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    The A. A. Nyoman Pandji Tisna Memorial Park

    by theo1006 Updated Nov 21, 2014

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    Few tourists enjoying a Lovina vacation pay the homage due to the man whose vision put Lovina on the tourist map. His name is Anak Agung Pandji Tisna, he was buried on a hill overlooking his favourite coast. It was he who coined the name Lovina, short for 'Love Indonesia'.

    When I, Theo, together with a couple of students in 1970 first spent some days on the Lovina coast, we slept under an awning in A. A. Pandji Tisna's yard and bathed at his well. A few years later he had built the first accommodation, Tasik Madu Hotel (= Honey Coast Hotel). After his death on June 2, 1978, the hotel was sold and eventually went broke. If you spot a brick wall with elaborate Balinese sculpture with locked iron gate on the seaside of the road in Lovina, that is where A.A. Pandji Tisna used to live. But his house was a modest one, the grand castle behind the wall was erected by his descendants.

    A. A. Pandji Tisna was the eldest son of the hereditary ruler of Buleleng, Putu Jelantik, and himself was chairman of the Council of Balinese Kings from 1945 to 1947. He resigned from that post when he had converted to Christianity. But he is primarily remembered as author of several novels on Balinese life. One of these, Sukreni, Gadis Bali, has been translated in English and published under the title 'The Rape of Sukreni'.

    Honor Pandji Tisna's memory by paying a visit to the 'A. A. Nyoman Pandji Tisna Memorial Park', established by his daughter Anak Agung Serayawati Pandji Tisna. Read the short biography posted near the entrance gate. His tomb is located adjacent to a little chapel he had built on the hill in 1963. The park is a family burial ground, several of his children have been laid to rest here too.

    Directions: At Kaliasem, 1 km west of Lovina centre, find the road leading south named Jalan A.A. P. Tisna. Exactly 2 km uphill along this road, a small green signboard indicates the parking at the Memorial Park.

    Website: http://www.lontar.org/en/program/detail_author/2

    Pandji Tisna's burial site and chapel The modest sign at the small parking Inscription on Pandji Tisna's tomb Grave of one of Pandji Tisna's children View from the Memorial Park
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    Kerupuk (Indonesian Seafood Crackers)

    by machomikemd Updated Dec 31, 2013

    Indonesians love crackers especially sea food crackers like the Squid Flavored Crackers. Although the assorted Sea Food Style crackers are a generic across North and South East Asia, Indonesia is known for it's Keropok (cracker) industry and they export the assorted sea food flavored crackers all around the world. The squid flavored crackers is one of the most popular in the area and There are numbers of variations on kerupuk, many of which are made from the mixture of starch with seafood (shrimp, fish, or squid), but occasionally with rice, fruits, nuts or vegetables and they are available here everwhere and even you can have them at the tables at the hawker centers and the favorite dipping sauce again is the spicy sambal sauce. the kerupuk Sotong will cost about 9,000 Indonesian Rupiah for a small pack.

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    Balinese Personal Hindu Temples

    by machomikemd Written Dec 28, 2013

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    besides having elaborate and open air hindu temples, the balinese people don't go to the temples everyday but only on religious occasions, instead they make daily offerings and prayers to their gods at the personal temples in front of their houses, these personal temples can be just simple or large and very elaborate structures. you will notice these personal temples at many houses and even at commercial establishments, restaurants and hotels all around bali island.

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    Bali CANANG Or Flower Offering to God!

    by goutammitra Updated Aug 23, 2012

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    Like the previous tip on Bali marriage , this tip was also contributed by my Balinese friend Devi Aristiani Luh of Denpasar, Bali. This is all about Hindu Bali offering to God. The tradition is also similar to that of Indian Hindu custom. It has high similarity with South India.
    This tip is dedicated to my friend Devi Aristiani Luh. I have only added two picture, which took them in Bali!

    Canang is one of daily Balinese Hindus people offerings, except there are some one death around village.
    Canang Sari is made from young yellow palm leafs, flowers, and foodstuff an art form assosiated with every ritual in Bali. Balinese believe in the forces of the invisible worlds dictates that offerings be created with a spirit of thankfulness and loving attention to detail. Canang sari offered to say thankfullness to the GOD ( Sang Hyang Widi Wasa ), for what was we get in our life. Canang sari usualy offer in Tempel, Family Temple, Cross Road, House, Sacred Statue, shop or other place that balinese belife sacred. thats all to make the world balance. ( Tri Hita Karana : Parahyangan – Pawongan – Palemahan ), that means God – Human – nature.

