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>> Thursday, 9 May 2013

grand parents and guests in 1990s
When I cleansed some corners in my place. I found an old photograph. I guess it was taken about in 1990s because from the photograph we can see that our grand parents were still strong and little bit young. This photo is a very memorable thing for me notably after my grand father passed away in August 2010. This photograph shared some stories about how brata 1 homestay has already established and had the best services to our guests since long time.
Firstly, let's look for the memorable photograph a while. We see that our grand papa looked hansom, strong and awesome in the picture. Moreover my grand mother was in a good proposition body in the photograph because now she is very thin. I didn't remember much about that time perhaps I was in Denpasar at that time and still a child. From the photograph, we can see that our grand parents have been running a beds and breakfast which is called brata 1 homestay since a long time ago. My grand parents and their guests (I don't have any clues who is their name) stood in front of room number 2. Yes, now I have another clues that the guests took the picture at 1990s because the room was built about the beginning of 1990s. we all can see the room chairs were still made by bamboo and the Balinese traditional uniform that their worn were the old fashion one. Furthermore, we can see also how all three guys there smile so happy with their experience to wear a Balinese traditional uniform and have an interaction with local Balinese people.
Then, we can image that our grand parents already gave a very good service to our guests since early year of this accommodation and it becomes an inspiration to their next generation like me to follow them. A guest, who stay in a local Balinese homestay have a dream to know, interact and have  a warm Balinese hospitality from locals. Most of them are from a big city where an interaction and friendships are hard to find then they come to Bali particularly in Ubud to feel both of interaction and friendships feeling, (to be continue) I have to go to temple first because today is a first moon in Balinese calender, one of other a good day to pray to God.

Thank You 2011 and Welcome 2012

>> Friday, 30 December 2011

In English, We have quotation, time flies. Yes it is true for us. This homestay, brata 1 homestay was started in 1980s with only 1 room for our guest and it develops to have more rooms available to our customers. As same as our increase rooms, we have a new member in our lovely family. In the first photo, we took this photo on 31st of December 2011 a few hour before the year changes to be 2012. I took with my little family, me, my wife and our baby boy. I am very happy to celebrate the new year eve with our new family member, yes our 5 months baby boy. We hope in the 2012 is better than 2011 and we will have our adventures, experiences and moments to pass together, we have so much to plan, schedule and to do together in 2012, we are very enthusiasm for 2012, may God with us always.    
 For us, we had a numerous numbers of occasions, events and ceremonies to remember in 2011
wedding photo
Firstly, It was started on Monday, 6th of December 2010 among one of the biggest Hindu holiday, Galungan and Kuningan, I know it was in 2010 but as on December, everything already set to celebrate 2011, the year that we will say good bye just a few second later. On that day was my wedding ceremony. Yes, when my girlfriend said Yes afterwards I didn't wash my time to wait our Wedding Ceremony. The Wedding Ceremony was little bit quickly but everything was under control, perfect and everyone happy, I was very enthusiasm to make my new, my own and my happy family.
Secondly, My first son born on 23rd of June 2011 with his full name is Gede Putra Junartha Brata. I believe every name have a meaning and from the meaning, its has blessing for the person itself. I want my first son is being a strong, smart and wise man also be the great leader for "Brata Family". I hope God will listen and give his blessing to Him.
Thirdly was 42 days after he was born ceremony. In Balinese Hindu, this is one of the most important ceremony to welcome the baby. The ceremony was leading by my grand father from my mother, he is one of in Balinese we call pemangku. Pemangku like a little priest who has responsibility to be guard of temple in his village.
Finally, if you come to Bali as you wish to see our unique religion and rich culture heritages that stay in a homestay is the highness recommend because you can see the real life of Balinese, see the culture and religion in very close and and feel the truly Balinese Hospitality. Once again "Brata 1 Homestay say to our guests, family and the people Thank You for 2011 to all everything at that year and wait to adventures, hopes and works together to do in 2012".

