18.04.2008 - 26.04.2008 22 °C
Bedugul is a mountain village by the the lake.
We stopped by a market in Candi Kuning, where most vendors are Muslim. Komang told us that the Muslims here is Balinese Muslim.
“They live like Balinese, think like Balinese, talk like Balinese, only their religion is different.” He said.
And then he saw a friend so we roamed around on our own.
We found "Western Restroom", or "Deluxe Toilet" that cost RP5000 per entry per person!
We are here, we are tourists, we must use the toilet! It’s nice, clean, beautiful, very 5 stars.
I told Komang about it and he was shocked.
"You mean just pipis is RP5000?! Crazy."
I think he just labeled us as “crazy tourist”!
I bought passion fruits for a friend, some strawberries and a packet of beetroot chips for me to munch. I shy to tell you how much I paid for them. But, I didn’t bargain to match the Malaysian standard.
All the food we eat in local restaurant is from Bali. Be it rice, vegetables, meats, fruits (they also have avocado!!!!!), and coffee. This explains why we can’t go hungry in Bali.
Komang wanted to take us to the Botanical Garden. We sure it was a good idea but we like to go somewhere else.
So we went to Pura Ulun Danau Baratan, one of the iconic places of Bali.
This is where Hindu, Budhist, and Muslims live in harmony. This is only a village temple, where there's a Buddhist Pagoda nearby and a few mosque on the hill not too far away.
There was some event. Komang guess it was after a cremation ceremony; or they are getting ready for cremation ceremony; or, they are having some ceremony to invite their ancestors to join them for some celebration.
Men carrying offering to another place.
Komang is a Gamelan player. He said musician never forget their cigarette even when they are playing. Think that’s when he learnt how to smoke.
Women with head balancing act.
If you haven't notice grains of rice on her forehead, there's a patch on her forehead and on her neck. She just received her blessing. While receiving it, she also would eat few grains of rice then.
Komang need to sort out some matter so he excused himself when we roamed around.
There’s nothing much here. I enjoyed the cool air and Alvin can see the rain is coming.
- Photo courtesy of Damien Photography