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KELIKI PAINTING CLASS Learn Balinese Traditional Keliki Painting from local artists in a unique Culture setting. Practice the unique technique of Keliki painting with traditional materials and techniques. A local master artist will walk you through the process step by step working with you to create your own masterpiece to take home. This workshop is suitable for all ages and abilities. Together with the teacher you will gain an understanding of both the process as well as the traditional motif which give these work such depth and meaning. Learning about egg-painting in a traditional Balinese art style. This class conducted by locals will teach the basics of various Balinese egg-painting styles, such as the best ways to paint on an egg. You'll get to experience trying out a few styles including landscapes, floral and colour themes with close help from the teachers. Traditional Balinese egg painting class in the arts and cultural village of Ubud, Learn the basics behind traditional and ancient Balinese painting styles on the unique slate of an egg and Have a go at it yourself painting your own egg! This is a great way to spend a day, whether you're an artist, or a beginner. enjoy learning how batik is made in this relaxed studio in Ubud, This is an experience everyone should try. Our team are passionate about our craft and eager to share our knowledge and talent. It is truly bring out the artist in you. Not only is it a truly memorable and inspiring experience - it's convenient too.You'll learn the traditional art form using organic dyes and hot wax. We supply Includes all the materials you need to make your own original batik. The class is held in a casual but comfortable studio in the family home compound and is run by master artist. You can do everything stage of the process yourself under our guidance. T-Shirt Painting WOOD AND STONE CARVING

Friday, December 25, 2015

BALI TEGENUNGAN WATERFALL

BALI TEGENUNGAN WATERFALL IS HIDDEN WATERFALL IN UBUD WITH AMAZING AND BEAUTIFUL VIEW OF THE WATERFALLS



Tegenungan Waterfall is the beauty and hidden waterfall in Ubud village, exactly located in Tegenungan Kemenuh town, District Sukawati, Gianyar. To get to this waterfall take around 16 km from Denpasar City or arund 30 minutes driver by car. The water is furthermore clean and clear. It is suitable for washing or just playing around water and the most interesting Waterfall to visit during your holiday in Bali Islands.
Waterfalls are sharp drops along the course of a conduit, truly its a particularly lovely spot to stay in light of the way that green and nature home including. Typical scene around Tegenungan Waterfall is genuinely delightful, with green trees and beautiful. Near to the waterfall has been produced with a couple shower showers from normal springs. Neighborhood inhabitants frequently bathe and bring water for step by step usage at these showers, especially in the morning and night. If you support, you can moreover shower there.
There are various steps go down to the stream if you may need to see the waterfall. From the stopping zone, you have to dive numerous strides and along the banks of the River Tukad Petanu. At the time down to the waterfall, in all probability not extremely exhausting.  You can eat and drink at the shop while admiring the incredibleness of Tegenungan Waterfall from a partition. Tegenungan is one of the few waterfalls in Bali that isn't situated in the highlands or mountains. It is not really that tall, only approximately 15 metres high, so you can actually jump right into the waterfall. 
For those want to have amazing picture of the waterfalls, the right time to take picture is in the evening. In case you come in the morning, you will believe that it hard to get a respectable photo by virtue of the light coming into your camera to be substandard contrasted with the blazing light emissions morning sun so that your photographs will be over uncovered.

What to do and see in Bali, Indonesia

The number of things to do in Bali will amaze new visitors and keep long-time travelers coming back for more. Bali is the rare place that is both deeply spiritual and totally fun. Whatever your age or interest, whether you are travelling with your loved ones or alone, you are certain to find mental and physical satisfaction. Even during a short visit, you can let loose, stay fit, and explore the cultural and traditional roots of the island. In fact, with so many affordable options on offer, the only hard work in Bali is deciding what to do next.

Bali’s natural attractions include miles of sandy beaches (many are well-known amongst surfers), picturesque rice terraces, towering active volcanoes over 3,000 meters (10,000 ft.) high, fast flowing rivers, deep ravines, pristine crater lakes, sacred caves, and lush tropical forests full of exotic wildlife.

The island’s rich cultural heritage is visible everywhere – in over 20,000 temples and palaces, in many colorful festivals and ceremonies (including tooth filings and cremations), in drama, music, and dance.

You can experience Bali on many different excursions and guided tours by coach, private car or “Big Bike”, by boat or even by chartered plane and helicopter: seeing Bali’s beaches and rice terraces, the famous Besakih Temple on the slopes of holy Mount Agung, Lake Batur and it’s active volcano, Ubud, Legian, Kuta, Nusa Dua, and the temples of Tanah Lot and Ulu Watu.

