Chasing for Sunset
18.04.2008 - 26.04.2008 25 °C
Last stop for the day was Tanah Lot. As we cruise along we stopped by Jimbaran beach, and then went to Sanur beach.
There was a village temple in Sanur and it was crowded when we arrived.
Komang got a little excited by the noises coming out from the temple.
“Cock fight!” He said, “It may be a temple festival.”
I quickly put on the shirt to cover my arm and shoulder, and run in with him, and left Alvin behind.
He found us shortly after that.
The temple was crowded with people. There was a row of basket with rooster inside, and people forming a circle watching cock fighting, an ancient game that was supposed to be illegal.
“Election is coming.” Komang said, “So it’s ok to gamble now.”
It was a big contrast where behind the wall, there were praying and blessing going on despite the havoc caused by gamblers.
I wondered how can places as sacred as a temple allow activity disapprove by norm. Komang told me there’s also God for gambling. That’s why most cock fighting is happening in the temple.
A vendor selling satay outside the village temple.
We left the temple and walked to Sanur beach. Found a place to sit down for a beer.
We asked Komang to have a beer with us. The fact that we are not doing ourselves a huge favour that Komang is a driver and we don’t know how well he handle his alcohol.
We laughed about that but he seems to be ok with drinking a small bottle of Bintang shouldn’t do any harm to his driving.
There was only 3.7% alcohol in a Bintang anyway.
Komang love this photo. He said it is true photographer can see some thing that normal people could not see.
It’s getting late, we need to get to Tanah Lot before sunset. So we paid up and rush off.
The journey would take at least 40 minutes to an hour from Sanur. Suddenly, Komang saw a park with a monument inside.
“We stop here for a while. You might be interested to take photo of this building.”
This building is Bajra Sandhi. When Suharto was the president of Indonesia, he wanted to build a mosque here, but Balinese protested. Therefore, Bajra Sandhi rose.
Komang explained that the existence of physical building is strongly relating to the meaning of Hinduism philosophy. The purpose of this monument is to immortalize the soul and spirit of Balinese People struggle, to preserve its culture of generations to come, with the challenge and resistance.
It is open for visitor as one of the places of interest, but it was closed on Sunday. Locals loved coming here with their family to enjoy their weekend.
We rushed to Tanah Lot in the exchanged of disappointment. Not only we were greeted by cars lining up to get in and too many tourists. There weren’t any sunset.
Alvin and I found a place to settle down, watching the crowd swarming in like school of fish, and decided we should leave soon.
I saw a tourist following some devotees into the main temple in the middle of the sea (it was low tide) and got told to get out of the place by the priest.
Amazing how ignorant some people can be, or she was not told that we are forbidden to enter the main temple if we do not dress like them.
It was only 8pm, we are quite tired already, not as tired as the driver though. And then I saw this sleepy little boy on the motorcycle back seat.
“It is not safe. The kid may be sleepy and that’s when accident happens.” Komang said.
- Photo Courtesy of Damien Photography