Makepung – Balinese Buffalo Racing

Jembrana Regency, located on the far western coast of the island, is Bali’s most sparsely populated district and rarely visited by mainstream international travellers’. There is an expanding Islamic community here due to the close proximity to the island of Java and over the centuries there has always been an interesting blend of Muslim and Hindu cultural traditions. However, the regency of Jembrana does in fact come to life several times a year for an attraction known as makepung or water buffalo racing.

Nature and Culture in Harmonious Balance

To truly appreciate the environmental wonders of the island, one needs to understand that Bali’s beauty is not merely the result of faceless natural forces such as the grinding of ocean plates, the rush of volcanic flows, the pull of the tides or the sweep of the sea winds. Bali’s spectacular natural bounty is also very much a product of the intimate relationship the Balinese people have with their environment. To the Balinese, the natural landscape is a divine creation marked by spiritually powerful sites. According to local belief, the environment is not merely a neutral backdrop for human activity, but is a vital, animate force with which one must maintain harmonious relationships.

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Bali Travel News

Kate 'planned Bali wedding to Pete today'
Aug 20, 2006

When Kate Moss took her family and friends to an exclusive villa in Bali last week they were told to expect a very special celebration. The supermodel flew her brother Nick and a group of her closest friends on a 14-seater private plane to the upmarket resort of Bukit, where she was due to 'marry' her drug addict lover Pete Doherty. Kate, 32, had planned a Balinese-style ceremony - similar to the Hindu wedding of Mick Jagger and Jerry Hall in 1990 - down to the final detail and had told friends excitedly that it was to be the intimate 'spiritual ceremony' she and Pete had always dreamed of having. The model, spotted last week with a large ring with a gemstone on her engagement finger, had even told her guests she had arranged to have a Balinese priest at the venue on the southern peninsula of the Indonesian island. But the wedding was off and Kate was being comforted by her friends after 27-year-old Doherty, a self-confessed drug addict, failed to show up for the wedding after he was ordered into a rehabilitation clinic in Britain following his arrest for possessing class A drugs. The Babyshambles singer was charged with seven counts of possessing drugs including heroin and cocaine and spent Thursday night in jail. He was bailed by a district judge on Friday on the condition that he immediately checked into The Priory clinic. He is allowed out, but only between 8am and 10pm. Kate was said to be "in tatters" and speaking to her lawyers in the vain hope of finding a legal loophole so that Doherty can be flown to Bali this week. "She is in a terrible state," a source told me. "She is in tatters and very distressed. When she flew to Bali on Monday she was ecstatic and told her friends that there was going to be a ceremony for her and Pete this weekend. "Kate loves Pete and while she has no intention of marrying him in a traditional wedding ceremony, they decided they wanted to have a spiritual ceremony to show their commitment to one another. "Kate asked Pete to prepare a beautiful ceremony with poetry and music and he was thrilled. "The holiday was initially meant to be a treat for her daughter Lila Grace and there are five little ones and two nannies out in Bali with Kate. But Kate decided to turn the holiday into a celebration." A spokesman for the model confirmed that Kate was in Bali, but denied that she was planning a wedding to Pete. I can reveal, however, that she has been making plans for the wedding for weeks and discussed the possibility of a pre-nuptial agreement with her mother Lynda. The source said: "Kate's mum is understandably concerned about her marrying Pete because of his drugs problem. She has tried to persuade Kate to have a pre-nup, but Kate's adamant that Pete is not marrying her for her money. Her words were, 'He's not materialistic - he's an artist'." While Mick Jagger challenged the legality of his Hindu wedding to Jerry Hall in the courts, claiming it was not legally binding in the UK, Kate, who is worth £16million, is said to have no concerns about the legality of a Balinese wedding. The source said: "Kate wanted a Balinese-style wedding because it's bohemian and simple and represents everything she loves. She's not concerned about whether it's legal over here." Friends said that Kate is still hoping Doherty may be able to fly to Bali before the end of the week. "She has her lawyers working round the clock to see if there is any way she can get Pete out of the UK. He was meant to leave with her last Monday, but he had problems with his passport. Then on Thursday he got arrested. "It's a race against time if they are going to marry, as Kate is only out there for another week." A spokesman for Kate told me: "She is on holiday with friends. There is no spiritual ceremony because her boyfriend is in The Priory. There have never been any plans for a wedding."

Indonesian exit tax spoils visa-free policy
Aug 14, 2006

The ASEAN visa-free pact signed recently means nothing if Indonesians still have to pay an exit tax of Rp 1 million (US$110) to travel, a Jakarta Post reader has complained. Commenting on an article that hailed the agreement as a boon for tourism, Adriani Dutika Ikawati said: “The hopes expressed in the article will mislead readers here because of the exit tax policy imposed by the Indonesian government.”“The Indonesian government should revoke the exit tax for visits within ASEAN countries immediately,” the reader wrote. Quoting an example of an attractive Jakarta-Kuala Lumpur return fare of Rp 800,000, she said “people had to think twice before buying the ticket”. “The tax is higher than the price of a budget airline ticket.”

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Hotel Press Releases

Aston Inn Tuban
Jl. Kediri No. 5,, 80361, Tuban, Bali - Indonesia

Press Release

An imaginative new three star concept hotel located in the Tuban area of Kuta, close to the International airport and within easy reach of all of South Bali's main attractions including Kuta Beach, Discovery Plaza and the main shopping areas and nightlife.

Aston redefines the minimalist business hotel with an elegant style offering soothing colours, resort ambience and our award winning service standards.


Jamahal Private Resort & Spa
Jl Uluwatu, Gang Batu Putih 1, 80364, Jimbaran, Bali - Indonesia

Press Release

The new JAMAHAL Private Resort and SPA, extended, upgraded and reopened in march 2006 stands for “precious time” and became one of the smallest and finest boutique resorts in Bali. A perfect hideaway in the Balinese fishing village of Jimbaran, only 10 minutes away from the airport.

Nestling in a lush tropical garden with a meandering lagoon-pool, it now presents ten individual pool- and garden-suite-villas, together with one master deluxe pool-villa, and a delightful spa. Located only 300 meters away from the sandy Jimbaran beach, guests have unlimited, private beach access with luxurious facilities. An outstanding and friendly “around the clock service” from 50 helpful staff members is pampering all needs and demands of a maximum 24 guests.

Competent SPA therapists have been professionally trained in a wide range of therapies including Ayurveda-, hot stone-, shiatsu- and traditional Balinese- and Javanese-massages. Jamahal cuisine represents a delicious east-west journey with a selection of fresh International- and Asian-dishes, served either in the privacy of your villa, the poolside bales or in the elegance of the lounge by a 24 hours semi butler service.

JAMAHAL Private Resort and SPA guarantees, to be the romantic and luxurious escape from the hectic work agendas and daily chores especially for honeymooners and couples.


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