Thursday, January 21, 2010

Sacred spring and wonderful lunch on the mountain

We started the day with a Barong Dance show. Barong dance depicts the fight between good and evil. Story was based on a Hindu epics Mahabharata and Ramayana. We got there in time before the rain started pouring from the sky. Growing up in Indonesia I never quite enjoyed any traditional dances, but ever since I've been to performances like Nutcrackers I started to appreciate shows. I enjoyed not just the story line but also the costumes, the different color that made up the costumes.

We spent lunch at the top of mount Kintamani. The restaurant offered lunch buffet with tons of delicious food. There were outdoor seatings on the patio overlooking mount Batur which was fogged up at that time. We chose to sit inside because rain was pouring along with strong breeze.

There were two different types of soup, a vegetable soup and a chicken noodle soup. Then plain rice, fried noodle and fried rice. There was also deep fried vegetables like tempura, fried chicken and fried fish. The food was fresh and didn't taste like they had been reheated over and over. The dessert was a bunch of fried banana and hot tea or hot coffee. Perfect for the rainy day out there.
It was our best lunch ever. Too bad I didn't have a chance to take down the restaurant's name. It was pouring when we got there. There were a bunch restaurants up at the mountain. Most of them had spectacular views.

From there we visited the Pura Tirta Empul which is a Hindu temple with the sacred spring. Long time ago there was a warlock that poisoned all the spring in the area. Indra (one of the character from Mahabharata and Ramayana) was mad and he created this sacred spring to help the local people fight the poison. These days locals still go there to bathe and pray on the different springs there. Different springs provided different purposes - for health, for wealth, to fight black magic, etc.