Saturday, December 12, 2009

Padi Fields and Black Sand Beaches

Day out to Southern Jogjarkarta.
We decided to give Patrice and ourselves a bit of education on padi planting and how humbly some of them lives, sweat and eat in the fields. Also to see Black and White sandy beaches.

Padi planting in sequence.
Pic below shows a whole nursery bed of young padi plants ready to be planted. Farmers gathering them in bundles and then placing it in rows along the padi fields. With a string to guide the linear planting, the farmers then go around and plant 2 to 3 stocks at a time. A back breaking task for most of us and them too

Petak :According to some of the workers they will take a team of 4 to 5 workers to plant a " Petak " , measuring about 20 x 20 metres over 3 hours. They could plant up to 4 x petak a day at 70,000 rp per petak. Each worker therefore earn about 40,000 to 50,000 rp ( S$ 7 ) a day.

Padi harvesting is normally after 3 months. The padi fields are then used to plant corns, soya beans and chillies which will take another one to two months before harvesting. The ground is now hardened and the earth would have to be tolled again for the next padi planting. In the meantime, young saplings are being planted concurrently with the corns etc so that they are ready for the next padi planting. They have improved on their planting methods and fertilising it - resulting from 2 to 3 harvests a year. Sometimes during extreme dry weather they plant sugar canes on some plots. Sugar canes takes a year before harvesting

Pic below shows Padi field workers clearing their wheats. School children in a nearby school and team of 4 workers having their break.

Educational attachments. Indonesian secondary and high schools organise attachment programs for their students to live and work with the farmers, hawker centers, shopkeepers, etc for 3 to 4 days. The student pays about 150,000 rp for such programs . They would eat, sleep and do the works of their adopted parents . These programs give the children a feel of the laborous works the lower income people are going through to earn a living. Aim to to make the students understand the hardships one has to undergo and teaching them to appreciate what they have.

Flexible Living in HUMILITY. We visited Nana's ex house keeper NINIK and noted that she is happily settled . With the little monthly income , they were able to build their home in phases. Note that the wall is cemented half-way and she told us that the other part of the wall and the roof shall be put in place once they managed to save sufficient fund.

Note the living condition

BARON and KUKUP Beaches.
There are quite a number of beaches along this entire southern coastline, south of Jogjarkarta. What is most interesting is that Kukup beach has white sands while the rest are black sandy beaches. Rocks and little islets stands out just off the shoreline and those who loves corals - you can have your choice if you care to survey the shoreline. Waves are ertremely strong and " No Swimming " signboards are prominently displayed.

Pantai Krakal is another popular beach which provides excellent BBQ fish which Michelle and her sisters were having for lunch.

Corals are seen right at the shoreline and the waves provide very strong Negative Ions , especially good for Qigong exercises, since we are all very short of negative ions

Baron Beach . Warungs flood the entire seafront on this black sand beach. We tried the BBQ fish which were real fresh. Michelle wants to laze around someday and become the warung owner. The waves were particularly strong and the locals " Do Not Swim " along this beach as many drowning cases were reported.

Perangtritis Sand Dunes Beach. This beach is located south of Jogjarkarta and is famous for its Black Sand Dunes and black sand beach. Along the way in, hotels at budget pricing can be seen. This beach is a popular weekend get away for families and esp for thousands of tourists and expatriates living in Jogjarkarta. We were supposed to just do a day trip but couldn't resist the sunset scenery and horse carts rides , esp for Patrice, till sunset

PERANGTRITIS Black Sand Dunes - Beach Front
Youth groups having their fun at the beach. The little swimming pools ( about 10 ) are constructed using simple canvas sheet. What is most interesting is that they dug some 20m down and are able to draw water for the pools - and FRESH water said the locals.

Grey or Black Sand ? If you look at the entire dry area, the sand looks grayish in color. However below the thin top layer, you can see the true black color sand. Digging a big heart shape volcanic crater and showing proof that it is actually black sand.

Sunset :Michelle and Patrice riding a horse cart along the Parangritis Black Sand Beach
20,000 rp for a 15 mins ride along the water edge and watching sunset was a real cool experience. Later on we too had a ride.

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