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    Gamelan

    by machomikemd Written Jan 29, 2014

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    if you happen to see a barong dance in touring Central Bali, chances are you see the orchestra accompanying the Barong Dance and the orchestra is called the Gamelan. The Gamelan of Bali and Java of Indonesia consists of instruments such as metallophones, xylophones, kendang (drums) and gongs; bamboo flutes, bowed and plucked strings.

    they are the lively accompaniment of the Barong Dance which is the most famous dance of Bali.

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    Cock Fighting

    by machomikemd Written Jan 3, 2014

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    Cock Fighting is popular across Southeast Asia since the medieval ages and it crosses over national boundaries and religious boundaries too and here in Bali, they even have cock fighting venues in the rural areas and in the Taman Ayun Royal Temple in Mengwi, there is even a Hindu Shrine devoted to Cock Fighting which is located just after the entrance.

    according to wikipedia:

    Cockfighting is a very old tradition in Balinese Hinduism, the Batur Bang Inscriptions I (from the year 933) and the Batuan Inscription (dated 944 on the Balinese Caka calendar) disclose that the tabuh rah ritual has existed for centuries.[29] In Bali, cockfights, known as tajen, are practiced in an ancient religious purification ritual to expel evil spirits.[30] This ritual, a form of animal sacrifice, is called tabuh rah ("pouring blood").[31] The purpose of tabuh rah is to provide an offering (the blood of the losing chicken) to the evil spirits. Cockfighting is a religious obligation at every Balinese temple festival or religious ceremony.[32] Cockfights without a religious purpose are considered gambling in Indonesia. Women are generally not involved in the tabuh rah process.

    All forms of gambling, including the gambling within secular cockfighting, were made illegal in 1981 by the Indonesian government, while the religious aspects of cockfighting within Balinese Hinduism remain protected.

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    Sup Buntut (Oxtail Soup)

    by machomikemd Written Jan 3, 2014

    Indonesians love soups and one of their favorites is the oxtail soup, called "sup buntut" of which is made of slices of fried or barbecued oxtail, served in vegetable soup with rich but clear and slightly sour beef broth. It contains boiled potatoes, carrots, tomatoes, leek, celery, and fried shallots and the tendons plus fat of the oxtail is trimmed before cooking so that the soup would not gelatinized after a few minutes. It is served at restaurants, warungs, food stalls in the tourist areas of Kuta, Seminyak, Nusa Dua and more and an order with rice will cost about 50,000 Rupiah.

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    Chendol

    by machomikemd Written Jan 3, 2014

    one of my favorite South east asian Dessert.

    the cendol is a trans southeast asian dessert that you can taste even in thailand, vietnam, singapore, myanmar, Malaysia, Thailand and here in Indonesia. It is one of my favorite Southeast asian desserts and cendol or chendol is made from coconut milk, a worm-like jelly made from rice flour with green food coloring (usually derived from the pandan leaf), shaved ice and palm sugar. Next to these basic recipe, other ingredients such as red beans, glutinous rice, grass jelly, creamed corn and the taste is oh so heavenly. the chendol is available everywhere like in food stalls or food courts, markets, malls, hawker centers and hotels here in Bali. the price of a chendol in a glass is about 9,000 Indonesian Rupiah.

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    Heineken Beer

    by machomikemd Written Jan 3, 2014

    Since the number one Beer of Indonesia, Bintang Beer is locally owned and made by Heineken Beer Company Subsidiary PT Multi Bintang Indonesia and it is like American Pale Lager with a 4.7% alcohol volume and the taste plus the bottle markings is very similar to Heineken Beer (no copyright issues here as both are owned by Heineken!). Then it follows that Heineken Beer is also brewed locally as these two beers don't compete as the Bintang Beer competes for the locals and Heinken competes with San Miguel Beer for the tourists. moreso, Heinken Beer is sold in the restaurants and bars and lounges in Kuta and are sold in bottles and aluminum cans.

    you can buy it at 17,000 rupiah at convenience stores and supermarkets and 25,000 rupiah at kuta beach and 40,000 to 60,000 rupiah at the bars and lounges.

