If you are near to the souvenir cum drink shop next to the white cliff viewing point, you will see the interesting green mat which the local used to sit down, which is actually made from the long leaves of the surrounding plants. Very interesting and unique indeed :)
The temple at Uluwatu is out of bounds to visitors and we can only see it from the outside. There are signs which say that the temple inner grounds are meant for devotees only, so do not enter as a mark of respect.
Upon entering Pura Uluwatu (even if it's the surroundings of it), you will need to put on a "sarong" (a piece of material wrapped around your waist) and tie a sash if you are either not in long pants or in skirts. For those who are in long pants, you will only need to put on a sash. These are provided at the entrance and the fee is already included in the tickets you purchased. This is not only a custom in Uluwatu - it is a custom in Bali whenever you enter into the vicinity of the "pura" , temple.
As you drive around Bali,
you will see very old trees dressed
with a black & white checkered skirt.
Usually, these trees are very sacred
and a place of worship
will be set up at the base of the trunk.
The black and white checkered poleng cloth
symbolizes good and evil forces in balance.
When we were in Uluwatu, we happened to see a Balinese ceremony being held in the "pura" (temple). All the followers were in white and there were blessings with water done. There was absolute quietness in the compounds of the "pura" except for the murmurs of prayers and soft chantings.
Because the land in Uluwatu is
arid and not really productive for growing crops,
the local families here have learned to rely on fishing.
At low tide,
you will see not only the men,
but their wives and children
scouting under the rocks for squids, octopuses, etc.
You might even find freshly cooked seafood at one of the local warungs
As you enter
the main entrance of
you will not only notice
the large signs promoting the
new golf & surf project being built,
but you will also encounter
hectares and hectares of land
which, has had a dark, tainted history.
There once was a time when the
ex-president Suharto ruled for
32 years, up until angry mobs
and riots pushed him into
the decision to resign after
massive accusations of corruption.
During his time in power
he and his family were alleged
to have amassed hundreds of millions of dollars
in personal wealth creamed off
from state assets and kickbacks
given in return for lucrative business contracts.
His equally corrupt and youngest son,
Tommy, had swindled
the local farmers of this area
of their land, so to develop a
massive 74 hectare tourism project.
Tommy was never shy
of flaunting his wealth,
driving in his shiny blue Rolls Royce
and his time spending millions of dollars
on a string of luxury homes around the world,
including a $4-million hunting ranch
in New Zealand, more than
20 apartments in England
and buying a Lamborghini.
Tommy was recently released from jail,
after serving only 4 of his
15 years jail term for
his role in paying a hitman
to kill Supreme Court Judge
who had sentenced him
to 18 months in prison in 2000
for a multimillion-dollar
real estate scam.
Prosecutors alleged that Tommy
initially tried to overturn
the corruption ruling
by bribing the judge.
Rather than face 18 months in jail,
Tommy went into hiding,
sparking a manhunt lasting more than a year.
During his time in hiding, they say,
Tommy ordered the judge's assassination.
Kartasasmita was gunned down
by two men riding motorbikes.
When the men were arrested,
they claimed Tommy had
paid them for the killing.
The farmers and owners of the land
adjacent to Dreamland Beach
are trying to battle him
for $19 million in court
for the 74 hectares of land that
they had been swindled out of,
by Tommy’s company.
In June 1998,
shortly after his father's fall from power,
Time Magazine estimated
Tommy's personal fortune in
the region of $800 million.
Development has re-commenced
for the Pecatu Project,
after a long pause caused
by the 1997 economic crises.
The project is to
include residential developments,
hotels, shopping outlets
and a very large golf course.
At the entrance gate of Uluwatu Temple, as you paid a Rp. 3,000,- entrance fee, all visitors should use SARONG and Sash with no additional payment, it was Bali Custom if one enter a temple as well as the temple at Pura Luhur Uluwatu
As you walk along
the beaches of Bali,
you may come across
some trash which,
will be composed of
the elements used for ceremonies.
Most of these items are
a combination of organic material,
but then you will have the sweets which,
are wrapped in plastic
and maybe some other items.
It’s sad the lack of education and consciousness
that you will encounter in most of Bali,
towards keeping the environment clean.
Lots has change from
the early days of Dreamland,
when hardly anyone,
but the passionate surfer
would go there.
It seems that now a days,
it The Place to come dressed up,
and have your picture taken.
As you stroll the beach,
you will see over and over again,
happy posers in front of the camera
offering their best smile and pose.
f you are a western girl,
walking Dreamland Beach in a bikini,
and happen to fall amongst
a group of fully dressed Indonesians,
they are most probably,
traveling on one of he tour busses
parked up above on the cliff.
They’re not used to seeing a girl in a bikini,
and may be honored to have themselves
taken in a photo posing with you.
just a straight out ‘say cheese photo’.
You will definitely make their day!
Water, the source of life,
is becoming scarce all over the world.
And here in Bali, the same goes.
Even though the Balinese in most cases
have no consciousness or clue that
in most areas of the world there is a concern,
they believe that there is an endless supply.
You may see these big water trucks
driving around the Bukit,
and precisely, these trucks go to
various homes supplying them with water.
Most probably if you stay at
a villa or hotel in the Bukit area,
it is very possible that they
get there water trucked in.
If not, they might have hooked up
to the recent and very thin
water pipe that is furnished by the government.
You can see this white pipe bordering
the boundaries of the land, and this is
where the water travels through.
So, when you take your shower,
be conscious and take care
of the quantity that you use.
If you are wearing shorts, you will be asked to wear a cloth around your waist before visiting the temple as shown in the photograph. This is a mark of respect for Hinduism.