Bali In monochrome

A series of photos during the 30 days while we were in Bali. Some candid, behind the scenes and random captures in black and white. Enjoy the visual content! xx

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Departing from Sydney to Bali

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Relaxing by the hotel pool

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$1 lunch meal, priceless view

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Dining amongst the rice fields

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Not ready

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Humble abode of an eighty five year old widow

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All smiles with this 105 year old man

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One step at a time

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Modest living

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Coconut delivery

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Cocktail shell and reflection of palm trees

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Poolside snacks

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Solid hours of work in this coffee shop

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Uber ride interior

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3:30 itis fuel

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New shopping centre in Seminyak Square

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Walking out refreshed after an aloe vera and cucumber scrub

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Traditional Babi Guling with extra crispy skin please – Pak Malen must try

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A dear friend’s private villa stay in Ubud

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Rooftop pool

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Alfresco interior

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Cocktails and sunsets

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Ready for harvest

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Seafood supper for six

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It’s not statue of Liberty

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Piercing screams from the jet ski

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Taxi ride read and favourite coffee to go

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Shack Snack

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Riding back to our friend’s villa

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Pathway to never ending huts

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Discussions after lunch

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Our friend’s smitten moment

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Asked them to smile, one participated

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Ready for a foot massage

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Check mate

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Shady siesta

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People-watching from the taxi

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Brothers and burger business

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Corridor light

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Selfie as we wait for a lift

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Early morning walk to the beach

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Grocery shopping around the corner

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Everyday view of laptop, coffee and beard

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Daily struggle of what to order and eat

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Chasing waterfalls, chasing dreams

 

8 Tips to Kick-Start Your Goals

8 Tips To Kick-Start Your Goals

I find the best way to pursue what you want is, simply to start. I know just as much as anyone that it’s way too easy to make excuses and let fear get a hold of you. But once you take that all-important first step, the ball starts rolling.

In continuance from my first blog post The Fear of Pursuing Your Dreams, here are 8 tips that I personally apply to get over the challenge of starting anything:

1) Get rid of distractions – When Aurelius and I got engaged almost five years ago, we moved in together and chose not to have a T.V. in our room or home. I know my weaknesses—I could easily be a couch potato if I had a T.V easily accessible. So whatever distractions you may have, eliminate it, especially if you have no self control.

2) Dedicate 1 to 2 hours everyday to move forward – If you don’t have enough time, watch less television, be selective to social events, cut down on social media usage, wake up an hour earlier, or if you’re not always a morning person (like me), dedicate some time before you go to bed. There’s always time to be made and be productive, you just have to prioritise to make time for what’s important to you.

3) Set goals – Set goals for each day, week, month and year. Constantly look back and revise to see if you’re on track and if you need to alter your goals so that you are constantly moving towards your end goal. Make your goals specific, this has helped me get clearer and closer to reaching my goals. For example, we want to blog regularly on eBusiness Lifestyle, be specific like: We want to create content for the blog at least once a week.

While you’re at it, set some unrealistic, far-fetched goals and dreams, too. It’s amazing the way the universe works—if you focus and take action on it, if there’s progress, you’re moving forward and you’ll eventually get there.

4) Always ask questions – Questions help overcome obstacles. Some questions I normally ask myself which motivates and gets me started: Is it a long-term goal? Will it make me happy? What’s my purpose? How is it going to affect me and surrounding in a positive way? Your questions to get you going may be different.

5) Don’t compare your journey with others – This is something I have to remind myself, all the time. We’re always our worst enemy when comparing, it really gets the better of us and makes us lose sight of why we started in the first place. Stay true to who you are and your vision to get the end results you want. You have your own journey and challenges that you’ll go through and that will create your own personal story.

6) Avoid negativity – You’ll come across challenges with people who won’t believe in what you do, judge, question, doubt and point out the flaws. It’s a constant battle I go through. It’s sad and disappointing but don’t let it deter you. No doubt, take in constructive criticism where appropriate but block out the negativity and focus on what you need to do for yourself.

7) Take a chance – What have you got to lose? Are you willing to sacrifice time? Finance? Lifestyle?

When I was running my wedding business, I missed out on a lot of weekend social events, birthdays and weddings. But those were the sacrifices I knew I had to make to run a business in the wedding industry which requires dedication to weekend work.

Earlier this year when I decided to live abroad, I sacrificed finances to set myself up a little and give myself a bit of buffer. I cut down on shopping and spending considerably and made do with what I already have.

A lot of people say they really want to start a business or want to do something, but rarely want to give up the luxury aspect of their lives to take that leap.

If you aren’t at least give it a chance, then you’ll never know what lies ahead.

8) Surround yourself with positive, supportive people – I can’t stress this enough. Aurelius is definitely my greatest supporter. He constantly makes me want to do better and grow. I always learn something new and see a different perspective when I surround myself with like-minded and positive people.

I hope this has enlightened and given you a little push to start whatever that is you want to pursue.

Also, here’s an eBook by Aurelius which he’s been wanting to share with you all. Aurelius shares 20 more tips and lessons about getting started and working smarter. It’s free to download. Enjoy!

Hello World

We’re reflecting on how quickly this vision of ours is unfolding. It hasn’t fully hit us that we’re about to start an experience of a lifetime. But here we are, on a flight 35,000 feet up in the air, sitting side-by-side, full of optimism, ready to discover the opportunities that await us. It’s so surreal.

