Mount Agung VOLCANO ERUPTION …. The “Big Fella” is a STAR

Our mighty Mount Agung continues to surprise us.

Living on the Island and documenting my feelings has certainly been an interesting exercise.

It’s hard to believe this is my 18th blog since my first live stream on the 24th September, 2017.

I tried to stop writing about “The Big Fella”…. (I wonder when I decided to call him that?), it is impossible though as he has enticed me hook, line and sinker.

Our Holy Gunung Agung is a powerful addictive drug and I am at his merci.

I am flattered that members on facebook groups are also using his nickname I coined affectionately “The Big Fella”.

Some argue that he is not a man, he is a woman.

Some argue that he just a bloody Volcano, why talk about him like he his is human? They may have a point, however I feel as though he is a man, just as the Balinese Hindu Religion believes he is the masculine Holy Mountain and that Mount Batur is a female because she is surrounded by water and is smaller in size.

Our man of the moment has woken us up and I am now sitting in front of the computer frantically searching, scanning, researching and seeking information.

In addition to Vlogging and hobbling beside Made (my toe is still not 100%) on our morning walks to take live footage of Mount Agung.

This week has been intense.

I believe most people here on the Island who have been following the progress closely believed our guy would have fully erupted by now. He has not.

Monday evening after scanning through my twitter feeds I discovered Mount Agung was the leading story on the The New York Times twitter feed.

I was so impressed I took a snapshot and posted it on my Instagram page.

The following morning I was sleuthing online when I discovered the source of the magnificent photograph the New York Times featured.

I also read on Made Nagi’s Instagram feed when a reporter from Reuters contacted him to ask permission to use the photograph.

What an instantaneous world we live in. I was so captivated by Made Nagi’s image which prompted me to write a caption. I felt as though Mount Agung was sending me a message.

Black and white, Hitam dan Putih, Saput Poleng, good and evil, truth and lies. I believe the answer we are looking for is hidden in our Mighty Mount Agung. Which side do you choose?

Black and white is significant in the Balinese Hindu Religion.

If you look around you will notice the black and white check cloth called Saput Poleng draped around temple, statues, trees and worn by people. The spiritual aspect of Saput Poleng signifies good and evil and somewhere in between.

The air we breathe is different now.

When Made admits there is a change in the air then I know it’s serious.

It was confronting looking at a visual of our beautiful Island covered in red when I read an article written by Earth Observatory.

I decided I should wear my mask more frequently, even on a cloudy day some satellites excel in detecting components in the atmosphere that are invisible to human eyes, such as sulfur dioxide (SO2).

I refuse to worry or give into fear, I was a smoker for years. I reckon my lungs can take toxins for a while.

I refuse to be vindicated for speaking the truth about how I feel living through this phenomenon on the most magical place on Earth.

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The most magical photo I have seen of “The Big Fella”… a true Star Photo Credit  Kyle Kesterson

The seismic monitors have been going berserk, inside the Volcano a powerful cocktail of molten rocks, fluids and gases move from deep within the earth to the top.

We have seen spectacular photographs of images showing thick plumes of steam and ash being bleached out. I have been following Dr Janine Krippner who is a Volcanologist on twitter, her fabulous description of what is transpiring on the mountain has been reported worldwide this week.

Yesterday something else emerged, there have been reports of groans and noise coming from within the creator. We have also had reports of the earth moving unlike an Earthquake. A friend posted on facebook,

“OMG Just had a burst rumble from underneath, not like anything I have felt before. Like a pressure cooker lid blowing off”

Approximately 100,000 people have been directed to leave their homes and relocate to evacuation Centers.  Kopernik, Mount Agung Emergency response fund has been set up. Please give generously.

For up to date official warnings, please go to MAGMA Indonesia.

Bali’s only airport was closed. Then it was open. I cannot report on the status of the airport or flights, everything is at our fingertips now. The answer to these questions can be found out 24 hours a day online.

The only thing we cannot find is when our “Big Fella” the star on the worldwide stage will do his final performance.

