One of the resolutions in entering a new normal era is to start a healthy life. Starting a healthy life can be done anytime and anywhere, but it takes perseverance in running it every day.
The current uncertain situation in this new normal era, having a healthy body is everyone’s dream. Therefore, before starting a healthy life it is better to find out more about what a healthy life is and how to start the habit.
In starting a healthy life, you must get used to eating healthy foods and exercising regularly. According to Nova, creating your own schedule is a good step to start your healthy journey. By creating a schedule you can plan your meals and exercise program for each week.
Plan your meal program for the next week, complete with a meal schedule, cheat day, and time to exercise. If you are not accustomed to exercising, you can start with light exercises such as pilates and yoga. As for cheat day, Nova suggests planning what meals you want to consume during cheat day and adhere to your plan.
While during the “new normal”, food safety has benefitted from an increased awareness on good practices of personal hygiene, in the future, regulatory frameworks that have a long-term vision and that will ensure consumers’ protection will need to be put in place. In order to facilitate access to safe foods to all, the implementation of regulations will need to be delegated to the industry sector, and the active and informed participation of the consumers will be more critical than ever.
A few months ago, the FMI Foundation challenged a number of food influencers and partners to share some of their best suggestions and advice they would offer people striving to manage various food challenges being presented by the COVID-19 pandemic. These resources are available on the Family Meals Movement Consumer-Facing site; creating an easily assessable resource library for consumers and industry stakeholders seeking family meal ideas, help and motivation. This diverse collection of helpful guidance covers a gamut of topics, including:
- Food Safety.
- Shopping, Stocking, and Planning.
- Family Meals.
- Creative Hacks.
- Nutrition assistance programs.
New FMI Foundation-sponsored research, found in the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, shows that meals together support a family’s emotional well-being AND enhances its physical health, through encouraging more fruit and vegetable consumption. With this in mind, this year’s National Family Meals Month campaign will focus on helping families enjoy more healthful meals together at home.
If you have made changes to your diet since the pandemic began, you’re far from alone. People have been reported to at least make some change to their habits around eating or food preparation. Sixty percent say they’re cooking at home more, and many say they are buying more packaged foods than usual.
For 15 years, the International Food Information Council (IFIC) has conducted an in-depth annual Food and Health Survey asking 1,000 American adults dozens of questions about their dietary habits, health conditions and attitudes toward food safety, environmental sustainability and the overall food system. Many of the answers are tracked from year to year to help us understand trends in the way we eat, shop and think about our food-related priorities.
This year’s survey results yielded key insights on how the American public is thinking and behaving when it comes to nutrition, food safety and agriculture in a time of incredible upheaval resulting from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Additional surveys fielded during the past six months are further putting into perspective how COVID-19 is altering our approach to food. We’re noticing wide-ranging changes in what we’re eating, how we’re purchasing our food and our attitudes toward its safety and availability.
If you have made changes to your diet since the pandemic began, you’re far from alone. People around the world report at least some change to their habits around eating or food preparation. Sixty percent say they’re cooking at home more, and many say they are buying more packaged foods than usual.
All that time around the house means that over a third of us are also snacking more, a number that our surveys first picked up on in April and has remained constant through late summer. One in three (33%) say that they’re eating more often when they’re bored or not hungry, and nearly the same number (32%) say they’re eating snacks alone more often, an indicator of the shift to a more isolated lifestyle. Parents have been especially hard hit by disruptions to their food routine. For instance, 41% of parents with children under 18 said they are snacking more as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, versus 29% of those without children.
We’re also finding positive trends around consumer attention to healthier eating. In July, nearly 4 people said they were eating healthier now than before the pandemic, with only 10% reporting that they were eating less healthfully. Thirty percent reported snacking on fresh fruits and vegetables and eating healthy snacks more often since the pandemic began.
While it is much more broadly understood by the public today that COVID-19 is not transmitted through food, the early days of the pandemic showed significant concern about coronavirus exposure via food handling or food preparation, with nearly half of consumers in April ranking it as one of their top three most important food safety issues.
When it comes to food, there is no question that the pandemic is forcing us to embrace new eating patterns and reevaluate how we feel about obtaining and preparing our food. But has COVID-19 brought us to a “new normal”? In some areas, like snacking and online grocery shopping, IFIC data shows the pandemic may be accelerating a trend already underway. Other behaviors are likely driven by our increased time at home and reduced mobility, both of which will be heavily influenced by the widespread availability of a vaccine. Future data will show us if what we see today represents any durable change in our attitudes and behaviors toward food.
