Review Sacred Ground Bali

It is a rare time that I have the chance to meet my brother. In this holiday season in June, he came home from West Java and went to Bali with my parents. I am excited to meet him because I have never seen him since 4 years ago, I guess. Wow it has been ages!

In Bali we went to Legian, and he wanted to try a resto near Double Six Beach. Its name is Sacred Ground. In that afternoon when we arrived, there were many international tourist sitting in the semi-open front room. While the parking lot is behind the resto. The resto space is parted into two sides. In the middle was the way to enter the Parking lot.

We took a seat in a room specialized without chairs, only pillows and cushion seats. And the room is a little bit higher from the ground, we had to go up with the stairs about less than 1 m. And from there we could see a better view to the kitchen, to the semi-open front room and to the waiters who ran here and there.

They have separated menu for meal and for beverage. For beverage not only regular drink like tea or smoothies, they also provide special brewed coffee and also liqour. We came at lunch time then we ordered:

  1. Yunani Salad / Greek Salad (my brother’s choice)
  2. Wayan Pizza (my brother’s choice)
  3. Croissant with ham and cheese (my choice)
  4. Spaghetti Ayam / Chicken Spaghetti (my mom’s choice)
  5. Lumpia / Spring Rolls (my sister’s choice)

We didn’t ordered sweet things because we don’t like sweet thing very much :P. So sorry, we didn’t captured the dessert page.

For the drink, we ordered:

  1. Green smothies (for my brother and me)
  2. Fat Shredder Smoothie (for my sister)
  3. Green Mint Tea (for my mom)

At first, Ratih, my sister chose Green Mint Tea but when I looked and read more on the menu card I told her that there was one drink to reduce fat, she became interested and changed her mind. Next she asked the waiter to change her drink. Hahaha… Actually I was the one who was interested to change the beverage first. Because Ratih had changed her beverage so I didn’t change mine too. I could just taste Ratih’s.

On the table there were sugar in a jar and there was no sauce or other condiments. There was also no tissue at all. They would provide a box of tissue if you asked for it.

Our beverages came first. And they were great. Mine and my brother’s drinks are very light, sour and refreshing. While my mom drink was served with a stick of cinnamon. I didn’t know how it tasted, I didn’t try it. Ratih’s Fat Shredder Smoothie was so yummy and thick! Very different from mine.

The Fat Shredder Smoothie was made from banana, strawberry, orange and yoghurt. My Green Smoothy was made from pineapple, kale and lime, it was also added with chia seed.

So what were our food composed from?

Yunani Salad

Romaine and radicchio, roasted cherry tomatoes, crumbled feta, black olives, cucumber and fresh oregano.

The taste of the salad was good. I liked it. Good as an appetizer.

Wayan Pizza

Fresh mozzarella, basil and cherry tomatoes.

All the pizza was made by wood fire. And I could see their chimney on the kitchen roof. Each pizza name was named after Balinese common name, like Wayan, Made, Nyoman, Ketut, Kadek and so on. They also provide dessert pizza or sweet pizza.

The pizza was quite thin and crispy. My brother asked for additional topping which were broccoly florets and mushroom. The extra topping cost 15K each. And there were another extra topping with different costs. It was medium-sized and consisted of 8 slices. That was enough for 4 persons. Everyone should have got two slices each, but poor me, I only got half of the slice!

Croissant with Ham and Cheese

It was a big enough croissant that was filled with ham and cheese. It was an easy meal. Only a pastry, meat and cheese. No vegetable at all. I enjoyed it very much. The lamination of the pastry was crispy and great combined with melted cheese and half-done ham.

Lumpia

There were only three spring rolls served in the plate and a small bowl of sour and sweet sauce. We all loved the spring rolls. They were tasty and crispy and just delicious! They were filled only with vegetables. No meat.

I can say those were vegetarian spring rolls because in Indonesia is very common for spring rolls with chicken meat. Don’t forget the sour and sweet sauce, it was so delicious too! My mom even added her spaghetti with that sauce.

Spaghetti Ayam

Chicken breast, broccoli-cream pesto and parmesan.

