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[ 3 Dec 2010 | No Comment ]

In this post we are going to introduce you to the Kecak dance. Like many other Balinese dances, Kecak is more than just an art form or an entertaining show; these performances are traditionally put up as one of the many forms of rituals that make up the Balinese concept of spirituality. The action packed Kecak follows the plot of Ramayana, a Hindu epic about romance and righteousness. Since the typical length of a Kecak performance is usually about an hour long, the dance only cover certain parts of Ramayana, usually the early chapters.

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[ 28 Nov 2010 | 2 Comments ]
warung enak signboard

As a rule of thumb, any eatery that calls itself ‘delicious’ (enak means delicious in Indonesian) ought to be viewed with scepticism. Do the proprietors have nothing else to say about their food and business other than “come in, the food is good”? And shouldn’t customers be the rightful judge to a particular restaurant’s food quality?
Warung Enak, however, proved to be an exception to this rule. We are not sure why they simply named the place ‘enak’, but we agree that the food quality there – those that were sampled …

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[ 24 Nov 2010 | No Comment ]
sacred monkey forest sanctuary ubud

 

The majestic looking monkey forest
“Monkeys. A whole forest of them!”, someone exclaimed.
Sure, what else would one expect from a place called the monkey forest? While it is impossible to ignore the monkeys, believe it or not, this place has much more to offer than plain monkey sightings.
Occupying approximately 11 hectares of land, the Sacred Monkey Forest Ubud Sanctuary (known locally as Mandala Wisata Wenara Wana, wenara means monkey and wana means forest) is not particularly large, yet is home to a surprisingly large number of wildlife. 115 tree species, several bird species, deers, …

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[ 23 Nov 2010 | No Comment ]
kakiang bungalows ubud hotel lobby

Hotel lobby
It’s odd how we stumble upon gems online, like our next accommodation pick in Ubud – Kakiang Bungalows. The hotel’s website has two language options, English and Japanese, while prices are quoted in Japanese Yen; which makes us think that Kakiang Bungalows heavily targets the Japanese market. The website offers online reservation of rooms, which makes the booking process quick and simple.
Tucked in a corner along Jalan Pengosekan, you’ll miss it if not for the bright store front of the famed Kakiang Bakery. The reception area is a little …

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[ 19 Nov 2010 | No Comment ]
gateways at Ubud palace (puri saren agung)

Gateway into a courtyard
On our way to warung babi guling Ibu Oka (read our review on Ibu Oka here) we visited the Ubud palace, which was located just a stone’s throw away. The palace, which is also within walking distance to Ubud market and many of the nearby shops, is a good place to visit if you are interested in the traditional Balinese home design and architecture.
Not having a guide with us, we toured the palace ground on our own. Most visitors spent only a short period of time here, and …