The Incomparable Kecak Fire Dance In Bali, Indonesia

Kecak Fire Dance

Photograph courtesy of Angeli C. Picazo (October 04, 2013)

Keyak is the adaptation of the ancient ceremony called Sanghiyang that was used to purify a village when there was an epidemic. The Balinese dance used to be performed by male dancers until 2006 when women kayak dancers were allowed. The nightly performance brings a lot of tourists from the resorts in Bali to the southern tip of the island in time for the show.

All of us, locals and tourists alike were seated in a circle as we waited for the Fire Dance. It started at about 5 PM when there was still enough light. Everybody was eager to watch the fire dance and we could hear shutters clicking as the ancient ceremony started. Surprisingly, there were no musical instruments that typically accompanied cultural dances. A chorus of 70 men told the story and provided the sound effects through chattering cak-cak sounds.

I loved the performance that was filled with spirituality. It was a combination of humor, dance, chanting and drama which was really amazing. The cultural dance has a complicated plot with twists and turns that are associated with our favorite TV series. From what I understand, a woman is stolen by the devil from the husband. The husband and the brother face all sorts of challenges to rescue the woman. As the sun sets, the story is build to a climax wherein the monkey king sets the castle on fire. It is a very dramatic moment with the orange flames and the embers in the middle of the stage.


Photograph courtesy of Angeli C. Picazo (October 04, 2013)

The Kecak Fire Dance is a traditional Balinese ritual but it was actually created by a German, Walter Spies in the 1930’s and was based on the popular Hindu story of Ramayana. The cultural dance is now internationally popular because of the tours that have been arranged for the Balinese groups. However what makes the Fire Dance extra special and different is the chorus of human voice composed of men that sways, sits, stands up and lies prone on the ground as the story develops.

Storage Options For Cremation Urns

Storage Options For Cremation Urns

There are two usual ways to let go of a deceased loved one’s ashes; one is to spread the ashes on a preferred spot such as the mountains, river or by the sea. Family members can also opt to keep the cremation urns inside the house to keep the remains closer to them. For those who opt to bury the urn or float the urn along the water, a biodegradable urn is the most suitable option for them. On the other hand, those who want to keep the cremation urn inside the house should go for a more sturdy material such as bonze or special metals.  Other storage options for cremation urns include the following:


A columbarium is usually found in church or cemeteries. It is a freestanding structure with niches or compartments where urns with ashes are permanently placed by the deceased’s family or loved ones. Some family members place photos of the deceased and other mementos on the niche to personalize the compartment. Columbaria are also placed inside mausoleums especially among Catholics.


Another storage option for cremation urns is mausoleum. It is where human remains are entombed inside a crypt. A mausoleum is like a columbarium but mausoleums require bigger space for storage and they are more expensive than a columbarium.

Memorial rock       

Another way to keep cremation urns is by burying it in a cremation plot or even in a regular plot. Most cemeteries allow free burial of cremation urns when buried in a burial plot of a family member. If you are going to bury an urn, choose a biodegradable urn to allow it to decompose naturally.  Place a memorial rock or grave marker on top of the tomb to commemorate the life of a loved one.

Convert to diamonds

One of the ways to store the ashes of loved ones is by converting the ashes into diamonds or glass. This method is already gaining popularity because of its aesthetic appeal. The ashes are primarily transformed into a glass and this molten glass is fused with cremated ashes thereby creating a diamond that family members can wear.

Finding For The Perfect Place To Stay In Bangkok

Finding For The Perfect Place To Stay In Bangkok

Are you planning to travel for the holidays? Have you picked up a place yet? If you wanted a place where you can relax while enjoying the most out of what the place has to offer, then you might want to consider Bangkok, Thailand as your travel destination.

Thailand has been one of the Southeast Asian countries that are frequented by people of different nationalities throughout the year. It has a rich culture that visitors would find charming and wonderful. Moreover, they have beautiful landmarks as well as beguiling landscapes that would definitely make your stay worthwhile. The country ensures that you will never regret adding Thailand to your travel itineraries.

Bangkok is the capital of Thailand. As the heart of the country, it has some of the biggest and grandest commercial buildings such as hotels, shopping malls, and clubs in the country. If you are the type of person who likes walking around and not much into traveling, you can choose a hotel near Central World. Central World is one of the biggest shopping malls in Bangkok. So why choose hotels near this commercial establishment? Here is a list of the benefits of finding a place to stay near Central World.

