Never keep the toilet seat up in the tropics

This is why


After a tiring day of sourcing products for my new business and being stuck in Bali traffic I was greeted by a friendly dancing frog in my toilet bowl.

A few weeks ago I found this in my utility room:


Living in Bali is so interesting. Yesterday my car decided to stop during rush hour, right in the middle of one of the busiest roads in Bali- Jalan Sunset- it’s like a mini highway with three lanes on each side of the road and it’s ALWAYS busy, but crazy busy at rush hour ( driving in Bali is a science, that I dislike passionately, but have mastered very well). Not one of the 10 million motorbikes or cars on the road beeped at me. I put on my emergency lights, ran across the street to the first store I saw and asked for help. Still no beeps, commuters just drove around me, while peeps from the store pushed my car to the side of the street. Reason for car stopping- empty tank, and I checked the fuel guage twice to make sure I had enough petrol before I left…duh! I actually checked the temperature gauge and thought I was fine. I forget that everything is on the opposite side here in Bali, unlike back home. So the fuel gauge is on the left not right!

A very nice friendly Balinese guy who helped me push my car to the side took me on his motorbike to the closest petrol station (albeit driving on the wrong side of the road and on the side walk) and I was able to purchase two mineral bottles of petrol.


Voila! I was back on the road again-dripping in sweat, my heart racing and only 60 minutes later, but greatful for all the kindness and help. I’m yet to encounter a rude Balinese person. The few rude, angry people I’ve met so far are expats.

On the subject of sweat, something I am learning to live with and embrace!!!!!! (out of lack of choice).ย  I now know I am made up of more than 75% water, despite my junior high biology class teaching me otherwise. I love the heat, but humidity does not like me. When I’m not working or having fun, this is what I’m doing – rarely, of course ๐Ÿ˜‰


I also have been doing a lot of this – watching the sunset at ย Berawa beach down my street or from my balcony outside my bedroom. The sunsets are so beautiful and mystical here, that most evenings, I’m literally running to the beach in time to watch the sun go down. These are not the best pictures because I used my iphone. Next time I’m at Echo beach I’ll remember to take my camera and wide angle lens. The sunsets at Echo beach are stunning, even better than Berewa because of the way the shore line curves.





7 thoughts on “Never keep the toilet seat up in the tropics

  1. Bev

    Hi Lillian – I’m happy to see you blogging! Bali looks so beautiful … I know this isn’t the idea, but it makes me strive to live in your present moment too! We miss you over here and will enjoy following your adventures in the sun. Big hugs, Bev xo

    1. ldsouza Post author

      I miss running into you on our driveway…but I won’t go there. Enjoy the snow, while I bake in the sauna!

  2. Meenakshi

    Hey Lillian – Wow, such an amazing landscape! So glad you have started to blog which will give us a peek into your present. The nature definitely looks extremely serene and lush especially now as we are gearing up for the winter. We have had our first snow flakes today. Keep sharing your stories as they open our minds to new heights of adventure. Enjoy the moment & the present. Big hugs, Meenakshi

    1. lorna

      Hi Lillian,
      Lovely pics, but I`m not enving you cause I`m too much of a city gal! Glad to have lived in that environment for 17 yrs. of my life! Have to visit, of course I just hope I won`t encounter any of those creepy crawlie`s cause I`ll freak out. Take care and much love and hugs.

      1. ldsouza Post author

        Southern Bali is one big city. It has restaurants, bars, spas, gyms, shopping, yoga etc. that rival any big city, just with added snakes and creepy crawlies:) You better visit. xo

      1. Patricia

        Hello Lil!
        WOW!!! You sure are enjoying life in the tropics. You look so relaxed and laid back and the boys look a lovely brown. Taj seems to have had a sudden growth spurt and is looking quite tall and grown up. Sachin has lost his surfie look (with his locks chopped off) and both of them seem to fit into the life style of Bali. Feel terrible for Taj though; the mozzies have had a feast. ๐Ÿ™

        I’m sure you miss your life in Canada and your friends and it will take a while for you to get that ‘sense of belonging’. Make the most of Bali and live in the moment cos you never know what turn life is gonna take. Stay happy and positive and keep blogging.

        Loads of love & hugs to the boys,

        P.S: Do post some pics of Mo ๐Ÿ™‚


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