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My thoughts exactly

May 23, 2013


These days it seems like almost every foreigner in Bali is either renting, buying or building a villa. As far as I know, Mr Elliot was the first to use the word ‘villa’ to describe residential accomodation in Bali, way back when Seminyak was still all rice fields. Now the term seems to apply to almost any modern home here, regardless of the size or quality. Unfortunately many of these ‘villas’ are just sub-standard architectural disasters that end up as cancerous eye sores; and even sadder is that few reflect anything really Balinese, except for the odd dumbed down design accent.
Recently I saw this house (pictured) that definitely was not a villa, but I reckon it qualifies as a excellent expression of where the island’s headed… and in my humble opinion deserves first prize for pure authenticity and outright honesty.
You be the judge…

9 Comments leave one →
  1. Paolo permalink
    May 23, 2013 4:21 pm

    Ironically there are established properties that look worse than that…..;-)

  2. greg permalink
    May 23, 2013 6:04 pm

    Bali Villa A METAPHOR for overpriced ,poorly built ,soulless designed ripoff,,,,,,,,,,

  3. May 27, 2013 2:41 am

    the sad thing also is.. that shanty house could be the nicest place the javanese or lombok tenagga have ever stayed in. especially while staying on the vacation isle of bali making money with small toy like hand tools.sawing and hammering away “they’re rich”! i mean …poor ! but doing something..constructive. except for the ones jumping over the walls of villas at 4am raping and stealing.. when building a villa make the walls taller and get good security. and lock your doors !!!!!!!!!!!!!!! most humans who would live in a wood box have nothing to loose !!!!!!

    • May 27, 2013 9:59 am

      Everyone’s to blame and nobody’s responsible – its the island building code…

  4. May 29, 2013 1:37 pm

    Here’s a question: is dropping in on a bad wave as bad as dropping in on a good one?

    • May 29, 2013 2:34 pm

      Yes.. funamentally no difference Pete… accept if you end up with 6 stitches and a snapped board – then a judgement call may be required…

      • May 29, 2013 3:27 pm

        yeah .. but, surely it’s ok to drop in on a kook – on a bad wave – at Bilgola in an easterly.

        You’ve been there bear, it’s scratched on a rock.

        • May 30, 2013 1:42 pm

          Sure mate… kooks have no rights – they must be earned. We all went thru it… we all understand – except for that new breed of eastern-block super kook. These code-less idiots would penguin paddle to the inside of your local and stink eye you while falling head over heels on a 2 ft set wave.

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