I love the pasta because it was green and very creamy. It was served with the healthy broccoli and parmesan which tasted very gooood! I want more, more, more!

Total that we spent for the luch Rp519K. And the price on the menu card wes excluded from tax and service charge. Before we left, my brother bought a mixed grain sour bread for 50K. Yes, they also sell bakery, and the bakery price is nett.

The place was nice but they don’t put a free wi-fi sign in the room that we chose. So we didn’t know whether they provided free wi-fi or not. The wall was painted yellow and there were wayang shadows drawn there too. We could listen to the pop western music while had a dining there.

If you take a seat in the semi-open front room you can see the busy road that is almost always full of tourists walking on the street and the neighbor shops and also the vehicles. It is located on a small street and I think the street is always almost crowded.

Ok that’s all for my review. If you visit Legian don’t be hesitate to stop by the Sacred Ground. Their food is really nice and delicious. Besides of western food (Italian and French) they also serve Balinese food ;). And don’t be confused, the name of their dishes are mixed between Indonesian and English 😀

Score 0/5

Food: ♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️

Place: ♥️♥️♥️♥️

Service: ♥️♥️♥️♥️

Price: ♥️

Address: Jl. Arjuna, Legian, Bali

Phone: 0361 730961

Instagram: @sacredgroundbali

♥️ Intan Rastini

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Review Kedai Gembul Pizza

Saat ulang tahun Kalki yang ke-5 kemarin, saya sekeluarga merayakannya di kedai Gembul Pizza. Ini ulang tahun pertama anak-anak dengan kami rayakan makan di luar. Sebelumnya selalu buat homemade bakpao oatmeal, kue mochi, donat atau jelly. Pertimbangannya karena anak-anak masih kecil jadi pengen buat makanan sendiri untuk mereka. Sekarang karena Kakak kalki udah meninggalkan masa balitanya, kami pergi makan keluar aja…

Gembul Pizza terletak di Jl. Serma Arda No. 1 Bajera, Selemadeg Barat, Tabanan, Bali. Lokasinya cukup dekat dengan rumah kami, hanya 10 menit perjalanan dengan motor. Tempatnya persis di pinggir jalan, tapi bukan di jalan raya Gilimanuk-Denpasar, melainkan di balik Indomaret Bajera, belok dikit udah deh, ketemu di kiri jalan.

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Kenapa saya bilang kedai, soalnya tempatnya nggak terlalu besar kayak restoran tapi menempati dua blok ruko jadi satu. Interiornya cukup nyaman dengan dinding bercatkan hitam, merah dan krem dihiasi papan-papan yang menunjukkan menu andalan mereka. Untuk bangku dan meja tersedia 6 meja ukuran sedang untuk 4 orang dan 1 meja panjang untuk rame-rame. Bangkunya dicat dengan warna-warni pastel, lucu deh.

Kami udah dua kali ke Gembul Pizza, pertama untuk beli pizza take away aja sehabis main di Pantai Batu Lumbang dan kemarin untuk makan di tempat. Setiap kesana kami selalu duduk di bangku untuk meja panjang. Kemarin kami pesan Pizza Chicken BBQ n’ Jagung ukuran besar dan Mie Gembul level biasa. Kebetulan saat itu ada promo Galungan jadi kami dapat harga khusus beserta mocktail.

Promo Gembul Pizza Galungan

Jadi pada promonya, pesan pizza ukuran L varian topping apa aja dengan 2 mocktail seharga 55K dan Mie gembul level apa saja beserta 1 mocktail seharga 15K. Kalau non promo, Pizza Chicken BBQ n’ Jagung ukuran L seharga 48K dan Mie Gembul level biasa 9K. Sedangkan mocktailnya seharga 15K.

Sambil nunggu pesanan, disana kami bisa menggunakan free wi-fi yang tersedia. Cocok banget buat nongkrong sambil ngeblog, nih. Lalu pesanan kami yang datang pertama kali adalah mocktail. Mocktailnya itu berupa sirup coco pandan dengan soda dicampur selasih dan daun mint. Anak-anak sih suka minumannya tapi nggak suka daun mint-nya. Kalau saya suka kombinasi mocktailnya.

