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Ubud Vacation

Ubud Vacation – Morning Walk
Walking down the road of Ubud in the morning, you will definitely see many locals doing their routines, from going to the market, sweeping the yard, doing the offerings and many other activities. Walking along the sidewalk, passing the traditional market of Ubud, you will definitely see closer the beat of Ubud Life in the morning. Just get into the market, squeezing yourself a bit in the crowd to the centre of the market itself, and then you will find a small narrow village road leading you to some warungs, or the Local Balinese Café places where many locals normally spend their time in the morning buying some local delicacies like Balinese Cakes, porridge, beverages like coffee, tea etc. If you want to feel completely local, you can probably come and join them. Try the local food delicacies and enrich yourself with the experience.
Morning won’t be the proper time to do shopping around, no shops probably open yet, but this is the great time to see some locals doing their offerings. You will see various well decorated young coconut leaves resembling a small plate or it looks like a saucer filled with colorful flowers on the top, you will also see some small pieces of banana leaf filled with a little rice and fried grated coconut on the top. This is called saiban or our offerings to the nature and surrounding as the gratitude for still having something to eat, something that makes us continue to live and be healthy. Basically, all offerings will be used as the symbol to appreciate the living things or the GOD’s creation wherever they exist, either seen or unseen things. The locals believe that life can be anywhere, even a hard solid statue has something alive in it, and we believe there is something unseen resides within the solidity of the rock or wood that the statues are made of. Besides, locals will also put some offerings in front of their shops, on the sidewalk, and under the big tree. You will find many colorful offerings wherever you walk in Ubud in the morning.
Ubud is also famous for the temples, many temples with the authentic Balinese Sand Stone Carvings can be found in Ubud. If you have an idea to see closer the décor of those temples, you might want to arrange a day tour with the local guides who can explain to you accurately about the temples and the history that lies behind it. The last but not least, if you walk passing the Ubud palace, you perhaps want to pop in and see more traditional buildings there, or probably to come and watch some Balinese Dancing and Drama Performances, simply just ask as many questions as possible to your local guides and get to know more about the local Bali life especially in Ubud.

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Ubud is Art

Ubud is Art
Ubud has been famous throughout the globe not because of its rows of shop and crowd. You can still find world class shopping centers and restaurants in various parts of the world. However, you will see and enjoy this Ubud Art only in the place from where it comes and grows. Ubud is the place where art has become the essential part of its people’s lives. Wherever you go in Ubud, you will find art in its various embodiments. You will find many shops selling paintings, statues, jewelries, furniture and many more.

If you are interested in paintings and statues either wooden or stone, you can arrange a tour to some villages in Ubud. Come and talk directly to the painters, woodcarvers or stone carvers, they would be very glad to share their ideas and information with you. You can also see and enjoy their artworks, ask questions and you will understand what their masterpieces really mean since sometimes artwork has various interpretations. If paintings and statues are not really your thing, and you want to find some knick knacks or little souvenirs, go and arrange a visit to some other parts of Ubud, probably you can have a good bargain to buy some souvenirs directly at the place where they are produced.

Ubud Art is not merely paintings or statues, Ubud has also art in its performances like dances, shadow puppet shows and traditional on stage drama performances, you can arrange to watch and enjoy these performances around the centre of Ubud and also Peliatan Village. You can reserve in advance by coming to local ticket agents or there are also some locals who are selling the tickets out on the streets at Ubud Centre. They will do their best to offer you the tickets and you can just ask some questions to get further information about the shows and the tickets. Otherwise, you can just come to tourist information centres and they will give you the information you require.

Ubud is a Balinese Village that has been growing rapidly in the industry of hospitality, and one that causes its rapid growth is its art and culture that you will not find somewhere else on the globe, only in Ubud-Bali.

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Ubud Stay – Intense
We believe many reasons have become the background upon making any decisions to visit Ubud – Bali. Some people might come for fancy restaurants and shopping while others probably come for something that they cannot find anywhere else on the globe, the Balinese culture, tradition and art.

