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Tuesday, 30 December 2008

Biodiversity and IP protection

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Thanks to Bernama, The Borneo Posts and the late 24 year Iban Lady, Helen Mena, who died because conventional medicine had failed to “cure” her, most of you have read about the good and the bad news about the availability of a CURE which could have saved her life and many others if only greed, selfishness and “piracy” are not embedded in all our human system of Bureaucracies and Businesses. The old societies and cultures know a lot of cures which can contribute towards a better and less inefficient human journey on this earth. We could enjoy better health and longer life if proper nutrition, exercise and less societal pressure are available to all and lastly cheaper and better curative services are available to those who need them. For example, a friend of mine is still recuperating from just a scorpion bite, despite two months of hospitalization and nursing services. This is totally unnecessary. If only he had known that I have the herb to cure him within just a few hours, he does not have to suffer these last few months. The need for profit and the laws to protect Intellectual properties, however, have hampered the development and availability of many health supplements and natural cures taking away unnecessary lives or giving untold pains and miseries to the unfortunates.

Let’s take the case of this humble herb, which I would like to call it for the time being, DUH PENAWAR or if the husband and/or the parents of Helen agree later on we could call it, “Helenmenaia” in her memory.

It is there all the while but I was not taught about it in my formal medical education. I had to watch a number of people related to me dying from “PARAQUAT POISONING” and heard many more who had died because of it as well as other poisoning because we are not taught about the most effective antidote which can give the cure as demonstrated by this herb. I finally heard about it when I eventually asked a Traditional Healer whether he knows of any herb, good for Paraquat poisoning after the death of my nephew’s son who was hospitalized and waiting to die in a District hospital for two weeks, where conventional medicine and myself failed to save him because the needed knowledge is NOT KNOWN presently to conventional medicine. He told me that there is a herb which he had used to save two of his relatives from “PARAQUAT POISONING” who had been hospitalized but “were sent home to die”.

“Feeding them with a fresh preparation of the herb, they are still alive till to-day”. he said.

Being naturally curious and knowing that what is very important to me is NOT WHAT I ALREADY KNOW BUT WHAT I DO NOT YET! It is “what I don’t know” is what I need to learn and learning is an on-going process. I thus waited and waited for the opportunity to study its effectiveness, efficacy and safety of the herb.

As for safety, it was simple. I just took a few leaves and taste and ate them. (Hey, wait don’t copy me “LAH” because some leaves are really poisonous. I tried one leaf in my friend’s garden, and it almost paralyzed my tongue until I took my antidote, only then my mouth became normal. Yea, what an Idiot i was and am….so don’t just simply try every leaf just to find out whether such is good to and safe or not… SAKIT PERCUMA NANTI….. KALAU MATI jangan salahkan saya… Bodoh sendiri jadi “copycat”….” However, by the simple tasting method, I know that the plant is safe to eat. I still eat or drink part of the potion which I make from the herb before I give it to the patients.

Next case study… Fortunately over time I was able to test the herb on two cases of weedicide poisonings, two snake bites, one wasp bite, one unknown bite. The last one was a case of poisoning from the urine of one type of caterpillars causing a “weeping skin reaction” on the left side of her neck as well as painful sensations under her skin and swelling on her left cheek, despite a week of conventional medical treatment. Treatment with the antidote, however, brought a cure in all cases: - for poisonings it took about two days for a complete recovery, the snake bites in less than twelve hours for total recovery with a single dose, bee bites a matter of few minutes, and for the caterpillar urine case in less than seven minutes the painful sensation was gone.

Yes, it is very effective in the seven cases tried so far. But what about other snakes like cobra, etc. Yet to be tested…. Other poisons, yet to be tried… Yes more studies and documentation to be done, this is why I wanted to work collaboratively with the Health Ministry, but to-date no response to my letter of offer. I understand their problem because our system won’t allow them to do so unless further testing and documentation said it is safe to do so. However it can be done as an adjunct therapy and study. It will take the courage of a decision maker to say, “YES”. Since the roadblocks are human created, any human being with the power to decide can take away the roadblocks. Worse still the world maybe deprive of this antidote, if for reasons best known to our present decision makers, more roadblocks can be created….. to its development and commercialization. So both expedition and destruction is possible. So let us hope SAVING MORE LIVES become our joint responsibility, duty and commitment. The lady needs NOT DIE!

IP protection is needed so that more stakeholders can benefit from any discovery. The process to obtain it has to be simplified so that it can do easily. Only benefits can be assured and the availability of the product to everyone is possible. Right now, because of the roadblocks put in place by the Ministries concerned, most of the good supplements and medicines, available in our jungle and known to the Indigenous population, are not available to those who need them. What have been leaked to the respective “experts” such as the “Bintangor tree” and “Tongkat Ali” now became the IP of others. But the knowledge belonged to the poor “sources” who remain poor and unknown and not recognized by the world.

Those supplements and medicine, which are already known to the world are beyond the reach of the poor. My pharmacist friend of mine told me of the high cost of registering any supplements also have increased the cost of the supplement.

The need to conserve of our tropical forest is now very obvious because of there GOD has provided us with all that we need for our survival on this planet. Before we destroy all the good plants which are of potential medicinal value, we have to take stock of our plant diversity. Biodiversity must be protected and studied so that full use of its availability can benefit all of us to lead a happy and healthy life besides economically.

Why do the Chinese and the Indians made the majority of the human population on this planet? From what I read, they are the only people who eat or drink the most diverse food in the world. Anything that “grows, swim or fly” becomes their sources of energy and wellbeing, except for beef amongst Hindus and pork amongst the Muslims. Foods are even classified in the Chinese diet into its various actions and functions: such hot, cold, bitter , sweet ,etc…
On top of their diverse dietary habits, they also use of a lot of herbs for medical purposes and drinking teas of various types for various reasons…… except those who want to make quick profit, they start to adulterate their foods and herbal medicines with harmful ingredients that we all know, read and/or hear of in the news- for example, Melamine in milk and milk products lately, Cortisone or others, known to those in our Public Health workers. So is the Indian system of Ayurvedic medical practice.

Thus as my old Chemistry Teacher, Dr. Sagunam who called, congratulated and told me, “Plant is life, without plant there will be no Life”. Take heed all. Plants are food, medicine and all. Without plants using the carbon dioxide we all emit, we will die in no time…. even if the potential absence of the OZONE layer will get all of us or the future generation roasted alive by the direct Sun radiations…. All those in the coastal cities will either move to higher grounds or get drowned as our ice cap will melt and flood even the New Yorkers! …

Happy New Years 2009 World

We wish everyone a Happy New Year. 2009 may not be as prosperous but it will be the year where we have to watch our purse more carefully as the world economy may recover slowly. For serious investors, it will be a year of opportunity as well.No doubt many have already made plans and resolutions for the new year while the others have not. It is important to know what we want to do and achieve if we want to achieve more in life. A general framework is needed so that the details can be fitted in as time moves on.

I like to break mine into various aspects of things which affect my future as well as those close to me. However whether I can fulfill all the goals set or not, it does not make me quit in my quest to be a better person or life at the end of the day. I start by deciding what I want my obituary will be like - the type of person that I will be remembered by, when my “external shell” is ready for burial. Next is my commitment to leave my village, my friends, my family and my country a better place than when I first found them.

Financial Needs

This is a key area where one must establish a goal. Without money, life will be a mess. With too much money, life can also be miserable as well. There needs to be a balance where life is worth living. Had I gone for too much money, there will be no STAR to-day. However without the money needed, STAR can only as much as it has up to now.

Thus for anyone who aspires to rise up to be on the top of the cream, you must plan your financial needs now. To ensure that you will have the fund you need for any of your plans, you will have to adopt the principles used by a very poor man who sought and followed the advice from a very rich old man, later he, himself, became the richest man in Baghdad. In accordance to the principles he learned, you must pay yourself at least 10% of whatever you earn and invest it in a solid investment with guaranteed interests every month. This fund can only be used to buy land or properties in a good area later. The other ninety percent is the only amount available for your daily needs and for paying your debts if any. Your target is always to be debt free… The more you can save and invest safely above the minimum of the 10% target the faster you will get rich.

Physical Needs.

There is no point to be rich and famous if you neglect your physical and health needs. Being a slave to medications or whatever before you are eighty means you have neglected your bodily needs to stay healthy. Your body needs time for work, relaxation and exercise. It also needs proper diet to meet your daily requirements. Whatever you eat and drink and make you feel fresh and alert is good for you except too much alcohol in whatever forms and also smoking, whatever amount. It is also advisable to stay away from those who smoke, as secondary smoking is bad for your lungs.

Spiritual needs

It is important in the present world of competing spiritual interests to be confident enough of your own faith so as not to be swayed into worrying about what will happen to you when you die. GOD has provide us with our own souls. Just listen to your own soul and be happy that you are alive and well and as our Deputy President, Dr. Dripin Sakoi, does, “He congratulates me for living another day!” I do the same to him. Yes every other day we live in peace , in harmony and in health deserves a “CONGRATULATIONS”.

It is also important to understand as much about others’ beliefs that I have made it a point to read as much as I can about the BOOKS of the GREAT religions of the world.

Family needs

No matter what eventually every man needs a family. It is not only the immediate but also the extended family. The closer we become the happier one can be. Only when the family is all right, only then we can really look after the bigger family, the State and the Nation. It is important we keep in contact and have quality time as much as we can or else we will lose each other.

In Malaysia, we have a number of occasions when families can get together as we celebrate a minimum of four New Years and many other holidays. Besides these holidays, IT has made it possible for immediate and constant contacts through phone calls, SMS, e-mails, Twitter, Facebook and Blogging. Thus interchange of information, ideas and help can be immediate.

Social Needs

Being more of a social animal, we also need to keep a circle of friends for various reasons. I found out that having many friends made my work easier as a politician, even as an opposition member. If we are lucky enough to have friends in the corridors of power, it would better still. The only thing about friendship is that it can also be a handicap if the character we portray or exude is offensive, unreliable or exploitative then one will asking for trouble. I have known characters who have a lot of friends and know a lot of people but command little or no respect.

Thus it is also important to cultivate relationships with honor and respectability.

Overall self development

Finally it is important really to ponder why are we here, now and then? Why are we born? What really is our part and role? Many missionaries from various faiths are ready to provide us with ready answers, but should be satisfied. If we are here to do GOD’S will, how are you going to know that will?

