Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Bali ‘s Day of Silence

Bali is very colourful as it is filled with various cultures and rituals. Nyepi is one of such festivals that has its importance in a very different way. It is the New Year for Balinese, and the Hindu families celebrate it in a massive way. Bali is known as one of the top-notch tourist stops in the world, and having Nyepi brings more colour for the island. However, this festival is not only for the Hindus or Balinese as this involves an island-wide purification, which means that all island’s inhabitants are into this together with no exception. They go into silence for a 24-hour straight while reflecting the ‘Four Nyepi Prohibitions’, which include ‘no fire, no travel, no entertainment, and no noise’. From 6AM to 6PM no lights are allowed, the airport won’t be operated, all the shops remain closed, machinery and vehicle usages are banned, no work is allowed, and people across the island are expected not to be seen in the public area as it is forbidden for them to leave their premises. The Pecalang (Balinese security person) is the authority who controls the process of Nyepi festival.

There are various phases of in which this famous New Year festival is being celebrated at Bali. Melasti, happens three days before Nyepi, is supposed to clean arca or pratima or pralingga with the help of symbols. These symbols help in concentrating the mind towards the gods. It aims to clean the entire nature and the belongings. Tawur Kesanga or well known as ‘ogoh-ogoh’ ceremony is performed exactly a day before the D-day. All villages of Bali hold an exorcism ceremony, which is generally performed at the main village across road. This ‘demons-meeting’ ceremony is definitely a wonderful thing to witness. A day after Nyepi, the festival will continue to Ngembak Geni. It is the real show of bonhomie amongst the Hindu societies, marking by the completion of the silence process and people visit each other’s houses to forgive each other. This is truly an affection show which is being liked by many ones and being adopted in some of the religions.

Some visitors tend to avoid traveling to Bali during Nyepi festival, and one of the reasons is because of the restrictions during the 24-hours of silence. However, the magic of Nyepi is so hauntingly blissful that it must be experienced at least once in a lifetime. And for those who are keen to spend Nyepi in Bali, there are more than enough hotel destinations that can cater guests during this important period.
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Friday, March 24, 2017

Feasting on Bali's Chinese Dishes

Bali hosts a large number of Chinese restaurants serving authentic Chinese food. From varieties of noodles, rice and mouth-watering appetizers, Bali offers enough Chinese food to satiate any food pallet. One of the good things of having Chinese food in this island is that a possibility to enjoy it in a restaurant while comfortably seated viewing beaches from the best angle. Some of the restaurants are very aesthetically built, reminding you of Shanghai cities or reconstructed ancient Chinese temples. From phenomenal crab and lobster dishes to mouth-watering prawn dumplings and the legendary Pecking Duck, it will be a small trip to Hong Kong while feasting on these Chinese dishes.

In Jimbaran area, Ah Yat Abalone Seafood Restaurant offers a huge selection of dim sum. Located inside RIMBA Jimbaran by Ayana Resort & Spa, this world-class dining spot also presents an extensive menu of traditional delicacies alongside popular dishes that guarantee will cater to a wider range of taste buds. In the interior, you can feast your eyes with an eclectic mix of Chinese furniture and antiques, while the space itself can cover up to 300 guests seated with 10 private dining rooms, claiming to be one of the largest Chinese restaurants in Indonesia.

With more than 20 years’ experience in Beijing and international hotels on mainland China, the chef brings the authenticity of oriental taste from his creations. If you come for dinner or lunch, you may want to order Lobster Sashimi; raw lobster meat served with wasabi and kikoman. You can have Lobster Sashimi for the meat and ask the head of the lobster cooked with porridge or stir fried with salt and spicy sauce. As for the dessert, Homemade Coconut Pudding, a mixture of coconut, sugar, coconut milk, strawberry, evaporated milk and galantine, would make a perfect balance in your mouth.

