Wednesday, June 29, 2016
Bali Eco Spa in scenic Tabanan. We've been here a day so far. Unbelievable. We took the Green Walk this morning of about an hour through mountain jungle coconut, cacao, banana, and other trees. The sky was so clear last night - could see all four stars of the Southern Cross and the Milky Way. Only two hours from the busy city where we live. Must get out more. - dc
Tuesday, June 28, 2016
Monday, June 27, 2016
That's cockroach in Indonesian. I catch one every few days and put it out. Get them with a plastic cup. They're so fast sometimes I smash down the plastic cup and only get one partially and am worried I hurt it. But when I lift the cup a bit they always scamper off full speed till I get them clean under it then slide a then movie DVD plastic envelope under the cup and carry them out. I call it my have-a-heart roach hotel.
Saturday, June 25, 2016
Saraswati today. Lots of great gamelan music from the school next door this morning. Katrinka will read to one year old Mary next door in honor of it. Mary's mother is Balinese and father Brit. Yesterday was Mary's Bali birthday (or something) which for some reason is almost a month after her what to me is actual birthday - May 1. We received a whole Bali cake for it - it's a modern tradition. We sliced out a few bites and gave to a room cleaner this morning. He was delighted. Will take home to family for their Saraswati celebration.
Friday, June 24, 2016
Thursday, June 23, 2016
Satvika Bhoga (pure food) and Scott M, learned that not only poor Southerners in the US eat Clay. It fills the stomach and is habit forming. Depak said it's done in France for stomach problems. Scott said they sell Clay in the market here in Bali - for eating it's called Ampo here and is associated more with Java. See Wikipedia on Ampo.
Tuesday, June 21, 2016
Monday, June 20, 2016
Saturday, June 18, 2016
Friday, June 17, 2016
Monday, June 13, 2016
Saturday, June 11, 2016
Katrinka, our Russian friend Olga, and I went to a little Muslim office to be there with a few others when our friend Leia got married to a man from Java. It was all in - gosh I don't know - Arabic? They just followed what the presiding person read. At the end he told her to kiss her husband's hand. They signed papers. Photos with them and their three month old baby then with us. No music. No hokus pokus. Olga said she got married in Lebanon in '85 and it was exactly the same. Wish Katrinka had gotten a pic of a family that came taking off on their motor scooter - mom, dad, young boy and girl. The The bride, groom, and the three of us took Nyoman Dogen's bemo, like a VW bus with a side open. He'd brought us there. Then we went to a restaurant Leia suggested. Warung Teduh (Shady Restaurant). Good local eats. No one drank booze. Not a bule (white foreigner) place. Picked up the wedding feast tab for the six of us - about 19 bucks.
Thursday, June 9, 2016
Wednesday, June 8, 2016
Tuesday, June 7, 2016
Praising Katrinka's culinary skill again. There is great food all over here and some of it really cheap. A night or two a week we get wholesome organic dinners with whole grain red rice for example delivered for less than four bucks a meal. But the best is what she makes. Lots of veggies, brown-red rice mix or whole wheat noodles, stuff from around the world, and deftly added spices. Paneer today, tarragon tomorrow.
Monday, June 6, 2016
Katrinka makes the best muesli. Pan roasted oats, cashews, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, flax seeds, raisins. I pour boiling water on it then add banana slices, almond milk, whole yogurt, maybe a little coconut syrup which is so like maple syrup. To me the biggest drawback of muesli is that the oats are often too uncooked. She just gave a jar of it to the Aussie neighbors here for a month.
Saturday, June 4, 2016
APEKSI, the Asosiasi Pemerintah Kota Seluruh Indonesia, is the Association of the Indonesia Municipalities. Established on 25 May 2000, its existence is based upon the Indonesian laws about political and administrative decentralization (Law 22/1999). - Wikipedia
Friday, June 3, 2016
Thursday, June 2, 2016
We're in Singapore for a few days, getting our new residence visas for Indonesia. Walked around town, took the MRT subway (though it...
Our friend Sarah is a well-known diving guru who wrote Diving in Indonesia. Here's an article by her: Scuba Diving: Underwater Medit...
The Bali Community Choir has got a concert coming up. Our friend Sylvie Blanchet (from Vermont) is in it. She writes: We're a very div...