“rice growing in bali” by big-sis

She hiked the terraces of Tegalalang and meandered through many a ricefield to capture these images.  Some internet research, and good times with imovie effects, and this is what you get!


“In-depth with agus” by big-sis


Agus and one of his paintings

Agus was our landlord in Ubud, Bali.  He lived right next door to us.  We spent time getting to know him and his family.  He was happy to let me interview him about his thoughts and life.

Kadek Agus Aryawan is probably one of the deepest thinkers that I’ve met. I love how he answers all questions thoughtfully, and truthfully. Agus is Balinese, and he’s a guesthouse owner and manager in Bali. He loves it in Bali, but surprisingly, his favorite thing about Bali is riding a motorbike. He travels almost everywhere on a motorbike, along with his wife, Dayu, and his 3-year-old son, Bagus. The farthest distance that he’s traveled on a motorbike was to Amed, Bali, which took about 2 hours!

Agus enjoys painting, and playing guitar. He taught himself to paint and play guitar by watching other people. He also likes to make furniture, key chains, and food. Agus’s main hobby is thinking to himself. I find that particularly interesting. He told me, “I’m trying to communicate to myself. Trying to connect myself to myself. Trying to find myself for myself. My hobby, day and night, like that.” His hobbies when he was younger were playing basketball, painting, dreaming, imagining things, and designing things.

Agus is Hindu, but not that religious. He’s learned about some other religions. He goes to his home temple once in a while. He mostly meditates and relaxes in the temple. In Denpasar, Bali, where he grew up, he had a home temple that he went to a lot. Now, he doesn’t go to temple a lot. He said to me, “Inside of all of us, there is a temple, always inside of us, and I go to that temple.”

Agus enjoys being a dad to his 3-year-old son Bagus, and his 11-year-old daughter Alamanda. Agus said that he sees a wider life now that he’s a dad. “When someone is being a dad, that’s the moment he can feel the true feeling of being a dad. Before being a dad, we don’t know, we can only imagine,” said Agus. “It is hard, it is easy, it is hard to say.”

When I asked Agus his philosophy of life, he said, “ I wrote in high school that money is everything, but happiness is my goal. It changed, it evolved, and it was the principle of my life.” His principle of life now is trying his best to love himself. He said that when he looks into the mirror, he sees himself as a different being each time he looks. Sometimes he’s a different person, sometimes he’s a woman, and sometimes he’s an animal. I was really blown away by that statement. I wonder why that happens.

I really enjoyed interviewing Agus because his thoughts and ideas are so amazing.  Just listening to him talk about himself was a learning experience for me.  I hope to continue to learn about people in other places in the world.



Hi, it’s B-B-B-Bro.  I went to the Lanna Folklife Museum in Chiang Mai yesterday.  It was cool.  What I learned is…

Lanna is the name of an old kingdom in Northern Thailand and is used today for the culture of Northern Thailand.  Lanna means “one million rice fields.”

Most Lanna offerings are made with cloth, paper, palm leaf manuscripts, flowers, and banana leaves.  The offerings are for Buddha.

I saw Lanna carvings, which were mostly made with wood.  I saw wood carvings of Buddha, a dragon, and a special monk.

Another thing I saw was the Nail Dance, Fawn-Lep in Thai.  It is a traditional Lanna-style dance where the dancers use finger things that make their fingers look long.  The Nail Dance is usually at the head of a procession.


Also, I saw some musical instruments.  One of them is called a Sueng.  A sueng is a traditional Lanna musical instrument that is similar to a guitar.

I also saw Lanna-style wooden chests.  Hid mae is female chest, and hid pu is male chest or box in Thai.

I really liked the Lanna Folklife Museum.  Love, Bro







6 thoughts on “Research/Interviews

  1. Big Sis, I truly had no clue how laborious it is to grow rice. Wow. It will make me appreciate it much more next time I eat it. Thanks for sharing. PS — Great photos!

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  2. Dear Bro and Big-Sis,

    So far we have read the first two entries, and we have learned so much. Bro, did you take the pictures that go along with your research? Maybe when you guys return home, you could host a community night to tell everyone about your experiences.
    Wow, Big-Sis! That video is outstanding. We also love Lil-Sis’ comment at the end. Cutie.

    Keep writing, and we’ll keep reading!

    G and his mom

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