Travel Photo Thursday — August 23, 2012 — Favorite Bali Attractions in Photos

Posted by on Aug 23, 2012 in Bali, Featured, Travel Photo Thursday | 28 comments

Welcome to another week of Travel Photo Thursday. As I’m writing this, the rain has abated here in Daejeon, but the skies are still an ominous gray. I hear thunder in the distance. I think this is our tenth straight day of cloud and rain. On the plus side the humidity finally dropped yesterday, and I no longer break out in sweat just by simply breathing 🙂 All this rain has brought back memories of Bali. I love Bali, but the rain, oh the rain. The last time I was there was 2 Christmas’s ago, and it didn’t just rain for an hour or so once daily, but steadily for hours at a time. Anyone who has experienced the rain in Bali knows that it can be like standing in your bathroom shower. However, not every Bali moment has been rainy, and here are some shots that I really love.

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Ladies preparing to give offerings at a temple in Ubud…

I have never been in a country where there are so many opportunities to experience the traditional culture. I think it would be impossible for anyone to go to Bali when the locals aren’t preparing for or participating in a temple function. Travelers are welcome at these events, providing they dress appropriately.

Temple Offerings, Ubud, Bali


A visit to the Bali Bird Park is always one of  my “Must Dos”. 

I love the hornbills. This guy seems to be saying…”You don’t say”

You Don't Say!


Look Ma, no hands!

Look Ma....No hands!


No trip to Bali is complete without a visit to Ubud’s sacred Monkey Forest. These fellas look serene, but don’t let this photo fool you. They can be very aggressive. I was standing at the entrance one evening with a bottle of water in my hand. One cheeky monkey grabbed the bottle, opened it, and threw it down in disgust when he tasted only water. Maybe he was hoping for rum 🙂

Are You Really Having Fun?


Rice Paddy Paridise…

A visit to Ubud’s fertile rice paddies is as easy as opening your hotel room door, and sauntering up the street. Get caught in the rain during your wandering, and you’re guaranteed a slippery adventure!


Rice Paddy Paradise


Gunung Kawi

At the bottom of these many many stairs is a major Hindu temple, with 10 rock-cut candi (shrines). It’s one of Bali’s oldest and largest ancient monuments (according to LP).

The day I was there it rained (HARD). That’s why the sky in this photo looks so washed out. (This was just before the downpour.)I think the lushness of the trees and rice paddy on the right makes up for it!


Gunung Kawi, Bali


What would Bali be without an awe inspiring sunset?

Bali’s Jimbaran Beach…


Day's End, Jimbaran Beach, Bali


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This is my 10th post in my personal challenge “Publish a post every second day in August”. If you missed number 9…Bongwonsa Temple


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Travel Photo Thursday, January 6, 2010…Soaring Over the Rice Fields of Ubud

Posted by on Jan 6, 2011 in Bali, Travel Photo Thursday | 6 comments

Thursday has arrived in beautiful Bali, and it’s time for TRAVEL PHOTO THURSDAY. To join in the fun simply post a photo on your blog. Return here and place your link in the Mr. Linky at the bottom of this post. Please remember to leave a comment after you link. Finally, if you have a few moments, visit the others who have linked. Perhaps you can give them a tweet, a stumble, or a comment on their TRAVEL PHOTO THURSDAY.

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This week’s Travel Photo Thursday is a shot of this beautiful bird soaring over the rice fields in Ubud. I’m not sure what kind of bird it is, but they are funny to watch in the fields. Although, the farmers dislike them, and I can understand why, since they eat the rice. This one had been shooed off by a worker in the rice paddy.

Ubud is a busy little town, and part of its charm is the fact that within five minutes you can leave the hustle and bustle of town life and be immersed in the rice fields with the workers, the birds and other animals; a very special place, indeed.

Soaring Over the Ubud Rice Fields


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Barbecued Monitor Lizard, Anyone?

Posted by on Jan 3, 2011 in Bali | 18 comments

Twice since starting this trip I have had encounters with monitor lizards. The first time I was walking along the boardwalk in Malacca and glancing to my right I stopped dead in my tracks. I thought I was going to pee myself! At first I thought I was seeing an alligator charging down the road, then I decided it looked like a mini komodo dragon. I was looking for a place to run in case the thing saw me and decided to have me for lunch. All he really wanted was to get back in the water. I finally managed to get my camera up and got a shot of his tail as he slivered into the waterway.

