Balinese Way of Life Weekend Escape

On September 11, 2015 by Novita Karana

IMG_8875Traffic. Honk. Smoke.
Office. Email. Dateline.
From Monday to Friday.

Yes, everyone needs a break from daily routine life.

Every week, we have 2 days off and let’s make our weekend spend well. How about have a short escape and back to nature? Couple weeks ago, i joined in real experiences about the way of life and life philosophy in Bali. I guarantee you will start your Monday with big smile.

I combine beach, trekking, Balinese activity, rice terrace in 2 days. My itinerary for 2 days 1 night:
Day 1 : Jakarta – Denpasar – Kuta – Jimbaran – Ubud
Continue with Kuta Shopping and Sunset time before enjoy BBQ Seafood dinner by the beach at Jimbaran. Next, do souvenir hunting at Krisna before check in at hotel in Ubud area.
Day 2 : Morning trek in Tjampuhan Hill – Balinese Way of Life – 500 years Banyan Tree – Jatiluwih Rice Terrace UNESCO World Heritage – Denpasar – Jakarta.

Flight suggestions:
From Jakarta to Denpasar : any airlines that arrive on 11:00AM at the latest in Denpasar. Example:
Citilink 07:40AM – 10:25AM
Garuda 07:50AM – 10:50AM
Air Asia 08:40AM – 11:35AM

From Denpasar to Jakarta : any airlines that depart 09:00PM, last flight are preferable. Example:
Air Asia 21:25PM – 22:10PM
Air Asia 22:55PM – 23:30PM
Garuda 21:40PM – 22:40PM


Kuta Beach with 50.000/hour cushion beach chairKuta Beach is located on the western side of the island and considered as Bali’s most famous beach resort destination. Kuta Beach is also minutes away from the Ngurah Rai International Airport.  Kuta Beach has witnessed a transformation over the past years due to the rise of various accommodations, dining and shopping options. Kuta Beach continues to attract thousands of visitors every year with its unique charm. The best to visit is during sunset time.
Plastic Chair, free to sit, just buy cold drink or instant noodle
If you wish, you can rent wooden beach chair (2 chairs) with cushion and umbrella for IDR 50.000/hour. And the economic one, buy cold drink or instant noodle and you can sit at the standard plastic chair (like the picture above) without cushion and umbrella for free.


Jimbaran Dinner

Jimbaran is well known for romantic BBQ Seafood Dinner destination.
The beach and the bay of Jimbaran offers small secluded areas, where tranquility and peace are the perfect antidote to a stressful world. There are 2 types of experience dining in Jimbaran.
One, candle light dinner in restaurant, you choose the fish and the package. Second, shop the stuff in fish market, and ask the grilled stall to cook for you.

1) Candle Light Dinner in Jimbaran
Suits for you who need the atmosphere, and need relaxation break.
Eat your seafood, drink coconut, watch the sunset, and hear the wave mix with performance music.
It’s a heaven.
Most of restaurants offer some packages. And also you can choose ala carte. Some example of the package (based on August 2015):
Paket A : IDR 275.000 for 2 persons.
You will get 10 prawns, 1/2kg fish, 8 pieces clams, 1/2kg squid, 2 coconuts, soup, salad, potatoes, rice, vegetable, fruits.
Paket B : IDR 325.000 for 2 persons.
You will get 1/2kg crab, 1/2kg fish, 8 pieces clams, 10 pieces prawns, 2 coconuts, soup, salad, potatoes, rice, vegetable, fruits.
Paket C : IDR 500.000 for 2 persons.
You will get 0.6kg crab, 0.6kg lobster, 8 pieces clams, 10 pieces prawns, 2 small bintangs, soup, salad, potatoes, rice, vegetable, fruits.
Paket D : IDR 800.000 for 2 persons.
You will get 0.6kg crab, 1kg lobster, 1kg fish, 10 pieces clams, 10 pieces prawns, 2 large bintangs, 2 french fries, soup, salad, potatoes, rice, vegetable, fruits.

2) Choose your seafood at Fish Market Kedonganan and enjoy the quantity
Suits for you who love to shop at fish market and don’t mind for the atmosphere.
5 minutes driving from the restaurant, and you will meet fish market Kedonganan.
Pick your fresh seafood with cheap price at fish market, and then bring them to the grilled station (around IDR 20.000/kg for grill fee with one sauce) Here, you can enjoy the food with cheap price but you won’t get the candle light dinner atmosphere.
Estimation cost : IDR 300.000 for 7 persons and you will wrap the rest of the sea food home.

Tjampuhan Hill Local people know the hill as Love Hill. The famous instagramable hill is worth for a visit. Start your trek on 06:00AM – 06:30AM and you will enjoy cool fresh air and probably the most gorgeous hillside view in the region. Find yourself walking through the hill and pass the temple, and you will reward with the view: small path with 2 tall trees surrounded by the hills.
Tjampuhan Hill Morning Trekking
I met dogs and also MTBers who also enjoy the hills on my last visit. Tjampuhan has easy nature trek, popular among the tourist to the central highland town of Ubud. Tjampuhan provides a great retreat from the more hectic southern parts of the island, but this trail presents an even more pristine outback to escape from the boutique, hotel and cafe-lined Jalan Raya Ubud.


