When traveling in a bemo which is usually not packed with people but with sacks and bags of wares and goods of some the passengers, it is good to give a helping hand to unload the goods for them when they disembark. Once you do that, I can assure you that you not only see one smile from the one you have assisted but instead all the passengers in...more
.... lies Tranquility. Descending down the stairways to the valley will bring you to an awesome landscape of terraced rice fields and little huts shaded by palm trees. Within the valley lies 10 rock-cut "candi" - shrines believed to be dedicated to the members of the 11th century Balinese royalty. Legend had it that the memorials were carved out by...more
At Ubud, you need to board the orange bemo (mini bus), price 8,500Rp each or more (for local the maximum is 5,000Rp) for the 20minutes ride to Bedahulu. Stop at the Bedahulu terminal (which actually doesn't look at a terminal). We didn't wait long before we board another bemo which is blue for about 40minutes ride to Tampaksiring - this time round we had an honest driver who charged us a maximum fare of only 5,000Rp each. Stop at Tampaksiring bemo terminal and you will find the sign showing the way to Gunung Kawi.
What to buy:
I'm a big fan of these coconuts, and it seems they are not generally sold all over Bali, but more or less found only near the shops at the entrance and in Gunung Kawi grounds. The artisans say that it takes from a week to a month to complete a carving. The ones taking a month or more to complete are the best and priced accordingly - the artisan I purchased from didn't even display those prominently and only showed them after I asked detailed questions about the crafting process!
With reasonable care, I can attest that they do keep for a long time, as I've had one for over ten years. Careful not to drop them or squash them either as I did drop my first one but managed to bond the pieces back.
Expect to be initally offered to pay US$10 or several times more depending on quality...
Also available is a 1/2 coconut shell base stand for light bulb to make a lamp. I don't know prices for these.
When entering into a "pura' (temple), here are a few things you need to observe :-1. For men who wear short shorts/bemudas, you will need to put on a sarong with a sash 2. For women, proper decent blouse and if in skirts or short pants, put on a sarong and a sash3. Men and women who wear long pants or 3/4 pants will only require to wear the sash...more
Once you are at the base near the monuments in Gunung Kawi and before you enter into the compounds, there is a pot of water at the entrance. Read the instructions on the sign : it says visitors may sprinkle some of the holy water on their heads and be blessed. Using the strawlike sprinkler, we dip into the holy water and sprinkle some on each...more
Most Balinese are very artistic. Infact a lot of them make their handicrafts in the shop where they sell them. On our way out from Gunung Kawi, we noticed that one of the stalls sat a man who was so engrossed in his craving of the coconut shell that he did not look up for at least 15minutes. Along side where he sat, his craftworks were neatly...more
Two little girls got up the same bemos that we were in and they were intrigued when I was going through my pictures in the digital camera. I took the opportunity to speak to them in "bahasa" (the Malay language) and they responded. I asked if I could take a photo of them and they were pretty shy but agreed. Once i have taken a shot of them, i...more
On our way back from Tampaksiring, there was this friendly old man who was trying to sell his handicraft to Harry. It is actually carved coconut shell. He took out a couple - all beautifully and intricately carved with dragons and phoenixs and some with flowers. His open price was 250,000Rp each for the not so intricate ones. Well, we were not...more