Thursday, June 26, 2014

Melasti

Every year Hindu people of Bali commemorate "Day of Silence" or Nyepi, it is celebrated in conjunction with Balinese New Year. There are several rituals that are performed prior to and after Nyepi and one of the rituals before Nyepi is "Melasti". It is held to purify Bhuana Alit (small world) and Bhuana Agung (The Universe) and is performed in a Pura (Balinese Temple) near the sea. Hindus prayed by facing the sea with the aim to throw all the bad things from the past into the sea. Symbols of the gods are also brought to the sea to be purified. White clothes are worn to indicate purity. This series of photos were taken at Padang-Padang Beach, Bali, Indonesia.

Melasti Ceremony

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Belitung

Belitung is an island located on the eastern coast of Sumatra, Indonesia. The island was made popular by Andrea Hirata's film-adapted novel Laskar Pelangi which features some of the scenic beaches of Belitung such as Tanjung Tinggi. Belitung features white sand beaches, granite rocks, and clear blue-turquoise water that will take your breath away. During this trip I've only spent only one night in belitung and got to visit Tanjung Tinggi, Bukit Berahu, Tanjung Kelayar, Pulau Pasir, and Lengkuas Island. It is clear that it wasn't enough to explore and appreciate the magnificent beauty of the island, will come back here definitely someday!

Belitung

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

J A P A N

This series of photos were taken during my one week trip to Japan. Meeting old friends and visiting new and interesting places. Japan is weirdly interesting, seeing grandpas with their PSP waiting for the next train to arrive, the eerily quiet passengers during rush hour where everyone is minding their own business, the colours of harajuku girls, weird shops (and cafes) in akihabara, the busy tsukiji fish market, the lush green parks of Tokyo, Tuna sashimis, Shibuya cross, Shinkansens, and so many more. I could say Tokyo is a city where traditional values collide with modern technology and it could still co-exist. As strange and alien as it is, I find Tokyo to be endlessly captivating, so many places to see, so many things to do, so many food to eat.

 I think I'm in love with Tokyo.

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