29 September 2016

The rain season has started

The Meteorology, Climate and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) reports that due to the influences of La Nina, Bali is entering into this year’s rainy season during the month of September 2016, which, the Agency claims, usually falls during the months of July and August. The chief of BMKG-Bali weather station in Negara, West Bali, explained that meteorologists divide Bali into 15 separate weather zones, each with their own unique weather patterns. Bali will be fully involved in this year’s wet season during the period of October-November 2016. Two weather zones (13.3% of the Island) will commence the rainy season in September, covering the southern part of Jembrana, southern Tabanan, northern Badung and northern Tabanan. Another four weather zones (26.6% of the Island) will begin the wet seasons in October, affecting north Buleleng, middle Tabanan, middle Gianyar, middle Badung, middle Bangli, middle Karangasem, north Tabanan and north Bangli. Another seven weather zones (46.6% of the Island) will join the wet season in November affecting west Jembrana, north Tabanan, north Bangli, east Buleleng, north and south Karangasem, south Gianyar, south Klungkung, Denpasar and south Badung. Finally, the two remaining weather zones (13.3% of the Island) rainy season comes in December, covering west Jembrana, west Buleleng and Nusa Penida. BMKG says the height of the rainy season in Bali will be felt from December 2016 until February 2017 with rainfall a regular occurrence over eleven weather zones covering 73.3% of the Island. This period of weather will also be marked by high waves and strong winds. 

27 September 2016

Keep the Buffalo Races alive

Wearing crowns and colourful horn coverings, the buffaloes haul wooden carts at high speed past paddy fields on Bali, with the racers aboard cracking whips in a bid to push their beasts on to victory. Hundreds of spectators cheer from the sidelines, hoping their team will come out on top in the annual festival on the Indonesian island reminiscent of chariot racing. The buffalo racing, known as "Makepung", pits two farming communities against each other in western Jembrana district, in a tradition that marks the rice harvesting season. A world away from the popular tourist hangouts further south on the island, the races are an awe-inspiring spectacle that see participants stand on speeding carts with flags fluttering from the top, as two buffaloes pull each of the rudimentary vehicles. But the races, which have been held annually for decades, are falling out of favour -- regular competitors are now elderly and few of the younger villagers are keen to take up the sport.
The Makepung tradition started in the 1960s when two communities on either side of the Ijo Gading river took a competitive approach to working their fields, with farmers racing each other as they laboured. What started off as a bit of fun evolved into a serious competition and now the communities field teams each year for the racing season. The season runs from July to November, with races roughly every fortnight, and this year involved about 300 water buffaloes. The competitors from the West Ijo Gading team dress in green and adorn their carts with green flags, while those from the East Gading Team use the colour red. A race day usually lasts about five hours, with numerous races that each typically see one cart from each community hurtling down a track that measures about 1,500 metres. There are four categories, with buffaloes deemed the fastest in the first category. One of the communities is declared the winner at the end of a day's racing. While the sport does not lure tourists in the same numbers as Bali's palm-fringed beaches, each race day usually attracts foreigners, in addition to many locals. For most Jembranese, the financial gains are just a bonus and the real attraction is the prestige.

23 September 2016

Plans for a Halal friendly beach in Lombok

The Indonesian Ministry of Tourism has demonstrated the seriousness of its intention of making Lombok a world-renown halal tourism destination by preparing its first ‘halal friendly beach’. Due to the numerous Muslim-friendly facilities in Lombok, and its Islamic heritage, the island is in fact at the centre of Indonesia’s Islamic tourism drive. Lombok won the “Best Halal Tourism” and “Best Halal Honeymoon Destination” awards during the World Halal Travel Awards 2015 held in Abu Dhabi. The event was held in conjunction with the World Halal Travel Summit 2015. Because Lombok already has a commitment as a halal destination, we will prepare a beach area that will be focused on halal friendly beach, a team leader said. Turkey and Italy already have halal friendly beaches and the presence of a halal friendly beach on Lombok will increase the ability of Indonesia to bring in more tourists. The plan is to make a halal friendly beach in the coastal area near Senggigi in West Lombok – specifically at Meninting. Halal is Arabic and means ‘permissible for Muslims’. The word is typically used for food but covers all activities of daily life in accordance with Islamic Law. Halal tourism is not only concerned with halal products but also meeting the criteria for halal services. For instance, alcohol not being served in hotels is required for the facility to be halal, as is access to halal only food, mosques and prayer facilities. Other facilities include separate swimming pools and beach facilities for men and women. When this attraction is complete, it will include a resort, hotel and theme park on the beach in which everything is based on halal tourism.

