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It’s Cool to be a Jesuit – St Anthonys Church, Yogyakarta, Java

It’s Cool to be a Jesuit – St Anthonys Church, Yogyakarta, Java

St Anthonys Church, YogyakartaPope Francis is a Jesuit and he’s cool. He’s the first Jesuit pope since  St Ignatius of Loyola and six other students from the University of Paris formed the Society of Jesus in 1534 nearly 500 years ago .

St Anthonys Church, YogyakartaPope Paul III allowed them to become priests in 1537 and three years later he granted them the right to become their own order.

St Anthonys Church, YogyakartaThen and now members of the Society of Jesus take three vows: poverty, chastity and obedience – and obedience to the Pope. So Pope Francis has vowed to obey himself. Isn’t that cool?

Ignatius dispatched his priests throughout Catholic Europe to set up schools, colleges and seminaries. By his death in 1556, the Jesuits had founded 74 colleges on three continents.

St Anthonys Church, YogyakartaSt. Francis Xavier (1506-1552) expanded the Church’s presence in Asia, mostly in the Portuguese Empire.  He was the first Christian missionary in Japan, Borneo and the Moluccas.

St Anthonys Church, YogyakartaThe Jesuits in Indonesia have developed a distinct identity.  In general, they are keen on high-quality education and being close to local and national elites.  There is a highly-regarded Jesuit university in Yogyakarta: Sanata Dharma University.

St Anthonys Church, YogyakartaThe numbers were expanding so Father Xaverius Strates  arranged for a new large church to be built  in the Dutch colonial style surrounded by trees.  The Church of St Anthony of Padua,  better known as St Anthonys or Kota Baru Church, was finished on 26 September 1926. It can seat at least 2,000 people. Six new priests were ordained at St Anthonys  in July 2017.

St Anthonys Church, YogyakartaSt Anthonys is firmly on the tourist list for religious sites in Yogyakarta, along with mosques, the largest Buddhist temple in the world, 9th century Borobudur, and the most beautiful Hindu temple in the world, 10th century Prambanan.

St Anthonys Church-4Biblical paintings decorate the inside walls in the local style. Behind the altar under the gaze of a religious statue sits an impressive Indonesia gamelan orchestra. Outside the area has interesting old buildings and friendly people. There’s also one of Sanata Dharma University’s campuses.

For more photos, which are for sale, go to http://www.jonathaninbali.com

For the book Secrets of Bali, Fresh Light on the Morning of the World – go to https://www.murnis.com/ebooks/secrets-of-bali/

For the slideshow: It’s Cool to be a Jesuit – go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kKt8V57QyXk

 It’s Cool to be a Jesuit – St Anthonys Church, Yogyakarta, Java

 

 

 

What’s Melasti?

What’s Melasti?

What's Melasti?Bali has many unique traditions and one of the most colourful is Melasti, three days before the Balinese New Year, known as Nyepi. On this day, beginning in the morning, Balinese Hindus parade in Balinese dress down to the beaches, major rivers,  holy springs and lakes. One such beach is called Masceti.

What's Melasti?Melasti is a religious ritual to cleanse and purify temple objects and recharge the spiritual power within them. So, you see monstrous Barongs and tall Rangda statues, various god like masks and colourful umbrellas. High priests surrounded by worshippers on the ground say prayers, facing the ocean.

What's Melasti?The Balinese believe that the ocean’s waters have powerful healing properties and provide protection. Sand protects houses from black magic.

What's Melasti?Many years ago people travelled on foot, but now they go by car and motorbike and large trucks carry the sacred objects plus gamelan instruments plus people.

For more photos, which are for sale, go to http://www.jonathaninbali.com

For the book Secrets of Bali, Fresh Light on the Morning of the World – go to https://www.murnis.com/ebooks/secrets-of-bali/

For the slideshow Melasti, Masceti Beach, Bali 2018: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EyDobyYch3c

 

What’s Melasti?

 

Bali is The Top Destination in Asia

Bali is The Top Destination in Asia

Bali is The Top Destination in AsiaBali is The Top Destination in Asia – the Number 1 Travelers’ Choice by Trip Advisor 2018 – and the Number 4  Destination in the World after Paris, London and Rome.

Trip Advisor say “The artistic capital of Ubud is the perfect place to see a cultural dance performance, take a batik or silver-smithing workshop, or invigorate your mind and body in a yoga class.