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Lalu pesanan kedua yang datang adalah Mie Gembul. Mie ini seperti mie goreng tapi menggunakan mie yang bulat besar. Rasanya agak pedas, buat orang dewasa nggak seberapa tapi buat anak-anak cukup pedas juga sampai Kalki dan Kavin nyobain mie sambil bolak-balik minum. Mie disajikan dengan kulit pangsit goreng, selada, tomat dan sosis goreng lalu ditaburi semacam serbuk apa gitu, bawang goreng dan daun bawang. Sosisnya langsung dicomot duluan sama Kalki sampai ludes. Bagi saya mie-nya enak!

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Nah, pesanan terakhir adalah Pizza Chicken BBQ Jagung. Pizza-nya udah dipotong jadi 8 bagian, disajikan di atas pan kayu. Lalu kami juga disediakan piring-piring kecil sebanyak 4 buah. Untuk saus sudah ada di meja 1 botol sambal dan 1 botol saus tomat. Anak-anak suka banget sama pizzanya. Kavin lebih suka topping jagungnya. Yang saya suka mereka pakai keju mozzarella yang lumer dan di atas roti pizza diolesi saus BBQ. Lalu ayamnya juga sudah berbumbu tersendiri.

Acara ulang tahun Kalki kemarin sukses bikin kami berempat makan 8 potong pizza dan 1 porsi Mie Gembul. Tentu aja dengan 3 gelas minuman mocktail cocopandannya juga. Dan saya minta supaya minumannya nggak usah diberi sedotan plastik, dong. Karena masih inget komitmen #PantangPlastik #BreakFreeFromPlastic dari Greenpeace. Eh, kebetulan saya menang kampanye minggu pertama yang bertemakan #PantangSedotanPlastik.

Sejak saya pindah menetap di desa, hampir nggak pernah lagi makan pizza. Kini udah ada kedai lokal yang menyajikan pizza dengan tarif yang cukup ramah di kantong. Jadi sekarang saya bisa makan pizza kapan aja. Selain pizza, masih banyak menu makanan western yang disajikan oleh mereka, lho! Mulai dari appetizer, main course hingga dessert.

Menu yang ditawarkan selain pizza cukup banyak. Saya sempat melihat ada garlic bread, french fries, black burger dan beberapa minuman selain mocktail. Beberapa minuman yang ditawarkan ada jus buah-buahan, milkshake dan air mineral. Tapi kalau untuk air mineral, saya cukup bawa tumbler sendiri dong dari rumah.

Menu yang sempat saya ingin pesan juga kemarin adalah Banana Berry Smoothie, semacam mix fruit dan mashed fruit di dalam bowl. Tapi kebetulan saat itu lagi nggak tersedia. Selain pizza yang gurih ada juga Pizza Banana Island, yang sepertinya manis – kelihatannya manis, ya soalnya belum pernah coba, sih. Malah Kalki sempat tanya apa ada pizza strawbery ke mbaknya. Dan tentu aja dijawab nggak ada, hahaha.

Saat lihat-lihat buku menu, Kalki mau Gembul Chicken Steak. Cuma sayang banget, pilihan Kalki lagi nggak available. Untuk pizza, pilihan awal saya jatuh kepada Popeye Pizza dengan bayam, sayang seribu sayang ternyata bayamnya lagi nggak ada, sehingga harus pilih varian topping pizza lainnya.

Meskipun pada saat itu ada menu-menu yang nggak bisa dipesan, tapi overall puas dengan rasa dan pelayanan Gembul Pizza. Pelayanannya ramah dan baik. Bahkan waktu pertama kali kami kesana, pesan pizza untuk dibawa pulang saya minta nggak usah dikasi saus sambal, saus tomat aja, lalu sama mbaknya dilebihin saus tomat beberapa sachet.

