BALI TRAVEL | MAGIC OF ULUWATU

Thursday, February 4, 2016


Is there a right way to travel?

I am often asked this question and my answer used to be no. But maybe I was wrong.

With today's social media rat race, it seems like most people rush from one location to the next just to be able to take as many "instagrammable" shots as possible.

MY FRIENDS, THAT IS NO WAY TO TRAVEL.

What you'll end up with are empty photos. Much like those stock photos that come with picture frames. Pretty, but weightless.

YES, YOU WERE THERE BUT WHAT DO YOU REMEMBER ABOUT BEING THERE?

MAGIC QUOTES
QUOTES ABOUT MAGIC
I believe that each place carries it's own unique form of magic and the only way to experience it is by approaching it with an open mind and open arms, to spend enough time to explore and get to know the people (and in some cases, animals) who inhabit the area.

It doesn't matter wether you're in a beautiful countryside or crowded city, there is magic.

It might be more difficult to find in some places but in ULUWATU, it just jumps at you the moment you step off your bus....

uluwatu 
Uluwatu Temple (Indonesian: Pura (Luhur) Uluwatu) is a Balinese sea temple (pura segara) in Uluwatu (Kuta South, Badung). The temple is regarded as one of the sad kahyangan and is dedicated to Sang Hyang Widhi Wasa in his manifestation as Rudra. - wiki

uluwatu

JUST BEING HERE IS A SPIRITUAL EXPERIENCE IN ITSELF.

There is something beautiful to marvel at with each step you take...centuries old architecture and one of the most amazing views I've ever seen.

uluwatu

At the foot of the cliff is one of the most popular surf spots in the world because of the size consistency of its large swells.

From the top, the sight and sounds of it make for a pleasant meditative experience. Step away from the tourist crowd and take a moment for quiet.

uluwatu  
For me, the best way to experience ULUWATU is to explore it on your own or with a couple of people at most.

This is so you don't miss out on the beautifully serene aspect of the place.

After all, this was where parts of Eat, Pray, Love were shot so you kinda get an idea of how impressive yet at the same time tranquil, this place is. (Hollywood Levels, guysss!!!)

uluwatu 
TIPS TO CONSIDER WHEN VISITING ULUWATU

  1. Wear comfortable shoes - it's a long walk with lots of stairs to climb.
  2. Wear cool clothing - this is the hottest place I've ever been to (seriously).
  3. Bring water and a portable fan.

uluwatu 
GET THAT MONKEY OFF MY BACK!!!
ULUWATU basically belongs to the monkeys. It is their home so you gotta respect that.
Yes they can get cheeky but it's no reason to whack them (and hurt them) in protest.

While I was there, a monkey climbed on me and stole the water from my backpack. They also stole an iPad and sunglasses of some other tourists.

uluwatu

Aside from being handed sarongs to cover yourself up upon entry, you will also be briefed about the safety precautions you need to take to avoid unnecessary confrontations with these brazen primates.

That includes not bringing in any food and hiding all your personal belongings.

If in case you forget, like me, no worries. There are guides all over the place who will offer the monkeys fruit in exchange for your personal belongings. They always take the trade.
...And guys, this service is free. ☺

But of course, to avoid harboring this bad habit, just try to make sure to remember and adhere to all the guidelines.

MONKEYS AND ULUWATU GO HAND IN HAND, THE EXPERIENCE WOULDN'T BE THE SAME WITHOUT THEM.

And if you're feeling a little intimidated, don't be, they're pretty much harmless and actually quite amusing.

uluwatu monkeys

KECAK DANCE | RAMAYANA MONKEY CHANT
A visit to Uluwatu ends at sunset with the Kecak (Fire) Dance performance.

"Make sure to stay long enough for this as it is a sight to behold!"

uluwatu
The Kecak Dance is performed by a circle of 150 performers and depicts the story of how the monkey-like Vanara helped Prince Rama fight the evil King Ravana.

