Relaxing Bali (放松巴厘岛)

Bali has made itself known to be one of the top holiday havens in SEA. Being a “Southeast Asian” myself, how can I miss the Island of Peace in East Java?
Get ready, to linger around its endless greenery, to indulge in its sleep-inducing massage strokes, to laze under its tropical heat, and to tantalize with its caressing sea breeze…
巴厘岛,一个万人朝拜的度假圣地。这里绿意盎然,这里鸟语花香,这里阳光普照,这里海风习习。这里,让我意乱,情迷。
Arriving at Denpasar International Airport 印尼第三繁忙的國際機場 - 伍拉·賴國際機場

Arriving at Denpasar International Airport
印尼第三繁忙的國際機場 – 伍拉·賴國際機場

Found a half-price deal on Groupon and got the accommodation settled – Lokha Umalas Villa. A private villa tucked away in the Seminyak area (west coast of Bali island), sparing its guests from the hustles of Kuta and the bustles of Ubud, yet offering a delightful tranquility that would make one forget the passing of time.

Lokha Umalas Villa

Lokha Umalas Villa

对我来说,与其在熙熙攘攘的Ubud 跟人群凑热闹,或是在 Kuta Beach 跟阳光美少女/美少男们狂欢派对,僻静悠闲的Seminyak 更具吸引力。

Outdoor cafe by the pool 户外餐厅

Outdoor cafe by the pool
户外餐厅

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Back to Basics
回归自然

Complimentary use of the bicycles is available for all guests, a good way to return back to the basics. A word of caution though: the roads in Bali can be very narrow and crowded (with reckless drivers), hence it’s strongly advised that biking shouldn’t be carried out on the main roads, but more suitable for a little excursion around the neighborhood.

别墅外围是一小片的油绿绿的稻田。如果没什么特别的活动,脚踩踏板,悠哉闲哉地穿梭于巴厘岛色彩缤纷的传统民宅间,是个打发午后时间的好办法。不过值得注意的是,巴厘岛上主要公路的车辆非常繁忙,道路指示不多,再加上许多鲁莽的司机与摩托车骑士,千万不要把自行车骑到大路上哦。

Hours of hard work went into a simple-looking wood sculpture

Hours of hard work went into a simple-looking wood sculpture

On the second day of arrival, we hired a local driver for a day (at about SGD 70) and were shown around some of the tourist sites. First stop was Kota Gede, more commonly known by tourist as the “Silver Street” – simply because it was lined with silver workshops. Not far from Kota Gede was a “Woodcraft Street” with a similar concept.

Hear no evil, Speak no evil, See no evil.  不听,不语,不见

Hear no evil, Speak no evil, See no evil.
不听,不语,不见

The first of the two temples visited was Goa Gajah, or, the “Elephant Cave”. On the facade of the cave entrance were numerous faces of intimidating creatures. Someone thought that the primary creature was an elephant lookalike, and hence the name “Elephant Cave”

Goa Gajah "大象庙"

Goa Gajah
“大象庙”

景点的导游告诉我们,这座 “大象庙” 是巴厘岛上最古老的庙宇之一,是古人用来修行打坐之用。而“大象庙”这一名称的由来是当地人认为入口处用来祛邪的雕刻与岛上的大象长得颇有相似之处,而得来的译名。

Entrance to the "Elephant Cave"  "大象洞“ 入口

Entrance to the “Elephant Cave”
“大象洞“ 入口

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There is just so much green in Bali. Soaking in its endless greenery cleanses away all that stress and fluttering uneasiness which are by products of the modern lifestyle.

巴厘岛上无穷无尽的绿与云海连成一线,与鸟语花香缠绵一片;时刻呈现眼前的是大自然最精致、最优雅的展现。

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Mt Agung - an active volcano in Eastern Bali 被当地人视为圣山的阿贡活火山

Mt Agung – an active volcano in Eastern Bali
被当地人视为圣山的阿贡活火山

I was told that residing at the foot of Mr Agung, is an ancient village where many unconventional practices are still a major part of the villagers lives today. For instance, instead of burying the deceased in the ground, they have an “open cemetery” next to a sacred tree to which the locals worship.

I was really excited to take a look at such an interesting village. However, I was sternly advised not to, because the locals live in such a secluded lifestyle that do not welcome foreign visitors.

A typical Balinese "mixed rice"  巴厘岛式的”杂菜饭“

A typical Balinese “mixed rice”
巴厘岛式的”杂菜饭“

第一次来巴厘岛,自然少不了品尝当地的美食。听说在印尼,不同的区域有着不同的“杂菜饭”做法,巴厘岛的口味稍甜。不论是烧烤鸡肉还是炸豆腐块,都带许淡淡的甜味,初尝一口,还有点不适应呢。

Sunset at Tanah Lot Temple

Sunset at Tanah Lot Temple

I always think that sunrise and sunset are the 2 most beautiful gifts that Mother Nature unconditionally gives us. At Tanah Lot Temple, the beauty of sunset was further magnified a thousandfold.

“Tanah Lot” 的直译为“海上的陆地”。被称为巴厘岛上六大庙宇之一的海神庙有着无与伦比的庄严与神秘。海浪时而波涛汹涌,时而微波荡漾,在海神庙内俯瞰天海一线,心情是无比的宁静与安然。

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The countless gray dots in the photo are flocks of bats that gushed out of their caves to hunt for food!

照片中的灰点是天空中成群飞舞的蝙蝠。对这些夜猫子来说,它们的一天才刚刚开始呢!

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Beautiful Bali, I’ll be back! :)

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5 thoughts

  1. Congrats on winning the Best Photography Blog! I hope I am wrong. I think the Volcano in your Bali photo resemble more of Mount Batur than Mount Agung? Mount Agung seems bigger :-)

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