So, are you ready to change your diet? Share your thought in the comments and let us know what change have you made to your eating habit. Until next time, and stay healthy.
Health protocols cover the necessity of wearing masks, maintaining distance or physical distancing from others, not making or visiting crowds, washing hands with soap to bring hand sanitizers to ensure your hands are kept clean.
Mask is a simple barrier used to prevent the spread of particles from the human body, and protect against viruses or other germs. As we know, currently, the spread of SARS CoV-2 is from droplets of the human body, which can spread when someone sneezes, coughs, even when talking.
Up until now, many people hope that scientists will quickly find a vaccine for the COVID-19.
This pandemic makes mask a common object and even mandatory. Many places even require their use when in public or closed spaces. Mask that were originally only used by hospital officials have now become common on the streets. However, there are still a number of myths related to masks that make people confused or misunderstood.
But don’t get confused, here are some myths that you should know about masks:
- Covid-19 isn’t real, so there’s no need to cover your face
More than 16.4 million cases of Covid-19 have been confirmed and nearly 654,000 death tolls recorded worldwide, but some people still believe the virus is not real or a hoax. For example, the United States has more than 4 million confirmed cases and more than 150,000 deaths. But according to a data, about one in three Americans believe that the Coronavirus has not killed as many as it has reported. The conspiracy videos that are widely circulated in cyberspace have been repeatedly denied by the entire medical and scientific community.
- All Must Wear Medical Mask or N95
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that people wear at least a cloth mask and not a medical or N95 mask. Because these masks are prioritized for doctors who are on the front lines of fighting the Corona COVID-19 virus pandemic. The CDC itself advises that these non-medical masks can be found in stores or can be made from home.
- Wearing mask can inhale more carbon-dioxide
When used properly, the mask covers the bridge of the nose and extends under the chin without slits on the sides, completely covering the wearer’s nose and mouth. Some people argue that medical masks can trap carbon dioxide, causing the wearer to inhale more CO2. But WHO says, using surgical masks for a long time will not cause CO2 poisoning or oxygen deprivation.
Babies under the age of two should not wear masks, according to the CDC. People who have respiratory problems or are paralyzed, don’t have to wear mask.
- Using a mask while swimming
Well, of course, don’t need it… it is no use. The main problem with wearing a mask while swimming is getting wet. The only way to avoid a greater contagion is physical distancing with people who have finished swimming a distance of 1.83 meters. Wash your hands often after swimming.
- Masks Don’t need to be washed
Don’t ever think about doing it. Cloth masks also need to be washed, as they can collect a lot of germs during use, as the CDC suggests. The mask can be washed with warm water, don’t forget to add a mixture of bleach and water solution (4 teaspoons of household bleach per 1 liter of room temperature water) and soak your mask for 5 minutes. Then rinse with cold or room temperature water. Let it dry completely. If possible, place the mask in direct sunlight.
- No need to wear a mask if you are not sick
Unfortunately, this is no longer the case when the CDC as a disease control and prevention agency urges everyone who is active outside the home to wear a mask. Both those who are healthy or sick, must use a mask. This is related to the way the corona virus spreads, which is easily spread through droplets from talking, when coughing or sneezing. For those of you who can’t get medical masks, it’s okay because cloth masks are also recommended for you. This is related to its efficiency which can ward off the corona virus by up to 70%. Regardless, you stick to other health protocols.
- Using a face shield – no longer need to use a mask
The fact is that face shields are not very helpful in preventing the spread of the virus. Still, the most effective thing is that you use a mask. If it is coated again with a face shield, then your protection will increase. But it is advisable to keep using a mask first because that is what is recommended.
- No need to keep your distance when wearing a mask
WHO said, the use of face-mask alone was not enough to provide maximum protection. Therefore, apart from wearing masks, one must also maintain a safe distance or physical distancing from one another, wash hands frequently with soap and water, and avoid touching the face.
