breakfast
Sonny 9, Dusty 8, Rocky 5, Jetty 3
As a Mum of 4 boys I couldn’t find a durable rug that also had style and suited the needs of our young and adventurous family.
I found that most of my rugs had only a single purpose…whether it was a beach rug for my grommets, nappy change-mat, an indoor throw… none of them were truly multi-purpose and easily transportable. I came up with The Throwdown which can be used for any purpose imaginable from romantic beach picnics with hubby, pool sessions with your girlfriends, days at the park with family and friends or as play mats for my toddlers play- dates.
The ThrowDown is designed for The BEACH OUTDOOR LIFESTYLE!
Being the ultimate multi-tasker, keeping the boys busy (their love of the ocean helps a lot!), and having my “Mum Hat” on at all times!
My love for the beach, outdoor effortless lifestyle, and my boys of course! Also living in Bali and being surrounded by so many creatives constantly inspires me.
Laca Laca, Pizza on the beach, Dian Warung and Manderia Warung at Echo Beach in Canggu.
Padma Beach, Quiksilver Surf School and The Creature Jukung which is an old style fishing boat that Quiksilver own and we surf, swim and fish off it all the time.
Tropicana, Bamboo Blonde, Bali Boat Shed & Auguste
Villa Laut in Padang Padang, Suze Surf Stay in Balangan, and Villa Coco on 66 Beach.
Kali 14yrs, Siddhartha 12yrs
I was born in Surabaya, a vibrant port city of Java in the thriving Chinatown neighborhood. A third born of 5 siblings. I spent my early childhood with my two older brothers adventuring, collecting stones and other found treasures. I have been making things since I was very young - clay doll house, paper puppets, anything with leaves and flowers.
I am grateful to have been raised in entrepreneurial family. I grew up daydreaming about things to create, places to go, people to meet. There was never a question of ‘What do you want to be when you grow up’
Putri Siren is a project with my daughter, Kali. She loves reading and is really into mermaids. So I thought why not create an outlet where we both can put in ideas, develop them together, make it happen and have fun along the way. Lots of fun!
Get support. Surround yourself with good friends, family and don’t hesitate to ask for support. And get enough rest. I’d say ‘when in doubt, sleep.’
Travel inspires and energises me. I love immersing myself in different cultures, food, colours, smells. It refreshes the way I see things.
Monsieur Spoon bakery, and beach picnics.
Road trips and beach sleep overs.
One Love in Canggu, and H&M.
Pondok Pisang in Candidasa
Cheryl Tang (or affectionately known by the kids as Ms. Cheryl or Ms. Tang).
The Anak Atelier
Saskia Mae, 17 months
I grew up between Singapore and Melbourne, and have always loved travelling to experience life’s cultural diversities. I found Bali to have the perfect blend of culture, lifestyle, people and opportunities, the next thing you know… I’ve been here for 10 years (eep...time flies!)
Working with children has always been a constant thread in my life as well, it gives me lots of fulfillment collaborating and communicating with children in an empowering, intentional but yet playful way. I am now also a mum of a toddler that never ceases to amaze me and I’m lovin’ every single minute of motherhood.
I have always been fascinated by how children learn and play. Being an early childhood educator in the past gave me plenty of opportunities to reflect on how relevant our education and play systems are in supporting children to develop skills that are useful for the future. This sparked my interest to build an educational and play facility that advocates valuable skills for lifelong learning in children.
I don’t think I’ve got a handle of it yet to be honest! It’s never easy, but you just have to plan ahead, prioritise and be flexible when things don’t go as planned.
Wherever I travel, I love visiting children’s museums, interesting playgrounds (especially those set in naturescapes), and inspiring early learning centers that do purposeful and beautiful work with children. Most of all, talking and sharing ideas with children hugely inspires me! The creative design of The Anak Atelier and the logo have mostly been derived from dialogues with children about what they want most in their play and learning environment.
Bukit Café, Sundara Beach Club at Four Seasons in Jimbaran, and Warung Guero (a hole in the wall but offers the freshest Mahi Mahi catch of the day).
J-Bay Surf & SUP Bali (on the beach in front Intercontinental Hotel, Jimbaran), Sundara Beach Club at Four Seasons Jimbaran, and The Point at Balangan Beach
Melatiku, Indigo Kids, Cocoa and Ginger and Drifter
Flowerbud Bungalows 2 Balangan, Melali Bingin, Villa Mahi Mahi Bingin, Balangan Seaview and Munduk Moding Plantation.
