I captured this Melasti festival ceremony at Kedungu Beach, Tabanan, Bali.
Melasti is a Hindu Balinese purification ceremony and ritual, which according to Balinese calendar is held several days prior to the Nyepi holy day. It is observed by Hindus in Indonesia, especially in Bali. Melasti was meant as the ritual to cleanse the world from all the filth of sin and bad karma, through the symbolic act of acquiring the Tirta Amerta, "the water of life".
Melasti ceremony is held on the edge of the beach with the aim to purify oneself of all the bad things in the past and throw it to the ocean. In Hindu belief, the source of water such as lake and sea water, are considered as the source of life(Tirta Amrita). In addition to performing prayers, during Melasti ceremony, all of sacred objects which belongs to a temple, such as pralingga or pratima of Lord Ida Sanghyang Widi Wasa, and all of sacred equipments, are being cleaned and purified.
Travel photography of beautiful Rajasthan when my friend, Jin, from Singapore, and I were riding 2500km on Royal Enfield’s around North India.
A visual documentary of life on the road as a photographer in Singapore and around Southeast Asia.
A visual documentary of life on the road as a freelance photographer in Singapore and around Southeast Asia.
Favourite people in some of my favourite places.
Every year, the mahakaruna buddhist society of Singapore conducts pilgrimage tours to India and Nepal, covering the four holy sites that Gautama Buddha had identified to be the most worthy of pilgrimage
The pilgrims are guided by monastics who are well-versed with the historical symbolism of the sites; these monastics will also provide guidance to pilgrims on chanting and meditation. It is hoped that visiting these holy sites can generate a feeling of spiritual urgency in faithful devotees and arouse a greater sense of appreciation towards the precious Dhamma practice.
Hà Giang is a province in northern Vietnam, bordering China. It's known for its forested limestone and granite mountains. The laid-back provincial capital, also called Hà Giang, sits on the Lô river. North of the capital, the Quản Bạ Valley has green hills and caves, and is the location of the Quản Bạ pass, also known as Heaven's Gate for its panoramic views over terraced rice fields below.
Sights along the way during my 8 day, one-way motorbike trip through Flores.
The Blue Stone Beach in Ende, Flores is composed almost entirely of unusual turquoise, blue, and reddish stones.
A good source of income to the local villagers, they would gather these colorful pebbles to be sold to ready buyers. It is said that these stones originated from seafloor swept by waves and stranded on the shores of this beach.
Locals around the area mostly work as rock miners. They sort the stones by shape, color and size. Later, stones they gathered would be sold to traders who come from the city.
This Schoolhouse, in an impoverished commune in Prey Veng Province in Cambodia, is one of CFS' signature success stories about transforming lives of the indigent from scratch. The building of the kindergarten which currently serves young 75 kids was made possible by the informal organisation, Caring Rainbow, led by Rajeswari Naidu. The organisation's contributions paid towards the construction costs whilst its operations is currently being funded by CFS members. CFS members also occasionally visit the school to help raise awareness, whilst supporting in any way they can by providing stationery, uniforms and other teaching paraphernalia.
Kaashidhoo is one of the inhabited islands of Kaafu Atoll.
It is located at the northern tip of Malé atoll and is the fifth biggest island in the entire Maldivian archipelago. Kaashidhoo is well known for its wealth in coconut trees.
Kaashidhoo is included in the Malé Atoll. However it is an atoll by itself geographically. For the ease of administration the island is placed under Kaafu Atoll.
Kashidhoo archaeological site is one of the most historically significant on the island. It is the largest pre-Islamic remnant uncovered on Kaashidhoo; excavations have uncovered parts of a Buddhist Monastery that existed in the 7th and 8th Centuries AD. The project focuses on conserving the area that has already been excavated, helping to protect the site from erosion and weathering. Since the site is built almost entirely of coral stone, the conservation work is essential to making sure that generations of Maldivians can continue to view this important site, US Embassy statement expressed.
Lombok is an Indonesian island east of Bali and west of Sumbawa, part of the Lesser Sunda Island chain. It's known for beaches and surfing spots, particularly at Kuta and Banko Banko (in south Lombok). The motor-vehicle-free Gili Islands (Gili Trawangan, Gili Air and Gili Meno), off Lombok’s west coast, offer more beaches, reefs for diving and snorkeling, and a sea turtle hatchery.
Exercise Bold Kurukshetra is conducted under the ambit of the Bilateral Agreement for Joint Army Training and Exercises between the Singapore and Indian armies. This exercise underscores the warm defence relationship between both countries
The joint exercise is meant to provide valuable opportunities for both sides to understand each other's doctrines and tactics, as well as enhance mutual understanding and inter-operability.
Both defence establishments also interact regularly through high-level visits, policy dialogues, courses, seminars and other professional exchanges.
A series of photos shot for the Trade show for the Singapore Army, 40 SAR (Singapore Armoured Regiment)
Galungan is a Balinese holiday celebrating the victory of dharma over adharma. It marks the time when the ancestral spirits visit the Earth. The last day of the celebration is Kuningan, when they return.