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.

Rabu, 05 April 2017

Bali's Penglipuran traditional village: Private Driver in Bali

Penglipuran village is one of the traditional villages in Bali which has a beautiful setting.

The word Penglipuran has a couple of meanings, such as "to remember the ancestors," and "the place for entertaining."

This village was built on the traditional Hindu concept of Tri mandala:  northern side or highest point houses the temple, the middle are is where the residents of the villagers live, and the southern point is where the cemetery is located.

The houses in the compound all have the same entrances, designed to keep mischievous spirits out.  Each house follows the same layout plan as the village.

I would love to be your private driver and show you the beauty of our local traditional villages.  I am an English speaking, Balinese driver, and guide.

Jumat, 24 Maret 2017

Bali Adventures with ATV


Bali is famous for its temples and ceremonies. But did you know that you can also have exciting adventures on our island?  

ATV adventures are one of the most exciting, and challenging, activities available to tourists.  

I can help connect you with the adventure activity you desire.  If you decide that ATV is to be part of your Balinese adventure, you can expect to enjoy the real Bali, through the countryside, and breathtaking views of rice paddies, bamboo jungles, river beds and water.

Let me help you make your visit to Bali memorable.  I am a local, English speaking Balinese guide and would love to help you.

Rabu, 15 Maret 2017

Bali, the Islands of Blessings and Offerings

Bali is an island of blessings.  The name Bali is related to the word "Wali" which means offering, and offerings are the heart of the local Hindu faith.

The Heart of Hindu Culture

The majority of the population on Bali practices Hinduism.  Temple ceremonies are an important part of the Balinese Hindu culture and every temple ceremony includes blessings and offerings.  They are colorful, beautiful, and spiritually significant.  I would love to show you the wonderful spirituality of our culture and serve as your guide and driver around Bali.

Decorated for Blessings

Temple ceremonies are scheduled based on the Balinese lunar calendar, recurring every six months or 210 days.  During temple ceremonies, the shrines and the buildings are decorated, and the people visiting the temple dress in traditional clothing.  Visitors are welcomed, and are expected to observe appropriate temple dress.  I can help you have a meaningful visit.

This photo shows a temple ceremony in progress at one of Bali's largest temples, Besakih Temple.

You may also be interested in reading about Bali's famous Monkey Forest in Ubud

Selasa, 28 Februari 2017

White Water Rafting In Bali, English Speaking Guide and Driver


White Water Rafting wherever it takes place in the world is exciting, challenging, and enjoyable.

Ayung River, Central Bali

That's no exception in Bali where one of our most beautiful rivers, Ayung river, cascades through a deep ravine, providing an excellent water adventure for tourists.

The stunning natural scenery is part of the experience, and the river provides excitement and some challenging rapids.

All in all, white water rafting in Bali will provide an unforgettable experience, photographic opportunity, and memory from your vacation in Bali.

Blast From The Past

Sorting through my archives, I found this blast from the past, although the photo is older now, you can see how it captures the fun and enjoyment of rafting in Central Bali.  

English Speaking Guide

Let me assist you in setting up your white water rafting experience in Bali.  I'm an English speaking, experienced guide and driver, and I know my way around this amazing Island. I'd like to make your holiday be unforgettable.


Senin, 20 Februari 2017

Holy Water and Balinese Water Blessings: English Speaking Driver and Guide Services





Tirta is very important word in Hindu culture. It means holy water. Priests sprinkle Tirta before a blessing to purify the offering, the human body, and to protect the inner spirit from being influenced by evil spirits.  Hindu's also drink Tirta after prayers as a way of taking the blessing of God into their bodies.

In the photo above of a holy Balinese temple, fountains give Tirta into a pool where local Hindus collect the holy water for use at home in their family temples and shrines.

I am familiar with the best places to witness and experience Balinese Holy Water blessings.  I'm an English speaking driver and guide, and I would love to show you the sacred sites of Bali.


Senin, 13 Februari 2017

Ubud's Monkey Forest: Balinese Guide and Driver Services

The tropical Balinese rainforest provides a perfectly cool environment for monkeys to live in comfortably. Here a group of Macaca fascicularis enjoys relaxation time by grooming each other in the famous Ubud Monkey Forest.

More than 200 long tailed monkeys live in the forest. But they are divided into three strictly separate groups. Each group has its area and schedule. Outsider monkeys are not tolerated, and if a monkey from one group shows up at the wrong time and in the wrong place, you can be sure that a fight will follow.

