the old culture from balinese and all i know will show in this blog

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

Denpasar

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

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.

Kuta

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.

Batubulan

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.

Batuan

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

Celuk

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.

Mas

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.

Ubud

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.

Baris

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.

Friday, 7 November 2008

History Of Japan


History of Japan
Archeological evidence reveals that since upper Paleolithic period people were living in Japan. Scholars see the history of Japan into various periods to understand it better.

The Yayoi period (300 B.C to 300 A.D) in Japanese history points to the introduction of agriculture and as a result one finds the growth of differentiation in the society. The Kofun period (300- 538) is the time when greater political unity could be seen in then Japan. The country was united and the center of power lay in the province of Yamato. The emperor ruled from Yamato and form time to time the capital shifted from one city to another. It was during this time due to the external influence one finds the introduction of Buddhism into Japan. During this period one can also find Chinese influence under the rule of Prince Shotoku.

Further in 710 A.D. in the history of Japan the first permanent capital was established in Nara. Large Buddhist monasteries were built with political patronage. During this a lot of imported traditions solidified. The Fujiwara dominance came to an end in 1068 A.D. with emperor Go- Sanjo taking the reigns in his hands. In 1185 the Minamoto family ruled Japan but after the death of Yorimoto's death one finds that feuds started again until Kamakura were able to control effectively. The leading social class of this period was the samurai class that also supported the new sect Zen sect.

Another development in the history Japan was the introduction of the legal code that stressed the importance of loyalty to the master and stood for high morals. In 1259 the Mongols invaded China and eyed on Japan as well. The Mongols even attempted but due to bad weather conditions they had to pull out. By 1333 due to various reasons the influence of Hojo regents in Kamakura declined and emperor GO- Daigo came back to power.

But troubles and feuds never seized as Ashikaga Takauji challenged the emperor and thereby the latter had to flee to south of Kyoto leading the existence of two courts (south and north). By 15 and 16th centuries the Ashikaga influenced reduced and land owning and military families came to power. The new families were called the daimyo and often fought with each other.

In 1542 one finds the Portuguese influence in the form of traders and missionaries who introduced firearms and also the new religion of Christianity in Japan.

In the 1580's one finds that Toyotomi Hideyoshi took over the control and subdued the northern provinces and Shikoku and Kyushu in 1587. Tokugawa Ieyasu succeeded Hideyoshi and provided patronage to Europeans but also suppressed Christianity. The ensuing peace in the country led to the growth of literature and philosophy.

The Edo period (1688-1703) the culture flourished and arts forms also developed. The most important development in the Tokugawa Japan was the growth of Neo- Confucianism that laid stress on hierarchy, morals and education. But due to financial weakness and the increasing dependence of Samurai on the merchants led to he downfall of the Tokugawa government. In the 18th century external pressure increased in the form of Russian endeavor to establish trading relations with Japan. Soon to follow were the Europeans and Americans in the 19th century. One finds that in 1853 Commodore Perry was able to force the Tokogawa government to open up for trades.

Another historical event in Japan was the coming of the Meiji Restoration. Now the capital moved to Tokyo from Kyoto. In order to do away with the inequality serious reforms were undertaken to close the from the West. Now to establish democracy was stressed and differences between social classes were slowly weakened.

Another historical event of Japan was the growing clash of interest between China and Japan that led to Sino- Japanese war in 1894- 95. The clash of interest with Russia led to the Russo- Japanese War in 1904-1905.The history of Japan further reveals that with the death of emperor Meiji the rule by elder came to an end. Form 1912- 1926 during the rule of emperor Taisho there was the shift to parliament and democratic parties.

History reveals that Japan took part in the World Wars and underwent huge loses and one is reminded of the atomic bombing in the World War II

Dreamland Villa & Spa in Bali



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Tuesday, 4 November 2008

Bali resort & Spa

Refresh your body, mind and soul...

A visit to Mandara Spa at Nikko Bali Resort & Spa is a total sensory experience. Our all-natural treatments draw on the ancient health and beauty traditions of Asia, from cultures that celebrate beauty and refinement and honour nature’s precious gifts. Our gracious staff will serve you from the heart, careful never to intrude on your tranquil experience.

