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

I had no intention of writing another blog about Mount Agung, however my shadow voices are urging me to reach out to my readers who have expressed their desire to be updated.

I am being sent messages of appreciation for being a voice from someone who is on the ground, this magnificent ground also known as The Island of the Gods.

I have been blown away by the negative feedback on social media.

Although things started out harmoniously, I am disappointed to note that personal agendas have caused all sorts of problems on facebook forums.

I have not hidden my feelings about being on an emotional roller coaster, why should I? I share everything else with you.

I felt particularly disappointed when I woke up this morning, I was convinced Mount Agung would erupt last night, so did Made.

I must note though our reasoning for our prediction was for no other reason than a feeling.

When I woke up this morning I felt weak.

I decided to crawl out of shell and record an Instagram story.

I felt so much better after declaring my anxieties to whoever was interested, even if nobody was interested it made me feel better.

I had a great day planning my next blog, which has nothing to do with impending eruptions of volcanos.

There has been a unanimous decision by the authorities that the time and date of an eruption of Mount Agung is unknown.

There has been a unanimous decision by the authorities that the Big Fella may not erupt at all.

We are informed.

We are still on level 4 High Altert.

Bali is open for business.

The reasoning that prompted me to write a blog update this evening was a facebook comment.

At approximately 7pm Friday 6 October 2017, a local expat on the ground in Amed posted these magnificent photographs of the Big Fella.

 

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The hypnotising Mount Agung.  Photograph by Michele Yoga

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The mighty Mount Agung.  Authorities have advised we are on level 4 High Altert.  Bali is open for Business. Photograph by Michele Yoga

The below comments prompted me to rush to my computer and tip tap tap tap away at my keyboard,

Person 1: Wow, more gloom n doom

Person 2: I don’t see any doom and gloom, just factual pictures of what the volcano is doing

Person 1: This was all over the web last week with false reports when will it stop. Pictures of the volcanos eruption, flights cancelled but nothing yet. Let’s see when it’s actual.

Person 2: Our group has been showing pics of Mount Agung almost everyday, then in real time from Amed. Person 3 is on the ground there. We are not showing any eruptions, just letting member’s see the steam/vapour.

The above banter to me, sums up the mood on the Island perfectly.

People are conflicted, confused and in my case going slightly mad (okay, okay, I admit it, I am already slightly mad).

My little tanty is over.

I can go back to watching my marathon binge television fix of the series Westworld.

Can’t people just be nice?

Have a great evening

Blessings from Bali,

Sharon x

 

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Although over 130,000 plus people have been evacuated from their homes here in Bali, life must go on.

We are all doing our best here on the Island, I refuse to get into negative speak, if I see anything scathing or judgmental online, I will hit delete without a second thought.

I am being asked the same question daily, should I come to Bali?

Is it safe to come to Bali?

Tell me Sharon, should I come to Bali?

I refuse to answer that question. That’s not my call, that’s up to you.

It’s all about balance.

I feel a strong connection to the Hindu deity Lord Ganesha, I pray to this wise guy when I am feeling confused.

Lord Ganesha is the son of Lord Shiva and Parvati and is known as the The Lord of Obstacles, The Lord of Beginnings, The Lord of Prosperity, you can google him if your interested.

I find peace in Lord Ganesha’s wisdom, you will find a statue of him welcoming you into almost every family compound and business on our Island.

Visit Indonesia Tourism has assured visitors that Bali is open for business as usual.

Rick Loxton from Finn’s Bali reiterated Indonesia Tourisms response by opening up his impressive doors today free to non-members for the Australian football league grand final.

Made and myself wanted to expose our nieces to a small slice of Australia without leaving Bali.

I was blown away by the facilities, the size of the film screen was impressive to say the least and the affluent Australian expats and tourists of Canggu society filled the lawn area.

The atmosphere reminded me of being at the Melbourne races or at open air music festival.

A massive romantic marquee with tables set up, staff made sure the happy footy fans glasses were refilled with a never ending flow of champagne and beer.

When the congregation of Aussies stood up and sang the Australian national anthem, goose bumps radiated throughout my body.

I was thrilled when Richmond, a traditional Melbourne team took home the cup.

The local expatriates and tourists didn’t seem to have a care in the world.

It was interesting, although I did wonder how many people had packed face masks, goggles and ear plugs in their handbags?

Maybe you are wondering how a group of wealthy Australians could be enjoying a fun day out when over 130,000 people are in camps all over the Island.

I say why not!

The Balinese are certainly getting on with life as normal, so why shouldn’t expats and tourists.

