Category Archives: Bali

Monkey sex in Bali

We were enjoying the view from the cliffs of Ulu Watu in Bali – it was a beautiful moment until…a slight interruption.  Just then it occurred to me that I was surrounded by monkeys…and they seized the moment.  I was photographing a monkey on the edge of the cliff, when another jumped on her from behind. Then two other monkeys having sex too. Then two more. Where am I?? Surprise – monkey sex.

Where do baby monkeys come from? | Monkey Sex in Ulu Watu, Bali, Indonesia
Mommy, where do baby monkeys come from?

These monkeys were in their natural habitat, so anything goes. Including this first photo. What, you’ve never seen monkeys having sex?

Macaque monkey sex - it's a Discovery Channel moment at Ulu Watu, Bali Indonesia| Photo by Todd L. Cohen,
a Discovery Channel moment for the monkeys at Ulu Watu

Forget doggystyle – this is monkey style!

Edit: I didn’t realize Monkey sex was a slang term, as reported on Urban Dictionary – “The communal act of rough …wild …passionate…primatial fornication. Usually accompanied with various vocal tones and frantic leg hmuping usually seen and heard from orangutans. It is also customary to wear “Planet of the Apes” costumes in order to successfully portray monkey sex”

A read said it reminded her of this video from Gawker, with monkey sex on the hood of a car.

Mating behavior: These monkeys are macaques, which are known to have dominant males that try to monopolize females. Perhaps this is an example of that. Interestingly enough, “promiscuity benefits females and subor-dinate males. One way to escape monopolization by dominant males is to copulate in their absence,” which is called the “audience effect.” This is according to an article in the American Journal of Primatology. 

For more posts about monkeys, I’ve set up a link here.

Oh-bah-ma! New York, New York!

When I tell local Indonesians I meet that I’m from NY, I get an immediate response of word association of everything that comes to mind for them at a rapid pace. Typically it starts with them excitedly  blurting out
Immediately followed by “New York, New York – Sinatra!”
Or singing Alicia Keys’  chorus line from “Empire State of Mind,” which is funny because they both have a strong accent and are typically way off key. The combo is quite entertaining and didn’t get old even after having this happen nearly two dozen times in just a week.
Sometimes this is followed by “US and A!” cheer, and then random facts that they know about the US.  “50 States!”   One guy started naming random US state capitals. One guy started rattling off random cities he had heard of, that we have 100 senators, and the NY Yankees.
Interestingly enough I found I got a warmer initial response when I said I was from New York rather than from America or the US.
Has anyone else had an experience like this?  Is this typical for countries in SE Asia?  Let me know if this has happened to you.
Like my experience in HK, I 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).

Wings Air — Cheapest Flight I’ve taken

My flight from Bali (DPS) to Java (SUB) was $29 on Wings Air. That’s the least I’ve spent on a flight up to this point. It’s a prop plane. That’s right, we’re flying a plane with a propeller. Hope we make it!

Wings Air - a prop plane to get us from Bali to Java
Wings Air. It’s a real plane. Just with propellers. Can this thing fly?

Closeup photo of the propeller of the Wing's Air prop plane
Closeup photo of the propeller from the plane. [It was taken through an airplane window so it’s a little grainy
You can see the propeller on the Wings Air plane pictured above. I had last taken one on my trip through Belize and that was an adventure!  Scary!  I’ll post about the Belize adventure after I finish posting about the 15-country Asia trip.

My $29 Wing's Air prop plane flight

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).

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.