Last week was the final championship of Mekepung “Buffalo Race” for this season. To end up the buffalo race season last sunday, the government invited the competitors to something new: the “Mekepung Lampit” or buffalo race in the mud. The one and only in 2017 has been gathering 38 participants. Next year the government will hold Mekepung Lampit in several times. On the picture a “Young Jockey » looks like the guardian of the culture and tradition of West Bali by learning the spirit of buffalo race.
Because we share the same love for West Bali, its unique lanscapes, people and culture we decided to go for a close partnership with the Five Pillars Foundation, a community development organization which offers to our guests thematic journeys covering most cultural, artistic and natural treasures of West Bali. Six programs are proposed to our guests:
- The Richness of Nature: An Adventure into Local Sustainable Agriculture, which showcases the experiences of local farmers and how they produce products such as coffee, rice, cacao, mushrooms and coconut oil;
- Reconnecting with Nature: Exploring Paradise, which takes on a more recreational orientation and is designed for those who want to be physically active and explore nature;
- The Essence of Bali: Nature, Community & Spirit, which helps visitors explore Balinese perspectives on what it means to be a good human being and how to live in this world;
- Peoples & Communities of Bali, which provides a unique opportunity for visitors to meet villagers from various walks of life, including artists, local changemakers, craftmen and religious leaders;
- The Arts & Culture of West Bali, which showcases local artistic traditions such as ceremonies, music, dance, and knifemaking, and
- Bali Safari: The Plants & Animals of West Bali, which provides special emphasis on the lives of wild and domesticated animals and includes meeting rescued reptiles and other wildlife, butterflies, and domesticated goats.
On the picture, a good illustration of programme 5, discovery of the artistic life in West Bali: the picture was taken at one of artist’s house family in Melaya Sub-District. From left to right Rondy, Ganda, Dina (Dajuma), Gusti Biyang (Ulon craftsman), Alice (FPF), Aji Mang De (bamboo instrument craftsman) Alan (FPF) Mang De (Talented Artist) and Ngurah (FPF).
The best way to discover the hidden treasures of West Bali! Enjoy it!
Dajuma is proud to be part of the Bookgreener Refill Initiative (www.refillbali.com).
Thanks to Jeroen (firstname.lastname@example.org) who represents in Bali the company Nazava (www.nazava.com) specialised in water filters, Dajuma has now 3 water refill stations, one in each of our 3 restaurants, where our guests can refill for free their glass bottles with a pure filtered water. The water comes from a 40 meters deep well and is then filtered in a ceramic filter provided by Nazava. Because of its volcanic origin the water is rich in oligoelements and totally virgin of bacteria and other chemicals. Its quality is regularly checked by the Quantum Laboratory in Denpasar. Selamat minum (Cheers in Bahasa)!
On vacation, because we are more relaxed and available than usual, we are ready to make new friends. This often happens in cruises and tour packages. This is also what happens in Dajuma where the atmosphere is very suitable to build new friendships between guests, even if they come from different countries. This may happen when they swim together, in the garden or when sharing a dinner or a cocktail in the sunset.
On the picture, from left to right, our guests Gregory, Sally from Australia, Abiola from the UK, Sabine from Austria and Michael from Australia became inseparable close friends during their stay with us. We wish them a long friendship!