We have to survive to our present status using our five senses. What if there are other dimensions we have been schooled not to explore or believe? Should we not develop our sixth or seventh senses to really know what our soul is really like?

For a better future and a better New Year, we ought to know our real mission for being born by trying to know “what we yet to know”. It is only when we know we can move forward to be a better person. Only when we know more and do more than what we know and do, we can change our world to be a better place than it is now.

Now I wish you a VERY HAPPY AND PROSPEROUS NEW YEAR. For Muslims, a few days late and the Chinese twenty seven days early, the Dayaks six months too early, showing that even for new years we differ, but we still share the same air, water and land. We do share the same struggle which is to live a happy, healthy and worthy life. Till our souls leave our bodies, we can suffer together or we can laugh together. The choice lies with us all….


Friday, 26 December 2008

Asian Beach Games in Bali

will be held in Bali, Indonesia from October 18, 2008 to October 26, 2008. The opening ceremony will be held in monumental park Garuda Wisnu Kencana in Nusadua, Badung.

There is no any bidding process for Bali to host the inaugural edition of the Asian Beach Games. Although there are 6 other country that show their interest to host the games, but Bali chosen by acclamation to host the games.

It will be the second time for Indonesia to host an Asia level multi-sports event, after Jakarta held the 1962 Asian Games.

The Official Logo of the 1st Asian Beach Games Bali 2008 represents the water element that embodies the sporting event.

The shining sun comes from the emblem of the Olympic Council of Asia and represents its vital role in Asia's sport development and spreading energy created by the solidarity of the OCA.

The selection of the light and deep-blue effects represents the color of Balinese waters.

The two vertical lines represent two Pura (Balinese Hindu temple), an image of the gate to a Balinese house of worship which is signifies the ultimate hospitality of the Bali society in honouring and welcoming people from all over Asia.

The two big waves represent the commitment as well as the enthusiasm of the host city to hold the 1st Asian Beach Games.

The letters "BALI 2008" are red to show the spirit of sportsmanship and the typeface selection emphasizes the pride of all athletes competing in Bali.

The official mascot of the 1st Asian Beach Games is Bali Starling (Leucopsar Rothschildi), locally known as “Jalak Bali”, as well as the official mascot of Bali and a bird species endemic to this Island.

The bird symbolizes Bali with all its uniqueness and serves as a reminder that the bird, like Bali, is beautiful, yet sacred. It is therefore apt that the official mascot of Bali was chosen as the official mascot for the first Bali Asian Beach Games.

The Bali Asian Beach Games Torch Relay will start on October 8, 2008 at Mount Merapi, Central Java, where the flame will be lit with the aid of natural gas.

The torch will be paraded to Jakarta and will be given to President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, and later it will heading to Bali for an inland tour accross 10 regions (9 regencies, and 1 city).

More than 500 (45 people per district) will be involved in the Torch Relay as the torchbearer, they are came from the sports world, from athletes (local, national, and international), coaches, and officials. Besides that, it will be more than 2,000 people who will participate in the parade.

The journey is expected to showcase Indonesian culture especially Balinese traditional art, dance, and music to international audiences.

The opening ceremony of the 1st Asian Beach Games will be held in the Garuda Wisnu Kencana, a great monumental cultural park in Nusadua, the most luxurious region in Bali.

Indonesian President, Yudhoyono will officially open the games when the torch reach the Garuda Wisnu Kencana.

The show will highlights Indonesian cultural arts, and will feature international performers such as Anggun from France and Christian Bautista from the Philippines, and also famous national singer and composer, such as Gita Gutawa and Erwin Gutawa.

Anggun, a French Singer who formerly an Indonesian resident, will sing the games anthem.

About 41 country leaders and sveral very important persons, including British Royal Family and Qatari Royal Family members, have also confirmed their presence at the opening ceremony.

The 2008 Asian Beach Games will be closed by Indonesia Vice President, Jusuf Kalla.

Thursday, 25 December 2008

How Green is Our Island?

Urgent Warning from Island's Government that Unregulated Development May be Irreparably Destroying Bali's Environment

Bali News: How Green is Our Island?
(12/22/2008) Bali's provincial government has begun sounding warning alarms due to the degradation of the island's natural environment over the past decade. In an article published in Kompas, the erosion of Bali's shore line now approaches 20%, 55,000 hectares of land mass are considered in a critical state and the island’s average temperature has increased to 33 degree Celsius. According to that report, much of the blame for the rapid decline in Bali's natural environment is being laid at the door of the Island’s tourism industry.

The head of the Bali Environmental Agency, Gede Putu Wardana, confirmed the government’s growing concern over the environment, and said a long-term environmental protection plan stretching to 2050 is now being formulated.

According to Wardana, in the shorter term of 2009 to 2014 there are plans to replant Bali's forests, stop the erosion of shorelines and re-green critical water-absorbent green zones.

Data provided by the Director General of Water Resources the air temperature in November 2008 reached 22-33 degrees Celsius. Previous to that, the average temperature ranges between 28-30 degrees Celsius.

At the same time, water levels are now 50 centimeters higher on almost all beaches of Bali.

The fast-declining condition of Bali’s environment is also underlined by the fact that the 51.950 kilometers of eroded shore line recorded in 1987 has now grown to 91.070 kilometers or approximately 20% of Bali's entire shoreline (436.5 kilometers). At the same time, officials report that the intrusion of sea water into the water table has become a major concern in many areas of the island.

A local activist from Conservation International Indonesia, Made Iwan Dewantama, has characterized the soon-to-be-announced timetable for preventing further environmental degradation as coming too late. He points to the many environmental and green conferences held in Bali, including the U.N. Climate Change Conference held in December 2007, as demonstrating that Bali has done little for the environment despite the dire warnings sounded during numerous conference held at the Island’s conventions centers.

Tuesday, 23 December 2008

Life in the Future

a not too serious look at life in 2010 and beyond

In 1964 I attempted to take a serious look into the future. That was a time when most people assumed that everything would keep getting better, and that future generations would enjoy life in a much better world. At that time, I read a few books which made predictions about the positive impact of increased mechanization. Many of those predictions eventually proved to be false.

This taught me not to take predictions of the future too seriously. It also taught me that with the important issues of today, like climate change, health, and violence, we can't afford to sit back and assume that things will automatically get better; nor should we assume that the leaders we elect will automatically take us in a direction that is best for us.

Mother Nature Will Speak To You In The Very Near Future:

I was tempted to make a serious statement here about climate change, but have realized that it is far more effective to just let the weather speak for me. Every few years, Mother Nature speaks to the world with such consistency and force that almost everyone is getting the message.

The Dead Can Live Again:

About 50 years from now, it will be possible to use virtual reality to bring the dead back to life. People will drag out their old and boring home movies and choose a relative to bring back to life. The visual will be combined with records about that person to create a virtual relative.

Then the family can have a chat with that relative, keep it running, and live with it. The experience will be like living with a ghost.

People who died long ago will be resurrected so they can take on new roles. In 2030 the great people of the 20th Century will be brought back alive virtually and be presented on television.

The world will look on in awe as they watch the famous interact at a party. They will watch Richard Nixon make out with Margaret Thatcher, the Three Stooges try to pick a fight with Hulk Hogan, Elvis (the king) Presley trying to impress Queen Elizabeth, and Albert Einstein exploring reality with Marilyn Monroe.

Permanent People:
Over the next 20 to 50 years, it will become harder to tell the difference between the human and the machine. All body parts will be replaceable. A computer will function like the human brain with the ability to recognize feelings and respond in a feeling way. They will then produce fake people.

We will then be able to create a machine duplicate of ourselves so we will appear to be alive long after we are dead. Maybe a few decades later, a way will be found to transfer our spirit (including our memories and thoughts) to the new body. Then we can choose to live for as long as we want.

It might be expensive. Maybe it will cost you an arm and a leg.
[Note: There's another change; we will have to change the language we use. By then, arms and legs will be a dime a dozen.]
[Note: by then, dimes will probably be obsolete, and we won't have any idea what the word dozen means.]

Duplicated People (maybe by 2070):

Once one of you is duplicated, you will just have to press control "D" and you will have two of you, unless you have placed yourself on a clipboard, then press control "V". If you want 500, select 500.

Naturally, when duplicates are running around all over the place, there will be a food problem. Modifications will have to be made with how you eat. Your duplicates will have to combine vitamins with something we have in abundance.

The most practical choice would be garbage. Your modified duplicate will be designed to eat garbage like a goat. But don't worry, your taste buds and sense of smell will be modified so you will really enjoy it. You will want to eat lots of garbage.

When it becomes possible to do a spirit transfer, they will figure out how to do them automatically. So you will be able to reside within whichever duplicate you want, whenever you want and as long as you want.

Skip the duplicate that is in the middle of doing a jigsaw puzzle and choose one that is just completing one. After enjoying putting in the last few pieces, switch to another duplicate that is eating garbage, then to the one that is playing in a raging rock concert, then to the one that is scoring the winning goal. You will be so busy enjoying so many things that it could drive you crazy. When it is predicted that things will be better in the future, it doesn't necessarily mean that things will be easier.

Sample of a Super Sidewalk:

This thing above is not the information SUPER HIGHWAY, it's a Super Sidewalk, an illustration of a moving sidewalk. You can start by stepping onto the top sidewalk and when you want to move faster, step into the faster lane. On your way back you will be experienced, so take the speedy lane.

[Yes, they already have these today, but today's moving walkways are not
as exciting and colorful as the one above.]

From Couch Potatoes to Blobs:

After television became popular we soon had the couch potato. In recent decades advertising has helped us develop a preference to use fast food restaurants where we can "biggie" our fast food and "family size" everything. In addition, we have gradually gained an appreciation for the growing selection of irresistible packaged food, including junk food.

There is currently a battle going on which will determine the shape of the human race. The food industry (that wants people to be fat) is up against the fashion industry (that wants people to be skinny) and the porn industry (that wants people to be lumpy). For most of us it is easy to see that the food industry is going to be the clear winner.

As well, our preferred activity has become sitting: sitting in front of the TV or computer. It is not surprising that obesity has become a national problem.

As we spend more time sitting and eating, forget what our real needs are, and so lose control of our lives, many of us will become not much more than a blob.
[Some food for thought is offered below, near the bottom of this page where I comment on inline skating, river raft races, dancing, tobogganing, snow boarding, and team sports (modified to suit your personal needs).]

