Posted by: DG MARYOGA | 06/03/2018

Seasons & Cultures


 

Cold Europe and Maniac Storms during the festive season gave us the chance to enjoy some warm days in Singapore,in the north of the Equator,and in the exotic island of Bali in Indonesia,in far Southeast Asia-Southern Hemisphere,only a few degrees of latitude below the Equator.

According to the lunisolar Hindu and to Hindu scriptures,there are six seasons in a year,each one two months long,and people use them to structure their lives around the year and to organise important Hindu festivals and religious ceremonies.

The winter season,Shita Ritu,begins on Dec. 21 and ends on Feb. 18. with average temperatures 26°C – 33°C just enough to enjoy swimming and get fantastic views over the Indian Ocean.

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Private Indulgence under “Tedung” Ritual Beach Umbrellas at Nusa Dua Holiday Resorts.Indonesians preserve their Hindu-Buddhist Heritage even at the beach with coloured umbrellas resembling the Sacred Pajeng or Tedung which adorns Temples and graces family Shrines during religious festivals & other ceremonial occasions.

“Tedung”,the Balinese Sacred Umbrella,literally means “to guard”,and they believe it wards off bad spirits and brings good luck.Umbrellas & Colours in the Hindu-Buddhist World are Symbols,& every colour of Tedung has meaning.If you put them together they symbolise the “Balance of the Universe … ”
The hanging capiz shell from each tip was melodically dangling and pleasantly mingling with the soft sounds of the ocean …

The only winter sign we saw,was a cute snowman at the airport of Bali welcoming holiday visitors.

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I wiil try to squeeze some of my travel experiences in one post as I usually post once in a Blue Moon so as to have enough spare time to visit my favouite WP bloggers & friends & enjoy their work,which I really miss.

Singapore Skyline and the last 2017 glittering lights and views over the city from the Sands Skypark Observation Deck.Although Singapore is one of the most densely populated regions in the world,with nearly six million people living on just 700 square kilometres,the city-state has earned the nickname “City in a Garden” thanks to its considerable areas of green space.

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The SuperTree Grove and the trip up to the Skywalk – the bridge that connects two of the tallest SuperTrees and gives a bird’s-eye view over the entire park – are totally fascinating.

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Soon 2017 was past.Singapore welcomed the New Year with flamboyant light shows and celebratory events.

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The very next day,early in the morning,I found myself surfing the clouds and making dreams for 2018.

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 Futuristic Architecture at Marina Bay Sands was Manipulating the Hierachy of Space.Such Great Heights!

The SkyPark floats atop the 3 – soaring Marina Bay Sands Hotel Towers and looks like a surfboard or spaceship docking on a tripod.On top you literally feel you stand amongst the clouds.SkyPark is a roof like no other,perched 200 metres in the air with an infinity pool and an observation deck in the clouds which offers you unobstructed 360-degree views of the Singapore skyline.It’s a remarkable feat of engineering designed by visionary Moshe Safdie architects.The giant,gravity-defying platform,is one of the largest in the world,large enough to park four A380 Jumbo Jets.It also houses lush gardens,top-notch restaurants and an exclusive,infinity-edge swimming pool with a legendary view.The 150-metre pool,the world’s largest elevated body of water outdoors,has been designed with a vanishing edge.It is as if there is nothing between the swimmer and the skyscrapers in front.After experiencing “Heaven” on SkyPark,you can descend to “Earth” where a world of shopping,dining and entertainment attractions awaits you at the rest of the Marina Bay Sands integrated resort.The complex resort,which opened in 2010,includes a 2,561-room hotel, a huge convention-exhibition centre,the Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands Mall,a museum,two large theatres, restaurants,two floating Crystal Pavilions,a skating rink, and the world’s largest Atrium Casino.

I was Enjoying it while considering the Complexity of Applying Aesthetics & Functional Utilitity in Architecture,and the Relationship between Human beings & the Frenetic technological progress ….

“A line is length without breadth … ”
“There is no royal road to geometry … “

“Ὅπερ ἔδει δεῖξαι, ὅπερ ἔδει ποιῆσαι.Καὶ τὸ ὅλον τοῦ μέρους μεῖζον ἐστιν … ” in other words :

“Proved,done.And the Whole is Greater than the Part … ” Euclid 325 B.C. – 270 B.C. Greek mathematician-father of geometry.Thoughts for the lovers of accurate reasoning and mathematical learning ….

