Another flight day, up early…bags ready and off to the airport. 3 hours flight time today.
The holding was necessary because of ground work (closed taxiway & section of apron). Airplanes landing needed a long taxi to position and take-off traffic required a long back taxi on the runway to take-off. The four Air Journey planes were part of stack up…..and only one runway.
One day tour for the highlights of Singapore: tour guide transported us to the largest display of orchards in the world! Then an hour floating boat tour.
Singapore Marina Bay water front offered a unique view of the city. We boarded the Bumboat (battery operated) which decreases polution of motor boats on the Singapore river. In 2008 the government created a new method of providing drinking water: a “Marina Barrage” to hold the conservation of recycled rainwater. Currently, Singapore has a water supply agreement with Malaysia which ends 2060. Fresh water is a valued and limited commodity which drives the government research for plausable solutions.
Singapore Flyer: each capsule holds 28 people with full capacity of 784 total. A full circuit is completed in 32 minutes and gives amazing views of the city.
Our Buddhist Temple visit in China Town…was most colorful and a peaceful conclusion of touring on this very hot and humid day.
Early rise, breakfast and off for a 5K trekking experience. This was a very beautiful trek which involved several hills, rice fields and a rocket-river bed. We visited an isolated and “time forgotten” village, the village of Tengarian where we had the opportunity to bargain for exquisite basketry and prized Geringing ikat cloth.
After the trek we were ready for lunch and resting near the beach side pool…
Saying goodbye to this peaceful place, one recognizes how the building designer (Edward Tuttle, California) incorporated Borobudur Temple aspects to be reflected in the resort structure.
Travel Day: Yogyakarta airport to Bali, Indonesia 1 hr. 20 minutes. Crossing the equator…moving south….when it is less humid and a little cooler (winter). Photo just before (N) and just after (S) crossing equator.
A short flight brought us to Bali and a long transfer 1 hour + to our hotel the Amankila, a magical Oasis. Amankila (which means peaceful hill) opened in 1992 set on a cliffside overlooking the Lombok Strait in East Bali. Below the resort is its private stretch of sand and beach club. The sand is black (volcanic) sand.
0415 wake-up call to transfer to the world’s largest Buddhist Temple: Borobudur. Awaiting sunrise, taking photos of the multiple reliefs which tell the story of Buddhist philosophy and principles, and the amazing engineering of this 9th century temple. This is considered one of the world’s seven wonders! The Temple was built during the 9th century during the reign of Sailendra Dynasty. This is a monument (not a temple you go inside). 504 Buddha statues are part of the Temple. A shrine to the Lord Buddha and a place for Buddhist pilgrimage. This is Indonesia’s single most tourist attraction.
Evidence suggests that Borobudur was abandoned following the 14th-century decline of Hindu kingdoms in Java and the Javanese conversion to Islam.
Two amazing facts: This Buddhist Monument/Temple was overgrown with vegetation significantly damaged with sunken portions when re-discovered. Sir Thomas Raffles 1814 — first sparked world wild knowledge of its existence. It took years to discover and reconstruct this Temple…no blue prints were available– a huge puzzle to put together. The largest restoration was done between 1975 -1982.
Second amazing fact: Diann made it up the 99 steps! The beginning step is taller in each section (one must work harder in beginning of controlling desires) — gradually the step is less steep.