Tuesday, May 31, 2005

2nd Day Evening - Uluwatu (24/5/05)

I'm going to update my Bali trip randomly hope you all dun mind! :)

today, i want to talk about my 2nd day evening trip on Bali island. Alex and me went to Uluwatu on bike, and it's the southest part of the island. we heard the sunset at Pura Uluwatu (Uluwatu Temple) is really nice, and have a wonderful Kecak and Fire Dance on every evening 6pm. and we kinda eager to see the beautiful cliff as shown on Discovery travel guide.

End of the world

So, here you see something like the end of the world isn't it!! trust me, to see it with my own eyes it's breathtaking!!

Crystal clear water

What i was really amazed with the place is the colours! the rich blue and jade green of the water, foamy white waves, crystal clear water that from far, i could still see the corals in the sea... f**king amazing!! i even spotted few people fishing down there... wonder how they get there... i dare not!!

Alex and me

Now, this is my travel companion for this time. Alex is my ex-student, who worked as a photojournalist, notice the big Nikon camera on his neck?? well, i think he took about 400 photos this trip!

Sunset behind the stage

This is the place where we see the Kecak and Fire Dance performance that evening. Ticket for the show is Rp.50,000 per person (about RM20). They said you must at least go for a dance performance in Bali, so we chose this one. No regret! the dance and chanting is superb, with the sunset behind the performance, it's simply marvelous!

notice the temple behind

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Beautiful Kecak silhouttes

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Well, the dance is a story about how a princess has been caught by an evil, so the prince has to ally with the monkey army force to win the princess back... i'll update the full story tomorrow... (you all don't need to know anyway! haha)
They are at least 8 main characters in the show, all dressed up in striking colours - red, white, gold, green, and all dance with cramp-like finger movement!!! very entertaining! then there will be 100 bare-chested men circling the main stage, chanting with different tones and pitch and rhythm, that sounded pretty annoying at first... but when you get used to the 3D-like chanting, you started to enjoy the catchy "chak-ka-ta-ka-chak-ka-ta-ka" routine.
at the end of the show, i took a photo with the artists... most photos were taken by Alex, so i have to wait for him to burn CD for me first before i could upload them up here... so bare with me ok!!! :)
that's it for tonight! (more to come... stay tune!)


Nightraveller said...

Is the "purple skirt" Balinese traditional custom? :-p

So tempted to go Bali toooooo!!!

Teddy Beh said...

it is actually a "sarong", to enter temple, we must wear sarong with a "yao tai" (waist belt?!), notice the yellow color one that we had on. or at least long pants with the waist belt. you may say it's a custom lah.
Bali is a nice place, a must go! but full of slicky people, gotta be very careful! will tell you all more! ;)

moviesbuffs said...

I've been 2 Bali 2x in 2 consecutive yrs,yeah!I'l b there Again NEX Yr!lucky d 2nd time v got d chance 2 stay in a student hse(1st yr stay Puteri Bali,Nusa Dua-marvelous htl though!)Every morning during our week stay,his bro would fetch us 2 different dest.in his Kijang,d native Balinese r mostly Hindus dat hsed a few "rooms" within their hse,siblings will b segregated according 2 seniority,unmarried ones must stay separately as well,it's like a village!it has a shrine(details 2 share wf u l8r),open kitchen,kandang babi,bathrm wf zink dr beside d barn,then in d middle of all these - a roofted rattan resting area(like those in padi fields 1!)If u w/up in d morning,bbf will b on d pelantar(just on your doorstep!),scrumptiuos kuih wf tea,i honestly dont r'mber savouring a better "starter" than dis,no bikes/car/h/p ringing,there's a REAL bird chirping though!a pet kept by the erderly.Look up yr head n u c blue sky occasionally marred by coconut trees,all buildings CANNOT b higher than those trees!Thanks 2 dis rule,u can witness d country 1derfu architecture skill in almost every part of Bali! Talk abt food,during d 1st visit,v eat mostly in restaurant,whr ever d guide brought us,incl.fastfood!!wat a let down(our KFC still is d best!).Our fren uncle is an a painter(I won't co him ARTIST coz he draws events/potraits mainly on canvas/oil paintings)whn v visit his hse(oso his art gallery),d wife serve Teh Botol 4 us,supposingly it's d most common drink like our Teh tarik!but d SWEETNESS really beats our taste bud,so every1 discreetly passed d botol 2 d Biggest fellow among us(coz he finishes his botol 1st,means he liked it loh!)he has no choice but gulp down 1 by 1,mind u! l8r he was like a chicken without head rushing 2 d loo af our host stop introducing his 'masterpiece".V didn't buy any pic.frm him coz d pricde is skyrocking!Guess his market target r foreigners n taikoon who lives in a bangalo or mansion!Well,at least he's held an exhibition in Sydney b4,gotta giv him some credit 4 dat!

Teddy Beh said...

Bali is one place where i'll consider to revisit someday. It's full of surprises and rich in culture.
Teh botol is one drink which i'll consider to stock in someday. It's authentic yet challenge my taste bud. (definitely my favourite drink there, Frestea also great!)
Thanks for visiting my humble little abode, who's your fren that recommended you here??

runwitme said...

Didn't know that you're going to Bali, if not can ask you to buy one of those "arty" ashtrays. Heheh! I was in Bali last yeat Oct, the trip was marvellous. Checkout my pictures at