Bali Family Villas
Sunny 9, Jesse 6, Mylo 4
I've always loved the tropics and my love affair with Bali started as a child visiting for holidays. I love the mix of chaos and calm that create the Bali experience and the diversity on offer. My two favourites things are being a Mum and Travel…. throw in some little luxuries and a new culture and I am happy. We lived full time in Bali with our three boys for seven years and now divide our time between Bali and Byron Bay. Im always up for a challenge and new adventure and think mixing it up is a good idea!
Bali Family Villas came about by helping my own family and friends find great places to stay on the island. I loved the process and saw a need for family friendly villas and dedicated services. The little things make a big difference when travelling to Bali with kids. I started the business based on feedback from friends and it was an organic process from there. I love it when people love Bali, so it became my personal mission to help families find the best accommodation options for their holiday.
I often have to remind myself that I started the business to work around the needs of my kids, and not to fit my kids in around the needs of the business. Of course it feels like a tug of war at times, because I am passionate about both! Prioritising is key for the Business and Family ‘To-Do’ lists. On my lap top I have two separate lists and the Family ‘To-Do’ list comes first in colour and bold! My husband and I work on the business together so we also have a rule not to talk about work at home. When Im with the kids I try to be all there.
Im inspired by the Balinese people and the way they make beauty from nature. Its in the daily offerings, their flower arrangements, chanting, cooking and art. Their culture is overflowing in creativity and their gratitude for the little things in day to day life is infectious.
Sunset Fish Warungs in Jimbaran
The Beach & Bounce Trampoline
Zuitton for the boys
Bali Family Villas 😉
The Garden Early Learning Centre and Kids Club
Good Living Asia
India (11), Olianna (9) and Jasper (7)
I have been living in Asia for the past 12 years - from Japan to HK, to Singapore and now Bali for the last 5 years. I love the warmth of Asia - both the climate and the friendly faces. I work hard but do my best to spend time with my little tribe, friends and making sure I stay sane. I love the ocean but I equally love a beautiful garden, both make me smile.
My first Bali business baby, Good Living Asia was created from a need for extended friends who often visited the island to find fabulous villas and feel comfort in knowing someone had personally inspected the villas and could help with any "on the ground" requests during their stay. It grew very quickly and we now market 300 villas across Bali and Lombok but still offer all our clients our personal touch and make sure they have everything they need to make their holiday perfect.
My second island business baby started as a result that I saw there was a need for quality Early Learning in Canggu when we first moved to Bali. As a result we built The Garden Early Learning Centre along with The Garden Kids Club and have watched the centre come alive with the happiness of beautiful happy little faces each day. I feel wonderful that we have created a beautiful space for both children living on the island and also visitors to the island to be able to come and play in a safe and lovely space.
You can never complete whats on your to do list. I have a question that I often repeat to myself when I am worried about something "will you care on your death bed about this" and if the answer is no then I have learnt to worry less and move through it.
Flowers, they are so insanely beautiful. If you actually spend the time to really look at them they are so remarkable. Nothing can beat how clever and beautiful nature is. I am also inspired by the chefs here in Bali, they come up with the most amazing food and always seem to be creating new dishes - we are spoilt for choice here in Canggu.
Family picnics on the remote Northern Canggu beaches like Pigstone, Sunday roast at Jemme, dinner at Da Maria.
The Lawn in Canggu, chasing waterfalls all over Bali, (or The Garden Kids club if you're under 10!),
All the new boutiques along Batu Bolong in Canggu.
Villa Asante at Echo Beach (one of my favourite villas in Canggu).
Coco & Ginger
Chloe Coco 17 and Ginger Lily 10
My name is Saffron and we moved to Bali in 2002 for adventure and the opportunity to experience another culture having long been attracted to the creative and culturally rich Balinese. I am so grateful for the wonderful connections and friendships I have formed in Bali. It's truly a remarkable island.
Making clothes for my babies and connecting with amazing artisans and organically producing and growing coco and ginger.
Lists. Even if nothing is ever completely ticked off it still makes you feel like you have your stuff together and are moving in the right direction. Oh and flexible work hours rule. It's amazing what you can get done at 6.30am upon waking.
Textiles, Folk art, paintings, and interior books. Flowers and music even scent is inspiring. At the moment a weekly flower shop and spotify brings much inspiration.
- Around our table....just kidding!
- Old Mans for breakfast and a run with the doggie on the beach
- Nasi Campur from our local warung
- Mamasan for a fancy date night or girls-night get together
- East Coast car trip up to Virgin Beach for a grilled fish lunch and swim.
- Start off along Jalan Kunti Dua for baskets and then move along through all the antique furniture and curio shops.
- Alila Manggis where we first fell in love with Bali in our first year. Such a change of pace that always delights.
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