“The welcoming hand of Singapore ” sculpture,the Lotus Flower ArtScience Iconic Museum had its white petals open.

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It’s the most Environmentally-Sensitive museum over-the-top Marina Bay Sands Resort,a Dynamic Interplay between Arts & Sciences.It was designed by the renowned architect Moshe Safdie while its asymmetrical structure was conceived by ARUP,a constructive firm (SHAPING a Better World),founded 70 years ago,by Sir Ove Arup,an English engineer.Its design does look like the aquatic Lotus flower and collects Rain and Light as if it were real and wanted to stay alive.
It is structured into two major parts.The base of the ArtScience Museum,embedded in the earth and surrounded by the Bay’s water and a giant lily pond,and a flower-like steel structure made of 10 petals,which floats above the landscaped pond base.The petals,or fingers as some refer to them,rise towards the sky and each one of them is crowned by a skylight which draws in daylight penetrating the base and illuminating the galleries within.Its dish-like roof collects rainwater and drains it through an oculus,creating a waterfall through the centre of the museum and then flows into an interior reflective pond.It’s really great inside and outside.Visitors enter the musem through a free-standing glass pavillion and large lifts and escalators convey them to the lower and upper galleries.The 6,000 square metres museum & cultural centre welcomed its first visitors in 2011.Sheldon Adelson,chairman of Las Vegas Sands Corporation, which developed Marina Bay Sands,named it :”The Welcoming Hand of Singapore”

Great architects,designers,planners,engineers & technical specialists inspired by nature & turning daring concepts into architectural wonders …

Various Forms of Life & Sea Anemones ..

Colourful Coral Reefs & Sea Anemones through a Window to the “Open Ocean”,and Silvertip Sharks chasing Nemo and Marlin …

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Exploring the World under the Warm Sea in Sentosa Island

S.E.A. Aquarium in Sentosa Island is always Warm & Life from the Marine Park is bursting with bright colours.It’s one of the largest oceanariums in the world with 100,000 marine animals of over 800 species in 49 habitats.The centrpiece of the Aquarium is the “Open Ocean” tank with more than 50,000 aquatic animals and strange photogenic creatures.More than 100 sharks,from silvertip,sandbar & the endangered,strange-looking scalloped hammerhead,swim above your head in a massive habitat.It feels as if you are underwater with sharks swimming all around you.

Finding Nemo … ?
The most famous reef-dwellers & movie stars Nemo,Merlin & Dory braved the “Sea Beasts”,they were briskly swimming & circling around Sea Anemones in the warm waters of my collage-habitat …

And,strolling around in ethnic neighbourhoods.

Chinatown’s heritage was spectacularly displayed in every corner.Wonderful buildings,restaurants,wine bars,boutique hotels and shops.

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However,our real summer holidays started in Bali where all was beautifully different and in absolute Harmony with Nature.

Sublime Hindou Temples,Shrines,serene Sanctuaries for Meditation and wonderful holiday resorts with sandy beaches sitting on the active Ring of Fire.

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We explored the island with Mr Gede;a lovely,kind,friendly and genuine guide,captured next to a bunch of Bromeliads.

He speaks perfect English and his Greek is better than mine (self-taught & he has never visited Greece) … Isn’t it unbelievable ?Om,that must be the Xenoglossy or xenoglossia,or xenolalia putative paranormal phenomenon,I thought.

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Respect to a nation that still preserves its Hindu-Buddhist Heritage with deep faith and fervour.

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In the lobby of Ayodya Resort there was an alter decorated with stone & wood carvings depicting gods,demons,creatures & characters from the mythology of Bali.Lighting a Diya(oil lamp) in the “Island of Gods” & burning Incense as an Offering makes your soul feel purified,cleansed of bad thoughts & negative influences.There is a duality in nature,high and low,right and left,day and night,clean and unclean and especially good and evil.It is the Yin and Yang of life and humans are caught between those opposing forces …

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But who is this elephant headed deity with the large rotund belly holding fruit and sweets ? It is Ganesh(a),one of the best known and loved deities in the Hindu Pantheon of Gods.He is the King of the Spirits,the Lord of Learning and Remover of both Material and Spiritual Obstacles.The elephant’s head symbolises unmatched wisdom and the gaining of knowledge through reflection.
Interestingly,he also places obstacles in the path of those who need to be checked…Before you ask Ganesha for his favour,you must offer him your respect and reverence along with sweet smelling fragrances such as incense or fresh flowers.However,no Balinese ceremony would be complete without Tedung.The satin Balinese Ritual Umbrellas were shining in the lobby and were in alignment and orientated towards Gunung Agung,the sacred mountain in Bali.The Yellow colour & the White symbolise the dedication to the Hindu religion …

Here is Gunung Agung,the half asleep sacred giant,as seen early in the morning.

