September 13, 2017

Balinale (24 – 30 September)

This is Bali’s answer to Hollywood or Bollywood where fans of film can enjoy a few days of great films.  This year’s Balinale is about to be the best and most exciting in the festival’s eleven year history! The festival continues to bring audiences quality, thought provoking independent and award winning short, feature & documentaries from Indonesia and around the world.  The theme this year is relevant and timely ‘Connecting communities through the world of film,’ showcasing 108 films from 42 countries.  Adding to the week long programme of fabulous film screenings are Balinale’s  special  events including movie premieres, celebrity meet and greet, seminars, exhibitions and  sneak previews of upcoming Indonesian films. Here are just some of the films that are screening.  The complete film selection is listed on the website below.  Paradoxical (2017) by Mu Ming Tsai from Taiwan, Moonlight (2016) by Barry Jenkins from USA, Cold of Kalandar (2016) by Mustafa Kara, Hungrary and Turkey, Ziarah (2017) by BW Purba Negara, Indonesia, Who’s Gonna Love Me Now? (2016) by Barak Heymann and Tomer Heymann, Israel and UK, Moss (2017) by Daniel Peddle, USA and more.  The festival was founded in 2007 by Bali Film Center (BFC), a private company providing professional services for film and television production throughout Indonesia since 2002. Balinale is known for its specialized knowledge and importance in promoting Indonesian cinema, art and culture. Supporting established and aspiring local filmmakers with workshops and seminars as an important part of the program, and strongly supporting the community with its children’s charity program and school visits as well as attracting international film makers.  The website is comprehensive and you can find venues and times of films.  The films are worth watching and the festival is well worth a visit.

Contact   :  270908


Bee-Keeping Workshop (24 September)

The plight of bees today has made headlines in newspapers across the globe.  Bees play a vital role in ecological systems and once bees are gone there will be no flower pollination then no fruit and vegetable, food or civilization.  It is a scary but real scenario. The world’s bee population is disappearing but there is still hope.  By taking part in this bee-keeping workshop this will give you an insight as to what can be done to protect bees and ensure pollination.  The workshop includes theoretical sessions and hands-on field trips.  You will learn about the native bee biodiversity of Bali and construct a bee box.  You will also learn how to attract bees, their food sources and predators, as well as harvest honey which will require lots of honey tasting.  Do call to book your place as soon as possible.

When       :  9 am – 3 pm

Cost         :  IDR275,000

Where     :  Tri Hata Karana,  JL. Pengosekan, No. 3, Pengosekan Kelod, Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar

Contact   :  081 338 794571


Mexican Independence Day Party (15 September)

A little bit of Mexican trivia is needed for the background to this party.  In 1810, Mexico began its quest for independence with a ‘cry for independence’ and on 16th September started a revolt against the Spanish finally leading to independence.  Independence Day is celebrated with fireworks, fiestas, food, dance and music with everything decorated in the colours of the Mexican flag across Mexico.  Motel Mexicola is definitely worth a visit on this day of celebration.  The Hydrant, one of Bali’s top bands and one and only Rockabilly band are part of the entertainment along with DJs and El Grito.  Best dressed will win a prize.  It goes without saying dress code Mexican.  I won’t even mention the scrumptious Mexican food along with margaritas that you simply cannot beat down at Motel Mexicola.  Do call to make a reservation as this is a popular place and worth a visit at any time as well as on this auspicious occasion.

When       :  6 pm – 2 am

Where     :  Motel Mexicola, Jl Kayu Jati No 9x, Seminyak

Contact   :  736688


Subak Cooking Classes

Food is one of Indonesia’s passions with regional variations across the archipelago and Bali is no exception.  Subak cooking classes are an excellent introduction to cooking Balinese food which is simply delicious and definitely worth learning how to cook properly.  The classes include 9 Balinese dishes and the famous sate lilit.  What is more you can set your own time and bring a group to learn how to cook.  The classes have fantastic reviews on Trip Adviser.  A beautiful scenic drive will bring you into the heart of Gianyar, the perfect setting to learn how to cook authentic, mouth watering Balinese cuisine.  Wayan Aris will share all his secrets with you and how to prepare Balinese food just as it is prepared on the island.

Cost         :  IDR350,000 per person

Where     :  Jl. Werkudara, Tampaksiring, Kabupaten Gianyar

Contact   :  081 238 879210


Sunday Brunch (24 September)

Brunches have become increasingly popular particularly in hotels, a combination of breakfast and lunch served from 11 am, originating in England in the late 19th century and becoming popular in the USA in the 1930s.  Brunch is definitely for those who are late rises, too late for breakfast and yet in time for lunch but want the thrills of a good breakfast. Prego are hosting a lively Sunday Brunch in celebration of Italy’s Vendemmia Festival with superb food and entertainment catering to all the family.  The annual Vendemmia Festival is a time-honored Italian tradition to mark the end of the grape-harvesting season. It is a community event that brings people together to share homemade dishes and artisan wine.  This exclusive Sunday Brunch at Prego promises to be a fun day out with an extensive buffet featuring an antipasti bar and live carving station. Notable highlights will include traditional grape stomping by Sababay Winery and an interactive bird show by Bali Bird Park with lots of photo opportunities. In addition, the Westin family kids club will be hosting supervised games and activities for children in their beautiful tropical garden setting.  Lucky draws with fabulous prizes, Prego’s dance routine and gimmicks with a guest appearance by Pippo the squirrel are all part of the day’s highlights.  The price includes a welcome glass of Prosecco, soft drinks and signature high tea.  If you haven’t attended a brunch at a hotel in Bali I certainly recommend this one.

Cost         :  IDR360,000 ++

Where     :  The Westin Resort, Kawasan Pariwisata Nusa Dua Lot N-3, Nusa Dua

Contact   :  771906             


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