Eight luxurious appointed spa villas set in our ocean side tropical gardens, offer the ultimate in pure indulgence and spa experience. Each self-contained detached villas is equipped with an outdoor private Balinese bath and garden shower. Our internationally trained therapists utilize their intrinsic knowledge of herbs and spices, whilst applying modern techniques to the various body treatment menus on offer including facials and massage. The perfect gift for yourself or someone you want to spoil.
Mandara Spa at Nikko Bali Resort & Spa
Open 10 am to 10 pm daily

Body of Mandara
The following Massages may be enjoyed at the Beachside Bale or for additional luxury enjoy a Spa Villa Massage with indulgent touches, begin with a Floral Footbath, Aromatherapy Floral bath or Herbal Steam and wrap up with your Massage of choice.

Balinese Massage
Beachside Bale 50 mins $55 Spa Villa 80 mins $74
Used for centuries to renew, strengthen and heal body and mind, this massage combines stretching, long strokes, skin rolling and palm and thumb pressure techniques. It aims to relieve tension, improve blood flow, ease stress and calm the mind.

Mandara Massage
Beachside Bale 50 mins $95 Spa Villa 80 mins $116
Our signature massage is a unique blend of five different massage styles~Japanese Shiatsu, Thai, Hawaiian Lomi Lomi, Swedish and Balinese – that employs two therapists working in harmony. The synchronization of the two therapists makes this a sublime experience.

Warm Stone Massage
Spa Villa 50 mins $63 80 mins $83
The healing power of touch combines with the energy of the earth in this relaxing, muscle melting massage. Smooth, warmed rocks glide across your body in long, flowing strokes. The heat helps to relax the muscles and has a soothing effect on your emotions. Simultaneously, rocks are placed on the body’s various energy points to encourage the body’s healing potential.

Royal Thai Massage 90 mins $95
Using no oil, this firm massage aims to release tension, increase vitality and flexibility, and create wholeness of body, mind and spirit. It is a masterful fusion of Indian Ayurvedic stretching techniques and the Chinese method of deep tissue pressure point massage. Experience this revitalizing Thai specialty by the sea on Beachside Massage Pavilion.

Fancy Foot-work
Beachside Bale 50 mins $49 Spa Villa 80 mins $68
It’s like reflexology without the ‘ouch’. Based on the same therapeutic principles of its ancient ancestor, this foot massage will help to release toxins and restore your body’s energy flow. And it feels like bliss at its celestial best.
Shiro Dhara
Spa Villa 50 mins $63
80 mins $83
This treatment aims to clear the mind and encourage deep relaxation. It begins with Abhyanga Massage, Ayurveda’s principal healing tool and the mother of all massages. Next for 10 minutes a gentle flow of aromatic oil is poured onto the third eye area on your forehead. An uplifting and inspiring experience.

Face of Mandara

Pure Nature Facial
Beachside Bale 50 mins $55 Spa Villa 80 mins $74
Using only natural ingredients with no harmful preservatives or additives. There are three options for different skin types, relying on nature’s life-force to restore the equilibrium and deliver a vitamin and mineral burst to your skin.
• Preserve ~ a cleansing and rejuvenating facial for normal skin types.
• Renew ~ a fruit acid facial for treating environmentally damaged skin.
• Enrich ~ a nourishing facial for dry skin or mature skin.

Packages of Mandara

Spa Sampler 110 mins $101
Aromatherapy Footbath ~ Balinese Massage ~ Aromatherapy Floral Bath or Herbal Steam ~ Choice of Refresher Facial or Foot Massage.

Harmony 110 mins $127
A delightful package that will leave you looking refreshed and radiant. Aromatherapy Footbath ~ Lavender Body Wash ~ Choice of Body Scrub ~ Aromatherapy Floral Bath ~ Pure Nature Facial or Balinese Massage.

Ultimate Indulgence 140 mins $215
An exotic, luxurious and unforgettable celebration of indulgence. Aromatherapy Footbath ~ Lavender Body Wash ~ Choice of four Body Scrubs ~ Aromatherapy Floral Bath or Herbal Steam ~ Mandara Massage ~ Foot Massage ~ Refresher Facial.

More of Mandara

Hand Spa 50 mins $26
Foot Spa 50 mins $32
French Manicure 50 mins $32

Absolute Escapes please contact the Spa for details

Mandara Spa at Nikko Bali Resort & Spa
Decleor Face and Body Ritual
Open 10 am to 10 pm daily
Ideal for both male and female skin. Decleor combines the science of Aromatherapy with the art of treatment to offer high performance and personalised skin care.