Moving forward from Jimbaran to Nusa Dua area, Ru Yi will take you for an authentic fine dining experience of China Town. Remaining unseen from the world, inside Awarta Nusa Dua Luxury Villas, the interior of the restaurant stimulates a sense of warm and comfort ambience to experience an oriental indulgent dinner. From its delightful Chinese entryways, wooden completing to Chinese adornments and sketches around the dining area; everything cooperates to give you that one immaculate eating background. You can choose your seating spots, either indoor with a classic-dramatic Chinese touch or outdoor overlooking the refreshing waterfall pond. Serving the most delightful customary Cantonese-style Chinese cuisines, you can try Sea Cucumber braised in special Awarta Sauce. This tastes very soft, smooth and light; melts in your mouth with a flavourful taste of a delicate Chinese fine dining meal.

Still within the high-end complex of Nusa Dua, Hong Xing Club & Resto at The Bay Bali features the enchanting décor of a Chinese-styled beachfront garden with a relaxing seating facing directly to Nusa Dua Beach. The smell of the ocean and the touch of the sea breeze creates an experience that will linger in your memory, making it the perfect place while enjoying Asian fusion cuisines. In the kitchen, the culinary team is ready to fulfil your appetite. One of the best sellers at this restaurant is the daily Dim Sum that artfully prepared to satisfy any Asian food fanatic. While you are there, don’t forget to try their signature dish, Prawn with Singapore Sauce, to engage your palate.

Driving further up, slightly outside ITDC complex in Nusa Dua, Table8 at The Mulia Resort & Villas presents an exciting oriental taste of Cantonese and Szechuan. The Dim Sum at this restaurant is a culinary journey of heart-warming bites prepared meticulously. Immaculate in all viewpoints, they're delicate, delicate, crunchy, delicious and fragrant. Featuring all time favourites, from steamed crystal shrimp dumplings to golden sauce bun or siu mai, to name but a few of Table8’s refined Cantonese flavours. Operate only during lunch hours, you can indulge with the all-you-can-eat Dim Sum and be tantalized as the chefs prepare the dishes in the freshest way. Special only in March, the culinary team at Table8 has fired up their kitchen to prepare delicious flower snail creations. From the simple poached flower snails, to chilled marinated flower snails in Chinese wine recipe among others in a must-try menu.

In Kuta, Warung Laota is one of the local favourites for a midnight late supper. Located only 10 minutes’ drive from the airport, this 24-hour eatery seems like never running low of visitors. The décor is inspired by a simple Chinese restaurant with wood tables and chairs next to a live-open kitchen. Warung Laota is specialised for its fresh seafood, however the hot seller would be Rainbow Porridge, which is a mixed of chicken, meat and seafood. Normally, this type of dish is presented for breakfast, but not is the case in this restaurant. One bowl of porridge can be shared for four people. While enjoying the porridge, better order a famous Chinese snack, or locally known as ‘Cakwe’. The taste will complete one another.

While Warung Laota serves porridge as a main dish at midnight, Pelangi Bali Restaurant has it in a normal breakfast-style. Nestled in the main road of Jalan Dewi Sri – Kuta, this place is a pleasant family-style Chinese eatery enlivened by a mix of conventional Chinese tradition with a hip, having a modern influence. Serving the most delightful customary Cantonese-style Chinese cuisines, you will discover a huge selection of Chinese food. Their dim sum comes in a variety types, from dumplings to Chicken Feet, while the list of option in a la carte menu is endless. Their signature dish is Chicken Golden Sands; soft and juicy chicken roasted covered with a crunchy pan-fried garlic and onion.

Heading a little bit north in Ubud, the recently established Golden Monkey Chinese restaurant serves a large selection of classic Cantonese favourites at reasonable prices. Located in downtown Ubud, the team of speciality chefs takes pride in creating some of the island’s tastiest Chinese food using only the freshest quality ingredients. The Peking Duck is one of the signature of the restaurant. The ducks are carefully and meticulously arranged to give you an incredibly delightful taste and crunch. The smell teases your taste buds when your fingers touch its firm skin to set up the hotcakes before you close your eyes and nibble into that very fulfilling, tremendously anticipated the first chomp. Relish its taste, its succulent delicacy, the flavors and burst of freshness from the fixings.

If you are a great fan of Chinese food, you would agree that consuming this type of dish is not only to satisfy hunger, but also to engage the mind and provoke the intellect.
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Thursday, March 23, 2017

Sanur Night Market

Sanur is Bali's oldest upscale resort area and a mature beach-side town. Despite the abundance of resorts and restaurants around this place, Sanur offers a tranquil and soothing charm. It stretches for about 5 kilometres along an east-facing coastline, with the lush and green landscaped grounds of resorts fronting right on to the sandy beach. The beach is thin and protected by a reef and breakwaters, so families appreciate the limpid waves.

