Bali traveller

NEW TRAVEL OPTION AROUND TOWN!

Bali has brand new, tourist shuttle buses scheduled to retstart on September 1, 2014.  The Kura-Kura buses are green and yellow, modern, clean, air-conditioned and operate with WiFi!!

Based at the DFS Galleria, several routes will be running to Kuta, Legian, Nusa Dua, Jimbaran, Sanur and Ubud.  An alternative route is between Seminyak Square to Petitenget and return.  Both routes will be linked.

Prices are one way and reasonable eg. 10,000Rp to Kuta, 30,000Rp to Sanur, 40,000Rp to Nusa Dua and 70,000 to Ubud.

Tickets are purchased via Kura-Kura on line or at ticket offices.  Kura Kura coins or a card are used. 

Customer Service Office Address:  DFS galleria Kuta, Ground Floor, DFS Galleria, Jl. ByPass Ngurah Rai, Kuta, Badung, Bali, Indonesia 80362

Hours: Daily, 10 am to 9:30 pm except on Nyepi Day.

Tel/ (+62) 361 3700 244
Email/ info@kura2bali.com

Hours of Bus Operation: 09:00 to 23:00, depending on the bus line.

Information, questions and answers here: https://www.facebook.com/kurakurabus/app_118870671531441

 Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kurakurabus

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A tip on Bali Belly PREVENTION….

Many of us have succumbed to the dreaded Bali Belly at some stage.  There seems to be no rhyme or reason to it’s existence.

We have all followed the rules:

  • Do not drink tap water
  • Wash your hands regularly
  • Use antiseptic hand wipes
  • Eat from reputable restaurants only
  • Avoid food and beverages from street vendors
  • Do not use ice made from tap water
  • Consume fully cooked food that is still hot, or fruit/vegetables you have peeled yourself

Regardless of these precautions, on occasion, I have still succumbed.

In recent years however, and following Bali Belly after dining at two well attended and highly regarded restaurants on Bali, I regularly take “Travelan” and have become a firm convert.

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(I have no connection to this product, by the way, and my post is NOT sponsored).

I take just one tablet prior to each meal and have never suffered with any tummy upset since.  Of course this could just be coincidence, but I’m not stopping now…

Further advice here:  http://www.travelan.com.au/

Do you have a “tried and true” method of warding off the dreaded Bali belly?

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Note:  If you need medical assistance, BIMC can be contacted on their 24 Hours Emergency Line

Kuta  (+62 361) 761 263

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Bali International Kite Festival

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The Balinese International Kite Festival is held in the beachside town of Sanur

Amazing scenes of giant kites (up to 10 metres in size) are seen being flown in the area of Padang Galak beach.  A tiny “army” are sometimes needed to get the kites off the ground!

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Bali International Kite Festival was originally a religious festival sending a plea to the Hindu deities for an abundant crop and harvest held annually during each July. A competition of traditional kites constructed from bamboo and cotton cloth by teams of kite-fliers from all around Bali also takes place.

The sight of these colourful kites gently bobbing in the blue Balinese sky draws many local and international spectators each year.  It truly is a joy to see!

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Over the counter MEDICATIONS…

Exclusively Bali – Handy Hint:

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Be aware that over the counter medications in Bali may appear similar to those you are familiar with, but may in fact significantly differ.

Panadol, for example, comes in various coloured packaging denoting differing ingredients. Ingredients include pseudo-ephedrine for “cold and flu” and caffeine as “Panadol Extra”.

Reminder:  Read the packaging carefully and be aware of what you are purchasing!

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VILLA JUMAH BISMA

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Exclusively Bali recently had the pleasure of staying at the secluded and very private Villa Jumah Bisma:  a  2 bedroom/ 2 bathroom villa on the quiet Jalan Bisma, Ubud.

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Peace, serenity and nature await you at the Villa Jumah Bisma – a tranquil enclave and a perfect escape for romantic getaways, family holidays or fun vacations with friends.

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The villa is perched on a private strip of land overlooking green fields.

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It consists of 2 spacious air-conditioned bedrooms, each with well appointed ensuite bathrooms.

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The bright, white walled fan-cooled living, kitchen and dining areas have natural accents and eye-catching art works.

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Included are TV, DVD player, ipod dock and sound system.  Multiple wood framed glass doors open onto a lush private walled gardens and infinity pool with sun lounges.

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Breakfast is served at the rooftop, covered open-air bale where majestic green fields and verdant foliage abound.  The rooftop bale is a perfect spot for morning yoga or quiet morning reflection.

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An approximate 15 minute walk to Monkey Forest Road as well as various spa’s and restaurants makes the Villa Jumah Bisma well positioned.  Nearby restaurants also home deliver thereby allowing visitors the privilege of enjoying the villa completely, if they so chose.

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Reliable housekeeping staff clean daily and cook breakfast in a separate kitchen to the villa thereby maintaining a discrete distance.  (Uniformed night security are also provided).

Indonesian born, Nyoman and his Dutch born wife are the owners.  They truly do keep these newly built villas in immaculate condition.

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Contact:  I Nyoman Rai

Email: info@thejumah.com

Phone:  +62 8123 716 3400

Websitehttp://www.thejumah.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thejumah

* Please be sure to tell Nyoman Exclusively Bali referred you ! 

NOTE Villa Jumah are a trio of 3 villas set back from Jalan Bisma.  They consist of Villa Jumah Bisma and Villa Jumah Santanu (both 2 bedroom) and Villa Gangga (3 bedroom).

