Monday, June 18, 2007
Lamalera, a tiny village on the tip of one of Indonesia's largely abandoned Eastern Islands is famous for its subsistence traditional whaling and its deep-rooted Catholicism. Lamalera, 2007
Crazy footage of sharks, whales, rays, dolphins and all large sea life taken across 2006 in Bali, Indonesia off the Island of the Gods. by: cbenz01
....The whalers' day starts before sunrise. From Lamalera A and B, twin villages separated by a single, steep hill, and informal procession begins. Men wrapped in sarongs gather on the beach, fanning out to the particular boatshed that houses the pelendang belonging to their clan. There are 29 of these sheds above the high-tide line on the beach ......
..... There are no piers, no docks, so getting the boats into the sea remains an arduous task. They are launched each day in the whaling season form May to October as if on maiden voyages ......
...... At first glance a pelendang appears to be an improbable craft, its ability to make its way through water nothing short of miraculous. It is 12 meters long, weighs well over a tonne and is pieced together like a Japanese joined puzzle in a pre-Viking, lashed-lug design....
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Friday, June 15, 2007
Indonesian youths' shadows are cast by a flood light as they attend an evening prayer called 'tarawih', the night before the holy fasting month of Ramadan begins, at Istiqlal mosque in Jakarta, Indonesia, Saturday, Sept. 23, 2006. by: Dita Alangkara
The biggest mosque i ever been inside, subhanallah its nice to hear the koran before the adhan. by: momomatic
The rectangular main prayer hall building is covered by a 45 meter diameter central spherical dome. The dome is supported by twelve round columns and the prayer hall lined by rectangular piers carrying four levels of balcony. Staircases at the corners of the building give access to all floors. The main hall is reached through an entrance covered by a dome 10 meters in diameter. The latter structure is directly connected to the arcades which run around the large courtyard. The mosque also provides facilities for social and cultural activities, including lectures, exhibitions, seminars, conferences, bazaars and programmes for women, youth and children.
Monday, June 11, 2007
Patagonia surf ambassadors head to the Indian Ocean to test surfboards and gear, visit local communities and surf as many waves as daylight allows. Belinda Baggs, Mary Osborne, Fletcher Chouinard and Chris, Keith and Dan Malloy join up with Adam Kobayashi and the crew of the Southern Cross for the trip. by: patagoniavideo
- North Sumatra is one of Indonesia's last surfing frontiers. "North Sumatra" consists of the 5 islands or island groups: Hinako Islands, Nias, Telos and 2 other obscure island groups to the north. North Sumatra receives similar swell to the Mentawais and enjoys its peak swell season from May to September. Despite Indonesia's reputation for hollow lefts, in North Sumatra righthanders are slightly more prevalent. While Lagundri Bay at Nias has been surfed for decades, it is the more obscure rights like Bawa (a Sunset-like right bowl that holds up to 15ft) and Treasure Island (a long, hollow, mechanical right peeling for 200 meters+) that have attracted the attention of late. Throw a mix of hollow and bowly lefthanders into the picture like Asu, Afulu, the Machine, and many more obscure rights and lefts and you have a dream-like setting for a surf trip.
Saturday, June 09, 2007
Tsunami damaged coastal area near Banda Aceh, Nanggroe Aceh Darussalam
Flux animation approached us to make a music video and we sat down with them and told them about our song Tsunami, they liked it and came back to us with a couple of treatments. We liked them both so we combined the stories and then Ray their cheif artist drew us an impression of what it should look like... we loved it and gave them the go ahead... it was a labor of love and one that we truly appreciate, six months later they came back to us with this...by: steriogram
Thursday, June 07, 2007
YOU ARE INVITED TO BALI july 31-august 7 UBUD, Bali
Awakening Global Action (an event organized by the Bali Insitute for Global Renewal)
Are you ready to make a difference in the world? Join us for an experience of a lifetime. Individuals of all ages (18-80+) are invited to participate in an extraordinary gathering designed to offer cutting-edge leadership training, deep listening, shared experiences and collaborative cross-cultural learning that promises to shape your future as a committed global citizen.
Tuesday, June 05, 2007
Local girls gathered and practised Legon dance in a losmen where I stayed. A Swiss Photographer who stayed in a room next door set up a photo session. I was lucky to be invited.
Ubud, Bali by amber_b
The Legong Lasem is probably the most well known and most performed of all the Legong dances. Also called Legong Kraton ("Palace Legong"), the story is taken from the history of East Java in the 12th and 13th century. It tells of the King of Lasem and how he found the maiden Rangkesari lost in the forest. He abducts her and locks her up. The King of Lasem attempts to woo Rangkesari but she refuses his advances because she is already engaged to Prince Panji. Rangkesari's brother, the Prince of Daha, learns of her captivity and threatens to declare war unless she is set free. Rangkesari pleads with the king to set her free so that war may be averted but the king preferred to fight. On his way to battle, he meets a bird of omen that predicts his death. The bird's prediction came true and the king dies in battle. I was a bit hesitant to upload this video because I find the dancers' movements to be somewhat unrefined and a bit too frenetic. Compare this dance with Legong Legod Bawa that I've uploaded. There's a definite difference in the quality of the dances. Regardless, I don't believe there's a somewhat complete version of Legong Lasem on Youtube. I hope you enjoy it :) by: elibris
Sunday, June 03, 2007
View from the summit of Mount Rinjani. At 3726m, it is the second highest volcano in Indonesia. The perfect cone of Gunung Baru (New Mountain), which erupted in August 1994, sits in the turquoise crater lake of Danau Segara Anak (Child of the Sea). While the volcano casts a strong shadow in the morning sun in the background. by ChKESE
Top of Rinjani and the highest point on the Island of Lombok in Indonesia. Another amazing spot I'm never going back to! No sound again I'm afraid,,,,Sean assures me the shot of the women's ass was not intentional and I was nodding in appreciation of the view and not the ass (although it is nice!). by: 1kroc1
Saturday, June 02, 2007
Scuba diving at Lekuan I & II on Bunaken Island near Manado, Indonesia, with Two Fish Divers, www.twofishdivers.com These fine wall dives are topped with spectacular hard corals and are home to several large green turtles (Chelonia mydas). Mackerel tuna and diagonal-banded sweetlips pass by in the blue. We also meet a clown triggerfish, a bluefaced angelfish being shadowed by a trumpetfish, a lemon damsel, a whitespotted boxfish, a doublebar goatfish, pink anemonefish and a common lionfish. by: bubblevision