When Cultures Collide, Love and Romance
A verse from an old song comes to mind...it can be heaven, or it can be hell. For certain, the dynamics that make a marriage between any man, and any women are as much at play here in Bali as they are anywhere else in the world. Without doubt, the word love, which incidentally does not exist in the Balinese language, but is called cinta in Bahasa Indonesia, is a verb. As a verb, it means action.
A mixed Indonesian/Western marriage can, and often is, a perfect blend of seemingly insurmountable cultural differences. In this bond, both parties can grow within each other's mates culture, and discover sides of themselves that in their separate lives may have passed by.
Bali is the ultimate narcotic, and her powers are unmistakably understood by those who visit her every year. Bali is also the ultimate seductress, so it is not so unusual why so many visitors fall in love with her, and her women and men.
Endless stories of love and romance between Balinese and Westerners abound. Often, these stories end as tragic words on a script writer's page, but now and then the magic of Bali prevails on both who share a cultural divide, and a great union is formed. That is Bali.
My photo, to illustrate this point is of my wife Eri, and our three boys, who are, from left to right, I Wayan Bima, I Nyoman (Komang) Ari and I Made Rama Wishnu...who was having a bad day!
Balinese Coffee 101 with Free Drink
Fancy a free drink?, unlimited :-) Choice of ginger tea, lemon grass tea, ginseng coffee, balinese black coffee or hot chocolate...Or you can try all...
BAS Agrowista, its the so called, coffee plantation, that still do it the old Balinese way of making coffee. They have a small plantation in front and at the back of the store, where they gather the coffee beans.
It is along the uphill road to Kintamani, a pit stop along the way.... I like the lemon grass tea.
A Fine Class Eating and Drinking Establishment
Campur Campur looked like a newly opened restaurant and bar and had a wonderful ambiance with beautifully finished hardwood furniture. We only came here for a refreshing cold drink and to escape the heat and bustle of outside, and were instantly relaxed and revived in these pleasant surroundings.
Although we only ordered drinks, the service was impeccable and friendly.
Campur Campur is close to the Seniwati Gallery of Art by Women. Didn't try the food as it was much more expensive than many other high quality Ubud restaurants. It did look very nice however, so I would recommend trying it if you have room in your budgets.
Doesn't Look Appealing but ....
The scene : In the wet market in Ubud, women seated on stools with a huge rattan basket filled with rice and some pots filled with vegetables and pieces of chicken meat. Locals were seen lining up to place their orders. See pic enclosed on how the food is sold. The vendor will expertly turn the piece of waxed paper into cone shaped - filled it with a portion of rice and topped with vegetables (usually french beans and bean sprouts), some pieces of meat and finally pour a spoonful of sauce over the rice and toppings. She will then expertly wrapped up the food into pyramid shape. Doesn't look appealing but ... it's good food!
Per serving : 5,000Rp-6,000Rp
Neka Art Museum
Suteja Neka is the founder of this museum. He collected various artwork, thus the Neka Art Museum was born in 1976. It is in a beautiful garden setting overlooking the river valley. There are 7 separate buildings showcasing the artwork of Balinese, other Indonesian & foreign-born artists. Some of the artwork of Walter Spies can be found here.
The museum is open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily. No flash photography, tripods or smoking is allowed inside the buildings. Admission is Rp. 20,000.