Friday, August 14, 2009


Padi fields in Ubud. The padi is grown on hill terraces as Ubud is a town in the hilly region of Gianyar.

Padi fields in the flat lowlands. Irrigation canals cross-link the fields as the young padi plants require a lot of water.Pieces of cloth and other material to scare off the birds.Padi ready for harvesting.
When the padi plants are mature, they turn golden brown and are harvested by hand using a sickle shape knife. Padi farming is a back-breaking job as the planting and harvesting is done manually.


  1. A really interesting post Kestrel.
    I've seen many pictures of people treading the paddy (padi) fields and always thought it must be a really difficult job. Hard work and, as you say, back-breaking.

  2. I will show these pics to my daughter. They look a lot like the ones we saw in her books about China. It will be a good homeschool assignment. We'll find Bali and Malaysia on the world map and I'll tell her I write to you on the computer and you live in Malaysia. She will think that is pretty cool!

  3. It is interesting - how you spell it "padi". I am too used to seeing "PADI" in relation to scuba diving. It is amazing how the brain gets hard wired into thinking certain ways when certain patterns of letters appear. I'm happy to add this "padi" to my brain bank as well. :)

  4. Thanks Val for spelling it correctly. I did not notice that I had spelt paddy in Bahasa Melayu - "padi" - being so used to it. Hope your daughter finds Malaysia interesting and I admire you for doing home schooling. I am looking up the meaning of PADI in realtion to scuba diving, it must be an abbreviation.