Thursday, April 19, 2012

Labuan Sait - Paradise beach in Bali

Monday, January 26, 2009

Alas kedaton

Today me and my wife visit Alas Kedaton or " kedaton forest, one of the famous monkey site in Bali. It located in Tabanan regency, about 20 km from Denpasar, or 1,5 hours long. I find there are many monkeys around the forest, 800 more less. The Species of monkey is long tail monkey, the origin balinese monkey. They are so frendly enough and do not disturb the visitor as long we don't disturb them, but we have to carefully with our bags, because they know if there are somethings that humans bring in our bags. If you come to this place, you will see, how free the monkeys are, they free to eat, playing with their friends or family, and running as free they want. Nobody in this place try to hurt them.

I Really really enjoy stay there because the place is so amazing,I never find place where many monkey around this place unite with humans, birds, dogs, and bats, o yes, I forget, beside monkeys, the second larges animal communities in alas kedaton is big bats. Why I call that, because the size that I find here is not like regular bats I ever see, much bigger, I don't know what kind of species are them.

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Singaraja - my old home town

Singaraja is the regency seat of Buleleng, Bali, Indonesia. The name is Indonesian for 'Lion King'. It is on the north coast just east of Lovina. It has an area of 27.98 km² and population of 80,500.

Singaraja was the Dutch colonial administrative centre for Bali and the Lesser Sunda Islands until 1953, and the port of arrival for most visitors until development of the Bukit Peninsula area in the south.

Gedong Kirtya, just south of the town centre, is the only library of lontar manuscripts (ancient and sacred texts on leaves of the rontal palm) in the world.

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Balinese Long-Tailed Monkeys

The function of Bali's forests has changed, and so have the lives of the fauna which inhabit them. These changes result from efforts aimed at environmental preservation, as well as the incorporation of the forests and its fauna into the tourism industry. In spite of these changes, however, many forest-dwelling fauna continue to live in nature peacefully and happily.The forest-dwelling animal most prevalent in Bali is the long-tailed monkey (Macaca species). This kind of monkey is commonly found in umerous places all over the world. In fact, the long-tailed monkey is spread all over Indonesia, and can be found in just about all areas of the archipelago. In spite of the ubiquity of this monkey, known as bojog in Balinese, a certain mystery still surrounds it. This mystery recalls the Balinese people's belief in the close ties between their own society and that of the monkey. That locals regard the monkey highly is evident in the place the animal occupies in Balinese folk tales and fables as well as in the Hindu epics. In the Ramayana, the Hindu epic, Sugriwa and Hanoman are monkeys who play heroic roles.

Hanoman, the king of the monkeys, is particularly notable. In India, infertile women pray to Hanoman by stripping in front of his statue and asking him to deliver them from sterility. The ancient Egyptians also showed similarly high regard for the baboon, which was accorded the special task of honouring the sun at dawn and at dusk. Buddhist symbolism depicts the monkey alongside the elephant as Buddha's escorts. The Chinese Swen Wu Kong (swen means monkey) is similarly heroic. Swen Wu Kong was popularised via a 16th century novel, in which he, alongside two others, escorted a priest from China to India in search of the sacred Buddhist scripts. This story was recently repopularised via a Chinese television serial, the highly popular dubbed version of which appears on Indonesaian television as Kera Sakti (Sacred Monkey).
In Bali, monkeys which inhabit certain locations are also regarded with awe. The people of Sangeh, and Alas Kedaton Tabanan, two places where the long-tailed monkey lives, believe that monkey kingdoms exist in these places, and have so since long before their promotion as tourist attractions. The monkeys
of Sangeh and Alas Kedaton Tabanan are also believed to adhere to curious burial rites, whereby they bury their own dead. This belief derives from the fact that the rancid stench of decomposing animal corpses never seems to emit from the forest, even though monkeys are in abundance there and certainly die frequently. It is believed that the monkeys must have a special burial ground. No-one however has been able to prove, to date, exactly how the monkeys bury their dead,

but the communities that live around Sangeh and Alas Kedaton Tabanan firmly believe that they do. They also believe that the world of the monkey consists of both niskala (beyond the realm of the senses) and sekala (able to be sensed) elements, thus following the Balinese (human) world view. Further, not only in Sangeh and Alas Kedaton, but all over Bali, it is believed that every community of monkeys has a king who oversees the unique and mysterious social activities of his monkey kingdom. As a primate, the long-tailed monkey's social life pproximates that of humans. Their communities are structured hierarchically. They live in communities which are relatively uniform in size and structure.But there are various kinds of family relations and terri -toriality within monkey communities.

