Carlina Teteris Photography » Travel and Lifestyle Photographer

Tana Toraja | Sulawesi Selatan

I also considered naming this post “how I developed a phobia of water buffalos.”

Anyways, the point is – Toraja is a weird and wonderful place. Seriously weird. But it’s super beautiful and the people are amazingly nice, so we’ll go with wonderful as well just weird. Torajan lifestyle seems to be based around the nexus between baffalos and funerals. Fascinating stuff. The answer to almost every question we had was something to do with buffalos, except when I asked why houses are shaped the way they are. The answer to that one is that they’re boat-shaped. Naturally. Why wouldn’t people living super high in the mountains live in boat-shaped houses?

Torajan funerals are amazing. We definitely crashed one, which seems to be a fairly acceptable thing to do, as long as you bring along a gift of cigarettes and sugar. I’m dead serious. Not making up ANY of this. The part of the funeral we went to included being fed lots of cookies and syrupy sweet coffee and tea and watching buffalos and pigs being slaughtered. Of course I got right in as close as possible, which was a lot closer to buffalo slaughtering than should be allowed. I was charged by a mortally wounded buffalo – twice. Now they just freak me out in general, even if they are the world’s second most mellow animal (next to sloths, of course). If you care for a better explanation of their funerals, go ahead and wiki it. I have no intention of explaining the whole process, and not being able to do it justice.

Their burials are equally as serious. We went and saw a whole bunch of burial sites too, some of which involved some serious Indian Jones action in caves full of skeletons, or hollowing out boulders to use as tombs. Amazing.

Now for the important disclaimer – if you find any of the following things offensive, just leave this page now, or don’t say I didn’t warn you: Death, Animal Sacrifices, Blood, Guts, Buffalos.

But if you’re awesome and can handle a little bit of blood, go ahead and enjoy the photos.

Magalie - AMAZING photos!!! Now I need to add this to my dream travel list!

Grace - Beautiful pictures, as usual, like in a travel magazine. The animal killing pictures are hard to see, but it’s just because they are so vivid. Great job!

Carlina - Uh oh… not even finished your dream trip, and you’re already making a new travel list! You’re a lost cause, my friend! :P

Pepy | Indonesia Eats - Oooo my Lord! I know I envy you for all your traveling thingies here.

Great travel photos here!!!!!

Anyway, I saw your favourite object “dead fish” while I saw one of my have chili peppers, “lada katokkon” or we call it scotch bonnet peppers in Canada :)

Akanksha and Roy | Fort Canning Wedding

Akanksha and Roy’s solomnization and reception at Fort Canning Park.

I had no choice but to split their wedding in to two parts. Even if it was a “small” wedding, and fully planned in twenty days, it was still three days long! The prewedding events are in the last post here.

Kurien - yay!! my pic is here.. i look hot! thanks :)
P.S. Terribly beautiful photos! I wanna cry.

alain - I love the atmosphere of the daily life of people every day.

PADI Open Water Diver Course | Anti Gravity Divers

I finally did my Open Water course! A HUGE thanks to my friends at Anti Gravity Divers – especially Anand, and Sara (who drew the short straw, and had to be my instructor). I’m so glad I finally stopped making all the excuses I could think of to avoid diving. Unfotuntately I love it as much as I thought I would, and now I’m being pressured into buying underwater housing. I’m going to make up more excuses, so I can keep on avoiding doing that.

*disclaimer – A couple of the photos in this post were shot by Pao, of, who has an unfortunate habit of leaving my camera on all day and draining the battery. He also doesn’t know how to spell “Lens.” I’ve already had some words with him about it; he chooses to ignore my linguistic advice.

Thomas Hjorth - Awesome pictures.. Likey.!

zaim - you compiled the “puke” picture! shame on you. haha. by the way great photos! it was nice to have the last dive at koh haa with you.

Carlina - shhhhhhhhhhhhhh! that was supposed to be a secret! I didn’t think anyone would look close enouogh to spot it!

Lim Yan Hwea - The photos are great!!! Oh…I just miss the great time having fun at Koh Haa and Koh Lanta!!!

harish - I simply love your photos. I saw the water mark on Akansha’s wedding picture and looked up on search. I have been hooked to your pictures since then. I like the way you have presented it on your website. The overall theme and presentation little text followed by all photos. The small description is suffice for the photos tell the story completely. Great work. Hope I could learn somethings from you. If you ever make a trip to USA do let me know :)
your new fan…!

Yungs - I love your photos…simply the best!

Pulau Bunaken | Manado | Indonesia

Loooong time since posting. I know. Anyways, I’m done with my real job now, so I have plenty of time to work on long-neglected photos as I look for jobs.

I’m not posting my Sulawesi photos in order, because I don’t feel like it… And by that, I mostly just mean I’m lazy and there’s a lot more of the Tana Toraja ones than there were of these from Bunaken. I figured that it would take me less time to finish this set than the other one, so I could feel like I’ve been productive sooner :)

Bunaken’s alright. Nothing special, but then again, my beach standards are too high for anyone’s good. The water’s clear, and I hear the diving’s great, but there’s SO much garbage in the water. Everywhere. I got painfully sunburnt on the first morning we were there, chasing a pod of pilot whales, so I basically sat around and relaxed at the homestay place we were in.

South Sulawasi post will be coming up soon!

Virginie - Great set as always.
Hope you will find a job you love.


Magalie - Stunning, just stunning! Can’t wait to see the shots from the place you preferred! One day I totally want to go on a photo vacation with you :)

Carlina - Yes! I’ll go on a photo holiday with you anytime girl!

Magda - Another set of great photos. You should blog more often! :)

jazzspeed - Carlina… how r u?

I become ur BIG FAN! your photos simply stunning… LIKE LIKE LIKE!


Carlina - Thanks Achman! How are you doing? been out shooting lately?