Jul 6, 2015

Galungan Holiday is Coming, Yay!!

This is my favorite holiday as a kid years ago, (feel like yesterday, though). I feel that everybody goes to the temples on this day. Well, of course that's not true, some may stay home because of certain reason.

Back to me as a kid, it was my happy moment. This was the time I got new clothes from my parents  and some money that I can spend the way I like it. I think every Balinese kid will be happier at the Galungan day because they can wear their best clothes. Maybe it is not always new, but you know what I mean.

But the atmosphere is different than the normal day. There is peacefulness in the air. A sense of holiness and celebration.

This is a day that nobody should go to work or goes to school. Everybody should go home and meet their parents or families and exchange news.

At home in the village, I imagine the conversation will start with "he, kenken kabare, tumben ngenah?" (hei how are you? long time no see? ) or "Dije jani megae, Yan? ( Where do you work now, Yan?)" Or "Kude be ngelah nak cenik jani?" (How many kids do you have now?" )  "Beh, gaya den be dadi boss megae di pariwisata." (You're so cool now being a boss working in tourism) and the like.

For me as a kid, long time ago,  going home to the village means meeting my grand parents and my cousins. This another great experience.

For me now as an adult,  going home and have my kids meet their grand parents and their cousins. This makes them happy, as I was.

Last note, Galungan Day takes places every six months in Bali and it said to commemorate the victory of Dharma against Adharma. And for this month it will be in mid of July 2015.

Holiday makes us a happier person, don't you think?

Jun 26, 2015

Best rice fields views in Bali





Here are some photos I have taken during working as tour guide in Bali. I took these photos in several locations including Tegalalang village, Pupuan Village, Belimbing village and also the popular Jatiluwih village. If you have the chance to visit Bali, I recommend you to visit some of those villages, or all if you can, to enjoy breathtaking views.

Oct 28, 2014

The Other Side Of Jimbaran

Jimbaran bay is a great place for spending time relaxing by the beach.  You can go there in the evening at about 6 and enjoy the sunset on the beach. Your kids probably likes running around and playing around the beach.  You can order the food at the restaurant or cafe where you stop for dinner.
One of my favorite place for dinner in Jimbaran is in Kelan village.  This is toward northern end of the bay.  It's located closer to the airport,  but far enough that you can't hear the sound of the planes.
I like this place because it's more quiet.  There are not many cafe near by so there are less people.  There are music,  but they are not so loud.
In the main area of Jimbaran, where most of the cafes or restaurants are located,  there are usually lots  of traffic. Traffic in Kelan is less,  hence it's easy to drive around.
This photo is from one of the cafe in Kelan.

Oct 22, 2014

Tegalalang Rice Terrace Not For Sale?

Sometimes ago if you passed Tegalalang and wanting to see the view of the rice terraces, you'd be surprised with the huge letters spread out on the main hill of the rice fields. It says "NOT FOR SALE".
For some of the tourists who would like to take photo of just the rice terraces, that would be a problem. So, anyone wanting to take photo of the rice field will have to include the letters.

The letters not for sale was actually from one of a Bali artist who also concerned about the environmental issue in Bali. I have no more information about this, nor that I have the capacity to talk deeper about this. But one thing for sure, that there is a fast decrease of the rice field area in Bali every year.

A lot of the rice field in Bali has been converted into housing area. With more people, as the population grows, Bali needs more housing. And for this we converted rice field into housing.

Another reason for a conversion, because people build more hotels and villas around the rice field. Soon we will no longer have enough rice field to produce rice for our people. Even now we have imported rice from other countries.

The word NOT FOR SALE serves a reminder for us not to blatantly sell our rice field. This is one of the reason why tourists come to Bali. What do you think?