Bali (Ubud) has been blessed with the unique culture, tradition and art, the people doing ceremonies daily; you will find offerings from a bunch of flowers on the beautifully shaped young palm leaves, a tiny amount of rice on the small cut of banana leaves until the fancy arrangement of fragrant colorful flowers and fruits on the circle wooden tray with a high base, normally carved with beautiful and graceful Balinese carving and the touch of Balinese glamorous gold coloring, these fancy offerings normally completed with the grilled chicken and carried to the temples by the women, placing this high tray on their heads and walking to the temple in line with the other women.

Through its ceremonies and traditions, Ubud has its intense spiritual ambiance that attracts many people to come. They want to see closer how the Balinese perform the rituals, seeing closely the temples and enjoying the graceful movement as well as the firm yet beautiful glance of the Balinese dancers performing their traditional dancing at the temple. Some guests even practicing meditation and yoga when they come to Ubud, escaping the routines and taking vacation to relax and refresh their body and soul.

If you think those activities will not give you enough culture related Bali Experience, you might want to explore closer to the local villages, seeing the art and the lives of the locals at their local homes. You can probably arrange for a tour to see how the Balinese prepare their offerings, how they perform the rituals at home, how they are grateful for every little thing that GOD has blessed them. In addition, visiting some local craftsmen would also be a great idea, seeing how the carvers doing their jobs converting the huge log into the beautifully carved wood in the shape of horses, elephants and even some epic stories like Ramayana and Mahabharata. You will find some local painters working with their canvases, depicting their imagination on to the plain white sheet of canvases. If you intend to know more, you can start having a conversation with them, if language barrier seems to be the problem, you can come with a tour guide. You can ask several questions to them to understand completely the art, their lives, the rituals, anything art and culture related questions.

Ubud art and culture are not just paintings, woodcarvers and other souvenirs but you can also explore the cuisine. You probably want to taste the herbs and spices that Balinese usually use in their traditional meals, try to gain some information about where and when the locals would prepare for their ceremonies and do some activities like mebat or an activity when the villagers especially the men will gather and cook some Balinese traditional meals together for the sake of completing the offerings. They will work together; cook together some traditional dishes like Lawar, Balung, etc. After cooking, they will then either eating together or taking some of the dishes home. This activity normally takes place at the temple hall or at the village hall with half or sometimes almost all of the male village members taking part in it. When you get the information, just come and taste the dishes with your buds.

Ubud is indeed having its intense tradition, art and culture. It has been well-known by many people from all over the world. Wisely thinking, it will not be enough if you only read or watch it online. Unless you come and feel the atmosphere, you won’t get the complete experience of the intense Ubud Art and Culture.

Besakih

The Mother Temple

When you talk about temples, Ubud has a lot; there are many temples you can find in Ubud with the beautiful décor and the intense spiritual aura. This is one out of many reasons why people visit Ubud. However, although Ubud has lots of temples, none of them is the biggest to the Bali Hindu. The one that is known as the mother of the temple, the biggest and the centre of all temples in The Island of Bali is the one named Pura Besakih or Besakih Temple.

This temple is located at Rendang District, Karangasem Regency, Bali. This temple is simply not a single temple like the other temples that you usually visit. Besakih Temple is actually a complex of several temples, there is one main temple which is the centre called Pura Penataran Agung or Penataran Agung Temple and the other eighteen temples around it. One of the eighteen temples that surround the main temple of Penataran Agung is known as Pura Basukian this is the place where the Holy Rsi Markandya received the holy vision from GOD that is becoming the start of Bali Hindu nowadays.

Besakih Temple is the centre of all temples in Bali. Amongst all temples you can find in Besakih, Penataran Agung Temple is the biggest and the most complex one with many beautiful shrines. In this temple there are three main shrines that symbolize the Tri Murti or the three characters of the GODS that are creating, maintaining or taking care of and the last one is purifying. It is just like the circle of life, we are born, we live and grow and when the time comes we die and our bodies, bones and flesh altogether will return to where they come, and we are purified from all sins and dirtiness of the mortal world. Bali Hindu believe in the qualities of the Tri Murti known as Brahma the creator of all in the universe with the color of Red, Wisnu with the duty of maintaining what have been created in the universe, plants, animals, humans etc, with the color of Black, and the third one is Siwa the one that has the duty to purify by destruction, with the color of Manca Warna or the five combined colors. The GOD Siwa will destroy what that has been old, obsolete or something, someone that has been full of sin and or dirtiness. By this destruction The Lord Siwa will return it to where it comes, to the universe and they will be purified.