All Face Rituals include an indulgent back massage for total relaxation.

Purifying Facial 90 mins $90
For oily and combination skin
A cleansing and purifying treatment for oily, congested and shiny skin. It eliminates impurities, cleanses and balances the skin surface. Pure essential oil of ylang ylang helps leave the complexion pure, clear and matte.

Lifting Facial 90 mins $90
For mature and aged skin
The ultimate holistic answer to face lifting, this exceptional anti-ageing treatment uses a unique combination of essential oils including iris, jasmine and cinnamon to combat the signs of ageing in mature skin.

Brightening Facial 90 mins $90
For uneven skin tone
This treatment is designed to brighten and even out the complexion by preventing and neutralising the appearance of dark patches. Moisturising and anti-ageing agents are used to re-establish the skin’s natural glow, leaving your skin brighter and more radiant.

Beauty Boost 6 x 90 mins $486
An intensive program of six facial treatments for optimum results.
Each treatment begins with an Aromatherapy Footbath and includes a Decleor Aromassage Facial and exotic Flower Bath.

Tonic Firming Body Wrap 165 mins $185
This top to toe body ritual aims to significantly improve the appearance of your skin and leave it regenerated, firmer and incredibly soft. Begin with a fully body exfoliation using Decleor mosaic powder, and when your skin is smooth relax with a toning aromatic massage followed by a comforting cream body cocoon. Finish off with an Aromassage Facial that tones the skin and eases away fine lines.

Relaxation Body Wrap 165 mins $185
Designed to provide a feeling of true well-being for the mind and body, this treatment begins with a herbal exfoliation followed by a soothing aromatic massage, and wraps up with a nourishing body cocoon to hydrate the skin and allow stress and tension to slip away. The finishing touch is a facial that restores radiance and leaves you with a glowing complexion

Spa Discovery 85 mins $105
Age old tradition combines with the finest European skin care for a deliciously relaxing experience. Enjoy a Balinese Massage followed by a Decleor Aromassage Facial.

Take the Feeling Home
For optimum results, we recommend you supplement your Decleor Spa treatments with regular home use. The Decleor skin care range is available for purchase in the Spa Boutique. Your therapist will advise you on the products that will best suit your skin.

Bali Travel Tips

ACCESS TO BALI

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FLIGHT: Bali can be reached by air to Ngurah Rai International Airport, and the destination is Denpasar (airport code: DPS)
* SEA: Bali can be reached by sea
- From Java to Gilimanuk Port
- From Lombok to Padang Bai Port or Benoa Harbour


VISA

Visa to Visit Indonesia
The Department of Justice and Human Rights has officially determined that as of August 2005:
Indonesia Government had granted visa on arrival favor to 52 countries to be able to purchase the visa on arrival facility upon their arrival in Indonesia's designed “International Gateway” at 15 airports and 21 seaports.

They are:

- Argentina
- Hungary
- Oman
- Australia
- Iceland
- RRC
- Austria
- India
- Poland
- Bahrain
- Iran
- Portugal
- Belgium
- Ireland
- Qatar
- Brazil
- Italy
- Saudi Arabia
- Bulgaria
- Japan
- Russia
- Cambodia
- Kuwait
- South Africa
- Canada
- Laos
- South Korea
- Cyprus
- Liechtenstein
- Spain
- Denmark
- Luxembourg
- Switzerland
- Egypt
- Maldives
- Sweden
- Estonia
- Malta
- Surinam
- Finland
- Mexico
- Taiwan
- France
- Monaco
- The Netherland
- Germany
- New Zealand
- United Arab Emirate
- Greece
- Norway
- United Kingdom
- United States of America

And started per 28 May 2007, Indonesia will be added its Visa on Arrival (VOA) favors to more 11 countries joined with previous 52 other favored countries according to the Directorate General of Immigration recent released paper.

The 11 countries are Algeria, the Czech Republic, Fiji, Latvia, Libya, Lithuania, Panama, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia and Tunisia.