Using Nanobots:
Miniature nanobots will be built to travel through your blood stream and repair damage. Also, larger nanobots will be used when you are sick. When you have an upset stomach, you will swallow a very small cherry tasting robot which will travel through your stomach taking video of the mess.

It will be set up like a video game, so you can control the exploring and the selection of images. Then you can replay the video to help a doctor diagnose your problem, or to prove to your employer that you really were sick.

Oct. 25/06:
At an Edmonton hospital, the Royal Alex, a blinking wireless pill is currently being used to take photographs of the inside of a patient. After fasting overnight, the patient swallows the capsule which then travels through the body taking 2 pictures per second. The data is transmitted to a recorder that the patient wears with a harness. The tiny camera takes about 57,000 images which pick up subtle changes in the small bowel: inflammations, blood vessels, and abnormalities. The one time use pill was expelled 8 to 72 hours later. The cost for one pill in 2006 was about $1,000.
[source: Carrie McFadzean, Edmonton
Examiner, Oct. 25/06]

Daring Predictions For 2010 and 2011 !

Adding a month of summer by voting for "Summer Savings Time ! "

In 2010, parts of our world will still deny the facts of global warming. In response to a cool summer, those same people will vote to adopt "Summer Savings Time!"

So on February 1st, they will spring ahead one month, and on August 1st, they will fall back one month.

In this way they will completely eliminate one month of winter, and joyfully add one full month of beautiful summer.

Adapting To Global Warming By Building a Huge Resort On the Arctic Ocean:

They will soon fast track a new resort at Tuktoyaktuk, on the Arctic Ocean. It will be extremely popular, mainly because it will be the only beach resort left where people can enjoy a nice cool swim. A six lane highway will be built so people from across North America can easily access the resort with their SUV's and Winnebagos.

By 2011 parts of the southern States will be abandoned due to the heat and the extreme weather. Much of Los Vegas and Phoenix will be moved to Tuktoyaktuk.

Immediately next to the Tuktoyaktuk beach they will place a huge iceberg, made out of non-glare white plastic. Penguins and pandas, by popular demand, will be positioned on the top; and elephants and giraffes will be imported to run around on a platform at the base of the iceberg. Unfortunately the plastic, of course, will soon damage the feet of the animals, so they will all have to be outfitted with pink booties. So, as all the animals proudly prance around in their booties, all the Americans will agree that, although Tuktoyaktuk isn't a Disneyland or a Los Vegas, it certainly is a nice cool place.

In late June, tourists in Tuktoyaktuk will love to suntan for 20 hours a day in real sunshine (which will be mostly smog free, as long as the wind blows from the north). In the winter, Tuktoyaktuk will be even busier. It will attract people from around the globe who want to adapt to global warming by escaping.

The escape will last all night long; and in Tuktoyaktuk in December, that means the party goes on for 24 hours. At the end of the night, as the party comes to an end, everyone will have a chance to pause and relax, momentarily, then they can plunge into the next night's party. The coliseum they will import from Phoenix will be used for a drunk tank. Tuktoyaktuk will be the most popular resort on the planet.

Genetic Engineering:
Eventually, genetic engineering will allow us to create the perfect human. It will be hard to get used to. Parents will order a baby who will grow up to do a slam dunk or to have a Barbie doll appearance. But after the 2082 winter Olympics, some babies will be created aerodynamic, so they can sail like ski jumpers. Soon, powerful little motors will be added so they can fly, and a new fad will really take off. Billions of slam dunkers will jump for joy, while billions of Barbie dollers will become totally depressed.

Also, genetic engineering will allow us to mix plants and animals. So, should we allow a female researcher to cross a man with a tree? She would then have something much more stable and dependable, and he wouldn't run around as much. But who would want to be a tree? If that was allowed, then what would the male researchers come up with?

Comparing the Computer to The Human:

As computers have advanced, they have helped us remember, calculate, organize, and clarify. So it has become easier to deal with things, and much quicker. At this point in time, some would claim that the computer has become about as smart as George W. Bush.

However, keep in mind that today's computer can find and change a mistake in less than a millisecond. With George Bush, it might take about 8 years.

[ 10/24/08 But as it turned out, it took George Bush about six years before he began to listen to the right advisors and so did a few things right. But will the world ever forget the brutal and costly blunders of George W. ? ]

In time, more advanced computers will be able to be creative, respond to feelings in a feeling way, develop intuition, recognize patterns, and suggest innovative alternatives. When this happens, trying to compare them with George Bush would be a total waste of time.

Shaping Who We Are:
Unfortunately, television feeds us with impressive attack ads, appealing PR ads, and sometimes repulsive propaganda. Even when we agree with what we view, it is vital that we become harshly critical of those who attempt to control our minds. Attack ads warp the facts and use lies to control what the viewer thinks, a sickening and undemocratic process. In the future, we need to be free from manipulation, so we can make logical decisions about what is best for us.

Our system has controlled our way of life, and will continue to control it for decades to come. The advertising and marketing strategies in our profit driven system have a big impact on what we want in life, what we tolerate, and what we value. It has had an impact on the desire of people to smoke, to become overweight, to use prescription drugs excessively, to accept an unhealthy lifestyle, and to believe we must be buying wonderful things in order to enjoy life. In addition, television ads pick on the vulnerable. They manipulate children, control the types of toys they want, and make them want breakfast cereal that isn't much better than candy.

So, instead of getting what we want, we wind up with the way of life that our system has created for us. Most people are willing to accept a garbage lifestyle, because that's what they're used to, that's what their friends do, and that's what advertising messages subtly pressure everyone to do.

Can we change our system? Our system won't get better if we tear things apart. In spite of major flaws, our system has proven to be better than other systems.
We can improve things by working within the system. We need to take the situation seriously, face the negative information, decide what needs to be done, and then actually do something about it. It's a difficult task, so my hope is that you will find items in this file which are helpful.

World War lll (?):

By 2010 people will finally wake up to the horrors of the late 1900's. They will see that the cigarette companies got away with mass murder (statistically speaking).

The cigarette companies invaded our lives with seductive advertising. They deliberately added poison to the cigarettes, and then didn't tell anyone. Statistically, hundreds of thousands of smokers died. Around the world, millions of years of life have been lost. History might record that we unknowingly fought World War lll against the cigarette companies.

Responding to the Problems of Today and the Future:

As we witness more extreme weather, key countries continue to do little to decrease the deterioration. Pressure must be brought to bear on all countries to sign environmental agreements. We must all be ready to understand, to compromise, and to change our ways. It is unfortunate that when huge changes are required, instead of beginning the process, many people prefer to deny the problem.

Some industries will find major changes difficult and costly, so they will be eager to pore money into the political party that promises to take minimal action on climate change. In exchange for a plan that protects their favorite industries, a political party will discover they have lots of money to buy slick PR ads and damaging attack ads (this will allow them to win elections based on lies).

As well, it is important for our future that we broaden our concerns. (As we now look at more negative, we need to use detached awareness, so the negative nature of the negative doesn't become our greatest problem.) We need to be aware of the toxic chemicals in our indoor environments, and the chemicals we feed our bodies.
[valuable information is provided by this website: Guide to Less Toxic Products.]

In addition, many of us live in a culture of violence, feeding our minds with garbage: with movies, television programs, and computer games that make every part of our being know that shooting and violence is fun and exciting (and therefore, it becomes a more acceptable way of behaving). For many, it is their first impulse. Unfortunately, while they might talk of avoiding violence, deep inside they feel like it's the best way to solve problems, the only way that will get real results.

It is easy to respond to all of this negative information with denial, or by simply criticizing the system.
But there is hope if we choose to take action. We can select Internet information wisely, choose healthy computer games, limit our exposure to television commercials, select television programs carefully, keep active, get outside, take a walk, ride a bike, plan to make a major sacrifice the next time we buy a car, take the bus, make environmentally friendly choices, shop wisely [every purchase is like a vote for more of that type of item], eat healthy, and help build a healthier society by shopping at better stores that sell better food.

After writing this, it impressed me so much that I was off to the local Organic food store to buy some healthy junk food. So, I bought a "Cosmic Power Cookie." It was a good start; quite painless. Many of the changes that are needed probably won't be as painful as we think.
[2/21/08 This winter, I rode the bus and found it
less expensive, and warmer than driving my car.]

A Jan. 3/07 Canadian Government Report
tells us it is time to worry about our own personal chemical soup:

That Report Says: that four members of our parliament had themselves tested for chemicals, and it was found that each had between 49 and 55 pollutants in their blood. The conclusion drawn in this report by the Environmental Defense's Toxic Nation campaign was that pollution affects everyone, regardless of where they live. All these chemicals mix together, creating a chemical soup in our body. So minor exposure to a chemical may not harm any of us individually (unless you are pregnant) but it is unknown what effect all the combined chemicals have.

The chemicals that were found in the blood of the four MP's include: stain repellents, pesticides, flame retardants, heavy metals, PCBs, and air pollutants. The report notes that these pollutants are associated with cancer, developmental problems, respiratory illnesses, damage to the nervous system, and hormone disruption. So, while more testing is done, the Canadian government has BEGUN working with companies to eliminate these chemicals from their products.
This report was posted at and

Strengthening Our Foundation:

By 2010, most people will be aware that a healthy, happy, loving family is a joy to be part of, and that it is a necessary foundation for building a strong society. But for most, awareness will not become reality. People will be subjected to increasingly more diverse and complex influences. Advertisers will create new desires and turn them into necessities. This will leave people feeling confused about their values and priorities.

Too many people are already hooked on the beliefs of the "me generation" so they fail to appreciate that there is a time in life when they must get hooked on sacrifice and commitment. At a time when adults need to become focused on the needs of their family, they will be subjected to other influences. Some will use bad timing as they proudly sacrifice for a more powerful car or a luxury house, some will be hooked on taking risks, and others will recite phrases like "I must become the best I can be" or "I don't want to be tied down." The needs of their family will be lost in a complex set of priorities.

Many people have not actually experienced a solid positive family life, so they will tend to deny its worth (and unfortunately, some will even believe it doesn't exist). Many people have always experienced family life as a struggle, so they won't find time and energy for a workshop, and probably won't even recognize the need.

