31 August, 2008

Bali Trip Day 1 : Holy Spring Temple

Oh My Gawd!!!! I can't believe I just received Rony's email again this evening at 5.30 P.M. then the next 2 hours received a surprise call from him again. (But too bad the line is not quite well for today, I'm hardly to hear his voice through the phone. Maybe due to it was an international call, and the weather now kind of cloudy, so there's a slightly interruption.)

But, on and off we did chat for a while. He was touring a newly married couple from Malaysia who were having their honeymoon in Bali. Glad to hear that he was enjoyed touring this lovely couple from Malaysia. And due to previous experience, he managed to share and communicate more better with the couple. Good job!!! Keep it up, Rony!!

Ok, as my little friend from Bali - Rony touring for real. I, myself will be touring you guys through my blog. Today we will be visiting The Holy Spring Temple. So buckle up your seat belt. The journey of "The Holy Spring Temple" yet to begin.

According to the local tour guide tells us, there is a lies a holy spring welling up the ground which is believe that can keep you young.

Here are some shots before entering the temple.

Since everybody heard that the spring water will keep them look younger, so everybody rushing to wash their face with the spring water.

Before entering the temple, there's a rules that we must follow, we can't wear short pants or else we need to cover ourself with a piece of "Sarong". And everyone who entered into the temple area must tied themselves a yellow ribbon as well around their waist.

Tirta Empul Temple or Tampak Siring Temple is a holy spring water temple located in Tampak Siring Village, Gianyar regency and it is about 39 km eastwards from Denpasar town. It is set in the dale and encircled by the hill. In the west side of this temple, there is an Indonesian President palace which has been found by the first president. The name of Tirta Empul is loaded in a inscription which is kept at Sakenan Temple, Manukaya village, Sub district of Tampak Siring, about 3 km from Tirta Empul Temple. In this inscription, the Tirta Empul is named by the Tirta Ri Air Hampul and then the name has changed into Tirta Hampul and finally become the Tirta Empul. Tirta Ri air hampul is meaning the water emerge or the holy pool (Petirthan) which is the water emerge from the land.

Besides, seeing the nice temples, holy spring water. We also get to see beautiful pond with fishy inside of it.

History of Tampak Siring or Tirta Empul
The wellspring emerges from the land is believed that it is the infinite creation. According to the history, that, that this water source is arranged and sanctified by king Indrajayasinghawarmadewa in the year 882 Saka (960 M). He has given the name with Tirta ri air hampul. The data is loaded in the inscription that is located at Sakenan Temple. Besides of the above epigraphy data, in Tirta Empul Temple is also found the archaeology omission like Colossus Yoni, Arca Lion, Tepasana and Tirta Empul Pool. According to papyrus of Usana Bali narrated that Tirta Empul is created by Bhatara Indra (Sun Deity) when bearing arms against the king where his palace is located in Bedahulu Countryside. He is known as a very miraculous king, which he can lose or show suddenly, therefore he is named by Mayadenawa. Because of its miracle, he becomes the arrogance and expressing himself as a god. The Mayadenawa King owns the assistant (Patih) which is called Kalawong. They prohibit the people to do the Yadnya (praying to the god) so that is often happened the natural disaster, disease epidemic, agriculture fail and finally miserable life society. Finally Betara Indra (one of Hindu God) gives battle against the kings that happened in Tampak Siring and then the Mayadenawa is gone to the wall and disappear. King Mayadenawa has also created poisonous pools which can the team of Bathara Indra die and faint after drinking this water. Then Bathara Indra stick the weapon of Umbul-umbul and finally the water is emerging so that called by Tirta Empul and then it is passed to the dead and faint soldier that made them back to live. Therefore at the moment this pool water is sanctified by the Hindu society in Bali and they believe that this water source can heal various of diseases, hence every day this place is a lot of visited by Hindu people to do the ritual and sanctify them self . This place has been opened for public and as a famous tourist destination in Bali.

Just before leaving The Holy Spring Temple, I managed to snap my final shots one of the statue of the place.

Getting bored of seeing the temples, sceneries??? What about we change another activity - Going for shopping a bit!!! As we will be visiting the Ubud Market which selling a huge variety of souveniers, slippers, handcrafts. Guarantee will make your purse a "BIG HOLE". Heh!! Heh!!

Bali Trip Day 1 : Lunch @ Pitaloka Restaurant, Lake Batur

Ok, lunch time!!! lunch time!!! After enjoying our visit to the Mas Village, everybody was extreamely hungry and starving for food. So the tour bus driver drove us to Pitaloka Restaurant for food hunting.

Pitaloka Restaurant located at Lake Batu. Lake Batur is the widest lake in this island. It lies down in the feet of Mount Batur and Mount Abang. At lake Batur you can see the scenic view and feel cool atmosphere. Bangli's mountainous region centers around the spectacular volcanic crater (or caldera) of Batur. Mount Batur itself is actually just a small volcano, but its setting is in the heart of a huge crater. Adjacent to the volcano is the large crescent-shaped Batur Lake, all surrounded by the high walls of the crater rim.

