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Bali is my homE
Where I live, breath, work and play. There is nowhere else in this Universe I would rather be.

DREAM THE LIFE : LIVE THE DREAM

Magical Mysterious BALI :
A Land Of A Thousand Temples A Ceremony Everyday
Spiritual, Cultural & 4 Million Smiles
The Road To The Farm
In The Mountains
(we call it a Bali Massage Road)

GitGit Waterfall North Bali
From A Painting By Me Oil On Canvas

Have A Great Day Wherever
You Are In The World
Let's Have A Cold One Or Two One Day

Me & Bali

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My Adventure So Far

I arrived on the shores of Bali thousands of years ago from good old blighty (England) & immediately fell in love with it, the people, the culture & the traditions, so I decided to stay. Needing something to do with my brain to stop me from vegetating I decided to open a travel & vehicle hire business with my Balinese friends this was in the early days and we were probably the first to employ FEMALE drivers for our meet & greet service, trips & tours, this was a very new thing for Bali as back then female drivers were virtually un-heard of, in fact they were as rare as rocking horse droppings. This venture actually proved to be a smart move especially for us as it was the start also of many female groups or individual travelers coming to the Island who felt more comfortable with a female driver.
Once the business was well established and my partners & friends were competent and confident to run it on their own I took myself off to discover other parts of Indonesia, during which time I fell in love with the whole of Indonesia not just Bali, and I now am embracing the culture, traditions and people of the whole of Indonesia.
I eventually got married, got divorced, lived the single life for eons, retired from the travel business, opened another business with Villas for rental, acquired a farm (dairy & agriculture) got bored again (still got the farm now manager in place), went back into Web-Designing and Developing, as an interest to keep the old grey matter going.
I Discovered Coffee Cup and their "Responsive Layout Maker Pro" then "RSD" then "RFF & now the ultimate front end design app RSD V-2.5", in my opinion The guys & gals at Coffe Cup are the ROYALTY when it comes to the responsifying software, and other stuff, customer support is second to none. Most of the difficulties with users of this great software is that they don't trust the software to do the job for them. Take a deep breath folks dive in and take that leap of faith.

Lina

I got married again something which I had almost resigned myself to never happen again. to a wonderful Muslim girl "Lina" , who stole my heart the moment I first clapped eyes on her.   

Now I spend my days (sometimes nights) messing about and learning more and more about responsive designs, helping others to start designing and fixing computer problems for a my mates when they do something silly!  relaxing on the beach or on my veranda watching the sun wake up or go to sleep with a few cold beers, sometimes with Lina (being Muslim she doesn't drink alchohol) and my mates, where we put the world to rights sitting here in our own little bubble.
Don't have a clue what time it is (don't care) and sometimes don't even know or care what day it is.
A world and a lifetime away from mostly cold miserable "Good Old Blighty" .

Magical Mysterious Bali

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Everything about Bali is based on the spiritual balance between "Good & Evil" and is a distinct form of "Hinduism" mingled with the "Animism" belief that all things in this Universe have a spiritual essence, and are believed to be animated & alive. The Balinese generally believe that they have been placed on this Earth to help maintain this balance. To assist in this daily balance they perform little ceremonies many times everyday making offerings to ancestral and other spirits, that are residing in the spiritual world, and present in all sorts of what you & I would seem strange places. 

Daily Offerings
Canang
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These small offerings known as "canang" (ch-an-ang) are traditionally made from banana leaf cut and shaped into a small squareish shape with shallow sides, they fill the canang with flower petals representing peace, balance, harmony, prosperity, perhaps some small item of food or candy some water, perhaps a litle bit of small money a cigarette or two (in case the spirit is thirsty / hungry and needs a smoke !). Back in the days, mothers/granparents would spend most of the day making these canang recepticals teaching the children how to make them, nowadays due to the change in living styles & less available time, and perhaps a loss of interest in the younger generation in some of the old ways of doing things people don't have the time or the inclination to spend all day preparing the canang so there has grown a large cottage industry around the need for them. 

The Main Ceremonies

The Balinese have their own calendars 3 in fact  
1/ The Sasih 
The Sasih cycle is a 12 lunar month calendar system. Each month begins on the day after a new moon (tilem). The middle of each month is the full moon (purnama). 
2/ The Pawukon
The Pawukon calendar system is believed to be indigenous to the Balinese, possibly rooted in the thousand-year-old rice-growing cycle of the island. There are six months to a Pawukon year, and 35 days to a Pawukon month. So a Pawukon year is 210 days. Each Pawukon month is divided into shorter cycles (weeks) that run concurrently. The most important weeks are the 3, 5, and 7 day weeks 
The Gregorian 
They also follow the Gregorian Calendar for other important dates in thie Gregorian Year  

There are ceremonies held all over the Island in the main Temples/Village Temples & Private Temples not only for those important dates but also for Local & private important days, and with well over 20,000 temples (probably more if you count the one's in peoples houses) there is usually a ceremony of some sorts held every day throughout Bali.

