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{10 on 10 project ~ march 2013 ~ another bali edition}

{please note : all the photos in this post are taken with my iphone, then edited in camera+ or my new favourite app… afterglow}

it seems like all ive been posting the last couple of months are my 10 on 10 posts! ive been planning to do a post about our recent move to bali but it just hasn’t happened… i decided this might be the perfect time for it! im sharing photos taken today and some taken over the last few weeks or so to tell our bali story!

 by now, you all probably know we moved to bali in january for a year-long family adventure! ive been getting emails and messages from friends and clients wondering why? how?? what its like???  first, a few favourite iphone photos and then i will tell you all about it ~

1. fresh fruit from the school warung (also know as a tuckshop or canteen) | 2. welcome pebbles at uluwatu | 3. teaching us all bahasa | 4. i adore outdoor showers and morning sunlight | 5. monkey | 6. me by the pool today

bali life rowetimson instagram photos

first the why… both danny and i own our own businesses, which is great because it means one of us is always around to take audrey to school, to pick her up, to take her to piano, choir, her aerial or gymnastics class… she never comes home to an empty house which i love and she always has one of us to talk to or play with or just be with!

the downside is, our work days are long and i feel like im in the circus constantly trying to juggle everything without dropping the ball! sadly… we do drop the ball more often than we would like and there are times when audrey is literally talking to the side of my head because i have a gallery to get up, a portrait clients order to edit or a commercial job deadline fast approaching… we both work till midnight most nights and there are regular times when that stretches to 1am or 2am just so we can get on top of things… my time off is mostly spent running errands, cooking dinner, cleaning the house and wishing i had more free time to do yoga, watch a movie or hang out with family and friends!

then there is the taking turns aspect… we have this unspoken rule where whomever has the most work on can keep working while the other parent hangs out with audrey!  it means sometimes family time is not all 3 of us… its just 2 of us and im not ok with that! don’t get me wrong… we make an effort to do something fun every weekend! all 3 of us might go rollerskating or ride our bikes or go to the beach or do a day trip to byron bay and we always go out for a couple of meals because i love not eating out {or perhaps its i hate cleaning}! we are lucky enough to go away often too and at those times, we do no work or if we do, its very little in comparison to our regular schedule… no matter how many trips away we manage or how much time we spend together it still just doesn’t feel like enough… i always wish there was more time!

we spent christmas in bali in 2011 with dear friends and that was when it happened… the last 2 days i started talking about moving here! i started asking all the locals about the cost of things. i started looking at villas online… the idea was born and there was no going back! even once we were home and weeks had passed, i found myself dreaming of a life in bali… its all i could think about! when i kept talking about it and showing danny villas, it suddenly dawned on him that this was something i really wanted… one day he said ‘are we actually moving to bali’… my response was ‘i think we are!’.

we decided we would go for a year and live a quiet, more simple life.  we would do very little… just be together and enjoy one another. sleep more and lay in the sun. read more books. watch more movies… cook more meals and just. slow. down!

the how… we made a trip back to bali a few months later to look at villas and check out the schools and all the areas we might like to live. on that trip a little panic set in… i wasn’t 100% sure real life in bali would resemble the life i had been dreaming of for the past few months… after danny and i talked about it, we agreed it probably wouldn’t but life is short and it wouldn’t hurt to just give it a go! after all, if we didn’t like it, we can always go home! the decision was made… then the boring logistics ~ there were visas to organise and school enrolments and flights and the worst part… packing up the entire house… the. worst. thing. ever ~ eeekkkkk!

wow… that’s an awful lot of reading so here are a few more favourite instagram photos.

