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.
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.
A sacred process in Balinese tradition called Mediksa where Balinese priest become Sulinggih (a higher status) to able to communicate and connect to Ida Shangyang Widhi Wasa (Balinese Hindus God). In this process the priest must pass a step what it call “Seda Raga” (where the priest will go into coma condition) before become Sulinggih. This step required as the most important part of the ceremony, therefore the Sulinggih will able to see the path to Nirvana to lead the holly sprit once they passed away. Mediksa will be lead by what it call as “Guru Nabe” Guru Nabe is a teacher in Hindus Priest who will teach the Priest to become a Sulinggih, only Nabe who can decided if the student will pass and can become a Sulinggih.