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Murni’s Houses – Insight Guide

Murni’s Houses – Insight Guide

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“Murni’s Houses: east of her famous warung, is up the stairs… and overlooks the rice fields. Four rooms. This idyllic setting is perfect for those who want to rest. Murni’s famous  breakfasts are served here. Rooms range from a single room with bath and verandah to large house with two bedrooms and two baths (can sleep six). All rooms are screened, have hot water and fans. Baby sitter available. Credit cards accepted.”

Insight Guide Bali, 2002

Murni’s Houses – Insight Guide

Murni’s Houses – Bali Handbook

Murni’s Houses – Bali Handbook
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“Long a favorite of Jakarta-based expats, Murni’s Houses lies below the restaurant by the same name …  maid service and helpful staff. Each accommodation is whimsically decorated with Balinese paintings and hanging winged gods. From your veranda contemplate some of the area’s most impressive examples of agricultural engineering.”

Bill Dalton
Bali Handbook

Murni’s Houses – Bali Handbook

My Tarot Card Reading in Ubud, Bali

My Tarot Card Reading in Ubud, Bali

20 April 2015
By Paula McInerney, Contented Traveller.

I had not seen Eat. Pray. Love. when I had this interesting experience, though I did know the basic premise of the story. It was when we decided to stay at Murni’s, an institution in Ubud, that I was asked whether I wanted a number of things; one of these being a tarot card reading. I guess with all of the hype of the book and the movie and the fact that many people in Ubud seem to be into this spiritual stuff, so tarot cards are trendy.

I had to think about it because I have never actually done anything like this before. I agreed because I thought it would make a good story, to be honest, and also because the lady is a published author, and that is always interesting. Her name is Novi.

I was a little nervous about such an experience but being a born skeptic thought that I might just be able to have some fun and meet an interesting lady. I brought Gordon with me to sit quietly and take a picture or 2 with Novi’s permission. I have no secrets from him. He had decided not to have a tarot card reading.

She asked me my full name and then thought about it. She then asked me my date of birth. She then appeared to go into a trance and I was freaked. Then she said she would shuffle the cards, and then I would shuffle them and give them back to her, which I did. Remember I would not know what one tarot card looked like from another anyhow…and besides, I had heard enough. She then spread them over the table and asked me to select 10.

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She then turned 3 over to start with … and then it started. She had me nailed totally. She knew me so well, and it would have been impossible for her to know the things that she did. She then started turning the rest of the cards over, and her knowledge of me was unbelievable. She asked if I had any questions, but I didn’t know of any to ask. I think I was in a state of shock. She had come so highly recommended and I can see why.

Gordon was also in a state of shock having nearly nodded his head off the whole way through, agreeing with her. He then had his tarot cards read by Novi, and again pinpoint accuracy right down to a specific event at a specific time in his life. OMG.

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Novi was originally from Java but now lives in Ubud, Bali.

So what was the analysis of me? I am not telling all – but, in a nutshell, I am a very hard worker, (control freak) with the kindest heart ever. Works for me.

Thanks to Flipkey for sponsoring us at Murni’s, otherwise we would not have had this confronting experience – and I am saying that in a good way.

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Balinese Painting Classes

Balinese Painting Classes

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Traditional Balinese Painting Classes are available at Murni’s Houses for artists and budding artists. Ubud is the artists’ village. There are many artists in Ubud but we have got one of the best to give you lessons, one to one.

No experience necessary.

Classes are 3 hours.

Book as much in advance as possible.

We will call the artist.

We will put the amount on your bill and you can pay on check out.

Materials are included. Note that prices can change.

US$65 per person.

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Balinese Painting Classes

Helicopter Sky Tours

Helicopter Sky Tours

 

Helicopter Sky Tours

 

Murni’s Houses guests can now enjoy an incredible helicopter experience flying over Bali with Helicopter Sky Tours. Perfect for an unforgettable wedding proposal! The Kintamani Volcano and Bedugul Lakes Sky Tours are stunning and a ‘must do’ while in Bali.

Prices are per flight (not per person).

It will just be for your group.

From 1 to 5 adult passengers. A child can be an extra 6th passenger. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Let us know the time you would like within the Flight Time Availability. It will be subject to flying conditions.

Minimum of 1 day’s notice.

7 HELICOPTER SKY TOURS OPTIONS

KINTAMANI VOLCANO SKY TOUR – ST1

(no landing – round trip)

From the air is the only way to see the spectacular Kintamani Volcano and Caldera lake, renowned as Bali’s most famous landmark.

Flight Time Availability:            7am to midday

Approximate Flight Time:         About 25 minutes

ULUWATU TEMPLE & COASTAL SKY TOUR – ST2

(no landing – round trip)

Flying low over Bali’s beautiful southern coastline, highlighting Dreamland beach and Uluwatu’s spectacular temple perched high on its towering white limestone cliff.

