Week #06

An exciting week, as two cement trucks, a pump truck, and a sizable crew poured the four walls for the future swimming pool.

In addition, foundation walls and columns went up for the guest side of the living space.

A well was installed at a depth of 45 meters. We hit super hard rock and so we didn’t get as far as was hoped (60 meters).

The on-site building crew returned to their village for a week of prayers and local ceremonies.

The timing is quite good, as we hired an excavator to dig out the future driveway and parking area, which will be positioned under 1/3 of the living space:

Joyful Bali Breezes

The windy season starts in July and continues until September / October here in Bali. Especially along the beaches, and primarily in the afternoon, the breezes are gifts that keep on giving.

If you’re Balinese, it certainly doesn’t mean chilling out at a sandy, overpriced bar. If you have the time, it means grabbing your friends and setting a kite skywards.

On this particular day, a kite festival was taking place at Munggu Beach, just west of Pererenan Beach.

We hit the tail-end of the festival, just as a team was leaving the scene:

They were kind enough to let us take a team photo.

I love the community spirit involved in getting kits afloat: coordination, artistic skill, strength, and best of all, the shared poetry of flight.

Here is a list of kite festivals, as well as more details about kite creation and the traditions of kite flying in Bali.

As I previously wrote, the

Balinese are an island culture, but one of their many unique qualities is that spiritually they look to volcanos (skyward), instead of the sea. It’s not that they don’t like the sea. It’s just that the volcanos represent spiritual elevation and a home for their gods and ancestors.

From this point of view, flying kites is an ideal activity for the people of Bali.

And as a tourist, its an easier way to interact with Balinese culture than attending religious or dance ceremonies. I highly recommend it.

Week #05

This week was at least as productive as the others, although we were in Makassar for several days and didn’t see a bunch of the work that unfolded. Luckily a manager took photos and videos during the time we were gone, and so the following video shows the progress quite well.

We finished pouring the floor for the pool and are currently setting the forms for the pool walls. The first foundation wall is looking good, and the remaining holes are being filled with a flat concrete slab, steel cages, and even more concrete. The structure will be on solid supports — 24 columns going 4-5 meters into the ground.

The well will be about 60 meters deep. So far we’re a bit less than half-way there.