In most cases, a ranking of male monkeys applies. Similar rankings may also apply to female monkeys. Like human children, young long-tailed monkeys spend their time playing: ighting, chasing each other, performing acrobatics on trees, doing back flips, swinging, imitating their elders and tickling each other. Through play, the young monkeys, who remain highly dependent on their parents for the first three years of their life, learn about the world around them. The edu--cation of the young monkeys is similar to a play group in that as they play, young monkeys are supervised by an adult monkey. In case of danger, however, the young flee the group and return to their respective parents. Long-tailed monkeys form into small groups which, like families, se-ek food, sleep and eat together. After eating, family members clean each other, by picking parasites, thorns, seeds and other debris from each others' fur. This ritual cleaning has a hyg -ienic function, but it also serves to maintain the close ties and to uphold the existing hierarchy among family members. In Bali, it is not only human society that has been disrupted by tou--rism, but also that of the monkey. The social change experienced by the long-tailed monkey is evident in the difference in body shape between monkeys that inhabit touristed areas and those living in wilder, more rugged places. Natives of touristed areas tend to be fatter, because they are overfed, whilst those living elsewhere have much slimmer bodies. There are also marked differences of behaviour in different areas in Bali. The monkeys of Sangeh tend to be extremely cheeky. They steal glasses, bags and climb onto peoples shoulder, and refuse to return the things they have stolen or to climb off peoples' shoulders until they have received some peanuts or a banana.

They become aggressive towards people who don't bring food, and friendly towards those who do. In Monkey Forest in Ubud also, the monkeys tend to approach those who have food on them, although the Ubud monkeys here tend to be less aggressive than those in Sangeh.In Alas Kedaton Tabanan, the monkeys swim and bathe to wash themselves. Whilst those of the Wanasari forest, on the road from Denpasar to Singaraja, about 5km from Lake Bedugul, a community of about 50-60 monkeys live at an altitude of around 1220 m. They line up alongside the road and wait for passers by to give them food. Due to the road's incline, the vehicles ascending it tend to emit a lot of exhaust fumes, which is then inhaled by the monkeys.

Consequently, these monkeys have developed an ingenious way of cleansing their nostrils of the exhaust residue ? by rubbing their noses with clumps of grass.The monkeys in Uluwatu, meanwhile, find their food in the wild. They eat leaves and the leftovers of offerings placed at the temple by locals who go there to pray. The forest at Uluwatu ends abruptly at a steep limestone cliff. The monkeys have learned to climb up and down the cliff, as they often go to the beach below to search for food such as seaweed, small fish or prawns.

Human behaviour has taught monkeys to be more human-like, because monkeys tend to copy what they see and incorporate that behaviour in their development of a lifestyle. According to Wayan Batan, a primate expert in the Veterinary Science Faculty of the Udayana University in Denpasar, changes in the behaviour of monkeys in Bali has been caused by a number of factors, including increased human activity in the places where the monkeys live and, as a result of this, several monkey communities now have access to foods that do not occur naturally in their environment, as well as increased competition among monkeys for food due to population growth.

The Neka Museum in Ubud has as part of its collection a that depict monkeys - among them I Gusti Keut Kobit's 'Coiled by the Serpent Lasso' (1953) which depicts a scene from the Ramayana, and Ida Bagus Made Togog's 'Grateful Animal' (1950), which depicts the Indian fable Tantri Kandaka. Many stone and wood carvings in Bali depict the Ramayana epic, of which monkeys are a central part, in detail, and are displayed in the home as decorative ornaments or wall hangings. In the performance arts, such as the Ramayana dance-drama, monkeys, particularly the monkey king Hanoman, is also central. The Kecak dance is another example of the centrality of monkey characters in the arts in Bali. As is the case in Java and in other areas of Indonesia, the monkey is often portrayed as a comic figure in village plays. This monkey comedy genre is also performed on the village level in Bali, whereby players move from house to house, busking their talents in return for small contributions.

