30 September 2012

Bali - Water

In our previous house we had no water connection, so we had to do with a well and a pump.
The house we are renting now has a water service pipe and that has
quite a few advantages. No sand clogged valves, no more repairs to the well or pump, better water quality and last but not least ... We have water as there is one of Bali's famous power blackouts. The first four months the owner pays the water bill but from September on we pay by ourselves. And that was a surprise, just 31.000rp for the whole month. So this morning I take an extra long shower....

29 September 2012

Picture of the week

Balinese offer from the inside.

New toll raods for Bali

Having already 20% work done on the mangrove toll road, the Bali government have announced plans to further enhance the the road network in Bali by building two flyovers above rice fields in South and East Bali.

There are two flyover plans currently in the assessment stage.
First is an overpass that connects Kuta-Tanah Lot-Soka Beach, an extension of Sunset Road in Kuta, and second is an overpass that connects Beringkit-Batuan-Purnama.

The width of the overpass plans will reportedly reach up to 30 meters across, giving room for four lanes of traffic and will be lower than the height of coconut trees, an unwritten law in Bali.

The new study is expected to take 3 to 6 months. The development plans have also been submitted to the Badung regency and Parliament.
The overpass over the field is solely for the road, not any other purposes. Therefore, the overpass is locked by the laws and rules of layout so that there can be no development of anything around it for 25 to 30 years into the future.

This is good news for people living in West Bali. Kuta can then be reached in just one and a half hour.
Later the new road will connect with the already agreed plans for a new toll road from Soka Beach-Pupuan-Siririt.

28 September 2012

Batur, new Geopark in Bali

In a press release published on the UNESCO website, the global body announced the admission of four sites into its Global Network of Geoparks. The four sites are Bakony-Balaton in Hungary, Central Catalonia in Spain, Sanqingshan in China and Batur in Indonesia.

Batur geopark is described in the release as being centered around an active volcano in northeast Bali, between two round calderas, which are large volcanic craters that formed about 22,000 years ago. The volcano of Batur is a typical strato-type volcano built up of alternating layers of pyroclastic and lava flows. The two cataclysmic eruptions in its geological history have produced the amazing caldera, the insides of which are today filled with a deep volcanic lake.

The active cone of Batur volcano has erupted at least 22 times since the 1800s. Bali is a place with many natural and cultural tourist attractions, yet the Batur volcano stands out for its unique geology and grand scenery. From the cultural side, the geopark showcases very specific local customs related to the Balinese Hindu religion.
The admission of Batur was finalized by the Global Geoparks Network Bureau during the
11th European Geoparks Conference Sept. 19-21 in Arouca, Portugal. The designation of Batur as a geopark was first announced by the-then Culture and Tourism Minister, Jero Wacik, who is also a native of Batur.
Many people believe that the campaign to get Batur admitted as a global geopark and
its subsequent admission would catapult the region, once shunned by tour operators due
to various incidents involving the locals and visitors, into one of the top tourist destinations on the island.

27 September 2012

What to do in Bali during October

3–7 October 2012, Ubud Readers & Writers Festival

This year, Ubud Readers & Writers Festival 2012 will feature Indonesian writers as well a line-up of international writers – Pultizer Prize winner Jeffrey Eugenides, John Pilger, Anna Funder, Krys Lee, Kjersti Skomsvold, Kader Abdolah, Alice Pung and many other literary legends from across the world.

Ubud Readers & Writers Festival 2012 offers many interesting events including a lunch with Dr Jose Ramos-Horta, an intimate afternoon with Nick Cave, workshop sessions that cover memoirs, poetry, fantasy, fiction, screen and travel writing, a special performance by the renowned Teater Satu Lampung and the famous Street Party returns with Komseni’s musical orchestra, Joged Bumbung dance, bands and street poets. This year the festival introduces the Art & Food Market. The market features the ‘Rumah Baca/Reading Room’ with a program of special readings, and a showcase of Endek cloth, batik, painting, sculpture and jewelry from Ubud artisans.

10–14 October 2012, Bali’s Annual International Event Kuta Karnival A Celebration of Life

The Kuta Karnival event will be starting from 10 October 2012 on Kuta beach. This years Kuta Karnival packs more fun and excitement on the beaches of Kuta. There will be series of event like opening ceremony with Kite Festival, Balinese Arts, Cartoon exhibitions, Movie Screening, Bali Food Festival, Sand Sculpture Competition, DJ session, children playground and lots more.

