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10 Bali Flash The Latest Happenings in Paradise 12 Typical Bali Asta Kosala Kosali 14 Believe it or Not The Most Secretive Magic in Bali is also the Most Misunderstood One 16 A View from the Curbside Going Shopping on a Motorbike 18 In Focus Paul Ropp of Bali 22 Explore Bali Flying High in Nusa Dua with Bali Jet Set 24 Up Close Tjok Gde Kerthyasa BHScHom. ADHom 6

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26 Feature Story A Clean Slate 32 The Ten 10 “Must Try” Exotic Indonesian Foods 36 Venues Full-on Beauty at Esthetic Beauty Salon 38 Bali Faves Sterling Silver Jewelry 40 Heart of Bali Drive Safely! A Look at the Traffic in Bali 44 Selamat Makan Spot-on at Le Spot 46 Bali Barrels 50 Bali Information, Directory and Maps 72 The Gilis Review Taking the Plunge—My Dive Course with Manta Dive


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On the Cover People are waiting in line to take part in Melukat ceremony in Tirta Empul.

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Dear reader, As Bali awakens after Nyepi, cleansed and ready for a new beginning, we have taken the time to investigate what happens after the Balinese New Year. We know that after a 24-hour freeze frame, life seemingly goes back to normal with tooting taxis and music wafting from bars and restaurants... but does it? Our feature story this issue will introduce you to the post-Nyepi celebrations that take place in different parts of Bali. Have you heard of the kissing ritual, better known as Omed-omedan? Read about it here! We also talk to an “adopted Balinese”; Paul Ropp, the well-known designer and artist whose love for Bali permeates his life and his work.

And we meet Tjok Gde, part Balinese, part Australian and of Ubud royalty, who shares his thoughts on growing up with two cultures and his research into homeopathic medicines to alleviate dengue symptoms. And, to top it all off, we introduce you to some of the must-try foods found here. How about a portion of cow snout salad? Anyone?

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Bali Flash

Bali Targets 2.6–2.8 Million Visits in 2011 The Ministry of Tourism has recorded a 10.7% increase in foreign tourist arrivals in Indonesia last year. Average spending per visit per foreign tourist has also gone up by 9 percent to US$ 1,085. 2.6 million tourists came to Bali in 2010, surpassing the Ministry’s annual target of 2.2 million arrivals for the island. Based on that figure, the government aims for a more optimistic 2.6–2.8 million foreign tourist arrivals for 2011. I Gede Suarsa, chief of Bali Provincial Bureau of Statistics, supports the target. “Room facilities at starred hotels are still capable of accommodating the expected increase in tourists, bearing in mind that the average occupancy achieved by starred hotels in 2010 was 65 percent, an increase from the average 61% the year before,” he said.

Denpasar Awaits Local Regulation on Public Smoking Ban

to any enforceable penalty due to its legal status. In that regard, the Denpasar Township is pushing provincial legislates to work on provincial nonsmoking regulations.

Last year, the mayor of Denpasar, IB Rai Dharmawijaya Mantra, banned smoking from schools and hospitals as an initial attempt to set a total of 7 no-smoking zones in Denpasar. In the future, Rai Mantra hopes the ban will cover all learning facilities, public transportation, and other public facilities.

The secretary of Commission 4 of the Bali regional parliament, Utami Dwi Surjadi recently admitted that her commission is still working hard to prepare a draft of what is to be regional regulation on a public smoking ban. Dwi Surjadi griped about obstacles regarding territorial and authority matters that the draft is facing at this moment. Yet, she is trying to submit the draft for discussion in the provincial legislative plenary meeting sooner rather than later.

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Typical Bali

Asta Kosala Kosali Behind every Balinese house is an ancient wisdom that helps the owner maintain universal harmony. TEXT ERIC IMAGE AGUS

The Balinese are so in tune with nature that they are able to transfer the cosmic energy into every single brick that constructs their residential structures. They achieve that by virtue of an ancient system of building, positioning and organizing their houses, known as Asta Kosala Kosali. Ever wonder why many traditional Balinese houses are compounds of smaller structures, positioned in particular arrangement? The reason behind this is that each of the elements in the compound has a different character serving different purposes. The stone effigy

(pelinggih), for instance, is deemed as the most important structure in the compound and is to be placed on the north side of the land; the holiest direction in the Balinese belief system. All of these cosmic requirements are explained in Asta Kosala Kosali as guidelines and rules used until now by most Balinese in constructing their houses. The system emphasizes balance between elements of the universe. So, the unity between man and his creator is well preserved in one’s residence, thanks to the Asta Kosala Kosali system.


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Believe It or not

Leak

The Most Secretive Magic in Bali is also the Most Misunderstood One. TEXT ERIC IMAGE AGUS

The mere utterance of the two syllables, “Le-Yak”, is enough to send chill down the spine of many Balinese. The word for most Balinese refers to a bloodthirsty figure that frequents graveyards to steal human body parts to advance its black magic skill. The notoriety of Leak even reaches outside of Bali and becomes as synonymous with the island as the Bintang shirt is with the streets of Kuta. This wide spread belief, however, is a perversion of the original concept of Leak, according to some people who are well-versed in ancient Balinese text. It is said that Leak is actually spiritual teachings studied by a select few to reach the ultimate goal of complete spiritual liberation or Moksa. The gruesome depiction is indiscriminately adopted from the image of a mythological figure; a powerful witch called Rangda. In a popular tale about black magic, Rangda—a widow who once lived in a coastal village in the kingdom of Kediri in East Java— was the grand master of Leak. The cause of this misunderstanding is that the teachings are so secretive that the purported practitioner can’t even come forth to straighten things out. Despite the supposedly false notion, the mystery of Leak and Rangda remains unsolved. On certain auspicious dates, their imageries are used in a more positive fashion at particular temples to summon the gods to impart their wisdom upon the believers. 14

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A View from the Curbside

Going Shopping on a Motorbike BY VYT (BORBORIGMUS.WORDPRESS.COM)

I need to deal with a cultural shift here. I have always had a car. The only thing I ever had to worry about was whether the newly purchased flat-pack furniture was actually going to fit in the car, or whether it was going to hang out of the boot or window until I got it home. Now my transport is a motorbike—a small motorbike, and suddenly life is very different. Shopping on a motorbike needs several adjustments, not in the least of which is remembering that you don’t have a car while actually buying things. Take today’s excursion as an example. I’m not dumb—I did actually remember I was on a bike on the way to the shops and even took a knapsack. Mr. Foresight at his best. It’s just that while in the department store, with no helmet to remind me, all memory of how I got there evaporated. So once I acquired the large rice cooker, several large bags of groceries (green, re-useable bags of course) and a 10kg bag of rice, I found myself staring at my tiny bike, jammed in tight with others 16

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“Realisation Two follows closely behind: you can’t split lanes or filter through traffic easily when riding something the width of a small rhinoceros.” in Kuta square and thinking “Oh yeah, there’s no boot…” The Parkir guy was unsuccessfully trying to hide his amusement while several tourists tried to hide their disbelief at my optimism—which actually was at a low ebb at that moment. My knapsack was stuffed to bursting—and was heavy. The rice cooker was bigger than I thought, and wouldn’t fit in the floorwell as I had hoped. The remaining two bags, one with a dozen eggs (what was I thinking?) wouldn’t fit either. So the solution was to hang everything from the flimsy little plastic hook so that it hung out to each side of the bike. The thing looked like a pre-op Dolly Parton and was suddenly a lot wider than it was before….

When I finally managed to get the bike out of the parking space (after moving four others) it was into peak traffic in Kuta for the short, but convoluted trip back to Legian. Realisation One dawns: there’s no room for my feet! I have to stick them out to the sides, making me even wider, or put them on the pillion pegs and look like Mick Doohan in full racing stance, but on a moped. Realisation Two follows closely behind: you can’t split lanes or filter through traffic easily when riding something the width of a small rhinoceros. The patience of other riders here is legendary, but I think I pushed the envelope a little today. Realisation Three happens one minute later: you must not hit bumps! That’s a restriction that is grossly unfair in Bali. The poor bag hook was ready to shear off every time I hit a pothole and visions of massive grocery spillage right across Bemo Corner were making me sweat more than usual. I made it safely, but thank heavens I didn’t like the colour of the 20 litre rice bucket I was about to buy.


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In Focus

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Paul Ropp of Bali It is often said about Paul Ropp—and he indeed likes to say it himself—that he enjoys provoking people with his creations. And with eight shops in Bali and seven in Thailand, there is no reason to doubt whether his approach is working or not. TEXT ERIC IMAGES RICK BLAINE

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he colourful world of Paul Ropp, however, was not always so bright and breezy. Self-made man as he is, he has made a long journey from penniless dreamer in New York to successful artist in Bali. “Survival is the greatest motivation a man can have” he attests. The creator of the world-renowned clothing brand that bears his name cuts an imposing figure as he leans back in his chair and reminisces. “35 years ago a friend told me that I was a salesman rather than an artist”, says Ropp with a crooked smile that tells us he has proven everybody wrong since then. “Many people think we are a fashion house—we are not. I am an artist who expresses himself through my clothing” Ropp continues. “A fashion house is dependant on following the trends of the moment, I don’t —I make what I like” he concludes.

Ropp shows drawing sent to him by children who one day may take his place in fashion industry

“As a boy back in New York I was described as incorrigible. You know what that means? I wasn’t cut to conform to society.” So, young Paul left school at only 8 years old. He finally learned to read and write when he was 21 or 22. In 1976, after trying his hand at various occupations, Ropp entered the garment industry in India. At this point he had heard about Bali but

his first visit to Indonesia did not take place until 1978, when Ropp stayed with the Batik Keris family in Central Java. Here, he learned more about Bali from his host and something “clicked”. When Paul Ropp finally crossed the Bali Strait he saw an underdeveloped island, lacking the basic necessities of modern life. “There was not much for us to start with” he reminisced. But he soon

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“Creativity works better without confinement.”

