Pondok Pekak Library & Learning Center

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  • Art & Culture afternoon fun in Ubud…

    Recently, we (Coco and Mica) went up to Ubud with Ginger (Coco’s little sister) and Brahm (Mica’s little brother) to visit Pondok Pekak for a fruit carving class. Mica’s other brother Cruz came too, but he attended the painting class, which he loved. We all agreed next time we went that class would be our first choice!

    Pondok Pekak is a small local library and community centre offering lessons and classes, which was founded by an expat American lady Laurie Billington, who loved to read and believed every town should have a library. Along with her Balinese husband Made, they built Pondok Pekak in 1995 and named it after Made’s Grandfather who also had a great passion for reading, learning and helping others. “Pondok Pekak” means “Grandfathers little resting house in the ricefields”.

    The lessons on offer are for both adults and children and include Balinese Dance, Gamelan (traditional Balinese instrument), Wood Carving, Fruit Carving, Balinese Offering Making, Silver jewellery and Balinese/Modern Painting. Parents can stay and enjoy the classes with their little ones, or if the kids are a bit older like us, the Mums and Dads can drop off and then head out for a coffee.

    We had a look around the library before we started our lesson, and it was a very cute little library with a variety of both adults and childrens books (in a variety of languages too) including some of our old favourites!

    When our lesson started we found out that we were going to be carving watermelons! We started carving flowers in our watermelons with the help of our two teachers, it was hard work and took a lot of patience but it was super fun! Our teachers were very kind and patient towards us and our work area was spacious and airy.

    We carved a rose and a marigold onto our watermelons, and finished them in about 2 hours.  At the end our watermelon carving skills definitely blew us away, we can’t wait to use those skills again for Halloween – look out pumpkins!

    All in all, it was an awesome experience and we would definitely recommend visiting if you happen to be in Ubud!

    The classes range in price from Rp 100,000 to Rp 250,000.

    Please phone or email them at: librarypondok@yahoo.com to enquire about class times or to make a booking.

    Written by our Junior Reviewer, 14 year old Coco from the Coco & Ginger family who lives in Umalas, Bali, with the help of her bestie Mica, also 14.