13–14 October 2012, Bali Rugby Fest

2012 Bali Rugby Fest will be held in Canggu Clube and will showcase over a hundred games showing off the best talent in Indonesian Rugby.

22–28 October 2012, 6th Annual BALINALE 2012 International Film Festival
6th Annual BALINALE 2012 International Film Festival will be held in Cinema XXI Beachwalk on Pantai Kuta. This film festival comprises of film screening, workshops and free seminars. 6th Annual BALINALE 2012 have enjoyed the support of the participation of Oscar, Emmy, BAFTA and Cannes award winning filmmakers.

Bali - sate Lilit

The Balinese have a unique sweet-spicy satay made of various ingredients twisted on a bamboo skewer, known as sate Lilit.

There are various spices used in the ingredients and the taste of sate lilit depends on its place of origin.
The typical sate lilit from Denpasar is usually made of chicken and doesn’t taste too spicy, while in Karangasem regency, the satay is made of pork mixed with shredded coconut and hot chilies.

In Jembrana you will find sweet twisted satay made from marlin fish combined with brown sugar and base gede spices, a traditional Balinese mix consisting of galangal, ginger, chili and kencur.

At the warung a stick of sate lilit costs 1.000rp, while a portion of three sticks of satay with vegetable salad (urap or plecing kangkung), steamed spiced fish (pepes ikan) and a bowl of fish meatballs is only 10.000rp.

26 September 2012

Bali Aga village Trunyan

The number of foreign and domestic tourists to the ancient village of Trunyan, or Taru Menyan, near Kintamani has been increasing sharply since early this year.

The involvement of local residents in security and village tourism management has contributed to increasing number of visitors.
Visitors entering Bali Aga (indigenous community) villages must abide by traditional rules, called Awig Awig.
Sandwiched between the Batur lake and crater, the Bali Aga community is believed to have lived in Trunyan for centuries. For more than 1,000 years, the Trunyan people have held strongly to their traditions, including treatment of their deceased relatives.

Unlike Balinese Hindus, the Trunyan people do not cremate their deceased relatives, or
bury the dead. Instead, they lay the dead bodies under a tree in bamboo cages to naturally decompose. However, the dead bodies do not smell because of the scent of the gigantic Taru Menyan tree, which the village was named after.

25 September 2012

Rain season in Bali start mid October

Bali Daily reports that the Meteorology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) is signaling that Bali’s rainy season commence in mid October.

The BMKG is sending the additional warning that residents in Bali should be on the alert for the potential of landslides, floods and whirlwinds.
Generally, the island will experience a normal level of rainfall this year, but areas
that are prone to floods, whirlwinds and landslides should be on alert.

The risk of extreme weather is greatest during the transitional period between the seasons when large cumulonimbus clouds fill the skies.

The rainy season in Bali will commence at differing periods between October and December, depending on location. The late rainy season will come last in Nusa Penida and North Bali in December. October will see rain fall in central and South Bali. The remaining other areas of the island will enter the “wet” in November.
All of Bali will experience the most rainfall between January and February.
The BKMG warned Bali residents to make necessary preparations for the rainy season by
cleaning clogged sewers.

24 September 2012

Bali - Tight security at Gilimanuk harbor

Security measure at the Port of Gilimanuk , Jembrana , Bali , are steadily tightened
by placing armed officers with armor vests bulletproof.

This approach to anticipate security circumstances with the inclusion of the issue of terrorist groups to getting into Bali and the coming 10 years Bali bomb remembrance.

Rectified guard at the Port of Gilimanuk to
name a few, by closely looking both people, vehicles and passenger’s luggage who would like to enter into Bali.

23 September 2012

Bali - Ministry sank ship at Tulamben Beach

Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Ministry purposely sank a ship in the waters around
Perbekelan, Karangasem yesterday.

The ship weighed 150 tons, was 38 meters long, built in the Netherlands in 1952 and will now produce an artificial reef where the sunken vessel rests at the bottom of the ocean.

