A number of friends having profession as a photographer, both the amateur and professional, complained about one important thing related to their hobbies as well as job. Actually, other than those friends, some others who are working as journalist also complained about the same subject. Possibly, the list of complaining people can grow longer. What is the matter?
Apparently, they have a problem where they can no longer take photos or images at their own will. In other words, it is not only the object snapshot considered sacred, but they are indeed not allowed to take any photos by the owner of events. Moreover, they are also asked for money when taking photos at few tourist attractions. “It happens at the famous paddy field attraction in Tabanan as well as in the northern areas of Gianyar,” complained the photographer. Once upon a time, he would like to take photographs but he was prohibited. When asked why, the man prohibiting him told that he should pay a sum of money. “It’s about USD 10 or approximately equal to IDR 100,000,” he said.
Distant relatives are close neighbors. Thus the proverb goes. Even though the Indonesia-Australia relations seem to heat up as a result of the execution of the two drug kingpins, Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan, it will gradually improve in harmony with the passage of time. Historically, geographical proximity does not necessarily make the bilateral relations always smooth. There are ups and downs. It can be caused by a variety of factors. And in the context of international relations, it is a commonplace.
Even though the current Jakarta-Canberra relations are not good, it must be understood with a cool head. It is not necessary to be very reactive to comments on the tough stance of the Prime Minister of Australia Mr. Tony Abbot and other voices in the media that do not represent the expectation of the entire people of the Kangaroo Continent.
During April this year, there are at least three temple ceremonies in three major temples in Bali. The first one is at Besakih in Karangasem County. The temple located at the foot of Mount Agung, the highest mountain in Bali, is known as the mother temple of Bali. Secondly, temple ceremony is also held at Ulun Danu Temple in Bangli County. And the last one it takes place at Penataran Ped Temple in Nusa Penida, Klungkung. To achieve this sanctum, the Hindus must cross the ocean. It can be done through some traditional harbors in Klungkung and Sanur, Denpasar. In addition, it can also be reached through Benoa Harbor.
A friend of mine who lives in Bangkok gives comments through WhatsApp how proud she is that during a full day celebration of Nyepi in Bali people have saved much energy and money. “Actually the Nyepi celebration inspires the celebration of the Earth Day becoming a trend in the world today,” said Yuni, my friend. She has been living in the White Elephant country for around 19 years. This single-child mother married to a Swiss man who works in the tourism sector.
On every Nyepi celebration, one day before, there is Pengerupukan Ceremony and usually there is Ogoh-Ogoh parade. Ogoh-Ogoh, a puppet in the shape of creepy giant is the symbol of bad characters of human and must be destroyed. This must be done so in celebrating Nyepi Day which is the Caka New Year, the human will be in a clean condition, physically and spiritually. It is the philosophy of the Ogoh-Ogoh parade and the meaning behind it.
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