To blend with the locals and for the better understanding of how they live, a visit to Sanur Night Market can be included in your itinerary. Located near Sindhu Beach, the market is amongst the cheapest spots that a tourist can find themselves at. Groceries aren’t as overpriced as it is the case with some other spots that have purposely been established to extort the foreign tourists. Sanur Market ideally operates throughout the day with the mornings being dedicated to the selling of groceries, fresh vegetables, dried fish, pungent spices and various household goods. Slightly after midday, departments shift from grocery stalls to food stalls, and the market suddenly transforms itself into a place of sensory delights. So, you are free to go according to your fancies and whims. If you are a food lover and want to have it in the local way, the best time to arrive would be after 6 PM.

Recently, Sanur Night Market underwent some serious sorts of refurbishments and resulting into a much more organized affair, thanks to the more space created. The variety of street food available here is mind-blowing, from local food stalls to meals on wheels. You can find any kind of fried and grilled food, including fried rice, fried noodles, satay, range of curries and stir fries. It becomes so difficult for the first timer to choose what they want to try. The best part, everything is raging under Rp 30,000 per item. So, if you are travelling on a budget, this is definitely the right place to be.

Mounds of food are dumped onto squares of waiting brown paper before being neatly wrapped and handed to salivating takeaway customers. Most of the visitors park their motorbikes and dash in for a takeaway, while the others don’t mind standing in front of the stalls and waiting for the delicacies to be cooked right in front of them. You might not find chairs and tables as per a common seating arrangement, but frankly, who cares! Don’t be surprised to find heaps of foreigners in and around the food stalls and look very excited to try Indonesian food. Worry not about the language barrier as the stallers speak English quite enough to understand what you want to order. In case they don’t, you can still communicate using the language of food by pointing at the items that you want. One secret of the market is for one to understand the balance between the sweetness and the spiciness of the foods.

As you walk and dance around sampling the sweet and spicy intersections wherever they meet, you will be amazed to see live coals in the stalls where meat is charred and grilled to perfection. It is fascinating to watch the chefs cook with their varieties of tossing, flipping, sautéing and sprinkling exquisite Indonesian spices. Some of the food stalls serve plates of ready-to-go food items behind glass, and you can choose what you want to go with rice. Some of the favourites are Perkedel Jagung (corn fritters), Terong Pedas (spicy eggplant), Tempe (soy bean cake), and Balinese style mixed vegetables. You can also find Lawar (coconut and vegetable dish with bits of crunchy pork), Bakso (Indonesian soup with meatballs), different versions of chicken, beef, lamb and fish. Fried pancakes and egg rolls are some of the other foods prepared in different ways.

If you are not sure what to have for dinner, you can go for a Lamb or Chicken Satay with a delicious sweet soy sauce and Lontong (sticky rice), or do try the savoury Martabak, which is a cross between a thin pancake and a thin omelette, stuffed with a slightly spicy filling that usually includes garlic, minced meat, egg and onion. It comes with fresh, birds eye chilies, sweet chili sauce and cucumber slices on the side. For dessert, you could buy a sweet Martabak with a filling of condensed milk, nuts and chocolate. But if you want to go for something light yet yummy, try a fresh tropical fruit salad of papaya, banana and pineapple, or perhaps a Durian Ice Cream. For only under Rp 100,000 you can have all of this. It is a free delicacy.

Sanur Night Market is an amusing break from eating at high-end restaurants. While gorging on street food, you do not compromise anything on taste and quality. But surprisingly, you get to enjoy unimaginable varieties of food at immensely reasonable rates that you actually go high on food. The charm of standing in front of the stalls, ordering over the counter, interacting with the friendly locals who treat you as people rather than ‘Tourists’ and watching your food getting cooked right in front of you is an amazing experience. Away from the posh and luxury, the street food at Sanur Night Market gives you every reason to devour and indulge into true Indonesian food without feeling guilty about emptying your pockets.

