Last June break, I went back to Bali and on the third day of my holiday I visited a house construction site. I can’t tell you whose house is that but I hope you enjoy the pictures.
The bricks are stacked nicely and there are wooden boards on the right hand side. The stair is ready, if only the tiles has been placed and the handrail is there, it will be the only place in the house done.
The backyard garden or should I say the workers’ quarter as most of the workers are sleeping there at night. Their clothes are hanged there and it seems very untidy. The land next door is still empty. Anyone wants to buy?
There are lesser and lesser of lands available in Bali after the 1970s, the period of the tourism boom. Since then, hotels, houses and shops are springing faster than the rate of incoming tourists. Sadly, it doesn’t always mean economic boom instead an economic doom. Rice field has been decreasing with Tabanan regent is still the most consistent with its agricultural sector. That’s Indonesia, the land of irony.
Tiles are being put up at this bathroom on the second storey. Typical house in Indonesia is either one or two storey. There are more than two storey but it is usually rare in Bali because there are height limit for building of 15 metre (or approximately five storey if one storey is to be three-metre high). The reason of putting up this height limit in Bali is because most Balinese Hindus don’t want to destroy the sacredness of the highest temple in Bali. Not just that, subway train is also not allowed as well beacuse there is a rule saying that we must not go faster than the gods by underground. People who have never been to Bali might find it stupid but that’s making Bali unique.
Cements, bricks, shovel, buckets and hoe are probably things that you will find common when visiting a construction site. Make sure you don’t wear your best suit unless you’re told to do so. This house has a better ventilation system than a house that I visited (I don’t know whether the house is in complete stage or not) two years back in Surabaya. That house will be very stuffy when “PLN Mati Lampu” or blackout is coming, especially the rear part.
That’s my posting for now.