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Total area of 38000 square meter of land is nestled in Tanjung Balangan; on the beach, white sand, magnificent cave, cliffs ocean view. And Airport in distance is blinking with lights. New Kuta Resort and …

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Pecalang: The Guardian of Bali?
Thu, 15/02/07 – 13:00 | No Comment
Pecalang: The Guardian of Bali?

For Balinese, security is a vital aspect of life especially the security of religious ceremony, to ensure the security of their religious ceremony, a traditional security force called pecalang. The word “pecalang” is derived from …

Balinese Love Story
Wed, 14/02/07 – 15:30 | No Comment
Balinese Love Story

In accordance with the celebration of Valentine day, today’s article will talk nothing but love and to ensure that this article will talk nothing but love, I will not write anything, instead, I invite you …

Balinese Traditional Literature: Forgotten Jewel of Bali
Tue, 13/02/07 – 15:46 | One Comment
Balinese Traditional Literature: Forgotten Jewel of Bali

Balinese dance, music, painting, sculpture, and drama are well known around the globe. Unfortunately, Balinese traditional literature does not enjoy so much attention and admiration, known only to cultural researchers and of course by …

Behind a Cockfighting
Mon, 12/02/07 – 16:27 | No Comment
Behind a Cockfighting

For Balinese cockfighting is not just a game, it is a social activity with complex system that an outsider will find it difficult to understand but for Balinese it is run in their blood. …

Bali Golf and Country Club Welcomes Bruce Jellard as General Manager
Mon, 12/02/07 – 14:50 | No Comment
Bali Golf and Country Club Welcomes Bruce Jellard as General Manager

Bali Golf and Country Club & Wantilan Golf Villas, Nusa Dua is pleased to announce the appointment of Bruce Jellard as General Manager effective March 1, 2007.
Bruce, who hails from New Zealand, brings some 30 …

Diving the Coastal Waters of Bali
Sun, 11/02/07 – 6:14 | One Comment
Diving the Coastal Waters of Bali

The beauty of Bali is not only limited to the land, but also extends to the underwater world that surrounds the island. Visiting diving enthusiasts have the opportunity to experience some impressive sites that promise …

Makare-karean: A Test of Bravery and Endurance
Sat, 10/02/07 – 13:16 | No Comment
Makare-karean: A Test of Bravery and Endurance

Makare-karean or war by using thorny pandanous leaves is an indigenous war dance of Tenganan Pagringsingan village. Tenganan Pegeringsingan is a traditional Bali Aga (Proto Bali) village is situated at Manggis district, regency of Karangasem …

The King of the Tree
Fri, 9/02/07 – 15:49 | No Comment
The King of the Tree

Finding the center of a village in Bali is an easy task, you only need to spot the distinctive huge dark ragged canopy of the banyan tree that rises head and shoulders above any other …

Balinese believe that…
Thu, 8/02/07 – 14:15 | No Comment
Balinese believe that…

Balinese believe that good and evil, right and left, gods and demons are banded into two opposing faction, constantly at war but depend on each other as a unity. To counterbalance the healthy influence of …

The Sharpest and Deadliest Weapon in Bali
Wed, 7/02/07 – 14:10 | 2 Comments
The Sharpest and Deadliest Weapon in Bali

The sharpest weapon in Bali is not for human, or used by human. Taji, the sharpest and deadliest weapon in Bali is used by a rooster in a cockfighting arena. A taji is a tiny, …

Balinese Family: Patriarchal?
Tue, 6/02/07 – 15:12 | No Comment
Balinese Family: Patriarchal?

Balinese society is based on a strong patriarchal system. Son inherits everything, wealth, debt, religious and social obligations, family temple, and of course obligation to perform cremation ceremony for his parents. Balinese believes that only …

The Purification of Body, Mind and Soul
Mon, 5/02/07 – 14:00 | 2 Comments
The Purification of Body, Mind and Soul

Tampaksiring for Balinese not just offers a magnificent view of terraced rice fields or a splendid temple with excellent architecture but also provides a holy bath place that consists of 23 non forbidden showers (there …

Coconut, The Most Important Plant In Bali
Sat, 3/02/07 – 15:20 | One Comment
Coconut, The Most Important Plant In Bali

Nyuh, is Balinese name for coconut, this plant is the life of Balinese. All part of this plant is important for Balinese life and ceremony. But let me begin with general information on coconut in …

