Thursday, February 19, 2009

Nyepi Honeymoon in Bali

Yahoo! Recently, I've got 2 new pins from Bali.. (thank you, Shah & Jaja ! They just came back from their honeymoon, congratulations again on your wedding).

HRC Classic pin BaliHRC Bali pin
Teringat pulak kitaorang punya honeymoon, pun kat Bali jugak tapi it was almost 7 years ago. (Wow. time flies very fast) Tapi yang tragisnye our hotel dekat tempat terjadinya Bali Bombing October 2002, nama hotelnya Kuta Legian Village Hotel (don't worry it's still there). Hotel ni walking distance to the Kuta beach, but then Faizal tak boleh swim so we didn't spend much time kat beach. 

Masa kat sini la.. Faizal discover my hobby collecting Hard Rock Pin, sempat jugak beli Nyepi HRC Pin (it was Nyepi Day). Nyepi is a day to make and keep the balance of nature. Balinese open their New Year in silence. On Nyepi day itself, every street is quiet - there are nobody doing their normal daily activities.

HRC BaliTanah Lot, Bali
There is usually Pecalangs (traditional Balinese security man) who controls and checks for street security. Pecalang wear a black uniform and a Udeng or Destar (a Balinese traditional "hat" that is usually used in ceremony). The Pecalangs main task is not only to control the security of the street but also to stop any activities that disturb Nyepi. No traffic is allowed, not only cars but also people, who have to stay in their own houses. Light is kept to a minimum or not at all, the radio or TV is turned down and, of course, no one works. Even love making, this ultimate activity of all leisure times, is not supposed to take place, nor even attempted. 

The whole day is simply filled with the barking of a few dogs, the shrill of insect and is a simple long quiet day in the calendar of this otherwise hectic island. On Nyepi the world expected to be clean and everything starts anew, with Man showing his symbolic control over himself and the "force" of the World, hence the mandatory religious control.

Am I that detail enough? For your information only, so plan your trip wisely.

I'm sure sure there a lot of people out there who're collecting HRC Pins, but nak cari Malaysian yang collect tak ramai la.. cuma ada 2 orang yang kitaorang jumpa. Tapi dalam banyak2 pin, the most that I like is HRC Year 2000 Paris, but then I lost it, sebabnya untuk sampai ke tahun millenium bukan selalu.. it takes 1000 years... Huah!!!!!! Sampai sekarang I tengah cuba cari sesiapa yang nak trade that pin with me.

* Agak-agak bila la nak pergi lagi ni? Today is MAS Travel Fair last day, hmmmm...

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