The Big Read « Bali
Features from Bali, Indonesia
Tales from Indonesia's soul – the Island of the Gods.
“ Like their counterparts in a handful of other remote Balinese villages, the Bali Mula – or Bali Aga – of Trunyan are said to be the 'original' Balinese. Staunchly isolationist for more than a thousand years, Trunyan is best known for its open-air cemetery where corpses are left to decompose under a mystical banyan tree.
But as Ubud High discovers, Trunyan Village offers a lot more than just skulls and surly guides... ➨
“ Boobs and political censorship have never been far from the silver screen. In Indonesia, they're its bedrock.
From 1930's Nudie Cuties to the Academy Awards, Ubud High takes a front-row seat to peer at Bali's place in the history of Indonesian Cinema... ➨
“ On the little Indonesian island of Bali, Lord Ganesha is everywhere. One of the most recognisable Hindu gods outside of India, he's easy to spot: the benign elephant head on top of a chubby, boyish body protects houses and adorns Bali's temples from north to south... ➨
A scooter-accident victim is treated for his leg injury at Toya Medika Clinic in Ubud, Bali, Indonesia.
© 2017 Ubud High.
“ Imagine a school of fish swimming together. Go with it.
Anyone outside that flow is the one who's going to cause an accident. Stick to an imaginary lane – and drive defensively. Keep an eye on who's overtaking or undertaking you, and don't make any sudden moves unless you're about to hit something.
A domestic dog is netted and vaccinated against the fatal rabies virus in Ubud, Bali, Indonesia.
© 2017 Ubud High.
“ Far in the volcanic highlands of Bali, a young girl trails her mother and father on a pot-holed road. Stealing up on her is a striped, mean-looking dog that stands on its hind legs and bites her quickly on the shoulder. The dog veers back into the bushes, her parents none the wiser that their child may have less than six months to live.
Read on for the harrowing story of rabies on the Island of the Dogs... ➨
We all have to pay for our little slice of Bali Paradise. And this often comes in the shape of our stinging, biting, crawling, flying cousins. It's the downside of environment-sharing.
Find out what to do when you come up against a scorpion, an angry Balinese hornet or an unstoppable army of hungry marching ants... ➨
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The Big Read – Java
TRIP OVER TO JAVA – Bali's Big Auntie.
THE EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS of this environmental disaster – ExxonMobil and Indonesia's oil giant, Pertamina – have long since abandoned this pocket of primary forest, the wells sucked almost dry, the tar-coated throats of the pits now squeezed by gangs of Sisyphean bit-players milking an extra 125 barrels a day from the expired earth... ➨
IT'S NOT SURPRISING when some city residents shut their doors when topeng monyet – the masked performing monkeys – threaten to come their way.
Despite being a Jakartan tradition once played out with dogs and snakes and originating from the masked dances of Cirebon, not everybody's happy with the status quo of the game... ➨
JAKARTA, INDONESIA: MAY 1998. More anti-Chinese riots.
The forty year-old engineer is standing behind a barricade. To his left, a petrol station. To his right, a row of fire-gutted shops.
In front of Andreas are four handguns, laid out on a neighbour's kitchen table. An off-duty naval officer urges him to take his pick of the weapons before the mob returns.
"THE AIR'S TERRIBLE HERE, and the river stinks. We get massacred by mosquitoes in the dry season. The best thing about the river is we can throw our rubbish into it. When it rains it's even better because the nappies get washed away much quicker."
The story of the Ciliwung River: Jakarta's longest, most polluted and most flood-prone waterway... ➨
RYAN THE GIANT has already confided that if he had Dede's condition, he would have killed himself by now.
None of us know how Dede keeps sane.
The Big Read ~ Indonesia
TALES FROM INDONESIA – Always dangerously beautiful.
Critically-endangered Bornean Orangutan skulls carved by Dayak tribes in Kalimantan, Indonesian Borneo.
The skull and saber teeth of a vulnerable Sunda Clouded Leopard in a tribal Dayak longhouse in Kalimantan, Indonesian Borneo.
Anyone for Honey? The Sun Bear of Borneo ➨
ALSO KNOWN AS 'THE HONEY BEAR' for its love of honey, the vulnerable Malayan Sun Bear of Borneo is the smallest of the bear species.
Indonesia's Sun Bear is also one of the rarest bears on the planet...
The Big Picture
PHOTOGRAPHS FROM BALI – The Soul of Indonesia.