Ngelawang Barong (Door to Door Exorcism)

The word “ngelawang” in traditional art context is equivalent to “door to door art performance”. In the beginning of 19th door to door mask performance was an everyday spectacle. But since the beginning of 20th century this tradition was already in the grip of extinction. The reminiscent of the ngelawang tradition still can be found today in “Ngelawang Barong” tradition. But it is not a “door to door art performance” but “door to door exorcism”.

Kuningan (A Day for Family)

On 9th December 200 Balinese will celebrate Kuningan day. Kuningan takes its name from the fact that a special offering that is presented in this holyday is yellow rice (nasi kuning) is made by colouring ordinary white rice with tumeric (kunyit). Kuningan occurs once in every 210 days in the Balinese Pawukon cycle (traditional Balinese calendar). The Kuningan Day is the time for commemoration as the ancestors return to the heaven after ten days dwelling on earth and the Balinese express their gratitude to gods for His mercy to the human races.

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Bali Travel News

Child sex abuse growing problem in Bali
Dec 04, 2006

JAKARTA - Sexual exploitation and trafficking of children are growing problems in the Indonesian resort island of Bali, the United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) said on Monday.Monitoring the exact extent of the problem is tricky, but authorities had enough information to point to a major problem, Anna-Karin Jatfors, a UNICEF expert on sexual exploitation and trafficking of children in Indonesia, said in a statement.In Bali's tourist areas, many young sex workers could be found in the streets, clubs and hotels, she said."Adolescent children who drop out of school are the most vulnerable," Jatfors was quoted as saying in the statement, at the start of a UNICEF-sponsored workshop on child sexual exploitation and trafficking."They are trapped by poor education with little or no work opportunities. As such, they are easy prey for traffickers," she added.Jatfors said while sex tourism and paedophilia were real and growing problems involving criminal syndicates operating throughout Asia, they still made up only a small part of the sexual exploitation of Indonesian children.Several child traffickers and child sex offenders have been prosecuted in Indonesia but eradicating the crime was an uphill battle, she said. Child protection groups say Lombok island and nearby Bali have been the bases for Australian paedophile rings operating in Indonesia.

Garuda develops new scheme
Dec 01, 2006

BALI - Garuda has extended its frequent flyer programme to international markets, including Australia.Passengers will earn one award mile for every mile flown, which can be redeemed for free flights. In addition, they will earn one tier mile which will determine which of four levels of membership will apply.The programme is already available on Garuda’s domestic network but from December 1, will apply to international flights. It is the first time it has been expanded beyond Indonesia. This story first appeared in www.travelweekly.com.au.

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Hotel Press Releases

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LE MERIDIEN NIRWANA GOLF and SPA RESORT OPENS A DEDICATED YOGA and MEDITATION CENTER

Le Meridien Nirwana Golf and Spa Resort in Bali recently opened a dedicated Yoga and Mediation Center on its resort. The sprawling 103-acre resort’s latest feature is intended to enhance the overall holiday experience by adding facilities that are in strong demand while diversifying the product offering. Le Meridien Nirwana is primarily known as Asia’s best golf resort but with the continuing product diversification the hotel is now in an excellent state to re-position the resort as a life style resort, comprising of the five star Le Meridien Hotel, the 18 hole Greg Norman designed Golf course as well as time-share units and a large Spa. The Yoga and Meditation center is complemented by a Health and Spa restaurant that caters to health conscious customers; mainly light fare, freshly squeezed juices, herbal teas and salads.

Dietmar Kielnhofer, the resort General Manager says: "There are not many resorts in the world that can boast a dedicated Yoga and Meditation center on its grounds. With 21 treatment rooms, an Asia bath, and an exercise pool under construction we are striving to position the resort as "Asia’s Premier lifestyle" destination. Exceeding guest expectations – in terms of product and service - should become a characteristic hallmark of our brand. Bali is known as the ultimate Spa Destination in Asia and has over 250 registered Spas.

What we don’t want is to be known as, is another commodity in an overbuilt and highly fragmented market without character and personality. Trends change but our commitment to innovate and give our customers an exciting product is part of our long-term competitive strategy – if we do not evolve along with market trends then we are simply left behind. Our emphasis is on creating a "once in a life time" emotional experience that is unique to Nirwana and evokes strong memories. In an industry where product differentiation and uniqueness is instrumental to long-term success, we will have an excellent opportunity to create our own niche market – the ultimate life style resort".

About Le Méridien Nirwana Golf & Spa Resort The multiple awarding-winning Le Méridien Nirwana Golf & Spa Resort is just minutes from town, yet in a world of its own. Surrounded by emerald rice fields and over-looking the sacred Tanah Lot Hindu temple, it offers a taste of the true Bali. Among many accolades, the resort consistently ranks as Asian Golf Monthly Magazine’s "Best Golf Resort in Asia".


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