1. paper lanterns at kudeta | 2. dancing in the rain in uluwatu | 3. pool party at school | 4. strawberries in a banana leaf basket (how cute are those baskets!) | 5. self portrait in a taxi | 6. rice farmer on bike

now we are here, what is it like… the first 6 weeks were actually way more challenging than i ever imagined!

arriving in the peak of the wet season is not ideal as there were thousands of mosquitos… the villa we were renting was the balinese style we had always loved on our visits before, with everything being open except the bedroom so its essentially an outdoor kitchen and living area with just the roof above but no walls. so lovely but in reality, it meant we often found ourselves huddled on the bed in the main bedroom under the mosquito net trying our hardest not to get bitten (insert newly arrived, irrational expats who were scared to death of getting dengue fever)!

then we had a problem with the water which meant we could rarely have showers when we wanted to and then when we did have water and we jumped in, it was very likely it would stop right in the middle and i may or may not have gone out a couple of times with shampoo or conditioner still in my hair?

school was so much further than we would have liked and the drive was just horrid with so much congestion and extremely insanely narrow windy dirt roads for a good portion of it, you have no idea what a pot hole really is till you have seen a balinese one and there were more than one could count…

4 weeks in and 100 villas later it felt like we were never going to find somewhere to live either because nothing was right…

the worse thing by far was audrey got extremely sick 9 days in and we ended up in hospital really wondering if we had done the right thing moving here… needless to say she is fine and in fact, if we had not arrived so recently, im pretty sure the doctor would not have sent us to the hospital. they were just being super cautious which i am extremely thankful for {it ended up just being a really bad case of bali belly}! although it wasn’t ideal timing and i would have preferred it if danny or i had been sick, it was in the end a positive experience because my worst fear about living here was realised and audrey didn’t die like she told me she thought she might that very first day she was sick… we all survived and in actual fact, the hospital experience was a good one! it was clean and we were really well cared for and everyone spoke excellent english!

are you still reading? if so, it must be time for a few more instagram photos!

1. roadside roosters | 2. snuggles | 3. bali equestrian centre  | 4. strawberry toenails by think pink nails (cutest thing i ever saw!) |

5. butter cake shop (where one purchases the best ever iced cinnamon scrolls ever… how i wish i had never discovered them!) | 6. going home

well this week marks 2 months since we arrived and things have changed… a few weeks ago we moved into our very own villa which we like a lot! we found a full-time driver which means that we can now just sit and relax on a very manageable 30-minute journey to school (there is lots of chit chat on that drive which i love!). a week after we moved in we had 6 boxes arrive from australia that my mum so brilliantly packed for us over a very long skype session in the wee hours of the morning {thanks mum}… they included the things i realised we just couldn’t live without… things that would make it feel more like home (eg. organic sheets and the perfect memory foam pillow, juicer, blender, all my ceramic pots and pans and lots of other kitchen stuff. loads of remedies in case of any illnesses. natural products like shampoo, conditioner, suncream and laundry powder. audreys favourite things. the wii console etc, etc…). i cant tell you what a difference it makes being surrounded by things that are familiar… when those boxes arrived everyone seemed so much happier and a sense of calm washed over the entire house!

if you asked us last month if we were happy here and if we thought we would last the year, i just may have said no! if you ask me now id say we will last the year and perhaps a little longer because every day we feel just a little more settled! we still have tough days where i just miss my gorgeous cat tilly beyond words… or i just want to go to my favourite cafe or prepare one of our favourite meals… where i just want to hang out with an old friend who make me laugh like no new friend can, but i just remind myself it’s only early days!

in the very beginning its easy to only see the negative, all the obstacles that are in your way! sometimes there are so many that it leaves very little room for seeing the good stuff… as time goes on and you find a little rhythm and you stop expecting things to be as they always were, you start to see the beauty in this new life! actually, danny and i were driving somewhere and i commented on how beautiful the landscape out the window was… he said all he saw was the rubbish! to that i said ‘but look up. just look up a little, above the rubbish… how beautiful is it!’. i just said it without thinking but refelcing after, i thought… sometimes we have to look a little harder to see the beauty. it is always there but you need to be open and ready to see it!

