Its not easy being a demon spirit on Bali, especially around Nyepi time! Well, that’s the feeling I get anyway when I see the amount of effort that the Balinese go to on this very special day in order to repel evil spirits from their homes, towns, and the island in general.
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Bali is a beautiful part of the world, filled with sights and sounds and experiences that are just not possible to experience anywhere else on the planet. However, it is vastly different in terms of culture and lifestyle than anything you will experience in the West, and therefore it is important that you keep your whit’s about you for the duration of your stay.
My friends and family regularly ask me when would be the best time to come and visit Bali? This is a pretty loaded question, and there are about as many different answers as there are types of weather and climate on this tiny little island!
Both air and water temperature don’t change much during the year. Air temperature on average is consistently between 25-33 degrees Celsius, equivalent to 85-90 degrees Fahrenheit. Ocean water temperature averages around 28 degrees Celsius, or 80 degrees Fahrenheit. Not bad right?
Bali is a very popular tourist destination all year long, but there are times when it seems like the island is flooded with travellers, and others where it settles down a bit and one can really enjoy the sights and sounds without too many other people around, depending on where you are of course. Certain parts of Bali like Kuta, Seminyak and Ubud are incredibly popular and are rarely quiet. To simplify what could become a pretty technical discussion on Bali’s climate, lets just say that you can separate the year into 2 main seasons, Wet Season & Dry Season.
In all honesty, I would have to say that for me personally, the best food on Bali is available at Mama San. Yes I know, on an island with so many internationally award winning chefs and restaurants that is quite a statement to make, but hey, it’s just my opinion!
Like most of Bali’s most famous restaurants Mama San is situated in Seminyak and from lunch through dinner serves up plates of food literally bursting with flavor and colour to the non-stop hordes of people that flock to this exceptional restaurant.
Mera Putih was recommended to a friend of mine while we were staying in the Seminyak in the south of Bali. Seminyak is a bustling, touristy part of Bali that is known for its great beaches, lounge style cocktail bar on those beaches and for the large number of truly world class restaurants in the area.
After numerous trips to Bali, and of course Seminyak, we were looking for something a little bit different from the usual Seminyak fare. That’s when we were recommended to go to Mera Putih.
Despite its traditional, laid-back island lifestyle, Bali has become a great destination for delicious and quality food. None more so than the newly opened Locavore Restaurant in Ubud. Situated in the bustling city centre on Jalan Dewi Sita, Locavore is run by two chefs, one local, one foreign, that have a passion for locally grown, organic food.
Bakso or baso is an Indonesian meatball and is commonly made from beef with a small quantity of tapioca flour, however bakso can also be made from other ingredients, such as chicken, fish, or shrimp.
Bakso are usually served in a bowl of beef broth, with yellow noodles, bihun (rice vermicelli), salted vegetables, tofu, egg (wrapped within bakso), Chinese green cabbage, bean sprout, siomay or steamed meat dumpling, and crisp wonton, sprinkled with fried shallots and celery. Bakso can be found all across Indonesia; from the traveling cart street vendors to restaurants.