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Monday, December 16, 2013

Bali

There are an estimated 20,000 temples (pura) on the island, each of which holds festivals (odalan) at least twice yearly. With many other auspicious days throughout the year there are always festivities going on. The large island-wide festivals are determined by two local calendars. The 210 day wuku or Pawukon calendar is completely out of sync with the western calendar, meaning that it rotates wildly throughout the year. The lunar saka (caka) calendar roughly follows the western year. Funerals (pitra yadnya) are another occasion of pomp and ceremony, when the deceased (often several at a time) are ritually cremated in extravagantly colorful rituals (ngaben). Galungan is a 10 day festival which comes around every 210 days and celebrates the death of the tyrant Mayadenawa. Gods and ancestors visit earth and are greeted with gift-laden bamboo poles called penjor lining the streets. The last day of the festival is known as Kuningan. Nyepi, or the Hindu New Year, also known as the day of absolute silence, is usually in March or April (next on March 23, 2012). If you are in Bali in the days preceding Nyepi, you will see amazing colorful giants (ogoh ogoh) being created by every banjar. On the eve of Nyepi, the ogoh ogoh are paraded through the streets, an amazing sight which is not to be missed. There are good reasons to avoid Nyepi as well, but for many visitors these will be outweighed by the privilege of experiencing such a unique festival. On Nyepi absolutely everything on the island is shut down between 6AM on the day of the new year and 6AM the following morning. Tourists are confined to their hotels and asked to be as quiet as possible for the day. After dark, light must be kept to a bare minimum. No one is allowed onto the beaches or streets. The only exceptions granted are for real emergency cases. The airport remains closed for the entire day, which means no flights into or out of Bali for 24 hr. Ferry harbours are closed as well. As the precise date of Nyepi changes every year, and isn’t finally set until later in the year before, flights will be booked by airlines for this day in case you book early. When the date is set, and as it gets closer, the airlines will alter their bookings accordingly. This may mean that you have to alter your accommodation bookings if your flight has been bought forward or back to cater for Nyepi day. All national public holidays in Indonesia apply in Bali, although Ramadan is naturally a much smaller event here than in the country's Muslim regions.

Monday, November 11, 2013

Great Holiday

“Great holiday” 5 of 5 starsReviewed November 9, 2013 NEW
We just came back from our 4D3N holiday in Bali. We decided to hire Gede as our driver as recommended by a friend. And indeed he was superb. We were very very happy and satisfied with Gede services. He was punctual, helpful, friendly and helped us to get good bargains on the activities that we wanted to do. He was also helpful in trying to find information for us. Besides that, he has a good knowledge of his country, religion and culture. He told us stories when we went for sight-seeing. He even went the extra mile to take pictures for us with his own camera. To sum it all up, our holiday couldn't be better without him. His service made our holiday to Bali a memorable one and we definitely going to Bali again with his service. I strongly recommend him to those who want to go to Bali and wish to find a driver. You won't regret taking him as your driver. Visited November 2013

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Sanur Beach

Greet the sun as she gradually rises from below the horizon radiating the most brilliant colors over Sanur Beach, while the soft white sands embrace the oncoming waves: a perfect picture of a beautiful sunny morning, where nature displays her fascinating features at the tranquil, laid back retreat of Sanur, east of Denpasar, capital of the fabled island of Bali. Located just 25 minutes from the international airport, 30 minutes from the Kuta area, and 15 minutes from downtown Denpasar, Sanur is renowned as Bali's first beach resort and is actually where the early tourism industry grew on Bali. Sanur is also recognized as the largest village in Bali where its people - as with the rest of east Bali- are particularly friendly, welcoming and accommodating. Despite the locals’ activities and the abundance of restaurants and accommodation, it is surprising how un-crowded and peaceful Sanur is. There are many activities to try as well as beach resorts and restaurants but these are all spread along a long coastline, creating a secluded feeling where the action goes unnoticed to sunbathers and loungers on the unspoiled beaches that continue to maintain the traditional Balinese feel. Sanur beach is a long stretch of beautiful white sand lined with palm trees that shade dreamy footpaths, market stalls and relaxed beach cafes. Along the beach are traditional Balinese Bale (raised shaded open verandas for lying down or relaxing). Most are no longer in use although a few are sometimes occupied by fishermen who fish in these waters. The waters of Sanur are protected by a long string of offshore reefs, creating large, warm shallow, safe lagoons that are perfectly clear and excellent for swimming, snorkeling and a whole array of water sports. Surfers will be pleased to know that the reefs around Sanur produce some of the best waves in the world in the right conditions although they can be very shallow at low tide. But there are more consistent waves beyond the reefs good for surfing. Sanur is also the launching pad for visitors who want to dive and explore the splendors of the nearby island of Nusa Lembongan. Nusa Lembongan is approximately 8 square km in size, and is one of three neighbouring islands, the others being much the larger Nusa Penida and tiny Nusa Ceningan. Many areas around the island are good for diving and snorkeling, with abundant marine life and healthly corals. Surfing can get a bit crowded, but the waves are good. There are several white sand beaches away from the main centers which are virtually never crowded. Sanur Beach was first introduced by A.J. Le Mayeur, a renowned Belgian impressionist painter who arrived in Bali in 1932 and soon immersed himself in the culture of the island. He married a noted Balinese Legong dancer named Ni Polok and made her his model. Here he created some of his famous masterpieces. Today, the house of Le Mayeur has become a famous museum where visitors can view some of his artworks and gain an insight into the romantic aura of the time when Le Mayeur was one of a handful of expatriates. As a place where tourism first flourished in Bali, Sanur has some of Balis’ historic hotels. Built in 1965, the Inna Grand Bali , formerly called Bali Beach Hotel, was the first five star and the only high rise hotel in Bali. After its construction a new law came into force where in Bali no hotel may be built higher than a coconut tree. Here are also the Sanur Beach Hotel (Initialy called Hotel Garuda) and the Bali Hyatt. All of these hotels still operate until today with that certain touch of modernity that offers that nostalgic ambience for those who knew Bali decades ago before the onrush of tourism. But even today Sanur still maintains that pleasant ambience with places shaded by high and age old trees that continue to radiate the serene magic of Sanur.

