Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Bali "Hi"

Hey gang,

Had an amazing time.  Australia then Bali.  Now I wanted to keep you updated along the way but decided it might be nicer if I had some time to go through some of my photos and videos a bit more thoroughly.   I have some great shots and the Judy and I’s workshop went swimmingly.  Bali is one of the most fascinating places I have ever been…beautiful and exotic, the artists are stupendous, and the people are the most friendly I have every come across.  Seriously…the are sooooooo very friendly, that at first I thought at first there must be some sort of angle, some sort of con, but the Balinese are a beautiful, smiling, happy people, filled with grace and friendship.  Rob and Stacey’s retreat was swell…better yet, super swell.  Gorgeous ocean view facilities…not a bad days work.  Okay now for the goods.


I should mention that I had intentions of doing an more elaborate Flip presentation, but it was a little more hodge podge than I thought.  So the video I show you, will be more of glipses than full stories like my Isla de los Munecas post.  I’ll try and fill in some of the video with still photos.  Buckle your see belts…we’re off to Bali.

So where to start off...how about Judy and I's first stop...Ubud...if you like Monkey's this is the place to hang.  The Monkey Forest is right off the main drag of Monkey Forest Road, and right around the bend from Hanuman Road (named after the famed white monkey from Hinduism). Here he is now:  

Of course if shopping is your bag than you'll love this place.

Especially if you like art.

Judy and I, along with a large percentage of our students (meaning all of them) spent a considerable time purchasing, masks, carvings, jewelry, paintings, etc.  The craftsmanship is astounding.  I'll post some of my goods at a later time when they all get back to the states.

One of the most amazing things about Ubud and Bali are the stone Hindu dudes.  They are everywhere.  In fact driving in you would not believe the shops for large statues for the yard.  Given the climate is so warm, they look ancient in no time. 

Here's one of my favs from a favorite restaraunt
and of course Ganesha...
 don't you love the floral adornments.
Speaking of statues...one guy you will see everywhere is Barong.
He is head of all the spirits and you'll see him in temples as well as above entryways,
and on every single bridge.
Speaking of Barong...we were there during Galungan, 
 beautiful festival where offerings are made in honor of Dharma (virtue) defeat of Adharma (evil), people dress in there ceremonial best
and life size Barong puppets wander the streets.
We visited an amazing temple that was decked out for the celebration.
This is actually the first temple in a series up the mountain.  
 it is a 2 1/2 hour journey up to the last one...
we were told that this year the devoted did not have to ascend to the top because the gods agreed to come down...that was nice.
Another class excursion was the Water Palace.  
 a very cool place (no pun intended) with ponds, statues and fountains everywhere.  The Balinese king built this in the early 1900s as a place for hosting parties and events.  Stylin'.
And what would Bali be with out a good market...
 massive market for goods and more importantly, people watching.

and some of the bajillion scooters.
Oh yes and of course Stacy and Rob have a beautiful place.  
 rent this joint out...you should go.  And here is a stunning view from their back porch.
Oh yes, I guess Judy and I were there for work...though it didn't really seem like it.  Thought I'd give you a glimpse of the class projects.  (you only get a glimpse cause I didn't ask for permission to show them).
It was a great group...some old friends some new ones...some of them decided of which decided to join me in Oaxaca.  Here they are..
what a blast...thanks Mrs. Stacey.


HeArt Collective said...

Mr. Mister...
Dang... what a dream. This totally reminds me of my trip to Burma... the people were the very most memorable thing. I'll never forget how inviting, sweet and beautiful they were. I'm glad you guys enjoyed your trip.

Anonymous said...

must be tough, working in these beautiful places. have mixed emotions - whether to do a "raspberry" or say "yea!". ;]
either way, thanks for sharing the photos - such a beautiful place, such beautiful people!

Beverly Ash Gilbert said...

LOVE the market produce shots and ones of the people.

Those of us looking out the window at rain, and more rain, are living vicariously through your trip!

azirca said...

What a beautiful place Bali is. Thanks so much for the guided photo tour.

Karen Cole said...


Sam Marshall said...

Amazing photos- Bali looks fantastic.

Barbe Saint John/ Saints and Sinners® said...

oh my god, I want to move in. GORGEOUS photos, thanks for the vicarious trip