Most ORGANIZED full day tours by car (about 8 to 10 hours, min 2 persons) cost about US$50 to US$70 per person, half day tours US$35 to US$40. These prices include a guide and transport in an air-conditioned private car, all entrance fees, but no meals.

You can hire a car with a driver yourself and explore the island on your own. The driver will like a guide. Likethis you can explore the places you want, stop where you want and decide what interests you.


Most Popular Bali Tours / Day Trips
Kintamani Volcano Tour: The first stop is often in the village of Batubulan to watch a performance of the Barong and Kris Dance. Afterwards you visit the villages of Celuk (silver jewelry) and Mas (wood carving) to see Balinese artisans at work. Ubud, Bali’s cultural center, has grown to a busy town with numerous Balinese art galleries and shops. A scenic drive over small roads overlooking beautiful rice terraces brings you to the mountain village of Kintamani (about 5,000 feet above the sea) which offers spectacular views of Lake Batur and the volcano. You can cross the crater lake below the still active Mount Batur and visit the “Bali Aga” village of Trunyan. Return through traditional villages with stops in Tampaksiring to visit the temple of Tirta Empul, and to visit the Elephant Cave “Goa Gajah”, a hermitage from the 11th. century used by both Buddhists and Hindus.
The “Mother Temple” and East Bali Tour: Drive to Besakih through various villages visiting on the way a weaving factory, see the famous painted ceiling at the old “Palace of Justice” in Klungkung, and visit the school of painting in Kamasan. The “Mother Temple” in Besakih is Bali’s most holy and Indonesia’s biggest Hindu temple. It was build in the 11th. Century in an altitude of 1,000 meters (3,000 feet) on the slopes of Mount Agung. You pass picturesque rice terraces on the way to the walled “Bali Aga” village of Tenganan, and continue to Candi Dasa on the East coast. On the way back it’s recommended to stop at the famous Bat Cave “Goa Lawah” with thousands of bats hanging from the walls.
Bedugul Tour: After a stop in Sangeh to visit its holy forest inhabited by wild monkeys, drive up into the mountains to Lake Bratan (1,200 meters above sea level) and the picturesque water temple Ulun Danu. Visit the busy flower, fruit and spice market in Candikuning where most of Bali’s vegetables come from. Drive back through small country roads, villages and rice fields, with a stop in an artisan village specializing in gold threaded textiles (Ikat) worn during important ceremonies.
North Bali Tour: Drive the scenic road via Pupuan through the mountains to Bali’s North coast. You’ll enjoy beautiful views of picturesque rice terraces, and large plantations growing vanilla, chocolate, coffee, cloves, and even wine grapes. Near the village of Banjar is a popular hot spring where you can take a bath in the natural pond. After a lunch on the black beach in Lovina you pass the old capital of Singaraja on the way to Git Git, famous for its multi-tier water fall. Return over back roads to see the unspoiled Bali. (This tour can be combined with the visit to Bedugul.)
Monkey Forest & Tanah Lot Tour: Visit the royal Taman Ayun temple in Mengwi (built in 1624), the holy monkey forest near Sangeh, and famous Tanah Lot. This picturesque Balinese temple was built in the 16th. Century on a huge rock 100 yards off Bali’s West coast and is surrounded by the sea during high tides. Spectacular sight, however, spoiled by thousands of tourists visiting every day during sunset. To avoid these, enjoy the view from the lobby of the nearby Le Meridien Nirvana Resort.
Handicraft Villages & Ubud Tour: Visit the artisan villages of Batubulan (stone carving), Celuk (silver & gold jewelry), Mas (wood carving), and Pengosekan (painting). Stop at the “Bali Art Market” in Sukawati to bargain for all kinds of handicrafts and textiles.
Already in the 1930s Ubud had been made famous around the world as Bali’s cultural center by the German intellectual Walter Spies, the Dutch painter Rudolf Bonnet and other foreign artists who’d made it their home.

Today Ubud is a fast growing town with numerous art galleries and shops offering paintings, wood carvings, textiles, and all kinds of souvenirs. Don’t miss the MUSEUM PURI LUKISAN in the center of Ubud, the NEKA MUSEUM in Campuhan, the NEKA GALLERY in Ubud, the AGUNG RAI GALLERY in Peliatan, and the AGUNG RAI MUSEUM in Pengosekan to see the difference between creative art and more commercial products. Problem is that when you see their “Permanent Collections” at many “Galleries” you’ve seen real art, and when you return to their show rooms you don’t like any of the very commercial products any more.