  • Nyepi (The Silent Day) Is The Balinese New Year following the Sasih Calendar
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    The Balinese Year ends with the OgaOga festival the day before Nyepi. It is like a big party cumulating in the parade of the OgaOga around the city & local areas. They spend many weeks making the OgaOga prior to the festival from papier mache and they depict all sorts of social/religious/spiritual effigies, the more outrageous the better). The whole day is spent making as much noise as is possible in order to wake up the sleeping evil spirits that abound.
     After the OgaOga Festival is over, everyone returns to their home, The day of Nyepi starts at dawn and everyone stays indoors traditionally no flames or lights are allowed, once upon a time even the electricity was cut off, but nowadays they keep it on. Everything is closed, Airport/Harbour shops everything until dawn the next day.
    The reason for this is that having woken the evil spirits from their sleep the night before, these spirits are now roaming around Bali looking for someone to possess, the belief is that having spent the day and night looking, being unable to find anyone, they return to their spirit world & sleep for another year. 

  • Galungan & Kuningan The battle Between Good & Evil Following The Pawukon Calendar
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    Occuring every 6 months and lasting for 10 days Galungan is held for the return of the Gods & Ancestoral Spirits to help in the mythological war between good & evil. Steeped in legend & mystery Galungan depicts the battle between the evil King     who ruled his kingdom with tyranny thousands of years ago.  The King had magical powers and used them to instill fear into his subjects. Legend has it that a holy man from Java upon hearing of the peoples plight, came to the kingdom to try & help, however the evil Kings magic was too strong, so he went to one of the most sacred temples in India to ask God for help. In answering his prayers the God sent     with a battalion of monkeys to defeat the evl king. A long & bloody battle took place with the evil King finally being beaten and turned to stone by the magic arrow of                      .  However such was the power of the evil King that his subjects refused to believe that he was dead, for 10 days they still didn't believe it until the      the day Kuningan ( ) the people then finally accepted that they were free, and so the celebration 3 days of Kuningan started, as being the time of freedom from evil, and the return of the     & his army of monkeys returned to the spirit world. However some of the monkey army stayed behind to help if any further evil arose,, hence one of the reasons that the Balines hold the monkey as being sacred.

  • Saraswati Day, The Goddess Of Knowledge
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    This day is devoted to Dewi Saraswati, books of knowledge & manuscripts are blessed with special offerings made for them. There are also ritual activities held before and after the Saraswati day. The day before the Saraswati is called Pengeradanaan, a day to prepare for Saraswati both spiritually and physically. Books are cleaned and properly arranged. On Saraswati Day, the Balinese make offerings to their books. Students celebrate at school, usually in the morning. 
    The day after Saraswati is called Banyu Pinaruh. “Banyu” means water and “Pinaruh” means wisdom. Taken together, the words mean that man must have wisdom which always flows like water, and is useful for mankind.
    Early in the morning of Banyu Pinaruh Day, people will go the beaches, rivers and springs to purify themselves and pray for wisdom.

  • Siwa Ratri Following The Sasih Calendar
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    Siwa Ratri, often referred to as the ‘night of Siwa’, is an auspicious time for introspection and meditation, during which the Hindus of Bali pray for forgiveness of their earthly sins and for support and strength from Siwa in order to reach their higher selves.
    Siwa Ratri is celebrated during the new moon of the 7th month on the Balinese calendar. There is a series of ritual observances throughout the day, typically as follows:
    The Siwa Ratri will begin with a morning prayer, typically ending at 6:00.
    The ritual will continue with three fasting activities:
    Monabrata: not talking for 12 hours.
    Upawasa: not eating or drinking for 24 hours.
    Mejagra: not sleeping for 36 hours.
    The Siwa Ratri celebration also aims to overcome materialism and to be closer to God through surrender and prayer.

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This is Lina the boss No2 in our small enterprise, she is our greatest critic about designs & content, she is also the head cook & chief bottle washer. She loves climbing trees and eating! but somehow manages to stay slim. 

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This is Lina the boss No2 in our small enterprise, she is our greatest critic about designs & content, she is also the head cook & chief bottle washer. She loves climbing trees and eating! but somehow manages to stay slim. 

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This is Lina the boss No2 in our small enterprise, she is our greatest critic about designs & content, she is also the head cook & chief bottle washer. She loves climbing trees and eating! but somehow manages to stay slim.