Ubud Village Jazz Festival 2014

Our friends living in East Bali asked if we would like to join them to Ubud Village Jazz Festival 2014. Because we love Jazz music very much we decided to go with them.

It was the 2nd UVJF and the location was again at the Arma resort & museum. It’s an amazingly, beautiful venue.

The UVJF lasted two days. At the festival were 3 stages on which 100 musicians played their jazz tunes. Two music clinics, several food and drink, clothing, music cd’s and music instrument booths.

We were very exited because for us was it the first time we visited a Jazz festival in Ubud. Most of the artist we didn’t know but we loved the idea to see and hear Jazz music performed by international musicians from over 8 countries, including some brilliant (young) Indonesian talents as well as some Dutch musicians.

We had a great time. The weather, food and drinks were great, but most importantly there was excellent jazz music that we enjoyed together with our friends.

A wonderful experience and we are definitely going again next year.

 

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Alexandre Cunha band, Brasil

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International Big Band | Uwe Plath and Ondrej Stveracek

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Deborah Carter, USA

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International Big Band | Arne Dornadell

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Jiwa Band, Indonesia | Rio Sidik

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Jiwa Band, Indonesia | Eric Sondhy

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International Big Band

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Astrid Sulaiman, Indonesia

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Yuri Mahatma, Indonesia

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Ben van den Dungen, the Netherlands

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Dwiki Dharmawan, Indonesia

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The Gapp Project, Indonesia-Australia


Double T Tour for Yayasan Kerti Praja Foundation

This time a different kind of post, but it also has to do with Bali.

This post is about Yayasan Kerti Praja Foundation.

The Kerti Praja Foundation provides a comprehensive strategy to HIV&AIDS prevention, care, support and treatment.

The projects address the medical, social, psychological and economical challenges faced by all people in Bali living with HIV&AIDS. For more information please click on the website of Yayasan Kerti Praja.

Like all foundations Yayasan Kerti Praja needs a lot of money to help these people.

Mathieu Nagelkerke from villa Blubambu/Blubambu Foundation and Ad Landheer from villa Santai Jasri/Binapurwaka Foundation have created a joint activity named Double T Tour to raise money for The Yayasan Kerti Praja Foundation.

The Double T Tour is created to find sponsors and the sponsor money will be donated to the Yayasan Kerti Praja Foundation.

The Double T Tour is a bicycle tour from the beautiful water palace Tirta Ganga in Karangasem all the way to the fantastic temple in the water called Tanah Lot in Tabanan. A tour of around 105 km over flat roads through the rice paddies in Tabanan region but also crossing steep hills in Karangasem.

Last weekend we travelled to Jasri in Karengasem so Mathieu and Ad could train together in the steep hills.

The Double T Tour will take place 20th April 2014 and sponsoring is still very welcome!

www.facebook.com/doublettour
www.kertiprajafoundation.com
www.blubambufoundation.com
www.binapurwaka.waarbenjij.nu

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Ad’s bike

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Mathieu’s bike

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Pump up the volume

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Check the vital systems

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Final preparation

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Seat adjustment, crucial element for the long trip

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Ready, set, go…


Ogho Ogho 2014

Today is Neypi, the day of silence. The evening before Nyepi the Balinese people have driven away the evil spirits with big and small scary ugly statues, loud music and burning torches.

Balinese men carry the statues to a crossroad or T-junction and rotate clockwise three times to scare off the evil spirits so they leave Bali.  They call this procession Ogho-Ogho.

After Ogho-Ogho Nyepi, the day of silence, starts. On Nyepi nobody is allowed to work, no lights, no cooking, no watching tv, no use of cars or other transport even airplanes are not allowed to land on Bali. Because of the silence and the darkness in the night the evil spirits can’t find the way back to Bali.

For more interested information about Ogho Ogho or Neypi day you will find on Wikipedia.

 

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Balinese men waiting in anticipation of the Ogho Ogho procession to start

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To drive away the evil spirits they use burning torches,

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play loud music

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and carry big scary ugly statues

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at the crossroad or T-junction they rotate clockwise three times

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Men, women and children are present at the Ogho Ogho procession

 

 


Melasti Ceremony 2014, Petitenget Beach in Bali

Melasti Ceremony is a Hindu religious ceremony to purify Bhuana Alit (small world) and Bhuana Agung (the universe). This ceremony is performed with a parade procession followed by thousands of Hindu people by bringing all the equipment ceremonies and the symbol of gods to the sea or other water sources that are believed by Hindus as a place to purify all the elements of this universe. The usual symbols of gods brought to the sea are Keris, spears, banners (Umbul-umbul), statues, Barong etc. This procession is one of the unique Hindu ceremonies where the procession was followed by thousands of Hindus who wear the clothes and other accessories in white to indicate the purity.