Friday, October 4, 2013

Tirta Empul

For more than a thousand years, Balinese worshipers have been drawn to Pura Tirta Empul, whose sacred spring is said to have been created by Indra and to have curative properties. The tradition continues almost unchanged at the temple today. History Legend has it that the sacred spring was created by the god Indra. His forces had been poisoned by Mayadanawa, so he pierced the earth to create a fountain of immortality to revive them. An inscription dates the founding of a temple at the site to 926 AD. Ever since - for more than a thousand years - the Balinese have come to bathe in the sacred waters for healing and spiritual merit. What to See The Tirta Empul Temple includes the traditional Balinese split gate along with shrines to Shiva, Vishnu, Braham, Mt. Batur, and Indra. There is also a large open pavilion in the main courtyard, useful for relaxing in the shade. But the main attraction here is a long rectangular pool carved of stone, filled with koi and fed by the sacred spring via 12 fountains. Worshippers first make an offering at the temple, then climb into the main pool to bathe and pray. Many collect the holy water in bottles to take home. Nearby there are two smaller pools fed by the spring. Overlooking the temple on a hill above is a suprisingly modern building: the Government Palace, built in 1954. Originally a residence for Dutch officials, it was later used by former President Soekarno during his frequent trips to Bali. Pura Tirta Empul is located in the village of Tampak Siring, accessible by public transportation from Ubud. The souvenir stands outside the temple specialize in the local craft, carved bone jewelry.

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Excelent guide

“Excellent guide” 5 of 5 starsReviewed September 27, 2013 NEW Dewa accompanied us during our trips as Gede couldn't make it. A word to describe Dewa would be, Excellent. Dewa is always ahead of time, friendly, has good command of English, attentive to our many requests and has many stories to tell about Bali, Hinduism etc. During our trip to Lovina, he went the extra miles to prebook the dolphin sightseeing transport, at a competitive price. Similarly, he went the extra miles to accommodate our requests to reschedule certain activities, stayed with us for quite late at night, used different roads at different times so that we get to see more of Bali and many others attention to providing us with an exquisite taste of what Bali has to offers. As for Dewa, our arrangement was made via email and he was always quick to reply, and helpful in suggesting itineraries. I highly recommend their service! Visited September 2013

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Good Service

“Good Service” 4 of 5 starsReviewed September 22, 2013 NEW Gede was recommended by people in tripadvisor and after exchange a few email we book him on our second day of our trip. Before we left he did told me if he is not available he will sent his brother to bring us around and I'm fine since he is as good as him. On that morning I was abit worried if he will turn up since we only book him thru email. After breakfast his brother Kutut Soma turn up punctually, he is neat and driving a big and comfortable car. Throughout the whole trip he patiently explain to us the culture of bali, he speak good english. He is very accommodating and patient, he do not force us to those place we do not wish to go and during meals time he will wait patiently for my 6 years old daughter who usually take a longer time to eat. I will definaetly use him or Gede again on our next trip to Bali

Highly recommended

“Highly Recommended” 5 of 5 starsReviewed September 14, 2013 My first trip with my parent (who can't walk that well) and my family (with one 3 year old). Gede was recommended by my friend. I am glad that I chose Gede's service. He is a native Balinese who speaks very good English. He is very knowledgeable and able to talk about Bali's culture during the driving. Not every driver can do so (My sister who went there the same days with different group didn't enjoy this kind of service) I asked Gede to suggest the places to visit given the direction that I want to go. As we go along, we always adjust the schedule to our liking (since my parent couldn't walk that well and we spend long hours in eating with the kid). And, he is very good driver and know the road very well. Highly Recommended, will definitely use his services again next time if going to Bali. Visited September 2013

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Live your dreams

“Live Your Dreams” 5 of 5 starsReviewed September 9, 2013 NEW Gede was the appointed driver for my Bali trip with my friends. He had always been punctual with his beaming bright face greeting us while we're still having our breakfast. An extremely knowledgeable man in the Balinese culture, food, roads and sites of attractions with incomparable wisdom. I'm very grateful for his advises as it helped protect us from unwanted situations. A man with an open heart, open mind who graciously shares his homeland to those he meets. I have to say that it had always been a memorable time with Gede - from tourist attraction sites to Balinese food to spending time with the Balinese community. We even enjoyed a well spent day at the Sanur Kite Festival where his sons & their friends were competing, and he graciously shared his life as a Balinese with us. He have a strong command in the English language and is ever ready to respond to any questions. At times, he adds his touch of humor that would brighten the room (in this sense, the van). The pricing provided is reasonable and he is extremely accommodating, providing superb advice in the desired destination. Be it for sight-seeing, shopping or learning about the culture / religion. His services have been a blessing to my trip in Bali. I have to say, I went to Bali for a retreat but I returned with new friends & memorable memories. Visited August 2013

