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Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Bali tour

Barong dance

Barong is probably the most well known dance in Bali. It is also another story-telling dance, narrating the fight between good and evil.


The story goes that Rangda, the mother of Erlangga, the King of Bali in the tenth century, was condemned by Erlangga's father because she practiced black magic. After she became a widow, she summoned all the evil spirits in the jungle, the leaks and the demons, to come after Erlangga. A fight occurred, but she and her black magic troops were too strong that Erlangga had to ask for the help of Barong. Barong came with Erlangga's soldiers, and fight ensued. Rangda casted a spell that made Erlangga soldiers all wanted to kill themselves, pointing their poisoned keris into their own stomachs and chests. Barong casted a spell that turned their body resistant to the sharp keris. At the end, Barong won, and Rangda ran away.

I would not call it a dance, as it appears more like a theater. Hardly could hear the voice of the players yet they spoke in Balinese which bored me.
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Turtle island/ Serangan Island

Align CenterAn exciting tour was made to the Turtle Island which located in Tanjung Benoa. Turtle island is a small delta fully covered by white sand that ideally for turtle conservation.

"flying fish"

We crossed the beautiful beach of Tanjung Benoa with glass bottom boat from Marine Sports Centre, Nusa Dua.

The boat will stop over in one of the fish spot where we can see the beautiful colorful fish throughout the glass bottom boat.

Stepping on the glass

Time to see the turtles..here i come!!

Huge one

with Mr. Python

cock-fighting

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Kintamani the volcano mountain

Kintamani is a cool highland with the view of a crater lake died down.

The gushing wind of fresh mountain air hit me with realization that Kintamani could possibly be a piece of heaven on earth. But watch out for the street seller..they would chase after you and aggressively will beg you to purchase their items.
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Pura Luhur Uluwatu

Visitors to Uluwatu are provided with a ceremonial yellow sash to wear around their waist (after paying the entrance fee). The proper attire requires that the knees are not to be exposed. Those wearing shorts are required to wear a sarong.

The sash is worn when entering the Uluwatu temple

This is a popular place to enjoy the sunset. Unfortunately, we went there in the afternoon and i miss the opportunity to witness the sunset.

Stone staircase towards the Uluwatu temple

Sea-cliff at Uluwatu

Praise & worship (oopss, should have covered my knees)

Beware of the aggressive monkeys. Caught the well-behaved one.

Here, the video of the Uluwatu temple
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Bapak Khartika (the tour guide) & me performing the so called Bali dance.




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