Sunday, July 5, 2015

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Beautiful offerings for the Gods



One of the first things I noticed about Bali was the beautiful handmade offerings. These are small baskets made from natural materials and filled with colorful flowers. Giving them is a ritual followed by Hindus who make them for the gods. They are normally offered three times a day, though some people I heard about make 40 a day and even 100 during festivals. It is hoped they bring prosperity to your home, family, business and health. 


Tuesday, June 30, 2015

A walk by the rice fields in Ubud







Luckily our accomomdation is a little out of Ubud. So we can just start to walk on a small path through the rice paddies. There is an impression of greenness which can be incredible beautiful! We pass some art galleries and cosy restaurants and ended at the monkey forest!

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Bali – The Big Joglo House

























Wow! I love airbnb, because there I found this incredible beautiful Joglo-House* near Ubud. It is surrounded by rice terraces and of course the view is amazing. Same like our host Cokie, who is also a great photographer with a huge love for gardening as you can see on the pictures. It's an open house up to two rooms which have wooden walls. So every evening the fireflies could say us good night!

Joglo is a traditional vernacular house of Javanese people. It consist of two parts; the pendopo and dalem. The pendopo is the front section of Joglo that have large roofed space with columns and without wall or partition. The dalem is the inner sections with walled enclosure and rooms such as bedroom and kitchen. Pendopo is used to receive guests, reception hall and living room, while the inner dalem are more private sections of the house. The roof formed a pyramid-like structure with central part are taller and steeper. It is said that the roof of Joglo is constructed to mimic a mountain.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Monday, June 15, 2015

The lovely Guesthouse East Surf Cabanas in Arugam Bay

Raffaella, Giada and Sudu. Photo taken by Subha Wijesiriwardena














We met Raffaella and Sudu two years ago and decided to come back for a longer time. So we arrived with the night bus in the early morning at 3 pm and tip-toed through the beautiful garden. The smell of jasmine after eight hours in a hot and sweaty bus was so welcoming! As we opened the door to our room we hoped so much that everything was prepared for us. And yes! A beautiful big bed, with a spotless clean spacy moscito net and white bedlinen. The room is spacious, beautifully designed with an eye for details. After traveling in India this felt like a gift for me!

The two of them are great hosts! So helpful, they are trying to make everything possible. Like arranging surf lessons or a transfer back to Colombo. Raffaella also gives holistic massages to women. The atmosphere is familiar and they are attracting really nice guests. And Giada! The now ten month old baby with the most beautiful smile of the world! Some lovely cats and Mocca, the dog, also belong to the family. We had two kittens living on our veranda for some weeks, this was fun. Monkeys come visit sometimes, which is always a real adventure. 

The food is great, there is a great choice! Sri Lankan breakfast with potato curry, coconut sambol and bread. Or the classic bread with jam, eggs, and fruit. Or the fruit bowl with homemade musli. As Sudu is a fisherman and also a very good cook, there will be always the freshest fish for dinner. I love the jumbo prawns in coconut milk and of course the vegetarian curry, so delicious!

The drinking water is sourced from their own well and is naturally filtered. No need to buy the plastic bottles!

We often explored the surroundings with the bikes which are for the use of the guests. This is also great!

The hosts can organize BBQ nights in Panama and also night safaris with a jeep and a bonfire. Sudu is the best animal spotter, thanks of him, we saw elephants, wild boar, a wildcat and crocodiles!
We stayed here for two and a half months and are sad to leave tomorrow. I will miss the visits from Raffaella and Giada on our veranda and the talks with Sudu after dinner over a small glass of Arrak. But we definitely are coming back!





Saturday, June 13, 2015

Sunset in Panama

 


Panama is an especially nice place for the sundown. The setting sun dips the lagoon in a magic light, it is calm and the only ones which trust to make some noise are the birds! 

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Tsunami resistant Houses behind Potuvil






This enchanted settlement of round houses is on the way from Potuvil to Whisky Point. The houses were donated by the Japanese government after the Tsunami and are so built that in case of an other flood the water cannot destroy the houses!