My Bali morning

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These pictures were taken awhile ago when Bali was still in the rain season. The rain has just stopped fallen when the sun rose. Somehow, it created a view I like, gloomy, calming and beautiful. As you see. So, I grabbed my iPhone and snapped some pictures.

Hugo (the dog) enjoyed himself walking around the wet garden.

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Pictures were taken at home, using iPhone 5S.

Posted to DP Photo Challenge: Morning.

Details: pearly drops (shot with iPhone 5s)

Rain has fallen this morning. Washed the earth with freshness and left these beautiful pearl-like water drops around my garden.

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Pearly drop in the tip of a banyan leaf.

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Two pearly drops in the edge of pinkish frangipani petals.

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A cluster of pearly drops on the surface of Euphorbia leaf.

Photos were taken using iPhone 5s.

Posted to DP Photo Challenge: Details.

 

Nusa Dua beach in Bali Island

This is the best beach in Indonesia according to the Traveler Choice of Tripadvisor in 2015 (one of the reason because it’s the cleanest) that is located in Nusa Dua area and managed by the ITDC (Indonesia Tourism Development Corporation). It has white sand and calm sea water, very suitable for swimming, especially when you are having a family holiday with young children or just want to enjoy the beautiful view.

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We went there last week. Actually, our main purpose was not the beach, but to see Ami (my second daughter) performed Kecak dance with her extra-curricular friends in a hotel yard near this lovely beach.

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So, before, the Kecak dance was started, I took Andra (the first one) to the beach. She was surprised and said this is so beautiful. She’s 13 years old and this is her first time to visit this wonderful spot, here in Bali (forgive me, sweety, for being such a selfish parent, did not bring you to this beach since years ago). She kept telling me, I love Nusa Dua, Bu. I Love Nusa Dua. It’s clean, beautiful, and the sea water is very inviting (I’m not in doing any Bali Island tourism promotion, really, it was purely my daughter’s words towards the beach).

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And she asked me, are there no houses in Nusa Dua? I replied that as far as I know, Nusa Dua is an exclusively managed area for 5 stars hotels that are located around the beach, this area was started by the government since 1970-s. So, probably you won’t find any houses in Nusa Dua area. Nusa Dua itself means the Two Islands (Nusa means Island and Dua means Two), located in the southern part of Bali Island, 20 minutes from the Ngurah Rai airport and about 45 minutes from Denpasar.

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And I can tell you, my dear blog readers, Nusa Dua beach is a very suitable place to get rid of your stress and enjoy refreshing moment from your boring daily routine.

All photos were taken using iPhone 5s.

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A brief of Bali Arts Festival Parade 2016

I have done my duty as the Master of Ceremony for the opening parade of Bali Arts Festival 2016. And also as the commentator with the other guys (Paul Suwardi: a Radio Announcer, Ida Bagus Purna: dalang/ master of Balinese drama dance theatre and Ketut Darya: also a dalang with a competency of ancient Bali language). Before I go further presents some photos I took yesterday, I want to give you a glimpse about Bali Arts Festival.

Introducing Bali Arts Festival cannot be separated from the figure of a great Balinese man: “Prof. Dr. Ida Bagus Mantra (late)”, as the idea resource, initiator, and the one who planned the Bali Arts Festival when he was the General Directour of Culture, Education and Cultural Ministry of the Republic of Indonesia. His idea then  alive in 1979 when he became the Governor of Bali in the first five years (1978-1983). Along the way to 2016, BAF has embraced the age of 38 years old, a full grown age as a program that is held every year. Every year, artists from any kind of arts kind can perform their masterpieces here. Meanwhile the parade is usually held in front of Bajra Sandhi Monument (near Puputan Margarana park, Renon, Denpasar), the whole program is held for the whole month in Art Centre of Denpasar. Bali Arts Festival is fully supported by the 8 regencies (Buleleng, Jembrana, Tabanan, Bangli, Klungkung, Karangasem, Badung, Gianyar) and one city of Denpasar. Other provinces of Indonesia surely can join, too, even other foreign friends. Bali Arts Festival (BAF) as a major event of art and cultural element is organized every year at the time of school holiday from June to July.

For 2016, the selected theme is Karang Awak: “Loving Our Mother Land”. Karang awak is the tiny part of pertiwi (earth) element. Loving Our Mother Land becomes the identity that is described a Balinese. This character is needed to protect the Balinese culture. Bali Arts Festival Parade 2016 was opened officially by H.E. the President of the Republic of Indonesia, bapak Jokowi by sounding kul kul.

These photos were taken from the preparation to the after event. Some photos probably have inadequate quality as I took it from my small ‘stage’ as the Master of Ceremony and commentator, its roof and bamboo pole were ‘interrupted’ the view.

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‘Sterilised’ street and surrounding. Few hours before the President of Indonesia arrived.

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Detailed sculpture of Balinese gamelan (traditional music instrument).

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My co-worker explained the escorted girl, what should do and shouldn’t during the official ceremony.

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The dragon as the ‘holder’ of kulkul.

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Another dragon. Most of Balinese ornaments usually have dragons. They just love it as a symbol of greatness and power.

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Beautiful parade of Balinese traditional wedding dresses.

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Gianyar regency dancers. On a floating car.

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Intricated sculpture. also from Gianyar regency.

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Balinese gamelan that was dominated with suling (flute).

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Parade of gebogan on the head of ‘ibu-ibu’ (mothers) of Sanur area, Denpasar city.

