One of the Bali Street Photographer’s core values is to see rather than look.
Kaki limas (five legs) are rare in Ubud. If one is around, it always catches my eye. This kaki lima was spotted just north of Ubud.
The Photography & Techie Connection
One of the things I love about my passion project, Bali Street Photographer Pasar Ubud Tours, is meeting people from everywhere. Recently, things got even more interesting. At least three participants have two things in common with me. They come from high tech backgrounds and they love photography. I’m wondering now. Could this be a coincidence? Or, is there some connection between being a techie and loving photography?
Is it because techies are also creators? And, techies like gadgets? What do you think? Leave me a comment below.
First, let me apologise. This is a late post. I took some time-off from the tours in September-October to focus on a couple projects. Now it’s mid-November, and I’m still trying to catch up on sharing new posts.
Speaking of hiatuses. In August, I was thrilled to meet Kathryn from Canada. Kathryn was in Bali for part of her sabbatical from being a Happiness Engineer at Automattic, Inc. Automattic is the parent company of WordPress.com. WordPress.com is where BaliStreetPhotographer.com is hosted.
I have a confession. Saying that I’m honoured to guide a Happiness Engineer from Automattic is an understatement!
Thanks for joining the tour, Kathryn!
Learn more and check the full gallery on Kathryn’s site. Not to be missed.
One late night in May 2019, I heard a dog in front of our home screaming. I ran outside. I saw a street dog viciously attacking this poor little pooch (Millie) that I’ve never seen before.
I shooed the larger attacking dog away. The dog that was being attacked was small with a black coat and lying in the gutter shaking. She smelled–her odor was unbearable, and I saw what I thought was her intestines exposed. I was terrified that this poor soul’s life was going to end in this miserable way.
Later that night at the vet’s office, we found out she had a severe case of canine TVT. It was a cancerous tumor coming from her vagina that I thought were her intestines (when I rescued her). Needless to say, these things don’t grow over night. Most likely, who ever had her before didn’t treat her cancer.
Released From the Hospital
Fast-forward to September, Millie was cleared to leave the vet’s office (where she was staying since 10 May). I was visiting her 3-4 times a week. Every time I visited her she would growl and bark at me. I wasn’t able to get close enough to her to pet her. We brought her to our home on 23 September. We opened her crate, but she wouldn’t leave it until we were gone. She growled every time we came close–even when we fed her.
Then, about three days later, she came up to me. She sniffed me. Then she stood there waiting to be pet. I couldn’t believe it. Finally, she trusted me. This is after rescuing her, visiting her for months, and staying three days at our home. Ah, what a relief.
On 26 October, Millie was back in the hospital. During a checkup a couple days before, two new tumors were found. This time Millie’s doctor recommends that Millie undergo doxorubicin chemo once every three weeks.
Millie was a bit of a mess on some days following her first doxorubicin round. Below is a photo from four days after on a good day. So beautiful.
Now, we need your help–to help Millie fight her cancer. And, to find her a forever home.
You Can Help by
- Referring people to BaliStreephotographer.com.
- Telling people about Bali Street Photographer Pasar Ubud tours, if they are going to Ubud or living in Bali.
- Donating what ever amount of money you can on Millie’s donation page.
- Sharing this post on your social media feeds.
More two wheel wonders from the streets of Bali.
In Search of the Real Bali
Bali is a global tourist destination. So, it makes sense that Bali seems to be overdeveloped.
People may complain about it–the overdevelopment. Most definitely there are less rice paddies (sawah) in Ubud than there was when I first arrived in 2010.
But, if one is wanderer/adventurer, one doesn’t have to go far to find the real Bali.
Two Worlds of Bali
Steeped in tradition yet living in the modern world—the dichotomy of Bali.
My very first pet as an adult (on my own) was an adopted barn cat from Norfolk, England. Her name was Ally. Named after Ally Sheedy. That was back in 1985 when I lived in the UK. Since then, I’ve had a soft spot in my heart for felines.
Connecting with kitty cats in Bali is a bit of a challenge. Cats aren’t as common as dogs on the island. Basically, the dogs rule the streets in Bali.
But, when we are in Surabaya visiting family, I get my cat fix. On the island of Java, cats rule the streets. Street dogs in Java are rare–the opposite of Bali.
This post is dedicated to all the cat lovers who follow BaliStreetPhotographer.com. Thanks for following and for your support to the hard working people rescuing/rehoming Bali’s street cats at Villa Kitty.
This post is also motivated by the recent inspiring cat stories from Kathryn Presner. Please visit her site and have a read.