It's got enough plot twists and love triangles to put any Spanish telenovela to shame.

uluwatu performance

Nonetheless, the effect of 150 grown men chanting "cak" (chak) over and over again with booming voices in seamless unison is enough to send chills up anybody's spine!

uluwatu

Add to that this view and a wonderful spectacle of fire and you've got yourself one blockbuster of a show! ☺

uluwatu

HOW TO GET TO ULUWATU + BUDGET
The cheapest way to visit Uluwatu Temple is to join a tour. If you prefer to travel on your own, it's best to rent a scooter or take a taxi which costs around 120,000 IDR or $9USD one way. Travel time is about 30-40 minutes from Kuta. Best to ask your driver to wait as it might be difficult to find your way home otherwise.

ULUWATU IS A MUST SEE WHEN VISITING BALI. DEFINITELY ONE OF MY FAVORITE PLACES THERE. Have you been here? What did you find most memorable? ☺

CHECK OUT MORE BALI TRAVEL POSTS HERE:

Cheap (but nice) hotels in Bali
The BEST Outlet Shopping in Bali
Kanaka Ocean Water Sports and Turtle Island

23 comments:

Meikah Ybañez-Delid said...

Lovely place, really perfect for an eat-pray-love adventure! :)

Pink Nomenal (queenofthebangs) said...

Bali's definitely one of the places I want to go to next. Your trip looks like fun!

Nheng said...

Are the monkeys friendly? Yung mga monkeys kasi sa Malaysia nang aagaw ng food!

Liz Martin said...

I've been there! I loved Uluwatu as well! But my friend and I didn't know about the dance. We would've stayed to witness it! Aww I wish to go back especially since I never got to upload my Bali photos from my lost phone.

Mommy Pehpot said...

Even hotter dito sa atin?

But the view is stunning and the monkey! Naku the kids would love that place!

Mommy QueenElizabeth said...

Amazing place! Parang nakarating narin ako kahit through pictures lang.. i will include this in my "100 places to visit before i die list"..LOL! by the way, what camera are u using? the one hanging in your neck, i was looking for a nice camera that is not as big as my dslr.. pero the same quality of pictures. Any suggestions? Thank you! <3

sarah tirona said...

hahaha, its a fuji xm1 w an 18mm lens :) out of all mirrorless cameras, i love the ones by fuji best :) second runner up: canon m series :)

sarah tirona said...

yes, as in nakatayo ka lang tulo pawis like a gripo levels! lol

sarah tirona said...

sayangggg you should go back and watch, the fire sequence is really something :)

sarah tirona said...

yup, i made friends with them, will share in my next post. you're adviced not to bring food tlaga with you to avoid encounters like that :)

sarah tirona said...

bali's a fun place to visit. its historical, cutural + beach + city all rolled into one, cheap place to visit too! :)

sarah tirona said...

TRUE! :)

Maria Louisa Mae P. Mercado said...

Nowadays, people seem to be in a rush even when it comes to traveling. I love your travel posts because they're full of great tips and suggestions.

sarah tirona said...

thank you, that means so much to me! :) i really work hard at them more than any of my other posts :)

Madz said...

Haven't been to bali but the views are so beautuful!

TweenselMom said...

New year, new hair, nice!

Mhaan Arambulo-Delos Santos said...

I remember our Cambodia trip where there are monkeys everywhere. And since takot ako, talagang iniiwasan ko sila hehehe.

Berlin Maynigo said...

Husband introduced me to Fuji camera a year ago. Ganda nga sya kumuha. And I so love your travel posts. Nakakainspire to travel din and gives me ideas on how to play with the camera. Thanks and keep traveling!

Joy said...

Lovely photos! Gusto ko na din mag-travel! :)

Mommy QueenElizabeth said...

thank u so much! :)

levy said...

will include this in our list of "to visit" places.

Janice Lim said...

Such an amazing place to visit. I wanna try pa naman an Eat.Pray.Love sort of trip. Haha! But I'm kinda scared of monkeys. :(

Rhoda Fajardo said...

Love the photos! I feel so jealous. I've always wanted to travel the world. It's in my bucketlist. One day, I'll also be able to post beaitiful photos like yours in my IG. =)

Thursday, February 4, 2016

BALI TRAVEL | MAGIC OF ULUWATU


Is there a right way to travel?

