Sonya and Travis http://sonyaandtravis.com tales of travel and adventure Sun, 14 Dec 2014 16:29:03 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0.1 Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary, Ubud, Indonesia http://sonyaandtravis.com/sacred-monkey-forest-sanctuary-ubud-indonesia/ http://sonyaandtravis.com/sacred-monkey-forest-sanctuary-ubud-indonesia/#comments Sun, 14 Dec 2014 16:29:03 +0000 http://sonyaandtravis.com/?p=4009 One our final day in Bali while Sonya was having a message, I decided to visit the Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary again and enjoy it at a more relaxed pace. Monkey’s present some great photo opportunities as they are always doing something … Continue reading

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One our final day in Bali while Sonya was having a message, I decided to visit the Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary again and enjoy it at a more relaxed pace. Monkey’s present some great photo opportunities as they are always doing something interesting.

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Mount Batur, Bali, Indonesia – an active volcano http://sonyaandtravis.com/mount-batur-bali-indonesia-active-volcano/ http://sonyaandtravis.com/mount-batur-bali-indonesia-active-volcano/#comments Sun, 14 Dec 2014 06:13:48 +0000 http://sonyaandtravis.com/?p=3982 From Kuil Gunung Kawi our guide offered to take us to Mount Batur for lunch, though to our disappointment one of the overpriced, stock-standard tourist buffet restaurants that the Chinese tourists love. The only redeeming feature was the beautiful view of Lake Batur … Continue reading

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From Kuil Gunung Kawi our guide offered to take us to Mount Batur for lunch, though to our disappointment one of the overpriced, stock-standard tourist buffet restaurants that the Chinese tourists love. The only redeeming feature was the beautiful view of Lake Batur sitting inside Mount Batur which was visible from our table.

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Kuil Gunung Kawi, Tampaksiring, Bali, Indonesia http://sonyaandtravis.com/kuil-gunung-kawi-tampaksiring-bali-indonesia/ http://sonyaandtravis.com/kuil-gunung-kawi-tampaksiring-bali-indonesia/#comments Sun, 14 Dec 2014 03:26:53 +0000 http://sonyaandtravis.com/?p=3958 Kuil Gunung Kawi is an eleventh centurary grouping of funeral shrines carved into the sheer cliff face of the Pakerisan river valley. Constantly listed as a must see, I was a little underwhelmed, maybe because I had seen so many other … Continue reading

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Kuil Gunung Kawi is an eleventh centurary grouping of funeral shrines carved into the sheer cliff face of the Pakerisan river valley.

Constantly listed as a must see, I was a little underwhelmed, maybe because I had seen so many other impressive tombs and cemetery throughout our travels.

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Barong and kris dance, Batuan, Bali, Indonesia http://sonyaandtravis.com/barong-kris-dance-batuan-bali-indonesia/ http://sonyaandtravis.com/barong-kris-dance-batuan-bali-indonesia/#comments Fri, 12 Dec 2014 09:50:57 +0000 http://sonyaandtravis.com/?p=3912 One of the must-sees while in Bali is a traditional Balinese dance, our guide brought us to one of the more popular dances held at Pura Puseh in the city of Batuan, ten kilometers south of Ubud. The dance is … Continue reading

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One of the must-sees while in Bali is a traditional Balinese dance, our guide brought us to one of the more popular dances held at Pura Puseh in the city of Batuan, ten kilometers south of Ubud. The dance is known as the Barong and kris dance, the Barong  lion-like mythical Balinese creature, and the kris (or keris) is a traditional dagger with a wavy blade.

The Barong and kris dance

The Barong play represents an eternal fight between good and evil.  Barong (a mythological animal) represents the good spirit and Rangda (a mythological monster) represents an evil one.

The dance starts with a music overtone

Followed by his friend the monkey, the tiger comes out.  Three masked dancers appear, representing men making palm wine in the forest, whose child is killed by the Barong.  The three men get angry and attack the Barong which is helped by the monkey.  During the fight, the nose of one of the three men is bitten off.

First act

Two girl dancers appear, representing the servants of the Rangda, looking for the servants of Dewi Kunti who are on the way to meet their Patih (Prime Minister).

Second act

The servants of Dewi Kunti come.  One of the servants of the Rangda changes into a witch.  The witch enters and makes both servants angry.  They meet their Patih and go together to Dewi Kunti.

