“Paradise” is a word often used to describe the island of Bali. Here are 6 reasons people might call Bali paradise. Do I agree? Is Bali paradise? See my conclusion at the bottom of this post. 1. The beaches and the views 2. The luxurious grounds of restaurants and hotels: 3. The nature: 4. The [...]
I love birds. Really. So when we went to Bali the first time, I was sad not to have time to visit the Bali Bird Park but made absolutely sure we would get there during our second visit. Our one-day visit to the park and the Sangeh Monkey Forest ended up being my favorite day [...]
Sometimes the best views of the places we visit are from the airplane (if you’re fortunate enough to get a window seat, that is). On this short flight from Jogjakarta, on the Indonesian island of Java, to Denpasar, Bali, I was treated to this view of 3 of Java’s volcanoes. It is moments like these [...]
This is the second round of the ArtSmart Blogging Roundtable, and this time the topic is religious architecture. It took me a long time to choose what to write about because I adore religious buildings of all kinds. The majestic cathedrals of Europe, the delicate calligraphy of Islamic architecture, the dazzling colors and details of [...]
In 2009 my husband, son, and I spent two weeks at my father’s house in Sanur, Bali. We had some wonderful experiences, but my favorite day of this trip was the one we spent at the Bali Bird Park and the Sangeh Monkey Forest near Ubud. I guess I have a soft spot for animals. [...]
The answer to Do you know? #14 is Borobudur monument on the island of Java in Indonesia. This place is amazing! It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is one of the most recognizable and important Buddhist monuments in the world. It dates from the 8th and 9th centuries.
My last morning on the magical island of Bali… Eating breakfast on the beach and feeling disappointed because after just a few wonderful days on Bali, I wasn’t at all ready to leave. Watching this woman walking slowly along the water in the early morning, balancing stuff on her head as many locals there do, [...]
Bali is Hindu, making it unusual among the mostly Muslim population of Indonesia and giving the island a strong and unique religious feeling. One of the ways a visitor can witness this is through these little offerings. The Balinese prepare offerings to the gods every morning or at times throughout the day. They consist of fresh flowers, incense, [...]
Welcome! I'm Jenna. This Is My Happiness reflects my passion for culture, art, and travel. I write about these topics with the aim of providing a deeper look at destinations. I also write for Travel Mindset and am an AFAR ambassador.