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« on: December 13, 2008, 12:27:29 AM »
We had a long weekend because of the recent Hari Raya Haji celebration.  Looking for a place to unwind, my wife and I found ourselves in the beautiful island of Bali, Indonesia.


Day 1 - GWK Cultural Park

GWK (Mandala Garuda Wisnu Kencana) is a large culturual center carved out of limestone.  The main attraction of this center is the statue of Vishnu, the supreme God in Vaishnavite tradition of Hinduism.


This is the upper body of the statue of Vishnu.  Notice the woman at the right corner for reference in height.  Vishnu's arms have been set aside temporarily in another location within GWK.

In Hindu mythology, Vishnu is often seen mounted on a Garuda, a lesser Hindu divinity. Garuda is depicted as having a golden body, white face, red wings, and an eagle's beak, but with a strong man's body. He wears a crown on his head. He is ancient and has size enough to block out the sun.




Only the Garuda's head and shoulders have been built as of this time.


This is how the final statue will look like.  The final statue is expected to be taller than the Statue of Liberty
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« Reply #1 on: December 13, 2008, 12:29:29 AM »
The plan for GWK was to have a 146 meter gold plated Vishnu riding his winging chariot Garuda and have the whole thing on top of an 11 storey entertainment complex.  A large amphitheater will also be found at the foot of the statue.  It will be used to stage concerts, shows and other festivals.






A peace memorial statue is found at the end of the amphitheater.
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« Reply #2 on: December 13, 2008, 12:30:48 AM »





The whole area has been carved out of limestone.  Some sections of the limestone have images carved on it.

The art museum is located close to a small shop selling refreshments.  The surrounding areas of the shops are littered with fountains and pools.





The center was targeted to finish last 2003, but the Bali bomings has slowed down the development.  The new target is 2010, but it seems that this will be further moved due to the still low number of tourists visiting Bali.



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« Reply #3 on: December 14, 2008, 05:47:21 AM »
I appreciated the fact that you showed the other side of Bali. I thought ... Oh great another beach shots.

I've always wanted to go there but every time my schedule is set, there's some political turmoil that ruins my plan.

Thanks for sharing
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« Reply #4 on: December 17, 2008, 12:03:35 AM »
I appreciated the fact that you showed the other side of Bali. I thought ... Oh great another beach shots.

I've always wanted to go there but every time my schedule is set, there's some political turmoil that ruins my plan.

Thanks for sharing

Thanks!  It was really my intention to show a different side of Bali.

Hmm.. I should have changed the title to something more interesting.

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Uluwatu Temple - Bali, Indonesia
« Reply #5 on: December 17, 2008, 12:04:26 AM »
Uluwatu Temple

Uluwatu Temple is one of the main Hindu temples in Bali.  The temple is situated along

the cliffs, about 70 meters from the raging waves of the ocean.  It is quite popular due

to the breathtaking view of the sunset.

You need to be properly dressed when going inside the compound.  You can't wear short

pants.  Sarongs are available for rent while sashes are lent for free.

I have nothing much to say about this place other than it's truly breathtaking!  I'll

let the pics speak for themselves.





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« Reply #6 on: December 17, 2008, 12:05:37 AM »
Only worshipers are allowed inside the temple itself so I don't have good pics. 

Personally though, there's nothing interesting to see inside.  Unless there's a ritual going on.








The waves were really crashing into the rocks below.
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Uluwatu Temple - Bali, Indonesia
« Reply #7 on: December 17, 2008, 12:06:52 AM »
You'll be taking a lot of pictures here.. not knowing that monkeys will be sneaking in

tosteal your stuff.


Notice the monkey at the bottom left corner of the frame?  That dude grabbed a

keychain hanging from my camera bag.  Good thing he wasn't able to yank it off.  None of

my stuff was taken.


There are hundreds of monkeys there.  They are very very quick and will try to steal

your things.  We were told that a lot of people lose their glasses, caps, hair clips. 

The guides can get them back for you for a fee, which ranges to around US$40-50.




These monkeys just hang around the temple areas and wait for food from tourists.

We were told by our guide that there's a technique in getting back stolen items.  You

need to give the monkey two food items.  Give the monkey one item first.  When you give

the second item, they will drop your things since they wouldn't let go of the food

that's already in their other hand.



