Thursday, May 15, 2008


Seminyak is a mixed tourist / residential area on the west coast of Bali just north of Kuta and Legian. Originally a separate township, this is now just another suburb of Kuta. This area is very popular with resident expatriates and land and accommodation prices are amongst the highest in Bali. Plenty of luxury spas and hotels abound. Owing to its high density of high end shopping, combined with the clustering of many fine eating establishments, it has rapidly become one of the most well known tourist areas on the island.
Other well know areas popular with tourists include Ubud, Sanur, Nusa Dua, Jimbaran , and the Bukit Peninsula.
In addition to a few commercial strips with popular and lively restaurants, bars, and good crafts/furniture shops, there are a few notable establishments: Ku De Ta, which is a fancy (but reasonable) restaurant with a cult following based on its beach side/semi-resort atmosphere, and Oberoi, which is an expensive hotel ($400-800/night) with a worldwide reputation. La Lucciola is a restaurant located in the north of Seminyak on the beach and has been in existence for over a decade.
Jalan Raya Seminyak (more often referred to as Jalan Legian) bisects the district and acts as its main road artery.

Monday, April 28, 2008

Seeing Kuta

Kuta is a town in southern Bali, Indonesia. A former fishing village, it was one of the first towns on Bali to see substantial tourist development, and as a beach resort remains one of Indonesia's major tourist destinations. It is known internationally for its long sandy beach, varied accommodation, many restaurants and bars, and substantial Australian population. It is located near Bali's Ngurah Rai Airport.

Kuta is now the center of an extensive tourist-oriented urban area that merges into the neighboring towns. Legian, to the north, is the commercial hub of Kuta and the site of many restaurants and entertainment spots. Most of the area's big beachfront hotels are in the southern section of Tuban.
Legian and Seminyak are northern extensions of Kuta along Jl. Legian and Jl. Basangkasa. They are somewhat quieter suburbs with cottage-style accommodations, where many of the expat crowd live. Also to the north are Petitenget, Berawa, Canggu, and Seseh - new and quieter continuations of Kuta's beach. They are easy to reach through Abian Timbul or Denpasar and Kerobokan. Several large hotels are located in this area: the Oberoi Bali, Hard Rock Hotel Bali, the Intan Bali Village, the Legian in Petitenget, the Dewata Beach and the Bali Sani Suites in Berawa.
To the south, Kuta Beach extends beyond the airport into Jimbaran.
The Balinese Provincial Government have taken the view that the preservation of the Balinese culture, natural resources and wildlife are of primary importance in the development of the island. To this end they have limited tourist development to the peninsula on the extreme southern aspect of the island; Kuta beach is on the western side of this peninsula and Sanur is on the east. To the north of the peninsula no new tourist development is supposedly permitted.

Monday, April 7, 2008

Consulate in Bali

Australian Consulate General Bali (Incl. Canada , New Zealand )
Jl. Kapten Tantular, No. 32, Renon, Denpasar, Bali. Telephone: 241 118. Fax: 221 195 (DFAT), 241 120 (DIAC)

Royal Danish & Norwegian Honorary
Mimpi Resort Hotel Jimbaran, Ph. 0361-701070 ext.32, Fax. 0361-701 073/4

Honarary Consulate of The Szech Republic
Jl.Pengembak 17 Sanur, Denpasar Ph. 0361 286 465, Fax 0361-286408

Consulate Agency France
Jl. Merta Sari Gang II No.8 Sanur, Denpasar, Ph.0361-285485, Fax.0361-284046

Honorary Consulate of The Federal Republic of Germany
Jl. Pantai karang 17 Sanur, PO Box 3100 Denpasar 80228, Ph.0361-288 535, Fax0361-288826

Honorary Consulate of The Republic of Hungary
Jl.By Pass Ngurah Rai no.219 Sanur, Ph. 0361-287701, Fax 0361-735232

Consulate Italy
Lotus Enterprise Building Jl.By Pass Ngurah Rai Jimbaran, Nusa Dua, Ph/Fax.0361-701005

Honorary Consulate of Mexico, Puri Astina Putra Building
Jl.Moh Yamin 1 A Renon – Denpasar Po Box 3150 Denpasar, Ph 0361-223266, Fax 0361- 244 568

Honorary Consulate of The Netherland
Jl. Raya Kuta 127 Kuta 80361, Po Box 3337 Denpasar 81001 , Ph. 0361-761506, fax. 0361-752777/757.586

Honorary Consulate of Spain
Komplek Istana Kuta Galeria Blok Vallet 2 no 11, Jl.Patih Jelantik, Kuta Bali, Ph. 0361-769286, Fax.0361-769 186

Honorary Consulate of USA
Jl.Hayam Wuruk 310 Denpasar 80235, Ph.0361-233605. Fax. 0361-222426

Consulate General of Japan
Jl. Raya Puputan No.170 Renon Po Box 3432 Denpasar, Ph. 0361-227 628, Fax.0361-265 066

