Thursday, June 3, 2010

Bali Travel: The Undying Balinese Arts

The island of Bali is literally a very beautiful island situated under the equator in Indonesian Archipelago, is one of the most interesting and ultimate tourist destination in Asia. Since the first decade of the 20th century visitors have given to it several nicknames "Island of Gods" - "Island of thousand Temples" – "The Last Paradise" – and also often called "Island of Artist".

The spirit of creativity pervades everything in Balinese life, from the cultivation of the steeply-terraced rice field to the elaborate temple ...

offerings of flowers and foods given to the gods at times of celebration. Dancing, playing the gamelan, painting and carving is as much a part of an ordinary day as working in the offices, in the fields or feeding livestock.

In ancient times, the people of the Indonesian Archipelago followed the ways of animism and ancestor worship. By around A.D. 600 however, Indian ideas and beliefs began to spread throughout Southeast Asia. Both Buddhism and Hinduism became active force on the islands of Sumatra and Java. When Islam gained control of Java in the 16th century, many Hindu princes, their followers and artisans fled to Bali. They established principalities on Bali.

The earliest art of Bali dates from this pre-Hindu era, including highly of decorative works of bronze, as well as skilled basketworks and weaving. During the Hindu era, the princes and their relatives were the patronage of the native arts of Bali, and also sustained by the guiding rituals of its religion. The palaces and temples, as political and religious center of the island, were also centers of the arts.

A prince would adorn his pavilions with the most exquisitely carved wood panels, paintings, silken materials, gilded umbrellas and would be entertained by gamelan music, dances and songs of poetical Kawi language. The opulence of the court – had its religious parallel in the lavish decoration and dances within the temples. So the courts and the temples have been receiving equal high performance in art.

This convergence of beauty and ritual explains why the arts have endured to such a great extent in Bali. Ritual demanded a continuous renewal of communion with the divine through temple celebrations. The people poured their artistic talents into preparations of these occasions. New offerings have to be made, new shrines constructed, new statues of stones and woods have to be carved, dances, music and dramas created and practiced. This kept carvers and masons constantly occupied creating new sculptures or retouching older ones.

The Balinese language has no words for “art” and “artist”. In former times there had been no need for such definitions. Art was never considered a conscious production for its own sake. Rather, it was regarded as a collective obligation to make thing beautiful. And this was always done with a definite purpose: to create beauty in service to society and religion. Thus a “figure-maker” or “picture-maker” as well as a farmer or merchant, he was called upon when his skills were needed. He neither signed his name to his work, nor received money for his labor. His prime aim was to serve his community. As was true in the olden days, the majority of Bali’s artists are highly skilled craftsmen who learned their trade by mastering the traditional forms inherited from their forefathers.

In the first decade of the 20th century, the Dutch took the island, and Bali entered a new era as a colony of the Netherlands. Western education, modern technology, magazines, and a steady tourist trade opened up a new world for many Balinese, and this widening of outlook was reflected in the arts. For the first time, craftsmen began to treat their work as art for art’s sake, experimenting in new style, themes and media. With the arrival of the Western influence, the rigid conventions of the traditional style were no longer binding. Instead of illustrating stories from the great Hindu epics, some Balinese artists began to depict scenes of everyday life and nature in their work. The present art community has two criteria: (a) a work of art is praiseworthy in the eyes of fellow Balinese, or (b) it appeals to the foreign market and is sold.

To day the traditional and modern arts can be viewed at various places: Museum Bali in Denpasar presents a commendable survey of Balinese art from prehistoric times to the early 20th century and modern arts. Werdi Budaya Arts Center in Denpasar offers exhibitions and sales of local handicrafts and hand loomed fabrics. Tohpati for fine batiks. Celuk for silver and gold works. Mas for excellent woodcarvings. Ubud is the heart of arts and cultures, home of the most talented painters. And Klungkung for the traditional paintings and silver works.