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    Hard Rock Bali Fridge Magnets

    by machomikemd Written Dec 30, 2013

    Besides buying the local shot glasses and fridge magnets, I also buy the shot glasses and fridge magnets of famous establishments that have beranches in the place or country that I've visited and here at Bali is no Different. Hard Rock is a popular franchise in bali as they not only have a Hard Rock Cafe, but also 3 Hard Rock Cafe Souvenir Shops in Different Areas of Kuta Area and a big Hard Rock Hotel in the Kuta Area.

    although the fridge magnets and shot glasses are very expensive unlike the local ones, I will still buy them and here at the hard rock shop, hard rock bali fridge magnets have more variety than the shot glasses and are more expensive and are made from steel or aluminum with magnetite strip at the back and will cost between 150,000 to 225,000 Rupiah, depending on the type of design you buy.

    two of the rock shops are along JI Pantai Kuta in Kuta.

    hard rock shops are open from:

    Mon–Thu, Sun10:00 AM–1:00 AM

    Fri–Sat10:00 AM–2:00 AM

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    Hard Rock Bali Shot Glasses

    by machomikemd Updated Dec 30, 2013

    Besides buying the local shot glasses and fridge magnets, I also buy the shot glasses and fridge magnets of famous establishments that have beranches in the place or country that I've visited and here at Bali is no Different. Hard Rock is a popular franchise in bali as they not only have a Hard Rock Cafe, but also 3 Hard Rock Cafe Souvenir Shops in Different Areas of Kuta Area and a big Hard Rock Hotel in the Kuta Area.

    although the fridge magnets and shot glasses are very expensive unlike the local ones, I will still buy them and here at the hard rock shop, hard rock bali shot glasses have a few designs and all made from tempered glass and will cost between 100,000 to 175,000 Rupiah, depending on the type of design you buy.

    two of the rock shops are along JI Pantai Kuta in Kuta.

    hard rock shops are open from:

    Mon–Thu, Sun10:00 AM–1:00 AM

    Fri–Sat10:00 AM–2:00 AM

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    Bali T-Shirts

    by machomikemd Written Dec 30, 2013

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    I sometimes buy t-shirts as souvenir in my travels but not as often as I buy shot glasses and fridge magnets and here in Bali, there are tons of designs of t-shirts and their are available everywhere in souvenir shops, stalls, department stores, malls and even at the hotel shops and prices depend really on your haggling skills if buying at the souvenir stores as they can go from 50,000 to 150,000 rupiah and the quality is not that good in souvenir stores but are better in the malls but the prices are fixed at about 130,000 rupiah in the malls.

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    Bintang Beer Shot Glasses

    by machomikemd Written Dec 30, 2013

    being an avid collector of fridge magnets and shot glasses of my travels, I also usually buy shot glasses of the famous beers oif the country or city that I've visited if they are available and here in bali, their number one beer plus is available in shot glasses is Bintang Beer and hence, I must buy these favorite collector items of mine and they sell these favorite items of mine here at the touristy areas like kuta, ubud, tanjung benoa, seminyak, legian and more. they are available in the malls, souvenir shops around kuta, kuta beach area.

    the is just one kind of design for the bintang beer shot glass and prices of the shot glass can range from 40,000 to 80,000 rupiah, depending on your haggling skills.

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    Bali Shot Glasses

    by machomikemd Written Dec 30, 2013

    being an avid collector of fridge magnets and shot glasses of my travels and being in bali for the second time (I lost my old previous analog pictures), I must buy these favorite collector items of mine and they sell these favorite items of mine here at the touristy areas like kuta, ubud, tanjung benoa, seminyak, legian and more. they are available in the malls, souvenir shops around kuta, kuta beach area.

    there are a dearth of variety of design and kind of shot glasses as most are made from regular glass and with simple prints in the front of various scenes of bali and. prices of the shot glass can range from 40,000 to 80,000 rupiah, depending on your haggling skills.