Tourists from those selected countries will not oblige to apply abroad for a visa but can purchase a visa on arrival at 15 gates of Indonesia's international airports and seaports. The fee for this visa, payable upon landing, is US$10 for a 7 day visa and US$25 for a 30-day visa.

The official entry requirements for the issuance of a 30 or 7 days day visa-on arrival:

Passport must be from one of the countries listed above.
Passport must be valid for a minimum of 6 (six) months from the date of entry into Indonesia.
Payment of US$10 or US$25 must be paid at the gateway, depending on the length of visa required.
Onward or return tickets are compulsory.
Visitors must enter and exit through one of the 15 airports or 21 seaports officially approved as an “international gateway” by the Indonesian Immigration department.
11 countries and territories are eligible for a "Visa Free" facility. Those holding valid passports from the following countries will be granted a non-extendable 30-day Visa-Free Short Visit Permit upon arrival at an Indonesian international gateway without charge:

Brunei Darussalam
Chile
Hong Kong SAR
Macau SAR
Malaysia
Morocco
Peru
Philippines
Thailand
Vietnam
Singapore

Others nationals that not granted with either visa on arrival favor nor visa free favor from Indonesia government may apply for tourist visa at Indonesia embassy abroad.

DO

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Convert money at a reputable looking money changer shop and independently calculate before changing. Shop around as the rate may vary, check whether the commission is added or not.
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Put on loads of high factor waterproof Sun Cream especially if you intend to spend a lot of time in the water
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Drink a lot of bottled water and eat a lot of fresh fruits - do your body a favour
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Be careful with your belonging at all times. Leave your important documents in your hotel safe and wander around with the copies.
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Respect the slow pace of processions - don't honk
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Haggle when buying, except on price-tagged goods
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Buy "immodium" to relieve bouts of Bali belly
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Reconfirm your outbound flight.
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Show your respect by wearing sarong when entering temples.


DON'T

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Step on offerings in the street - walk around them
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Attempt to swim outside designated areas on the beach
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Take drugs. This carry the death penalty according to Indonesian laws
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Touch people's heads. It's very offensive to Balinese Hindus
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Enter temples during menstruation.
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Forget to put salt on your food and drink water - you will probably sweat a lot
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Use your left hand in sacking or handing over something to someone as it is considered impolite. If there is no other option then express your apology.


WEATHER IN BALI

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WHERE TO GO

* DENPASAR CITY
- Bali Museum
- Jagatnatha Temple
- Maospahit Temple
- Melanting temple
- Pemecutan Palace (Puri Pemecutan)
- Puputan Square
- Sanur
- The Art Center
* BADUNG REGENCY
- Benoa, Port
- Canggu Beach
- Kuta Beach
- Nusa Dua Beach
- Sangeh Monkey Forest
- Serangan, Turtle Island
- Jimbaran Beach
- Taman Ayun, Temple
- Uluwatu, Temple
* GIANYAR REGENCY
- Batubulan
- Gianyar Town
- Goa Gajah
- Gunung Kawi Tampaksiring
- Gunung Kawi Sebatu
- Mas
- Peliatan
- Petulu
- Ceking, Sebatu
- Pakudui
- Sidan
- Sukawati
- Bona Village
- Tegalalang
- Ubud's Monkey Forest
- The Pejeng Area
- Tirta Empul
- Ubud
* TABANAN REGENCY
- Alas Kedaton
- Batukaru
- Bedugul
- Jatiluwih
- Kerambitan
- Marga Village
- Pacung
- Pejaten
- Penarukan village
- Subak, Museum
- Tabanan Town
- Tanah Lot Temple
- Tista village
- Ulun Danu Temple
* KLUNGKUNG REGENCY
- Semarapura Town
- Taman Gili Palace
- Kertha Gosa - Judgement Hall
- Bale Kambang
- Goa Lawah (Bat Cave)
- GelGel
- Kamasan
- Kusamba
- Lembongan & Ceningan Islands
- Paksa
- Penida Island



