Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Is Bali Safe for Tourists? Hear What the Governor Has To Say

Bali, the Island of the Gods, depends on tourism as one of its main sources of revenue.  Understandably, with recent volcanic activity, the question on many people's mind is Is Bali Safe For Tourists.  Here the Governor, IG Semaranata invites you to consider visiting our beautiful Island in safety.

I am a local Balinese, English Speaking guide and driver, and I would like to answer all your questions about safe travel in Bali.


Thursday, June 15, 2017

Day Trips to Bali, Island of the Gods with English Speaking Driver and Guide


My name is Tuday, I'm a local, English speaking driver and guide and I'd love to help you plan a day trip or longer trip on our Island.

Bali is known as the Island of the Gods, and everywhere you go on our island, you can see how important our relationship is to our faith. Hindus, who make up the largest religious group in Bali, keep a close relationship to the Gods by having a family temple in every house.  Family temples are used to honor God, and our ancestors.

There is a lot to notice and see in Bali and without the skilled guidance of a local, you could miss a lot.  My rates are great, and I love what I do. 

Contact me and let me help you enjoy the Island of the Gods.


A family temple decorated in preparation for receiving offerings

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Waterfalls in Bali, 30 minutes from Ubud

Just a short 30 minute drive from the busy and popular village of Ubud is a beautiful waterfall.  It is the second highest in Bali and fun to visit.  A bit of a walk, but worth it for the beauty and refereshing water.

The waterfall is located in Gianyar Regency which is near tegenungan village.

I'd be happy to be your English speaking, local Balinese guide and driver and help you find and explore our natural island beauty.

The waterfall is 35 meters high and not many people visit it, making it a great way to have some time out from the busier tourist areas.

After a refreshing dip in the water, there are many other activities nearby and sites to see.  Ask me about it, I'd be glad to help you explore Bali.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Greetings In Bali

The formal way Balinese greet each other is to say "Om Swastyastu," which means "May God always protect us."  The proper response is to repeat the phrase back to the one who greeted you, "Om Swastyastu," which then means, "We are always safe."

This symbol is called the Ongkare, and is the symbol of the universe and everything in it.  It is the Balinese Om sign and you'll see it all over the Island, made into jewelry, and painted on fabric to adorn the entrance to homes and buildings.

When Balinese view the Ongkare, they think of the three aspects of God (known as Trimurti,) the Creator, the Sustainer, and the Dissolver.  There is a saying in Balinese, Telu Teluning Anunggal, which means  that the three functions of God are linked together.  It's not enough if we only create without preserving or sustaining, and it's not enough if we don't allow things to dissolve so that they may transform into something beneficial.

The sound AUM (or OM) begins all Balinese prayers, and our greeting, and is symbol of the Trinity.  In that way, OM itself means god.

I'm a local Balinese guide and private driver and I'd love to show you around our island.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Bali, a Small Island with a Large Heart and Rich Heritage

Bali is a small island, but it has a lot to offer. According to the most recent population census, Bali is home to some four million people.

It's difficult to imagine so many people on such a tiny island.  And, among those four million people, 90% are Hindu, 5% Muslim, and the remaining 5% a mixture of other faiths.

Even though Bali is tiny, it is still one of the best known islands in the world, for its beauty, artistry, spirituality, and focus on the presence of God.

I'm a local Balinese guide and private driver.  I'd love to show you around my tiny island with a big heart.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

The Balinese Penjor. Local Balinese English Speaking Driver and Guide

The Balinese Penjor is a tall, arch of bamboo and hanging palm leaves.  It holds decorations, cake, and fruit because it is an offering and is a symbol of fertility and prosperity.  Besides that, it is also a sign of gratitude and represents the mountains, a river, and a dragon - all of which are strong symbols of strength. 

When are you most likely to see a Penjor in Bali? 

Contact me and let's plan your visit to Bali together.  I'm a local Balinese, English speaking driver and guide.

Friday, March 24, 2017

Galungan in Bali, a Time of Ancestral Cerlebration

Galungan is a Balinese celebration marking a time when ancestral spirits visit.  The last day of the holiday is known as Kuningan.

Calculating the date of the holiday is not easy because of the 210 day Balinese calendar.  This means that there are frequently two observations of Galungan and Kuningan in one solar year, for example, in 2017 it will take place on April 5 and November 11.

Galungan marks the start of the celebration with relatives preparing to be hospitable to their visiting ancestors with prayers and offerings.

 If you are fortunate to visit Bali during Galu8ngan and Kuningan, you will notice the decorative bamboo poles holding offerings, lining the streets of Bali.

My name is Tuday.  I am an English speaking, local Balinese driver and guide.  I'd love to help you have an incredible experience in Bali.