Book and Stay – Casa Mateo Early Bird 2018

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We have special Early Bird Promotion for period stay: 15th January – 30th June 2018

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Omed – Omedan, A Unique Tradition From Bali

March 20, 2018 Leave a comment
omed-omedanIndonesia is a rich country not only in natural capital but also in many traditions. We can see that all places in Indonesia have their own traditions that are different each other. In this occasion, I will give the example of tradition that is held in Bali. Of course this island is very famous not only in Indonesia itself but also in the world.
If people from foreign countries hear about Indonesia, many of them think automatically about Bali. This Island is well-known as an island which has many unique traditions. Every part related to Bali Island can attract the tourists from foreign countries. One thing that makes many tourists attract in Bali is that they can involve directly toward the traditions that people do.
There is a “unique tradition Omed-omedan in Bali, Indonesia”. This tradition is held once a year after Nyepi. That tradition is held in Sesetan village, and of course just in that village. Omed-omedan comes from the word omed that means “to pull”.
Therefore, Omed-omedan means ‘to pull one another’. In other word, Omed-omedan is a tradition where a man and a girl are raised. Then, both of them hug and kiss one another. Kissing? Yes, kissing one another. That is a fact.
The History of Omed-Omedan Kissing Festival
The unique tradition Omed-omedan in Bali, Indonesia was held since a long time ago. Firstly this unique tradition was held by the people from Puri Oka, a kingdom in Bali.
After celebrating Nyepi, the people from Puri Oka did the celebration named Omed-omedan. They were very enthusiastic in celebrating Omed-omed. Then, that celebration became noisy.
At that moment, the king of Puri Oka kingdom was sick. The king was very angry because the celebration was very noisy. Then, he came out to see the celebration. He would scold his people. However, after seeing the celebration, Omed-omedan, he felt better and became healthy.
Then, the king did not scold his people and allowed the people to celebrate Omed-omedan. Since then, that tradition is held regularly every year. Some people believe that if this tradition is not held every year, something worst will happen.
In 1970, Omed-omedan was not held because of a certain reason. Then, there was an incident. There were two pigs that fight in the yard of Pura. Both pigs got a serious wound.
Later, both disappeared. People thought that it could be a bad sign. Because of that incident, Omed-omedan is held again until now.
The Steps in Celebrating Omed-omedan:
As stated before, this unique tradition Omed-omedan in Bali, Indonesia is held once a year. This tradition is not held just hugging and kissing. However, there are some steps to do. Firstly, there is a certain ritual to do. Then, Barong bakung dancing is performed to recall the incident of two pigs that fought one another.
After that, the people are divided into two groups: first group consists of young men, and the second group consists of young girls. Both group line up face to face. Then, two people, man and girl, will be selected alternately, lifted up, and paraded in the front position.
After that, they hug and kiss one another. When they do so, each group will pull to separate one another. If they cannot be separated, they will be flushed with water.

Rahajeng Nyanggra Rahina Nyepi Caka 1940

March 16, 2018 Leave a comment


It was an amazing experience to witness the Melasti ceremony by the sea all over Bali yesterday. This purification ceremony marks the start of Seclusion Day in Bali. It is meant to clean all nature and its content so we can be closer to God. Today, all villages in Bali will hold an exorcism ceremony at the main village crossroad – believed to be the meeting place of demons. In the evening, every village will hold an Ogoh-Ogoh carnival. Each one takes pride in making the scariest paper mache giant, while the kids and teens will have their own take of Ogoh-Ogoh, sometimes in the shape of SpongeBob or Spiderman. The Ogoh-ogoh parade will be carried around the village, with the sweet sound of Bleganjur accompanying the procession. Afterward, each house will celebrate Ngerupuk by making noises and lighting torches to scare off the demons. The peak will be when they set fire to the Ogoh-ogoh as a symbol of getting all evil spirit from their lives.