So, covering your nose and mouth using a mask is the best way to prevent the spread of covid-19. Hence, along with the outbreak of covid-19, social media is also busy with content about the use of masks. In fact, some videos using masks have gone viral, even if they are wrong. For example, a mask can be boiled with boiling water to kill the virus. Or mask can be worn under the chin or on the forehead. That is so wrong, because the forehead and chin can sweat, so that germs can stick to the mask and will even be inhaled while breathing when you put back on.
Then how to use the correct mask? The correct use of masks, not only during use, but before wearing them must be started properly. Follow these tips
a. Clean your palms
Before handling the mask strap, you must make sure the palms of both hands are clean from germs. For that, wash your hands with soap or antiseptic so that germs die. Proper hand washing is not just hands cleaned with soap or antiseptic. Make sure that between your fingers and the backs of your hands are cleaned with it. Then rinse your hands with clean running water, and dry them.
b. Make sure the mask is not deformed
Hold the mask straps on both sides. Check the condition of the mask, is it really clean and there is no damage such as holes. Do not use a mask that is damaged, because the protection provided is also reduced. Also remember to only hold onto the mask strap or the edges. Do not touch the center of the mask to prevent dirt from sticking to the mask.
c. Use masks orderly
When using a mask, you must be consistent to always wear it. Do not open and close the mask too often. Moreover, open the mask and move it to the forehead or around the throat. When the mask is opened, automatically there is no protection against the mouth and respiratory tract. Then the mask can also get dirty because sweat is stuck on the forehead and throat.
d. Be diligent in changing mask
Although it is recommended to always use a mask, it does not mean that you use one mask throughout the day. Mask also have an expiration date. Routinely change masks every 4 hours if you can, so that you’re optimally protected and stay healthy. To change masks, you also have to wash your hands first. Then untie the ties or part of the rope, put the mask in a plastic bag and throw it in the trash.
So, the use of masks has become normal in the era of the COVID-19 pandemic. But how long do we have to wear it?
Quoting Shan Soe-Lin, a lecturer from Yale University, who received training on immunology says that at least people will use masks until a vaccine is found. We will wear masks as long as COVID-19 is still a threat, and COVID-19 will continue to be a threat until you get a vaccine.
Saad Omer, Director of the Yale Institute for Global Health, shared Seo-Lin’s opinion. In fact, according to him, wearing a mask can take longer than one year. Even when a vaccine is available, these measures will outlast the release of the vaccine. Vaccines will vary by country, according to mode of delivery. You need at least a year to deploy the vaccine and have sufficient coverage.
Remember, there is no cure yet. So, implementing the health protocols is our priority. Don’t forget to always put on your face mask when you go outside the house, fellas!
Not that long ago, the internet burst into chaos when Indonesian screen-writer residing in Bali, Jenny Jusuf, blew the whistle on a Mass Yoga Party organized by a Ubud-based Yoga Shala.
On her original tweet last month, Jenny posted a photo showing a mass of foreigners participating in the event with very close proximities from each other. The jam-packed Yoga shala was shown practicing a “Yoga Party” that the shala’s founder later claimed to have taken place in hope to raise money for local communities suffering from the Corona impacts.
As we all know, Bali has been gasping for air these past four months. So many places were closed down, cutting off the livelihood of so many people. In this spirit, as the founder of the yoga shala has claimed, they arrange a mass yoga exercises with a DJ for the house party to end things up. Although it is a bit of contrast ending a mass yoga practice with a party, we try to keep an open mind and just accept that many people might find it exciting. Afterall, the place was cramped, right?
Jenny’s post sparked some serious anger within the island’s community; both locals and foreigners were appalled seeing so many people in a small place without any regard to the official health protocols a.k.a wearing a mask and/or keeping a minimum of 2 meters distance from each other.
As always, people were divided into two poles. While most of them were raged to see foreigners giving no regard to the government’s health regulations, surprisingly there were so many that defended the shala, saying that they have done so much for the local communities and that we should be grateful for them being there.
Although ultimately taking responsibilities and apologizing for the inconsiderate event held at the Ubud Shala, the founder had tried denying the event and, with no shame wjatsoever, tried to discard Jenny’s reputation by saying that the photo she posted was taken months ago before the pandemic hit the world.
Claiming that it was an old photo, the irresponsible founder of the shala even tried to clean his footsteps by erasing older posts published in their social media accounts; a sad attempt to conceal a digital print since people had taken screenshots and other proofs in defense of Jenny Jusuf’s report.