pray to bless

much family members came

Fun Bike with fun with Brata 1 Homestay's staffs

>> Sunday, 18 December 2011

loyal guest
On Sunday, 18th of December 2011, there was Fun Bike in Padang Tegal village, which is proudly presented by Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary Ubud. There were a lot of presents in this events but we mostly were not looking for the presents at that time we also look for fun, relax and hangout time with our friends, colleagues and also our lovely family.
For that day, in our accommodation stayed our loyal tourist from Jakarta, one of really limited of our domestic tourist, his named is Teguh, a young successfully business man who works for coal industry factory. At that time he came to Bali because he had a meeting with his factory for end year report and on Sunday, the meeting was break and he had time to go to Ubud to join us for this Fun Bike event, He said although I stayed in very good and famous hotel in one of tourist destination in southern of Bali but he stressed that stayed with us was all he needed, joined the fun bike, had a lot of time to talk, treat us Bu Oka sucling pig, or even sit in our grass floor in front of our accommodation while talking and seing the traffics. He said money doesn't matter if he can have the Ubud hospitality enjoy.
We had a fun bike, relax for a while before go to have work on Monday, although we didn't get the main prize a new suzuki karimun estilo but we were really happy to join this Sacred Monkey Forest Sactuary Ubud Fun Bike, thank you for the committees for all their hard works, then after this he treated us (hope all our guests like him (just kidding)) to have sucling pig of Bu Oka one of the most famous sucling pig in Bali, afterwards we ate while had a lot of conversation and finally he must back to have some meeting again but he had mention that Mr Teguh will back on March 2012.
Fun Bike was so fun and we had very nice guest but we believe mostly of our guests are nice one and right now we prepare for new year eve and we hope we have a nice memory when farewell 2011 and welcome 2012 with our guests who at that time stay in our accommodation, Brata 1 Homestay.

fun bike time
loyal guest vs loyal staff

numbers of participants
after fun bike is fun lunch


Fun and Cross Country Bike with the Monkeys in Monkey Forest.

>> Saturday, 17 December 2011

the banner
On 18th of December 2011 as the second even, Sacret Monkey Forest Sanctuary Ubud is proudly present the Fun and Cross Country Bike 2011. Of course you can't have fun bike and cross culture bike with the monkeies but as your information, monkey forest can held this evwnt because of the monkeies, a  lot of people from overseas come to see the monkey and we have the money from its ticket. There are 2 type of championships, first is Fun Bike and the other one is Cross Country Bike. The ticket is not so expensive only Rp. 25.000 and you will get 3 ticket including snack (small food). It will be started at 7 AM, so don't be late and 1 new Suzuki Karimun Estilo, 2 Honda Scoopy, 5 mountain bicycle, 5 LCD TV, 10 Mobile phone etc are the presents for this event. Don't worry there are still numerous numbers of competition like cooking, painting, statue, photography, children painting and Balinese dance competations. So come, enjoy and win the presents and don't forget there is still last chance to buy the ticket on the H day before the competition is started.

Guests in Our Family Temple Ceremony

>> Thursday, 15 December 2011

family temple ceremony at brata 1 homestay
Sierra & Sule
When stay in an accommodation and at that time, there is ceremony in your homestay, it means you are in right place, time and accommodation because if you stay in hotel you can't find such as ceremony like that. if you see, come and be a part of this ceremony, you find what is exactly you are looking for during your holiday in Bali. Bali is famous with our rich heritage cultures and religion philosophy and it makes a large numerous numbers of tourists to come to Bali. It is a big and good opportunity to us for explaining our cultures because sometimes it takes time to make the tourists understand how we save it and of course to save it, we are never walk alone because there are a lot op people who really love Bali behind us. The important issues are how the tourist industry develop Bali because it influences many factors of Balinese life from small vendors up to five star hotels, so they can say when they are back home that Bali is already safe and don't need to worry come to holiday again here, in Bali. Second issue is how the tourists give feedback to us, to know the opinion about Bali, to know their hoping about Bali and to know about the reason why they come to Bali.
It is very important because there are a lot of new tourist destinations in every part of the world so to have some minutes to talk with the tourists, we can explain our culture and they got the correct informations about our culture and they can say their opinion about Bali and for us, we can have feedback from their opinions, ideas and suggestions to build Bali better than ever. 
Special thanks goes to two of our beautiful guests from Canada who came and really enjoyed to see and join our brotherhood relationship in the family temple ceremony named  Sierra Terhock and Sule.

