We were only going to be in Lombok for 2 nights due to the crappy flight schedules from JB to Lombok (no return on a Sunday), so our only full day there was Friday, August 22nd.
The day in general was awesome. We had a wonderful breakfast, lunch and dinner together as a family at the table in our villa’s gazebo. We were lucky because The Oberoi offers baby turtle releases for their guests, but they only had 2 baby turtles. We got to the beach early and Zoe was able to release them both into the ocean. It’s a neat experience that reminds me of times spent watching baby turtles on beaches in south Florida when I wasn’t much older than Zoe. We also spent about 5-6 hours in the pool, which was the best part of the whole trip. Finally, it was nice to enjoy some mojitos and Singapore slings with Carol as the day wound down.
The only part of the day that was bad came after we had eaten breakfast, released the turtles, walked along the beach, swam in the ocean a little bit, put Zoe and Logan into a hammock to check it out, then made our way back to the villa.
When Zoe and I got into the ocean I gave Carolyn everything out of my pockets so they wouldn’t get wet, including my wallet. Looking back on it I should have put my wallet in the safe in our villa together with our passports. Carolyn put my wallet into a little snapping pocket on the papoose since she was carrying Logan in it.
After Zoe and I got out of the ocean my shorts were obviously soaking so Carolyn kept my stuff. When we got to the hammock Zoe got in first and after she was able to swing a little bit Carolyn put Logan in. When Logan had enough we walked back to the room and I asked for all my stuff back. iPhone, check. Work phone, check. Wallet — ahhh, where in the hell is it?
Carolyn lost my wallet somewhere between the beach and our villa. She immediately took off to look for it and left me in the villa with the girls. After she was gone for about 30 minutes a guy showed up at our villa with some Cokes. I explained that I didn’t order them and he said they were complementary from management.
Carolyn showed up maybe 50-60 minutes after taking off to search for my wallet. She found it. Well, she didn’t find it, but she eventually made her way to the front desk after not seeing it anywhere along the path from the beach to our villa, and she told them that we’d lost my wallet. The radioed their staff and Carolyn said everyone – cleaning crew, security guards and groundskeepers were all searching in the area for it. Apparently it had fallen out at the hammock when Carol took Logan out of the papoose to put her into the hammock, and just after we had walked away a groundskeeper had come by and found it. When everyone started searching he came up to Carolyn and handed it over. She thanked him and gave him some rupiah and came back to the villa relieved.
I had been frantic because I had no idea what we’d do if it wasn’t found. I didn’t care so much about the $300 or so in cash, but I did care about the credit cards and my driver’s license. How would we pay our hotel bill at checkout the next day without any credit cards or debit card to get cash from an ATM? How would we pay the departure fee at the airport to leave Indonesia? How would we pay for parking at the airport in JB when we got home? What happens when I go to rent our car in the US in late September without a driver’s license? We would have been royally screwed. I was so happy that the resort had asked their staff to search and that it was found and turned back over to us.
It only lasted for an hour or less, but it was a tense hour. The rest of the day spent in the pool was perfect after that…
Here are some of the photos from our second day in Lombok: