Legian Beach - just outside our breakfast area. This beach is an extension of Kuta beach.
My first henna tattoo. Like it? It gives me an itch now, maybe I'm allergic to henna or something! :-( The words were supposed to be "Bali", but I changed them to "Leo". I missed him in this romantic place! Being naughty, I couldn't resist running into the sea before the painting had dried. As a result, my tattoo was smudged by my long hair and while posing with Nic... :-(... the tattoo artist look pissed!! What the... is it so hard to redraw? And somemore in the end he charged me and Hau a total of 20,000 rupiah for the additional fixes.
While getting "tattooed", it rained!!! We all hurriedly squeezed under the two umbrellas... luckily it was not long before the skies cleared. At 11a.m., Chen Jie, Christy, Xuan and I had to leave for the temples, while the others remained at the beach because Nicholas wanted to get a tan. Sigh, I wish we could have spent more time basking at the beautiful beach! But on the other hand, I was really glad I chose to go temple sightseeing which was on our itinerary anyway. I wanted to spend time delving into the cultural heritage of Bali, because their unique Hindu belief and architecture are what makes Bali all the more mythical and enchanting...
Pura Taman Ayun
Our first stop of the day. Pura Taman Ayun, which means "most beautiful garden", was one of the holy temples built in 1634 A.D. by the king of Mengwi - the 2nd kingdom of Bali. It was noon and the weather was very, very hot and humid. The temple grounds were unshaded and we were walking under the direct sunlight...
Candi Bentar or 'split gate' of Taman Ayun - they have these curious gates all around Bali
Gateway to the inner courtyard of Pura Taman Ayun. Our guide, Nyoman, told us that the gates would only be open for visitors during temple festivals. There was a plaque beside the gate forbidding women to enter the gates during their menstruation period.
Nyoman gave Christy and I each a fresh frangipani flower. :-)
Statue at the gate
And now for some creative shots...! ^__^
Leaves of the frangipani tree framing the bright blue sky
The Journey of the Frangipani Flower - 1 (鸡蛋花故事系列 - 1)
The Journey of the Frangipani Flower - 2 (鸡蛋花故事系列 - 2)
The Journey of the Frangipani Flower - 3 (鸡蛋花故事系列 - 3)
There are many shrines in the courtyard, and a waterlily moat. The shrines depict Mount Meru by having many layers in odd numbers - 3, 5, 7, 11. The higher the number, the holier the shrine.
Pura Ulun Danu Bratan
This is a temple dedicated to the water goddess Dewi Danu, located by the banks of Lake Bratan in the Bedugul Highlands. The weather here was extremely lovely!! A refreshing change from the extreme heat at Pura Taman Ayun. This temple was built by the same guy who built Pura Taman Ayun.
One group photo with the lovebirds - Chen Jie & Christy
Time seemed to pass by very fast and it was time for us to meet up with the other group to watch the sunset at Tanah Lot temple (海神庙). Even if you skip all the other places, this temple is definately one of the must-visits in Bali!
Six of us ordered the 'Rijsttafel' (Rice Table) to share. According to the menu, it is a 'truly magnificient feast of small tasty portions of Indonesian delights from all around the East Indies. This was the colonial Dutch way of sampling the best food from Indonesia.' Xuan ordered the King Prawns while Chin Sen ordered Nasi Campur (again!!).