We want to thank God the Almighty because we had reached the village of Sidetapa safely and securely with a pleasant weather that was good enough to explore, learn and live in Sidetapa. To Mrs. Supadi, for letting us stay in their house, and to Ms. Dewi, Ms. Kadek and Ms. Ani for greeting us and accepting with full of kindness. We are thankful to the relatives in the village of Sidetapa which gave us the allowance to trust us in doing things and making things. Most importantly we give thanks to our teacher, Pak Sabar, who came up with this idea of Live – In. Also for the teachers who cooperate and help us to the village, Pak Jaya. We appreciate all things that happened on the way, in the village and on the way back. We hope this experience will help us survive life in the upcoming future.
Sidetapa village is located in Buleleng regency. This village is one of the oldest villages in Bali. Citizens in the village still follow their traditional culture. They always help each other sincerely. In Sidetapa people work as traders. But, some people also weave to reach the standard of living an average life. The purpose of this live-in program is to adapt in different environment and train us to be able to live independently. There are many benefits that we can get from this live-in program. Such as broaden the students education about the different environments, foster a sense of care to other and to have a better personality and to be grateful for everything we have. This report is made to share information and education that we get while we were in Sidetapa village. Our aim for making this report is to refresh our mind and to explain our experience in this program which will help us to survive.
- Time and Place
The Live – in Program started on 17 until 19 March of 2016 from CH Lounge to Sidetapa Village with one car. We departed at 07:00 and arrive at the village around 11:30 and we departed from the village at 08:00 and arrived to CH lounge at 13:30.
The people who participated in this program are, Miu Nakamatsu, Ni Putu Pradnya Chika Salistya Putri, Tenriola Ramizah Ajeng Prasetya, Alvina Okamoto, Nursyafiqah Binte Ruzaini, Nadia Lee Thorley and Lusiya Oda with one mentor, I Gusti Bagus Jayantha.
- Day One
On seventeenth of May, 2016, the journey of live – in began. The group left the school building around 07:30 and arrived in Sidetapa, Singaraja around 10:30. The estimated time to reach the village from the school is three hours with a car. Our teacher, Mister Jaya, escorted us to an appointment with the Headmaster of the Sidetapa Village to insure the group’s existence in the village and to give the Headmaster a gift of gratitude.
Picture 1. Perbekel Office, Buleleng District.
Once we arrived in the place we were going to stay, the villagers welcomed us by preparing traditional daily food for us to eat. Mister Jaya gave us a suggestion to take a rest before working since we had a long journey. By the time we started working, it was in the evening. The group was preparing water. The group had to carry water from a well to the bathroom to shower, this is how villagers shower daily not like in the city where we can just turn the tap to get water. The villagers taught us their traditional, cultural weaving, from strips of dried bamboo which will be made into a basket.
Picture 2. A woman weaving
Before the sunset, some of the members of the group were already starting to bathe. The rest of the group members bathed after the beautiful, exotic and once in a lifetime sunset. While we watched the sunset, we were all on a cliff. Mister Jaya asked us critical and moral questions before he left. The group started getting ready for bed, while there were men which drink alcohol outside. We were told to be considerate because this is a part of their daily activities. Due to the new environment, we all could not sleep until 02:00.
- Day Two
On the second day, we started our day by jogging around the village. Accompanied by Ms. Anik and Ms. Kadek, we walked around the village and bought groceries to cook. After a short jog, we went back to the house to take a rest and have breakfast. We continued the day by doing some activities such as washing dishes and filling up the buckets with water.
Picture 3. Morning walk
The food that we ate for lunch were not bought but were cooked. With some help from Mrs. Supadi, we cooked traditional Indonesian food. After eating we washed the plate ourselves and continued with cleaning the table. Some of us accompanied Mrs. Supadi to the market to buy food supplies while the rest helped the citizens of Sidetapa, weaving.
Picture 4. Helping the citizens
Around 15:00 we walked and explored the village again accompanied by Ms. Kadek and Ms. Dewi. We passed through the plantation and saw durian trees, clove trees, chili trees, potato crops, cassavas, roses, etc. Those plants can be sold and help the economic activities. We also walked towards the location of where pure water comes from the root. This is where people bathe and wash their clothes. We then head back to the house then started working and helping around after we rested for a few minutes.
This time we did not cook for dinner due to the fact that the owner of the house did not want us to. We then wash our plates and cleaned ourselves. After everything, we had circle time led by Pak Jaya and discussed of what we did. Other than that we share the life lesson we got to the others. We stop work and going out around 18.30 as the drunker have arrive.
- Day Three
On the third day of live – in, we all woke up at 06:00 and started to clean up the room starting from folding the sleeping bag to sweeping the floor. After some bathe in the morning, we ate a little and started to gather with Mister Jaya to talk about appreciation and suggestion. Then we depart from the village at 08:00 and had some more activities such as stopping by in Lovina Beach and other pleasant place. We ate lunch at 11:30. Some ate sate babi and some ate bakso ayam. The journey takes around 5 hours and we arrived at school at 13:30.
We learned that wherever we live and survive, we had to appreciate it and at the same time we learned how to survive in a forest or least expected place. We should respect and use what’s around us. For example, the Sidetapa village is surrounded by bamboos so that they weave or make a basket out of it and sell it to the citizens and we shall adapt in the place, not the place adapt to us. Same as we should follow their culture and their daily routine.
For example, in our house we twist the tap to get water. But in Singaraja we need to bring the water from the tank which, the water is from a rain water, with the bucket to use the water for showering and washing the dishes. We shall not think that the villager is the lowest because they work harder and more creative.