No trip to Ubud is complete without a visit to the Monkey Forest, to see its monkeys and the beautiful temple dedicated to Lord Shiva.


I would love to be your guide and show you the wonders of Bali’s famous Monkey Forest.
Contact me using the form on this blog, or by clicking "About Made Suba" in the menu above.

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Senin, 06 Februari 2017

Uluwatu Temple - Bali Driver and Guide Services


This photo shows one of Bali's most beautiful temples which is perched on the top of a cliff,  Uluwatu Temple.

The cliff is about 97 meters high, making it an awesome place to enjoy a Balinese sunset, and take in the a breathtaking panoramic view.

The temple was discover by the Hidhu priest, Dang Hyang Nirartha around 1546 AD. After completing a spiritual pilgrimage abound the island of Bali, the priest returned to the site of the temple and it is said that there is where he attained self-realization, or moksha.  Soon after his experience, the temple was named Luhur Uluwatu.

Pura Luhur Uluwatu is definitely one of the top spots in Bali for beauty, culture, dance, and enjoyment.  Whether traveling alone or with friends, I would like to help you have an amazing experience of Bali.

Contact me so we can discuss how to make your Balinese holiday magnificent.

English speaking Balinese Guide

Made Suba

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Rabu, 01 Februari 2017

Ulun Danu Beratan - Balinese Temple - Guide and Driver Services

This is Ulun Danu Beratan temple. An amazing experience for anyone visiting Bali.  But here is the thing, it's located about 1300 meters above sea level which makes it cool, even cold sometimes.

I'd love to drive you to Ulun Danu Beratan and help make your visit to Bali extraordinary.  



Ulun Danu Beratan is dedicated to the God Tri Murti, or the trinity of Bali's Brahma, Wisnu, and Shiva, with special emphasis to Shiva and Uma, and Wisnu and Sri Dewi Danu.

Sri Dewi Danu is considered to bring fertility and to watch over our agriculture, which makes this a very quite important to us Balinese.

Contact me if so I can help you with guide and driver services in Bali.  Whether you are traveling alone or with friends, I can help you have a wonderful experience in Bali.

You may also be interested in reading Rice Harvesting in Bali


Rabu, 25 Januari 2017

Rice Harvesting In Bali - Tour Guide Services and Driver



There are generally two times of rice harvesting in Bali.  The growing season last four months followed by harvest.  This photos shows preparation for the new rice plantation.  

I would love to guide you through Bali and show you the best rice terrace views.  Whether you have a large group or are traveling alone, I can help your experience of Bali be friendly, inspiring, and enjoyable.


Contact me, Made (pronounced Mah-day) using the contact form on right or by telephone.

 

Rabu, 11 Januari 2017

Balinese Dance - Guide Services


No visit to Bali is complete without experiencing Balinese Dance. 

 

I would love to help you experience Balinese culture and art.  Contact me for a soulful guide experience through Bali. 

Your Soulful Guide to the Islands of the Gods. Let me help you discover the Spirit of Bali. English speaking, honest tour guide and driver.   Made Suba

Balinese Culture - Guide Services


From local markets, to spiritual ceremonies, to spectacular subsets, I can help you have a satisfying and delightful experience of Bali. 

 

I would love to provide guide services for your visit to Bali.   Your Soulful Guide to the Islands of the Gods. Let me help you discover the Spirit of Bali. English speaking, honest tour guide and driver.

Made Suba

Sacred Mountains - Bali Guide Services


There are four main sacred mountains in Bali, Agung, Batur, Batukao and Abang.


Mt. Batur and Lake Batur are holy to Dewi Danu, the Goddess of the Lake.

I'd love to help you visit and explore our sacred sites.  Your Soulful Guide to the Islands of the Gods. Let me help you discover the Spirit of Bali. English speaking, honest tour guide and driver.

Made Suba

Goa Gaja - Bali Guide Services

A visit to Goa Gaja is easy and delightful for visitors staying in Ubud.  A short drive to the nearby archaeological site is rewarding with beauty, spirituality, and inspiration.

 

Recently renovated, this spectacular site takes the visitor back in time, suggesting many previous inhabitants.

I'd love to accompany you to Goa Gaja and tell you more about this amazing place.  Your Soulful Guide to the Islands of the Gods. Let me help you discover the Spirit of Bali. English speaking, honest tour guide and driver.