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    Tropical Heat Tour: Bali Part 9

    July 11th, 2012

    Wednesday, July 11, 2012
    Ubud, Bali, Indonesia

    Lunch at Warung Kacu in Ubud, Bali, Indonesia.

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    Tropical Heat Tour: Bali Part 8

    July 10th, 2012

    Tuesday, July 10, 2012
    Ubud, Bali, Indonesia

    Bale Banjar Ubud Kelod in Ubud, Bali, Indonesia.

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    Tropical Heat Tour: Bali Part 7

    July 9th, 2012

    Monday, July 9, 2012
    Peliatan, Bali, Indonesia

    A family compound gate in Peliatan, Bali, Indonesia.

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    Tropical Heat Tour: Bali Part 6

    July 8th, 2012

    Sunday, July 8, 2012
    Ubud, Bali, Indonesia

    One of the best storefront designs ever. Ubud, Bali, Indonesia.

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    Tropical Heat Tour: Bali Part 5

    July 7th, 2012

    Saturday, July 7, 2012
    Ubud, Bali, Indonesia

    The temple at the Lotus Pond in Ubud, Bali, Indonesia.

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    Tropical Heat Tour: Bali Part 4

    July 6th, 2012

    Friday, July 6, 2012
    Ubud, Bali, Indonesia

    A sunlit temple on Jalon Hanoman in Ubud, Bali, Indonesia.

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    Tropical Heat Tour: Bali Part 3

    July 5th, 2012

    Thursday, July 5, 2012
    Ubud, Bali, Indonesia

    Lunch at the Warung Kacul in Ubud, Bali, Indonesia.

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    Tropical Heat Tour: Bali Part 2

    July 4th, 2012

    Wednesday, July 4, 2012
    Ubud, Bali, Indonesia

    The family compound next door to Suartha Pension in Ubud, Bali, Indonesia.

    A small island measuring just 69 x 95 miles nestled between Java and Lombok in the vast archipelago of Indonesia, Bali is covered with lush jungles, rice terraces, mountains and beautiful beaches, making it one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. Some come for the sun, sand, surf, and world class resorts and spas, while others enjoy the predominantly Hindu culture that is celebrated daily with highly evolved dance, gamelan music, art and architecture. I first became interested in Bali back in the mid-1990s. I was collecting a lot of vintage electronic music on vinyl, some of which was released on a label called Nonesuch, who also curated a series of albums featuring gamelan, the traditional percussion music of Indonesia. I was so enamored by the exotic, haunting sounds that emanated from those black grooves that I just knew I had to hear it in real life someday.

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    Tropical Heat Tour: Bali Part 1

    July 3rd, 2012

    Tuesday, July 3, 2012
    Ubud, Bali, Indonesia

    I caught a China Airlines aluminum tube from Taipei, Taiwan to Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia.

    Well, the big bad Bali bug bit me again! After my first-ever trip to Indonesia (or Southeast Asia, or hell, even Asia as a whole for that matter) back in 2010, I just knew I had to come back for seconds! But, getting here takes way too many hours (uh, that would be 20 from California) cooped up in a big-ass aluminum torture tube packed to the gills with coughs, sneezes, sniffles and all kinds of gentrified germs. Surprisingly, when I stepped outside Ngurah Rai airport, the heat and humidity wasn’t nearly as bad as last time–more like an oven than a blast furnace. It definitely felt hot, but not oppressively so. The locals tell me that July and August is the “cool” time of year.

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    Tropical Heat Tour

    July 2nd, 2012

    Welcome to the Tropical Heat Tour!

    Welcome to the Tropical Heat Tour, my second jaunt through Southeast Asia. From July 3 to September 13, 2012, I backpacked through Bali, Indonesia; Thailand and Myanmar to experience the insanely creative music, art, food and architecture of those countries.

    Bali

    Bali Part 1 – Heading into Ubud.
    Bali Part 2 – Ubud Tengah Community at Pura Batukaru Ubud in Ubud.
    Bali Part 3 – Sekehe Gong Panca Artha at Ubud Palace in Ubud.
    Bali Part 4 – Wayang Kulit at Oka Kartini in Ubud.
    Bali Part 5 – Chandra Wirabhuana at the Lotus Pond in Ubud.
    Bali Part 6 – Mekar Sari at Balerung in Peliatan.
    Bali Part 7 – Meeting Ni Gusti Raka, Tetamian at Pura Agung Peliatan Palace in Peliatan.
    Bali Part 8 – Gamelan Nritta Dewi at Bale Banjar Ubud Kelod in Ubud.
    Bali Part 9 – Sekaa Jegog Yowana Swara Ubud at Pura Dalem Ubud in Ubud.
    Bali Part 10 – Temple ceremony in Bangli.
    Bali Part 11 – Tracking down a new electrical adapter in Denpasar.
    Bali Part 12 – Pujung village troupe at Agunug Rai Museum of Art in Ubud.
    Bali Part 13 – Sekaa Gong Jaya Swara at Ubud Palace in Ubud.
    Bali Part 14 – A nature walk around the outskirts of Ubud.
    Bali Part 15 – A day off in Ubud.
    Bali Part 16 – Sanggar Suwara Guni Kanti at Bale Banjar Ubud Kelod in Ubud.
    Bali Part 17 – Heading up to Lovina.
    Bali Part 18 – A day off with a bad cold in Lovina.
    Bali Part 19 – A visit to gamelan foundries in Sawan.
    Bali Part 20 – Heading back to Ubud.
    Bali Part 21 – Cepuk Wirasa at the Lotus Pond in Ubud.
    Bali Part 22 – Gamelan at Pura Dalem Taman Kaja in Ubud.
    Bali Part 23 – Royal procession at Pura Marajan Agung, Sekehe Gong Panca Artha at Ubud Palace in Ubud.
    Bali Part 24 – Royal procession at Ubud Palace, Sekehe Gong Panca Artha at Ubud Palace in Ubud.
    Bali Part 25 – Pre-royal cremation ceremony at Ubud Palace in Ubud.
    Bali Part 26 – Royal cremation ceremony at Ubud Palace and Pura Dalem Puri in Ubud.
    Bali Part 27 – Peliatan Masters at Agung Rai Museum of Art in Ubud.
    Bali Part 28 – A walk around Peliatan and Ubud.
    Bali Part 29 – Last day in Bali.