This article is also published at NOW! Bali Magazine

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Kuta Street Food

Kuta is a very popular tourist spot. Famous for a lot of posh hotels, resorts and restaurants, the area might seem a little commercialized. However, if you crave to eat an authentic Balinese local food, there’s a place to be considered in the heart of Kuta.

Located in Jalan Patih Jelantik, this place acts like a magnet for drawing people who are crazy about pork and want to have it in the rustic, local way. Pork satay under the tree or locally known as “Sate Babi Bawah Pohon”, speaks for itself. The dining spot is in a tent, right under a giant tree in the parking lot of the public sport Gelora Tri Sakti facilities. To reach there, once you are in Legian street, you can ask around and follow the trail of heavenly scent of barbecued meat.

Rp 30,000 is what it takes for you to enjoy 10 sticks of satay complete with Indonesian rice cake called ‘Lontong’ or better known as steamed ketupat rice-cake cubes. You might be searching for peanut sauce or sweet soy sauce to go with the satay, but surprisingly, you will find a pinch of salt with green chilies served on the side. You just need to trust the local chefs, grab one of the skewers and use the succulent barbecued meat on it to crush the chili on top of the salt. If necessary, tap it a bit on the edge of your plate to get rid of the salt before you go for the first bite. The meat is fresh, tender and juicy. It has an amazing crunchy texture on the skin. The taste of the spices and the pork blended together post grilling on charcoal is so tempting and exotic. It is sweet, sharp, a little bit hot and smoky. The mishmash of the sweet and spicy barbecue marinade together with that boost of saltiness and heat from the chili salt just bombs your food pallet in the right places. There is no doubt that you would go in for a second order or even a third, since there is nothing to worry about a dent in your pocket.

This satay opens daily from 10 AM until everything gets sold around noon. It is better to go early in the morning to avoid long queues. For personal note, it is a little difficult to find a table and chair. You might need to stand and enjoy your pork the local way. Do not get fooled by its humble location and eating spot. Sometimes people wait in queues for more than 1 hour just to taste this succulent, yummy pork. Such is the craze and popularity of this dish. It has been loved by all, and labelled Bali’s gourmet bliss!

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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Jimbaran Fish Market

Though many of the popular dishes consists of pork, beef and duck, but fish is something which is a part of the staple diet. Located in Kedonganan village, Jimbaran, Kedonganan Fish Market is a treat for fish lovers. Very popular for its fresh and big catch, this place provides an amazingly long array of fishes to choose from. It is Bali’s main seaside marketplace where fishing boats land daily and haul off their fresh catches, making this place full of fresh catch of unending varieties. Bustling with both tourists and locals, this fish market is one of the hottest culinary destinations in Bali.

Operate daily from 5 AM until 10 PM, this market is visited by people from every segment. Located close to the coastline, the mornings are usually busy with fishermen hauling their boats and dropping off their fresh catch. The fisherman uses large, motorized boat with huge purse shaped seines. They normally depart late in the afternoon and arrive just before dawn to sell their catch to the wholesalers at the Kedonganan Fish Market. The catch is well iced to maintain its freshness and taste.

To enter this fish market, you need to pay Rp 1,000 for motorcycles and Rp 2,000 for cars. You will find stalls laid cleanly all around with small compartments to categorize the different catch. You can also find few fishermen who lay out their catch on the coast itself and few local vendors who sell fish on the move. The characteristic feature of this traditional market is its semi-permanent shops made from wood. Interestingly, the main concept of this fish market is its proximity to the coasts and umpteen restaurants serving the fresh fish there and then. There is no time spent on transporting the fish to the markets, resulting in extremely fresh and high quality fish being sold.

If you are a seafood lover, be amazed to find varieties of fish like shrimp, squid, crab, lobster, tuna, scallops, crabs, oysters, octopus, and chunks of fish eggs. Amazingly, they all cleaned and neatly arranged.  Normally, the fish prices start from Rp 30,000 per kilogram, and more for rarer catches. The prices go up slightly during the rainy season as the catch reduces, as well as during holiday seasons. Bargaining is recommended, and if you are lucky enough you can end up negotiating at some real low price. For your personal note, the fish sellers are pretty warm and friendly. They tend to give a generous discount for anyone buying in bulk.

