Double T Tour 2015

The Double T Tour is a sponsored bicycle-tour to help people with HIV on Bali.

On 18th of October 2015 the Double T Tour took place for the second time in Bali.

The route was the same as last year, from Tirta Ganga in the east to Tanah Lot in south west of Bali. A bicycle-tour ride of 110 km.

Last year Mathieu and Ad did the tour. This time 3 cyclists joined them, 2 men and 1 woman. The cyclists for this year are Mathieu, Ad, Nico, Steef and Patris.

Amazing what they did because it was so hot, but they all made it!

After 5,5 hours actual riding, so excluding the 4 drink stops, they finished at Tanah Lot. Very tired but very satisfied and welcomed by their support teams, lots of friends and a big group of people from Yayasan Kerti Praja Foundation.

They are also satisfied because they raised the fantastic amount of US $ 10.000 for the Yayasan Kerti Praja Foundation.

Great respect for this amazing cycling team!

https://www.facebook.com/doublettour/?fref=ts

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On 20th of November 2015 a check with the value of $ 10.000 was presented
to Dr. Wirawan of Yayasan Kerti Praja Foundation.
Press of different newspapers were also present.
Mathieu and Ad gave milk packages to the children of HIV effected parents

http://www.kertiprajafoundation.com

 

THE TOUR

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Mathieu, Ad, Patris, Nico and Steef

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They arrived at the 1st stop in Candidasa

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The Double T Tour received a donation from the people of Candidasa

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They made it! Mathieu checked the time…

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Welcomed by their support teams, lots of friends and a big group of people fromYayasan Kerti Praja Foundation.


Micro Galleries

I went with my friends to Denpasar for Micro Galleries on Saturday 3rd of October.

Micro galleries reclaims disused and forgotten spaces and reactivates them as tiny galleries that are free and accessible to the local community. Bringing together International and local artists, it features work that challenges ingrained ideas, blurs the line between street art and fine art and aims to help change the way we see the world, our environment and our community – even for a micro moment.

(More info: http://www.microgalleries.org)

The art scene took place around the Badung tradional market. Our plan was having an art tour so we couldn’t miss any artwork. Unfortunately we missed the tour, so we walked by our self to find the art work. And we have seen fantastic art work. Great wall paintings, installations in the Badung river and in Jl. Ternate Gang III, a very small street, full of art on the walls. Paintings, photos. illustrations etc. very cool…. Also I had the opportunity in Jl. Ternate Gang III to do a workshop, pinhole photography. Amazing what you can do with a simple can, photo paper, a little chemical and sunlight, you can shoot a photo……. The boys from Semut ireng Photography who gave the workshop did a great job, so helpful. It was a lot of fun…

Despite that we not have seen all the art work, we had a great day. If Micro Galleries comes again to Bali, I definitely go again and don’t want to miss any art work….

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Amazing wall painting

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Installations above and in the Badung river and more great wall paintings

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L: One of the artist and his art – R: ‘Spy’ Capiche art

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Great photography and funny art

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One of the guys of Semut Ireng Photography teached me pinhole photography. He did a great job!

 

 


Old Man’s at Batu Bolong Beach

Batu Bolong beach is a popular spot for surfers. The beach has good waves and there are several spots that give many opportunities for surfers to conquer the waves and enjoy surfing adventures.

Also popular is Old Man’s at Batu Bolong. A beachfront beer garden and restaurant made from bamboo. A place with good vibe that is enjoyed by many, young and old, surfers and hipsters, locals and expats. The food is yummy and during the week from 5 till 6 pm, happy hour!

Every last Saturday of the month Old Man’s transforms into a whirlpool of small stalls where everything from homemade cakes, healthy organic drinks to stunning designed jewelry, bags, ceramics, bikinis, swim suits and lots more can be bought.

If you are in Bali, don’t miss it. The market is from 8am – 3pm.

Have fun!

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Wira and Mita’s Wedding

In July we joined another happy event. On 6th of July we went to Wira and Mita’s wedding, Mita is one of our staff in villa Blubambu.

With the rest of the staff we went to the wedding reception.

Wira and Mita looked stunning, so beautiful. I love the traditional Balinese wedding clothing.

We went on the second day of the wedding. The first day was the wedding ceremony with family. During the two wedding days many friends came along in the lovely location with beautiful wedding offerings.

All the guests got a delicious meal and so did we. After the meal we went home, it was a beautiful day.

Wira and Mita we wish you a great life with lots of love, lots of beautiful kids, happiness and good health!

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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

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The parents Gede and Desi

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Many offerings and prayings

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The women “baptizing” the baby

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The women collect the jewelry from the bowl

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

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The baby looks beautiful

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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!

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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!

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