Bali Day #6 – it’s Ruther’s 50th
Off we all Padang Bai, a wee coastal town about 2 hours away from the villa. From here you take ferries to the like of Gili Islands, go diving etc. Cracking little spot, literally in the middle of nowhere. This is Bali Day #6 – it’s Ruther’s 50th. Also yours truly is feeling so much better, I think those tablets are kicking in nicely. Thank goodness.
Now to the beach and Bali Day #6 – it’s Ruther’s 50th. Two buses picked us at at a spritely 0730 and off we jolly well go. Split in two – the party bus and the children bus (Yep special needs!). A beauty of a tour actually, driving through amazing scenery, rolling hills, padi fields, towns, festival processions, workers in the fields – simply stunning.
We then arrive at Padang Bai and split the group again. This time it is divers, and beach goers. This included separating Maya from Mum and Dad, and BOOM she went bless her. Like a little Balinese volcano, she brewed and brewed, and blew, even including snot lava. Amazing little chick. But she was such a sweetie once we got her off the bus and had distractions like butterflies, jungle, beaches, seas and rock-pools. Love that little girl – Flash/Lucy – whenever you need baby-sitters bring them over.
We arrive at the dive school and grab some early refreshments, you know what I mean, whilst awaiting the divers to get prepped. Then off we go to a wee hike to the beach, yes this place is a secret beach. This is starting to look like a CRACKING – Bali Day #6 – it’s Ruther’s 50th.
Now let’s get to the snaps of Bali Day #6 – it’s Ruther’s 50th. Just went through these and they are CRACKERS!!! ENJOY!!!
OK here they have ‘paincakes’ – ouch. Bottels of tea – nice. Chiken with everything. Even painceke – double WOW!!! I’ll have a Buddhist version please – make me one with everything.
Daddy-Pedia time. The sword is called the kris, which is an asymmetrical dagger with distinctive blade-patterning achieved through alternating laminations of iron and nickelous iron. Kris is most strongly associated with the culture of Indonesia, and is famous for its distinctive wavy blade. Kris have been produced in many regions of Indonesia for centuries. The kris is embedded in ritual prescriptions and acts, ceremonies, mythical backgrounds and epic poetry.
A kris tends to be divided into three parts: blade (bilah or wilah), hilt (hulu), and sheath (warangka). These parts of the kris are objects of art, often carved in intricate detail and made from various materials including metal, precious or rare types of wood, or gold and maybe even ivory. Depending on the quality and historical value of the kris, it can reach many thousands of dollars.
It’s both a weapon and spiritual object, kris are often considered to possess magical powers, with some blades possessing good luck and others possessing bad. In 2005, UNESCO gave the title Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity to the kris of Indonesia. In return, UNESCO urged Indonesia to preserve their heritage.
Final piece of Daddy-Pedia for the sword for us Singapore dwellers on Bali Day #6 – it’s Ruther’s 50th. Have you flown Singapore Airlines. Have you got loyalty point with Singapore Airlines. So here is a question, where do you think the word Krisflyer comes from? Yep – tis indeed from the Kris as above.