Travel

Green Bali. Indonesian stories.

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LT: Indonezija. Jau praėjo savaitė po kelionės, atrodo, lyg visa amžinybė. Balis, žinoma, visai kita Indonezijos pusė – turistinė- vietiniai pripratę prie didelio svetimšalių antplūdžio. Čia vietiniai nepuola fotografuotis kartu, kaip Javoje, Indonezijos pagrindinėje saloje. Tačiau gamta, ypač salos rytuose,  tikrai pritrenkiančio grožio.

Ruošiama valtis kelionei į Gili salą, žinoma, susilaukiu pasiūlymo ir aš, bet iškankinta “besisupančių” lėktuvų, tą galimybę tądien atmetu.

EN: Indonesia. After a week at work, I need to check my photo library to assure I have been on vacation, otherwise, I feel this didn’t even happen. After visiting Bali island, I wish I had more days to come back to Java, I feel I have left there so many things unnoticed. In Bali people are so OK to this huge flow of tourists every day, they do not even taking pictures together, like in Yogyakarta 🙂 Anyways, nature is so amazing in here, I haven’t seen that much greenery anywhere else. Especially in east of the island, I had a luxury to look around while driving.

These boats above are prepared to float to Gili islands, of course, I got an invitation to get there. Maybe next time, I was swinging enough in planes 🙂

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Saloje dauguma vietinių verčiasi žemdirbyste- augina ryžius tiesiog plantacijomis, kaip vienoje iš jų man teko pereiti visus “kryžiaus” kelius, šlapia, katik po lietaus žole, numindžiotais takais ir laipteliais iš purvo- vietomis nuo slydimo žymių jų net nelikę. 🙂 Linksmiausia tai, jog ši “treniruotė” baigiasi aukštai aukštai kitąpus, kur gali atsipalaiduoti besimėgaujant jaunų kokosų sultimis. Apsišarvavusi sportbačiais įveikiau visus kalnelius ir nuolydžius, buvau purve iki kelių, mažiausiai, bet juk tokios ir turi būti atostogos! Tiesa? 🙂

Atgaudama kvapą pačiame kalno viršuje sveikinu vietinį, nešiną žolės pilnais nasčiais, basomis įveikusį “mano kryžiaus kelą”… Aš apšalusi, o jis man šypsosi 🙂

People living from agriculture and, of course, tourism. But anyways, rice fields stretching all over the island, like this I was “working” at 🙂 On the other side rice fields finish with young coconut juice, that is why I must have to get there! Wet grass, not many of the stairs left, climbing by hands, all in dirt, but I made it! Happy to be on top, and local worker smiles to me- he climb bare foot and with full of grass bamboo yoke on his shoulders. Oh well..

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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.

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 😉

 

Light blue paradise, Larnaca. Look of the day N.4.

 

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Well, I always had this thing for psychedelic shirts I loved them for many years now, but only now they came on trend. Good! I have much more options to choose from 🙂 I remember myself buying even men shirts for more extraordinary and exquisite madwoman look! I know, I know, I love shirts.. and I love tailored jackets. If I wasn’t crazy, I could be real example of classics 🙂

I always like this crispy fresh feeling, especially when traveling: fresh sheets everyday… Shirts look good, always! That is why we all need at least one pair in our closet. Or make it two- for a little bit of craziness, get some interesting details, pearled or embroidery shirt for spring season. Combine it with camel color coat, white jeans and leo print belt and you good to go.

I think leo print belt is the key for any simple contemporary looks to spice up! It is easy to wear, you can’t overdress with one belt 🙂 🙂

For my look I picked Zara crazy shirt, Mango leo print belt, Celine sunglasses (Optometrijos Centras), Skagen dark blue watch (Mados Prieskoniai), Gold sequin backpack Stradivarius, flare pants H&M and strappy ballerinas from Zara.

 

 

Golden Bay Beach Hotel. Look of the day N.3.

For the end of December I decided to visit Cyprus, which was never in plans before, but I left amazed by the beauty of this place I was living in. I came to Larnaca city and after 20 minutes came to this beautiful resort on the beach Golden Bay Hotel. It is 4* hotel, ratinv ate quite high, sea view, amazing food, spa centre, pools outside and just minute away from the sea. What can be better?

Well, it can. When you come on New Years, they have a fancy Gala dinner with music, fances and DJ, everyone was dressed up, tuxedos, party dresses.. champagne 😉

Next day, after celebrating New Years and having breakfast we walked around the hotel area, wwhat can I say- most photogenic place in the city, I guess 😉

I was wearing my favourite Dior burgundy glasses from Optometrijos Centras together with Dior matte lipstick from Kristiana. My stripy dress and belt from Lindex, flare pants from H&M and outfit accent- Kenzo wallet on chain.

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