Ngaben – A Balinese Ceremony for the Body and Soul


While I was in Ubud in Bali, I was lucky enough to be able to attend a Hindu cremation ceremony locally known as Pitra Yadnya or Ngaben. A man from the village where we stayed had died and about to cremate. Putu Dedi, one of the villagers told us that we're very fortunate since there [...]

Goa in the Summer

Goa draws visitors from all over the world all year around to soak up the sun on the over 100 kilometers of unbroken coastline and indulge in all the wonders of India's west coast. If you travel to Goa in the summer, be aware that May is the hottest time of the year and is [...]

Photo of the Week – Sunrise at Tonle Sap River


    This shot was taken in Tonle Sap river along Sisowath Quay in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.??When in Pnom Penh and if you are not one of the party-goer type, then you should go to Sisowath Quay and observe or better yet do what the ordinary Khmer does every morning and evening. During weekends or [...]

Temples in Ubud Bali – Reflections of Faith


Many claim that there are actually more temples than homes in Bali. Strictly speaking, many temples are really shrines but the number of religious compounds in Bali is quite hard to identify since most of the houses in Bali particularly in Ubud have a yard dedicated for their own temple.   Bali's temples are normally [...]

Three Places in London that I want to Visit


In Britain, the greatest concentration of major attractions is in London. It also boasts four World Heritage Sites. Most of these attractions are free to enter, so there's nowhere else in the where you can see so much for so little. It's one of the most significant cities in the world in terms of culture, [...]

Wenara Wana – Sacred Monkey Forest in Ubud, Bali


Ubud is one of the most visited places not just in Bali but in all of Indonesia. It became more popular when Ubud become a quest of love for Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love. For me, Ubud is the center for arts and culture in Bali. I noticed that each activity in here [...]

Photo of the Week: Ngaben – Balinese Cremation Ceremony


  This shot was taken in Ubud in Bali, Indonesia. For Balinese Hindu followers, there are ceremonies for every stages of life. The biggest and the most sophisticated is the last ceremony or the cremation. It is called 'Ngaben' or locally known as Pitra Yadnya. Ngaben derives from the word 'Abu' which means ashes. Pitra [...]

Ubud in Bali – A Cure For The Soul


Everytime I heard of Bali, I always thought that it is all about beautiful beaches and surfing, not until I saw the movie Eat, Pray, Love. Bali has a strong culture which is the other charms of it, and you can feel it mainly in Ubud. Located in the center of Bali, away from the [...]

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