✨Would you tell me please which way I ought to go from here?..... “well that all depends on where you want to get to....”✨
Does anyone really know where they want to get to or what they want to be in life? Because I don’t. I have an idea but how to get there I don’t know. Maybe that’s ok though because until then I’m happy feeling like Alice in Wonderland. It means I get to see so many places that make me feel like I’m in a make believe world....
Where do you all see yourselves in ten years time?
When I was young,
it seemed that life was so wonderful,
A miracle, oh it was beautiful, magical
And all the birds in the trees,
well they'd be singing so happily,
Oh joyfully, playfully watching me.
But then they sent me away to teach me how to be sensible,
logical, oh responsible, practical.
And then they showed me a world where I could be so dependable, clinical, oh intellectual, cynical.
I said, watch what you say or they'll be calling you a radical,
Liberal, oh fanatical, criminal.
Won't you sign up your name? We’d like to feel you're acceptable, respectable, presentable, a vegetable.
Take it, take it, yeah 🚶♂️🚶♀️🚶♂️🚶♀️🚶♂️🚶♀️🚶♂️🚶♀️🚶♂️🚶♀️🚶♂️🚶♀️
This ferry can take you from Central Pier to Outlying Islands in Hong Kong. Please be aware that one single trip to an outlying island is about an hour and back to Central for another hour. Please make sure you are boarding the right pier from Central. You can access Central Pier from Central MTR Station Exit A or Hong Kong MTR Station Exit A2.
TIBUMANA WATERFALL, Ubud, Bali.
Bali waterfalls section. ———————————————————————
I visited at least 9 waterfalls while in Bali, wanted to visit them all, but some of them were either too far or too touristy.
For the next 6 days I’ll be posting pictures of different waterfalls and see which one is the most “liked” one 😊. ———————————————————————
Tibumana is super easy to get to: it is a short and scenery ride from Ubud and only an easy 10 minute walk.
The place does get busy - certainly not as much as Tegenungan waterfall though. We arrived around 10am and met another 15 people there, which did not spoil the experience.
The pool of the waterfall is quite big and people go a couple of meters into the pool to take pictures, so 6-8 people can be taking pictures from different sides of the pool at the same time (assuming nobody is swimming in the middle). ———————————————————————
The entrance fee to Tibumana Waterfall is IDR 10,000 (£0.50).
It is possible to swim in the pool, so don’t forget your swimsuit!
✨She left pieces of her life behind her everywhere she went.....🕊✨
We travel to see places we’ve always dreamed of seeing making memories we won’t ever forget, mostly good some bad but they will be memories nevertheless.
I took this photo on a day where I really wasn’t feeling my best. I had been in hospital most of the week with someone very close to me and I really didn’t want to do anything other than stay in my hotel doing nothing. I went out nevertheless and I was so happy I did because as I sat there thinking about everything I realised that things might not always be perfect but in a world with so much beauty there is always a smile hiding away for moments like this that I will cherish forever...
Are there any places you’ve visited that hold a special place in your heart for treasured moments like these?
Another Wong Tai Sin Temple (Temple of Red Pine Immortal) can be found in Hong Kong. However, it is not a tourist spot and it is not easy to access there. If you want a bit adventure to discover temples in Hong Kong, it may be A good choice for you. Try to locate Caritas Medical Centre from at Wing Ming Street from Lai Chi Kok MTR Station. Grab an "Information Guide" at Customer Service Centre after your MTR ride. After seeing the hospital, climb up the stairs and find out where the bridge crossing the Lung Chung Road. The temple is on your right straight after the bridge.
Honestly, I have never been to Law Uk Folk Museum (The House of Law's) because I thought it is just a tiny cottage. There are three intersting spots. Firstly, I planned to take photo on the exterior of the factory building because I remembered that I went to Chai Wan for a job interview! After crossing the road from the shopping centre (MTR Exit B to the ground floor), I found something and...Well, you will know the story once you get there! The factory buidlding is converted into a tiny place for exhibitions. Law Uk (The House of Law's) is certainly became my next adventure! After visiting Law Uk Museum (The House of Law's). Just to mention here is that "Law" is the surname of the owner of the cottage. I was correct! There is not much to see there! I would rather spend time on Sam Tung Uk Museum which has similar things and offers heaps stuff to enjoy! However, visiting Chai Wan where Law Uk is located can spend you approximately two hours there! Why do I say so? When walking down to Kut Shing Street from MTR Exit B and go down to the Kut Shing Street, you will find Chai Wan Factory Estate on the opposite side. I swear I did not even know they setup two exhibition halls and history boards down there! I head back to MTR Station on the first floor. Hold on! I saw something interesting…”Youth Square” at Exit A? What on earth is it? Then I walked straight in the shopping mall and saw a bridge ahead. There are plenty of signs leading up to Youth Square. Great! I found a building on the right. I walked there and discovered that they have an exhibition down there! Also, a permanent exhibition hall is on 5/F. That’s it! There are three tourist spots which is brand new to me and it was a good time to visit there!