22 September 2016

Nice places in Bali to visit. Part 4

Drive (or not) through a hole in a tree: Bunut Bolong Tree
In the Manggissari village, located in the western part of Bali, stands yet another majestic tree that’s renowned for its supernatural powers. But unlike the giant banyan tree that supposedly grants wishes, the Bunut Bolong Tree (meaning “tree with a hole in it”) has a far more ominous history.
The tree has roots on either side of a stretch of road, forming an archway that visitors can drive through. Brides and grooms are advised to refrain from passing through this way, though – legend has it that those who do will end up separated. To protect people from the power of the tree, another road has been constructed next to it for believers to pass through. But regardless of your belief in the legend, there’s nothing like a bit of risk to pique the adventurer’s interest, isn’t it?
Location: Desa Manggissari, Pekutatan, 11 kilometres north of the Denpasar-Gilimanuk road.

Blahmantung Waterfall
Smack dab in the middle of the island, Blahmantung Waterfall gets few visitors, making the wonderfully scenic hike to the base a truly magical experience.
With a spectacular drop of 100 metres, it’s widely considered to be the highest waterfall in Bali. Blahmantung is located conveniently within a walk from the picturesque farming village of Pupuan, home to some of central Bali’s most beautiful rice terraces. Be sure to take a dip in the refreshing pool below and savour the tranquillity of one of Bali’s best off-the-beaten path attractions.
Direction: Blahmantung is a remote destination usually explored via a tour or private driver. To make your way there in your own vehicle, from Ubud or Kuta, head towards Tabanan, taking a right turn at Antosari and following the road all the way to Pupuan and ask for directions to Blahmantung from there.

Sekumpul Waterfall
This hidden gem in the north of Bali is well worth the several hour drive from the main resorts, and the challenging walk from Sekumpul village down hundreds of steps and a river crossing. ‘Sekumpul’ actually means ‘group’, and during the rainy season, you’ll be greeted by a chain of up to seven falls. All equally impressive, scattered across the high cliffs and cascading down amid emerald green highland forests. After the long trek to get here, the chance to bathe beneath the falls will be a relaxing experience that can only be had here – one that soothes mind, body and soul.
Getting There: Sekumpul is about a three hour, or 92km drive from the Kuta area. The long drive is best undertaken by a rental car with driver who can escort you to this not so easy to find hidden gem.

The Natural Pool at Tembeling Forest, Nusa Penida
The azure waters of the natural pool at Tembeling Forest are a dazzling blue that seems almost unreal. Dive beneath the surface and the water is as clear as fine blue crystal. The miraculous turquoise colour comes from limestone spring water and tidal sea water. Tembeling Forest actually has two pools, both with spiritual significance to the locals – one for men, and one for women. Visitors are allowed to swim in the pools, and their secluded settings. Surrounded by lush tropical flora and alive with birdsong, this natural pool is nothing short of paradise.
Getting There: Reach Nusa Penida on your own via boat services from Sanur or Padang Bai and hire a motorcycle to explore the island. Or, sign up to a tour company offering cruises to Penida with excursions to Tembeling Forest. Some operators offer jungle trekking tours in the forest, with a refreshing dip in the pool afterwards.

21 September 2016

Please pick me up at the Hospital

A 60-year-old woman has reportedly been waiting for more than ten days for her family to come pick her up at Sanglah Hospital in Denpasar after she was taken to the hospital following a stroke. The woman was brought to Sanglah by her family. The mother of three children was weak on the left side of her body and was prone to frequent tantrums and should get a neurological and psychiatric consultation. After the consultation she was taken to the infirmary and her family suddenly disappeared. She has been cleared for release but no one has come to fetch her. During this time, insurance has covered her medical expenses, so shirking the cost of her Sanglah bill should not be the issue. The hospital says it’s tried to contact her family, but to no avail. And the worst part is that she isn’t the only abandoned senior in the hospital. A 50 year old man has also apparently been suffering the same fate. He has reportedly been allowed to go home but hasn’t left Sanglah yet because no one came for him. Sanglah Hospital urges for the families of these abandoned patients to come forward or if anyone knows the family of either of the two, to get in touch immediately. Let's hope all this attention in the local media gets these patients home, because this is just too sad to bear: 