Kalau tertarik paket hematnya Gembul Pizza, tunggu aja pas ada harga promo, karena secara berkala mereka mengadakan menu promo, kok! Cek aja di IG-nya di @gembul_pizza. Selain itu, saya amati mereka juga terus menambahkan beberapa menu baru. Dari pertama kali kesana hingga kedatangan kedua, eh ada tambahan beberapa makanan dan minuman berlabel “New” di buku menu. Duh, jadi laper lagi kan, nulis review tempat makan… See you next time!

♡ Intan Rastini

A Tour to Rainbow Warrior: a Greenpeace Ship Landed in Bali

A day after Kavin’s 3rd birthday, we went to port Benoa. A greenpeace famous ship has been landed on Bali, at the port Benoa. I didn’t want to miss this chance so I asked my husband to go there with the kids. It is a rare opportunity to see the Rainbow Warrior and even go inside the ship. Greenpeace journey has been started in Papua, the second place to land was Bali, Next is going to be Jakarta for a week on April 23-29 2018. The journey is called “Jelajah Harmoni Nusantara” Rainbow Warrior Southeast Asia Ship Tour 2018.

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From Angkah village in Selemadeg Barat, Tabanan to port Benoa it takes about 2.30 hours by motorbike. Our destination is approximately 50 km away. When we arrived on the Benoa highway, we had to pay the entrance highway fee for motorbike Rp 2,000. At the port, we didn’t need to pay any entrance fee or parking fee. It was all free. The Rainbow Warrior open boat event held by Greenpeace was also totally free. This event is held on April 14-15 2018 from 9:00-12:00 and 13:00-16:00. We came on Saturday, April 14 at 13:00.

Port of Benoa

When we arrived at the port Benoa, we had lunch first by the dock. We brought our lunch box and we shared meal with 4 persons: my husband, Kalki, Kavin and me. It was very hot at the port, by the way. We already prepared bringing 4 drinking bottle containing 3,1 L of water. And it was insufficient for the four of us. Because we were sweating a lot and we need drinking much water to rehydrate our body. We felt so thirsty almost all the time.

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After having lunch, we could visit the handycraft stands by local communities who care to the environment and their products are mostly eco-friendly or by recycled materials. Kalki and Kavin tried to chill out at the painting tent, there were some cozy beanbags for lying down or sitting down. We could enjoy the ocean breeze here, and let the kids paint on a cut unused posters’ backside.

 

At 1 pm we made a line to enter the Rainbow Warrior. A group of visitors that allowed to enter in every session was 25 persons excluded children.  We went inside the ship in the first session.  There was an Indonesian tour guide who explained about the Rainbow Warrior. This Rainbow Warrior Ship was the third ship of Greenpeace. The first had been bombed by the French intelligent agent and the second one was too old to be operated. Next, Greenpeace made its own ship unlike its two ships before that those are modified ships.

 

Something unique about the ship that it has a dolphin wooden statue, its name is Dave the Dolphin. And it was brought from the first ship. There was also a classic hand bell in front of the steering room. Ships used to use hand bell in old times to acknowledge its coming but nowadays because of radio, GPS and etc, we don’t need hand bell anymore. In Rainbow Warrior there is a tradition to ring the hand bell on a new year’s eve by the youngest ship’s crew.

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This third Rainbow Warrior is a sailboat with modern technology. It uses wind energy to sail, but it can use diesel too when there is no wind.This ship has big strong sail poles which form like the  alphabet “A” structures. Because of its huge sails, it uses machine to expand them and also with the help of the crews. There are some monitors in the steering room and as a controlling room also. Luckily, Kalki had the opportunity to sit on the captain’s seat! There were so many buttons and panels. Visitors and especially children were not allowed to touch anything there.

 

The Rainbow Warrior’s crew who explained about the ship was Reinoud, his position is 2nd mate – I don’t know what it means. Unfortunately I didn’t ask him what exactly his posisition was about. I just asked about where the captain was. And the captain was discussing something with the crews in the other room behind the steering room.

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Reinoud the 2nd Mate in the steering room and a translator

Reinoud explained that this ship has ever been followed by government war ships so close behind. He said that some government or companies felt afraid of the Rainbow Warrior. So, it’s good that they felt afraid because it meant that they did something wrong. Even their captain had also been terrorized too. The captain of Rainbow Warrior is a dutch woman named Hettie Geenen.

