Sunday, July 31, 2011

"Why Billy cam to Bali" Video interview with David Riddell

This interview with David Riddell was actually done at the very end of the conference, one day after the conference ended I believe.  But I am going to use it as an introduction to help give people a feel for what was going on while I was in Bali (not sure if the video will do that but that's what I want it to do right now  lol), especially those who don't know me well or are just starting to read the story.

Because the video does not perfectly explain what I did in Bali...  The short of it is that I was there to interview missionaries about their stories, and to photograph and video the conference, the World Team Asia conference. This was the first time that all the World Team missionaries from Asia had gathered in one place.

So here you go... (please pardon the ending, and please remember I am still very new at this whole video thing)

Introducing... a few people!

So before I start telling about the World Team conference in Bali I want to introduce a few people first.  I guess I want to introduce them first just because I feel like it. I can't think of a very good reason But we will start with...

Trevor Johnson! And Family!  Missionaries to Papua Indonesia.
Trevor leading in Communion 
Without Trevor Johnson I would not have gone to Bali.  I would not have even inquired further into World Team Ministries most probably.  He is the one that first responded back to my questions about missions, and really engaged my in conversation about how my skills and gifts could be used.  He is the one (I believe) that gave the little extra pushes to get me there this year while the conference was going on, and to make sure that I did not miss this opportunity if at all possible.  And he is the one that picked me up at the airport in Bali, AND he took me down to the beach to have a fish cooked up for dinner. It was awesome!
I owe a lot of thanks to Trevor for help throughout the whole entire process of getting me to Bali.
If you want to learn more about Trevor and his ministry in Papua Indonesia you can start at his blog  tandtfamily.blogspot.
I also got to meet his wife Teresa and Noah and Alethea!  I had lots of fun playing with Noah and Ali in the swimming pool at the hotel, and going down to the beach in the evenings to catch critters. Noah is a master critter catcher.  It is pretty much his life ambition at this point. LOL!  We caught (mostly him and Trevor) Toads, Starfish, Crabs, Geckos, or what ever else we found.  If your hands were empty and Noah's hands were full of starfish and he saw another starfish there were two options, either you "Catch it! Catch it!" or "Hold these!" and you hold them while he catches them.  Great times!

Next is Albert Ehmann, World Team director for Asia.

Albert was very helpful in getting me started and in giving me some direction for what I should be doing. Like who to interview and what to photograph and just how I should go about it.  Like I said, Trevor was awesome in getting me there, but once there it was Albert who gave me some clear idea of why exactly I was there.  I also want to thank him for putting me into a small group during the conference.  One of the key points of emphases for the conference was "Community" and Albert help me to become part of the community of World Team Asia for a week.  Left to myself I would probably have operated as an outsider photographing an event instead of becoming part of the event myself.  

Next is...  Tychicus Ministries!  These were actually some of the first missionaries that I met on the first day of the conference.  They are an encouragement to me just because they exist!  They are a missions ministry that serves other missionaries.  They helped organize the conference, helped lead the worship, took care of all the kids each day, and over all just helped to make this gathering of people from all over Asia go smoothly and helped make it possible for the missionaries enjoy their time there.

 I do not have pictures of all of the team. I am sorry but you can go to their web site to find out more about them.

This is John Karetji.  He has a big black camera like I do, so naturally we would fall in with each other.  I enjoyed talking about photography with him and explaining some of my ideas about missions photography. I tried my best to help him learn to use his camera better like he asked me to, and enjoyed take some pictures with him.

Kevin Cain!  Kevin is a part of World Team Mobilization in the US I believe.  He used to be a missionary pilot.  He was in my small group for discussion and prayer.  He told me a story of him as a young pilot.  On one of his first flights as a missionary (maybe his first I think) onto a new Indonesian jungle airstrip he wrecked the plain on the landing!  He was stuck there for months repairing the plane!  What was encouraging about this was that he is able to look back on that now and see it as part of his training, his learning, and God's perfect plan for him!  In a later post I want to tell how this story was just part of how God taught me a new lesson about my pride, my fear, and my trust in him.

Kevin Cain is a fun loving guy and I thoroughly enjoyed my time with him.  I got to do an early morning jog with him along the beach, and hang out with him and the other guys for dinner, and have some good discussion and prayer during the conference.
Kevin playing some imaginary drums for the band  LOL!

 And then there is Danielle Manaois my fellow Rockportian
Danielle was there with two other interns, Nate and Andrew, who would be going with Trevor into Papua.  Danielle just got back to the US a few days ago and I can't wait to hear the stories she's got! And I hope everyone else gets to hear them as well!  After seeing the need and the opportunity in Indonesia Danielle is ready to start whatever training and preperation she needs so that she can go back and serve there full time.

