The village of Mas lies on the main road, 20 km to the north of Denpasar and 6 km before Ubud. The village is known for its wood carvers. We’ve seen many wood carvers throughout our travels but these are some of the best. We fell in love with a wall hanging of an intricately carved forest scene with elephants and gods. But after much discussion we decided against it as we were unsure which wood was used. Canada has very strict laws regarding importing exotic wood. One thing to note is the various colours have to do with the shade of shoe polish being used. Don’t pay extra for “mahogany” or “ebony”.
Next on our agenda was a stop at Celuk , known for its gold and silver works. We visited three of the seemingly hundreds of manufacturers/shops.
For years Celuk was known as the place where craftsmen made bowls for religious ceremony in silver leave called " bokoran " It wasn’t however until the 1930s when gold and silversmiths arrived in Celuk.
The work they do is wonderful. Many of the designs are truly unique. The prices listed are automatically reduced by 50% and a bit more can be had with a bit of haggling .
I bought a silver and pearl set of earrings with a beautiful intricate design for $28.00. My favorite shop was Semadi Gold and Silver
Masks are a very important element of Balinese performance. There are many places where you can observe and participant in the creation of both masks and puppets. The village of Mas just south of Ubud is reknowned as a mask making centre. Classes can be organised from Ubud and South Bali. Ask at your accommodation.
If you are staying in either Lovina or the Central Highlands, there are some great walks through jungle, coffee plantations and ricefields in the Munduk area. From Lovina, a two-hour guided walk could be combined with a visit to Air Panas Banjar. Walks in the area take you through lush forests with some spectacular waterfalls - some with pools for dipping the toes or swimming in extremely cold but refreshing, clean water. Organised treks will also see you passing through coffee plantations. We were lucky enough to meet the charasmatic, old owner of one of the planatations and view the 'ancient' equipment he used for sorting and grounding the coffee beans. He also showed us an example of plastic bricks he made by melting down plastic bags and other rubbish. Oh, and the coffee was delicious!
Balinese cooking with its delicious aromas and flavours is one of the treats of a holiday in Bali. There are many cooking classes on offer in both the South Bali area and the Ubud area. Try to find a class held in a village - unattached to a big hotel or chain of cooking classes - something really 'down to earth'. Great fun joining in the preparation of the 'bumbu' - the cooking spices that are chopped up and then crushed into a paste, and watching produce cooked over an open fire and basted with the spices you have prepared. Noticeboards in Ubud give advice on a whole range of classes or do a little search on the web.
You can see the paintings. No entry fee. You can see the artists at work.
and ofcouse you can buy paintings.
There is also associations for other artists specializing in silver jewellery, wood carved artifcats, wooden furnitures, marble and stone artifacts.
With Bali’s mystical powers,
you might just get the urge
to do a little good for yourself.
Or a DETOX
to refresh yourself internally?
After a few consultations,
and following the advice
on holistic remedies
of a local nutritionist,
I myself am so thankful
for the wonderful improvements
that I feel and see in my health
and on my body.
Not only have I witness and lived
a major weight loss, glowing skin,
and an improvement on my health issues,
but I have also witnessed a friend of mine,
cure herself of a tumor of which
the western doctors had advised her to operate on.
A large part of the treatment is based on nutrition
and another part on holistic remedies.
Despite on how intense you want to go for it,
you will definitely walk out of the consultation
learning and understanding a lot more
about how your body relies on good nutrition.
You will also learn how to replace
the bad habits with good ones.
Consultations with Liat Solomon
at the time of my visit
cost 600,000 Rp and last 2-3 hours.
So we decided to go to the Bali tree tops rope course & when we arrived we were so excited & we were not disapointed. We got our gear & off we went climbed up & did the medium level thanks to the smart guy that said we could start there...oh well off we went. all the Drivers were down the bottom laughing & joking as there guests sweat, struggled & made there way around the course. As I climbed up the ladder all was good thinking this will be fun got halfway up and got to a lose step and was like ooohhh maybe not a good idea...so stupid if I was a kid I wouldn't even care...damn common sense well i kept going and so glad I did. Got through the first one the easy one got to the 2nd one half way through I look down and say to Suka stop laughing its not funny I don't know that this was such a good idea....as I look at the end of this one I see a flying fox oh yeah baby bring it on....off I went to get to my flying fox... hooked on my carabeanas and my pully and off I went so much fun. Continued on we went through swinging log things clambered across climbing nets but the best part was the adrenalin and the flying foxs. The funniest thing was when Miss T said to me just grab the net with your feet at the end of the flying fox...well the last one she missed the net and ended up having to pull herself up with her hands if I was on the ground already I would have rolled around laughing but I was still climbing down!! Was a great time and would do it again...Got the best bruise every and laughed myself silly...well worth a try if you can do it!
It was a big Statue in Bali, with its height 156 meters, probably the highest statue in the world? i am not so sure, the statue is still under construction and is the art works of Balinese artist I. Nyoman Nuarta, what we seen now is an incomplete one, so if you come to Bali, don't miss to see the statue.
Klungkung is a welknown place at the Eastern Part of Bali, and now also called as Semarapura. A popular place worth to visit in Klungkung are Taman Kertha Gosa, Bale Kambang and Monument Puputan at the Klungkung mainstreet
Green turtles in Bali is one of an endanger wild life, because the peoples do the hunting and get the animals for the consumption. Recently, the animal lover society have a serious attention to save the green turtles from an extinction, thence after the sanctuay for green turtle was established, on of this is at Nusa Dua. So don't miss to se the turtle sanctuary if you visit Bali or Nusa Dua
Bali is subdivided into many "kampungs" or villages where each village may specialise in specific arts or crafts, For instance, Ubud is famed for the oil painting artists, Mas for silver and goldsmiths and so on. I can't recall all the names but there are other villages specialising in wood sculpturing, stone sculpuring, batik, crafts for home display etc.
If you are particularly interested in any art / craft and are keen to make purchases from the artists directly, it's probably a good idea to pick up a good guide from an established agent. The crafts may be a little pricier but at least the quality and authenticity would be reliable.
If you plan to do business
construct or live here,
to avoid getting frustrated
or to just communicate,
learning Bahasa could be
a good thing to learn.
Here is some of the contacts I have collected.
They include schools and private teachers.
A preffessional school that
offers English and Bahasa is:
Prices are not cheap, but…
Bali International Language Academy
offers a 25 hour module based
classes done at their school.
They also give classes at your premises.
Hp. 0812 391 1172 / 0812 361 6130
Bahasa Indonesian Lesson
In 2 months, 16 meetings, twice a week,
90 minutes per meeting
In house learning
Tel. 0361-232-892 / 7411 696
Extensive Experience teaching
Indonesian as a foreign language
Has references from the British University.
Tel. 081 797 70782
10 hours = 1,500,000 Rp
40 hours = 4,400,000 Rp
Tel. 0361-733342 / 081 2463 7042
Jl Abimanyu (Dhyana Pura), Seminyak, Indonesia
Good for: Couples
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