Wednesday, October 30, 2013

bali | compound

A traditional 1930s Balinese compound; home to one family, three generations. It was a privilege to walk inside the stone walls and observe everyday life there, an experience I won't forget anytime soon. 

I expected poverty but I was completely surprised by the beauty. This is the very essence of simple living; a wood fire oven, cast-iron pans, enamel plates, wooden spoons, a water well, stone walls, thatched roofing, bamboo details, succulents in tin pots. 


The earthy aesthetic so evident here can also be seen across hundreds of pinterest pages as designers and stylists and home lovers are inspired by muted hues and natural materials. Completely ironic, don't you think? We're all running back to a simpler time...like 1930s Ubud, Bali.


We brought home a sweet-sounding wooden flute carved by this kind gentleman. His smile was so big and genuine, his parting "namaste" was from his heart space. 


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  1. fantastic! what a great experience!

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  2. This seems so humbling. I love meeting people who find joy in things that we so often ignore.

    A simpler life is a better life, I say!

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  3. I love that last photo of the kind gentleman.
    How wonderful that you were invited to observe their everyday life...
    Ronnie xo

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  4. I went to this same compound in Ubud a couple of years ago, I remember that man! Such beautiful people the Balinese. x

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  5. Great to see that you are seeing the locals way of life and not doing the typical tourist thing!

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    1. We did do a few of the typical tourist things (hard not to with kids in tow) but they weren't overly enjoyable x

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  6. Such a rural beauty it is ! Those people still live there ? These photos make me think how very few and minimal things we need for a happy life.

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  7. Excellent plate rack - I could use that in my house, much better than a cupboard.

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  8. I appreciate the authenticity here.

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  9. Just beautiful!

    You have gotten me so excited for my 6 weeks in Borneo coming up! I'm not sure if you have posted this already or not, but what camera & lens do you use? Am shopping for a new traveler ...

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    1. I'm still using the same camera I've had since early 2011: panasonic gf1 with 20mm 1.7 lens. I highly recommend it for travelling - it's light, compact and takes great shots. It's also not expensive so you don't have to be too precious with it x

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  10. I love this! I really want to take Chris and the family to live in the Philippines for a good 3 months :)

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  11. These pictures are absolutely breathtaking! So beautiful!
    xo TJ

    http://www.hislittlelady.com

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