When it was finally proved that the photo was indeed taken in June 2020, backed up with some videos uploaded by the very people who participated in the event, the founder of the shala then made a long and annoying apology post on their Insta, pointing out the things they have done and given back to the Ubud community. So many foreigners on their right mind were enraged with this half-heartedly made apology, saying that there is no point of giving money to the locals if they then decide to ignore health protocols and jeopardize the lives of so many.
As the situation went from bad to worse for Jenny, she actually felt like she needed legal counselors to deal with the threats and personal attacks she got from people defending the shala. Some local Balinese lawyers responded to her plea of getting legal help and is processing the case as of today and we wonder what the outcome will be.
Really, we wonder why it seems so hard to wear a mask and maintain a distance when not only our own but also other people’s health are at stake. When you live in a society, there is always a chance that you get or transfer the virus to other people without even knowing. If you do not have any care in the world of getting Corona in your system, then maybe it is time for you to think that you can also be a carrier, transferring your virus everywhere and to everybody you make contact with.
People who have families, jobs, and lives they can not afford to leave just for being sick and ridden on a hospital bed. These people might resist going to hospitals and just keep on pushing themselves to go to work everyday, infecting many more people in turn, and yet you wonder why the virus is staying for so long.
All in all, it seems like people are not taking the New Normal regulations seriously when they really should. Hopefully Bali government will have strict regulation regarding the matter in the near future. Until then, please wear your mask and keep your distance. We’ll fight this together!
We see it and hear it everywhere, “stay at home”, “wear a facemask”, “wash those hands”, “physical distancing”. Now, we are protecting ourselves to stay at home while also helping the people and even the world to recover…
The covid19 outbreak changed our path of life. In order to prevent the virus transmission, people are encouraged to be substituted to stay at home, doing an isolation. School, work and any other activity must be done at home. Nearly all countries urge their people to not leave the house if not an emergency case. However, there are indeed some of them who has to go out for work which can’t be done from home.
Though it is a must to obey this new health protocol, we couldn’t fool ourselves that we are bored to death. Even a super-introvert needs to go out to socialize with their anti-social-social club. Before, travelling is like a religion, meaning something that tie you up, represents you, and live with you. Besides, the fact about a long quarantine effects a negative impact to country’s economy even makes it worst. Especially, tourism, which known to be the most suffered sector in this situation.
Whilst the covid-19 pandemic is still engulfing, several countries have adopted a new way which is expected stimulates the economy, namely new normal. The people began their activities again and implemented health protocols like wearing face masks, physical distancing, and maintain cleanliness. Gradually, tourism is slowly being revived. Some countries have developed some new rules, starting from the preparing the new protocols of transportation, the requirements that has to be done before travel, and also a new corridor to get abroad, which is called travel bubble.
Wait, what is travel bubble anyway?
According to Forbes, travel bubble is increasingly in demand by several countries to restart cross-country travel in this pandemic situation. Besides Australia and New Zealand, there are also Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania who are planning to do a travel bubble. In fact, Indonesia also plans to open a travel bubble with four countries; China, South Korea, Japan and Australia. So, what is a travel bubble that is now being looked at by several countries in the world?
Briefly, travel bubble is an agreement between two or more countries, which had successfully control the covid-19, to create a bubble or travel corridor. This bubble will make it easier for residents who live in it to travel freely, and avoid the obligation of independent quarantine. This step will make it easier for communities to cross borders with minimum complexity. Lithuanian Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis said through a statement that the travel bubble was an opportunity for businesses to be reopened.
Travel bubble is a light of hope for people that life will return to normal. According to VOA News, travel bubble gives a sense of security, and could show whether it is safe to depart or return. However, according to experts, this idea is also a challenge for many countries to control the covid-19 outbreak. For example, the government of a country will prepare contact tracing for people who are sick when they arrive from abroad to stop the outbreak of a larger population.
Senior Associate Professor of Politics and International Studies at the International Christian University in Tokyo, Stephen Nagy, said in VOA News that all countries in the travel bubble will need a safety zone that is set up, and the traveller might be increase, so they have to look and monitoring at the last three or four destinations. Meanwhile, The Chief Executive of Aotearoa Tourism Industry, Chris Roberts, said, the travel bubble between Australia and New Zealand, for example, might become a reference for the whole world.
