I got to meet different people of different religions and had a chance to discover rich culture. To get to know a different culture was a big experience for me. I regretted nothing. Every person I met is opened, kind and friendly.
|Soekarno-Hatta International Airport|
|Angga, Hengkie, Me and Jonah|
|Mas Made, Mas Irfan, Me and Jonah|
There are a lot of statues of deities around the place which portrays their devotions and strong religious foundation.
Here is a picture taken when we were on the road. Almost all of the statues are well-preserved. These serves as an attraction as well
|Statue somewhere near Denpasar Airport|
With its intricate designs, I was amazed by the craftsmanship of these huge emblems of Hindu Gods.
|Sculptures located at the Entrance of the New Kuta Beach|
Above pictures of the New Kuta Beach. The locals called it Dreamland. For me, it is somehow similar to our very own Boracay. The differences are that the sand is not that fine and it is not yet crowded.
We were able to have a picture with this Aussie too but we weren't able to got her name! :D
We were also visited another beach where most people just spend their time listening to Yoga music and watching the sun sets down. -Sanur Beach.
A beach nearby our accommodation was our last to visit. It is the old Kuta Beach.
There is more to this place than just beaches, surfing and the night life! Everywhere you go in Bali, for sure you will find a temple. As a matter of fact, almost every house has its own shrine or temple. As they say, “It is said that there are more temples in Bali than there are homes”. Usually, temples are ornamented with intricate stone carvings.
I also noticed that Balinese dress their temples and every day they offer basket of flowers to their gods. In every sidewalk, it is normal to see bunch of flowers too. They religiously do this every day. Being confused that time, I asked Made and Irfan why Balinese just put flowers along the sidewalks and they said that it is a basic ritual of giving back what has been given by the gods.
The temples are primarily Hindu with a mixture of Buddhism. The Balinese practice an ancient Hindu sect revering the three gods, Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva. And tada!!! I know these gods because I studied them when I was in 2nd year high school. Thanks to Mr. Neofidel Ramirez, my Asian History instructor! :D
Temples in Bali are also classified into where they are located –facing the mountains, village temples, aligned with the sea to appease the sea deities and water temples.
Here are some of the temples I got to visit during my stay:
Garuda Vishnu Kencara Cultural Park
|Entrance to Vishnu Park|
|Make a wish and do the rituals.|
|The Head of Vishnu|
|This statue stand 23 meter or 75.5 ft.|
It was known that Vishnu's carrier is Garuda - a mythical bird of the Hindu and Buddhist sect. Here is a large statue of the mythical bird where Indonesian Airline was named.
Goa Gajah Temple, Bali Elephant Cave Temple
Pura Tirta Empul (Temple of the Holy Water)
|Entrance of the Holy Water Temple|
|Most people take a dip for them to be cleansed of their impurities.|
Pura Tanah Lot
|It is best to visit this place before the sun goes down. It has a scenic view of the Indian Ocean.|
|He heard us speaking in Filipino and he butt in saying, "Kuya, can you have my picture taken? and I was like "KUYA?!" and start conversation. :D"|
Pura Luhur Uluwatu
This is temple that I will never forget. This is also called "THE" Monkey Temple. This was the first temple I visited but the last in my temple review list. Guess why? *grin*
|The Cliff and the Indian Ocean|
This temple built in the 11th century is facing the Indian Ocean and was located in the edge of the cliff to protect the island from evil spirits according to my research.
For me, this is the most spectacular temple in the island because of its location and natural beauty.
I wasn't able to see what was inside the temple as it is forbidden but the outside view from two different points of it is enough to satisfy my love shooting photographs.
Despite of the modernization, Balinese still preserve and follow their traditions. This is one thing I admire about the natives. I noticed that many of the natives do wear their traditional clothes specially their Balinese hat. Lucky me because I got to watch the Barong dance while in Garuda Wisnu Kencana Cultural Park. :D
|The Barong Dance|
|Me, Mas Irfan, Mas Pak Muri and his wife, and Mas Made|
My first travel abroad has opened my eyes to so many things in the world. I had to admit, I was afraid to go out of the country before this trip. But, I came to my senses and told myself that I should not be afraid stepping outside my comfort zone for this international trip. It also helps me to build network and relations with others, so I am exposed. Perhaps one of the most wonderful things you can do in life is to explore the wondrous diversity of our planet through travel. With this, I think that the most certain experience for me being in other country was to find out that even among the differences there are still similarities than I had expected. For sure, this will not be the only trip outside the country. :D
Great experience would be an understatement.
Where was your first trip abroad?