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

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

From my friend Wayan 🙂

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 🙏💖


Thing to do for kids and families in Bali

Magic for sale? Balian in Bali

Thanks to Ibu Cat Wheeler for this great post in the Bali Advertiser on the ancient role of the Balian, or traditional healer.

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Thus the ancient role of the Balian, who is guided by the gods to aid humans through mysticism and ritual, is reduced to just another item on the tourist itinerary to be sandwiched between a massage and a cycling tour.

“I’ve had people tell me they need to be at the airport by five o’clock but still have a few hours, so take me to a healer,” said I Made Surya, who is named in Lonely Planet On-line Travel as the leading authority on Balinese healers.  “These are not people with problems to be solved; they look on it as entertainment.”

Balians are traditional healers who play an important part in the local culture by treating physical and mental illness, removing spells and channeling information from the ancestors.  The Balian is an instrument of divine healing, and the client enters a covenant to receive this healing with respect, reverence and humility. There are about 8,000 practicing in Bali, outnumbering medical doctors.  Anthropologists and scholars have been studying Balians for almost a century but the book Eat, Pray, Love focused international attention on the men and women of magic for the first time.  Since then Surya has seen an escalating demand to be taken to ‘a healer’, even by people who had nothing wrong with them.


Indonesian government is keen to spread some of the love to other locations around the country

CREDIT: Lonely Planet June 2017

While it has long been known that Bali is one of the most beautiful and popular tropical paradises in the world, the Indonesian government is keen to spread some of the love to other locations around the country. It has instructed travel agents and aviation companies to begin promoting ten new tourist destinations to provide travellers with alternative places to visit.

Young woman in a traditional Balinese dancing costume. Image: Kertu/Shutterstock
Young woman in a traditional Balinese dancing costume.
Image: Kertu/Shutterstock

The ten tourist destinations dubbed the “new Balis” include Lake Tola in North Sumatra, Tanjung Kelayang in Bangka Belitung, Tanjung Lesung in Banten, Thousand Islands regency in Jakarta, Borobudur in Central Java, areas of Bromo, Tengger and Semeru in East Java, Mandalika in West Nusa Tenggara, Labuan Bajo in East Nusa Tenggara, Wakatobe in Southesat Sulawesi and Norotai in North Maluku.

Lake Toba is one of ten destinations the Indonesian government wants to promote. Image: Yudha Lesmana/Lonely Planet
Lake Toba is one of ten destinations dubbed the ‘new Balis’ the Indonesian government wants to promote. Image: Yudha Lesmana/Lonely Planet

To encourage travellers to visit these alternative destinations, airlines and travel agents have been instructed to offer an increased number of tour packages to the prioritised locations. The Jakarta Post has reported that the head of the Tourism Ministry, Hiramsyah Sambudi Thaib, says that these areas are being developed as destinations by the government, and it will improve the status of many airports to make them international hubs and easier to access. The airports chosen to be improved include Adi Sumarmo Airport in Surakarta, Central Java, Kualanamu Airport in Medan and Lombok International Airport in West Nusa Tenggara.

West Nusa Tenggara is one of ten destinations the Indonesian government wants to promote. Image: Manuel Sulzer/Getty Images
West Nusa Tenggara is one of ten destinations the Indonesian government wants to promote. Image: Manuel Sulzer/Getty Images

If the Indonesian government is even half as successful at developing its new destinations as it has been with Bali, it looks like there will be a whole new set of places to add to our bucket lists.