My Kebaya for Eid Mubarak

When Lebaran/ Eid Muvarak come, my husband and I visited mother’s house in Salatiga (Central Java), Indonesia. My husband and I live in Bali. Celebrating Lebaran for a week, I need to be more efficient to choose clothes to carry, which is not difficult to carry, especially when my husband was in an unhealthy condition, he must use crutches to walk.

I was thinking oto bring 1 suitcase only for  two of us. My  idea was to bring clothes for myself  very simple:
– kebaya 3 pcs
– 1 pc saroong
– 1 pc skirt
– other are shorts and T-shirts for sleeping

When talking about kebaya sometimes that occurred in the head is a clothing that is not flexible to wear to various events. A formal model makes us feel kebaya is only suitable for use only.

But, as long as we know how to choose and mix-match,  we can use simple kebaya during Lebaran (Eid Mubarak).  Staying beautiful, polite, and not reducing the meaning of  Eid Mubarak.

These are my mix-match for Eid Mubarak 2017:

The first Day :

Go to the mosque & tomb:
Where father, grandmother, grandfather and grandmother are buried



2nd Day : Met Neighbors


3nd Day : Posterity Meeting




Unique Village “Penglipuran”, Bangli

Penglipuran Village – Bali is a very famous tourist attraction among tourists both local and foreign countries. However, many tourists who only know bali tourist attraction in the monotony of the beach and other natural attractions. Basically not only presents the tourist attractions of the beach or natural attractions that alone, but also cultural tourism and bali custom which is very thick and we should visit.  I was here with niece : Thursday, 27 April 2017, company her in her holiday 🙂

Penglipuran Village, indigenous village of Bali which is very thick with their harmony and togetherness. This village is located in village camp, bangli district, bangli-Bali district. This village has been awarded Kalpataru award.

Kalpataru Is Kalpataru is an award given to individuals or groups for their services in preserving the environment in Indonesia. Kalpataru itself is Sanskrit meaning tree of life (Kalpavriksha).# Wikipedia

Besides earning the Kalpataru award, Penglipuran Villagewas also designated as a tourist village by the bangli district government in 1995. Since then, the village has been increasingly visited by tourists who want to know how the wisdom that occurs in this penglipuran village.

According to the surrounding community, the word ‘penglipuran’ is taken from the word Pengeling Pura which has the meaning of a sacred place intended to commemorate the ancestors. Discussing the ancestors, it turns out that the people who live in this village are very high in mandate from their ancestors. Evident from the formation of village penglipuran very priority to this harmony. The most striking feature of this village is that the traditional architecture of the village has on average an exact same architecture from the village end to the other.

This uniqueness makes the village of penglipuran very beautiful with a very neat symmetry arranged between 1 house with other house. The gates in each house facing each other are only limited by the small main road in the middle. The gate is called Angkul-angkul (typical Balinese gate) which also has the same architecture as the angkul-angkul of every house in this village. The main road in the village of penglipuran leads to the main part of the village which is at the highest peak.

To enter the area of ​​Penglipuran Village, we are not allowed to use cars or motorcycles. The vehicle should be parked in a large parking area and not far from penglipuran village tourist area. To be able to enter this village, we just pay a Idr 15K  only and we can see how beautiful harmony that is intertwined between families in this village .

First we enter the area of ​​this village, you will be served a very cool and fresh atmosphere, it is because this area is 700 meters above sea level. In addition, the village is cool due to the absence of pollution caused by motor vehicles in the village of Penglipuran. The whole area of ​​the village is about 112 hectares, not too tired if you walk through this village on foot while enjoying the beauty around the Penglipuran Village.

Around the village entrance gate there is an area called catus pata which is an area consisting of village hall, community facilities, and green open spaces in the form of a beautiful park

In the vicinity of the village’s main road, we will not find scattered rubbish littering this place despite the many trees that grow around the road. Quite the contrary, the streets are very clean. So if we intend to dump garbage in this area, think a thousand times to do it. In addition in every corner of this village there will be a lot of garbage provided to accommodate garbage.

If we want to travel to this village, it’s good to  travel near the galungan holiday or after the galungan holiday. Galungan holiday is a big Hindu religious holiday in Bali which is commemorated every 210 days (should be check again?). When that day, we will see penjor (Hindu Means in the form of long bamboo trees with their ends adorned and plugged in front of the yard of the house) that adorn every house in this village. There will be bali girls dressed in Balinese customs who carry banten/ offering to the temple.

The physical arrangement of this village has been handed down from generation to generation by their ancestors, the community in Penglipuran village always holds the Balinese philosophy which is called ‘Tri Hitakarana’ philosophy. This philosophy teaches us to always harmonize the relationship between human and  neighbors, human with environment and human with God.#


It’s the 2nd Nyepi, since I lived in Bali.  The first Nyepi is 2016.  The first celebration was my curioucity about Silent Day.  Now, 2nd Nyepi, at 2017, I will try to do meditation, regarding no activity in Bali.  Airport closed and no activity either, since 6 am till the day after.   We will not see the light, veru dark Bali.  Luckily if we can laydown at rooftop, we can enjoy the stars.

