Three Weeks in Ubud (Part 2)


After a great week, my first week in Ubud continue to the second week but this time I really put my time to do some serious fieldwork. Prepare the questionnaire, questions for interview , guidelines for focus group discussion and other tools for gathering the data that I need during fieldwork. To be honest, I was a bit stress to start this but I have to do it and I must. Here's the second part of this series!

Words from the street

I was walking around Ubud and I found this in Jalan Kajeng: “Don’t be worry.” I think that’s the point where I decided to push through and just focus on doing my fieldwork.

The tools of research

In Ubud, doing fieldwork is both challenging and relaxing, the people being really helpful on answering the questionnaire that I need for the quantitative data. I walked around Ubud to disseminate the questionnaire. The questionnaire itself is for the head of family and after seeing the answers, it really helped me see things in a different point of view. I got to know how they live and it really helped me a lot. Aside from giving out the questionnaire, I had the chance to talk to them, absorbing their information slowly. It’s really a different experience and this hands-on experience is the ultimate test for me after just studying the theory in class for six months.

The People of Ubud

After doing some massive fieldwork for days, the complete documentation was in my mobile phone and I plan to show it to them later after I finish my master thesis. There’s one day in my second week that was so great, involving a traditional ritual to celebrate a sort of birthday every six months. Every six months, children go through their own Balinese traditional ritual, with their parents and grandparents responsible for the event. It’s called “Otonan.”

The Child

The family in my homestay knocked at my door and asked me to join them. It was a great honor to witness an “Otonan” ritual with my own eyes.


To see the “Otonan” itself is really a great experience and I got goosebumps when I saw the procession. It was so quiet and the situation was peaceful, like a quiet celebration with family and close friends gathered around.

The Process of Otonan

It was a good night, and seeing “Otonan” really opened my eyes and made me realize that every little thing you have in life is something you have to be grateful for. That’s the valuable lesson I learned that night, and talking to the family members in my homestay added to the lesson as well. After the ritual, we celebrated in a simple kind of way and just ate together. Eating delicious Balinese food! You all have to try it someday!

To the rice field!

The next day I felt so refreshed and I decided to walk to the rice field. The rice field that I went to a week ago is called Subak Juwuk Manis, Subak itself is the name of irrigation system for rice fields, a traditional Balinese water management system. I revisited because I wanted to just relax and enjoy the view.

Subak Juwuk Manis

The second week was a hectic week for me and totally devoted for my fieldwork. Even though it was a really hectic week, I managed to see the Otonan ceremony and enjoyed the green view of Subak Juwuk Manis. As I continued with my days in Ubud, I really learned how to live their as a local. Participant observation they said, yes I was living up to this qualitative technique for research. Tiring, hectic, and a little bit stressful on the second weekend—that’s the conclusion. But how do I get over this? For me, I just simply walk around Ubud all over again.

Walking around Ubud

Walking around Ubud is like a ritual for me. Doing fieldwork is tough and hectic but since I’m in Ubud, that’s a great thing! How will my third week be like? I guess you all have to wait for it! Stay tuned!


Om Swastyastu!

written by adi_totp on 2012-12-13 in #lifestyle #lc-wide #indonesia #second-of-the-series #story #horizon-perfekt #2012 #travel #ubud #bali #adi_totp #lc-a


  1. hervinsyah
    hervinsyah ·

    Jadi kepingin ke Ubud =)

  2. adi_totp
    adi_totp ·

    @hervinsyah sok pin! bawa horizon :D

  3. istionojr
    istionojr ·

    "Walking around Ubud is like a 'ritual' for me" , aslinya lo banget ya di kemana & kamera. :P

  4. adi_totp
    adi_totp ·

    @istionojr iya ga! Gua kemaren hunting hujan hujanan sama bram

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