Hi Folks and with the lack of good waves about the last few days. Not to mention the onslaught of wet season wind and the un predictable weather I thought I’d give you an up date on what is happening to our little beach side community of Tuban.
Now, as far back as the first surfers that started coming to Bali. The traditional Balinese warung was a very special place. Somewhere nice and shaded from the hot sun to leave your clothes and stuff while surfing. Then on return an icy cold soft drink, fruit juice and some local food on your return. Many life long friendships between locals and guests have been forged in these Balinese warungs. For many visitors from hustling and bustling countries to Bali the serenity and welcoming smiles is a big big draw card to Bali.
Over the last 10 years with developers wanting this usually prime beachside real estate many of our traditional warungs have been bull dozed and giant monstrosities erected in place. Places that have no character or connection to real people. Certainly not for the benefit of the local economy either for that matter. Just for example for those that can remember the Dreamland warungs or Serangan beach warungs. All gone and to no benefit of International surfers or the local Balinese that were told to leave.
Up in the Canggu area at Berawa many warungs were leveled and the modern “beach clubs” replacing them. Right now at canggu what remaining warungs are left are also probably on the temporary endangered list. Likewise down at Balangan beach the developers are trying their best to get rid of the local presence and ploy their trade.
Here in Tuban our local fishermen have been moved on and moved on and moved on again since I’ve been part of the crew. We went from nice big area’s along the beach front, where else would fishermen be. Fishermen need places to repair and store their boats, clean nets etc etc. To our latest move that is now on the fringe of the new bitumen car park that replace the local warungs and big healthy trees.
There are still 3 local Balinese owned warungs on the beach at “Pantai Jerman” in Tuban. After I came back from a day out fishing one of the local owners told me that they had been handed an “official” document stating that these remaining warungs had 5 days to vacate. These people are trying their best through all open avenues to resist. But “investor money behind this latest development will be hard to beat.
Every local at the beach here doesn’t want the warungs removed, and I’m sure that anyone who has had a relaxing sunset beer or icy cold coconut certainly doesnt want to see them gone. But the current style of westerners we have had in Bali the last few years seem to prefer loud house music from sunset till late and WiFi. Not the local traditional warung that originally helped open Bali up to the World all those years ago. Pantai Jerman in Tuban has always been the layed back end of Kuta. No night clubs and bars it’s always been a fishermen hamlet and a place for International visitors to Bali to see some real Bali by the sea.
Hopefully the locals will not be moved out, we will have more news on the situation at the end of the 5 day waiting period.