* BANGLI REGENCY
- Abang, Mount
- Bangli Town
- Batur, Mount, Lake & Temple
- Kedisan Village
- Kintamani
- Penelokan
- Penglipuran Village
- Penulisan
- Pura Kehen
- Toya Bungkah
- Trunyan
* KARANGASEM
- Agung, Mount
- Amlapura Town
- Amed
- Balina, Beach
- Besakih, Temple
- Candidasa, Beach
- Iseh
- Lempuyang, Temple
- Puri Kanginan
- Sibetan
- Sideman
- Taman Ujung
- Tenganan
- Tirta Gangga
- Tulamben, Beach
* BULELENG
- Banjar Hot Spring
- Celukan Bawang
- Gedong Kirtya
- Gitgit Waterfall
- Jagaraga
- Jayaprana Grave Site
- Lovina Beach
- Munduk
- Pemuteran
- Pulaki
- Singaraja Town
- Tamblingan, Lake
- Yeh Sanih
* JEMBRANA
- Bunut Bolong
- Delodbrawah Beach
- Gilimanuk Port
- Medewi Beach
- Malaya Village
- Menjangan Island
- Negara Town
- Rambut Siwi Temple
- The West Bali National Park


CONSULATES IN BALI

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AUSTRALIA, CANADA, NEW ZEALAND
Jl. Hayam Wuruk 88 B Tanjung Bungkak, Denpasar
Tel: +62-361-241118, Fax: +62-361-241120, E-mail: bali.congen@dfat.gov.au
* BRITAIN
Jl. Mertasari 2, Sanur, Denpasar 80227
Tel: +62-361-270601, Fax: +62-361-270570, E-mail: tamarin@dps.centrin.net.id
* CZECH REPUBLIC
Jl. Pengembak 17, Sanur, Denpasar
Tel: +62-361-286465, Fax: +62-361-286408, E-mail: bali@honorary.mzv.cz
* FRANCE
Jl. Mertasari Gg. II No. 8, Sanur
Tel: +62-361-285485, Fax: +62-361-286406, E-mail: consul@dps.centrin.net.id
* GERMANY
Jl. Pantai Karang 17, Sanur
Tel: +62-361-288535, Fax: +62-361-288826, E-mail: dtkonsbali@denpasar.wasantara.net.id
* HUNGARY
Marintur, Jalan Raya Kuta 888, Kuta
Tel: +62-361-757557, Fax: +62-361-757562, E-mail: cristofoli@denpasar.wasantara.net.id
* ITALY
Lotus Enterprises Building, Jl. By Pass Ngurah Rai, Jimbaran
Tel: +62-361-701005, E-mail: italconsbali@italconsbali.org
* JAPAN
Jl. Raya Puputan 170, Denpasar
Tel: +62-361-227628, Fax: +62-361-265066
* MEXICO
PT Puri Astina Putra, Jl. H.M. Yamin 1 A, Renon, Denpasar
Tel: +62-361-223552, E-mail: astina@denpasar.wasantara.net.id
* NETHERLANDS
KCB Travel, Jl. Raya Kuta 127, Kuta
Tel: +62-361-751517, Fax: +62-361-752777, E-mail: purwa@denpasar.wasantara.net.id
* NORWAY & DENMARK
Mimpi Resorts, Jimbaran
Tel: +62-361-701070, E-mail: mimpi@mimpi.com
* SPAIN
Jl. raya Sanggingan, Br. Lungsiakan, Kedewatan, Ubud
Tel: +62-361-975736, Fax: +62-361-975726, E-mail: rabik@indo.net.id
* SWEDEN & FINLAND
Jl. Segara Ayu (Segara Village Hotel)
Tel: +62-361-288407, Fax: +62-361-287242, E-mail: segara1@denpasar.wasantara.net.id
* SWITZERLAND & AUSTRIA
Istana Kuta Galeria blok Valet 2 No 12 Kuta
Tel: +62-361-751735, Fax: +62-361-754457, E-mail: swisscon@denpasar.wasantara.net.id
* UNITED STATES
Jl. Hayam Wuruk 188, Denpasar
Tel: +62-361-233605, E-mail: amcobali@indosat.net.id


HOSPITALS IN BALI

* BALI INTERNATIONAL MEDICAL CENTER
Jl. Ngurah Rai 100X, at the Kuta-Sanur-Nusa Dua roundabout, Tel: +62-361-761263
* INTERNATIONAL SOS CLINIC
Jl. By Pass Ngurah Rai 505X, Kuta 80361, Tel: +62-361-710505, Fax: +62-361-710515
* RUMAH SAKIT UMUM PUSAT SANGLAH
Jl. Diponegoro, Sanglah, Denpasar, Tel: +62-361-227911
* KASIH IBU HOSPITAL
Jl. Teuku Umar 120, Denpasar Tel: +62-361-223036, Fax: +62-361-238690

