Another shot from the Ubud Monkey Forest, this time of the hanging roots of a sacred banyan tree.

The presence of sacred forest is a demonstration of the harmonious coexistence of humans and nature. In Bali, sanctuaries such as the Monkey Forest are usually in sacred village areas, often surrounded by temples. These cultural sanctuaries are not only an important part of Balinese heritage, but also an important part of everyday live. Temple festivals are regularly held for the villagers and the gods in such areas.

Location: Sacred Monkey Forest Ubud

We went to the Monkey Forest in Ubud and I was lucky to snap this photo of a monkey family.

The monkeys within the Sacred Monkey Forest of Padangtegal are commonly called long-tailed macaques. Their scientific name is Macaca fascicuiaris. Macaques are found throughout Southeast Asia and many species of macaques live successfully in areas that are heavily utilized by humans. On Bali, there are Balinese long-tailed macaque troops (populations) that live in areas where they have little to no contact with humans and troops that come into contact with humans on a regular basis. However, despite the fact that many species of macaques thrive in areas that are heavily utilized by humans, there is evidence that the viability of Balinese long-tailed macaques (the ability of macaques to continue to thrive) may be dependent upon the conservation of Bali’s forested areas.

Location: Sacred Monkey Forest Ubud

Found this on a wall in Kuta, thought it was amusing how people still think of hell when they live here.

Vie’s immaculate collection of Emily Strange bags.

We had to keep the lights down that day so I unscrewed the top bulb of our corner lamp to keep the room as dim as possible.

From Wikipedia:

Nyepi is a Balinese “Day of Silence” that falls on Bali’s Lunar New Year (in 2010, it’s on March 16). It is a day of silence, fasting, and meditation.

Observed from 6 a.m. until 6 a.m. the next morning, Nyepi is a day reserved for self-reflection and as such, anything that might interfere with that purpose is restricted. The main restrictions are: no lighting fires (and lights must be kept low); no working; no entertainment or pleasure; no traveling; and for some, no talking or eating at all. The effect of these prohibitions is that Bali’s usually bustling streets and roads are empty, there is little or no noise from TVs and radios, and few signs of activity are seen even inside homes. The only people to be seen outdoors are the Pecalang, traditional security men who patrol the streets to ensure the prohibitions are being followed.

Although Nyepi is primarily a Hindu holiday, non-Hindu residents of Bali observe the day of silence as well, out of respect for their fellow citizens. Even tourists are not exempt; although free to do as they wish inside their hotels, no one is allowed onto the beaches or streets, and the only airport in Bali remains closed for the entire day. The only exceptions granted are for emergency vehicles carrying those with life-threatening conditions and women about to give birth.

On the day after Nyepi, known as Ngembak Geni, social activity picks up again quickly, as families and friends gather to ask forgiveness from one another, and to perform certain religious rituals together.

This is the little black terminal with which I run my small empire. The stickers are used as disguise so common people would mistake it for a mere laptop.

Those bastards just keep building shit along the beach. At least this one is looking proper cool.

These boards, just like us that day, was surfed out and beat.

If you don’t follow my twitter or facebook, I have been learning to surf with Lee for the past three days.

This was taken with Vie’s tough ass Olympus camera because my Nikon is a pussy.

We went up to Jimbaran to see Henny’s friend’s villa. It has a beautiful garden setup with a fairy tale looking fountain.

An out of focus shot of the cafes in Kuta with the bokeh lens hood.