Bali, Indonesia


A Tantric Buddha protected us from any evil spirits while we were visiting Bali, Indonesia


“The mere mention of Bali [Indonesia] evokes thoughts of a paradise. It’s more than a place; it’s a mood, an aspiration, a tropical state of mind… Yes, Bali has beaches, surfing, diving, and resorts great and small, but it’s the essence of Bali – and the Balinese – that makes it so much more than just a fun-in-the-sun retreat.  It is possible to take the cliché of the smiling Balinese too far, but in reality, the inhabitants of this small island are indeed a generous, genuinely warm people… The rich and diverse culture of Bali plays out at all levels of life, from the exquisite flower-petal offerings placed everywhere, to the processions of joyfully garbed locals, shutting down major roads as they march to one of the myriad temple ceremonies, to the otherworldly traditional music and dance performed island-wide. Almost everything has spiritual meaning.” –



It was lovely each morning to wake up at the St. Regis Resort and find two local, accomplished gamelan players greeting us by the entrance to the restaurant where we enjoyed a leisurely Asian-style breakfast, Bali, Indonesia


“Gamelan is a term for various types of orchestra played in Indonesia.  It is the main element of the Indonesian traditional music.  Each gamelan is slightly different from the other; however, they all have the same organization, which based on different instrumental groups with specific orchestral functions.  The instruments in a gamelan are composed of sets of tuned bronze gongs, gong-chimes, metallophones, drums, one or more flute, bowed and plucked string instruments, and sometimes singers.  In some village gamelan, bronze is sometimes replaced by iron, wood, or bamboo.  The most popular gamelan can be found in Java, and Bali.

“In Indonesian traditional thinking, the gamelan is sacred and is believed to have supernatural power.  Both musician and non-musicians are humble and respectful to the gamelan.  Incense and flowers are often  offered to the gamelan.  It is believed that each instrument in the gamelan is guided by spirits.   Thus, the musician have to take off their shoes when they play the gamelan.  It is also forbidden to step over any instrument in a gamelan, because it might offend the spirit by doing so.  Some gamelan are believed to have so much powers that playing them may exert power over nature.  Others may be touched only by persons who are ritually qualified.” –



Close-up of the gamelan players and their gamelans, St. Regis Resort, Bali, Indonesia



An amazingly delicious and unusual breakfast dish was an eggshell filled with lobster and parsley cream topped with salmon roe – this followed our traditional Asian-style breakfast of soup, dim sum, and sashimi, St. Regis Resort, Bali, Indonesia



A cooked-to-order fabulous lobster omelette in lobster bisque at the St. Regis Resort, Bali, Indonesia



The relaxing interior courtyard of the Papen Jewelry compound near Ubud where the designs were influenced by the internationally famous Balinese artisan jewelry designer, John Hardy; Bali, Indonesia


“Ubud, a town in central Bali, is far removed from the beach party scene in Kuta, and is regarded as the cultural centre of Bali.  It is famous as an arts and crafts hub, and much of the town and nearby villages seems to consist of artists’ workshops and galleries.  There are some remarkable architectural and other sights to be found, and a general feeling of well being to be enjoyed, all thanks to the spirit, surroundings, and climate of the place.” –



A classically designed and hand-carved Balinese dance scene wall-screen made by expert wood carver Ketut Sedana’s father, at the Ketut Sedana Studio near Ubud, Bali, Indonesia



Mother and child sculpture in a traditional Balinese-style (influenced by Ubud’s legendary modernist wood carving family of Ida Bagus Nyana and his son Ida Bagus Tilem) at the Ketut Sedana Studio near Ubud, Bali, Indonesia



In the distance is Mount Batur, an active volcano located at the center of two concentric calderas north west of Mount Agung on the island of Bali — the mountain is a very popular hiking destination; viewed from Seminyak, Bali



A typical rice field with a farm structure, Bali, Indonesia



Close-up of the rice plants, before the rice is ready for harvesting, Bali, Indonesia


“Seminyak is Bali’s most fashionable beach, home to among the island’s luxurious resorts and host to a number of fine restaurants and boutiques.  Fashion stores and top dining spots with international chefs cooking up world-class cuisine line the streets…  Seminyak’s Petitenget Beach offers a more secluded ambiance compared to its sister strands of Kuta and Legian to the south.” –



Entrance to the grounds of Sardine restaurant, Kerobokan (adjacent to Seminyak), Bali, Indonesia



The patio at Sardine restaurant where we enjoyed an excellent local Balinese cuisine luncheon, Kerobokan (adjacent to Seminyak), Bali, Indonesia



Our old friend from Bali, Kadek, who guided the intrepid traveler and your blogger around Bali for two days — enjoying lunch at Sardine restaurant, Kerobokan (adjacent to Seminyak), Bali, Indonesia


4 thoughts on “Bali, Indonesia

  1. Rich,
    I visited Ubud in Bali over 50 years ago. We stayed at the Puri, which was the enlarged personal compound of Tjokorde Agung, the local feudal leader. It was fairly primitive, without running water and with terrible food. But Agung brought in very young dancers to entertain us in the courtyard and treated us as his personal guests. He took us to events that he was invited to—funerals, cremations, circumcisions—and to dinner with the priests behind the altar. We visited several times over the ensuing decades and, many years later than our first visit, attended Agung’s own cremation. It was an elaborate ceremony covered by TV crews from nine nations.

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