Offering : 1 day before Nyepi


In Balinese philosophy, there is a balance of positive and negative energies. In other words, and perhaps surprisingly, good cannot triumph over evil and vice versa. However, the Balinese culture consists of many rituals and ceremonies that attempt to cleanse us of our negative energies. Just like most people want to take a shower and put on their best-pressed outfit before going out on the town, the Balinese will follow a similar process before the special New Year day of Nyepi. But there is a twist, the Balinese will “primp” themselves on the inside rather than primping themselves on the outside.

In Balinese philosophy there is a balance of positive and negative energies.

Continuing with the analogy, in order for us to be ready for that exciting night out on the town, our body and clothes should be clean, right? One would certainly hope so. Think of your banal laundry day as a the day your dirty clothes get purified (happy laundry day!). So, what is the equivalent to washing ourselves on the inside? Like most ancient traditions, the main tools for internal purification are: meditation and fasting. Hence, another name for Nyepi is the “Day of Introspection.”

We can look at the Balinese New Year purification process as a two-step process. First step (external cleansing) includes the Melasti ceremonies at the beaches and the boisterous, festive Ogoh-ogoh parade (like beating our clothes in the washer). Both are one-of-kind and viscerally amazing experiences not to be missed. Second step, an internal, very quiet, day of fasting and meditation (letting our clothes dry on a rack down in the basement with the lights off).


A fascinating observation about the Ogoh-ogoh and Nyepi season is the controversy and contradiction that surrounds these unique events. Contrary to popular tourist belief, the tradition of Ogoh-ogoh is relatively new, with its origins in the 80s. Balinese often say that one of the motivations was to give the Balinese youth something constructive to do when preparing for the upcoming New Year. Ogoh-ogoh are statues up to five metres high, which represent the negative aspects or all living things. They generally take the form of a local demon (some look downright obscene). The Balinese Hindu authorities try their best to ensure the statues are representative of the true spirit of the event

Ogoh-ogoh statues can be viewed sprouting from the villages 3-4 weeks prior to Nyepi. During this time, you can see the Ogoh-ogoh in the final phases of construction.  Going around to the different Banjars (communities) to see all the creative designs and witness the dedication that goes into the statue construction will boost the overall experience.

One of the tenets of Balinese philosophy is honouring the relationship between the divine, people, and nature.


What does one do when you aren’t supposed to do anything? On Nyepi, not even a Hindu ceremony is allowed. This is one day a year where the people of Bali give back to Earth. All 2,000,000+ of Bali’s motorbikes take the day off. There are no fires. There are no planes. Electricity consumption is significantly reduced. Air pollution and noise pollution are next to nothing.

If you have never tried meditation, this is the perfect time to give it go.

Sit back (or cross-legged if you are a yogi) and enjoy a fleeting day of silence. This could be challenging if peace and quiet are not your cup of tea.

Despite all of the Nyepi Day restrictions, not everything is closed. If you are staying in a hotel, this is quite obvious. In fact, many, if not all, hotels and resorts in Bali offer Nyepi “packages” to lure guests. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing. But sometimes, the true spirit of Nyepi gets lost in translation between businesses’ bottom lines and cultural traditions. This is tough time if you are Balinese and work at a hotel, sacrificing an important day of purification is the price to be paid for keeping one foot in the modern world.


Nyepi falls on Tuesday, 28 March 2017. Pengerupukan festivities is 1 day before Nyepi, start in the morning with blessing ceremonies. Ogoh-ogoh parades can begin anytime in the late afternoon, evening, or night time. Parade start times depend on local Banjar rulings. At the end of the parade route, the Ogoh-ogoh are usually placed on display in a football field for everyone to see. Depending on the rulings, the statues could be set on fire at this time.

If you are staying at a hotel, check with their activities team or concierge to find out local Melasti and Ogoh-ogoh parade timings and routes. Not every Banjar will have a parade (this varies from year to year). Be prepared for road blocks, traffic jams, and walking through crowded areas if you plan to be towards everywhere.

Stay put on Nyepi  Day. Only emergency vehicles are permitted on the roads. Anyone on the street must have proper papers to do so, which will be enforced by the Pecalang. Hotels and resorts will operate but are likely to be quieter than usual. Try a meditation class, fasting or a cleanse. If you miss the hustle and bustle or the sounds of motorbikes in the air, don’t worry, all of it will be there for you tomorrow.


