Life in The Middle Kingdom And Beyond

By: Thomas Foo

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Saturday, 21-Aug-2010 06:41 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Bali 6 - Potong Gigi (Teeth Filing) ceremony at Denpasar

The temple where the ceremony was held
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We were extremely lucky to witness this very colourful ceremony at a temple on the outskirt of Denpasar.

On 3rd day we decided to be adventurous and took a mini bus to Denpasar (1 hr, Rp10k). We were rather disappointed that the bus stopped at the outskirt and not in town center. While walking around we heard some loud gamelan music playing in a temple. The temple was full of locals in ceremonial dress. We asked permission before entering.

The people were very friendly. They told us this is a once a year Potong Gigi ceremony to mark young boys and girls entering into adulthood, or coming of age. This year there are 12 boys and 4 girls taking part. Each paid equivalent of USD3000. That's a lot of money. The ritual lasted 3 days and today is the finale. Gotong Gigi symbolises removal of evil, cleansing the spirit, and prepare the youngster for adulthood (Google).

Today the yougsters will have their teeth filed and carried in an armchair and processed to the grand temple 500M away for the final blessing. We followed the procession and met Jurgen and wife from Berlin. We were the only 4 foreigners in the ceremony. This is a bonus to our Bali trip.

Monday, 16-Aug-2010 12:00 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Bali 5 - Jalan Legian

The bomb memorial
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The infamous 2002 Bali terrorist bombing that killed more than 200 tourists and locals happened here in Jln Legian. A monument was built to remember the death. The street is lined with restaurants and pubs and traditional Balinese buildings. A tourist hot spot.

Legian is pronounced Ler-Gee-An, not Legion.

Sunday, 15-Aug-2010 12:00 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Bali 4 - Jalan Pantai Kuta

Behind the wall is the Kuta beach
Hard Rock Cafe and Hotel is here
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Jalan Pantai Kuta is the road running parallel to the beach. A stone wall was erected between the beach and the road probably to reduce accident caused by driver distracted by all those bikini girls.

Saturday, 14-Aug-2010 12:00 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Bali 3 - Kuta Beach

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How they could withstand the scorching sun, even with those suntan lotion, is beyond me. By the way I captured a nudist foto here (XXX)...

Friday, 13-Aug-2010 12:00 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Bali 2 - Our hotel Wina Holiday Villa

Balinese structure
The bar
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Wina Holiday Villa is a 3-Star 180-room hotel owned by Malaysian. Online rate is USD45/day b4 tax. Add tax comes to USD52 include breakfast for 2. Coveniently situated in Jalan Pantai Kuta next to the beach and shoppings. Has 2 swimming pools and the usual facilities. Friendly staff. Nice Balinese structure and setting. It is one of the cheapest hotels along Pantai Kuta.

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