In retrospect, that is Ropp’s way of giving something back to the gods of this island for the gifts of the sun, the earth and the greenery that inspire the colorful Paul Ropp fashion line. It may also be Ropp’s way of securing the future of his company and its thousands of employees in India and Bali, preserving the human resources and ensuring the continuity of his creative process.

found inspiration among the local people who were gifted artists and artisans. This inspiration and his experience from India was all he needed to set up shop and become the second foreign investment company in Bali. The locals turned out to be as important as the Balinese atmosphere that stimulates him in the creation of his signature line. From the very beginning Ropp has forged a symbiotic tie with village artisans that has survived for decades. These people are his family. “The men who run the company today were still in ‘sawah’ twenty five years ago.” he says about the staff that helped him build his brand. 20

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Twenty five years ago, Ropp recruited and taught them how to stitch fabrics from India and construct his line of accessories that builds on his signature design theme. Today, the later generation of his Balinese family is still doing the same thing in Ropp’s workshop in Kerobokan, Kuta. He gave them the education he himself lacked in his early life. They were encouraged to use their own dexterity to become self-sufficient —a way of life he adopted from Mahatma Gandhi’s Swadeshi. “We promote from within.” explains Ropp of his labor intensive business.

“Creativity works better without confinement.” says Ropp as he reaches out for a stack of drawings on his desk, sent by children who might take their cue from him one day to push Bali further on the international fashion stage. For the man himself contently admits he, at one point, will leave the business. Does that mean he has something else in mind after fashion? Nobody knows. The last thing one would want to do is try to figure out Paul Ropp. But, one thing is for sure; for him, it has to be Bali where everything turns to art. “If I had my way, Bali would be a living museum.” he says. Paul Ropp www.paulropp.com | info@paulropp.com


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Explore Bali

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t Explore Bali, we always strive to offer you the best tours and adventures. To us, “best” means we want you to enjoy yourself comfortably and with the highest level of safety. The newest addition to our range of activities is Bali Jet Set, a newly opened and purpose-built five-star water sports centre on the west side of Tanjung Benoa. Bali Jet Set offers a full range of marine sports activities in an exclusive setting on a private beach. Customers, who are picked up at their hotel or villa, are dropped off at one of three places on the mainland and sailed across to the centre by private water limousine. This shortens the transportation time considerably.

Flying High in Nusa Dua

Owned and run by a husband and wife team who are both long-term dedicated water sports enthusiasts, Bali Jet Set offers activities such as jet ski, banana boat, parasailing, kayaking and the thrilling “fly fish” ride; or you can go deep sea fishing, dolphin watching or visit a turtle farm. Waterskiing and other motorized sports are also popular at this centre which has its own private pool and restaurant.

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“We wanted to create a unique, five-star water sports centre with skilled staff and high safety levels” says Rhonda Lepsch. “Every week, my husband and I actively do all the water sports we offer to check the quality of our services”. So, as you are strapped into a giant raft, dragged behind a speedboat and then suddenly lift off on one of your three flights in the fly fish, you can rest assured that you are in good hands.

Deep sea fishing Flying high Parasailing TO U R S & A D V E N T U R E S

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To book your trip with Bali Jet Set or other Bali adventures, you can visit the Explore Bali booth at Jl. Laksmana No. 9 (opposite Myknonos Restaurant). Check out also our “Today’s Special” to get discounts on selected programs.


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Up Close

Tjok Gde Kerthyasa, BHSc Hom. ADHom

Treating Dengue with Respect From the coastal Sydney to the landlocked Ubud, Tjok De brings a 200-year-old Germanic natural healing tradition to his hometown and find his calling. TEXT ERIC IMAGES AGUS

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hat doesn’t kill you will make you want to retaliate; or in Tjok Gde Kerthyasa’s case, after his brush with dengue fever a few years back, confront it with a healthy respect. The experience drove him to look for a better way to deal with the disease through a homeopathic approach. A professional homeopathic practitioner by trade and the oldest son of the Prince of Ubud, Tjok De—as he is known to family and friends—has interesting things to say about his area of expertise, his calling, and growing up as a Balinese in Australia.

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There is no cure for dengue as a disease. For instance, medical treatment would aim for managing our blood platelet count as a way to overcome dengue fever.

We learned about your research project on the treatment of dengue. How did that come about? It’s an ongoing academic research to find a better homeopathic treatment of dengue that was inspired by my own experience when I got infected by the virus. The popular notion about dengue fever is that it is a rainy season phenomenon, but recent evidence shows that it is not the case anymore. Are you looking to improve on existing treatments of dengue by conventional and homeopathic methods? Homeopathic treatment of dengue fever, just like conventional medical treatment, is symptomatic, meaning homeopaths only target the symptoms related to dengue fever as they occur in the patients. There is no cure for dengue as a disease. For instance, medical treatment would aim to manage our blood platelet count as a way to overcome dengue fever. When the count returns to normal we are considered cured of dengue while, in fact, it might still be inside our body. I hope to figure out a more potent way to overcome dengue, hence the title of my research, “Effectiveness of homeopathic treatment of dengue”. It sounds like something that can be very useful for Indonesia. The increase in high-density population is an important factor in the spreading of dengue in Indonesia. Our living environment changes for the worse. People who are living in areas normally considered safe from dengue are being exposed to the threat today. I have never got dengue when I was growing up in Ubud, but years later I caught it there.

Tjokorda Gde Mahatma Kertayasa is the only registered homeopath in Bali. Before settling down in Ubud, his family’s hometown, Tjok De lived in Australia during his formative years. He has an Indonesian father and a mother who was originally Australian. The time he and his siblings spent in his mother’s homeland helped shape his outlook and his identity. Was it difficult for you to make the transition when you return to Bali? The hardest part happened in Australia. We were always raised as Balinese at home. We were members of the local Balinese community. The whole thing was rather hard for me to swallow. I was teased by my peers on many occasions; they called me tourist and made fun of my name, Tjok, which sounds like “chocolate”. I was ashamed. As a teenager, I didn’t want to be different from my Australian friends. But, there I was, accompanying my father, praying and serving Banten in front of our house everyday.

At what point in life did you finally become conscious of your identity? I returned to Ubud as a junior high student. That wasn’t easy for me either. But, I finally accepted my destiny as one who is neither pure Indonesian nor Australian. Now I know I am a Balinese and I embrace my Balinese heritage. Having a more international outlook from my upbringing gives me an edge over most Balinese, though. I know I have to bring something back to Indonesia and Bali. Moreover, as a homeopathy practitioner, I am optimistic about the development of homeopathy in Indonesia. It is in many ways similar to indigenous natural healing methods. We have an abundance of the natural resources needed to advance homeopathic treatment here in Indonesia. Tjok Gde Kerthyasa, BHSc Hom. ADHom Practitioner of Homeopathic Medicine Ibah Hotel, Puri Campuhan Mana Holistic Jl. Raya Campuhan, Ubud Jl. Petitenget, Seminyak


Feature Story

A Clean

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After the silence is broken, life returns to normal. The Balinese—cleansed during a day of self-restraint and reflection— are up and ready… for more rituals. TEXT ERIC IMAGES AGUS

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Melasti, the Hindu symbol of purification, is performed 3 or 4 days prior to Nyepi.

ife for the Balinese is a spiritual ascent; a struggle to achieve the ultimate freedom for their spirit and soul. And Nyepi is the time to rid the universe (bhuwana agung) and inner-self (bhuwana alit) of the unclean (leteh). Consequently, the day of silence wherein men strive to steer clear of worldly dealings becomes one of the most important rituals in the life of the Balinese, second only to Galungan. The end of the spiritual purification is celebrated throughout the island by observing, naturally, more spiritual symbolism of a fresh start for the year ahead. The celebration takes on various manifestations, ranging from the standard Ngembak Geni to the unusual, to say the least, Omed-omedan. 28

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Ngembak Geni

This is the last in the series of celebration of Isaka New Year. Ngembak Geni takes place after Nyepi when the whole island comes back to life. This is the time to visit families and neighbors to ask for forgiveness and congratulate each other for being spiritually cleansed the day before.

But, as the theme of the day, more cleansing is on the order of the day of Ngembak Geni. Some Balinese take part in the ritual of Melukat meaning, well, cleansing. In Melukat, however, a state of cleanliness is achieved literally; by showering the body with blessed water (Tirta Penglukatan). The most popular place to participate in Melukat is the Tirta Empul temple in Tampak Siring, Gianyar.

Nyakan Diwang

In the village of Banjar in Buleleng, about 15 km from Singaraja, an ancient communal practice that can’t be found anywhere else in Bali is still adhered to by the villagers today. The ancestors of that village pass down a unique tradition called Nyakan Diwang which sees all residents cooking their rice in the front yard, right by the village roads. The purpose of it is to cleanse the kitchen of all of the mess, resulting from the mundane activity of cooking.


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Feature Story This festival occurs in front of thousands of other villagers who watch the participants smooching each other.

The practice of Nyakan Diwang officially starts at 3 AM on the day after Nyepi. Villagers spontaneously come out of their houses, lay down mats in the yard and start cooking their rice there using only firewood. At approximately 4 AM, people begin visiting families and neighbors - just like their fellow Balinese elsewhere—to congratulate each other for completion of the Nyepi ritual. At the host’s house more mats are laid down by the spot where the family cooks their rice. Family guests are invited to sit there and chat with them, accompanied by a cup of hot black coffee.

Omed-omedan

This is probably the most outrageous of post-Nyepi traditional rituals and takes place in the village of Sesetan in South Denpasar. During Omed-omedan, a group of unmarried villagers—from as young as 17 to the unlucky 30 year olds—gather at the village temple to take part in an age-old tradition that involves kissing the opposite gender on the lips. 30

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Omed-omedan begins with a mass prayer to wish for smooth and safe proceedings. The participants then form two lines based on their gender. Next, both lines are ordered by the master of ceremony to face each other. The moment that everyone has been waiting for (more so by the 30 year-old participants) comes when the first man and

“In the island of gods, a long celebration is over and another year of new beginning has dawned.”

woman who front their respective lines step up to hug and kiss each other on the lips. The festival occurs in front of thousands of other villagers who watch with great amusement participants smooching each other. Meanwhile, while some Balinese spend the entire day closing the weeklong celebration in a festive mood, other Bali residents who don’t observe Nyepi return in droves and spread across the land. In the island of gods, a long celebration is over and another year of new beginning has dawned. Now, everyone is looking forward to get back to their daily life and more ceremonies.


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The Ten

Sop Kepala Ikan

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Lawar Nyawan (Bees in Lawar Vegetable)

According to recent reports, Lawar Nyawan is disappearing from restaurants due to scarcity of bees, its main ingredient. So get it while you can!

10 “Must Try” Exotic Indonesian Foods You are Most Likely to Order without Knowing What They are TEXT ERIC IMAGES AGUS

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Sop Kepala Ikan (Fish Head Soup)

The name says it all. But, from a non-translated restaurant menu alone, it’s hard for you to know what it is until the fish head appears in a bowl of soup in front of you.

