Once in a while, I crave to go to a place that makes me feel like a tiny speck in the vast universe; to completely disconnect from the familiar and immerse in an environment that makes me feel foreign and insignificant.
We packed our bags and flew to Siem Reap. The first order of business was to witness the sunrise in Angkor Wat. Although the atmosphere was quite hazy…it was still a sight to behold and a dramatic way of seeing the majestic ruins for the first time.
Forgive me for the long post. I was so excited to finally try out my Leica.
I’ve been doodling on tissue boxes at the tech office in between shows. The tech people have been very supportive - giving me more things to draw on and more pens. So, To, gave me his pair of chucks and markers. I just finished these today in between my shows….to keep me sane. :P
Any night, any day,
In your heart, you’ll hear it call you:
“Come away…Come away.”
Miguel and I spent three days in paradise that is Bali. Although it was too brief a vacation, Bali provided me a comforting sense of home that I also find in Manila — the warmth of the sun and the familiar humid atmosphere.
The highlight of our trip was going to a traditional medicine man. Our guide, Nyoman, brought us to the home or puri of Tjokorda Rai. Tjokorda Rai, who also happened to be the grandson of the last king of Ubud, was a prominent healer in the area. He was probably in his 80s and carried a stick which he used to check pressure points of my vital organs. He gave me and Miguel diagnosis which of course I shall not disclose here. But it was very reassuring.
He also performed mudra on me which was a ritual gesture for influencing energies in my body. I am not kidding when I say there was instant relief and feeling of clarity and serenity after my Tjokorda Rai experience.
These photos were taken around his puri
Nyoman brought us to Ubud’s famous coffee place — Luwak coffee. Luwak, a civet, ingests coffee beans and excretes the beans. The people gather the excreted beans, clean them, process them, cook them and then grind them. In other words, cat’s poop is turned into coffee. Not bad.
Luwak is a nocturnal animal. This one right here was wide awake.
Miguel making coffee
Me cooking the coffee beans
A total of 16 different cups of coffee and teas and a cup of Luwak coffee
a Batik chicken
We stayed at Furama Villas and Spa in Ubud. Beautiful place.
We ended our vacation with a Balinese barbecue dinner in our villa complete with candles, flowers and a traditional rindik serenade.
Bali Ha’i will whisper
On the wind of the sea:
“Here am I, your special island!
Come to me, come to me!”
working on a thousand circles while watching Titanic
a thousand circles
fresh pine trees for sale in our grocery
new art for sale on my Etsy shop
Christmas came early this year with a Leica camera!
Selling two original handmade rangoli art prints online at ETSY:
The small makeshift bridge at Tai Long Wan
In transit at Kathmandu
the town nuisance at Nepal
Roaming around the streets of Kathmandu
Breakfast with a view of the Himalayas
Outside the Chorten, Bhutan
Lady at Weekend Market at Thimpu, Bhutan
Breakfast with a spectacular Himalayan view
Maita taken by Miguel at Bhutan