This is the end of the introductions, but you will be meeting many more people throughout the conference. Some with very amazing stories.

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Hike up the Waterfall video

Ok I quickly put together some of the clips that I took as I climbed the waterfall.  Its really not all that exciting or anything so feel free to skip this vid if you want.  If anyone has a suggestion for some good background music let me know.  I actually need to work on that.  Does anyone have any suggestions for how to find good legal music for videos that I put together?  I'm not sure where to start looking or how to choose music for videos.

You can ready about a few of the details of the story in the last Bali post.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Bali Day 5 (Last day exploring Bali)

Mon. June 6, 2011

This morning I got to see a catch of fish being taken in.
Pulling in...

...hopefully some fish!
After pulling for 15-30 min already

The catch

Sorting small fry

Putting up the nets
This experience was the fruit of consistently and constantly refusing offers the evening before to go dolphin watching  this morning.  The boat owners could not understand why I would not want to go dolphin watching, that's the whole reason most tourist make it up that far in the first place, right? especially when they asked "maybe tomorrow morning?" (a favorite question among taxi drivers as well) and then I explain "I will be gone by then" Boat driver- "what? You only have one morning to see the dolphins! Why don't you come?".  But by this time I knew what I wanted to see and what could wait till another time (if that time ever came).  Out dolphin watching I would only see one Balinese, that being the boat driver, for all morning. Staying and getting to see these Balinese pull in this net of fish reaffirmed that I would see more if I wandered on my own.  On top of this I was tired of spending money.
While I was watching the fishermen pulling in the fish I noticed several other people standing around watching.  I figured they were just curious to see what the fishermen pulled in, like I was.  Then, as the fish were starting to really be brought in, one of the men standing there asked me if I liked fish.  I replied-

    "Yes, I like fish"  Him- "Would you like to buy a fish?" "Um, no not really" "There are some very good fish see" "You can buy fish you like and then we can put a stick in it and cook it for you on fire" "Very good fish" "No, no thank you. I do not want a fish right now"

It just kind of took me by surprise when I realized that these people were waiting around to see if they wanted to buy a fish for their meal for the day.  Most of the fish were variously sized small-fry, but the big fish that came in were, for the most part, sold right there on the spot!  "Pretty crazy!"- I thought at the time, but given a second chance I might take that man up on his offer for a fish for breakfast.

Well here are a few more pictures from my wanderings that morning. They include a school yard I cut through to get to a different street. I stopped and watched some amazing Sepoc-bola and exchanged introductions with several of the boys that were waiting their turn to play.  Many of the children in Bali spoke fare but simple English.  They use the word "Hello" to its utmost potential.  With some children every sentence starts with the word "hello" eye contact is already established. So I'll just be sitting there with them watching the game or watch the Ferris Wheel in the other village and every time they want to ask a question or say something the say "Hello".

I had already decided the day before I wanted to go back to Sanur on this day.  Exploring Bali was awesome but I knew that my real work, as far as serving World Team went, lay back in Sanur where the missionaries would be arriving and some had already arrived.  Plus I wanted to spend more time with Trevor Johnson and his family if possible, meet the other families that were already there, I wanted to be there and ready.
Now Komang my driver already had a full day planned out for us that could easily be stretched into two days.  I explained what I wanted though and quickly cut down the amount of places to visit and then we were on our way.
We went to the "Temple on the water". The one place where I was charged less that I was told I would be instead of more. I just walked in with out asking any questions already clothed in the sarung, and no one asked me any questions free of charge. lol

There were many children playing on the play ground there.  There were also many of them fishing for small goldfish sized fish. These they would put in bags to keep. (I guess they kept them as pets or something)

Temple on the Water

After the Temple on the Water we went to the Gigit falls (pronounced Gee-geet or something like that).

