Peken in Bali (Traditional Market)

Despite the rapid expansion of supermarket and mall, Peken (traditional market) still hold its ground. The peken (traditional market) in Bali can be found in each village especially in rural area. The meaning of the word “peken” is not “market” but equivalent to the words “gather” in English. The Balinese put the emphasis on the gathering side of the market activity. The peken (traditional market) is usually situated in the heart of the village, beside of village temple (usually on the south side of village temple), under the banyan tree or strategic open place.

Megibung

The word “megibung” is from the Balinese dialect meaning people eating communally. It is traditional custom of the Karangasem regency and normally occurs when there is a lot of work to be done in the village like a temple ceremony or social work. The megibung usually involves hundreds of people. The participants of megibung are divided into groups; each group consists of eight people of same gender, sitting cross-legged in circle on a mat or banana leaves and enjoying the delicious food. The participants eat with their right hand no spoon or fork is used.

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Bali Travel News

Garuda Indonesia: Nyepi Day Bali – Flight Cancellations
Dec 20, 2006

NYEPI DAY BALI - MON 19 MAR 2007Nyepi Day is a day of reflection, when all residents both Hindu and non-Hindu alike, respect the rules of silence which mark the Hindu New Year.Nyepi Day, according to the Balinese calendar, falls on MON 19 March 2007.It is a day of absolute quiet throughout the island and all traffic is banned from the streets for the 24 hour commemorative period from 6 a.m. Monday 19 March 2007, continuing until 6 a.m. the following morning. As a result, passengers will not be able to arrive or depart from Denpasar Airport.Therefore Garuda Indonesia is obliged to cancel the following flights:GA714 SUN 18MAR07 DPS MEL SYDGA715 MON 19MAR07 MEL SYD DPSGA726 MON 19MAR07 DPS PERGA727 MON 19MAR07 PER DPSGA710 MON 19MAR07 DPS DRWGA711 MON 19MAR07 DRW DPSFlights between DPS and the following ports will also be affected on 19MAR07: NRT / ICN / CGK / SUB / JOG / UPG / SIN.To ensure passengers are not inconvenienced by the cancelled flights, Garuda Indonesia will provide options for passengers to choose travel on other dates. GA Reservations Control will automatically rebook current reservations.Please contact Garuda Indonesia Reservations (1300 365 330) for further assistance with alternative flight arrangements if required.For further information please contact: GARUDA INDONESIA: PH: 1300 365 331 FAX: 1300 365 364

Garuda looks for strategic partner
Dec 19, 2006

Indonesia's government is hoping to bring a strategic equity partner into Garuda Indonesia as part of its effort to save the ailing national carrier.Garuda is in financial trouble and trying again to win relief from its hundreds of millions of dollars in debt obligations. At the end of 2005 it stopped making principal payments on its debt and has since been negotiating a wide-ranging restructuring with creditors.Airline president Emirsyah Satar says the government is now interested in bringing in a stake-holding partner, either in the form of another airline directly or an investor with existing airline interests."Right now the government has already agreed that they will invite a strategic partner to come in and this is a milestone for Garuda," says Satar."Some interested parties are already in discussions with the government. There is a team now working on this process. The idea is to bring in someone who can add value to Garuda."Satar says the hope is a strategic partner will be brought in by the end of the first quarter of 2007. He adds that the percentage stake on offer has not been determined, but "the existing shareholder, the Indonesian government, will keep a majority stake".Garuda has been suffering as a result of intense competition at home, high fuel prices, higher interest rates and a drop in demand following terrorist bombings on the resort island of Bali.Satar says talks are ongoing with key creditors on a hoped-for debt restructuring and bringing in a strategic partner "is part of the discussions". European export credit agencies are the biggest creditors and are collectively owed around $570 million, says Satar.Garuda last restructured its debts in 2001, when it owed creditors $1.8 billion. That restructuring mainly covered an extension of the repayment period and the conversion of debt into additional equity.The Indonesian government has promised to inject additional funds into the airline to help Garuda through its current crisis. Satar expects Garuda to report a 400 billion ($44 million) rupiah loss for 2006. It incurred a 688 billion rupiah loss in 2005. "The idea is to bring in someone who can add value to Garuda."Emirsyah Satar, president, Garuda Indonesia

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The new pavilions – each boasting two treatment tables and a separate dressing room – are located on the banks of the Petanu River and are connected to the existing spa via a boardwalk along the river’s edge.

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