In and Around Bali

If Bali were a man, he would be charming and laid back. He would be the YOLO kind of guy who would love to be surrounded by beautiful and pristine water that have healthy coral reef, enticing volcanoes and cultural and religious beliefs that have remained virtually untouched by the comings and goings of strangers. He would rise early in the morning, grab his surf board, walk barefoot along Legian Street and catch the waves at Kuta Beach. He would buy his breakfast from one of the many ambulant food vendors and eat it with his bare hands right beside the road. He would sleep the entire day or wake up for a while to lounge around in the pool. At night, after a bed rest, he would come out like a jungle cat looking for his prey and dance and drink until the break of dawn. Lather, rinse, repeat.

A sculpture of Ganesha welcomes the guests of Ronta Bungalow.

A sculpture of Ganesha welcomes the guests of Ronta Bungalow.

A closer look at Ganesha, the patron of art and science according to Hindu beliefs.

A closer look at Ganesha, the patron of art and science according to Hindu beliefs.

Not a meter away from Ganesha is this sacred hole for worship.

Not a meter away from Ganesha is this sacred hole for worship.

Lady Rose Tattoo shop along Poppies Lane II, beside Ronta Bungalow

Lady Rose Tattoo shop along Poppies Lane II, beside Ronta Bungalow

Inside Lady Rose Tattoo Shop

Inside Lady Rose Tattoo Shop

This is possibly how Lady Rose looks like. This street art is found across the shop.

This is possibly how Lady Rose looks like, not really lady-like but that hair is enough to rival Rapunzel’s. This street art is found across the shop.

Next to the reclining Lady Rose is this set of images.

Next to the reclining Lady Rose is this set of images.

Beside or a shop down Lady Rose is this tiny quadrilateral that houses several paintings for sale. The guys in charge allowed me to take two photos and stopped me after I snapped my second.

Beside or a shop down Lady Rose is this tiny quadrilateral that houses several paintings for sale. The guys in charge allowed me to take two photos and promptly stopped me after I snapped the second. Very efficient.

Paintings for sale along Poppies Lane II

Paintings for sale along Poppies Lane II

For those who need money  to have tattoos or to buy paintings, there is an ATM center. Beside the ATM center is a liquor store.

For those who need money to have tattoos or to buy paintings, there is an ATM center. Beside the ATM center is a liquor store.

Stores along Legian Street

One of the stores along Legian Street

Some of the stores were closed at 930am.

Some of the stores were closed at 930am.

Stores in Kuta are open at night

Stores in Kuta are open at night

Stores in Kuta are open at night

Stores in Kuta are open at night

This store by the road is not in Kuta but near Kintamani.

This store by the road is not in Kuta but near Kintamani.

This pig on its hind legs reminds me of Orwell's Animal Farm. Piggy's Bar is along Legian Street.

This pig on its hind legs reminds me of Orwell’s Animal Farm. Piggy’s Bar is along Legian Street.

Legian Street was almost deserted at 8am.

Legian Street was almost deserted at 8am. That is my shadow on the right.

A side street that is perpendicular to Legian Street

A side street perpendicular to Legian Street

An interesting sight on the way to Kuta Beach

An interesting sight on the way to Kuta Beach

The Bali Bombing Memorial or Ground Zero Monument. It stands where Paddy's Pub was located. Paddy's Pub was destroyed in the 2002 bombing.

The Bali Bombing Memorial or Ground Zero Monument. It stands where Paddy’s Pub was located. Paddy’s Pub was destroyed in the 2002 bombing. The black marble plaque in the center of the monument contains the names of the victims.

Beachwalk is a high-end mall that faces Kuta Beach. It has faucets in its entrance to accommodate customers who just came from the beach.

Beachwalk is a high-end mall that faces Kuta Beach. It has faucets in its entrance to accommodate customers who just came from the beach.

The entrance of the restaurant we had dinner at Jimbaran Bay.

The entrance of the restaurant we had dinner at Jimbaran Bay.

Inside the restaurant was this huge image of someone I do not know.

Inside the restaurant was this huge image of someone or something I do not know.

One of the dinner set-ups at Jimbaran Bay. The pitch black part is actually the water.

One of the dinner set-ups at Jimbaran Bay. The pitch black part is actually the water and the sky. We ate with the sky as our roof, really fine sand as our floor and waves as our background music.

This cat stared at us while we had our breakfast on the shore of Lovina Beach.

This cat stared at us while we had our breakfast on the shore of Lovina Beach.

Door with detailed work, near Kintamani.

Door with detailed work, near Kintamani.

Local boys wearing traditional clothes - kamben sarong - on their way to a festival. This photo was taken near Kintamani.

Local boys wearing traditional clothes – kamben sarong – on their way to a festival. This photo was taken near Kintamani.

The roofs of the houses in Bali (and in some parts of Jakarta, I did not notice if this was true in Yogyakarta)  had an almost uniform look. The roofs have sirap or hard wood shingles arranged like tiles. This photo was taken from the balcony of our third-floor room in Ronta Bungalow.

The roofs of the houses in Bali (and in some parts of Jakarta, I did not notice if this was true in Yogyakarta) had an almost uniform look. The roofs have sirap or hard wood shingles arranged like tiles. This photo was taken from the balcony of our third-floor room in Ronta Bungalow.

An higly-ornate exit at Denpasar Airport.

A highly-ornate exit at Denpasar International Airport.

Inside Denpasar International Airport. I took more than 100 photos while we waited for our flight to Yogyakarta. There were free samples of chocolates in one of the cafes. :)

Inside Denpasar International Airport. I took more than 100 photos while we waited for our flight to Yogyakarta. There were free samples of chocolates in one of the cafes. πŸ™‚

Kites in the shape of grasshopper and butterfly. The kites are also available in bird-figures.

Kites in the shape of grasshopper and butterfly. The kites are also available in bird-figures.

 

 

2 thoughts on “In and Around Bali

  1. I do not know how much having tattoos in Bali costs. I guess that it’s not a lot because there were a lot of tattoo shops there (no monopoly and all that stuff, I guess). Marami ring shops na nagbebenta ng surf boards, beach apparel and such. Maraming naka-sale.

    It is nice to take candid photos of strangers, especially the simple but tagos-sa-pusong eksena. πŸ™‚

  2. That’s why I want to stay in Bali.. es muy relajante.. I usually answer that in our Spanish class on what place will I stay for good. ang lakas maka-laid back.. πŸ˜‰ Is the tattoo expensive there? I like the painting of the old man that looks like from another Indian tribe.. When we went there in Tama Mini India, there was a father and son who are flying their kites.. I was able to shot them with my camera and it was a nice scenery and bonding moment for them. πŸ™‚

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