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Hinduism in Bali

The moment you land in Bali you are enveloped in Hinduism. The air is fragrant with incense and flowers everywhere. The Balinese are often dressed in colorful Balinese traditional dress and greet you with hands in namaskar, with, “Om swasti astu.” Which means “May God shower grace upon you;”
The drive from the airport takes you past huge sculptures with scenes from the Mahabharata and Bhagavad Gita.

Bali is an intensely Hindu community, perhaps because it is the sole Hindu majority district in an otherwise Muslim country. Hinduism has not just survived here, it has thrived, unscathed by the tumultuous events of India’s history over the last thousand years. Though elements of Balinese Hinduism are unique in all the world, most of the daily life of Balinese Hindus is easily recognizable–the rituals, culture, traditions, rites of passage, etc. Bali’s official religion is Hindu, but it’s far too animistic to be considered in the same vein as Indian Hinduism. The Balinese worship the trinity of Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva, three aspects of the one (invisible) god, Sanghyang Widi, as well as the dewa (ancestral gods) and village founders. They also worship gods of the earth, fire, water and mountains; gods of fertility, rice, technology and books; and demons who inhabit the world underneath the ocean. They share the Indian belief in karma and reincarnation, but much less emphasis is attached to other Indian customs. There is no ‘untouchable caste,’ arranged marriages are very rare, and there are no child marriages.

In some ways, Balinese Hinduism reflects a deeper philosophic understanding and a fuller incorporation into daily life than found in India. For example, here cremations are not an occasion for sorrow and mourning, but festive celebrations of the soul’s passing on to a better world. Balinese Hindus perform Trikal Sandhya, reciting the Gayatri Mantra and other Sanskrit slokas every day at 6am, noon and 6pm–a practice found in India among brahmins. A third example is Nyepi, the Day of Silence in which the island comes to a complete halt; even the electricity is shut off.

Bali’s unusual version of Hinduism was formed after the great Majapahit Hindu kingdom that once ruled Indonesia evacuated to Bali as Islam spread across the archipelago. While the Bali Aga (the ‘original’ Balinese) retreated to the hills in places such as east Bali’s Tenganan to escape this new influence, the rest of the population simply adapted it for themselves, overlaying the Majapahit faith on their animist beliefs incorporated with Buddhist influences. A Balinese Hindu community can be found in west Lombok, a legacy of Bali’s domination of its neighbor in the 19th century.

The most sacred site on the island is Gunung Agung, home to Pura Besakih and frequent ceremonies involving anywhere from hundreds to sometimes thousands of people. Smaller ceremonies are held across the island every day to appease the gods, placate the demons and ensure balance between dharma (good) and adharma (evil) forces.

Don’t be surprised if on your very first day on Bali you witness or get caught up in a ceremony of some kind.

The ancient Hindu swastika seen all over Bali is a symbol of harmony with the universe. The German Nazis used a version where the arms were always bent in a clockwise direction.

Religious Etiquette

  • Cover shoulders and knees if visiting a temple or mosque; in Bali, a selandong (traditional scarf) or sash plus a sarong is usually provided for a small donation or as part of the entrance fee.
  • Women are asked not to enter temples if they’re menstruating, pregnant or have recently given birth. At these times women are thought to be sebel (ritually unclean).
  • Don’t put yourself higher than a priest, particularly at festivals (eg by scaling a wall to take photos).
  • Take off your shoes before entering a temple or a mosque.

Showing Respect

Bali has a well-deserved reputation for being mellow, which is all the more reason to respect your hosts, who are enormously forgiving of faux pas if you’re making a sincere effort. Be aware and respectful of local sensibilities, and dress and act appropriately, especially in rural villages and at religious sites. When in doubt, let the words ‘modest’ and ‘humble’ guide you.

Dos & Don’ts

  • You’ll see shorts and short skirts everywhere on locals but overly revealing clothing is still frowned upon, as is wandering down the street shirtless quaffing a beer.
  • Many women go topless on Bali’s beaches, offending locals who are embarrassed by foreigners’ gratuitous nudity.
  • Don’t touch anyone on the head; it’s regarded as the abode of the soul and is therefore sacred.
  • Do pass things with your right hand. Even better, use both hands. Just don’t use only your left hand, it’s considered unclean.
  • Beware of talking with hands on hips – a sign of contempt, anger or aggression (as displayed in traditional dance and opera).
  • Beckon someone with the hand extended and using a downward waving motion. The Western method of beckoning is considered very rude.
  • Don’t make promises of gifts, books and photographs that are soon forgotten. Pity the poor local checking their mailbox or email inbox every day.

Hinduism is one of the five religions officially recognized by Indonesia. The presence of Hinduism in Bali also serves as a reminder of diversity or ‘bhinneka tunggal ika’ (‘different but one’). Which is why Nyepi, one of their biggest celebrations is accepted by the government as national holiday. It is also during this time that business and government in Bali closes down in order to celebrate the event. Whether in Bali or all around Indonesia, major Hindu celebrations are celebrated as a whole.

Have you ever witness a Balinese religious celebration? Do you have any other additional tips? Tell us your experience in the comment section down below!

A unique Hindu festival celebrated in Indonesia is Nyepi Day (Day of Silence). The calm and quiet atmosphere during Nyepi differentiates this celebration amongst the usual boisterously celebrated religious festivals. During Nyepi, Balinese Hindus are obligated to observe the four Brata: Amati Geni (no fire or anything fire-related such as being angry), Amati Karya (no activity), Amati Lelungan (no traveling), and Amati Lelanguan (no entertainment).

Nyepi is celebrated on Tilem Kesanga (IX) which is believed to be a purification day of the gods amidst the ocean carrying the essence of living water. Around two or three days shortly before celebration, you can witness the Balinese holding a purification ceremony referred to as Melasti/Melis/Mekiyis, where they parade to the shrines at the beaches or lakes as it symbolizes holy water named Tirta Amerta that aims to cleanse impurities of human and nature.

On the previous day, the Hindus perform Buta Yadnya ceremony as well, starting from every family, villages, district, bringing one type of caru (sort of offerings) according to ability. This routine usually occurs on Balinese Nyepi Day in general, but did you know that there are 5 amazing facts regarding this festival:

1. Nyepi Day festival reduces Carbon Dioxide emissions by 20,000 tons on that day as well as reducing green house gas emissions by 33% to reduce world air pollution.

2. A “World Silent Day” celebrated every March 21st is inspired from Balinese Nyepi Day.

3. During Nyepi Day, 60% electricity is saved in Bali. This is 290 megawatts (MW) and worth approximately 4 billion Rupiahs.

4. Approx 500,000 liters of diesel fuel, estimated to be worth around 3 billion Rupiah are saved on Nyepi day at the two power plants in Bali, The Steam Power Plant of Pemaron that generates 80 MW electricity and Gas Power Plant of Gilimanuk which generates 130 MW of electricity.

5. Celebration of Nyepi in Bali is enlivened by Ogoh-ogoh Parade, which are gigantic dolls created in a form of Bhuta Kala that symbolizes evil spirits and creatures who frequently bother the lives of humans. The funds incurred to create Ogoh-ogoh can reach billions of Rupiahs.

6. “Nyepi” comes from the word “sepi” which means silent in Indonesian.

7. All of the services stop at that day including hotels, airports and the sort. Which is why it would be better to keep food at your residence. If not, you can also order a “Nyepi package” from the hotel.

Though these facts are not widely known to everyone, the Nyepi Day festival instills a remarkable peace of mind in case you feel restless, anxious or stressed.


A positive mind helps in many situations despite obstacles.

I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear. ~ Nelson Mandela

Fear and negative thoughts can be paralyzing and prevent you from reaching goals. Transform all areas of life with a positive mindset, from career, family, friendships, school and more.

 Signs of a Negative Mindset

Before you decided to create positive change in your mind, you should recognize that these are the signs that show whether someone has a negative form of thinking. This also applied to other people who you perceive to have a negative mindset. Here are the signs:

  • You tend to focus on the negative aspects of your life and have difficulty seeing the more positive part of your life. For instance, you had a great day at work and finished a difficult issue at work. Instead of appreciating yourself after the good job at work, you go home and continue on your task without acknowledging yourself.
  • You blame yourself first and foremost. An example is when an accident happens or when a friend refuses to go out with you. At that instant, you immediately think that the accident was your fault or that your friend changed plans because you have done something terrible.
  • Any small occurrence could rattle your confidence for the day. This could be as simple as having an accident in the morning and thinking that your day will go horribly because of what happened.
  • All-or-nothing sort of thinking. Perfectionism is something that would negatively affect the state of your mind. Having too high standards for yourself will give you unnecessary stress while placing yourself as a complete failure will lower your sense of self-esteem.

How to have a more positive mindset?