So if you are interested in arts, do not hesitate to choose this enchanting island for your Bali Vacation. It also has very nice beaches, hotels, fabulous nature’s views, friendly people and of course excellent foods. Go online and search your preferred Bali hotels or contact your reputable travel agent.

Ciao readers, my immense thank to you all.
By: Made Dertha

Read More..

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Bali Vacation: Discover A Breathtaking Panorama Of Jatiluwih

Most people come to Bali to experience the marvelously rich culture heritage; some come for the beaches and the waves; some come for meeting and convention; others for pure relaxation. But if you are a nature lover don’t miss Jatiluwih, is a breathtaking panorama of genuine and fertile rice fields stretch from the foothills of Batukaru volcano to the south coast.

It is located at the western district of Tabanan....

This western uplands of Batukaru are famed for magnificent landscapes. The view from the mountain village, Jatiluwih, takes in the whole of South Bali. Perched on a high terraced slope, Jatiluwih deserves its name, which means “Truly Marvelous”. A wonder of the world. It’s worth a venture.

You can initiate your trip in the morning leaving the hotel at 09.00. A.M. There are many ways to see Bali and each serves its own purpose well. Motorcycles are a pleasant (but extremely risky) way to see the countryside and cooler than ride in a car. Jeep and minivans are also available for hire – with or without a driver. It is advisable to settle the price with the driver before starting on a journey.

After passing the town of Tabanan the road takes you to the north through the villages of Wanasari, Jegu, Buruan and Wangaya Gede. On the route you will be amazed by the wonderful rural ambience; farmhouses, characteristically, a little shrine to place offerings dedicated to Dewi Sri the Goddess of rice, plowing, flocks of ducks that are brought to bathe and feed all day in the flooded paddies, and harvesting, that one pictures when remembering Bali. The cascading terraces of rice fields are the most striking features of the landscape.

If you see farmers are working the rice, planting or harvesting, and if you are interested in experience it, you can stop and joint them, you will be welcomed gladly. “Alo turis, alo turis!” followed by giggles is the standard greeting from children everywhere on Bali. Older people will be more sedate but their curious eyes will follow you, as will their more modest greeting of “mau kemana” (where are you going). Traveling in Bali can be exhilarating and getting off the beaten track can take you right to the heart of Balinese life, although you don’t have to stray far to feel it.

On the route at the village of Wanasari there is a butterflies park, you can stop and watch various kinds of colorful tropical butterflies. And then nearby the temple Pura Luhur is the holy spring of Air Panas, where hot water surges from the river bank. All strange, natural phenomena are believed to be frequented by spirits. Thus, Air Panas is graced by a small temple where people make their prayers with offerings.

The journey continues up the road until it dead ends at Pura Luhur Batukaru (2,278 m / 7,474 ft). Being one of Bali’s most venerated temples, every West Balinese temple has a shrine dedicated to it; it is isolated within its solitary clearing far above the populated farmlands. The dense rainforest of this upland would invite every adventurer to explore it. Wild orchids, healing herbs, fragrant spices and exotic trees could be discovered in this mystical heart and soul of this amazing island.

Then, the last destination (the goal of the journey) is the mountain village Jatiluwih, a breathtaking panorama of genuine and the most fertile terraces rice fields on the island. It is said as the granary of the whole Bali. Perched on a high terraced slope, Jatiluwih deserves its name, which means “Truly Marvelous”. The cascading terraces of rice fields are the most striking features of the landscape. Stretch from the foothill of Batukaru volcano to the south coast. The cool western uplands, overlooking half the island, offer magnificent views.

On the route to Jatiluwih you can observe many kinds of tropical vegetation; coffee, coconuts, cacaos, cloves, jack fruits, bananas, papayas, sirsaks, an extremely juicy fruit, rambutans, mangoes, durians the smelly fruit, etc. The western upland is the most interesting area to hike. If you love hiking (don’t forget your picnic basket). A true journey to the secret soul of Bali. But if you want to have your meals at a restaurant, continue your travel to the east till you arrive at Pacung, there is a good restaurant offers delicious buffet lunch – with its wonderful sight of terraces rice field and the sacred volcano Batukaru in the distance.