The vessel was purchased by the Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Ministry where it was used to monitor the Lombok strait until its decommissioning in 2011.
The boat was then purchased by two individuals, who donated the vessel to Karangasem Regency. The boat now acts as an artificial reef off Tulamben Beach and the sinking was witnessed by Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Minister Syarif Cicip Sutardjo.

22 September 2012

Bali and drugs

The last couple of months a large number foreign tourists are arrested for bringing drugs into Bali, and send to Kerobokan jail, a place where you really don't want to spend your holiday. 

21 September 2012

Unusual swimming pools in Bali

The Huffington Post, in an article by Sarah O’Mear, has created a pictorial list of the Worlds Most Unusual Swimming Pools.
Ranking high in the pictured list of 16 swimming pools were two Bali Resorts:

Pita Maha Resort in Ubud
Alila Resort in Ubud

Alila Resort, Ubud

Pita Maha Resort, Ubud

20 September 2012

Pertamina plant 10.000 trees in Bali

The State-owned oil company, PT Pertamina has demonstrated its commitment to Bali’s environment by planting 10,000 trees in mangrove areas in the vicinity of Serangan Beach and Mertasari Beach in Sanur.

As reported by Beritabali.com, the tree-planting program in Bali by Pertamina is part of a larger participation in a national program to plant one billion trees nation-wide that is supported by Indonesian president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono.

The CEO of Pertamina, together with directors of the Company, local citizens, students from a local junior high school on Serangan island and local fishermen joined in the tree planting program.

The CEO who was in town to participate in the World LPG Conference at Nusa Dua,
said: “Before I join the World LPG Conference in Nusa Dua, I have set aside time to plant trees in the mangrove as a part of Pertamina’s support for beach conservation in Bali by preventing erosion and prevent a living environment for the animals and fish living in the mangrove.”
A program to plant 100 million trees initiated by Pertamina is part of the Company’s
commitment to Indonesia’s environment that also includes efficiency in their operations, fuel conservation, increased use of LPG and the creation of products that are environmentally friendly.

19 September 2012

Bali - living and working in Bali

The government plans to establish a new team overseeing foreign nationals residing in Indonesia.

The new team would help the Immigration office oversee the presence of foreign citizens on the island.
The Immigration office has a duty to closely monitor foreign nationals living here. But we need help from other institutions to effectively supervise and monitor them.

The law stipulates that a national team will be established all over Indonesia, including Bali. The team may consist of several parties. In Bali, the team will be formed from the Bali Police, the office of National Unity and Community Protection, the Public Order office, Manpower office and other institutions.

The team will have special authority to impose sanctions on foreigners who violate the
law and regulations. But it will not have any authority with regard to deportation, the authority to deport a foreign national will remain with the Immigration office. Members of the team would be able to impose sanctions related to their field of responsibility.
At present, the government has a liaison body that coordinates related institutions dealing with foreigners. However, this body does not have any authority to enforce sanctions against lawbreakers. The new team is expected to replace this body as it is authorized to enforce legal action against violators.

A number of foreign citizens have violated working and residential permits. Many more
foreigners are involved in a variety of legal disputes and even criminal acts.
The law also covers foreign visitors to Bali. The local immigration office only had 300 personnel and they were responsible for monitoring more than 2 million foreign tourists, as well as thousands of expatriates from numerous countries.

18 September 2012

Picture of the week

Wood cutting machine car

Jumeirah Group build new hotel in Bali

The Jumeirah Group – owner and manager of the Burj Al Arab, one of the world’s tallest buildings, are planning to manage a luxury hotel and resort in Bali. Named Jumeirah Bali, the resort is planned to be owned and built by PT Asia Pacific Property (PT APP) and the Sosro Group.

A press statement said the Jumeirah Group will manage and operate the hotel, consisting of 105 luxury villas and 25 spacious private villas. The development is slated for completion by 2015. The group has allocated an investment of Rp 1.4 trillion to build the hotel and resort, which will be located on the southern part of Jimbaran beach. The agreement between PT. APP, the Sosro Group and Jumeirah Group was signed at the skyscraper Burj Al Arab in Dubai.

The construction begins with earthworks to be carried out in October this year, which is expected to last five months. The construction of buildings will cover an area of 11 hectares, and is expected to be commenced in early March 2013.