  • Since your place is near the shopping mall, you can always walk along the streets and shop without having to spend more money for traveling.
  • The Central World is in the centre of the city. Thus, it will be easier for you to walk from one place to another.
  • Hotel staff is definitely accommodating. They will ensure every client’s satisfaction while staying in their hotels.
  • There are also great dining places and even tennis courts near the area. They are all in close proximity so you don’t have to travel farther.

Of course, after a day of enjoying the country, what better way to end it than to stay in a room that would feel like home? Moreover, what better place to stay than the ones right in the heart of the city and next to commercial buildings like malls? The hotels are some of the best hotels in the city. So enjoy your visit in Thailand and have a worthwhile experience.

The Australian Open Extreme Heat Policy: What Is It?

The Australian Open Extreme Heat Policy: What Is It?

Australia has a reputation for warm weather. Alright, warm might be understating it, but the point is, it’s a thing. Australia’s high temperature climate means that certain things work differently when compared to, oh say, Wimbledon, London.

A good point to this is the Australian Open extreme heat policy a rule which pertains to exactly what you think it would with that name. See, the Australian Open is the first Grand Slam with a roof starting in 1988, when it was held in the Rod Laver Arena. The initial iteration of the rule allowed for the roof to be closed when the temperature rose above 39 OC (102 OF) or at the decision of the referee when the temperature rose to about 35 OC. The humidity also had to be past a certain point with certain high-heat, low-humidity conditions being unable to invoke the rule. Another problem was it could only be done for daytime matches and after all singles matches. Consequently, the rule could only be implemented from the quarterfinals onwards.

Of course, this is a rule, and you know, what some people say about rules. Well, people say a lot of things about rules; that they’re meant to be broken, that they’re more like guidelines, etc. etc. Needless to say, this rule hasn’t been followed all the time, with certain circumstances (like one of the players refusing the rule), preventing it from being implemented. Still, it’s generally been one of those successful rules, and its current iteration has been edited for 2015. The threshold is now 40 OC, with a WGBT threshold of 32.5 OC. These changes were made for fewer stoppages and more continuous playing.

There was this one time where the Melbourne & Olympics Parks Trust, the people in charge of Hisense Arena during the 2013 Australian Open, got sued by a spectator, but that’s just a minor issue.

Still, if tennis rules get this much headway in Australia, what about construction? Meteorology? For example, is the plastering in Sydney up to par with the temperatures there? Can the meteorological equipment handle the Australian climes? Are the houses there insulated right? Questions, questions.

Factors That Contribute To The Cost Of The Frameless Glass Shower Screens

Factors That Contribute To The Cost Of The Frameless Glass Shower Screens

The most common problem that homeowners face when improving the aesthetics of the bathroom is the seemingly lack of space. A common option is to use large mirrors and proper lighting to give an illusion of space. However, a better alternative is provided through the installation of glass shower screens that effectively removes the barrier between the shower and the rest of the bathroom.

However, before you decide on glass shower enclosure, it is important to consider several factors like cost and safety. In terms of cost, the glass used in shower enclosures is significantly more expensive because it passes through a process to make it stronger and non-hazardous. The installation of the enclosure must also be closely monitored to ensure that are no mistakes that will result in unfortunate accidents.

The frameless glass shower enclosure is made from heavy glass that is installed using a clamp method. It is important to look at the proposal whether the method of installation has been clearly defined. If there are words you do not understand, seek for immediate clarification because there are methods that have been phased out by new architectural glass standards. The “U” channel method is considerably less expensive but a less accurate method of installation.

A more expensive but more effective option is the use of glass clamps. The method may add to the cost of installation because of the fittings and the additional glass that will be used but it is more superior to other methods. Heavy glass is really “heavy” and it can be dangerous if not installed properly. Since clamps have different weight tolerances, it is important to consider how heavy the glass panels are to ensure that they are secured safely.

If you have an idea on how your shower enclosure should look like, discuss it with the contractor so that your ideas can be considered in estimating the cost of installation. A legitimate provider of shower screen installation will checkout even the smallest details to provide you with an affordable option that will not compromise safety and integrity. If the quote is drastically low, think twice before making a commitment.