Monday, 3 November 2008

Top Ranking Using Content Management Systems

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Legian Kuta Maps


I hope this can help you for know about kuta-bali maps

My complete profil and history from child

i want t(first im sory because my english is bad)im is a young boy,with a handsome face.:d
from child im not understand about what i do and what i want to do, always crying and not thinking about my self. .....what more? i dont know what i want to say, i just thinking now, because my speaking is not good.hehehe.....so dont you be borring to read it! just visit my blogger and click the adsense.... pray me to be a succes person ,because i want to change my life...to be a succes person:)

Oleh-oleh bali (jajak)

oleh2 dari bali alias jajak...we can find it on another market in bali, the food with a good taste like, molen,jaja uli,jaja gina,satuh, jaje ongol2,and many thinks more...the good jaje or jajak is very2 good for eat at morning,with some cofee,we can drink,and eat a jajak or jaje with a good taste. if you want to buy for the oleh2 for your family,you can buy it in bali..:)if you want to going back to your country , you have better to buy it, for your family at house.:),,,,so what you waiting? just buy it what you like from many jajak in bali.ok!

The response about undang-undang anti ponografi

I think this is too many peraturan about anti pornografi, how about tradition bali of dance, i dont know why a goverment aprove this uud im, sangat kecewa.......kebanyakan aturan.
tolong comment2 nya ya, if there is same pandapat with me!

Saturday, 1 November 2008

Balinese Lifestyle Package


Enjoy a stay of two days and one night at the Sukahet Sari Cultural Village and Plantation incorporating a Balinese cooking lesson, homestay and rice farming. This package is a unique opportunity to learn about the real Bali lifestyle…..

The journey begins with a trip to local market for buying supplies for cooking lessons on the way to the Sukahet Sari Cultural Village and Plantation. Upon arrival at the plantation the guests will be greeted by a welcome Bleganjur orchestra and with a welcome cocktail. The guests will then begin cooking lessons, learning how to cook some traditional Balinese fare. There will then be a break for lunch before resuming the cooking lessons and finally preparation of foods by the participants, which will be incorporated in to the evening's dinner.

During the evening guests will be entertained with some dance performances and the opportunity to learn and enjoy some traditional Balinese games. Participants will then sleep the night at the family home at the Sukahet Sari Cultural Village and Plantation.

On Day 2 breakfast will be served before participants proceed to the local rice fields where they will spend the day learning about rice farming techniques, which they will also get to practice! During the day a lunch will be served at one of the Umbuk huts in the rice fields. At the end of the program, guests will be transferred back to their hotel.

The Wedding in bali

At the Sukahet Sari Cultural Village and Plantation we are able to offer a variety of wedding services for either couples to be newly married or for couples who wish to have an anniversary to remember, or for those who simply feel the magic of Bali and wish to renew their vows on the island of the Gods.
We are able to offer both a legal wedding, valid in all countries, or a non-legal style wedding, for those renewing their vows. Listed overleaf are full details regarding wedding legalities in Indonesia, and 'Wedding Arrangement' and 'Wedding Party' packages.

Venues:
There are two venues available for weddings at the Sukahet Sari Cultural Village and Plantation.

Plantation - there is the plantation itself, with its magnificent panoramas and scenery, tranquility and serenity. A wedding on the grounds of the plantation will be the most memorable event of your life.
Maximum capacity; 300 persons

Family Home - there is also the option of having your wedding in the grounds of the family home at the Sukahet Sari Cultural Village and Plantation, which is the family home of one of the founders of the village of Sukahet. This venue is a more intimate setting, with the ceremony held in the family gardens.

Bali Night Magical

The island of Bali has long tantalized explorers, who have come here to experience the island's magic and unlock its mysteries. Bali Countryside would like to take you to a Magical Bali Night, where you will experience the very soul of the island in magical surroundings. Guided by thousand of torches and candles around the magical garden, as if by magic, powerful legends unfold right before your eyes.