16 September 2016

Zika virus travel warning

The Indonesian Government has issued a travel warning in connection with the confirmation of the Zika virus in Singapore and Malaysia. This has been confirmed by a spokesman of Indonesian Ministry of Health in Jakarta. The man told the press: “Yes, this is true. We have issued a travel advisory via the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for wider distribution. This has been done to protect the Indonesian people from the spread of the Zika virus.” The warning had effect for all Indonesians traveling to areas afflicted with the Zika virus. The travel advisory issued by the Indonesian Government said:“The government of Singapore has stated via a website operated by its Ministry of Health that there have been several confirmed cased of the Zika virus in Singapore. In this connection, Indonesian Citizens now visiting areas affected by the Zika virus are urged to avoid mosquito bites by wearing clothing that covers arms and legs, using mosquito repellent, sleeping under a mosquito net or sleeping in rooms with mosquito netting installed on the windows. The public is also urged to be examined by a doctor whenever they feel ill. Pregnant women are recommended to avoid visiting areas know to be infected with Zika virus mosquitoes. If pregnant women must visit such areas they should take all precautions against being bitten by mosquitoes. Women planning on becoming mothers should avoid becoming pregnant for at least 8 months after visiting a Zika virus infected area. Those returning to Indonesia after visiting an area affected by the Zika virus are asked to have their health checked within 14 days of their return to Indonesia. A doctor should be immediately consulted if a traveler experiences a fever, skin rash, stiffness and sore muscles, headaches or redness of the eye. When visiting a physician it is important that you explain your recent travel to a Zika infected region."

15 September 2016

Nice places to visit in Bali. Part 3

The Real Treasure of Suluban Beach
Everyone knows Suluban Beach to be a surfers’ paradise, but Suluban Cave might just be the real treasure here.
Looking almost like a movie set from the Pirates of the Caribbean series with its otherworldly glamour, Suluban Cave oozes both mystery and mystic.
Located directly under Uluwatu, the cave actually leads up to the beach near Uluwatu Temple, another incredible sea temple you should definitely visit too!
Getting There: Located at the Bukit Peninsula, Suluban Beach is connected to Kuta and Denpasar through Jimbaran by the busy Jalan Bypass Nusa Dua and this is the only route in, approximately 34 km from Denpasar. Coordinates here

Visit the Broken Sea – Pasih Uwug
Pasih Uwug, also known as the broken sea, is one unique attraction in Nusa Penida that happens to be a cool geological phenomenon.
Why is it known as the broken sea? On first sight, you’ll see a natural arch created by the rock cliffs. The arch – or the hole in the rock cliff as some would say – actually used to be a cave! The floor of the cave had collapsed, creating the arch we see today. The hole in the cliff has also allowed ocean waters to flow through – creating a gorgeous natural pool on the other side to marvel at, and even swim in!
Address: Jalan Batu Nunggul, Nusa Penida

Soak in a ‘Jacuzzi’ on the Tegal Wangi Beach
Another wonder of nature that should not be missed – make your way to Tegal Wangi Beach. You’ll be pleasantly surprised by this gorgeous escape.
Ever wanted to soak in your private tub with an amazing view of the ocean? Tegal Wangi Beach gives you exactly that.
With little holes on the shore filled with seawater fresh from the ocean – you can be sure to have a comfortable soak in your beachy ‘jacuzzi’.
A romantic place to have a lovely date at; make sure to take lots of photos to commemorate the time spent with your loved one.
Address: Jalan Pura Tegalwangi, Badung, Jimbaran
Getting There: Walk down the hill from Pura Tegalwangi.

Mystery Boulder Beach – Yeh Leh
You probably wouldn’t have heard of the Yeh Leh Beach unless you are a local fisherman.
Located in Jembrana, just off the Denpasar-Gilimanuk highway, Yeh Leh is not decorated with soft white sand like your ideal beach.
Instead, thousands of boulders litter the shore, either covered in algae or washed clean by the waves. These mysterious rocks have been smoothed over for hundreds of years, leaving few clues about their origin.
The beach is actually easily accessible, and you can visit at low tide to see Yeh Leh in all its glory, with the boulders unearthed and many interesting marine animals caught in the rock pools. And if you can, don’t miss its stunning sunset, which lights up every shining rock on the shore.
Getting there: Yeh Leh is located at the edge of Denpasar-Gilimanuk at Jembrana. 

