Coffee and Balinese

A glass of coffee (rather than a cup of coffee) is standard welcome drink that you will get when you visiting a typical Balinese family. Presenting a glass of coffee to the visitor especially the male one is a standard gesture of Balinese hospitality and of course visitor rarely has any chance to avoid it. Although you can ask for a glass of tea as substitution but Balinese seldom ask for the substitution since it will put a trouble of preparing a glass of tea for the substitution to the host; Balinese mostly enjoy their inevitable welcome drink.

The Rare Ketungan Musical Instrument

When a grand ceremony such as Ngenteg Lingih (held once every 30 years) or deification of ancestor soul (nyekah) is held both Balinese and visitors will have a chance to see the rare Ketungan and hear its unique rhythmic sound. Ketungan, as a matter of fact is not a musical instrument but a long wooden mortar made of tree trunk complete with some long wooden pestles which is used to thrash the rice in order to detach the grain from the husk. When the rice is thrashed using the mortar, the long trough of the mortar is filled with rice and then the rice is pounded using the tall wooden pestles.


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Lovina, North Bali - Indonesia

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Bali Travel News

5000 Police for Bali Climate Meeting
November 20th, 2007

INDONESIA will use 5000 police to provide security when a global climate change summit on the resort island of Bali is held next month.

“More than 5000 Indonesian police officers will stand guard on Bali island and other places on (the neighbouring island of) Java during the summit,” national police chief Sutanto said.

Police would begin fanning out from today and remain on duty until the summit’s end.

Meetings leading up to the key talks begin on December 3 and the summit concludes on December 14.

Bali has endured two major bomb blasts blamed on the militant Jemaah Islamiah network, including nightclub bombings in 2002 that left 202 people dead, mostly western holidaymakers.

The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change conference aims to see countries agree to launch a roadmap for negotiating cuts in carbon emissions from 2012, when current pledges under the Kyoto Protocol run out

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Bali Travel Forum

Nusa Ceningan
November 21st, 2007

Nusa Ceningan is the smallest island of Nusa Islands – comprises of Nusa Penida, Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Ceningan. Situated between the Nusa Penida and Nusa Lembongan, 20 km from Bali’s south-east coast, Nusa Ceningan can be reached by boat from Sanur or through a bridge which connects Nusa lembongan and Nusa Ceningan.

Farther down the coast, you can hop a ferry to Nusa Lembongan, a hassle-free island with no cars or motorcycles, just two small villages that thrive on harvesting seaweed for carrageenan (an emulsifier used to thicken food, including ice cream and cheese). It is also home to some of the best surfing and snorkeling around, though the riptides and jagged coral make it a place where only strong swimmers and veteran surfers will venture.

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Hotel Press Releases

Karma Kandara
Uluwatu, Bali - Indonesia

Soft Opening December 2007

A Blissful Seclusion on the Southernmost Tip of the Tropical Island of Bali

The 40 Villas of Karma Kandara sit atop the " Bukit " land that makes up the southern most tip of the island. All of the Estate's 40, stand-alone - 1, 2, 3, & 4 - bedroom Villas, are luxuriously appointed to maximise the magnificent Indian Ocean view. Each has been meticulously planned to offer the maximum in privacy, and each features a private walled garden complete with an infinity edge swimming pool bordered by a timber sundeck, and overlook what is arguably Bali 's most beautiful beach.

Adjacent to Karma Kandara is a traditional Balinese temple that is spiritually connected to a highly auspicious cave temple located at the cliff base.

Chakra Spa as a Karma Signature Spa offers a varied selection of exlusive natural products in a setting that matches the resorts serene ambience. Chakra Spa focuses on the seven chakras of the body and each spa will specialize in one chakra energy center.

Karma Cuisine will be served in the Restaurants perched high on the dramatic cliff top, where diners can look out over the main infinity pool onwards to the distant horizon, content with the perfectly crafted culinary delights. Additionally, Nammos Beach Club & Grill presents a brick oven and a Mediterranean-Mykonian-style approach to all that is seafood. While, on another level, The Temple Bar Lounge is a hip, open-air sundeck, unveiling a cool, sexy, vibe and a menu of global tapas, offset by a trend-setting cocktail list. Guests can retreat to enjoy the privacy of their villa haven.

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