Category Archives: Bali

Learning Indonesian

If you’re going to be in a city for a few days, it’s always appreciated when you take a moment to learn a few key phrases. That’s particularly challenging in a country like Indonesia, with so many languages being spoken (Balinese and different dialects of Bahasa Indonesian were most common in Bali).  But it’s important.
Regardless of what city I’m in, I find myself saying Thank You quite a bit, so in Indonesian, that’s “Terima Kasih.”  Pair that with a warm smile and they’re likely to response with “Sammah Sammah” – You’re welcome. For some reason in Bali the word kaliren (hungry) came up a lot.  “always kaliren!”
Special thanks to Afit, Nadya, and Dina, for teaching me their language.
Note: neither of those last two phrases came up accurately under Google Translate, but I was using them every day in Java and people seemed to know exactly what I was saying.
Like my experience in HK, I’ve met such wonderful people here (both travelers and Indonesians).  Some of them I’ve been staying in touch with (and some will be perhaps by reading this blog).

Slideshows: Monkeys in Bali

Both photo galleries from our day with the monkeys on the cliffs of Ulu Watu are below  – click SL for slideshow, and FS for full screen mode.

Monkeys at Ulu Watu part2


Ulu Watu - Monkeys Everywhere!

Monkeys Everywhere!

Monkeys in Bali – I found myself surrounded by macaques (monkeys) in Ulu Watu, in Bali, Indonesia. They were everywhere!  I had never seen so many monkeys in the wild, in their natural habitat. Photos of these Long-tailed macaques from Bali are below:

Monkeys at Ulu Watu! | Macaques in Bali, Indonesia| Photo by Todd L. Cohen,


Monkeys (macaques) at Ulu Watu, Bali, Indonesia

These baby monkeys (baby macaques) were so playful -  Bali, Indonesia (Ulu Watu)
These baby monkeys were so playful - macaques in Bali, Indonesia (Ulu Watu)
Bananas for Monkey Lunch Break for this macaque, Bali, Indonesia (Ulu Watu) Bananas for Monkey Lunch Break in Bali, Indonesia

Can I help you?  Monkeys in Bali macaques
Can I help you?
Monkey (macaque) laughing, Bali, Indonesia (Ulu Watu)
this monkey started laughing so hard he appeared to fall off the branch and roll, and then kept until 2 other monkeys joined him in the laughter.