By: Bodrek Arsana
This article was originally published in Latitudes magazine, a renowned bi-monthly magazine focusing on Indonesian culture. The magazine hailing from the island of Bali previously existed in paper form and was especially known for its in-depth critical articles and beautiful photography. As a tribute to all contributors of this magazine Latitudes.nu presents a selection of articles published in the years 2001-2004.
If you follow the Ayung river—which divides the region of Kedewatan (Gianyar) and Bongkasa (Badung) in the foothills of central Bali—you will see a steep slope packed with luxury villas in Sayan on the Kedewatan side of the gorge, not far from Ubud. The architecture is modern and grand, and many houses have swimming pools. From the road, however, the villas are invisible, hidden by trees and small garden plantations of the local inhabitants. Sometimes bare-chested farmers will be working their fields next to swimming pools with bare-breasted sun-bathers.