Here I had the first physical challenge that I had had in some days.  It took a few minutes to walk to the fall first, and about $10 to my guide. Then my guide wanted to charge me just as much to show me how to get up to the top of the falls. Actually I think he wanted like $20 or something. But I was like "No way" I'll just find it on my own.  (I was pretty tired of guides by this time. The Balinese require them whenever possible, and offer them at all other times) Well after about ten minutes of haggling ("It's not like a regular path!" he says "It is a jungle!") I finally got him to leave me alone for only the small sum of $5.  I was happy. I finally get to try something on my own!  So about an hour later, and after traveling many false paths (and sometimes no path at all) I finally managed to scramble to the top. And was able to look WAY down on all the people bellow!  It was pretty awesome!  I did not really get any good shots from up there being cautious as to how close to the edge I got.  I did get some wack videos while I was climbing up though.
I was very dirty, somewhat worn out, and very happy once I got to the top.  I had carried my camera tripod and camera bag the whole way with out braking anything, and I was happy. What I was not happy about was trying to go back the way I came!  I had noticed as I got up to the top that the path at the top was better kept and was even paved in some areas. Then I saw people up there! Working! "There is no way that a decent Balinese would come up the way I did to cut wood or to have a gotten a wheel barrow up the way I came.  There's got to be a different way down.  Well the path kept going once it got to the top of the falls so I kept following it.  After leading me through some woods, past some sheds and shacks, it led me to the back side of a row of houses. I cut through these to come out onto a street.  On my way through the houses I met the some of the occupants who did not speak English, but they went and got their mother who spoke some Englished and asked what I was doing and where I had come from (I do not think this was a tourist area. Like I said before, sometimes you can step a few feet up or down a road and be in "Real" Bali.) I explained where I had come from and where I was trying to get to. She was a little surprised and laughed along with me when answered "Yes" to her question of did I walk the whole way.  Anyway, she confirmed my suspicion that if I followed down the road it would lead me back to the parking lot where I had started (even before the guide started guiding me). After a good walk I arrived safely.

(OK I'm going to put together some of the video clips I got from hiking up the falls and post them later. For now I am tired of waiting to post the last day)

After that pretty much we just headed straight... almost said home, but home base" I guess.  Got to go swimming with some of the Johnsons and rest. And then basically just get ready for the next day I guess... Oh I met the Tychicus Ministries team and I ran into Albert Ehmann on this day I think. Wait no... After this day there was a whole free day of swimming, talking to Albert, and relaxing.  That middle day (June 7th) has kinda of slipped from my memory a little bit because I did not take any pictures that day at all (though I did do a bit of editing and posting throughout the day).  For this reason I don't know if I will post a "Bali day 6". I may just skip straight to "World Team Conference Day 1". Though a lot of the missionaries did get there on the 7th. Maybe I will do an introduction post.
Anyway this is the end of "Bali Days" Stay tuned for the start of the World Team conference days and other exciting events like: "The return to Monkey Forest!" and the "Arrival of the rest of the Interns" plus interviews and interaction with Real Live World Team Missionaries!  Exciting stuff is coming folks! Hopefully I will be able to tell it to you well.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Bali Day 4

Sun, June 5 2011

My first shot at the market
Got up at 5:00am! Was ready in no time and on my way to a real, live, traditional, Balinese market!  One that, I was soon to discover, was filled with all kinds of strange smells (among other strange things).  We got there about 5:30 it was still dark, and my driver asked if he could go pick up his wife so that he would have someone to talk to and because where I would be stopping for the day was a long was from his home so he wanted to have someone to keep him awake.  So he took off and I started to explore this maze of a market.  It was quite the maze! I rarely worry about being able to find my way back to my driver (or where ever) but seeing as it was dark when I got dropped off, and this place was so cramed and huge, I was starting to wonder if I would be able to find it back to the parking place my driver said he'd be at. (there were many of them) But I'm pretty good at not worrying about a problem before it is a problem and for now I wanted to explore!

So I wandered around. There was tons of weird stuff to see, piles of ginger root, potatoes, flowers, beans, baskets, dried fish. Some stuff looked yummy. Some... not so much.  It was dark still so I was just carrying my camera around until the sun started to come up, but already I was noticing that I was getting more looks (and some chattering laughter) than I had at other places in Bali.  As the sun came up I realized that I was the only white person in this whole intire market, the only person with a camera (a big black one at that), and in fact, the only person who wasn't Balinese as far as I could tell.  Throughout my trip, this was the one place in Bali where the Balinese though it strange that I would be there. (and I wandered into some pretty out of the way places!) Also this was the only place where I found people seemed visibly shy or opposed to having their picture taken.  After I realized this I adopted the strategy of taking a picture of their produce or merchandise for sale which pleased them very much, and then including them in the picture as well which they did not oppose. After all, this was their product that was being photographed.
A woman weaving small baskets/boxes that are used to
cook rice and food in. You can open the the box and eat
the rice out of it kinda like a bowl. 

One section of the market that I came across was the place where a lot of the men were hanging around.  It was the spot where roosters were bought and sold for cock fights.  (some thing that is very popular in Bali as I had already heard from Komang my driver)  This was one of the places where my four words of Indonesian came in handy.
I was walking through the middle of this section, surrounded by rosters and men sitting around for the most part, and a man said something to me in Indonesian.  I said "Sorry, I don't speak Indonesian". As I was passing him he said kinda quietly "Maybe you don't speak Indonesian because maybe you don't try".  He said it in kind of a smart alec type way.  I stopped and explained to him "I've only been here in Bali four days, but I already know four words in Indonesian!".  I said "Saya mau burrmine sepocbola". The men laughed a little and the man who had spoken and I talked a little bit.  Turns out he speaks very good English, the best in the market that I found, and I ended coming back after wandering around more.  He showed me his prize fighting cock, and explained to me just what made him think this rooster was better than the others.