well that’s it. we are here. we are together. we are happy {most of the time}. what more could we ask for really? i think when we are older, we will be pleased we were brave enough to embark on such a huge adventure and these moments are the ones we will cherish…

here are some photos of our day today {all taken on my iphone and edited on there too} ~ a peek at our little villa!

portrait photographer sunset bali

if you made it to the bottom of the page… im impressed! i didn’t realise i had so much to say till i started writing! this is possibly the longest post ive ever written… thanks for taking the time to stay and read it!

actually, if you are new here and you find yourself wanting more {perhaps you want to see photos from my real camera?}… my february 10 on 10 was photographed one day last month in singapore or if you are keen to see more of bali, see my january post which was photographed just a few days after we arrived! in december i shared images taken while we were on holidays in new zealand.

now go visit marie manco’s to take a peek at her day and be sure to keep following the links till you come back to me! you will see some beautiful images from some amazingly talented girls from all over the place! i love my 10 on 10 circle of friends…

happy sunday friends, rowe x


March 10, 2013 - 5:56 am

janine - it is so cool that you followed through with your dream, as challenging as it has been. what an adventure. thanks for the reminder to look up, above the rubbish. X

March 10, 2013 - 7:55 am

jackie tyghem - WOW. Gorgeous as usual 🙂

March 10, 2013 - 1:22 pm

Sara Garcia - Bali looks absolutely stunning through your eyes and what gorgeous light you have in all of these images. I loved reading this post!

March 10, 2013 - 4:57 pm

nic - I made it to the bottom and wanted to keep on reading more – my husband and I dream of living in Bali – one day we will make it happen. Enjoy your Balinese journey.

March 10, 2013 - 5:02 pm

Mel Riddell - It’s wonderful to hear you are past the difficult first stage and are really starting to feel comfortable. I have thought of you lately when I have been up at 2am editing and so tired the next day, wanting to spend time with Sophia but trying to find a work balance. We are taking a big trip mid-year and I’m looking forward to just ‘being’ and appreciating. Your villa looks absolutely gorgeous! Hoping the coming months bring nothing but beauty for you all. xxx

March 10, 2013 - 7:02 pm

Amanda B - I also made it through the post as it was a great read and I could imagine myself and my family living there also. Well done on taking the plunge.. are you working at all? what age would you recommend for children? we’d love to do it one day but with two toddlers, am thinking school age is better..well done!

March 10, 2013 - 7:19 pm

Vanessa Morris - Wow!! Think you have just summed up our last 3 months here in Bali!! Like u we just decided to pack up, escape an move to Bali and we are just getting into the swing of things!! There are def 3 stages – sheer excitement then freak out then settling and appreciating our decision and going with the flow (abeit a little different than we are all used too!!). Hope Bali is all that you wish for and that it gives your little family peace and happiness in this little piece of paradise that we all now call home!!!

March 10, 2013 - 8:13 pm

jenna - Your images really tell your story and it’s hard to wait each month to see the next chapter. Beautiful work, Rowe!

March 10, 2013 - 9:16 pm

Tara Eastwell - rowe – what a lovely read. thank you…i can’t help but feel connected with your little story and perfect time i found it. i sit here now in central qld gazing out into the bush which is the back drop to our backyard. once living in northern nsw and mad crazy lovers of bali. i take inspiration from your story, as my husband & i & our 2 little girls are planning our move to the beautiful island also. i admire your strength to just pack up & go…if we had the cash behind us (mainly to school our children or employment to provide for our existence) we would be there. thank you so much. i feel one step closer…your photos take me on a beautiful journey too!! would you mind if i could ask you a few questions via email re: bali? totally understand if not…

March 10, 2013 - 11:07 pm

melissa - i always look forward to reading about and seeing your beautiful adventure in bali…and never want your posts to end. awesome!