Sunday, September 8, 2013

All the reviewers did not lie

“All the reviewers did not lie!” 5 of 5 starsReviewed September 7, 2013 NEW This was my first time heading to Bali. Gede was recommended by my friend, when I mentioned that I would like to hire a driver in Bali for ease of travel. I was very pleased with Gede, as he has excellent English and mild-mannered. I was never pressured to do anything that I don't want to. It was very convenient to have someone who is native Balinese to plan your itinerary. All you have to do is tell him your preference, be it sightseeing or shopping or food hunting. Just to let you have an idea of Gede's excellent services, I told him I want to shoot sunrise, and Gede told me I had to set off at 5am. He did not once indicate that there will be a surcharge due to an early start, but instead he planned my entire day, starting from 5am. I was very happy that my day went superbly well, being able to shoot sunrise and still do all the things that Gede planned for the day. He is very flexible, punctual and professional. For the price I paid, I think it was a great bargain. Since I got back from my Bali trip, I have been raving about Gede's services to all my family and friends. When I go back to Bali again, I will definitely get Gede's services again. Visited August 2013

Friday, September 6, 2013

My First Bali Experience

“My First BALI Experience, 29/08/13-04/09/13” 5 of 5 starsReviewed September 5, 2013 NEW Been living in Andover, UK for the last four years and recently returned to Malaysia. Excitement on my mind! The experience further enhanced by Suyasa Gede's professionalism, knowledge, wisdom and information of the beautiful and unique Balinese culture and many places of interest. Gede was highly recommended to us from his previous excellent services rendered. He communicates easily in English and has a high regard for what you would like to experience during your stay. Inform him of your wishes in good time, and he will give his suggestions for you to make your own decisions. Get to know the subtle intricacies of Bali first-hand from Gede, before your visit. You'll be pleasantly surprised. An open mind will lead you to discover the charms and simplicity of the humble Balinese people and their unique traditions. Gede is a loving father to three children and wonderful husband; happy to share stories of his family life and the customs of the people of Bali. My Bali adventure with Gede and six other friends, has given me a real spiritual sense of the term dramatic and romantic insight of this serene country. There is so much of Love everywhere we travelled to; especially heightened by the inter-mingling of the different religions practiced peacefully and harmoniously, side-by-side, within the people, their individuality and environment. I am simply amazed and the WOW-Factor is still ringing high in my person. My gratitude to Gede and the people of Bali, for bringing to Life of all that I have read of Bali. I highly recommend Gede as your Personal Tour Guide cum Driver. Am already nurturing and planning another trip back. I trust Gede to suggest other places of interest that I missed out on this trip, due to time constraint. May the Universe bless me with this request of other adventures to experience next year - with Gede as our Guide and wonderful friends to share with. God and Goddess Bless...

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

“Friendly, punctual, knowledgeable & good price

“Friendly, punctual, knowledgeable & good price” 5 of 5 starsReviewed September 2, 2013 NEW Highly recommended driver guide. Gede Suyasa is a native of Bali and he is very knowledgeable about Balinese culture, roads & sites of attraction. All you need to do is let him know what sort of places you'd like to see or experiences that you like. V pleasant company cos he has a good sense of humour to boot :) His command of English is pretty good by Balinese standards and replies promptly to email enquiries. Meanwhile, he is easygoing, flexible and accommodative of his clients' needs - never one to insist on his own recommendations but to offer insights, advice and suggestions to your plans. Lastly, his services are ethically priced especially for his full day tour service. I will definitely not look elsewhere for a driver for my next trip to Bali and have been recommending him to my friends and family. Visited August 2013

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Strongly Recommended !

“Bali 18/8/2013 to 22/8/2013” 5 of 5 starsReviewed August 24, 2013 NEW This is my vey first time to Bali.Gede was able to provide excellent services for us. Strongly recommended to those who wish to get a driver in bali. Gede was recommended by a friend who uses Gede as her driver in Bali. Gede had a great insight into the sort of things we wanted to see and do while we were in Bali. Gede was extremely courteous, very punctual, very professional. Visited August 2013