This is just a brief information on where and what Besakih Temple is. If you want to know more, go and see it closer.

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Ngaben

Ngaben in Ubud – Bali
Ngaben is the way how Balinese treat the deceased. When someone passed away, the family will need to arrange for either burial or cremation. In some Bali villages, if someone is coming from Royal Family or they have enough budgets to cover the expenses, they will opt for cremation ceremony. However, if they are coming from ordinary family and they do not have enough money to arrange the cremation, they will opt for the burial and wait for the Banjar Cremation ceremony that is held once in every five years. Therefore, it can ease their burden in budget since the Banjar Cremation is a mass ceremony when all the people of Banjar will have to arrange the cremation together for their buried family members, all of them in one Banjar.

When a family decided to arrange for Ngaben ceremony, not the mass one, they will build up a high temple like structure called Wadah. This Wadah is functioning as the vehicle to carry the deceased to the cremation ground. Beforehand, the deceased will be treated as if he was still alive, the family members will do the work to bathe, comb his hair, dress him up and apply some lotion made of natural fragrance on his skin before he is wrapped up by white fabric and prepared to be placed into the coffin that is later put on the Wadah and lifted up by the family members and Banjar to the cremation ground, at the cremation ground the deceased will be moved from the Temple like Wadah to the structure resembling buffalo called Lembu before it is burnt.  When the deceased is being treated at home, some of the family members and Banjar people lift the Lembu structure to the cremation ground. This Lembu is used as the vehicle for the deceased to the afterlife and this structure will later be burnt together with the deceased.

The climax of Ngaben itself is the burning process; fire is something pure and holy in Bali Hindu, and in Ngaben Ceremony fire is used to free the spirit from the body and enable the reincarnation. If the spirit is still trapped in the body with bones and flesh, it will never be able to reach the afterlife and it cannot reincarnate to the world. Therefore, the fire will help to burn all bones and flesh and purify the spirit before it is going to the afterlife, and sometime in the future, it will reincarnate.

See it closer in Ubud-Bali.
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Ubud Colors in Blossoms

Everyone loves flower, the women would love to have and receive a bunch of flowers from their loved ones; they will feel on the top of the world when these are given by their lovers with the whole heart. Those blossoms like roses, jasmine etc, they do have beautiful colors as well as mild fragrance that easily make them favorite for the ladies.
Further about flowers and fragrance, they have been something prominent in the rituals of Bali Hindu in Ubud and Bali generally. We are using flowers a lot for our offerings and they do add festive colors to the festive seasons of ceremony in Ubud- Bali.
Practically the main function of these blossoms in Bali is not only for the decoration, these colors and fragrance basically have the function to symbolize the sincerity, your whole heart, your pure and holy heart when you say your prayer and attempt to get yourself close to the ONE, the biggest creator of our world, the GOD.
Balinese will use these flowers and fragrance for both their offerings like Canang, other types of the offering and also for praying. When we put it on the top of our Canang, and on the other various types of the offering, this way we actually show how pure and holy our intention is to worship HIM and say our prayer, asking for the life harmony and balance. Secondly, these flowers are also used when we pray. We clamp a bloom using our two hands with half of it pointing upward, so we clamp half of the flower and the other half is pointing upward, and we place our hands right in front of our forehead. The use of this flower when we pray is again showing the sincerity and your whole pure heart when you say your prayer and attempt to get your body, soul and mind close to HIM, the GOD.
Therefore, wherever and whenever you go in Bali, you will find flowers everywhere either on the Canang or perhaps on the other types of offering and decoration since we want to be sincere and showing our whole heart to the people, to the surrounding nature where we live and our GOD to whom we are asking and seeking for safety, harmony and balance to this life.
Just like those blossoms giving the colors to the surrounding, they are also giving us colors to show how pure and sincere we are to thank for this beautiful life.
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Why you need to stay in Ubud – Bali?

