Apologies from the editorial team for missing a day or two last week and not being very good with the news.

We planned to deliver from the wifi on Singapore Airlines, but the air hostess insisted that a single glass of white wine over dinner would not make me tired. I woke up a few hours later with a trail of what was once delicious sweet and sour pork running down my chest. That was the first missed deadline, and things gradually went downhill.

We’re presently on a family holiday in Nusa Lembongan, an Indonesian island steeped in history once dominated by seaweed farming. Today, it’s a bustling vacation spot known for its warm weather, friendly locals, and vibrant culture.

The weather here is consistently pleasant, starkly contrasting with the harsh Southern Hemisphere winter in the Eastern Cape that we sought respite from. The island’s warm temperatures and blue skies have offered a soothing break from the chill back home.
The islanders welcomed us with open arms. Their friendliness creating a welcoming atmosphere, making our stay comfortable and enjoyable. It’s a refreshing change from the routine.

While the waves have been good back in Seals and JBay, the surf here has been phenomenal. Shipwrecks was firing yesterday, another wave called Razors was excellent, and Lacerations also looked good. Gnarly names, for-not-that-dangerous waves.
The cuisine of Nusa Lembongan is a standout feature. Indonesian dishes burst with flavours and aromas, showcasing the island’s culinary diversity. The seafood, in particular, is a treat—freshly caught and expertly prepared.

Our kids are having a jol, surfing, swimming and burning up their youthful energy. The daily happy hour (four hours long) offering cocktails has further enhanced our family holiday as can be imagined. It’s a relaxing way to end the day, sipping drinks as the sun sets over the horizon. We also had the chance to immerse ourselves in the local culture. Last night’s entertainment featured traditional Indonesian dancers, mesmerizing fire dancers and fire breathers.

A downside is the morning rooster, hitting the airwaves at about 4:30 with a repetitious, ghastly, garbled ‘cock-a-doodle-doo’ that sounds more like a murder going down than a greeting of the sun.

In essence, our time in Nusa Lembongan has been a rewarding escape. The island’s historical context, incredible weather, mellow locals, delectable food, pumping waves, and a family-friendly atmosphere have made it an ideal getaway. More tomorrow.