Happy holidays!! xx

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How to hail a Blue Bird Taxi in Bali on YourSmart Phone

Blue Bird Taxi On Line Booking Application in Bali

 
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Indonesia’s leading taxi and transportation company – the Blue Bird Group has introduced a mobile application that promises to make hailing a taxi in Bali a less burdensome task than in the past.
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After the introduction and trial operation of the same system in the greater Jakarta metropolitan area, Medan and Semarang – Blue Bird Group has extended their Taxi Mobile Reservation System to Bali commencing May 14, 2014.
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Using an Android, IPone, Blackberrry, Windows 8 and Nokia Ash applications – the new system allows both visiting tourists and local residents in Bali to hail a taxi via their smart phones.
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Those wishing to use one of the five applications listed only need to perform a free download via www.bluebirdgroup.com/mobile or via the social network on Facebook  or Twitter at @bluebirdgroup
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The new application using Global Positioning Systems (GPS) allows immediate confirmation in the form of a taxi number and a map showing the current location of your taxi in relation to your current position.

 

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Legian to Fine Bali Visitors who Give Money to Street Beggars Rp. 2 million

Time Out for Hand Outs

Cooperation between three local community elements in Bali has resulted in a new regulation intended to once and for all eliminate beggars from the beach and streets of Legian.

In the future those who hand money to street beggars are liable to a fine of Rp. 2 million (US$174).

Quoted in DenPost, the chairman of the Legian People’s Association (LPM), I Gusti Oka Wardana, said on April 28, 2014: “Beggars will always operate if people continue to give them money. If no one donates money to them, automatically the receivers (beggars) will disappear.”

Oka Wardana said it will take several months to socialize and make the new rule effective. Local community leaders will coordinate the publication of the new rules to accommodation providers in Legian who will, in turn, inform their guests.

Wardana is confident the new program will eliminate beggars in Legian.

 

News attributed to http://www.balidiscovery.com

Photo:  Jakarta Post

 

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Laundry service

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Lets face it, one of the big attractions about holidaying is the fact that there is generally no cooking, cleaning or washing whilst away.

In Bali, it is inexpensive to have your clothes washed and ironed. Hotels can be a little pricier, but local laundries are common in the tourist locations and charge by the kilo.

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Fortunately, you don’t have to walk far without seeing a laundry or 2… or 3!  The cost is approximately $1 -$1.50 AUS per kg, and it’s a 24 hour turnaround.

It is such a treat to have your washing done before returning home.  It will be folded and wrapped for easy packing too!

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HINT: Be cautious handing over super valuable or delicate items as laundries often use clothes dryers that can be quite harsh on clothing items.

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Serious Shopper Alert!

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Bali can offer a menagerie of shopping: from one-off designer items to market gear!

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If you’re seeking bargain priced summer and beach fashions including great leather wallets and bags, dress jewellery and shoes, head to the markets at Seminyak (known as Seminyak Flea Markets).  Here you will find a good selection of market type purchases.

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Although you may pay a little more than Kuta or Legian, the quality and design is often improved and more varied, and still at discount prices.

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Don’t forget to bring a half empty suitcase to fit in all your purchases.

Happy shopping! Xx

Seminyak Flea Markets

Address:  Oberoi Road, Seminyak

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HINT:  It can get rather steamy under the shade cloth market roofing, so call in at La Sicilia, Seminyak located next door for a cool drink after all your fab shopping purchases.

La Sicilia, Seminyak, Bali

Jalan Laksmana (Oberoi) 151, Seminyak

Tel:  +62 813-3876-9698

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***Join us on the:  

Ultimate Homewares Tour November 2016

Places strictly limited!!

ULTIMATE HOMEWARES TOUR

A ladies getaway focused on fun, food, shopping, pampering and cocktails!

During your stay enjoy a fully hosted tour inclusive of:

  • Fully escorted shopping in air-conditioned vehicle

  • Private Airport Transfers

  • 6 nights Luxury Beachfront Accommodation 

  • Welcome Pack

  • Welcome Cocktails

  • Breakfast daily

  • Daily Happy Hour

  • Complimentary Wi-Fi thoughout the resort

  • Complimentary use of Gym Facilities

  • Complimentary scheduled shuttle to Kuta and Seminyak

  • Fully escorted shopping to handpicked designer retail and wholesale outlets

  • Guided Central Bali wholesale shopping 

  • 4 hr Brunch at a 5 star resort inclusive of select premium red/white wines & cocktails

  • Delicious High Tea

  • Indulgent Spa Session

And still plenty of opportunities to grab some ‘me time’ or relax with some like-minded ladies.

Come along with your bestie, your mum or your daughter or be very welcomed as a solo guest.

Dates are from 1-7 November, 2016

Note: This tour will be kept small and exclusive. Numbers are strictly limited!

Email your expression of interest to exclusivelybali@gmail.com

 

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Wrought iron ❤️LOVE…

Over the years, I have often frequented a little wrought iron store in Seminyak, purchasing a variety of items from fruit bowls to candelabras.  They’re always so easy to bring home as they truly are indestructible!

A recent visit however, showed this little shop was now selling the very fashionable coloured wrought iron products.

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The range included animal figurines, chandeliers (extra small/small/medium/large), peacock chairs, pineapples, candelabras, loveseats, garment accessories, home décor, shelving…  and the list continues.

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Multiple colours are available as well as the original black.

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These items are listed as being hand-made.  Retail and wholesale prices, on request.

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Contact:  Agus at “Rainbow Bali Iron Work”

Shop:  Jalan Drupadi No. 2 Basangkasa, Seminyak

Phone:  0361 731833

Email enquiries: rbw_iron@yahoo.com

  • If you contact Rainbow Bali Iron Work, please let them know that “Exclusively Bali” have recommended them – and I might get a discount the next time I shop there!  lol.

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