Wayan Batan has been observing and medically treating the long-tailed monkeys for a number of years. He claims that the animals began inhabiting their current habitats some time ago. The monkeys, he explains, seeks out the forests where food supply is abundant and constant. Further, the monkeys are barely affected by human population growth or migration, because they tend to live in areas perceived as sacred by local Hindu Balinese.Some of the habitats of the long-tailed monkey on Bali include the West Bali National Park, the Wanasari Forest in Bedugul, Alas Kedaton in Tabanan, Sangeh, Monkey Forest in Ubud, Uluwatu, Bukit Gumang in Karangasem, Mt. Batukaru, Mt. Batur, Mt. Lempuyang, and other areas which harbour small colonies.It is clear that monkey colonies that inhabit tourist areas, such as Monkey Forest in Ubud, have increased in size over time. The Ubud monkeys are guaranteed a food supply that is rich in nutrients and protein, thus assuring that their growth is healthy. Healthy monkeys tend to proliferate more. As individual monkeys experience healthy growth, the size of the colony as a whole necessarily increases.In this way, the tourism industry and Bali's monkey population are mutually supportive and co-exist symbiotically. As tourism reaps profits from monkey colonies, it sustains them by encouraging tourists to feed them. Local communities also benefit ? they sell food to the tourists for the monkeys, and establish small businesses as amateur photographers to give the tourists the opportunity to preserve their visit on Polaroid film.Monkeys and humans can benefit each other as long as this harmony is maintained. Humans refrain from destroying the monkey habitats, or upsetting this harmony in any way, for fear of provoking the monkeys.Nevertheless, at this point in time it may be useful to consider other ways in which tourism can help ensure that its co-existence with the long-tailed monkey continues and is sustainable

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Lake Buyan - Pancasari

A magnificent view of Bali can be seen from upper area of Lake Tamblingan and Lake Buyan. As you stand in looking down you will see the shimmering lakes reflecting the sun light. The air is much cooler compared to Kuta or Nusa Dua, and much fresher too. As you gaze around, you will see many mandarin trees, hydranger, tomatoes farm, vegetables farm, strawberry farm, as well many trees. Birds singing in the air, and butterflies wandering on beautiful flowers.Located somewhere in the middle of Bali island, the two adjacent lakes is about 50 kms from Denpasar, the capital city of Bali. To reach this area, you can go to a village called Munduk. Even during the journey to Munduk village, you can already beautiful views of the forests and these lakes. From Munduk village which located in the upper area of the lakes, then you can drive down into the lakes. The tourists, that I know, don't usually go down to the lake but only viewing the wonderful panorama and taking a few snaps before heading to Lovina ( a tourist area in North Bali). Munduk village lies in the route from Denpasar to Lovina.

Lake Buyan and Lake Tamblingan is located close to other marvelous tourists destinations such as The Ulundanu Temple, ( the temple by the lake), Gitgit waterfall, (a 42 meters height waterfall) and Lovina beach. You can visit those places as well before heading to this place.

Well, just to give you an idea, Lake Buyan is twice as big as Lake Tamblingan (3.9 km2 versus 1,9 km2). Lake Tamblingan, however, is 3 meters deeper than Lake Buyan (90 mtrs and 87 mtrs respectively).

What can you do in the lakes? Apart from enjoying the scenery, the area of the lakes is an ideal place for trekking, bird watching, and camping. There is a small dilapidated "trekking information service" office close to the main street in Munduk village. They will be happy to give you information about where is the best place to start trekking or bird watching. They can provide you a local guide, if you need it.

The facilities is quite okay, although still pretty basic. There is parking area, if you drive your own car, and there is a place where you can rent a boat to go fishing in the lakes. I have been fishing once here, but, maybe fishing is not one of my specialty. There are also guest houses scattered around the villages nearby. Or there are places by the lake where you can sit and sip Bali coffee or some Bintang beer.

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Tulamben Dive Site

Tulamben is a small town on the north-east coast of Bali. It is a popular dive site in Bali, especially around the wreck of the Liberty Glo, a US Army Transport ship torpedoed by a Japanese submarine in 1942. It is a very easy wreck dive and may by done by divers of all certificatin levels. It is accessed directly from the shoreline and located about 25 meters from shore. At it deepest point, it is about 30 meters from the surface and it tops out at about 5 meters from the surface.

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Gitgit waterfall

A visit to the waterfall at Gitgit should be on every tourist's list.

It is about nine kilometres from Singaraja towards the south.
Although the winding road is steep and you have to walk the last part, it is accessible by car or motorbike.
You can park your vehicle at a parking lot on the Denpasar to Singaraja road from where you can see the waterfall.
To get closer, you will need to walk.
The path can be considered in two halves.

The first part is a stepped concrete path bordered by trees and shrubs on one side and a myriad of colourful shops on the other.
Halfway along the scene changes and on both sides you can see coffee and clove trees.
It is a refreshing experience to walk in this quiet area where the birds take turns to sing.
The air is cool and gradually gets colder a you approach the waterfall.
A short distance from the waterfall, the fine water spray will cool your body.
Sometimes the atmosphere will become misty.

The waterfall is sixty metres high and as the water falls, it looks like white clouds falling down the mountain one after another.
The falling water almost completely covers the rockface of the fall. If your camera is able, try taking some long exposure photographs.