A missed wedding – and other stuff


I was very excited this week to receive a wedding invitation from Anni, one of the Goodies waitresses. I didn’t even know she had a boyfriend. Anni is always trying to teach me new words in  Indonesian so we’re kind of friendly and I was honored to be invited. The wedding invitation said 10 am Friday and provided an address. There was a lot lost in the cultural understanding on my part.

Yogi, owner of the Liverpool Cafe

Yogi, owner of the Liverpool Cafe

I naturally thought the ceremony would start at 10 but the girlfriend said that was only a starting point. So we started out late and didn’t know where we were going. “We’ll ask along the way,” I was told. After 11 times “asking along the way” we found Anni’s home – not where she was getting married, mind you, her home.

Sandra is the owner of the PM Gallery, which sells original Indonesian crafts

Sandra is the owner of the PM Gallery, which sells original Indonesian crafts

The trip was much more difficult than that, however. We ended up in a “kampung” area of town, meaning a village within the greater village. Somewhere along the way, we ran out of pavement. Somewhere along the way the road became dirt with boulders protruding from the red clay. Somewhere along the way, the road became very narrow, barely wide enough for the car and far more suitable for a motorbike, which we had to constantly dodge while trying not to run off into the deep ditches on either side. We were smack in the middle of a labyrinth of houses and roads more suitable for a mountain dirt bike track.

Novita, right, is the owner (through her husband Bob) of the al Frescos Cafe and Bar at Harbour Bay

Novita, right, is the owner (through her husband Bob) of the al Frescos Cafe and Bar at Harbour Bay

By the time we arrived at what the neighbor’s said was Anni’s home, I realized we had been invited to the after-wedding reception. The wedding was taking place somewhere else. I had missed the opportunity to take photos at a Muslim wedding. I was in no mood by this time to go into the house and sit around with a bunch of people I couldn’t converse with and be offered food I don’t like. Fun.

Paul grills his own at Goodies' new BBQ grill

Paul grills his own at Goodies’ new BBQ grill

I’ve also included some photos of recent events – visits to two restaurants for interviews and photos, a visit to an Indonesian crafts store, a new bar and BBQ area at Goodies, and a new bar opening.

Outside new bar The Dog's Bollocks on one of the streets of kampung bule

Outside new bar The Dog’s Bollocks on one of the streets of kampung bule

 

The crowd at Dog's Bollocks opening

The crowd at Dog’s Bollocks opening

Bartenders at new bar Dog's Bollocks

Bartenders at new bar Dog’s Bollocks

Free food at Dog's Bollocks opening

Free food at Dog’s Bollocks opening

Risma, Yvonne and Cindy ham it up at the opening of Dog's Bollocks

Risma, Yvonne and Cindy ham it up at the opening of Dog’s Bollocks

Sandra of PM Gallery and her staff

Sandra of PM Gallery and her staff

This is actually a water sculpture about five feet high

This is actually a water sculpture about five feet high

Indonesian crafts from Java

Indonesian crafts from Java

Indonesian statuettes made in Java

Indonesian statuettes made in Java

Indonesian crafts

Indonesian crafts

Cappaccino at al Frescos Cafe

Cappaccino at al Frescos Cafe

Harbour Bay mall from the street

Harbour Bay mall from the street

One of the streets in the Harbour Bay business district

One of the streets in the Harbour Bay business district

The new bar extension at Goodies, all built by our construction team

The new bar extension at Goodies, all built by our construction team

Goodies' pool table

Goodies’ pool table

T-bone and sausages on the new grill

T-bone and sausages on the new grill

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

About 2bagsandapack

Lifetime journalist, author, magazine editor and publisher, now semi-retired and traveling the world. My plan, after living in Costa Rica for 14 months, was to visit a new country in southern Europe every three months to experience the culture and the challenge of adapting to a new environment, while on a fixed income. That plan was sidetracked when I was offered a job in Indonesia, providing an opportunity to explore Asia. Indonesia lasted for a 4 wonderful years but I have now moved on to Hua Hin, Thailand.
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