Tumpek Landep ~ Blessings for all things metal, tools and particularly the mind.

Today Balinese Hindus celebrate Tumpek Landep. Saying thanks to all metal tools and objects and praying for a sharper mind. Balinese believe the greatest weapon is their mind, they wish for more intelligence, to overcome their enemy and objects in life such as poverty and bad choices. You may notice hand made ‘sampian’ decorating motorbikes, cars, even gym equipment and ceremonies and offerings to say thanks Xxx

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Saraswati ~ The Goddess of Knowledge and Learning.

Selamat Hari Raya Saraswati. Today Bali Hindus celebrate and recognise the Goddess of knowledge Saraswati. She is the Hindu goddess of knowledge, music, arts and nature. She is symbolised with four hands representing 4 elements of human personality in learning including the mind, intellect, alertness and ego. She wears all white which represents purity and rides on a white swan. Here is my friends little daughter Viona ready for For her Saraswati Ceremony.

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Ear plugs are sometimes a really good idea when travelling in Bali.

Consider travelling with ear plugs, or grab some from the Apotek ( chemist ). Bali is a vibrant yet noisy island and if you really want to enjoy some sleep then you may benefit greatly having these on hand. From motorbikes, nosey neighbours, late arrivals /early departures from the hotel, construction sites, night club base, aeroplanes overhead ( louder in Alang Alang thatched roof villas and hotels) fireworks, roosters, dogs, cats, insects ( more so on the Bukit and Ubud), calls to prayer, geckos or partners snoring (after a few too many bintangs) these little ear plugs can be your saviour. After all everyone loves a good night sleep. 686

A new little clutch, I just HAD to have ….

My name is Melissa and I am a shopaholic, or as I like to think I keep the global economy going. This is my new clutch ( larger than a purse/wallet, enough to carry my phone, mozzie spray, suncream, cash, scooter key, yet small enough to store in my scooter seat as I am paranoid about bag snatches) I now have a quiver of wallets, clutches and tote bags made with this bright embroidered fabric. What I am confused about is if they are actually imported from Thailand to Bali or are they Bali imitations of the Hmong style of embroidery? Does anyone know ? Either way I love them and you can get purses starting from about 80 000 Rup, clutches from 150 000 and large tote bags from around 320 000 in the Bali market stalls.hmong

Splash Waterpark Bali ~ Canggu

After much anticipation, some slight delays and rigorous safety testing ….. we are soooo excited to announce that Splash is OPEN ! Located at the Canggu Club and open Daily from 10am – 8pm
Adult Day Pass Rp 240,000. Child (3 -17yrs) RP 120,000. Tickets available at Reception or at www.splashbali.com See you all there YEWWWWWWWWWWW …

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Juice is just juice … isnt it ????

Let’s face it, for the convenience and having all the benefits of cold pressed juice ( the process is able to maintain the fruit and vegetables nutritious integrity better than your average blender ) delivered to your door, why on earth would you bother even getting your blender or juicer out of the cupboard. While I am yet to dive into the wholesome goodness of green juices,  I do enjoy the Happy Go Berry,  Love Potion no. 9 and Bali – Cious Daze . At 35 K Rupiah per juice you could do a whole juice cleanse with detox packages also available.  Call 0361 473 8722 or 087862391976, or email remixjuicebali@gmail.com for the range and delivery details.
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~ Ladies Only ~ what the ??????

I don’t know about you gals, but I like to hang out in some Facebook Groups and chat to other people, one in particular, (Bali Expats) has become a really grumpy zone with heaps of people criticising others etc. I was about to leave the group however I am now glad I didn’t, as  last night was pure gold. The delightful Kristy posted a curious question on behalf of her ‘ friend’ ( wink wink ). The question was ‘who knows where to go in Bali for a ‘ ratus massage’?’. Keen to help out I quickly got onto Google to make sure I knew what she was asking about and WOAH ! did I learn about a whole new world of beauty treatments. Most of you know I am a prude, so will leave you to go and Google and discover what this massage actually includes. Something along the lines of vibrations, bathing, massage and smoking … yep smoking…..( on your private parts or as some I have since learned refer to as a ‘Love Taco’) yes you can experience all of this in Bali I will try to find our where this happens, I also have since learnt its all the rage in Los Angeles and that Robert Patterson ( Twightlight guy) is really tall and mesmerising. Lets just say what followed was lots of  * laughing out loud* , inappropriate comments, more curiosity, some clear advocates of the treatment and hilarious images being  posted. The topic somehow drifted slightly off to the handsome Bradley Cooper.  Lets just say it might take a few (hundred) cocktails to entice me to experience and blog about the mysterious and intriguing ‘ ratus massage’ so I might need a volunteer to do it for me. Not really sure why images of Thailand some time mind either ……
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Salt Tapa’s at Sentosa Villa’s Seminyak

Salt tapas Bali s is a favourite spot for us, with or with out the kids. You can dine, drink, swim and relax in this beautiful space for a few hours. However sunday’s are family and Salt Tapa’s offers delicious, decent sized morsels to fill your belly to content. Enjoy the fresh cocktails, or frosty beers while the kids join in some activities, swim or play with the toys and get to enjoy unlimited Churros !!!! Every Sunday from 11am to 3pm. Salt Tapas Bar & Restaurant is located at Sentosa Villas in Seminyak, Jl. Pura Telaga Waja, Petitenget, Bali. +62 361 737675. Like them on Facebook to keep up to date.https://www.facebook.com/salttapasbali?fref=ts See More
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Bali Right of passage for kids ~ Unpoppable bubbles !

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One of the best things about Bali when you are a  kid. Although I have a vague memory ( and I can smell the fumes) that someone told me they are fairly toxic, they are pretty fun for a one off occasion. If you put two or three tubes of the glue stuff together you can get huge giant bubbles. These little boxes of fun are available at all of the little tiny shops and in the markets for about 10 000 rupiah. Most suitable from about 6 years and up I think ( for blowing the bubbles anyway) xxx