Archive for August, 2008

VCO – Virgin Coconut Oil | Spa Glossary

Virgin Coconut Oil is achieved by using fresh coconut meat or what is called non-copra. Chemicals and high heating are not used in further refining, since the natural, pure coconut oil is very stable with a shelf life of several years.

Our high quality VCO is cold pressed, organic and unrefined. No preservatives, no added chemicals, no artificial colors or flavors. Free of cholesterol for a healthy living. Its very rich lauric acid content (>55%), similar to mothers milk, strengthens your immune system and has significant anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties.

VCO is also a natural health food and can be consumed regularly and will assist your body in maintaining good health and vitality. It tastes good, is easy to digest and is a quick energy source. Drink 3-6 tablespoons a day to keep you healthy. Enhancing the flavor of many foods it is an excellent cooking oil.

VCO is also used as massage oil and moisturizer. For centuries traditional healers in India and the South Pacific have used coconut oil for massage to soothe and cool the body. It is used to alleviate symptoms of eczema, and other milder skin ailments, such as nappy rash. Because it is absorbed quickly by the skin, it does not leave a sticky feeling.

Related links: Buy VCO from Balinese Natural Spa Products | Wiki Coconut Oil


Galungan All Over Bali

Today, on 20 August, Bali celebrates Galungan. This festivity falls every six Balinese month or every 210 days and is marked with en masse worship on the victory of good qualities against the bad ones within each individual Hindu devotee. Balinese Hindus place offerings at the family temple at the house compound, at the village temple and other great temples around Bali.


Indonesian Independence Day

Today, on 17 August, the Indonesians, including Balinese community, celebrate their Independence Day. Indonesia proclaimed its independence as a sovereign state on 17 August 1945.

On this occasion let’s make an excursion into history:

Beginning in the sixteenth century, successive waves of Europeans—the Portuguese, Spanish, Dutch and British—sought to dominate the spice trade at its sources in India and the ‘Spice Islands’ (Maluku) of Indonesia.

The first Europeans arrived in Indonesia in 1512, when Portuguese traders, led by Francisco Serrão, sought to monopolize the sources of nutmeg, cloves, and cubeb pepper in Maluku. Dutch and British traders followed. In 1602 the Dutch established the Dutch East India Company (VOC) and became the dominant European power. Following bankruptcy, the VOC was formally dissolved in 1800, and the government of the Netherlands established the Dutch East Indies as a nationalized colony.

For most of the colonial period, Dutch control over these territories was tenuous; only in the early 20th century did Dutch dominance extend to what was to become Indonesia’s current boundaries. The Japanese invasion and subsequent occupation during World War II ended Dutch rule, and encouraged the previously suppressed Indonesian independence movement. Two days after the surrender of Japan in August 1945, Sukarno, an influential nationalist leader, declared independence and was appointed president.

Related links: Republic Of Indonesia Home | wikipedia Indonesia 


Bali Tourist Arrivals 2008 (January-June)

Newly released half-yearly results of 2008 compared with old heydays of 2001, the time before 9-11, Bali bombs, tsunami and other disasters. The 13 major markets above make up 85% of the total arrivals.

The number of guests from China (+5366%), Russia (+835%), Malaysia (+648%), South Korea (+451%) and Singapore (+250%) improved dramatically, while the number of travellers from UK (-35%), Taiwan (-14%) and The Americas (-14%) now lag behind the days of 2001.

Major markets Japan (+17%) and Australia (+12%) recovered totally, while France (+59%) and Netherlands (+31%) are the European countries with the highest rate of increase.

Related links: Bali Tourist Arrivals Q1 2009 | Central Bureau of Statistics Indonesia | Bali Tourism Board


Brillant Bali Photos by Brandon Hoover

These awesome photos from Bali could make you curious about the man behind the camera, an American guy makin his way from the exotic island of Java, who says: “Indonesia has been my home for many years. It is a land of exquisite beauty, exotic cultures, and fascinating people, all of which have been a continual source of inspiration for my photography.”

Discover more great photography from Indonesia by Brandon Hoover on his blog The JavaJive, or go directly to his archive of Bali photos.