Tag Archives: Singaraja

A stroll through downtown Singaraja

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In the heat of the day I decided to go for a wander in downtown Singaraja… I had in mind that I might buy yet another sarong or kebaya…. the range was inspiring. The ones above have yet to sewn ….so colourful and the ones that were made up only went up to xl and that didnt quite close down the front : (( Never mind ienjoyed employing my still to be fluent indonesian and had a few laughs.

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A stall with nothing but offerings…..

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Haa the sarongs …so many patterns, qualities…..I couldn’t decide…..

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My absolute favouritest fruit in the universe. I so love a good papaya with ‘ lemon ‘ of course!

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And just a bit further a long a stall full of eggs fresh from the chooks I guess….

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Bananas anyone deliciously sweet and nothing like those at home mmmm !

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A seller with panache….

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A gorgeously embroidered kabaya…..

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Thwre were a whole row these small stalls. They are selling mens rings. The rings are either silver or gold ornate or not and they come with a choice of many coloured polished precious stones which can be fitted into the ring. It seemed a very popular pastime.

Gates, fences and vistas

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…..

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This was taken from the back of my house …you can see the mountains in the background.

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This is looking the other way…..late afternoon.

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!

Life in and around a senior highschool Singaraja

I have tried to capture a sense of life going on ….The school is  very large over a thousand students. This is the entrance to the school which is a senior high school.

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Most students and teachers ride their motorbikes to school.

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Students working hard in an english class…..

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Teachers working hard  too…..

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Students give thanks to the gods and goddesses of the Hindu faith….

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Relaxing in between classes….

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Students can head for the canteen during break times….there is always something to eat! Tasty snacks both sweet and savoury are available , often made by the mothers of students as a way of supplementing their income. There is always nasi bungkis….wrapped in brown paper – a serve of rice, some vegetables, some sambal (spices with chillie), maybe some chicken or tempe. Guaranteed to surprise you and delicious.

The school is located in downtown Singaraja…..

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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.