Unfortunately, giving the monkeys food to get stolen items back simply encourages them

to steal more.

We were not able to wait for the sunset, but it's still a pretty sight.





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Re: Bali, Indonesia
« Reply #8 on: December 17, 2008, 11:23:45 AM »
Thanks!  It was really my intention to show a different side of Bali.

Hmm.. I should have changed the title to something more interesting.

Thanks again!

Same here. When I saw Bali, I immediately thought of beach shots. But then, nice to see beautiful pictures of the other side of bali. Nice work sarked!

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« Reply #9 on: December 17, 2008, 11:49:56 AM »
Same here. When I saw Bali, I immediately thought of beach shots. But then, nice to see beautiful pictures of the other side of bali. Nice work sarked!

Thanks!

Maybe I should request the mods to change the thread title.  :)

We stayed there for just 3D 2N.  We didn't really swim.  There are a lot of westerners going there to surf..  but if you just want to enjoy swimming, I feel that we have better beaches in the Philippines.
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Re: Bali, Indonesia
« Reply #10 on: December 17, 2008, 12:30:26 PM »
same here, i thought bali was all beach...never knew there was another side to bali :D thanks for sharing, now i've learned something new:D
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« Reply #11 on: December 17, 2008, 01:22:12 PM »
Thanks!

Maybe I should request the mods to change the thread title.  :)

We stayed there for just 3D 2N.  We didn't really swim.  There are a lot of westerners going there to surf..  but if you just want to enjoy swimming, I feel that we have better beaches in the Philippines.

No need to change the title. The pictures are taken from Bali anyway!  :)

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« Reply #12 on: December 17, 2008, 10:05:29 PM »
Jimbaran Bay

From Uluwatu Temple, we headed for Jimbaran Bay for a dinner by the beach.  Talagang by the beach!



The area is organized by a community of 24 restaurant owners.  All their restaurants have the same size and overall look.  All offer barbecued seafood at the same rates.  Although they probably have their own specialty dishes.

They do this to make sure that everybody makes profit.  No one big restaurant will monopolize the market.


While waiting for the sun to set and for your food to be served, you can have grilled corn (inihaw na mais).



We ordered a seafood platter.  It was good!.. except for the crabs.  I guess we got used to nice big chili crabs in Singapore.
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« Reply #13 on: December 17, 2008, 10:07:27 PM »
The Barong and Kris dance is a traditional Balinese Dance.  It is a play representing an eternal fight between good and evil.

Barong, a mythological animal, represents 'good'.


On the other hand, the Rangda, a mythological monster, represents 'evil'.



A lot of characters come into play such as servants and the prime minister.






Unfortunately, the play was in Bahasa(Indonesian), so I hardly understood the show.  We had to rely on a pamphlet explaining the different Acts of the play.

This actor was quite a comedian though, making a few jokes in English as the play went along.


It was a good show.  Though, we would have appreciated it more if it was in English.
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« Reply #14 on: December 17, 2008, 10:43:44 PM »
Bali Arts and Crafts

Like the Baguio in the Philippines, Bali has it's silver and wooden crafts.

Tours will stop at one of many silver, wood and art stores, hoping that tourists would find themselves buying what they like.

First stop was the silver works.  To be honest, they are more expensive in Bali compared to the Philippines.  However, I like their designs more.  Their designs are also very intricate, so I guess they can ask more for it.


Here is a silver replica of the Barong.  You may remember this in the Barong and Kris Dance I posted earlier.



This is a silver replica of the Garuda.  Vishnu usually rides this creature and is also featured in the GWK statue (in previous post).
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« Reply #15 on: December 17, 2008, 10:44:14 PM »
Their wood works are also intricate.  I feel that they are at par with the works of Paete in the Philippines.  Their only difference would be their designs.  Balinese woodworks are heavily influenced by the Hindu religion.


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« Reply #16 on: December 17, 2008, 10:44:54 PM »
Paintings are also available on sale.  We were only allowed to take pictures of unfinished works.  Finished paintings vary from images of Indonesia, flowers, fishes to abstract paintings.