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Lawar Merah (Red Lawar Vegetable)

A Balinese side dish that complements rice; an assortment of jackfruit and papaya leaves, a bit of pork skin and minced pork meat covered in fresh pig blood.

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Es Campur (Iced Mixed Syrup)

Don’t let the gooish look deceive you; Es Campur is one of the best forms of relief from the hot and humid Bali weather. It consists of a mix of grass jelly, atap seeds and jackfruit.

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Sate Kakul (Freshwater Snail Satay)

Although of almost no pecuniary value, the freshwater snail contains a healthy dose of omega acids 3, 6 and 9, as well as protein and calcium—enough to provide a Viagra-like effect for half an hour.


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The Ten Soto Ceker Bakso Lawar Nyawan

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Rujak Cingur (Cow Snout Salad)

The good people of East Java push the envelope even further by mixing small cuts of cow snout into their traditional version of rujak (spicy fruit salad).

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Bakso (Meat Balls in Noodle Soup)

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Soto Ceker (Chicken Foot Soup)

Bakso is so ordinary; it almost didn’t make the list. But then, the Bakso Malang cart came around with its bluish rice noodles, and we changed our minds. It goes well with Es Campur, by the way.

Soto is probably the most popular soup in Indonesia. Many regions have their signature Soto just like Solo in Central Java; when somebody there put his best foot forward and came up with Soto Ceker.

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RW (Rintek Wuuk)

RW is more than just a meal. For some people, consuming RW is a test of courage. The tasty fried and spicy flavor that makes you come back for more is just a bonus. The meal comes in two varieties: dog and bat.


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Venues

Full-on Beauty at Esthetic Beauty Salon TEXT DARBY SHAW IMAGES RICK BLAINE

Square or rounded? Buffed or polished? We are visiting Esthetic Beauty Salon in Seminyak; a modern and airy salon that offers a range of hair, face and body treatments to help make the best of you. The sun shines through the large windows as we are seated and offered something to drink while we choose from the menu of treatments. The salon, open since 2005, is divided into three areas; the hairdressing salon where you can enjoy a full range of hair treatments, the three private rooms for waxes, facials and massages, and the area for manicures, pedicures and foot massages. 36

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Special treatments include the new Moon bath—a step-by-step gommage treatment to clean, soften and hydrate the skin on your body —and oxygen infusion facials from the Canadian company Oxygen Botanicals to rejuvenate and nurture your face. We opted for the ever-popular manicure and pedicure. Comfortably seated, you are immediately surrounded by staff and, quite frankly, feeling like royalty. Soon, your nails are perfectly shaped and ensconced in plastic gloves with hydrating cream, while dead skin is being filed off your feet with a machine reminiscent of

a gentle (and may we add, tickly) sander before being packed and hydrated. Those dry, cracked flip-flop heels are a thing of the past! At the end of your luxurious regime, your hands, feet and nails are looking better than ever, and you know why it pays off to choose real experts for your beauty treatments. Add to that the very reasonable prices at Esthetic Beauty Salon and you know it is not the last time you cross the threshold to this popular venue. Esthetic Beauty Salon Open daily (10 am–9 pm) Jl. Kayu Jati, Seminyak | Ph. +62 361 737 361


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Bali Faves

Sterling Silver Jewelry Silver jewelry never goes out of style because of its versatility. For a more formal occasion, a piece of sterling silver necklace will add elegance to your black dress, while a handmade silver bracelet, for instance, is a fashion statement on its own when you are in a casual mood. Here are some of our finds that perfectly show high quality finishing on silver jewelry. They are known as Thai silver, crafted by silversmiths, famous for their polishing skill.

Silverberry Beads & jewelry

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Raya Seminyak Road No. 501 (Near the Haven Hotel) Kuta, Bali

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Drive Safely! A Look at the Traffic in Bali

The island of the gods is at times also the island of mad traffic. The number of traffic accidents has been on the rise for years. Even a holiday paradise like Bali has its dangers. TEXT ERIC IMAGES AGUS

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According to dr. Kresna Wibawa, head of the emergency room at the Sanglah state hospital, his unit receives an average of 300 traffic accident casualties per month, a large portion of which are motorcyclists. Dr. Wibawa who has witnessed an increase of almost 11% from 2009 to 2010 warns us that the numbers in the early part of 2011 haven’t been too encouraging.

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e have all experienced them; the chaotic traffic jams at the busy intersections of Bali, the struggle to get across before the light changes again, the many scooters and motorcycles jostling cars and trucks for space. Whereas your holiday scooter rental can be a great way to get you around in Bali, you also need to be aware of the sad statistics surrounding the traffic situation here. In Denpasar alone, the annual number of traffic accidents has risen from 573 in 2007 to a staggering 3,863 last year.

Reports indicate that most traffic accidents during the weekdays take place between 7 and 9 am and 5 and 7 pm, respectively, when people flock the streets on their way to or from work. The whole scene takes a new turn during weekends when traffic accidents are happening throughout the day. Of course, where many people congregate, accidents happen. But, some of them can definitely be prevented with a little caution and selfrestraint. For starters, considering that most of the patients with head traumas treated at the Sanglah


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hospital every day did not wear protective head gear at the time of the accident, there are good reasons why you should always wear a helmet when riding a scooter or motorcycle. Research demonstrates that fatalities decrease by between 30 and 40% for accident victims wearing helmets. So, even if you like the feeling of the wind in your hair as you cruise along the narrow streets here, you will definitely be wise to sacrifice that for a protective helmet. The safe speed limits for every two-wheeler and four-wheeler alike are not to be taken lightly either. Just because a 12 year-old girl on her pink scooter whizzes past you while texting on her mobile phone doesn’t mean that her act of recklessness is an invitation to a casual race. And, casual or not, the consumption of alcohol should automatically disqualify you from getting behind the wheel or handlebars. Alcohol slows the brain wave rhythm, which in turn impedes intellectual functions. Given the condition of the roads here and the frequently insufficient street lighting, you will need all your mental faculties to get yourself from point A to point B. Also, 42

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Sanglah State Hospital receives an average of 300 traffic accident casualties per month, a large portion of which are motorcyclists.

alcohol has a habit of increasing one’s feeling of immortality. Many random acts of foolhardiness have been caused by that one Bintang too many. That obviously goes for drugs too. Drugs are strictly prohibited in Indonesia so there are several reasons why you should think twice before taking any kind of drugs in order to enhance your holiday experience in Bali. You need to know a bit about Balinese driving habits as well. Scooters and motorcycles, even cars, frequently turn into the road from side streets without checking for oncoming traffic so there are good reasons to take care when you

see others approaching from the side. Most people only pay attention to what is happening in front of them so be aware that the person in front of you may suddenly veer right or left without warning. Having said that, most people here actually do drive relatively slowly. Just remember, you are in a beautiful place with so many astounding sceneries and fun things to look at—slow down, let the others pass you, take it easy and enjoy the views. Safe driving!


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Selamat Makan

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hile the long-established garden restaurant will continue to be in operation, Le Spot is the perfect complement with its street front location and choice of indoor and outdoor seating. The two restaurants share the same menu, featuring a cross-section of Balinese, Asian and Western bistro favourites.

Spot-on at Le Spot Well-known among feinschmeckers in Seminyak and surrounding areas, the gourmet supermarket Bali Deli recently opened its new restaurant “Le Spot”. TEXT DARBY SHAW IMAGES AGUS

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Seated comfortably in dark wicker chairs, we take in the surroundings. As we are in March, the month of Nyepi and Ngembak Geni, Le Spot is running a Nusantara promotion, celebrating traditional style and food. In line with this, the modern dark café-style décor is supplemented with ethnic tablecloths and the highlight on the menu is the traditional Balinese meal Bebek Bengil, Balinese crispy duck. As we wait for our meal, we enjoy a fresh juice concoction called an “Obama” (Orange-BAnana-MAngo). This is one of Le Spot’s most popular refreshments, the restaurant manager Mr Djoko tells us. The restaurant is quite busy even in the middle of the afternoon and we ask if that is typical. “Yes”, is the answer, “we are open from 7 am to 11 pm every day and we really want our customers to feel this is their home away from home. We have free wifi so customers come in the mornings to have breakfast whilst checking their emails, and our selection of food and drinks keeps people coming throughout the day and evening”.


“Beautifully arranged, the crispy duck leg sits on top of delicious vegetables mixed with crispy duck skin and accompanied by sambals, soup and moist, steamed rice.”

Soon, we are presented with our duck dish. Beautifully arranged, the crispy duck leg sits on top of delicious vegetables mixed with crispy duck skin and accompanied by sambals, soup and moist, steamed rice. The duck has been marinated in Balinese spices and is really tasty, and the soup,

The dessert, which comes with the meal, is a black rice pudding; not too sweet and very light with a distinctive flavour of palm sugar and sweet rice. Our smiling waitress brings us another refreshing drink, this time a sparkling jasmine ice tea. What a nice way to end a delicious meal at this new Seminyak favourite.

Le Spot features live music Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and guests can view major football games and other special events on a big screen. Themes change depending on the season; at Chinese New Year, fried noodles and wontons were among the specials. On the menu are, of course, the ever-popular Indonesian food staples, Nasi Campur, Nasi Goreng and Soto Ayam, but also the Deli Grill menu is popular with its imported meats at local prices, as is the lamb shank and of course the traditional bistro selection. A dessert favourite is the chocolate volcano (oozing chocolate cake) with ice cream.

which contains thinly shredded banana and spices, is a great complement. The sambals, one red and one white, are somewhat adapted to “bule” palates allowing you to savour the unique mixture of flavours that is Balinese cuisine.

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BALI TIDECHART (PART 1) March 2011 5 am–11 am

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Garcia and Flores in Violent Fight Jeremy Flores and Sunny Garcia Involved in a Fight at Burleigh Heads

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eremy Flores was disqualified from the Burleigh Breaka Pro on Saturday after he was involved in fight with a local surfer. The altercation elevated when Sunny Garcia rushed into the water grabbed the local surfer in a headlock and repeatedly punched him in the head. According to a news report on Australia’s Channel 9, the altercation started when the local surfer and Garcia’s son exchanged words in the lineup and Flores came to his aid. The three surfers then returned to the beach where they were intercepted by Sunny Garcia.

the following statement regarding Sunny Garcia and Jeremy Flores’ disqualification:

Garcia then allegedly assaulted an amateur videographer who was left with cuts, bruises, and a suspected broken hand.The ASP has issued

Although the entire incident was caught on tape no charges have been filed at this time. Garcia has made no statement.