    Canang is offering which very often used in Hindu religious life, especially in Bali. Almost every day, we meet the people who deliver to canang as a form of devotion and gratitude presented to Ida Sang Hyang Widhi Wasa. Although the shape and size small, canang have a very important role, so the canang also called Kanista or core of offering. Any registration offering hence would not be complete if it is not filled with canang.
    Canang consists of two syllables kawi speaking of "ca" which means beautiful and "nang" meaning purpose. So the canang is a tool in the language of the Vedas which aims to invoke beauty (sundharam) presented to Ida Sang Hyang Widhi Wasa.
    In the Hindu religion in Bali, canang have multiple forms and functions in accordance with the ceremony being held. Canang is a translation of the value - the value of Vedic symbolized through the elements - elements contained in Canang, among others:

    1. Ceper
    Canang are covered by cepert as a symbol of Ardha Candra, while cymbals are covered by small tamas is the symbol of Windhu
    2. Porosan
    Inside the canang there is porosan as a symbol of penance as love, which has the meaning that every people should have the heart (posros) that contains love and compassion and a deep sense of gratitude to Ida Sang Hyang Widhi Wasa
    3. Snacks, Sugarcane and Bananas (Raka-raka)
    In the ceper containing snacks, sugar cane and bananas as a symbol of Tedong Upetti Ongkara that symbolizes strength, and Pralinan Stiti life in the universe
    4. Sampian Urasari
    Above raka - on the top of raka-raka, they put a sampian urasari (in some areas are called Duras) which symbolizes strength and end Windhu - at the end of sampian is emblematic Nadha
    5. Flowers
    Above sampian urasari we will put many flowers with arrange as follows:
    White colored flowers in the East as a symbol of strength Sang Hyang Iswara
    Red colored flowers in the South as a symbol of strength Sang Hyang Brahma
    Yellow colored flowers in the West as a symbol of strength Sang Hyang Mahadeva
    Blue or green colored flowers in the North as a symbol of the power of Sang Hyang Vishnu
    Flower Rampai in middle - the middle as a symbol of strength Sang Hyang Panca Dewata

    Those Canang has meaning as a means of Hindus petition presented to Sang Hyang Widhi (tangible Ogkara) and pray for strength for him in the manifestation of Gods Sang Hyang Ista.

    Puja being performed at Kuta beach A lady performing Puja at Kuta Beach temple Lady with The Flowers performing puja!
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    Bali Hindu Marriage by Devie Aristiani Luh.

    by goutammitra Written Aug 20, 2012

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    I have always been wanting to write about Bali Hindu marriage but I had no input to write about Bali Hindu Marriage. At last my friend Devie Aristiani Luh, who is a qualified engineer and a Business Entrepreneur, came to my rescue after my request. She obliged me by sending a full write up with the pictures of her marriage! I am really very much grateful to Devie for enlightening me and our VT friends on Bali Hindu Marriage! Needless to say , this tip is dedicated to Devie Aristiani Luh! I don't see there is much of difference in Hindu Marriage of India and Bali. Though with time The Indians have added songs, dances , many additional rituals as per the demand of the region but in Bali, it is almost the same which was in practice some 7/800 years ago!

    Bali custom wedding is tinged with reverence to God as the creator, all stages of marriages performed at the groom's house, because the people of Bali impose patriarchal system. So in the conduct of marriage ceremonies of all costs incurred for the celebration is the responsibility of the family of man - man.

    The series of traditional Balinese wedding stages are as follows:

    Ngekeb ceremony
    The event aims to prepare the bride of teenage life being a wife and homemaker, to invoke the blessing of God Almighty to be willing to reduce happiness to this couple and they will be given the grace of a good offspring.
    After that in the afternoon, the whole body of the bride was given scrubs which made ​​of peacock leaf, turmeric, ylang flowers, and rice that has been refined. A container of water is also supplied flowers for both bride and groom shower in the front of house.
    After the show finished bathing and shampooing, Bali custom wedding will be followed by a ceremony at the bride's room. Offering had been provided earlier in the room. Once inside the room, the bridge is usually no longer allowed out of the room until her husband arrived to pick candidates. At the event pick-up is done, the bride's entire body from toe to head will be covered with a thin piece of yellow cloth. It is a symbol that the bride had been willing to bury the past as a teenager and is now ready to live a new life with her ​​life partner.