If you are one who tends to think more negatively, there are several ways to make your mind feel at ease. The process may not be immediate, but you may find your steps feeling lighter as the time goes by:

  1. Allow Yourself to Feel Negative Emotions

Although the main goal is to have a more positive mindset, it would be better not to strain yourself too much. Going cold turkey and aiming to achieve it 24/7 is unrealistic, as there are bound to be times when you feel negatively about this situation. To deny that humane part of you will just make the process of change much more difficult.

If you allow yourself to truly feel how you are feeling, then changing would become a much easier process. Do it by gently reminding yourself of thinking positively at times your emotions are at turmoil. You may find that the intensity of negative emotions decreases and its duration getting shorter.

  1. Say Positive Affirmations throughout the day

Self-talk is one of the underrated methods to achieve the change that you want. It may seem miniscule, but the things that you say to yourself will greatly impact your state of mind. Saying positive affirmations directly affect your state of mind and would therefore impact the actions you do on the daily basis.

Start by saying positive affirmations the moment you wake up. This would remind you of your positive mindset goals and would also set you in a good mood for the rest of the day. Choose words that you know would create a positive mindset such as ‘I am great’ or ‘Today will be a good day’.

If something were to take your positivity for the day, create the habit of turning it into a positive thought. For instance, you can change the sentence ‘I am awful at this’ into ‘once I get more practice, I’ll get better at this’.

  1. Take inspiration from other people

Inspiration does not only have to come from yourself, but can come from other people. In fact, looking at other people who you know have a much more positive outlook will help you achieve your goals and draw inspiration from them. Of course, this does not mean following other people’s actions every step of the way.

Take inspiration from as many sources as you can and follow through with some of the actions that they do. Some of the sources that we recommend are your close friends, people you meet and speak on a daily basis, TED talks, interviews or podcasts. Improvement in your state of mind will surely follow.

  1. Write a gratitude journal

Another way to make your positive affirmations and create a much more positive frame of mind is to create a journal filled with gratitude. At the end of the day, take a separate notebook and write down the things that would fill you with more positivity. Whether it is your strengths in life, the things that you are grateful for today, your accomplishments for the day, positive experiences and even monumental moments in your life that have affected your life in a large way.

Just like studying, writing things down is said to create a much deeper impact to the mind.  You will also feel more refreshed at night after expressing your emotions and having a energizing your mind after writing everything down.

  1. Exercise regularly

Creating a positive mindset does not only involve managing the state of mind, but it also includes taking care of your overall well-being. Getting tired, exhaustion or fatigue will clearly get in the way of your progress. Taking care of yourself would affect you in many ways including the reduction of stress, improvement of mood and some would even say increase in productivity.

If not, taking time for yourself would also help with the reduction of stress, setting you in a good mood. Other than that, doing that ensures that you would be happier and begin to look forward to those moments rather than feel dreadful about it.

  1. Meditation

Meditation is beneficial in many ways to the body from decreasing blood pressure, improves blood circulation and many more. But more than physical benefits, meditation greatly benefits mental health. Research by Barbara L. Fredrickson revealed that people who meditate daily would generally have more positive emotions than those who do not. People who meditate are noted to have experienced improvement in positive emotions from increased mindfulness, purpose in life, social support, and decreased illness symptoms.

Changing your frame of mind is not an easy process. It will take trial, error and time. Like changing any personality, it will take a while until your mind is used to the change of habits. But deliberately changing your frame of mind will definitely help you cope with your problems better.

Have you tried these methods? What other method have you tried to create a more positive mindset? Share your experiences in the comment section below!

Anupama Jain is an avid reader of Rumi. She shared her favorite quotes to kickstart 2019 with January as ‘month of Rumi’, in the most beautiful way.

Maulana Jalaluddin Rumi was a 13th century Persian poet, an Islamic dervish and a Sufi mystic. He is regarded as one of the greatest spiritual masters and poetical intellects. Born in 1207 AD, he belonged to a family of learned theologians. He made use of everyday life’s circumstances to describe the spiritual world.

Day 1
” Rumi – much of his work is dedicated to waking people up and encouraging them to experience life themselves, rather blindly following the scholars of the day.”


Day 2
“Rumi weaved magic with his words. His poems and quotes give insight and shows the way of living.”


Day 3
“Rumi, verbalizes the highly personal and often confusing world of personal growth and development in a very clear and direct way.”


Day 4
“Rumi’s wise words, inspire and empowers us to live a more meaningful, authentic and beautiful life.”


Day 5
“What you think about, you bring about.

Rumi tells us to seek within oneself and not outside.”


Day 6
“Rumi, always talks about closeness and being one with God, he says, during a rough phase of our life, is the time when we are closest to God and get the enlightenment and awareness of his presence.”


Day 7
“Thankfulness is the key to our life. Lets thank God for all the blessings he has given us, instead dwelling on the negative – Rumi”


Day 8
“Friends are the charming gardeners, who make our soul blossom”

“Rumi, penned a beautiful expression of the closeness of the Friend, he says, the one who has a good friend, doesn’t need a mirror.”


Day 9
“Rum’s writings encourage us to find the best in the worst, he says, when we are suffering, we can surrender to grace. Even the deepest suffering has to turn to joy with pure awareness and acceptance”


Day 10
“The ruin and despair of the world, may be just a pathway, we need to walk in order to discover the treasure, the treasure of God, Love and Trust, and once its discovered, it can never be ruined again, becoming more resilient, alive, flourishing and free”


Day 11
“An amazing proverb that tells us to educate ourselves. The Art of knowing means to seek knowledge about ignoring everything that minimizes our happiness.”


Day 12
“And the Quote says it all…..!”


Day 13
“Rumi’s perspective rightly suggests that whatever we loose, will return to us in a different form. The challenge is being awake enough to see the other form.

Being able to be silent and observant of all the incredible magic in this world is a real talent.

Let’s experience the beauty in the moment.”


Day 14
” Lets search to find that field where right doing and wrong doing no longer matter.

It is the field where bliss lives. And happiness thrives. And love rises and swells and surrounds everything like a gentle, cozy mist. But it is up to us to make a choice and dare to break the shackles of the material limitations and look beyond.

It is our choice to walk down that path of love.”


Day 15
“Rumi guides us to step out of our comfort zone, he asks us to learn to embrace discomfort so that we can move forward on the path of self realization.”

“He says safety is just an illusion, take risks, and move into your fears. The cave you fear is the cave you should enter. Reinvent yourself over and over again, that is the sign of true growth and enlightenment.”


Day 16
“Rumi warns us not to believe everything we are told, but to go forth into the world, perform our own search and come to our own conclusions. Let others decide what is good for them, we must chart out our own course across the ocean of life.”


Day 17
“Let us find people who will shine light on our path and let us be away from the ones who make us sad and create fear within us”.


Day 18
“Believe, you can do what you want. You can achieve your goals; you can reach out and grasp your dreams.

Even if your goals and dreams are lofty, there is no reason to stop believing you can achieve them. Obstacles are inevitable, but they shouldn’t hold you back for long. Always remember the Universe is on your side”.


Day 19
“Rumi says, everyone we encounter, whether they are permanent residents of our world or just passers by,they each are on a mission to guide us in our journey of life. Some we admire, some teach us, others challenge us or serve as a mentor, either way, there’s always something to learn. Be grateful.”


Day 20
“Choose love, be love. Ultimately we have the choice to choose love or fear in any moment. Love is where we come from and where we go, and what we’re called to bring in this experience of life. Love is worth it all”.


Day 21

“Over the years we all come in and out of relationships. Some of them last, while some fade away over time. But a connection that is heart to heart lasts, no matter what, and that is the beauty of it. Real love transcends material plane, and no matter if your bodies are apart, your soul will forever be connected.”

Though the epitome of Love, Devotion and Positivity says there’s no Goodbye, but have to say Goodbye to my present duty till I am honored with such coveted privilege again. Can’t tell you how much i loved this duty, hope that Rumi be there for you throughout for the rest of your life steering your way whenever needed like the way he had been with me through the thick and thin.



A month of Ayurveda with Shilpa Dhoka
Ayurvedacharya Dr Shilpa Dhoka

Dr Shilpa Dhoka is a Jakarta based Ayurvedacharya and holistic wellness practitioner. The whole month of February 2019, she shared her knowledge on Indoindians Facebook as the ‘month of Ayurveda‘:

Feb 1
Ayurveda is ancient Indian Science of Preventive health &healing. Its approach is holistic and treats body, mind and soul as one.

Feb 2
Lets begin our Ayurveda journey by analysing following characteristics to teach one’s body composition. It can be one dominant dosha or combination of 2 or 3.

VATA Body type-
Enthusiastic, Vibrant, quick to learn, fearful, anxious indecisive & digestion issues.

PITTA Body type –
Competitive, Success-oriented, great intelligence, alert, precision& quick digestion.

KAPHA Body type –
Complacent, calm, lazy but hard working, methodical , good endurance & slow digestion.