There’s actually a lot more than that. For example we arrange the following for our guests: photography tours, helicopter tours, chocolate factory tours, cooking classes, Indonesian or Balinese language lessons, white water rafting, elephant safari park trip with a ride on an elephant, Bali Swing, Jungle Buggies, bicycle drive through the villages, climbing a volcano at sunrise, rice paddy trek, bird walks, herbal walk through rice paddies, tarot reading, Balinese dance classes, batik painting classes, making Balinese offerings, snorkeling or scuba diving or a boat trip to a deserted island.

For photos (including the one shown here), which are for sale, go to http://www.jonathaninbali.com

For the book Secrets of Bali, Fresh Light on the Morning of the World – go to https://www.murnis.com/ebooks/secrets-of-bali/

Bali is The Top Destination in Asia

Demons in Bali

Demons in Bali

Demons in Bali

Murni’s Houses, my boutique hotel in Ubud, hosted a gaggle (is that the right word?)  of excitable photographers from Austria, Australia and England last week, drawn by the prospect of huge, scary, colourful demons of Bali awaiting them on the streets in various stages of creation.

Demons in BaliThe ogoh-ogoh are inventive and frightening. There is always a black, hooded, faceless angel of death. There are usually dragon-like figures and mythical creatures. In the early days the artists were inspired by Balinese folklore but latterly Hollywood characters have come to the fore, some sporting Mohawk hairstyles.

Demons in Bali

The ogoh-ogoh are symbols of demonic spirits, made from wood and bamboo, covered with papier-mâché and Styrofoam, and painted with garish colours. They can reach 10 feet (3 metres) high and the same wide.

Demons in Bali

In the evening of Balinese New Year’s Eve, these huge grotesque statues, with lights aglow, accompanied by loud gamelan music, are paraded by their makers on wide bamboo platforms around the village. They are remarkably life like.

Demons in Bali

After the parade they are usually burned at the village crossroads, but recently, as they are really works of art, some have been kept for display in community halls, temples, hotels, and private houses, admired as works of art. The ‘tradition’ became popular in the 1980s.

For (better quality) photos, which are for sale, go to http://www.jonathaninbali.com

For the book Secrets of Bali, Fresh Light on the Morning of the World – go to https://www.murnis.com/ebooks/secrets-of-bali/

For 3 frightening slideshows of Ogoh-Ogoh in Bali:

Demons in Bali

 

 

 

 

 

Jungle Buggies

Jungle Buggies!

Jungle Buggies

Start your engines and get ready to embark on a journey into the jungle to experience Bali’s first and only ‘purpose-built ATV track’. This thrilling new course, spanning 4.5 km over each lap, was crafted with the hardiest adventure seekers in mind to provide an exciting and intense driving experience like no other on the island.

Utilizing Polaris Buggies, guests have the option of choosing between single-seated ACE models or to ride tandem with a friend or guide in double-seated RZR models, as well as deciding the amount of laps to complete. The challenging and varied trail will make you feel like a rally driver, testing your capabilities and leaving you yearning for more.

Your adventure starts at Koko Bambu Restaurant, a beautiful natural structure comprised of bamboo. A safety video and demonstration will be shown outlining the necessary precautions and procedures involved with handling the buggies, before helmets with visors are distributed. Then, you’ll get in your vehicle and after a brief warm up session; you’re ready to tear up the track!

Afterwards, you can choose to take some time to relax and enjoy a drink or meal by the pool, overlooking scenic rice paddies and the jungle’s edge.

  • Drivers must be 18 – 65 years old and have a valid driving licence
  • Passengers between 12 and 65 years old do not need a driving licence.
  • Tandem passenger must be 12 years or over
  • Don’t do it if you suffer from epilepsy or a chronic heart condition
  • Closed footwear recommended
  • Bring swimmers if you want to take a dip in the pool
  • Morning: 08.30 – 09.00
  • Afternoon: 13.30 – 14.00

Including lunch you’ll spend about 2 hours there.

SINGLE PERSON

or

2 PEOPLE

or

TANDEM PASSENGER – YOU WILL BE THE PASSENGER AND THEIR STAFF WILL DRIVE
(1 Person)

Pick Up and Drop back to Murni’s Houses.

Pay them direct.

Book as much in advance as possible.

Email: murni at murnis.com or tell Reception.

We will check availability and reserve the places.

Jungle Buggies

Bali Swing

Bali Swing

Bali-Swing   Have you ever swung over the abyss…? Bali Swing have five single swings (5m, 10m, 15m, 20m and 78m!!!), tandem swing, two cute nests and amazing stone over the edge above the valley with an amazing view of the canyon and waterfall.

