Showing posts from September, 2011

Beautiful Bali: Monkeys in a Temple

Our guide was quite a talkative guy, telling us stories about not just Bali but also about his family and his experiences as a tourist guide. About Bali, he told of the Hindu priest who came fromJava building a number of key Hindu temples all over Bali. In Uluwatu, on the edge of a plateau 250 feet above the Indian Ocean, there is this temple dedicated to the spirits of the sea called Pura Luhur Temple, said to be Bali's most spectacular. There is a pagoda here, near which is a limestone statue of a Brahman priest, said to be that of a priest, Dhang Hyang Dwijendra. Another shrine within the complex represents the boat on which Dwijendra traveled from Java. Legend had it that he arrived at Pura Peti Tenget, north of Kuta. Dwijendra however, was not the only priest associated with the temple. There were other priests from different eras like Empu Kuturan who lived in the 10th century and Niratha who lived in the 17th century. Some people are of the opinion that the temple is an arc…

Beautiful Bali: Bluff

There is a scene in this old black and white American soap opera based on Grace Metalious's novel called Peyton Place that I probably would not forget. There is this character, Ann Howard, played by Susan Oliver, standing on a precarious-looking bluff at the end of one episode. In Uluwatu, Bali, I thought I stood on a bluff just as precarious. The scene here was so spectacular that one would probably forget the danger that was there if one would to be so careless and put a wrong foot forward. Just take your time here as you pose for some photos and never mind if there are no safety railings. They probably would spoil the scene!Just enjoy yourself taking photographs as the breeze from the sea carresses you! It was a splendid experience in Uluwatu. Our guide told us he took famed footballer Ronaldo here years back and he attracted a lot of tourists who posed with him for photographs. Without the footballer, the snapshots would still turn up awesome.

Pose for some photos here!


Beautiful Bali: Surfing, Bali

Bali is a place to surf. An American, Bob Koke and his wife Louise were said to have started surfing in Bali when they opened the Bali Hotel in Kuta Beach way back in 1936. Surfing, however, did not immediately catch on, not until the 60s at least when surfers discovered Semenanjung Bukit or the Bukit Peninsula at the southern end of the island which features a picturesque dry, arid and stoney landscape. Today, besides, Kuta Beach, there are many places for a surfer to surf, chief among which is Uluwatu, which draws the top surfers from around the world. There was this surfer paradise which we visited where the water was crystal clear and the view mesmerizing. We had to climb up some steep stairs to enjoy the picturesque landscape and I suppose we would have to walk down again another flight of stairs for another 5 minutes before we could enjoy the water there. Never mind if our guide told us that there was crystal church there somewhere. In Bali, it was God's gift of nature that …