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Book Review: Hello, Bali – A Kids Yoga book by Giselle Shardlow!


Today’s review is that of a children’s book called Hello, Bali written by Giselle Shardlow and illustrated by Emily Gedzyk. More about them:

Giselle Shardlow

giselle-shardlowGiselle Shardlow draws from her experiences as a teacher, traveler, mother, and yogi to write her yoga-inspired children’s books. This story was inspired by her unforgettable travels to Bali and her desire to share these experiences with her daughter. She lives in Boston with her husband and daughter.

Emily Gedzyk


Emily Gedzyk is a world traveler who draws her artistic inspiration from the places she’s visited and the people in her life. She hopes to continue her journeys to new, exciting places and to teach everyone she meets that it’s never too early or too late to go out into the world on their own adventures.

Book Summary

Hello Bali - Front Cover

Summary: Energize your body and mind with this yoga island adventure book for young children!

Say good day to the magical island of Bali! Join Anamika, one of the Yoga Kids, as she travels with her family to Bali, Indonesia. Surf like a surfer, dance like a Balinese dancer and sit like a monkey.

The book includes a list of Kids Yoga Poses, Map of Bali, Basic Indonesian Phrases, and a Parent-Teacher Guide with tips on creating a successful yoga experience. This yoga book for toddlers and preschoolers (ages 2 to 5) is more than a storybook, but it’s also a unique experience for children.

My Review

It’s my first time reviewing a children’s book. The book cover is cute and sunny!. It will catch the attention of toddlers for whom this book is designed.

The book follows a kid called Anamika, who travels to Bali with her family and her experiences there. The author has taken care to keep the wordings very simple and sentences short.

More than being just a children’s book and looking cute, this one is very educational. It teaches basic yoga poses, ones that kids can practice on their own. I myself am not knowledgeable when it comes to yoga and I found it very interesting to read.

The illustrations really help too. I should say Emily has done a great job. There are several but here are two of my favorites :


Screenshot_2014-06-08-12-56-53-1They are just so gorgeous and colorful. It shows various scenes of Bali. These which show a Balinese dancer and a gorgeous waterfall are my favorites.

This book also tries to teach you basic Indonesian language :

Screenshot_2014-06-08-15-31-07-1Screenshot_2014-06-13-02-55-09-1Such a fun way of learning a new language!. This book also contains a Parent – Teacher guide. This is a perfect book for parents to read to their kids. It teaches kids to be active and learn new things.

I give this book 5 out of 5 which by Goodreads standards mean ‘It was amazing’!

Links to the book

Goodreads ~ Amazon

Source: I was provided a complimentary e-book for review purpose and all opinions are 100% my own.

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May 2014 Link Loves!

Hey guys!

How was your May?. I am into decluttering, organizing and all that but truth be told, I am not someone who scrubs down the printer, washing machine, fridge etc on a regular basis. So, at the start of this month itself I did that, for a change!. Man, my washing machine looks brand new now and my fridge is literally gleaming!. Seriously, unless you do it, you won’t understand how much dust settles on these household stuff. I urge you to do it too. Your home will have a prettier look 🙂

This month, my parents went on a trip to Indonesia!. Five nights in Bali and two in Jakarta. It’s so beautiful there and I thought I’ll share some pictures with you..

IMG-20140519-WA0007Behind the hotel they stayed at

IMG-20140520-WA0003Next to the hotel lobby

IMG-20140523-WA0008View from their hotel room

IMG-20140519-WA0004A really beautiful and creative arrangement on their bed!

IMG-20140523-WA0004A gorgeous waterfall at one of the places they visited

IMG-20140531-WA0010-1Going for a ship cruise!

IMG-20140531-WA0011-1View while they went for a ship cruise

IMG-20140531-WA0006-1A wishing well!

The money conversion is nuts really!. 1 UAE dirham is equivalent to 3178 Indonesian Rupiah (IDR)!. My parents had decided to take AED 2K with them which is roughly IDR 6 million!. I was thinking “Jeez, they would need another bag to carry the money!”.. Haha :D. Everything over there is pretty expensive. A SIM card itself cost IDR 150K!. A grand buffet costs about IDR 355K. Turns out 6 million wasn’t enough to last them a week there. My father used his credit card on top of it. I seriously can’t believe it!. The notes are of a high denomination so paying such huge amounts is easy.



They even went to a coffee factory where they saw Kopi Luwak, which is the most expensive coffee in this world. Here is the pic of the Luwak and that coffee!

IMG-20140531-WA0017-1This is Luwak, the civet like mammal that plays a vital role in the making of this coffee!

IMG-20140531-WA0004Luwak’s poo

IMG-20140531-WA0005The dried poo, before going for further processing

IMG-20140531-WA0019-2This 50 gms pack of Kopi Luwak costs IDR 180K!

Here are some stuff they bought for me :


  • A nice handmade basket (it has a single partition inside it). Costs a whopping IDR 270K!
  • A packet of Durian chips which is my all time favorite. You get them here in UAE only when the DSF is going on.
  • A packet of Coffee choc, which consists of chocolates with coffee beans inside them. It tasted amazing and very unique.
  • A handmade soap smelling on Ylang Ylang which costs about IDR 15K!.
  • A pack of incense sticks. The packaging is so adorable and probably handmade too!
  • Some hotel amenities like shampoo, body lotion, shower gel and soap because I love teeny weeny stuff like that.

If you are planning to go to Bali, I would suggest you convert atleast 3K Dirhams for shopping, spending on spa and food over there. Overall, my parents loved the experience.

Alright, that’s how my month of May was. Onto my favorite posts of the month :

1) Camila of TitiCrafty, made this amazing and healthy walnut oatmeal cookies that looks crunchy and yum. It’s perfect for those who are health conscious but yet craves for something special.


2) Sarah of Blend N Smack, did a post on how to depot eye shadows. it’s very nicely and easily done. The end result is very neat and I loved it!


3) Author Marc of Marc’s blog, did this amazing and poignant post about how water bodies brings us all together and brings out the best in us. It’s very well thought of and absolutely true!. Whenever Marc does some deep thinking sitting in this thinking chair, he brings out amazing posts like these. You will definitely love reading it!


4) Jamie of Some of This and That, did an awesome looking Sunrise Smoothie which is perfect for the hot weather in UAE right now!. I am loving the combination. Why don’t you try it out?

Sunrise smoothie

Glorious mentions!

1) Sally of Canadian Sassy Sally, reblogged my Hello Summer Giveaway Hop. Thank you for reblogging!!. She also did a post about a board game that I gifted her recently.

boardgameI hope you loved this post. Here is wishing that you all have an amazing June ahead of you ♡

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Naz 🙂