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02 February 2014

Bali’s Mystique

In an assiduous attempt to survive
Each single day of existence
We tend to forget we owe ourselves
A break once in a while
Until that headache persists
And vertigo sets in
As if to remind us that our brain 
Needs some breathing space too.

And so I was persuaded
By well-meaning girl friends
To go on hiatus in a faraway land
Away from it all, they said
On a journey with no expectations
Expedition of unfamiliar enclave
I closed my eyes and 
Started building castles in the air.
As soon as we landed
A sense of euphoria embraced us
Finally away from it all as promised
No deadline to beat nor
Persistent phone calls to answer
As if magic descended upon us
And the universe contrived to hide us
In this enchanted island called Bali.
One can’t help but admire Bali's
Mystical centuries-old temples on cliffs
And on water in the highlands
Mischievous monkeys standing guard
Ornate designs of wooden doors and trusses 
And of gods and idols made of stone
The alluring landscapes of terraced rice paddies
Serenity calms the mind as one absorbs the beauty of Bali. 

The roaring sound of waves filled the air
As we hiked steep rocky heights
Torrent pummeled the earth below us
As the sun set magnificently
In a horizon of glowing colors
Of red, yellow and orange
Nature’s splendid display is eternally
At its finest on this hemisphere.

© Bing Yap [PinkLady] 2014

An exciting part of the trip was our rendezvous with the famous Ketut Liyer, medicine man of Bali who appeared in the movie “Eat Pray Love” with Julia Roberts.

A pocketful of sunshine and 

Posted for Poetry Pantry #187.

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WordsPoeticallyWorth February 2, 2014 at 11:02 PM  

A nice poetic piece that I enjoyed reading. Looks a magical place!

Thank you. Love love, Andrew. Bye.

Anonymous February 2, 2014 at 11:28 PM  

Taking a break sometimes is a good thing to do and going for a vacation is even better. Beautiful photographs and your great experience is well narrated in your words. :-)

kaykuala February 2, 2014 at 11:36 PM  

You've said it, Bing! A perfect round up of a paradise on earth. Wonderful write!


rallentanda February 2, 2014 at 11:56 PM  

Om Swasti Astu

rallentanda February 2, 2014 at 11:56 PM  

Om Swasti Astu

Brian Miller February 3, 2014 at 1:34 AM  

that is very true...and so cool on getting away with your girlfriends....we need that...i took a short day trip away with the fam yesterday just to get a change of scenery...and it is so refreshing....

Sherry Blue Sky February 3, 2014 at 2:40 AM  

What a beautiful trip you made, my friend. How wonderful you got to meet the medicine man from Eat Pray Love!!!!! Love the photos - and love seeing you in the Pantry!!

Mary February 3, 2014 at 2:45 AM  

Oh I am so jealous of your journey! And you are SO right that people really do need to get away from the stresses of life & just give way to pure enjoyment with friends! I just love your photos, your entire post. And, again, I am jealous. Smiles.

humbird February 3, 2014 at 6:23 AM  

What a nice journey and poem! Watched the movie...can imagine the joy, and plus you shared it with friends! ~ Thanks for sharing these beautiful photos! ~ Blessings!

Audrey Howitt aka Divalounger February 3, 2014 at 7:41 AM  

This must have been a wonderful journey--Thank you for sharing it

Bing Yap February 3, 2014 at 11:41 AM  

Thanks to all of you. It was indeed a beautiful vacation and I am so glad I took it. There are so many nice things about Bali that I’d like to write about. Thank you for appreciating this post.

Vandana Sharma February 3, 2014 at 4:05 PM  

A break is always refreshing!

anthonynorth February 3, 2014 at 5:16 PM  

Great words and pics. Looks a beautiful place.

Bing Yap February 3, 2014 at 6:03 PM  

Vandana, that trip relieved me of my headaches. :)

Bing Yap February 3, 2014 at 6:03 PM  

anthonynorth, thanks for visiting again.

Gabriella February 3, 2014 at 7:17 PM  

What a lovely trip you had! Your photos are gorgeous. You are right, we should never wait until it is too late to unwind.

Loredana Donovan February 3, 2014 at 9:28 PM  

How nice you met the medicine man from the movie. A beautiful place to visit ... sounds so relaxing. You're right about taking a break to get away from stress and enjoy life. Wonderful post :)

Bing Yap February 4, 2014 at 8:02 AM  

Thank you, Gabriella and Loredana.

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