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273--Bali: No More Monkey Business
@ Where`s Cherie?     Jan 13 2005 - 05:06 PST
cherie writes: The Balinese call it Mandala Wisata Wanara Wana. Translated in English it means The Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary. I’m not sure if Margaret and I spent the morning admiring the monkeys…or if the monkeys spent the morning admiring us. I was tackled, jumped on, and my hair was pulled; I was like being a kid all over again.

One curious monkey couldn’t stop looking under Margaret’s dress. Maybe he had a bet with a fellow macaque regarding the color of Margaret’s panties. One thing is certain—the Balinese macaques had a ball tormenting the two American blond girls.

After being poked and tickled by the fearless monkeys, we sat down to a traditional Balinese feast of suckling pig. Later, Margaret and I retired to our hotel for a dip in the infinity pool that over-looks a picturesque rice-paddy. The rice paddies near Ubud are always full of interesting farmers, who will gladly climb a palm tree to fetch you a refreshing coconut snack. Our day ended by watching a typical Balinese shadow-puppet show. I didn’t understand anything that was going on in the hour-long show except for one moment when a Balinese puppet said in perfect English: “My name is Don King. Can’t you tell from my hair?”

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That is not a Balinese barrette in my hair.  That is a macaque tangled in my wild mess of curls. *Photo by Margaret.

That is not a Balinese barrette in my hair. That is a macaque tangled in my wild mess of curls. *Photo by Margaret.

This tick is going to make a delicious snack.  Want one?

This tick is going to make a delicious snack. Want one?

Margaret in the monkey forest.

Margaret in the monkey forest.

That's one serious Balinese macaque.

That's one serious Balinese macaque.

Mom, hurry up!  Everyone is watching!

Mom, hurry up! Everyone is watching!

Who has a longer tongue? *Photo by Margaret.

Who has a longer tongue? *Photo by Margaret.

I'm pregnant...what do you expect?

I'm pregnant...what do you expect?

I've been looking for a purse just like that! *Photo by Margaret.

I've been looking for a purse just like that! *Photo by Margaret.

You'd be amazed at how far macaques can jump.

You'd be amazed at how far macaques can jump.

I bet his Mom hates it when he does his hair that way.

I bet his Mom hates it when he does his hair that way.

That monkey stole my water! *Photo by Margaret.

That monkey stole my water! *Photo by Margaret.

Yup, I'm a boy.

Yup, I'm a boy.

Hang out here often? *Photo by Margaret.

Hang out here often? *Photo by Margaret.

Thats a sign that he's about to attack.

Thats a sign that he's about to attack.

The monkey wants to see what color Margaret's panties are.

The monkey wants to see what color Margaret's panties are.

Want a little protein snack?

Want a little protein snack?

You missed a spot shaving this morning.

You missed a spot shaving this morning.

Cherie with a moss puppy. *Photo by Margaret.

Cherie with a moss puppy. *Photo by Margaret.

This guy is friendly.

This guy is friendly.

Monkey see, monkey do.

Monkey see, monkey do.

You missed behind the ears!

You missed behind the ears!

A Balinese girl preparing the days offerings.

A Balinese girl preparing the days offerings.

A car covered with offerings for Shiva.

A car covered with offerings for Shiva.

The unforgettable smile of a Balinese man.

The unforgettable smile of a Balinese man.

Statues are often adorned with fresh flowers.

Statues are often adorned with fresh flowers.

Little girls at the Ubud Palace.

Little girls at the Ubud Palace.

Those smiles could brighten up anyone's day.

Those smiles could brighten up anyone's day.

Those aren't chairs...they are musical instruments.

Those aren't chairs...they are musical instruments.

Too bad the only thing I can play is the radio. *Photo by Margaret.

Too bad the only thing I can play is the radio. *Photo by Margaret.

Margaret admires the palace art.

Margaret admires the palace art.

Balinese men playing cards.

Balinese men playing cards.

Everywhere you look is beautifully landscaped.

Everywhere you look is beautifully landscaped.

Margaret is right at home in the palace.

Margaret is right at home in the palace.

A woman sits next to the days offerings.

A woman sits next to the days offerings.

Margaret walks across the street.