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Scientists say that the fiery Bali volcano may slow global warming for 1-2 years.Volcanoes emit carbon dioxide,which traps heat,but they also spray out ash particles and gases such as sulfur dioxide,which form compounds that reflect sunlight, and therefore cool the planet.

The sea was inviting,the warm sand received and reflected the light and played with the gentle waves.

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Kuta Beach on the western side of the island’s narrow isthmus was almost crowded.Once,it was a quiet fishing village,now,a popular surfing spot in the Indian ocean with consistent waves.

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Our next visit would be to the Sacred Monkey Forest in Ubud and to Alas Kedaton Monkey Forest and Sanctuary to see the grey long-tailed Macaques who are considered sacred.

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We found them upset,they had an urgent assembly after the gripping news on the 25th of Jan.2018.

Is it Ethical to Clone us … ?

Lots of monkeys at the sanctuary,their natural habitat,where they walk along paved pathways,swing through the trees and sit around beautiful ancient temples with guardian statues covered in moss.

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Watching their actions,you find human nature in them.Striking the behavioural similarities,they seem to be our closest living evolutionary relatives …Wonder how the newly born – the cloned ones- feel.We could ask Dolly the sheep,the first mammal to be cloned in Edinburgh,July 5, 1996,but she died young,14 February 2003.Poor little Dolly …

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Softly,softly, little catchee monkey … Don’t you worry baby,Zhong Zhong and Hua Hua will soon come by and play with you.I bought some rattles the other day,you’ll have lots of fun together and make them feel happy outside the incubator in the laboratory ..

Are we smart enough to know how smart animals are and how they feel ?Still think Humans are the most Intelligent Animals & use their intelligence for good?

Two identical long-tailed Macaques – named Zhong Zhong and Hua Hua – were born at a laboratory in China.

Cognitive Science says Human Intelligence may not be so Human after all …

Here is a gentle Sumatran Giant at Bali’s dedicated elepnant rescue reserve receiving a thank you leaf-treat for the safari through the cool Taro jungle.

https://www.masonadventures.com/elephant-park/

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Tanah Lot,Water Temple

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 Tanah Lot Temple is one of Bali’s most important landmarks,famed for its unique offshore setting.An ancient Hindu shrine perched on top of an outcrop amidst constantly crashing waves.The temple is located in the Beraban village of the Tabanan regency,20km northwest of Kuta.

Tiered Pagodas Of Pura Ulun Danu Bratan Temple 

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 Pura Bratan * Shavite Water Temple in Bali’s central highlands on Lake Bratan with a misty  view over the mountain range in the backdrop. * Shaivism is one of the major traditions in Hinduism that reveres Shiva as the Supreme Being or its metaphysical concept of Brahman.And,Naga by the lake.In Hinduism Naga means deity and  it is  associated with water.It is usually depicted as a crowned,giant, magical serpant.

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Performers getting ready for Barong dance.

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 Balinese Barong dance and drama in  Kuta

It represents the enernal fight between the good and evil spirit. Barong is the symbol of goodness and Ranga of evil.Both figures engage in an endless battle,but  they are unable to knock each other down.The eternal struggle that has a philosophy in life.It is the Yin & Yang,humans are caught between those opposing forces …

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Here is an exotic,tropical flowering plant for my WP friends,a showy Heliconia  Hanging Lobster Claw or False Bird Of Paradise.

(Heliconia, derived from the Greek word Ἑλικώνιος) .Heliconia is named after Mount Helicon,the seat of the Muses,the nine goddesses of the arts and sciences in Greek mythology.

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And,last but not least,a reflective shrine in Gunung Kawi at the bottom of a lush green river valley,one of Bali’s oldest and largest ancient monuments,with 10 candi (shrines).

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Respect to a nation that still preserves its Hindu-Buddhist Heritage with deep faith and fervour.

 

Besides,different creeds are but different paths to reach the same God …

 

 


Responses

  1. Oh Wow… is all I can utter.. What a fabulous, wonderful description of your travels and amazing photos.. Such marvellous places of interest you visited and such a bright array of beautiful people you met along the way.. Including all of the animal kingdom too..

