Week #17

So far the rainy season has not begun, which means that steady progress on the structure happily continues.

Lately we’ve been bringing the workers some rare treats: one time chocolate wafer crackers and cold chocolate milk; another time a tropical fruit punch with loads of ice cubes.

The result is an immediate end to their work tasks and a small, gleeful frenzy over the goodies. The workers are very appreciative of even the smallest display of kindness.

We are tweaking the structural design ever so gently but each small change is an improvement. Adding planter boxes to the exterior and figuring out a replacement for the expensive wooden cladding that the architects chose to dress up the exterior has been mostly solved.

It’s been great to work with my builder, Wayan, as he is eager to add his ideas and to keep the prices within reason. I’m very grateful.

A Pererenan map with Photo Highlights

If there is one constant here in Bali, it’s that of dynamic change. Trying to capture a particular “neighborhood” is at best a blurry snapshot, as cafes pop up, villas and shops appear, and the landscape is suddenly, almost magically different.

Swipe your way from Pererenan beach to the main road, Jalan Raya Canggu:

Week #16

This was a huge week, as the concrete floor was poured for the first floor of the residential side of the building and two mezzanine floors were poured on the guest side.

At it’s peak there was approximately thirty workers on the site during the pouring of the concrete floor.

Shortly after, about half of the on-site work force took off for another one of the myriad Balinese ceremonies that fill the calendar of these deeply spiritual people. The 4 or 5 remaining workers started to build the next set of columns that will support the next concrete floor.

It’s really fun to see the structure grow.