 

After going inside the steering room we went to the conference room. It was such a multifunctional room with a projector hanging on the ceiling. The crew could also set up some gym equipments there so they could do exercise. At that room, we watch a short video presenting about what Greenpeace had done especially in Indonesia.

 

Next tour was to the Helipad. Yes Rainbow Warrior has a landing deck for a helicopter. On the helideck there were some knockdown wooden wall for sticking posters about Greenpeace international. So we could read what kind of environmental issues that Greenpeace had been fighting for. From plastic waste to electronic waste, farming land that would be used as a mega electricity plan with coal, massive deforestation to start palm farming, air pollution, even about the bombing of the first Rainbow Warrior Ship.

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Welcome to Indonesia, Greenpeace!

The tour inside Rainbow Warrior maybe only took 15-20 minutes only. The next groups kept going on and on as the first group ended the tour. After I finished my tour, I took a rest by sitting down under the trees’ shadows. Because I had something to ask to the ship crew, I joined the next session for the second time. This time I went only with kalki. The tour was the same as the first. At the first session Kalki hadn’t got the chance for sitting on the captain’s seat, but at the second time, he got it.

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I met with Sabine Skiner from Germany this time. She is the mechanic of Rainbow Warrior. I asked her whether there were any Indonesian crew in Rainbow Warrior. She said there were 16 crews from 14 different countries. 2 crews are from Indonesia: 1 deck-hand crew and 1 as a volunteer. At last, I asked Sabine to sign on my notebook.

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Next, I skipped watching video in the conference room, I directly went straight to the helideck and read few articles there and then Kalki and I went to the land to meet Kavin and my husband. It was very nice to be inside of Rainbow Warrior and to meet the ship’s crews. Unfortunately I didn’t meet every crew of Rainbow Warrior and what I waited the most was to meet the ship’s chef, Daniel Bravo.

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It was said by the Indonesian tour guide that all crew in this ship weren’t not only activists but they were also scientist and researchers. Meeting the only chef of the ship is very interesting to me, to know about what kind of menu did he always cook for all the crew and… besides that, he also looked like Orlando Bloom to me, haha. Reminding me to Pirates of the Caribbean so much!

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It was a little bit disappointing that the visitors were not given a tour to every cabin and to the kitchen. We also couldn’t meet to every ship’s crew because only one crew that was in charge in the steering room to welcome the visitors. By chance, I noticed the other ship’s crew like Shuk Ning Cheung as a volunteer deck hand, Daniel Szony as 3rd mate and another crew inside the tools and equipments room, but I didn’t know who he was. Sabine said that Daniel was from Hungary. He appeared in the steering room at that time.

 

On the dock near by the ship was moored, we could enjoy dragon fruit juice and another fruit juice, but we needed to bring our own tumblr to get that juice. I didn’t know whether it was free or not so I didn’t  go to get that juice. There was also loud music by two DJs but they were gone at about 1.30 pm. There were a community which cared to the plastic waste named Bye Bye Plastic Bags, two persons came to me and asked a permission to interview about my concern to plastic waste.

 

There was also another community like Trash Hero, and the others that I din’t pay attention that much. However mostly there were communities that care to the environment and want a better change for Planet Earth. This time Greenpeace came bringing a campaign to use renewable energy, there was a giant phrase showed on the ship’s net: BALI GO RENEWABLE. And also on a long banner attached on the ship’s fence: “BALI SAATNYA BERALIH KE ENERGI TERBARUKAN”. Are you ready to use renewable and stop using plastic bags?

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Our Indonesia’s minister of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, Susi Pudjiastuti had visited Rainbow Warrior when it was landed in Papua, how about you? To me it is a cool opportunity that I won’t miss! Let’s join to be an ocean defender!

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It was so hot! But a cool experience though

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Greenpeace lifeboat

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Balinese traditional offering to welcome the Rainbow Warrior Ship in Bali

♡ Intan Rastini

Trip to the Secret Waterfalls

We love to be in the nature. I have been living in a natural village in Bali for about 6 years. This village is not the center of tourist attraction like Penglipuran Village, so it is quiet and quite remote. Our village is Angkah Village which is surrounded with paddy fields and the woods.