Waka Land Cruise a reputable company has been organizing a sacred adventure to the secret soul of Bali. Travel by legendary luxury Land Rover, on tiny country roads and tracks, through terraced rice fields and untouched rainforest to the real heart of Bali.

So keep in mind the beautiful Bali for your holiday, because it would be worth to venture there.

Thank you readers and have a nice day.

Read More..

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Bali Hotels Or Bali Villas


Dear Reader,

One says that traveling is not an exact science, to combine between their cultures, traditions, countries and different languages sometimes are not easy. Trust an expert, contact your reputable travel agent may be important.

Most people come to Bali want to see and enjoy its arts and cultures, its fabulous nature’s views, its nice beaches, its friendly people, for pure relaxation and some for business and stay on. Whatever is one’s aim, the accommodation is one of the most important ....

aspects in order to get the comforts and memorable holiday.

There are a myriad of accommodations to choose from in Bali, from five-star luxury Bali hotels or Bali Villas to budget one just a few dollars a night. The main tourist hub is in the southern triangle formed by Sanur, Kuta and Dusa Dua. For those who prefer the comforts of home and the relaxation of the beach, this is a good starting place. Other beach areas are Lovina in the north, Candi Dasa in the east and Canggu and Yeh Gangga in the west.

If you are a sun’s lover, then stay at Kuta (a wild and crazy kind of place) or its quieter sister beaches Legian and Seminyak up the road, Candi Dasa on the east coast, Sanur and Nusa Dua in the south or Lovina in the north. If you are a culture’s lover, then stay in Ubud in central Bali.

Thus for your accommodation what do you prefer Bali Hotels or Bali Villas? Both hotels and villas shall give you some advantages. For those who want a hotel that has a nice beach front or hotel by the sea or a room that facing the ocean, Bali Hotel is an easier choice, because most of luxury Bali Hotels that line the coast of Bali. There are plentiful of hotels either in building style or in Balinese style bungalow, both offer modern comports and excellent service, but without maximum privacy. Most Bali Hotels have one or more restaurants and bars that offer a wide range of local and international cuisines. Also sports and Spa facilities are usually available like tennis, billiards, squash, fitness center, games room, and some with golf course.

For those who want to enjoy a total privacy and perhaps a perfect Balinese lifestyle, stay at a private villa is a right choice. One can enjoy the luxury of a beautiful private villa with air-conditioned bedrooms and tropical bathrooms to dream about, spacious living and dining areas and spacious terraces, a lush tropical garden with your own private swimming pool, and well-trained house staff to take care of everything around the clock. And you’ll appreciate the comfort and informality you can only experience in a private home.

Instead of staying in hotel rooms (bed, two chairs, dressing table, TV set and telephone, wardrobe, small bathroom), your family will enjoy this truly Balinese experience. And you have much more space, more informality, more privacy, and more personal service than even the best hotel can provide.

You can even save up to 50% - 70% of meals and drinks if you stay at a private villa with full furnished kitchen if you decide a self-service vacation. Order your groceries, favorite snacks and drinks to be brought for you at the local supermarket or wine wholesaler. You’ll be surprised at the low cost when you pay the same prices as locals do. Or just ask the villa manager to do so, and a trained cook (with reasonable extra cost) to prepare you delicious meals or any special diet. And also Bali’s 21% tax & service charge and airport transfer is included on villa rental.

There are numbers of luxury villas at Bali’s hotels & resorts. If you prefer a hotel environment and services and don’t mind to pay inflated prices for accommodation and food & beverages, you can also book some villa-like accommodation at one of luxury Bali’s hotels through a reliable travel agent and still enjoy savings and extra benefits.

