Bat Cave Temple
... is still a place of magic and wonder, although you must now make more of an effort to slip free of the tourist economy.
a place to wash your soul also believed to have healing powers, locals come here to bathe and also take home water from these pools...for blessings etc...
Walking into our guide's house we were treated to a scrumptious spread of the best food we had had in Bali. Lightly sauteed spinach with chicken satay, noodles, Balinese spices and pickles along with tofu dipped in a delicious sauce made for a finger licking, mouth watering meal. To experience this contact Jegeg Bali Cycling and after bicycling through small villages you will be treated to lunch at the guide's house with his family. Our guide's hospitality, meeting his family, and hanging out at his family compound made this day a memorable one!
Uluwatu is located on the southern tip of Bali and the temple is perched high up on the cliffs overlooking the ocean.
Be careful with those cute little monkeys. They are quite naughty and will take anything not part of your body.
This photo was taken a few minutes before the earthquake in bali oct 2011. As the ground and walls began to shake the local women started yelling, chanting in their language (which i cannot understand).... seemed as if they were trying to talk to the spirits, asking them to stop shaking the earth! Scary but memorable experience!!! A part of our honeymoon i will NEVER forget! An adventure i planned and an adventure is what i got......
The best babi guling (suckling pig) in Ubud can be found at the no frills, open air Ibu Oka, Jalan Sueta / Tegal Sari No 2. Sit on the floor in front of a low table (you may have to share) and rip into a plate of tender pork served with rice and a bit of crackling on the side. Rustic dining, 5 star meal.
High atop the island of Bali, a Hindu temple sits "on top of the world", situated in the crater lake of a dormant volcano. The temple is a popular location for devotees and tourists alike, so the site is usually include with day trips to the Tambanan area.
This woman is over 100 years old and she still makes and drinks kopi luwak on a daily basis. Our guide explained to us that in this town where they produce and consume Kopi Luwak there are many people that live very long lives with no health problems.... i wonder... is Kopi Luwak actually REALLY good for you?
After strolling the streets of Ubud (perhaps on a shopping spree), it's kind of amazing when you realize you're just a hop, skip and a jump from the Wild Side, with the Sacred Monkey Forest just at the edge of town. Buy bananas if you're brave, but be prepared to be jumped on if you do. The monkeys are friendly, but aren't afraid to climb you like a tree, especially if you've got food. Speaking of trees, the forest itself is pretty impressive, with 115 species of trees, some of them of spiritual importance to the Balinese.
along side the woman making the daily offerings there was also a section where these women were making different balinese spice dishes... used as a garnish for everything and anything.... be warned... it's VERY spicy!!!!!!!
In doing research about the threatened agricultural economy in Bali, I came across Bapak Gendil. The grandfather of one of my friends, I had meant to interview him about his family's ricefields. When I arrived, however, he was busy making hands.
Bapak Gendil, like many Balinese, is not just a farmer. He is also an artist. In this case, he is the third generation of woodcarvers, and wooden hands are his family's specialty.
After taking classes for a month, I am deemed worthy enough to perform the traditional Balinese Welcome Dance in front of a gathering of friends. After adequately performing a dance that any eight year old Balinese girl could do, the following act comes out.
This dance, the Baris Dance, is the performance of warriors. Tense, regal, and quick to action, the dancer must embody the life and values of the traditional warrior. The sudden stomps and whirls show off the elaborate costume. There is no gender or age restriction, and this Baris Dance is performed by a fourteen year old girl.
Badung is a traditional marketplace in Bali. This is the least expensive place to bargain for handcrafted objects to take home with you, as well as to buy spices (cinnamon, cloves, saffron, and sea salt).
Making your way through these bustling (somewhat cramped) stalls, you'll see few other tourists and feel caught-up in the local market atmosphere. While you won't want to eat here, a visit is a unique cultural experience worthy of a visit.
Tegallalang is situated about 20 minutes north of Ubud and particularly famous for its picturesque terraced rice fields.
If you go as far north as Amed (and you should) they still farm and harvest sea salt by hand. This location was not far from Selang Beach along the Jalan Abang - Adem