Rumah Desa: an Authentic Balinese Life

Recently we visited Rumah Desa at Marga village, Tabanan Bali. Recommended by our concierge, we brought our Travel Blogger from Hongkong with us. They picked up us at the lobby at 08:00am sharp. The guide Mr. Mendra was so kind, very informative and explain us just about everything in details.  We need 1,5 hour to get to that place. We passed the scenic road along the way. It was pleasure to see rice fields and greenery. We arrived in a Balinese house belongs to Mr….Continue Reading “Rumah Desa: an Authentic Balinese Life”

Our Culinary Initiative: Takesumi Bamboo Salt

‪#‎IHGFoodie‬ ‪#‎Healthy‬ ‪#‎Food‬ ‪#‎Wellbeing‬ ‪#‎Bamboo‬ ‪#‎Salt‬ ‪#‎Charcoal‬ DID YOU KNOW? Our culinary team has a new initiative for bringing the healthy menu on the table. As we concern for our guest’s wellbeing, we introduce our guest the “Takesumi Bamboo Salt” to their dish. Our Executive Chef, Christophe Depuichaffray said that,”It’s a strong anti-oxidant that able to revitalize body cells effectively in a short time. Bamboo salt balances our bodies and helps to improve general health.” “We start to use the bamboo salt in Bella Cucina…Continue Reading “Our Culinary Initiative: Takesumi Bamboo Salt”

YEE SANG PROSPERTIY DINNER: What it means for the Chinese Families

WHAT IS YEE SANG? Yee Sang or Lo Hei are usually eaten during Chinese Lunar New Year as it is a symbol of abundance, prosperity and good fortune. For those unfamiliar with this dish, it is an Asian-style salad with various shredded vegetables and served with assorted toppings. Each Ingredient added has corresponding auspicious meaning to it.   HOW TO EAT? Gathering around the table and a leader will say: Gong Xi Fa Cai, Xing Nian Kuai Le, Wan Shi Ru Yi. It means: Have…Continue Reading “YEE SANG PROSPERTIY DINNER: What it means for the Chinese Families”

Place of Interest: Jimbaran Fishing Village

Bali Jimbaran Bay Beach is located between airport and bukit pecatu with original villages of kedonganan and Jimbaran itself. These2 traditional villages lay on a stretch of around 2 kilometers barrow lowland between Bali mainland and the foot of south Bali. Jimbaran and Kedonganan are under the administration of perbekelan Jimbaran or Desa Jimbaran, while desa jimbaran is under wide administrative area of Kecamatan Kuta. Jimbaran and kedonganan villages have been known as the biggest supplier of salted fish for whole Bali, and until now….Continue Reading “Place of Interest: Jimbaran Fishing Village”

The Balinese Kul Kul

When you’re a guest at InterContinental Bali Resort, you might be surprised at how many elements of the Balinese culture you can find within the hotel and its gardens. A good example of this is the ‘kul-kul,’ a traditional communication system in the form of a wooden bell positioned at the top of a tower. There are two kul-kul bell towers at InterContinental Bali Resort, the most prominent of which can be seen at the entrance, located to the left hand side when viewed from…Continue Reading “The Balinese Kul Kul”

Concierge Tips: Local Secrets

Badung Market Jalan Gajah Mada, Denpasar Bali’s oldest and busiest marketplace for the daily needs of the local community. A great place to pick up a decorative memento or ceremonial trinket. Center of Textiles Jalan Sulawesi, Denpasar   An entire street in the old quarter of the city lined with shops selling rich fabrics, embroideries, delicate lace, cool cottons, traditional batiks and other materials. Sukawati Art Market, Gianyar Regency A bustling two story market packed with inexpensive handicrafts, baskets, paintings, bed covers and an array…Continue Reading “Concierge Tips: Local Secrets”

Introducing Indonesian Drinks

Indonesia is rich in spices, is also rich with traditional drinks that are fresh, unique, and healthy. Many Indonesian people believe that the use of a mixture of spices as the manufacture of beverages would provide health benefits so that the typical drinks Indonesia is still favored by the people. Relaxing indoor with a cup of hot beverage while it is cold and raining outside is a perfect and exciting monsoon experience. Hot and healthy monsoon beverages will help you to be energetic and active….Continue Reading “Introducing Indonesian Drinks”

Balinese Offerings

During your visit in Bali , you will undoubtedly step on a basket filled with rice and flowers or two. These are small offering baskets called ‘canang sari ‘ that Balinese offer to their Gods three times a day. What are these baskets for, and why do people place them on the sidewalks? These little tributes are perched all over the city and could be as simple as a small and fragrant frangipani adorning each and every step leading into a housing compound. The offerings…Continue Reading “Balinese Offerings”

Top Ten Must Visit Temples in Bali

No visit to Bali would be complete without a trip to see at least one of Bali’s temples. There are over 20,000 ‘pura’ (Balinese for temple) in Bali at last count, a widespread marker of Bali’s exuberant culture; you don’t have to make an effort to see all of them, but you do have to see at least a few of the temples listed below. Some temples can be seen within a single trip (Tirta Empul and Pura Gunung Kawi are both near Tampaksiring, for…Continue Reading “Top Ten Must Visit Temples in Bali”

Dos and Don’ts in Bali

Bali’s culture is one of the island’s main attractions – but tourists can unwittingly offend local Balinese by violating tenets of this culture without ever intending to. If you’re planning to mingle with the locals – and if you’re planning to visit one of Bali’s temples, this is definitely going to happen – follow the dos and don’t’s in this article to make sure you promote smooth interpersonal relationships wherever you go in Bali. Best Bali Etiquette Tip: Dress modestly before entering a temple in Bali. Temple…Continue Reading “Dos and Don’ts in Bali”