The male/female divide

The construction industry is notorious for it’s dominance as a “male” industry. In the USA it would be rare to have a female roofer, plumber or an electrician bid for a job.

But in Bali one interesting area where females work side by side men in the construction industry is as concrete helpers. Here the male/female divide is that women move the concrete and the men apply it to brick walls etc.

The surprise is that pound for pound (or rather kilo for kilo) the women move way more weight as men do the finer motor-skilled application work. I guess I’m falling for my own stereotyping by thinking that only men do heavy lifting. Go figure…


Ancestors from the beginning of time

The Balinese go to great efforts to treat their ancestors with utmost respect, as they believe that their spirits, in a very real sense, come back to their homes and the home temples that are a part of each piece of property for a Balinese family.

See #1: Family Temple. The house temple called Sanggah or Merajan, is the place to worship the ancestors and the Hyang Guru.

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Children are very involved in many of the ceremonies and celebrations, as they sing and dance and run to insure that good triumphs over evil.

The penjor is a curved bamboo pole that is decorated with offerings and displayed in the streets of each Balinese village. It’s a significant investment for the village to build and display penjor poles and they are so lovely. The entire island feels lifted up by these skyward, incredible displays.

With a belief in reincarnation and an active role for their remote ancestors, the Balinese are deeply tied to their land and their ancient culture.


A celebration of the new beach structure in Pererenan

A special club event of Harley Davidson members crowded the new semi-circular structure at Pantai Pererenan. The event is a celebration of the Pererenan side of the beach project, as the walking bridge connection to Echo Beach is not yet completed.

The surprise was how many Harleys are in Bali:

As a USA citizen I am very familiar with Harleys, and I also know of their universal appeal, but for some reason I didn’t associate Harley Davidson ownership with the spirit of the Balinese. But it’s ok to be surprised! While the Balinese show their spiritual side as truly peace-loving people, there are fierce demons to keep at bay. And perhaps the roar of the Harley engine will chase those demons away! Or, more likely, it’s simply a status symbol. The truth is that it’s yet another mystery, and living in Bali comes with a large bundle of mysteries.

Another aspect of the beach development is the increase in the building of more accommodations for newcomers.

Follow this blog for the latest developments in this up and coming area.

Above: along the road leading to the beach


Walking bridge joins Echo and Pererenan beaches

Plans are made, adjusted and negotiated, and then finally the workers are called so that something real comes of the plans. In this case its a lovely walking trail and bridge that connects two beaches.

The first of two bridge support runs are in place. The view across to Echo Beach.

Up close and personal with half of the bridge support. The view across to Pererenan Beach.

On the Echo Beach side there’s a lovely, curving path that leads to local food vendors, the famed La Brisa restaurant, and seafood grill operators.

Back at Pererenan Beach, only 800 meters from Ohana, workers are finishing up the concrete tile floor for a semi-circular welcome area. This entire project is shaping up nicely.


Mugging for the camera

Each time I arrive on the building site I get a hello and a wave from at least one of the many workers. Usually from quite a few. And when I raise my camera phone I tend to get a thumbs-up reaction, as a friendly imitation of my daily thumbs-up to the workers.

Today one of the workers signaled that he wanted me to photograph him. He had a few friends watching him and so he made an effort to overcome his shyness when appearing in front of a foreigner. I really appreciated his efforts and the photos tell the story: