Life in The Middle Kingdom And Beyond

By: Thomas Foo

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Thursday, 26-Aug-2010 12:00 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Bali 11 - Pacung Terrace Rice Fields

The Saranam Resort
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Pacung is famous for its scenic terrace rice fields. The best view is from the balcony of Saranam Resort. But you must be the resort guest or restaurant customer before they allow you to enter. These fotos were taken from the resort balcony.

Wednesday, 25-Aug-2010 12:00 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Bali 10 - Bedugul Ulun Danu Temple

Ulun Danu Temple
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Ulun Danu Temple is located in Bedugul Village, 1000 meters above sea level, 60 km from Denpasar City. This temple of the Lake Goddess is one of Bali’s most visited and spiritually important temple. The Temple is dedicated to Dewi Danu, the Goddess of the Water and Bratan Lake. It was founded in 17th century and has since been the focus of numerous ceremonies and pilgrimages. Ulun Danu Temple has classical Hindu thatched roof and perched on a tiny island on the lake. The unforgettable setting is typically Balinese. It’s very picturesque and a must-see for Bali tour. The temple is featured in the Rp50,000 note.

Tuesday, 24-Aug-2010 12:00 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Bali 9 - Kopi Luwak (Civit Coffee)

Luwat coffee, Rp40k/cup
Raw luwak coffee
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Apart from the monkey forests, the many luwak coffee estates provide another venue for the driver to kill time. Each cup of this only-found-in-Bali coffee is Rp 40k. A 100 gm pack is Rp1m, I think. It is actually the coffee seeds that passed through the civit's internal system, yak. Claimed to be extraordinary aromatic. To me it tastes no different from our ordinary Penang kopi-o.

Monday, 23-Aug-2010 12:00 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Bali 8 - Mengwi Royal Temple

The Entrance
Interior court temples
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Mengwi Temple or " Taman Ayun Temple " literally means beautiful garden. Situated in the village of Mengwi, 18 Km west of Denpasar, it is one of Bali's most picturesque Balinese architecture temple. Its stately proportioned courtyards and large surrounding moat were built during 17th century by the first Raja of Mengwi for court festivals and religious events.

Unlike majority of Indonesians who are Muslims, 80% of Balinese are Hindu faith. Their lifestyle and culture are heavily influenced by Hinduism. Their temples are typical Indian. Their Gods, Goddesses and Deities bear Indian names and appearance, most notably the Elephant God.

Sunday, 22-Aug-2010 12:00 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Bali 7 - Monkey Forest

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Monkey forest are forest with lots of monkeys, some dogs and lots of souvenir shops. Five such forests all over the island. Strategically located for the driver to chalk up 12 hours on your rented car.

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