One of the things I adore about travelling to different places in the world is the way each country deals with common dilemmas. Disposal of rubbish is a worldwide problem. In Ubud they have come up with a cute way for people to dispose of their rubbish…old basketball hoops. These hoops are dotted all along our morning paddy field walk. They are attached low down to walls and trees for people to place their litter.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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…
RUBBER DUCKIE Ernie (Jim Hanson) Rubber Duckie you’re the one You make bath time lots of fun Rubber Duckie I’m awfully fond of you Rubber Duckie joy of joys When I squeeze you, you make noise Rubber Duckie you’re my … Continue reading
Ubud certainly is paradise and the beauty therapy here is heaven! For the last two days Neeni and I have been visiting the divine Bali Botanica Spa. Located on Jalan Raya Sanggingan it is only minutes from the centre of … Continue reading
One of the things I adore in India is roadside business. Whether it is buying my daily paper, flowers for my hair or a curbside chai the feeling is always the same…pure happiness. This delight doubles when you stay in … Continue reading
That is why I always love the beginning of the year. It is a time to perfectly contemplate a ‘clean slate’ of a year and the travel possibilities that I may explore.
I look forward to travelling with you all in my back pocket this year. I wonder where the wind will blow us?
My beautiful friends Edo and Jo made their target on Pozible to make their two new kirtan albums next year…YIPPEE! I can’t wait for these new albums to arrive in March 2014.
Here is a lovely thank you from them.
Last weekend I attended a gingerbread house making course with my beautiful friend Lill. We spent a divine afternoon creating a special house for our families to share on Christmas Day. After the afternoon was over and I took my … Continue reading