As the sun begins to set on this Nyepi day eve I hold so much gratitude for this blissful day.. full of all the 'non activity' I love.. meditation, yin, silence, reading, chilling, pool time, siesta-ing & finally bath time with wine 😉🍷
SEAFDEC or the Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Center is a research center where they breed and study different species of fishes and other marine life - including the biggest sea bass, bangus, and lapu-lapu I have ever seen! I fed some 24-30 inch bangus using may bare hands and it's one of the most unforgettable experiences I've ever had. It's also fun to see giant sea turtles up close and personal, and learn more about other species that I know nothing of. (Like nagkakakuto din pala ang ibang mga isda) 😂
You see, today Bali celebrates New Year or Nyepi or Silent Day. Are you also wondering why they call it silent? Well, because it literally is for 24h: everything is closed, everyone stays inside, no human noise, no cars or scooter in the streets, no lights anywhere (even the airport is closed, imagine that), this island has to look completely deserted so the evil spirits wouldn't come down from above and settle here.
It is a day of total silence and relaxation, of prayers and deep meditation for Balinese and a day for all of us who live on this holy island to reflect and unwind.
Sitting now on my balcony and witnessing this beautiful sunset, and hearing only sounds of flying birds, hidden cicaks and leaves moving in the wind.
What a day to be grateful for life 🙏