For many decades people have done their series of serious efforts to travel and move from one place to the other places. There are absolutely many beautiful places on earth where they can move and settle. However, would that be the best places for them to continue living and enjoying each piece of their precious time?

Probably YES, or Perhaps NOT

But now, many people from around the world have decided to move and stay in one of the villages in Bali, known as Ubud. Many of them choose to stay temporarily and some of them even have made decisions to stay permanently.

What are actually their reasons to choose Ubud?

The People

The warm hospitality, friendliness and sincerity of the people around you will help you decide the comfortable place for you to stay.

The Food

Being the tropical island, Bali has various kinds of food source from veggies, fruits as well as fish and other animals which are used as the sources of nutrition. Besides, you will also love the Balinese Local Cuisine which is using some herbs and spices that make the taste even stronger and more authentic.

The Art

Known as The Art Capital, Ubud People are indeed having talent in creating beautiful artworks such as wood, stone sculpture, wood or stone carving, paintings, drawings, beautiful and elegant furniture like table, chairs, some decorating arts like lamps, and beautiful fabric for clothing which is hand painted by natural colors.

The Spiritual

Many people decided to move and stay in Ubud – Bali due to its strong spiritual ambiance. Therefore, Ubud has been famous for its meditation and yoga. The great place to calm yourselves, relax and see deep within you.

The View

Some other people might also be attracted by the view. Ubud has the wide verdant green rice paddy field, the beautiful jungle valley or perhaps the river view surrounded by the lush green plantations.

The Tradition

The tradition, art and culture are related with the Bali Hindu that gives the positive energy and strong spiritual ambiance to the village itself. Ubud has several unique traditions that attract many people from the whole globe to come, see, enjoy and learn.
Many reasons for those who want to move and stay in Ubud – Bali, what would be yours?

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Silent Day

The Turbid Pond of a Silent Day

Imagine one day when everything stops, silence is certain. There are no motorbikes, cars and

other vehicles on the street. There are no shops or restaurants open, no street vendors attempt to

sell their products, chasing after some tourists on the parking area or on the streets. This is one

day when the people pull themselves away from their normal daily routines and begin to see

themselves deeper as the human beings; this is the day of NYEPI in Bali.

On this day, the Balinese Hindu will perform the Tapa Berata Penyepian of four rules or

restrictions that they need to obey. They are not allowed to light up fire either the real physical

fire or the fire within them. Secondly, they are not allowed to get some entertainment or being

entertained, watching TV, gambling etc. The third one is the restriction on travelling or going out

their houses to travel/ go to some places. And, the last one is the restriction on working. On this

day, no one is allowed to work, that is actually the reason why shops, restaurants and other

places are closed on this day.

Traditionally, on this day of ceremony the Balinese Hindu will perform their ritual of fasting and

meditation. Since Nyepi is so-called the self – reflection day, meditation is one of the ways

people can do to really see deep into themselves and become a hundred percent conscious of

being a human that is physically as well as spiritually connected to the nature in the circle of

mutual relation.

The Nyepi ceremony in Bali is started by a day of Melasti or purifying the sacred objects called

Arca or Pratima of the village temples. The villagers will parade to the nearest beaches together

to perform this ritual and take some holy sacred water from the sea as well. This water then also

used in the rituals of purification called Mecaru.

The day of Mecaru or Pangerupukan day is when the Bali Hindu perform the parade of Ogoh-

Ogoh around their villages and providing some offerings for the sake of Mecaru or the

purification of the surrounding areas. This procession is done prior to the fasting and meditation

to complete the Tapa Berata Penyepian on the day of Nyepi. Villagers, mostly male of all ages

will participate, they are not only lifting the Ogoh-Ogoh but also producing so much noise from

some domestically made instruments such as used cans, some bamboo instruments even some

canon-shaped bamboo instruments are created to produce the thunder-like roaring sound. There

is a significant contrast between Nyepi and Pangrupukan day when many people on purpose

making as much noise as possible to drive away the evil spirits and purify the surrounding in

order to gain the success to perform the Tapa Berata Penyepian on the following Nyepi day.