Durian Season Is On
Fri, 2/02/07 – 13:29 | 13 Comments
Durian Season Is On

The Durian season is now on its peak in Bali, this fruit is now everywhere in Bali; you can find it in every supermarket, roadside stall, or even on a pick up that sells durian …

Most Wanted Ceremony in Bali
Thu, 1/02/07 – 17:18 | No Comment
Most Wanted Ceremony in Bali

“Go to school, get a job and get married” is what Balinese parents want from their children. Sooner the children get a job, sooner they can marry, happier the parents will be. “When will you …

Arja: Balinese Opera, A Step Closer to Extinction
Wed, 31/01/07 – 12:53 | No Comment
Arja: Balinese Opera, A Step Closer to Extinction

Arja is a kind of Balinese theatrical performance, further development of Gambuh, the oldest theatrical performance in Bali. The word “arja” is derived from the word “reja” means “beauty”. The birth of Arja can …

Bitterness Behind a Cremation Ceremony
Tue, 30/01/07 – 15:27 | No Comment
Bitterness Behind a Cremation Ceremony

A cremation ceremony is a joyful moment, full of happiness and festivity, with tons of offerings, lavishly decorated cremation tower, energetic sound of Gamelan Balaganjur, elegant procession, and flocks of family, relatives, and Banjar members.

Theoretically, …

When Death Comes
Mon, 29/01/07 – 16:14 | No Comment
When Death Comes

When death comes to a Balinese family and take away one of its members, it is no longer a family’s business. It is a community’s business. At this time the Balinese unity and sense of …

Magic in Bali
Fri, 26/01/07 – 17:37 | No Comment
Magic in Bali

Magic in Balinese life is an integrated part of daily life, there is no clear distinction between the real phenomenon and magical one. There is no word for “miracle” in Balinese language, since in everyday …

Power of Peace Forum – Brings World Peace Leaders to Bali
Fri, 26/01/07 – 11:05 | One Comment
Power of Peace Forum – Brings World Peace Leaders to Bali

The Bali Global Forum, “Power of Peace Building through Communication and Information”, has been organized by UNESCO working with the Ministry of Communication and Information of the Government of Indonesia in Jimbaran, Bali – Indonesia …

Gamelan in Balinese Life
Thu, 25/01/07 – 17:24 | 3 Comments
Gamelan in Balinese Life

Gamelan in Balinese life has many essential functions; the gamelan’s primary function is to assist in the myriad of ceremonies required during each 210-day cycle of the Balinese Pawukon cycle, as well as those involved …

Gamelan (Traditional Balinese Orchestra)
Wed, 24/01/07 – 15:37 | 2 Comments
Gamelan (Traditional Balinese Orchestra)

The word Gamelan is a Balinese term for “orchestra”; there are many types of Gamelan in Bali. Gamelan is a generic term, and there is dozen or more completely different kind of ensembles. Gamelan is …

A Glimpse on Traditional Balinese Cuisine
Tue, 23/01/07 – 16:32 | No Comment
A Glimpse on Traditional Balinese Cuisine

The traditional Balinese cuisine is a rare art that cannot be learn perfectly at cooking course, it has to be learn in the preparation of a ceremony since the traditional Balinese cuisine is dedicated mainly …

The Importance of Past in Balinese Life
Sat, 20/01/07 – 14:08 | No Comment
The Importance of Past in Balinese Life

Past is something that cannot be separated from Balinese life. It penetrates deep into all aspect of Balinese everyday life. The position of a Balinese in his community, in socio-cultural life of the community, in …

Sanghyang Indah Resort & Spa, Anyer
Sat, 20/01/07 – 12:46 | No Comment
Sanghyang Indah Resort & Spa, Anyer

Sanghyang Indah Resort & Spa Hotel is a paradise of choice between relaxation and active vacation in natural environment of lagoons, lush green coconut and shady teak trees, which located in Anyer, Banten Province only …

Pura Taman Ayun (Taman Ayun Temple)
Fri, 19/01/07 – 16:18 | 2 Comments
Pura Taman Ayun (Taman Ayun Temple)

Taman Ayun temple was the royal temple of Mengwi Kingdom that survived until 1891 when it was conquered by the neighboring kingdoms of Tabanan and Badung. The name Taman Ayun means beautiful garden. This temple …

A Never-Ending Quest for Holy Water
Thu, 18/01/07 – 16:31 | No Comment
A Never-Ending Quest for Holy Water