As one of my friends reminded me, in 1963 Mount Agung took 12 months to fully erupt…. is this a mini series or an epic movie?

Stay tuned.

Blessings always

Sharon x

 

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Mount Agung VOLCANO ERUPTION 25 November, 2017…. CAUTION RED ALERT LEVEL 4

After such a crazy week breaking a toe and having my teeth filed… yes I am serious, I had my teeth filed by a Balinese High Priest known as a Sulinggeh, in an epic 30 hour Metatah ceremony.

Here is a sneak peak before we talk about the “Big Fella” and his grandstanding in the last 24 hours.

We awake early every morning (it’s impossible to have a lazy Sunday when you live in a Balinese family compound).

I was scanning social media when I noticed a post by a friend on facebook, the caption read, “6am Bali time…. It’s pumping”.

The photographs and video footage was astonishing.

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The images online were astonishing. Mount Agung Volcano Eruption, 25 November, 2017.  Photo credit via Facebook I Kadek Putra Yasa

I jumped out of bed trying to ignore my aching toe, I yelled out to Made to wait for me before he took off to walk our three dogs (did I mention we have another rescue mutt?). I needed to check out Mount Agung in reality.

I couldn’t quite believe it when I saw a huge plume of ash billowing high into the sky and spreading.

I was hobbling behind Made while I was trying to record on Instagram in addition to scanning updates online to reassure myself I wasn’t hallucinating.

Today has been sensational, almost surreal. It’s hard to believe after all this time our “Big Fella” is finally erupting.  Follow MAGMA Indonesia for official updates.

Most people want to know two things.

  1. Is Bali safe to visit?  I can confirm that according to a tweet by Mr Sutopo that Bali is Save… oops Safe outside the exclusion zone.  Sutopo2.jpg2 .Is the airport is open?

I can confirm that Bali’s only airport which is called the Ngurah Rai in Denpasar is open, however you will need to check with your airline as there is a tremendous amount of confusion about flight schedules.

I am not going to write about the technical details of our “Big Fella”, he is putting on a spectacular show.

Mount Agung is the star, the experts are busy analyzing data, observing and waiting.

I will sign off with a tweet by Mr Sutopo before I upload this blog.

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Fire and light reddish on the smoke when the eruption of 25/11/2017 at 23:00: influenced by the lava is coming out of the crater of Mount Agung. Since last night is a magmatic eruption type continues to the present.

Let’s wait and see what the next exciting development may transpire in our extraordinary real life stage called Bali.

Blessings always,

Sharon x

UPDATE 27 NOVEMBER
 CAUTION MOUNT AGUNG, increased from ALERT STATUS TO CAUTION Mount Agung eruption continues to increase. The rate of eruption of the Great Volcano now rises from the phreatic to magmatic phase (since the observation of the fire at the peak at night on 25/11/2017 at 21:00 WITA.) Until today the magmatic phase eruption accompanied by constant thick ash of ash reaches a height of 2,000-3,400 meters from the peak . Continuous ash puffs are sometimes accompanied by explosive eruptions accompanied by a weak sound that sounds up to 12 km from the summit. The rays of fire are increasingly observed in the next night. This indicates the potential for a larger eruption is imminent. To anticipate all possibilities and risks of disaster, PVMBG has raised the status of Gunung Agung from Alert (level 3) to Awas (level 4) starting from 27/11/2017 at 06:00 WITA. Status Beware is the highest status in volcano status. Mount Agung observation post in Rendang sub-district of Karangasem Regency reported that the visual visuals of the mountains are clear. Cold-pressure crater smoke is observed in gray with a thick intensity and height of 2,500-3,000 m above the top of the crater. Observed eruption with 3000 m high and gray smoke color. Visible light rays. Non continuous harmonic tremor amplitudes 1 – 10 mm (dominant 1 – 2 mm). Communities around Mount Agung and climbers / visitors / tourists not to be on, do not climb and do not do any activity in the Danger Estimate Zone that is inside the crater area of ​​Mount Agung and in all areas within a radius of 8 km from the crater of G. Agung and added sectoral expansion to the North-Northeast and Southeast-South-Southwest as far as 10 km from the crater of G. Agung. Estimated Zone The dangers are dynamic and continuously evaluated and can be changed at any time following the most recent / latest Gunung Agung observation data. BNPB coordinates the national potential of TNI, Polri, Basarnas, Ministry of Public Works, Ministry of Social Affairs, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Transportation, SOEs and others to assist the Local Government in handling eruption of Mount Agung. National Counseling Posts have been activated in Kabupaten Karangasem. BPBD together with other elements continue to perform emergency eruption of Mount Agung. People within a radius of 8 km and 10 km of expansion are urged to immediately evacuate in an orderly and calm manner. Some people have been self-evacuating since 25/11/2017 night following the eruption of Mount Agung. Sutopo Purwo Nugroho Head of Information Data and Public Relations Center of BNPB