The ambience is lively, owing to a lot of restaurants and grill houses operating in the vicinity. The place is teeming with tourists more in the evening when they come to choose their catch and take it to a restaurant to get prepared. You can either take your catch home and cook your friends and family a delicious fish supper, or you could even get it cooked on the spot. The restaurants are located along the beaches, providing a beautiful view of the oceans along with mouth-watering dishes to enjoy. These restaurants are operational from breakfast time until the wee hours of the morning. These local restaurants have a rustic air about them and are the perfect place to taste authentic Balinese food cooked in the most customary way. A lot of restaurants even allow you to take your catch to the chef and request them to prepare it for you. Of course, you do have to pay a little extra for this. The best part is that if you want to throw a beach party, you can simply request the chef to cook your choice of fish in your way and have a fun evening with a unique fish dining experience. Kedonganan fish market offers such flavoursome and scrumptious rendezvous.

This article is also published at NOW! Bali Magazine

Monday, March 20, 2017

Denpasar Traditional Market

Denpasar’s charm lies in the marvellous way in which it retains such a strong hold on its cultural heritage and the ethnicities of the Balinese people, flawlessly combining the new with the old. For those who yearn to explore and have an insatiable thirst to deep-dive and learn new culture, a visit to Denpasar traditional market is the perfect doorway to authentic Indonesian lifestyle.

Badung Traditional Market in Denpasar strongly depicts Balinese culture and traditions by beautifully encapsulating Balinese lifestyle in all its shops. This market invites you with street carts, busy food stalls and people selling snacks right off the back of their motorbikes. Exotic and enticing in its own way, the market atmosphere draws in locals by the hundreds, ready to examine through a stockpile of market goods for a fraction of their retail price.

Currently relocated to Jalan Cokroaminoto after a major fire incident, Badung Traditional Market is the centre of town's economics. Despite being a little dull from the outside, this complex remains a strong driving force for the Balinese economy with transactions and sales happening around the clock. The local people who go for shopping at this market are not only from environment of Denpasar community but also from other places. Badung Traditional Market is operating for 24 hours, divided by 2 shifts start at 5 in the morning and 5 in the evening.

This enormous shopping place consists of a large main building that houses stalls and shops of all varieties, including hardware, slow-moving items and daily necessities from clothing, home ware, kitchen utensils and ceremonial goods such as ornamental baskets and incense. It offers a perfect picture of Balinese tools and items that the locals use almost every day. Some have fixed prices, while others can be well negotiated. Outside the building is the 24-hour-open-air market counterpart, where fast-moving items and groceries are sold. You can feast your eyes on colourful tropical fruits and bargain hard. This market becomes quite cramped up before big holidays like Galungan, Kuningan, or Nyepi.

The highlight of Badung Traditional Market is its authentic street food and Balinese style light bites. From the very humble stalls on the side walk to the food stalls on wheels and motorbikes with a gas cooker, the locals have found many diverse ways to serve warm and fresh food that seems to be delivered straight from the street. Most of the food stallers have their own ‘kitchen’ that they can build flexibly next to the diners who sit on plastic stools at makeshift tables.

You will instantly feel the aroma of Balinese spices engulfing you. Lovely satay skewers with rice cakes are charcoaled to the point where the sugars from the marinade caramelizes and gives the perfect crunch. Tipat is a rice cake cooked in woven coconut leaves, a simple stodge filler, served in a thick sweet peanut sauce. Wash it down with Es Kelapa Muda, which is coconut water and flesh on ice. If you really like spicy food, you will love sate lilit (minced meat, grated coconut, coconut milk, lemon juice, shallots and chili pepper), combo wound around a bamboo, sugar cane or lemongrass stick, and grilled on charcoal or even the Sambal Matah (a chili salsa condiment that you put over grilled fish, chicken or rice). The suckling pig is definitely a must try. It is a unique dish roasted on whole over fire, stuffed with onions, garlic, ginger, galangal, turmeric, lemongrass, shallots and chilies. A very common dish that you will find in most of small food stalls is different types of Lawar, like Pork, Jackfruit and Dragonfly Lawar, which is a mix of vegetables, coconut and minced meat drowned in rich herbs and spices. Nasi Campur is Bali’s signature dish but when you order it from local eateries, the chili they put on the side or on top is ridiculously spicy, which gives you the kick of real street food.

