Bali Kite Festival 2019

Bali International Kite Festival 2019

15 – August 18

The season of cooling winds from the east has filled the skies with kites. Every day from now on, the number of colourful, and differently styled kits are flying above the rice fields.
Traditional giant kites are made and own competitively by teams from the local and international teams. The event is a seasonal religious festival intended to send a message to the Hindu gods to create abundant crops and harvests.

Venue: Multiple venue
Address: Jl. Padang Galak, Sanur, Bali, Indonesia

Read more at: http://www.bali-indonesia.com/magazine/bali-kites-festival.htm?cid=ch:OTH:001
 

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 © 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 © 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

ANGEL HOUSE UBUD: BOUTIQUE STAY, AUTHENTIC EXPERIENCE

ANGEL HOUSE UBUD

BOUTIQUE STAY, AUTHENTIC EXPERIENCE

ABOUT

Angel House is a 3-suite only, boutique hotel or whole villa rental (book all 3 suites) in the Balinese village of Mas Ubud, only 10mins (4.5km) south of the hustle and bustle of central Ubud.

Tourists wanting peace and quiet or who wish to experience traditional Balinese life and culture stay with us because they have a rare opportunity to walk the quiet streets of Mas and chat with our friendly Balinese community.  There are plenty of opportunities to photograph the locals at work, or a ceremony, maybe a traditional Balinese carved doorway or temple and along the way watch the farmers tending their rice fields (sawah).  Close by visit some famous wood carving galleries or shop for homewares, stop for coffee and cakes or a delicious meal or snack . The traditional food market, ‘Pasar Mas’ is open from 5am selling fresh fruits, meats, tofu and tempe as well as traditional Balinese breakfast and Balinese snacks. At night it turns into a night market serving local food such as Sate Ayam (Chicken sate and rice) and fresh juices.

Angel House is close to local supermarkets, ATM, moneychanger, restaurants, art galleries and hospital (with pharmacy and 24hr Emergency department).

Angel House Ubud is LGBTQ friendly 🙂

Angel House Ubud commitment to the environment and to our community.

Angel House Ubud commitment to the environment and to our community.

At Angel House we are committed to the environment to our local community. Here are some of the ways in which we strive to improve our impact on Bali’s limited resources.

  • We use locally sourced and  organic food where possible and buy cultivated traditional Bali rice (no pesticides, Neem oil only and organic fertilisers)
  • We do not use MSG in any of our cooking
  • Less consumption of energy by encouraging guests to switch off all fans and AC when not in their room
  • Encouraging guests to go ‘toilet paper free’ by using the mandi hose/bidet hose
  • By using only low watt LED lighting in all rooms and common areas and gardens
  • Using LED lighting in the garden and around the swimming pool
  • Using sensor lights wherever possible or solar
  • We compost all our organic materials including offerings (Canang Sari)
  • Waste water system for our kitchen waste converts to grey water
  • We have a  bio-septic system which uses Bokashi micro-organisms to break down human waste
  • Social project (Tunjung women’s Project) a social enterprise and women’s project based in a poor village in Bali – Angel House Ubud purchases calico bags as ‘gifts’ for our guests to use when shopping and to reduce the amount of plastic bags in Bali 🙂
  • Participates in the Eco Bali recycling program. All glass, plastic, paper and metal are recycled and this service is provided free to our neighbours.
  • all staff from the village of Mas Ubud
  • Angel House tours support the local community
  • Electric mosquito lamps in guest and main areas have reduced mosquito numbers without using any chemicals
  • Only neem oil and organic fertilisers are used in Angel House gardens
  • Biodegradable cleaning products
  • Active in the village community of Tarukan Mas ubud Bali

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

Angel House Ubud 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 🙏💖