Third act

Dewi Kunti and her son, Sadewa come up.  Dewi Kunti has promised the Rangda to sacrifice Sadewa.  A witch appears and enters Dewi Kunti.  She becomes angry and orders the Patih to bring Sadewa into the forest.  The Patih also enters and does not have pity on Sadewa.  Sadewa is then taken to into a forest and tied to a tree.

Fourth act

Unknown by Rangda, Siwa God appears and gives Sadewa immortality.  The Rangda appears, ready to kill Sadewa, and eat him up but Sadewa is still alive.  She then surrenders and asks him to redeem herself.  Sadewa agrees and kills the Rangda.  The Rangda goes into Heaven.

Fifth act

One of the servants of the Rangda called Kalika comes up before Sadewa and asks him to redeem herself, too.  Sadewa refuses.  Kalika gets angry and changes herself into a boar and fights Sadewa.  The boar can be defeated.  She then changes herself into a bird but is defeated again.  At last she changes herself into Rangda and Sadewa cannot kill her.  In such circumstances, Sadewa decides to then change himself into a Barong.  Still the Rangda seems to be too powerful and the fight is ended.  Followers of the Barong appear and help him fight the Rangda.

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Neka Art Museum, Ubud, Bali, Indonesia http://sonyaandtravis.com/neka-art-museum-ubud-bali-indonesia/ http://sonyaandtravis.com/neka-art-museum-ubud-bali-indonesia/#comments Wed, 10 Dec 2014 16:02:20 +0000 http://sonyaandtravis.com/?p=3884 Along the Campuhan Ridge Walk when returning back to Ubud is the Neka Art Museum. Neka housed traditional Balinese paintings as well as contemporary art. Some of my favourites are included below. -8.4921172 115.25382119999995

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Along the Campuhan Ridge Walk when returning back to Ubud is the Neka Art Museum. Neka housed traditional Balinese paintings as well as contemporary art.

Some of my favourites are included below.

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Campuhan Ridge Walk, Ubud, Bali, Indonesia http://sonyaandtravis.com/campuhan-ridge-walk-ubud-bali-indonesia/ http://sonyaandtravis.com/campuhan-ridge-walk-ubud-bali-indonesia/#comments Tue, 09 Dec 2014 06:28:12 +0000 http://sonyaandtravis.com/?p=3836 On the third day in Ubud, Bali we decided to view the rice-paddies and what better way to do this then the famous Campuhan Ridge Walk. The Campuhan Ridge Walk is well trodden with good paths, the first half has … Continue reading

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On the third day in Ubud, Bali we decided to view the rice-paddies and what better way to do this then the famous Campuhan Ridge Walk.

The Campuhan Ridge Walk is well trodden with good paths, the first half has dirt roads that even tour vans can get to and on the way down winding sealed roads. There were plenty of places to stop for a drink or view along the way. One of the highlights was the Neka Art Museum which I will write about in a separate post.

  1. Ibah Luxury Villas
  2. Pura Gunung Lebah
  3. Karsa Cafe
  4. Bangkiang Village
  5. Pura Pucak Payongan
  6. Pura Khayangan
  7. Neka Art Gallery
  8. Mozaic Restaurant
  9. Bintang Supermarket
  10. Botanical Garden
  11. Don Antonio Blanco Museum

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Tirta Empul Temple, Water Temple, Bali, Indonesia http://sonyaandtravis.com/tirta-empul-temple-water-temple-bali-indonesia/ http://sonyaandtravis.com/tirta-empul-temple-water-temple-bali-indonesia/#comments Sun, 07 Dec 2014 12:05:43 +0000 http://sonyaandtravis.com/?p=3799 Pura Tirtha Empul, also known as Tirta Empul Temple or simply the Water Temple is a Hindu temple centrally located on Bali Island. Simon and Josh were keen to visit this temple so utilising their driver, we made the 45 minute journey … Continue reading

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Pura Tirtha Empul, also known as Tirta Empul Temple or simply the Water Temple is a Hindu temple centrally located on Bali Island. Simon and Josh were keen to visit this temple so utilising their driver, we made the 45 minute journey from Ubud. Near by is the better known Kuil Gunung Kawi, which we skipped as Simon and Josh weren’t impressed when reading about the over 270 steps to traverse.

Tirta Empul Temple is similar styled to other Balinese Hindu temples, with the addition of bathing pools which is famous for its holy water. At the time of visit we saw a few people bathing in the water which is said to have purification properties.

One of the other pools of water was filled with koi fish being fed by tourists.

