Walking in the rice fields :)

One of the delights of an early morning walk is the things you see and the people and animals you meet. Ducks (bebek) in Bali live a life of freedom, foraging for insects in the rice fields and tended by their farmer/owner. It is common to see a raft or clamour of ducks walking up the road or paddling in the sawah (rice fields). Jalan Rapuan behind Angel House is the perfect place to stretch your legs with a great paved road, almost no motor cars, a few scooters but lots of local Balinese walking, working or flying kites when the winds are right. Enjoy the=is happy duck video 🙂

‘Nyepi’; Balinese day of silence.

Nyepi ( meaning “to keep silent”) falls on the day after the dark moon of the spring equinox when the day and night are of approximately equal duration. In 2018 Nyepi Day Of Silence begins on 17th March at 0600 and lasts till 060018th March.

Day in Bali is a New Year celebration unlike anywhere else on the planet. Bali’s celebrates the Saka New Year as the Bali Day of Silence, an ultimately quietest day of the year, when all of the island’s inhabitants abide by a set of local rules, which brings all routine activities to a complete halt. Roads all over Bali are void of any traffic and nobody steps outside of their home premises. Most Balinese and visitors regard it as a much-anticipated occasion. Some expats and those coming from neighbouring islands prefer escaping Bali for the day rather, due to restrictions that surround the observance. Some visitors check coinciding dates ahead before their Bali trip, avoiding it altogether. Nyepi is worth experiencing at least once in a lifetime, especially since the preceding and following days offer rare highlights to behold!
Hotels are asked to cover their windows, all shops are closed, all! No light or candle will be lit in any Balinese home, no cars on the road, no motorbikes, no people. It’s indeed a special experience, not only for the Balinese but also for all the visitors and tourists that are on Bali during Nyepi Day. If you are in Bali during Nyepi make sure you do not plan any traveling or outside activities. 

Read more at: http://www.bali-indonesia.com/information/nyepi-day.htm?cid=ch:OTH:001

Nyepi 2018
The boys from our village with their Ogoh Ogoh

BEGINNERS GUIDE TO BALINESE PRAYER, OFFERINGS, TEMPLES AND RELIGIOUS CEREMONIES

Have you ever wondered how and what happens when the Balinese or others (properly dressed of course) pray? Thanks to by Jim Cramer © http://www.baliadvisor.com

Hindu trinity: Brahma the creator, Wisnu the preserver and Siwa the destroyer.

A GUIDE TO WORSHIPPING FOR VISITORS

1) Sit quietly, men cross-legged, women kneeling to calm yourself and breathe in harmony in preparation for prayer.

2) Wash your face and hands in the smoke of the incense.

3) Praying with empty hands to connect to your own soul.

4) Hold a flower in your fingertips to pray to the supreme One.

5) Having discarded the single flower now hold different colored flowers in the finger tips to pray to the three God manifestations- Creator, Preserver and Destroyer.(Brahma, Wisnu and Siva)

6) Holding three or more flowers honouring the manifestations of the One God in All

7) Praying with empty hands beseeching peace in our selves and others

8) Wait quietly for the Pemangku to come around and sprinkle holy water on you and may be ‘blessed’ rice as well.

Thanks to Jim Cramer © http://www.baliadvisor.com

BEGINNERS GUIDE TO BALINESE PRAYER, OFFERINGS, TEMPLES AND RELIGIOUS CEREMONIES

We LOVEd it :)

Testimonial

Terranora, Australia
Reviewed 12 February via mobile

Angel house was amazing, we only booked for 3 nights but ended up staying 7! The room was beautiful and the staff were amazing, they were there for whatever we needed but never intrusive. Breakfast was delicious and good coffee, and I HIGHLY recommend the jummu (Balinese health drink) it was the little details that made the difference, having access to the fridge and little kitchen, free drinking water, massive DVD collection (wet season in Bali with 2 children) made all the difference. 100%, after three weeks of hotel hopping across Bali, Angel house was a welcome slice of paradise. It’s a little tricky to find the first time, so check your maps, but once you so its fairly easy to get around. No taxi though. So hire a scooter or a driver.
Also highly recommend Canting Balinese cooking school, they pick up and drop of from the home stay.

Angel House Ubud (Balinese-Aussie version) Special Jamu recipe :)

Our guests often ask for the recipe of our famous Jamu served either hot or cold at breakfast! So now I have provided the recipe so you can make your own at home to boost your mood, feel more energy and reduce inflammation! Angel House Ubud Balinese-Aussie Jamu Recipe It will never be the same taste as the Angel House version but…it is a very good substitute and will remind you of the fabulous breakfasts Angel House Ubud serves.
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INGREDIENTS for ANGEL HOUSE UBUD’s JAMU

  • 1/2 cup finally chopped yellow or white TURMERIC or a mix of both (if you are lucky to source in your local Asian supermarket).
  • 1/2 cup finally chopped fresh GINGER or if you can substitute Galangal root.
  • 2 tabs of TAMARIND PASTE (or a thumb size piece of fresh Tamarind pulp)
  • 1/4 – 1/2 cup palm sugar or 2-3 tabs of Raw Honey (or sweeten to taste after cooking).

PLUS TO ADD TO THE JAMU AFTER COOKING

JUICE OF: 5-10 limes OR 3-5 Lemons OR 3 fresh Grapefruit.

 

NOTE: Turmeric will stain your hands, bench and all utensils used. Be aware that making Jamu in your best clothes or in a white T-shirt may result in permanent staining 😉

I always wear an apron/pinny when I make this. I don’t mind having yellow hands and nails but if you do not want staining then wear gloves 🙂

  • In a large saucepan or stock pot, add ingredients and 2 litres of water and bring to the boil. Simmer with LID OFF for 30-45 minutes until it gets a slightly creamy texture and water is reduced to approx. 1.5 litres. 
  • Let the Jamu cool and strain  through a sieve, squeezing the remaining pulp to extract as much of the goodness as possible. ADD YOUR CHOSEN JUICE 🙂
  • Poor into clean and sterilised bottles and store in the fridge.
  • Dilute by 50% with either HOT or COLD water and drink. Selamat Minum 🙂

Jamu is a traditional medicine from Indonesia. It is predominantly a herbal medicine made from natural materials, such as roots, bark, flowers, seeds, leaves and fruits. Wikipedia