The SENIWATI GALLERY – ART BY WOMEN, founded in 1991 by Mary Northmore (the very personable wife of famous painter Abdul Azis) to help Balinese women to be accepted as artists, is a place you should not miss whatever you do. The main purpose of this Bali art gallery is to expose the long understated brilliance of independent women artists resident in Bali, and to motivate, train, and encourage young Balinese girls with obvious creative gifts. Visit also the BLUE MOON STUDIO and GALLERY, founded in 1994 with an emphasis on exhibiting contemporary artists.

The LOTUS CAFE is perhaps the most popular meeting point in town and has become kind of an institution, and MURNI’S as well as the BRIDGE CAFE offer tasty snacks and full meals in very pleasant surroundings and at reasonable prices. For other interesting restaurants please visit Restaurants in Ubud. The various Balinese dance and Wayang Kulit performances (see below) in Ubud and in nearby villages are worth spending the early evening there.

Bali is magnet for visitor around the world

Bali offers an incredible wide variety of attractions and there are countless reasons why one should come to the Island of the Gods and enjoy an unforgettable holiday. The welcoming nature of the Balinese, the incredible value for money ratio for almost anything the island has to offer (particularly hotels and resorts, restaurants, private villas, and spas) the unique, vibrant and alive culture, the physical beauty of the island, and the year-round pleasant climate make Bali a place regarded by many visitors as the “Ultimate Island Holiday Destination”.



The friendly people and the overall safety guarantee visitors a totally relaxing stay. Bali is basically easy and safe. And if you respect some basic rules you will not get into trouble and you can roam around on this beautiful Indonesian Island without problems and enjoy a lifestyle atmosphere that is indeed difficult to describe. Check out the hotels, restaurants, activities. You can find everything your heart desires – Bali is perfect for backpackers and for super luxury holiday seekers looking for a private villa with cook, driver and spectacular views. The amount of choices at hand can be quite overwhelming. You might look for one of the best surfing experience Indonesia has to offer. Or you seek a relaxing, luxurious time out. You look to discover a different culture authentically? Stay in the best hotels and resorts and pay little? Get pampered in the best spas in Asia or get relaxing foot massages in one of the many small and really cheap spas that are scattered all over the island? All is there!

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Ubud is Art


Ubud has been famous throughout the globe not because of its rows of shop and crowd. You can still find world class shopping centers and restaurants in various parts of the world. However, you will see and enjoy this Ubud Art only in the place from where it comes and grows. Ubud is the place where art has become the essential part of its people’s lives. Wherever you go in Ubud, you will find art in its various embodiments. You will find many shops selling paintings, statues, jewelries, furniture and many more.If you are interested in paintings and statues either wooden or stone, you can arrange a tour to some villages in Ubud. Come and talk directly to the painters, woodcarvers or stone carvers, they would be very glad to share their ideas and information with you. You can also see and enjoy their artworks, ask questions and you will understand what their masterpieces really mean since sometimes artwork has various interpretations. If paintings and statues are not really your thing, and you want to find some knick knacks or little souvenirs, go and arrange a visit to some other parts of Ubud, probably you can have a good bargain to buy some souvenirs directly at the place where they are produced.Ubud Art is not merely paintings or statues, Ubud has also art in its performances like dances, shadow puppet shows and traditional on stage drama performances, you can arrange to watch and enjoy these performances around the centre of Ubud and also Peliatan Village. You can reserve in advance by coming to local ticket agents or there are also some locals who are selling the tickets out on the streets at Ubud Centre. They will do their best to offer you the tickets and you can just ask some questions to get further information about the shows and the tickets. Otherwise, you can just come to tourist information centres and they will give you the information you require. Ubud is a Balinese Village that has been growing rapidly in the industry of hospitality, and one that causes its rapid growth is its art and culture that you will not find somewhere else on the globe, only in Ubud-Bali. 

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Why you should visit Ubud

Ubud is a tiny green peaceful town in the middle of the Bali island and is regarded as the cultural centre of Bali. It is famous as an arts and crafts hub, and much of the town and nearby villages seems to consist of artists’ workshops and galleries. There are some remarkable architectural and other sights to be found, and a general feeling of well being to be enjoyed, all thanks to the spirit, surroundings, and climate of the place.









Central Ubud has three main streets: Jalan Raya Ubud (street), Jalan Monkey Forest (street) and Jalan Hanoman (street). At the intersection of Jalan Raya Ubud and Jalan Monkey Forest are Ubud Market and Ubud Palace. Jalan Monkey Forest, which runs south through town to the Monkey Forest, is a built-up area, and home to a wide array of accommodation, art galleries, and cafes, as well a number of local services such as schools, a sports field, pharmacies, and travel agents. Jalan Hanoman, which runs parallel to Jl Monkey Forest is a quieter and pleasant for walking.

