Like many who hail from West Australia, Bali was always a favourite playground for Amber Gosling. Moving to the island full-time for a sales and marketing role with a major surf brand twelve years ago was a dream come true for Amber, and she now shares her enviable Bali beach-lifestyle with her husband and four young boys. When they’re not surfing or playing at any of Bali’s plentiful surf breaks, Amber runs The Throwdown, a handwoven waterproof travel rug company inspired by Bali’s boho beach style.
Where’s home right now: Bali, Indonesia
Kids ages: Sonny – 8, Dusty – 7, Rocky – 4, Jetty – 2
Q: Best thing about where you live:
The beach lifestyle of this island paradise. The great friends we have made over the years, and giving our children an opportunity to embrace a different culture.
Q: Tell us a bit about your biz – and how much of what you do is inspired by being a parent and/or where you live?
A: Having 4 boys over the past 6 years, I found that most of my rugs had only a single purpose…Whether it was a beach rug for my grommets, nappy change-mat, an indoor throw – none of them were truly multi-purpose and easily transportable. I came up with The Throwdown which can be used for any purpose imaginable, from romantic beach picnics with hubby, pool sessions with your girlfriends, days at the park with family and friends or as play mats for my toddlers play-dates. It’s definitely inspired by both beach culture and our outdoor family lifestyle.
Q: How do you juggle the whole work productivity/parent thing?
A: I am very lucky to have support of family and a great team working for me. Time management is important, and planning well in advance.
Q: If you had overseas visitors with kids staying with you, where’s the first place you’d take them?
A: To Double Six Beach on low tide, it’s so kid friendly, easy to get to, great atmosphere and the sunsets are amazing! Parents can relax and have a beer while the kids play in the sand. If you are up for more of an adventure, Uluwatu or Balangan at low tide is great fun in the rock pools.
Q: Best local coffee joint (and is it kid friendly?):
A: My fave is Revolver Coffee! [Jl. Kayu Aya no. 3, Seminyak]. But to be honest with four boys, going out for a coffee doesn’t work for me as they don’t sit still! Quiksilver Boardriders Café at Echo Beach does great Quintino’s coffee.
Q: Family friendly places to eat out:
A: My kid’s fave is Mexican, and our fave Mexican restaurant is La Calaca in Seminyak [Jl. Drupadi No. 1, Seminyak]. Kids eat for free on Wednesdays. They have just opened a sister restaurant in Canggu called La Calita, and we eat there often too. Another one of my boy’s faves is pizza, especially Hank’s Pizza in Seminyak [Maiden Love Lantai 2, Jalan Kayu Aya No. 27X, Oberoi].
Also the boys can’t go past Indonesian – especially Nasi Goreng and Mie Kuah. If we are in Legian we always hit the warungs on Padma Beach. Or if we are up at Canggu, we will got to Mandera Café at Echo Beach or Dian’s Cafe at Old Man’s beach (as an added bonus, mum and dad can sneak up for a drink at the bar at Old Man’s at the same time).[image_carousel images=”1265:http://www.happyplacehunters.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/Screen-Shot-2016-08-09-at-9.41.15-am.png,1262:http://www.happyplacehunters.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/Screen-Shot-2016-08-09-at-9.39.26-am.png,1263:http://www.happyplacehunters.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/Screen-Shot-2016-08-09-at-9.39.10-am.png,1264:http://www.happyplacehunters.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/Screen-Shot-2016-08-09-at-9.43.37-am.png,1261:http://www.happyplacehunters.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/Screen-Shot-2016-08-09-at-9.40.43-am.png,” ][/image_carousel]
Q: Best local places to keep the kids entertained under $20:
A: Hit the beach, Donkey Skate Park [ Sunset Road 88, Denpasar], or Bounce Jump Centre [Jl. Pantai Berawa, Banjar Tegal Gundul, Canggu ].
Q: Local park with the best kid facilities:
A: Unfortunately living in Bali, parks are really rare – the beach is our park.
Q: Best kid friendly beaches and surf breaks?
A: Double 66 Beach, Padma Beach, Old Man’s and Black Rock at Nusa Dusa are all kid-friendly surf breaks. For little surfers especially, Double 66 Beach on low to mid tide is super kid friendly and fun for the whole family. On low tide any of the reefs on the Bukit are fun for beach combing – Balangan, Uluwatu, Bingin etc.
Q: And finally, best piece of advice you’d give to families travelling to Bali:
A: Mums need to make sure they pack tropical aeroguard (bug repellant) for the mosquitos, and red cordial in case you get bad bellies. Enjoy and relax… The people are super friendly and helpful, you just need to embrace the culture!
Connect with The Throwndown:
This summer The Throwdown are launching their new Traveller collection in three designs -Moroccan Vibes, Atlantic Aqua and Indian Summer. There are 100% waterproof, machine-washable picnic rugs that come with a shoulder cary strap and a pocket sewn in the back of the rug to keep keys and personal belongings. They’ll also be launching their new ColourMe Throw; a reusable picnic rug the kids can colour in. Machine wash and start all over again for hours of fun. These picnic rugs come with child safe non toxic pens, a carry strap and pocket to keep pens and keys and personal belongings.
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