Nevertheless, Australia and New Zealand are the same as other countries; be careful to not step forward too fast, in order to prevent the second wave of the virus. If it’s too fast, then it will endanger the country’s image for international tourists who see them as a clean and trusted country. Still, the Executive Director of the Australian Tourism Industry Board, Simon Westaway, and Roberts remain hopeful. If it is considered applicable in Australia and New Zealand, it can also be applied elsewhere. The two countries have attracted world attention because they succeeded in preparing for the spread of the plague. Roberts said, if they can also find ways to revive travel between countries, they are sure the whole world will be interested to see how it works.
But, we might not forget about the flights. We take a look the low-cost airline Singapore Airlines subsidiary, Scoot, for example. They implemented a number of measures to safeguard the health of passengers and crew as several flights and transit resumed at Singapore Changi Airport from June 2020. Like it or not, airlines have to adapt to the new normal Corona virus pandemic. Scoot will improve its operational procedures and introduce additional preventative measures so that passengers can fly more comfortably.
When some airlines start operating again, they work with regulators and health experts to implement a comprehensive set of steps to ensure the highest possible cleanliness standards, and to give passengers the confidence that they can fly safely with Scoot. Some of the new rules is food and drinks are not available for purchase online and on flights, food will be provided first in the seat if possible. Duty-free shopping on flights is also not available.
On the other hand, there are standard protocols that must be obeyed by passengers and flight service providers, from before to after the flight. This protocol applies to all destinations, including Bali.
- The airlines are obliged to socialize the provisions and procedures for passenger, during the period of productive and safe community activities from COVID-19, in accordance with applicable health protocols.
- Prospective passengers must meet all the health protocols and submit the health declaration form, according to requirements issued by the ministry of health;
- Showing a PCR test certificate with a negative result that is valid for 7 days or a Rapid Test certificate with a non-reactive result that is valid for 3 days at the time of departure.
- Shows a symptom-free certificate such as influenza issued by the Hospital Doctor or primary health-care for areas that do not have PCR Test or Rapid Test facilities.
- The ticket purchasing system must be able to ensure compliance with the requirements of health documents, according to the applicable health protocols, both online and offline. Especially for offline ticket purchasing, prospective passengers are also required to use masks and maintain physical distance with others.
- The airlines are required to verify health documents and only issue the tickets only if the passenger meets the requirements.
- Ticket reporting before approval (check-in) with the following conditions:
- Passengers must arrive at the airport 4 hours before the departure time, bringing all health documents and other requirements issued by the authorized agency.
- Passengers should prioritize the electronic check-in process (online), through the website or the self-check-in counter at the airport.
- Passengers are required to use a face mask and follow all inspection procedures in accordance with applicable health protocols.
- For passengers who do not meet the health protocol terms and conditions, the airlines must refuse the passenger to depart.
- The process of boarding an aircraft (boarding), with the following conditions:
- While waiting for boarding, it is required for passengers to occupy the seats provided, while wearing masks and maintaining physical distance from others.
- Passengers are required to follow all instructions given by the airlines.
- It is required to ensured and maintain physical distance during the boarding process using the passenger stairs.
- The cabin crew must arrange the passengers inside the Apron Passenger Bus (APB) to get to the airplane, while still apply physical distancing.
- Hand sanitizer or liquid soap and tissue in the lavatory.
- Passengers and flight attendant must always wear a mask while in the plane.
- Passengers are required to occupy the seat according to the number listed on the boarding pass and are not allowed to change the seat.
- Passengers must reduce interaction or physical contact with fellow passengers, or cabin crew during the flight.
- The ticket purchasing system must be able to ensure compliance with the requirements of health documents, according to the applicable health protocols, both online and offline. Especially for offline ticket purchasing, prospective passengers are also required to use masks and maintain physical distance with others.
The process of getting off the plane is done with the following conditions:
- The flight crew must arrange the process of getting off passengers, so that they always maintain physical distancing.
- If the getting off process does not use the passenger stairs, it must be carried out while maintain physical distancing.
- The airlines must arrange for passengers inside the Apron Passenger Bus (APB) to arrive at the arrival terminal to maintain physical distancing.
- Transit or transfer process
- Airlines must provide officers in the transit area, to serve and give direction to passengers, and ensure health protocols are implemented properly.
