‘Nyepi’; Balinese day of silence 2018

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

‘Tipat Cantok’, Balinese Steamed rice made in a woven palm leaf case :)

Tipat Cantok is a common traditional Balinese food that can be found almost anywhere in Bali. It is commonly made with white rice or can be combined (cantok) with vegetables (water lily, long beans and bean sprout) and steamed or boiled. These accompany a meal of sate,  mixed with peanut sauce. Sometimes, Tipat Cantok is added with sweet soy sauce on the top to add sweet taste on it. Tipat Cantok can be found on local small Balinese warungs but rarely be found in big restaurants. These can be bought at the local Mas traditional market, just 5 mins walk from Angel House.

Learning how to make this intricate baskets from palm leaves requires patience and dexterity! Guests at Angel House are welcome to take a class and learn how to make, alongside Canang Sari; Balinese flower offerings.


What do I do if I step on an offering? Balinese Canang Sari/offerings on the street

From my friend Wayan 🙂 Angel House guests can learn how to make their own Canang Sari and make offerings to our house temples or, accompany us to our local Temple; Pura Taman Pure Mas. Just enquire at time of booking 🙂

Canang Sari; Offerings placed at our front gate

Bali Abracadabra Tours

Good morning from the beautiful island of Bali 🙏💖

Today I would like to share something that you might notice while having holiday in Bali, it’s almost in every single places & spots around while you are having a walk or at the place you stay..

It’s the offerings of #CanangSari & #BantenSaiban

Canang sari is one of the daily offerings made by Balinese Hindus to thank the Sang Hyang Widhi Wasa in praise and prayer. Canang sari will be seen in the Balinese temples, on small shrines in houses, shop and on the ground or as a part of a larger offering. a small square or round palm leaf made “Canang Sari” is daily Balinese offerings. The phrase Canang Sari is derived from the Balinese words sari means essence and canang means a small palm-leaf basket as the tray. Canang Sari is the symbol of thankfulness to the Hindu god, Ida Sang Hyang Widhi Wasa. It is offered every day as a form of thanking for the peace had given to the world.

Canang sari normally filled with colorful flowers. The colors of the flowers are white, red, yellow, blue or green. Those colors are not randomly chosen; they have different meaning and are placed in specific directions.

White-colored flowers that point to the east as a symbol of Iswara. Iswara is regarded as one of the primary forms of God. He is also known as Shiva or Mahadeva.
Red-colored flowers that point to the south as a symbol of Brahma. Brahma is often referred to as the progenitor or great grandsire of all human beings. Brahmā is traditionally depicted with four heads, four faces, and four arms. Unlike most otherHindu gods, Brahmā holds no weapons. He holds a scepter, a book, a string of prayer beads and the Vedas.
Yellow-colored flowers that point to the west as a symbol of Mahadeva. Mahadeva means “Great god”. The main iconographical attributes of Mahadeva or Shiva are the third eye on his forehead, the snake Vasuki around his neck, the crescent moon adorning, the holy river Ganga flowing from his matted hair, the Trishula as his weapon and the Damaru as his instrument.
Blue or green colored flowers that point to the north as a symbol of Vishnu. Visnu is conceived as “the Preserver” within the Trimurti, the Hindu Trinity of the divinity. He is depicted as a blue being, holding a Padma (lotus flower) in the lower left hand, the Kaumodaki gada (mace) in the lower right hand, the Panchajanya shankha (conch) in the upper left hand and the discus weapon Sudarshana Chakra in the upper right hand.

Normally, Canang Sari stays for one night after it is being prayed and offered before it is being removed to be replaced with the new one. After all, Hinduism is very concerned with the relationship between humanity and the environment. Whatever comes from nature, it has to be back to nature.

Did you know?

Trimurti means “three forms”, is a concept in Hinduism “in which the cosmic functions of creation, maintenance, and destruction are personified by the forms of Brahma the creator, Vishnu the maintainer or preserver and Shiva the destroyer or transformer.

Meanwhile – the second offering.