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Comminity System

Community System One unique image of the Balinese people in all over the world is about their very strong attachment collectively. There are seven norms that bind the Balinese who have been strengthening the identity and the resilience of their culture: - Majority bound to Hinduism as the oldest religions in Indonesia - Bound to worship on various temple/shrine - Bound to the system of kinship through blood and marriage - Bound to the community, whether Banjar of Desa Pakraman (Village) - Bound to the system inherited dynasty in Patrilineal - The farmers bound to the system Subak (Organization which manage irrigation in Bali) - The Balinese village bound by the rules of service in the framework on Indonesia State System Due to the development of education, economic and social changes led to some collectivities the knot becameloose. Basically, the Balinese social system oriented to the two structures, the traditional structure and formal social structure. Traditional structures have historical roots that originated from a very long traditional of pre-Hindu and the continue with a variety of changes to the presents. Meanwhile, formal social structure of Balinese people associated with the integration of Bali into the system of the Unitary State of Indonesia since independence republic August 17, 1945. Bureaucratic system of statutory, law, school, education, population, monetary, security, autonomy, political parties are aspects of Balinese life in the context of formal structural. Social system and traditional social structure is very interesting to the understand because of form, function, and meaning is unique and systemic, but on the other hand is as a system and media to learn more deeply about the nature, the basic, and core character of the social life of human culture of Bali. In the discussion of Holistic and systematic, system of traditional Balinese society is drawn through six focuses. Tri Hita Karana As The Spirit Of Balinese Social Life Balinese social life is summed up in a variety of traditional institutions imbued with the spirit of Hindu religion and spirit based conception of Tri Hita Karana. This conception is the basis for harmony and the spirit of harmony of Balinese. Tri Hita Karana outline, guiding, and directing to make a good relation between human and God, human and humans, and human with their environment. Cosmosentric and anthroposentric philosophies are the development of human essence of Bali. Tri Hita Karana conception as local Balinese culture which has the universal values.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Ready,Gede,Gold

“Ready, Gede, Gold!” 5 of 5 starsReviewed August 12, 2013 NEW My gf and I travelled to Bali in early July and we hired Gede as our driver after some Tripadvisor research. I'm happy to report back that the Tripadvisor reviews turned out 101% true. Gede ticked all the boxes - he was punctual, reliable and pleasant. He knows his roads well and his car was clean and well-kept. In particular, we enjoyed Gede's company as he is mild-mannered and provided us with timely recommendations when we asked for it. We never felt pressurised into going somewhere or doing something that we were unsure of. As first-timers to Bali, it was nice to have someone like that we could trust. Furthermore, Gede was prompt and responsive to my email queries before my arrival. He speaks good English. Glad to have chosen Gede, he was gold. Repeat customer material.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Pagerweis Day

Balinese people will commemorate Pagerwesi Day. The word Pagerwesi is derived from two Javanese words, pager (fence) and wesi (iron). Pagerwesi literally means the day of "iron fence".
Pagerwesi is dedicated to honour Siva, the God manifestation as Sanghyang Pramesi Guru, guardian of the universe, which is meant to ask for protection and prosperity. Pagerwesi has a very close relationship with Saraswati which falls four days after Saraswati Day. After people received knowledge on Saraswati Day, Pagerwesi is the day to show our respect to the teacher and the main Guru (God or Siva). Another correlation between Saraswati and Pagerwesi is that the knowledge must be protected from bad influences and misuse. Pagerwesi is the day when Balinese fortify the space around themselves to ward off evil spirits, a day of offerings for the protection of the village and families and the world around them. On this day, villagers take offerings to cemeteries for the un-cremated dead. Celebrated in every home compound and temple throughout Bali, Pagerwesi is a popular time for large and colorful temple ceremonies, notably at Payogan Agung Temple in Ketewel. As on the day Galungan, on the day of Pagerwesi, “penjors” (a tall decorated bamboo poles) are raised which makes it a day as almost as important as Galungan. This ceremony is almost strictly observed in Buleleng regency. Pagerwesi Day will be preceded by the celebration of Soma Ribek, which falls on Monday, 18 September 2006, during which time a series of ritual ceremonies are held. The word Soma Ribek is derived from Soma which means Monday and Ribek which means full. On this day, Balinese people bring offerings to the rice box. They thank God for food and beverage in their lives and pray to Dewi Sri (Goddess of Prosperity) for prosperity. The philosophy of Soma Ribek Day is food and beverage, which is the third most important thing for human life. Following Soma Ribek celebration, Balinese people will carry on to celebrate Sabuh Emas Day, which falls on Tuesday, 19 September 2006 when colorful offerings especially gold jewelries and Chinese coins are made and dedicated to the Lord of Jewelries. The philosophy of Saraswati and Pagerwesi celebrations are that people must keep knowledge, health, food, cloth and gold high in their lives to keep the universe in balance.

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Kehen Temple

This temple lies at the southern foot of bangle hill at the north east of the city of Bangli. The temple is luxurious with a veranda facing to the south. It is located near Sasana Budaya Bangli, just few kilometers from the main city of Bangli. At the top end of the town, Pura Kehen, the state temple of the Bangli Kingdom, is terraced up the hillside. A great flight of steps leads to the beautifully decorated entrance. The first courtyard has a huge banyan tree with a Kulkul (warning drum) entwined it its branches. Chinese porcelain plates were set in to the walls as decoration, but most of the originals have been damaged of lost (some of the replacements have quite incongruous old English design). The inner courtyard has an 11 roofed meru (multi-roofed shrine), and a shrine with thrones for the three figures of the Hundhu Trinity-Brahma, Shiva and Vishnu. The carvings are particulary intricate. This is one of the finest temples on Bali, like a mini Besakih; here you can walk inside of the temple.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Kuta Beach