 

Before I got pregnant I had explored the Balian river and dam in our village. It has a long and wide stream with several big rocks. After I have Kalki and Kavin, I work as an English teacher in Samsaman Village. I got an information from my students at the learning center that there are waterfalls in the village we can visit I guess there are two different waterfalls, one in Angkah village and the other one is in Samsaman Village. Angkah and Samsaman are closed to each other.

 

My first time visiting the waterfalls in Samsaman, it was with my students and a volunteer from the USA. The access to the waterfalls was still new. Probably the residents had just opened a new road through the forest to the waterfalls with an excavator. However the road to the waterfall is only for the beginning. Next we still need to hike on the path down the hill in the woods.

That’s why I call it as secret waterfalls because before they opened the road, just certain villagers who had known or accessed the waterfalls. It is located behind the villagers’ residence. Almost hidden, I could say. We can go there by motorcycle or car first until flat road ends. On the new road is just bare land without asphalt or cement. We can park our vehicles on the new road, because the slopes begin there, so we have to go on foot.

After the new road ends, we will walk in the woods with small path. The road and the path are really steep sometimes. We need to keep hiking downward to go to the waterfalls. Until we arrive at the cliff edge and we have to climb the cliff down about 1.5-2 meter height. It is very dangerous if the cliff is wet because of the rain. So, we always make sure to go to the waterfalls on a sunny day.

 

There are two waterfalls there. The first is very wide and we can walk on the top of it. The first waterfall is near from the start point but we need to climb down the cliff  a little bit to get there. It’s more narrow and there is a stream with rocks just like a pool where we can play splashing water or soak our body. The depth is only 1 meter. From the first waterfall we can see the view from a high hill because there will be still the second waterfall which is the highest and it flows down the hill straightly to the Balian River below.

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The top of the first waterfall, my husband walked across to be on the top of it

 

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Touch down the first waterfall

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There are many rocks

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I could see rainbow below the waterfall

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It was beautiful

 

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The view from the top of the second waterfall, we can see the Balian river down there

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The last waterfall

Both of the waterfalls are connected to each other. The last waterfall is very massive, it is about 20 m height. To go to the last one we need to hike further to the forest downhill with more dangerous and difficult path. At the bottom of the waterfall there is a pool surrounded by the natural rocks and the water of the pool keep flowing straightly to the Balian River. The pool depth is about 1.5-4 meters.

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we need to climb down the cliff a little bit to get to the first waterfall

I have been to the waterfalls twice. At first with my students and a volunteer was only until the first waterfall. We played in the pool and took some photos. We could stand up on the big rock on the top of the second waterfall and we could see the magnificent view of green hills and the stream of Balian River from above the highest waterfall.

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The second time I went there with Kalki and my husband. We didn’t take Kavin with us because it is quite dangerous and tiring to a smaller kid. We went down until the second waterfall. If we kept walking down the hill we would have arrived on the Balian River. At the second waterfall, we had to leap over rocks until we arrived at the pool as the bottom of the waterfall. Me and Kalki ate some snacks on a giant rock while my husband was swimming on the pool.

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My husband couldn’t stand not to swim there

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Swimming in the cold cold water

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Massive waterfall

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We went down hill to the second waterfall where the water falls from 20 m height

It was cold to be at the waterfall, moreover to swim there. My husband was shivering just after swimming. It became colder as it was getting dark in the afternoon. We decided to went back before it was too late, in the dark we would see nothing in the forest. We had to hike the hill upward on our way home. It was very tiring for us espescially Kalki. My husband carried Kalki on his back whenever he said that he was tired to walk. We also stopped to take a rest or drink for several times.

