Friday Lens Affair 143


Uluwatu Temple, Bali, Indonesia

Today I’m featuring a picture of a very cute monkey from Uluwatu Temple in Bali. Taken by Natasha Alden from The World Pursuit Blog.

Natasha used to work in the advertising world in NYC. Soon she decided that life could not be lived behind a desk.

Now she gallivants the world full time with her boyfriend. She has been exploring the world for over 5 years and 40 countries now.

Her ultimate goal is to see 100 countries before she turns 30! Do follow her Instagram and Facebook to stay tuned on her progress.

Photo Story: Uluwatu Monkey Temple 

I was 21 and it was my very first time travelling to Asia.

From the recent media and movies that I had previously seen, I was a little nervous about getting abducted. Or having someone sneak drugs into my bags (thank you Hollywood).

Little did I know that travelling to the picturesque island of Bali would be truly magical.

My friend and I had little expectations when we went to see the Balinese Uluwatu Temple.

A very helpful local man, who clearly had a passion and deep love for his country, took us there. We roamed the premises overlooking the sea, and then I saw them – the monkeys.

Now, I have always been slightly terrified of our ancestors.

Sure, they are small and look cute, but I know that they can go from playful primates to flashing their menacing teeth in a matter of seconds.

At Uluwatu Temple, they are everywhere! Hundreds upon hundreds of monkeys.

Of all shapes and sizes scour the premises in hopes that the tourists will give them food. Or small trinkets to play with.

Although my terror had set in I knew that I could not miss the chance to get some photos while I was up close and personal with them.

I captured this little guy (whom I named Rafiki) eating a snack.

Now monkeys are surely no stupid animal, and just as I was about to take a photo, Rafiki looked up and held his gaze long enough to ensure I get a perfect shot of him.

I was so happy with the candidness of this photo that I decided I had to get more animal photos and ended up with about 200 monkey photos by the end of the night!

So the moral of the story is to trust monkeys…sometimes, especially ones at the Uluwatu temple are not that bad!

Here is a great post about Uluwatu Temple, how to get there, opening hours and general tips about visiting.

Uluwatu Temple is a Balinese Hindu sea temple (Pura Segara) located in Uluwatu.

The temple is regarded as one of the sad kahyangan and is dedicated to Sang Hyang Widhi Wasain his manifestation as Rudra.

The temple (pura in Balinese) is built at the edge of a 70 meter high cliff or rock projecting into the sea.

The temple is inhabited by monkeys, who are notorious for snatching visitors’ belongings.

They can usually be persuaded into trading the items for fruit, although this only encourages them to steal more.

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17 thoughts on “Friday Lens Affair 143

  1. Jennifer

    LOL – umm, they look mischievous. I would be a little uneasy too.

    Thanks for sharing (and for linking up to the #SHINEbloghop).

    Wishing you a lovely day.
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  2. Grey World Nomads

    Awww, what a face! Such a cute monkey. #TPThursday

  3. I do love monkeys although I’ve seen them stealing cameras and sunglasses at this very temple!
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  4. Oh, he looks so cute and full of mischief!
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    • Totally, innocent yet playful, like a typical monkey, you must love them!
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  5. That’s quite a cute expression. I wonder if he/she knows it melts hearts?!!
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  6. What a sweet photograph! I enjoyed learning about the place you visited.

  7. This is such a stunning shot! I just had to come over and get a closer look as we’ve just published our Vlog about Valley of the Monkeys in France, and are about to do a blog post with it. We’re monkey mad in our house at the moment! #WeekendWanderlust

  8. Thanks for sharing your story about Rafiki. I’m happy you linked to Monday WRites

    Much love…

  9. Salma aboshady

    so cute! but i would be terrified to get close to one of these monkeys :)
    What about the weather there though ? How was it??

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