... Bali's relaxed season ...
It seems to be birthday time in February! It's Jeni's birthday month! and also three of our deeply valued staff members Budi, Widia and Gusti all a year older!
If you happen to see them please wish them a "selamat ulang tahun!" meaning happy birthday in Bahasa Indonesia. During this time both Jeni and Glyn are in New Zealand but please be sure to watch for specials that are coming up this season.
All of our rooms are undertaking an upgrade! So hopefully upon your next visit you will be able to enjoy our new and upgraded rooms. Bali in February is usually a quieter time regarding tourism and guests here at Aquaria. An ultimate time to escape the hustle and bustle and have a peaceful getaway. The weather is similar as in January with the occasional rain throughout the day.
February is a very special and unique time for the locals for preparation is underway for Nyepi. The young and old in most of the nearby villages - except in the village of Samuh - Bug Bug village located close by will be carefully constructing ogoh ogoh. These are large hand crafted and designed monster like statues that parade through the villages prior to celebration of Nyepi - the Balinese silent day which occurs in the month of March. Samuh village does not create ogoh - ogoh.
Samuh being the only place in Bali where the ogoh - ogoh is banished because of a story being that the ogah ogah would not burn after trying 6 times, and so the mungkus (priests) talked to the gods and were told that they must ban the making of them. We choose to take our guests on a tour to see the ogoh-ogoh parade which usually occurs in one of our staff member Budi's village or to Manggis, to see the ogoh - ogoh parade.
Aquaria follows the Nyepi (silent day) tradition by being quiet using no electricity, no TV, no music and no noise between 6am and 6pm. Guests are not allowed out in the street for 24 hours during this event.
The whole island in March reverberates silence, no cars, no motorbikes, no lights just silence. It is a sacred time to tap into being and appreciate. It is a quiet month here but this month is just as soothing to the soul as any other.
Trust you are all happy and healthy and that the new year is treating you well.