Flight Time Availability:            9am to 6 pm

Approximate Flight Time:         About 60 minutes

BEDUGUL LAKES SKY TOUR – ST3

(no landing – round trip)

Bedugul is famous for its three crater lakes, water temple and nearby botanical gardens.

Flight Time Availability:            9am to 6 pm

Approximate Flight Time:         About 35 minutes

KUTA BEACH SKY TOUR – ST4

(no landing – round trip)

Fly over the long white sandy beach of Kuta, an iconic world surfing landmark.

Flight Time Availability:            9am to 6 pm

Approximate Flight Time:         About 40 minutes

TANAH LOT TEMPLE – ST5

(no landing – round trip)

Flying South to the Hindu Temple of Tanah Lot, Bali’s most popular tourist and cultural icon for photography and general exoticism.

Flight Time Availability:            9am to 6 pm

Approximate Flight Time:         About 35 minutes

NUSA LEMBONGAN & NUSA PENIDA COASTAL SKY TOUR – ST6

(no landing – round trip)

These islands feature stunning white cliffs and deserted white beaches. Crystal bay, famous for its shimmering swathes of sand and aquamarine waters.

Flight Time Availability:            9am to 6 pm

Approximate Flight Time:         About 60 minutes

GILI ISLANDS SKY TOUR – ST7

(no landing – round trip).

The Gili Islands are perfect for a tropical island experience with their clear white coral beaches and turquoise waters offering some of the best dive sites in Asia.

Flight Time Availability:            9am to 6 pm

Approximate Flight Time:         About 86 minutes

Optional landing plus 2 hours waiting time: Rp.8,000,000  (price includes landing fee and waiting time only).

Book as much in advance as possible – we’ll call the company and arrange for you to be picked up at Murni’s Houses and dropped back.

Email: murni (at) murnis.com or tell Reception.

We need the tour, the time you would like to fly and for all passengers:

  • full name
  • weight, and
  • passport number.

You pay them direct.

Pick up is usually about an hour before the flight. Pay them direct on the day before the flight. They accept rupiahs and credit cards.

Check the current rates at time of booking.

Pick up times are subject to traffic conditions.

If the payload of passengers and luggage exceeds the payload limitation or exceeds the maximum number of passengers per flight (maximum 6 pax/flight and not more than a payload
 allocation of 550 kgs), the flight will not operate.

The company reserves the right to refuse any passenger whose condition presents an actual or potential safety hazard or risk (including impairment and intoxication from alcohol and drugs) to passengers, crew, staff or property.

You can inspect the company’s flight liability passenger insurance, which is provided in accordance with standard aviation regulations.

No smoking or consumption of alcohol is allowed on board the helicopter.

Damage done to property by a passenger will be charged to the passenger.

Helicopter Sky Tours

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Learn Indonesian or Balinese at Murni’s Houses

Learn Indonesian or Balinese at Murni’s Houses

 

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The locals love it when you try and speak Indonesian and for sure you’ll get better prices in the shops as well as having a lot of fun!

Bahasa Indonesia is not as difficult as many other languages. There are no tenses. Verbs aren’t conjugated. Plurals are often just repeating the same word twice. Same alphabet as in English and it’s pretty much spoken as it’s written. There are no tones. You can get by nicely on less than 500 words.

Balinese is a bit more difficult!

We are lucky to have a very experienced and patient teacher, Nyoman, who will happily give guests staying at Murni’s Houses classes right here at Murni’s Houses.

She’s been teaching expats and visitors since 1992 and can teach any level. She will concentrate on anything you wish.

Rp 175,000 per person per 90 minute class.

No minimum number of students.

Book as much in advance as possible. She is quite a busy lady.

Email: murni (at) murnis.com or tell Reception.

June 2016.

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Half Day and Full Day Photography Tours

Half Day and Full Day Photography Tours

with two of Bali’s best photographers

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Join David and Nyoman (and Jonathan if he’s around) and explore the best photographic areas of Ubud and the surrounding mountains away from the tourist trail. You will be shooting in stunning locations and guided with practical photographic tips to enhance your photography skills.

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Hands-on photo tips whilst photographing including use of filters, shooting on manual, landscape photography, capturing light, understanding depth of field, aperture, composition, the use of light meters and engaging with your subject.

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Join David and/or Nyoman and explore the best photographic areas of Ubud and the surrounding volcanoes away from the tourist trail. Sunrise over Mount Agung and the rice fields.

Visit ancient temples, traditional markets, dramatic landscapes and photograph rural Balinese life. Including traditional ceremonies (subject to temple schedules).

They cater for all levels, from beginner to advanced.

Tour Options

Half-day or full-day – to attend a ceremony would be full day.