17 September 2012

New powerplant for Bali

The China Huadian Group Co., one of the largest state-owned power generation companies in China, began construction of a coal-fired power plant in Bali, in an attempt to reduce the shortage of electricity on the island.

The new plant, with a total investment of up to 638 million Usd, is located on the north coast of the island. Phase 1 of the plant has an installed capacity of 3×142 MW and is expected to begin operations in the first half of 2014.

The independent power plant will reduce the electricity shortage on the island and increase the stability of the power grid, said the Vice President of China Huadian Group during the opening ceremony. The new plant will be equipped with the most cutting edge technology for clean power generation, and will be the largest producer of electricity on Bali once it is completed.

China has invested more than 7 milliard dollar into the electricity network and
infrastructure in Indonesia since the establishment of the strategic partnership between the two countries in 2005. Huadian Group of China, serving as an independent power producer in this project, currently owns two power plants in Indonesia, the other is located in Batam.

16 September 2012

Bali - the traveling merchant

A special guest showed up during the recent declaration of the Bali chapter of the Indonesian
Vintage Bicycle Community (Kosti) and the third anniversary of Samas, the local umbrella organization for bicycle enthusiasts, at Puputan Badung field in downtown Denpasar.

Wearing an army-style field jacket, the guest was none other than Haji Achmad Basuki,  the chairman of the Kediri chapter of Kosti in East Java. Among vintage bicycle enthusiasts, he is well known as an avid collector and the ultimate source for rare spare parts for antique bicycles.

The stoic man arrived at the two-day celebration with an entourage of staff and a medium-duty pick-up truck. The cargo on the back of the truck was more than sufficient to make any bicycle enthusiast drool. The treasures comprised various rare and much-sought
after parts, from authentic head badges, to genuine handlebars and rims, front lamps,
full frames, antique helmets, leather seats and contemporary side bags and pouches.

The prices of the authentic full frames ranged from Rp 150,000 to Rp 4.5 million. As in any collectible items market, the prices were determined by how rare each item was. Basuki sourced the spare parts from his contacts in the Netherlands, as well as from vintage bicycle owners in various parts of the country. For the past seven years, he has traveled to Sabang, Medan, Palembang, Lampung, Kalimantan and Malaysia to buy and
sell vintage bicycle parts. It is a full-time job, as well as a full-time hobby, for him.

Basuki’s personal collection comprises 600 vintage bicycles of various brands made in
France, Holland, Germany and England. His most precious piece in his collection is an
authentic 1906 Royal Enfield with a street price of Rp 20 million.

15 September 2012

Picture of the week

Last week I visit a video shop in Kuta, because for 50.000 rp for 6 dvd's I always want to buy some, and between the thousends of illegal dvd's I found a really wrong one: The Tousist starring Angelina Jolie and JOHNNY DEEP.....

14 September 2012

Bali - Water crisis?

As tourists playing in the thousands of swimming pools, the island is struggling to cope with diminishing water resources that have been over-exploited to meet the increasing demand for clean water for tourist-related facilities, while the industry has done little to solve the problem, a study concluded.

Prominent British academic Dr. Stroma Cole, a senior lecturer in tourism geography at the University of West England, conducted months of research on the causes and the consequences of the scarcity of water in Bali, which are already causing serious social conflicts and burgeoning environmental problems.

Bali’s water crisis results from a number of interconnected factors —environmental and political factors that intersect and affect different social actors in different ways.
The current situation results in the distribution of water being skewed away from agriculture to tourism; inequitable shares between tourists and locals. Moreover, the mobilization of water in Bali for different uses by different groups is indeed a conflict-ridden process. Unfortunately, most tourism stakeholders were unaware of the need to conserve water.

The impact of the over-use of ground water by tourism is being felt all over Bali; a falling water table, salt water intrusion, land subsidence and deteriorating water quality.

Bali - British women faces death penalty

The Denpasar District Attorney announced that the case has been prepared against alleged drug smuggler Lindsay Sandiford, and she will now face court.
Charged under a number of articles of the narcotics laws, Sandiford faces a maximum penalty of death.

The 56 year old woman appeared in court briefly and was due to be transferred to Kerobokan prison, however instead she was returned to the police holding cells.