In my Village only yesterday a precession of elaborately dressed neighbours randomly paraded past my compound.

Additionally today Made woke up at 4am to make sate with a group of Village men.

Preparing sate is a common task and part of the offerings which is required for the complicated cremation process.

Cremation processes vary throughout the Island, depending on which village and caste you belong to and what you can afford.

The series of ceremonies involve the panca maha butha, the five elements, is called pengabenan (Nhaben) in common Balinese.

The procession in the video below is called Nyekah, which is a process to cleanse the soul.

My village neighbours are heading down to the river to cleanse the soul.

Afterwards they will return to their family temple and carefully place the soul into the three chambers of the temple called Kemulan. The soul will wait in the temple chamber until it’s time for reincarnation.

Made told me according to his Mother’s stories his soul is the reincarnation of Manku Gede, that would certainly explain his continual studying and quest to read and interpret the ancient Hindu scriptures.

I was chatting to our niece Eka about the volcano, she told me a fascinating story about the Pura Besakih Temple on the slopes of Mount Agung.

The story was about the 100 year celebration called Eka Dasa Rudra, Centennial Purification of the Universe, which took place in 1963 just before the eruption of Mount Agung. The ceremony is to restore harmony.

After the eruption in 1963 there seemed to be a debate about whether the correct date was chosen because the eruption caused the death of in excess of 1,000 people.

According to research from Fred B. Eiseman, Bali Sekala & Niskala Volume I,some say the year was wrong, that it was chosen for reasons more political than religious and god showed his wrath by bringing the lava down.

Religious leaders, however, say that to declare 1963 the wrong year questions the wisdom of the holy priest who set the date.

I asked Made his thoughts on Mount Agung’s possible eruption.  Made agrees with the theory that an eruption should happen for a cleansing and rejuvenation to take place, he describes it as the cycle of the Volcano.

Both Made and myself are praying to the Gods for wisdom in the wake of an eruption.

We are praying for faith, to believe what will happen is meant to be for the greater good of our Paradise Island and for the world.

Eka showed me a facebook post which was certainly enchanting, Manku Mokoh had hiked to the top of Mount Agung seeking answers.

His facebook post simply asked that people share his photograph and pass on the message that what he was seeking was not found.

Made, Eka and myself started chatting about the adventurous Manku,

Made was quick to respond,

“See, I told you I wanted to climb the mountain to find out”.

Made had been urging me to go with him and climb Mount Agung, I pleaded with him not to go, I am glad I won that argument.

He was happy when we arrived at a Warung in our Village and on the front page of the Bali Post, 30th September, 2017 was Manku Mokoh.

Manku Mokoh’s only request on his facebook post was missing from the Bali Post report,

“I wanted to climb Mount Agung to find out when Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva would walk, in other words when will he erupt?, I didn’t find the answer to that question at the top of the mountain”.

I woke up this morning and checked Manku’s post, I was delighted to see that he has already had 4.8K views and 23.5K shares. I noticed comments like,

“Thank you for sharing, I feel at peace, this post makes me calm down”

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Mangku Mokoh climbed to the top of Mount Agung to see what he could find.  His message to the world  is that he can’t answer the question when Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva will walk (when the volcano will erupt)

I must add though that anyone in Bali who maybe reading my blog, and considering climbing the Big Fella……DONT DO IT, we are still on level 4 orange alert.

My own Journey over the past week has been one of an emotional roller coaster, however I now feel at peace.

We must have faith that what ever is meant to happen is God’s will.

Blessings always

Sharon x

 

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The weather here on the Island of the Gods has been idyllic the last few days, it’s hard to believe our majestic giant is causing so much attention.

I had a chuckle this morning when a local posted a status on his facebook,

This is why you shouldn’t believe anything u read on the fucked up internet!

I’m currently looking at the volcano and Jack shit has happened it’s still the sleeping monster it has always been #fuckfakenews!

I totally get this, my friend from Torquay sent me a message yesterday advising me that Mount Agung will erupt within a few hours, according to some reports in Australia.

Some reports though have been great, like the one written by Matt Davies from news.com.au titled,

Indonesia ready to divert tourists as Bali volcano rumbles

Matt quoted a line from my blog and linked me into his report,

“Hands up who else on the Island feels anxious”

Needless to say I have taken my husband’s carefree advice and relaxed.

“Kehendak alam, what ever will be will be”

I feel extremely proud of the community here on the Island and the outstanding coordination from all levels of government, as detailed in today’s Jakarta Post,

“In an impressive show of solidarity, communities and individuals have banded together to provide assistance for evacuees who have had to escape the rumbling Mount Agung in Bali”

We decided to spend our wedding anniversary today at our favourite small Warung beachside in Sanur on a perfect day in Paradise.