The memorable activities will change your weekend. You will be pick up from your hotel, and start driving. First, you will stop at traditional market to explore the morning activities of local people.
welcome drink rosella tea
Get fresh with rosella and friendly talk with Mr. Wayan before start the adventure.

First, you will be introduced into Balinese culture included the house.
“In Bali, everything divided into three. The name is Tri Hita Karana. Also in Balinese house is divided into 3 : Head, Body, and Foot. Head, is where main temple located. Body is where kitchen and room located. And Foot is where cattle cage located”. It is very important to build house by following this regulation to keep the harmonious relation among nature, human beings and god.

IMG_8753You can learn how to make offering (also well known as canang sari on left picture above) and traditional medicine called boreh (right picture above).

Canang sari is daily offerings made by Balinese Hindus to thank the Sang Hyang Widhi in praise and prayer. Canang sari will be seen in the Balinese temples, on small shrines in houses, and on the ground. The elderly will show you the art of making offering, named canang sari. “Canang” is for a small square (some time comes in triangle shape) of coconut-leaf basket decorated with a combination of colorful flowers. And “Sari” is for essence.


Boreh. Boreh is a centuries-old recipe using herbs and spices which increase the blood circulation and ease aches and pains. This Balinese Boreh is used by Indonesian on their body when they are sick as it is warming and help lower fever down. You will find most of them in your kitchen. It is made of  ginger, galangal, clove, soaked rice, and mineral water.

It really couldn’t be easier to make. Pound the cloves until it becomes powder and then pour into a small container. Grind the rice until it gets soft. Cut the ginger and galangal into small pieces and pound it. Now mix the ginger and galangal together with the rice and grind it. Finally add in the clove powered and mix together, Pour the Boreh into a bowl, and voila your boreh is ready!


Next, you will enter the gate and the main building in the centre of the house. You will learn about Balinese Old Book call Lontar, and also made from lontar leave. They use knife to write message in lontar. Usually lontar tell story about Ramayana, Jaka Tarub, medicine recipes, magic spells, and the heritage or treasure for family successor.

“That’s why Balinese people have to learn and read Balinese language, so they can read the lontar book that full of messages from their elders.”

You can also introduce to Balinese Language and Balinese Calendar.
In Balinese Language, the letter F, V, X, Z are not exist.
In Balinese Calendar, there are 21 days and full of  life guide such as a good day to farming, etc.

coconut oil making

Next, you will experience coconut oil making. You will peel the coconut, cut into pieces, and grate the coconut meat. Next, have a Balinese traditional snack before continue your adventure.


trek to rice fieldContinue your adventure with short trekking pass snake skin fruit garden, bamboo plant, river and rice field. Along the way, you will meet sigsig tree which its leaf usually use by local for brush teeth.

plow the rice fieldNext, experience plowing rice field with a team of two brown cows. Barefoot and dressed in shorts and you will find yourself wield a thin whip, drive the cattles and plow through the ankle-deep water. I just realize the plowing rice process was that fun. And i also learn about cows’ language:
Turn left: Say loud “KIK KIK KIK”
Turn right: Say loud “SIS SIS SIS”
To stop: “PEK PEK PEK”
Next, try to plant rice and climb the coconut tree. Refresh your energy with drink fresh coconut before trek back.

megibung balinese lunch set
After all activitites, you will relax and enjoy your megibung lunch. Megibung is Balinese lunch with family share style. Start with tuna and young papaya soup as appetizer. Continue with Balinese main course set: red rice, white rice, chicken satays with peanut sauce, betutu chicken, fried sweet bean and peanut, bean sprouts and long been vegetable, wrapped tofu, and Balinese chili condiment. If you want more spicy for chili condiment, you can ask the staff, they will ad chili level on your condiment. End with the dessert: Lak Lak, Bubur Injin, and watermelon. Lak Lak (Surabi) is Indonesian pancake that is made from rice flour with coconut milk or just plain shredded coconut as an emulsifier. Bubur Injin (Ketan hitam) is an Indonesian sweet dessert made from black glutinous rice porridge with coconut milk and palm sugar or cane sugar.



Upon arrival at the banyan tree, and looking above, and suddenly i felt being very small.
Mr. Sandra our guide said the age of banyan tree is 500 years old and its roots spread over the area. And i saw the root inside the garden on next neigbourhood.
500 years old banyan tree in Bali
“If you come with goodwill and make a wish, your wish will be come true” she continues.
“One day, there’s a couple that wish the weather will good on their wedding day. And their wish come true. Their wedding day accompanied with sun, not rain”



Pino at Jatiluwih
The stunning panoramic view of rice terrace with mount Batukaru as backdrop will earn a WOW from you. Jatiluwih derives from two words Jati and Luwih. Jati means real. Luwih means good or beautiful. Jatiluwih has been appointed as the World Heritage Site by UNESCO in particular of Subak Organization as a fundamental of the local society life. The varieties of local rice planted in this area are very specific with the size of rice tree that are relatively higher than the normal rice planted in other area in Bali.
Jatiluwih Kapanlibur

To preserve the largest area of 53,000 hectares agriculture fields on the island, Tabanan Regency Administration would not allow the development of star-rated and city hotels anymore, unless tourism facilities with a commitment to environmental conservation would be allowed with 30 percent of buildings and 70 percent had to be left naturally as paddy field or plantation.


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