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“Following a physical altercation today, Jeremy Flores, has been disqualified from the event. The Association of Surfing Professionals does not condone any form of physical violence and we have strict rules in place for the conduct of any member both Jeremy and Sunny have also been referred to the ASP rules and disciplinary committee who will review the facts and make a decision if further action is required.”

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Bali Surfspots Medewi Medewi is a fun wave for all surfers. It can be a bit fat, but has its day. Come early to avoid onshore winds. This spot handles bigger swells also. Balian Balian is a swell magnet and a quiet spot in North Bali. This break is getting more crowded as more accommodation is built daily. Its playful lefts and rights are great for beginners and advanced surfers alike. Canggu & Perenan Canggu always gets more swell than Kuta beach. It consists of a few different breaks; The right breaks better on a mid to high tide and is a great performance wave. The sandbank is better on a lower tide and is in front of the restaurants, it's fun to watch the surfers hit the lip whilst enjoying the delicious food. Kuta Reef Kuta Reef is an exposed reef break that is quite consistent. There are a few breaks here: Airports rights and left, Middles and Kuta reef. May–October (dry season) is the best time of the year for waves here. Nusa Dua To get to this reef you have to drive into the hotel area itself and weave your way south. There is no channel which caught inside on a big swell quite annoying. There are a couple of other good waves in this area so it pays to do a bit of exploring.

Dreamland Dreamland was famous because it was a 'dreamy' spot. The wave is still there, a nice peak and a fun beach break. Bingin Bingin is a consistent, mechanical barrel machine. It's a short wave with a very small take off spot so if hassling is not your thing, it will be quite hard to get waves here. Impossibles Impossibles gets fun on a big swell. It is located between Bingin and Padang Padang.You can paddle at Impossibles and get some long walls. Padang Padang Padang Padang only starts to work when a big swell is running. It offers an amazing barrel but breaks in front of trocks, so experts only! Uluwatu There are 4 different sections: Temple is a hollow wave, works from mid to high tide. The Peak can offer a nice barrel and is right in line with the cave. Racetrack is the low tide section. It is fast and gets seriously shallow. Outside Corner is the world-class wave which won't even start breaking unless the swell is at least in the 8 foot range. Padangbai Padangbai has the flat bottomed mixed reef and sandy bottom with some wally waves. This break needs a bit of swell. Green Ball Green Ball is a left and a right, situated at the bottom of a steep cliff. After you have surfed for a couple of hours the return trip is quiet challenging.

Belangan Belangan is known for its longs peeling walls. Belangan handles big swells and can offer good barrels on the right direction. Sri Lanka In the northern part of Nusa Dua lays Sri Lanka, a bowly right which breaks into a deep water channel. This break is better on a bigger swell but is shifty. Sanur Reef Sanur Reef is a right and considered another world class wave. The wave breaks better on a mid to high tide and is usually better in the early morning or in the rainy season (November–April). Padang Galak Padang Galak is a reliable rivermouth beach break north of Sanur. The break is quite popular, but only works under certain conditions. Keramas Keramas has a nice barrel after take-off which turns into a wally lip. This break is very popular with locals and if you don't want to deal with them in the water it is nice to watch them surfing from the warung right in front of the break. Nyang Nyang Nyang Nyang beach is a ‘secret’ spot, which is less crowded due to its uneasy access. This beach is like a secret paradise for every surfer. Kuta Beach The warm water and sandy bottom make Kuta beach one of the best places in the world to learn to surf. Also for advanced surfers this beach is very popular.

BALI TIDECHART (PART 2) March 2011 12 am–6 pm

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Go Green in Bali Bali is a beautiful island to visit and like many other tourist destinations, being such a popular spot also has its disadvantages. One of the problems we face has to do with the effects on the environment caused by the sheer popularity of this island. We at The Mag hope that you will take a few minutes to read these helpful tips and use them to better preserve the environment. Please, help us keep Bali beautiful. 1. Please do not litter If no rubbish bin is nearby, just keep your litter in your bag or pocket until you come across one, and then throw it in the next bin you see. 2. If you see rubbish, please pick it up You may even exercise that bit of extra care by picking up litter dropped by less careful people and

disposing of it correctly. A small gesture with great positive effect on others and on the environment. 3. Re-use or refuse plastic bags Most shops will want to put your purchased goods in plastic bags. Please refuse the plastic bag if you can. Should the shopkeeper look baffled, just explain your intention to “keep Bali beautiful”. 4. Walk more There are many good things to be said about walking. You get some exercise, you help keep the air clean and you see so much more than from a scooter or taxi. Who knows, you may accidentally stumble onto a small store or unseen bars which you may have missed! 5. Travel the eco way What better way to enjoy the beautiful scenery of nature in Bali than to take an eco-tourism tour. Many companies provide trips into the untouched wilderness of Bali, or to unspoiled coral reefs.

Bargaining in Bali Although many stores in Bali now have “fixed” prices, there is still merit in trying to get a good deal, particularly if you are buying several items. If you are shopping at local markets or in tourist shops, you should definitely try out your bargaining skills! If you do, here are some helpful hints: 1. It is better to shop at a place that has a bit of everything: t-shirts, shorts, handicrafts, etc. Onestop-shopping means you may buy several items, making it easier for you to get a bigger discount. 2. Try not to be visibly “in love” with a particular item; the vendors can ‘smell’ your desire. This will push up your price.

6. Lights out! Leaving your air conditioning on is a huge waste of valuable electrical energy. It’s a good idea to turn off the AC and lights before going out. 7. Have dinner at a restaurant It can be tempting to buy take-away food to enjoy in the comfort of “home”, but the many empty food wrappers add up to the masses of trash that have to be dealt with every day. 8. Support local industries The transportation of imported goods uses up much of the worlds fossil fuel resources, compared to using products already locally available. By supporting local industries we can also improve the economy of the Bali community. 9. Save water The availability of clean water in Bali is gradually diminishing due to overuse. We can all do small things such as taking shorter showers and turning off the taps while brushing our teeth.

Sudoku 3. Since there are often rows of shops offering more or less the same merchandise, walk from one shop to the next if a deal cannot be reached. But walk slowly. If you have offered a reasonable price, at which the vendor can still make some profit, the vendor will call you back to his/ her shop as you walk away. 4. Tell the vendor that if he/ she gives you a good price, then you will tell your other friends to shop from them as well. 5. Know the market prices, or, pretend that you do. By saying “I’ve seen this product a lot cheaper” will probably lead to a lower price. 6. Have fun and stay friendly. Bargaining is part of the culture here and it should be a fun activity.

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Before entering a temple, please remind yourself: 1. to respect the sacred place and its people. Do not make noise or cause damage. 2. to wear a sarong when you attend a ceremony (those are often provided to you when necessary). 3. to not step in front of a person who is praying 4. that the priest is very important, so whenever he is praying, don’t sit higher than him and don’t disturb him with your camera flash. 5. to not take flash pictures of people praying 6. that women are not allowed to enter temples during their period.

Crash Course Bahasa Indonesia Bahasa Indonesia is the language spoken through the whole Indonesia. The Balinese speaks Bali language with each other, yet you will be fine with these words and short phrases. How are you? Fine, thank you Good morning Good afternoon (< 3 pm) Good afternoon (> 3 pm) Good evening Good bye My name is… Here you go Excuse me No/ Yes I’m hungry/ thirsty I want mixed rice Where is the hotel? Right/ Left/ Up/ Down Sorry

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Amed Amed is one of the Bali's best-kept secrets that hosts some of the island's enchanting beaches. With not much is going on for the nightlife, Amed is a perfect destination for families and the more mature travelers.

Besakih Temple Besakih is the most important, sacred temple in Bali. Known as the Mother Temple, Besakih provides spectacular views of the natural surroundings.

Gianyar Gianyar is the regency famous for artistic and high culture. As a tourism area, Gianyar has beautiful natural sceneries such as mountains and coasts.

Amlapura Amlapura is the main town in Karangasem Regency. It hosts some of the island’s enchanting attractions such as the Tirta Gangga (the Water Palace).

Asahduren (Clove Plantation) Asahduren Clove Plantation is located 20km inland from Negara. It offers the beautiful sight from the greenery of clove plantations. Bali Barat National Park Bali Barat National Park lies at the western side of Bali and occupies an estimated 10% of Bali’s total land area. The park is the last refuge of one of the most endangered birds in the world: the Bali Starling.

Blahmantung Waterfall Blahmantung Waterfall is located in the Pupuan area of Tabanan. This part of Bali is very fertile and receives a lot of rain. You can swim here, or at least go for a soak in the shallow water. Botanical Garden Eka Karya Botanical Garden in Bedugul was founded in 1959 and is the youngest yet the largest of the four Indonesian botanical Gardens. Candi Dasa Candi Dasa is located in Karangasem regency with less than 10km distance to Tenganan village. It was once a fishing village which later undergoing rapid tourism development, as now it becomes the best destination for embracing tranquility.

Banjar Banjar is a worth visit place to watch cockfight and Brahma Vihara Arama, Bali’s only Buddhist mastery. You can as well bathe at the Banjar’s hot springs during your visit there.

Bedugul Bedugul is a village located in the mountainous area connecting northern and southern Bali.

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It lies down in the feet of Mount Batur and Mount Abang, with hot spring activity right by the lake. It is considered as sacred place by the Balinese. Lake Bratan Lake Bratan is located in Bedugul and is the second largest lake in Bali. Bratan offers stunning view of Pura Ulun Danu temple that solemnly guards the lake.

Gilimanuk Gilimanuk is the main port for traffic between Bali and Java island. Gilimanuk can be reached by heading west from Negara, or west through the National Park from Singaraja.

Bangli Bangli offers beautiful views of Mount and Lake Batur. Situated hundreds of meters above sea level, the breeze in Bangli is cool and refreshing.

Batubulan Batubulan is is an artistic countryside located in west part of Gianyar regency. It has been famous in Indonesia and all over the world which has been built based on an artistic blessing dance of Barong. The villagers sustain by both wood carving and stone sculpting, whereby the craftsmen can make up your order and arange the shipment to your home address.

Garuda Wisnu Kencana Garuda Wisnu Kencana is a cultural park and a landmark with gigantic statue of Vishnu sitting on his ride, which is half man half Garuda bird.