3 Main Types Of HCG Supplement

3 Main Types Of HCG Supplement

HCG supplement is an in demand slimming product in the market nowadays. HCG supplements can be purchased online, from physician’s clinic especially those that administers HCG injection and also from local pharmaceuticals. HCG is highly popular because it is proven to cut down extra weight while remaining to be within your financial reach. HCG can be taken in three different methods. These three main applications are the following:

  1. HCG drops
  2. HCG injections
  3. Homeopathic HCG drops

More dieters prefer HCG drops and those that are injected because of practical reasons while the homeopathic type of HCG is the least choice. Of the three types of HCG supplement, the homeopathic type is the cheapest. The exact amount of HCG content is not also indicated in its labels making dieters question the efficacy of the product. Homeopathic HCG drops are not FDA approved. In fact, they are not allowed to be distributed thereby making this type of HCG illegal. The HCG content is not indicated on the label so buyers and consumers will never know what exactly the ingredients for this product are.  Homeopathic dieters also take more drops just to compensate the small amount of hormone in every drop.

Another type of HCG supplement is taken through injection. However, there are some known disadvantages of injectible HCG. One of these disadvantages is inconvenience. Dieters need to go to a clinic for the administration of HCG injection. Some people are also not comfortable with the sight of blood or needles no matter how small the amount may be. The numerous trips to the doctor’s clinic are also an additional fuel cost for the dieter.

Among the three types of HCG supplement, HCG drops are the safest and most preferred by users. HCG drops are also approved by FDA and are proven safe and effective by researches. HCG drops are made from natural ingredients and are way cheaper than the injectable type. You can easily take HCG drops whenever needed and wherever you are because taking it is convenient.  The ideal calorie intake for HCG dieters is 500-550 along with light exercise.

What Is An Adult Only Accommodation?

What Is An Adult Only Accommodation?

You might be enjoying your vacation when out of nowhere, you hear screaming toddlers, kids running around the hallway and teens who are whining about not being able to do as they want. This is why adult only accommodations were born. If you have not heard of this type of travel accommodation before, this article will shed some light on the tops.

First off, adults only accommodation does not entail that there will be nudity or adult-themed parties. This only means that the guests will be able to get their much needed rest and relaxation without being disturbed by kids, teens and families who are always busy and yes, noisy. You have the chance to longue by the pool without kids running around or screaming their lungs out. You will get to enjoy a quiet dinner at the hotel’s restaurant with your partner or companion. Getting a good night’s sleep is also not a problem because of noise-free ambiance.

There are now many accommodations that offer couples only or adult only setting. You can search online for accommodations near your next vacation spot. You can also ask around with friends who have tried the adult only travel accommodation. There are many options to choose from such as a standard hotel, cruise of an all-inclusive resort. There are resorts that accept families but have dedicated adult-only areas while there are those that are strictly for adults. An all-inclusive accommodation is recommended because you will be served with three meals every day during your stay, there are goods and services that comes along with the booking price such as spa treatment or trip to nearby tourist spots.

Before booking, make sure to ask if the hotel has an adult-only area. If you have no idea where to find such accommodation, contact your local travel agency. You can also search online where there are a number of results such as couples only accommodation Port Douglas. Once you have picked the one you want, plan your itinerary to fully enjoy an adult only vacation.

What to Prepare When You Visit La Gomera

What to Prepare When You Visit La Gomera

La Gomera is one of the smallest islands of Canary in the northwest coast of Africa. Having a sub-tropical climate makes the place a favorite tourist destination by those who want to escape the biting winter in their home countries. La Gomera is surrounded by calm, blue waters and is rich with lush volcanic mountains that are ideal for trail biking or hiking and other outdoor activities. Staying in La Gomera will not bore you in any way because the place offers various activities involving the waters, mountains and outdoors, in general.  If you are planning to visit La Gomera and experience lots of sun and fresh air, you should then prepare for it and do the following tips:

Plan your activities

In order to maximize your time in La Gomera, plan your days well. Come up with an itinerary which includes the activities that you want to do in the island. To help you on this, make a research on the activities offered in the island. If you are into mountain biking, find out if there are mountain bikes that you can rent or if you need to take a mountain bike with you. If you have already booked in a hotel, visit their website and find out what activities you can engage in while in the island.

Prepare light and comfortable clothes

Take note that you are going to visit La Gomera; a sub-tropical area so for awhile, forget about your thick winter jackets and take along light and comfortable clothes with you. The place invites you to bask in the sun and engage in outdoor activities so pack a handful of comfortable clothing such as short pants, sleeveless, cotton shirts, slippers and other clothing materials that promote comfort.

Take personal necessities

When you visit La Gomera, make sure that you take along some important items. Keep a small bag for your personal necessities such as sun block, hydrating lotions, moisturizers and hand sanitizers. If you are thinking about doing a trail hike, make sure that take an insect repellent with you.