Wednesday, April 3, 2013

BALI DAY 1 - OBSERVING THE SUNSET AT LEGIAN BEACH

26th March 2013 ~ Right after checking in at the hotel, we went to explore Legian Beach which was just nearby. The first thing we saw was a group of children carrying some sort of a masked puppet, similar to the Chinese lion dance, which was called Barong and accompanied by others playing traditional music instruments. Generous passers-by would give these kids money.



We found many of these around Bali - on the beach, pavement, road, they were just everywhere. This could be a daily ritual done by the locals for the deities









a pirate ship kite

At that time, there were many people at the beach. Many were running or strolling along the long stretch of beach that was actually connected to Kuta Beach at the other end. Others were doing other things like playing football or flying kite while other visitors could be seen sitting on the sand, admiring the sky and  waiting on for the sun to set below the horizon.



brisk walking along the beach











I was glad that I had the chance to observe the beauty of nature. When was the last time you went to the beach to watch the sunset? And this reminds me of the poem "Leisure" written by William Henry Davies which is studied by form 3 students in school.

Leisure




What is this life if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare.

No time to stand beneath the boughs
And stare as long as sheep or cows.

No time to see, when woods we pass,
Where squirrels hide their nuts in grass.

No time to see, in broad daylight,
Streams full of stars, like skies at night.

No time to turn at Beauty's glance,
And watch her feet, how they can dance.

No time to wait till her mouth can
Enrich that smile her eyes began.

A poor life this is if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare.