When meeting adult Balinese, of either gender, a very respectful manner of greeting is to place your hands together on your upper chest and say, om swastiastu...pronounced swassteeaaastwo. Then you can extend your right hand for a hand shake. This will earn you great kudos as you've taken just a second to learn the very polite way of greeting Balinese. Considering that there are a large number of non Balinese Indonesians, most especially Muslims, and some Christians living here, you should reserve this greeting only for locals that you meet that you know in advance are Balinese. If you know that the person you are meeting is Muslim, a simple placing your right hand flat on your heart and saying salam will also be much appreciated. If unsure, then use the proper generic greeting for the time of day, viz, selamat pagi, siang, sore, or malam followed by apa kabar, or how are you?
all kind of handicraft
it's a huge building on the main street of ubud so it's almost impossible to miss it. inside, you can find all kind of handycrafts. don't forget to bargain for the price before you made a deal. paintings, crafts, jewelries, home decoration, etc
another great Ubud restaurant
This is another terrific place to have a meal in Ubud.
We sat at the back of the restaurant overlooking the rice fields. Ambience is great, especially in the evening.
We all totally enjoyed our meals. I had satay, once again! Can't get enough of it :)
Staff were friendly and helpful.
Pura Beji (Holy Bathing Temple) in Monkey Forest
According to historical records, the Holy Monkey temples were erected during the mid 14th century during the Pejeng Dynasty or in the early Gegel Dynasty. There are 3 holy temples in the sacred monkey forest. Shown here (5pics enclosed) are the surroundings near Pura Beji, the Holy Bathing Temple. You can reach this temple by going straight into the forest, following the signs on the path. To the Northwest, down a long flight of stairs and next to a stream, you will arrive at the Holy Bathing Temple with the structure of of the "Three Mandala Concept". The Utama Mandala, in the most northern position is the area of the Gods. the Madia Mandala, for the disciples of the deities is located at the centre and contains the holy pond. Last but not least, the Nista Mandala at the southern bridge is the special bathing place for human beings.
The place is cool and relaxing. Explore slowly, walk down further the steps and you will find 2 giant stoned carved komondo dragons. Walk further down and you will find yourself looking down into a stream flowing beneath you.
Pura Besakih Temple.
The Mother Temple of Besakih was built around the 8th century, and s the biggest temple in Bali. It includes 18 temples situated in seven terraces. The highest point of the area is the Pura Gulap, where you can have a great view of the complex, famous for it´s towers. There´s an entrance fee of 1,000 rp (1.oo $)