AN ISLAND HOME | The HANDSOME COLLECTIVE

Posted on March 29, 2014 by Trace

The H A N D S O M E
C O L L E C T I V E  

a n  I S L A N D  H O M E

“All great changes are preceded by chaos”
Deepak Chopra said.
This is exactly how it was for us as we seized the opportunity to lead a more simple and fulfilling existence in Bali..

Bali.MicksPlace.PondokWe are Mick & Tracee Annetts of  The Handsome Collective

If you have been following us on facebook & Instagram you will know that in January 2014 we re-located from Queensland Australia to Bali.

We sold our car & vespa; sold or gave away our furniture and nearly all our household items, including excessive amounts of clothing, shoes, handbags, hats, sports paraphernalia in order to pack a small suitcase each of beach essentials, our surfboard collection (culled down to just the favourites), yoga mat, computers & camera gear and immerse into a laid-back country at the beach lifestyle.

Once the decision was made, we went through a range of emotions; a yearning to be in this Island that brings us inner contentment on so many levels, and the hesitance in giving up some possessions that we had an attachment to. We realised we had to become ruthless and detached, for these ‘things’ after all, were just material items. We quickly realised they were never really necessities just a whole lot of excess baggage that at the time we thought we needed. Most of these items sat idle doing ‘wardrobe time’. The sense of release and lightness soon became very real as we ‘let things go’ to new homes.

And soon we were setting off in a hired motor home, with our few remaining possessions on the Coast Road to Sydney to say goodbye to family and friends, and to take in the beauty of the NSW Coastline.

Bali-seminyak-lady-bicyclebali.cafe.man.baskets.handsome.citizensSeminyak – the old and new worlds collide

We finally arrive in Bingin Beach [Pantai Bingin] located on the Bukit Peninsula. This area is a favourite among surfers and more recently by people enjoying the beautiful beaches and a much more relaxed vibe than that of Kuta/Legian/Seminyak.

bingin.beach.handsomecitizens.com The Bukit Peninsula

This beachside Village has enticed us from the early days of Mick’s late teens, exploring on motorbikes for lesser crowded waves with his mates; and then later it drew us as a couple on our first overseas holiday together in 2001. We then continued to come most years, and for long stays.
We were eventually married in Uluwatu in 2007, complete with a Hindu blessing ceremony, and it was true that with our chants of ‘Aum’ echoing off the white limestone cliff top; that our love was not only joined as husband and wife, but also as a bond to this beautiful Island, its people and customs.



Photos by HC

We look forward to this new chapter in our lives from the cliff top of Bingin, a tree|sea change that we were both been seeking.

On a quest for Salty Days & Simpler Living 
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What Others Are Saying

  1. Mical April 19, 2014 at 3:05 pm

    Hello you two, beautifully written Tracey and very inspiring. We would love to visit you both soon! Thank you for my bday message. Are your mobile numbers still the same? We will speak soon. Love Mic x

    • Trace April 21, 2014 at 11:06 pm

      Thank you Mical! Great of you to leave a comment, and yes, we would be super excited to see you guys here in Bali…I will be in touch with our local phone numbers. Lots of Love back to you…♡ x

  2. debali June 26, 2014 at 7:45 pm

    Welcome to life and love in Bali. Welcome to surfing on the bukit. Welcome to debali and nusa too! 🙂 http://www.nusasurfwear.com

    cheers from the
    nusa and debali
    team

    • Trace June 28, 2014 at 2:15 pm

      Thanks for your warm wishes Nusa and Debali – Its great to be here!
      Trace & Mick

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