GUNUNG KAWI Temple, North of Ubud, Bali. ———————————————————————
Gunung Kawi is one of Bali's oldest and most important monuments. This river-valley complex from the 11th century consists of 10 huge candi (shrines) cut out of rock faces. They are 7-metre-high and each is believed to be a memorial to a member of 11th-century Balinese royalty.
There is a bit of a hike down to the temple and shrines of 371 stone steps leading to the river though nice souvenir stalls with friendly Balinese and a beautiful scenery of rice fields. ———————————————————————
Sarong is required, but you can borrow one on entering the temple.
It was not busy when we arrived in the middle of the afternoon. We did a bit of shopping on the way down, walked around and rewarded ourselves with a delicious coconut on the way up! ———————————————————————
A water temple with a similar name - Gunung Kawi Sebatu is not located far from Pura Gunung Kawi and these two should not be confused.
Gunung Kawi Sebatu is one of my favourite temples, which features gardens around ponds filled with carps and ancient shrines surrounded by crystal clear pools fed by natural springs.
Evening guys, Sophia here.... Just here to share with you the antidote for a brighter less dull Monday:
Dream a destination, take a plane there, put a pretty frock on, find a vineyard cascading in pink blossom and just drink enough sweet dessert wine so that it radiates on your face like this.....And THAT is how you have a perfect Monday!
Hope you’ve all had a lovely day cuties! A lot of people (like me!) hate Monday’s because I pretty much yawn the whole way through the day. What do you like to do to motivate yourself on a Mondays?
Al principio: desconocidas
Luego: simples compañeras de cole.
Más adelante: mejor amiga
Hoy: hermanas de diferentes mamás... aunque a veces estoy distante, y así no te escriba no quiere decir que este ausente, y sobre todo no quiere decir que te haya olvidado y por esto mismo hoy te deseo un feliz cumpleaños, que en este nuevo año de vida tengas más éxitos y obviamente muchas aventuras... Tqm amiga un abrazooo.
Not much people aware of the picture at Wholesale Fruit Market despite many people passing through Ferry Street, Yau Ma Tei. I discovered something interesting besides this wall picture. The second interesting spot is Shek Lung Street which is situated at the end of the wall picture (the photo above). What interested me is that there are heaps of signages along the way to indicate the position of stacks for stock delivery for each company. If you are not interested, continue the journey on Ferry Street. After walking a bit, you can see an aisle next to Yaumati Catholic Primary School. Yes! You hit the jackpot! See what will you find there…On your left hand side you will find out historical signage on top of the stores! Unfortunately, we cannot reach there because of a fence blocking our way! After visiting the places, we may visit the fruit market. Fresh fruit with great aroma! The last tourist spot is another historical structure called Yau Ma Tei Theatre which stands at the corner of Reclamation Street (where the fruit market entrance is) and Waterloo Road.
I’d walk over every mountain and under every star just to see this view every evening....
Where in the world have you watched the most beautiful sunset? Cape Town will forever be my on my top five countries to watch the sunset especially from Camps Bay. The powder white sands and candy cotton sunsets know how to pull on my heart strings and after watching about twenty they still have me feeling all warm and fuzzy inside 🥰☺️
ULUN DANU BATUR Temple, Mount Batur, Bali. ———————————————————————
The temple is the second most significant mountain temple in Bali. Ulun Danu Batur is located at the southwestern rim of the vast caldera of Mount Batur 900 metres above sea level.
The temple consists of nine different smaller temples and there are almost 300 shrines dedicated to different gods and goddesses. ———————————————————————
We thought the entrance fee of IDR 35,000 per person is already quite high, plus they ask you to pay for sarong RENTAL of IDR 25,000 each, which is really pricey as it is a price of a NEW sarong!!
Outside of the ticket office there are ladies on the street that you can rent sarongs from, they asked for IDR 25,000 as well, but I brought it down to IDR 5,000 each (check me out 😅).
We did not spend that long in the temple, maybe around 20 minutes. Just walked around and took a few photos. I personally think there are more beautiful temples on the island, but this one has an important cultural significance. ———————————————————————
Do pop in if you are somewhere nearby exploring Mount Batur area, but I wouldn’t ride all the way from Ubud, or the south to visit.
The views while riding from Mount Batur to the temple are absolutely stunning: looking down to the lake from above. Ulun Danu literally translates as "head of the lake".
Ho Sheng Heung is listed on the heritage list in Hong Kong. Technically, it is not a tourist spot. However, you can discover more on Antiquities & Monuments Office and find this place. This place has three temples and an ancestral hall. Decorations making this place worth to visit for expatriate. I do not recommend as a tourist spot because of the traveling time. The place us easy to access but locate the minibus stop is not challenging for those never been to Hong Kong. However, you can ask for help at Customer Service Centre in MTR Station after your MTR ride.