British Honorary Consulate
Jl.Tirta Nadi No 20 Sanur, Ph. 0361-270601, Fax.0361-287 804

Swiss and Austria Consulate
Jl.Patih Jelantik Kompleks Istana Kuta Galeria Blok Valet 2 No 12 Kuta, Ph 0361-751 735, fax. 0361-754-457

Honorary Consulate Brazil
JL.Legian 186, Badung; Ph. 0361-751 005

Honorary Consulate Thailand
Jl.Raya Puputan Renon No 81 Denpasar- Bali, Ph. 0361-263310, Fax 0361-238044

India Cultural Centre (Embassy of India, Jakarta )
Jl.Raya Puputan Renon No 42-44 Denpasar- Bali , Ph. 0361-241987, Fax. 0361-241980

Honorary Consulate of Sweden & Finland
C/O Hotel Segera Village , Jl.Segara Ayu Sanur, Ph. 0361-282 223, Fax. 282 211

Honorary Consulate of Malaysia
Jl.Pantai Kuta, Legian, Ph.0361-752 520, Fax 0361-766 373

Honorary Consulate of Chile
Jl. Pengembak gang I No 3 Sanur- Bali Ph. 0361-75681/281503, Fax.0361-756783, Hp. 081 139 4045

Tuesday, April 1, 2008


Galungan is a Balinese holiday that occurs every 210 days and lasts for 10 days. Kuningan is the last day of the holiday. Galungan means "When the Dharma is winning." During this holiday the Balinese gods visit the Earth and leave on Kuningan.

Occurring once in every 210 days in the pawukon (Balinese cycle of days), Galungan marks the beginning of the most important recurring religious ceremony that is celebrated by all Balinese. During the Galungan period the deified ancestors of the family descend to their former homes. They must be suitably entertained and welcomed, and prayers and offerings must be made for them. Those families who have ancestors that have not yet been cremated, but are still buried in the village cemetery, must make offerings at the graves.

Although Galungan falls on a Wednesday, most Balinese will begin their Galungan 'holiday' the day before, where the family is seen to be busily preparing offerings and cooking for the next day. While the women of the household have been busy for days before creating beautifully woven 'banten' (offerings made from young coconut fronds), the men of our village usually wake up well before dawn to join with their neighbours to slaughter a pig unlucky enough to be chosen to help celebrate this occasion. Then the finely diced pork is mashed to a pulp with a grinding stone, and moulded onto sate sticks that have been already prepared by whittling small sticks of bamboo. Chickens may also be chosen from the collection of free-range chickens that roam around the house compound. Delicate combinations of various vegetables, herbs and spices are also prepared by the men to make up a selection of 'lawar' dishes. While much of this cooking is for use in the offerings to be made at the family temple, by mid-morning, once all the cooking is done, it is time for the first of a series of satisfying feasts from what has been prepared. While the women continue to be kept busy with the preparations of the many offerings to be made at the family temple on the day of Galungan, the men also have another job to do this day, once the cooking is finished. A long bamboo pole, or 'penjor', is made to decorate the entrance to the family compound. By late Tuesday afternoon all over Bali the visitor can see these decorative poles creating a very festive atmosphere in the street.

On Wednesday, the day of Galungan, one will find that most Balinese will try to return to their own ancestral home at some stage during the day, even if they work in another part of the island. This is a very special day for families, where offerings are made to God and to the family ancestors who have come back to rest at this time in their family temple. As well as the family temple, visits are made to the village temple with offerings as well, and to the homes of other families who may have helped the family in some way over the past six months.

The day after Galungan is a time for a holiday, visiting friends, maybe taking the opportunity to head for the mountains for a picnic. Everyone is still seen to be in their 'Sunday best' as they take to the streets to enjoy the festive spirit that Galungan brings to Bali.

The date for Galungan and other special Balinese days is shown on the Balinese Calendar.


Kecak (pronounced: "KEH-chahk", alternate spellings: Ketjak, Ketjack, and Ketiak), a form of Balinese music drama, originated in the 1930s and is performed primarily by men. Also known as the Ramayana Monkey Chant, the piece, performed by a circle of 100 or more performers wearing checked cloth around their waists, percussively chanting "cak" and throwing up their arms, depicts a battle from the Ramayana where monkeys help Prince Rama fight the evil King Ravana. However, Kecak has roots in sanghyang, a trance-inducing exorcism dance.

In the 1930s Wayan Limbak worked with German painter Walter Spies to create the Kecak from movements and themes in the traditional sanghyang exorcism ritual and the portions of the Ramayana. This collaboration between artists worked to create a dance that was both authentic to Balinese traditions but also palatable to Western tourist's narrow tastes at the time. Wayan Limbak popularized the dance by travelling throughout the world with Balinese performance groups. These travels have helped to make the Kecak famous throughout the world.