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Bali Unseen

Repost from June, 2017

Okay so I am married to a Balinese man.

I live in a Balinese family compound, I live a blessed life. That is true, however my true fascination with Bali started long before I met Made.

How do I even begin to write a short article about my obsession with Bali.

Yes I have written about Bali in my memoir Scarlett Voices in the Shadows, although I have just skimmed the surface about my insatiable craving for this incredible Island.

I guess the best way to sum up my feelings at this point as I tip tap on the keyboard is to attempt writing a short fascinating, entertaining scribe about my feelings and Bali.  Although only one word sums it up:

“Niskala” the Balinese word for Unseen

Let me put it another way.  There is NO word. The addiction I have for Bali is unexplainable.   Off the top of my head here are a few examples that kind of gives you a picture.

Bali creates a feeling

Bali creates a knowing

Bali creates magic

Bali creates mystery

Bali creates fascination

This morning I felt elated after my morning walk, the natural beauty of my surrounds, the infectious smiles of the farmers in the rice field and the workers at the monkey forest.

I felt elated after witnessing what we thought were wolves in the forest.  I felt elated by the musical sounds coming from the monkeys, who were obviously as happy as we were.

I felt elated by the miraculous spectacle of Mount Agung as it was waking up, the sun rising above its vast splendor, luminating its all powerful presence.

I was going to write this blog about some of the Villagers, the farmers, or the characters we meet and talk to everyday.

I was going to write this blog about some of my experiences living amongst the many layers of my Niskala community.

I couldn’t decide, the task was too difficult.  I believe a much better idea would be if I commenced my next book about my extraordinary life living in Bali.

So I will wind up this little scribe with a short poem I wrote on Instagram after we returned home this morning.

We live in a world of magic and wonder

My affirmation this day and everyday is for love, nature and kindness to win

Its time to unite

We must dismiss fear, hatred, anger and violence

BaliUnseen

My life has taken on a different type of rhythm since returning from Hollywood.

Only the Gods, Goddesses and my universal spiritual guides will know where my next chapter will steer me.

Thank you for reading my blog.

Blessings always

Sharon x

 

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Bali – Mount Agung VOLCANO ALERT level 3 _aerobics and jiggling chandeliers

Most mornings I crawl out of my bed at around 5.30am and walk our dogs with Made.

Some mornings I give it a miss, I justify this to myself believing that last night’s vigorous aerobic work out was enough exercise.

I was sipping my coffee, flicking through the international news on my television when the shaking started.

The quake shook my tiny house, the chandelier jiggled, the windows rattled. I was thinking,

“Wow this quake is big, maybe I should go outside?”

By the time I crawled out of bed and walked onto my balcony it had stopped.

I looked at my family who were attending to their normal activities making offerings.

They looked at me and said,

“Linuh … (pronounced linoo) the Balinese word for Earthquake”.

By the time Made returned I had scanned social media to ascertain what had just happened.

