Saturday, September 07, 2013

My Fave Shadows in Bali - PhotoHunt

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a secluded beach in Bali

PhotoHunt theme : Fave/ Your shadow

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Private beach in Bali where you can go nude :P

One of my fave holiday destinations is Bali.

One can't help falling in love with its beautiful beaches. The popular ones are packed with holidaymakers. My Balinese student brought us to a secluded beach where only locals frequent. This is one of the rare public beaches in Bali which is unspoilt.

He also brought us to a private beach owned by his friend. I stayed in the shadows of the trees as I was too shy to stroll along the beach where there were several guests suntanning in the nude. :D

Wayang Kulit
wayang kulit (shadow puppets) performance 

In the evening, we were treated to a sumptuous roast pig dinner in Ubud as we watched traditional Indonesian performances.

Wayang Kulit or Shadow Puppets is one of the oldest Indonesian entertainments where puppets crafted from buffalo hide are mounted on bamboo sticks and held up behind a piece of white cloth. With an electric bulb or an oil lamp as the light source, shadows are cast on the screen. The plays are usually based on romantic tales.

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beautiful Balinese dancer

One ancient dance tradition I love watching is the Balinese dance.  It is a part of the religious and artistic expression among the Balinese people. The Balinese dancers express the story of dance-drama through their whole body; fingers, hands and body gestures to head and eyes movements. Observe the Balinese dancer's eyes, they are so expressive!





27 comments:

  1. Looks like you got to to see the less trodden and thus lovelier parts of Bali -- lucky you! :)

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    1. Yes, I didn't want to go to too many popular tourist spots. Fortunately I have a Balinese student who brought me to places where the locals frequent. Saw the most amazing places in Bali. :)

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  2. Love that shot of Balinese dancer.

    Have a great weekend ECL! :)

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    1. Must watch the Balinese dance performances. They are so expressive with their bodily gestures. They tell beautiful stories through their performances.

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  3. What a great privilege to visit the private beach! Wah nude beach in Bali! :)

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  4. Wonder when I'll get to visit the nude beach LOL but of course I won't be happily suntanning in the nude la! Hahahahha! :D:D

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  5. Wow you sure had a great time! Lovely captures!

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  6. It sounds very interesting. Bali is also popular among Japanese.

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  7. My friend lived in Bali for 2 years and I'd love to go one day. Beautiful pics for the themes ECL :)

    my fave Shadow Photo Hunt blog entry for this week

    Happy photo hunting and weekend!

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  8. I can see why Bali is a fave! Great shots for this week's theme.

    Have a super weekend.

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  9. Oh I miss Bali!! Must plan a trip there soon! : )

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  10. Wah! Got nude beach in Bali? Did not know that! LOL

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  11. Lovely vacation... the shadow puppets are a nice and different take on shadow shots! It was great for you to find a private quiet beach (nice to have good friends who know the special places).

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  12. Great post! Bali is on my wish list, for sure. Love your photos.

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  13. This dancer is so gracious and beautiful !
    I am actually at the Geneva Lake but on the French side, with two of my friends, we have a great time !

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  14. Beautiful scenery.

    http://joycelansky.blogspot.com

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  15. i love this story about Bali. This reminds me of unspoiled beaches in local towns in the Philippines.

    the Wayang Kulit is very interesting and also that pig roast dinner! :D

    here's my take!

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  16. I remember bali too. People there very friendly.

    The place is beautiful.

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  17. Bali is one place I'd like to see, mostly also for it's health and wellness tourism. That dancer is indeed charming!

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