Category Archives: Designers

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!










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



Carla Palermo, vintage and new fashion shop in Amsterdam

At the moment I’m in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Visiting family and friends.

I would like to introduce you to one of my best friends, Carla Palermo.
She is a beautiful colorful sweet and warm person.
Her parents come from Indonesia so Carla’s roots lie in Indonesia.

Carla is the owner of Carla Palermo, a vintage and new fashion shop downtown Amsterdam.

The area where the shop is located is called the 9-Straatjes, Amsterdam’s coolest and hip shopping area. Carla Palermo is a great shop. You’ll find exclusive vintage clothing, bags and boots but also you’ll find new fashion and jewelry.  I heard a woman say, this shop is like a candy store for women…

Beside the vintage and new fashion Carla sells Blubambu Buddha necklaces. The profit, 100%, of these necklaces goes to charity in Bali. Some of the new clothes in the shop are made in Bali, in small fair-trade companies.

Carla Palermo also supports deaf girls in Bali, she pays the salary of the craft teacher so the girls get sewing lessons and she financially supports a toddler so the toddler can go to kindergarten.

Yes! Carla is a great person and I’m very happy she is my friend…

If you go to Amsterdam don’t miss Carla Palermo shop.

Carla Palermo
Huidenstraat 4 | de 9 Straatjes
1016 ES  Amsterdam
Tel. +31 (0)6 23237698

My best friend Carla Palermo

The colorful shop

Boots are made for walking…

Beautiful kimono and vintage hats

Colorful jewelry

Blubambu Buddha necklaces for charity

Huka Huka Steel & Silver, organic piercing

A few weeks ago I went to Tampaksiring, visiting the factory of Huka Huka Steel & Silver, organic piercing.

Huka Huka has shops in Legian/Kuta and Tampaksiring. They sell organic piercings and jewelry made from steel, silver, bone, horn and wood. Also carved skulls from buffalo’s, cows and goats are for sale. Some people don’t like it but many people do. In Tampaksiring you’ll find many shops selling this kind of skulls and many designers buy small skulls made from bone and horn for fashion and jewelry because it is very popular now a days. The people of Tampaksiring are very good in carving.

Several times I visited the shop in Legian to order some jewelry. Gusti Alit Ardana, the owner of the shop told me about the factory in Tampaksiring. I asked him if it was possible to visit the factory because I love to see craftsmen at work while creating all these beautiful pieces by hand.

It was great to see the Huka Huka factory and Tampaksiring is also a very nice village to visit.

If you are in Legian or Tampaksiring and interested in some nicely shaped piece of steel, silver, bone, horn or wood don’t miss the Huka Huka stores.

You’ll find Huka Huka Steel & Silver, organic piercing  in Jl. Legian Kaja, no. 452, Legian/Kuta and in Jl. Astina Pura Selatan Br. Kelodan, Tampaksiring.

Phone numbers: 085 237312450 | 087 861097255

All pieces made by hand

One of the tools

Owner Gusti Alit Ardana is also very creative

Working hands

Several skulls

Sometimes they need small  machines

Black painted carved skull

Owner Gusti Alit Ardana

In the spotlight: Balinese photographer and web designer Surya Wijaya

Since I live in Bali I have met a lot of great talented people. One of them is Surya Wijaya.

Surya is a great photographer and specializes in luxury property photography but he is also good in beauty & fashion, jewelry, people & culture.

Besides photography he also develops excellent websites. One of the projects he is working on now is redesigning the Villa Blubambu website. We are full of anticipation to see the result and will keep you informed when it goes life so you can check out for yourself.

If you want to see some of Surya’s beautiful photos go to

Surya in action…

around the swimmingpool..

or inside the guestrooms

behind the bushes

or from above…

Villa Blubambu by day. Photographer: Surya Wijaya

Villa Blubambu in the evening. Photographer: Surya Wijaya

In the spotlight: Balinese designer Ni Wayan Nirmalayani

Since I live in Bali I have met a lot of great talented people. One of them is Ni Wayan Nirmalayani, known as Irma. Irma is a fashion and graphic designer. She works for a Japanese company, taking care  of a lot of things for them. All designs and graphics of the products like bags, shawls and clothing. Negotiating with suppliers and tailors, taking care of the end control as well as organizing the shipping of the products. She truly is a multi talented person.