In between eating, swimming and sun baking I was researching information about Volcanos and Mount Agung.  I had with me an old fashioned reference, a book.

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Perfect today at Sanur Beach

Bali Sekala & Niskala Volume II by Fred B. Eiseman, JR, is a comprehensive resource on all things Bali. I didn’t have to search far, as the first Chapter is titled,

Island of Bali, Volcanoes, Monsoons, and Tides

Eiseman details fascinating data about the history of our Big Fella’s eruptions, including the benefits to the land after an eruption.

With my knew found interest in finding out more about Volcanoes, Monsoons, and Tides, I asked Froggy who has been a Surfer and Ocean man in Sunur for 30 years.

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Froggy started surfing when he was 10 years old. 

The short answer from Froggy was NO. There has been no change in the tides what’s so ever over the last week.

Everyone wants so know if and when the Big Fella will roar?

You can furiously ask google for the answer to that question, however our Paradise Island has it’s own schedule,

Only our Balinese Hindu Gods know that answer to that question.

Blessings in love and solidarity,

Sharon x

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Okay, so it seems eminent our mighty Mount Agung will erupt soon…

I scrapped my blog from this morning, the national press have covered everything, there is no need for me to repeat the latest news on my blog.

This is my second attempt today to update my blog whilst I have been a passenger in the car.   Made insisted we go for a swim at our favourite beach in Sanur this morning.

I tried to protest and then I looked at my husband and realised it was necessary for both our sanity.

He continues to be his carefree self, although I have won the battle with my volcano ready check list and feel satisfied that I have put the necessary steps in place, to the best of my knowledge and as instructed by an amazing group of people on facebook.

Hands up who else on the Island feels anxious?

I want to send a big shout out to the local expat community. Your wealth of knowledge and comradery has been truly heart warming.

For up to the minute facts please check with local authorities as the best source of information.  MAGMA should be the first point of contact.

These people are angels. Behind the scenes, tapping away at their computers, researching, deleting trolls, taking personal attacks, all in the name of trying to help.

It’s 5pm and we are almost home, I will be truly relieved to settle in for the evening.

I have checked my list of volcano preventative measures and feel pleased, I said to a friend earlier today,

“It’s time, bring it on big fella we are ready”

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Footnote it’s now 8.18pm and it seems activity is happening as I type.

Blessings to all in solidarity and love

Sharon x

 

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Today’s blog is probably the hardest to write.

The days are stressful, when will the mighty Mount Agung erupt?

I woke up this morning realizing how lucky I am to be part of a loving, close knit community.

Our Village in Sangeh is located quite some distance from the alleged danger zone.

I say alleged, as the evicted villages are what the Volcanologist’s and scientific experts are calling the safe zone.

Nobody really knows what will happen, according to the last tweet by Magma Indonesia.

In response to the rumors that the Great Volcano will erupt tonight, we from PVMBG can not confirm the truth because the forecast is done using a different approach to what PVMBG does in understanding volcanic activity. PVMBG sees signs of volcanic activity through continuous (24 hours / day) visual and instrumental observation. The latest analysis of PVMBG indicates that volcanic seismic volcanic energy continues to increase and has the potential to erupt. However, both PVMBG and all volcano experts in the world who study scientific activity volcano, not a single one is able to determine when the eruption will occur. thank you Kasbani Head of PVMBG.

In my last post Made spoke about the stories from his mother when Mount Agung erupted in 1963, however it’s not 1963, it’s 2017 and anything is possible.

I desperately want to take my husband’s carefree attitude and go with the flow and see what happens, however, I believe in balance and it certainly doesn’t hurt being prepared.

I woke up this morning in an assertive mood, and although my husband called me paranoid, I sent our niece Eka out in search of high quality surgical face masks and goggles for not only our own family compound but for hers as well.

She counted 23 adults and 7 children.

I am still waiting for her to return to see what she could find.

Apparently there are no more high quality masks left on the Island?

I instructed Eka that it was her mission. She was a warrior. I am positive both Eka and Made think I have finally flipped my lid.

I have the responsibility of my people.

I must be prepared for the worst case scenario.

I must compile a substantial medical kit, ample supplies of fresh water, food and be ready on stand by for what ever happens.

My friend Ayu Conroy, who lives in Canggu with her Australian husband Chris and daughter Alexa also has family on her mind.

Ayu decided to take a road trip home to Singaraja on the other side of Mount Agung and visit a camp in Tejakula Village where approximately 2,000 people have been displaced.

