Visiting Family in Hong Kong

Our trip in Asia would not be complete without a visit to Carla, Salvador’s sister.  Carla has lived in China for about 7 years and is now living in one of her favorite cities, Hong Kong. We arrived one day before her birthday and were lucky to find a delicious raw chocolate cake to celebrate.

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Besides invading her cozy mansion we also took all of her free time to tour us around! Carla showed us her office, the beautiful Hong Kong view at night, took us to nice restaurants around Soho, crossed the border during the weekend to show us Shenzhen (where she used to live) and even spoiled us with a reflexology massage in a local Chinese spa.  We were happy to see a bit of Carla’s life, impressed with her Chinese skills and proud to hear all the stories of what she has lived through.

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After being surrounded by so many buildings and experience so much city life we already missed nature.  We decided to go to Cheung Chau beach, which is about 30 minutes from Hong Kong by boat. There is a nice park around the ocean which is great for breathing in fresh air. The water is not the best for bathing because there are too many boats close by but it was relaxing to be by the sea.

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It was  hard to say goodbye to our favorite “Asian” host. We really enjoyed our stay with Carla and we look forward to meeting her again for Christmas in Bali!!!

Pit Stop in Malaysia

We had a short stop in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia’s capital) before going to Hong Kong. We only had enough time to see the 88-floor Petronas Twin Towers, to try a couple of organic restaurants and to exercise. We got lucky that we got a free room in a hotel in the center of town. It was nice to be pampered a bit.

View of the street in front of our hotel

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Petronas Twin Towers
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Salva after a nice swim
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Ubud, the Holistic Healing Center of Bali

Bali is one of the more than 13,000 islands of Indonesia. We decided to spend 10 days in the cultural and holistic healing center of the island, Ubud. The town was originally an important source of medicinal herbs and plants so it was named after the Balinese word ubad, which means medicine.

We arrived during one of the most important religious ceremonies in the country, Galungan. It is said that the spirits of deceased relatives who have died and been cremated return to visit their former homes, and the current inhabitants have a responsibility to be hospitable through prayers and offerings. It was nice to see the decoration and happy people in the streets celebrating. It actually felt a little auspicious because we arrived on the first day and left on the last!

Beautiful lotus pond in front of a temple

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Kids celebrating Galungan
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Our “backyard”
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Outdoors in Ubud
We tried several healthy vegetarian and raw food restaurants and spent a lot of time reading and enjoying the beautiful surrounding
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We loved Bali so much that we plan to go back very soon…

A Quick Stop by Singapore

On our way from India to Indonesia we stopped by the world’s no. 1 city for infrastructure, highest income and least corrupt public sector. (Source: http://app.www.sg/who/195/Living-conditions.aspx)

We really enjoyed our stay in Singapore!

Before visiting The Matrimandir we decided to do a little fasting. Tarci broke the 3-day fast after visiting Sri Aurobindo’s Ashram but Salva was still fasting when we got to Singapore. Salva broke the juice fasting after 8 days with a delicious coconut meat.

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Tarci & Salva on our way to Sentosa beach
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Britto, famous Brazilian artist, also left his mark in Singapore
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A walk around Clarke Quay
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Delicious dinner by the river
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Singapore view at night
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Auroville – A City for Human Unity

It is said that all men of goodwill, who thirst for progress and aspire to a higher and truer life are invited to Auroville. Auroville is a young city, inaugurated in 1968 by representatives of 124 countries and 23 Indian states, who placed a handful of earth from their countries in a lotus-shaped urn as a symbol of human unity.

Auroville does not belong to India nor to any other country. It is a universal town that belongs to Humanity. The idea of the city came to The Mother in the 1930s. She met Sri Aurobindo in the early 1900s and immediately recognized him as a guru. Together, they worked to help us evolve our level of consciousness. With the mind development, they believed humans could consciously participate in the process of inner discovery and life’s true purpose, not only as an individual but also as a meaningful part of our evolving world.

Thank to Salvador’s Dad, Carlo Carlucci, we decided to visit this universal city and experienced one of the most amazing feelings in the world inside the Matrimandir.

The outside of the Matrimandir

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This is how the meditation room inside the Matrimandir looks like. Unbelievable energy!

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 Salva learning about the history of Auroville

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 Salva reading in the peaceful guesthouse where we stayed

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We leave you with this short inspirational quote from The Mother. We hope it helps you in your self-discovery process.

For millennia, we have been developing outer means, outer instruments, outer techniques of living and finally those means and techniques are crushing us. The sign of the new humanity is a reversal in the standpoint, and the understanding that inner knowledge and inner technique can change the world and master it without crushing it.

Auroville is a place where this new way of living is being worked out, it is a centre of accelerated evolution where man must begin to change his world through the power of his inner spirit.

The Mother

Hyderabad visiting friends

A trip to India would not be complete without a visit to  Salvador’s special team in Hyderabad.

Thank you Hez for “being our host” and getting everyone together. Thank you Sanjay, Viswa, Asim, Anup, Nikita, Neha, Hez, Abishek, Ashlyn, Jayant and Sowmya for taking some time off your busy schedules to come have dinner with us.

We look forward to meeting you around the world in the future!

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