March 10, 2013 - 11:28 pm

Kirsty - I am so happy to see and read all the beauty pouring out of this post – happy to hear you more settled, happy to see the beauty around you – I remember those sad “what have we done” days after a big move but i also know life is what you make it – and you’re making it something so worth while my sweet friend xx

March 11, 2013 - 12:52 am

el - These are amazing Rowe! What an adventure! Can’t wait to hear more about it all. Miss you, and see you in a few weeks! xoxoxo

March 11, 2013 - 1:11 am

Chantelle - This made me so happy. The photos are beautiful. I hope you can look back and appreciate the journey for what it was {you seem to already} because perhaps if it was super easy from the beginning… you wouldn’t appreciate all that beauty that you’ve discovered.

I just mean, sometimes life throws us those curve-balls for a silly reason – and I just love how happy you are. Makes me happy. xxx

March 11, 2013 - 1:24 am

Hailey - How wonderful! Lovely images and story and I miss u too much!!

March 11, 2013 - 3:01 am

Margo Plowright - wow what a lovely post….and you said you dont like to write…you excelled yourself here..beautifully shot and beautifully written,, cant wait to see you . luv and miss you all mummy xxxx

March 11, 2013 - 3:35 am

Kelly Durie - Well….here I go again….you must stop making me teary love! I loved reading your post and seeing such beautiful pics. You are on an incredible journey as a family, what a precious gift, it will have it’s ups and downs but…oh what a wonderful life experience. xx

March 11, 2013 - 5:18 am

Jody Ryan - Rowe I really loved reading the honest account of your adventures so far. life is about the journey and what a wonderful journey you are on xxx C u in May xxxx

March 11, 2013 - 6:31 am

Kati - Oh Rowe…I love that you all have taken that leap together! You amaze me! Lovely post! xxx

March 11, 2013 - 9:41 pm

Jane Westaway - What a beautiful read. Thank you for sharing your journey …it is something I can only imagine doing, my husband although he knows that a year in Bali is my dream does not share the urge to move there. However he spoils me with many trips there to keep me happy. Keep posting so i can dream though your eyes xx

March 12, 2013 - 1:14 am

Sheye Rosemeyer - I’m in such admiration of you Rowe. Turning dreams into reality, especially those well outside our comfort zone, takes such courage. Even with the discomfort and home sickness, you’re still seeing the big picture and teaching Audrey so much along the way. Such a gift to you all. Congratulations on doing what most people dream of.

March 12, 2013 - 4:10 am

Margo Plowright - Hey Rowe after reading everyones comments and especially Jane Westaway, I had an idea, why dont you do a post next week from Dannys eyes..a mans eye view, his kind of pictures, what he notices, and his opinions. LOL might need to be censored, or filtered, mummy xxx

March 13, 2013 - 9:09 am

ashley - thanks for that wonderful post, i enjoyed reading every word, and loved having the pictures tell the story too. your last words on finding the beauty, having to look harder sometimes, really really spoke to me. just what i needed to hear i guess. 🙂

March 13, 2013 - 9:42 pm

Rikki - Oh Rowe, I am in awe! What a fabulous adventure for you and your family – I wish I were half as brave xx

March 14, 2013 - 10:54 pm

shelbe - That’s put a smile, bigger than you can ever imagine on my face. I miss you guys beyond words… how much we took for granted we were so dam close…. anyway… Harry hind sight hey! I’m so happy you’re embarking on this adventure too, LIttle man’s constantly saying now “going to Bali… going to see Danny!”… hahahah… and “Audrey & Rowe & Swimming Pool…” xox

Love you guys, can’t WAIT to see you all soon!

March 14, 2013 - 10:55 pm

shelbe - OMG… your so right about the strawberry toes…. that’s insanely cute!!! Want some!!!!

March 15, 2013 - 5:21 am

Ginger Unzueta - i always want to get on a plane and come find where you are. your work..always is just stunning!! i love to follow your exciting life Rowe. and i think it is wonderful how you work together and have the time there for your daughter. it makes the juggling worth it i am sure. enjoy your constant adventures ♥

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