The street food in Badung Traditional Market attracts thousands of locals and tourists every day. Simple dishes with complex flavourings is what makes these food items so irresistible, living up to the true definition of street food.

This article is also published at NOW! Bali Magazine

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Dhatri’s Crystal Healing Chakra Balancing & Spiritual Massage

Chakra Healing through Chakra Balancing Spiritual Massage is a process that has been divided into sessions that makes maximum utilization of natural resonance of crystals in a process that revitalizes ones’ circulation into a healthy one thus rehabilitating your vital force. This is done through the chakras, which essentially are the seven energy centres running along your spine’s length, beginning from the tailbone all the way to the crown. These centres, referred to as spiritual organs in the eastern medicine, each of these chakras have been associated with that varying attitudes as well as emotions that we do experience in our lives. Our bodies indeed communicate to us clearly and specifically, if we are willing to listen.

Dhatri Healing Centre is today widely acclaimed name as far as Crystal Healing of the Chakras is concerned. Their well-elaborate healing steps guarantee proper healing after one undergo the entire procedure. Divided into four steps, Dhatri starts with elaborate diagnosis before they can give a Midas touch to your health.

1st step: The Chakra Diagnosis by Aura Camera
If you don’t know where you are going to, you will absolutely end nowhere. This is an important saying when it comes to chakra as well. It is mandatory that you get proper diagnosis before you can receive the appropriate consultation and treatment. With the use of the state-of-the-art Aura cameras, Dhatri has specialists who will be able to help you see your aura condition and energy status. From this, you will get the professional report that enables you to deeply know yourself. It is synchronised with Buddha said, “To keep the body in good health is a duty, otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear.”

2nd step:  Chakra Balancing
This is done using handmade Tibetan singing bowls that comes with seven different sounds, each sound for each chakra. It is incredible knowing that your chakras get balanced through a special Chrystal formula done on you as you lie in the healing bed. The energy sounds of these singing bowl ensures your chakras reach perfect harmony through balancing.

3rd step: The Relaxing Full Body Massage
A full-body-massage follows, thus guaranteeing you relaxation of body muscles and mind. This uses acupressure techniques among other eastern natural healing methods that have been proven to be very effective. Through the ultimate combination of Chrystal massages such as the Chrystal meridian massage, crystal foot reflexology and crystal head & face massages, you will indeed feel therapeutic effects in your entire system.

4th step — final chakra balancing
Through the combination of special crystal healing procedures, or rather crystal double terminator diamond special procedures, you get out of Dhatri a completely different person from the way you got in. A combination of pain reduction, relaxation, improved body circulation, cellular rejuvenation through reflexology, head & face massage together with crystal healing massage, you get the most perfect Chakra balancing ever.

This article is also published at NOW! Bali Magazine

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Empowering remote village with education and life skills

Established in 1998, East Bali Poverty Project (EBPP) is a non-profit organization with focus on the mountain villages people in the east side on Bali. Village Ban is one of their ongoing projects. It is the most remote and disadvantage village in Bali, located on the steep and dry eastern slopes of Mount Agung and Mount Abang. To reach there requires some efforts. On the road to Besakih Temple, take a left turn to penetrate the protected forests of Mount Agung, negotiating narrow and winding sandy tracks, just enough for one sturdy car. It is actually not a road but the flow path of the water when it rains, which is used by the residents around the forest to get grass for feeding their cows. The village of Ban is located right after the protected forest.

When the EBPP started in 1998 after request by the village for help, basic facilities were not available in this part of the island. No road, electricity, water supply, and not even phone signal. As for the natural source, they don’t have river or paddy field. Rain water is the only major source of water they can rely on. There is a dirt road that cut across the village, but that is actually a valley between Mount Agung and Mount Abang. This access comprised sandy and rocky slopes that get flash flood when it rains or when rain occurs only at the Mount Agung slope. If that happens, people of Ban could not get out of their hamlets until the water receded.

