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Archive for September, 2015

Asking and answering questions the Indonesian way Posted by on Sep 30, 2015

Having a list of phrases that are specific to the culture of the country is quite handy. You might feel uncomfortable with some of the phrases, but if you can use them correctly, you will be able to make a good rapport with the locals. GENERAL Questions Answers 1. Anda berasal dari mana? 1.  Saya berasal dari Amerika.     Where…

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Kecak and Fire Dance Video Posted by on Sep 29, 2015

One of the most unique and fascinating forms of Balinese dance is kecak. This performance involves upwards of 100 men chanting rather than a traditional gamelan orchestra, and it concludes with a stunning fire dance.

Balinese Culture – Kecak and Fire Dance Posted by on Sep 24, 2015

Perhaps the most unique of all the Balinese dances, kecak is a one-of-a-kind performance. Rather than being accompanied by a gamelan orchestra – as most Balinese forms of dance are – kecak features a chorus of upwards of 100 men repeatedly chanting “cak” while waving their arms and hands. It is believed that this derives from…

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Self Introduction in Indonesian Posted by on Sep 21, 2015

I’ve been studying Bahasa Indonesia in Bali for two weeks now, and while the classes move a bit slow for my liking, I’ve already picked up a decent amount of the language. Unlike Chinese and Thai (two other languages I’ve studied in recent years), Indonesian does not use complex characters or symbols for an alphabet.…

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Streets, Beats & Eats – Ubud Posted by on Sep 17, 2015

Explore the cultural heart of Bali with the Grateful Gypsies as we show you the “Streets, Beats & Eats” of Ubud. Hang with monkeys, check out some Balinese art, catch an incredible kecak performance, and wind down with cocktails, dinner, and live music.

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