Friendly locals, Bali is home to some of the friendliest and most welcoming people in the world, where no tourist demand is too demanding and service with a smile is standard.

Rich culture and heritage, You don’t need to go looking for a dose of traditional way of life during a visit to Bali. There are over 20,000 temples on the island and spirituality and community is integral to Balinese people.

Natural beauty, Picturesque rice terraces, soaring volcanoes, pristine crater lakes, sacred caves, lush tropical forests and a dramatic coastline are awe-inspiring, while the tropical beaches are a visitor favourite.

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Ubud mountain bike tours

Cycling tour is one part of outdoors activities, which will be able to give you a new inspiration of Bali during your holiday in Bali. This tour is for all ages from children to the elderly, where in this tour you will be able to feel and see the natural scenery so spectacular countryside. Not only that, and you'll even be able to find out first hand how people's lives in the countryside Bali. First of all, you will pick up from your hotel with a / c van, and headed straight to the coffee plantations are located in a rural mountainous area, where you will see first hand how the coffee-making process. And there also you will see first hand how the process of making civet coffee is very famous all over the world. Not only see, but you will also be able to enjoy free of charge the various types of coffee and tea are processed manually. After a few minutes you enjoy treats from the owner of a coffee plantation, you will go to a very famous Kintamani village with the most amazing scenery, Mount Batur and Lake Batur.



At Kintamani while enjoying your breakfast, you will also have the opportunity to take a lot so beautiful photograph that appeared in front of you. After breakfast, you will start cycle along the secret back roads through the village (no traffic) Gently downhill for approximately 2.5 hours.
During the bike tour, you will visit a Balinese compound and go for a short walk in the rice paddies. Throughout the tour there will be many opportunities to stop and take photographs, and Interact with friendly local people! Also you will stop at one of the many village temples, where you will be know detailed information about the Balinese lifestyle.

Balinese batik fabric

Batik is generally thought of as the original Indonesian textile. Motifs of batik are close to nature such as flowers, twinning plants, leaves buds, flowers, birds, butterflies, fish, insects and geometric forms are rich in symbolic association and variety. 

It would be impossible to visit or live in Indonesia with out to be exposed to batik. In a batik store or factory you will undoubtedly experience an overwhelming stimulation of the senses - due to the many colors, patterns and the actual smell of batik. The word batik is come from the word 'ambatik' which means 'a cloth with little dots'. The suffix 'tik' means little dot, drop, point or to make dots. Batik may also originate from the Javanese word 'tritik' or 'titik' which describes a resist process for dying where the patterns are reserved on the textiles by tying and sewing areas prior to dying, similar to tie dye techniques.




The patterns to be dyed into the clothe are drawn with a canting, a wooden 'pen' fitted with a reservoir for hot, liquid wax. In batik workshops, circles of women sit working at clothes draped over frames, and periodically replenish their supply of wax by dipping their canting into a central vat. Some draw directly on the cloth from memory; others wax over faint charcoal lines. 

This method of drawing patterns in wax on fine machine-woven cotton was practiced as a form of meditation by the female courtiers of Central Java; traditionally, batik tulis (tulis means 'write' in Indonesian) is produced by women. woven batik But as a time goes and economics' reason, the application of waxed patterns with a large copper stamp or "cap" appeared in the batik industry to answer competition with cheap printed European cloth.





Batik has its own prestige in Bali. Using high class batik, like hand made (batik tulis) can show social status. Its beautiful designs, inspired by religious mythologies to everyday encounters, spread throughout the world. Originally stimulated by Javanese motifs, dominated by nature and other mythological characters. Modern batik artists express themselves through various subjects. 

Today batik is not limit for traditional or ritual wearing in Bali. Some designers promote Bali Batik as elegant fabric that can be used to make casual or formal cloth. And its motif become richer then before from objects of nature such as birds or fish to daily activities such as cremation (ngaben) procession or tourist attractions as well as religious and mythological stories, accompanied by modern interpretation.

Monday, December 21, 2015

Best of Bali

Arts and Crafts


The Balinese are surrounded by art throughout their lives as art is omnipresent in Bali. They make art out of the most basic necessities in their daily lives. However, artistic knowledge is not commissioned only to a special intellectual class, but is open to everyone at all levels. Painting, sculpture, carving and music have traditionally been the province of men, while women channeled their creative energy into creating lavish offerings to the gods. In every festival, you can see spectacular pyramids of flowers, fruit, and cakes up to two meters high, constructed with such love and adoration that it could only be meant for a higher being. Although a religiously regarded practice, Balinese art does not serve religion solely. Bemos, jackets, menus, motorcycles, hotel doorways and other objects are decorated with sacred symbols. They do not view this use as sacrilegious. It is incredible to see so many people in such a small area pour so much energy into creating beautiful things. Traveller who came to Bali also can follow art workshop and create their own artwork. This is a very interesting activity for tourist when they coming to Ubud.

