How to Pack for Bali

How to Pack for Bali

What TO Pack for Bali:
• A headlamp or flashlight
• Camera
• Sunglasses (even a spare wouldn’t hurt)
• Hat! You are close to the equator!
• Sunblock is EXTREMELY expensive in Bali. It is probably because it has to be imported and therefore subjected to a high tax. You will go through sunscreen faster then you expect because you have to put it on every time you go out in the sun or you will get burned. I would bring one large tube for the week, and then a nicer tube of sunscreen for your face with a higher SPF.
• Light clothes in natural, breathable fabrics. No heavy synthetics, especially not for yoga.
• Choose colors that will reflect the light of the sun; white is a staple and you can never go wrong with it.
• You’ll be wearing on average two outfits a day: yoga and then some throw-over type dress or shorts/top combination for later.
o Lightweight longer sleeve tops to protect from sun
o Light and airy beach pant will offer you extra coverage and still keep you cool from the heat.
o In general? 5 tops, 3 bottoms, 2 dresses, 1 outerwear, 3, swimsuits, 3 pairs of shoes
• Yoga clothes (but no need to overdo it, we don’t mind if we see you in the same outfit more than once.)
• Scarf to cover shoulders (or buy one there)
• Shorts above the knee are fine on the beach or touristy destinations

IMPORTANT ETIQUETTE:
o Out of respect for local customs please bring pants or skirts that fall below the knee to enter temples and go anywhere non-touristy.
o Sleeveless tops are ok to wear just carry a lightweight scarf that you can wrap around your shoulders if necessary or a lightweight long sleeve you can layer over when going into temples.
o We will be following local traditions such as wearing a Sarong (both men and women) where necessary. We can buy them there from $3-$5.

• Shoes: you need flip flops and a pair of shoes you can walk/hike around in (closed athletic shoe). No need to bring your heavy hikers. And cute set of sandals.
• An extra pair of contacts if you wear them, sunglasses and sunscreen.
• For hiking, be sure to have a lightweight backpack to carry your personal belongings
• Chargers for phone, camera
• A small backpack or bag you can bring your magazines and sun block and such.
• Bug repellent (at least something, then you can always buy more sprays, lotions in Bali for very cheap)
• Little wetnaps or kleenex pack. Most of the nice places will have toilet paper, but it won’t be unusual not to find any or easy way to wash your hands. It is a good idea to keep little wet naps or tissue with you at all times just in case.
• Earplugs if you have a hard time sleeping to the sound of nature.

What NOT to pack for Bali:
• Tons of clothes: You will end up buying clothes while in Bali, because everything is so cheap.
• Don’t try to bring an electric toothbrush because the outlets may fry the charger.
• Lots of shoes: The only shoes you will need in Bali are flip flops and a good pair of walking/water shoes if you want to do any hiking. Do not bring high heels because the sidewalks are uneven and hard to walk on.
• Expensive jewelry

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Bali Langage Handy Tips

What are some handy words to know?

Good morning: Selamat pagi
Good mid-day: Selamat siang
Good evening: Selamat malam
Good-bye: Selamat tinggal (if you’re leaving)/Selamat jalan (someone is leaving you)
Yes: Ya
No: Tidak
Thank you: Terima kasi
You’re welcome: Kembali or sama-sama
How are you?: Apa kabar?
What is this / that?: Apa?
Very good: Baik juga!
Please: Silakan
One more: Satu lagi
Finished: Habis
Bill, please: Minta bon
Excuse me: Permisi or ma’af
Doesn’t matter: Tidak apa-apa
(Note: letter ‘c’ pronounced as ‘ch’)
Do you speak English: Bisa bicara Bahasa Inggris?
I don’t speak Indonesian: Saya tidak bisa bicara bahasa Indonesia.
I don’t understand: Saya tidak mengerti.
Where are you from?: Dari mana?
I am from America: Saya dari Amerika.
How long have you been in Bali?: Sudah lama di Bali sini?
I have been in Bali for…: Saya sudah di Bali…..
What is your name?: Siapa nama anda?
My name is….: Nama saya……..
What time is it?: Jam berapa?
Where are you going?: Ke mana?
Turn left / right / straight / stop: Belok kiri / belok kanan / terus / stop
Where is the bathroom?: Di mana kamar kecil?
Where…?: Di mana?
toko = shop
kamar saya = my room
WC (way-say) = toilet
kamar mandi = bathroom
Currency / Exchange Rate: $1 US dollar = 8,675 IDR (Indonesian Rupiah)
Can you help me?: Bisa bantu saya?
I want…: Saya mau…
I want this: Saya mau ini.
I would like: Saya minta
I don’t want it: Saya tidak mau
Do you have?: Ada?
I like: Saya suka
How much?: Berapa harga?
Too expensive: Terlalu mahal
Cheap: Murah

Bali Soulshine Luxury Lodging

ACCOMMODATION OPTIONS:

1. LOTUS VILLAS: The Lotus Villa offered deluxe rooms with air condition and built in wardrobes in each room. All rooms have a pond and garden view. Each floor of the two story Lotus Villa building have their own bathrooms each with two wash basins, showers and toilets. Two single beds or one king available in each room. The ground floor rooms 1 – 3 share the downstairs facilities while the second floor rooms 4-7 share the upstairs facilities.

2. TERRACE VILLAS (include these):
Firefly Room: Cuddle with a loved one in this cool blue room with private terrace. The room features a queen bed, private bath and 2nd floor views.

Sound of Sunshine: Shine bright listening to the birds chirp overlooking over a jungle view. The room features two double beds, shared bath and 2nd floor views.

Garden Room: Relax in a gorgeous garden setting with private terrace and private entrance. The room features a queen bed and an adjoining tropical outdoor bath with the Koi Room on the ground floor.

