Perched on a column near Bali’s sacred 11th-century Uluwatu Temple, a wild Balinese Macaque gazes out over the Indian Ocean. This critter’s serene stance could be misleading, however, given the mischievous nature of many of the monkeys on Uluwatu’s scenic grounds.
With baskets of soil balanced on their heads, three Balinese women ascend the stairs of a performance theater in Ubud, Bali. The graceful stance of the laborers is reminiscent of the dancers who perform there regularly in the evenings.
Just living is not enough… one must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower.-Hans Christian Anderson At our home away from home in Bali, Indonesia, this Buddha statue greeted us daily with a splendid flower in hand. The flowers — quite often hibiscuses or frangipanis — had been carefully selected and placed by the homestay’sContinue reading “Photo du Jour: A Red Hibiscus in Buddha’s Hand – Ubud, Bali”
Cars and motorbikes motor past Ubud’s Palace at night. Only their light trails are visible.
The setting for the Balinese Kecak Fire Dance was dramatic. First, we passed a swarm of mischievous macaques (monkeys) that spirited away visitors’ sunglasses, water bottles and sandals before our very eyes. We’d read warnings about these cheeky monkeys prior to arriving at the Uluwatu Temple, and the guidebooks advised visitors to stow away any removableContinue reading “An Evening Ablaze: Attending the Kecak Fire Dance at Bali’s Uluwatu Temple”
On a quiet and serene morning in Ubud, I was invited to learn how to make beautiful Balinese canang sari. These floral spiritual offerings adorn Bali’s temples, streets, home entrances, and any place that the Balinese people believe to be sacred. You might even spot some on trees and statues. The setting for my lesson was the rice paddy-encircled homeContinue reading “A Lesson in Making Balinese Canang Sari”
Eat, Pray, Love ’s footprint is everywhere in Ubud, Bali, where the best-selling book’s author, Elizabeth Gilbert, spent her love chapter. From the plethora of single women who pound Ubud’s streets, to the clichéd tours and Balinese people who name-drop locals Ketut and Wayan, who were featured in the best-seller, the book’s influence is ever-evident. Having heardContinue reading “An Afternoon with “Eat, Pray, Love’s” Ketut Liyer in Bali, Indonesia”