Be a part of Balinese Ceremony

>> Monday, 31 October 2011

Stay in homestay, it means you are staying in a guests house with its family. When  a balinese makes his home sweet home as the accommodation for tourists who come to Bali, this is a big chance and opportunity for the guests their self because when the tourists decise to have a nice holiday in Bali, mostly they come here, in Bali is for enjoy its rich culture and religion heritates. Firstly so it is why stay in a homestay is a smart choice, with low price, warm balinese hospitality and opportunity to join their local activity are all the guests needed.
She helps, enjoys and then be a part of Balinese Ceremony
It is same when we recommend you to stay in our truely balinese homestay. This accommodation named brata 1 homestay with all of mostly the tourists need when the visit Bali. The history of brata 1 homestay started when the booming of tourists came first time in Ubud in the earlier of 1980s. Our home is a kind of Balinese building with a numerous of space and because of that, our grand parents decided to rent started with only 1 room at that time just for a little extra money and its homestay exists until the presents day with more rooms. When you and your family choose to stay here, you will quicly to find the atmosphere of warm balinese hospitality with its daily activities and the number of ceremonies.
A few day ago, when we held a big 3 moths balinese ceremony for the new born baby in our family, it was very anthusiasm moment for our big family and also our guests who stayed in our place at the time. They can see our tight brotherhood with the number of activities. The ceremony preparation started 3 days before the H day in the 5th of October 2011 and for preparing we must wake very early one at 4.30 AM in the morning, When the peek of the ceremony a lot of our far faily and also neighbours and villagers came and saw our new baby boy. This ceremony was exactly for blessing and praying for the baby's future and also to say thanks to the suprime God. In the afternoon was the lunch time with a lot of Balinese dishes and the special and a must is a sucling pig, roasted pork and for this special occasion we cooked 7 roasted pork to consume for our invitation guests and also for the tourists who stayed in our accommodation in that time. In Balinese philosophy, this ceremony is one of the important and big ceremony, so it was why we celebrated with a lot of happiness and foods.
Secondly so if you are planning to visit Bali, want be a part of our balinese ceremony and want to have interaction with the local, tick our place as your favorite accommodation, besides these if you have families or friends who will visit bali as their holiday destination, please recommending our homestay, brata 1 homestay and for you who already had experience to stay in our accommodation, please stay again here, so we can share our experience and story. 
Finally see you in brata 1 homestay and thank you for stay in our homestay.