Her designs can be found in the shops in Hawaii. You can have a look at and to check them out.

By the way Irma is also a very good photographer. Together with her boyfriend Surya they do luxury property photography.

Ni Wayan Nirmalayani (26).  Born in Bali and lives in Denpasar, Bali

Irma checks the drawings for the next designs

Everything must be checked

Are these the right measurements?

The colors are also very important…

Irma does the drawings by hand or in the computer

Just a few designs from Ni Wayan Nirmalayani…

Word of Mouth, design, fashion, furniture, food and drinks

Because I love art, design, fashion and good food I’ve been to Word of Mouth several times. When I entered the shop for the first time I was pleasantly surprised, the shop looks so stunning. I felt like Alice in Wonderland between so many amazingly designed pieces and great fashion. From furniture to pop-up books to beautiful colored shoes… Another great thing about Word of Mouth is that you can sit down between those beautiful articles and enjoy a fantastic lunch.  They have a delicious menu. The food is healthy and fresh and the mix of flavors they use is very yummy…

But… do not forget the cocktails… in 2011 Word of Mouth received the award for best signature cocktail. You might want to try it!

So, when you are in Seminyak don’t miss this amazing shop.

If you want to know more about Word of Mouth or want to download the menu and great cocktails go to:

Word of Mouth, 9 Jl. Kunti, Kunti Arcade, shop 10, Seminyak, Bali
Ph/fax: +62 361 8475797,

John Hardy compound

My friends and I got an invitation to visit the John Hardy compound. John Hardy is the brand name for exclusive luxury silver and gold handmade jewelry and lifestyle accessories. The compound is located at Mambal, close to Ubud. Approximately 700 people work on the compound.

If you enter the compound it feels like stepping into paradise, the location is amazing. This is not a boring factory but a very, very green work environment.  Beautiful bamboo buildings with yellow and orange Balinese flags surrounded by big trees. Bridges over small rivers. Animals, flowers and much more of what nature offers us.

We got a tour of the workplaces, to view the process of jewelry making. It was very impressive to watch the workers make the jewelry and lifestyle accessories all by hand. Loved the beautiful bamboo showroom as well as the amazing authentic Balinese open-air kitchen. Except for the fridge they don’t use electricity or gas in the kitchen, they use wood fire instead. Every day for lunch a meal of traditional Indonesian specialties is prepared for approx. 700 people.  Because they are dedicated to sustainable living, produce form their organic garden and surrounding farms is used for the delicious meals.

After the tour we enjoyed such a traditional lunch together with all the managers and other guests. The food was really delicious, we loved all of it, the lunch, the tour, the buildings, the people, …

Unfortunately it is not allowed to make photos of the workplaces and jewelry so I show you the beautiful location, kitchen and showroom.

If you go to or
you will see the beautiful jewelry and lots more information about John Hardy.

Many thanks Eric for the invitation, it was an unique experience…

Ketut the silversmith

Sometimes I like to design.  My friend Ketut is a silversmith in the silver village Celuk in Bali. I design the jewelry and Ketut makes it. So.. together we create beautiful things. The jewelry is for sale, but if I don’t sell the jewelry I don’t bother because I like to create, I’m not really a sales(wo)man.

But.. what I do like to sell is this cute silver children bracelet. Ketut designed and made this for his twin daughters.  It looks adorable, don’t you think..?


If you buy a children bracelet 100% of the profit we’ll donate to children house, Panti Asuhan Kesayan Ikang Papa in Gianyar. A children house for deaf children.

For more info about the jewelry, send an email to
Info about the children house you can find on the ‘Charity’ page under Blubambu Foundation.

Johnny Ramli

Several times a week I pass Wrkshp13. This is a boutique/gallery that belongs to Johnny Ramli, a designer from Sumatra. Today I went inside  the shop. Wow! this is a very cool shop. I didn’t plan to buy something, just want to have a look, but I couldn’t resist ……

A set of four bracelets made from bone, designed by Johnny Ramli


Wrkshp13  is located at 198 1B, Jl. Petitenget, Kerobokan, Bali

If you want to know more about Johnny Ramli click on Cynthia Rosenfeld who did an interview with Johnny R.