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Happy Independence Day, Indonesia

Independence Day, Ubud, Bali

Independence Day, Ubud, Bali.

After a long struggle, on 27 December 1949, the Dutch finally recognised Indonesia as an independent state and transferred sovereignty to the Republic of the United States of Indonesia. On 17 August 1950, which was the fifth anniversary of the declaration of Independence, the country was proclaimed the Republic of Indonesia. President Sukarno became the first President of Indonesia and Mohammad Hatta, a highly effective Minangkabau economist from Sumatra, became prime minister.

Indonesia always claimed that the date of independence was 17 August 1945 but the Dutch insisted that the date was 27 December 1949.

In August 2005 the Dutch accepted the 1945 date.

The story of the struggle is told in our book Secrets of Bali, Fresh Light on the Morning of the World, now available as an ebook for immediate downloading.

There are more photographs on www.jonathaninbali.com


Ambling in Amed, East Bali

Last week we went to Amed.

Murni and I were with Southeast Asian textiles’ expert Dr Linda McIntosh and we were on a mission.

The mission was to scout out places to bring a small select group of textile enthusiasts to.

We needed to find interesting weavers and dyers, who were still using and creating natural dyes, and trying to maintain the old traditions, which are in danger of dying out and disappearing.

We got up before sunrise and set off in search of textile producers.

We saw some amazing sights.

‘To learn the magic of light get up before sunrise and watch’ – Ted Grant – and we did.

David Young said, ‘It is the photographing of ordinary things, in extraordinary light, which results in extraordinary photographs.’  We stayed 3 days and the light was different everyday and every minute of everyday. It was all extraordinary.

Mission accomplished, we have launched and invite those interested in textiles and culture to join Murni’s Textile and Cultural Tour at Murni’s Houses.

There are more photographs on www.jonathaninbali.com


A Walk on the Wild Side, Ubud, Bali

It’s easy to get off the beaten track in Ubud.

The Ridge, Ubud, Bali

The Ridge, Ubud, Bali

Recently Murni and I took  two of our guests at Murni’s Houses for a walk on the wild side. It only took five minutes to be in the rice paddies and amongst the coconut and palm trees. It’s on our doorstep.

Coconut Tree

Coconut Tree

We got up at 7 am. It was already light and the temperature was wonderfully cool.  Wildlife and humans were stirring.

Snail, Ubud, Bali

Snail, Ubud, Bali

We walked down the slope to the main road, crossed over and we were soon surrounded by a thousand shades of green.

Rice Paddy, The Ridge, Ubud, Bali

Rice Paddy, The Ridge, Ubud, Bali

There were people going to work on their bicycles…

Cyclist, The Ridge, Ubud, Bali

and bicycles just waiting for the owners to take them for a spin.

Bicycle, The Ridge, Ubud, Bali

Bicycle, The Ridge, Ubud, Bali

There were geometric shapes:

Banana Tree, The Ridge, Ubud, Bali

Banana Tree, The Ridge, Ubud, Bali

… and if you looked carefully new life was bursting forth.

New Life, Ubud, Bali

New Life, Ubud, Bali

Wildflowers add a touch of colour to the overwhelming green backdrop.

Wildflower, The Ridge, Ubud, Bali

Wildflower, The Ridge, Ubud, Bali

Works of art in the shape of rice paddies reflected the sky above and hard labour below, and centuries of it.

Rice Paddy, The Ridge, Ubud, Bali

Rice Paddy, The Ridge, Ubud, Bali

After several hours we were back to the modern world of cars and motorbikes, but at least the first motortbike was green.

Motorbike, Ubud, Bali

Motorbike, Ubud, Bali

There’s more about Rice in Secrets of Bali.

There are more photographs on www.jonathaninbali.com