So, do not hesitate to choose the island of Bali in Indonesia for your memorable holiday. Bali is the most enchanting travel destination in the world, its year-round pleasant climate, its friendly people; its fabulous nature’s views, its nice beach and the absence of major criminal activities guarantee a completely relaxing stay. Because of the physical beauty of the island and its wide variety of attractions, Bali has become for many experienced travelers the “ultimate island”.

Go online and search your preferred Bali hotels or Bali villas or contact your reliable travel agent. The wide choice can be confusing especially for first time visitors, and it’s sometimes difficult to select the right Bali Hotels or Bali Villas. So just let your travel agent knows your personal needs and preferences that he can recommend those hotels or villas it feels will suit you best.

Thanks you reader and have a nice day.



 

Read More..

Monday, May 31, 2010

Luxury Destination Villa in Bali


The island of Bali is famous for it’s extraordinary beauty and unique culture. Bali has been voted the # 1 top island for six consecutive years by prestigious New York based TRAVEL + LEISURE magazine. Visitors to Bali are always impressed by its cultural and natural beauty. Explore its unique places of interest and attractions bali has to offer you.

One of Bali regency is Tabanan. Tabanan is the name of a district in west Bali and also the largest town in the district. Tabanan is an area ...

surrounded by a rich landscape of rice terraces. Tabanan is located next to the main east-west road leading to Java. One of Tabanan main tourism attractions is Tanah Lot. Tanah Lot is One of Bali's most revered Hindu shrines, dominates the coastline here and dates back to the 16th century. The temple is perched on a rocky islet and is dedicated to the spirit of the sea and the sheer beauty of the environment. An 18-hole championship golf course is also within the immediate vicinity.

With all those facilities available in Tanah Lot-Tabanan makes several Bali villas development company choose this area to build their property. One such property is The Lotus Residence. This luxury villa is just 10 kilometers from Bali Nirwana Golf Course or Tanah Lot temple. This Luxury villa set amidst in the lush Paddy Fields, Tropical Balinese Garden and Lotus Ponds in the ancient village of Pandak Bandung in Kediri-Tabanan near Tanah Lot on Bali’s West Coast, perched on the ridge of the Laing river valley facing to the east.

Lotus luxury villa was designed and built by a Balinese Architect on 12000 sqm land with a distinctively Balinese flavor design used an alang-alang thatched roof, Balinese entrance gate ‘Angkul’ constructed of brick, natural white paras stone work, timber and traditional structure which has been creating a natural atmosphere blends with modern interior design in harmony with the tranquil garden and idyllic lotus pond.

The whole resident composed of four thatched structure consist of 2 of Two-Bedroom Pavilion and 2 of One-Bedroom Pavilion, Spacious semi open air living and dining area overlooking Lotus Pond with water fountain where guest could enjoy the breezy wind from the valley & paddy fields and a 8 x 20 sqm main swimming pool with Balinese open air garden gazebo ideal for relaxation.

Fully equipped kitchen, a separate staff quarter and full household of staff are also available to look after during your stay. Lotus Residence could comfortably accommodate large families or small groups of golfers and is an ideal setting for hosting intimate gathering or wedding venues. Guest may choose to rent an entire residence or an individual free standing Guest Bedroom within villa.

Read More..

Sunday, May 30, 2010

How To Get The Best Deals On A Bali Accommodation

When the wonders of Bali call, some might shy away in fear that a trip to this legendary island destination will cost them more than they can afford. Whilst there is no denying this is a luxurious destination fit for jetsetters and royalty, there is no reason to believe the bank has to be broken to enjoy the wonders in style. When a few tricks of the trade are employed, holidaymakers can enjoy an ideal Bali accommodation even on a veritable shoestring budget.

The key to enjoying the best prices on a Bali holiday is to turn to the Internet for assistance. Here holidaymakers will discover companies that specialise in helping others make their Bali dreams come true. Whether a ...

planned stay will take place in Lombok, Kuta, Ubud or another locale all together, a reputable booking web site can help travellers ensure they get the best possible pricing on not only Bali hotels, but also tours, destinations and more.

