Garden Views and Semarajaya Museum


These ceiling murals have been added to the main ones over at

There are several buildings and pools at the complex.
Bill is getting ready to go into the A/C museum!



Vera Hutasoit is very good at taking pictures of us.


1. Horse and buggy. There are very few of these remaining,
but are still used in some villages.
We rode in many similar ones later when we visited Gili Islands.
2. The poor thing really didn't want to move on such a hot and humid day... the horse that is. :)


A woman weaving with a traditional loom.
Interesting "planter"
Blacksmith equipment.
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Utensils, daggers made by the blacksmith
Yoke for oxen

Some of the items in the museum
1. Weaving
2. This was for "salt making"


1. A panel from the Court of Justice
2. Costume
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How to make palm wine and palm sugar. 
A better name for the palm wine would be "White Lightning"! Also called Jungle Juice. 
"Palm wine is an alcoholic beverage created from the sap of various species of palm tree such as the palmyra, date palms, and coconut palms.
It is known by various names in different regions and is common in various parts of Asia, Africa, the Caribbean, South America, and Micronesia.

Palm wine production by small holders and individual farmers may promote conservation as palm trees become a source of regular household income that may economically be worth more than the value of timber sold.

The sap is extracted and collected by a tapper. Typically the sap is collected from the cut flower of the palm tree.  A container is fastened to the flower stump to collect the sap. The white liquid that initially collects tends to be very sweet and non-alcoholic before it is fermented. An alternative method is the felling of the entire tree. 
Where this is practiced, a fire is sometimes lit at the cut end to facilitate the collection of sap.

Palm sap begins fermenting immediately after collection, due to natural yeasts in the air (often spurred by residual yeast left in the collecting container). Within two hours, fermentation yields an aromatic wine of up to 4% alcohol content, mildly intoxicating and sweet. The wine may be allowed to ferment longer, up to a day, to yield a stronger, more sour and acidic taste, which some people prefer. Longer fermentation produces vinegar instead of stronger wine."

While in India we watched  tappers climb palms to collect the sap to make palm wine. Later we had a chance to drink the wine . . . very potent. 

Poster for making palm wine and sugar

Costumes still used today in traditional dances/
Uncomfortable to wear this in this heat and humidity.
Not sure how the locals do it as we often see them in long sleeved jackets, leggings, etc.
Very seldom do we see shorts in most parts of Asia.
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The original table and chairs from the Court of Justice

The last photo taken by my trusty "around the world" Canon camera
When I returned home I bought an identical camera on eBay
and was eventually able to have the original fixed.
I'm now a proud owner of twin Canon G15 cameras :)

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Part of the
Hillman Travel Adventures
Bill and Sue-On Hillman