April 27th, 2016 - Day 25 - Docked in Bali, Indonesia

We woke up in Bali and opened up our door  and it was pouring rain and a beautiful sunrise was taking place.  It rained for 1 minute then it was over.  The cloud must have just been over our boat as the rest of the sky wax clear.

We had breakfast in the Terrace Café.

We had an early tour this morning and met in the Insignia Lounge at 7:45 AM.  Our tour today is Discover Bali.  Yuda is our guide and Agung is our driver.  We are in a bus today.  Our guide Yuda is wearing a Hindu outfit. The government said it was OK to wear this outfit to welcome tourists to Bali.  3 million tourists come to Indonesia a year.

Hindu people do not shake hands as western people do. They put their hands together and bow.  

70% of people are Hindu.  They have the biggest Muslim population in Indonesia but only 2% live in Bali.

Batik is the national cloth of Indonesia and our first stop was to the Tohpati Village at the Popiler Batik Factory for a demonstration of Batik cloth processing.  The silk batik process is done by hand and is very expensive as there are many steps to get the colors on the fabric. They also do stamping on the material which is not as expensive.  The designs are beautiful.  Most of the designs are drawn by men and the women paint them.  Jim had a fish put on the sleeve of his t-shirt and Bali 2016 for his souvenir.

As we were driving there are alters every where.  Offerings are given once a day.  They always include water, incense and a flower.  An offering is like a gift to a friend so you could give coins or candy or anything you would give a friend as long as it has water, incense and a flower with it.  They believe in the Negative & Positive and that everything has an action. 

Black & white check material is wrapped around alters for the positive and negative.

Our next stop was at a 17th Century Hindu Temple Singapadu Temple or Pura Puseh.

At the Hindi temple everyone was given a sarong to wrap around their  stomach to keep  the negative energy out of the temple. 

Listen to your heart & your mouth.

Every thing from the heart up is holy.

Everything from the heart down is negative. 

Sarong means wrapper so you wrap up your negativity.

Singapadu Temple was built in the 17th century and guarded by four statues of Wisnu that rest on carved pedestals.  The temple continues to be used by the local Village community for religious ceremonies.

We stopped at a traditional Balinese House Compound.  Since we had seen one yesterday I won't go into the details as it is the same information.  This house compound looked newer and better kept up.  When a baby is born they take the placenta, umbilical cord and blood and fluids and put all inside a coconut that they have drained the juice out of and bury it.  If it is a boy it is buried on the left side if it is a girl it is buried on the right side of the house and they mark the spot with a rock. 

We stopped at the Bali Bird Park. This  is the largest collection of Indonesian birds in the world, as well as many varieties from Africa and South America. Covering nearly 5 acres of botanicals landscape, the Park provides sanctuary to almost 1000 birds of 250 different species.  The birds are showcased not only in their natural habitat and large walk-in aviaries, but also as free range throughout the park. There was a display of tropical plants and trees which also serve to attract a significant butterfly population.  It was beautiful and we saw birds we had never seen before.  Pat's favorite bird was a red, yellow and black bird with a tail that looked  like leopard print.   

Our last stop was at the Sahadewa  Barong & Kris Dance Stage Chandra Budaya.

The Barong Play represents an internal fight between good and evil spirits.  A Barong (a mythological animal) represents the good spirit and Rangda (a mythological monster) represents an evil one.

Characters were the tiger, the monkey, 3 men, 2 girl dancers, a witch, a bird, Dewi Kunti and her son and God Siwa.  The music was great and it was a nice look at Balinese Hindu culture.

On our drive back our guide Yuda told us he learned English singing songs as a wedding singer from a Canadian girl.  He sang 2 songs for us and he had a great voice.  He was a very entertaining guy.  He told us jokes and it was a fun ride back to the pier.

Pat shopped in the handicraft market near the pier while Jim tried to get on the Internet.  Jim was not successful with the Internet but Pat was successful with shopping.  When shopping at these booths the people just come at you when you walk by pulling you into the booth and trying to sell you something.  You are not given a moment alone to just look.  They keep shoving items at you to buy. 

We had dinner at the Polo Grill last night.

Jim had for his appetizer Roasted Beetroot and Garlic Goat Cheese Napoleon with Champagne and Truffle Vinaigrette.  For his salad he had Honey Smoked Bacon, Lettuce, Tomato, and Aged Cheddar Cheese Salad with Tangy Dressing.  For his main course he had Pittsburgh Style Prime Beef Steak, 7 ounces, with Au Poivre sauce and Bernaise sauce and Well-Done Steak Fries.

Pat had Baked Onion Soup with Gruyere Cheese Crust.  For her salad she had Beefsteak Tomato and Sweet Onion Salad.  Her main course was Cajun Style Blackened Salmon with Peach-Saffron Chutney.

We had a lovely dinner.

Good night as we cruise on our way to Komoto!