Culture – Ngejot, A Symbol of Gratitude & Tolerance in Bali

Do you know how muslim in Bali celebrate Eid Al-Fitr with their hindu neighbors? Or how the hindus share their happines to other religions in Bali to celebrate Galungan & Kuningan? Ngejot is a tradition to preserve the good relation between diversity in Bali

Ramadhan will be finished next month. As muslim, I will celebrate Eid Al-Fitr soon in my hometown, Denpasar Bali. Actually there is a tradition in Bali which is valid for all religions.

We call it as “Ngejot”.

This tradition has always been done by local community in Bali to celebrate a big day of all religions, such as Kuningan & Galungan for hindus, Eid Al-Fitr for muslims, and christmast as christians.

Ngejot is a tradition where we share our special food to neighbors while celebrating Galungan or Eid Al-Fitr. For example, we share chicken curry and cookies to the neighbors as these are typical or common menus to celebrate Eid Al-Fitr. And my neighbors, who are mostly hindus, share their traditional snacks, to my family and I, to celebrate Galungan in other day.

The main idea of Ngejot is to share our happiness and gratitude to our neighbors while celebrating our own big day. It’s also useful to maintain friendship and brotherhood between each other, even our beliefs are different.

However, culture is a culture whatever our belief is. Moreover, Ngejot is a heritage tradition, developped from generation to generation. A uniqueness that We must preserve until whenever. I don’t know why people in other regions, I mean outside Bali, are being intolerance nowadays. I hope the tolerance issue in Indonesia could be better as before. I think it is the importance to preserve our culture that were made to keep the balance between the diversity.

I love you 3000 Indonesia, please always be peaceful.

Accommodation – Stay in Denpasar Bali to Welcome Bali Art Festival!

Bali Accommodation – Raise your hand if you wanna see the biggest annual Bali Art Festival! If so, have you choose where to stay in Bali? An accommodation in Denpasar could be the best choice for you!

Denpasar is the capital of Bali province. Most of locals stay in Denpasar because it’s rupiah friendly, strategic, and granted by many public facilities. Here your life will becomes easier. We can find vary shopping center, hospital, public mosque, temples, cafés, boutiques, and many more public facilities.

As written in my previous blog post, Denpasar also been elected as a heritage city of Bali. In there you can feel Denpasar’s legendary & historical ambiance. However, that’s why gouvernement choose Denpasar as the perfect place to celebrate biggest annual festival: Bali Art Festival.

Bali Art Festival will be held between 16 June – 14 July 2019, takes place at Taman Werdhi Budaya Arts Centre, Denpasar, Bali. So, if you are looking for an accommodation to welcome this biggest Bali Art Festival, sure I recommended you to stay in Denpasar Heritage City Area, or in Sanur, which is other location that near enough to Denpasar.

Inna Bali Hotel – Denpasar

An occasion to experience more the heritage ambiance is to stay in Inna Bali Hotel Denpasar. It’s the first international hotel in Bali with vintage or old building style that was developped since 1927.

Inna Grand Bali Beach Hotel – Sanur

Another option to stay in Bali and welcome the Bali Art Festival 2019 is staying in Inna Bali Beach Hotel Sanur Bali in 1963. Yes it is the branch of Inna Bali Hotel Denpasar, which was the first 5 stars hotel in Bali with 10 floors.

Still have no idea where to stay in Bali during Bali Art Festival ? Don’t worry, here you can check for all available hotel rooms in Bali : let’s check it out!

Outdoor Act – Aling-Aling And Kroya Waterfall

travel & adventure in Bali is a must thing to do once a lifetime. visiting Aling-Aling and Kroya Waterfall is one of the best things to do while in Bali

It was just two weeks ago I got a new chance to discover Bali’s beautiful waterfall that is called “Aling Aling”. My Friends and I needed approximately 2 and a half hours to reach this waterfall from my home which is situated in Denpasar. It’s located in the north side of Bali, more precisely in Sukasada Village, Buleleng – Bali.

In the same area, actually we can find 3 waterfalls which are Kroya Waterfall, Aling Aling Waterfall and Pucuk Waterfall. In that day, I visited 2 waterfalls at the same time which are Kroya and Aling-Aling.