Feb 3
After knowing our body type, lets look at food suitable for our dosha composition.

VATA pacifying food
Warm, moist, oily, smooth, sweet, sour and salty food.

PITTA pacifying food
Cool, dry, mild, sweet, bitter and astringent food.

KAPHA pacifying food
Light, warm, dry, rough, pungent, bitter and astringent food.


Feb 4
Every person is born with a unique balance of three doshas. Generally, one or two of the doshas will dominate, and this will determine the Ayurvedic routine for mind/body type. Remember that we each have Vata, Pitta and Kapha in our constitution, but in a different proportion. Here are some examples to help keep the dosha balance.


Feb 6
The Yoga poses for Vata calm the nerves, relax the muscles, and relieve the stress and make the person more grounded. The exercises directed towards Pitta, balance the circulation and improve the digestion, and induce coolness, patience and calmness. The exercises directed at Kapha increases circulation, removes congestion, makes the body lighter, and the mind more alert.


Feb 7
Pranayama is extension of breath. One must build enough strength and stability in the body and nervous system through yoga asana practice first, in order to withstand the increase in energy flow that pranayama generates.

After exercise, sit quietly and do some deep breathing exercises as follows:

12 alternate nostril breaths (anulom vilom) for vata;

16 cooling breaths by curling up your tongue lengthwise and breathing through it (shitali) for pitta;

100 short, fast breaths (bhastrika) for kapha.


Feb 8
Each one of us is working hard to make the most every minute. Ayurveda can help structure our day for greatest productivity and peace of mind as there are dosha times during day and night.

Vata time is a time to be more creative and spiritual. There’s a reason why monks of all traditions wake up before 6am for their morning prayers. Vata time is the easiest time to feel connected to the world and to our best selves. The afternoon Vata time (2-6pm.) is the perfect time to brainstorm, start new projects, read, and make connections.

6-10 AM and 6-10PM: KAPHA TIME
Kapha time is an important one. Waking up in the 6-10am time frame makes us feel sluggish and tired. At work, use your kapha time to connect – have meetings, check in, or work on correspondence. For the 6-10pm time frame, this is the perfect time to wind down, see family, friends, and connect.

Pitta is our most energetic time. Pitta time is also a great time to get stuff done at work. This is the time to pitch an investor, close a deal, and finish the books. Do methodical, detail-oriented work during this time, and you’ll find success.

Investigate your day and the times you feel lowest in energy or unhappy. Those could be the places where making some changes would bring the biggest gains.


Feb 10
Ama is undigested food residue due to poor agni that lodges itself within the organs and channels of the body. It is a form of un-metabolized waste that cannot be utilized by the body. To some degree, the formation of small amounts of ama is a normal part of the digestive process, provided it is efficiently removed. But when it is not regularly cleared and eliminated, ama becomes hugely problematic and the root cause of all disease.

Modern diseases that are a direct result of ama accumulation include Atherosclerosis, Elevated blood sugar, Ulcers, Blood Urea, Gout, Gall stones, Arthritis, Tumors and so on….

There are a number of ways to encourage the body to digest ama and eliminate it from the body through urine, feces and sweat. For instance,

  • Using household spices like fresh and dried ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, mustard seed, garlic, cumin, black pepper, fennel, and coriander in day to day meals.
  • A gentle steam bath, sauna, or appropriate exercise helps warming the body and inducing sweat.
  • Pranayama and Yoga
  • Fasting
  • Detox and cleansing therapies like panchkarma.


If you would like to get a general idea of your current ama levels, circle a number for each question below. A score between 0-15 indicates a low level of ama; 16-35 indicates a moderate amount of ama; and 36-50 indicates a high level of ama.

Ama Questionnaire

I often feel a sense of blockage in my body

(Such as constipation or congestion). 0 1 2 3 4 5

I often have difficulty digesting food. 0 1 2 3 4 5

I feel foggy when I wake up in the morning. 0 1 2 3 4 5

I tend to feel weak for no apparent reason. 0 1 2 3 4 5

I often feel lethargic and unmotivated. 0 1 2 3 4 5

I feel the need to cough regularly. 0 1 2 3 4 5

I become easily exhausted, both mentally and physically. 0 1 2 3 4 5

I frequently feel depressed. 0 1 2 3 4 5

I often have no taste for food 0 1 2 3 4 5

I catch a cold several times a year. 0 1 2 3 4 5


Feb 11
Ojas is considered the most refined byproduct of digestion. The body takes a full 30 days to refine the digested food enough to manufacture about 8 drops of ojas. A plentiful reserve of ojas is reflected in the luster of the eyes, radiance of the skin, tenacious immunity, strong digestion, and clarity of mind.

Simple ways to increase ojas include:

  • daily oil massage and bath;
  • a diet full of fresh, organic, food; ghee, milk, almonds, raw honey, dates, saffron, coconut and oranges are especially ojas-promoting;
  • Regular use of medicinal herbs; ashwagandha, shatavari;
  • laughing and loving others;
  • proper sleep habits.


Feb 12
After understanding ama (toxins), its important to understand the ayurvedic detox regime to ensure production of Ojas, the elixir of life. According to Ayurveda, there are many different ways to fast and cleanse the body and since we are all unique we must find a cleansing method that suits our body type. If you have never done fasting before, as a safe start you can do a 1- day fast a week. Fasting in not about total abstinence from food, but a healthy rest for our digestive system can help it clear ama (toxins) and strengthen the digestive fire – something that is imperative in a world of over-consumption.

Here are a few 1-day fasting options:

  • Clear liquid fasting: Drink clear, warm liquids like warm water, herbal teas, clear liquid/broth soups throughout the day and a light spiced bean soup in the evening.
  • Fruit /juice fasting : Eat only ripe seasonal fruits for breakfast & lunch and drink clear liquids, herbal teas in between meals followed by a light spiced bean soup in the evening.
  • Mono diet: Drink hot lemon water in the morning & continue to drink warm water or herbal teas throughout the day. Enjoy moderate portion of mono-diet meal of kitchari (simple blend of split mung beans, rice, ghee and spices) at 11:30 am-12:30 pm. Have the second serving of kitchari between 4pm to 6 pm as early evening meal.

Fasting done correctly can also increase energy levels, immunity, brings lightness to the body, sharpen the intellect and bring a sense of vitality.


Feb 13
Every food has its own taste and each taste has different effect on body, mind and emotions. Six tastes found in food are sweet, sour, bitter, astringent, salty and pungent. Each of these tastes has its specific heating or cooling energy and different post digestive effect. Digestion of every food is a unique process. When different foods are combined, they might complement each other to aid digestion or sometimes make digestion process difficult. Thus, food combination plays a very important role in digestion.

In Ayurveda, to reduce the strong effect of some food, some spices and herbs are added during cooking. E.g.: Coriander is added to calm the spicy effect or Cardamom is added to coffee as an antidote. Also, Potatoes should be cooked with pepper to avoid bloating.

Compatible food combinations will not only improve the quality of digestion but also support proper absorption of nutrients. More to follow tomorrow…


Feb 14
Eating bananas with milk may confuse the digestive system and produce allergies, sinus congestion or imbalance due to post digestive effects of this combination. Similarly, Milk and sour fruits should not be consumed together, as acid curdles milk and creates bloating.

Such wrong food combinations lead to different diseases by disturbing the digestion. If foods with different and possibly aggravating qualities, such as a mixture of vegetables, are cooked together in the same pot, the foods tend to learn how to get along. Using appropriate spices and herbs helps with this too.

Some Useful Tips to Aid Digestion are

  • Eat ½ teaspoon fresh grated ginger with a pinch of rock salt before each meal.
  • Use Ghee for cooking.
  • Small sips of warm water during a meal will aid digestion and absorption of food.
  • A cup of lassi with 2 pinches of cumin and ginger at the end of a meal.
  • Fruits, fruit juices & milk should be consumed on its own.

One should avoid the following not compatible food combinations,

  • Yogurt or beans with fruits, cheese, hot drinks, milk, egg and fish.
  • Honey cooked with equal amount of ghee.
  • Lemon with cucumber, tomatoes, milk and yogurt. Lime can be used instead of lemon.
  • Tomatoes cooked with carbohydrates.
  • Olive oil with Nuts.
  • Vegetables & grains with milk and cheese sauce.
  • No two types of concentrated protein should be consumed together at a meal. E.g. Nuts, meat, cheese with other protein foods.

By understanding the principles of Ayurvedic food combining, one can avoid the unpleasant side effects of eating the wrong foods together.

Challenge for you: Try omitting JUST the fruit & dairy combo for 2 weeks. See if you notice any of these things: less heart burn, less “burp-ups”, better poops, sharper mind/focus, less gas or tummy cramps, stronger feeling of hunger.

Do you think it’s pretty doable? Have you noticed any of these combinations irritate your tummy – if so, what are they?