    Thank you so much for sharing Doda.. Loved it xx

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    • Om,I’ve just come across with your lovely comment,dearest Sue!Thank you my sweet friend for spending time to go through my previous posts.Much appreciated,my friend!It was an unforgettable experience in the middle of winter while the Beast from the East and other nasty storms battered Europe.Wishing you a peaceful Wednesday afternoon 🙂 ❤ xxxx

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      • Everyday is perfect.. And event this wet day here, is perfect, because it means I got to speak with you today 😀 xxx ❤

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        • So wisely said,dear Sue!Ditto on the chance we had today 🙂 ❤ xxx

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  2. I’m glad you had some really meaningful time in Bali.. (been quite a while since my last visit there). And I surely love this:
    “different creeds are but different paths to reach the same God..”
    Indeed. We all share the same Universe after all. 🍸

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    • Thank you my friend for your feedback and for appreciating my approach to Bali’s spirituality.Living Buddha,or living Christ doesn’t really matter,the human soul by nature desires to live inside the Light,the total knowledge is one and originates out of one and unique source,at least,from what we know at the present moment 🙂

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  3. Wow, what an amazing journey you are on, Dear Doda! Every picture is more stunning than the last and I am quite overwhelmed by the lush beauty, exquisite colors, and the charming words of your travelogue.

    “The hanging capiz shell from each tip was melodically dangling and pleasantly mingling with the soft sounds of the ocean”

    ahhhh, I can almost hear them!

    It’s so enjoyable to visit you and I am so thankful that you have shared this lovely slice of your life! warm greetings, hugs, and best wishes!! xoxoxo

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    • Thank you so much for such a pleasant comment written with enthusiasm,dear Kathleen!I am totally delighted you enjoyed all my cultural and entertaining photos.
      Sending back warm,spring hugs and sunlit kisses 🙂 xxx

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  4. Doda, I am a little bit (actually very) envious of you spending the winter in such warm climates and among beautiful and interesting sites, while I am dealing with snow and fallen trees! 🙂

    Thank you for sharing these marvelous photos and your insights on those places. By the way, when I was in Singapore many years ago, I found street food in carts the best tasting. They used to have a place where you can go at night and eat your fill, or just sample, from hundreds of food vendors.

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    • Oh gosh,spring is upon us and this nasty winter seems to be so persistent in many European counties and parts of US.Winter in my country was quite mild this year with warm temps,but the unknown and the different always tempt us.I am so glad you appreciated what I shared with you,Hien.Thank you so much for your rich and approving comment.Yes,street food,specially in some ethnic neighbourhoods,is really good,cheap and filling.The hawker centres,or food courts as they call them are very popular and you can find a big variety of local dishes.

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  5. I feel like I not only had a wonderful visit around the world, Doda, but a beautiful visit highlighting the spiritual nature of humans. So much outstanding architecture and art here, towers, lights, the Super Trees and SkyPark, the gorgeous underwater sea life. I enjoyed your beautiful tributes, and seeing the remarkable human feats. I especially loved the visit to balmy Bali, seeing their colorful ways, fauna, and exotic scenery. Thanks so much for this lovely celebration of life, and a sweet perspective into other ways of life. I am thrilled you had such a full and pleasant holiday over the winter.

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    • So many thanks for such a comprehensive and pleasant comment,Jet dear!I consider it a perfect introductory paragraph for my mammouth post.Everything around,”The Island of the Gods” ,(Bali),is in absolute harmony with nature,people live simply but beautifully and they easily communicate their inner peace to their visitors.I’ll never forget their respect to traditions and to their ancestors.I am so glad you read and enjoyed what I shared with you.Once more,thank you for your kind visit and your nice words 🙂

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  6. So nice to see you blogging again, dear Doda. I am a slow reader, so I had to divide your interesting post into smaller chunks and read one bit every day.
    Those temples in Bali are an amazing sight and such beautiful landscapes. But my fave is that fantastic building in Singapore with that sky park on the top. What a wonderful view there must be there.

    Happy weekend, dear friend. 🙂

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    • Even smaller chunks can’t help the situation lol …
      I wish I had the time to post regularly like most of my blogger friends,but I think it’s better than nothing,it’s a good chance to keep in contact with all my wonderful WP friends.Thank you for reading and for appreciating the features of the evolutionary and revolutionary architecture.From the caves up to the sky,new space perception while human beings try to maintain their emotional equilibrium,dear Aditi 🙂 xxx

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  7. Very impressed by the architecture of Moshe Safdie. Too much in your post to comment on it all right now. I’ll be back!