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    Bali Fridge Magnets

    by machomikemd Written Dec 30, 2013

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    again, being an avid collector of fridge magnets and shot glasses of my travels and being in bali for the second time (I lost my old previous analog pictures), I must buy these favorite collector items of mine and they sell these favorite items of mine here at the touristy areas like kuta, ubud, tanjung benoa, seminyak, legian and more. they are available in the malls, souvenir shops around kuta, kuta beach area and although there are a dearth of variety of frige magnets as most are made from varnished wood fitted with a magnet at the back in varying sizes and some steel fridge magnets with some bali designs at the front. prices range from 30,000 to 80,000 rupiah, depending on your haggling skills.

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    San Miguel Beer

    by machomikemd Written Dec 27, 2013

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    San Miguel Beer is a regional beer giant in the Asian Region and they own the Indonesian Beer Company PT Delta Djakarta TBK and off course, they would be producing the flagship products of the Company, which is the Iconic San Miguel Beer Pale Pilsen and San Miguel Beer Lite here in Indonesia and Bali as it is also popular to tourists and a growing number of locals. San Miguel beer is a pale pilsener and has a 5% alcohol volume and is sold everywhere in convenience stores and supermarkets, restaurants, bars and lounges and are available in beer cans and bottles. prices in convenience stores and supermarkets are 17,000 Rupiah and goes up to 40,000 to 50,000 rupiah in bars and lounges and restaurants.

    they even have the largest christmas tree in bali at the backside of the discovery mall in Kuta Beach for december 2013!

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    Carlsberg Beer

    by machomikemd Written Dec 27, 2013

    Carlsberg Beer is one of the best selling global brand of Beer and it competes with Heineken and Stella Artois as the number one best selling beer in the world. Here in Indonesia, the brewing license is under the PT Delta Djakarta TBK, a local subsidiary of the San Miguel Beer Company and is a favorite of the tourists going to bali, in fact they also have a large christmas tree made from used carslberg beer cans and bottles at the discovery mall in Kuta. Carlsberg Beer is available in the convenience stores and supermarkets and at the restaurants and bars and lounges. prices are 18,000 rupiah at convenience stores and up to 40,000 to 60,000 rupiah at bars and lounges.

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    Anker Beer

    by machomikemd Written Dec 27, 2013

    Anker Beer is a golden pilsener type of beer and with an alcohol voume of 5% with a creamy and full bodied flavor, it is the third most popular local beer in Indonesia after Bintang Beer and Bali Hai Beer and Anker Beer is made by the local San Miguel Beer Subsidiary, PT. DELTA DJAKARTA Tbk, which also produces San Miguel Pale Pilsen and San Mig Lite and also produces Carlsberg Beer locally too. Anker beer is avaialble everywhere in convenience stores and supermarkets and restaurants and bars, in beer cans and glasses and costs 14,000 Rupiah a bottle or can at convenience stores and up to 25,000 to 40,000 rupiah in bars and lounges.

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    Bali Hai Premium Beer

    by machomikemd Updated Dec 27, 2013

    Bali Hai Premium Beer is the flagship beer brand of the Bali Hai Company, an indonesian local brewing company that formerly brews international beer brands like lowenbrau, san miguel beer and asahi, now they produce their own beer brands and the best selling is the Bali Hai Premium Beer (other products are Bali Hai Draft, Folsom, EL Diablo Cerveza and Panther Stout). It is pale lager type of beer with a 5% alcohol volume and is available in small and large beer bottles and aluminum cans and prices are 15,500 Rupiah at convenience stores and supermarkets a bottle or can and goes up to 40,000 to 50,000 rupiah in bars and night clubs and lounges.

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