Bali

Traditional Bali for Travel Photo Thursday

Posted by on Apr 16, 2015 in Bali, Destinations, Travel Photo Thursday | 32 comments

Traditional Bali

This week I’m sharing my favorite shots which for me depict traditional Bali, and the Bali I love. Welcome to week 223 (04/16/2015) of Travel Photo Thursday. For the past six weeks, my workhorse of a computer has been and continues to, show signs of wanting to be retired. This is not the time to be contemplating a younger workhorse, so I have been coaxing her along. I’m at the point that I hold my breath every time I hit the power button. If I’ve been slow getting around to last weeks Travel Photo Thursday linkers, and haven’t commented to many who have left comments here on the blog recently, do accept my apologies! I will make it up to you, I promise! 🙂 I’ve been to Bali a number of times over the years, and one of the things that I like about the island is the traditions that they maintain. Here are a few of my favorite photos depicting traditional Bali.

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Holidays and special events center around the temple. Anyone who has been to Bali knows that these ceremonies are not put on to entertain the tourists. However, at least in Ubud, the locals do welcome visitors into the temple during ceremonies. All they ask is that you wear appropriate dress.

I love this shot of these beautifully dressed ladies waiting to take their offerings to a temple in Ubud.

Temple Offerings, Ubud, Bali

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Travel Photo Thursday — September 19, 2013 — These Feet Were Made to Travel

Posted by on Sep 19, 2013 in Bali, Destinations, Korea, Thailand, Travel Photo Thursday | 25 comments

Welcome to another week of Travel Photo Thursday. I woke up this morning to the quietest day of the year. There are no car doors slamming, and no people screaming in the street. Today is Chuseok, Korean Thanksgiving. At least for a few hours, everything is closed and all is quiet on the Korean front; BLISS! Since the first of September, I’ve been walking everyday, and it’s made me realize (once again) just how awesome our feet are, and how much we rely on them in our travels. Here are a few of my “traveling feet” shots!

 

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Focused on the dancing feet in Bali…

In the Moment
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Sandals in the snow…taken at Mount Baker this past summer. The snow at the top provided relief for our  traveling feet from the 30 degree heat below…

 

Sandals in the Snow
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In the sand and water, Koh Chang, Thailand…

 

Fun in the Sand...Koh Chang, Thailand
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More dancing feet in Bali…

 

Bali Dancers, Ubud

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Monks chanting in Chiang Mai, with feet pointed away from the Buddha…

 

Monks Chanting, Wat Bupparam
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Feet of a reclining Buddha in Bago, Myanmar…We know how far Buddha’s feet traveled…

 

Reclining Buddha, Bago, Myanmar
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Traveling the stage…

 

Korean Dancers at the Choenan World Dance Festival, Korea
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My feet might not be traveling far and wide these days, but they are still traveling everyday…

 

My traveling feet

My traveling feet

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Travel Photo Thursday — May 30th, 2013 — Ubud’s Monkeys

Posted by on May 30, 2013 in Bali, Travel Photo Thursday, Uncategorized | 29 comments

Welcome to another week of Travel Photo Thursday. The end of the semester is looming, and things are becoming frantic. I leave for Canada on June 22nd, and I have so much to do before I literally take off. I’m trying not to panic!  I know that between all the work stuff and the personal it’s going to be a whirlwind couple of weeks. Deep breath, I will get through it. Soon, I’ll be enjoying Vancouver, and then my home, Nova Scotia. Today, I’m not taking you to Canada, but to Bali and the monkeys of Ubud’s Monkey Forest Road. Here are two of my favorite photos from my time there.

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Don’t they look serene and harmless? Well, don’t ever let your guard down in the monkey forest. These critters can be very aggressive when they want to be, and will stop at nothing to steal your bag or sunglasses…anything! I once had one grab my water bottle right out of my hand. When he discovered that it only contained water, he flung it to the ground in disgust. Bananas can be purchased at the entrance, if you do want to feed them.

 

Are You Really Having Fun?