- Passengers who are in transit may only be directed to the departure room, after ensuring all travel documents and medical documents are in accordance with the regulations at the destination airport.
- Medical check-up process upon arrival
- Arriving passengers must be checked for body temperature and also the completeness of health documents in accordance with applicable health protocols.
- Passengers who do not meet the requirements will be followed up in accordance with the provisions that have been set.
- Baggage claim
- Passengers are allowed to collect baggage after completed the medical check-up process.
- Airlines must ensure physical distance is maintained in the baggage claim area.
- All passengers are required to use a face mask.
Those are the various provisions and health protocols, if you want to travel by plane during the new normal era. Make sure you understand each of the rules and implement them!
And… What would traveling be like in The New Normal?
Experts predict there will be changes in the tourism industry. Travelers must be ready to adapt to changes that affect habits to trends. Here is what we could predict.
Short distance travel is preferred
There will be a rise of travellers who want to go somewhere not too far away. A simple and short-range vacation, like a staycation will be popular.
The period of stay at home can be used by people to prepare more carefully for the upcoming travel plans. People will choose a tourist destination that is different from their previous expectations. They would prefer a place that are still quiet.
A stricter safety and medical examination
Security checks evolve over the time. Before, the airplane’s security checks were far laxer. But when there is a change, there is a period of adaptation, but after that people will become accustomed and consider it normal. In the future, health and safety checks will be tighter. Initially, people may feel confused when adapting, but sooner or later, everything will feel normal. The healthcare and travel industry will be very close, there will be many new standards in terms of cleanliness.on
Increasing hygiene standards in ensuring the safety and comfort could impact to an expensive price. For example, in a hotel, people might be concerned about cleanliness and there will be new standards so that customers feel safe, but the impact is surely on the price. Costs incurred to meet health and safety standards in the new normal era have an impact on the decision to raise the price for tourism products. Sadly, there will be many people who can’t afford it, but in general it will be healthier for tourism industry since people will prefer something safe, even though it’s not cheap. Airplane ticket could also be pricey because they have to reduce passenger capacity for safety.
So, are you prepared? We are very sure that we could overcome this situation, and hoping to be back to “normal” again. As always, stay healthy, folks!
Most of the Bali locations for Eat Pray Love, the movie, were filmed in and around Ubud.
You can find beautiful rice fields that surpass those shown in the movie. The beach scenes were shot at Padang Padang, on south Bali’s Bukit Peninsula. Oddly, the real beach is more attractive than the sort of grey version seen in the film.
But for those hoping to imbibe at the beach bar where Julia Roberts meets Javier Bardem, there’s no point trying, as the bar was created for the movie.
Besides, there are many interesting things you can find in Ubud like, views at the Campuhan Ridge Walk, visiting a lot of Art Museum, Pura Taman Saraswati, Textile Arts Center, Goa Gajah Tempel, Ubud Monkey Forest, Ubud Art Market, and Tegallalang Rice Fields.
Views at Campuhan Ridge. If you want to get out and about in Ubud and take in the best of the local scenery then head to the Campuhan Ridge Walk which is located slightly out of town.
The walk will take you through a lush area of gorgeous hills which overlook an exquisite valley and you can meander along the ridge from the pretty starting point of Gunung Lebah Temple. There is a dedicated path here that you can follow and this is one of the nicest ways to take in some of the less developed areas around Ubud.
Interesting Art Museum in Ubud. You can find a lot of art museum such as Puri Lukisan Museum, Rudana Museum, Blanco Renaissance Museum, and Agung Rai Museum of Art.
When you just come to Bali and you have an interest in arts Ubud is a good choice to visit. If you want to learn more about the great art scene here and get an overview of the kinds of works produced in Bali then this is a great place to come.
Pura Taman Saraswati is a temple that dedicated to the Hindu goddess of wisdom and art called Dewi Saraswati. To that end, you will find gorgeous carvings of the goddess all over the building as well as fountains that gush from the front of the temple and fill a large limpid pond area.
The pond is covered in lush lotus blossoms and it is customary to bathe or drink the waters in order to harness some of the power of the goddess. There are also dance performances held here in the evenings when the temple is illuminated against the night sky and is even more magical than during the day time. Pura Taman Saraswati Ubud is slightly different from other temples in Bali.
