Bali From Your Living Room
Selamat Detang from Bali! Missing the sandy beach and tropical vibes? We have major Bali blues as well so we thought we’d bring the Bali experience to you. Here are some fun and creative ways to feel like a Bali babe from your own home.
Experience Bali through films
Bali was known for the iconic film Eat, Pray, Love. Julia Roberts sets out for a journey of self discovery. She discovers her true love for food in Italy, the power of prayer in India and finally she finds true love in Bali, with help from her ‘love guru’ Ketut.
If you’re on a mission to find the infamous Ketut in Bali you may struggle because there will be thousands. Fun fact for you, Balinese names are part of a system of identification, and they do not use a family name. They are named by their order of birth in the family and the names are the same for males and females.
· 1st born – Wayan, Putu, Gede
· 2nd born – Made, Kadek
· 3rd born – Nyoman, Komang
· 4th born – Ketut
Most Balinese people will have a personal name or nickname so they can differentiate themselves from others with the same name.
For a more informative watch ‘Bali is My Life’ is a film produced by the people of Bali to show the islands true culture and ecosystems. It’s like an insiders guide to Bali’s best bits, from the stunning beaches to the traditional temple ceremonies. It shows the friendliness of the locals and how they embrace life on the island. Covering social, spiritual, cultural and tourism aspects, this documentary will make you want to pack your bags and leave for Bali.
Get a taste of Bali from your own kitchen
Put the Banana bread down and try some traditional Balinese food. They’re all super easy to make (and yes, smoothie bowls do count as a traditional Balinese breakfast).
Nasi Goreng – the literal translation of Nasi Goreng is ‘fried rice’. Rice is a staple food across Asia so it isn’t surprising that Nasi Goreng is on the menu for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Rice, rice baby! This dish is rice fried with meat and vegetables and usually topped with a fried egg. Check out our Facebook page for the recipe!
Mie Goreng – sounds familiar right? Just swap out the rice for noodles and you have a whole new dish. Easy to make and versatile, we like it!
Smoothie bowls – keeping things healthy and delicious, these colourful bowls are made by combining frozen fruits, yoghurts and ice and then topping them with fresh fruits and granola. The toppings are vital for a picture perfect smoothie bowl, as long as it looks good who cares what it tastes like! Smoothie bowls are a popular choice for breakfast after your morning yoga.
Close your eyes, breath in... and picture yourself on a beach!
Bali has become well known to be an incredible location for all things health and wellness. There are a retreats available all over the islands, along with fitness and yoga classes you can pop in to. Retreat from home with the activities below.
Yoga – When it comes to yoga Bali truly is like nowhere else. Ubud and Canggu are known to fill every Yogi’s needs, but it’s super easy to get your juices flowing at home. Find a video on YouTube and you’re good to go. You don’t even need the matching gym gear, do it in your pyjamas if you like! Namaste.
Bike ride – Okay, so technically not Bali but Gili Trawangan is another little island in Indonesia. No cars or mopeds are allowed on the island, the only methods of transportation are horse and carriage and push bikes! A popular activity on Gili T is to hire a bike and cycle around the whole island, stopping for a well deserved Bintang along the way. If you are keen for your daily exercise to be a bike ride don’t forget to stop off at your local park for a quick snap on the swing. You haven’t been to Bali if you didn’t get a picture on a swing, it’s all about the gram right?
Learn how to say 'Hallo' to the locals when you do get there!
With all this spare time on your hands, why not learn a few phrases of a new language so when you get to Bali you’ll have the lingo down already. Bahasa Indonesia is used across the whole of Indonesia, below are a few phrases:
· Hello – Hallo
· How are you? – Apa Kabar?
· I’m good – Saya Baik
· Please – Tolong
· Thank you – Terima Kasih
· You’re welcome – Sama sama
· Cheers – Bersulang
· Yes – Iya
· No – Tidak
· Good morning – Selamat Pagi
· Good afternoon – Selamat Siang
· Good night – Selamat Malam
· Goodbye – Sampai Jumpa
· See you soon – Sampai Jumpa Lagi
· Can I have the bill? – Bisa Minta Bonnya
Unwind with a Bali Based Book
You may not be on a beach with a book and a cocktail in hand, but you can have a book and a cocktail in hand and read about the beaches of Bali.
Balilicious — Becky Wicks – she sets out to Bali to find her inner peace and harmony, as promised in Eat, pray, love. However, in the months that she spent on the island she was met with the unexpected horrors of teenage boys, attempting headstands and colonic irrigation rather than enlightenment. Along the way, she realises that to ‘find herself’ you have to go a little bit crazy. Read it here!
A House in Bali - Colin Mcphee - this book captures McPhee’s journey to Bali during the pre-WWII era. It tells of the life he decided to build on the island, mainly through his understanding of Balinese music culture and all its complexities. McPhee was one of many artists that flocked to Bali for inspiration in the 1930s and settled in Ubud in the times when it was just a small village! Read it here!
Snowing in Bali — Kathryn Bonella – An interesting read about the underworld of drug trafficking that was once prominent in Bali. She explores the working of the men behind the drug empires, highlighting their highs and lows from million dollar deals and extravagant lifestyles to being in prison in Indonesia. Bonella has also written two related books, Hotel Kerobokan, which details life in Bali’s most notorious prison and My Story, the autobiography of Schapelle Corby, an Australian women convicted of smuggling marijuana to Bali. Read it here!
There you go! A little taste of Bali from your home, the only thing missing now is the sunshine! If you’re ready to experience Bali for real, then check out our Bali tours here! Surf your way through Canggu’s gnarly waves, spot the dolphins up in the north of the island, relax on bright white sand, trek a volcano for sunrise and party the night away on an iconic island!