Proposed Outdoor Venue:
· Welcome Cocktail : Fish Pond side
· Dinner : Bali Countryside Garden

Proposed Indoor Venue:
· Welcome Cocktail : Gazebo hall
· Dinner : Wantilan pavilion

Beverages:
· Welcome cocktails upon arrival of guests
· Full open bar with house wine, beers, juices, mineral waters and soft drinks.

Standard decorations:
· White and black "Poleng" table cloth and chair covers
· Balinese flower centerpieces (Gebogan)
· Stand for the cocktail, penjors, umbuls, torches, & candles
· Greeters with flower petals upon arrival in front of Puseh Temple.

Entertainment included:
· Tektekan Bamboo Parade
· Balinese Offerings Parade
· Panyembrahma Welcome Dancers and Gamelan Orchestra
· Belibis Dance
· Calon Arang Dance (Tektekan).

Additional Options:
· Gebug Sraya Dance
· Sound System

Proposed give-away extras:
· Locally painted bottle containing arak.

Treasure Hunt With Village Party and Typical Lunch

Starting in the village of Wangsian. Upon arrival at the start point participants will be provide a coconut leaf hat and one bottle mineral water to each participants. A safety briefing will also be held at this point. In the village participants will observe traditional (endek) cloth making, traditional kitchen, a secondary school and a plantation of coffee, cloves, papaya, bananas, etc. From the village participants will descend to the Unda River where farmers will be observed working, tending to their rice and vegetable (including chili, onion and peanuts) harvest.
Participants then proceed to the Masin River where there is a spring and fountain for bathing. Here the participants will be divided in to groups and the leader will be appointed to be a lead the team on a treasure hunt for box containing souvenirs. After the treasure hunt the trek continuing to a third river where the participants can clean up before entering the Plantation.

On their arrival the participants will be welcomed by a traditional tektekan or Bleganjur Local villagers accompany the participants under Balinese umbrella walking through the tropical fruit plantation. After the walk a welcome cocktail will be served at Sukun Garden, and then participants will watch local people demonstrate a range of daily Balinese activities such as rice processing in the traditional manner, making offerings and preparing Balinese food and cakes, rindik players, activities at traditional kitchen, Arak Processing, and Ironsmith Activities. Participants may join in the activities, or simply sample the fare while chatting to the local people. Panyembrama dance will welcomed the Guests before serving lunch. Procession of food with 'dulang' accompanied with Bleganjur or tektekan. After lunch participants will be attract with the performance of a "Wayang" Puppet Show. The final component of the program is games and gambling such as Tajog, Metembing, trui, Bola adil, Cock fighting, etc. Whilst departing the plantation the guests will be given a standing farewell by the villagers consists one bottle Arak for each couples.

Bali Potential Products

1) Meditation:

There are a number of factors that make the plantation a wonderful venue as a meditation facility. Firstly, there is the proximity to the sacred Mount Agung, where the powers of the resident Gods can only enhance meditation practices. Secondly there is the perfect harmony between nature and the communities in the area, and thirdly there is the magnificent natural beauty and serenity that surrounds the plantation.

* Yoga: there is also the possibility to develop ties with one or a number of yoga facilities to develop day programs to have yoga classes and instruction in the philosophies of yoga. Yoga has become a very popular activity, especially amongst the expatriate population in Bali, and is fast becoming another reason that people are journeying to Bali.

2) Horse-back Riding:

There is the potential to develop horseback riding programs in conjunction with the plantation, especially in the Sideman area, as the terrain there is very conducive to this activity and there is low traffic density in the area. A perfect way to explore the area around the plantation would be on horseback and it would be a very enjoyable experience for participants. Also, it could be incorporated into one or more of the trekking programs.

It would be necessary to develop a partnership with a local horseback riding operator to develop this program.

3) Cultural Exchange Programs:

Cultural exchange programs are another possible use for the facility, possibly in conjunction with programs that are run by overseas learning centres. However, it is likely that a form of accommodation would be necessary, and thus may be a future program.

4) Cooking Classes:

*With its traditional kitchen and full Western style kitchen, there is a definite possibility to market the plantation for cooking class programs. It is becoming an increasingly popular program offered by some of the five-star hotels in the Nusa Dua, Kuta, and Sanur area to their Western guests. Hotels such as the Ritz Carlton now offer one or two day programs for hotel guests to have instruction in Balinese and Indonesian cooking, including visiting the markets to learn about and purchase local food products for use in classes. Hotels are using their own kitchen facilities, but are also using outside facilities. Hotels are charging from USD 60.00 per day upto USD 150.00 for such classes, and could provide the plantation with another marketable and profitable product. Also, possibly, Tunjung Petak could develop their own programs with the expertise and knowledge of Pak Udi.