Bali also has stone works which are huge, often used for landscaping.  We didn't stop for it since we had no intention of bringing home such large items.
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« Reply #17 on: December 18, 2008, 10:51:12 PM »
Kintamani

Kintamani is one of the cooler mountainous region of Bali where growing fruit and vegetables is the main produce. The main attraction for travellers Mt. Batur and beside it, Lake Batur.



Mt. Batur is an active Volcano.  I'm not sure when it last erupted, but you can see from the panoramic view the burned surroundings.  The last eruption must be very recent.



A popular tourist spot would be restaurants located along the cliffsides, offering lunch while enjoying this fantastic view.
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« Reply #18 on: December 18, 2008, 10:52:00 PM »
Kuta Beach

Kuta beach is probably what you'll often see when you people show you pics of Bali.  Waves are good for surfing.



You need to be careful when swimming in areas with red flags such as this.



It's a sign saying that swimming is prohibited in such areas (although you still see people swimming).  It's a warning that currents in that area are strong and can suck you into the open seas.



You'll also enjoy the sunset from this side of Bali island.

Many restaurants and bars can be found at Kuta beach area where you can enjoy the popular Indonesian beer, Bintang.



It's good and it's very cheap!
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« Reply #19 on: December 18, 2008, 11:02:43 PM »
Tanah Lot

Tanah Lot is the second-most famous temple in Bali.  It's situated at the edge of the island.  Unlike Uluwatu on the cliffs, you find Tanah Lot along the beaches.

There are no monkeys in this area.








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« Reply #20 on: December 18, 2008, 11:03:28 PM »
The temples are under renovation so you can't go around to see what's inside.

We saw a group of people gathering around the cliffside.  They have this "holy snake" which you can see in exchange for a small donation.  They said it is for good luck.



It looked normal to me.  So when I asked the guide why it's holy, he said that it was found on the temple grounds.  If the snake same snake was found somewhere else, would it still be holy?  I wonder.

The view again is breathtaking especially from the higher points of the area.







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« Reply #21 on: December 18, 2008, 11:11:59 PM »
Royal Temple

This is another temple we visited.  Yes, we visited a lot.  What's good about this temple is that it is very well maintained.









This temple also has a walk-path around the worship grounds which lets you see what's really inside the temple.



You'll see lots of little huts within the worship area.  The base of the hut has very intricate stone-works.



Here is one of the temple keepers doing her rounds of daily offerings.  These daily offerings are flowers, candies, cookies and incense on a small dish made out of coconut leaves.

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« Reply #22 on: December 18, 2008, 11:25:09 PM »
Balinese Spa
Of course, you can't go to Bali without hitting the Spa.

They have 2 to 3 hour treatments.  We got ourselves the 2-hour treatment which includes a full body massage, body scrub and hot bath (in tub with lots of flower petals!).

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« Reply #23 on: December 18, 2008, 11:26:06 PM »
Bali Bombing Monument
Before we left Bali, we stopped by the bombing site where a monument was built in memory of the victims.



On this empty lot was a very popular night club.  This is a very busy street.  According to our guide, the road was so busy that cars were moving very slowly and there were a lot of people.  This is why a lot of people fell victims to the car bomb.

Majority of the victims were Australian and locals.



On the monument are the names of all the people who lost their lives from this terrible event.



You can see from above that there are two pictures tied to the posts (lower left, only one is seen in the close-up).  These are pictures of sisters who were victims of the bombings.

Our prayers to victims and their families.

Let's hope that we can maintain peace in such a beautiful place.
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« Reply #24 on: December 18, 2008, 11:30:09 PM »
Well..

That was the last of it.

I hope you enjoyed the thread.  I hope I was able to bring all of you to Bali through my pictures.   ;)

Bali is really a nice place.  It's not just beaches.

Thanks for all the comments posted so far.  I open to comments and criticisms, whether on the photography or the way I presented it.


Again, thank you so much for viewing.  ;)
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« Reply #25 on: December 19, 2008, 05:34:49 AM »
thanks for the free tour sarked  ;D
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« Reply #26 on: December 19, 2008, 09:51:27 AM »
Thanks Jek!

I really wanted it to be like a tour so people can appreciate my pictures more.