Mini guide to Bali, Indonesia

>> Wednesday, 16 February 2011

Photo by (Anders Blomqvist/LPI)
Bali’s small size doesn’t make for uniformity. The popular Indonesian island combines green rice terraces with long tropical beaches and volcanoes.
Likewise, traditional Hindu temples and artistic towns such as Ubud provide a counterpoint to party capital, Kuta.
Bali's best-known dive area, Pulau Menjangan, is good for divers and snorkellers, and is located in the Taman Nasional Bali Barat park. Expect tropical fish, corals, clear water and underwater cliffs (Labuhan Lalang visitors' centre, on the north coast, where boats leave for Pulau; 7.30am-5pm).
Perched in Bali's central mountains, Ubud's focus remains on Balinese culture in all its forms. The Agung Rai Museum of Art is a gallery and cultural centre where you can take courses in batik (wax-resist dyeing) and Balinese history (; Jalan Raya Pengosekan; 9am-6pm; £2).
At Jatiluwih, which means 'Truly Marvellous', you will be rewarded with vistas of centuries-old rice terraces that have been nominated for Unesco status. You'll understand why when you see the panorama from the twisting 12-mile road. Get out for a walk along the water channels.
For out-of-the-way beaches, head to Bingin. The scenery here is superb, with cliffs dropping down to a row of houses and the foaming edge of the sea. The surf can be savage, but the white sands are calm and the roaring breakers mesmerising.
The village of Munduk is one of Bali's most appealing mountain retreats, and is set among hillsides covered with rice, coffee and fruit plantations. Waterfalls tumble off precipices and there are great trekking opportunities around the lakes of Danau Tamblingan and Danau Buyan.
Eat & drink
Few locals making the trek up the hill pass the open-air Nasi Ayam Kedewatan without stopping. The star is the superlative sate lilit (minced chicken satay with lemongrass). (00 62 361 974795; Jalan Raya Kedewatan, Sanggingan, Ubud; lunch; mains from 70p).
It's all about pork at muchloved open-front stall, Warung Dobiel in the south's Nusa Dua. Pork satay, pork soup and beans with shredded pork are favourites. The sautéed jackfruit will make you a convert; the green sambal (chilli-based sauce) is redolent with spices. Seating is at long tables (Jalan Srikandi, Nusa Dua; lunch; mains from £1).
Join the lunchtime lines outside Warung Ibu Oka , opposite Ubud Palace. They're waiting for the eponymous Balinese-style roast suckling pig. Locals and expats in the know travel far for meat they say is the most tender and tasty on the island (Jalan Suweta, Ubud; lunch; mains £1-£1.50).
At night, hundreds of candles twinkle around outdoor tables at The Living Room. The décor combines Balinese thatching and colonial posh, and the menu fuses French classics with Asian flair (; Jalan Petitenget, Seminyak; lunch and dinner; mains £6-£8).
Arguably Bali's finest restaurant, Blossom has high-end décor and a creatively global menu. Try the lobster mango-shiro miso with mandarin salt (balisentosa. com; Sentosa Private Villas & Spa, Jalan Pura Telaga Waja, Seminyak; mains £10-£18).
Matahari Cottages has six flamboyantly themed rooms, including the 'Batavia Dacha' and the 'Indian Pasha', stuffed with Balinese furniture and colourful soft furnishings. There's an Elizabethan-themed library and an elaborate high tea is served on silver (00 62 361 975459;; Jalan Jembawan, Ubud; from £22).
Turn left after the toll gate for Mu, the most stylish option in Bingin. Thatched bungalows are scattered about a landscaped compound dominated by a cliffside infinity pool. All have hot tubs with sea views (00 62 361 8470976;; Jalan Pantai, Bingin, Pecatu; bungalows from £38).
At Taman Sari bungalows are set on a long stretch of quiet beach, and feature intricate carvings and other traditional artwork. The open-air bathrooms are delightful places for that wake-up shower (00 62 361 288096;; Pemuteran; cottages from £45).
Founded in order to help develop sustainable tourism, the Puri Lumbung Cottages are set among rice fields with views down to the coast. Dozens of trekking options and courses are offered, including dance and cooking. The hotel's restaurant, Warung Kopi Bali, is excellent (00 62 362 70128871; purilumbung. com; Munduk; cottages from £54).
On a ridge near Sayan stands the unique Bambu Indah, a compound of 100-year-old royal Javanese houses. Several outbuildings create a timeless, yet luxurious village. Rooms are works of art, with tasteful batik bedspreads and simple, authentic decoration (00 62 361 977922;; Banjar Baung, Ubud; from £100).
Getting Around
Public transport is provided by minibuses called bemo. You can hire a car at the airport (from £14 per day;, but as roads can be busy, taxis are the safest option and tend to have meters. Bali Taxi is the most reliable (00 62 361 701111).
Getting There
Singapore Airlines and Cathay Pacific fly to Bali's Denpasar airport from the UK (from £617;; Pre-paid taxis at the airport, to Kuta, Seminyak and Ubud, cost around £3.50, £6 and £15.

The article ‘Mini guide to Bali, Indonesia’ was published in partnership with Lonley Planet Magazine.

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