After all the festivities, comes the silence. The Ngurai Rai International Airport will be closed for 24 hours. The internet by communications provider will be shut down. People are to remain in their houses while following the Catur Brata or four rules. Amati Geni – no fire, light or electronic devices. Amati Karya – no work and no physical activity. Amati Lelanguan – no entertainment. Amati Lelungaan – no travel. For one whole day, all Hindus will have the time to reflect and to get closer to God. If you are traveling to Bali during Nyepi, then do respect this day. Those staying in hotels can still do various activities and enjoy minimum entertainment. At night, don’t forget to go to your garden or rooftop, because this is the one day of the year where Bali is pitch black and you get to see the stars (lots of them). Have a great Seclusion Day, everyone.

Melasti Ceremony

March 14, 2018 Leave a comment

Three days before Nyepi, Balinese new year is celebrated a melasti must be performed. Melasti, according to the ancient scripture of Sundari Gama and Swamandala is “melasti ngarania ngiring prewatek dewata anganyutaken laraning jagat, papa klesa, letuhing bhuwana, amet sarining amertha ring telenging segara“. In English this sentence means “Melasti means to follow the deity in the purpose to drift away impurities, miseries and poor mundane elements and take tirtha amertha, or holy water of life in the sea”.
For community of which village is away from the beach, like at mountain range, melasti can be performed to lake, river other sanctified springs in the vicinity of the village. Since the concept regularity and conformity is unknown in Balinese culture the performance of melasti is adjusted to the local concept of desa, kala and patra (place, time and circumstance) so every region has its own characteristic and the term melasti varies to some regions like mekiyis, melis or mapeningan. There is no authoritative scripture that gives an explanation on how the melasti ritual is conducted. So its performance is mostly based on drsta or tradition that has been believed and practiced from time immemorial.


Melasti conducted in relation to celebration of Nyepi Day is commenced by carrying all pratimas (hallowed effigies of deity) to Bale Agung pavilion in village temple. The pratimas are assembled there and given a set of offering then carried to the sea or springs nearby. There are also those that do not assemble in advance, but waiting on the street and then depart together to the beach in a procession.
Melasti procession to the sea or spring involves all community members. Children and adolescences march neatly while bringing along the long pennant, spear and ritual umbrella while women balance offerings and other ritual paraphernalia. Meanwhile, adult men carry jempana or sedan chair of the effigies and many kind of hallowed representations like barong and rangda. During the passage, the temple priests chant holy hymns that accompanied by bleganjur gamelan orchestra played in fast rhythm as if it meant to provoke the enthusiasm of the devotees. For the devotees who live away from the beach or springs, they do the melasti procession by truck or other vehicles. While, there are also some executing it on foot and the pratimas are not carried on the head or shoulder, but put them into a sort of cart then pushed by devotees alternately. This pilgrimage does not make the devotees feel tired it is a show of their faith and loyalty to their deity.

On arriving at beach or spring, after the pratimas are abode on the position prepared, the ritual is commenced by performing mecaru or exorcism rite as symbol to purify the location and neutralize the power of bhuta kala in order the ritual will accomplish flourishingly. Then, continued with executing puja wali, or the culminating agenda to the Almighty God along with His manifestations and particularly to Lord Varuna as the master of the sea, resource of holy springs. Having completed the puja wali, it is resumed with ngamet amertha (taking holy water) in the sea while putting sesaji pekelem (offerings) equipped with a white duck and chicken that are thrown away alive into the sea. When the procession of taking holy water is over, devotees perform worship en masse and concluded with nunas tirtha amertha (invoking holy water) that sprinkled three times on the head, gulped down and washed away to the face for three times.
After the worship, the melasti ritual ends. All pratimas then carried back to Bale Agung escorted by devotees and nyejer (stand by) there for one day and entertained with offering and sometimes with sacred dance. Tirtha Amertha taken from the sea is placed on special spot to be re-used on the tawur and pangrupukan rituals. The tirtha amertha is sprinkled at home and village territory as symbol of purification and getting rid of any impurities.


