|Rice field, Ubud|
Ubud is a small town located amongst rice paddies and steep ravines in the central foothills of the Gianyar regency. One of Bali's major arts and culture centers; many beautiful paintings, galleries, stone carvings, it is a quiet and bloody damn too romantic place…
|Lotus Pond, Ubud - day time|
|Lotus Pond, Ubud - before the dance starts|
|Welcome Dance, Balinese traditional dance|
|Legong dancer, Bali|
My mom sent me to Balinese dance class. I attended it twice a week ever since I was at the first grade of elementary school until I graduated!
Six years practicing Balinese dance, every Monday and Thursday. Each session lasts two hour class.
|Oleg Tamulilingan (the bumblebee dance)|
The lessons were run by Tante Wila Wirya, the wife of Doctor Wila Wirya, a pediatrician. My house used to be only 15 minute walk from theirs in Kebayoran Baru, south Jakarta.
|Mask dance, Bali|
Doctor Wila was my family doctor. Every time I got sick, I ended up in his practicing room - that is just next door to the hall where we practiced the Balinese dances. Oh yes, I could hear the gamelan Bali instrumental from the cassette player. Ok, please laugh reading "cassette" player, no CD nor MP3/4 nor ipod during those times!
Together with many girls around my age, Tante Wila taught us those dances;
- Pendet (welcome dance),
- Tenun (about several girls who make cloth with traditional tools),
- Margapati (the dance illustrates the movements of a lion roaming in the jungle hinting for prey),
- Panji Semirang (it is about a lady who tried to find her lost fiancé named Panji in a battle field),
- Nelayan (fishermen dance),
- Oleg Tamulilingan (bumblebee dance),
- Kebyar Duduk (sitting dance)
- Wiranata (the magnificence of a prince)
I still remember some movements. Tante Wila's instructions ringing in my head: tangannya tinggi, nyeledet kanan, ekspresi matanya..., ngeseh, kanan, putar, kiri..., goyang pinggul, kepala...
I used to like the male dances such as Margapati, Panji Semirang, Nelayan, Kebyar Duduk and Wiranata. The movements are more energetic, the outfit and make up are simpler! No need wearing long sarong or extra long hair wig as pony tail.
|Quand j'etais petite - Pendet - une dance balinaise|
|Rice harvest, Ubud|
Thanks to TripAdvisor, we found a good walking tour. Wayan and Balioffcourse took us visiting Balinese traditional home compound, walking around the rice field in Ubud, dropping by a water fall, and walking again until wherever!
Having Balinese food for lunch was a good way to end the tour. Thanks for the wonderful walk, Wayan!
|Ubud Market, Feb 2013 - soon it'll be ready|
|Stalls in Ubud Market|
Other good areas for shopping are the along Monkey Forest road and Hanoman road. Lots of things to find there; clothes, souvenirs, silver wares, restaurants, cafes, mini markets, gelato shops, ATMs, etc.
|Lotus Pond, Ubud|
|Ngaben preparation, July 2008|
|During Walking Tour, Ubud|
|Somewhere in Komaneka Bisma, Ubud|