Painting

Keliki Painting Style By Ngurah Jamu
By I Wayan Suardana Kojex
Painting by I Gusti Ngurah Prawira
Balinese painting is classified into certain groups and styles, not without some overlaps and a few that do not fit into any of the main styles. First is the Kamasan or classical painting, which is also named the wayang style. This style can be traced back to ninth century Javanese sculpture that features wayang figures, rich floral designs, and flame-and-mountain motifs characteristic of classical Balinese painting. There is also the Pita Maha, which literally means 'great vitality'. This group was formed when painting was dying out as an art form and in a serious decline due to styles becoming stagnant. Walter Spies and Rudolf Bonnet were western artists who, along with their patron Cokorda Gede Agung Sukawati, formed the Pita Maha to encourage painting as an art form and seek a market for the best paintings. Other styles include theYoung Artists and variants of the main Kamasan and Young Artists'styles.

Wood Carving





The Balinese sculpture with natural media - wood, stone, bone, horn, deadwood, and even gnarled tree roots. Nowadays, souvenir-caliber wood carving is churned out and successful creations are mass produced. Any visitor to Bali is likely to be exposed to wood carving in all forms, be it the traditional ornate carved doors, the carved figures of gods, or the countless carved items in craft shops.

Wood carving is a craft practiced all over Bali. Open your ears to the tapping sound of the carver's mallet and you would know that there is one around. It would be taxing to separate traditional and foreign influences. However, Balinese are intense observers of the outside world, effortlessly incorporating and adapting foreign themes into their work.

For quality wood carving, head to Tegallalang, Pujung, and Sebatu, which is north of Ubud. It is a great area to meet woodcarvers; it is best to take note of the artist's name and visit him at the workshop to negotiate a better price.

Bali is a perfect place for western artists to study their crafts. There are wood carving lessons in which you can learn to carve your own mask in about three weeks.

Mask Carving







This is a specialized form of wood carving that should only be executed by experts. An extremely high level of skill is required to produce the 30 or 40 masks used in dances. Masks of Barong and Rangda are opulently painted and assembled with real hair, enormous teeth, and bulging eyes. The mask carving center of Bali is Mas and Puaya.

Stone Carving




The technique used in stone carving is very much the same as wood carving since soft volcanic rock is used. Stone carving is relatively unaffected by tourist consumerism as most pieces are too exorbitant to ship. You can vividly see stone carving skills in the distinctive split gates, swirling stone friezes, and absurd and menacing mythological statuary. The centers for stone carving are Kapal and Batubulan.

Jewelry




Bali is also famous for its jewelry, along with Thailand and Mexico, and variations on the same designs are common to all three countries. Balinese jewelry is almost always handmade, thus rarely involving casting techniques or the usage of imported silver. Silver is mined in Bali near Singaraja and used for filigree and other traditional silver work. Members of the royal family adorn themselves with gold and silver headdresses, belts, bracelets, earrings, anklets and necklaces to indicate their high status. Even handles of krises or daggers and umbrella finials would be made of gold. The village of Celuk is known for its rings, bracelets, necklaces, pins, and other objects of silver. Kamasan remains the center for traditional gold and silver jewelry.

Balinese are quick to pick up designs introduced by outsiders and will copy things that will sell well. Many imaginative smiths are starting to duplicate designs from magazines or international jewelry designers who have settled in Bali to work.

Textiles






The first kind of textile that you will find in Bali is batik, which is popular among tourists and locals alike. There is every imaginable style and quality that you can chance upon throughout the island, but it is surprising that batik is actually produced in central Java and then shipped to Bali. Bali's own home-produced cloth is a weft ikat called endek. Ikat is made by tying the weft threads of a cloth before it is woven and then dying them so that the tied areas do not absorb the dye. The cloth is then woven and the pattern, created by the tying of the threads, emerges. This cloth is not very popular with visitors but is indispensable to the locals. Authentic ikat is made of silk but cotton and synthetic yarns are also widely used. Also, keep a look out for kain prada, fabrics woven of silk or cotton and decorated with silver or gold threads or gold leaf. These colorful kerchiefs are worn by temple girls during festivals and take three weeks to a month to weave.