Feb 15
Ayurveda recommends taking sweet, sour, salty, bitter, pungent and astringent tasting foods in this order while eating. In other words, when we are hungry and are about to start eating, the digestion strength is at peak. Sweet, sour and salty are heavy in nature, and if they are consumed first, the digestion strength will be better utilized to digest these tastes. Bitter, pungent and astringent foods take a bit less strength to digest; hence, they are advised to be taken at the second half of meals. At the end of your meal, it is advisable to take a very small piece of sweet (preferably jaggery) in order to satiate your senses.

This order should only be followed by healthy individuals in whom digestive fire (agni) is good. When the fire is low the number of tastes to be consumed and the order will change.

Each individual should adjust the amount of each taste according to his body type.The body naturally desires the tastes that balance its doshic makeup.

Vata dominant people should focus on more sweet, salty and sour tastes in their diets.

Pitta dominant people need to focus more on sweet, bitter and astringent tastes.

Kapha dominant people should incorporate more bitter, astringent and pungent tastes in their diet.

Ayurveda even speaks about taste according to the season. During winter and the Rainy season, sweet, salty and sour tastes should be used whereas during summer, sweet tastes should be used.


Feb 16
According to Ayurveda, Sleep is considered as one of the 3 supporting pillars for maintaining good health. Sleep plays a critical role in immune function, metabolism, memory, learning, and other vital functions.

Your dosha can provide valuable insights into getting the quality and quantity of sleep you need in order to shine!

Vata: Vata sleep is often light. Vatas tend to average between 4 to 7 hours of sleep.

Pitta: Pitta sleep is moderate, meaning most pittas sleep pretty well. Your average pitta gets somewhere between 5 to 8 hours of sleep.

Kapha: Kapha will sleep deeply, undisturbed, and for longer periods than the other two doshas. Most kaphas are likely to do over 8 hours of sleep.

Sleep deprivation is a global issue and is linked to illness like anxiety, depression, heart attack, rheumatoid arthritis, and osteoporosis, acid reflux, hormonal imbalance and so on ….

Ayurveda has a few simple suggestions for making sleeping a little easier.

  • Wake up and go to bed around the same times every day. This helps settle the mind. Going to bed around 10 pm and waking up before 6 am is ideal.
  • Create a nighttime routine—take time to wind down and relax for an hour or so before going to sleep. Opt for quiet and relaxing activities (chanting Om, meditation, gentle breathing exercises or gentle yoga postures etc.).
  • Drink spiced milk. Adding a pinch or 2 of Nutmeg powder to hot milk improves the quality of sleep.
  • Avoid drinking alcohol or caffeine or stimulants closer to bed time.
  • Massage the feet and temples with warm sesame oil before going to bed.


Feb 18
A simple morning routine is all you need to get the skin results you crave.

  1. Cleanse the Skin.

Washing your face removes dirt and toxins from the skin. All skin types could benefit from a cleanser with almond powder because it is both moisturizing and exfoliating and makes an ideal skin-care ingredient because of the fatty acids. Sugar is also, a good alternative .

For Vata skin: Mix together 1 teaspoon of almond powder with 1/2 teaspoon of whole milk or coconut milk, to make a thin paste. Apply a thin layer over your face and gently massage, being mindful not to scrub or rub on the skin. Wash off with warm water before the paste begins to dry.

For Pitta skin: Mix together 1 teaspoon of lentil flour (besan), 1/2 teaspoon of neem powder or triphala powder, and 1 teaspoon of water. Apply this paste to your face, and wash off with cool water before it dries.

For Kapha skin: Mix together 1/2 teaspoon of honey and 1/2 teaspoon of lemon juice. Apply to the face and leave on for 2 minutes then wash off.

  1. Nourish with a facial oil.

Sesame oil for Vata skin, coconut oil for Pitta skin, and sunflower oil for Kapha skin are recommended.

  1. Give yourself a self-massage.

The third step in your routine is a gentle face and neck massage for few minutes a day as it improves immune functions, improves sleep, and benefit skin circulation.

  1. Swab your skin with raw milk or bathe in it.

Once a day dip a cotton ball into a small bowl of raw milk and wipe your face thoroughly with it to remove dirt from your pores. Milk or cream is soothing and nourishing for the skin.

  1. Practice Oil Pulling.

Swishing sesame or coconut oil is super popular in Ayurveda. Apart from oral hygiene, oil pulling helps to keep the facial skin wrinkle free.

  1. Use rose water.

Finally, finish your routine with a spritz of rose water. It adds a final mist to the outer layers of dry skin to create an instant plumping effect.

Small, gradual adjustments in your daily routine can make your skin healthier and more beautiful.


Feb 19
Healthy lustrous hair is a very important part of overall appearance and everyone’s beauty regimen.

Ayurveda has specific treatments for maintaining healthy beautiful hair and its approach is not about trying to alter the fundamentals of the hair, but rather about inviting it to be its absolute best.

We tend to regard healthy kapha-type hair as especially desirable, and many develop the idea that the natural hair type is somehow inadequate. We must learn to celebrate our unique natural beauty along the way.

Ayurvedic Hair Types

Healthy Vata-Type Hair is relatively thin, but often a bit coarse, may be straight, curly, or a combination of the two, grows quickly, and can be challenging to style.

Healthy Pitta-Type Hair is straight, soft, predictable, and of moderate thickness, but very fine.

Healthy Kapha-Type Hair is typically wavy, lustrous, full, strong, coarse, and thick.

Treating the hair directly is often the most intuitive means of delivering a little extra support to the hair and scalp and also,improving hair health at a deeper level. Let’s take a look at the traditional hair practices for thick, long, beautiful hair…


  • Apply oil to the scalp and gently massage with the pads of the fingertips. Let the oil penetrate for one hour or leave on overnight. The oil massage helps to improve circulation throughout the scalp while strengthening the roots of the hair. Practice this nourishing scalp massage one to three times per week.
  • Washing every day can strip hair of its protective oils and over time can lead to dry, split, vata hair. Wash hair only when necessary.
  • Choose gentle natural shampoos that contain nourishing herbs such as amalaki, shikakai, and aloe.
  • Use herbal conditioner like almond or coconut oil after shampooing to help seal the hair cuticle. Rub a pea size amount of oil after shampoo through the lower third of the hair, avoiding the scalp and leave-in to make the hair soft, shiny and smooth, even without a blower dryer.
  • Protect from excessive exposure to sunlight.
  • Choose henna with herbal/vegetable based dyes to enhance hair color.
  • Avoid heat styling. Let your hair dry naturally, if you can, and then brush into place.
  • Brush hair regularly in all directions using smooth long strokes from scalp to hair ends.
  • Practice relaxation techniques such as yoga and meditation. Stress can be detrimental to hair.


Feb 20
Today lets look at few day to day hair issues.


According to Ayurveda, dandruff occurs due to an imbalance in the bodily doshas. The primary doshas involved are Pitta and Vata, both producing impurities which are dry, rough and hot in nature that accumulate in the deep tissues of the scalp and contaminate them.


  • Soak 2 tablespoon of Fenugreek (methi)seeds overnight in water .Grind the softened seeds into a fine paste in the morning and apply over the scalp. Leave for half an hour and then wash thoroughly.
  • In a bowl of homemade yogurt, Mix 2 tablespoon of ginger juice. Apply the paste over the scalp and leave for half an hour and then rinse the hair.


Hair loss

Hair loss is caused because of pitta dosha. Pitta governs our metabolism and digestion. Typically, bad eating habits, anxiety, and stress cause pitta dosha, which in turn leads to hair loss. Excessive consumption of tea, coffee, alcohol, meat, fried and spicy food can cause an imbalance in pitta.


  • The oil from Amla (Indian gooseberry) prepared by boiling dry piecesa of Amla in coconut oil,is a hair tonic for enriching hair growth and preventing hair loss.
  • Avoid untimely head showers especially night showers. Night head showers cool down the scalp which in turn weakens hair strands; resulting it to fall.


Premature Graying of Hair

According to ayurveda, graying hair is a pure Pitta disorder that occurs due to the vitiation of Pitta dosha. Excessive Pitta in the sebaceous glands which reside at the hair roots, called folliculitis can also result in graying prematurely.


  • Curry leaves combined with the penetrative properties of coconut oil helps deeply nourish the hair and follicles. Curry leaves contain B-complex vitamins and minerals like zinc, selenium, and iron, which help preserve and restore the pigment in the hair follicles.
  • Blend handful of china rose (hibiscus)flowers, custard apple (sitaphal) leaves and seeds, and buttermilk to get a smooth mixture. Massage the mixture into the scalp and hair. Leave the buttermilk in for 30 minutes. Then, wash the hair. It should be repeated 2 to 3 times a week.


