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Bali

Bali is one of the many islands in Indonesia. Often, Bali was referred to a tiny paradise on earth and I tend to agree with that notion. I was there several times and each time, although we didnít stay at luxury places, I came back with beautiful memories of Bali. Yes, the scenery is gorgeous but there are many other places in Indonesia that exhibit similar sceneries. Tourists from all over the world flock to Bali more so than to any other tourist destination in Indonesia; they must have felt the same way. What makes Bali so special and different from the other many islands in Indonesia then? The combination of several factors, I would say. Here it goes:

Hinduism is the most prevalent religion in Bali. Going back to several hundreds of years, the majority of Balinese have kept up this religion but in the course of time, this religion and its rituals have evolved and have taken unique Balinese characters. The temples in Bali show case characteristic Balinese architecture. In addition, they were constructed at strategic locations. The landscape around these religious sites is beautiful but the temple structures lend Bali characters nowhere else to be found in the world.

Most Balinese dances have religious overtones or they portray popular Hindu myths/legends that originated in India but again, have taken on Balinese elements over the course of time. In addition to the numerous religious artifacts, practices, ceremonies and rituals, Bali is also known for its art, especially wood carving and painting. The level of wood carving skill in Bali is really high and it is in a class of its own. Seeing skilled wood carvers go about creating exotic statues will open your eyes.

Furthermore, the people in Bali exude friendliness. Yes, they welcome you and, of course, your touristsí monies alright but I could detect that their feeling was genuine on many occasions.

Baliís popularity on an international level did backfire; it became the bombing target on two occasions. The first and deadliest took place in 2002 and the second one in 2005. Bali did recover quite nicely since then but I felt bad that such a peaceful place, full of peace loving people, was tarnished with that kind of violent act. It simply felt out of placeÖ. Not only I would like to share the images here but I also would like to be reminded that there is still a tiny paradise on earth, in the midst all the adversities taking place in the world. I only had beautiful memories of Bali.

Right after the first bombing, I posted images from scanned slides that I took in 1992 during my first visit to Bali. Fourteen years later, in 2006, I went back to Bali and several times more between 2008 and 2014. What started out as a touristy approach with a simple camera setup, ended up being a more serious photography effort. Originally, I intended to keep a few of the original scanned images but it got too cumbersome. So, I ended up revamping the entire gallery, which now consists of only digital images although a few early images are still there in the gallery. The images in this gallery are roughly in a chronological sequence. Please note that the gallery is a work in progress for about a week or so.


Thank you for visiting and I hope that you enjoy the images. Like always, please feel free to leave any comments on the gallery or on the images as you see fit.

Pura (temple) at Tanah Lot
Pura (temple) at Tanah Lot
A lone fisherman
A lone fisherman
Early in the morning
Early in the morning
Lotus 1
Lotus 1
Ngaben or ritual cremation
Ngaben or ritual cremation
Pre-wedding shot at Tanah Lot
Pre-wedding shot at Tanah Lot
Rice terrace
Rice terrace
Putting make-up on
Putting make-up on
Putting make-up on 2
Putting make-up on 2
Close-up of dancer
Close-up of dancer
In trance
In trance
Barong dance performer
Barong dance performer
Another barong dance performer
Another barong dance performer
Lovely village vendor
Lovely village vendor
Lovely village vendor 2
Lovely village vendor 2
Dwie - carrying a basket full of tomatoes
Dwie - carrying a basket full of tomatoes
Lovely village vendor 3
Lovely village vendor 3
Lovely village vendor 4
Lovely village vendor 4
Bringing offering to the Pura (Temple)
Bringing offering to the Pura (Temple)
One last look....
One last look....
Learning to weave
Learning to weave
Learning to weave 2
Learning to weave 2
Getting each other wet
Getting each other wet
Water fight
Water fight
Barong dance at waterfall
Barong dance at waterfall
Barong dance at waterfall 2
Barong dance at waterfall 2
Barong dance at waterfall 3
Barong dance at waterfall 3
Zooming action at slow exposure
Zooming action at slow exposure
Lovely legong dancers
Lovely legong dancers
Santi Tiwie
Santi Tiwie
Mega - a lovely legong dancer
Mega - a lovely legong dancer
Playful
Playful
Santi and Mega - two lovely legong dancers
Santi and Mega - two lovely legong dancers
Santi and Mega - two lovely legong dancers 2
Santi and Mega - two lovely legong dancers 2
A little touch-up
A little touch-up
Santi Tiwie 2
Santi Tiwie 2
Santi Tiwie 3
Santi Tiwie 3
Santi and Mega - two lovely legong dancers 3
Santi and Mega - two lovely legong dancers 3
Santi and Mega - two lovely legong dancers 4
Santi and Mega - two lovely legong dancers 4
Santi and Mega - two lovely legong dancers 5
Santi and Mega - two lovely legong dancers 5
Silhoutte
Silhoutte
Legong dance at sunset
Legong dance at sunset
Legong dance until past sunset
Legong dance until past sunset
Getting ready for a fight
Getting ready for a fight
Making of canang (offering) at home
Making of canang (offering) at home
With the help of grandma
With the help of grandma
Making canang together
Making canang together
Almost finished
Almost finished
Carrying offering
Carrying offering
Carrying offering 2
Carrying offering 2
Together...
Together...
At the rice field
At the rice field
Gunung Agung - the Holy Mountain at dusk
Gunung Agung - the Holy Mountain at dusk
Early in the morning....
Early in the morning....
Cristina Susanti
Cristina Susanti
Pre-wedding couple
Pre-wedding couple
Cristina Susanti 2
Cristina Susanti 2
At the entrance gate
At the entrance gate
Under huge banyan trees
Under huge banyan trees
In between banyan trees
In between banyan trees
Kecak dance
Kecak dance
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Fire dance
Fire dance
Temple at Lake Baratan
Temple at Lake Baratan
Close-up of flowers
Close-up of flowers
Foggy Lake Tamblingan
Foggy Lake Tamblingan
Lake Tamblingan
Lake Tamblingan
The fog became thicker
The fog became thicker
Bluish colors from pointing away from the rising sun
Bluish colors from pointing away from the rising sun
Boats at Lake Tamblingan
Boats at Lake Tamblingan
Thick fog at Lake Tamblingan
Thick fog at Lake Tamblingan
Getting ready for presentation of offering
Getting ready for presentation of offering
Getting ready for presentation of offering 2
Getting ready for presentation of offering 2
Boarding the boat at sunrise
Boarding the boat at sunrise
Circling the lake and honoring the gods of the lake
Circling the lake and honoring the gods of the lake
At the end of the ritual
At the end of the ritual
Mist in the forest
Mist in the forest
Off they went!
Off they went!
Friendly fight
Friendly fight
Friendly fight 2
Friendly fight 2