I am often asked this question and my answer used to be no. But maybe I was wrong.

With today's social media rat race, it seems like most people rush from one location to the next just to be able to take as many "instagrammable" shots as possible.

MY FRIENDS, THAT IS NO WAY TO TRAVEL.

What you'll end up with are empty photos. Much like those stock photos that come with picture frames. Pretty, but weightless.

YES, YOU WERE THERE BUT WHAT DO YOU REMEMBER ABOUT BEING THERE?

MAGIC QUOTES
QUOTES ABOUT MAGIC
I believe that each place carries it's own unique form of magic and the only way to experience it is by approaching it with an open mind and open arms, to spend enough time to explore and get to know the people (and in some cases, animals) who inhabit the area.

It doesn't matter wether you're in a beautiful countryside or crowded city, there is magic.

It might be more difficult to find in some places but in ULUWATU, it just jumps at you the moment you step off your bus....

uluwatu 
Uluwatu Temple (Indonesian: Pura (Luhur) Uluwatu) is a Balinese sea temple (pura segara) in Uluwatu (Kuta South, Badung). The temple is regarded as one of the sad kahyangan and is dedicated to Sang Hyang Widhi Wasa in his manifestation as Rudra. - wiki

uluwatu

JUST BEING HERE IS A SPIRITUAL EXPERIENCE IN ITSELF.

There is something beautiful to marvel at with each step you take...centuries old architecture and one of the most amazing views I've ever seen.

uluwatu

At the foot of the cliff is one of the most popular surf spots in the world because of the size consistency of its large swells.

From the top, the sight and sounds of it make for a pleasant meditative experience. Step away from the tourist crowd and take a moment for quiet.

uluwatu  
For me, the best way to experience ULUWATU is to explore it on your own or with a couple of people at most.

This is so you don't miss out on the beautifully serene aspect of the place.

After all, this was where parts of Eat, Pray, Love were shot so you kinda get an idea of how impressive yet at the same time tranquil, this place is. (Hollywood Levels, guysss!!!)

uluwatu 
TIPS TO CONSIDER WHEN VISITING ULUWATU

  1. Wear comfortable shoes - it's a long walk with lots of stairs to climb.
  2. Wear cool clothing - this is the hottest place I've ever been to (seriously).
  3. Bring water and a portable fan.

uluwatu 
GET THAT MONKEY OFF MY BACK!!!
ULUWATU basically belongs to the monkeys. It is their home so you gotta respect that.
Yes they can get cheeky but it's no reason to whack them (and hurt them) in protest.

While I was there, a monkey climbed on me and stole the water from my backpack. They also stole an iPad and sunglasses of some other tourists.

uluwatu

Aside from being handed sarongs to cover yourself up upon entry, you will also be briefed about the safety precautions you need to take to avoid unnecessary confrontations with these brazen primates.

That includes not bringing in any food and hiding all your personal belongings.

If in case you forget, like me, no worries. There are guides all over the place who will offer the monkeys fruit in exchange for your personal belongings. They always take the trade.
...And guys, this service is free. ☺

But of course, to avoid harboring this bad habit, just try to make sure to remember and adhere to all the guidelines.

MONKEYS AND ULUWATU GO HAND IN HAND, THE EXPERIENCE WOULDN'T BE THE SAME WITHOUT THEM.

And if you're feeling a little intimidated, don't be, they're pretty much harmless and actually quite amusing.

uluwatu monkeys

KECAK DANCE | RAMAYANA MONKEY CHANT
A visit to Uluwatu ends at sunset with the Kecak (Fire) Dance performance.

"Make sure to stay long enough for this as it is a sight to behold!"

uluwatu
The Kecak Dance is performed by a circle of 150 performers and depicts the story of how the monkey-like Vanara helped Prince Rama fight the evil King Ravana.

