Climbing the volcano known as Mount Batur, Kintamani, Bali

On 12 August I went with Mathieu and Milly to Kintamani to climb the Batur Volcano.

At 02:30am the driver picked us up from our hotel in Ubud. It’s about an hour drive from Ubud to Kintamani.

Before we started climbing we got a small breakfast of banana pancakes and coffee.

Fortunately we brought some warm clothes because early in the morning in the mountains it is rather cold. After breakfast we drove to the starting point near the bottom of the volcano but we were not the only one there… Many people had the same idea, it was busy, hundreds of people planned to climb the volcano that morning.

Eddy, our guide gave us water and a torch. The torch is a very important tool for the climb as at 04:00am it is still very dark. Eddy also explained there are around 100 guides working at the Mount Batur climb and each guide is allowed to take a maximum of 4 persons. So if all guides were working with full groups there were around 500 people going up. It seemed less although still plenty! As we started as one of the last ones we saw a Christmas tree like mountain due to the torches going up in a long line. Funny sight actually.

To be honest, I thought climbing the volcano would not be so difficult, but I was wrong, it’s not easy walk in the park. Some parts were steep and you had to focus were to place your feet as it was a very uneven path with rocks and cracks etc.

The plan is to reach the top before sunrise. As the sun rises approx. 06:30am and it takes 1,5/2 hours to reach the top.

We made it, reached the top half an hour before sunrise. We were very lucky with the weather. Clear sky and no rain or clouds and therefore had a beautiful view. We saw the sun come up and it was really great.

We got a special breakfast at the top. Eggs boiled in hot lava steam, bread with steamed bananas, hot thee and coffee and when we finished the breakfast and after taking lots of photos we went down. Going down went faster and I think it was easier also.

Later, not far from the volcano we took a swim in hot spring water. The hot water comes from the volcano and was very soothing for our tired muscles from the climb.

We felt very satisfied because we made it!

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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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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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