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Photo #30 – Cloud Forest, Singapore

These are last remaining flower pictures that I have not posted from Garden By The Bay.  We purchased two tickets for flower dome and cloud forest when we visited flower dome a few months ago at discounted price.  Cloud forest is forest garden at garden by the bay. The place looks like rain forest with waterfall, high elevated walkway,  evergreen tropical plants, moist fog/mist and flowers.

 

Photo #29 – Flower Dome, Singapore (3/3)

Last round pictures of flowers from flower dome.  I hope they brighten your weekend.

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Photo #25 – Garuda Wisnu Kencana Park, Bali/Indonesia

These are the pictures from my Bali trip that I promised to post for you.   The information below is from Wiki as I know nothing about this Garuda Wisnu Kencana cultural park.

Mandala Garuda Wisnu Kencana, or Garuda Wisnu Kencana (GWK), is a 240 hectares private cultural park on the Bukit Peninsula at the southern end of the island of Bali in Indonesia, 15 minutes from Ngurah Rai International Airport. Bukit is a limestone plateau with Uluwatu to the west and Nusa Dua to the east.

It is devoted to the Hindu god Vishnu, and his mount, Garuda, the mythical bird who is his companion.  Currently, the statue of Vishnu is 23 metres (75.5 ft) high, although the original plan was for a 146-metre (479 ft) gold-plated Vishnu riding Garuda on top of an 11-storey entertainment complex. Garuda wing span will be 64 metres (210.0 ft) across.  When it’s completed, it will be one of the largest statues in the world.  The idea was not without controversy, and religious authorities on the island complained that its massive size might disrupt the spiritual balance of the island, and that its commercial nature was inappropriate, but some groups agree with the project, because it will make new tourist attraction over barren land.

I was told when the park is completed, there will be story telling script on those gigantic mountain walls at the entrance. Tourists will be able to read the story as they drive into the park. The barong show I posted a couple weeks ago was also one of the attraction in this park.  Please enjoy and Happy Sunday!

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The replica of that massive statues
The replica of massive statues

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Photo #24 – Barong Dance, Bali/Indonesia

I still have pictures from my Bali trip which I will post after I sort them out.  Here are some of them.  The most common barong dance in Bali is lion barong which is the symbol of good spirit.  It is probably the most well-known story telling dance.  In addition to barong, there are also women and men who dance and play the traditional instrument. The story narrating the fight of good and evil and will end with the final battle between Barong and Rangda (queen of evil), with the victory of barong over rangda. Rangda runs away, the evil is defeated, and the celestial order is restored.

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Photo #23 – Tanah Lot, Bali/Indonesia (2/2)

The day we visited Tanah lot was the Kuningan day.  The Balinese believe that Kuningan day is the day when their ancestors return to heaven after visiting the earth during Galungan celebration.  They make offerings to be given to the ancestors on their farewell day.  The yearly ritual has always attracted so many people and the place was fully packed.  These are some of the pictures that I took that day.

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Photo #22 – Tanah Lot, Bali/Indonesia (1/2)

I took so many pictures while we were in Bali but only few are decent enough to be posted.  Very unfortunate it was cloudy all day when we visited Tanah Lot and I had no chance of capturing that famous Tanah Lot sunset for you to see. Usually at around 6 pm and when there is low tide, people are allowed to visit that tiny rock island by walking across. They are greeted by priests at the entrance and not allowed to walk inside the temple.

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Photo #21 – Kukup, Malaysia (4/4)

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Photo #20 – Kukup, Malaysia (3/4)

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Photo #19 – Boats in Kukup, Malaysia (2/4)

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