Margaret walks across the street.

A local woman near the rice fields.

A local woman near the rice fields.

Cherie makes a new friend.

Cherie makes a new friend.

Rice fields as far as the eye can see.

Rice fields as far as the eye can see.

Rice, the world's food staple.

Rice, the world's food staple.

Cherie and Margaret wander through the rice fields.

Cherie and Margaret wander through the rice fields.

The wind rustles through fields bursting with green.

The wind rustles through fields bursting with green.

Cherie near the fields.

Cherie near the fields.

A burst of red in the rice fields.

A burst of red in the rice fields.

Rice-paddy girl.

Rice-paddy girl.

Working in the rice fields is back-breaking work.

Working in the rice fields is back-breaking work.

Margaret and a local woman.

Margaret and a local woman.

Margaret and Cherie.

Margaret and Cherie.

Nyomen.

Nyomen.

Balinese boys playing in the water.

Balinese boys playing in the water.

A Balinese man climbs a tree to get us a refreshing coconut.

A Balinese man climbs a tree to get us a refreshing coconut.

There he goes.

There he goes.

One coconut for each of us.

One coconut for each of us.

He cracks home the coconut.

He cracks home the coconut.

Margaret takes a cautious sip.

Margaret takes a cautious sip.

What a delightful snack?

What a delightful snack?

The Balinese have strong hands.

The Balinese have strong hands.

And strong backs.

And strong backs.

Planting the rice fields.

Planting the rice fields.

This is hard work in the glaring sun.

This is hard work in the glaring sun.

Margaret and Cherie.

Margaret and Cherie.

A local farmer.

A local farmer.

Rice fields.

Rice fields.

Female farmer.

Female farmer.

Beautiful fields of carbs.

Beautiful fields of carbs.

Home near the rice paddies.

Home near the rice paddies.

Little girls at play.

Little girls at play.

Farmer girl.

Farmer girl.

You never know what's under the surface.

You never know what's under the surface.

Mature rice fields.

Mature rice fields.

Balinese scare-crows.

Balinese scare-crows.

The Mighty Ducks.

The Mighty Ducks.

Balinese woman.

Balinese woman.

At the end of a long day, Margaret relaxes with a foot-bath.

At the end of a long day, Margaret relaxes with a foot-bath.

This is the life! *Photo by Margaret.

This is the life! *Photo by Margaret.

Ready to get pampered?

Ready to get pampered?

Prepare for the massage of your life.

Prepare for the massage of your life.

Margaret's happy!

Margaret's happy!

Cherie in a flower-petal bath.

Cherie in a flower-petal bath.

Cherie by the pool at our hotel, the Cendana Spa & Resort.

Cherie by the pool at our hotel, the Cendana Spa & Resort.

Margaret cooling off.

Margaret cooling off.

Cherie balancing on the infinity pool.

Cherie balancing on the infinity pool.

Walk this way.

Walk this way.

I'm not sure, but I think Margaret is relaxed.

I'm not sure, but I think Margaret is relaxed.

Balinese paradise.

Balinese paradise.

Not a bad view to wake up to.

Not a bad view to wake up to.

Wise grasshopper.

Wise grasshopper.

That thing scares the birds away from the rice fields. *Photo by Margaret.

That thing scares the birds away from the rice fields. *Photo by Margaret.

A farmer in the rice-fields.

A farmer in the rice-fields.

That's a lot of rice to farm.

That's a lot of rice to farm.

In Ubud, dinner is art.

In Ubud, dinner is art.

It tastes as good as it looks.

It tastes as good as it looks.

Margaret and I attend a Balinese shadow puppet-show.

Margaret and I attend a Balinese shadow puppet-show.

Playing with the puppets when the show is over.

Playing with the puppets when the show is over.

This one is his favorite.

This one is his favorite.

A young boy learns the art of puppetry.

A young boy learns the art of puppetry.

The puppets give Margaret a kiss.

The puppets give Margaret a kiss.

Even though you never actually see the leather puppets during the show, each one is elaborately painted.

Even though you never actually see the leather puppets during the show, each one is elaborately painted.

Are you sure this is the only taxi in town?

Are you sure this is the only taxi in town?