Since the 18th century Kuta has served as the entry for foreigners visiting southern Bali. In the1830s Kuta was the a thriving slave market, attracting a wide variety of international ‘lowlifes’. Since its rediscovery by hippies and surfers in the 1960s, Kuta and Legian have expanded so rapidly that the district is now one of the busiest tourist areas in the world. At three hundred year ago, in this place had been built a Konco (Buddhist Temple) located beside of Tukad Mati (Dead River) where it river can be navigable at that time. The boat steps into the hinterland of Kuta, so that Kuta is a port trade. Mad Lange is a merchant from Denmark in 19 century had built its trade station in the river periphery. During living in Bali, he often becomes the medium between king of Bali and Dutch. Mad Lange has mysteriously died and his grave is located inside of Konco (Buddhist Temple) right in the river periphery. Kuta is quiet fisherman countryside in the past, but now is has been turned into the hilarious town and it is completed by post office, police office, market, pharmacy, photo center, and shop. There are a lot of hotels which are designed luxury and comfortable set in a long side of white sandy beach of Kuta.

Monday, August 5, 2013

Sanur Beach

Sanur originates from two words, “Saha” and “Nuhur” which literally means the passion to visit the certain place. Located in the sourthern part of Bali, Sanur is famed for its beautiful strip of pure sandy beaches acrros the coastal line. It is also famed its’ spectacular sunrises wich literally marks a new day in the life of the Balinese. A talented laid back atmosphere is what is unique about the village of Sanur where hospitality is intewined with the traditions of Balinese culture and religion. The atmosphere from sunrise till sunset provides endless opportunities of discovery into the daily lives of the Balinese, where each corner of the village provides a certain exploration for every visitor. Lines of shaded trees along the roads, a stretch of beach for sunbathing, a strip of shops for shopping and a veriety of restaurants for wining and dining, the option is endless in Sanur. Sanur also represents a name that carries important history for torism in Indonesia, and Bali more specific. It was on the beach of Sanur that the first Netherlands troops set foot on the island of Bali in 1906. This was also the exact place that the first war accurred between Netherlands against the community of Bali in defending their land from colonialism. This war was later known as the Puputan Badung, a heroic event tha is strongly remembered by every individual Balinese until today’s generation.

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Lovina

The centre of activities in Lovina area is about located 10 Km from Sinagaraja Town.Nowdasy,Lovina area is becoming the center of tourism activities in north part of Bali and offer many kind of accommodations,restaurants,bars,beach activities,art shop,bank,ect.The accommodation in this area are a available from the star hotel class until small hotel even the home stay for the low budget travelers.As a tourist area and center of tourism in Singaraja,Lovina get the biggets visit from ourist who visiting north part of Bali.It is estimated 90% from tourist who pay a visit to north of Bali will in Lovina. Most visitors to Lovina beach,in the northern part of Bali,are there for the dolphins. Tourists generally make the trip out to the beach in June,July or August,when the weather is good and the waters blue and clear.The rising number of visitor to the beach is good for the local economy because of the jobs creates.There are more than 300 dolphins spotting guides in Kaliasem village in Kalibukbuk near Lovina beach.During peak season,nearly all of them are busy taking tourist on trips out to see.The best time for dolphins spotting is about 6 a.m. ,so tourist are advised to turn up at about 5.30 a.m.,before sunrise Dolphin watching is much like fishing in that if one is lucky they will get a “ big catch “ and see the dolphins up close,but if they are not,they will go home “empty-handed”.without seeing so much as a fin.Many peoples are satisfied by the experience ,but others return from the sea complaining the dolphins were chased and cornered by the boats.The dolphins can become sick from exhaustion after being trailed by the tourist boats,or separated from their pups.Some of the guide acknowledge there are problems with way in which the trips are conduct ,but say there is nothing they can do a about it.

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Pengelipuran Village

The village that located around 6 kilometer from the closest city Bangli or 1 1 kilometer from KUbu village has 750 populations by the last census 2012 by the nuber of the head family 200.Pengilpuran village is a traditional village which has their own charater,belong to the District Kubu-Sub-district Kubu and Bangli regency. The beauty ot the village and the surrounding act that the Penglipuran village is untouchable village by the modernization era,Supported by the fresh air by the height 700 meter above the sea level,give the comfortable for the villagers and visitors.The surrounded villages are Desa Khayan,Desa Gunaksa,Desa Kubu and Desa Ceking.. The village which is consists of one Village and one smaller village, administratively is very easy to adjust,the number of the Village and smaller village is the same.The name of the Penglipuran village according to the mythology from the old peoples from Penglipuran village came frfom “Pengeling Pura” ( remember with the temple ),it mean that remember with the ancestors. This mytology is connected with the movement of their ancestor from Bayung Gede village at Kintamani area to Penglipuran village.To respect their ancestor at Bayung Gede that is why at Penglipuran village as well built the same kind of temple such as : Pura Bale Agung,Pura Puseh,Pura Dalem, and Pura Dukuh.The four temples until now is still respecting by the villagers.Their sense of belonging and their respecting to the ancestor is the meaning of the four temples they built.