Day of Silence

March 7, 2018 Leave a comment

Nyepi Day in Bali is a New Year celebration unlike anywhere else on the planet. Bali celebrates the Saka New Year as the Bali Day of Silence. It’s ultimately the quietest day of the year, when all of the island’s inhabitants abide by a set of local rules. These bring all routine activities to a complete halt. Roads all over Bali are void of any traffic and nobody steps outside of their home premises. Most Balinese and visitors regard Nyepi as a much-anticipated occasion. Some expats and those coming from neighbouring islands prefer escaping Bali for the day rather, due to restrictions that surround the observance. Some others check coinciding dates ahead before their Bali trip, avoiding it altogether. Anyhow, Nyepi is worth experiencing at least once in a lifetime. Especially, since the preceding and following days offer rare highlights to behold
pawai-ogoh-ogoh-dan-kemeriahan-festival-rakyat-menjelang-nyepiA Different Kind of New Year Celebration The unique day of silence marks the turn of the Saka calendar of western Indian origin. It’s one among the many calendars assimilated by Indonesia’s diverse cultures. The Saka is also among two calendars that are jointly used in Bali. The Saka is 78 years behind the Gregorian calendar, and follows a lunar sequence. Nyepi follows after a new moon. Village meeting halls known as ‘banjar’ and streets feature papier-mâché effigies called ogoh-ogoh. They are built throughout the weeks leading up to the Saka New Year. Youth groups design and build their mythical figures with intricately shaped and tied bamboo framework before many layers of artwork. These artistic creations are offshoots of the celebration since its dawning in the early 80s. Much of it has stayed on to become an inseparable element in the island-wide celebration that’s Nyepi Eve.

melastiWhen the Whole Island Shuts Down… However on Nyepi Day, complete calm enshrouds the island. The Balinese Hindus follow a ritual called the Catur Brata Penyepian, roughly the ‘Four Nyepi Prohibitions’. These include amati geni or ‘no fire’, amati lelungan or ‘no travel’, amati karya ‘no activity’, and amati lelanguan ‘no entertainment’. Some consider it a time for total relaxation and contemplation, for others, a chance for Mother Nature to ‘reboot’ herself after 364 days of human pestering. No lights are turned on at night – total darkness and seclusion goes along with this new moon island-wide, from 06:00 to 06:00. No motor vehicles whatsoever are allowed on the streets, except ambulances and police patrols and emergencies. As a hotel guest, you are confined to your hotel premises, but free to continue to enjoy the hotel facilities as usual. Traditional community watch patrols or pecalang enforce the rules of Nyepi, patrolling the streets by day and night in shifts.

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March 2, 2018 Leave a comment

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5 traditional food dishes to try when visiting Bali

February 27, 2018 Leave a comment

As with many places around the world, there are some key dishes that constitute an integral part of Balinese culture. These dishes can be experienced both in restaurants and hotels, as well as from the traditional food carts that dot busy streets.

Below, we take a look at 5 traditional dishes to try when visiting Bali:

Nasi Goreng

Nasi Goreng

Perhaps one of the main dishes that defines Balinese cuisine and is also a favorite throughout Indonesia is nasi goreng.

As a result of its simplicity, it is an integral part of larger meals and it can be easily combined with other ingredients.

It is one of many strong contenders for the position of Indonesia’s national dish and it is easy to see why. It is, in its simplest form, just stir-fried rice, usually mixed with a range of different spices, such as garlic, tamarind and chilli and sweet soy sauce to lend it a unique and delicious flavour. Though there are many variations, it is usually combined or served with egg, as well as meat, vegetables and sometimes salted dried fish.

Due to its ubiquity throughout the region, visitors to Bali won’t struggle to find a good example of nasi goreng wherever they look. It is renowned for its accessibility across all levels of social class – the simplest version of this dish can be found served on tin plates from roadside vendors or from night hawkers at bustling markets, but it can also be found on porcelain in smart restaurants or at civilised dinner parties.


Another delicacy that is central to Indonesian culinary culture is satay, also spelt as sate. This is popular not only in Bali, but also across Indonesia and the entirety of Southeast Asia and has many parallels in other nations, such as Turkish shish kebab or South African sosatie.

Despite its widespread popularity, its origins lie in Indonesia and therefore the most authentic version of the dish can be found there.

Satay consists of skewers ofSatay Ayam meat flavoured with spices, grilled or barbecued and then served with a number of accompaniments. The skewers themselves are usually made from the midrib of the coconut palm frond or from bamboo and the meat that is placed on them varies widely, although chicken, pork and mutton are among the most common. The accompaniments for satay skewers include spicy peanut sauce, as well as rice cakes or mixed slivers of cucumber and onion.

