Sunday, January 12, 2014

Savoring the Beauty of Nature by the Sea

One day in November of 2013, I was so blessed to enjoy the breathtaking view of the rock formation by the sea. Tanah Lot, that's the place. Home of a pilgrimage temple, the Pura Tanah Lot, is known for its panoramic view of sunset in Bali, and has become a popular tourist attraction. As a matter of fact, I fell in love with the place the moment I first saw it on TV during the 2013 Miss World Beauty Pageant held in Bali last year. That's where Ms. Philippines - World (Meagan Young) won the crown!

The rock formation up-close. The temple (left photo) sits on a large offshore rock
which has been shaped continuously over the years by the ocean tide.

That's me :) at the entrance of Tanah Lot
Oh yes, I was given this rare opportunity to travel to Bali, Indonesia by the hospital where I work in order to attend the Ethics in Research Conference held at Sanur Beach Hotel. It was a one-week respite from office work that I so enjoyed with some colleagues. That explains my previous post entitled, "Gone for a While" which has seemingly gifted me with a renewed strength to get back to reality. In that post, I mentioned about coming up with some surprises and this is one of them--- sharing some of the beautiful places I've been to.

Ready to take a tour with me? Come right on!
In order to go to the temple, one has to walk all the way toward the end of the stretch of land on the left

Here, I took a closer look at what's on the other side from where we stood. Then one has to go down to come near the temple situated on top of the big rock which I showed in the first photo above.

Coming closer and closer to our destination... wait, let's pose for a while to take a shot. Oh, how I loved that view from afar! Vantage point! I could still imagine it with my eyes closed! 
Vantage point of the rock formation from afar
Finally, we reached the place --- the beautiful rock formation at Tanah Lot.

This was as far as I went. I didn't cross to where the temple was located as I had to step on watery, slippery rocks and mud (!!!!) in order to see the exact site. But here are other photos of the gigantic rock where the temple sits. It may not be as captured in my camera, but in reality, believe me, it is a real beauty!

Since I was not able to take a photo of the temple sitting on this rock, I googled for one. Here's a perfect view of it from the left side of the rock.
Photo taken from wikipedia
Finally, here's more of the exotic Tanah Lot in a video taken by Billy, my husband.

Well, did you enjoy walking along with us while watching the video? Did you see how the tourists tried to capture the waves as they splashed on the rocks? Did you hear that part where somebody fell while walking on the slippery and muddy rocks? 

It's a pity that during our visit we were not able to get a taste of the beautiful sunset as it was masked by some slight downpour of rain. But even with the light rain, one couldn't miss the exotic wonder of this nature in the picturesque island of Bali. 

As I wandered around, God impressed upon me these verses:

"The earth is the Lord's, and all it contains, the world and those who dwell in it.
For He has founded it upon the seas, and established it upon the rivers."
Psalm 24: 1-2

Glory to God for such a beauty! All praises to Him for this blessing!
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