The Shadow Puppeteer of Java
       
     
Taman Sari
       
     
Trance and Possession
       
     
Candi Prambanan
       
     
Lake Toba
       
     
Before Nyepi: Bali's Day of Silence
       
     
The Best Way to Enjoy Bali...
       
     
Babi Guling Ibu Oka: Bali's Best Pork
       
     
After Purification
       
     
Me at Borobudur
       
     
Lombok
       
     
Sade, Lombok
       
     
       
     
       
     
       
     
The Shadow Puppeteer of Java
       
     
The Shadow Puppeteer of Java

A 'wayang kulit' puppet master at the Istana Budaya, Jogjakarta.

Taman Sari
       
     
Taman Sari

Where the king of Java used to keep his concubines.

Trance and Possession
       
     
Trance and Possession

Jathilan is a folk dance where participants were meant to channel powerful spirits. I encountered this scene on the grounds of Prambanan.

Candi Prambanan
       
     
Candi Prambanan

Borobudur is Buddhist while Prambanan is Hindu. Beautiful monuments really.

Lake Toba
       
     
Lake Toba

The heart of the Batak culture in North Sumatra and home to the largest volcanic eruption of the last 25 million years and the biggest volcanic crater lake on Earth (bigger than Singapore).

Before Nyepi: Bali's Day of Silence
       
     
Before Nyepi: Bali's Day of Silence

During Nyepi, the entire island of Bali is plunged into silence. Travel is not advised during this period as everything shuts down, including airports, hotels, and restaurants.

The Best Way to Enjoy Bali...
       
     
The Best Way to Enjoy Bali...

...is to get a villa with a pool. Extremely soothing. I wish I could have stayed there and look at Ubud's rice terraces. Bali's resorts and hotels are probably among the best value in the region. This place I stayed at in Ubud was around USD150 a day with breakfast and pool.

Babi Guling Ibu Oka: Bali's Best Pork
       
     
Babi Guling Ibu Oka: Bali's Best Pork

Bali's roast pork is good, but not great. The meat itself is bland but the sauces that are heaped on top of it are just too overpowering.

After Purification
       
     
After Purification

Before Nyepi, entire communities in Bali go to the ocean for a purification ritual. 

Me at Borobudur
       
     
Me at Borobudur

I like taking the Philippine flag with me when I travel. This is my traveling flag. 

Lombok
       
     
Lombok

The Gili Islands of Lombok. These are the more popular tourist/party islands for Lombok.

Sade, Lombok
       
     
Sade, Lombok

Sade Village. Not really what we were expecting as everything is geared towards tourists.

       
     
Yogyakarta, Indonesia

Wayang Kulit Performances, Prambanan, BorobudurMay 2011

       
     
Bali, Indonesia

A quick trip around Ubud and Seminyak.

       
     
Lake Toba, North Sumatra, Indonesia

A relaxing trip at Lake Toba, Indonesia!