 Adventure in Bali - Aling-Aling Waterfall
Me and my.. I don’t know how to call him. Think we love each other or maybe he doesn’t.

What Kind of Activity We Can Do in There?

Swimming – Off course we can swim in this crystal clear water. But remember to pay attention since sometimes the water flow could get heavier.

Cliff Jumping – In Kroya you can do cliff jumping or sliding down which is just 5 meters high. However, we can say if Kroya is a little bit safer than Aling-Aling as it is the smallest waterfall compared to 3 other, including Aling-Aling, while the other waterfall has heavy water flow and sometimes a little bit dangerous.

Actually there was an option for ticket entrance: It cost IDR 125.000 to enjoy all activities or IDR 20.000 with no swimming allowed. But it’s enough for us to visit and enjoy the beauty of these two waterfall. Chill and escape a moment from the busy days in Denpasar.

Ready to go for holiday in Bali? Let’s check current prices for flight here!

Culinary – Authentic Taste of Local Spicy Fried Fish and Soup, Makbeng

are you fish lover? Looking for dishes for iftar this afternoon? If so, and if you are looking for seafood references near sanur Bali, mak beng could be the best choice ever!

Who doesn’t love roasted fish? Eating seafood, in front of or near the beach is one of must things to do when you go to Bali.

There’s a lot of recommended seafood spots in Bali that might you love. But i want to share you the one and only “Makbeng”

It’s a must try restaurant for culinary travel blogger or foodies who visit Bali, since their brand are already well known and they do serve really a good taste of fresh fish. One set menu is included rice, fish soup and fried fish, which is was very tasty.

Ah, it’s included sambal as well.

The total dish on my table consisted of one plate of rice, one plate of fried fish, small plate for sambal, a bowl of fish soup, and beverage. For the beverage, you could choose between orange juice, ice tea, and mineral water.

The total price of this menu was IDR 45.000. Well not too cheap nor expensive. Because with IDR 45.000, you can taste those dishes served well on the table.

It was a years a go. I don’t know the actual price. Could be a little bit more expensive.

Outdoor Act – A Reward of Mount Batur Trekking

Do you have a plan to trek Mount Batur? Here are my experiences climbing the beauty of Mount Batur, Kintamani, Bali.

2017 was my first time trekking. Even I was born and grew up in Bali, I have never climbed Mount Batur before. My parents always brought guests or my family from Java to go to tourist destinations in the south of Bali, such as Kuta, Jimbaran, or near to the north side of Bali, like Bedugul, Candi Kuning, etc. I’ve been always go around Bali with my parents using a car. I never go around alone either with motorbike or car. Because I was too young and small to ride a bike. But since grew up and got taller, I am riding a motorbike until now.

But then I have had move to Yogyakarta for study in Gadjah Mada University, took French Litterature as major. Once again, I have lost the chance to climb it.

A few years later I went back to Bali, and did it. Yeah, as I said, it was 2017, with my office collegues.

I was working in Bali’s digital agency in that moment as French SEO specialist, and always got wonderful weekend with my office collegues to explore Bali.

At first hiking, I was trembling. Because it was also my first time I didn’t sleep. Well I never spent my time in night club and always sleep at 9 pm. Hahah\na.. oh sorry, let’s back to mount Batur!

We left Denpasar at 1 am, and must climbed at 2.30 am.

Oh yes, Mount Batur is located in Kintamani by the way, and we must spent approximately 1 hour riding a bike from Denpasar to Kintamani.

Arrived in there, we started to explore mount Batur at 3 am. Hoping we don’t miss the sunrise view at the summit of Mount Batur. And yeah we got it! Even when we were on the way to the summit, I said to my friends that I want to sleep, and ran out the energy. Plus, I cannot see anything because it was really dark and blur with my minus eyes. I forgot my glasses and I can’t see anything in the dark. I got help from my friend named Yusnia, to take my hand while climbing, so I didn’t get lost with my blurry eyes. Hahhaa. And then the reward was really beautiful! I saw the sunrise at the top of Mount Batur which is 1717m above sea level! (Of course with my sleepy face)

Sunrise at The Summit of Batur
Sunrise at The Summit of Batur

The second trekking was in March 2018. Which I was ready ready!