Monday, July 29, 2013

Uluwatu Temple

It’s located on the very steep valley on the west of Pecatu village,in the district of KUta,badung Regency,about 30 km from Denpasar. Uluwatu temple perches on the south-western tip of peninsula,where sheer cliffs drop precipitously into the clear blue sea.The temple hangs right over the edge,you enter it through an unusual arched gateway flanked by statue of Ganesha.Inside,the walls of coral bricks are covered with intricate carving of Bali’s mythological menageries.But the real attraction is the location for a good angel,especially at sunset,walk around the cliff to the left(south) of the temple.Wacth out for the local monkeys,which for some reason like to snatch spectacles and sunglasses,as well ad handbags,hats and anything else they can get. Uluwatu is one of the several important temple to the spirits of the sea to be found along the southern coast of Bali.Way back to 11th century the Javanese priest Empu Kuturan first established a temple here.The temple was add by Nirartha,another Javenese priest who is known for seafront temples,like Tanah lot,Rambut Siwi and Pura Sakenan.Nirarthe retreated to Uluwatu for his final days,when he attained moksa,or freedom from earthly desires

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Goa Gajah

The name Goa Gajah ( Elephant Cave ) was probably derived from a name mentioned in a scripture called Negara Kertagama written during the reign of His Majesty King Hayam Wuruk of Majapahit kindom .In this scripture is mentioned that the king had a heritage on the slope of a mountain called “ Lwa Gajah “.Other assumption come from the shape of the cave which entrance is decorated with carving to look like monster,and from a distance look like elephant head.Another said that the name is come after a Ganesha wooden statue which is put in the cave .Ganesha is a mythological son of shiva,with human body and elephant head.First excavation was conducted in 1950 based on the surface findings and the scriputures.Before it was excavated the area was totally buried and no indication of the bathing place and the cave.The axcavation by National Archaeological Service was successful and could disclose a monument heritage. It seems that Goa Gajah is a hermitage place for the Buddhist priest or what is later known as Shiva-Buddha Syncretism,since there is remains of Buddhism and Shivaism such Lingga- Yoni symbol,and the Hariti Fertile Mother.It was also probable that the oldest Buddhism remains is here,as a Buddhist statue just 25 meters north of the cave as found bearing the same style those found Borodudur.On the wall of the cave was written Sanskrit word with a type of old writing called “ Kadiri Quadrate” mentioning” Sahivansa” It is not known what is the meaning exactly.The writing style was developed during the flourish of Singasari kingdom in East Java around 13th century. Goa Gajah (the Elephant Cave ), is located in a steep valley just outside of Ubud near the town of Bedulu . Built at least 700 years ago, the cave was rediscovered in the 1920s and fully excavated 30 years later.

Friday, July 26, 2013

Tanah Lot Temple

Tanah Lot sunset tours are heavily promoted in all tourist areas. The temple perched on a little rocky islet, look superb whether delicately lit by the dawn light or starkly outlined at sunset. But can it ever live up to the hyper. For the Balinese, Tanah Lot is one of the important and venerated sea temples. Like Pura Uluwatu, at the southern end of the island. The name of Tanah Lot Temple in tourism bibliography about Bali almost never absent. The name Tanah Lot is probably from “Tanah laut “ means land in the sea. It is the fact that the strong sea abrasion has separated the temple area with Bali mainland, so it looks that the temple nest on a small speck of rock building up on the ocean. Despite the fact that strong hit of sea wave but the site is still standing while the whole sides have disappeared by the raged waves of hundreds of year. No historical record is found so far to construct the history of the temple. Scripture of Dang Hyang Nirarta had visited the temple and asked the people around the area to build shire. While the priest also educates the fishermen there in making fish trap. The temples as a whole is dedicated to the God of the sea. Fishermen pray to get fish and prosperity.

Friday, July 19, 2013

Fantastic Tour

“Fantastic Tour!” 5 of 5 starsReviewed July 19, 2013 NEW Gede's service was great and the price was reasonable, so we ended up booking for two days. On the first day we went to Ubud with a driver, Dewa, who was polite and always listened to our requests. He took us to the monkey forest and fantastic restaurant for lunch. He didn't hurry us at all when we wanted to take time and walk around the area. On the second day, we asked him to take us to the northern hot spring. Dewa was so friendly and generous that we felt comfortable travelling with him. Great service and everything was right on time too. Visited July 2013

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Excellent and Reasonable

“Excellent and reasonable” 5 of 5 starsReviewed July 16, 2013 NEW We emailed Gede prior to our visit based on recommendations we read on TripAdvisor. Gede was very responsive on email and we soon agreed on an affordable price for an all day tour. Gede knew that some of the locations we wanted to see wouldn't work within our suggested itinerary so he suggested a different plan which worked out well. Upon arrival, we decided to email Gede on a whim to see if he might be available later on in the afternoon to take us to Uluwatu temple. He quickly responded to us via email and had his friend Kumong pick us up at the hotel. Kumong was an absolute pleasure to spend time with as he provided plenty of information about Bali and the temple itself. Kumong was also the driver for our day-long excursion and it was very enjoyable. He gave us his card and we texted him a couple other times for transportation needs up to Seminyak for dinner and he was happy to oblige. He would often even wait for us while we ate our dinner so that he could drive us home and not have to deal with taxis. FULL SERVICE! We would highly recommend going through Gede to hire a driver and we offer high praise for Kumong! Visited July 2013

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Very flexible and polite driver

