Friday, May 30, 2014

Beratan Lake, Bedugul - Bali on Day 4

Our itinerary is set early at 6:15 AM. We woke up about 5:30 AM. The driver was already at the lobby by the time we reached the area. We were on time, as well as the requested breakfast on the go. The destination is Gitgit area where the famous waterfalls is 2 hours away from the hotel. It was a boring ride at its first hour but the next hour became an interesting as we ascended into the mountain - 1000 meters above sea level north of the island. 


The driver told us we were early so we have time for a short sight-seeing. We could've made it to the strawberry field but we felt helpless when we realized its already out of the budget. Beratan is a lake situation in a mountain, how cool is that? Speaking of cool, since we arrived early it was 15 degree Celsius up there. Since we didn't expect the stopover, Jr and I were just wearing board shorts and rash guards. It was chilling and the surrounding was swallowed by smog. 


The low temperature didn't stop us to drift our curious eyes. We decided to walk it off and we scouted the whole area. There were a couple of temples in the area, a playground and a restaurant too. This is amongst the tourist spots so entrance fee is mandatory.


The traditional boats are used for canoeing. They also offer banana boating, water skiing, and fishing activities.

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                       *** Only GoPro photos on this trip, we're on our way up to the mountain to canyon.

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Dreamland - Bali, Indonesia

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Vocabulary for you: Bli = means brother in Balinese. Its one of the words we learned there (I can only remember two now),  a cab driver was the one who taught us since he thought Uncle was age-inappropriate for him. I'm going to call the driver bli since their names are hard to remember. 


This place wasn't drawn in the itinerary route. Bli decided to take us here since it's still early for our last destination -- the Uluwatu Temple.  Dreamland is located at the New Kuta Beach Rd. The path is like a private subdivision only the roads are larger. Bli said it is co-owned by their second president. There were unfinished establishments. He said its about 14 years in the making, it still not finished by the way. He said they're having issues on getting the permits for approval necessary to finish the whole location. We passed by large walls with advertisements on a project of a luxury hotel and a couple of residential building projects. 


We headed to a parking lot. Bli parked the car and instructed us to go ride the shuttle service. The shuttle service come and go every 5 minutes. We passed another row of establishments selling souvenirs. Mostly clothing and sunglasses. I loved the crowd there because I can feel the active beat of people riding on their surfboards. The crowd was ecstatic. Some are resting on a bench. Some were running around. And a lot were having a good time surfing. There were no surf lesson signage. I believe people there are born surfers. 

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I failed on these photos, colour cast was pretty bad so I had to convert to B&W and because I thought it would be easier than editing coloured ones.

Jr and I took some photos, the view was amazing. The waves are big. This is the location where I have the least photographs taken since we were in a hurry. I wanted to extend a little bit more as we intend to head to climb a cliff. But there were no time. Its passed 5:30pm, and we are headed to our last destination of the day.

Monday, May 19, 2014

Tanah Lot - Bali, Indonesia


Its was our third day on the island. We were excited to go sight-seeing this day because of the promising temple of Tanah Lot online.

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Tanah Lot is of the many famous temples in Indonesia. This may not be your ordinary temple because it is built on a rock offshore. Its meaning -- land in the sea. The sun was striking bright when we alighted the rented car. A small shrine with 2 balinese women dancing statues along its side. As we walked passed the shrine, there is a station where we need to purchase the entrance tickets. If I remember it right, it costs about 30,000 IDR = 3.30SGD = 115Php. We passed along numerous art ensembles. Paintings and sculptures. The main path to the temple is a street packed with stores selling souvenirs, shirts, trinkets and food. 

The temple can be seen when you approach its main gate. We had to pass two gigantic walls arched gates to the temple. The scene is absolutely stunning though it could've been a better view without too much crowd in the picture. The waves were not too friendly when we arrived in the morning. The ocean waves are crushing rough on the rocks while the tourists were pretty much enjoying taking their selfies having the temple as their background. 

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We tried to roam around nearby the cliff. Its a good thing Jr is always curious about places and has always wanted to explore every inch of a hectare. We didn't have a map but he opted to climb up a path to a great view for lunch. The establishments there seems to be having a slow day despite of the over crowding tourists. I bet they haven't find a way to this fortress. We consumed more than 30 minutes for our lunch. I enjoyed every wind that blew my hair up there even though the sun still gives off outstanding heat.

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After a couple of clicks with my camera, we decided to walk through the amazing Hindu maze. There were small temples as we followed the unyielding path with ==> signage. The left side shows the Indian Ocean with strong waves as it strikes the shore. I took as much photos as I could. It was my first time using my new toys: filters, filter rings and holders. They all seemed perfect when viewed in the camera but I pretty much got disappointed of the outcome when I viewed in a larger screen. There's always a first time. I promise, landscapes will be better.

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There were sunset signs in there but we didn't make it to sunset as we chose to see the sun bid goodbye in Uluwatu. As we reached the end, its time to head back to find the car to our next destination. 

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Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Toys for Men

I've seen men going crazy over this men's barbie depicting mecha in Gundam series. You say you're looking for a challenge? So you want something complicated than building Legoland? 

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If I had the extra moolah I would've spared some. I would've love doing the scraping, airbrushing and painting colors on its body parts for a full armor unicorn gundam. The assembly has made men gaga just like tracing lines a girl drew on a white bond paper for a paperdoll's new dress. Middle aged men have forgotten to fetch their girlfriends from work. Others have forgotten to caress their game fowls over the plastic parts and some have already forgotten they have a child to attend to while mom was busy mixing baby's milk. 

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I was exaggerating. I didn't know what to write.

I hope you enjoy checking out these 4 gundam models I borrowed from Mark.

Nu Gundam, Sazabi, Sinanju Stein, and RX-178 MK-2.

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