A visit to Bali, Indonesia was made for my very first leisure overseas trip by flight. I remember vividly that it was on a valentine’s day when we flew. Bali is the place where I had my first culture shock and the great feeling of touring around was overwhelming! The main religion there is Hinduism and the locals there converse in malay language!
A typical stereotyping in Singapore would be that someone who speaks mandarin would believe in Buddhism, Christianity or free thinker, someone who speaks tamil language would believe in Hinduism and someone who speaks malay language would be a muslim. But in Bali, locals speaks malay language and look like a malay but believes in Hinduism. Back then, it was really different from what I usually see in Singapore. That is what I call eye-opener!
We stayed in Mercure hotel in Kuta beach area where the beach is just a single lane road across! After negotiating with the driver, we have gotten a good price for a day tour around few scenic sights in Bali. You can find drivers for hire with their vehicles in Bali anywhere around all hotels. There is a particular place where we wished to visit but do not know exactly the name is. Then, we got to know that this is actually a temple area and is called Ulun Danu temple. In fact, we got to know this temple through the rupiah currency! You can find the picture of this temple in their rupiah notes. What we did was to show the note to the driver and he quickly knew where we were referring to.
When we were finally there, there was a hindu ritual going on in the temple. So we roamed around the out skirt of the temple. The temple that is shown in the photo below is actually submerged in the water, later then we found out that the temple is only partially submerged in water during high tide. When it is low tide, you can actually walk across to it! The photo is taken with my 40D with TAMRON 17-50mm f2.8 for my very first virgin shoot overseas.