Tanah Lot &Trying Duck

Hi everyone!

IMG_6552I’ve been falling behind…again. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ But I promise to make it up with some new posts coming up! ๐Ÿ™‚ I spent some time visiting a neighboring state to where I live, so I’ll be posting about that soon! But for now, let’s go back in time where I was in Asia. Bali, Indonesia to be exact!

Louis and I had a great time exploring Bali discovering new places and experiences like seeing monkeys, surfing, and the rice terrace! To add to it, we had the opportunity to visit a BEAUTIFUL place known for their sunsets and photogenic-ness! We spent an evening at the famous Tanah Lot and it was nothing less from what people have described it–actually it was even more!

IMG_6576 IMG_6562Before the sunset, we participated in a Balinese blessing by walking across some water (the sand was SO SOFT) and meeting two men. We followed suit and washed our faces with water. The two men then put rice on our foreheads and a flower behind our ears. We definitely got that island, romantic, getaway feel! ๐Ÿ™‚ โค

IMG_6591Of course we captured the moment with the sunset behind us, leaving us in absolute awe! I mean, if our cutesy, cheesy, barf-worthy photo doesn’t make you say “aww”, then I guess be in awe from the beautiful sunset! ๐Ÿ˜‰ (Haha okay sorry, not that funny but I just had to throw that in there!)

It really felt like we were on a honeymoon–weird how a place can make you feel that way! Or maybe being with the right person can make you feel that way? We really did enjoy every moment and we wanted to extend our time here, so we decided to watch a fire dancing show!

IMG_6617Now, this fire dancing show was outdoors with bleachers and chairs to sit. The bugs were sure biting, but luckily, a friendly stranger understood our struggle and offered us their bug spray! ๐Ÿ™‚

As we waited for the show to start, Louis and I played a little game. We have an odd game where we people-watch / scope out human interactions and make up a story on how they met, their background, etc. It’s especially fun in new places when you have no idea who they are and so we get creative with as many details we can think of (can you say Sherlock Holmes? Maybe?)! I can’t remember the exact ones we described that night, but know that we do this often, so it’s easy to get them a little mixed up… ๐Ÿ˜›

IMG_6632Anyways, the show started with about 20 men or so gathering around in a circle, doing some chants / vocalizations. I haven’t quite heard anything like it before, but it was repetitive and interesting. The men would then sway whileย characters in masks and costumes would come out, depicting a popular legend about a princess, prince, family and betrayal.

In the end, some fire was lit and kicked around, but immediately dissipated. Let’s just say it wasn’t exactly what we had pictured. We pictured torches and giant Q-tips on fire being twirled and thrown–ya know, super exciting! But instead, we watched a play, which wasn’t all that bad, but different than from what we expected. I guess you could say we were a little disappointed, but at least we were able to enjoy our time at Tanah Lot a while longer!

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Our duck dishes with delicious sauces! ๐Ÿ˜€

IMG_6638Although it was time to head back to our temporary Bali home, we took in our experience and enjoyed the night traffic around us. We then had to admit to our driver that we were pretty hungry. We talked about a popular duck restaurant called Bebek Tepi Sawah. Our driver didn’t hesitate to take us there and we were on our way to get our tummies filled! I have to admit, I have tried duck a few times while in Malaysia and Louis definitely had plenty of duck in his lifetime! But I would have to say, this was my first time having duck in Indonesia, anyway! So it kind of counts! ๐Ÿ™‚

IMG_6641The duck was pretty delicious and the sauces added a nice touch to them! It was a perfect ending to our wonderful and romantic night together. ๐Ÿ™‚ It truly felt like paradise. Just writing about it makes me want to go back! Seriously, if you go to Bali, Indonesia, you HAVE to make the most of it and go see those sunsets, visit temples, interact with animals, meet locals, and try different dishes! I just can’t express it enough–Baliย is one of the best places I’ve been to! I would definitely go again.

Well, I will be posting more about my time in Bali because it’s not quite over yet! ๐Ÿ˜‰ So if you’re not convinced, maybe you will just have to read the next few posts and change your mind! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Stay tuned,

Jess

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