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    • I know,dear Roslyn,that’s a mammouth post,but I decided to put “almost” everything together as I post once in a blue moon.I thought that just scrollling down to see only the images would be more than enough.Thank you for spendid your precious time here.Have a wonderful,spring week ahead 🙂

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  8. I’m glad you were able to squeeze everything in as it gives a better picture of everything. It must have been very exciting to visit Bali and Singapore, and you have explained the cultural aspects very well. Thank you.

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    • Many thanks,Maria dear,for your approving comment,and also for the exceptional beauties from the Kingdom of the Flowers & Plants you share with us.

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  9. I’m back again. I’m so amazed by the architecture of Singapore.
    Beautifully captured, dear Doda! 🙂 xxx

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    • How nice to have you back again Amy dear!Futuristic architecture always makes me think.So many thanks for calling in,I know how busy you’re;much appreciated 🙂 ❤ xxx

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  10. Thank you for this marvellous insight to your holiday. You certainly know how to escape the winter cold.

    Bali has a very spiritualistic feel and the colours are amazing.

    Singapore seems like a concrete jungle until you dig deeper – Little India, Chinatown and others seem so far removed from the high rise and glitz of Marina Bay. I sat in the botanical gardens and watched the light show – even though I am from Australia, I was overcome by the heat and humidity even at night.

    You didn’t mention it, but Singapore is a foodie’s heaven. I hope you indulged in the delights of the mouth and stomach. 🙂

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    • I ,too,thank you for such a rich and approving comment written with enthusiasm.Hundreds my photos,Draco dear,I didn’t know what to post and what to leave out.I could have grouped them and write different posts,but I don’t have enough spare time.The spititualistic feel in Bali is obvious in every corner,that’s why I mostly focused on that and I didn’t include any food photos although I’ve plenty of them.Cuisine in the restaurants of Singapore was heaven as you say,and as ethnically diverse as its peoples,but the Balinese was real revelation!We loved the fresh Rojak salads,the big variety of spices and veggie they use,but grilled fish and prawns were divine (especially the red snappers).However,babi guling was a surprise as it reminded us of the Greek Easter tradition,lamb on the spit;instead,they roast pork the same way.And,have a look at my mammoth post again just to see the Chinatown collage,which I added especially for you 🙂

      PS:Have you ever seen the huge ( flying foxes) or (fruit bats) or Megabats in Alas Kedaton?They look like broken umbrellas hanging from tree branches …

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      • Thanks for the extra photos. Singapore is a lot more diverse than you’d imagine just from looking at the surface.

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        • Absolutely!It is the same with everything,the real essence is under the surface;it is not what you look at that matters,it is what you see.Thank you for appreciating my extra photo 🙂

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  11. It looks like you live in paradise, surrounded by flowers, gardens, sculptures and breathtaking landscapes. Unfortunately, we still have cold weather, chilly winds. I would definitely paint this all. I usually paint only things which I know and can see in reality, so nothing of exotic beauty of your wonderful places. That is so far away. I believe you are lucky to live in such a place!

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    • It is paradise.It was a great travel experience.My theory is that anything different is interesting.Cold weather still persists in many European countries,but not in my country.Our winter was very mild this year,and at the moment we are enjoying some warm spring days.Thank you for your kind visit and your beautiful,descriptive comment 🙂

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  12. Fantastica, i liked to live around the Word 🤗

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  13. Wow! You had a wonderful immersion in nature and cultures on your trip, dear Doda! Amazing and very enjoyable post and pictures. Thank you for taking me on an exotic journey to the far East, my friend. Loved it ❤

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    • Yes,Helen dear,a real immertion in nature and cultures as you said. Europe was frozen and battered by storms,which made us rearrange our holiday schedule.Thank you so much for reading my very long post and for your response.See you at your place again.Have a brilliant weekend,my friend ❤ xxx