Koi Room: Overlook the main koi and lotus pond in this cozy room. The room features a queen bed and an adjoining tropical outdoor bath with Garden Room on the ground floor.







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Balinese Etiquette and Respect

Dear Fellow Travelers and Kindred Spirits,

We often hear talk about eco-sustainability but we want to propose that before you think about the earth you first consider human sustainability, the people part of the earth. We define an eco-conscious commitment to green travel as promoting the culture of the areas to which we travel and never leaving having made things worse.

Indonesia has easy to follow etiquette to help us all avoid being disrespectful travelers. We are going into their home and as such should respect their culture and customs. Together we can be model peaceful travelers! Thank you for your consideration and politeness.

With lovingkindness,
Alchemy Tours

Daily Etiquette
1. Body language: it is rude to point with the index finger. Use, instead, your thumb and always your right hand (left is seen as impure). The head is seen as sacred, so avoid patting children’s heads, and refrain from displaying the bottoms of your feet (also seen as impure). Talking with your hands on your hips is a sign of contempt, anger or aggression.
2. Hospitality: handshaking is customary for greetings (again, use only the right hand). A common method when greeting in passing is to press your palm to your friend’s palm in front of your chests, fingers point upwards.
3. Visitors: always welcome with refreshments, but refrain from eating or drinking until host says ‘silakan’ (please begin). When eating with hands, first wash hands, then use right hand only. Sandals and shoes may be left outside the entrance the home.
orangedoormonkeys4. What to Wear: When visiting rural villages, skimpy attire is not considered appropriate.
5. Public affection: touching between members of the same sex is seen as friendship affection, but affection between members of the opposite sex is seldom seen in public.
6. Bargaining: in a Balinese market, haggling over price is not considered impolite, but be pleasant. Bali is not one of those places where making an agitated display of negotiations is considered part of the process. Smile, and insist on the price you want to pay, and if they refuse your price, smile, say ‘thank you’ (terima kasi) and walk away.

Temple Etiquette
1. For both men and women, when entering a temple, wear a sarong around the waist.
2. Please ask permission before taking pictures.
3. Please avoid pointing the soles of the feet towards the shrines if sitting on the ground.
4. And when in doubt just in case you find yourself not knowing the etiquette learn how to say ‘ma’af sekali’ (very sorry).
5. Women on their cycle are not allowed in the temple, nor are women who have recently given birth

Names
Basically, the Balinese only have four first names:
First child: Wayan or Putu
Second child: Made or Kadek
Third child: Nyoman or Koman
Fourth child: Ketut
Fifth child: Start over with Wayan or Putu, and so on….
So don’t get confused if you feel like everyone you meet has the same name!

Balinese Social Structure
Balinese follow the caste system, and there are four castes in Balinese society. Intermarriage between castes is prohibited. Balinese live in villages, and the family is the basic unit of the Balinese society. A society of families who live in a neighborhood village is called a ‘banjar.’

Castes
BRAHMANA – priests, scholars
KSATRYA – warriors, nobility
WEISYA – merchants
SUDRA – farmers, laborers (primary population)
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Bali Soulshine Retreat Testimonial by Lexi Winkles

We asked one of our wonderful clients Lexi to share her insights about Bali Soulshine. We will be leading two retreats here Sept 22-29, 2013 and Oct 6-13, 2013. We hope this gives you even more of a feeling of what to expect from this EPIC adventure!

“Imagine a place so beautiful and mystical. A place where lush vegetation and fields of rice MonkeysATpatties fill the mountainous landscape. A place where everyone walking around is smiling from ear to ear. Food so incredibly fresh and delicious that you can’t wait until the next meal. That was my Bali and staying at Soulshine was even more of a slice of heaven. I couldn’t have imagined a more serene environment. Everywhere I turned there was a new scene of lush beauty, whether looking out of my cozy bedroom, the open air yoga room or lounging by the infinity pool, I was constantly seeing and breathing in the tropical environment. Wayan, Agung and the staff were so friendly and accommodating, from the first ginger mint smoothie to dinner with Agung and his family, I felt as if we were all lifelong friends and I was staying at their home. Bali was the most invigorating and transforming trip I had ever been on…it’s no wonder I lost track of time and worries, or as they say in Bali, “Kin Kin.” I already can’t wait until I go back.”

SOME OF MY FAVORITE THINGS ABOUT BALI SOULSHINE:

1. SOULSHINE, BALI—THE PATH TO THE MAIN HOUSE & POOL
2. CONSTANTLY BEING GREETED WITH SMILES & DRINKS
3. THE MANY MONKEYS AT THE MONKEY FOREST…WATCH YOUR BELONGINGS!
4. MEETING THE HIGH PRIESTEST & BEING BLESSED
5. LEARNING TO MAKE AN OFFERING WITH AGUNG…SOMETHING THAT NEEDS TO BE DONE FOR EVERYTHING YOU ARE APPRECIATIVE OF
6. BATHING THE BABY ELEPHANTS BEFORE THE TREK
7. RIDING THRU THE LUSH VEGETATION
8. THE SUNNY, LUSH LANDSCAPE
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Bali Yoga Retreat September 22-29, 2013: The Art of Adventure

Bali | Yoga Self-Discovery In Paradise
September 22-29, 2013
1 FEMALE ROOMMATE SPOT LEFT $1495 CALL US 206-495-7232!

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Bali Rediscover Your Bliss Yoga Retreat October 6-13, 2013

Bali | Chakra Vinyasa Immersion Assisted by Polly Sweitzer of Yoga Sol
October 6-13, 2013
4 spots left Lotus Villa call us 206-495-7232

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