my travel blog

In between paid works and life enjoyment, I've covered some events, festivals, and dives. Have a look at my last adventures through these blog posts.
July 21, 2019

Jatiluwih rice terraces

They are becoming quite touristic, with a fee that must be payed on the main access road and increasing prices on accommodation and food. On the other hand, the trails are clean (and clearly identified) and there are options for different levels of stamina. With a little research you can even avoid most hiking (if, like me, you are carrying heavy equipment, or are just lazy) and access the most interesting points by motorbike.
June 9, 2019

Cockfighting in Bali

In fact, cock fighting is a “multi-million dollar business”, with events happening periodically in every small villages, daily in the major cities, and yearly on Balinese Hindu ceremonies. Business man bet hundreds of dollars in each fight and roosters are bread in every corner, sometimes illegally imported from Malaysia, Thailand and the Philippines.
April 5, 2019

Kumbh Mela 2019 – Prayagraj / Allahabad

After many years waiting, finally I had the chance to attend the “World’s largest congregation of religious pilgrims”. It is an indescribable, overwhelming, experience - something that shook me in every possible level. Here is the photo report, along with the information I could collect on the festival.
March 19, 2019

Besakih temple (Karangasem, Bali)

There is incense and flower, and often food, smell; there are the colourful parasols, flags and penjors; the ladies’ kebayas and sarongs; the gambelan music sound, the bells and mantras, the crowd and the children chatting, the women dancing, the numerous offerings… There will be people eating outside (some temples inside, as well), smoking… It not just part of life – it is life!
March 3, 2019

Pasola festival in Sumba, Indonesia

It started before sunrise, when the “Ratus” (holy men, in Marapu religion) gather at Wanukaka beach, along with a considerable crowd. They all come to fetch the Nyale (a worm named Palola viridis – a Polychaeta species whose reproduction involves involves mass spawning on a few specific days,
February 25, 2019

Sumba Boxing

 It is performed on a full-moon night, prior to the collection of Nyale and the Passola festival. It is not a staged show, there are no tickets
January 8, 2019

Praying day in Karangasem

People go up the stairs and wait for their turn on the external yard. Once the previous prayer is finished, people leave and give room for the new comers. There is not much to see apart from each others, and three giant offerings: two elaborate sculptures made from pork skin, fat, meat, and internal organs, and one made of different fruits.
December 20, 2018

Zhuhai and Hong-Kong

Eating was an interesting experience, as well: I remember going to a sushi place where the shrimp were still alive when served, fish was immaculate and tasty, prices were comparably cheap, and atmosphere was sober and appropriate. The funny part was, when the desserts came, they looked (and tasted) like junk food. A nonsense, among such exquisite fishes and sea-food.
October 25, 2018

Odalan ceremony in Muntig

Odalan is a temple anniversary, according to the lunar Balinese calendar (210 days). On this occasion, there are 3 day festivities, including praying ceremonies, processions, when deities are paraded from one temple to another, and dancing on the temple’s courtyards.
August 27, 2018

Ijen – active volcano in Java, Indonesia

If you want to enjoy the full experience and avoid the crowds (as much as possible, not entirely), arrive at your homestay early afternoon. Sleep until dinner, which would be around 7:00 pm. Try to rest or sleep until midnight. Bring warm clothing even if you believe it’s gonna be warm – it won’t! It’s always cold and windy, as you’re waiting for sunrise at the rim. You will be lucky if it doesn’t rain.  Also bring mountain boots (specially if you intend to go down to the crater).
July 31, 2018

Laos – from Pakse to the South

Be aware that there are two islands with a similar name: Don Khon (which is the backpacker island accessible through the Historic Bridge, from Don Det), and Don which is bigger, accessible from the mainland through a new concrete bridge and where nothing really happens. 
July 31, 2018

Laos – From Vientiane to Luang Prabang

Laos is all about quietness, about time spent slowly –  you’ll probably look at things and feel them in a way that is different than elsewhere. If ever you book a trip to Laos, don’t get the mistake of trying to see all cities, monuments and attractions in a short period of time – they are not that impressive! What makes it worthwhile is to spend time somewhere – anywhere!
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