Ayu told me that she felt the press were mainly concentrating on the Karangasem Regency and feels the other side of Mount Agung may be forgotten.

However, when she arrived at the camp she was surprised at the amount of fresh food and resources available. Ayu told me that the supply of food was healthy and plentiful.

Ayu’s tip when visiting the camps is to bring chocolate and lollypops for the kids.

Apparently if you bring supplies in the box you cannot open them and distribute yourself. The supplies could only be distributed by the volunteers

“I wish I had brought 100 lollypops in my handbag, that way I would have made the kids really happy”.

Ayu is concerned that when Mount Agung erupts people may forget about the people in the camps, as the after effect is sure to go on for months.

© Photographs Ayu Conroy

To lighten the mood with Made and myself obsessing over masks and goggles, I asked Made questions about the religious and cultural significance of Mount Agung.

I was delighted to hear that in the old days, people would climb to the top of Mount Agung and meditate as they could feel the energy.

I asked Made why Mount Agung is a male?

He explained that Mount Agung is bigger than Mount Batur.

Mount Batur is the woman as she is smaller than Mount Agung and is surrounded by a lake.

This makes perfect sense to me.

Made went on to explain more about the significance, the song, Kidung Bali which is the prayer for both Mount Agung and Mount Batur.

Ill sign off  with a pray, as we continue to walk through our days of the unknown here of the magnificent Island of the Gods.

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It’s all about the animals…. Apparently snakes and monkeys are descending from Mount Agung.

Made believes the eruption is not too far away as the chickens didn’t wake us up this morning.

Sending prayers, love and solidarity to all residents and visitors, who are now with us on this mystical Island of Bali.

We wait.

The latest news from Bali TV tells us 160 small Earthquake tremors have been active in the past days.

Only time will now inform us what the mighty Mount Agung has in store?

 

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It’s been a long day.

It’s 9.30pm here in our Village, I feel weird, the only word that comes to mind about how I am feeling and the atmosphere in Bali is eerie.

My husband and family members in our Village compound are going about their every day lives with an acceptance.

That’s just what they do… they accept what will be, without what seems like too much worry at all?

Today I have been feeling every emotion, I would say a feeling of anxiety is at the top of my list.

I feel empathy and sadness for the locals from Karangasem, who have been evacuated from their homes, away from their temples and animals and who are now refugees in their own Country.

It seems the number of people are in the vicinity of 10,000 and increasing by the hour.

Volunteers have banded together co-ordinating the delivery of essential supplies and collecting donations.

More information can be found on Kopernick’s website who have set up a fund, MOUNT AGUNG EMERGENCY RESPONSE.

It’s interesting to be an Aussie chick married to a Balinese man right at the moment.

I am in mini breakdown mode, planning, stocking the cupboards, buying masks and everything else I have been reading about that is necessary when facing an impending Volcanic Eruption.

Made is just going along his merry way without a care in the world.

Tonight we decided to take a ride to the rice fields where the local farmer told us this morning where we would see Mount Agung in all his glory if he erupted.

All was quiet, eerie, not even a star in the sky.

Until my next update,

Take care and

Blessings always

Sharon xx

 

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Here on the Island of Bali, Indonesia, we are on standby.

The district around the mighty Mount Agung has been evacuated.

The Volcano alert has been lifted to level 4.

However, we really don’t know…?

I decided to ignore the news, ignore facebook posts and take a stroll to see what I could find out.

I found out on our walk from my husband Made, that locals around the area have spread the word via Facebook.

The word spread and locals decided to make significant offerings to try and appease the Gods, to offer their prayers to Mount Agung.

The offerings are a gift of gratitude to appease Mount Agung … if he decides to erupt, please be less dramatic than when he erupted and dominated our Idylic Island in 1963.

I will keep you all updated from the gossip of locals on my blog.

 

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So much has happened since I posted this letter to Oprah in November last year.

Sharon Karyasa

Dear Oprah,

I guess the best way to write you a letter would be to put out a letter onto my blog and then pray you will read it.

I met a lovely man today in Ubud, Bali where I live who suggested I write you an open letter on my blog with a hashtag #anoprahmustreadstory.

Since my earliest memories I have heard voices and seen signs, since my earliest memories I have felt the need to rebel against constraints to live according to other people’s conventional expectations.

Todays meeting with this lovely man was a sign for me to write you a letter.

Oprah, I have written my memoir, which is recounted by my alter-ego Scarlett, my life has been five decades of adventure, intrigue, devastation, survival and miracles.

Oprah, this is a true story, this my story. My pray is for you to read my memoir, as…

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