But it is extremely important for our future that we maintain a healthy perspective. We need to value and appreciate the importance of what can be achieved by loving and committed parents. People need a strong foundation, so it is vital for our society that we encourage parents to work at creating love, joy, and happiness for their children in a decent, stable, and productive atmosphere.

Dealing with future wars:
Maybe if we had a different way of looking at our
leaders, conflicts, and war, then we could more
successfully avoid having history repeat itself.

When we look back, we could say that many wars were optional, unnecessary, or avoidable. However, human history has been full of angry people who, instead of taking an anger management course, decided that war was the answer. They failed to reach the point where they could properly understand the opposition, and failed to realize the obvious; that things need to be fair for both sides. Both sides need to develop a mindset of compromise. Although both sides will find giving in to be a painful process, it can lead to a win win situation.

It is tragic that some extremists don't respond to understanding and fairness. Instead, some extremists create their own set of beliefs. Even though those beliefs are based on flawed information, are irrational, emotional, and potentially destructive, many times, history has shown that millions of people are willing to ignore common sense and share their emotions. When they all feel the same, they sense they must be right; so they follow their leaders like sheep.

Hitler is the best example. He was able to develop a tremendous amount of support, and what they did was sickening. Although Hitler was stopped in 1945, he still caused hundreds of millions to suffer; and
It was unfortunate.
Instead of doing what he did,
he should have taken two weeks
of puppet therapy.

By 2015, it will be widely accepted that schools and pre-schools have an extremely important role to play in the future of our world.

Saddam Hussein should have spent time in a kindergarten when he was young. Then he could have learned how to do "show and tell." This is an important skill that needs to be developed for use in the adult world where some people have minimal interest in playing "look and see."

Also, George W. Bush should have spent time in a quality daycare. That is where he could have learned how to respect other children, especially those who are younger, weaker, and not as well developed. When George was 4 years old, he could have learned how to respond to a 3 year old who whacks him over the head from behind, then runs and hides. It doesn't make sense to respond by making up lies as an excuse, then attacking a different group of 3 year olds. So when George was 4 years old, a quality daycare could have taught him how to use common sense, and how to be a good person. While they were at it, they could have also taught George how to not leave behind a big mess.

Notes: The factual content came from a variety of television
and print sources; some of it from the Canadian magazine
Maclean's: Aug. 21, 2000 and Aug. 20, 2001 issues, from
articles on the future written mostly by Chris Wood.

There are a lot of experts who know far more than myself, so
ideally they should be the ones running this website. Unfortunately,
they are aware that probable flaws like misconceptions, biases, and
misunderstandings will be delivered by a simple presentation that
simplifies the problems of the world. Complex problems have
complex solutions. If an expert attempted a file like this, their
colleagues would probably look upon them as a fool.

However, in our complex and busy world, my impression is that a
file like this has practical value. It can help the reader gain awareness,
knowledge, and insights, and aid in assembling opinions. So when I chose
to begin this project, it was because it needed to be done, and I had the time;
it was not because I'm packed with knowledge, insight, and education.
My suspicion was that after extensive mulling and many rewrites,
then things which made sense would emerge. So, please don't
take anything here as the plain truth or a final solution
to a complex problem; but rather work with it,
and turn it into something constructive.

Friday, 19 December 2008

Happy Marry christmas 2008 (Selamat Hari Natal dan tahun baru)

There are many different customs that make the Christmas season so special.When were some of the customs first used and where did they come from?
lets take a look at some of the more popular yuletide traditions!
it was good luck for the first person up on Christmas day to open a door and"let Christmas in."
*bells placed near a baby or small child would keep evil spirits away
*the number of days between the first snowfall and Christmas told how many snowfalls would come before spring
*a cricket chirping at Christmas brought good luck
*sparks from a yule log would create warmth in human souls.
*a candle left burning all night in an empty room on Christmas eve would bring light, warmth, and plenty all year.

A symbol of peace and joy, the holly tree was often the site for settling quarrels. Holly also was planted near a home to frighten off witches and protect it from thunder and lightning.

Candles have long been the symbol of guiding light in the midst of darkness. At Christmas, they represent the journeyMary and Joseph made when travelingto Bethlehem and how they sought a place to spend the night. Tday a candle burning in the window of a home on Christmas Eve means that this is a home where visitors are welcome.
Christmas Cards

The first Christmas card to be sold as a greeting card was produced in London in 1843. Louis Prang, a German immigrant, first began printing Christmas cards in the United States in 1874.
Christmas Seals

Christmas seals are a 'new' tradition that originated in Denmark in 1904, when a postal clerk named Einar Holboell sold special stamps for a litle more money than the regular stamps. In the United States today, seals of bright and varied designs are sent out to homes by service organizations, and monetary contributions are made to the organization. We place the seals on our Christmas cards and letters as little reminders that the best meaning of Christmas is in thinking of others.

Mince Pie

Mince pie has been a Christmas favorite for 500 years. Itoriginaly was made with chopped partriges, pheasants, hares, and later chopped beef. Still later, cooks added suet, sugar, apples, molasses, raisins, currants, and spices to the recipe. The first pies wereoblong in shape to represent the manger. The latticework crust was a symbol for the hayrack. Eating mince pie was supposed to bring goodluck. For extra good luck, people would eat one pie a day between Christmas and Twelfth Night.

Carol means a round dance and probably originated in the middle ages when worshipers joined hands and danced in a circle as they sang at religious rites. Today the carol is a joyous narrative. St. Francis of Assisi is often credited as being the "father of Christmas carol" At his Nativity scene in 1224, he led his followers in songs of praise to Jesus. From his joyful singing came a new way of celebrating the holiday.
The Poinsettia

The poinsettia plant comes from Mexico, where it is called the "Flower of The Holy Night." An American Ambassador named Poinsett brought the plant to the United State in 1829.

Indians told the Pilgrims that the wild res berries in the marshes near Plymouth were good to eat. Soon Cranberry sauce was served with turkey and became one of the few truly native American Christmas foods.


No one knows for sure, but Scandinavians may have brought the idea of Christmas reindeer to the United States They becam famous because of Dr. Clement Moore's poem of1823, in which Dancer, Prancer, Donder, Blitzen, and the other reideer were introduced as the animals who pull Santa's sleigh. Until the 19 century, St. Nicholas had ridden on a donkey, on a horse, or in the sky chariot drawn by horses.


A Christmas gift symbolizes the gifts taken to Bethlehem by the Wise Men. Each gift foretold what Jesus would become: a king (gold), a high priest (frankincense), and a great physician and healer (myrrh).

Plum Pudding

Plum pudding dates back to 1670 when it was a thick plum porridge made from meat broth, chopped cows' tonges, raisins, fruit juice, wine, and spices. Plum refers to the rising or swelling of the raisins when cooked.


Red, green, and white have long been associated with the Christmas season. Red, the color of greatest excitement, represents fire, blood, and charity. Green is the symbol of nature, youth, and the hope for eternal life.Christmas is the feast of hope, with the Baby Jesus at its center. White stands for light, purity, joy, and glory. We see white in the robes of angels and in holiday decorations and snow.


The first Christmas tree ornaments were made at home with available materials. Some of these included fruits, gilded nuts, gingerbread figures, and paper roses. Later, beautifully colored glass balls replaced the fruits.


The custom of hanging stockings on Christmas Eve began in 300A.D., when a young bishop in Asia Minor became famous for his kindness to others. Later known as Saint Nicholas, the bishop often left gifts for people, but didnt wait for thanks. One night, he climbed onto a rooftop and dropped a gift down the chimney. The gift fell into a stocking that had been hung to dry.
Through the years, children began leaving things, from wooden shoes to stockings, to be filled with goodies on Christmas Eve by the generous fellow who is known to us today as Santa Claus.

St. Francis of Assisi, founder of the Franciscan order of friars, first placed the animals around the manger in 1223, when he asked a farmer of Assisi to build a miniature manger. He filled the manger with straw and had wood carvers make painted figures of Jesus, Mary, ox and ass, shepherds, and Oriental kings. St. Francis followed the words of Isaiah 1:3 when he positioned an ass and an ox near the manger. "The ox knoweth his owner, and the ass his masters crib; but Israel hath not known me and my people hath not understood." St. Francis raised Christmas from a high mass to a festival of love when he moved this manger scene, or Christmas Crib, into the church and illuminated it with candles. In 1224, he made the scene come alive with real animals and people. In a cave outside the Italian town of Greccio, ony the life-size Christ Child was made of wax. On Christmas Eve, St. Francis asked the farmers and sherpherds and their families who had gathered to put hatred from their hearts and make Christmas a time of peace.

Wednesday, 17 December 2008

Balinese Hindu Praying Besakih Temple

Besakih Temple

Besakih Temple

Besakih Temple is the biggest Hindu temple in Bali located in Karangasem Regency, east part of Bali. It is consisted of hundred temple building with different function and pray of purpose set in the huge land right on the foot of Agung Mount, the biggest mount in Bali. It is situated in the high land with cool weather sweeps the entire of temple that is ideally for meditation place. Besakih Temple is well known as a bother temple in Bali due to in this temple area exist the rash of temples or family temple. Many Hindu people comes to this place every day to do praying in particular the important day based on Balinese Hindu Calendar.

Temple Festival at Dalem Panurungan Tangkas

Dalem Tangkas Temple Besakih

Dalem Tangkas Temple Besakih

On 29 October 2008, our family including me go to this temple to do praying since we are a part of Pasek Tangkas Family. It was great ceremony event and very exciting with entire family traveling together. We also bring children along to this jouney and all of them are look so happy. The cool atmosphere from the mountain and beautiful panorama of Besakih Temple were erase our thirsty from the long trip from our house located in Tanah Lot. We have found the traditional dance performance that is call Topeng and Arja Dance performed on this event to follow the ritual procession. The beautiful Balinese Gamelan was accompany the serenity atmosphere when we do the cereony there.
Besakih Temple, Tourist Destination in Bali

Besakih Temple Main Entrance

Besakih Temple Main Entrance

Since this temple is opened as tourist destination in Bali, this place is many visited by tourist every day. Tourist facilities like rest room, art shop, parking area and good access were well maintained that make this temple is the right place to visit in the island. Besakih Temple Tour is one of the options to visit this temple an usually set by the special tour package. Other tourist destinations also be visited on this tour package and all of them are designed comfortable and enjoyable with tour guide.

It is located in Besakih Country Side, Rendang District and Karangasem Regency. It is about 2 hours drive from Bali’s International Airport. The road to this tempe is well maintained and has good access so the people who wish to reach it is very easy to locate it.

