Going Solo

I have never travelled alone. 

Never needed to for work and holidays were always spent with family and friends. 

Quiet Time on the balcony at COMO UMA UBUD

Quiet Time on the balcony at COMO UMA UBUD

As a Pilates Instructor, I am required to fulfil a certain number of training hours every year. My initial plan was to complete them in Singapore but when a fellow instructor suggested we head to Bali instead - I jumped at the idea. 

I couldn’t have wished for a better maiden Solo Trip. My friends and I flew into Bali at different times, stayed at different hotels and we had our own objectives on what we wanted to do. It was comforting to know I had people to check in with. And it was fun to share our experiences along the way. 

We caught the sunset at  Tanah Lot

We caught the sunset at Tanah Lot

I stayed at COMO UMA UBUD. It had been a wish of mine to check out a COMO Resort and this was a perfect opportunity. It was just a 10 minute drive from the Pilates Studio - Movement Matters where I did my Mat 3 Course. The grounds were lush and green; my room was spacious, clean and comfortable. I loved the design aesthetic at COMO UMA. Service staff were well trained and friendly. 

COMO UMA UBUD arranged morning walks for their guests. I joined one and it was a great way to start the day.

Contrary to what most people thought, I did not come to Bali alone to get some ‘me-time’ nor to ‘discover myself’. It was a trip inspired by my desire to learn Pilates in a different setting; to gain new perspectives from another trainer and hopefully to grow as an instructor myself. 

My fellow course mates

My fellow course mates

Many of my peers considered it a sacrifice when I decided to take time off work and stay home with the children. They viewed my four and a half years as a Stay-At-Home-Mom (SAHM) as nothing more than changing diapers, playdates and home cooking. Yes there were plenty of that but it was so much more. It was a blessing because it was during those four and a half years where I discovered my passion for Pilates. Instead of trading in my identity, I gained new dimensions to my identity as a woman. 

Will I venture out on my own again?