    Mungkah Lawang (Open Doors)
    An envoy tasked Mungkah Lawang knocked on the door where the bride was three times while accompanied by a song that sings Malate Bali. The song is content of a message that says if the groom had arrived to pick up the bride and begging immediately opened the door.

    Mesegehagung ceremony
    Arriving home the bride and groom in the yard of the groom, both down from the stretcher to prepare for the ceremony was none other Mesegehagung meaningful as an expression of welcome to the bride. then both of them on crutches again into the bridal chamber. The mother of the groom will enter the room and told the bride that the yellow cloth that covered his body will soon be opened to exchange kepeng satakan pierced with rope yarn Bali and usually amounted to two hundred kepeng

    Madengen-handle links
    The ceremony aims to cleanse or purify the bride and groom themselves of negative energy in both. The ceremony was led by a customary holders or Balian.

    Mewidhi Widana
    By wearing a wedding greatness, they carry Widana Mewidhi ceremony led by a Sulingguh or Ida Peranda. This event is a traditional Balinese wedding improvements to enhance the self-cleaning has been done on the wedding ceremony - the previous event. Furthermore, both toward merajan the shrines to pray for permission and blessing of the Almighty. The event was led by a stakeholder of merajan.

    Mejauman Ngabe Tipat Pillow
    A few days after the wedding, the couple officially became husband and wife, then on the day that has been agreed by both, families will join the bride and groom bring them to the bride's parents home to perform the ceremony Mejamuan. The event was carried out to beg leave to both parents and relatives of the bride, especially to the ancestors, that from that moment the bride has legally become a large part in her husband's family. For this farewell ceremony the groom's family will bring a number of luggage containing a variety of snacks such as cakes cakes Balinese cushions, apem, alem, cerorot, possum, nagasari, kekupa, rice, sugar, coffee, tea, betel nut, a variety of fruits and a typical Balinese dishes.

    That's all about Bali Custom Wedding.

    Devie and her husband just after marriage. The Bali Hindu Marriage ceremony in progress! After the ceremony is over, saluting the Almighty! The Brahmin Priest reciting Sanskrit mantras. A ritual Husband feeding the wife after marriage!
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    Margarana cemetery

    by theo1006 Written Dec 16, 2011

    Tourists flying to Bali touch down on Ngurah Rai International Airport. Who was Ngurah Rai? You have seen his portrait, it is on the Rp 50,000 banknotes.

    Before the Japanese invasion Ngurah Rai had been trained in the Dutch East Indies Army. But after the declaration of independence om August 17, 1945, he sided with the revolution. When early in 1946 the Dutch landed 2000 troops on Bali to retake the island, he organized the armed resistance. In May of that year Lieutenant-Colonel Termeulen invited him to negotiate, hinting that his loyalty should be with the Dutch. Ngurah Rai answered in writing that there could only be peace on Bali if the Dutch left. The text of his letter adorns a monument at the Margarana cemetery.

    Eventually the Dutch discovered Ngurah Rai's headquarters in Marga, and on November 20th they staged a large-scale attack with air support. Ngurah Rai then ordered a puputan or fight to the death. On that day he himself and all his 95 warriors perished. This was the last of several puputan in Balinese history, the best known being those of the kings of Badung and Klunkung who with their whole court chose death rather than life under Dutch rule, in 1906 and 1908 respectively.

    Margarana means 'battle of Marga'. But there are 1372 mortuary monuments at the cemetery, one for each Balinese who lost his or her life during the struggle for independence from 1945 to 1949. Their names are also inscribed on a wall. My, Theo's, father belonged to a generation led to believe that a bunch of rebels had destroyed the good work the colonizers were doing in the Dutch East Indies. For the first time it got through to him that there was another side of the story when in 1973 I showed him pictures of the rows of monuments.

    When we visited late in August 2011 the cemetery was deserted, but remnants of Independence Day commemorations were still there. Perhaps that is the only day a significant number of people visit Margarana. The museum at the site was closed, we had to call up a sleepy warden to open it for us.