5) Dance Lessons

It could be possible to develop " Learning to Dance" programs which could be marketed independently and possibly through hotels. Day programs could be offered which include the plantation tour, lunch, and one day's instruction on Balinese dance. It could also be possible to develop partnerships with existing schools.

6) Balinese Music Lessons

Lessons in Balinese music could be offered, using the local musicians with instructors that speak different languages. Again, this could be marketed through hotels and existing schools.

Cycling With Cultural Life Activities

Min 20 pax

The cycling stage of the trek begins at Bambang Biaung. Participants will provide a helmet, gloves, and mineral water.There will also be a safety briefing at this point. The group will pass through the village observing of coffee, cloves, papaya, bananas, etc. From the village participants continue to Iseh village where farmers will be observed working, tending to their rice and vegetable (including chili, onion and peanuts) harvest. On the way to Sukahet the Group will be stopped at art and cultural school in Sidemen, traditional (endek) cloth making, traditional Arak processing.

On their arrival the participants will be provide a cool towel and flower petals and local villagers accompany the participants walking through the tropical fruit plantation. After the walk a welcome cocktail (young coconut) will be served at Sukun Garden, and then participants will watch local people demonstrate a range of daily Balinese activities such as rice processing in the traditional manner, making offerings and preparing Balinese food and cakes, rindik players, activities at traditional kitchen, Arak Processing, and Ironsmith Activities. Participants may join in the activities, or simply sample the fare while chatting to the local people. Panyembrama dance will welcomed the Guests before serving lunch. Procession of Balinese food with 'dulang' . After lunch participants will be attract with the performance of a Wayang Puppet Show. Whilst departing the plantation the guests will be given a standing farewell by the villagers consists one bottle Arak for each couples.

Bali Traditional Village

The Unique Sukahet Sari Plantation, is set in the heart of the Bali Countryside, within the village of Sukahet, East Bali. Set at the foot of the mighty Mount Agung - Bali's highest and most revered mountain - in the plantation itself is nestled in the valley beside a clear mountain stream and offers sweeping views of magnificent rice terrace, a vista of rural life backed by the towering volcano.

Amidst a pastoral landscape of farming activities, Sukahet Sari offers visitors an intimate introduction to Bali's fascinating culture. The plantation was founded as a part of a mission to preserve and share the philosophy and way of life that cradles the essence of Bali's culture. 'Trihita Karana' is a philosophy that accentuates the importance of maintaining a balance and harmony between spiritual beliefs, the environment, and mankind. From a Balinese cultural perspective, 'Trihita Karana' embraces a belief that all human beings can be happier in their lives by seeking to nurture this harmonious balance between man, his surroundings, and the spiritual realm.

Balinese culture is unique in today's world, and Sukahet Sari Plantation encapsulates the best of Balinese lifestyle. Supported by the local community, it offers a living, interactive example of Balinese life, a fun destination of discovery and unforgettable experiences.

In just one day's visit to the plantation, visitors will experiences some of the most fascinating aspects of Bali's rural life. Within extensive gardens, shady thatched roofed pavilions shelters traditional activities that are routinely carried out by the local villagers. Performances and demonstrations of Balinese dances and music showcase the role of the arts in everyday life. Fruit trees of many different kinds are planted within the plantation, and the visitors can learn about their cultivation and sample the ripe fruit in season. Guests can learn about rice cultivation and harvesting, freshwater fish farming, and watch the spice being prepared for the Balinese meal.

A large variety of programs are available for visitors to enjoy. Trekking through this magical terrain, watching the farmers at work, is an unforgettable experience. A variety of unusual themed lunch and dinners can be arranged upon request. The plantation is an ideal venue for large corporate events such as conventions, meetings and incentives, and perfect for wedding parties.

Sukahet Sari Plantation is far away from the commercial tourist traps of Bali's development resorts, and offers a rare opportunity to be immersed in the picturesque setting of countryside Bali, amongst centuries-old traditions, arts and culture unchanged by time.