On this temple, you will see ponds with pink lotus flowers and neatly arranged water parks. It makes the lotus pond become the main attraction of the Saraswati temple Ubud. Also, you will see frangipani trees are adorning the edge of the pond, and there is a bridge connecting the outer temple area to the main gate area.
When you cross the bridge, you will see many statues lined up on the edge of the bridge. Then you will see the beauty of the main gate with three large doors decorated with gold ornaments. Tourists prohibited from entering the inner temple area because those who can enter the inner temple area are only visitors who wish to pray.
Visiting Textile Art Center. This gorgeous textile gallery is not to be missed in Ubud and is also part of the Threads of Life charity which helps the local area through the sale of sustainable textiles. All the pieces here are made using natural dyes and with a range of weaving techniques found around Indonesia.
This means that you can enjoy centuries of handicrafts traditions here and there is an adjacent shop where you can pick up a few of your own pieces as souvenirs of your trip. If you want to get hands on then you can also join one of the in house textile-appreciation courses.
You can’t come to Ubud and not visit one of its signature attractions which is Monkey Forest. This is actually a series of three temples that date from the 14th century and sit in a nature reserve which has also been turned into a conservation area.
The complex is now overrun with cute primates, as you would expect from the name, and the monkeys here are said to be spiritual animals that guard the temples. You can buy bananas to feed the monkeys here but take care with your personal belongings as the monkeys have been known to snatch items like sunglasses from visitors. The Ubud Monkey Forest is not just a monkey spotting opportunity, it is a deeply important religious and spiritual complex for the local community.
Here you will find Balinese Hindu temples, tranquil rivers, beautiful moss-covered stones and stunning forested areas to explore. It’s also important to note that this is where the monkeys live and they are free to roam as they please, they are not confined.
Ubud Market is actually a series of different markets throughout the day and may look familiar as it was used as a location for the film Eat, Pray, Love starring Julia Roberts. The market sells fruits and vegetables in the morning and in the afternoon you will find arts and crafts pieces on offer which can make great souvenirs. And it is similar to Sukawati Art Market. It gets rather crowded in the afternoons so it is best to get here as early as possible to get the best deals.
If you’ve seen any photos of Bali online you will most likely recognise the shot below of lush green terraced rice fields. This is the iconic Tegalalang rice terrace, one of the most visited tourist attractions in Ubud.
If you’re planning a trip to Bali, you have to add a visit to the rice fields of Ubud to your itinerary. Tegalalang rice fields is a series of rice paddies located close to Ubud, in the centre of Bali, famous for its terraced layout.
This is a traditional Balinese irrigation system known as subak. Positioned in a valley the Tegalalang rice terraces offer extremely scenic lookouts over the rice fields and surrounding green landscape. It’s a very popular tourist hotspot in Bali and a must-see in many Bali itineraries.
Hey, folks! How are you all doing today? How is quarantine working out for you?
If you are spending quarantine days in Bali, then you would know that even though there are still some businesses that stay open, so many of them have decided.to take a long break, too. No place is open after 9 PM, which, admittedly, kind of make us feel like a school kid all over again, but hey, with the exception of getting positive with the virus, it is essential that we keep a positive mind into this condition.
With all of the time we have to kill at home, it is very understandable if you feel like you are going slightly crazy. What can you do besides working, eating, sleeping, and binge-watching on Netflix? Well, here we compile nine challenges to do at home within three base cathegories: fun challenges, health challenges, and couples challenges. Of course, not everyone needs to be in a relationship, so you definitely can modify the ones for the couples so it fits to do with friends instead.
- Fun Challenge
- The Guess That Song Challenge
There are multiple variations of how to do this challenge. You can play a song clip backwards, hum a song, give each other hints to guess the song title, whatever you want! There’s really no wrong way to do a challenge like this one unless you’re not having fun.
- The Say Anything Challenge
As exciting as the name sounds, this challenge is more interesting when you play it! While two friends can participate, it is better if more friends are playing. What you have to do is say whatever word that comes to your mind on your turn.
The next person has to say a word beginning with the letter that your word ended with. For instance, if you said “train,” your friend has to say a word beginning with the letter “n.” Moreover, no words can be repeated; whoever repeats a word and pauses for more than one second when saying the word is punished.
The punishment can be anything, but usually, it is to put scotch tape on the speaker’s face. You can be creative and think about other penalties. The game ends when all participants cannot think of any more words, and the winner of the challenge is the one with the least scotch tape on their face.