“Very flexible and polite driver” Reviewed June 26, 2013 NEW We used Mr Gede's driver service (im sorry i forget the name of the driver we actually had) over 3 days. Mr Gede was very good via email to work timings and destinations to our wishes. The driver we were given was always on time, always polite and always happy to stop for a photo opportunity. He didnt even mind when we requested a sight that was not on our original itinerary. Price wise i think average (not cheap but not expensive) but you get a high level of service so we were happy. Would use Mr Gede's servcies again when in Bali. On a side note - we did originally consider self-drive in Bali. After seeing how they drive i am very pleased we paid a bit extra to have a driver! Visited May 2013

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Excellent Service

“Excellent Service!” Reviewed June 18, 2013 NEW Myself and my partner went to Bali with our two young children (aged 2 and 4) in April this year and enquired as to a day trip with Gede. He promptly replied to my email and was available the day that I requested. He gave us a suggested itinary which I was very happy with, we just had a few changes which he was more than happy to accommodate. He turned up on time, can speak perfect English and his car was nice and clean. He took us to only the places we wanted to go, was more than happy to chat with us and give us suggestions if we asked for them. We needed him another day but he was unfortunately unavailable, however he asked us if we wanted him to organise one of his friends to help us on that day which we agreed to and that person was equally as good. We had a great time with Gede and would highly recommend him as a driver/guide. Visited April 2013

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Look nowhere else

“look nowhere else” Reviewed June 2, 2013 NEW found gede from 1 of the online source, the review is good thus thought of giving it a try with some uncertainty still. However, i can tell you i'm glad i made the right choice and he didnt fail me! he is patient, flexible, accommodating, and will try to fulfill our wishes. we have our customized itinerary, he gave us appropriate suggestion to optimize our trip and yet, did not over promise or squeeze your time in order to deliver the promise. another thing is, he really knows bali!!! he knows all the little alleys/shortcut and rest assure, u will not get lost with him around. you wont regret to make him your choice. Visited May 2013

Friday, May 24, 2013

More Than Driver

“More than a driver” Reviewed May 24, 2013 NEW Gede is a skillful driver, knowledgeable guide & helpful friend. My wife & me have a wonderful 5 days in Bali. Many thanks, Gede, keep it up. -- tyt from SG

Monday, May 13, 2013

More tahn just a tour driver

“More than just a tour driver” Reviewed May 11, 2013 NEW Me and my girlfriend spend 5 days and 4 nights in Bali. We had zero trouble with Gede. He was very helpful, flexible with the schedule and above all, he can be a very good friend during your holiday. We did a lot of chatting and conversation about Bali's cultural, history and socioeconomic. We love to understand everything about the place that we visited and he could provide us all the answers that we wanted. Gede is a very highly recommended driver tour in Bali!!! Visited May 2013

Monday, April 29, 2013

A Good Day with gede

“A Good Day with Gede" Gede is a friendly, easy going and efficient private driver. He is flexible to our group's preferred attractions. He asked our schedule and was willing to help us maximize and enjoy our stay in Ubud, Bali, Indonesia. He was willing to work out the day's plan without hassle. Our group just ran out of time on our second day missing Kuta Beach when Gede got caught in traffic picking us up in Ubud, and our group could not get out of Gunung Kawi due to its many, many steps especially going uphill add on the day's heat. Otherwise, his luncheon and dinner ideas are great. After we got picked up from the airport on the first night of arrival, he suggested Jimbaran Bay's seafood resto line, and I concurred because that bay was in the book I am following titled, "1000 Places To See Before You Die" by Patricia Schultz. Winner on the first night in Bali! Thanks Gede for your warm service. Future clients, go get him! Visited February 2013

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Gede is another legend

“Gede is another legend!” Reviewed April 21, 2013 NEW Was this review helpful?Yes Great private driver/tour guide I ever had. He is helpful, friendly and many more to describe. Charging on very fair price for the whole day. Nevertheless, he is enjoying being a tour guide, and has the right attitude in the servicing line which I think it's distinguish with others in Bali. Unlike others, he runs extra miles that being our private photographer sometimes and captured our moments during the trip and send those edited pictures right after the day. In the sense that, I don't feel that he is working, but more like he is traveling and enjoying the activities with us. If you guys need a trustworthy driver/tour guide in Bali, call Gede and you won't regret. Visited April 2013