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Re: Bali, Indonesia
« Reply #27 on: December 19, 2008, 10:14:15 AM »
Buti na lang I saw this thread! My wife and I are booking for a trip to Bali this February, but we were still still choosing between Bali or Palawan... because of this thread... Bali na for sure... Im excited to show this to my wife tonight... we're both photographers so Im sure we will enjoy the place... I just hope we could go around to the places like you did...

would you mind PM'ing me the 'financial statistics' of this trip :)
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« Reply #28 on: December 19, 2008, 11:28:49 AM »
Hello Artee!  Let me post here nalang instead of PM para I can share the info to others.

We got a free 3D 2N stay at Rama Garden Hotel (http://www.ramagardenhotelbali.com/).  We won it from a raffle by Club Astoria.   :D

You can try checking the site for rates.  It's a nice place and the beach is just a few minutes walk.

We spent for the airfare.  Just check the current rates.  We flew from Singapore, so I'm not sure about the pricing if coming from Manila.  Check Cebu Pacific if may promo.

Taxi from the airport to the hotel was about US$5.  May taxi stand sa labas ng airport.

We got our daily tours from Jason(stationed at the hotel).  He's offering private tours.  I think you can find private tours from different hotels as well.

Our daily tour was about US$50 per day(or US$30 for half day).  They have a list of places you can visit.  Just choose from the list.  Price does not include entrance fees.  Entrance fees range from US$5-8 per head, per place.

Food is about the same price in the Philippines.  Hotel prices are of course, more expensive.  Street food was about US$1-2 per meal.  Dinner at Jimbaran bay is quite expensive though at about $150 for two.  This was for the set meal.  I suggest you just choose ala carte.  They price at per 100gms.

For souvenir shopping, ask the driver to bring you to the mall.  Prices there are fixed.  We did this to avoid the hassle of bargaining.  If you're good at bargaining, you can go to the market.

When bargaining, be careful though because they usually start at triple the price.  Our worst experience was when the seller was throwing items into the car to force you to buy.  Muntik na ngang sumakay yung isa!  Di ka talaga titigilan.  That's why we opted for the mall.

I hope I was able to give enough information.  Just post if you need other info.

Enjoy!
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« Reply #29 on: December 19, 2008, 12:04:37 PM »
wow thanks! sarap naman! libre hotel! :) actually kami din libre hotel! :) so more or less we are on the same path... I want to tour more than the beach also... lalo na yung mga hindu temples, etc... looking forward to this trip! hopefully by feb nabili ko na yung FF camera na iniipunan ko for a big project. Thanks Sarked!
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« Reply #30 on: December 19, 2008, 01:12:26 PM »
nyaaah!  5D2 ba yan!?  kainggit naman!!!!   :'(

There are a lot of places to go to..  just choose from the list they give you.  Kulang ang 3days!!!

We'll wait for your pics.. and FF cam.. ehehhe!  Enjoy!
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« Reply #31 on: December 19, 2008, 01:43:52 PM »
nyaaah!  5D2 ba yan!?  kainggit naman!!!!   :'(

There are a lot of places to go to..  just choose from the list they give you.  Kulang ang 3days!!!

We'll wait for your pics.. and FF cam.. ehehhe!  Enjoy!

well we're still torn between a 5D MkII and the classic 5D... we actually need both kasi... well hopefully the project pushes thru, medyo big budget kasi... it will be the only chance I can handle my first FF cam!

anyway, we are planning to stay in bali for a week... sabi ko nga kasi kulang kung 3d 4n lang... your photos have proven me right!
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« Reply #32 on: December 19, 2008, 02:04:27 PM »
well we're still torn between a 5D MkII and the classic 5D... we actually need both kasi... well hopefully the project pushes thru, medyo big budget kasi... it will be the only chance I can handle my first FF cam!

anyway, we are planning to stay in bali for a week... sabi ko nga kasi kulang kung 3d 4n lang... your photos have proven me right!

Good luck sa cam!  Pahiram!  Hahaha!

Btw, the places are a bit far that's why 3d is not enough.  It usually takes 30mins-1hour travel to go to one place.  Sa biyahe mauubos ang oras mo.  Pero once you're at the place, you'll know na sobrang sulit ang biyahe!
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This is an excellent set! I liked it!

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