Feb 21
Eye is an incredible organ that bestows everyone with the power of vision. Unfortunately, the eyes have to suffer a lot and are prone to deterioration of the vision or complete eyesight loss. Ayurvedically, the excess of heat (Pitta) or coldness (Kapha) in and around the eyes leads to Drishti Dosha.

Exercises, herbs and therapies to improve eyesight are effective ayurvedic options for restoring the natural light of the eyes.


Eye Exercises

Some eye exercises that can help are:

  • Hatha Yoga:Rub your palms together till they are warm. Now put your palms on your eyes. This will help the nerves around the eyes to relax and increase the blood circulation.
  • Asanas:Shirshasana and Surya namaskara are very beneficial for eyes
  • Sunning: Move your head from side to side to benefit the eyes facing the sun. Do not look directly at the sun with open eyes.
  • Rotate your eye balls clockwise and anticlockwise. Do this with your eyes shut and at least twice a day. However, you can do it multiple times as well.
  • Follow the 20-20-20 rule: Every 20 minutes look 20 meters away from the book or screen for 20 seconds. Make sure you blink in between. This will help improve your eyesight.

Eye Therapy

  • Mix half a teaspoon of fine, organic triphala powder in a cup of boiling water. Cool and strain the solution with a clean cloth to remove any visible particles. Pour in an eye wash cup, bathe the eye for 90 seconds and blink 30 times. Repeat with both the eyes. Triphala eye wash has anti inflammatory effect.
  • You can refresh your eyes by splashing them gently with cool water, blinking seven times and rotating them in all directions.


Ginkgo Biloba (brahmi), saffron, cardamom, fennel seeds, gooseberry(amla) are beneficial for eyesight. They can be consumed in the form of powder or decoction regularly these enhance eye health.


Feb 22
Today, poor eyesight is a common problem in the world. More cases of nearsightedness and farsightedness are reported each day. Another problem is how we use technology. Essentially, we become zombies in front of a glowing screen, blinking only three times a minute instead of the normal 20, resulting in dry eyes.


Let’s take a closer look at some of the best Ayurvedic remedies to common eye issues:

  • If the eyes burn or are light sensitive, to counter it, lie down for 15 minutes with milk-soaked cotton balls on your closed lids. Cucumber slices will also do the trick.
  • If eyes feel tired or more crusty than usual, sprinkling the eyes with rose water. Make your own rose water by soaking an organically grown rose in filtered water overnight.
  • Dry, itchy eyes can be restored. Pour the organic ghee into an eyecup, lean your head back, and bathe the eye for five to seven minutes. Repeat on the other eye.
  • If the eyes are puffy, place a slice of potato on each eye and let it stay for 30 minutes.

Potato slices stay cool for longer and contain an astringent that helps in removing water from under the eyes.

  • Application of medicated kajal is one of the special treatments done for roughness and stiffness in the eyes.
  • Coriander eye wash relieves irritation in the eyes due to its cooling effect.


Feb 23
When children are eating unintelligent food, they are not nourishing the mind with the necessary minerals and vitamins. Modern research confirms ancient ayurvedic wisdom — nutritional deficiency can result in diminished memory.

Also, In view of all the distractions and demands daily life offers, it is often the case that many adults are struggling with weak memory. This can be due to imbalance between the three mental functions. In Ayurveda, mental abilities are divided into three categories. They are dhi (acquisition), dhriti (retention), smriti (recall).

Living one’s life according to Ayurvedic principles can help to coordinate balance between the three mental abilities. When these abilities are in balance one will be less reactive, less stressed, more creative, and experience a more sattvic state of wellness.


Few Keys to Good memory — at Any Age

  • Eat fresh, pure foods: Avoid foods with added chemicals, pesticides or additives. The purer the foods you eat, the more of their intelligence available for you to absorb.
  • Balanced Nutrition is Essential: A diet rich in healthy proteins, plenty of fruits and vegetables is good for enhancing mental potential. Don’t eliminate the fat as it plays an essential role in the physiology and brain development.
  • The Power of Antioxidants: Ghee, Soaked Walnuts and Almonds are powerful food for the brain because of their antioxidant value. The brain is especially vulnerable to free-radical damage so consuming foods high in Vitamins A, C and E and plenty of Omega 3 Fatty Acid. Also, Indian Gooseberry or amla, is one of the best remedies for managing Alzheimer disease. It can be consumed raw or dried, and at times along with white sesame seeds.
  • Cooking with spices such as black pepper and turmeric can be of great benefit to supporting good memory function.
  • Ayurvedic herbs: Shankhapushpi, Brahmi, Ashwagandha etc., should be incorporated in daily diet in requisite amount as they relax mind, and thereby improves its functioning capacity

Day dream, read, learn something new each day to charge your brain batteries!


Feb 24
According to Ayurveda, it is believed that the primary cause of allergies in the body is the accumulation of toxins and low immunity due to aggravation of a specific dosha. The improperly digested food, called ama and other chemical additives travel inside the body via the circulatory system and get lodged in the respiratory tissue, skin and other sensitive tissues to produce allergies

Let’s see the three types of allergies identified in the Ayurvedic tradition.

Vata-Type Allergies

Vata types of allergies are often experienced in the digestive tract with symptoms such as burping, bloating, digestive discomfort, gas, gurgling intestines, vague abdominal pain, and intestinal colic. They can also include wheezing or headache, as well as sneezing, ringing in the ears, joint pain, sciatica, muscle twitching or spasms, insomnia or nightmares.

Pitta-Type Allergies

Pitta-type allergies are therefore often skin-based reactions such as hives, rashes, itching, allergic dermatitis, eczema, and may also involve bloodshot eyes. In the GI tract, pitta allergies can cause heartburn, acid indigestion, stomach upset, nausea, or vomiting. Pitta-type allergies can also induce hot flashes.

Kapha-Type Allergies

Kapha allergy symptoms include irritation of the mucus membranes, hay fever, cold, congestion, cough, sinus infection, water retention, bronchial congestion, asthma, and even sleeping disorders. In the digestive tract, kapha types of allergies can create a certain heaviness in the stomach and sluggish digestion.

General ayurvedic herbs for allergies:

  • Trikatu is traditional Ayurvedic formula containing three herbs: black pepper, long pepper, and ginger. This combination is renowned for its ability to kindle agni, digest ama (natural toxins), support clear breathing, rejuvenate the lungs, balance mucus production, clear the mind, and support proper metabolism. This formula is traditionally mixed with raw honey to form a paste.
  • Chyavanprash is a herbal jam primarily aimed at supporting the immune system. It nourishes the mucous membranes, helps to balance mucous production, and benefits the lungs. Chyavanprash promotes strong digestion and metabolism, reduces ama (natural toxins) and supports the body’s natural defenses.
  • Cumin, coriander and fennel tea kindles the digestive fire and helps removing ama (natural toxins).
  • Triphala is traditional Ayurvedic formula comprised of three fruits that is balancing for vata, pitta and kapha. It is revered for its unique ability to gently cleanse and detoxify the digestive tract while replenishing, nourishing and rejuvenating the tissues.

Thus, to cure allergies with Ayurveda, focus on cleansing the body off the toxins and boosting the immune system.


Feb 25
Heart is critically important physical and energetic crossroad in the body. Ayurveda teaches us that healthy organs and tissues depends on robust agni, a healthy diet, a supportive lifestyle, a balanced nervous system, as well as mental, emotional and spiritual well-being. Poor dietary choices puts one at risk of high blood pressure, high cholesterol, obesity, diabetes, atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries),etc.

Here are some of the Ayurvedic herbs that work effectively to promote healthy heart:

  • Cardamom effectively reduces blood pressure and inhibits formation of heart blockage.
  • Garlic supplementation has the potential for cardiovascular protection by reducing blood pressure and cholesterol.
  • Cinnamon can reduce high blood sugar levels and improve insulin sensitivity — both factors are associated with elevated risk of heart disease. At the same time, it can increase, levels of ‘good’ HDL cholesterol.
  • Arjuna bark is a cardio-protective and anti-ischemic agent that works as a powerful antioxidant, regulating lipid levels and restricting damage to the heart.
  • Gold helps to heal and strengthen the heart. Simply place a pure gold item in 2 cups of water, bring to a boil, and simmer until the water is reduced to 1 cup. Remove the gold item, cool and store the gold water. Take 1 teaspoon of this water, two to three times each day.
  • Rudraksha seed’s subtle energy can be infused by soaking it in a glass of water overnight. In the morning, remove the seed and drink the water. This process can be repeated daily.
  • Ginger is very good for the heart and the circulatory system because it promotes healthy circulation, vasodilation, and healthy sweating.
  • Turmeric supports the proper function of the heart and It also purifies the blood, strengthens digestion, and helps to eliminate ama (toxins) from the digestive tract, which in turn supports the heart.

It is important that the heart be maintained at a peak level of efficiency at all time. Ayurveda has scores of herbs in its arsenal to maintain heart health.


