Friday, July 31, 2015

Blue Moon

July 31st full moon tonight and there was one on the first of the month. Two in one month makes it blue. It's not blue but it's big and bright and it's here in Bali. but is it a blue moon there? Yep - see it in news from the US. There is another definition of a blue moon that it's the 3rd of four full moons in a season but this is the type I notice and can comprehend. Why blue?

Katrinka just took this photo of it above our humble abode.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Sanur and NYC

Katrinka is from Manhattan, moved to SF when she was 15 or so with her mother. This morning she said she missed New York and would like to visit which is not within our present budget. Then she said that Sanur is like NYC in a number of ways. Interesting and varied people. We don't need a car, can walk most places, there's lots happening or we can find neat private spots, can get a taxi in a few minutes anytime. Not so bad.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Canang Sari

Canang Sari are the small, palm-leaf offering trays at doorways and shrines everywhere here in Bali. There's a good page on Canang Sari on Wikipedia. Wikipedia is so great. It baffles me at times how random, uncontrolled contributors could come up with such well-organized, informative,  presentations of so much. Better than the mess here on cuke. Anyway, Thinking about them because of a song working on now. Later for that. - dc

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Language Study

Driver Ketut told me he reads a bunch of words from the dictionary and then forgets them right away. I told him not to do, to learn words in a context and best from experience and listening. Best to listen. Many Indonesian words are not really in my vocabulary till I've heard someone say them.

Song for Our Wedding

A song page on my music site for Wedding Song - July 10, 2015 - with links to a so-so version on Youtube of me playing it at our reception dinner, to a clearer version that's just audio, words and chords. 

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Today is Kuningan

Today is Kuningan here in Bali when the deceased ancestors return, the last day of Galungan which started ten days ago on the 15th of July. Galungan celebrates the victory of Dharma over anti-dharma.  Wikipedia.

Lots of Penjor along the roads. That's one in the image by a gas station an by wires with buildings in the background. That's all Bali too.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Happy 40th

Seth Eppes, Katrinka's son, cheffing in Bandon, OR

retired roller derby coach and ref.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Still Gili

We extended our honeymoon on the Lombok island of Gili Air. So great here. Not only no motorized vehicles except for boats that came in and out on the other side, but there are virtually no dogs which are a definite problem in Bali. We plan to get back home in Sanur late on the 24th.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

What's Up

Am in Gili Air on a honeymoon with Katrinka till the 20th. Don't expect to have good wireless connection there so this might be it till we get back. Ta ta (Hindi)! - DC

And just resized the last two days wedding photos to Xtra large like the first post July 12th of the photos from the wedding itself.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

The Reception Dinner

The reception dinner and music at Annapurna.

First dance.

More photos by Will Wiriawan below.

Monday, July 13, 2015

After the Wedding

After the wedding on July 10th - see prior posts - we get flowers thrown at us and greet folks, then walk to Annapurna for dinner and music.

No time now to put in the names. Preparing this on Sunday night to pre post cause we're going to Gili Air tomorrow for a week honeymoon and am prepared to not have good wireless. - DC

More photos by Will Wiriawan below.

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Our Wedding

Katrinka and  I got married on the 10th of July at Sindhu Beach in Sanur, Bali, Indonesia, by a Buddhist priest in the Theravada tradition. The liturgy is in a previous post. The volcano eruption in Java has been a factor. The priest for our wedding returned from Bangkok shortly before the airport was closed because of too much particulation in the air. We haven't noticed any down here in Sanur. Larger photos by Will Wiriawan follow.

Katrinka with Bridesmaid Alice Dill (from Marin) and Best Man Danu Prasetyoko (from Surabaya, Java)

Pendeta (priest) Romo (title) Handy presides. He's from Kuta, Bali. Nice cool breeze.

Kids, photographer friends, people who prefer to stand are all around.

Danu lights the blue and yellow candles

Alice lights two other candles.

Priest lights the middle red candle.

Romo Handy says something that makes us laugh. After all the serious looking faces, especially from me, my default, wanted to add this.

That's Kris (for Krisna) Patra with the guitar - nice background jazz riffs. His mother Kim is on the far left top - from Australia, married a Balinese, been here forever. Her older son Ben runs Annapurna restaurant and is stuck in Australia due to the volcano. They are a delightfully musical family.

Me DC barely able to get the words out.

Her turn.

Relieved the mushy part is over. Everyone loved it.


My ring is to go to Katrinka soon as I never like wearing anything but clothes. But it's been on for two days and it's ok for now.

Tying the knot.

Bound together.

Now for the big wrap.

Mt. Agung is back there not covered by clouds, visible to us but not in the photos. Sanur is on a peninsula in the south of  Bali so we're facing east, the sun setting behind us.

We've got those parasols on our porch now.

Sprinkling water.

Untied and unwrapped, Romo Handy has a few good words.


One of the only, maybe the only acceptable public kiss.

The plight of troth is done.

Document time.

We both signed.

Danu and Alice signed as witnesses.

A representative from local government gives us their certificates - one for me and one for her.

See that eight story building way back there. It's part of the Inna Grand Bali Beach Hotel and was the first and last of such buildings - built by Japanese as part of war reparations. After that a law was passed allowing no building taller than a coconut tree. But that's not on our minds.

For lots more, go to Katrinka's Facebook page and tell her cuke sent you.

Tomorrow post wedding photos by Will Wiriawan