The Twin Lakes of Tamblingan and Buyan
With their serene, mystical beauty, these twin crater lakes sit side by side, split in the middle by a one kilometer stretch of forest.
The lakes are the life-source for the surrounding communities, and you may even see locals plying the waters in traditional dug-out canoes. To view both lakes together, the best vantage point is from the top of the hill at Asah Gobleg Village.
Trekking the forests around the lakes, you’ll discover some of the most pristine natural habitats in Bali – home to lively troops of monkeys, squirrels and countless birds.
Getting There: A few tour companies specialising in northern Bali offer day trips with the twin lakes on their itineraries. The nearest centre to the lakes is Bedugul, around a 2 hour drive from Kuta if you hire a driver or rent your own vehicle. Budget travellers can hop on a bemo to Bedugul from Batubulan terminal in Denpasar. There’s a variety of places to stay and eat in Bedugul, many with gorgeous mountain and rice terrace views.

12 September 2016

Foreigner becomes a traffic agent

If you want to get something done, best do it yourself. That seems to be the reasoning of one foreigner in Ubud, who was seen directing traffic at a macet Ubud intersection, which appears to be on the corner of Jl. Raya Ubud and Jl. Bisma. A Facebook post commending the bule for his initiative in addressing Ubud’s congestion was posted to Facebook under the account Dewa D’Bali on August 22 and has since gotten over 5,000 shares as of writing time. “Great job sir,” the post compliments, adding “you look much better than our police.” Wonder how Ubud police would feel about that comment. It’s not totally clear whether the man seen in the video is a tourist or expat, but he seems to have really found his place in Ubud society. 

11 September 2016

Helping the Bali Starling

Indonesia’s Minister of the Environment and Forestry has given an award to the Bird Song Breeders Group (Kelompok Penangkar Kicau Bali) for dedication and success in breeding the Bali Starling. The Bali Starling is known as the Bali Myna (Leucopsar Rothschild), also known as Rothschild's Mynahor Bali Starling. In Bali this bird is locally known as “Jalak Bali” or “Curik Bali.”
With a critically endangered wild population estimated to stand at less than 100 birds, the group was recognized during a celebration of the National Nature Conservation Day held at the West Bali National Park for the group’s work on behalf of breeding and propagating the endangered Bali Starling. The leader of the group expressed thank for the award and told the press of the many challenges he faced together with his group of Bali Starling enthusiasts in trying to enlarge the population of the bird that has become the official mascot of the Island of Bali. Beginning with an initial breeding stock of two Bali Starlings purchased for Rp, 15 milllion in 2012. "This was a very heavy beginning. I had to sell a cow to pay this amount,” he  explained. Over time the birds multiplied and with help from the chairman of the Tabanan House of Representatives and a loan from the bank, better cages were built and eventually three breeding pairs of Bali Starlings were managed by the group. Over time, further assistance was received by the Agency for the Conservation of Natural Resources to the point where today good cages play home to hundreds of birds that include at least 50 breeding pairs.Today the group have become leading proponents of community efforts to protect and preserve the Bali Starling.

08 September 2016

New price for Cigarettes

The Director-General of Customs and Excise (DJBC) is in the process of studying the feasibility of doubling the cost of a pack of cigarettes in Indonesia to Rp. 50,000. Officials must first consider the economic aspects of such a price increase. The Director General DJBC says the Rp. 50,000 per pack price must be looked at not only from the aspect of the  impact on the public’s health but also the asundry effects on employment, agriculture and the industrial sector. The director also expressed concern that a price increase that is too significant will foster a “black market” in illegal or smuggled cigarettes. He said he hoped any increase in the cost of cigarettes would be done in an incremental way over time in order to avoid any negative effects on the economy or public order, worrying that a 2.5 times increase in price done all at once  is ill-considered. Cigarettes currently cost an average of Rp. 20,000 per pack. Principals in the Indonesian cigarette industry predict havoc will result if the price is increased to Rp. 50,000 per pack. In response, anti-smoking advocates say a rapid increase would reduce smoking by as must at 60% and result in tremendous savings in terms of public health and work force productivity costs. While cigarette taxes will increase in October, the actual amount of that increase has yet to be decided by the government.