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  14. Wow, Doda, what a magnificent journey. So much to see, so much to say. So, it appears that Singapore and Bali’s winter is opposite of ours here in the U.S. as we certainly would not be swimming at this time of year! The colors you have captured are beautiful. Each photo I look at makes me want to visit these places even more. Your Singapore skyline is magnificent. The Supertree Grove is breathtaking. That’s definitely something not to be missed. The architectural wonder of the Marina Bay Sands takes my breath away. I’d like to think I’d be able to go up and take in the views but heights leave me weak. Maybe because it’s so large, I wouldn’t feel like a tiny bird perched on a small branch! Or maybe I would! LOL! It would take me forever to get through an ArtScience Museum. I find both those subjects fascinating! You must have been vacationing for months! I can’t imagine packing all of this into one short trip! Those Temples on Bali are absolutely breathtaking. Those Macaques are fascinating. I hate to think of them being experimented with. But I hate that with any creature. I know, sounds like a contradiction to my interest in aspects of science. But not really! Oh, Doda, I could probably go on for days about your pictures and description of your trip, but I have rambled more than enough and I’m sure you get the idea I’m trying to convey! My goodness, if I was single and had money, I’d say wait for me! Hahaha! A glorious and fascinating post, my friend. Love and hugs! 😀 ❤

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    • So many thanks for thoroughly reading my mammoth post,Linda dear!You’ve described everything as if you were with me.I am delighted you enjoyed it,it was an exciting travel experience,indeed.I absolutely agree with you and your attitude towards the experiments with and on any creature.They convey them to better our lives,but it’s so cruel.It’s a matter of ethics,it really hurts.Once more,many,many thanks for your generous and pleasant comment,dear friend,it’s much appreciated!Have a splendid and peaceful weekend 🙂 Sending love & warm,spring hugs your way 🙂 ❤ xxx

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  15. So colorful and nice 🙂

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  16. A sensational article, dear Doda, for which many thanks. Finding Mr Gede was a blessing; did you know in advance of his capacity to speak in your language, may I ask? Silly question really, though I presume (arrogantly?) most guides would use English as a sort of weak Esperanto for Western tourists. H ❤

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    • Thank you for reading my long,long post,my good friend Hariod.I’ve put all my enthusiasm in a single post since I don’t have the time to post regularly.No,we hadn’t the slightest idea that Mr Gede spoke Greek.We were pleasantly surprised,he knows very difficult and advanced words;he is really charismatic.I do hope you’re keeping well despite the phenomenal attack of the “Beast from the East” and Emma.All the very best to you,my friend 🙂 ❤

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  17. What a wonderful post with gorgeous photos. This Morning we had -19 Celsius, but real feeling due to wind was -25 Celsius. At afternoon sun warms, that it is -12 Celsius. Thank You for this post.

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    • Oh,gosh,it must be bitterly cold,Matti!Thank you for enjoying my photo series,I reckon you got some warmth out of them.Have a peaceful evening 🙂

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  19. The winter season… and here I am wanting spring to come! It’s been cold for a while here now… Lots to learn and a rainbow of color xxoo Dear Doda, I loved that you had a new post ❤ 🙂

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    • Thank you sweet friend Christy!I loved it too,I was away from WP as per usual,but never forget my kind friends.Stay warm and patiently wait for spring to arrive.She is on the way 🙂 ❤

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  20. The wedding was interesting shall we say? But hey we rode on our chariot there …a joinery van….through all the snow and we got home too and that is what counts. Our wee angel has been building snowmen and been fearlessly sledging xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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    • Lots of adventure and fun,you’ll never forget this wedding.Kisses to you and to the brave young man who decisively battles the cold and has a great time 🙂 xxx

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      • Indeeed, indeed. And now all the snow has gone . We just have the frost today xxxxxxxxxx

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        • And today you have rain (: but spring is on the way,soon the sun will shine again above Scotland 🙂 xxxxxxxx

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  21. That is a fabulous tour, I’m in awe. Thank you so much for taking us there, dearest Doda with your beautiful photos. Love the beach, lush green, monkey, elephant, people…
    Looks like you have taken a trip around the world. 🙂 ❤ xxx

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    • So many thanks Amy Dear for your feedback and your praiseful comment.I am though disappointed as my introduction and some other parts of my post don’t show now.It was perfectly all right at first … xxx

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      • So wonderful and enjoyable to travel in this part of the world! Glad to see you had a great time and see different culture and enjoy the warm weather. 🙂 xxx

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        • Long the journey,long my post … So many thanks for following me in this exotic part of the world ❤ xxx

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  22. Oh my Doda, after all our snow and frosty rain and torrential rain, this is a sight to see sure enough xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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    • Yeah,it will definitely thaw all the snow around you along with the torrential rain lol.Have a nice rainless day,darling,darling Shey.Kisses to you & to the little angel 🙂 xxxxx
      What about the wedding?Hope it all went to your expectations 🙂

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