- Soda Challenge
The biggest challenge to this one might be for the person who has the job of finding twelve different soda flavors.
Compete with a friend and guess the taste of each soda. The best way to play is to be blindfolded so that you can’t see the color of the soda. You can smell if you want, but remember, the taste doesn’t always match the smell. You get a point for each correct guess, and you guessed it, the person with the most points without getting sick wins the challenge.
- Health Challenges
Admit it, you take a walk to the fridge many more times than you go to the bathroom; except if those fridge-walk involves cold beers and soda cans.
We would use this opportunity to remind you the main reason we are staying home: to stay healthy. So get your yoga pants on and let’s do some fun challenges, you couch potatoes. Might as well take a few nice pictures for the ‘gram (Instagram) so you’ll remember these days when these are all well behind us. How does that sound?
- Yoga Challenge
Honestly, it is pretty self-explanatory. Basically, you have to do some yoga every day; a certain poses in a certain time. The more difficult the asana, the greater your Instagram feed will look. Oh, and of course, since Yoga is very well known to give you good vibes and energy, those will be the bonus you get after completing the challenges. To make it even more fun, involve the whole Yoga Class and host a Zoom Yoga Class instead. You can even wear matching outfits if you decide to make a video and post it on social media.
- Workout Challenge
If you’re not into Yoga, you can do a Workout Challenge instead. Pick a (or some) activities and set a time or counts for you to accomplish. You can do planks, push-ups, sit-ups, pull-ups, whatever you want and need to do. Use your favorite outfits, look awesome, get some pictures to inspire your friends. What’s more important is, stay fit and healthy.
- Dance Challenge
Not into Yoga and Fitness? It’s okay, you can still work out in a more fun way while hearing your favorite songs from 1998 blasting from the speakers. Dance it out, people! Unleash your inner Madonna and give your body some good moves. If you have no idea how to dance, it’s time to use YouTube for inspo. Simply search for your fave upbeat songs video clips and see what the dancers are doing; then try to imitate them. Have fun, don’t worry, no one is going to judge you if you miss a move- or two, or three.
- Couples Challenge
Since we’re all having so much time on hands, why not use this unfortunate situation to know your partners better? If you have been married or in a relationship for a long time, this is the perfect time to spice things out. You know, rekindle the fire so it stays on alright. However, since we cannot go out on a date, here are some alternatives to do with your partners. Just bear in mind that some of these needs extra preparation like having the kids go to bed first… if you know what we mean. We don’t play games here.
- The Dating Challenge
To make this more fun, take a turn with your partner and have each of you do it on the weekend; that way you’re guaranteed to have a date four times in a month. The challenge itself is actually pretty easy: each of you have to prepare a perfect date for the other. Remember, it’s supposed to be perfect for them, not you. Use your knowledge of them that you have gained from the time you spent together. However, you are not allowed to ask your partner what a perfect date would be for them. By the end of the night, ask them to rate the date. Use this rate to orgnaize a better one next week.
- Sweet Talks Challenge
it is sometimes hard to remember to say nice things to our partner when we are stuck in a rut. Let us remind you, don’t take them for granted. This challenge is good to make you and your partner to feel loved and appreciated again, and there is so many ways to do it. You can challenge each other to blurt a compliment every time you ran into each other.
You can also set a time-frame in which you have to thank them for five things they have done for you or help you with that day. You can even change the rule a bit and switch the words into hugs or kisses if you are not so good with words; the possibilities are endless, but the goal is to make your partner feel the love and appreciation they deserve.
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- Naked Challenge
And finally, for the feistiest one. Again, the title is pretty self-explanatory. And please, make sure the kids or any other house mates are asleep if you decide to do this challenge outside the bedroom. Psst, if you ask us, it’s actually much more fun if you do it outside the bedroom. The idea is to surprise your partner with -you guessed it- your naked body, and see what their reaction is.
Some people are making videos of their partners’ reactions and woohoo, needless to say, those videos are not very long. Everybody seems to immediately finish what yhey were doing and (just almost) come running to their partner’s smokin’ hot body. Well, you know what they say: go bold or go home.
So, what do you think? Will you try any of these challenges at home? We hope you do, and we hope we all stay health. Until next time!