Baby naming ceremony in Bali

On 30th of June we were invited to witness a traditional Balinese baby naming ceremony that is held when the baby is 3 months old. Gede, our villa manager, his son turned 3 months. This is the time when the baby receives his first given name and given his first jewelry.

This Bali ceremony is a beautiful event with lots of socializing between the family and with many offerings and prayings.

The women “baptizing” the baby in water.  The bowl with water was filled with jewelry. This jewelry is for the baby. After “baptizing” the parents put special jewelry on the baby.  A necklace with a small box, inside the box is a peace of the umbilical cord of the baby. Bracelets for both arms and anklets for both legs and a ring. All jewelry is made from silver or gold. The boy looks beautiful.

After a delicious meal we went back home impressed by this beautiful ritual.

And the name of the baby is: I Gede Bagus Angga Pramudya


The parents Gede and Desi


Many offerings and prayings


The women “baptizing” the baby



The women collect the jewelry from the bowl


Inside the box is a peace of the umbilical cord of the baby


The baby looks beautiful


Proud parents with baby I Gede Bagus Angga Pramudya

Java Jazz Festival Jakarta 2015

As promised I hereby show you my photo impression from the Java Jazz Festival last weekend.

We did not see all the musicians as there were around 142 artists performing. 

We loved to see and hear Chaka Khan, Oleta Adams, Michael Lington, Bobbi McFerrin, Courtney Pine, Snarky Puppy, Incognito, Meshel Ndegeocello, Kenny Latimore, Naturally 7 and lots more amazing artists, just too many to mention all here…

Any way we had a great time and we looking forward going again next year!

























Rio Sidik Quartet at Java Jazz Festival 2015

Last weekend we went with our friends Ad and Brenda to Jakarta for Java Jazz Festival.

It was my first time and it was great.

A huge venue with lots of different stages. Very well organized and very crowded too. Lots of young people.

The artists were amazing. Around 142 foreign and local artists.  Well known artists like Chaka Khan, Oleta Adams, Bobbi Mcferrin, Chris Botti and lots more. Also artists I didn’t know before but also very good, we loved it.

I love to show all my photos from Java Jazz Festival  but will start to put in the spotlights a very good local Jazz band from Bali. Rio Sidik – trumpet, Erik Sondhy – piano, Ito Kurdhin – electric bass and Edy Siswanto – drums.

In Bali we go and watch them often in Ryoshi house of Jazz. If you are in Bali don’t miss to see this amazing Jazz band. You will love it!


Rio Sidik Quartet


Rio Sidik


Erik Sondhy


Ito Kurdhin


Edy Siswanto



Quince, a lovely restaurant in Batubelig

Every day I drive on my motorbike from Canggu to Seminyak.

One day I noticed a small café called Quince. It looks really nice so I planned to go there and have some lunch.

The cafe has a cosy terrace with lots of pot plants. Inside the café it looks awesome with concrete, glass and wooden details and also lots of plants.

Quince gives a homy feeling because of the interior but also because of Armen and Michelle, the owners. They are such nice friendly people, great to talk to

I ordered a baquette with turmeric and lemongrass grilled chicken and it looks like a present, nicely wrapped in paper and the taste was yummi.

Also I tried the Vietnamese salad. The presentation of the plate and the taste was again great.

Quince is also for take away. Open everyday 9am – 4pm

If you are in Bali, don’t miss this lovely place.

Jalan Batubelig 2A
Kerobokan, Bali
Phone: +62 (0)81 338 522 529

In Quince they use fresh and healthy ingredients and you can have a peak in the kitchen. Michelle will tell you all about the food.

The breakfast platter – a stunning selection of tropical fruit compote, grain muesli with yoghurt and local honey, house baked beans with cherry tomatoes, spanish onion and oregano, a leek, thyme and comte cheese puff pastry galette, a sugared brioche and a tiny glass of spiced milk. a glass of Jamu in the background

Vietnamese chicken coleslaw – shredded poached chicken with shaved cabbage, coriander, mint, spanish onion, chilli, roasted peanuts, fried shallots and garlic and a fish sauce dressing with krupuk meningo (betel nut crackers).

Bo la lot – Vietnamese spiced beef wrapped in betel leaves grilled with a herbed salad and a spicy dipping sauce.

Kalau and date creme brûlée with tropical fruit salad and dried fig and pistachio chocolate truffles. in the background, a tamarillo and basil tea.



Beautiful Bali Wedding

24th of September was the day that our villa manager Gede Suputra married with the beautiful Desi Oncrenx.

The wedding took place in Lemukih, a small mountain village in the North of Bali. The parents of both Gede and Desi live in Lemukih, so all ceremonies took place in this village that is situated in a beautiful part of Bali.

We went with all the staff of villa Blubambu to the North in order to celebrate this wedding of Gede and Desi.





A Balinese wedding is a big happening. When we arrived already 150 people visited the wedding couple and many more to follow. A wedding ceremony, including reception, can easily take up to three days.




The wedding couple looked stunning. Gede so ‘ganting’ (handsome) and Desi so ‘cantik’ (beautiful). It was also great to see all the beautiful ceremonial clothing they wear for the wedding.





Many rituals take place during a wedding ceremony. This happened in the family house and temple of Desi as well as Gede’s. The priests prayed and performed special ceremonial handlings and finally gave their blessings to the newlyweds.


It was another special experience of the great Balinese culture and traditions.

Fashion Show Barli Asmara


The Invite
Anne, the girlfriend of my nephew Fabian got an invite for a fashion show in Jimbaran. The fashion designer Barli Asmara is a young talented designer in Indonesia. Because Anne could bring some friends, we (my sister, two cousins, my nephew and I) joined her. My nephew said to me, bring you photo camera maybe you are allowed to make photos, so I did.


The Audience
The fashion show took place in hotel Le Meridien in Jimbaran, beautiful hotel. One of the sponsors was Fashion TV. When we arrived the boys from Fashion TV were already busy with their cameras. Anne asked the host if it was possible for me to make photos and that was no problem. But… I was thinking, close to the front of the catwalk is the best place to make photos so I asked if it was possible for me to position myself next to Fashion TV… The host asked the people of Fashion TV and they were ok with it. How cool was that, making fashion photos next to the boys of Fashion TV.

aud overzicht 4

The Fashion Show
All of us enjoyed the show very much. Barli Asmara is a great designer. The clothes beautiful, the models stunning and for me it was a great new photography experience. Now you can enjoy the photos!




The Designer Barli Asmara



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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