In the village centre, and located throughout the village are food kiosks called warungs, the places where most of the village socializing takes place. Each warung has its own identity; one is a favourite of the older folks who sit quietly and watch the village life go by, another is presided over by a woman who is a privy to all the local gossip (and knows how to embellish it effectively), another warung is a local teen hangout who meet there to flirt and fume with each other. Many warungs are known for their take away food, which is often quite tasty.

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The warung illustrated below is from the village of Munduk and is seen at 4 in the afternoon. The schools have just let out their students and there is a line of them waiting patiently for the owner to prepare her specialty, one plate at a time.

The warung above is from the harbor of Singaraja at noon, eerily empty.

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Warungs are rarely well built, they are usually tacked together, taken as a whole they are a little shabby. Chickens and dogs wander through, unless ejected by a broom or a foot. But the ambiance of a warung is surprisingly intimate. Under buzzing fluorescents lights on long rainy evenings, more than one confession was heard here, lots of ribald jokes told, family secrets revealed, marriages proposed.