So, how can holidaymakers be certain they’ve found a good site to book a Bali accommodation and extras through?

These things will help the best travel sites stand out:

* Specialty – Bali isn’t an average destination. With this in mind, it does pay off to work with travel booking sites that actually specialise in this Indonesian destination and its accommodations and attractions.

* Accommodation variety – Bali has some incredible hotels to choose from and the best travel facilitators should offer a variety of them. Bali hotels, however, are not the only choices in accommodations. The best sites will also give holidaymakers access to Bali villas, resorts and apartments. The pricing offered should cover a wide spectrum of ranges, as well. It does not have to cost a fortune to make a Bali vacation dream become reality.

* Availability of tours – Getting to Bali and having a place to stay doesn’t ensure that holidaymakers will be able to take in the island’s splendours. Tour packages, however, open the doors on regional landmarks. From Kintamani volcano tours to a full-day tour of the Besakih Mother Temple, the sites and wonders of Bali should also be made readily available at reasonable prices.

* Packages – Bali packages give holidaymakers an incredible way to stretch their money and make sure they still take in all the sites they desire to see. Packages can vary greatly in their actual inclusions, but should at least provide visitors with a Bali accommodation and a major tour or two to enjoy.

* Customer service – Beyond an wide selection of Bali hotels and tours, the best travel sites specialising in Bali will stand out based on the customer service they provide. To judge this, look for secured online transactions and actual contact names and numbers to facilitate holiday plans.

A vacation to the island paradise of Bali is a luxury, but it doesn’t mean holidaymakers have to pay like it is. When a good travel web site is used to help plan and book a Bali accommodation, a dream vacation can be enjoyed that falls well
Raymond Horsfall

Read More..

Honeymoon At The Exotic Bali!!

Honeymoon – a trip taken by a newly wed couple immediately after their wedding to celebrate their intimate relationship. And during this romantically special trip, the couple would look forward to comfort, privacy and pleasure!

There is an old saying ‘First impression is the best impression’. This is no exception in a marital relationship as well. A honeymoon would symbolize the beginning of a mutual commitment of trust and love for life. The sweet memories and experiences during this trip would be carried forward and cherished by the couple for the rest of their lives! ....

Honeymoon in Bali Villa:

Providing all the staying comforts and luxury of personalized service of serving food and cleaning the Villa purely based on the couple’s choice of time, there can be no other place than a Bali villa to be chosen as the best Honeymoon destination for the newly weds who are looking forward to a romantic honeymoon trip.

All guests are picked up and dropped off at the airport as part of all packages. When you receive confirmation of your package reservations, you'll also receive your personal confirmation number directly from the Hotel package of your choice. The Hotel's direct phone and fax number and e-mail will be supplied to you.

All inclusive honeymoon packages are available for your convenience and are inclusive of special benefits and privileges designed to enhance your honeymoon experience in Bali. These private villas have their own websites and the web portal enables prospective honeymooners to virtually visit the collection of exclusive villas in Bali in a range of different locations depending on taste and budget requirements.

Attractions in Bali:

Known as “Paradise on Earth”, Bali is a much happening place which has many activities and attractions to offer. Here are a few of them:

- Ancient temples – With a statistics of around 20,000 temples in this island, it is not surprising to know that Bali is rightly termed as “The Island of the Gods”. For newly wed couple who have religious beliefs, it would be quite an experience to visit these ancient temples.

- Traditional dance - The island of Bali probably has more traditional dances per square mile than any other real estate in the world. Some are solemn and graceful, while others border on slapstick. The town of Ubud is particularly famous as a center of dance performances.

- Island Cruise - These cruises and sea safaris offer a convenient way for visitors to Bali to enrich their experience of Asia and catch a glimpse of pre-historic times by taking a journey into regions of Indonesia little known to the rest of the world.