What you get

Hands-on professional guidance whilst photographing.

Tour includes a free 20 x 26 cm print in David’s gallery.

David is very passionate about photography and leads tours throughout Indonesia, India, Sri Lanka and the USA. He is a skilled and patient teacher.

Nyoman is a local Balinese photographer born and raised in Ubud. Nyoman’s special connection with the local villages means you will be exploring places and witnessing ceremonies that very few tourists get to.

Half-Day & Full-Day Tour Prices

Half-day Tour:             US$120 per person

Non-Photographer:      US$60

Full-day tour:              USD$200 per person

Non-Photographer:      US$120

Minimum 2 people

US$50 surcharge for single person (but check as they may already have others)

What to bring?

Any type of camera from point and shoot to DSLR. i-Phone and i-Pad is fine.

Half-day and Full-day Tour

5:30 am – Pick up at Murni’s Houses. Comfortable air-conditioned van

10:30 am – Half-day tour finishes – drop back to Murni’s Houses

2.00 pm – Full-day tour finishes – includes lunch and drop back to Murni’s Houses

You will take home spectacular images of Bali and have a unique experience shared with the local Balinese people and go deeper into the culture.

You will gain a deeper understanding of your camera and how to maximize it for the best results. They will teach you to experiment with new and different settings.

David is a professional photographer with an in depth knowledge of Nikon equipment. Nyoman has extensive knowledge of Canon functionality. David’s photography is widely published in airline magazines, newspapers and several leading lifestyle magazines.

Bring extras if you have them

Bring your tripod and lenses if you have them. Nikon and Canon lenses and some filters are available for use.

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Nyoman is a local Balinese photographer born and raised in Ubud. Nyoman’s special connection with the local villages means you will be exploring places and witnessing ceremonies that very few tourists get to.

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Book as much in advance as possible – they get booked up

Email: murni (at) murnis.com or tell Reception.

We will call them for you, check availability and reserve the places.

You pay them direct. Note that prices can change.

 

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Balinese Dancing

Balinese Dancing Classes

Balinese Dancing Classes

Traditional Balinese Dancing classes are available for guests staying at Murni’s Houses.

No experience is necessary. The Balinese Dancing lessons are tailor-made to your experience and interests.

Bintang was born in Ubud and began dancing at the age of 8 and gained experience at many temple ceremonies in Bali. She graduated from STSI University in Denpasar. She performs at Ubud Palace and is very active teaching dance.

She has a very patient teaching manner and teaches males and females. You will learn good technique and posture.

Beginners Balinese Dancing Classes: a welcome dance such as Gabor, Pendet or Puspajali.

Dancers with experience: Legong or Baris.

If you have a particular dance in mind, please ask.

Book as much in advance as possible. Email: murni at murnis.com or tell Reception.

We will call the dancer. If you want to hire a dance costume, please let us know. The cost is different for each costume. It’s great for exercise and photos.

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Beginners Balinese Dancing Classes

Batik Painting

batik paintingBatik painting is very Indonesian. The batik course may be from 1 to 5 days, in the mornings, from about 10 am to 2 pm. If you wish you can use your optional activities to go on more than one course. You can learn the art of batik from a very basic level to a more advanced stage as desired!

1 and 2 days covers:

  • Brief introduction to the “story” of batik
  • The materials and tools used
  • The techniques for painting with canting and brush
  • Hand colour & dip dyeing in 3 to 4 colours
  • Dyeing sequence
  • Wax removal
  • Finishing touches for final product

3 and 4 days covers:

  • As above, but with the addition of :
  • Expanded knowledge of types of wax and effects that can be created (eg. wax and cracking)
  • More variation of colour through hand painting
  • and dip dyeing
  • Wider use of tools (large, small spout cantings)
  • Working on 2 pieces of work to utilise a variety of
  • techniques

5 days course covers:

  • Includes both of the above
  • but allows the student to experiment more independently using the knowledge gained in the first three – four days to bemore creative – yet still under guidance of the teacher

Book as much in advance as possible.

We will call and reserve the places.

Materials are included.

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Learn how to make Balinese Offerings

offeringLearn how to make Balinese Offerings.
Offerings are called banten in Balinese, a word that may come from the Sanskrit word ‘bali’, which means ‘tribute’, ‘obligation’ or ‘gift’. This may even be the origin of the name of the island. You see them everywhere in Bali.

An offering is something that is offered for a religious purpose. It can be anything. Dances, music, cockfights and readings from the scriptures in the temple are all offerings.

More common, however, are offerings made of natural, perishable materials, like food, fruit and flowers. There is a chapter on them in our book Secrets of Bali.

We will show you how to make a beautiful offering called a canang and you will see how easy – or difficult – it is.

Book as much in advance as possible.

We will provide the materials, palm leaves and flowers.

We will call and reserve the places.

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