Summer is here! And inside any list of the go-to places for summer holiday, you can always find Bali among the top spots. The Island of Gods–as it is known by travelers everywhere–is a perfect summer destination, not only because of its perpetually sunny and warm weather, but also because of its beautiful beaches, tranquil paddy fields, breathtaking natural beauty, deep cultural heritage, and awesome nightlife.
Before hopping on the next flight to the island paradise, take a look at our list of five must-bring items that you should never forget to pack in your travel bags to ensure that your summer in Bali is memorable!
Sure, Bali is a tropical paradise with extremely nice weather and seemingly endless sunny skies, but sometimes, especially during the October all the way to late January, Bali also welcomes some tropical rains. These rains sometimes caught travelers by surprise, and those who are enjoying their time in the beaches of Nusa Dua and Seminyak or the rich cultural landscape of Ubud will be drenched. To prepare yourself against this kind of weather, pack in a lightweigh rain jacket into your travel bag. Rainjacket gives you more mobility compared to having to hold an umbrella, and also can be fashionable too!
Bali is all about that 'vitamin-sea' and sunny weather, so you practically can't afford to not bring these two items in your bag! Sunblocks (or sun-tanning cream) will help maintain your skin's moistness and protect you from getting painfully sunburt after a day playing at the beach, and sunglasses are simply fashionable–while also protecting your eyes from the sun ray!
Don't forget to stay hydrated in the heat of Bali! Although minimarkets and street vendors can be found all over Bali, sometimes it is better to bring your own water bottle which you can refill freely at the hotel before leaving! Put in some isotonic, fruit juices, or coconut water to better refuel you throughout your day!
Being a tropical island means that Bali is also a home of abundant species of tropical animal, flowers and also insects. To make sure that you stay comfortable throughout your journey in Bali, don't forget to bring a small insect repellant spray in your bag to protect you from the bites!
The best way to experience a new culture is by enjoying its traditional cuisine, and Bali is filled with delicious local foods such as Nasi Campur Bali, Sate Lilit, and Ayam Betutu. Experiencing the traditional Balinese dishes sometimes require you to use your hands and not spoon and fork, so to make sure that your culinary experience is enjoyed to the fullest, put in a small bottle of hand sanitizer to use before you eat! You don't want your culinary journey interupted by some unimportant stomachache!
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Back in early 2001, Maritoni Fernandez, a Philippine cinematic gem, was diagnosed with Breast Cancer. At the time, Maritoni was very busy with her acting career and during a brief visit to the US to get a second opinion for her mom’s medical condition, Maritoni was surprised to find out that a lump she had noticed years prior, which she thought was benign, turn out to be positive for cancer. It’s 20 years later and she still tears up when she recalls the moment that turned her life upside down. But as surprising as the diagnosis was, her year-long struggle with a disease that could have taken her life, soon came to an end with her on top. Feeling very strongly about paying-it-forward, she’s been an iCanServe member for 19 years and has made sharing her story a personal advocacy; “The day I stop sharing my story is the day I’m no longer brave and I hope that never happens.”, she says.
Maritoni grants us an afternoon to share her inspiring story with the hopes that it gives others, going through the same experience, strength to overcome it.
Looking back, she feels blessed that she followed her instincts to have herself checked again despite getting initial medical advice that she had nothing to worry about. Admittedly, she was hesitant to bring it up again as having the thought of a possible sickness is something she didn’t want to verbalize. Being the strong and determined person that she is, soon after confirming her diagnosis, Maritoni set her mind to overcome the biggest hurdle in her life. “In hindsight, it felt like a wild roller coaster ride. It’s also a test of patience and grit.,” said Maritoni. She decided to create a relationship with her cancer to help prepare her for the long journey she had ahead of her.
During treatment, she went through 4 Chemotherapy sessions followed by 26 sessions of radiation therapy. She was then put on oral medication and was instructed to stay on it for 5 years but with the help of her medication complemented by natural supplements, her body recovered in just 3 years and was blessed with a miracle of being pregnant with her second child.
Despite the terrifying experience, her faith got her through the ordeal. She says “I knew the fight was not mine. I physically had to fight it, but the fight was really HIS. I was allowed to get sick because a lot of people are gonna learn from it. “ Her lovely daughter, Lexi shares the same sentiment saying that “The world can get to me but having faith keeps me grounded. And this is something I’ve learned from my mom’s journey.”
Ever since she was declared cancer-free, Maritoni has taken it upon herself to share her experience and inspire people to keep the faith and to not look at cancer as the end of one’s journey. Her advice to those who’ve been diagnosed? “Have faith, don’t lose hope, and pray as God is a mighty healer. Breast Cancer is not a death sentence. Follow what your doctors tell you to do but don’t be scared to get a second opinion before getting aggressive treatment. At the same time, don’t just leave your prognosis to your doctors. Do something about it and research. Keep your chin up, keep going, and find something to live for everyday - for me it was my daughter Lexi. If you do get healed by the grace of God, pay it forward.”
For this shoot, Maritoni prepares for a charity ball which she supports. She believes this is worth remembering because she attended with her daughter and SweetEscape is the perfect partner to capture this moment in this warrior’s life.
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