IN MEMORY THE LOST OF SECRET BEACH
Pandawa Beach was once a beautiful beach.
It used to be called the Secret Beach (a.k.a Pantai Karang Putih). A beautiful white sandy beach with ordinary Balinese peasant life.
They were seaweed farmers who had a simple life. Planted and harvested their seaweed regularly. Life was so simple then.
When the village of Kutuh wanted to expand to increase local income, their lifed change. The need to accommodate tourists and reap more income into the region.
I am grateful to experience their simple life before all the bulldozers, tractors and construction workers came and changed it. My house is near this beach. Then this beach changed name into Pandawa Beach. I visited the beach for the first time in 2012.
It was almost sunset. Seaweed farmers were still busy. A small village, only a few people in and out of simple huts. I saw only a few outsiders wandering the beach.
After a long time, I visited again with my family. I was shocked by the drastic changes. No more farmers, huts, and canoes. Most of the area turned into restaurants, cafes and beach cabanas. Former farmers changed professions into coast guard, rent beach umbrellas, and other beach equipment.
No more boats were going back and forth to bring the harvest.
I had time to ask how they (e.g. farmers) lived now. Sadly they said that their former life was much better. They could get multiple incomes. Now they have to compete to get customers or buyers.
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