A night to remember…

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Last night we were captivated by the most amazing experience. We watched the Laka Leke Joged Dance Group. This wonderful troupe is made up completely of children with the eldest being only fourteen and the youngest six years old. Unlike other dance performances that are performed during temple festivals Joged is not a sacred dance. It is a traditional Balinese dance performed on a more social basis for weddings, birthdays and anniversaries.

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This form of dance is particularly popular with the Balinese youth. The group performed some short but intricate dances such as the rabbit dance and the butterfly dance. We were delighted by their precise and beautiful facial expressions and hand movements.

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One of the rabbits was the daughter of our friend Wayan. The rabbits were just so cute and we adored their special dance.

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You can watch this wonderful performance on a Thursday night at the Laka Leke Restaurant (about 10 minutes out of Ubud). The show runs for 45 minutes from 8pm till 8.45 pm. We arrived early and had a very tasty Indonesian dinner in the stunning garden. If you are visiting Ubud there are lots of dance shows to watch but Joged dance is such a different experience which I highly recommend.

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A face only a mother could love…

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Bali is dotted with amazing carved stone statues. Everywhere you turn are little and large moss covered beauties. One type of statue that fascinates me is the demon statues or Butas, Kalas, and Butakalas as they are known as in Bali.

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Although I have referred to the statues here as demons they aren’t necessarily evil. They are more symbolic of the dual nature of ourselves and the spirits they represent. They remind us that we have more than one side to our life and personality. However some of them do have a face that only a mother could love…

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