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Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Ubud November 2nd 2005

We took a local flight from Flores to Denpasar, Bali and then hopped in a taxi with a Dutch couple to the cultural town of Ubud, about 2 hours from Kuta. It is a lovely place - the streets lined with art galleries, craft shops, clothes stalls, bead shops and endless cafes and restaurants. We found a lovely Balinese style guesthouse with a pool, and this became our oasis and retreat from the heat after long walks in the surrounding paddies and fields. We left early our first morning there and took a long trek along a river gorge, through rice paddies and unbelievably green fields. It was hot and humid already at 0730am. We reached the top of a steep climb along the ridge and came upon a couple of small houses and local artists' ... read more
Wayan the Artist
So called bridge across the gorge.
Climbing out the other side

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Ubud October 12th 2005

It's called "active meditation". Our facilitator, Selena Bulan, explained that this meditation technique is different from what we usually do at the tailend of our yoga class - where we sit down, cross our legs, our eyes closed, breathing in and out, reciting a mantra. In active meditation, we have to move, literally, and dance, with our eyes closed. Dancing must be easy for Selena. Tall, slim, long curly hair, she generates an aura of natural born goddess. She's a woman who can't be loved and possessed because has to be adored and worshipped. She's both earthy and spiritual. Selena's one woman who can dance well because she can just let go and be her own goddess self. And me, I'm such a horrible dancer. I'm not surprised. Really. Reared in repressed, guilt-ridden Catholic environment. ... read more

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Ubud October 11th 2005

n a workshop about Eros and the Divine, and its significance in writing, our writing guru, Jan Cornall, mentioned that the principle of Eros is about “being alive and feeling alive.” Tapping into that energy, according to this Aussie performance artist/playwright/poet/songwriter, will help us in our writing process. Meditating, Jan said, will help us utilize that energy, noting that as a writer and practicing Tibetan Buddhist, “desire and longing are intrinsically linked to my meditation practice.” She then proceeded to guide us to meditate - with our eyes closed, our backs straight, breathing deeply. She asked us to think about a time that we felt some huge passion. To feel it, taste it, smell it, hear it. After about 10 minutes of meditation, she asked us to come back to the center, open our eyes ... read more

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Ubud October 7th 2005

Some updates: *posted my first entry about Bali (Life Goes On In Ubud) * blogged about my travels in Pokhara (Grrrl Power in Pokhara) and Vang Vieng (Bored in Vang Vieng) *will be heading to Bali Spirit soon for active meditations with Salena * miss you all! but very happy here! *and to fitri: see you soon in jakarta!... read more

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Ubud October 7th 2005

I came to Bali burdened by the images of bloodied victims of the recent bombing plastered in the pages of the Malaysian dailies. I was in KL when the second bombing in Bali occurred . I called my parents, and they were very worried. My dad has specifically asked me to return to Singapore, where it’s safe, no terrorist bombs will kill you (and I was thinking well, in Singapore, you’ll die not from bombing but from depression, heartbreak, psychosis and sheer boredom). My sister, who’s working in Singapore, also dissuaded me from going to Bali. I told them not to worry too much about me. That I’m not going to Kuta. That Ubud is different from Kuta. That I won’t be going to any nightclubs. That I’m going to Ubud just to attend the ... read more
Musical Kids

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Ubud October 5th 2005

ap·pre·hen·sion (ăp'rĭ-hĕn'shən) pronunciation n. 1. Fearful or uneasy anticipation of the future; dread. 2. The act of seizing or capturing; arrest. 3. The ability to apprehend or understand; understanding. 1. Fearful or uneasy anticipation of the future; dread. (well not dread - too strong) 2005 October 1st - I was sitting in another crumbling hostel in Kuala Lumpur, killing a day or two with movies and shopping, waiting for my flight to Bali. In Kuta, Bali's main tourist center Islamic extremists were carrying out suicide bombings. 27 people died as a result, and hundreds were injured, many seriously. I had a ticket to fly to Bali on Monday 3rd October, not much time to make a decision and a tough one as well. I spent Sunday researching, reading the reports, scouring the forums, and trying to ... read more
Temple Carvings
Ubud Market
Bali Kids

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Ubud September 9th 2005

Our last destination on Bali was Ubud, the city with the highest concentration of cultural sites on this island. It is not very far from Lovina and normally we would have taken a public bus, but we wanted to see more temples lying on the way, so we hired a car and a driver. The main receptionist of our hotel in Lovina made a good and honest impression on us, so we accepted when he offered to arrange this for us. We left Lovina, but not without bidding a hearty farewell to M. Hamel and headed towards Mount Batur. The road to the 1,710m high volcano, which is the most active volcano on Bali having erupted 20 times during the past 20 years, lead us through spectacular landscape. Lake Batur in the centre of the caldera ... read more
Mount Batur and Lake Batur
Mount Batur
Split gate of Pura Tegeh Koripan

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Ubud June 30th 2005

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Ubud June 21st 2005

Hello all, sorry for the late updates, we seem to be updating our journals about a week after we visit a place. It is actually bothering us, since we seem to forget things as time passes. But we will do our best to record things as we remember them. Ubud Day 1 Ubud is an amazing place; the environment is unlike anything we have ever seen. We stayed in a hotel near the Sacred Monkey Forest on the slow side of the street. Our hotel was wonderful, very tranquil and relaxing. We were in the back of the complex near a small river on the top of a hill. Our room was without air conditioning but it was not needed since Ubud is much cooler than the costal area. The hotel was set in a ... read more
Fire Dancer
Balancing Act

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Ubud May 22nd 2005

To my beloved Peeps, I'm staying in Bali until June 13th. I'm staying in a cute little family compound with a nice family and a nice garden for Rp 35,000 per night. That's about $3.75. I bargained it down from Rp 40,000. Expensive! LOL. Grandpa Dawson, have I made you proud? The room has cold water mandi (a big basin of water that you use a scoop to pour over yourself to get clean), no mold on the walls, and a little private garden area with a fish pond where I can do my breathing in the morning - exactly what I wanted. My friend Mary Miller (from Esalen) is also staying there this week, so I have a buddy! Though most of the time we'll be doing our own thing... Mary was also my roommate ... read more




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