Banten saiban or jotan is a daily offering that is offered everyday after cooking or before eating. It is very simple consisting of a pinch of rice with other food like vegetable or fish or meat, on a small piece of banana leaf/other leaf. Due to its everyday usage so it is grouped into “Nitya Yadnya”. Actually what is offered; rice and its companion food like vegetable and meat that are cooked; that means pinch of rice is just the sample, therefore Banten Saiban is also called “Yadnya Sesa”, that means offering is a priority. Banten Saiban is offered to God / Gods, it has a philosophy to thank God for His blessing.
,Ancestors before ‘Memukur ( final ceremony of cremation) ceremony are done, with the aim to ask for their protection & Panca Maha Bhuta ( demons who live in underworld for not disturbing us but live with us in harmony & respect. 🙏

For a traditional Balinese woman, it is an obligation to know how to make Canang Sari and other offerings (called “mejejaitan”) because offering the Canang Sari is one of the important daily activities other than cooking, taking care of the children or cleaning the house. However, this term is not common in these modern days. Now, people can buy Canang Sari from traditional markets.

Please 🙏If you see canang sari on the ground when you are walking around street, do not step over or step on it because it is considered as not respecting the culture and the religion. Especially the ones with incense that is still burning.

I hope this post will enrich your knowledge about Bali and its unique tradition and culture

I’m looking forward to welcoming you again & again.

Suksema & Shanti 🙏💖


Volcano update: Mount Agung 12th December 2017

12 December daily volcano update. Direct from Ubud.
PLEASE NOTE: I am transitioning these daily reports to this public group page – MOUNT AGUNG DAILY REPORT – to manage them more efficiently. I will continue to share to other groups this week, but please JOIN MADR to receive these in your news feed.
• Agung continued its pattern of the past few days of frequent blowing quakes (50 over the period 11/12 00-24) and emitting regular plumes of gasses and ash in the 1500-2500 meter range. These are vigorous blowing quakes, with amplitudes up to 25 mm and lasting up to 140 seconds.
• PVMBG ( https://www.facebook.com/pvmbg1/) reported one eruption at 05:49 (amplitude 25 mm, 125 seconds), and two more eruptions in the 06-12 period yesterday, amplitude both 25 mm that lasted 96 and 110 seconds, respectively. These are similar to the blowing quakes above, but I believe the distinction is the content of the plume – eruptions put out magmatic ash (dark grey-black colour), while blowing quakes are gas and steam (white colour). We see a lot of white-grey from the mountain, it would be interesting to know how they distinguish between the two. Hmm. That goes on my list of questions for the team at Pos Rendang. I’m attaching the seismograph and two charts – one mapping the daily totals, and one covering the past two days in 6-hour blocks.
• PVMBG reports they observed the glow from crater from the Batulompeh CCTV during both dark quarters of the day, and I watched it last night on the Bukit Asah camera.
• BPBD reports 85,100 evacuees are registered at 289 camps. The conditions in some of these camps is very poor, with people sleeping on the ground, little/no clean water & sanitation, and a few packets of instant noodles. Please consider contributing to one of several responsible and accountable organizations supporting these camps – they need help.
• The Darwin VAAC has issued a current ash warning based on their satellite readings – no predictions for the rest of the day. That is attached below – wind at flight altitude is to the west. FlightRadar24 shows lots of activity around Bali and DPS, but all travellers should check with their airlines. A reader noted yesterday that some international carriers were canceling and consolidating flights not because of ash, but because there were too few passengers. Domestic flights tend to be flying as scheduled.

For ways of how you can help, please see this image 🙂



Waste and what you can do

Waste and what you can do

One of the reasons tourists visit Indonesia is the spectacular nature. Many visitors complain about waste in Indonesian environment. Organising waste management in Indonesia is a huge challenge. Indonesia has more than 17.000 islands and approximately 54.600 Km coastline. You can imagine how difficult it is to set up the logistics for a waste system. Other factors contributing to the waste problems are lack of drinkable tap water. Drinking water is distributed in plastic bottles. Another factor is the widespread use of single-use packaging. This packaging was developed to enable Indonesian to purchase products at low price. Even though Indonesian economy is growing, a large part of the population still has low income. In September 2013, the average wage for an Indonesian farmer was USD $3.58 per day. This increased to an average of USD $3.74 per day in March 2014. (source)


Angel House Ubud; Toilet paper free 👌🏽

Eco travels in Bali. Why we are going Toilet Paper Free.

