Pandawa Beach

Some people still called this beach as ‘secret beach’ but now more known as Pandawa beach as they have built statue of Pandawa on the cliff above the beach.

The clear water, the blue sky and the impressive lime stone are the beauty of this place. The still active seaweed farmer activities are the unique of this place. Hope the remain exist even when tourist facilities start to arise.

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Be Bali Day

A day to experience to be a member of Balinese farmer family. Do what Balinese farmer do from farming and gardening, home cooking to offering making.

It is an honor for our family to invite you to our humble family compound to show you the uniqueness of Balinese traditional compound, as well as sharing the stories and philosophies behind it. On our walk to the rice field, you are welcome to help us hearding our ducks and feed our cows. Our beautiful rice terraces are located in a remote place that can be accessed only by foot after crossing small bamboo bridge. Depending on the rice growing stages, you may witness plauguing, rice planting, weedding or harvesting. If you dare, you are more then welcome to help us farm the rice otherwise you can still enjoying the beutifull view and learn about sophisticated traditional irrigation system fo Subak.

After the rice field, we would together picking some vegetables either wild fern, young jack fruit, young papaya, cassava leaves, spinach or others from our organic garden. From the same garden, we will also gathering spices like lemon grass, turmeric, chili, salam leaves and others. We will cook whatever available directly from our garden. For the main dish we then need to catch cat fish from our fish pond. As all ingredients ready then we start our home cooking in our kitchen, located just next to the garden overlooking the beautiful view of Ayung river valley.  Our mother, aunty or our sisters will show you how they cook our daily meals using our traditional wooden fire stove. As you are part of the family, you should help them doing the cooking as well. Here are some dishes that we usually make

  • Ketupat: rice cake. Rice cook inside a woven coconut leave basket.
  • Sayur urab:  mixed steam vegetables made of fern, spinach, and cassava leaves with coconut and Bali spices .
  • Chicken sate lilit: mints chicken meat mixed with coconut and Bali spices put in the stick and grill.
  • Pepes Lele: cat fish with Bali spices wrapped in banana leaves
  • Bregedel: corn fritter
  • Sayur Kuah: vegetable curry either made of young jackfruit, young papaya, young banana tree or cayote
  • Daluman: jelly desert made out ‘daluman’ leaves with palm sugar and coconut milk or
  • Jaja waluh: steam pumpkin and sticky rice with palm sugar and coconut.

After finish cooking our dishes and before enjoying our Balinese home lunch, as our traditional custome, we first made our daily offering. We would show you how we make this intricate offering. Daily offering is our way to express thank to the God and hope the food blessed by Him.

The lunch table is set overlooking the beautiful valley of Ayung river. You can enjoy your Balinese lunch in a relaxing atmosphere with the lush green valley view beneath you.

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Capturing Melasti Ceremony

Melasti is a cleansing ceremony to purify the temple amenities and the temple members ( the villagers). It also purposed to obtain the holy water to be used in further ceremony in their temple. Due to these purpose, the ceremony then held either in water springs, rivers or beaches. There will be procession of the villagers in their traditional outfits carrying offering, idols of temple’s God or deities, colorful flags and umbrella. It would also accompanied by cheerful Balinese music orchestra. Many times the procession are passing through beautiful coastal areas, lush green rice field, hilly mountain or dense of the forest. A perfect setting for photos of colorful tradition in the beauty of the nature.

Melasti ceremony is usually done as part of the temple anniversary ceremony or part of the Balinese New Year celebration. Here are some example photos of Melasti ceremony that is part of Balinese New Year celebration under the colorful morning sunrise by the beach.

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One Day Bali Photography Tour with Arie and Friends

Mr. Arie is my regular guest (now feel more like friend). He is a professional in airline industry but spending many of his time taking pictures. This time he was coming with a group of friends from the same industry with similar hobby, photography.

We started the day very early as usual as we want to capture the morning ray of light in Bali country side. We drove to a place that I have seen has a great ray of light once before. But it is not guarantee that we would have the same ray today. The great ray of light will occurs when we have enough mist and   the right light direction through the trees. Once we arrived the scene a bit disappointing. There was no rain the night before so not as much mist and the sun as not strongth enough. I insist to wait and let them open their breakfast box. After 10 minutes the scene we are looking for start to occurs. We got the scene now just wait for the subject to pass by. Soon, villagers start walking by on the way to their farm field. One great subject was the family with their cow waiting for a truck to pick their cow. The cow will be deliver to the market.  We spent almost two hours here before proceed to Lake Batur.

At lake Batur we try to capture people of Batur doing their daily activities by the lake. Washing cloth, fixing net, fishing on the canoe and others. The next destination of our photography day is Unda river water dam. Our regular subjects, the kids, as usual, are more than happy to play in the water for us.

We were only spent 30 minutes with the kids as we need to rush to  get to Ubud where two beautiful dancers has waiting for us in their colorful outfits. They privately posed for us. Our last photo taking for the day is Kecak and fire dance. Interesting and challenging light as usual.
We were start the day at 6am and end back in the hotel at 8PM, 14 hours total. It is a normal long day for dedicated photographers.

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Forgotten South Bali

We start the day by visiting:
The mangrove forest. 30 minutes walk on wooden path amongst the forest while observing some birds in the area.  Entrance fee is IDR 100.000 per person.
Serangan Turtle island to make a visit to genuine turtle preservation center, not the tourist’s turtle attraction. Donation is required to help the preservation of the turtle.
Kedonganan Fish Market: to see the local fishermen activities and the busiest fish market in the island.
Seafood lunch in quite Jimbaran Beach. Most people will dine here in the evening by dining at day time you will have the beach all by yourself.
Uggasan Beach , a road just open to access this beach by car other wise we would need to walk  on 800 steps down.  Crystal clear water under  lime stone hill with white sand beach. Wave can be big in high tide.
Uluwatu cliff temple. Join other visitors to see temple on the cliff and Kecak Dance with sunset background.

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