This success and triumph are then celebrated on the day of Ngembak or one day after Nyepi day.

This is normally the day when people spend most of their time with the family or friends to share

the success, to forgive each other and welcome the new days to come.

It is just like the turbid pond, if you want to see the bottom, you need to clean it up, and when the

water is clear, you need to let it calm without any ripples then you will see deep into the bottom.

That is Nyepi, you purify then you will see deep into yourself clearer to be better person in the

days to come.

Bali Water

Bali Water

Water has been the vital source to sustain the existence of life on earth. All the living things need water to survive, plants, animals, humans all of us use water on the daily basis for bathing, cooking and definitely for drinking. Human’s body consists of blood which also contains water, plants need it for photosynthesis. Moreover, oceans and seas need water since many living creatures also live in the depth of these places.

As what described previously, water plays important role in lives of animals, plants and humans, but have we treated the source of water attentively?
Have we humans treated the water well and kept it away from being polluted?
These questions that we should probably ask to ourselves and begin to find the answers within ourselves, have we helped to keep this vital source?
How can we keep this source clean and available?
Have you ever thought that if the water becomes polluted then all the lives that exist on earth would be polluted as well?

People perhaps have many different ways to treat water, to keep it clean and away from pollution. It is just like in Bali where Hindus use this valuable source in every piece of their ceremonies, they will attempt as hard as they could to keep it available and clean. Despite the fact that nowadays many people are being careless, in principle this is something that Balinese should do, to protect this vital source as hard as they could since they do need it in every chunk of their lives.

Balinese use water daily definitely, not only for drinking, cooking and other daily needs but also for ceremonies, Hindu; especially in Bali is often called the water religion since practically Balinese Hindu uses water to complete the series of their ceremonies. If those ceremonies are performed without splashing of water or Tirta as called in Bali, those ceremonies would not be fully completed. Besides, this tirta is also required for praying, this holy water will be sprinkled in fine drizzle to all people who have just finished saying their prayers. The priests will sprinkle this water to all their heads as the symbol that the praying is now completed and wishing it will be fulfilled.
Honoring this valuable source in Bali, people also have separate temple to worship to gods and goddesses of the water. This temple is named Beji, the temple of a holy water source. At this temple, people can also take the holy water by providing some offerings, this water then will be used for tirta to complete a ceremony or a prayer at the temple or at home.
In addition, this temple also has separate place where villagers can take a bath, this space normally has several showers of natural spring water. In the early time, people would go to this place to bathe and take some water for drinking as well, but nowadays there are not many villagers coming to this place again, except they need to take some holy water and providing some offerings on the days of ceremony.

Water especially in Bali has played vital role for years and now it is the time for us Balinese or whoever live in Bali to maintain this source and keep it clean for many years to come.

Mecaru in Bali

Every single thing in this world needs balance and harmony to work properly and perform its best. The Mother Nature and the living things both are in the circle of mutual relationship, they need one another, taking and giving. One cannot only take without giving; on the other hand, one cannot also only give without taking. People take whatever they need to support their lives from the earth, on the other hand; the earth does need people’s action to care about and be more attentive to it.  If this balance happens continuously in harmony, every single thing on this earth will work properly as it should.
Closely in relation with balance and life harmony, Balinese believe that the people should maintain the balance in the nature, the balance between the people and the environment, the balance of humans, animals and trees, the balance of the physical world and the unseen world as well. Therefore, Balinese have one ceremony which is called ‘mecaru’, this is the occasion when people provide some sort of offerings to be then dedicated to the unseen existence as well as the nature as what we could give back in return since we live side by side and we, humans have always taken what we need from the nature.
People of Bali always perform this ritual whenever they start building a new house. We require cleaning up and purifying the area before the new building is constructed, we also perform this ceremony whenever there is something occurred which can besmirch the surrounding, then this ceremony will be performed to purify the surrounding environment.
Some photos below are the ceremony of mecaru which was carried out at our new constructed villa; this ceremony was conducted to purify the area and also ask for the support and assistance from the unseen existence to expedite the construction processes.