We’re not sure how long we’ll be working away from home – maybe a year or two. We’ll be living an unconventional lifestyle, making a living, creating content, giving back, learning, finding inspiration, all whilst enjoying life around the world. We’re so grateful that we’re able to embark on this journey and live purely on our own terms.

It’s been comforting to witness the outpouring of positivity and support from people we know and even strangers who have sent us emails sharing their stories so far. Thank you, we appreciate you taking the time to show us your support, giving us great inspiration to continue doing what we love.

Our Travel Plans

To keep you up to date of the places we’ll be staying, we’ve created a map of places we intend to visit. It’s a rough guide of our plans, a mixture of business opportunities and networking, charity work, bucket list, and visits to family and friends. Cities and countries are not concrete yet, in fact, we’ve only got firm plans up to February 2016.

There is room for spontaneity for other locations as well. So if you’re going to be at or near any of these places in the next year or two, and keen to meet up with us somewhere, drop us an email. Strangers with positive vibes, new friends and old are encouraged to get in touch! 😉

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Bali  Taiwan  Vietnam  Singapore  Philippines  Thailand  Japan  Korea  Mauritius  London Amsterdam  Belgium  France  Monaco  Italy  Malta  Spain  Morocco  Peru  Chile  Argentina

We want to create a sense of community here on eBusiness Lifestyle where we can openly share how we’ve been able to start this dream of ours, our experiences and our journey as it unfolds.

Feel free to keep updated with us through our newsletter, Facebook and Instagram if you haven’t done so already.

Do you have any travel plans in the next couple of years or any highly recommended places to visit? Let us know.

Stay happy and healthy!

– Aurelius & Connie

Top 10 Gadgets

My Top 10 Travel Gadgets

Whether you’re going for a short trip or one that would make you miss home-cooked meals, it begs the question:

What things should you bring?

And what things should you not take with you?

Those are the questions I asked myself which lead me to create this post. Watch the video above where I share my top 10 gadgets that I’ll be bringing with me while traveling and working abroad.

Here’s the list of products:

1. Samson Meteor. After reviewing over 10 different USB enabled microphones, it was down to the Samson Meteor, Samson Go Mic and the RODE NT-USB microphones. I went with the Samson Meteor not only because of it’s size and portability, but also the quality of the audio it produces.

2. MacBook Pro 15″ Retina. Over the years I’ve been quite accustomed to working in different environments. I choose to use a laptop as my main computer so that I’m not restricted to working in one place.

3. Bose QC20 Headphones. By far the best headphones I have ever owned. (Thank you for the gift, Connie).

4. Bose SoundLink Mini. Once you go Bose, nothing else will come close! Bose are one of the best when it comes to audio.

5. Kindle Paperwhite. The last thing I want to do is carry thick, heavy books. The Kindle can store thousands of books.

6. Portable Drive. I am using a Western Digital My Passport to backup any videos and files.

7. Canon Powershot G7X. A digital camera with the capabilities and quality of a DSLR camera minus the weight and size.

8. JOBY GripTight Gorilla Pod. A flexible and handy tripod for your smartphone and/or digital camera.

9. GoPro HERO4 Silver. For taking wide angle photos and videos.

10. Herschel Backpack. My carry-on bag.

I’ll also bring the following:

  • iPhone
  • RODE SmartLav (mentioned in video)
  • Kensington Laptop Lock
  • Portable charger for phone

Over to you…

What are some must-have things or gadgets you bring when you go on your trips? I’d love to know!

The Fear of Pursuing Your Dreams

The Fear of Pursuing Your Dreams

I’ve had many thoughts and conversations with family and friends, exploring ideas on how to pursue my hopes and dreams.

How amazing would it be to be my own boss?

What if I could make some money doing something creative that I love and makes me happy?

I would love to open my own business, but more often than not, these ideas were just that… ideas. I got caught up in everyday life, years passed by and the dream of owning my own events/wedding boutique gradually faded. I felt deflated and kicked myself for not doing anything about it.

What stopped me? Was it because I didn’t want it bad enough? Was it the fear that got the better of me? If this is what I want, why wasn’t I pursuing it?

Thinking back, I overwhelmed myself with so many thoughts that nothing came of it. I didn’t have the initiative to move my idea forward. The excuses I had were endless:

“I don’t have enough time”
“I don’t have enough money”
“I’m scared”
“It’s too late, someone is already doing it”
“There’s so much to do”
“It’s too hard”
“What if it doesn’t work out?”
“I’ll do it when I’m ready”

I came up with all the excuses under the sun and it overwhelmed me, but when I finally took that leap of faith to say “Hey, I can do this, I really want this, I need to take that risk otherwise I would wonder what if”. I took the plunge and I eventually opened my own boutique business in the wedding industry a few years ago.

My only regret looking back was fear and self-doubt stopping me from starting sooner. Don’t get me wrong, fear is a constant challenge for me.

Admittedly, before starting this blog journey with Aurelius, I was afraid to commit. Self-doubt and self-sabotaging thoughts ran through my head and I went through all 101 excuses to back out: “My grammar and writing is not good enough”, “People are going to judge me”, “I’m not cut out for blogging”.

We are our worst enemy, and there’s always something that will try and hold us back.

But I know if I wanted it bad enough and have a clear vision, it will override all the fears and excuses.

The day is going to go pass anyway, so why not make the next move and start now? It’s never too late to start pursuing your dreams.

What is your number one fear? Share in the comments below.