Enjoy those thrilling feelings, adrenaline rush, unforgettable experiences and unique pictures. Package includes open bar with soft drinks and Balinese buffet.

Bali SwingSwinging time and amount of use are unlimited.

8.00 am – 5 pm (the latest entrance) every day.

5 – 75 years old.

Price includes entrance fee, all activities, open bar and lunch buffet.

Pay them direct.

We can arrange a Pick Up and Drop back to Murni’s Houses

About 30 minutes to get there.

Pay them direct.

Book at least the day before and as much in advance as possible.

Email: murni at murnis.com or tell Reception.

We will check availability and reserve the places.

Bali Swing

Gourmet Chocolate Tasting Tour

Gourmet Chocolate Tasting Tour

Gourmet Chocolate Tasting Tour

Love Chocolate?

The Gourmet Chocolate Factory is located inside the stunning Koko Bambu Restaurant, overlooking scenic rice fields just 3 kilometres from the famous Elephant Safari Park & Lodge, near Ubud.

Within this ‘state of the art’ factory, using only the latest Italian chocolate making machinery, you can watch the chocolate making process, starting from the cocoa bean through to an exotic range of deluxe chocolates, all available in a modern showroom, where you can watch, taste and purchase from a large selection of pralines, truffles, super thins, chocolate coated nuts and bars of dark, milk or white chocolate, using only the best hand-picked cocoa beans sourced throughout the Indonesian archipelago.

BACKSTAGE TOUR includes

  • Behind the Scenes Factory Tour
  • Gourmet Chocolate Tasting

Tour & Tasting:        approx. 30mins

 Minimum 1 person,  Maximum 6 people.

Book as much in advance as possible – they get booked up and the factory needs to make arrangements. They will specify the time.

Gourmet Chocolate Tasting Tour

Walking Tour of Cheltenham

Look Inside

 

Walking Tour of Cheltenham WALKING TOUR OF CHELTENHAM

The Most Beautiful Regency Town in England

by Jonathan Copeland

Ebook: US$4.99





This book is a guide to walking through the streets of Cheltenham. It is a delightful town, full of wonderful architectural gems, all of which have interesting stories to tell. It was a fashionable place to visit in Georgian and Regency England at a time of momentous change, when foreign kings ruled the country. It was when Britain successfully fought to be the leading player on the world stage, becoming modern and global in the process.

Fortunately the most interesting places to see can be covered on foot in a day or two. Don’t rush. It is a town full of history, buildings, shops and many fine restaurants. You will find the locals are friendly and happy to chat.

I hope you enjoy the book and the photographs and most of all the town of Cheltenham.

151 pages
Colour photographs
Bibliography
What they said about Walking Tour of Cheltenham, The Most Beautiful Regency Town in England

“Jonathan Copeland takes us on a lucid and enlightening stroll through the streets of Cheltenham. Whatever your pace – and whatever your distance – this wonderful guide gives context and depth to the city’s rich history and architecture.”

Peter Stark, adventure writer, author of Astoria: John Jacob Astor and Thomas Jefferson’s Lost Pacific Empire

“A sublime account of 18th century British history when the country changed out of all recognition and the kings were foreign and sometimes mad.”

Ni Wayan Murni, owner of Murni’s Warung, Murni’s Warung Shop and Murni’s Houses and Spa, Ubud, Bali

“The architecture, the history, what to look for, all simply explained.”

Queens Hotel, Cheltenham, since 1838

WALKING TOUR OF CHELTENHAM

Petit Futé 2018 sur Murni’s Houses

Petit Futé 2018 sur Murni’s Houses

Petit Fute 2018Murni’s Houses and Spa appartenait au célèbre pionnier local Murni qui a fondé Murni’s Warung, le premier restaurant international d’Ubud en 1974 ainsi que le magasin Murni’s shop, le premier magasin d’arts tribaux et d’antiquités à Ubud. Cet établissement possède sept maisons confortables à la décoration traditionnelle balinaise. Chaque maison comporte deux chambres, un salon, une véranda et deux baignoires extérieures. Le salon possède également un lit. Les objets d’art ornent les murs et font de ce lieu un véritable musée. A seulement trois minutes de la rue principale d’Ubud, vous pouvez profiter du calme de ce lieu devenu une institution. Aux maisons, au restaurant et à la boutique s’ajoute un Spa (Tamarind) où le personnel qualifié vous accueille dans une ambiance propice à la détente.

Petit Futé 2018 sur Murni’s Houses