Bali was where a colleague escaped to for a good few days of R and R. She and her group stayed at the Hard Rock Hotel at the Kuta area. They were even taken by their guide to where the Bali bombing took place back in October 12, 2002. Today, Bali is back to her bubbling, busy self with tourists flocking back in droves for its relaxing and touristy atmosphere.
She came home a happy camper, her biggest shopping haul being the five paintings that she bought at prices unheard of here in Malaysia. Cause for celebration for her, naturally. Only thing is she had to remove the paintings from the frames citing she won't be able to get them on board the plane. Pity.
She brought back a lot of gifts for friends and family. She gifted me with a carved wooden bangle. It's red, exactly what I was looking for. It looks quite like the one in the picture here.
She has promised she'd invite us to her home once the paintings are up on the wall. Can't wait.
Shopping Tip - If you are going to Bali, leave ample room in luggage for shopping. You won't regret it.