Feb 27
Ayurvedic cooking is an art and a science at the same time. Ayurvedic foods are not only aromatic and flavored; they are also appetizing and have a healing effect. The main objectives of Ayurvedic preparation of food is the cleansing of toxins that have entered the body and vitalizing the body. Ayurveda views the process of cooking, digestion and nutrition as integrated. That is why it always recommends an eating sequence where the focus is on easier digestion and the body’s capability of extracting the maximum nutrition from the consumed food.

Cooking Tips according to Ayurveda,

  • Ghee is considered a beneficial oil. According to traditional ayurvedic texts, it is a tonic, good for overall well-being and longevity. Modern research shows that it is an antioxidant and contains beta-carotene.
  • The best way to cook vegetables is to sauté them in ghee with spices. By first sautéing the spices in ghee, the volatile oils of the spices are drawn out into the ghee. These spices have therapeutic value. The spices cook into the vegetables and act as carriers, transferring nutrition from the vegetables into the bloodstream as we consume them.
  • Turmeric is an antioxidant, ginger and cardamom are anti -inflammatory and other spices such as cumin and coriander help with digestion and assimilation.
  • Fresh food rewards the body with the maximum amount of energy. Vegetables should be eaten cooked rather than raw as cooking improves digestion and in turn helps vitamins and minerals to be properly assimilated.
  • Basmati rice is considered to be a highly beneficial grain, according to ayurveda. It is balancing for all the doshas; however, eating it every day is not recommended, because it is a little heavy. People with a Kapha imbalance can dry-roast the grain before adding the water for cooking, as this will make it a bit lighter.
  • Lassi (curd drink) is a digestive aid for the afternoon meal. (It is not recommended in the evening.) Fresh organic curd is full of fresh lactobacilli, necessary for a well-functioning digestive tract. When made into a drink, it is useful to reduce bloating and allows the digestion of the lunch to be smoother. Plus it adds nutrition and the sweet taste.
  • Include all six tastes in a meal — sweet, salty, sour, astringent, bitter, and pungent. If you are on a diet to pacify a specific dosha, it is still good to include all six tastes, focusing on the ones related to the specific dosha and taking less of the other ones. For example, a person trying to reduce Pitta would include more of the sweet, bitter and astringent tastes and less of the pungent, sour and salty tastes.

Ayurveda is a philosophy rather than a cuisine. Its principles can be applied to any dish. The goal is to prioritize foods that are digestible, avoiding combinations and methods that might upset the tummy. This, along with eating at the right times, chewing well and eating mindfully, is the ayurvedic diet.


Feb 28
During this whole month, I have walked you through the details of Ayurveda, mainly focusing on promotion of health and prevention of disease.

Ayurveda, the knowledge of life, is a vast, deep and practical science regarding the health of the body, mind and soul with a holistic approach. It is an ocean of wisdom designed to help people stay healthy and vibrant, while realizing their full potential.


  • Now, we are familiar with the tridoshas individual body constitution, Agni, dincharya, food combinations etc. Its important for each one of us to use this knowledge to create a personalized lifestyle regime, specifically tailored to our individual needs. The goal of this regime would be to maintain tridosha balance.
  • According to Ayurveda, every individual is unique and there is no diet or lifestyle routine that works for everyone.
  • Prevention is key. Ayurveda focuses on providing specific advice and guidance on how to maintain physical and emotional health.
  • Food and lifestyle routines are considered the most important medicine. Try looking for recipes rather than prescription for pills.

One can set the stage for optimal health and emotional growth by following an ayurvedic lifestyle in harmony with nature and body’s type, stilling the mind with techniques like yoga, breathing and meditation along with proper diet, exercise and herbal support.

As we come to a close, I would like to offer you a warm-hearted welcome as you begin to explore the world of Ayurveda. I hope to inspire you to continue this journey of discovering Ayurveda.

Featuring 20 pioneering women artists of the region, 'Reinventing Eve' is a specially curated exhibition
Featuring 20 pioneering women artists of the region, 'Reinventing Eve' is a specially curated exhibition

Art In Jakarta

Culture and diversity in Indonesia can be clearly acknowledged in the Capital City, Jakarta. Through art, the spirit is celebrated as its prominence and the city’s creative minds form into a hub. There are so many art events in Indonesia going on throughout the year and we would like to share with you some upcoming events curated by ISA Art Advisory. ISA Art Advisory curates the best of South East Asian and International artworks derived from more than 20 years of experience in Art Consultancy.

Here are some upcoming events by ISA Art Advisory and Indonesian Luxury that one should not miss in contributing to the significance of woman in today’s society, in celebration of women’s month.

Reinventing Eve

Featuring 20 pioneering women artists of the region, ‘Reinventing Eve’ is a specially curated exhibition by ISA Art Advisory that aims to explore the social deconstruction of the way women have always been looked at in society. Described as ‘The Third Space’ by scholars such as Hommi Bhaba that understands the phenomenon of hybridity and that nothing is truly intact and singular. We receive the threshold of a widening, narrow cultural heritage whilst mixing practices and discourses in puzzles, searching for spiritual energy when in an in-between condition. You can enjoy the exhibition starting 14th of March, 2019 at the 1 Park Avenue Apartments Function Hall, (Gandaria Area). Our Opening night is on the 13th of March, 2019 at 6-8 PM. Please RSVP for the opening night through [email protected]

During the course of the exhibition there will be a series of Art Talks on women artists and public art.

Accompanied with the exhibition opening;

Carla Bianpoen

13th of March 2019 10AM

“The Future Has Arrived” will be presented by, Carla Bianpoen. The Author of the newly released book ‘Into The Future.’

More Art talks will be scheduled towards the end of the exhibition course;

"Art Through The Public and Private Eye", will be presented by Mari Elka Pangestu
Ibu Mari Elka Pangestu

“Art Through The Public and Private Eye”, will be presented by Mari Elka Pangestu and Deborah Iskandar on the 16th of March, 2019. At 2PM.

All talks will be held at 1Park Avenue, Function Hall, Jl. Kyai Moh. Syafii Hadzami, RT.3/RW.5, Kby. Lama (Gandaria area).

One of the most anticipated art fairs this year in Jakarta, Art Moments bring artists and artworks from around the world, providing an exceptional platform for artists and art connoisseurs. Art Moments will also host a sculpture show accentuation 20 notable Indonesian and International sculpture artists.

One of the most anticipated art fairs this year in Jakarta, Art Moments bring artists and artworks from around the world, providing an exceptional platform for artists and art connoisseurs. Art Moments will also host a sculpture show accentuation 20 notable Indonesian and International sculpture artists.

We look forward to introducing you into a world of art.


When traveling, a travel kit is something that cannot be left behind. Rather than creating a kit that can potentially harm the environment, why not try to make it eco-friendly?

Here are some of the useful tips for an eco-friendly travel kit:

Choose Ocean-Friendly Sunscreens

In the past year, it has been found out that sunscreens can create harm to the surrounding wildlife. Yet going on vacation without sunscreen can create health concerns such as sunburn and skin cancer. Protect the environment by being more careful of choosing sunscreen products. Ingredients you should avoid include Oxybenzone (used in over 3,500 different sunscreens worldwide), Octinoxate / Octylmethoxycinnamate (used in ‘long lasting suncremes), Octocrylene, 4-mehtylbenzylidene: 4MBC, Octisalate, Homosalate, Avobenzone, and ethylhexl methoxycinnamate.

DIY Sunscreen: Alternatively, you can also choose to make you own sunscreen, free from preservatives or harmful chemicals. All you need to prepare are your preferred oil mixes ranging from vegetable oil to essential oils (jojoba oil is said to be particularly good for the skin), and some sun protection such as zinc or titanium dioxide. For every percent of zinc or titanium dioxide, you will gain about SPF 2. Therefore, a mix of about 10% zinc and 90% oils produces a sunscreen with SPF 20.

Chemical & Plastic-Free Toiletries

Toiletries are also something that many of us miss but yet there are many opportunities that we can improve on it. From the unrecognizable ingredients that we cannot decipher (which may potentially endanger us!) to plastic material that is non-biodegradable, toiletries can create change to our environment if we were to make changes.

Solve this issue by creating your own toiletries:

DIY toothpaste: Take some baking soda, coconut oil and charcoal. Alternatively, you can add some peppermint or eucalyptus for a more ‘toothpaste’-ish feel.

DIY shampoo: Mix vinegar and water.

DIY Conditioner: Using plant based oils such as coconut oil, olive oil, argan oil will give nutrition but also soften hair.

Mouthwash: Oil-pulling is a technique in which you clean your mouth using oil. Although coconut oil is generally used, you can try other oils if you are comfortable with it. Swish it in your mouth for 20 minutes and you will have fresher breath and whiter teeth.  Use certified coconut oil or cold pressed local coconut oil for increased effectiveness and least environmental impact on production.