Entering the court, the 56-year old mother of two was mobbed by the media and became very emotional, lashing out at one photographer with her bag. Sandiford was captured at Bali’s Ngurah Rai airport on May 28th this year. Carrying 4.7 kilograms of cocaine.
Her arrest led to another four suspects (three Brits and one Indian) being apprehended.

13 September 2012

Bali - 7th Sanur Village Festival

The 7th Sanur Village Festival returns to Bali’s popular seashore community from Sept. 26 to 30.

This year’s festival will be held on the grounds surrounding the Inna Grand Bali Beach Hotel, a move from last year’s event on Jl. Matahari Terbit.

The theme adopted for the 7th Sanur Village Festival is Salampah Laku – the title of the Balinese poem written by Ida Pedanda Sidemen.
Salampah Laku is meant to motivate and inspire the people of Sanur to make meaningful contributions to the local community through care for culture, the environment and educational advancement.

While final details for this year’s Sanur Village Festival are still being finalized, activities to be included are a food festival, environmental projects, a bazaar, golf tournament, photo exhibition, a jukung flotilla, mass yoga exercises and staged musical entertainment.

12 September 2012

Bali - Tanah Aron

Among other things which are named after or have anything to do with Balinese national hero I Gusti Ngurah Rai (i.e. Ngurah Rai International Airport, Ngurah Rai by pass, or Margarana Heroes Burial Park), Tanah Aron is the least known and given adequate attention.

Tanah Aron is located at the foot of mount Agung, near the village of Budakeling, in Karangasem regency.
It was the place where I Gusti Ngurah Rai and his Ciung Wanara troops fought against Dutch’s troops and hide from Dutch’s aerial bombardment. Ngurah Rai and his troops managed to escape the Dutch’s attack and continue their guerrilla warfare until met their final fate in a battle in Margarana.

A monument was built to commemorate the battle most of Balinese do not know the existence of this monument and the battle of Tanah Aron; and of course only few Balinese ever visited this place maybe because the steep and bumpy road which has to be traveled by the visitor to reach the monument. However, Tanah Aron not just has a monument to boast of, the view of Bali east coast and the eastern are of Karangasem from this place is stunning. It is better to visit Tanah Aron in the morning to get the best view of the coast from the height of this place.

11 September 2012

Bali - Mahabandana Prasada cultural show

Denpasar municipality will hold a cultural extravaganza entitled Mahabandana Prasada from Sept. 20 through Sept. 22.

The performances would show off the city’s great artistic talents. The event will present a series of art and cultural activities, including performing arts, seminars, cultural talks and exhibitions.

The opening of the cultural event will be held at Catur Muka Statue on Jl. Veteran in Denpasar.
The art shows and exhibitions will take place in several venues, including Bali Museum, Puputan park and the courtyard of Pura Jagatnata temple.

The three-day Mahabanda Prasada cultural fiesta will feature Gong Kebyar and Arja dance performances presented by traditional performing art troupes across Denpasar. It is expected that the culture events will draw participants and visitors wishing to appreciate Balinese culture.

10 September 2012

Balinese market and fair in Negara

As usual with Kuningan, there is a big market and fair in Tegalcangkring, Negara, a village nearby.

Even for the little ones there is something to do with a special fair. Take a look at the special modern techniques used here. Car engines, gear boxes, manual transmission and even a real electricity car....

09 September 2012

Photo of the week

Take some sand crabs, paint them, glue some faces or eyes on them and you have nice children toys, sold for just 500 rupiah.....


08 September 2012

Hari Raya Kalungan

Today, Hari Raya Kuningan, all the Balinese eat Nasi Kuning, yellow rice.

In the recipe that Nyoman use, the normal water will be replaced by a mixture of fresh Kunyit, Sereh, pandanus and salam leaves, cocos milk and a little bit water, and cooked the normal way.

Nasi Kuning is mostly served in a cone shape.

07 September 2012

Bali - Nasi Yasa

The Balinese Hindus have one special rice dish called Nasi Yasa that is only served during the special occasions of traditional ceremonies.
The rice dish is deemed a sacred offering to bring blessings, safety and health to the Balinese Hindu people who have participated in the ngayah, or voluntary work, of hosting religious rituals in their village.

