Selasa, 20 Juni 2017

Balinese Names and Caste System - by an English Speaking Local Balinese Guide and Driver

Hello,

Names can tell you a lot in Bali.  Importantly, each of the four traditional names tells you whether a person was born first, second, third, or fourth in the family.  But there is more.

My whole name is I Made Suba.

You can call me Made (pronounced Mah-day.)  I have three brothers and one sister, and my name tells you I was the second born son in our family.  Everyone with the name Made -- and there are many of us -- was the second born.

Wayan is for the first born child,
Made is second born, and
Nyoman is for the third born.
Finally, Ketut  is for the fourth born child.

Notice the "I" in the name.  I is the title for a son, and Ni is the title for a daughter.

Easy right?  Not so fast.  These names are for the children born into the Sudra caste.  We have four castes in Bali:

Brahmin,
Kesatrya,
Wesya, and
Sudra.

And as you can guess, different names are used in different castes.  More about that another time.

Best regards,
I Made Suba

I'd love to be your local, English speaking guide and driver in Bali.  Contact me for more information about day trips or longer stays.


Jumat, 16 Juni 2017

Historical Bali, The Former Powerful Kingdom of Klungkung with English Speaking Driver and Guide


Hello,

My name is Made, pronounced Mah-Day.  I am a local English speaking Balinese driver and guide and I would love to show you some of the historical sites on our island.

Kertah Gosa is one of them.  It is located in the regency of Klungkung of the former powerful kingdom located there.  This building was created in approximately 1700 by the King of Klungkung, I Dewa Agung Jambe.

Kertha means prosperity, jurisdiction, and penalization, and Gosa means the place to discuss.  So you can imagine that this place was used for some pretty important discussions about the prosperity and justice of Bali.

When the Dutch colonized this regency, the building took on different functions as a court of justice.  Notice the interesting decorations on the ceiling, they depict the famous shadow puppets of Bali.

Contact me for information about day trips or longer trips with English speaking guide services

Made.


Rabu, 31 Mei 2017

Kecak, the Balinese Fire Dance

One of the most popular tourists experiences on Bali is the Kecak dance (pronounced Kechak), the famous Balinese Fire Dance. It is performed by approximately 100 dancers who make music with their voices in the form of a chattering sound "cakcakcak" from which the dance takes its name.

The dance portrays the well known Hindu epic story of the Ramayana, a story which some say is Bali's version of Romeo and Juliet, in other words, an epic love story.

A great way to watch this performance is with a background of a temple, on a cliff, during sunset! I can help you find the perfect Kecak dance to attend.  Contact me, I'd love to be your driver and guide in Bali.

Kamis, 25 Mei 2017

Balinese Water Palace, Fit for a King with English Speaking Guide and Driver

Taman Ujung, known also as Ujung Water Palace was created by the King of Karangasem in 1919 to be the resting place for the royal family.  It was also used as a place to welcome and entertain visitors and state guests.

The design is magnificent, showing a blend of Balinese and European architecture.  The building shown in this photo is of the King's bedroom, family room, and visiting room.

Near the blue ocean water of eastern Bali, this amazing tourist site allows visitors to see mount Agung while enjoying a restive and awe inspiring experience in the royal setting.

I'd love to show you around Bali.  Contact me for more information about sites all visitors should definitely see while here.


Rabu, 26 April 2017

Bali's Best Waterfall: Gitgit, a Must See for Tourists

This is a photo of the waterfall I think is the best in Bali.  It is called Gitgit after the village by the same name in Singaraja regency.

Gitgit's water is crystal clear and surrounded by stunning rainforest.  Along the path to the waterfall from the main road, tourists can see tropical plantations up close with clove trees, coffee bushes, and banana palms.

The lush growth makes the walk along the trail very pleasant, cool, and enjoyable.

I'd love to be your private guide to Gitgit.


Rabu, 19 April 2017

Active Volcanoes In Bali: Batur and Agung

One of the spectacular attractions to Bali for tourists are the two volcanoes.  Batur and Agung are both climbable.

Mount Batur is an easier climb and popular among trekking enthusiasts.  Climbing up the active volcano is a good way to catch a beautiful Balinese sunrise.

This photo shows the panorama taking in Mount Agung, a photo I took from the top of Batur!

I'd love to take you there!  Contact me for information about my private guide and driver services.


Rabu, 12 April 2017

The Most Well Known Balinese Site Throughout The World: Tana Lot Temple

Bali's Tanah Lot Temple is one of the most well known site throughout of the world. It was built by the Hindu priest, Dang Hyang Nirartha around the 16th century.

The word Tanah means land or rock, and the word Lot (or lod) means ocean or inside the ocean.  Together the words describe this temple which appears to be floating on the ocean when the tide is high.

Legend has it that the priest meditated on the rock where the temple is located.  he received a message from God that the site was an excellent spot to worship Baruna, the god of the ocean.  The story tells that when local villagers attempted to disturb him, he created holy snakes from his scarves to protect himself.  Holy snakes can be seen there to this day.

I'm a local Balinese, English speaking guide and private driver.  I'd love to show you around the island.