Celuk Celuk, in the sub-district of Sukawati, owns the individuality and excellence in production of gold and silver crafting. Most of them are Balinese professional, artistic and skillful of design development related to the silver and gold crafting. Denpasar Denpasar is the capital city of Bali, with an estimated population of 500,000 people from different background living in the area. A number of Bali’s notable museums is located in Denpasar.

Goa Gajah Goa Gajah (Elephant Cave) comes outstanding with the shape of its entrance: a skillfully carved depiction entangling leaves, rocks, animals, ocean waves and demonic human shapes running from the gaping mouth. Goa Lawah Goa Lawah is inhibited by thousands of bats hanging down on the ceiling and flying around. It is also the home of one of the most sacred temples in Bali, Pura Goa Lawah.

Lovina Lovina Beach is a 12 km stretch of coast to the Northwest of Singaraja in North Bali. It is considered one of the best places for family trip with its famous morning dolphin trip as well as other activities such as snorkeling and sightseeing.

Jimbaran Jimbaran is a fishing village which also houses some of the finest luxury hotels in the world. The beaches of Jimbaan are cluttered with seafood restaurants, where you can dine with your feet on the sand.

Mount Agung Mount Agung is Bali’s highest and holiest mountain as it is believed that the mountain is the home of the Gods. Bali’s most sacred temple, the Mother Temple of Besakih, sits on its slope.

Kintamani Kintamani is the village with its impressive panorama located in plateau and also encircled by mountain atmosphere with the windblast from Mount Batur.

Negara Negara is mainly known as the place to see Makepung or the Bull Race. This area is rarely visited by tourists, while it actually also offers a glimpse of the real Bali.

Klungkung Klungkung holds a special place in Bali’s history and culture. As artistic centers, the palaces wherein the Kings of Klungkung and noblemen patronized and developed the styles of music, drama and the fine arts that flourish today.

Nusa Dua Nusa Dua is known as the home of large international five-star resorts. Many beautiful beaches with peaceful atmosphere can be found in this area.

Kuta Kuta is the most celebrated area in Bali. The beach area is also known as the center of nightlife activities and a shopping Mecca with its lines of shops, boutiques and galleries. Lake Batur Lake Batur is the widest lake in Bali which is surrounded by scenic view and cool atmosphere.

Nusa Ceningan Nusa Ceningan offers many tourist attractions such as cockfighting and the unique seaweed farming. Nusa Lembongan Nusa Lembongan is a small island located 20km off the eastern coast of Bali. The island is known as a ‘virgin island’ with crystal-clear water and the local seaweed farming.


Nusa Menjangan Nusa Menjangan is a small island in the northwestern off the Bali Barat National Park. Only a limited number of divers are allowed to visit the island daily. All dive sites are only a short boat trip away. Nusa Penida The main attraction in Nusa Penida lies on the chance to see turtles, sharks, and reefs in crystalclear visibility. Nusa Serangan (Turtle Island) Serangan Island is used as a turtle breeding ground with beautiful coral reefs. Another thing Serangan is known for Pura Sakenan, the famous Balinese temple facing the mainland.

Tanah Lot Tanah Lot, one of the most popular places of interest in Bali, is located in the Tabanan regency. it is the home of a dramatic ocean-front Hindu temple, which is one of the main temples in worship of Balinese Gods. Tanjung Benoa Tanjung Benoa is a scenic area full of coconut palms. It is one of the perfect spots for water sports with no shortage of shops catering to marine sports enthusiasts. Tegallalang Tegallalang is a major area for handicraft production in Bali. There are several business in this area, but they are not visible to the passing-by tourits. The view here on the rice is amazing.

Padangbai Padangbai is a small fishing village in East Bali. It offers the visitors with some of Bali’s most beautiful white sandy beaches. Sangeh Monkey Forest Sangeh Monkey Forest is located in the southwestern of Bali. The main attraction here is the monkeys inhabiting both the trees and the temple. Tulamben Tulamben is a small town on the north-east coast of Bali. It is now popular for its most famous dive site that contains a stunningly diverse underwater ecosystem, especially around the wreck of the Liberty Glo, a US Army Transport ship torpedoed by Japanese submarines in 1942.

Sanur Sanur is one of the Bali’s largest traditional villages and is also an established tourist area. It is known as the best spot for diving and snorkeling, especially surfing. It is also known as the ‘Sunrise Beach’. Seminyak Seminyak is one of the Bali’s top tourist spots with its natural appeal and great collection of fine restaurants. It also houses many of nice places to stay (hotels and villas).

Ubud Ubud is largely known as a remarkable center of fine arts, dance and music. The spectacular view of green paddy terraces makes Ubud as one of the most visited areas in Bali. Uluwatu Uluwatu is known for its breathtaking cliff views, with its spectacular temple overlooking the clear blue water of the ocean below. Plenty of monkeys inhibit the area. Kecak dance is also regularly performed in Uluwatu’s amphitheatre.

Singaraja Singaraja was once the capital city of bali before Denpasar. It was Bali’s main port during the Dutch occupation and still retains colonial feel, especially with its clean, quiet and distinctve culture. Tabanan The regency of Tabanan is the home of the dramatic temple of Tanah Lot, which probably is known as the most photographed temple in Bali.

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RESTAURANTS ASIAN FUSION Chandi Haute Cuisine Jl. Laksmana No. 72 (Seminyak) Phone: +62 361 173 106 www.newinbali.com/chandi Sarong The Next Experience Jl. Petitenget No. 19-X (Kerobokan) Phone: +62 361 737 809 www.newinbali.com/sarong BELGIAN Mannekepis Jazz & Blues Bistro Jl. Raya Seminyak (Seminyak) Phone: +62 361 847 5784 www.newinbali.com/mannekepis CHINESE Chinoiserie Modern Singaporean Cuisine Jl. Sunset No. 7 (Kuta) Phone: +62 361 8088 777 www.newinbali.com/chinoiserie Fortune Cookie Fresh & Healthy Food with no MSG Jl. Sudamala No. 5 (Sanur) Phone: +62 361 283 342 www.newinbali.com/fortune-cookie DUTCH Bugils Bali Café & Restaurant Jl. Dewi Sartika No. 1-BB (Tuban) Phone: +62 361 758 322 www.newinbali.com/bugils-bali Double Dutch Dutch Bar and Restaurant in Sanur Jl. Cemara Semawang No. 29 (Sanur) Phone: +62 361 270 554 www.newinbali.com/double-dutch

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FRENCH Atelier 13 French Cuisine Jl. Kunti No. 7 (Seminyak) Phone: +62 361 733 671 www.newinbali.com/atelier-13 GERMAN MAMA’s German Restaurant in Bali Jl. Raya Legian (Legian) Phone: +62 361 761 151 www.newinbali.com/mamas

Black Canyon Coffee A Drink from Paradise… Available on Earth Seminyak Square (Seminyak) Phone: +62 361 738 029 www.newinbali.com/black-canyoncoffee Café Bali With Love Jl. Laksmana (Seminyak) Phone: +62 361 736 484 www.newinbali.com/café-bali

INDIAN Queens Tandoor Enjoy the Taste of India! Jl. Raya Seminyak No. 73 (Seminyak) Phone: +62 361 732 770 www.newinbali.com/queens-tandoor

Grocer & Grind Bistro - Delicatessen - Catering Jl. Kayu Jati No. 3-X (Seminyak) Phone: +62 361 737 321 www.newinbali.com/grocer-andgrind

INDONESIAN Cabe Rawit Not Just a Warung! Jl. Kunti No. 8 (Seminyak) Phone: +62 361 744 0995 www.newinbali.com/cabe-rawit

Ifiori Ristorante Food - Wine - Chill Out Jl. Kartika Plaza (Tuban) Phone: +62 361 750 158 www.newinbali.com/ifiori-ristorante

Warung Ocha Indonesian & Western Restaurant Jl. Raya Seminyak No. 52 (Seminyak) Phone: +62 361 736 222 www.newinbali.com/warung-ocha INTERNATIONAL Barcode Mediterranean Resto and Tapas Bar Jl. Petitenget No. 2001-X (Seminyak) Phone: +62 361 730 629 www.newinbali.com/barcode Biku Eat. Drink. Read. Lounge Jl. Raya Petitenget No. 888 (Petitenget) Phone: +62 361 857 0888 www.newinbali.com/biku

Kopi Pot Fine Coffee, Great Food, Outrageous Cakes Jl. Legian (Kuta) Phone: +62 361 752 614 www.newinbali.com/kopi-pot Ku De Ta Jl. Oberoi No. 9 (Seminyak) Phone: +62 361 736 969 www.kudeta.net La Casa From Bali with Love! Jl. Werkudara No. 25 (Legian) Phone: +62 361 751 822 www.newinbali.com/la-casa

Ma Joly Enjoy the Finer Things in Life Jl. Wana Segara (Tuban) Phone: +62 361 753 708 www.newinbali.com/ma-joly Métis Haute Spirited Cuisine Jl. Petitenget No. 6 (Kerobokan) Phone: +62 361 737 888 www.newinbali.com/metis Poppies Fine Dining and Cottages Jl. Poppies 1 (Kuta) Phone: +62 361 751 059 www.newinbali.com/poppies Rio Restaurant Bar & Grill Jl. Raya Seminyak (Seminyak) Phone: +62 361 732 685 www.newinbali.com/rio-restaurant Rumours Everything You Hear is True Jl. Laksmana No. 1 (Seminyak) Phone: +62 361 738720 www.newinbali.com/rumours Surya Candra Seafood Restaurant Jl. Legian No. 83 (Kuta) Phone: +62 361 752 576 www.newinbali.com/surya-candra Tekor Bali Beachside Restaurant Jl. Double Six (Legian) Phone: +62 361 735 268 www.newinbali.com/tekor-bali The Junction Street Side Café with Air-Conditioner Jl. Laksmana (Seminyak) Phone: +62 361 735 610 www.newinbali.com/the-junction


Waroeng Bonita Home Cooking from the Island Jl. Petitenget No. 2000-X (Seminyak) Phone: +62 361 731 918 www.newinbali.com/waroeng-bonita Warung JP’s Restaurant & bar in Seminyak Jl. Dhyana Pura No. 6 (Seminyak) Phone: +62 361 731 622 www.newinbali.com/warung-jps Zappaz Piano Bar & Grill with Live Music Jl. Laksmana (Seminyak) Phone: +62 361 742 5534 www.newinbali.com/zappaz ITALIAN Il Cielo Delizioso Momento Con Cucina Italiano Jl. Kartika Plaza No. 172 (Kuta) Phone: +62 361 762 027 www.newinbali.com/il-cielo Café Marzano Authentic Italian Cuisine Jl. Double Six (Legian) Phone: +62 361 874 4438 www.newinbali.com/cafe-marzano