On 28th of March 2014 Melasti Ceremony took place in Bali. When I am in Bali I try to go to this ceremony. The ceremony is very impressive. The Balinese people are beautifully dressed. The temple elements are colorful and carried by Balinese men. Every were you hear the gamelan music being played. The beautiful women carry food or fruit on their head. The children are all dressed in traditional clothes and look amazing, so beautiful. I was happy I could join also this year for Melasti.

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The men carry the elements from the temple in front of the sea

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A sample of the offerings

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The people purifying themselves in the sea

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All praying together

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Representatives of one of the participating desa’s

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Returning home after purifying ceremony

 


Folk Art Gallery jUjU Art Jewelry

A few months ago I placed a post about Folk Art Gallery in Bali. This time I do it again! Why?… Besides the fascinating collection of museum grade art and artifacts they also sell amazing beautiful jewelry, called jUjU Art Jewelry. I just have to show you…

jUjU Art Jewelry is the culmination of over 30 years of jewelry design, creation, and folk art experiences. All of jUjU Art Jewelry is handmade from beginning to end, one unique piece at a time.

If you’re going to Bali or you are already in Bali you should visit Folk Art Gallery and you will notice I am right. If you enter the gallery you feel you are discovering exotic locations of the globe…

If you are not going to Bali then you should have a look on their websites. If you fall in love with the fascinating collection or the beautiful jewelry, no problem you can buy your favorite piece via the webshop.

Folk Art Gallery, Jalan Laksmana (Oberoi) 17B, Seminyak, Bali 80361, Indonesia

Phone: +62 (0)81 338 332 373  | + 62 (0)361 738 113

www.folkartgallerybali and www.jujuartjewelry.com

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Folk Art Gallery in Seminyak, Bali

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jUjU Art Jewelry

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Catrina the skeleton figure a caricature of a fancy dead woman… in her party cloths. She has articulated legs and arms, known for day of the dead in Mexico

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Yalalag Maria cross, a folk cross from Oaxaca. Mexico symbolizes the Trinity, made with red heart beads

Frida Kahlo hand earrings carved from bone,  patterned after a pair of earrings that Picasso gave to Frida. She painted them in many of her self portraits

Frida Kahlo as a Tehuana. Taken from one of her self portraits wearing clothing from the Tehuanapec Peninsula. A matriarchal society, a pendant

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Frida Kahlo with a ruby stone, a pendant

Catrina bracelet, made of brass

Catrina ring, made of brass

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‘Cybelle’ textured brass, circle necklace brass

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Gold plated Angel wings earring

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Dragon/Naga coin ring with amethyst stones, brass

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Mother of Pearl earring with crescent moons and stars, on symbol, gold plate

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Aurora flower necklace and earring in silver plate

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Venti interlocking hoop bracelet, textured metal

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Angelina earring L.G. pear shaped, freshwater pearl in silver plate


Harvesting the rice in Canggu, Bali

Last May my posting ‘Pure’ was about farmers planting the bibit (young rice plants) in the earth by hand.

Harvesting of the rice comes when the plants are about a meter tall and turning yellow. Last week it was time to harvest the rice plants. Still at many places in Bali the women shuffle the rice seeds from the rice stalks all by hand, but this time I also noticed a small machine was used.  This machine separates the rice seeds from the stalks.

I hope this small machine is making the hard work a bit lighter for the workers because working on the rice fields is still very hard labour!

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Temple Ceremony Tumpek Wayang, Canggu, Bali

It’s been a while since my last post on my weblog. Family and friends staying with us in Bali, lots of other things to do, not so much time for photography.

Last Saturday on 20th July the Bali Temple Ceremony Tumpek Wayang took place. Close to my house a big ceremony happened and I did not want to miss it.

The Balinese people looked so beautiful in their traditional clothing. The women made many offerings from fruit and carried them on their heads to the temple.

The ceremony started in front of the temple with praying and people receiving blessings from the priest. After that they all went inside the temple for more sacred ceremonial activities. When all this was finished they came out of the temple and later on the street in front of the temple the gamelan musicians started to play and the Barong dance performance started, followed by other dance performances.

I left after the dance performance of the Balinese girls.  It is always great to see how they dance, so graceful. They all looked stunningly beautiful and colorful.

I’m glad I made some time to enjoy this ceremony.

Click on http://www.bali-individually.com/package-tour/balinese-temple-ceremony to read about the meaning of the Balinese Temple Ceremony

If you want to know more about the Barong dance check out the following website http://www.indo.com/culture/barong.html

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The women bring the offerings to the temple

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The offerings, all made by hand, look beautiful

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The men are going into the temple

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All the people are praying and receive blessings from the priest…

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and also the children

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After the ceremony the gamalan starts…

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for the Barong dance

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Before the beautiful Balinese girls start to dance they have to go to the temple first…

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to pray and receive the blessing from the priest.


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