Deodorant: Mix some baking soda and water to create a paste. Apply on your armpits after a shower and leave to dry before putting your clothes on.

Facial serum: Applying facial serum on your face can moisturize your face instead of a moisturizers. Choose a type of oil that suits your skin from jojoba oil, rose oil or coconut oil.

Facial wash: Just by mixing water and oates, you will be able to create a paste to clean your face without drying it out.

Mosquito repellent:  lemongrass, citronella, tea tree, eucalyptus, and cinnamon are some of the essential oils you can use to keep the mosquitos away.

Ear infection prevention: There are times when snorkeling can cause ear infection or swimmers ear. Prevent this by putting 25% vinegar and 75% water into your ears after swimming.

Antiseptic solution: Tea tree oil has been proven to be a great antiseptic for cuts, bites and weird bumps.

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

There are several ways to become eco-friendly, even while using non-biodegradable items in your travels. First, you can choose items that have been reused before. Not only will you be able to reduce waste of buying a new tech item, but you will also reduce the cost of your travels. The next thing would be to reuse all your things. Items like water bottles and plastic containers are something that can repeatedly be used again and again.

Other than that, be aware of buying travel sized products. These can be harmful to the environment as it creates waste faster. It will be much better to buy small containers that can carry your daily products. You save money on buying new products and there are less waste going to the bin!

Use eco-friendly and biodegradable containers

As much as you are trying to be eco-friendly by using biodegradable items or items that are close to nature, sometimes the packaging poses a problem for the environment itself. Ever thought about the plastic wrappings of supermarket snacks, or the bottle of shampoo that you have thrown away last week? When combined, your plastic waste can be an insurmountable mountain of junk that will take YEARS to break down.

What’s more, using plastic can be unavoidable when you are travelling since the food you eat and the products you use are covered in plastic. Become more eco-friendly by limiting the use of disposable plastic containers. You can do this by bringing biodegradable containers for your travels from lunch boxes, water bottles to bamboo toothbrushes.

Make Smart Shopping Choices

Purchasing items from local providers can help benefit the environment. In big businesses, there are various chains that had to be passed through for the product to reach the your hand. Local providers, on the other hand, have a much more shorter travel. Doing this ensures that you are saying no to oil drilling, carbon emissions and a cleaner way of life. By simply choosing from which business you want to buy, you will be able to minimize the energy used to make the product, the energy cost of transportation and the amount of packaging.

When shopping, it is also important to follow two important rules in order to reduce waste. If you are shopping for things that have continuous use, it is much better to buy in bulk. Less material for packaging means less waste for the environment.

Second, buy things that are durable. Often we think about our budgets and think to purchase items that are cheaper. On the contrary, this will affect us negatively. Non-durable items get broken easily, in which the items will get thrown out much more faster, resulting in a higher amount of waste.

Be aware of labels

Do not be fooled by labels such as ‘eco-friendly’, ‘sustainable’, ‘organic’ or ‘green’. Most of the time, brands will attach these words to their product without meaning it at all. Even certifications are something that you should be careful with. One thing that you should look out for are corporations that are certified B-corporations, which uses business as a force for social, environmental, and economic good. But to be entirely sure, you should read labels, read stories, ask questions, and find out.

Pack Light

It may not seem like it, but packing a heavy baggage while travelling uses more carbon emission on your travels. Obstacles, difficulty are a sure thing when you are carrying a heavy luggage but it will also indirectly affect your carbon footprint.

A heavier luggage will weight down the plane and cause it to use up more fuel. With every transport used on your travels, then the higher amount of fuel will be used to carry your luggage. Packing your bare necessities will reduce your carbon footprint for the entirety of the trip.

Travel kits may be the least of our worries when trying to become eco-friendly as there are many things to improve on, but it can be a good start. Becoming more aware of the things that you can change and improve is one of the ways where you can create positive change to the world around you.

Do you have any tips to becoming more environmentally friendly? Share with us in the comments down below!

Nyepi Celebrations

Balinese Hindus make offerings and perform temple rituals to placate demons that they believe personify the destructive forces of nature. On the day before Nyepi major offerings are made to the demons at village crossroads, where evil spirits are believed to loiter. Before every ceremony a cleaning ceremony or mecaru must be held to drive out the devils and spiritually clean the place.

The purpose is to be in harmony with nature and the great purification Bhuwana Bhuwana (macro and microcosm) to realize the inner and outer well-being and happiness (jagadhita and moksa), living based on Satyam (truth), siwam (purity), and Sundaram (harmony / beauty).

Rituals of Nyepi

First, The Melasti Ritual is performed on 3-4 previous days. It is dedicated to Sanghyang Widhi Wasa and is performed at the beach to respect them as the owner of The Land and Sea. At this day, Balinese people gather in a parade with gamelans, offerings and old family heirlooms. The ritual performed in Pura (Balinese temple) near the sea (Pura Segara) and meant to purify Arca, Pratima, and Pralingga (sacred objects) belongs to several temples, also to acquire sacred water from the sea. Other than that, this ceremony is also hoped to cleanse Bali and the whole world of bad spirits.


Second, The Bhuta Yajna Ritual is performed in order to vanquish the negative elements and create balance with God, Mankind, and Nature. The ritual is also meant to appease Batara Kala by Pecaruan offering of a live animal sacrifice. You will be able to witness “Pengrupukan” ceremony around sunset, where people would drive out the demons by banging pots, pans, bamboo tubes along with burning of dried coconut leaf torches.

Devout Hindu Balinese villages would usually make ogohogoh, demonic statues made of bamboo and paper symbolizing negative elements or malevolent spirits. After the ogohogoh have been paraded around the village, the Ngrupuk ritual takes place, which involves burning the ogohogoh.

ThirdNyepi Day or “Day of Silence” celebrations based on the four precepts of Catur Brata Penyepian.

  • Amati Geni (no fire) in which the lighting of fires, the use of lighting or satisfying pleasurable human appetites, including the ‘fire’ caused by human anger, hate and other similar negative emotions.
  • Amati Karya (no activity) where people prohibited to do all forms of physical work other than those dedicated to spiritual cleansing and renewal.
  • Amati Lelungan (no travel) which prohibits movement or travel; requiring people to stay within their homes for 24 hours.
  • Amati Lelanguan (no entertainment) where people are suggested to avoid all forms of entertainment, recreations or general merrymaking.

Fourth, The Yoga/Brata Ritual starts at 6:00 AM and continues to 6:00 AM the next day.

Fifth, The Ngebak Agni/Labuh Brata Ritual is performed for all Hindus to forgive each other and to welcome the new days to come. This is the day when the Balinese people will rekindle old relationships and forgive what has happened in the past.

Banjar Kaja Sesetan in Denpasar, Bali has a unique ritual that is only practiced by the citizens who live there.  Ngembak Geni or also known as OmedOmedan, is held a day after Nyepi day. This festival is unique, because Ngembak Geni or Omedomedan is a kissing festival meant to represent the push and pull of negative and positive elements. Youths are generally the ones who perform the activity on the street while the villagers splash them with water.

Sixth and finally, the ritual of Dharma Shanti Rituals is performed as a closing ceremony.


Mental health is not something to be taken lightly. Although we can take continuous care of it on a daily basis, sometimes things so out of control that our minds cannot handle it. Whether it may be the situation that you are handling or something that you are born with, mental health should be treated with care. We are lucky at this time and stage to have an understanding of the holistic mind of the human being. Many of us with previously undiagnosed mental illnesses will be able to receive the treatments that they needed.

Here are the recommended places to see therapists in Indonesia:

Yayasan Praktek Psikolog Indonesia

This is one of the recommended places to visit for those seeking to visit professional, qualified psychologists in Indonesia. Many of their associate psychologists specialize in different fields from family, educational, child psychologists, school, adult psychologist to organizational psychologist. Services vary from counselling, psychological checkup, training, human resources development, educational psychologist, remedial, therapy, community empowerment to research.

Address: Bintaro Business Center, Jl. R.C. Veteran No. 1-i, Bintaro Jaya, Jakarta Selatan
Phone: +62-217362639, +62-217359581,

Yayasan Pulih

Yayasan Pulih is dedicated especially for those who are having mental problems related to violence, assault and family issues. Not only to adults, but they also have psychologists who are experienced in teenagers and children. Psychologists in yayasan pulih are also focused on increasing the research in the field of psychology in combination with law and social issues. Many of them have given large amounts of contribution to the field from research, seminar, workshops and more.

Address: Jl. Teluk Peleng 63 A, Komplek AL-Rawa Bambu, Pasar Minggu, Jakarta Selatan
Telp : +62-2178842580
Email: [email protected]
E-counseling: [email protected]

Sanatorium Dharmawangsa

Sanatorium Dharmawangsa is widely recommended for those who are suffering from heavy amount of mental illness. Those who are admitted to this place will be treated with the facilities that they provide including ambulatory psychiatric treatments, in-patient services, clinical psychological treatments, social services, as well as various counselling and consultation services. In accordance to the large variety of specialization of doctors, Sanatorium Dharmawangsa also includes mental facilities including the Elderly Day Care Center, Alzheimer Treatment Center and Psychological and Social Service Division.

