Tag: Bali

The Plight of the Civets – The Practice of Kopi Luwak Production

The Plight of the Civets – The Practice of Kopi Luwak Production

It was with much anticipation that I finally took a sip of the most expensive coffee in the world, kopi luwak, while in Bali and I was disappointed to say the least. It was not exceptional. As a matter of fact, it was bland. How […]

Movies That Inspired My Wanderlust

Movies That Inspired My Wanderlust

Movies are like magic, they transport us to a bygone era so that we may learn lessons in history; they take us to the future so that we may see the promise of what is to come; and they make everything impossible seem possible. These […]

The Beat of Bali – Day 2

The Beat of Bali – Day 2

After much needed respite for walking more than 10,000 steps on day 1, we were very much looking forward to day 2 and exploring more of Bali. We had a sumptuous breakfast enjoyed at the hotel’s Nebula Café. We started the day right with a full English breakfast. However, for someone like me who needs rice in every meal, it was not filling enough so it was not a surprise for me that before 10am I found myself searching for food.

Our driver, Oka, was pretty much on the dot. At 9.30am we left the hotel and started our journey to Taman Ayun, Purah Ulan Danu and Pura Tanah Lot. Oka suggested going to the rice paddies in Ubud but we come from the Philippines and the Banaue Rice Terraces is the queen of all rice terraces in Asia so it was a no-brainer, we said no. We were looking for quality over quantity on day 2. We did not want to hurry from one place to another like what we pretty much did on day 1. We wanted time to pause, admire the temples, and maybe even reflect.

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Pura Luhur Uluwatu

Pura Luhur Uluwatu

Southeast Asia is a place which has a profusion of temples and Buddha statues. Bali, aptly called the Island of the Gods, is home to magnificent temples but I have to admit that the one which impressed me most was Pura Luhur Uluwatu. Also known as […]

Kecak and Fire Dance in Uluwatu

Kecak and Fire Dance in Uluwatu

“Cak cak cak”. On and on goes the chant from half-naked men sitting in a circle around a fire. They are in a trance, “cak cak cak”. Inebriated perhaps? No. Got a little hash-hish in their system? Wrong again. This is the most stunning of […]

The Beat of Bali – Day 1

The Beat of Bali – Day 1

Bali, the images the island conjures are that of almost naked bodies clad in the skimpiest bikinis; tanning lotion; surfboards; and temples. Bali, the island of the gods has so much to offer us mere mortals.

If the gods are to be pleased with Bali, mere mortals like us will be in a state of euphoria with its verdant greens; perfectly timed drum beats; smells of incense floating in the air; landscaped rice fields; and temples erected in some of the most beautiful and unusual places that you will think somehow divine powers were at the helm of their creation. Bali is a cornucopia of all your desires, ever giving, ever flowing and ever so gorgeous.

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My Top Asian Destinations for 2014

My Top Asian Destinations for 2014

Asia is the world’s largest and most populous continent. It has a past that is deeply soaked in culture and it has otherworldly landscapes, sumptuous cuisine and the friendliest people. These are the reasons why it is one of the most visited places in the […]