Sorriso Jl. Drupadi (Seminyak) Phone: +62 361 738 307 Trattoria Cucina Italiana Jl. Laksmana (Seminyak) Phone: +62 361 737 082 www.newinbali.com/trattoria-bali Ultimo Where Everything is Excellent Jl. Laksmana No. 104-X (Seminyak) Phone: +62 361 738 720 www.newinbali.com/ultimo Warung Italia Italian Restaurant Jl. Kunti No. 2 (Seminyak) Phone: +62 361 737 437 www.newinbali.com/warung-italia Zanzibar Follow Your Senses Jl. Pantai Blue Ocean No. 21 (Legian) Phone: +62 361 733 529 www.newinbali.com/zanzibar

Massimo Jl. Danau Tamblingan (Sanur) Phone: +62 361 128 8942

JAPANESE Dahana Japanese Dining at Petitenget Jl. Petitenget No. 98-X (Seminyak) Phone: +62 361 730 131 www.newinbali.com/dahana

Osteria Telese Cucina Italiana Jln. Laksmana No. 14 (Seminyak) Phone: +62 361 734 566 www.newinbali.com/osteria-telese

Kaizan Fine Japanese Dining Jl. Laksmana No. 33 (Seminyak) Phone: +62 361 747 2324 www.newinbali.com/kaizan

Rustica Cucina Italiana Jl Batu Belig No. 1 (Batu Belig) Phone: +62 361 360 4562 www.newinbali.com/rustica

Kuni’s Jl. Laksmana No. 80 (Seminyak) Phone: +62 361 730 501

Ryoshi Fresh Sushi & Sashimi Everyday! Jl. Raya Seminyak No. 17 (Seminyak) Phone: +62 361 731 152 www.newinbali.com/ryoshi MEDITERRANEAN Khaima Moroccan Restaurant, Lounge & Bar Jl. Laksmana (Seminyak) Phone: +62 361 742 3925 www.newinbali.com/khaima Pantarei Jl. Raya Seminyak No. 17-A (Seminyak) Phone: +62 361 732 567 Di Mare @ KarmaKandara (Ungasan) Phone: +62 361 848 2223 www.newinbali.com/di-mare MEXICAN TJ’s California-Mexican Bar Restaurant Gg. Poppies I (Kuta) Phone: +62 361 751 093 www.newinbali.com/tj-s SWISS Yut’s Place Excellent Swiss Steaks and Tasty Sausages Jl. Werkudara No. 521 (Legian) Phone: +62 81 2395 1454 www.newinbali.com/yuts-place THAI Anantara SOS Jl. Abimanyu (Seminyak) Phone: +62 361 737 773 VEGETARIAN Aromas Jl. Legian (Kuta) Phone: +62 361 751 003

BARS & NIGHTLIFE

Bahiana Bahiana is a French salsa bar with plenty of cocktails and rum based soaked preparations ina festive salsa ambiance! Jl.Dhyana Pura No. 4 (Seminyak) Phone: +62 361 738 662 www.newinbali.com/bahiana Bali Joe Gay Nightlife Destination Jl. Dhyana Pura (Seminyak) Phone: +62 361 730 931 www.newinbali.com/bali-joe Double Six Club Jl. Double Six (Seminyak) Phone: +62 361 731 266 Mixwell Bar & Lounge Jl. Dyana Pura No. 6 (Seminyak) Phone: +62 361 736 846 www.newinbali.com/mixwell-bar Obsession Jl Dhyana Pura (Seminyak) Phone: +62 361 730 269 Santa Fe Jl Dhyana Pura (Seminyak) Phone: +62 361 731 147 Sky Garden Bar & Lounge Jl. Legian No. 61 (Kuta) Phone: +62 361 755 423 www.newinbali.com/sky-garden

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SALON & SPA Bodyworks Relaxation-Rejuvenation-Wellness Jl. Kayu Jati No. 2 (Seminyak) Phone: +62 361 733 317 www.newinbali.com/bodyworks Equilibre Jl. Laksmana No. 117-X (Seminyak) Phone: +62 361 887 0111 Esthetic Spa Jl. Kayu Jati (Seminyak) Phone: +62 361 737 361 Fabulously Feet Reflexology & Foot Massage Jl. Sunset No. 888 (Seminyak) Phone: +62 361 847 5764 www.newinbali.com/fabulously-feet JazB Full Service Beauty & Hair Salon #2 Unit A, Seminyak Square Jl. Laksmana (Seminyak) Phone: +62 361 738 882/ 8888 655 www.newinbali.com/jazb Prana Spa at The Villas Jl. Kunti No. 118-X (Seminyak) Phone: +62 361 730 840 www.newinbali.com/prana Vitamin Organic Jl. Drupadi No. 3-B (Seminyak) Phone: +62 361 884 3222 FASHION Becik Boutique Boutique and Mini Bar Jl. Dhyana Pura No. 4-X (Seminyak) Phone: +62 361 737 816 www.newinbali.com/becik

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Discovery Shopping Mall Jl. Kartika Plaza (Kuta) Phone: +62 361 769 629 Innuendo Fashion Store Seminyak Centre Blk. 75-H (Kuta) Phone: +62 361 730 790 www.newinbali.com/innuendo Paul Ropp World’s Leading Fashion Brand Jl. Pengubengan No. 1-x (Kerobokan) Phone: +62 361 730 023/ 731 002 www.newinbali.com/paul-ropp Mal Bali Galeria Jl. By Pass Ngurah Rai (Kuta) Phone: +62 361 761 945 JEWELRY Scandi Contemporary Jewelry Jl. Raya Seminyak No. 26 (Seminyak) Phone: +62 361 733 446 www.newinbali.com/scandi Sea Gypsy Jewelry Inspired by the Ocean Jl. Laksmana No. 49 (Seminyak) Phone: +62 361 731 769 www.newinbali.com/sea-gyspy Silverberry Sterling Silver Jewelry Jl. Raya Seminyak No. 501 (Seminyak) Phone: +62 361 730 438 Jl. Legian Tengah (Kuta) Phone: +62 361 762 463 www.newinbali.com/silverberry SURF & SWIMWEAR Nico Nico Underwear - Sleepwear - Swimwear Jl. Raya Seminyak (Seminyak) Phone: +62 361 730 805 www.newinbali.com/nico-nico

Rip Curl The Total Surfing Experience Jl. Sunset No. 89 (Kuta) Phone: +62 361 705 089 www.newinbali.com/rip-curl OTHER SHOPPING Bali Deli Jl. Kunti No. 117-X (Seminyak) Phone: +62 361 173 8686 www.newinbali.com/bali-deli Bali Soap Bali’s Natural Soap Specialist Jl. By Pass Ngurah Rai Ruko Surya Indah C-1 (Jimbaran) Phone: +62 361 705 089 www.newinbali.com/bali-soap Canopy Art Increase Your Sales Jl By Pass Ngurah Rai (Denpasar) Phone: +62 361 725 795 www.newinbali.com/canopy-art Casa Gourmet Jl. Laksmana (Seminyak) Phone: +62 361 738 026 Celepuk Bali Retail & Wholesale Online Store Jl. Raya Seminyak No. 36 (Seminyak) Phone: +62 361 274 2323 www.newinbali.com/celepuk Yamuna One Stop Shopping & Relaxation Jl. Sunset No. 9 (Kuta) Phone: +62 361 800 9998/ 762 308 www.newinbali.com/yamuna PROPERTY Ray White The Paradise Property Group Jl. By Pass Ngurah Rai (Nusa Dua) Phone: +62 361 737 357 www.newinbali.com/ray-white

DIVING Absolute Scuba Diving in Bali - 100% Professional Jl. Danau Tamblingan No. 27-C (Sanur) Phone: +62 361 282 664 www.newinbali.com/absolute-scuba Atlantis International Five Star Dive Center Jl. By Pass Ngurah No. 350 (Sanur) Phone: +62 361 284 312 www.newinbali.com/atlantis-international Blue Oasis Dive (Rip Curl) Come Dive with Us! Jl. Danau Tamblingan (Sanur) Phone: +62 361 287 749 www.newinbali.com/blue-oasis-dive Blue Season Bali 5 Star Instructor Development Resort Jl. Danau Tamblingan 69-X (Sanur) Phone: +62 361 282 574 www.newinbali.com/blue-season-bali Crystal Divers Striving for Perfection in Diving Jl. Danau Tamblingan No. 168 (Sanur) Phone: +62 361 286 737 www.newinbali.com/crystal-divers Indonesia Cruises Holiday Cruises & Leisure Expeditions Kuta Poleng A-3, Jl. Setiabudi (Kuta) Phone: +62 361 766 269 www.newinbali.com/indonesia-cruises ACCOMMODATION Annora Bali Villas Villas in Seminyak Jl. Abimanyu No. 999-X (Seminyak) Phone: +62 361 734 793 www.newinbali.com/annora


Cicada Luxury Townhouses in Seminyak Jl. Pura Telaga Waja No. 1 (Seminyak) Phone: +62 361 862 0805 www.newinbali.com/cicada

Villa Sunset Terrace Apartment in Seminyak Jl. Oberoi Gg. Mertasari (Seminyak) Phone: +62 81 2366 8110 www.newinbali.com/sunset-terrace

Canggu Club Sport, Recreation, Relaxation Jl. Pantai Brawa (Canggu) Phone: +62 361 844 6385 www.newinbali.com/canggu-club

CAS Cargo Bali International Freight Forwarder Jl. By Pass Ngurah Rai No. 109-X (Kuta) Phone: +62 361 720 525 www.newinbali.com/cas-cargo-bali

Danoya Villa Jl. Batu Belig No. 559 (Kerobokan) Phone: +62 361 735 305 www.newinbali.com/danoya

Villa Uma Sapna Experience Privacy and Luxury, Just the Way You Like It Jl. Drupadi No. 20-XX (Seminyak) Phone: +62 361 736 628 www.newinbali.com/uma-sapna

Pro Surf Learn 2 Surf Jl.Pantai Kuta (Kuta) Phone: +62 361 744 1466 www.newinbali.com/pro-surf

