September 30, 2013

Ubud Bali, Indonesia Photo Diary 2 July, 2013

Taman Ayun/ Royal Temple
Bali is synonymous with beaches, but what drew me in were its cultural treasures. Taman Ayun, with its gorgeous masonry and intricate carvings was an exemplar of the Balinese Pura Tirta, or ‘water temples’ that not only served as a source of spiritual nourishment, but nourished the city with water through a sophisticated irrigation system. 

Karya Mas Gallery
 Balinese ingenuity extends to other media, including the exquisite wood carvings at the Karya Mas Gallery. The famed masks and puppets are enticing talismans of a rich cultural heritage that I learned to adore. 

Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary

Thankfully, the Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary preserves Bali’s rich, yet delicate ecology. You all know I love animals, so it was a treat to see monkeys in their element and...specifically, not attacking me! I did have to visit the Bali Zoo; whilst not as ethical, I accomplished my bucket list item of riding an elephant into combat and I also got to pet the adorable bear cat, which helped raise awareness for their vulnerable status in peninsular Southeast Asia.
Bucketlist: Ride at the back of an elephant.
I swore that it was gonna be the first and last time I'll ever ride an elephant. They were so beautiful and gentle that I actually wanted to hug this fella.

I hugged a bearcat!!! It's so adorable!

Art Gallery

Goa Gajah Temple
Goa Gajah or the Elephant Cave, with its baths and demon carvings were awe inspiring and well deserving of their UNESCO World Heritage Site status.
Ironically, the Statue of Arjuna, hero of the Hindu epic Mahabharata is emblematic of Bali. Proud, cultured, noble and chivalrous, if renowned more for aesthetics and conquests. So make sure to leave the beaches to savour the cultured side of Bali.

Things to do in Bali (Part 2)
7. Taman Ayun/Royal Temple
8. Karya Mas Wood Carving Gallery
9. Bali Zoo
10. Ride an elephant
11. Goa Gajah Temple
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Kuta Bali, Indonesia Photo Diary 1 July 2013

 I really felt at peace.

Kuta Beach Heritage Hotel


Bali Sunset
The streets of Kuta

Krisna = Divisoria

Was able to dine in one of the best restaurants in Kuta, Little Italy

Things to do in Kuta (Part 1)
1. Enjoy the sunset.
2. Shop
4. Visit Krisna
5. Try Little Italy Restaurant
6. Watch those super hot surfers
(to be continued...)

The surfing, sunset beach that inspires generations of Australians, French, South Koreans, Russians and now, myself. Bali is synonymous with surf, sun and represents the quintessential Southeast Asian vacation. For many, it’s the first. For me, it came after French Indochina, Peninsular Malaysia and Palawan. Despite all this, Bali’s sunsets and magnificent seaside temples made this holiday something to remember. Just watch out for monkeys.

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September Favorites: Littlest Things Haul

 September was all about recovering and reflection. It was also a time when everything shifted for me, as if a dial was turned a bit to the right and I was able to see and hear clearer. I decided to change and maybe grow up a little. Spending decisions shifted along with perspective but still, it seemed that whatever you do, women will always be women even during "therapy" therapy that is. Since I've been busy with work and dates, I've had little to no time to shop. So when I finally found time, 1-2 days before the month ended, I can say I spent my well-earned salary on few, "important" things: 
1. Dolce & Gabbana coral red sunglasses - This is my first D&G sunglasses that I bought with MY OWN hard earned money. Yes, it was impulsive. Yes, I saw it and didn't really think it through. No, I do not regret it. It's gorgeous.
2.  Estee Lauder Lipsticks - Now this one is a gift from my mother. I just love how the packaging is so luxurious.
3. Casio wrist watch - I've been thinking about getting a gold watch for everyday wear. I like the simple and classic style of this watch. 
4. MAC Pro Longwear concealer - This is a staple. Just had to update my make-up kit. 
5. Celeteque Facial Moisturizer - Another staple in my skin regimen. This will come in handy during my flight.
 I LOVE how Gail, my bestfriend, bought the same watch. I was really excited that she bought one too!!! It was like a friendship band haha! On the other hand, mother's everyday Fossil watch really suited her. 

 6. Skullove Tshirt from VOV, The Collective.  - I got this during B-Side's 3rd Anniversary. I just came from a date and I didn't think what I wore was appropriate for concerts so I got this on the spot. It was so comfy and I really enjoyed Urbandub, Franco etc.
7. Australian Visa - This was pricey for a piece of paper. But hey, it's their new system.
8. Plane Tickets - Booked this last Saturday. This was the icing on top of my spending cake. 

It's not much but then as Mark would say, "quality over quantity."

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September 24, 2013

Help Us Save Rex and Snoopy!

My dear readers, please take time to read this message from my good friend, Kristine Gail Lobo.

Good day to everyone!
We, the Team Troy ( Troy was the first dog we rescued but unluckily died last September 9, 2013 because of Distemper) under Birut Foundation, are knocking at every dog lover’s heart for any kind of assistance you can give for our latest rescued dogs –Snoopy and Rex.
Rex is a young Labrador retriever who was rescued from the scavenger life of the street in Dasmariñas Cavite. He was picked up by our rescue team last September 20 and was given full laboratory check up and health assessment. His laboratory tests revealed that he is presently suffering from parvovirus, distemper, heartworm, Ehrlichia, Ear mites and ear infection.

Snoopy is a local dog who was saved from her neglectful owner last September 21. We were told by her local neighbors that she just recently gave birth to 5 puppies, but sadly all of them didn’t survive due to her inability to produce milk because of her over malnourished state. She was also given full laboratory check up and health assessment and her results revealed that she is also suffering the same diseases that of Rex but luckily but is just a bit luckier to be free of heartworms. We are currently facing a great difficulty in raising funds to continue with the treatment and rehabilitation of Rex and Snoopy and it is truly our greatest desire right now to help them fully recover and get another chance to life. We see in their eyes the determination to fight and survive, all we need to do is give them the necessary assistance they need to win their battle.
The Team has just started its initial rescue on August 2013, and is still insufficient of funds for continuous rescue operation. We do not even have the capacity yet to put up our own office and shelter edifice and still cannot produce our own transport vehicle whenever we have to pick up an animal in dire situation. It is a great disadvantage to us that we still have to divide the small money we raise to pay for transport service and boarding fees per rescued dog. Vet fees, treatments, medication and fostering are being met only by meagre donations of various kinds from generous people and chip in money from our own pockets. Hence, as much as we want to accommodate as many dogs that suffer, we can only take in such a few.
PLEASE HELP US SAVE LIVES. For Donations you can deposit any amount through these bank accounts:
Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI): Account Type: Savings account Account name: Kristine Gail Lobo Account number: 0919-1523-89 Branch: BPI Los Baños Landbank: Account name: Kristine gail c. lobo Account type: Savings account Account number: 1896202363 Branch: UP Los Banos For Cebuana, LBC and Western Union remittance: Receiver: Kristine Gail Lobo Address: 93a revilleza compound, college laguna For more information you can contact:

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