Address: Jl. Dharmawangsa Raya 13, Kebayoran Baru, Jakarta
Phone: +62-217394484
E-mail: [email protected], [email protected]

RS Siloam TB Simatupang

Not only can you visit private clinics, but hospitals can also provide you with the appropriate psychological treatment that you need. It’s important to note that this general hospital specializes in many divisions from cardiology, neuroscience, orthopaedics, and radiation oncology. RS Siloam itself is one of the prominent and most well-known hospitals in Indonesia due to the full range of facilities that they provide for their patients. It is particularly known for their child development division.

Address: Jl. RA. Kartini No. 8, Cilandak Jakarta Selatan, Indonesia
Phone: +62-2129531900
Emergency: +62-2129531911
E-mail: [email protected]

Centre for Psychological Services (Pusat Layanan Psikologi) Universitas Islam Negeri Syarif Hidayatullah Jakarta

Other than hospitals and private clinics, psychology faculties in universities also provide services for whoever feels the need to visit the psychologist. Universitas Islam Negeri Jakarta is one of the top rated public schools in Indonesia, which is why you will be getting adequate treatment. The clinic has four departments in total, divided into research division, assessment division, training and consulting division, partnership division and publication division.

Several of PLP’s most notable clients include the ministry of religion (Kementrian Agama), ministry of foreign affairs (Kementerian Luar Negeri), Republic of Indonesia General Election Commission (Komisi Pemilihan Umum), Ministry of National Development Planning (BAPPENAS-Kementerian Perencanaan Pembangunan Nasional), Ministry of Education and Culture (Kementerian Pendidikan dan Kebudayaan) and House of Representative of Indonesia Republic (Dewan Perwakilan Rakyat Republik Indonesia).

Address: Fakultas Psikologi UIN Syarif Hidayatullah Jakarta, Jl. Kertamukti No. 5 Pisangan 15412 Jakarta
Phone: +62-217433060, +62-81585500491 (Mulia Sari Dewi, M.Psi)
E-mail: [email protected]

Universitas Indonesia Psychology Clinic

Universitas Indonesia has long been considered one of the top 5 universities in Indonesia. Luckily, their psychology department also provides a clinic where people can visit, assess and treat their mental illnesses with the help of experienced professionals and doctors. The doctors who work at the Universitas Indonesia clinic specialize in the respective fields of children clinical psychology, educational psychology and adult clinical psychology.

Address: Kampus Baru UI – Depok
Phone: +62-17888 1150, +62-7863520 ext 1706
WhatsApp: +62-81510073561
E-mail: [email protected] / [email protected]

Taking care of our mental health is not something that is easily done. It needs patience, persistence and rigid consistency. If you or your loved one is having trouble with mental health, it would be better to consult a psychologist as soon as possible. Left to its own devices, your condition might worsen without the interference and help of professional psychologists.

Are there any other psychological practices that you would recommend? Share us your experience in the comment section down below!



Local street food is something everyone must try to fully experience of the culture in the designated place. In Javanese areas, angkringan is the local food that you must try. Food that is sold here are generally very affordable, yet contains a touch of local culture. Interestingly, this traditional food cart has been around since the 1950s.

What is Angkringan?

It is local street food originated from central Java. The word ‘angkringan‘ comes from the movement of lifting the feet in order to sit on the long bench, or ‘angkat kaki‘. Previously sold only in Yogyakarta, Solo and Klaten, it has now spread to various parts of Indonesia.

Angkringan is known to be affordable, delicious and is part of Javanese culture and history. Those who try this will therefore get a taste of one of Indonesia’s traditional culture, which is vastly different from the rest. The dishes are served buffet-style in which visitors can pick the food of their choice on their own.

Food served at angkringan are served in small portions with savory, sweet and spicy flavors. Some of the food generally eaten there are nasi kucing (rice wrapped in banana leaf) with various side dishes from quail egg satay, tahu bacem, tempe bacem, snail satay or even satay made of innards. Coffee and sweet tea are popular choices of drinks to pair it with.

Today, the options served at angkringan are loved by the locals from street vendors, government officials and royals. Angkringan has now served as a symbol of friendship in Javanese society where people of varied statuses would gather and socialize while eating there.

Angkringan KR / Pak Jabrik

The angkringan in front of the Kedaulatan Rakyat headquarters have been famous for quite some time. There are numerous affordable menus that you can try here, but make sure to try their specialities which are nasi kucing and satays. Other than that, you can also enjoy the location as it is one of the places deemed ideal for relaxing and talking to old friends. A common yet iconic sight is visitors enjoying their time at ‘Kedaulatan Rakyat‘ headquarters while ordering a glass of coffee or sweet tea.

Address: Depan Kantor Redaksi Kedaulatan Rakyat,  Jl. P. Mangkubumi No. 40 – 46. Yogyakarta

Opening Hours: 12.00 – 02.00 WIB

2. Angkringan Pendopo Dalem

For experience of traditional royal Javanese culture, you can visit the ‘angkringan pendopo ndalem’. Location and large variety of dishes are what made this angkringan one of the most unique and popular ones in Yogyakarta. Set in the compound of the Royal Palace Keraton Yogyakarta, the scenery is one that sets it apart from other places. You will be able to see the traditional food carts, although food is served buffet-style in an open space.

Angkringan Pendopo Ndalem or Angkringan ndalem is also one of the places to be if you are looking for a variety of angkingan food from heavy dinners to light snacks. Rare market street food to try are clorot, kipo, semar mendem, lupis, jadah manten, and many more. Complete the meal with a bevy of warm traditional drinks from bajigur, wedang bleduk, wedang gajah and leser.

Address: Jalan Sompilan Ngasem No. 12, Patehan, Kraton, Kota Yogyakarta, Daerah Istimewa Yogyakarta 55133, Indonesia

Phone: +62-274385777

Opening Hours: 18.00 – 23.30 WIB

3. Angkringan Lek Man

Another well-known angkringan location in Yogyakarta is Angkringan Lek Man. If you’ve never visit this place, we can assure you that it will be filled to the brim with crowds. This place serves unusual local dishes that could not be found anywhere else. Namely, the coffee with burning coal burned inside it. Minimalistic dishes such as nasi kucing, quail egg satay, fried tempe, fried tofu and various types of bacem are amongst some of the dishes served here.

Address: Jalan Wongsodirjan, Gedong Tengen, Sosromenduran, Yogyakarta, Kota Yogyakarta

Opening Hours: 14.00 – 03.00 WIB

4. Angkringan Wijilan or Angkringan Kang Harjo

Angkringan Wijilan is known for serving many traditional side dishes in one convenient space for visitors to enjoy. While eating, you would also be able to enjoy the atmosphere of the restaurant with dimmed lighting synonymous with angkringan and open spaces that could hold up to 200 people. Food varies from rice, 50 types of side dishes and at least 24 different types of vegetable dishes. But the snacks that visitors should try are teh poci gula batu, jahe gepuk gula batu, wedang uwuh, and susu tape ketan as they are the signature dishes of this angkringan.

Address: Jalan Wijilan, Panembahan, Kraton, Panembahan, Kraton, Kota Yogyakarta

Opening hours: Setiap hari, mulai 17.00 hingga 02.00 WIB

5. House of Raminten

House of Raminten is the perfect combination of a more traditional angkringan that is set on a modern platform. Therefore, visitors will be able to enjoy the more traditional and modern touches in the atmosphere without leaving out what angkringan is most known for. The Javanese interior of ‘House of Raminten’ adds the allure of this café.

You will be able to try typical angkringan dishes from from nasi kucing and gorengan. Apart from that, visitors will be able to try their speciality dishes such as jamu godogan, milk beverages and various herbal drinks to warm up the body. Uniquely, this angkringan-slash-cafe offers cabaret performances every Saturday night for an unforgettable experience in Yogyakarta.

Address: Jl. Faridan M Noto, No.7, Kotabaru, Gondokusuman, Yogyakarta

Opening Hours: Everyday for 24/7

6. Angkringan Nganggo Suwe

One of the most long standing angkringan in Yogyakarta is the Nganggo Suwe Angkringan that has appeared since the 90s. Even to this day, tens of people would wait in line to eat a meal at this angkringan, as it only accommodates 8-10 people. So be prepared! Those who come here for the first time will most likely have to wait in line to try eating here. We would recommend their nasi bakar and specialty ginger and gula jawa beverage if you ever decide to drop by.

Address: Jalan Pramuka No. 106, Giwangan, Yogyakarta, Indonesia

Opening Hours: 18.00 – 05.00