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kecakEveryone who visits Bali should experience watching the famous Kecak dance. It is a Balinese dance which also a music drama depicting the story of Ramayana. The signature of the dance itself, is the performers who percussively chants “cak” and moves their hands and arms.

There are a few places to catch the performance. One of the best places is Pura Uluwatu or Uluwatu Temple. The temple is situated at Bali’s southwest end, perched at the edge of a steep cliff, overlooking the crashing waves 70 meters below. The best way to get here is to arrange a transport in advanced with your hotel or any agents. As Pura Uluwatu is one of the 9 main sacred places in the island, visitors are required to wear a sarong or a sash if the clothes are too short or too revealing. Both sash and the sarong are provided at the entrance.

You’ll get to see monkeys roaming around. But they ain’t nice buddies, instead keep your eyeglasses, jewelry and other valuables in your bag or pocket. If you got unlucky, these little buddies will snatch them from you. So stay be careful.

The performance takes about 1 hour and is performed before the sunset. The storyline of Ramayana is about Prince Rama, who with the help of the monkey-like Vanara defeats the evil King Ravana to rescue his Princess Sita. The dance is not accompanied by any musical instruments but it uses voices of the dancers.

When I watched the dance, there was an accident happened. The monkey-like Vanara performer accidentally kicked the fire-lit bush to the wrong direction, to the audience. It almost caused a big and serious accident to happen. Fortunately the dancer were quick enough to kill the fire and no one was hurt.  Therefore, if you think that the best seats are those in the first few rows, I would say the opposite. The performance involves a giant fire display that is integral to the plot. It might get dangerous.

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A visitor was asked to join the performance

A visitor was asked to join the performance

When fire was involved in the performance

When fire was involved in the performance

I had watched the Ramayana-story based traditional dance in Yogyakarta before. But both dances are both different in the ambience. The performance at Uluwatu was more phenomenal with the sunset and the temple scenery as the background.

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Entrance Fee:  
Temple Entrance Fee : Locals: Rp 15,000 and Foreigners: Rp 20,000
Kecak Performance Ticket Fee: Rp 100,000 (Note that during high season, tickets are often sold out and should be booked a few days in advance)

Time for the Kecak Performance : 6:00 PM daily

 

 

 

 

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Motel Mexicola… It is the current hipster place in Seminyak, Bali. I’ve seen pictures posted in social media platforms, showing bits of how the place looks like. The place was definitely the top of my list for my Bali trip this time.

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Do not get mistaken by its name. Motel Mexicola is not an average motel, it’s actually a bar! The moment I stepped into Motel Mexicola, I felt that I was in a set of a Mexican movie. Everything is just so Mexican here. Bright colours are everywhere, mural paintings on the walls, and it’s all about patterns and tiles, religious icons and flowers filling every spare corner…

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The place is going Mexican all the way. The menu is about proper tacos, burritos, quesadillas, nachos and the list goes on. The portion is good for sharing too. We decided to try the nachos and the churros. As for the drinks, we went for their Mangohito, which is fresh slices mango blended with mint leaves, sour mix hardly shaken and burst with soda rock glass presentation, and their Mexican Banana Smoothies.

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I love the nachos! The fried tortillas is served with minced pork meat with blended guacamole. But the churros disappointed us. The texture was not rightly cooked and the caramel dipping sauce was too watery.

With the amazing decoration, the ambience was superb and totally had the whole “Mexican” vibe going on. It is a great place to hangout and chill out. But if you are looking for Mexican munchies, maybe it is not.

Address:
MOTEL MEXICOLA
Jl Kayujati No 9X Petitenget Beach,
Seminyak, Denpasar,
Bali, Indonesia, 80361

Website: http://www.motelmexicolabali.com

 

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