I have never travelled alone.
Never needed to for work and holidays were always spent with family and friends.
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.
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.
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?