    Directions: At Mengwi take the road north to Bedugul. After 9 km at a petrol station turn left direction Marga and at the next traffic lights turn right. Follow the signs pointing to Margarana.

    The Margarana cemetery Ngurah Rai monument at Margarana cemetery Detail of the Ngurah Rai monument Interior of the Margarana museum Wall with 1372 names at Margarana
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    Have your vehicle blessed at Teluk Terima

    by theo1006 Updated Dec 8, 2011

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    No Balinese passes by without stopping to offer a few flower petals or a bit of food for a safe journey: Teluk Terima (Terima Bay) at the entrance of a footpath to Jayaprana's grave. It was so in 1969 when a you could count a day's traffic on the fingers of one hand. Nowadays a priest is on duty to bless all passing cars, buses and motorcyles with a prayer and holy water.

    The story of Jayaprana goes back four centuries, yet he may well be a historic figure. It is a Balinese version of the biblical story of David and Batsheba. The king of Kalianget (which was not far from Lovina) had taken the orphan I Jayaprana into his household. When Jayaprana had reached the age of 25 years, he married a village girl, Ni Layonsari. However the king fell in love with the bride and wanted her for himself. The couple had not yet been together 42 days when the king ordered Jayaprana on an errand to the uninhabited west. When they had arrived at Teluk Terima, one of the men accompanying Jayaprana revealed that the king had ordered him to kill Jayaprana. "If that is the king's wish, so be it, " said Jayaprana, "may he be good to Layonsari." But when the young widow understood Jayaprana's fate, she refused the advances of the king and killed herself. The king, who could not deal with his loss, went mad and killed himself too; the kingdom dissolved through internal strife.

    The Balinese poem of Jayaprana and Layonsari has been translated into Indonesian by the late I Ketut Putra, who was living as a recluse on the border of Teluk Terima in 1969. His little booklet has gone through at least four printings.

    Directions: Teluk Terima is on the border of West Bali National Park, facing Menjangan Island. You pass the spot when you take the north route from Singaraja to Gilimanuk. Once you are there and have had your vehicle blessed, go the short walk uphill and pay your respects to Jayaprana's memory.

    Priest blessing our car A warung stands now where I Ketut Putra once lived I Ketut Putra in front of his home (1969) Entrance to Jayaprana-s tomb (1969) View of Teluk Terima from Jayaprana-s tomb (1969)
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    Gedong Kertya or Lontar Museum

    by theo1006 Updated Oct 30, 2011

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    Not many tourists “doing Bali” pay a visit to Gedung Kertya, but for those really interested in Balinese culture, this modest museum - or rather library - is a must. It is here that the written record of Bali's cultural heritage is preserved.

    The library was established in 1928 by the colonial government official supervising the Buleleng area, and was then named after two Dutch scholars Liefrink and Van der Tuuk. Now it counts over 3000 manuscripts on lontar leaves, covering government, agriculture, religion, healing crafts, spells and magic, as well as ancient Balinese poetry.

    An employee of the neighbouring museum showed us around and explained how the lontar leaves are prepared, the texts and pictures engraved in them and then coloured by rubbing in the ink. He also told that the original lontar books are kept safe. They are constantly being copied and visitors only get to see copies.

    When going here, make it a three-in-one destination. In the same compound - the former royal palace grounds - you can also visit the Buleleng Museum and the living quarters of the late king Anak Agung Putu Djelantik, still inhabited by one of his granddaughters, Anak Agung Serayawati.

    Address: 20 Jalan Veteran, Singaraja.
    Open: 8am to 3pm Monday – Thursday, 8 am to noon on Friday, closed on weekends.
    Entrance fee: Rp.5000.

    Boxes containing lontar books A lontar leaf and tools to prepare it Gedong Kertya =  Kertya House
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    Museum Situs Purbakala Gilimanuk

    by theo1006 Updated Oct 30, 2011

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    Gilimanuk is the ferry harbour on Bali's side for traffic between Java and Bali. Most travellers just hurry past, and indeed Gilimanuk has little to offer of the things that have made Bali famous. The western tip of Bali was almost uninhabited until increasing inter-island traffic caused people both from Bali and from Java to settle in Gilimanuk.