PGR 3 Bali:
An earthquake occurred with the following parameters:
Strength 5.0 SR
Date 09-Nov-17
Earthquake Time 04:54:18 WIB – Jakarta Time
Latitude 8.26 LS
Longitude 115.57 ET
Depth 10 Km
Locations:
Bali Region, Indonesia
Information:
11 km northeast of KARANGASEM-BALI
30 km northeast of BANGLI-BALI
40 km northeast of GIANYAR-BALI
60 km northeast of DENPASAR-BALI
999 km southeast JAKARTA-INDONESIA
Evaluation:
This earthquake did not trigger a tsunami

I’m not about to go into technical language as I am not an expert.

In an article written by Tempo.com, according to PVMBG Devy Kamil Syahbanam who is the Head of Mega Monitoring Division of Eastern Volcano, Devy advices that,

“ Gunung Agung has not been completed yet, there is still a lot of energy,”

Please follow the link to MAGMA Indonesia who are doing a fabulous job keeping us updated daily.

Mount Agung is still on Level 3 Alert, today’s movement may result in a new wave of sensationalism about what will happen next, or maybe not?

The “Big Fella” is consistent in keeping us bewildered.

I look back on my initial blogs and laugh. Life is exciting, I have embraced the Balinese philosophy,

Kehendak alam (the will of nature)

It’s really silly, however the Doris Day song Que Sera Sera comes to mind,

Que sera, sera

Whatever will be, will be

The future’s not ours to see

Que sera, sera

What will be, will be

Life is still the same here in Bali.

I am writing, advertising our gorgeous Villa and enjoying the quiet time here in Paradise.

I am also spending a considerable amount of my time advocating through social media.

I am bewildered about the horrendous situation that is unfolding on Manus Island where 600 men are starving because of a political nightmare, in regards to their human right to  seek asylum as described in a article written by the New York Times.

I have been following the progress of the refugees for years, admiring the humanitarian work by the not for profit organisation, ASRC, Asylum Seeker Resource Centre .

I feel an overwhelming sadness at the unfathomable circumstances that can be allowed to transpire in today’s age.
I wholeheartedly agree with Russell Crowe,

 

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Made is busy preparing for Kuningan on Saturday in addition to hosting two guests from Western Australia who have booked a spiritual tour tomorrow.

It really is a fabulous time to be here in Bali, there is always something extraordinary happening.

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There is always something extraordinary happening in Bali. Photo credit Greg Newman

Please send me an email or check my twitter updates if you have any questions.

Blessings always

Sharon x

 

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Bali – Mount Agung VOLCANO ALERT ….Now on Level 3 _Galungan dan Kuningan.

Updated 16.00 29 October at 16.00
URGENT UPDATE: 29 October 2017 The level has decreased Status of Mt Agung Bali from Level IV (Caution) to Level III (ALERT) On 29 October 2017 at 16.00 WITA. Communities around Mt Agung and climbers / visitors / tourists not to move, not climbing and not camping inside the Mt Agung crater area and in all areas within a 6 km radius of the top crater of G. Agung or at elevations above 950 m from sea level and added sectoral expansion to the North, Southeast and South-Southwest as far as 7.5 km. Communities around G. Agung and climbers / visitors / travelers are expected to remain calm while maintaining vigilance, not to be bothered by issues about Mount Agung’s unclear eruption. Source: PVMBG.

Life goes on here in Bali, Made is convinced Mount Agung will go to sleep.

Maybe he is correct, however we still need to go about our lives mindful of the fact that the “Big Fella” could very well erupt.

This coming Wednesday, November 1, we celebrate Galungan dan Kuningan.

Galungan is the day that our ancestors come to visit. We give elaborate offerings, pray and welcome them.

Our ancestors stay for 10 days and then we celebrate Kuningan.

Kuningan is the day we farewell our ancestors, the process will continue in 210 days time. This is a continual ritual.

Galungan dan Kuningan represents the victory of dharma (good) over adharma (evil).

It really is a beautiful time to be in Bali.

The Penjors lining the Streets are exquisite. I love the story Made tells. He believes the Penjors represent humility, the way he explained it to me is that the top of the Penjor represents the top the mountain.