Deeper on the dirt road to the other end side of the village, there is Jatituhu, one of the hamlets in Ban village. More than 100 families live here in a housing compound with only approximately 10 to 15 houses close to each other in a central area. The houses are small and made from bamboo bedeg. Children ran around with no clothes and bare food.

It is hard to believe that it was already 18 years ago. But not much change in the lives of the Jatituhu people at the present day, except now they have electricity, better road, water reservoir, toilets, more active Posyandu and education for their children. The last four are the EBPP programmes with Iodine Deficiency Disorder (IDD) elimination as our first programme in 2001 as the goitre rate reached 84.5%.

In Jatituhu, EBPP made their contribution to build up basic facilities such as water reservoir, health facilities and toilets. In 2005, they started the children education programme in Jatituhu after starting the others 4 education programmes in the others 4 hamlets in Ban villages. The closest elementary school for Jatituhu is located in Temakung hamlet within 5 kilometres with access footpath. At that time most of the children of school age do not attend school. The distance to the junior high school around 15 kilometres.

Since the launch of their first hamlet school in Bunga on 1999, EBPP now manages 6 remote schools in the hamlets of Bunga (1999), Cegi (2000), Pengalusan (2000), Manikaji (2001), Jatituhu (2005) and Darmaji (2007). They manage programme for Elementary, Junior High and Senior High School level in these 6 hamlets of Village Ban. Up to this day, EBPP has been educated more than 1,000 children in their 6 schools.

These children are not only studying the national mandatory subjects in the class, but they are also integrated life skills they need to empower them for a better future. The main subjects of the study in the elementary level are including health, hygiene, sanitation, art, music and Balinese dance. For junior and senior high school students, they are also learning nutrition, reproductive health, computer & financial literacy, job applications & life skills. Bamboo handicraft skill is a mandatory study in EBPP programme. With their latest programme, EPBB aims to empower the students to create own bamboo business so they don’t have to leave their village to find a job. Their future is in their own village.

At the moment, EBPP is struggling with the limited fund to continue these education programmes. They need funding to continue the primary and secondary school education in these remote hamlets. Having a proper level of education will them access to a better future. “Help us to help them help themselves.”

This article is also published at NOW! Bali Magazine

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Sea Salt Bath with Ayana Resort & Spa

"It is nice finding that place where you can just go and relax.” One of the signature body relaxation procedures in Ayana Resort & Spa is the Aquatonic Seawater Therapy that is done in the Aquatonic Seawater Therapy Pool. In the procedure, warm salty water is filled in the pool, and upon dipping yourself inside this pool, a healing process that calms the system and invigorates the bather begins. 

At Ayana Resort, you have the best opportunity of doing warm sea salt bath in an almost natural state.
The pool is a marvellous composition of a labyrinth of specific bubble baths, shower jets, counter current walking zones, water massage zones together with currents & counter currents, all of which offer treatment to different parts of the body via differing positioning and intensity. This offers beneficial effects that tones the muscles and enhances better blood circulation.

The Aquatonic pool has a capacity of 700,000,000 litres of water that is directly supplied to this pool from the Indian Ocean that’s underlying Ayana. This rebalances mineral deficiencies all the time. With the floating effects of the pool, one is able to exercise their way through twelve hydro massage positions containing more than 60 therapeutic jet streams, geysers and micro-bubbles for the rehabilitation of the injured muscles as well as for stress relief.

Not only will the pool be effective in making you relax your mind and muscles, but there is much more. Psoriasis, eczema, muscular and back pain, cardiovascular functioning, diabetes and improved immune system are all things that will greatly be dealt with, all these done while you are in a relaxation mode. Stress & tension, improved metabolism, cellulite reduction muscle toning, skin relaxation and toning, anti-ageing therapies and improved quality of sleep are all results that one gets upon taking bath in this pool.

The best time to get into the pool is always at sunset, just before you go for your early night. Be sure of getting a deep dreamless slumber. It is also recommended you take your bath just before or after a flight to or from a different time zone so as to combat the jetlag effects. Doing it after an exercise or before a manual massage is great for enhancement of the lymphatic drainage.

With all these benefits and options, it will be more therapeutic and interesting for you to balance the relaxing tranquillity in these incredible healing waters of Bali.

Courtesy of Ayana Resort & Spa
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