In Bali you'll always find a majestic old tree beside every temple. This magnificent green sanctuary that had shaped itself into a perfect archway was spotted on my way to Ubud, just outside Batubulan (what a romantic name, Moonstone!).
On both sides of the road leading to Ubud you'll find the finest artisans in Asia, a rich legacy of the Majapahit Empire which produced stonemasons comparable to those that built Angkor Wat, Khajuraho, and Tiahuanaco.
|A colossal statue, presumably of Rama, greets every visitor to Ubud|
|Painters, painters everywhere in Ubud; modern as well as traditional|
|Member of the Balinese Royal Household at the Royal Temple in Ubud|
Left: Five minutes outside the bustling tourist hub that Ubud has become, soothing sounds of running water and ducks romping in lush paddy-fields.
|Women in Bentuyong, near Ubud, so alike the Orang Asli among whom I live|
|Hokkien chef in Ubud with two of his Balinese angel waitresses|
|Daily offerings to the Unseen Beings are an integral part of Balinese culture|
[Originally posted 12 September 2007]