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My husband carried Kalki when he was tired to walk

After all it was always a fantastic journey to explore the new waterfalls near our home. We really enjoyed the natural scenery and the challenging adventure. Me and Kalki was using wood sticks as walking cane to help us hike the hill down and up during the trip. It just wasn’t really help when we needed to climb some rocks. I’ve heard that some international volunteers from my work place also visited the waterfalls. The Portuguese boys even did cliff jumping at the last waterfall. Wow! Do you have the gut to try?

 

Intan Rastini.

How to Make a Cartoon Wayang

Hello, weekend is coming and we will have more spare time with the kids. Here is one of my idea to make a creative activity with Kalki and Kavin. My sons need figures to play instead of dolls, so I tried to make them cartoon wayangs with their own characters, Kalki and Kavin. With wayang Kalki learns about storytelling and confidence 🙂

Let’s go, I’ll show you how to make some…

Tools and Materials

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  1. Piece of carton
  2. Palm sticks
  3. Tape
  4. Pencil
  5. Coloring Pencils
  6. Scissors
  7. Needle
  8. Thread
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I use the carton from my toddlers’ milk boxes to recycle them too

How to make

  1. Draw a character on a piece of carton. What I drew was my sons, Kalki and Kavin figures. You can draw your children figures or any animation characters.
  2. Color the character or let your children do the coloring.
  3. Cut out the character and then also cut off the joints: the arms, elbows and knees.
  4. Join each arm to the shouldres and join the elbows together as well as the knees by sewing them with the thread and needle. I just need to make two holes to sew the joints.
  5. Attach the palm stick to the character’s center body on the backside of the carton. Use the tape to stick it.
  6. Attach a palm stick to each hands and fix it with the tape.
  7. A cartoon wayang made on carton is done! Ready to play…!
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The backside of the carton, I use transparent tape to attach the palm sticks

 

Just after I have finished making the Kalki and Kavin cartoon wayang, Kalki asked me for Oma and Opa cartoon wayang. And then Maybe he would ask for more characters…

So I made him two cars cartoon wayang instead. Because they are easier, I didn’t need to sew the carton. I just draw, color, cut out and then attach the stick and it’s done.

 

Kalki played the cartoon wayang in the dark with a white screen and a shooting lamp behind the screen. So there were the shadows of the wayang on the screen. He made up a story while playing the characters. But you don’t need to play with the screen and lamp. You can make a scenery background instead.

 

Happy playing cartoon wayang 🙂

Intan Rastini.

Weekend on The Batu Lumbang Beach

Last weekend in November we went to the beach near by. It is located in the Batu Lumbang beach. Why is it called as Batu Lumbang? “Batu” in Indonesian and Balinese means stone or rock and “Lumbang” in Balinese means wide. So this beach has giant wide coral rocks which some of them have big holes. So this holes look like a pond or jacuzzi in the seashore.

This beach is the neighbor of Soka Beach. So as long as this beach lines all the sand is black. I have ever heard that Matti from Finland said that, “it is unusual to play in the beach with black sand. Is it black because of the volcano?”

Well I believe it is because of the volcano, because Tabanan area is near by the Mount Batukaru. Some beaches in Tabanan have corals and black sand like in the Tanah Lot. Until up to the northern Bali, in Lovina beach, it has black sand too just like we do in south. But in the north the beach is quite calm with no big waves. Most beaches in Bali have white sand like Sanur, Kuta and Dreamland.

Last time we went to Batu Lumbang beach we played on the sand and mostly we swim in the hole of the coral. Not really swim because the hole is not large enough to swim, we just soaked and enjoyed the wave that came and went away around us. In the coral there were some crabs that came up and hid quickly.

There were three holes on one giant goral. We could soak our body in those holes. The holes were not very deep, only 0.5-1 meter. In the bottom of the hole we would step on sand surface. Kalki and Kavin played soaking their bodies in the hole while outside the hole there were a big waves. We could get water splash from the waves that came hitting the coral.

We went there at 3 pm. We arrived there about 3.20 pm through Lumbung Pangreregan village. So from Lumbung Village we reached the Pedungan and would be on the main road of Negara-Tabanan. We turn left or went to the north. The beach itsself was on the right side of the road, we could see the seashore from the main road.