Holy Water is an indispensable part of Balinese Hinduism; the importance of Holy Water is shown by the older generation of Balinese who still calls the Balinese Hinduism as ‘Agama Tirtha‘, (the religion of Holy …

Tirtagangga Water Garden
Mon, 15/01/07 – 18:12 | 3 Comments
Tirtagangga Water Garden

Tirtagangga Water Garden is situated in the middle of rice fields around the natural springs of Rejasa, at Ababi village, Karangasem regency. It is about 83 km from Denpasar and 6 km from Amlapura to …

Climate in Bali
Fri, 12/01/07 – 16:19 | No Comment
Climate in Bali

The best way to explain the climate and weather in Bali in a year period is based on traditional Caka Calendar. Each month (sasih) in this calendar has its own climate and weather characteristic. Balinese …

All is Fair in Love
Thu, 11/01/07 – 14:35 | No Comment
All is Fair in Love

‘All is fair in love’ a saying that is understood perfectly by the Balinese. When love from a man or woman seems impossible to achieve, it is time for magic to join the game. The …

The Disappearance of Environmental Conscious Architecture in Balinese Temple
Wed, 10/01/07 – 16:34 | One Comment
The Disappearance of Environmental Conscious Architecture in Balinese Temple

Pura (temple), the sanctuary of Hinduism in Bali now undergoes a serious drawback on architectural diversity and environmental conscious architecture. The renovation and restoration of Pura (temple) all over Bali show an annoying uniformity in …

Balinese View toward Disaster
Tue, 9/01/07 – 15:48 | No Comment
Balinese View toward Disaster

For Balinese disaster, unfortunate event, accident, bad luck etc are part of life. The concept of Rwa Bhineda (two different aspect of life -good and bad, day and night- but unite as one entity) runs …

Pura Rambut Siwi
Mon, 8/01/07 – 16:45 | No Comment
Pura Rambut Siwi

Jewel of West Bali, Pura Rambut Siwi is located between the villages of Yeh Embang and Yeh Sumbu, 78 Km west of Denpasar. Pura Rambut Siwi is an important legacy of the great priest Danghyang …

Java-Bali Fusion
Sat, 6/01/07 – 13:32 | 3 Comments
Java-Bali Fusion

The Java-Bali fusion dance storms the world of contemporary dance. The fusion of Bedaya Ketawang and Legong Calonarang brings a new touch in the contemporary dance performance. The fusion of these very different rivets …

The Ferocious Wind of Kapitu and Kaulu
Sat, 6/01/07 – 6:42 | No Comment
The Ferocious Wind of Kapitu and Kaulu

January and February are the turbulent phase of the weather in Bali. January and February known by the Balinese as Kapitu and Kaulu (7th and 8th month in Caka Lunar Calendar). Kapitu (January) is well …

A Glimpse on Inconformity of Balinese Hinduism
Wed, 3/01/07 – 17:00 | 4 Comments
A Glimpse on Inconformity of Balinese Hinduism

To give a better idea on the inconformity of Hinduism in Bali, the Pegatuakan ceremony that fortunately, happen today will serve as a good example.

Today, Balinese celebrate Pegatuakan ceremony, this ceremony mark the end of …

Tenget (Between Sacred and Spooky)
Tue, 2/01/07 – 13:45 | No Comment
Tenget (Between Sacred and Spooky)

“Tenget” is a word that Balinese see with awe, respect and fear. This adjective has no exact equivalent in English, its meaning lies somewhere between sacred and spooky. This adjective usually associated with a place …

Balinese Children
Sat, 30/12/06 – 13:33 | 3 Comments
Balinese Children

Children in Bali before their first tooth loosing are considered as a representative of god. They are not responsible for their action because as Balinese believes, their mind is still undeveloped. It is the god …

Taman Soekasada Ujung (Ujung Water Palace)
Fri, 29/12/06 – 17:12 | 3 Comments
Taman Soekasada Ujung (Ujung Water Palace)

Ujung Water Palace, which by the local people is called as Taman Soekasada Ujung, lies at Tumbu village, Karangasem district. It is approximately 85 km from Airport Denpasar and 5 km from Amlapura. The water …

Genjek and Cakepung
Thu, 28/12/06 – 12:50 | No Comment
Genjek and Cakepung

The genjek was originated in the regencies of Buleleng and Karangasem, a decade ago. The word “genjek “is derived from the word “gonjak” means joke. It was born as a kill time activity; it started …