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Togetherness. Some were playing the music instruments. Others were keeping the stage going. Either by pulling it or pushing it.

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Beautiful girls and handsome boy. Wearing traditional dress for religious ceremony. Wearing high heels and had to walk 1 kilometre and a half. Dedication. That was dedication.

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It’s me! :).

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Me and the other commentators.

These photos are only a tiny bit of the rich Balinese arts and cultures. A parade and also Bali Arts Festival is a showcase of the arts and cultural element Bali Island has as well as an effort to conserve and develop them. The artists and their groups are always selected carefully before they are given chances to perform in this major events. So, all performances must be gorgeous!

Dear friends, I invite you to come to Bali around June and July to see what arts and cultures we have around this island in the Arts Centre of Denpasar city. I assure you, if you love arts and cultures, then Bali Arts Festival is a place to have a jubilant time to enjoy it!

Belated post to DP Photo Challenge: Jubilant!

Spare time: catching fish by the seashore.

This morning, I and my family (minus my second daughter – Ami) went to Padanggalak beach. My first daughter is learning to ride motorbike, morning is a good time to do such activity, because there are not too many vehicles and people’s mental condition are more patient and calmer on the street, I think.

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When we were doing our walk, I saw three men were doing their hobby, catching fish using a fishnet by the shore. I kept watching, intentionally stopped my exercise and let my husband and Andra walked through the stoned path. I praised their effort to catch some fish. The sea water was quite high these recent months, it has reached the stone piles in the beach.

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I have noticed, out of the three men, the grey shirt was most enthusiast one. Believe me. I will show you later.

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See? He was covered by the high waves when he was trying to throw his fishnet to the water.

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He tried again. Prepared for the right moment. 1, wait, 2, wait, and go!

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Right! Just like that! Every time I saw him got ready, I would get ready myself, too. Focusing to his movements  throwing the fishnet that I could snapped it at the same time its still in the middle of the air.

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Again!

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And again.

I love the way he threw the fishnet, it looked elegant and in a rhythm with the high waves. And I admire his enthusiasm, too. Just like the way we should live our life. Keep trying. Never give up!

He would never knew, meanwhile he had spent his spare time , I had also my own spare time by catching some of his pictures catching fish.

Photo taken using iPhone 5s and edited in iPhoto only (by enhancing it).

Posted to DP Photo Challenge: Spare.

Face of Rangda: the demon queen in Bali

These are surely not the real rangda. The set of pictures were scenes of preparing a friend’s costume in the street performance on the last Denpasar Festival.

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If you asked me: is there a real rangda? Many Balinese people would say yes. I would say: probably. And I do not in any intention of meeting Rangda for real.

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The rangda you see now, is a costume worn by a Junior High School student and he was assisted by his friend to make sure everything’s will look good and proper for the audiences.

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A look of Rangda: very long spiky hair, bulging eyes, razor-like teeth and fangs, the tongue is depicted as blazing with fire out of her mouth. Her? Yes. Rangda is a female. Rangda in the old Javanese language means a widow. The Balinese folklore said that Rangda was Mahendradatta, a queen who was condemned and exiled by her husband (the King of Udayana, once ruled Bali around 10 AD) for practicing black magic.

Rangda = a fierce divorced woman who wanted to take revenge for the unjusticed life she had = demon queen.

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Balinese Young Artists

These pictures were taken on 31st December last year, on the closing ceremony of Denpasar Festival. As in Bali, almost every event is always completed with art and cultural performances. So does this annual event. About 100 students from around Denpasar city joined this festival. They should arrived in the spot (around Catur Muka statue), at least 3 hours before the ceremonial program started. And had to wait, sitting, on the street. Patiently.

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My second daughter had also take part as ‘rubbish’ girl. She and friends reminded people of their aware to take environment cleanliness and use less plastic products. The event was begun at 5.00 pm, and those kids had prepared for the performances from11.00 am, put on the plastic bottle as hair ornament, wore the plastic bag dress, and smeared the face with dirt-like paint.

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They waited patiently, almost no-complaining. Hey, they are only kids. Even, the adults would complain if they had to wait those long hours, sitting on the street.

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The small musical artist with huge patience, wearing their unique head dress, that is in Bali, is called as udeng or destar.

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This is the equipment of Barong dance that is worn by two dancers. And as you can see, the dancers probably took a rest and put down their equipment on the street.

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Denpasar Festival, an annual event where I can see and admire the patience, true happiness and dedication to art. That is all shown by our next generation, the Balinese young artists.

Posted to DP Photo Challenge: Admiration.

Morning in Bali

Once, the first Prime Minister of India, Jawaharlal Nehru said poetically Bali as the Morning of the World, probably because of its genuine natural beauties. But, what is it like to see morning in Bali? When the sun ‘wakes’ and starts to rise bit by bit up to the sky.

Be my guests to enjoy the appearance golden brilliant circle out of the horizon until you can see its full circle in the sky.

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Taking these pictures, required one important and not so easy to do: we have to wake up very early in the morning, weekend days. As my husband is getting better from his advanced prostate cancer, we always arrange some spare time to go to the Padanggalak beach. We are trying to catch up what we have missed the last 5 months.

However, waking up at 05.00 on Saturday morning and able to capture the morning sun above the wavy sea water really worth it.

These pictures were taken using Sony pocket camera and join the DPphotochallenge: Circle.