You Shop We Ship Trading with Peace of Mind Jl. By Pass Ngurah Rai No. 461 (Sanur) Phone: +62 361 720 606 www.newinbali.com/you-shop-we-ship

ART & GALLERIES Antonio Blanco Museum Jl. Raya Campuhan (Ubud) Phone: +62 361 975 502

Hammock Nomad’s Land Jl. Petitenget No. 22 (Seminyak) Phone: +62 361 742 1475 www.newinbali.com/hammock

DeKuta Hotel Modern Boutique Hotel in Kuta Beach Gg. Poppies II No. 8 (Kuta) Phone: +62 361 753 880 www.newinbali.com/dekuta-hotel Ellora Villas An Exotic Blend of East and West Jl. Danau Tamblingan No. 60 (Sanur) Phone: +62 361 282 496 www.newinbali.com/ellora-villas Mata Bali Bali Villa Rental & Property Maintenance Jl. Basangkasa No. 151-A (Seminyak) Phone: +62 361 730 233 www.newinbali.com/mata-bali Pondok Pitaya Surfer Hotel & Restaurant Balian River (Tabanan) Phone: +62 81 999 84 054 www.newinbali.com/pondok-pitaya Villa Bugis Villa Investment Seminyak Jl. Laksmana Gg. Bugis No. 6 (Seminyak) Phone: +62 361 744 8592 www.newinbali.com/villa-bugis Villa Coco Affordable Private Villas Jl. Arjuna, Gg. Villa Coco (Seminyak) Phone: +62 361 730 736 www.newinbali.com/villa-coco

Villa Ziva A Boutique Villa Jl. Braban No. 80 (Seminyak) Phone: +62 361 847 8202 www.newinbali.com/villa-ziva BOAT TRANSFER Blue Water Express Fastboat to the Gili Islands & Lombok Jl. Tukad Punggawa, Br. Ponjok, Kelurahan Serangan Phone : +62 361 84134 21/22/23/24 Mahi Mahi Fastboat in Comfort & Safety Serangan Harbor Phone: +62 361 877 6599 www.newinbali.com/mahi-mahi Scoot Fast Cruises The Easy Way to Get Away Jl. Hangtuah No. 27 (Sanur) Phone: +62 361 285 522 www.newinbali.com/scoot-cruises LEISURE & SPORTS AJ Hackett Bungy Jump Are You Hard Enough to Jump? Jl. Double Six (Seminyak) Phone: +62 361 731 144 www.newinbali.com/aj-hackett

ARCHITECT & ORGANIZER Bali Architecture & Construction Fully Licenced Construction Company Jl. Raya Petitenget No. 6-X (Kerobokan) Phone: +62 361 735 780 www.newinbali.com/baliarchitecture-and-construction Fabulous Bali Wedding Defining Your Amazing Moment Jl. Raya Petitenget No. 112-B (Seminyak) Phone: +62 361 734 766 www.newinbali.com/fabulousbaliwedding EXPORT & CARGO Artisan Asia You Design It, We’ll Make It. Jl. Braban No. 69 (Kerobokan) Phone: +62 361 744 0948 www.newinbali.com/artisan-asia Bali Prefab Pre-fabricated Construction Jl. Pemelisan No. 8-X (Sanur) Phone: +62 361 781 7098 www.newinbali.com/bali-prefab

EDUCATION Little Stars Bali Early Learning & Kindergarten Jl. Tirta Akasa No. 50 (Sanur) Phone: +62 361 285 993 www.newinbali.com/little-stars HOSPITALS & CLINICS ARC Clinics Look and Feel Years Younger Jl. By Pass Ngurah Rai No.1 (Kuta) Phone: +62 361 767 543 www.newinbali.com/arc-clinics BIMC Jl. By Pass Ngurah Rai No. 100-X (Kuta) Phone: +62 361 761 263 SOS International Jl. By Pass Ngurah Rai No. 505-X (Kuta) Phone: +62 361 710 505 Penta Medica 24-Hour Medical Assitance Jl. Teuku Umar Barat No. 88 (Denpasar) Phone: +62 361 490 709 www.newinbali.com/penta-medica

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Australia (Canada & New Zealand) Jl. Empu Tantular No. 32 (Denpasar) Phone: +62 361 241 118 E-mail: bali.congen@dfat.gov.au Brazil (Honorary Consulate) By The Sea Shop, Jl. Legian (Kuta) Phone: +62 361 757 775 E-mail: brazilcocnsul@bali.net Chile (Honorary Consulate) Jl. Pengembak Gg. 1/3 (Sanur) Phone: +62 361 756 781 E-mail: chilehonconsulate@ bali-villa.com France (Consular Agency) Jl. Mertasari II No. 8 (Sanur) Phone: +62 361 285 485 E-mail: consul@dps.centrin. net.id Germany (Consulate) Jl. Pantai Karang No. 17 (Sanur) Phone: +62 361 288 535 E-mail: germanconsul@bali-ntb. com Italy (Honorary Consulate) Lotus Enterprise Building Jl. By Pass Ngurah Rai (Jimbaran) Phone: +62 361 701 005 E-mail: italconsbali@ italconsbali.org

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Japan (Consulate General) Jl. Raya Puputan No. 170 (Renon) Phone: +62 361 227 628 E-mail: konjpdps@indo.net.id Mexico (Honorary Consulate) Astina Tours & Travel Building Jl. Prof. Moh. Yamin No. 1-A (Renon) Phone: +62 361 223 266 E-mail: astina@denpasar. wasantara.net.id Netherlands (Honorary Consulate) Jl. Raya Kuta No. 127 (Kuta) Phone: +62 361 761 502 E-mail: dutchconsulate@kcbtours.com Royal Danish Consulate Jl. Bypass Ngurah Rai No. 229 (Sanur) Phone: +62 361 821 6979 E-mail: danishconsbali@gmail. com Royal Norwegian Consulate Mimpi Resort Jimbaran Kawasan Bukit Permai (Jimbaran) Phone: +62 361 701 070 E-mail: norwayconsbali@ mimpi.com

Spain (Honorary Consulate) Kompleks Istana Kuta Galeria, Blk. Vallet 2, No. 11, Jl. Patih Jelantik (Kuta) Phone: +62 361 769 286/ 287 Fax: +62 361 769 186 Sweden & Finland (Honorary Consulate) Segara Village Hotel Jl. Segara Ayu (Sanur) Phone: +62 361 282 223 E-mail: sweconsul@yahoo.com United States of America (Consular Agency) Jl. Hayam Wuruk No. 188 (Denpasar) Phone: +62 361 233 605 E-mail: amcobali@indo.net.id AIRLINES Air Asia I Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport Phone: +62 361 760 108 China Airlines I Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport Phone: +62 361 757298 Garuda Indonesia I Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport Phone: +62 361 751 011 (ext. 5216)

Malaysia Airlines I Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport Phone: +62 361 764 995/ 766 925 Qantas Airways Grand Bali Beach Hotel (Sanur) Phone: +62 361 288 331 Singapore Airlines I Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport Phone: +62 361 761 574 Thai Airways Ground Floor, Bali Beach Hotel (Sanur) Phone: +62 361 288 141 TAXI Blue Bird Taxi Phone: +62 361 701 111 EMERGENCY Police Phone: +62 361 424 436 Ambulance Phone: +62 361 118 Fire Department Phone: +63 361 113 Airport Information Phone: +62 361 751 011 (ext. 5123)


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Kuta/ Tuban/ Legian

Legian Kuta Kuta is dedicated to those seeking fun and sun in affordable ways. The area consists of busy streets lined with lively bars and restaurants, basic accommodation and stalls selling multitudes of items. Although often considered the ‘ugliest’ area of the island due to its mixed-bag tourism combined with rampant commercialism, Kuta still manages to retain a slice of Balinese charm. The smell of incense wafts down the crowded alleys and offerings of brightly colored flower petals are laid out each morning to appease the gods.

Legian is packed with venues that turn this previously sleepy-hollow area into a spot that knows no rest with almost non-stop activity and crowds. tAn increasing number of amusement centers such as nightclubs, restaurants and shops are now making Legian a vibrant area that never sleeps.

Tuban Although part of Kuta, Tuban doesn’t really share the loud noises and crowds of Kuta’s main party scenes. The many villas and fine restaurants in this area are not really seen from the main road as they mostly reside beachside.


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Seminyak/ Petitenget/ Canggu

Seminyak

Petitenget & Canggu

Owing to its high density of upscale shopping, combined with the clusters of fine-dining establishments, Seminyak has rapidly become one of the most well-known tourist areas in Bali. In addition to a few commercial strips with popular and lively restaurants, bars and good crafts, furniture, and antique shops, there are a few notable establishments that have earned numerous titles as the best venue or party spot in Bali in various magazines. Land and accommodation prices are amongst the highest in Bali and plenty of luxury spas and hotels abound.

Petitenget is where the chic ambiance of Seminyak continues. The emergence of a number of new stylish venues in Petitenget, including some of Baliâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s best restaurants, indicate that this area now serves as the extended fashionable playground of south Bali. Canggu, another attractive are, still features widely spread ricefields, in spite of its close proximity to Seminyak and Petitenget. A number of luxurious villas (and of course the luxurious Canggu Club) can be found here.


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One of the most pleasant aspects of Sanur is its large expanse of beachfront. A footpath that covers about five kilometers allows visitors to casually stroll and explore, stopping when they feel like it for a drink or snack at one of the many beach side restaurants. A large reef shelters Sanurâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s white-sand beach, resulting in a low-key surf that is ideal for beginner surfers and families with small children. Well-stocked bars and decently priced food and drinks have turned this area into a popular nighttime destination as well.

Some of the most luxurious hotels in the world find their Bali home in Nusa Dua. Yet, unknown to even some of its loyal visitors, Nusa Dua actually offers more than just ranks of five-star hotels and up-market restaurants and shops. For instance, the many visitors staying at these fine hotels are largely unaware of a beautiful white-sand beach located just five minutes away on the southern edge of the peninsula, Geger beach. Immediately north of the Nusa Dua enclave is the peninsula of Tanjung Benoa that sports less exclusive hotels and Benoa village. As it is a mixed culture area, visitors can see a mosque and Chinese and Hindu temples in close proximity.

