Thursday, January 29, 2009

My lil trip to Bali

Welcome to the villa!

As you all know, I recently went to Bali for a lil holiday and of course, a lot of photo taking. Ended up not taking that many pictures but enough to blog about.

We stayed at a villa in Penatih and the view was totally awesome. Waking up to the view of paddy field stretched before you is something that I can certainly get used to. As long as I don't need to work the field :)

The view from my villa...

The above is a panoramic shot of the view I can see every morning but it is far too small to see on this blog. If you are interested in the larger version, it is here. There is unfortunately ghosting due to poor merging by yours truly :(

Mount Batur in the mist

The following day after our arrival, I arranged for a bike tour of the countryside of Ubud. It started off well enough, with breakfast overlooking Mount Batur. Quite an impressive sight even though it was very misty.

Again, the above is a panoramic shot. So large version can be found here.

Juggling acts

Of course, the cycling tour was more intensive than I thought it would be. 2.5 hours on a mountain bike and on a bumpy road was certainly not easy. But the sights more than made up for the tough exercise.

Along the way, you pass Balinese villages and you get to see the everyday people of Bali. And lots and lots of beautiful green paddy fields.

Ploughing the fields

Even on a Sunday, these people are hard at work in their farms and when you think about it, you don't get no day off for farming. Like gardening, but more intensive, since your livelihood depends on it.

Give me a smile

But no matter how hard it is for them, they never fail to flash you a friendly smile. The children run out to say hello and some even attempts to high five you. If you are more adept at riding a bike than me, you can return some of those enthusiastic high fives.

The paddy field

And when you get to see sights like this, why worry about the 2.5 hours bike ride eh? There is always the van :P

Next up: I go to Tanah Lot


libpuritan said...

nice panos. globe-trotting for chinese new year eh? singapore one day, bali the next? =)

meendee said...

i like the fish-eye shot!

Amino @ Lordmint said...

very nice series. i really like that ladies carrying the bakuls shot.

so, what's next? perhentian island with us? :P

Nicholas Leong said...

@steph thanks :) heh, thats the reason for photography ain't it, capture the world? :P

@meendee thanks!

@LM hehe thanks. Perhentian ah :P I shall try haha