Nasi Yasa is made by the family or the community in the banjar (neighborhood organization) that are performing Dewa Yadnya — rituals dedicated to the gods — as well as the Pitra Yadnya, rituals to honor the spirits of the ancestors.

The dish is served in a round tamas made of braided young coconut leaf, consists of yellow rice (rice cooked in mixture of turmeric, coconut milk and spices), fried red beans (kacang mentik), shredded coconut dry-fried with spices (serundeng) and raw vegetables (lalapan) that include cucumber, long beans, basil (kemangi), round eggplant and sambal embe made of fried shallot, chili and salt.
Also included are salted duck egg, braised chicken fried in hot spices, fried octopus, fried prawns, fried salted fish, fried eel and it is even completed with the Balinese satay lilit made of fish.

All the ingredients represent the elements produced by the land and the ocean.

06 September 2012

Bali - Gunung Agung on fire

Karangasem Regional Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD) declared that firefighters, soldiers and volunteers had succeeded in completely extinguishing the wildfires that over the last five days had razed at least 200 hectares of forest on the slopes of Mt. Agung, the island’s tallest and holiest peak.

The termination of the wildfires marked the end of an exhausting ordeal for the some 200 volunteers, who came from as far as Jakarta and Yogyakarta. Yet, it also brought to the surface the question of the island’s ability to cope with similar disasters in the future. Karangasem’s operational chief announced that on Tuesday, the last three hot spots had been completely extinguished. On Monday, the team had managed to extinguish fire at five hot spots.

The evaluation carried out by the National SAR Agency helicopter confirmed that all the fires have been extinguished. Most of the firefighter and volunteer teams had left the disaster area and returned to the main operations home base. Only one team is still on the slopes of the mountain to carry out final checks to prevent the start of another round of wildfires.

The fire was in the region of Tanah Aron in Bebandem district. Tanah Aron is a historic site, where, in 1946, scores of Balinese freedom fighters engaged, and scored a significant victory over the Dutch forces.

05 September 2012

Bali - Nangka or Jackfruit

Yesterday on the way back to Negara, we bought along the way two big Nangka or Jackfruit, a fresh and a ripe one.

The fruit of the ripe one can be eaten directly and taste sweet, a bit like vanilla. But watch out for the big stone inside.
You also can use the blender to make a tasty juice, also the fruit is used in Balinese cake.

If you cook the unripe fruit it look and taste a bit like chicken, delicious with nasi putih. Because it tastes like chicken the Balinese use it quit often to make Lawar. The relatively large seeds can be cooked fried and that taste great with a little chilli.

Bali - Pasar Burung

Yesterday we went to Denpasar for some shopping and after that we bring a quick visit to the Pasar Burung, the large animal market in Denpasar.

Really all kinds of Balinese animals (often illegally) are sold there, but mainly you will find birds, dogs and cats.
Deeper into the small shops you will find the particular illegal birds, owls, iguanas and monkeys.
Sometimes a pathetic sight, dozens monkeys or birds in a small cage, but Balinese don't matter so much about that.
It is not really a tourist attraction, but if you are close to the area a short stop is nice. 

04 September 2012

What to do in Bali during September

September 8, 2012 Kuningan
Kuningan is a special day for ancestor worship. On this holy-day the deified ancestor will be suitably entertained and welcomed, and prayers and offerings must be made for them. The Kuningan ceremony must be held before noon,
since Balinese believes that the ancestors will ascent back to their respective abode at noon. The ceremony will be held in every Balinese’s family temple (sanggah or merajan).

September 15 – 16, 2012 The Indonesia Coffee Festival
The Indonesia Coffee Festival is a festival to celebrate the culture of Coffee, or to be precise, the culture of Coffee drinking.  The festival will be attended by the community of coffee houses, caf├ęs, and restaurants which place coffee among their main menu; the coffee lover communities and individuals who simply love coffee; coffee Bloggers; and the coffee farmers and all coffee related businesses. The Indonesian Coffee Festival will be held in Ubud, Bali.  

September 20 – 23, 2012  The International Bali Meditators Festival (IBMF)
The Fourth International Bali Meditators Festival (IBMF) will be held in Ubud on September 20 to 23.  This interesting festival will be a gathering event for a lot of people from different spiritual backgrounds. The Festival features music and dance performances, apart from formal sessions such as panel discussions and workshops. Special events will include various programs such as yoga for kids, yoga for youth and many more. Visitors are welcome to visit some booths on the bazaar area while enjoying the view of the place and the festival ambiance.

