In Balinese culture, “Jamu” is a key word and a art of living. It is also the name of one of our popular « healthy coolers ». Why such a name? Because in Bahasa Indonesia, its meaning is “treatment of diseases by plants” and we would translate it by phytotherapy. In each Balinese family, there is is an ancestral know how transmitted from generation to generation about the vertues of the plants. With the help of local specialists, we elaborated at Dajuma some healthy drinks based on local plants which are not only good at taste but also revigorating and much appreciated by our guests. On the picture, a sample of these unique ingredients entering into the recipe of our Jamu healthy drink: turmeric, tamarin and lime. Selamat minum (Cheers)!
Since now more than 3 years, we are offering to our guests water fountains where they can refill their glass pitcher free of charge. By doing so, we eliminate most of the plastic bottles which are so difficult to recycle in Bali. The water delivered by these fountains comes from a 40 m deep well and is then purified by ceramic filters. Its purity is regularly controlled by the Quantum laboratory in Denpasar. However, some of our guests still prefer to drink water from plastic bottles and, for them especially, we created with the help of our neighboring craftmen these nice covers made from the bamboo and palm leaves. Hopefully they will one day give up the plastic bottles. This is one of our hope!
Saraswati Day is held in honor of Saraswati who is the Hindu goddess of knowledge, music, arts, wisdom and learning. The goddess Saraswati is depicted as a beautiful four-armed woman, playing a wina (guitar) and holding up scriptures, often seated on a white lotus. Saraswati Day is held every 210 days (base on Balinese Pawukon Calendar). All Balinese will celebrate this day at home and in the temple, but it will be very special for the children and students. A special ceremony is held in the school temple and all the students come with their offerings and wearing the beautiful Balinese Dress. They pray together with the teacher and, at the end of the ceremony, they get holy water from the priest to be used at home for their books.
Should you like to participate in the next Saraswati celebrations, here are the upcoming dates in Bali: December 7th, 2019 & July 4th, 2020.
Since a long time, Bali is famous for the quality of its cuisine. It is easy to check when you are visiting the island where beautifully decorated or more modest warungs (restaurants ) invite you to taste the delicious local specialties such as Babi Guling (Roasted pork), Bebek Betutu (Stuffed duck), Nasi Campur (Mixed fried rice) and the famous Rijsttafel (Combination of the most popular Balinese dishes). But it is also true in the daily life of Balinese families. On the picture, some kids of Dajuma staff are sharing a lunch composed of black beans soup, tumbali (meat cooked in banana leaf), rice crackers and tofu.
There are two main reasons why the Balinese cuisine is so well appreciated: Because of its location in the middle of the Indonesian archipelago, the island has been influenced through the centuries by many different cultures, each of them having brought its contribution to the cuisine. The second reason is definitively linked to the infinite variety of spices we can find in the island. Just a few of them are shown on the picture: torch ginger, star aniss, cardamon, white pepper, white ginger, cinamon, turmeric, nutmeg. Selamat makan! (Enjoy your meal!)