It's got enough plot twists and love triangles to put any Spanish telenovela to shame.

uluwatu performance

Nonetheless, the effect of 150 grown men chanting "cak" (chak) over and over again with booming voices in seamless unison is enough to send chills up anybody's spine!

uluwatu

Add to that this view and a wonderful spectacle of fire and you've got yourself one blockbuster of a show! ☺

uluwatu

HOW TO GET TO ULUWATU + BUDGET
The cheapest way to visit Uluwatu Temple is to join a tour. If you prefer to travel on your own, it's best to rent a scooter or take a taxi which costs around 120,000 IDR or $9USD one way. Travel time is about 30-40 minutes from Kuta. Best to ask your driver to wait as it might be difficult to find your way home otherwise.

ULUWATU IS A MUST SEE WHEN VISITING BALI. DEFINITELY ONE OF MY FAVORITE PLACES THERE. Have you been here? What did you find most memorable? ☺

CHECK OUT MORE BALI TRAVEL POSTS HERE:

Cheap (but nice) hotels in Bali
The BEST Outlet Shopping in Bali
Kanaka Ocean Water Sports and Turtle Island

23 comments:

Meikah Ybañez-Delid said...

Lovely place, really perfect for an eat-pray-love adventure! :)

Pink Nomenal (queenofthebangs) said...

Bali's definitely one of the places I want to go to next. Your trip looks like fun!

Nheng said...

Are the monkeys friendly? Yung mga monkeys kasi sa Malaysia nang aagaw ng food!

Liz Martin said...

I've been there! I loved Uluwatu as well! But my friend and I didn't know about the dance. We would've stayed to witness it! Aww I wish to go back especially since I never got to upload my Bali photos from my lost phone.

Mommy Pehpot said...

Even hotter dito sa atin?

But the view is stunning and the monkey! Naku the kids would love that place!

Mommy QueenElizabeth said...

Amazing place! Parang nakarating narin ako kahit through pictures lang.. i will include this in my "100 places to visit before i die list"..LOL! by the way, what camera are u using? the one hanging in your neck, i was looking for a nice camera that is not as big as my dslr.. pero the same quality of pictures. Any suggestions? Thank you! <3

sarah tirona said...

hahaha, its a fuji xm1 w an 18mm lens :) out of all mirrorless cameras, i love the ones by fuji best :) second runner up: canon m series :)

sarah tirona said...

yes, as in nakatayo ka lang tulo pawis like a gripo levels! lol

sarah tirona said...

sayangggg you should go back and watch, the fire sequence is really something :)

sarah tirona said...

yup, i made friends with them, will share in my next post. you're adviced not to bring food tlaga with you to avoid encounters like that :)

sarah tirona said...

bali's a fun place to visit. its historical, cutural + beach + city all rolled into one, cheap place to visit too! :)

sarah tirona said...

TRUE! :)

Maria Louisa Mae P. Mercado said...

Nowadays, people seem to be in a rush even when it comes to traveling. I love your travel posts because they're full of great tips and suggestions.

sarah tirona said...

thank you, that means so much to me! :) i really work hard at them more than any of my other posts :)

Madz said...

Haven't been to bali but the views are so beautuful!

TweenselMom said...

New year, new hair, nice!

Mhaan Arambulo-Delos Santos said...

I remember our Cambodia trip where there are monkeys everywhere. And since takot ako, talagang iniiwasan ko sila hehehe.

Berlin Maynigo said...

Husband introduced me to Fuji camera a year ago. Ganda nga sya kumuha. And I so love your travel posts. Nakakainspire to travel din and gives me ideas on how to play with the camera. Thanks and keep traveling!

Joy said...

Lovely photos! Gusto ko na din mag-travel! :)

Mommy QueenElizabeth said...

thank u so much! :)

levy said...

will include this in our list of "to visit" places.

Janice Lim said...

Such an amazing place to visit. I wanna try pa naman an Eat.Pray.Love sort of trip. Haha! But I'm kinda scared of monkeys. :(

Rhoda Fajardo said...

Love the photos! I feel so jealous. I've always wanted to travel the world. It's in my bucketlist. One day, I'll also be able to post beaitiful photos like yours in my IG. =)