Once you reach the top of the mountain you must remember to look back down to where you came from.

Panjors

Beautiful Penjors line the Streets in Villages all over the Island of Bali, Indonesia

I love this story.

I feel respect for our ancient Balinese Hindu traditions, particularly at this time with our Holy Mount Agung still active and making his presence known.

I believe the uncertainty about the eruption has lead to soul searching for many of us here on the Island.

It’s a gorgeous day here at Tri Sandhya Villa.

I feel truly blessed to have an incredible life here in Paradise, the weather is perfect we look forward to welcoming you soon.

This is breaking news about Mount Agung, as soon as I hear more information I will let you know.

Blessings always,

Sharon x

see also Galungan dan Kuningan_April 2017

Mount Agung VOLCANO ERUPTION 25 November, 2017…. CAUTION RED ALERT LEVEL 4

Bali – Mount Agung VOLCANO ALERT level 3 _aerobics and jiggling chandeliers

Bali – Mount Agung VOLCANO ALERT ….Repost _ do you believe in magic?

Bali – Mount Agung VOLCANO ALERT ….Still on High Alert, Blog Update 23 October, 2017

Bali – Mount Agung VOLCANO ALERT…. Blog 12_ the land was moving like a dolphin, a story from an evacuee

Bali – Mount Agung VOLCANO ALERT…. Blog 10_ Mount Agung is pregnant

Bali – Mount Agung VOLCANO ALERT…. Blog 9_ tolerance, messages and signs

Bali – Mount Agung VOLCANO ALERT…. Blog 8_ Can’t people just be nice?

Bali – Mount Agung VOLCANO ALERT…. Blog 7_ Football, Holy men and a Volcano

Bali – Mount Agung VOLCANO ALERT…. Blog 6

Bali – Mount Agung VOLCANO ALERT…. Blog 5

Bali – Mount Agung VOLCANO ALERT…. 4

Bali – Mount Agung VOLCANO ALERT…. Live stream 3

Bali – Mount Agung VOLCANO ALERT…. Live stream 2

Bali – Mount Agung VOLCANO ALERT…. Live stream

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Bali – Mount Agung VOLCANO ALERT ….Repost _ do you believe in magic?

We seem to be at a stalemate here on our paradise Island of Bali.  As of October 21, 2017 we are still on Level 4 High Alert.

More than 180,000 plus people have been evacuated from their homes here in Bali, life goes on, please help by donating to Kopernik.

My heart aches for these people who have been away from their homes, temples and animals for some weeks now.

For updates check MAGMA Indonesia’s website.

I reported on my previous blog information that my husband Made translated from the Bali Post on October 10, 2017.

The official number of evacuees as quoted from Bali’s Governor Made Pastika totals 185,865 people, from 54,788 families.

When I awoke this morning, I turned on my television and tuned into ABC 24 to try and catch up on some news from my other home in Australia.

It seems these days astonishing events are unfolding almost hourly.  Did I hear right?  Was the former Prime Minister of Australia talking about volcanoes and offerings to the Gods?

I missed the report so I quickly jumped online, to my horror Tony Abbott was quoted as saying,

“Primitive people once killed goats to appease the volcano gods, we are more sophisticated now but are still sacrificing our industries and our living standards to the climate gods to little more effect”

This quote shocked me.

I felt sick.

I became weak, then I rushed to my computer to express my emotion.

Only yesterday I was invited to a complicated ceremony in a very special temple. For now I would prefer not to go into the details of where, when, why and how come.

I am writing a book about my extraordinary life and my commitment to the Balinese Hindu Religon.  Let’s just say it’s complicated.

What I will say is that we had a very special guest, who is a Buddha Pendeta Priest from Karangasem.  Our special guest performed a series of rituals.

I was in awe of this priest, I had never seen a priest wear yellow.  I asked Made if he had ever seen a priest dressed in such an elaborate way.  Made was also surprised and intrigued.

Our special guest was powerful.  I was hooked into a daze of fantasy.

