While walking around the neighborhood where I am staying in Sinaraja Bali I realised that many of the houses had unique gates and walls around their kampung (yard). I found them interesting, attractive and utilitarian all at the same time….. sometimes I would be walking and realise that the view was beautiful…..
This was taken from the back of my house …you can see the mountains in the background.
This is looking the other way…..late 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…
A mango tree dripping with mangoes…
Some joyful orchid spikes….
Many frangipani trees – pohon kambodia
Coconut trees abound…..
Bouganvillea dimana mana ( is everywhere). Many different colours and varieties.
Here is a small plot of land being made ready to plant, maybe corn or something like spinach.
Many Hindu families will have a special shrine for security. This is to keep the family and their house safe.
Many houses have elaborate or ornate gates.
More flowers… this one is a weed I gather, but in the sunlight it looked beautiful!
This is apparently an exact copy of London’s Big Ben and a popular tourist spot for locals to hang out….
in a beautiful city high in the mountains of west sumatra.
During our very long day at the beach we discovered how the locals made their very delicious coffee. We were privileged to be invited into ibu’s house and were able to watch the whole process. Bu Arfa and Cathy chatting on the floor of the kitchen while the kopi was being roasted a short distance away. Im getting ahead of myself…..here are the key ingredients..
Coffee beans, cinammon sticks, ginger
Kacang kopi , kayu manis, jahe
And rice uncooked
All these ingredients were then placed in a wok and stirred vigorously for quite a long time… over a hot fire. This is where most of the family’s cooking would be done.
After all the ingredients have been roasted…..they are placed in a large mortar. You can see Bu Arfa is getting ready to pound away!
Note the colour of the beans…..
There was definitely an art to the pounding. We all had a go and beans were jumping out left, right and centre. We left it to the experts! The ground kopi was then sieved to make sure it was fine enough. I was truly amazed because if you look closely at the the photo of the beans going into the mortar they look like they have been burnt to a crisp and yet when you look at the final product it is a rich chocolate brown Asyik! Amazing!
The white powder on ibu’s face is a beauty product( nearly everything has a whitening agent in it). She wasn’t expecting visitors!
Hanging out in the backyard afterwards…. the aroma of the kopi was redolent of/with ginger and cinammon. Enak sekali!!