I slept in the afternoon to charge the energy and then climbed Batur for the second time with my collueges (also with glasses in the eyes hahaha). I was not nervous anymore and didn’t need help just like the first time hiking. Then it was really easy to step the summit at the second climbed, cause I think I have adapted and already knew the trick to step up on the Mount Batur. We spent 2-3 hours to arrive at the top of Mount Batur.

Mount Batur Second Sunrise
Mount Batur Second Sunrise

We felt like … A bunch random persons.

“Owww we are in heaven now!!”

See that beautiful cloud around??

I felt like we were in Avatar Ang’s country. 😂

FWI, there’s a ticket entry for tourist to do Mount Batur Trekking. It costs IDR 400.000/persons in 2018 accompanied with local guide.

There are also different prices from travel agents in Bali. Could be cheaper or more expensive.

After all, I hope my blog gives you enough reference of Mount Batur Trekking.

Happy Ramadhan for all Muslim and also for my self as a Muslim Girl grew up with Balinese Culture. Heheh. 😊🙏

I will share you later about my lovely cultural life and art in Bali ❤️

See ya!

Tips – Keeping Teeth Healthy While Traveling

Just in case you are wondering your dental health when you are travelling, I have some tips to keep your teeth healthy while spending holiday in Bali

I know it’s not easy to keep our teeth healthy during holiday, especially when you spend your holiday time hunting local food in the destination. Cakes, donuts, and other sweet things appear everywhere you step your feet. Hot and iced water, tea, coffee, all seems endanger your teeth. So, what we should do to keep our teeth healthy?

1. Brush Your Teeth Regularly

Spend your time to brush your teeth, at least two times – two minutes a day. Not only in holiday season, it can keep your teeth healthy all year long! So, have a routine to brush your teeth is a good start!

2. Rinse with Water

Always after you eat, rinse your teeth with water also helps you to reduce some particle that can threat your dental health. It also can make your teeth healthier instead of drinking soda.

3. See the Dentist!

It’s important to consult your dental health and make an improvement. You never know what is happen to your teeth now, but a pro dentist can predict the symptomps. So, create a dental check up schedule is better to help you prevent all dental problems.

If you are spending holiday in Bali, you have to make a list of Bali’s dental pro. Well I give you the pro one, which is Rejuvie Dental. It’s located in Kuta, and just opened their branch office in Sanur. Rejuvie Dental also offers teeth whitening, veneer, and crown. They have many customers from around the world, particularly who have spended holiday in Bali.

Click here for more information about Rejuvie Dental Bali!

Tips – What to Consider Before You Book A Hotel

What to consider before we book a hotel for holiday? is it the price? or maybe online review of its services?

A good experience of staying in a hotel can affect your travel mood. It can drive you a happiness if you choose it right, or a bad experience if you select a hotel with a very bad service. So, here are some things to do before you decide to book a hotel, especially when you want to travel to Bali.

Cleanliness

Based on survey, the most important things which can drive happiness and relaxation for travelers is the cleanliness of the hotel room. Or if you’re not agree, you can imagine that you stay in a hotel full of mold of stain in the bed, it’s really disgusting huh? So, the first thing to consider is the cleanliness of the hotel.

Friendly Staff

Staff friendliness give an important affect to increase or decrease your holiday mood. Most of hotel staff are working with a big smile. It makes us feel welcome and become a part of that hotel’s family. If you think this as the most important point, you can choose a boutique hotel which offers personalized service. I know one of recommended boutique hotel that gives the best personalized service in Bali. It’s The Colony Hotel Bali. Read here to know more about The Colony Hotel Bali.

Strategic Location

Some of good location in Bali, like Kuta, Legian, Seminyak, and also Jimbaran offers a range of tourist destinations worthy to visit. So, when you are planning your holiday in Bali, that four location is good to become best places to stay in Bali. If you’re planning to stay between that location, you can choose Sun Island as the first choice of strategic hotel in Bali which has a lot of hotels that located in a prime location of Bali, as I mentioned above.

So, are you ready to book a hotel for holiday in Bali? If you are interested to find other hotels click here !