So we took off from the market, stopped for some Sata, and then got back to the hotel I had stayed at the night before for breakfast. It was around 9:00am or so.  Komang bought the sata for me. He said that a local could get about 10 sticks for a buck $1 while I would probably have to pay $3 or so.  There was some awesome sauce to dip them in as well, and a little packet of rice.  It was good stuff! I'm craving them right now as I type this.  These sata were fish since we were near the cost. In other parts of Bali we came across beef and pig sata. There would just be places along the road where people had little stands
set up cooking the meat and selling it.

Once back at the hotel for breakfast I ordered some fruit and a banana pancake. You can see the banana pancake bellow. LOL it was a banana wrapped in pancake. Not quite what I was expecting, but still good.  Now I was still a little hungry (yes even after the sata too) so I decided to order extra even though it would cost me some rupiah (the first stuff was free).  You see, with the time change I found I really wasn't hungry at

lunch time (that being the middle of the night for my stomac) and since I really wasn't hungry and there was so much to see I skipped lunch throughout the trip around Bali and had just taken to eating bigger breakfast. Plus Komang bought me stuff (fruit and sata) during the day sometimes.  All this to say, I ordered more food, it took them a long time (at least by Balinese standards) and by the time they got back to me it was a different girl and I ended up getting a whole new breakfast for free. Happy me!  Anyway the food is good.  Moving on...

The first stop of the day after breakfast was the traditional Balinese village. Everything was supposed to be traditional here. The food, the houses, the cloths, everything hand made and crafted.  Everything that is except...
The Icecream truck of course ...or motorcycle. Who's going to say she can't come in here?  Besides this though there were no vehicle or motors that weren't powered by people.  By the way... it appears that Ferris wheels originated in Bali...

Or at least the basic idea!

After the village we went to the temple on the water ...wait. No, this was the water temple (or palace) tomorrow is the temple on the water.  There were many children at this place and I began to realize that many of the spots my driver was taking me to were also popular field trip spot for school groups.  School groups take trips every week to different holy places around the island as well as to the beaches in some spots to see the sunrise.  Even back in Sanur were the conference was held there were older school groups there every morning to watch the sunrise. Sometimes these groups were on a field trip from another island.  They often spoke good English and very often as I passed they would ask for a group photo with me.  At first this was kinda fun, and I would oblige as long as they would let me take a photo with my camera as well. They always were excited about this for some reason and sometimes they when they asked for a group photo they wouldn't even take one with their own cameras! They were just satisfied to have had a picture taken with me I guess.  Anyway, after a while this wasn't as fun and new. I mean, how many pictures do you need with groups of people (sometimes random as people around would jump in) that you have no clue who they are?

Well we made it to Lovina with out problem. Lovina was where I was going to stay the night, almost the very north of Bali.  They beaches had black sand here. It was a smaller quieter town than some of the other northern towns I think.  Less tourism, but still plenty of people to sell you stuff.  The vendors were more friendly here though sometimes pretty slick.  Here when you said "No" to a vendor it did not end the conversation but at least it got you going in the right direction.  In some places saying no only makes it worse because you have given them some attention and they are only going to try harder.
The fact that the town was more quiet, less touristy, more friendly, bartering was more relaxed, and the fact that I found one of my new favorite fruits here all joined together to make this my favorite spot in Bali.  And I would seriously recommend to anyone going to Bali to get away from the southern parts and explore the north.

This is one of the beach vendors. He had some pretty cool stuff.  He collects shells along the beach and makes them into jewelry.

These are traditional calendars and some paintings.

Fisherman fishing for small fry

And then the sun started to set.  It was beautiful.

This photo to the left sometimes has me wondering if it is iconic to me and my life.  All set and ready to sail of into the horizon... but if you look closely there are ropes holding it down... ...for now

And then the sun did set... and it was absolutely beautiful!

 By the way the boats in these pictures are what the majority of the boats in Bali look like.  Any one of them is ready and more than willing to take you out to watch the dolphins.  That was the one thing that got a little annoying in Lovina. I kept having to explain that I didn't want to go dolphin watching the one morning I had there and no one could understand why I didn't want to since it was the only morning I had to go dolphin watching.

Lovina is on the north beach of Bali and you can find it on google maps.  My map drawings weren't going so well.