Workforce Management a la Balinese

In Bali, almost everyday you can a find a ceremony or two are held, in an auspicious or lucky day thousands of ceremonies are held all over the islands. These ceremonies cannot just be prepared in a day or two, many workforces and work hours are devoted for the preparation of these ceremonies. These massive workforces and work hours are usually managed based on gender system.

Balinese Rice Cakes

Traditional religious ceremony in Bali can never be apart from rice products as offerings. Those can be anything that has been cooked. Two rice products that is a must for Balinese in every traditional ceremony is traditional cakes named Uli and Begina.

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Bali Travel News

Garuda Indonesia meets increasing demand to Bali with additional flight from Darwin
Jun 03, 2008

Garuda Indonesia will introduce more capacity from Darwin to Denpasar with the introduction of an additional service from 25 June, 2008.

The new flight is a response to the strong visitor numbers from Australia to Bali, which are up by almost 60% from last year when comparing figures for January to March 2008.

And, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, the growth of holiday makers from Northern Territory is even higher than the national trend at 71%I which is a strong indication that Northern Territory residents are again seeing Bali as a desirable holiday destination.

Mr. Syahrul Tahir, General Manager, Garuda Indonesia, NT, said, “Garuda’s already strong network between Australia and Indonesia will be even further strengthened with this additional flight bringing flight numbers to 28 per week between Australia and Indonesia.”

He said, “It is so pleasing to see Bali again becoming the destination of choice for leisure travelers from Australia, and with Garuda Indonesia in the lead as the preferred carrier to Bali and Indonesia.”

Garuda Indonesia’s additional service will supplement two existing flights per week between Darwin and Denpasar. The new inbound flight, GA710, will operate on Wednesdays, departing Bali at 0110hrs local time and arriving in Darwin at 0520hrs. It will depart as GA711 at 0730hrs and arrive in Bali at 0835hrs. The timings are as per the existing Monday and Friday flights.

Garuda Indonesia Darwin have launched some excellent promotional fares starting at $AUD190 plus taxes for a two day fare to Bali

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Balinese People
Nov 17, 2007

The Balinese are just one of Indonesia’s 250 ethnic groups. Like most Indonesians they are a blend of races, with the accent on the deutero-malayan race of Central and East Java, with traces, of Polynesian and Melanesian blood, as well as Indian and Chinese. This genetic back ground explains the variety of radical types seen on the island most Balinese are small hand some people with round delicate features thick black hair long sweeping eyelashes heart shaped lips and warm brown complexions others are darker skinned and straight haired like pacific islanders, or curly haired with flat noses like Papuans.

The Balinese are an extraordinarily creative people with a highly sensual theatrical culture. Culturally, the Javanese lean more toward refinement and modesty, keeping themselves in check in life and art, while the Balinese prefer the headier, flashier sensations – laugh, terror, spicier and sweeter foods. Balinese are more lavish and baroque in their colors and decorations, with more explosive music and fast, jerky dancing.

The first inhabitants of Bali were Austronesian ethnic from Tonkin in South China, they are known as Bali Mula (the true Bali). Around 8th century the great Sage Markandya and 800 of his followers came from Mount Raung in the Basuki area of East Java to settle in Bali, but a pestilence broke and killed most of the settlers. Some years later he returned, this time with only 400 people, from the village of Aga. They performed the ceremony of burying the Five Metals (pancadatu) - gold, silver, iron, copper and precious stone - at a place on the slopes of Mount Agung. This place is now called Pura Besakih. They are settled in the areas around Campuan, Taro, Tegalalang and Payangan and the present temple area of Besakih. These settlers are known as Bali Aga.

The successful establishment of settlers from Aga in Bali led to constant influx of settlers from Java. The most significant influx of Javanese settlers to Bali was arrived at the time when Bali was conquered by Majapahit Empire of East Java. Many Majapahit’s settlers came to Bali, they are known as Wong Majapahit. Early in 16th century Majaphit collapsed, thousands of Majapahit’s scholars, jurist, dancers, painters, craftsman, intellectual, literati and priests came to settle in Bali. This new settlers brought new breath to the Balinese culture.

With total population of around 3,300.000, the population density of Bali is nearly 560 per square kilometer; Bali is Indonesia’s second most densely populated island after Java. The vast majority of rural population practices sycretic Bali-Hindu religion. There are also sprinkling of Muslim in the coastal town and Denpasar, a Bugis settlement on Serangan Island, Buddhist in the mountain and Christians everywhere. Several thousand Arabs and Indian live in Denpasar. Ten thousands Chinese are found in the main trading centers of Denpasar, Singaraja, and Amlapura. There are also around 27,000 Western expatriates – clothes designers, exporters, artists, aid workers, consultants, English teachers. Many western jewelry and garment makers have intermarried with the Balinese. Read More


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The Nirwana Resort & Spa formerly Nirwana Cottages
Sengkidu,, 80871, Candidasa, Bali - Indonesia

The Nirwana Resort & Spa

Overview
The Nirwana Resort and Spa is located in Candidasa and about 60 km from Bali’s capital city, Denpasar. Its prime ocean front position gives a stunning view of the Indian Ocean. While enjoying a few sessions in the swimming pool or tasting our chefs special at the very own “Nirwana Sunset Restaurant”, guests can enjoy romantic view of the sunset sinking into the Indian Ocean in the South. This memorable moment certainly will be too good to miss out.

Situated in East Bali, a quieter part of the island, the newly renovated The Nirwana Resort and Spa is beyond doubt the place for anyone seeking tranquility and natural beauty

Room Facilities
The Nirwana Resort and Spa consist of 18 new bungalows with option of 12 garden or lagoon view bungalows and 6 ocean view bungalows.

These 18 bungalows are all air conditioned and with open terraces. Inside each room there is a refrigerator with mini bar. TV with international channels spacious room and bathrooms with standing shower and bathtub. If you are feeling homesick, there is also in room IDD Telephone line

Hotel Amenities and Services
The Nirwana Resort & Spa provide pampering facilities such as the "Nirwana Spa". While enjoying a variety of exotic and traditional treatments that are available to choose from, the surrounding of coconut trees and pond will indeed make you feel more relax and refrehed.

There is a swimming pool in the hotel and next to it, is the "Nirwana Sunset Restaurant", where you can enjoy a light meal or ala carte menu. You can order a few drinks while enjoying a sun bath by the pool and feeling the tropical warmth of Bali

If you'd like to explore paces outside the hotel, the Nirwana Resort & Spa provide a shuttle services when available during certain hours where you can go and see many tourist attraction shuch asthe original Balinese village of Bali Aga in Tenganan of visit Candidasa's Goa Lawah Temple (Bat Cave) and stop by at the local market.



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