As the road rises steadily from Bangli or Tampaksiring, nothing in the surrounding grey landscape of bushes and garden plots suggest the presence of a volcano. But over, one more small ridge a dizzying view awaits the eyes, encompassing the crater and beyond. From Penelokan, the main road runs right round the rim towards Kintamani, the panorama shifting as circling around the crater.

The sheer size of the crater conjures up images of the massive eruption of the original Mount Batur that occurred tens of thousands years ago. The volcano is still active today as Balinese still remember the great eruption of 1917. It claimed thousands of lives and destroyed hundreds of temples.

Other eruptions have taken place since forcing the local population to be relocated, along with several of their temples, including the main Bali Temple, Pura Ulun Danu. Initially inside the huge crater, this temple has been relocated to the top of the ridge overlooking it. Here it now offers an impressive view of Mount Batur.

Located less than an hour from north Bangli. Danau Batur is Bali's largest lake and cribbed with the calderas of an active volcano named Gunung Batur.

The taste of the food served here were so so.

I was busy shooting people, while they were enjoying their food.

Ok, after gaining enough energy. We were ready to explore the next destination which was the Holy Spring Temple. You will see more temples and pagodas in my next post. So stay tune, pals :)

29 August, 2008

Yee Dik And Mee Ling's Wedding Dinner

Arggggg..... I'm full!!!!!!! I'm just get back from Yvonne's elder brother wedding dinner at Grand Ballroom, The Magellam Sutera, Sutera Harbour Resort.

It was raining like cats and dogs while we were heading to the dinner. Actually only my dad and mom were invited to the wedding dinner but due to my mom currently outstation, so I'm temporary be my dad's partner. The dinner started 7:00 P.M. and ended 10:30 P.M. Both of the bride and bridegroom were looking stunning in their chinese traditon costume.

Here are some shots that I took during the dinner:

Some Culture Performance at the main floor before we entered the ballroom.

The Wedding Photo displayed in the main entrance of the ballroom

The Backdrop

The Menu

The Wedding Cake

Senior Citizens Enjoyed Dancing In The Dance Floor

Bride and Bridegroom Getting started To Kiss Each Other

What a lovely couple !!!

My two adorable niece also want to be in my camera. Don't you think they are lovely too?

Wishing the newly couple living together happily ever after.

28 August, 2008

Bali Trip Day 1 : Mas Village

So, after we left Celuk Village. We were proceeded to Mas Village - another destination displayed all kinds of Bali's famous woodcarver. Here we also will be able to see some of the Indonesia's batik and kain tenunan. They all awsomely beautiful and unique.

During our journey to Mas Village, we did passed by some of the unique building as well. Can you see what's the different in between this building to those we used to see in Malaysia? (This is how every Bali's home look like, almost all houses in Bali got a narrow walkway and a small short door.) According to the local peoples, this is to avoid "Dirty Things" (Evil Spirits) from entering their house and ruined their life.

Believe It Or Not?? You Just Have To Believe It.

Finally, we had reached The "Mas Village". Actually it's not much different from those we had seen selling in KK. (I mean the one they used to displayed in Foo Chow Association Building near Bundusan there.)

Here were some shots of them:

Mas Village is one of villages in Bali fundamentally identified as an artistic countryside by focusing in artistic of wood carving. Mas Village is located in Ubud sub district and Gianyar Regency, east part of Bali. It owns the typical style of wood carving art by placing forward the distinguish synergy the humanism and naturalism. The village's popularity as an art village is famous in the national and world level which is not forgetting from the highness name of some maestros which has borne and found the spirit (taksu) and soul. The famous maestro who was borne in this village is Ida Bagus Tilem.

This Artistic countryside owns the long history root. The result of wood carving art in this village owns the immeasurable and wide dimension like idol for the devoting (arca idol), representative dimension of everyday Balinese social society life (farmer, fisherman, worker, intellectual, merchant etc), the abstract dimension as existing of actor imagination which is listening carefully of reality, dynamics and life philosophy. The villagers are same as villagers at other tourism countryside in Bali that have also experienced the transformation from agrarian society to the crafting society. Even nowadays, it is continued to service society from commerce service until levying service of the souvenir for overseas and domestic tourist.

It is strategically located in the main road from Denpasar to Ubud and it can be reached from various of angle. It is about 15 km easterly go to the majors road to Ubud from Denpasar town. If you wish to go to this place from Denpasar, the starting spandrel points step into Mas Village is Sakah, where a big baby idol monumentally existing in the middle of road. The Baby idol is a symbol and representative of human being life early which is believed by local residents with full of philosophic value, religious and dynamism

But many amongst all the woodcarves, I myself personally do love one of it. It's called "The Lovers' God".

Here, there you go : Introducing "The Lovers' God"

Besides the woodcarve, there's a small corner displaying local Indonesia's batik and their kain tenunan as well.

Indonesia's Batik

Kain Tenunan

If you are interested in buying any of those woodcarves, batik or kain tenunan. You can always visit here, coz besides displaying they also selling it in here, a huge variety of choice waiting for you to choose.

Feeling hungry yet? We will be having lunch at Pitaloka Restaurant located at Lake Batur. The best view in Bali with smoky Mount Batur in the middle and cold Lake Batur surrounding.

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