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I knew yesterday that without a shadow of a doubt that these rituals (amongst other reasons) was to give blessings to our Holy Mount Agung. Photo credit Gus Alit Saskara 

I witnessed an incredible secret ritual.

I knew yesterday that without a shadow of a doubt that these rituals (amongst other reasons) was to give blessings to our Holy Mount Agung.

In my heart of hearts I believe these types of ceremonies are happening all over Bali, after all we are the Island of the Gods.

Now I didn’t see any sacrificing of animals yesterday, however I am not saying it didn’t happen prior to the opening ceremony.

I would like to sign off today’s blog with something my dear Mum would say to me,

“Respect all people, religions and places. We are all different, if there is something we don’t understand we must not make judgement”.

Blessings always

Sharon x

first published October 13, 2017

 

 

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Bali – Mount Agung VOLCANO ALERT…. Blog 10_ Mount Agung is pregnant

Bali – Mount Agung VOLCANO ALERT…. Blog 9_ tolerance, messages and signs

Bali – Mount Agung VOLCANO ALERT…. Blog 8_ Can’t people just be nice?

Bali – Mount Agung VOLCANO ALERT…. Blog 7_ Football, Holy men and a Volcano

Bali – Mount Agung VOLCANO ALERT…. Blog 6

Bali – Mount Agung VOLCANO ALERT…. Blog 5

Bali – Mount Agung VOLCANO ALERT…. 4

Bali – Mount Agung VOLCANO ALERT…. Live stream 3

Bali – Mount Agung VOLCANO ALERT…. Live stream 2

Bali – Mount Agung VOLCANO ALERT…. Live stream

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Vibrations

I feel the vibration shifting tremendously

Here in my spiritual Bali the Gods are sending me signs

I am searching my soul

My clarity is murky

The black and white is seeping into grey

sangeh

Who can we trust ?

Now is the time, the biggest challenge we must face

Dark days approach

Asking for faith

My heart is aching for the world, for the people, for the sadness

Dig deep and breathe

Dig deep

We must believe

Vibrations

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Originally posted February 9, 2017

Bali – Mount Agung VOLCANO ALERT…. Blog 14_ Welcome to Bali

Hi all,

It’s hard to believe I have written 13 blogs (although I have skipped that illusive number in my sequence) since the confrontation of a potential eruption of Mount Agung, who I have affectionately named the “Big Fella“.

I can’t stop now, I am obsessed, his magnificence is awe inspiring. Check out the Instagram story I recorded before the drama began earlier this year.

My last blog caused a little bit of controversy on a facebook forum, apparently the title of my blog was too sensational.

I truly apologise if I caused any harm.

My intention is to report what I have researched from the authorities and to write entertaining scribe which includes stories from my Balinese family.

In addition I am uploading VLOG’s, which I have been recording on Instagram.

The last week has been a busy time in our Village, with preparations for an epic pomp and ceremony that happens only once in a decade.

I promise to write about it at some point.

A friendly reminder to all that we are still on level 4 High Altert for the possible eruption of Mount Agung.  Daily updates can be found on MAGMA Indonesia’s website.

We have more than 180,000 plus people who have been evacuated from their homes, please give generously the price of a cup of coffee can make a big difference.

I would like to sign off my blog with a warm and fuzzy story from our magical Island of the Gods.

 

Blessings always,

Sharon x

 

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Bali – Mount Agung VOLCANO ALERT…. Blog 12_ the land was moving like a dolphin, a story from an evacuee

We seem to be at a stalemate here on our paradise Island of Bali.

More than 180,000 plus people have been evacuated from their homes here in Bali, life goes on.

My heart aches for these people who have been away from their homes, temples and animals for some weeks now.

Bali is open for business as usual.

The airports are open, the hotels and restaurants welcome your business with warmth and sincerity you will only find in Bali.

Below is the latest histogram for the period 24 hours prior to the reading at midnight October 15, 2017.

