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Bali’s Rainy Season and its Costs

There are immeasurable benefits to a significant rainy season, as it first and foremost eliminates the threat of drought. Rain not only replenishes the water table, it feeds the rice fields, which gives sustenance to the Bali people.

But it comes at a cost, and that is in the form of structural leaks. Mold can be another problem, but at Ohana we don’t have a mold problem.

The crack in the wall above is due to “settling.” That’s when a new building finds its final resting place, after all of the concrete has been poured. We did send 42 bore pilings 3 to 4 meters into the ground, and with that came a naive sense that the building cannot move. But regardless of how you try and fortify a structure, small movements will occur.

The brush above has seen better days. I asked the worker if he wanted a new one and he said no. But I had a new brush sent to the work site anyway.

As the leaks are patched we feel a bit more cozy and comfortable, although the idea of a “fix” lasting for very long in this humid and tropical environment is wrong-headed. “Good enough for now” is the Bali approach and that’s about all we can do.

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