Bali Shoping Area

On your vacation in Bali, shopping probably a thing that you're not to be missed. On most department stores in Bali, prices are tagged and fixed. Major credit cards are accepted.

However, in smaller shops, bargaining is required and pay in cash is common. Below is the list of shopping areas in Bali.

Bali Shopping Areas

In the cooler mountain region, Bedugul is renowned as a farming area. The local market sells fresh fruits and vegetables and specialized in orchids and other plants.

Tucked into the long-settled of an old volcanic crater and on the edge of a large serene volcanic lake, this cool, slow-paced village is a world away from the hustle bustle and the heat and humidity.

Travelers will often pass through Bedugul on their way to the northern coast when they sometimes drive to the coastal beach town of Singaraja and Lovina.

Beside shopping, some visitors also choose Bedugul for a bit more adventure and go parasailing, water-skiing on the lake and golfing.

Batubulan is renowned for stone carvings. Traditionally, stone sculptures carved from soft volcanic rock called paras were used to adorn temples and palaces but recently they are sold for export as well.

The craftsmen can make practically anything you request from a Garuda to a garden gnome. Recently, many antique shops have sprung up on the same road, selling items from all over the Indonesia. Discerning buyers may well find a bargain.

Bona is a village known for bamboo growing and goods produced from bamboo such as furniture and mats.

The villagers also produce goods made of lontar leaves.

Continuing on the road to Ubud, you will pass through Celuk, home of silver and gold artisans. Huge stores house a wide variety of all types of intricately designed pieces.

The silver filigree work is quite amazing. Bargaining is a must. If you can go off the main road into the village where the craftsmen work and live you will get better prices.

Duty Free Shopping
Plaza Bali and DFS have duty free shopping outlets in Kuta, Sanur, Nusa Dua and the airport in Bali.

They have a wide range of designer label boutiques. Bare in mind some products in Indonesia don't have a high duty, such as cigarettes.

The capital of Bali is not generally a tourist area but there are a few main areas worth to checking out. The Kumbasari market near the river gives an interesting overview of an Indonesia market with household wares and clothing on the third level, spices and dried goods on the second level and traditional market in the basement.

It can be a bit dark in the basement so watch your step. Nearby is Jalan Hasanuddin, a whole street of gold shops, selling 18-22 carat gold jewelry. Not far away from jalan Hasanuddin is jalan Sulawesi where all manner of fabrics are available.

The whole street consists of fabric stores on both sides with a few household ware stores in between. If you're looking for handicrafts, there are quite a few shops in jalan Gajah Mada selling similar items to those seen in Kuta, but without the hawkers.

It's a good idea to check the government run handicraft center in Tohpati (Sanggraha Kriya Asti) which has a range of handicrafts at fixed price and will help you a measure as to what's available for a certain price.

Denpasar has a large selection of department stores. Try Matahari, Tiara Dewata, Tragia, Ramayana or Rimo. Supermarkets are located within the areas of most of these department stores.

The main road in Kuta has a multitude of shops and restaurants on each side selling a wide variety of goods including swimwear, sarongs, handicrafts, cassette's, CDs, jewelry, clothing, furniture and leather goods.

You'll also get hit for watches, transport and bracelets from the ever-present street hawkers.

If you're not interested in their wares, don't make eye contact. If you look at the goods, they will follow you for the next kilometer or so, even if you insist you're not buying.

The upper end of jalan Legian from Seminyak to Kerobokan has turned somewhat into an enclave of boutiques specializing in men's and ladies clothing, interior, furniture and some interesting deli's and warungs.

There're not many hawkers up this end of the street which makes for a nice change.

Bali' s smallest district, Klungkung has a busy traditional market and it is also home to some of the oldest antique stores in Bali.

A magnificent example of Klungkung architecture, it is surrounded by a moat and is decorated with paintings on its ceilings in the best tradition of the Klungkung style.

In Klungkung you can find krises, songket sarongs and some quality 22-carat gold pieces in Balinese designs.

Kamasan village is a few kilometers outside Klungkung. Home of traditional Balinese "Kamasan" painting where a line drawing is made in black ink by a master artist and colored in with natural pigments.

Eggs, banners, paintings, bags, hats and many other goods decorated with Kamasan painting are all available here. The "Kerta Gosa" (Hall of Justice) at Klungkung features some impressive displays of Kamasan style paintings.

Further along the road towards Ubud is the village of Mas. Famous for woodcarving, Mas offer a myriad of wooden items.

The road through it is solidly lined with craft shops and you are welcome to drop in and see the carvers at work.

Nusa Dua
Nusa Dua has a small market at the entranceway to Nusa Dua where you can still find some bargains. If you venture out of the gates there's also the Tragia Supermarket and Department stores and some leather shops and tailors close by.

The main shopping complex, the Galleria with a variety of restaurants and stores.

The stores have mostly fixed price selling high quality items. The Kris Gallery is worth checking for some unique items. All the hotels have shopping areas with nice products and nice prices to match.

Sanur's main shopping street is Jalan Danau Tamblingan and it is somewhat more peaceful then shopping in Kuta. There are still a few hawkers but they're not as aggressive, except at the beach market.

Sanur has an interesting variety of shops with lots of nice restaurants dotted between. There're also an Art Market with woodcarvings and other handicrafts.

Sukawati has a new art market and a traditional market on the main road and side streets. Set in a two-floor building, the market sells everything from statues to dance costumes, all at reasonable prices.

A large assortment of woven baskets can be found here along with Balinese ceremonial items made from colorful "Prada" - gold painted cloth. These include dance costumes, fans, umbrellas and clothes worn at tooth filings and weddings.

Sukawati village is also a center for the manufacturing of the wind chimes you will find all over the island.

Home of woodcarvers, this village and nearby villages specialize in the carving of soft wood figures.

Brightly painted flowers, frogs, fruits and animal figures feature heavily.

The Bypass
Proceeding the main road or the by pass from Nusa Dua to Sanur you'll see on either side of the road, many pottery, wrought iron and furniture stores.

You can find some good pieces if you look carefully and bargain hard.

After Mas area, you will enter the area of Ubud, often regarded as the cultural center of Bali. It is where the image of Bali as a land of artists was created.

Ubud gives you the opportunity to see the real Bali. The market has kept much of its traditional charm, with squatting Balinese sellers haggling loudly among spices and vegetables.

The Market also sells handicrafts, many made in the neighboring villages of Pengosekan, Tegalalang, Payangan and Peliatan.

Bali Garment

While in Bali, you need not to look for Balinese textiles only, for the island is an excellent place to buy textiles from throughout the Indonesian archipelago.

Some of the most famous are the so-called "Ikat Sumba" blankets from the island of Sumba. Cloths from numerous other islands also abound.

If you love textiles, then this is the place to be...

Preferred Links:

Sinar Indah Shop
Jl. Raya Sayan 1X, Ubud
Tel. 974 923

Textile Merchants

Amir Rabik Collection PT.
Br. Lungsiakan Kedewatan, Ubud
Tel. 975 626
Andree CV.
Jl. Banjar Tuban Geria
Tel. 753 808
Ari Agung Collection
Jl. Raya Sesetan 66 Denpasar
Tel. 226 497
Arindi CV.
Jl. Raya Kuta
Tel. 754 135
Baik Baik CV.
Jl. Legian Klod Kuta
Tel. 751 622
Bali Baris Garment
Jl. Jend. Gatot Subroto XII/20 Denpasar
Tel. 421 803
Bali Garment Batik
Jl. Kartka Plaza Gg. Samudra Kuta
Tel. 754 791
Bali Roses PT.
Jl. Ngurah Rai 23
Tel. 288 127
Bulan Putri Sembada PT.
Jl. Imam Bonjol 12 Denpasar
Tel. 483 963
Bunga Collection
Jl. Raya Puputan Renon Denpasar
Tel. 232 269
Cita Corporation
Jl. Teuku Umar 43 Denpasar
Tel. 225 586
Cockatoo Garment CV.
Jl. Tirta Empul 16 Denpasar
Tel. 287 070
Jl. Legian Kaja 458A Kuta
Tel. 752 087
Davines PT.
Raya Tuban, Jl. Garuda 178 Tuban
Tel. 752 257
Gecko Leather Co.
Jl. Raya Legian 406 Kuta
Tel. 751 386
Metrisae Collectindo
Jl. Nyangnyang Sari Kuta
Tel. 755 884
Mama & Leon
Jl. Hyatt 99A Sanur
Tel. 288 044
"Nogo" Bali Ikat Centre
Jl. Danau Tamblingan 98 Sanur

Ikat & Batik Merchants

A A A Tenun Ikat
Jl.Veteran 9 Denpasar
Tel. 226 394
Adi Batik
Jl. By Pass Ngurah Rai44X
Tel. 285 569
Bali Nusa Tradisional Tenun Ikat
Kertha Wijaya B/24-25 Denpasar
Tel. 286 472
Berdikari Nusa Dua Batik
Komp. Shooping Centre 9-10 Nusa Dua.
Tel. 771 947
Batik Danar Hadi PT.
Jl. Legian Raya 113 Kuta
Tel. 752 164
Is Suhartono
Jl. Meduri 24 Denpasar
Tel. 228 791
Kartika Chandra Batik
Jl. By Pass Ngurah Rai Denpasar.
Tel. 461 773
Keris PT. Batik
Keris Gallery Galleria Nusa Dua.
Tel. 771 303
Legong Batik
Jl. W.R. Supratman 14 Denpasar.
Tel. 226 180
Mirota PT.
Jl. Raya Tuban 3
Tel. 753 758
Setiadarma Batik
Mertasari 124 Sidakarya
Tel. 723 282
Sinar Indah Shop
Jl. Raya Sayan 1X, Ubud
Tel. 974 923
Solo Batik Art
Jl. Batanta 17A Denpasar.
Tel. 221 895
Jl. Legian Kaja Kuta (Show Room)
Surya Kencana CV.
Br. Sasih Batubulan.
Tel. 298 361
Winotosastro Batik
Jl. Sanur 102, Sanur
Tel. 223 651
Jl.Gajah Mada 83 Tabanan
Tel. 811 579

Friday, 12 December 2008

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Tuesday, September 9, 2008
Bali Villa detail: Khayangan Estate in Uluwatu area