September 26 – 30, 2012 Sanur Village Festival
The seventh Sanur Village Festival will be held on September 26 – 30, 2012 located at cottages area of Inna Grand Bali Beach, Sanur. “Salampah Laku” is the event’s theme this year, reflecting the long winding road of life. An array of routine programs will certainly highlight Sanur Village Festival this year with the main attraction set at the food festival area combined with a wide range of entertainments from traditional and modern collaborations.
There will be clean and green program including the beach cleaning campaign, coral reef conservation, baby turtle release and tree plantation. Other interesting activities also take place around Sanur area in conjunction with Sanur Village festival including Golf tournament, jukung exhibition, kite festival and more.

03 September 2012

Bali Safari and Marine Park

Home to hundreds amazing animals representing more than 60 species, including some of rare and endangered species.
Combining Balinese cultural ambiance with African Savannah, Bali Safari and Marine Park features the following exhibits featuring Sumatran elephant, Sumatran tiger, white tiger, leopard, komodo dragon and cheetah are just some of the fascinating creatures that can be seen at the Bali Safari and Marine Park.

Fulfilling its mission of conservation, education and recreation through one of our attractive Elephant Show devoted to animals involved in conservation and education projects and so much more excitement by riding the elephant with our
Elephant Back Safari around the African Savannah and get to see your favorite animal up close  in Animal Encounter make the Bali Safari and Marine Park's leading family attraction and adventure in Bali.

02 September 2012

Bali - watermelon's

Once in a while, the rice fields will be planted with something other than rice, to give the ground some extra nutrients.
Near Negara it's usually watermelons (semangka), water spinach (kankung), red peppers (chili) and corn (jagung).

This moment is the watermelon harvest time. They have them in two varieties, the red one and the slightly sweeter yellow watermelon.

Most of the watermelons will be sold at the markets in Denpasar or beside the road  between Siririt and Lovina.

Bali coffee festival

If you love a good cup of Java Latte or Kopi Bali, you’re in luck because the Indonesian Coffee Festival is coming to Ubud, Bali on September 15th and 16th. 

The event is presented by a number of organizations including the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, the Government of Gianyar, Ubud Royalty, the Specialty Coffee Association of Indonesia, Community Coffee, and a number of coffee bloggers.
Through the Indonesian Coffee Festival, the flagship coffee products produced in Indonesia are expected to be more widely known to the public and intend to establish a symbiotic relationship of mutualism between upstream to downstream farmers, traders, producers and exporters of coffee at home and abroad.
Organisers are also expecting to draw a number of wide-eyed and alert tourists for the event where the main intention seems to be promoting Indonesia’s diverse local coffees.

01 September 2012

Bali - Endek cloth

Sounds of colliding wood are repeatedly heard. A number of women are seen busy tightening up the sets of yarn in front of them. From beneath the loom, a roll of colorful patterned cloth is coming into existence.

Besides batik, Indonesia also has Endek cloth, one of the traditional fabrics of Bali, only worn by Balinese when performing prayer rituals at temples.

Not many people realize though, that endek cloth is still woven using traditional wooden looms.
First, before the yarns are woven, they are dyed the required color. Then the basic colored yarns are vertically arranged on the loom. Meanwhile, the yarns to make up the patterns are rolled and put onto a shuttle, a long instrument resembling a large pencil, and installed on the side of the loom.

As the weaver’s feet work away at the wooden pedal under the loom, she uses her hands to push the shuttle back and forth between the rows of basic-colored yarns. She makes the same movements hundreds of thousands of times. The two sets of yarns are pushed tightly together, and the uniquely patterned endek cloth is created.  Most of the endek cloth sold in the market and in the shops has similar patterns, although they come from different producers.

One of the companies producing such woven cloth is Munggah Agung Indah in Gianyar, about 10 meters before the entrance to Bali Safari and Marine Park. At this particular company, you can witness the endek weaving process performed by 15 workers.

Regular endek cloth is sold at Rp 200.000 a piece, while endek made of silk is more expensive, starting at Rp 400.000.