Satay is such a versatile and popular dish that there are many travelling vendors who sell it almost exclusively. In addition, it can be found at street-side restaurant tents, as well as in high-class eateries. It is also often present at major celebrations and festivals, with the skewer design making it easy to eat on the go.


Another popular choice for visitors exploring Balinese cuisine is gado-gado. It is a widely variegated dish that is served throughout Indonesia and can work as both the main event of a meal or as an accompanying side.

It is found at stalls, from vendors and in restaurants and hotels and a dried mix is often found in shops, meaning that by simply adding water, it is now possible to try and make it for yourself.


In essence, gado-gado is a vegetable salad covered with a peanut sauce. There are numerous regional variations, the most significant of which is whether or not the vegetables are cooked or raw; both versions are widely consumed. The key difference between this and traditional Western salads is the amount of sauce used – it should thoroughly coat the vegetables and not merely act as a form of dressing.


One of Bali’s most popular dishes is the martabak; it is especially interesting because it is available in both a sweet and savoury variety. Although the method of cooking and range of ingredients bear very little similarity, traditional martabak vendors will sell both the sweet and savoury versions.


The sweet variety, or martabak manis, is essentially a thick pancake with a filling, such as chocolate or banana, sandwiched between two pan-cooked buttery layers. These are most commonly cooked by street vendors in the evening. The savoury version, or martabak telur, is a crepe-like dish with a filling of egg (often duck egg) and other ingredients, such as onion, beef and seasonings. The filling is incorporated while the pastry is still being fried in the large flat woks.

Bubur Sumsum

Black rice pudding, also known as bubur sumsum or bubuh injin, is another Balinese delicacy. Its sweetness means that it is often eaten as a dessert, but also serves as a breakfast or snack option too. It is often regarded as the ultimate in local cuisine for visitors with a sweet tooth.Resep-Bubur-Sumsum

It is a mixture of white and black glutinous rice, flavoured with coconut milk or cream, palm sugar and randan leaves. It is usually served hot and is syrupy and sweet in taste. For extra flavour, it is often garnished with more coconut cream and banana slices. The general unavailability of many of the ingredients involved, especially the black rice, in Western food stores, mean that this dish really encapsulates true Balinese cuisine.

Overall, there is much to enjoy in Balinese cuisine, whether you favour sweet or savoury, meat or vegetarian, high dining or quick takeaways. The five dishes above are a small but representative selection of some of the unique delicacies on offer in Bali.

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Chinese New Year

February 13, 2018 Leave a comment

Chinese New Year, also known as the Spring Festival in modern China, or simply the Lunar New Year, is an important Chinese festival celebrated at the turn of the traditional lunisolar Chinese calendar. Celebrations traditionally run from the evening proceeding the first day, to the Lantern Festival on the 15th day of the first calendar month. The first day of the New Year falls on the new moon between 21 Jan and 20 Feb. The New Year festival is centuries old and gains significance because of several myths and customs. Traditionally, the festival was a time to honor deities as well as ancestors. Lunar New Year is celebrated in other Asian countries and territories, including Mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macau, Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, Korea, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Mauritius, Australia, and the Philippines. Lunar New Year is considered a major holiday for the Chinese and has had influence on the lunar new year celebrations of its geographic neighbors.


Within China, regional customs and traditions concerning the celebration of the Lunar New Year vary widely. Often, the evening preceding Lunar New Year’s Day is an occasion for Chinese families to gather for the annual reunion dinner. It is also traditional for every family to thoroughly clean the house, something which in Chinese culture is only done once per year. Many Chinese restaurants will also use the New Year to clean as well in order to sweep away any ill-fortune and to make way for incoming good luck– or just because a good cleaning is necessary. Windows and doors are decorated with red color paper-cuts and couplets with popular themes of “good fortune” or “happiness”, “wealth”, and “longevity”. Other activities include lighting firecrackers and giving money in red paper envelopes. In about one third of the Mainland population, or 500 million Northerners, dumplings (especially those of vegetarian fillings) feature prominently in the meals celebrating the festival.

It is one of the world’s most prominent and celebrated festivals, with the “largest annual mass human migration in the world”.


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