Jimbaran Although Jimbaran now houses some of the finest luxury hotels in the world, its original colour as a fishing village still remains. Unlike many other coastal areas in Bali that have fully converted from fishing villages into tourist spots crowded with umbrellas, hawkers and surfboards, Jimbaran exploits its natural potential as a fishing village with the establishment of row upon row of seafood restaurants serving that dayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s catch of fresh fish and crustaceans. Jimbaran is now known to be a haven of the finest seafood (both raw and processed) in Bali.


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Ubud

As the home of Bali’s legendary artists, Ubud is all about culture, inspiration, meditation, nature and comfort. The area’s scenic rice fields, villages, arts and crafts communities, palaces and rivers are probably some of the top reasons that bring people to Bali. For more than a century, Ubud has been the island’s preeminent centre for fine arts, dance and music. Accommodation options range from cheap homestays and hotels in the town’s center to the jet set retreats that sit high up on the edge of green valleys. Plenty of interesting things can be found in the main streets, but most of the magic of Ubud is hidden away on the backstreets, backwaters and courtyards.


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Nusa Lembongan Nusa Lembongan is one of Baliâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s three small offshore islands (the other two are Nusa Penida and Nusa Ceningan) with tourist infrastructure; thus making it a popular destination for visitors to Bali. Lembongan is the perfect destination to experience the abundance of marine life, whether you are diving or snorkeling. Lembonganâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s white-sand beaches and clear water are just perfect for visiting sun worshippers. Unlike most beaches in Bali, there are no hawkers in Nusa

Lembongan, with the sole exception of the boat guys who wander along the beach in the morning and ask you if you would like to join their snorkeling or fishing trips. Getting to or from Nusa Lembongan is easy due to the numerous options. From Sanur, visitors are provided with fast boat service as well as the traditional jukung boats (wooden boats). Alternatively, travelers can depart from the Gili islands, or even charter their own helicopter.

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Light House Shipwreck Surfbreak

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Lacerations Surfbreak Playgrounds Surfbreak

Seaweed Farms Police Station

Manta Point

Jungutbatu Village

Coconut Beach

Mushroom Beach

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Hospital

Song Lambung Beach

Devil Tears

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Ceningan Point

Underground House Dream Beach

Lembongan Village

Bias Tugel Beach

Bakung Temple

Gamat Bay

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Ceningan Surfbreak

Crystal Bay Swallow Cave

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The Gilis

The Gilis Directory GILI EATS CAFÉS Coco’s Coffee, Great Sandwiches and Café Food INTERNATIONAL RESTAURANTS Beach House Fresh Seafood BBQ and International Cuisine Phone: +62 370 642 352 Sama-Sama Reggae Bar Cool Rhythms, Cold Beer

Lombok’s three sister islands, Gili Trawangan, Gili Meno and Gili Air, are currently amongst the top alternative destinations for tourists visiting Bali. The three are tiny coral-fringed islands blessed with white sandy beaches and crystal-clear water swarming with an array of coral fish. Known as budget stopovers in the old days, the Gilis with their rapidly increasing popularity now have diversified accommodation options ranging from luxury villas to rustic yet chic bungalows. Oceanfront restaurants and bars are also scattered around. Water activities, of course, are some of the highlights on the must-do list during a stay in these islands. Each Gili has its own character and charm; Trawangan is the biggest and most developed, with a diverse day and night life and the legendary “island parties” three times per week, Meno is very small and mellow (perfect for honeymooners) and Air’s ambiance falls somewhere between the two. The three islands, very fortunately, are pleasantly free from air pollution due to the absence of motorized land vehicles. The only means of transportation available are traditional cidomos (horse-drawn carts), horses and bicycles.

IRISH RESTAURANTS Tir Na Nog Irish Bar World’s Smallest Irish Bar— Food, Drinks, Fun Phone: +62 370 639 463 GILI SLEEPS RESORTS Beach House Resort Contemporary Resort Set in Tropical Gardens Phone: +62 370 642 352 Gili Eco Villas Eco-friendly Accommodation Phone: +62 361 847 6419 Ko-Ko-Mo Exquisite Luxury Villas in HighClass Resort Phone: +62 370 642 352

Gili Villas

(Luxury Villas) Luxury Villas in Tranquil Surroundings Exclusive resort of 4 luxury villas, just minutes away from the vibrant beach front of Gili Trawangan. Experience the perfect combination of privacy and hotel service. Gili Trawangan Phone: +62 81 2375 5721 Manta Dive Bungalows A/C Bungalows in a Central Location Phone: +62 370 643 649 Luce d’Alma Exclusive, Modern Cottages in Tranquil Resort Phone: +62 370 621 777

Manta Dive

(Gili Trawangan) 5-star PADI and SSI centre The largest and most popular dive centre on Gili Trawangan, offering a full range of courses from beginner to instructor and three daily fun dive excursions. Gili Trawangan Phone: +62 370 643 649

Manta Dive (Gili Air)

5-star PADI and SSI centre Manta Dive Gili Air offers a full range of courses and daily fun dive trips as well as accommodation. Located on the southeast side of the island of Gili Air. Gili Air Phone: +62 81 353 050 462

Villa Ombak Biggest Resort on the Island Phone: +62 370 642 336

Lutwala Dive Boutique Dive Resort Phone: +62 370 689 3609

GILI ADVENTURE DIVING Big Bubble PADI and SSI Dive Centre Phone: +62 370 625 020

Villa Ombak Diving Arcade Resort Dive Centre Phone: +62 370 642 336

Dream Divers 5-Star PADI IDC Centre Phone: +62 370 693 738

GILI SHOPS SHOPPING Innuendo Exclusive Fashion Shopping Phone: +62 361 742 8814


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10 RECOMMENDATIONS FOR BEING A RESPONSIBLE TOURIST 1. Be a good role model Set a good example and show people that your interactions with the environments can make a difference. 2. Do not throw anything in the toilet Non-organic wastes thrown into the toilet can cause grey water to flow into the land and sea. This will increase pollution and kill the fragile underwater eco-system.

8. Do not touch or walk on the reef Corals are very fragile organisms and it takes tens of years for them to grow. Please respect their space and observe from a distance.

3. Refill your water bottle Contribute to the waste management and help recycle plastic by reusing your water bottle. It will also save your money and is an easy way to be green.

9. Report environmental disturbance and destruction Touching aquatic life, walking on reefs, boat anchoring and discarding plastic are not eco-appreciative behaviors. Please respect and look after the environment.

4. Save water Turn the water off when you are not using it. The Gilis are small islands with very limited supply of fresh water; so please be conservative.

10. Get involved in local environmental activities and issues No matter how small, your contribution can have a great impact on the corner of the planet in which you live or spend holidays. There are plenty of opportunities to show your support for a clean environment, including practicing a good eco role model behavior, participating in beach cleanups, educating the local people about rubbish and plastic and supporting ecological activities.

5. Switch off the AC, fan and lights when you leave your room Electricity comes from petrol generators on the Gili islands. Do not waste the energy as the island can barely cope already. 6. Throw rubbish in the bins provided Encourage a responsible behavior by walking a few extra steps to collect the rubbish and put it in a bin.

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7. Do not collect seashells from the sea or beach Seashells are living animals and taking them out of their natural habitat will kill them. Hermit crabs will also look for new and bigger seashells as they grow up; thus collecting seashells will leave hermit crabs homeless.

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The Gilis Review

Taking The Plunge— My Dive Course with Manta Dive TEXT DARBY SHAW IMAGES IMAGE STOCK

Getting ready to dive

“Look—there it is!” my girlfriend shouts excitedly as she spots Gili Trawangan in the distance. We are seated on the fast boat from Bali to the Gili islands, after just two hours of sailing. Such a short distance, yet such a big difference! I can’t wait to visit this small, peaceful island again after some fun, but hectic days in Kuta. I am also looking forward to continuing my diving adventures. I first tried diving with Manta Dive here in Gili Trawangan and loved it, and I am determined to do the full course this time and get my certification so I can go diving anywhere I go. My girlfriend is already a diver so she is happy we will be able to dive together in the future. Of course, I have to pass my course first!

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As we arrive at the island beach front, we are surrounded by the usual crowds of people offering accommodation and transportation. We are already booked into the Gili Villas, though, so we politely decline and head straight there. The Gili Villas are located a short distance away from the main street in a quiet area. Our villa is great—two bedrooms, semi-outdoor bathrooms, a full kitchen and our own private pool. We even have an Ipod dock, so the villa quickly fills with our favourite tunes. After a dip in the pool, we leave our private haven to report in for next day’s course at Manta Dive. Soon, I am fully briefed and equipped with my course materials. While my girlfriend is busy

booking her diving for the next few days, I sneak a peek at my book and immediately recognize some of the stuff I learned when doing my introductory dive. This should be fun! The next few days are filled with learning fun. My co-students and I try to come to terms with expressions such as “buoyancy”, “equalization” and “nitrogen narcosis”. In the pool, we practice taking our masks off, “losing” our regulator and we simulate out-of-air situations. In spite of the serious reasons for these emergency procedures, we are having a blast! Laughter reverberates across the pool surface and we enjoy our chats on the dive boat going out for each of the four dives that are included in the course.


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Bedroom at The Gili Villas On the boat and ready to dive

While I am busy with my course, my girlfriend is doing two or three fun dives every day, so we are very happy that we can retreat to our villa each night for some quiet time. The service level and facilities at the Gili Villas are excellent so we are enjoying every moment.

Oh, to be diving again! Sheer bliss fills me as the water closes over my head on our first ocean dive. I pinch my nose and gently equalize my ears as we are descending, and a world of marine life opens up to us. Diving in the Gili islands is great; the dive sites are only a short boat ride away and there is so much marine life around us. This is a diving course, though, so on the next three dives, we are asked to repeat in open water what we learned in the pool. It seems a bit daunting at first, but we all soon find our form from the pool practice and complete our skills. And on every dive, we have plenty of time to fin around with our instructor and enjoy the ocean afterwards. 74

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After three fun days, and a pass on my exam, I have earned my certification as a diver, and definitely feel the need to celebrate my new status. So, my girlfriend and I head down to the main street to have drinks and dinner. There are plenty of bars and restaurants to choose from in Gili Trawangan, all within a short distance from each other. We sit down and watch life parading by. As there is no motorized traffic here, everyone is walking, cycling or traveling by cidomo (horse carriage), so we enjoy the fresh air and the leisurely pace of this tropical paradise. At the end of a long day, we walk back to our villa for one last night in luxury before itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s time to leave Gili Trawangan again. We promise each other it wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be long until we visit again!


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THE MAG - Baru di Bali Magazine - Edition 35-March 2011