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Mom and Baby (Bali)

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Travelers Tip

Monkey Forest is located at the very end of Ubud’s Monkey Forest Road. There is a very small charge to enter. The forest is open from sunrise to sunset. The monkeys can be quite aggressive, so I would not recommend going in there if it’s dark. You will also encounter monkeys around the entrance area, so watch your belongings. They think nothing of grabbing whatever you have out on “offer”. Chances are, you would never get it back. Hide those bling sunglasses!

Monkey Forest is a sacred place for the Balinese. There is an ancient temple on the grounds, and depending on the time of month or year there can be ceremonies happening. The Balinese welcome visitors at these ceremonies. However, remember to dress accordingly. Ask at your hotel, to find out when a ceremony will be happening, and how to dress.

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Travel Photo Thursday — May 9, 2013 — Bali Travel Shots

Posted by on May 9, 2013 in Bali, Destinations, Travel Photo Thursday | 44 comments

Welcome to another week of Travel Photo Thursday. Friends of mine are in Bali this week, and that got me thinking of the wonderful trips I have had to that beautiful island. This week I want to share with you some of my favorite shots.

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Ladies wearing the traditional kebaya and sarong, preparing to give offerings to the temple gods in Ubud.

Temple Offerings, Ubud, Bali

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On my first trip to Bali, I spent some time at Lake Batur. There were some wonderful photo opportunities.

Afternoon Shimmer

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Sanur Beach is a great walking beach. I stayed just a few minutes walk away.

Another Day in Paradise

 

Or you can relax on one of the pagodas and enjoy the view.

 

Sanur Beach, Bali

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Don’t miss the Bali Bird Park! You can easily spend a day here wandering around admiring and interacting with so many beautiful birds.

Look Ma....No hands!

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Mine......All Mine!

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You can see a different traditional dance performance every night, if you want to!

 

Bali Dancers, Ubud

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Delicious Balinese food…Sambal Udang, made at the Bumi Bali Cooking School in Ubud.

 

Sambal Udang

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You can wander Ubud’s beautiful rice fields for free.

Bali Ricefields

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And, it wouldn’t be Bail without a beautiful sunset; Jimbaran Beach

 

Day's End, Jimbaran Beach, Bali

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Travel Photo Thursday, December 30, 2010

Posted by on Dec 29, 2010 in Bali, Travel Photo Thursday, Uncategorized | 10 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. If you do tweet a shot, please use the hashtag #tpThursday.

For the past two days the Balinese have been celebrating Anggar Kasih Medangsia, a religious ceremony that is celebrated every six months. The English translation is “tree days”. Other than that, I have not been able to find out too much about this particular Hindu celebration. However, I went to the temple last night, and foreigners were permitted to watch the prayer ceremony (which is unusual). This is one of the worshipers that I was able to photograph…

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Praying to the Gods

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Wanderfood Wednesday — Delicious Balinese Seafood

Posted by on Jun 24, 2010 in Bali, Indonesia, Sandbox Photography, Uncategorized, Wanderfood Wednesday | 9 comments

Here we are for another week of Wanderfood Wednesday kindly hosted by Wanderlust and Lipstick.

I’m busy getting ready to head to China on Monday, so this has to be a bit of a quickie. I want to share with you another delicious recipe from the Bumi Bali Cooking School in Ubud. For a half day class the number of dishes we learned to make (and eat)was amazing. I highly recommend this class for all travelers on any budget.

Sambal Udang

This dish, Sambal Udang, featuring prawns was so delicious and easy to make. Here’s the recipe……

5 prawn
1.5 tbls bumbum bali …………………..Here’s the recipe.

1 tbls. palm sugar (you can substitute brown sugar)
2 chilies
1 slice green pepper
1 slice onion
2 kaffir lime leaf (sliced thinly)
1 cup coconut milk
2 tbls oil (palm or coconut)
salt/pepper to taste
1 lime

Marinate the shrimp with lime, salt/pepper for one hour in fridge. Fry in 2 tbls. oil. Turn shrimp when red on bottom.
Add chilies, green pepper, and onions
Add half of coconut milk
Add bumbum bali, kaffir leaves, sugar and cook for 2-3 minutes
Add remainder of coconut milk.
When the sauce is thickened it ready to serve.

This is a fantastic dish to serve over rice.

Next time you’re in Bali check out the Bumi Bali Cooking School in Ubud.

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