To visit this beach we didn’t pay any entrance fee or parking fee. There were a lot of bamboo or wood stick waste in the beach at first but as you walked to the seashore it was quite clean. The wave in this beach was always big so we were always careful about that moreover we were with the kids. We brought some snacks and milk for the kids and we made sure that we brought back the rubbish, not littering the beach anyway.

We never swim in this beach due to its big waves. Some people went there for fishing. At 4.30 pm the waves were getting big so we decided to go home. Yeah, it was quite fun to soak your body in the hole of the coral filled with salty sea water. It is like an exclusive natural jacuzzi in the seashore. Do you want to try?

 

 

My 25 Birthday

Yesterday (10th of February) was a rainy day. I woke up early in the morning to prepare my sons’ needs like today’s breakfast and lunch also to check all the clothes and toiletries for them are well-packed to blue baby bag. That morning not really sunny… almost cloudy.

However, the night before I already prepared for the porridge in the slow cooker.
I couldn’t sleep early at night because I was happy enough knowing that I got a birthday present from my long time bestfriend since I was in the elementary school, Karina.

She is very generous by giving me a gift voucher to shop at a baby and kids shop on my birthday. Before that she already gave me a pack of baby and kids’ clothes for me. So the voucher shall be redeemed in the month of February. That’s why on my birthday I went to Denpasar city with my sons and my husband on that rainy weather. Wet wet and wet everywhere we walked. We had the trip from Tabanan to Denpasar by motorcycle with 4 persons on the ride.

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I bought a nursing bra for myself and then I chose a wooden toy for my sons and… three bracelets of anti-mosquitoes. You know.. rainy season, wet everywhere.. prone to mosquitoes attack. I presented one pink anti-mosquitoes bracelet for baby Khanza, Kalki n’ Kavin got the yellow and green ones. Unfortunately we couldn’t afford to buy more for Iqbal 😦

We ate lunch at Tiara Dewata. Kalki was enthusiastic and he found new world of playing! First we took a shelter from the rain at the ATM center and to fed baby Kavin. Next we ate lunch at the food court together. I ordered a soto and a tahu campur at the Surabaya culinary kiosk for me and for my husband. While we were waiting… I bought a pair of potato doughnuts with grated cheese as the topping 🙂

Kalki was really hungry and he ate my husband’s soto and my lontong 🙂 he was very cute acting that he could eat by himself :’)

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Mommy.. this is delicious, said Kalki in his heart

And we were proud of him. Because he tried to handle his meal on his own. He went to the wash basin to wash his hands by the help of his mom and dad. Until he found an automatic hand dryer machine.. he played it to dry his hands.. again and he tried again and again… Hihihi… we are so sorry for our katrok attitude… but we couldn’t help our son!

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Papa, what's that... Kalki was in an awe

Next we walked around and we saw a play zone for kids! Of course Kalki was really eager to stay and look around. He saw the train and cars buzzing around and the noisy children sounds… whoaaa what a joyful zone here, he thought! There was a boom boom car and a pool of colorful balls and the trampolin zone! What can I say here to describe my children’s eyes of festive area like that?

This is my day, I thought. But that day went quite fast. Would my life went so fast just like on my birthday?

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I’m turning 25 and I expect to do 25 things before the next 26

Thank you my husband to accompany me through the rain… taking care of me and most of all our sons. Be strong be strong sons!

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We walked when the rain had stopped

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The wooden toy: farm train for Kalki and Kavin from Alden

Thank you Anin, Medina and Karina… my elementary school bestfriends. Karina said we must be bestfriend trough all times ♡♡♡. Your nursing tops package as my birthday gift has arrived. And I really really love it. Your love and care make me believe that I still have good friends with good moments to share.

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Kalki really likes the anti-mosquitoes bracelet. He wears it everytime he goes outdoor and at home

And thank you my family…  for the long lasting supports and energy. ♥♥

This is a late post and I regret I couldn’t post it on time.
Happy birthday also to Shankara, Iqbal and my Aunty ♡♥ long lasting love for you all. Many happy return of the days… and good bye February. May the new month bring a joy, good health and wealth.

♡ Intan Rastini