A Low Profile Painter from Bali, Ibu Jero Amer Ambari

Ibu Jero Amer Ambari, a pro hand painter from Bali, sell a Unique Balinese Painting for paying her daughter’s school fee.

Ibu Jero Amer Ambari is one of the best Balinese Painter I have ever met.

At the first time meeting, I knew her as a chip seller who always comes to my office in Denpasar to sell her chips. She walks from Batubulan to Denpasar, which need approximately 2 hours walking:

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She did it everyday just to sell snacks from door to door. She do it because she really need money to pay tuition fee for her daughter who is still studying in a highschool. 

But, one day she came to my office with a beautiful painting on her hand. She said she needs more money to pay the debt for her daughter school. What is interesting is we never knew that she is a good painter.  Well, you can judge, look at ther painting!

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She said she prefer to do something and sell it rather than ask for donation. She want to work with her passion: paint something, but don’t know how to promote.

My manager was automatically interested to buy it. He also promote her painting in his Instagram, hoping somebody wants to buy a good painting from her. By the way, if you guys are in Bali and don’t know what to buy for unforgettable and unique souvenir please call her: +62 81 999 508 211

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Outdoor Act – Bali Art Festival has Started!

Fly to Bali! Join and see Bali Art Festival 2019 in Denpasar Bali!

Yesterday, 15 June 2019, Bali Art Festival has begun!

There are many art groups that perform in this event, starting from traditional & modern dance, music, painting, theatre, etc. My dad will e also there to play javanese gamelan, as it is not only an event for Balinese art, but also has a purpose to gather all indonesiacongratulated Jokowi for winning the president election in March 2019. n traditional art & culture.

Mr. President Joko Widodo & his family came to Bali since the last 2 days ago, to welcome and join this greatest event in Bali. Bapak Wayan Koster as the governor of Bali welcomed Mr. President by presenting a group of Pendet Dance, as the most famous traditional dance in Bali. He also congratulated Jokowi for winning the president election in March 2019.

This event is litteraly free for everyone who wanna watch and learn indonesia’s art & culture! It will be held till July 2019. So, you still have long time to make a plan to see this event!

Still not in Bali but wanna see this event?

Check below the airplane schedule and be a part of Indonesia’s biggest art event:

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Tips – How to Travel on A Budget Way

Who don’t like traveling?

I mean everybody need it. Either for escaping from busy life, relaxing, or maybe just a hobby. But if it’s a hobby do they have proper rules to organize their own budget? Think they’ll need extra attention to not run out all the budget right? Cause they must save some money to continue traveling to another region or country.

So the solution is to plan a travel in a budget way. But what are the simplest way to organize a budget travel?

Here are my little tips to help you travel in a budget way:

1. Book Airplane Ticket and Hotel in Advance

I think everybody know about it. It’s a very basic way that I always do when I want to travel outside Bali. Usually, I get cheaper price if I book an airplane ticket, hotel room, or guests house in advance. Well sometimes it depends on the date. If you book an airplane 2 months in advance but for a holiday season, then you’ll get high price, but still a bit cheaper rather than you book it when entering the holiday season.

For example, you book an airplane now, on May, for holiday on July, which will be the month of high season in Bali. The price might look expensive. But it’s better you book on May, or 2 months in advance, cause it will get higher and higher near July. The hotel room price also play the same rules as airplane ticket.

Therefore, if you are planning a holiday right now, don’t forget to always check the updated ticket price.

>> Here if you want to book an airplane!
>> Here if you want to research hotel room available!

2. Travel Off-Peak Season

Thinking about traveling in off-peak is one of the best way to find cheaper ticket and hotel room. First, you need to research more about the destination you want to visit. You should know when is the peak season, then you can choose to travel in there before or after that peak season ended.

3. Traveling with Lot of Friends

Sharing is another option to keep your travel budget. By sharing food or rental with your friends, you must get cheaper price than usual, because you divided your budget. The more you have friends to travel, the more you’ll divide your budget as cheaper as possible.

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!

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.