Welcome to my home page and my home which is Ubud. Actually my home is a small traditional village which is part of the greater Ubud area. This village is Bunutan-Kedewatan which lies along the winding Ayung River just northwest of Ubud center.
I'm an American expatriate who has been living here for going on seventeen years. I am married to a Balinese and we have three sons who now enjoy dual American Indonesian citizenship. Bunutan is my wife's ancestral village, thus her entire family lives very close by. When I moved to Bunutan all those years ago, I was the first foreigner to take residence in this very traditional and peaceful little village.
Through my marriage to Ni Nyoman Eri I have become part of a large extended family that have embraced me and consider me one of their own...although I will never be Balinese. My father in law has a large and very busy alang alang business. Alang alang is the grass roofing one sees all over Bali. Much of his alang alang is exported to places as far away as Bermuda and the Caribbean. My mother in law runs a typical warung on the main roan Jalan Kedewatan. From her warung she supplies the local villagers with fresh produce, meats and fish as well as staple items and materials needed to make daily offerings.
My plan with this contribution to the Virtual Tourist is to provide an insider's point of view, presenting Ubud and Bali from a local's unique insight. More importantly and hopefully of use to the tourist, I will present the Balinese people themselves...the way they think, their aspirations, their culture and their way of life. Please be patient as I build this segment and please check back often for updates.