07 September 2016

Where to find dances and performances in Lombok

Visitors to Lombok are always asking where they can see some traditional Lombok dances and performances. Events take place all year round but it is sometimes difficult for visitors to find performances during their holidays. Some of the best hotels solve that problem and make it easy to have a taste of Lombok culture (as well as some tasty foods) while you are here! Puri Mas Boutique Resort provides wonderful entertainment for guests at its Ballroom Restaurant on the beachfront every Thursday night. Diners can enjoy a delicious meal from the ala carte menu while watching authentic performances mixing the best of Lombok Sasak and Balinese cultures, including the enchanting Baris Dance and exciting Peresean – Lombok’s traditional stick fighting competitions. Qunci Villas hosts a special Sasak Dance every Monday night with music and dance performances in the beachfront garden. Guests can enjoy sumptuous dining under the stars at this stylish venue while being entertained by performances such as Tari Peresean (traditional stick fighting) and Gandrung (the Fan Dance) accompanied by Gamelan music. On Friday nights, the resort also hosts “Pasar Malam” (Night Market) with stalls set up in the garden to imitate a traditional market, featuring delicious Lombok and Indonesian street foods. Sheraton Senggigi Beach Resort combines a fabulous night of cultural performances with “A Taste of Indonesia” buffet dinner every Tuesday night. Dine poolside on tasty dishes from Lombok and around the Indonesian archipelago while watching traditionalSasak (Lombok) and Balinese dances performed on a stage over the pool. Lit by flaming torches and accompanied by traditional Gamelan music, it’s a magical experience! Guests on the south coast can enjoy special cultural performances every night at the Novotel Lombok Resort in Kuta. During ‘high season’ the resort offers a different theme dinner every night of the week accompanied by traditional performances, including Sasak and Balinese dance, Peresean stick fighting competitions and even special performances by talented staff members!

05 September 2016

A wet day out in Waterbom

Waterbom Bali is situated in lush tropical garden with many great rides and attractions that will provide hours of fun and entertainment for the young–and young at heart. The park covers 3.8 hectares of landscaped tropical gardens and pools, and has dining and leisure facilities that will keep you and your family occupied for the day. Having grown to feature 22 exciting world-class water slides and games for all ages since its inception in 1993, this premier water park is the perfect place to enjoy a full wet day out. From easy-going pools with mini-slides to large-scale, adrenaline-pumping rides that start from significant heights; all the services and facilities are top of the class, making it a must-do highlight for families while in Bali. The “Smash Down 2.0” is an upgrade of a popular slide, hence its name, and starts at a height of 25.9 meters.
If you dare, opt for the more thrilling “Climax”, which ups the ante. You will enter a small chamber 19 meters above the ground before a trap door opens. Then you’ll drop down, pulling 2.5 Gs, and be whirled through a near-vertical dip before looping back around. This ride will surely give you a thrill of a lifetime. Some new rides are available for daredevils, including “Fast n’ Fierce” and “Twin Racers”, where you can challenge your partner to a splashing race down the ride. To turn down the intensity, there are more casual rides, such as the “Double Twist” and “Python”, named for their serpentine twists and turns. “Python” is the first of its kind, a circular tube that fits three adults or four children, while the “Double Twist” provides a combination of speed, twists, turns and thrills. The unique “Boomerang” lets you and a partner scream your lungs out as you twist down fast, before climbing 60 degrees up, followed by a sensational free fall backwards. Some of the rides require specially designed tubes with grips to hold onto. “Superbowl” is another waterslide that starts with a wrenching drop through an AquaTube, before the riders are launched into the SuperBowl, with centrifugal force keeping them high on the wall for several turns before ending in an exciting transition into a splashdown pool. Meanwhile, little ones can have their fun at “Funtastic”, a water playground dedicated to kids, with shallow pools and fountains.For a truly placid ride around lush gardens, take a tube for yourself (or a double tube for couples) and follow the steady stream of the “Lazy River”. This is Waterbom Bali’s ultimate feature for a slow-paced relaxing ride through 250 meters of cascading waterfalls and lush foliage where you can forget your sense of time.
Need a break from all the slides? The Shack offers a full-service bar serving mojitos, with mint picked from Waterbom’s own garden. Drinks or no, The Shack also offers a place to chill out, sit in a hammock, play a game of backgammon and to find your own definition of the word “relax”. Waterbom Bali also features numerous dining outlets, such as Thaitalian, a theater kitchen cafe serving Thai and Italian comfort food, with a vantage point of the four new rides at Waterbom Bali. The dining area comprises long tables and benches as well as cafe-style tables.
Waterbom Bali uses an advanced salt chlorination water sanitizing technique that’s do on the environment-and your skin–and is an Earth Check Silver Benchmarked company for its environmentally sustainable operation.
Waterbom Bali Across from Discovery Kartika Plaza Hotel and Discovery Shopping Mall in Kuta. Tickets start at Rp 520,000 for adults and Rp 370,000 for kids under 11.