Khayangan Estate rests in blissful seclusion upon 1.5 hectares of prime, cliff top land, 170 metres above the rolling surf of the Indian Ocean on the southernmost tip of the island of Bali. The Estate is located near the famous Uluwatu temple, and is immediately adjacent to the Bvlgari Hotel and Resort, overlooking Selonding Beach below.Set in a magnificent tropical garden, the Estate comprises of a cluster of traditional, antique, wooden Javanese houses, known as 'Joglos', which have been collected by the owners of Khayangan and saved from destruction. The Joglos, with their distinctive funnel-shaped roofs, have been carefully grouped in a semi-circle, echoing the feeling of a traditional Javanese village. Each is blessed with stunning ocean views, while skilful landscaping enhances the ambience and adds to the privacy. The Estate currently provides luxury accommodation for up to six persons in three, self-contained, fully air-conditioned bedrooms, complete with en-suite bathrooms. The focal point of the property is the splendid, hand-carved, century-old Joglo that serves as the main living and dining room, situated beside a 12-metre swimming pool. There is also a business centre, a magnificent cliff top spa complex, known as the Seventh Heaven Spa, a cliff top pavilion, a tennis court and a well-equipped gym. Phase two of the project will introduce three more bedrooms and another pool.Designed by Cheong Yew Kuan, one of Asia's leading resort and luxury villa architects, in collaboration with the owners, the architecture blends Javanese tradition with contemporary design and European influences. The buildings incorporate an abundance of recycled teak wood in the form of floorboards, doors and elaborately-carved ’pondopo’ centrepieces. This is complemented by ironwood shingle roofs and natural stone finishes. Some of the wall panels have been replaced with ceiling to floor glass, giving the buildings a contemporary feel, and allowing more natural light to enter.The interiors reflect the travels and passions of the owners, who invite guests to share and celebrate the rich heritage of Indonesia through an eclectic collection of Indonesian antiques, artefacts and artwork. At Khayangan, tropical island living meets metropolitan convenience, with state-of-the-art entertainment and communication facilities, together with all the comforts and service you would expect from a luxury boutique hotel. Khayangan Estate takes its name from an ancient Sanskrit word, which could best be translated as 'Seventh Heaven'.Khayangan offers numerous relaxation areas, so guests will always find a private spot for peace and quiet. In fact, a large family or group of people could stay at the Estate and still lose each other within its depths. Cool sea breezes and the rhythmic sound of the waves combine to create a close to nature experience.Living & Dining PavilionSerenaded by the tranquil sound of water, guests will traverse an ornamental pond before entering the living and dining pavilion. This is the largest of the time-honoured teakwood Joglos, created over 100 years ago in Central Java in an area where skilled artisans have developed the art of carving wood to the highest degree of refinement. The Joglo’s most striking feature is its towering core of four intricately and exquisitely carved pillars, showcasing traditional patterns and flowers. Destined to be demolished, this wonderful old building was saved and carefully transplanted to Bali to create the heart and social hub of Khayangan Estate.This expansive, air-conditioned living and dining area embraces the spectacular view with the incorporation of glass walls on two sides. It has been furnished with large sofas and chairs, a coffee table, a dresser and a rustic dining table for twelve, all custom-made from antique wood. White drapes fall between the central pillars, recycled floorboards are scattered with rugs, and the muted colour theme follows the natural hue of the timber. Antique statues and carvings from the islands of East Nusa Tenggara have been fondly placed in well-lit settings that show them off to their best advantage. Funky wrought iron lamps and lanterns, designed by the owners, channel a soft light by night, creating a romantic ambience. A large, flat screen, satellite TV, DVD and quality sound system is provided for guests' entertainment. To the rear is a separate, fully-fitted, modern kitchen.BedroomsThe master bedroom and guest rooms are housed within three, separate, self-contained Joglos, complete with en-suite bathrooms, wide verandahs, and lovely views of the ocean, the garden, the pool, and the social centre of the Estate. The authentic-style is elegant and enchanting. Each Joglo is air-conditioned and furnished with fitted wardrobes, seating, mirrors and lamps. Each boasts a king-size four-poster bed, built into the beams within the central funnel of the roof. Soft muslin drapes are clutched within simple tiebacks. Paintings, local textiles and ikat cushions create a personal touch. Each bedroom is equipped with a mini bar / fridge, safe, satellite TV, stereo system and telephone as well as wi-fi internet access.Each luxurious en-suite bathroom is characterised by unique features. Each is equipped with air-conditioning, an all-embracing rainshower, a splendidly appointed bathtub, a toilet, single or twin washbasins, large mirrors, and the thoughtful provision of cushioned bench seats.Master Bedroom & BathroomThe master bedroom is particularly spacious, and enhanced with the added feature of a bay window and curved window seat, a wall of fitted wardrobes, a desk, an armchair, and a 39-inch flat screen plasma TV with satellite TV.The sumptuous, air-conditioned en-suite bathroom is a study in symmetry, equipped with large mirrors and ’his and hers’ washbasins resting upon separate wooden vanity units within two distinct areas. A toilet, together with a bidet, is discretely positioned at one end, while a walk-in rainshower with a pebbled splashback is situated at the other end. The pièce de résistance, however, can be found on the far side of an external glass door. Here, in a beautiful private water-garden, and accessed by stepping stones, a dreamy oversized bathtub, complete with an overhead canopy, appears to be floating in a gin clear ornamental pond. In the far corner of the pond is a ’floating’, open-sided relaxation pavilion, sheltered by a roof and furnished with a built-in sofa and cushions. The serene picture is completed with an ancient frangipani tree, staghorn and bird’s nest ferns, and a cascading waterfall.Business CentreThe air-conditioned business centre is a rare, two-storey timber Javanese house that has been transformed into a private office or work space, with a small, open-air meeting area upstairs. This enchanting building represents a bygone era with its raised, wrap-around verandah, and two-tiered roof. It features large glass windows, and has been lovingly furnished with an antique desk, chair, bookshelves, cupboards and a kilim rug. It is well-equipped with a computer, a multi-function printer, scanner and photocopier, and free Broadband Wifi Internet, which can be accessed all over the Estate. An external staircase leads up to the breezy meeting or relaxation area, furnished with a marble-topped table and chairs. Guests’ needs are further considered with the provision of a washroom.Cliff top PavilionA large open-sided relaxation gazebo, fitted with cushioned seating, rests on the clifftop beside a freshwater Jacuzzi with a chiller. The pool is flanked by a timber deck furnished with canopied chairs.Seventh Heaven SpaThe architecture of the clifftop spa blends rusticity and glamour. Landscaped into the cliff, with a flat roof supporting a grassy lawn, it is built directly into the rock. The fully-equipped, air-conditioned spa with its glass-fronted curved façade, presents a Vichy shower, hot tub, steam room, massage tables, manicure and pedicure facilities, and a cave-like room for scrubs and water treatments. Overlooking the ocean and the beach, it is also a great spot for meditation. The spa menu offers a full range of massage, beauty treatments and therapies, such as the Ocean Bath, Flower Bath and Aromatherapy Bath, as well as a Cucumber Wrap for sunburnt skin.Gardens and PoolThe gorgeous landscaped gardens of Khayangan Estate present a very natural feel. Pathways are paved with timber and bordered by dense beds of tall, gently swaying yellow irises. Immaculate lawns are punctuated with palms and other carefully selected native plants and trees, such as bougainvillea, frangipanis and climbers, to provide a balance of fragrance, colour and shade.The infinity-edge, swimming pool is located in front of the main living and dining area. Shaded by coconut palms and frangipani, and lined with natural stone, the pool appears to flow over the edge of the cliff. The timber pool deck is furnished with canopied sunbeds, while a barbeque and pizza oven is positioned nearby, making alfresco dining easy and fun.Sports FacilitiesThe tennis court and a fully-equipped gym are located near the entrance to the Estate. The tennis court has a covered spectator/viewing pavilion with benches and antique “gerobok” (rice storage trunks on wheels) with cushions.The gymnasium is fully air-conditioned, and includes a full selection of machines, as well as a stereo system, satellite TV, fridge and cold water dispenser.Eco FriendlyKhayangan Estate incorporates many features designed to reduce its impact on the environment. Bio-degradable waste from the house and garden is collected, mulched and composted for use in the gardens. The garden is irrigated using an underground system that meters water usage on automatic timers. There is also a water purification plant, which produces drinking quality water in all taps. Solar panels have been installed on the roofs for heating water, and ionisers are used instead of chlorine in the swimming pool, which effectively turn the water into pure mineral water using a process approved by NASA. Low-wattage, long life, lighting fixtures keep energy costs down and timers and sensors are also used to avoid excess consumption of power. A waste water recycling system is planned.Weddings and PartiesKhayangan Estate presents the perfect setting for weddings, parties and other special events. The extensive lawns are also ideal for open-air Balinese dance performances and parties. The catering can be managed by professional caterers who have the world-class expertise to prepare a sumptuous feast in addition to the coordination of decorations, flowers, lighting and entertainment.ServicesThe Estate is supported by a carefully selected team of highly trained staff including chefs, housekeepers, gardeners and security guards. Khayangan Estate welcomes children of all ages, cots and high chairs can be provided. Baby-sitting services, together with the facilities of a car, a driver, a tour guide and extra staff are also available on request. Security guards are on duty day and night, and there is also a state-of-the-art security alarm system.LocationKhayangan Estate is located in a beautiful area known as The Bukit – a limestone plateau rising sharply from the sea, fringed by steep cliffs and some of the most idyllic beaches in Bali. Characterised by wide open spaces and clear blue skies, the turquoise waters are the playground of migrating whales. A tropical, equatorial climate means year-round balmy temperatures and, even in the rainy season, The Bukit – which is much drier than the rest of the island – is a reliable sun-trap. When the southeast trade winds blow offshore and the southern ocean swells hit the reefs, the barrelling surf breaks are among the best in the world. The only other activity is seaweed farming, still traditionally practiced by the original Balinese coastal families.With Bulgari Resort Bali as its prestigious neighbour, Khayangan Estate is only 30 minutes’ drive from Bali’s International Airport and no more than 45 minutes’ from the endless shopping, vibrant nightlife and international restaurants of Kuta and Seminyak. The world-class Bali Golf and Country Club in Nusa Dua is a mere 15 minutes’ drive, and Ubud – Bali’s centre for fine arts and cultural performances – is about 90 minutes’ drive to the north. The remainder of the island offers a rich mosaic of cultures, tastes, sights and sounds, together with a wide array of activities.