Histogram 15 Oct

Histogram , 24 hour update until midnight 15 October 2017.  Sincere gratitude to Rachel Bergsma for updating this graph daily.

I have nothing to report other than a story from Made, we have relatives who are evacuees.  See our silly instagram story for true news from Bali today.

*This was a conversation that took place in the hospital.  I am assuming this happened before the family were evacuated.  Please don’t ask any further questions, this is a story from my husband.  Our cousin is very sick from a stroke and cannot speak or move.

Blessings always,

Sharon xx

 

Bali – Mount Agung VOLCANO ALERT…. Blog 11_ let’s talk about the Island of the Gods

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Bali – Mount Agung VOLCANO ALERT…. Blog 9_ tolerance, messages and signs

Bali – Mount Agung VOLCANO ALERT…. Blog 8_ Can’t people just be nice?

Bali – Mount Agung VOLCANO ALERT…. Blog 7_ Football, Holy men and a Volcano

Bali – Mount Agung VOLCANO ALERT…. Blog 6

Bali – Mount Agung VOLCANO ALERT…. Blog 5

Bali – Mount Agung VOLCANO ALERT…. 4

Bali – Mount Agung VOLCANO ALERT…. Live stream 3

Bali – Mount Agung VOLCANO ALERT…. Live stream 2

Bali – Mount Agung VOLCANO ALERT…. Live stream

 

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Bali – Mount Agung VOLCANO ALERT…. Blog 11_ let’s talk about the Island of the Gods

We seem to be at a stalemate here on our paradise Island of Bali.

More than 180,000 plus people have been evacuated from their homes here in Bali, life goes on.

My heart aches for these people who have been away from their homes, temples and animals for some weeks now.

Below is the latest histogram for the period 24 hours prior to the reading at midnight October 13, 2017.

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Histogram , 24 hour update until midnight 13 October 2017

For updates check MAGMA Indonesia’s website.

To be honest I have no idea what it means.

I do however understasnd that nothing has changed in regards to still being on level 4 high alert for a possible volcanic eruption.

I reported on my previous blog information that my husband Made translated from the Bali Post on October 10, 2017.

The official number of evacuees as quoted from Bali’s Governor Made Pastika totals 185,865 people, from 54,788 families.

When I awoke this morning, I turned on my television and tuned into ABC 24 to try and catch up on some news from my other home in Australia.

It seems these days astonishing events are unfolding almost hourly.  Did I hear right?  Was the former Prime Minister of Australia talking about volcanoes and offerings to the Gods?

I missed the report so I quickly jumped online, to my horror Tony Abbott was quoted as saying,

“Primitive people once killed goats to appease the volcano gods, we are more sophisticated now but are still sacrificing our industries and our living standards to the climate gods to little more effect”

This quote shocked me.

I felt sick.

I became weak, then I rushed to my computer to express my emotion.

Only yesterday I was invited to a complicated ceremony in a very special temple. For now I would prefer not to go into the details of where, when, why and how come.

I am writing a book about my extraordinary life and my commitment to the Balinese Hindu Religon.  Let’s just say it’s complicated.

What I will say is that we had a very special guest, who is a Buddha Pendeta Priest from Karangasem.  Our special guest performed a series of rituals.

I was in awe of this priest, I had never seen a priest wear yellow.  I asked Made if he had ever seen a priest dressed in such an elaborate way.  Made was also surprised and intrigued.

Our special guest was powerful.  I was hooked into a daze of fantasy.

I witnessed an incredible secret ritual.

I knew yesterday that without a shadow of a doubt that these rituals (amongst other reasons) was to give blessings to our Holy Mount Agung.

In my heart of hearts I believe these types of ceremonies are happening all over Bali, after all we are the Island of the Gods.

Now I didn’t see any sacrificing of animals yesterday, however I am not saying it didn’t happen prior to the opening ceremony.

I would like to sign off today’s blog with something my dear Mum would say to me,

“Respect all people, religions and places. We are all different, if there is something we don’t understand we must not make judgement”.

Blessings always

Sharon x

 

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