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Exploring Ende (Video) Posted by on Jun 27, 2016

Ende is one of the biggest towns in Flores, but it still feels like a sleepy fishing village. Check it out in this short video, showing the blue stone beach, a night market, and more.

Exploring Ende Posted by on Jun 22, 2016

After hiking up for sunrise at Mt. Kelimutu, the next stop of our trans-Flores journey was Ende. Capital of the Ende regency, this town is different from much of Flores in that it’s home to a substantial Muslim population; most of the island’s inhabitants are Catholic. It’s not exactly the most scenic place – it’s…

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Kolak Pisang: A Favorite Ramadan Dessert To Break The Fast Posted by on Jun 16, 2016

Breaking the fasting with sweet, delicious desserts has been considered as part of reviving the Ramadan tradition. Therefore, food plays a significant role in celebrating Ramadan and in ensuring the body withstands the 12 to 16 hours every day for 30 days without food and drinks. Image credit to Kolak Pisang at Facebook.com Hence, to ease the digestive process, the custom is to…

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Balinese Cremation Ceremony Video Posted by on Jun 16, 2016

In Balinese culture, Ngaben (cremation ceremony) is a very important event. Most people on the Hindu island are cremated, and the ceremonies are often grand events with the entire village showing up. See what it looks like in this short video, taken in a village in the north of Bali:    

Balinese Cremation Ceremony Posted by on Jun 14, 2016

The culture of Bali is unique in that people practice a form of Hinduism that combines traditional Hindu beliefs with Buddhism and local animist religions. Anyone who visits the Island of the Gods will be able to witness this firsthand, from the daily offerings that can be seen just about anywhere to the elaborate ceremonies…

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