Wednesday, 10 December 2008

Bali Artikel

Duk rahina Anggara tanggal 8 Maret 2005 sane wawu lintang, titiang nyarengin upacara Melasti ring Pasih Petitenget. Rahina punika taler nyarengin Penampahan Galungan, nanging makehan kramane ngelaksanayang Pakiyisan. Titiang sane pinaka krama desa adat Kerobokan, Kabupaten Badung, merika Melasti ke Pasih Petitinget. Taler asapunika krama adat ring desa Padangsambian, Dalung Gaji lan krama-krama sane nampek ring pasih Petitenget lianan.

Ring rahina punika, wenten dedauh mangdane warga sami sampun mapupul ring Pura Dalem utawi Pura Desa galah jam 8.30 semengan. Sadurung nyane, ring rahina Soma, warga sareng sami sampun nyiyas pratima sami tur mapupul ring Pura Dalem lan Pura Desa. Ngawit jam 8 semengan, akeh para wargane sampun rawuh, pada nganggen kwaca sarwa putih. Sane lanang-lanang, pada ny unggi jempana. Duk warsa 2001, jempanane sampun pada nganggen roda, nenten malih mategen sekadi dumunan. Santukan genah melis mangkin keyasayang doh tur jatmane mangkin nenten malih siteng mategenan. Nika mawinan makasami jempana ne mangkin nganggen roda.

Sesampune pratima sami katedunang saking Pura Dalem tur kalinggihang ring jempanane soang-soang, ring galah 8.30 makesami memargi. Kaduluran antuk lalontek, senjata nawa sanga miwah pangerangkadan lianan, wawu jempana pura prasanak, tur sane pinih ungkur jempana Pura Dalem sane kairing antuk gamelan Baleganjur. Makesami masemu bagia lan girang, polih "ngiring Ida Bhatara ke segara pacang nganyudang sehananing mala tur ngambet tirta amerta saking telenging segara". Kocap wantah asapunika sane dados unteng tatujon anake Melasti. Panes sane gede, sakit ring cokor lan awak makesami nenten kerasayang, yadiastun memargi sawetara 9 km ke segara.

Sawetara a jam tengah memargi, neked sampun ring pasih Petitenget. Iriki makeh pisan kramane sane sampun dumunan neked. Ida Bhatara kairing masuci ka segara. Selanturnyane makasami wargine ngaturang bhakti ring Ida Bhatara sami tur ring Sang Hyang Widhi, mangdane makasami malane ring gumi keanyudan tur mewali bersih suci. Tirta Amerta saking segara punika pacang kapundut ka pura, kapaicang ring wargine sareng sami.

Tuesday, 9 December 2008


Pesta Kesenian Bali diselenggarakan sebagai upaya persembahan karya cipta seni terbaik masyarakat. Bilapun kini masyarakat berkeinginan memilih antara kesenian dan kerajinan, profan dan sekular, pesanan dan kreativitas murni masyarakat Bali, semua itu mereka kerjakan dengan semangat "persembahan ". Perbedaan itu tidak akan mengurangi hakekat berkesenian. Kegiatan berkesenian didasari oleh motivasi sebagai persembahan yang terbaik dan "spirit" dalam segala aktivitas masyarakat Bali

Seni yang ditampilkan adalah persembahan dan karya cipta yang dihasilkan juga sebagai persembahan. Hal ini yang masih dijadikan. Persembahan seni dan karya cipta mengandung makna pembebasan yang iklas yang dalam ajaran Hindu sering disebut dengan yadnya. Yadnya yang dipersembahkan melalui seni dan karya cipta menjadikan hasil ciptaannya sebagai persembahan terbaik, maka sedapat mungkin seseorang seniman tidak akan mempersembahkan miliknya atau karyanya yang paling jelek atau seadanya, apalagi persembahan itu berupa seni dan karya cipta yang terlahir dari budi daya sebagai hulu cinta kasih dan peradaban rohani seni masyarakat.

Pesta Kesenian Bali merupakan media dan sarana untuk menggali dan melestarikan seni budaya serta meningkatkan kesejahteraan. Penggalian dan pelestarian seni budaya meliputi filosofi, nilai-nilai luhur dan universal, konsep-konsep dasar, warisan budaya baik benda atau bukan benda yang bernilai sejarah tinggi, ilmu pengetahuan dan seni sebagai representasi peradaban serta pengembangan kesenian melalui kreasi, inovasi, adaptasi budaya dengan harapan agar tetap hidup dan ajeg berjcelanjutan dalam konteks perubahan waktu dan jaman serta dalam lingkungan yang selalu berubah.


Menampung hasil karya cipta, seni dan aspirasi berkesenian baik kesenian hasil rekonstruksi, seni hasil inovasi, atraksi kesenian serta apresiasi seni dan budaya masyarakat , maka Pemerintah Propinsi Bali, sejak tahun 1979, oleh Almarhum Prof. Dr. Ida Bagus Mantra menggagas dan memprakarsai suatu wadah pesta rakyat, yang sampai sekarang disebut " Pesta Kesenian Bali " (PKB), yang pertama kalinya di gelar.

Dasar Penyelenggaraan Pesta Kesenian Bali adalah Peraturan Daerah Propinsi Bali Nomor 07 Tahun 1986 tentang" Pesta Kesenian Bali ". Pesta Kesenian Bali yang digelar pertama kali pada tahun 1979, berlangsung kurang lebih 2 bulan tepatnya dari tanggal 20 Juni 1979 sampai 23 Agustus 1979, dan setiap tahun telah memberikan kesempatan untuk menampilkan karya-karya seni terbaik, sebagai wahana pembinaan, pelestarian dan pengembangan seni budaya masyarakat.Pelestarian seni budaya dengan menampilkan keseniankesenian klasik yang sudah hampir punah dan terpendam di masyarakat.Melalui Pesta Kesenian Bali, memotivasi masyarakat untuk menggali, menemukan dan menampilkan kepada masyarakat pada pesta rakyat ini. Penyelenggaraan PKB dari tahun ketahun telah memberikan nuansa tersendiri bagi keajegan seni budaya Bali dengan menampilkan thema yang selalu berbeda-beda.Kiranya cara berkesenian masyarakat Bali yang dipersembahkan kedalam wadah Pests Kesenian Bali, setiap tahunnya juga berbeda-beda. Seperti pada Pesta Kesenian Bali yang berlangsung Juni 2003 ini merupakan Pesta Kesenian Bali ke 25 yang bertepatan dengan Jubillium Perak Pesta Kesenian Bali. Kesempatan ini merupakan momentum yang sangat tepat untuk melakukan koreksi, perbaikan dan perubahan serta introspeksi diri, ditengah-tengah keterpurukan kepariwisataan Bali saat ini.

Pesta Kesenian Bali Tahun 2003 ini mengambil thema " Yadnya Cakra "yang bermakna Roda Kreativitas Tiada Henti. Thema ini menggambarkan betapa beratnya beban kita untuk selalu beraktivitas dan berkreativitas untuk memenuhi kehidupan kita. Dengan demikian aktivitas dan kreativitas berkesenian untuk menghasilkan karya cipta dan seni masyarakat Bali tidak akan pernah berhenti, untuk menggali dan mengembangkan gagasan-gagasan baru, baik itu gagasan barn berkesenian maupun dalam kegiatan sehari hari, dalam rangka menyambung kelangsungan kehidupannya. Penggalian dan pengembangan gagasan baru berkesenian, dipakai untuk mengimbangi adanya distribusi budaya asing sebagai akibat globalisasi menyeluruh, karena dengan adanya gagasan barn akan dapat menuntun prilaku masyarakat dalam konteks berfikir, berkata dan berbuat yang diinplementasikan dan diwujudkan dalam bentuk karya cipta seni budaya.Dalam sejarah perjalanan pesta seni rakyat yang akbar ini pada umumnya selalu dibuka oleh pejabat tinggi negara. Hanya pada PKB yang pertama kali tahun 1979 dibuka oleh Almarhum Prof DR. Ida Bagus Mantra yang saat itu menjabat Gubernur Kepala Daerah Tingkat I Bali sekaligus sebagai penggagas PKB. Selebihnya pembukaan PKB dilaksanakan oleh Menteri, Wakil Presiden, Presiden dan Ibu Negara. Secara rinci urutan pejabat negara yang pernah membuka Pesta Kesenian-Bali adalah :

Pesta Kesenian Bali pertama tahun 1979 di buka oleh Prof Dr. Ida Bagus Mantra.
Pesta Kesenian Bali kedua tahun 1980 dibuka oleh Menko Kesra Surono juga hadir Mendikbud Daoed Joesoef.
Pesta Kesenian Bali ketiga tahun 1981 dibuka oleh Menko Kesra Surono.
Pesta Kesenian Bali keempat tahun 1982 dibuka oleh IN Tien Soeharto.
Pesta Kesenian Bali kelima tahun 1983 dibuka oleh Mendikbud Nugroho Notosusanto
Pesta Kesenian Bali keenam tahun 1984 dibuka oleh Wakil Presiden Umar Wirahadikusuma.
Pesta Kesenian Bali ketujuh tahun 1985 dibuka oleh Menko Kesra Alamsyah Ratuprawiranegara.
Pesta Kesenian Bali kedelapan tahun 1986 di buka oleh Mendikbud Fuad Hasan.
Pesta Kesenian Bali kesembilan tahun 1987 dibuka oleh Presiden Soeharto.
Pesta Kesenian Bali kesepuluh tahun 1988 dibuka oleh Wakil Presiden Soedarmono.
Pesta Kesenian Bali kesebelas tahun 1989 di buka oleh Menko Kesra Soepardjo Rustam.
Pesta Kesenian Bali kedua belas tahun 1990 dibuka oleh Menko Kesra Soepardjo Rustam.
Pesta Kesenian Bali ketiga belas tahun 1991 dibuka oleh Menteri Dalam Negeri, Rudini
Pesta Kesenian Bali keempat belas tahun 1992 dibuka oleh Wakil Presiden Sudharmon9, SH.
Pesta Kesenian Bali kelima belas tahun 1993 dibuka oleh Wakil Presiden Try Sutrisno.
Pesta Kesenian Bali keenam belas tahun 1994 dibuka oleh wakil Presiden Try Sutrisno.
Pesta Kesenian Bali ketujuh belas tahun 1995 dibuka oleh Presiden RI, Soeharto.
Pesta Kesenian Bali kedelapan belas tahun 1996 dibuka oleh Wakil Presiden Try Sutrisno.
Pesta Kesenian Bali kesembilan belas tahun 1997 dibuka oleh Menteri Pariwisata, Pos dan Telekomounikasi, Joop Ave.
Pesta Kesaenian Bali kedua puluh tahun 1998 dibuka oleh Sekretaris Negara, Moerdiono.
Pesta Kesenian Bali kedua puluh satu tahun 1999 dibuka oleh Menteri Pariwisata dan Kebudayaan, I Gede Ardika.
Pesta Kesenian Bali kedua puluh dua tahun 2000 dibuka oleh Wakil Presiden Megawati Soekarnoputri.
Pesta Kesenian Bali kedua puluh tiga tahun 2001 dibuka oleh Wakil Presiden Megawati Soekarnoputri.
Pesta Kesenian Bali kedua puluh empat tahun 2002 dibuka oleh Presiden Megawati Soekarnoputri.
Pesta Kesenian Bali ke dua puluh lima tahun 2003 I buka oleh Presiden Megawati Soekarnoputri
Pesta Kesenian Bali ke dua puluh Enam tahun 2004 dibuka oleh 3 Mentri Kabinet Gotong Royong yakni Mentri Kebudayaan Dan Pariwisata dan Mentri Dalam Negeri
Pesta Kesenian Bali ke dua puluh Tujuh tahun 2005 dibuka oleh Presiden Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono
Pesta Kesenian Bali ke dua puluh Delapan tahun 2006 dibuka oleh Presiden Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono
Pesta Kesenian Bali ke dua puluh Sembilan tahun 2007 dibuka oleh Presiden Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono



