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.
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。
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.
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.
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”
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。
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.
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.
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。
The countless gray dots in the photo are flocks of bats that gushed out of their caves to hunt for food!
Beautiful Bali, I’ll be back! :)