Month: February 2017

Tirta Gangga, Bali. Indonesian stories.

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Yes, that is the most beautiful place I have ever seen 😉 Tirta Gangga was on my list while visiting Bali, even know it was quite far away to get to. It is opposite site of other places I wanted to see, so I am glad Golden Tours have aggreed to get me there. And it was so worth it!

Tirta Gangga means water pallace for Gangga, who is one of hindu gods. On the hill there is a temple and fresh spring water pool, where people comes to wash their sins.

Beautiful pools with fishes looks amazing. Standing on the stones made me feel like godess walking on the water. Such a pleasure to spend time there, swiming in fresh waters, meditate or feed fishes. Especially, traveling to that side of Bali made me see completely different side of the island. There are beautiful beaches with Gili island on horizon, palm trees and rice fields on the hills, temples on the highest mountains, much less tourists and beautiful panoramic views. Everything you need for a different day in Bali. 😌

My look of the day: Missguided maxi shirt dress, Dior So Real sunglasses, Kenzo wallet on chain, Lindex golden sandals.

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Indonesian temples and living in them.

 

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Prambanan temple. One of the most famous temple in Indonesia, between Yogyakarta and  central Java. Hindu temple complex builded for God as the Creator (Brahma), the Preserver (Vishnu) and the Destroyer (Shiva).

Indonesia has many different religions ‘under one roof’- three of them are most popular: Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism. Hinduism and Buddhism was merged through the years in all Indonesia, until muslims came and started to destroy Buddhism religion signs. Now biggest part of Java has Islam belief, those who didn’t change religion have mooved to Bali island to keep Hinduism religion alive.

Borobudur temple- Buddhism religion. Buddhism was also one of the first religions in Indonesia, as time went both religions merged and become common. This temple is build from vulcano stones, so very strong and unique. There wouldn’t be enough of earthquakes and vulcano erruptions to destroy it, but terrorists also had attempted some attacks. This temple was rebuilt several of times.

Maybe because it is so strong building you feel so special inside. Even known when you enter the top of the temple- you enter the eternal life. So if you want to live forever- go on the very top of it 😉

Also in every bell on this temple there is sitting budda what makes this building even more grandeur! And on the walls there is whole story of good and bad karma, things that you need to do more and how to behave and also stories what will happen if you behave badly.

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Tanah Lot temple. Bali. People of Indonesia has very strong religion belief and ceremonies. Especially in Bali, they have so many religion signs, statues in every entrance, sacrifying animals for good home aura, going to temples for pray and etc. They believe in good karma, what I agree is the most important thing in any religion. Tanah Lot temple is not only well known and famous in advertising. That is real Hindu temple on the sea shore, as people laugh here- “they have builded temples in places so hard to get, so you it will be so hard to go there”.

If they choose Tanah Lot temple for pray, in every village they have 3 big temples they can choose to go, they need to be very carefull and early in the morning, when there is no flood yet. After 12 o’clock it will not be possible to walk, everything is under the water.

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When I was searching living options there were some offers to live in the temples (or maybe temple area) which would be very interesting and maybe with possibility to improve on meditations. There are so many great things to learn, starting with cooking classes, bahasa indonesia language, yoga schools, surfing schools, national batik and many more.

Maybe if I travel next time that would be my priority. And talking about where I lived, it totally look like temples, because every house in Bali need to have small temple for praying. Staying in home stays are crucial if you want to experience the real life of Indonesia. People are very welcoming, they treated me as a part of the family, even those people who do not speak english- we were great at understanding each other just smiling 🙂

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Taman Sari water castle. Indonesian stories.

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Water water everywhere… green water pools in Water Castle, Yogyakarta, Indonesia. Sultan builded this castle for his own pleasure and, of course, his wives to spend time with. Or sneak peak from the balcony from above 😂

Anyways, this is not used as a living part anymore, it became heritage and tourists attraction. Which is amazing, just to see how huge this pleasure area is 😉

 

When you have what you need. Indonesia stories.

EN: When you have just what you need. I always heard this about asian people- they do not live for things, especially these in villages. Well, I can not say the same about new generation or people who lives in capitals more modern lifes. Indonesian people loves to live like that, they don’t think about moving somewhere else. And why should they- that is the real joy of life, even though they say it is hard to find a job. I have been visiting some of the authentic homes in Yogyakarta, and it was an amazing experience.

Just in time, I was talking about gratitude and how we complicate our lives, I finally get there and my filosophy goes to another level.

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This is me and… me after many years! 😂 Such a lovely and welcoming lady.

LT: Vos ėmiau kalbėti apie dėkingumą ir nenorą apsikrauti gyvenimo nereikalingais rūpesčiais ar daiktais- prieš akis iškyla praktinis pavyzdys, apie kurį šneka visi keliaujantys po Azijos šalis. Žmonės čia laimingi, neapsikrovę daiktais ir nereikalingais, buitį sunkinančiais,rakandais. Tačiau jie prasitaria, kad čia gyventi ir rasti darbą labai sunku, o jei ir randi- garbės reikalas netrukdyti uždirbti ir kolegai.

Nuotraukose unikalūs indonezietiški namai ir dekorai- česnakas puikiai tinka papuošti virtuvę, argi ne? 🙂

Ir kai jau manai, kad turi pakankamai, viskas nušluojama aktyvaus ir vis dar veikinačio Merupi ugnikalnio. Žemiau nuotraukos būtent to, kas liko po lavos nuošliauža. Netgi po tokių gamtos stichijų vietiniai grįžta į savo namus nelegaliai- valdžia draudžia čia gyventi dėl galimos grėsmės.

EN: And just when you think you have enough, it is all blown away by vulcano eruption. Merupi vulcano is still active and after last eruption seven years ago, people are not afraid to get back to their homes, even if it is not allowed.

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