when i first stepped out of the arrival area in the airport, the first thing i noticed was the cool air that day. so unusual. so not Bali.
but i liked it that way. and we were lucky enough because the weather stayed the same until our last day there.
as soon as i left the airport, my mind automatically changed into the holiday mood. took pictures of everything. so touristy ;P
|the first picture that i took with instagram when we just arrived in Denpasar, the capital of Bali. we rented a car along with the driver. it is the most convenient way to travel around in Bali with reasonable cost.|
|with the city and the sea as the background, this area looks best at evening..the lights of the city looks really pretty. we went to our hotel after dinner.|
|this is the mountain that i was talking about. Gunung Kintamani (Mount Kintamani). isn't it an amazing view? i love it!|
|next stop was Istana Tampak Siring (Tampak Siring Palace). this is the palace where our first Indonesian President used to live.|
|Pura Tirtha Empul, a holy area., still around the palace site.|
|mother and daughter praying.|
|my younger sister and i.|
|now this is my favorite part. the traditional souvenir market. it's still located in the area. when you're done with the palace, there is a pathway that leads to this market and finally the exit.|
|handmade wooden sculptures|
|another younger sister. they're different people, but look like twins. and look nothing like me. xP|
|look at those beautiful things!!|
besides the incomparable beauty of the natures and ancient sites it has, i pay more attention to the strong culture of people there, their behavior and their strong beliefs in life.
they believe so much in karma and for them life is all about balance. the original Balinese people are very kind and always leave with peace. their belief is so strong that you can even see and feel it everywhere when you come there. the atmosphere is so different.
and in this modern life, that is one of the rare things to experience. Bali is where you can see the modern life and the strong superstitious traditional life combined perfectly.
we can still find crimes happen there, but most of the time it's started by the migrants from other islands..not from the original Bali people. it's become quite a big problem nowadays, it kind of destroys the reputation of Balinese, because the Balinese won't even dare to hurt animals..they are really really honest and kind. so yea..too bad. (to me, it kind of explains why some of the shop owners here are quite 'aggressive', lol).
...to be continued...