The most unforgettable experience of our recent working Bali trip was most definitely the visit to Uluwatu! Due to our pretty tight shooting schedule, we almost did not make it there, but thanks to our client, we managed to squeeze in some time and made a quick getaway.
About an hour plus drive from Kuta (but about 45 minutes drive from where we were from Canggu Club that day), we headed to Uluwatu, with our tour guide for the trip, and what greeted us were a small entrance with a parking lot packed with cars. We had to wrap ourselves with sarongs (traditional large piece of fabric wrapped around the waist) provided at the entrance, as a gesture of respect, before going into the temple.
Officially known as Pura Luhur Uluwatu, '"luhur" means "something of divine origin" and "Uluwatu" can be broken into "Ulu" meaning "end of the land" and "watt" means "rock" in the old traditional language, a temple built in the 11th century, this Balinese Sea Temple is one of the nine directional temples located in Pecatu Village. This age-old temple is meant to protect Bali from evil spirits. Aptly named, it is the end of the land, where the inner sanctum of the temple is perched majestically on the edge of a steep cliff, high above the legendary surf breaks of Southern Bali.
Walking along the steps and within 10 to 15 minutes, one will be able to take in the amazing view of the ocean. Since we reached there close to late afternoon, what was presented to us was one of the most beautiful sunsets that we have ever witnessed, truly.
The open sea, the gushing of the wind, the waves from the ocean breaking against the rocks, beneath the cliff, were something of scenes from a good night dream, to be precise. We were at awe with the scenery and could not help but feeling, how magical nature can be, and how minute one feels at this sort of moment. The feeling of emptiness, yet fullness, at the same time, filled our heart and enveloped our mind and rendered us speechless, actually. We secretly kicked ourselves for not bringing our DSLR camera along and could only manage to snap these pictures using our iPhone. Just could not do justice to the beauty of the place, honestly!
Though we were not able to watch the Kecak Dance performance that day as we needed to rush back to our location shoot, but what we saw was something equally priceless, at 80 meters above sea level - the sun gradually setting and residing into the horizon and the day turned dark, very quickly. The impermanence of life, the end to a new beginning, for the next day, and the beginning to another ending. What a sight to behold, an unbelievably memorable moment for us *_^ Read more about the Uluwatu temple and its history here and here if you are keen.
|Such privilege to be able to interview one of the top football German coaches in the world, Werner Kehn!|
While at Bali, we had a much needed body massage, visited Uluwatu, ate some really good local dishes like Jawa and Balinese delicacies and delights, worked and had great fun along the way. If you asked us, we had go back to Bali anytime! A great place to unwind, with the nicest people and we are sure, many other places we have yet to visit. This calls for a another travel plan *_^ Oh, if you had missed our part 1 of the Bali experience, here to read more.
We shall leave you with traces of Bali through our instagram capture. May you travel beyond the clear blue sky and white fluffy cotton candy clouds and have the best of time! Till then, stay happy and luminous, no matter where you are, or where you plan to travel to next *_^