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A walk in the afternoon

Sunday is  a day of rest for most people in Singaraja. The rest of the week they work or go to school. In the afternoon I went exploring around the
neighborhood where I am staying…..this is some of what I found…

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A mango tree dripping with mangoes…

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Some joyful orchid spikes….

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Many frangipani trees – pohon kambodia

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Coconut trees abound…..

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Bouganvillea dimana mana ( is everywhere). Many different colours and varieties.

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Here is a small plot of land being made ready to plant, maybe corn or something like spinach.

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Many Hindu families will have a special shrine for security. This is to keep the family and their house safe.

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Many houses have elaborate or ornate gates.

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More flowers… this one is a weed I gather, but in the sunlight it looked beautiful!

To the market

In the early evening we head off by motorcycle  to the market. It seems that there are  markets everywhere in Singaraja, a bit like supermarkets everywhere at home! You can buy most anything at the market….

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Corn, snake beans, spinach…..

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Many kinds of fish….

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Tomatoes, garlic and chillies….

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Flowers for offerings…..

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Shallots, ubi (like sweet potato)….

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Beansprouts……

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Tempe…..

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Coconut, snake beans……
Most of the produce is local and fresh. People tend to shop daily sometimes in the morning and in the afternoon.

School assembly pagipagi (very early)

This morning I was awake at 5am. Itwas still dark and the sliver of moon that is left was just setting….

When I arrived at school preparations

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Were already starting. It was 6:30am..

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Soon the students began streaming in

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Finally everyone is there nearly a thousand students! Amazing!

Let the assembly begin…

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First, it is  the flag raising ceremony…
It is choreographed and disciplined. Every one participates and joins in a national song and a reading of the

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Pancasila (like a code for living)

After this a representative from the police addresses the students about the dangers of driving and the best ways to to drive carefully. He outlines the regulations. Its an important conversation as nearly all the students
ride motorbikes to school.

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Finallythere was a celebration of the school’s latest achievements and address by the principal.  Pak Suteja held up each trophy and congratulated all those involved. This  week there were many

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Well done everyone!!

Soon after this assembly concluded.
We all stood for a long time… I wonder if our students in Australia could do this.

School assembly pagipagi (very early)

This morning I was awake at 5am. Itwas still dark and the sliver of moon that is left was just setting….

When I arrived at school preparations

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Were already starting. It was 6:30am..

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Soon the students began streaming in

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Finally everyone is there nearly a thousand students! Amazing!

Let the assembly begin…

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First, it is  the flag raising ceremony…
It is choreographed and disciplined. Every one participates and joins in a national song and a reading of the

image

Pancasila (like a code for living)

After this a representative from the police addresses the students about the dangers of driving and the best ways to to drive carefully. He outlines the regulations. Its an important conversation as nearly all the students
ride motorbikes to school.

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After this there is a celebration of the school’s latest achievements. The principal Pak Suteja holds up each trophy and congratulates all those involved. This  week there were many

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Soon after this assembly concludes.
We all stood for a long time… I wonder if our students in Australia could do this.

Onwards to North Bali

A day travelling with friends from home after a leisurely breakfast with other friends from home. We stop for lunch at Kintamani….

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On our way to Singaraja. We worked our way through the  mountains.  Beautiful vistas and cool breezes … citrus orchards, rice padi, flowers, corn fields, clove trees and other exotics.

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Still quite high up but on the way down…..in the distance you can see singaraja and  beyond the sea.

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At Gitgit a beautiful waterfall….

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From a distance….close up refreshingly cool, especially after an almost kilometer  walk from the road. It was mostly downhill on the way.

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A beautiful little orchid tucked away near a pool of  water..

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Down on the coast a freshwater spring swimming area with shady trees and a stiff tradewind breeze. There was  much to see on the drive along the coast to the east of Singaraja.

The trip from h*** – lombok to Padangbai Bali

Really looking at these photos you would never guess what was going to happen after we left gili trawangan…..
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It can take quite a long time to get to lombok whether you fly or go by boat.  Plan for it to take most of  a day. Then if it takes less its a bonus :)) The slow ferry  from padangbai to lembar is usually the longest and  maybe even the safest and definately the cheapest !?  On a calm day its a beautiful trip, slow and leisurely. 
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Time wise and cost wise the fast boat and the plane can work out about the same depending on where you come from…..

I think going by plane  will now become  my preferred option.

My  hairraising and fearful journey back from Lombok to Padangbai  this trip has convinced me that I will never go on the fast boat again!

I have a little pendant with Kwanyin on it. Well, I clutched her in my sweaty saltsprayed palm and gazed out through the plastic window at a small cloud to the north of the boat  and contemplated what might happen, was there an escape route, where were the life jackets , would i have time to put one on? Was there anything in my life that I hadn’t done! What about my family?
OMG, in indonesian ‘ Sayang’. ….The swell was huge, the troughs were deep, we were bobbing up and down like a cork….and then the engine stopped…wallowing, people vomiting grimfaced, the workers on the boat sporting tight worried looks on their faces. Sick bags were handed out ….one of the workers armed with a screw driiver disappearing back to the motors. Coming back wet and worried looking .. all this time the driver peering out through the saltsprayed windows working hard at keeping us afloat. This happened twice!

Mmmmmm finally after nearly 2 hours we got into the lea of Bali. Here it was rough but it seemed like nothing and we were nearly at Padangbai…..

I was very glad to walk off that boat onto the jetty at Padangai.

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And never again!