Tawik and Kadek has been together for almost 11 years, they know each other through friends during high school and they have been together since. Tawik and Kadek both have passion to travel, they enjoy to discover new places and having fun. Tawik is a school teacher who is love being round with kids and Kadek is a chef who like to cook and do picnic.
Ngaben is a cremation ritual in Bali for Hindus people. In Bali cremation is one of an important ritual for Hindu’s that have to be done by the family when someone in their family passed away. Balinese people believe that through cremation the spirit who passed away will united with the God.
Two years ago I went to my friend house Erinda, we both are into photography. When I visited her house I still remember I saw an old film camera on her bench, it was Minolta SRT 101 and she told me that her Dad camera. I’m asking “is the camera still work ?” unfortunately the camera was broken, out of the blue I am offering my self to fix the camera with one condition that after it has been fixed, she let me borrow for couple of week to shoot with it.
I always heard how nice Japan is from my brother who has visited Japan for three times. He told me every time he back from the trip “Putu you have to visit Japan, the food is soo delicious, the place is very beautiful and the people is very polite, you will amazed” and for three years I always said “Yes someday I will” but never got a chance to go, until last December.
Out of the blue last February me and my brother browsing the internet, just look a daily stuff like youtube and facebook. He suddenly say “Let’s check the ticket to Japan, let see how much the ticket to Japan for December if we book it today (February)” and we ended up booked the ticket without any planning. Soo here is my trip to Japan, that I never expected I will finally visiting Japan, the place that always on my bucket list.
Fatty and Jun has decided to take a step forward for their relationship, they are ready to set a new journey on their life. Despite their live in saperated place, Fatty live in Kupang and Jun working in Bali, they decided to do the couple session in beautiful island of Bali.
Here some of my work shooting product of AND.M brand own by Tillie, an Australian who is “working in collaboration with local artists, designers and seamstresses, AND.M blends modern and sophisticated styles with playful and contemporary Indonesian patterns. The result is a range of distinctive men’s and women’s statement pieces, from high-end fashion to classically-cut work wear with a twist.”
Wedding in Bali is a sacred ritual and I think in every country that Wedding is the most happiest moment not only for the couple but for the whole family. In Bali when Balinese people got married all our family will come and help the ritual, Bali is an island that famous for it culture and ritual are reflecting on their Wedding ceremony.
In Bali there are a lot of thing that we need to consider before we arrange the Wedding, Balinese people will need to choose “The right day” based on Bali calendar to arrange the ceremony, they also will need to prepare the offering that it called “Banten” in Bali. Nearly two weeks before the actual ceremony held, the family will come to the couple house to help to decor the house (almost all Balinese family will celebrate their wedding at the Groom house) and preparing the offering.
Last November I decided to have a small trip back to Melbourne Australia as myself new year gift, I stayed in Melbourne for almost three weeks with my younger Brother as he study in Melbourne like I used to. Unlike traveling to other place that new for me, Melbourne is like my second home after I have stayed for almost five years study and working, it is such a great city with young atmosphere. The weather is quite nice when I was there I went to Melbourne at the end of November, so I kinda missed winter season when I was there since Melbourne on its spring season at that time, it was 25 – 28 degrees so it is actually a perfect time to visit Melbourne.
Bali is famous for its culture and ceremony, one of the biggest ceremony in Bali is called Nyepi or simply called “Days of Silence” that celebrate once a year according to Balinese calendar and it usually happen around middle of March. Apart from Nyepi as the main ceremony, there is a unique ritual on the day before Nyepi which is called “Ngerupuk” as part of the Nyepi, on this day there will be a Ogoh – ogoh paraded that will be held during the night. Ogoh – Ogoh is an evil creature that traditionally made from bamboo by the Banjar and the kids at the local council (nowadays many ogoh – ogoh are made from styrofoam). It took almost a month and half to make this evil creature from the scratch and the youth organisation of the council also will prepare dance and gambelan perfomance to tell the story of their creature.
Let me show you a visual story of Ngerupuk day in my local council from the making of Ogoh – ogoh, dance and Gambelan rehearsal until the big day to perform in my village. My village called Legian Village and there are three Banjars in Legian which is Legian Kelod, Legian Tengah and Legian Kaja. All the Banjar do their best to create the Ogoh – Ogoh from the dance and the Gambelan instrument.
On the 27 – 28 February 2016 we 100 Guru Bali (1000 Teachers Bali Regional) community visiting Singaraja Village at SD 5 Pakisan, Kubutambahan to Travel and Teaching (TNT). This is our fourth TNT and this was the most hard and challenging TNT that we have ever arranged compare to the previous TNT. The school is located on the top of the hill, the only access to go to the school is by passing the main road that has been damage and it is not able to pass by car, our truck had to park on the bottom of the hill and we have to walk 3 km up to the hill carrying the donation that took us almost one and half hours.