- STILLS & OTHERS  (5 new items)

- FLORA (FLOWERS)  (2 new items)

- KEMUNING  (1 new item)

Kemuning tea plantations is located near Kemuning village, Ngargoyoso District, Karanganyar Regency, about 1-1,5 hours drive from Solo, Central Java. The plantation lies on the slopes of mount Lawu at the height of approximately 1540 meter above sea level with a cool climate at the temperature of around 22 Celsius degrees. It is close to the Sukuh and Cetho temples and a few beautiful waterfalls like Jumog and Parang Ijo. Mountainous views and female tea pickers make a visit more than worth. The tea pickers usually start working early morning at dawn until noon. Nowadays we can find a lot of small "warungs" that disturb the beautiful views but where we can get some nice, simple local foods as well as drinks, including "Kemuning tea". Recommended is the "teh bakar", roasted tea at the warung owned by bapak (mr.) Jumadi. Photographers love to go to Kemuning, not only to shoot landscapes and human interests but also for "pre-weddings" with a professional look. The sunrises can be quit spectacular. Situations can change by the minute if clouds start coming in.

- PEOPLE  (1 new item)

Balinese are warm and friendly people who will do a lot to make you feel comfortable at "their" island of "Demons and Gods".

- HOLY PLACES JAVA  (1 new item)

Hundreds of ancient stone religious monuments lie on the island of Java. Known as candi in Indonesian, they date from the early classical period of Javanese civilisation, beginning in the first part of the 8th century CE and ending after 900 CE. The majority were built between 780 CE and 860 CE, even though the civilisation that created them existed for many centuries.

- PEOPLE  (1 new item)

Balinese are warm and friendly people who will do a lot to make you feel comfortable at "their" island of "Demons and Gods".

- HUMAN INTERESTS  (1 new item)

Human Interest is a story, a report or a photo (single or serial) that describes the emotions, lifestyle, work, activity, experiences of people and their interaction with others. I always try to "catch" my objects as honest as possible without any setting or support of extra lights.

- HOLY PLACES JAVA  (1 new item)

Hundreds of ancient stone religious monuments lie on the island of Java. Known as candi in Indonesian, they date from the early classical period of Javanese civilisation, beginning in the first part of the 8th century CE and ending after 900 CE. The majority were built between 780 CE and 860 CE, even though the civilisation that created them existed for many centuries.

- FLORA (FLOWERS)  (1 new item)

- PLACES  (1 new item)

"Bali is full", that's what some people say and in a way they are right but only if you stay in Kuta or Denpasar. Getting out of these crowded area's you'll find the Bali as it was and still is. Many places still are very interesting to visit despite the amount of visitors. I could make a long list list of those places but you'll find them in every brochure and travel guide. More interesting is to explore the island by yourself. With your own transportation or with a private driver. Take a walk in small village's, visit local markets, try the local food and drinks. Enjoy the views of the ricefields, listen to the sound of the oceans, explore the wildlife and... ok... visit some famous touristic places as well :-)

- PEOPLE  (1 new item)

Balinese are warm and friendly people who will do a lot to make you feel comfortable at "their" island of "Demons and Gods".

- CHILDREN  (1 new item)

Never abuse children, NEVER! Secure their future with lot's of love, healthy food and good education!

- FERRIES JAVA-BALI  (11 new items)

Bali Strait separates Java and Bali while connecting the Indian Ocean and the Bali Sea. At its narrowest it is 2.4 kilometres (1.5 mi) wide. Crossing the Bali Strait can be done by ferry. Every 15 minutes a ferry leaves to the other side of the Bali Strait. It takes about 30 minutes to cross the strait but normally including getting on/off the ferry it will take you about 1,5 to 2 hours. On Bali the departure/arrival place is Gilimanuk, on Java it is Ketapang. The costs are about Rp. 6.500,- per person without a vehicle. For a sedan/mpv car including the passengers it is Rp. 148.000,-.

- HUMAN INTERESTS  (1 new item)

Human Interest is a story, a report or a photo (single or serial) that describes the emotions, lifestyle, work, activity, experiences of people and their interaction with others. I always try to "catch" my objects as honest as possible without any setting or support of extra lights.

- HUMAN INTERESTS  (1 new item)

Human Interest is a story, a report or a photo (single or serial) that describes the emotions, lifestyle, work, activity, experiences of people and their interaction with others. I always try to "catch" my objects as honest as possible without any setting or support of extra lights.

- CREMATIONS  (1 new item)

Ngaben, or Cremation Ceremony, is a funeral ritual performed in Bali to send the deceased to the next life. The body of the deceased will be placed as if sleeping, and the family will continue to treat the deceased as sleeping. No tears are shed, because the deceased is only temporarily absent and will reincarnate or find final rest in Moksha (freeing from the reincarnation and death cycle). The proper day of the ceremony is always a matter of consulting a specialist on ceremony days. On the day of the ceremony, the body of the deceased is placed inside a coffin. This coffin is placed inside a sarcophagus resembling a buffalo (Lembu) or in a temple structure (Wadah) made of papier-maché and wood. This sarcophagus is then brought to the cremation site in a procession, which is almost never walked in a straight line. This is done to confuse evil spirits and keep them away from the deceased. The climax of a Ngaben is the burning of the sarcophagus containing the body of the deceased. The fire is viewed as necessary to free the spirit from the body and enable reincarnation. Ngaben is not always immediately performed. For members of the elite castes, it is normal to perform the ritual individually for the deceased within three days. People of lower social classes opt for a more economic solution where they first bury the deceased, who is then cremated with the village's other dead in a mass ceremony.

- HUMAN INTERESTS  (1 new item)

Human Interest is a story, a report or a photo (single or serial) that describes the emotions, lifestyle, work, activity, experiences of people and their interaction with others. I always try to "catch" my objects as honest as possible without any setting or support of extra lights.

- RELIGIOUS  (1 new item)

The Balinese Hinduism combines the Indian model with elements of native religion. The object of their religious practices is to maintain a balance between good and evil forces. Thus, Balinese make offerings to both gods and demons. They recognize a wide range of supernatural beings, including demons, ancestral spirits, and divinities such as the sun god Surya and the rice goddess Dewi Sri.