Virgin Coconut Oil to RBD: The Making of Coconut Oil

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Coconut oil is classified one of two ways: Virgin or Refined, Bleached and Deodorized (RBD). This labeling signifies the level of processing involved in making the oil. Although chemicals are used in RBD oil, the process still retains the healthy fatty acids. Medical experts tend to recommend virgin coconut oil simply because it involves less processing. Virgin Coconut Oil (VCO) …


The Balinese People Love Their Coconut Tree

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Living in Bali, you will see coconuts galore. No social distancing for these wonderful chaps 😁 Is a coconut a fruit a nut or a seed? Botanically speaking, a coconut is a fibrous one-seeded drupe, also known as a dry drupe. However, when using loose definitions, the coconut can be all three: a fruit, a nut, and a seed. Out …

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Mason Elephant Park receives animal welfare certification

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On November 23rd 2019, the Mason Elephant Park & Lodge was incredibly proud to be the first elephant park in Asia to be officially awarded Gold Certification from the Asian Captive Elephants Standards. Asian Captive Elephants Standards (ACES) is an independent enterprise providing elephant camps with the methodology, guidance, and on-site support to ensure all captive elephants are receiving the …

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Learn Massage in Bali – What are the benefits?

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So you have decided to enroll in a massage course, either for professional development, an innovative means to make new friends or a way to strengthen family bonds.  Questions immediately pop into your mind.  Where is the best school?  Should I study close to home, or be a bit more adventurous and study abroad.  Of course, everyone’s personal situation and …

Sanur Village Festival 2017

Sanur Village Festival 2017

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Sanur Village Festival returns in its 12-year celebration this August 9 – 13th, bringing back a highly anticipated week filled with numerous arts, cultural, food, water sports and environmental-awareness events to the shores of Bali’s otherwise tranquil sunrise coast. With festivities mainly focused in the Maisonette area of the legendary Inna Grand Bali Beach Hotel, the committee of this year’s …

Two Islands, Two Cultures, Two Massages – Hawaiian Lomi Lomi and Balinese Massage. How do they Differ?

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By Penny Ellis, Founder, Bali International Spa Academy CIBTAC Centre of the Year 2015 and Runner-up 2014 The delightfully gorgeous islands of Hawaii and Bali are both steeped in history and culture, at least once one digs deeper than the superficial attributes that are largely responsible for attracting year-round tourists to their shores…. a tropical climate, beautiful beaches, stunning landscapes, …

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Reincarnation – A glimpse into the afterlife

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The  concept of reincarnation has been around for centuries, and yet many people still dispute its existence. For the Balinese, reincarnation known as “Punarbhawa” or “Numitis”,  is  just   one  of the  long journeys that one has to go through until they achieve eternity. They believe that after death the body of the deceased must be dissolved in order to return …

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Balinese Offerings – Canang Sari

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Wonderfully decorative and colorful offerings are a special feature of the Balinese culture. Canang sari is the simplest form of banten (offering) and is often seen at the front of houses, stores, temples or simply placed on the ground. The basic ingredients of canang sari are mostly the same, but the resources and the creativity of the people that make …

Balinese Holistic Healing

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Traditional Balinese Holistic Healing Parents of Balinese families have the added responsibility to teach their children some basic skills of traditional Balinese medicine using domestic herbs and spices, along with therapies for simple ailments. Such knowledge is inherited and has been passed down from generation to generation for centuries. Every family compound is advised to plant their own living apothecary …