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The popular 4.7% refreshing pils Bintang (=star) is a Heineken twin... normal the brand is owned by Heineken and brewed in Surabaya since 1929.
Bali has also local wines. I taste some products from the Hatten winery located around Singaraja area with 14.5 hectares vineyards.
To drink in moderation as usual. Don't drink and drive or dive!
Updated Jan 15, 2012
Bali is often named the island of the Gods. Although Indonesia is mostly Muslim, Hindu is prominent in Bali. Sacred rituals honour Gods, Nature, Man, Dead or Monks through a multitude of temples (more than 3000), statues of divinity, offering ceremony or religious procession.
Balinese Saka calendar based on lunar calculations has some important Hindu holidays. For example during the sacred celebration of Nyepi, which could be translating by the day of Silence, everybody have to stay silently at home without using electricity or fire. So apply the famous motto : Speech is silver, but silence is golden if you are on Bali at this moment.
Updated Jan 13, 2012
Visitors to Bali who have not been to India or other countries where Hinduism and Buddhism are practiced are sometimes surprised to see swastikas at the entrance to houses and temples. It is important to appreciate the meaning of the swastika in Hinduism. One translation from the original sanskrit is 'that which is associated with well-being'. So the swastika is a symbol of good luck - the clockwise bending of the arms is a charm to bring good fortune. In Bali you will see it on the mantle of many gateways. The swastika has both a clockwise and an anti-clock wise version in Buddhism. It was also used as a symbol for the sun in China, and forms of the swastika can be seen in many other cultures. So, when in Bali, the meaning of the swastika is in no way connected to the meaning implied by a European country who used it during the second world war.
Updated May 7, 2011
When travelling in Bali one must always be aware that ceremonies and procession are a constant part of life - no matter what day of the week it is. In villages you will often see the sign 'hati hati, upacara disini' meaning 'take care, ceremony here'. As travellers we should always show respect to the local customs, and in this case, slow down when passing ceremonies, or wait patiently until processions pass. I am yet to hear of any 'public' ceremonies in Bali where it is forbidden to take photos - so while on the one hand ceremonies and especially processions can slow up the traffic, on the other hand, they also give you the opportunity to enjoy the color and beauty of the moment and take some photos without being invasive - just give a friendly smile and show your camera before taking a photo and an acknowledgement should be given about whether you can take a photo or not.
Which hand do you prefer?
Updated Apr 28, 2011
As you may eventually discover
while sojourning in Bali,
bad news is often kept a secret,
or lets say, not talked about.
This includes in newspapers too.
As a principle,
it is thought it better not
to communicate anything that
may damage Bali's success.
This may not be important to
the frequent Bali visitor since,
they prefer not to hear about it anyway.
(Check some of the forums
and notice how angry they get
when something not positive is mentioned)
But when sojourning here,
the not so good info,
can always prepare you
to know what to expect.
So if you happen to hear something
word of mouth,
maybe it should be paid attention too,
cause it may be the only way to hear about it.
Updated Apr 4, 2011
If you decide to live here,
you will need to learn about the Banjar,
since your relationship with them
may have an important influence
on your well-being here.
All activities and responsibilities
of the banjar are guided by
the chosen village authority.
Depending on how active
the banjar committee is,
they will be i involved
with most activities concerning their village.
The banjar will hold a meeting,
attended by all the married men
each time an activity is to take place.
This can include fundraising,
building a school or adding to their temple.
The activity may be a cultural or
sporting event such as a dance performance.
On the anniversary of the Banjar,
all members are expected to attend.
Most activities will be carried out together,
working in a system known as gotong royong,
where everyone in the village participates.
The important thing is that each member is
seen by the banjar committee,
as absentees are noted and may be heavily fined.
The Banjar will attend in
religious ceremoniesweddings and cremations.
Being involved in so many activities,
the banjar takes on great responsibilities for its members.
It is expected, among other things,
to keep the area clean and disease free,
as well as handle environmental and social problems.
Banjar committees often address problems such as conflict,
social unrest and household disputes.
The division responsible has an abbreviated name:
The Siskamling, Hansip or Pecalang
address local safety issues,
some which are permanent and others which
are specific to an event, for example: Nyepi.
Whilst, the Posyandu takes care of infant health,
from weighing babies to immunization,
similar to Plunket in some western countries.
Updated Nov 11, 2009
If driving, remember in Bali, if you run over a dog, it's not a problem but if you run over a chicken it's respectful to stay with the animal until it dies peacefully.
If you run over a local, leave town and the country as fast as you can unless you have lots of cash.
best of all, taxis are cheap, always take a metred blue cab, get a driver....around $40-50 US a day plus fuel.
Updated Sep 1, 2008
Bali has developed itself to rely
sooooo much on tourism,
that it can be a pretty desperate sight
when that sector of that business goes downs.
If you’re visiting Bali
and feel the hawkers are a bit heavy
in their constant demand of
trying to sell you something,
then you should have seen
what it was like after the bombs!
And it’s a bit difficult for most
Indonesians to conceive the future.
So, not until they are deep in problems,
do they even think of ‘options’.
With the market crises heading across the world,
a recommendation of urgency has been sent out.
Bali Needs a Diversified Economy
Gosh!! I really wish someone
would start producing organic rice milk!!!
With so much rice produced here,
and with a carton of imported rice milk
currently costing 30,000 rp the box,
it would be a positive gesture.
Written Aug 4, 2008
Because Bali is still quite a supernatural place actually. Therefore, there are several places, such as the Pura/ temple or other holy places, where women in their period are prohibited to enter such places.
Updated Mar 24, 2007
One of the most difficult visas
to obtain for Indonesia is the
one for journalist and reporting.
In a recent conference held with journalists
from 51 countries on September 2006,
along with the attendance of
President Susio Bambang Yudhoyono,
a conference was held to promote
a standard journalistic code of
conduct for reporting and
commenting on cultural issues.
The request was rejected by 76 national delegates.
Written Nov 2, 2006
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