What is that hose or bucket used for in Bali toilets?

Balinese and Indonesian toilets usually have a small bucket or hose next to them, but many people don’t know what they are for or how to use them. Are they for cleaning the toilet area or for personal hygiene? Many countries, including Indonesia do not use toilet paper at all, choosing to use the much cleaner method of washing ‘down there’ with water. Now do not be shocked but…we have not bought toilet paper for over 3 years now, choosing to use the Mandi hose/bidet and a small wash towel that is changed daily. Our toilet paper is mainly used to blow my nose if I don’t have a hanky nearby!

Mandi hose, bidet, or ‘those squirty things’  😉

Mandi hose.

Besides being more sanitary than toilet tissue, bidets—those squirty accessories so popular in Europe, Japan and elsewhere that clean your underside using a jet of water—are also much less stressful on the environment than using paper.

Mandi bucket.

A green technology saving  trees and  water.

Justin Thomas, editor of the website metaefficient.com, considers bidets to be “a key green technology” because they eliminate the use of toilet paper. According to his analysis, Americans use 36.5 billion rolls of toilet paper every year, representing the pulping of 15 million trees. Thomas says: “This also involves 473,587,500,000 gallons of water to produce the paper and 253,000 tons of chlorine for bleaching.” He adds that manufacturing requires about 17.3 terawatts of electricity annually and significant amounts of energy and materials used in packaging and transportation to retail outlets.

Does a ‘Mandi’ waste water?

To those who say that mandi hoses or buckets waste water, advocates counter that the amount is trivial compared to how much water used to produce toilet paper in the first place. Biolife Technologies, manufacturer of the high-end line of Coco bidets, says the amount of water used by a typical bidet is about 3litres, with the average toilet using about 15+litres per flush. Lloyd Alter of the website www.treehugger.com reports that making a single roll of toilet paper requires 147 litres of water, 1.3 kilowatt/hours (KWh) of electricity and some 680 grams of wood.

Bali sewerage system? There is none, so Angel House has a bio septic system.


Angel House treats all grey water and toilet waste with a BioSeptic system,

A bio-septic tank is a specialised biological treatment that degrades organic matter in waste water and contains anaerobic bacterial strains that digest carbohydrates, vegetable material, fats, oils, greases and protein.

As a result, the process accelerates the breakdown of organic matter and reduces sludge build-up and because of the inherent bacteria, it helps breakdown the associated by-products of degradation, which causes the bad smells, especially in warm conditions. However, once the degradation process and especially the fat process have commenced, the fats cannot re-form and thus, makes it easier to maintain a healthy septic tank environment.  The good and bad bacteria that are present within the septic tank are, as with all bacteria, competing for the food source. Because our bacteria ‘out-perform’ the bad bacteria, the bad bugs are restricted from the food source and eventually die.

Toilet paper = public health nuisance!

Bali does not have a city sewer or effluent treatment facility so toilet paper is also a public nuisance because it clogs pipes and adds a significant load to the septic tank.

If you need to use toilet paper, then please do not flush it into our bio-septic system but put it into the rubbish bin next to the toilet. It can be composted 🙂

A mandi hose sprayer also provides important health benefits such as increased cleanliness and can be therapeutic on damaged skin (rashes or haemorrhoids) and reduce Urinary Tract Infections (UTI’s) in women.

How do I use a mandi hose?

I’m going to help you out with a short video of how to use a Mandi hose and join us in going toilet paper free during your holiday in Bali. Join the majority of people around the world who wash, not wipe; you will be happy and so will the environment 🙂



Child minding or Babysitting service in Ubud or Massage In house :)


Sometimes parents just want to relax or shop alone or..maybe a massage in peace? This is a trusted service.

Child minding / baby sitting service in Ubud

Hallo there, my name is Ayu. I have been a masseuse for over 5 years handling travelers from around the globe in Ubud, Bali. If you need to relax and don’t want to go to a massage salon, you can text me and I’ll come to your place in Ubud.

In addition to massage, I also do baby sitting. So when you want to go on an adventurous trip or shopping or going out somewhere, I can take care of your kids therefore you don’t have to worry about your kids.

Please tell me your name, location, and desired time for massage or baby sitting

 +62(0) 8235 9525 536