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

South Bali,Place to have to visit

South Bali is the most popular part of Bali and is where all the foreign tourists converge and where the action is. The best of Bali is displayed here, from Denpasar urban attractions to Nusa Dua exclusivity and Kuta scenic white sand beaches. Here is where most of the islands action takes place: shopping, relaxing in the sun and the vibrant and, at times, raucous nightlife. There are countless restaurants, bars, nightclubs and hotels of varying standards and budget to suit travellers from all market segments. KUTA If you go to South Bali and not be at Kuta, even for a few hours, then you will miss the very essence of what Bali is for this fun-filled city is the very essence of Bali. A once sleepy village on the road to the capital city of Denpasar, Kuta has evolved into a thriving tourist resort, especially among the young. Many avid surfers come to Kuta for its magnificent waves, although the strong currents make the sea less suitable for swimming. The village has a wide range of accommodation to suit the super duper rich in the elegant villa and five star luxury resorts to budget hotels and simple hostels and homestays. The town is choc a bloc with discotheques, clubs, restaurants, shops and every imaginable facility for tourist. One of the common services available in Kuta, and in most other beach destinations in Bali, is massage on the beach – masseurs rejuvenating your body while you lie and bask in the sun. Culture is evident in the nightly performances of Balinese music and traditional dances staged specially for tourists. As Kuta faces west over the Straits of Bali it offers visitors the best sunset on the island. LEGIAN Situated just next to Kuta, Legian beach is more laid-back compared to its bustling neighbour in the south. As Legian is not directly accessible by any public access road it is relatively quieter and more peaceful. The best way to explore this beach is on foot. Apart from its gorgeous beach Legian also offers one of the most stunning sunset in Bali. There is good surfing SEMINYAK Located north of Kuta and Legian, Seminyak is an upmarket resort with luxury accommodation and high-end shopping complexes, restaurants, bar and clubs. It is reputed as the spa and boutique shopping centre in Bali. CANGGU Located about 15 minutes drive from central Kuta, is popular with surfers as it has larger swells than those at Kuta. Plus its sandy beach this is the haunt of foreign tourists and expatriates living in Bali. Canggu is picturesque and tranquil with green rice fields reaching right down to the beach. It is not as upscale as Seminyak and offers affordable accommodation Kerobokan, a short distance from the centre of Legian, Seminyak and Denpasar, is another place that offers peace and serenity. It is a tranquil area surrounded by rice fields and is an ideal base from which to explore the rest of Bali. Nearby are furniture and handicraft shops that sell the goods at wholesale prices. It is a nice quiet place to rest and relax in resorts and hotels close by. For those who want some sun and sand they can go to Batu Belig and Legian Beach, which is about five minutes dr ive away. Kerobokan also known as expatriate community area that live and work in Bali. SANUR Sanur is Balis oldest upscale resort area and is a mature beachside town. It has an abundance of restaurants and accommodation, but it is quiet and a great place to have a relaxing holiday. In price range it is cheaper than Seminyak and more expensive than Kuta. Its palm-lined, white sand beach facing the Indian Ocean is considered one of the best in Bali and is ideal for a wide variety of activities. Sanur serenity appeal to most to middle-aged and older families, especially Europeans, and to families. It has many good hotels, restaurants, shops and other tourist facilities and s only a short distance from Denpasar. It is also full of spa offering treatments steeped in Balinese tradition and a day in the day is a highly recommended activity. Nearby are ancient temples and local villages where its inhabitants still practise age-old custom and culture NUSA DUA The Nusa Dua tourist belt has some of the most scenic beaches and luxurious beautiful resorts in South Bali. Its beaches are clean, the sea crystal clear and the surf perfect for surfing. It also has some of the best golf courses on the island. As well as a host of luxury hotels, Nusa Dua is home to the best golf courses and the main convention centre in Bali. Spas also abound in Nusa Dua and a traditional Balinese massage and spa treatment is one of the must-do activities in Nusa Dua. JIMBARAN Jimbaran village is on the narrow neck of Bali Island with two remarkably different beaches. On the west, Jimbaran Beach faces the Jimbaran Bay lined by new luxurious resorts. On the east the beach faces the body of water sheltered by Tanjung Benoa (Benoa Peninsula). Jimbaran is known for its fresh seafood and seafood restaurants abound along the beach. Diners choose the live seafood and it is cooked immediately, usually grilled over a fire of coconut husks. It also has some of Balis best five star hotels and resorts, as well as high-end villas, the latter usually perched on ridges high above Jimbaran Bay. Shopping here is a delight as there are a number of chic and exclusive boutiques. However it is not a place for nightlife. Visitors come to Jimbaran for its tranquillity, the fine white sandy beaches and the beautiful sunset. The traditional Jimbaran fish market at the northern end of the bay and next to the beach is worth a visit. Fishermen bring in their catch early in the morning and they display them on the beach for customers, most of whom are from Balis fine dining restaurants TANJUNG BENOA Tanjung Benoa, a former fishing village and an old dock, is today lined with deluxe hotels and resorts. Within walking distance from Nusa Dua the peninsula is popular with tourists on the search for water sports as it has one of the one of the most beautiful beaches in Bali with grey-white sand instead of the white sandy beaches found elsewhere on the island. The peninsula has a rustic village atmosphere with a landscape filled with numerous coconut groves and a Buddhist temple perched on its northern edge. Tanjung Benoa is also famous for its seafood and seafood restaurants, which offer spect acular views of the Nusa Penida cliffs across the Badung Strait. Just offshore is Serangan, commonly known as Turtle Island, the site of a sacred Sakenan temple dating back to the 16th century. The reef, lying 200 metres off the peninsula northeast tip, has a rich marine life and a large variety of colourful, tropical fish.

Monday, January 28, 2013

Gede the best way to explore Bali

“"GEDE" The best way to explore Bali” Reviewed January 27, 2013 NEW We were lucky that we were able to provide Gede on two days,given how he is wonted guide on Bali.Gede is true, accurate,helpfull, polite,excellent driver and guide with a lot of patience to meet all your needs.Thanks to him, we explored Bali ,and he also provided us one day wonderful trip to Yog yakarta. We highly recommend him to all tourists who want to explore all the attractions on Bali. Dr Biljana Stanojevic,Belgrade, Serbia Visited January 2013