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Monkey Forest, Ubud, Balid, Indonesia http://sonyaandtravis.com/monkey-forest-ubud-balid-indonesia/ http://sonyaandtravis.com/monkey-forest-ubud-balid-indonesia/#comments Fri, 28 Nov 2014 07:36:15 +0000 http://sonyaandtravis.com/?p=3758 On the second day in Ubud we caught up with my brother, Simon and his friend Josh who drove down from Sanur on the coast of Bali. We decided to visit the Monkey Forest first even though we were not … Continue reading

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On the second day in Ubud we caught up with my brother, Simon and his friend Josh who drove down from Sanur on the coast of Bali. We decided to visit the Monkey Forest first even though we were not quite show if it was something we should take Farah into.

It turned out that the Monkey Forest was quite okay, with the monkey’s staying their ground unless you presented them with food. There were local Balinese men with sticks scattered around the Monkey Forest who did try to maintain the peace, though a lot of the time they were feeding the monkey’s instead.

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Ubud city – Ubud Palace, Pura Saraswati and Museum Pura Lukisan http://sonyaandtravis.com/ubud-city-ubud-palace-pura-saraswati-museum-puri-lukisan/ http://sonyaandtravis.com/ubud-city-ubud-palace-pura-saraswati-museum-puri-lukisan/#comments Mon, 17 Nov 2014 11:21:21 +0000 http://sonyaandtravis.com/?p=3692 Our first day in Ubud we decided to take it easy and explore Ubud city, after all, we weren’t entirely sure how little Farah would hold up. I purchased the Deuter Kid Carrier on an impulse and it was really … Continue reading

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Our first day in Ubud we decided to take it easy and explore Ubud city, after all, we weren’t entirely sure how little Farah would hold up.

I purchased the Deuter Kid Carrier on an impulse and it was really very useful navigating the uneven and dangerous paths.

Located at the North of Ubud is a collection of temples some which have been incorporated into the grounds of the modern Ubud Palace and Ubud Museum.

Ubud Palace

The unsigned palace is a small section of the palace courtyard open to the public, exploring the grounds gave us a taste of Balinese architecture, multi tiered roofs with mythical creatures all wearing a traditional Sarong, which normally covers the temple  visitor’s bare legs.

Pura Saraswati

From the courtyard of Ubud Palace we continue to wander around the area, we stumbled into some unknown temples there were across the road which may have been the local village’s private temple, a sight we realised was quite common throughout Ubud.

We headed back to the main road and passed Pura Desa temple, which even though we couldn’t enter was very impressive from afar, with its meticulously kept gardens.

Next door to Pura Desa is the entrance to Pura Saraswati, an unusuality  is the Starbucks coffee at the entrance, which though it isn’t great to see at a temple, does a good job of blending in.

Pura Saraswait’s entrance is a central walkway past ponds of lotus flowers and made for some nice photos. Inside the upper temple’s level was many mini temples and shrines, some with mythical creates adorning them.

Ubud Museum

Ubud Museum’s entrance is another converted temple, Puri Lukisan, once past the entrance there is meticulous gardens with ponds and water features. We spent a while exploring the grounds and the small scattered buildings on the garden’s outskirts that housed artwork.

At the end we took a break with a complimentary cold drink.

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Ubud, Bali, Indonesia – travelling with a little one http://sonyaandtravis.com/ubud-bali-indonesia-travelling-little-one/ http://sonyaandtravis.com/ubud-bali-indonesia-travelling-little-one/#comments Fri, 10 Oct 2014 06:51:06 +0000 http://sonyaandtravis.com/?p=3674 Our trip to Bali was our first family holiday with the little one. Bali is a convenient three and a half hour flight from Perth.  We hadn’t been there before together, and since it is relatively tourist friendly and not … Continue reading

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Our trip to Bali was our first family holiday with the little one. Bali is a convenient three and a half hour flight from Perth.  We hadn’t been there before together, and since it is relatively tourist friendly and not too expensive to travel, we thought it would be a great choice for a short trip.  We decided to stay in Ubud, a bustling town in the island’s central area, famed for its picturesque rice paddies, temples, culture, food and art.

Our accommodation was a lovely Balinese style villa set amongst the rice paddies – such luxury for us who are accustomed to hostels and backpacker joints. It even had its own private pool! The villa was in the village of Mas, a little out of the main city, and though it meant we needed to catch a shuttle to go into town, it was pleasant being away from the smells and sounds of the city. We took a few early morning walks around the rice paddies and it was quite enjoyable.

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