Monitor Lizard's Tail

A few feet further along there was this small one sunning himself. I figured this must be one of the kids.

Small Monitor Lizard

Then, yesterday I was coming back from the rice fields here in Ubud when these three guys walked past me. Next thing I know I’m looking at the middle guy swinging this dead monitor lizard around like it was nothing. Notice the gun in the other guys hand. Again, I was totally taken aback, but I was able to get the camera and get this shot before they disappeared between two walls.

Barbecued Monitor Lizard. Anyone?

I did do a bit of research and it seems that there is a demand for monitor lizards from some of the local Balinese restaurants, and there is some demand from the local shops for their skins. I hope I don’t find either!

It’s encounters like these that make traveling so interesting, and add a bit of mystery. I’m still wondering exactly what they did with their trophy…sold him, ate him, or a bit of both. Only they know for sure…

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Through the Sandbox Lens #21 — Young Boy Dressed for the Temple Ceremony

Posted by on Jan 1, 2011 in Bali, Destinations, Through the Sandbox Lens | 2 comments

From the youngest to the oldest, the Balinese wear their very best when attending temple ceremonies. This little fella was dressed to the “nines” in his Udeng (hat), white shirt, and Kamden (cloth worn from the waist down.) However, that didn’t stop him from trying to have a bit of fun at the gamelon (a Balinese traditional instrument.)

Young Boy at Temple Ceremony in Ubud, December 2010\

This is the type of event that all visitors to Bali can enjoy; budget traveler or someone with a bit more to spend. If you’re in Ubud go to the Tourist Information at the top of Monkey Forest Road, to find out when and where the ceremonies are being held. Ladies, you will need a sarong, scarf, and a shirt with sleeves. Men, you will need the same, plus the udeng. You can buy everything quite inexpensively at the the local shops. These days it’s quite common for the temples to “lend” sarongs, etc., for a small donation.


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Wanderfood Wednesday — An Oh So Tempting Balinese Snack — Tempeh Manis

Posted by on Apr 28, 2010 in Bali, Bali, Destinations, Food | 10 comments

Tempeh Manis is a delicious snack food that I was introduced to and learned how to make at the Bumi Bali Cooking School on Monkey Forest Road in Ubud, Bali. That was way back in 2010, but I have fond memories of that day and the introduction to some awesome Indonesian cuisine.


Smiling Chef

I don’t know a whole lot about Tempeh other than it’s similar to tofu but much firmer. If you want to know more about soy-based tempeh you can check out this link, tempeh. The word “manis” means sweet. Anyone with a sweet tooth loves tempeh manis!



Like tofu, tempeh is almost tasteless on its own. However, when cooked, it absorbs the flavors of the other ingredients in the pan.
It’s a quick dish to serve as an appetizer or a delicious snack. Here’s the recipe.

1/2 lb tempeh (one block)
1 cup peanuts (optional)
2 cups small dried fish (optional)
2 TBs. dark brown sugar
3 cloves garlic
2 red chili peppers
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper

Cut the raw tempeh into strips. Fry until it just starts to turn brown, set aside. Fry peanuts set aside. Fry fish, set aside. Fry chopped garlic and chilies. Mix in salt and pepper. Add tempeh, peanuts, and fish. Mix in sugar. Stir completely and remove from heat. The cooking time for Tempeh Manis is short, so don’t wander away from the stove for any length of time.

(Tip: Use an oil that does not burn easily.)

Voila! You have a delicious snack or appetizer.

Tempe Manis

You might also like this post Cooking it Up Bali Style.

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Bumi Bali Cooking School, Monkey Forest Road, Ubud; Phone:  62 0361 976698

You’ll find mixed reviews on Trip Advisor. Personally, I enjoyed the experience and will return the next time I’m in Ubud.

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Wednesday Travel Photo

Posted by on Jan 20, 2010 in Bali | 0 comments

Look Ma!!……No hands

A hornbill eating lunch at the Bali Bird Park.

Look Ma....No hands!

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