Nice places in Bali to visit. Part 2

Catch the Magnificent Waterblow at Nusa Dua
Envision majestic Indian Ocean waves crashing against rock cliffs – have you ever seen a waterblow in person? Visit the hidden rock cliff in Nusa Dua to witness one of nature’s prettiest sights.
This natural phenomenon happens when waves hit the narrow space within the rock cliff where pressure builds, and water then blows up! And remember; be careful to keep a distance to avoid getting wet.
Getting There: Located near Hotel Grand Hyatt, find the wide grass field, then follow the path to the waterblow entrance.

Banah Cliff, Nusa Penida
The Banah Cliffs of Nusa Penida rise mightily out of the whirling ocean and are perhaps the most dramatic coastal cliffs in Bali.
Hundreds of metres high and draped in lush green vegetation, they make an astonishing sight seen from the water. When you’re standing on top of them, they are even more imposing with no barrier between you and the abyssal drop below.
Looking out from Banah Cliffs you’ll see an unusual rock formation – a pretty, tiny islet in the middle of nowhere, twisted into shape of an arch. Yet another mysteriously captivating wonder of Bali.

The Blue Lagoon, Nusa Ceningan
The crystal blue waters of Nusa Ceningan’s Blue Lagoon are the picture perfect ideal of an island paradise.
Most people come to simply admire the million dollar view, but a few adventure seekers and daredevil locals have claimed an overhanging ledge as a legendary cliff-jumping spot. (Cliff jumping is now prohibited due to safety reasons)
Unfortunately, do note that a few unsuspecting travelers have been washed off the ledge in rough weather, and local authorities actively discourage jumping.
Getting There: The easiest way to see all the most spectacular attractions on Nusa Penida is through booking a tour. Many tour companies offer half and whole day excursions to Nusa Penida with pick-up services from Bali’s main resort areas. Banah Cliffs are a popular stop for photo shots.
 
Nusa Ceningan is just south of better known Nusa Lembongan. Boats from Bali’s mainland regularly depart from Sanur Beach to Lembongan. From Lembongan you should easily find a private boat to take you the short distance to small, walkable Nusa Ceningan.
Picnic with a Twist (or a Slant)
There’s nothing better than a picnic at the secret paradise known as Bukit Asah Bugbug, Karangasem.
This slanted hillside overlooks the ocean, giving you the perfect setting for a picnic with an interesting twist (or a slant)!
Yet another great romantic spot for lovers, this picnic spot is perfect for catching the sunrise – and panoramic views of the Indian Ocean, its coral reefs and small islands.
Address: Bukit Asah Sengkidu, Maggis, Kab. Karangasem

02 September 2016

Celuk Village, gold and silver city

Celuk Village in Gianyar, Bali, has been known for its gold and silver jewelry craftsmanship for a century. The village’s goldsmiths and silversmiths have been passing down their expertise to their descendants until today. The story of Celuk Village is documented in a book titled Jewelry of Bali. The beginning of Celuk’s traditions started when Nang Gati, a Celuk resident, went to the Mengwi Kingdom in 1915 to study metal craft. Upon his return, Nang Gati taught the first generation of craftsmen to make tools for religious ceremonies. The products of these craftsmen became accessories for the royal family and noblemen until the 1940s. In the 1950s, Bali began receiving tourists and a lot of art shops started popping up and selling the jewelry. However, the real boom only began in the 1980s alongside the boom in tourism. Celuk also became a popular tourist destination. Tour packages involved a Barong show in Sukawati, shopping in Celuk, lunch in Ubud and sightseeing in Tampak Siring and Kintamani. The boom paved the way for Celuk jewelry to be exported to various countries. The jewelry business in Celuk in the 2000s was not as shiny as before due to the rise of new silver jewelry sales points and tight competition from foreign businessmen who better understood foreign markets. The worst was when the Bali bombings occurred in 2002 and 2005. Celuk was in deep trouble. The situation motivated a number of young people to initiate the CDC in 2009 to revive business in the village. Aside from publishing a book and adding more variations to the designs, the CDC also held the Celuk Festival. The festival involved exhibitions, a fashion show and games.