  • Banjar– Community level government organization.
  • Bhuta Kala– Symbolic Demon to be paraded and burned in effigy as an Ogoh-ogoh. Bhuta means eternal energy. Kala means eternal time.
  • Nyepi– Balinese New Year or the Day of Silence according to the Hindu Saka calendar. The root word, sepi, means quiet. The day of no fire, no light, no entertainment, no work, no travelling, and no ceremonies.
  • Ogoh-ogoh– Statue of monster-like character that symbolizes all types of negative energy from all living things. The demons represented by Ogoh-ogoh are awakened and flushed out on the day before Nyepi, Pengerupukan, so that they can be provided offerings to be appeased for another year. The statues are paraded through the Banjar in the afternoon or evening. Some parades can get quite rowdy so be mindful of belongings and out-of-control Ogoh-ogoh statues.
  • Pecalang– Local community security patrol.
  • Pengerupukan– The day before Nyepi. The day of the Ogoh-ogoh parades.#


My Culture is My Day


NOTE: mostly this pics took by my niece, Faiha, she is 8 years old.  My outfit is  Culture of Indonesia, we call it kebaya.  The originl kebaya is long Sleeves.

The First Anniversary


25 December 2016 was our first anniversary. We had no party, No wine and no dance. We just want to have more grateful about what we had since we are being together as husband and wife.  So my husband and me discussed what we want to do in our first anniversary.  We thought to have a simple celebration with family and neighbor. And the important things are I wanted to remember my kid’s life.  For our first anniversary we did :


We invited family of our sisters and our brother, we took lunch together.  The food was traditional food “tumpeng” which is rice and vegetable (more than 10 items vegetable), dry fish, tempe, egg. We drank coconut ice “kelapa muda”, and the snack was Jajan pasar (traditional food when I was a kid).


Bancakan is invite children, play together and then they bring food and toy to their home.  In this bancakan we always say “huraaaay” together.  Usually we speak in Javaneese language (mother’s language)


We played with the kids around our mum house (we call it dolanan), it’s my basic culture how to play with friends. Poorly, the kids didn’t know about this.  So we teach them first then we play together (note: what they knew is gadget and play a game with it, sigh… ).  After played, we prayed together and very loud we say “hurraaaay…..”.  The meaning of “huraay” here is “please go the bad things and please come the best things.  After that, children will go home and bring food and toy as a gift.


After I teach them about it, they are very excited, and then they told to the parents that they want celebrate their next birthday like my first anniversary celebration.


Share happiness to people around us after celebrating of something is Bancakan also.  So its part of grateful things.  We visited neighbor and told them “We bring this food for you and family, because its first anniversary of Risty marriage”.  And then they gave nice words before we left.  Who come to the neighbor is somebody (whoever) as long as under name of my family.

I always hope that in everything I do, I will remember my culture, regarding right now, its difficult to find “bancakan” in my life, but we can find in Suriname. #

Kebaya is Character of Indonesia

The wealth of the archipelago into an iconic fashion attractive as the hallmark of Indonesia which is known for its diversity.

Kebaya is now a lot of worn clothing choices in a variety of events, such as graduation, wedding, and more. Many areas in Indonesia also use this type of clothing. Kebaya is the national dress of Indonesia.

Kebaya shows the character of Indonesian culture that always puts the modesty of dress, both in formal and informal. By stitching follows the curves show graceful and feminine nature.

Here are some pictures when I wear kebaya for everyday activities, including yoga (see the green kebaya). I wore kebaya inspired by #perempuanberkebaya Indonesia, and I feel proud and love to wear this kebaya. Unfortunately, I have not been able to wear it every day. Very sad

Let’s love our own culture.#.

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Uluwatu Temple: “Kecak & Fire Dance Under the Sunset”

Kecak is one of famous Balinese Culture Show.  Don’t say you visit Bali without enjoying Kecak & Fire Dance at Uluwatu Temple, Desa Adat Pecatu at 08:00.  The show starts at 06:00 pm when the sunset began. Before getting into the area of the show, we had to pay admission and should wear sarong / scarves that can be borrowed at the entrance area. The entrance fee is around Rp 100,000 / person.

Kecak is the most unique Balinese dance which is not accompanied by any orchestra/ gamelan, but by a choir of seventy men it has its origin in an old ritual dance “Sanghyang or Trance Dance”.  In the Sahyang dance a person in a state of trance communicates with the deities or ancestors.  Using the dancers as medium, the deities or ancestors convey their wishes in the 1930’s the old Indian epic Ramayana was include into the dance.

Due to a wise prince Ayodya Rama the legal heir to the throne of Ayodya was exiled from the realm of his father Dasarata. Accompanied by his wife Sita and his young brother Laksamana they wen into a forest called Dandaka.  While they were in the forest the demon king Rahwana found them and lusted after the beautiful SIta.  Accompanied by his prime Minister Marica, they made a trick to steal Sita.  Using his magic power Marica transformed himself into golden deer.  Disguised as a golden deer they succeed in luring Rama and Laksamana away from Sita.  Rahwana making use of this opportunity, kidnapped Sita and took her to palace Alengka.  Discovering the deception Rama and Laksamana, set out to rescue Sita from the clutched of the demon King assisted by the huge army of monkeys under the command of their king (Hanoman).  Rama Succeeded in getting his wife back safely.#

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