    Having passed through many times already, we finally decided to make time for a visit to the museum. Here we saw proof that Gilimanuk, more specifically the Cekik quarter was already inhabited in pre-historic times. Excavations in 1962 have revealed a necropolis or burial site of 15 ha, one of the largest in Indonesia. Numerous sarcophagi have been found here, smaller than those we saw in Sumbawa, and at least 100 complete human skeletons. Some of these are on display in the museum together with pottery and other artefacts. They are said to date back to 600 B.C.

    The museum is located on 7 ha of the excavation site itself, while the remaining area has not been cleared yet from modern occupation.

    Directions: Just follow the route east from the ferry terminal, after 500 m go straight ahead instead of right direction Denpasar. There you find the museum on your left.
    Open: Monday through Friday 8 am to 4 pm
    Entrance: Rp 6000

    Sarcofagi at Gilimanuk Museum Cooking stove at Gilimanuk Museum Child skeleton at Gilimanuk Museum Interior of Gilimanuk Museum Gilimanuk Museum on prehistoric burial ground
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    Sate lilit Bali or Balinese satay wrap

    by mkurniawan Written Sep 19, 2011

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    A satay variant from Bali and typical Balinese satay wrap. with a distinctive taste and so inviting a sense. This satay is made from minced beef, chicken, fish, pork, or even turtle meat, which is then mixed with grated coconut, thick coconut milk, lemon juice, shallots, and pepper. Wound around bamboo, sugar cane or lemon grass sticks, it is then grilled on charcoal

    Balinese satay wrap

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    paradise island

    by mikkie50 Written Aug 9, 2011

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    hi amy :-)) we were in bali a few years ago and onee of the most exciting trips we did from there was a ferry ride to lobmbok the a two hour ride to a fishing village where we were taken by a very small boat to and island called GILLITRAWAGAN it is just paradise a very small tropical island with no cars amazing diving just a dream palce to spend a couple of days (google it )
    your hotel will arrange it for you:-)) hope this helps mikkie

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  • Hike up the Agung Volcano

    by buayadarat Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Enjoy the fantastic view from the top of Mount Agung, the holy mountain of Bali. It's a tough hike, but absolutely worth the sweat.
    For some good pictures or a video take Michael (www.michaelvideoadventures.com) with you, this will be a nice memory.

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    by Rinjani Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Time in Bali is flying. Suddenly, it was my last day. It was Saturday night, where Kuta and Legian areas are really live. We passed by the area, and Nick asked me whether I prefer to have nightlife scene or still stick with my plan to join meditation. I decided to stick with meditation.

    I learned from Nick that things that I usually call meditation in religious custom of Balinese is known as Yoga. Nick told me, there are three types of practicing; yoga, meditation and tuntunan. Tuntunan is the highest among these three and it takes time to practice it.
    Luckily, that night there were Nick meditation group gathered in one of friend’s house. I went there . I met these wonderful people. Very calming, warm and I instantly feel lifted. Since I am very new, they told me about basic breathing techniques. To restore energy, to calm down and to clear mind. Time was too short to learn everything, but I’ll be back to learn one day.

    The meditation class (this time is meditation that we usually call), can be found easily in Ubud area. There is also area where meditation class is given for free. But for the schedule, you need to check local newsletter or newspaper that usually full of free advertisement.

    I enclose here clinic that I found from advertisement in Ubud (but, this is not community I went for meditation)

    Mantra Aura Clinic
    JR Lungsiakan Kedewatan, Ubud

    Penjor in the making
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    North Bali

    by UKGrant23 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Most people stay in Kuta and don't explore the North of Bali, but make sure you make the effort to take a look. The journey over the mountains will feed you with breathtaking views of rice fields, volcano's and lakes.

    I stayed in a small resort called Antaran, which is close to Lovina. The people here are really friendly and Rasta Bar is a great place to meet them all. Enjoy a Bintang whilst watching the sun set over the sea. Beautiful!!!

    Sunset - Antaran Beach

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    Pat a Python-Zoo Part II

    by Wild_Orchid Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    When at the Bali Zoo Park, you may want to try to pat a friendly python. All of us shirked away, but my little 8 year old daughter was keen to have a try. Later, seeing that it was less icky than we had thought, we also gave the python a little stroke. The skin was amazingly soft and silky, or a cross between silky and satiny! Fortunately for us, the python had already had lunch and was not too bothered by our presence!

    patting a python
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