PURA TIRTA EMPUL, Central Bali. ———————————————————————
Tirta Empul (meaning Holy Spring in Balinese) temple is a Hindu Balinese water temple. The temple compound consists of a bathing structure, where the locals and tourists alike go to for ritual purification to cleanse their minds, bodies and souls. The temple pond has a spring which gives out fresh water regularly, which Balinese Hindus consider to be holy or amritha.
Visitors first approach a purification bath with a total of 13 elaborately sculpted spouts line the edge from west to east, which is the main attraction of the temple.
The ticket of IDR 50,000 includes a dry sarong and a sarong for the purification ceremony as well as a locker. We found it a bit weird that the were no instructions for the ceremony given or written for the visitors.
To be able to do the ceremony in the right way guests need to pay for a guide, who will explain what’s required and prepare offerings as well; otherwise they wont tell you anything 🤔. We did not ask about the price, but thought it’s not really worth paying a guide for literally 5-10 minutes of him explaining what to do.
We overheard from other people that apparently you are supposed to wash your face three times, then drink three times and put your head under the water three times at each of the spouts, but some people were completely clueless. ———————————————————————
Searching the web, I found that the ritual is a bit more complex:
Begin with a flower offering: sitting on the platform across the the altar offer a prayer to the gods holding the offering at chest level. Then enter the pool and repeat the same ritual from the first spout, carrying on to the eleventh to clear your mind. The water from the last two of the 13 spouts is meant for purification purposes in funerary rites; only for cleansing the dead and are for prohibited to be used by the living (hence I noticed it had a lot less offerings there). After completing the ritual at each fountain in the first pool; cross to the next pool and do the same ritual with the next three fountains, which cleanse part of your soul.
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Sedan chair is extremely popular amongst the affluent ones in ancient times of China, especially during wedding. I apologise that I forget a proper name for this stuff and hope you can catch the proper name for it! An interesting event "The annual Sedan Chair Race" is held each year and heaps locals and few tourists will go there. Hundreds of sedan chair are there for competition at Matilda International Hospital
TAMAN UJUNG Water Palace, East Bali. ———————————————————————
The complex consists of various large pools and historic structures set against a backdrop of Mount Agung and the eastern shoreline.
The central pool used to be a site for punishment of accused proponents of black magic, therefore the horrible reputation and fear of this location amongst the locals continued for many years.
The water palace has a combination of Balinese and European architectures, as it was influenced by Dutch occupation; and in 1961 the palace opened its doors to the public.
Same as Tirta Gangga it has suffered from the showers of hot ash following the eruption of Mount Agung in 1963. ———————————————————————
It was our last stop before heading back to Ubud; the weather was beautiful and we took our time to walk around the beautiful gardens, take pictures on the bridges and walks and feed countless Koi fish in the ponds and fountains.
A dragon boat model situated at Fuk Man Park at Po Tong Road, Sai Kung. Dragon boat is very popular among locals and tourists. Dragon boat is orginated from the story of Qu Yuan's death. Qu Yuan was an imperial officer who had downfall in his career. He was regarded as talent and righteous man in China. His body was thrown to the river. In order to prevent fishes to bite his corpse from their respect to Qu Yuan, they throw Chinese Gluetine Rice (zongzi) into river. Practice no longer for Qu Yuan and traditions continue. Nowadays, people do not do this anymore. Instead, people eat Chinese Gluetine Rice (zongzi) on the day when Qu Yuan died and dragon boat dance became a tradition to celebrate the festival.
LEMPUYANG Temple, Amed, Bali. ———————————————————————
Locally referred to as Pura Lempuyang Luhur, is one of Bali’s oldest and most highly regarded temples, which lies at 1,175m above sea level. ———————————————————————
Fit and adventurous might decide to take a steep staircase of over 1,700 steps to get up to the temple. We, on the other hand, took the steep roads up on our 50cc rental scooter. It did take some time and effort (mostly from the scooter) to take us up to the temple. Maybe take a bigger bike if you decide on making your own way there 🙄. ———————————————————————
Waking up just before 6am was highly rewarding as not just the roads, but also the temple were nearly empty.
We arrived at around 8am after a 30 minute ride from Amed and met about 8 other early risers at the temple.
We actually planned to go to Tirtta Ganga first, but have been advised to start with Pura Lempuyang Luhur as it gets really busy! And indeed we saw at least 4 massive busses heading towards the temple as we left around 9-9.30am. ———————————————————————
I did see a few pictures with reflection on Instagram thinking it must be photoshop, but actually my picture is taken by one of the temple staff with my own iPhone and a little mirror. The fourth picture (just for comparison) is taken with a professional camera.
We only waited about 10-15 minutes in the queue watching people before us jumping and changing poses for their pictures. Some people even queued twice to get more photos taken!!😅. ———————————————————————
We managed to get some other pictures of the temple without other people in it, which was nice!!
The main advice is to go early! Maybe stay in Amed overnight. ———————————————————————
Have you been to Lempuyang temple? What time did you arrive?