You can do all this either in just a few days on a scheduled cruise or, more leisurely and without any of the hardships often connected with visiting remote areas. There are regular departures from Bali throughout the year, and the fares fit all budgets.
by: Nigel Fine

Read More..

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Tips and Tricks to Keep your Laptop Secure and Safe

The sure to way to make your laptop secure is to never use them, never bring them with you, never open them nor install software on your laptop. Just locked them down in a fireproof safe place and they will be protected and out of harm's way forever. However, laptops were made for us to use, to help us more productive in our work and make our lives easy.

Keeping your laptop secure and protected is of course is still possible with some efforts on your part and with the use of existing security tools and software, learn and do good practices and most of the time using common sense.


From basics to the extreme, these are the tips and trick that will keep your laptop secure and safe.

Install Antivirus. Keep it up to date, regularly scan your computer and let it check your email. Without it, your laptop will surely get infected.

Install Anti-Spyware. Some Antivirus have bundled anti-spyware. Use them along with the antivirus and always get them updated. Regularly schedule scanning of laptop for spywares, Trojans, adware and other malwares to make them secure.

Keep Your System Updated. Let Windows constantly apply updates and patch security holes in your system. However, it is a good practice to always create a System Restore Point and backup your important files prior to applying updates on your system. You can use them to undo changes if problems occur or in case of update failure.

Set a System Password. Most computers have a built in CMOS setup password in its BIOS. This require that a password by typed in before it will boot the Operating System. It will prohibit any access to the computer at all. This is definitely not a password that you want to forget!

Password Protect Your Windows User Account. Windows user accounts can be assigned a password. This means that for a user to log on using an account, she must know the password.

Use Strong Password. A strong password mixes numbers, letters and specials characters. There are also websites available online that you can use to generate strong password or an online password checker.

Keep Your Firewall Turned On. A firewall helps protect your computer from hackers who might try to steal information, crash your computer or use it to attack other computers. Even if you know that your company is using corporate firewall to protect the computer inside their network, it is a good practice to always make sure that Windows firewall or third-party firewall is turned on specially when you are working on the road.

Beware of Pop-up Security Fakes. There will be occasions wherein while surfing or browsing some websites, you will be presented with a security warning that you computer could be infected with a virus or malware. This fake security software will entice you to scan or disinfect your computer by offering you a handy product to do the job for you. Beware of this – it could be rouge security software.

Encrypt Sensitive Data. Consider data encryption if you have sensitive information on your computer. Encryption will protect your business secrets.

Back Up Important Data. You don’t have to back up everything on the laptop. Just copy the important files you will need to the server. This will ensure that you will have something to look for when your laptop gets stolen on your trip. You just need to download your important files from the server to get the information you need.

Kid’s Computing. If you let your children use your laptop occasionally, always make sure that you keep an eye on them. Even if you are extra careful when using your laptop, this could be put at risk by a simple click of your kids especially when you let them browse or surf the internet. You can use parental-control software to prevent internet or computer use during off hours. Vista user accounts have this feature built-in.

Consider Insuring Your Laptop. If you laptop is expensive, it’s worth considering getting your laptop insured. Look for insurance providers such as Safeware that offers this type of service

Physical Security

Don’t be too obvious that you have them. Some fashionable people carry their laptops in expensive cases and this spell trouble for them. Those cases are hot in the prying eyes of thieves. There are available backpacks that are not too obvious that you are carrying a laptop with you and they’re also slash-proof and shock-proof as well.

Bio-metrics. The future of passwords is in your bio-metrics. The most common nowadays is fingerprints, retinas and even the shape of your face.

Lock the Laptop. Most notebook computers have a Kensington Security Slot which is a hole for attaching a lock. That was made for the purpose of securing your laptop – use it.

Track Your Laptop Anywhere. If a PC or notebook is stolen, you can make use of this technology to track down your laptop. It’s not just for car, it’s also available for laptop. There are open source software that is available for free and also proprietary software to choose from.

Read More..

BANNER,,,,BANNER,,,BANNER