Thursday, 20 November 2008

Bali Popular Places

Popular Places

As Bali is a small island, there is nowhere that cannot be reached in a single day. You do not really need a fixed itinerary but only a general plan of places to visit and stay. Almost the entire island is ready and waiting for visitors from around the world, so it is better to be mobile, travel light, have a comfortable pair of shoes, and carry a positive attitude!

Bali is gentle and kind to the inexperienced traveler. Most of the local people have at least a limited knowledge of English, low cost accommodation is plentiful, transport is usually reliable, a wide choice of food awaits you, and there is safe drinking water


The capital city of Bali, Denpasar has countless community temples called Pura and one of them is Pura Jaganatha, which is dedicated to the Supreme God Sang Hyang Widi Wasa. The statue of a turtle and two dragons is prevalent in all temples as it signifies the foundation of the world. Pura Jaganatha offers a fine array of prehistoric and modern art, while its architectural design resembles that of a palace. The government-supervised Sanggraha Kriya Hasta has a wide display of handicraft and works of art. Between June and July is the Werdi Budaya, an annual art festival with performances, exhibitions, and art contests.


Sanur beach has long been a popular recreation site. The palm-lined beach curves from the Bali Beach Hotel toward the south and faces the Indian Ocean to the east. On this beach, you will discover many wonderful hotels, restaurants, shops, and other tourist facilities. Sanur is only a short distance from public transportation accesses in Denpasar, and trips to and from the city are available well into the night. Offshore reefs protect the beach from waves and it is thus a great site for windsurfing, boating, and various types of water-sports. Sanur is also famous for its black and white sorcery practices.


Once a lonely village and the entry point to southern Bali since the 18th Century, Kuta is now a thriving tourist resort especially for the young and young at heart. A favorite beach for surfers, it is less suitable for swimming due to strong currents; however, there are coast guards constantly on duty during the day. Kuta is one of the most dynamic places in Indonesia and accommodation ranges from international hotels to home stays. The village abounds with restaurants, shops, discotheques and tourist facilities. It is easier to find regular Balinese musical and dance performances here than anywhere else in Bali. This would be the ideal place to mingle with other people, locals as well as visitors abroad.

Nusa Dua

One of the most recent tourist centers, Nusa Dua has some of the most beautiful and luxurious hotels. This resort is known for its clean, white beaches and pristine waters. Nusa Dua differs from Bukit Peninsula despite being a part of it. It is sheltered by coral reefs, which makes it an ideal family beach.


Northeast of Denpasar, stone figures along the road mark the village of Batubulan. Divinities and demons are carved from soapstone to decorate homes and temples. However, soapstone has a porous nature and the harsh weather of the tropics wears it down, thus renewal is necessary every other century. One is able to watch the carvers perform their skills at roadside 'factories'. Apart from stone carving, Batubulan is also known for its daily performances of the barong dance on a purpose-built stage near Pura Puseh.


The old and famous center of the arts, it is noted for its dances, wood panel carving, and half-wayang, half-naturalistic paintings.


A name synonymous with silver and goldsmiths, Celuk's art shops beckon visitors to sterling silver and gold butterfly brooches, garnet-studded bracelets, earrings and ear-clips of all designs. The bigger showrooms are on the main road and have marked prices that are quite high although negotiations are possible. Craftsmen use a tree stump with a protruding metal spike for an anvil, a bamboo stem to catch the filings, and a manually operated pump for heat.


Although Mas literally means 'gold', this village does not specialize in gold jewelry but in woodcarving. The Tilem Art Gallery is a fine place to view the highest quality woodcarvings, all sold at the most exorbitant prices. Carving was a traditional art for the priestly Brahman caste and the skills are believed to have been a gift from the gods. The inhabitants of Mas are also primarily Brahmans and trace their roots back to Danghyang Nirartha, the great Brahman sage.


Renowned as the center for the arts, Ubud has been attracting and cultivating artistic talent since it became the seat of the aristocratic family in the late 19th century. Western artists and intellectuals who visited the area in the 1930s provided an enormous stimulus to local art, introduced new ideas and techniques, and began a process a of displaying and promoting Balinese culture worldwide. Ubud is charming not because of its beaches or bars, but for its art, music, architecture, and dance. Even having gone through tremendous development, Ubud is still pretty and relaxed, especially if you're staying in a secluded family compound or eating at one of the pleasant open-air restaurants. It is one of those destinations where people plan to stay a couple of days but extend it to a couple of weeks.

Goa Gajah

The 'elephant cave' harbors no elephants but a great number of stalls, selling and flogging cheap items to tourists. This cave was excavated in the 11th century, and its entrance is a monstrous head with gaping mouth and hands that appear to be pushing the entrance apart. It was believed to have been built as a temple but the sleeping niches and Buddhist ruins just outside the cave suggest otherwise. Within the cave at the end of the T-shaped passage is a four-armed statue of Ganesha, the elephant-headed deity. At the opposite end sits a set of three lingga, or phallic symbol of Lord Shiva. To the side of the cave's entrance is a 1,000-year-old statue of Hariti, a Buddhist demoness cum goddess. She used to devour children but reformed to become a devout Buddhist and protector of children. Excavations have uncovered a bathing place with six statues of nymphs holding waterspouts.

Tampak Siring

The sacred spring of Tirta Empul is situated here and revered by all Balinese. It is said that the god Indra created the spring when he pierced the earth to build the amerta, the elixir of immortality. The water is used by the Balinese for its curative powers for good health and prosperity. Regular ceremonies are held for purification, especially pregnant women and those who have survived a long illness.

the story of the dance in bali

The Barong Dance

"Lord of the forest" and magical protector of Balinese villages, the Barong is a mythical, shaggy half-dog, half-lion creature, with a long mane, fantastic fangs, and bulging eyes. It is propelled by two men who maneuver the costume with whimsical and mischievous movements to express its fun-loving nature. The Barong's opponent is Rangda, the evil witch who rules over the spirits of Darkness. The Barong dance epitomizes the eternal struggle between good and evil. The fight of Barong and Rangda is also a topic of traditional narratives performed in temples and takes various forms. The Barong will snap its jaws at the gamelan, prance around a bit, and enjoy the acclaim of its supporters - a group of kris-wielding men. Then ferocious Rangda will then appear lolling her long tongue, baring her threatening fangs, her neck draped with human entrails...not a pretty sight.

The duel begins. Each opponent tries to overcome the other with magical powers but when things do not look too good for the Barong, supporters will lunge at Rangda with krises to weaken or stall her. In retaliation, Rangda would put them all into a trance with her mystical powers and make them stab themselves with their weapons. Fortunately, the Barong possesses magic that is strong enough to cast a spell on the krises from harming the men. This part would be the highlight of the dance; the gamelan rings madly and intensely as the men rush back and forth waving their krises in a frenzy, sometimes even rolling on the ground in a desperate attempt to stab themselves. Often, there seems to be a plot to terrify the audience in the front row! Eventually, Rangda will retire, defeated. And once again, good will reign over evil.

Legong Keraton

The most graceful of Balinese dances, this is the epitome of classical Balinese female dancing. A legong, as the dancer is known, is often a young girl of eight or nine years, rarely older than her early teens. It was first created in the 18th Century and is usually the first dance to be taught to beginners. There are many forms of Legong, the most frequently performed dance being the Legong Keraton or Legong of the Palace.

The story of the Legong is very stylized and symbolic and one should know the story before actually watching the performance. The Legong involves three dancers - two legongs and their 'attendant', the condong. The legongs are identically costumed in gold brocade, which is bound so tightly that it is a mystery such agitated and rapid moves could be made. With elaborately made-up faces, plucked eyebrows that are boldly repainted, and hair decorated with frangipanis, the dancers relate the story with captivating movements.

A king takes the maiden Rangkesari captive. When her brother comes to release her, Rangkesari begs the king to free her rather than go to war. The king refuses and chances upon a bird carrying ill omens on his way to battle. However, he ignores the bird, meets Rangkesari's brother, and was thus killed in the fight.

The roles of the dancers may change according to the narration. However, the dance usually begins with the king's preparations for battle and ends with the bird's appearance.


A male equivalent of the Legong, Baris is a warrior's dance. Executed with energetic and warlike martial spirit, the Baris dancer has to convey the thoughts and emotions of a warrior preparing for action as well as confronting an enemy in battle. This dance is performed solo and requires great energy, spirit and skill. The warrior's changing moods have to be displayed through facial expressions and movements; he should be able to depict chivalry, pride, anger, prowess, and a little regret. Baris is said to be one of the most complex of all Balinese dances.