    Tropical Heat Tour: Bali Video 1
    Tropical Heat Tour: Bali Video 2
    Tropical Heat Tour: Bali Video 3
    Tropical Heat Tour: Bali Video 4
    Tropical Heat Tour: Bali Video 5

    Thailand

    Thailand Part 1 – Heading into Bangkok.
    Thailand Part 2 – Eating, haggling and watching people eat in Banglamphu, Bangkok.
    Thailand Part 3 – Photographing urban grit in Bangkok.
    Thailand Part 4 – Wat Chanasongkhram and Santichaiprakan Park in Banglamphu, Bangkok.
    Thailand Part 5 – Trying and failing to find Chinatown, Bangkok.
    Thailand Part 6 – Wat Benchamabophit in Bangkok.
    Thailand Part 7 – I finally found it! Chinatown, Bangkok.
    Thailand Part 8 – Jamming at the Nat 2 Guest House in Banglamphu, Bangkok.
    Thailand Part 9 – A day off in Banglamphu, Bangkok.
    Thailand Part 10 – Thanon Silom, Sri Mahamariamann temple, getting lost in Bangkok.
    Thailand Part 11 – A day off in Banglamphu, Bangkok.
    Thailand Part 12 – An eating excursion around Banglamphu, Bangkok.
    Thailand Part 13 – A day off in Banglamphu, Bangkok.
    Thailand Part 14 – Sukhumvit Road in Bangkok.
    Thailand Part 15 – A day off in Banglamphu, Bangkok.
    Thailand Part 16 – A failed mission to the Myanmar embassy in Bangkok.
    Thailand Part 17 – A successful mission to the Myanmar embassy in Bangkok.
    Thailand Part 18 – A rainy day in Banglamphu, Bangkok.
    Thailand Part 19 – Siam Paragon and spirit houses in Bangkok.
    Thailand Part 20 – The Sky Bar in Bangkok.
    Thailand Part 21 – Myanmar embassy and Thanon Silom in Bangkok.
    Thailand Part 22 – An aborted dentist visit at Yanhee Hospital in Bangkok.
    Thailand Part 23 – Asavanant Dental Clinic in Bangkok.

    Tropical Heat Tour: Thailand Video

    Myanmar

    Myanmar Part 1 – Heading into Yangon.
    Myanmar Part 2 – A photo mission on Anawrahta Road in Yangon.
    Myanmar Part 3 – Heading into Mandalay.
    Myanmar Part 4 – Nat Pwe in Taungbyone part one.
    Myanmar Part 5 – Shwekyimyint temple in Mandalay.
    Myanmar Part 6 – Nat Pwe in Taungbyone part two.
    Myanmar Part 7 – A day off in Mandalay.
    Myanmar Part 8 – Nat Pwe in Taungbyone part three.
    Myanmar Part 9 – A photo mission in Mandalay.
    Myanmar Part 10 – A photo mission in South Mandalay.
    Myanmar Part 11 – Kuthodaw Pagoda in Mandalay.
    Myanmar Part 12 – A rainy day off in Mandalay.
    Myanmar Part 13 – Heading into Nyaung-U.
    Myanmar Part 14 – Shwezigon Pagoda in Nyaung-U.
    Myanmar Part 15 – Buddhist temple spotting in Old Bagan.
    Myanmar Part 16 – A rainy day off in Nyaung-U.
    Myanmar Part 17 – Buddhist temple spotting in the Central Plains of Bagan.
    Myanmar Part 18 – Heading out of Nyaung-U.
    Myanmar Part 19 – Arriving back in Yangon.
    Myanmar Part 20 – A photo mission around downtown Yangon.
    Myanmar Part 21 – Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon.

    Tropical Heat Tour: Myanmar Video 1
    Tropical Heat Tour: Myanmar Video 2

    This trip continued in India as the All These Colors Tour.