Alexandra Filippova

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Joined on Mar 27, 2019
Topics and questions
Alexandra Filippova 01.05.2020

Types of Indonesian visas

Bali, Visas

The article is relevant for 2020

Alexandra Filippova 01.05.2020

Pura Lempuyang

Bali, Culture

photo: @tania_burmistrova

Alexandra Filippova 01.05.2020

Candidasa

Bali, Areas

Candidasa is located in the east of Bali.

Alexandra Filippova 01.05.2020

Best and highly recommended villas in Amed

Bali, Housing

The Griya Villas and Spa

Alexandra Filippova 01.05.2020

Amed

Bali, Areas

Location

Alexandra Filippova 01.05.2020

Water Palace Taman Ujung

Bali, Attractions

photo: leramulina

Alexandra Filippova 01.05.2020

Waterfalls in Bali

Bali, Nature

Describing all the waterfalls in Bali is not easy. There are a lot of them, certainly more than forty, and they are located mainly in the center of the island and in its north. There are mountains and many fresh water springs in these areas.

Alexandra Filippova 05.03.2020

Ubud

Bali, Areas

Location

Alexandra Filippova 05.03.2020

How to recover from a motorbike accident

Bali, Medicine

photo credit : Mykhailo Radzievskyi

Alexandra Filippova 29.02.2020

Best spots for watching sunrise

Bali, Nature

Watching sunset in Bali is one of the most common and enjoyable activities. The passion to admire the sun setting behind the horizon, coloring clouds in the most incredible combination - everything is within reach for those who have just arrived in Bali and those who have lived here for many years.

Alexandra Filippova 29.02.2020

Motorbike driving tips for beginners

To learn how to ride a bike is best in closed shoes (sneakers) and covered clothes (jeans and a jacket). Often it is at first, because of inexperience, you can get hurt and if you are wearing flip flops and shorts, your wounds will be much more serious.

Alexandra Filippova 23.02.2020

Tips for renting accommodation

Bali, Housing

There are some tips for renting houses and villas in Bali that can help you choose a comfortable accommodation in every way. This article is more relevant for long-term rentals.

Alexandra Filippova 11.01.2020

Balinese social organization

Bali, Culture

Bali has a population of about 4 million people. A third of them live in rural areas, although on this island the boundaries between small town and village are sometimes blurred. Kabupaten Badung is the most populous (over 700,000 people), while Klungkung has a population of about 200,000.

Alexandra Filippova 29.12.2019

Traditional Balinese wedding

Bali, Culture

A wedding is an important event in Balinese society. It is one of the rituals of yadnya, designed to bring the material and spiritual worlds into harmony. A wedding or "pawiwahan" becomes sacred because it involves three important forms of witnesses: gods, creatures from the underworld, and people.

Alexandra Filippova 28.12.2019

Battle of fire - a Balinese ritual held on the eve of Nyepi day

Bali, Culture

Lesya Shinkarenko Report [@lesia.shi]

Alexandra Filippova 27.12.2019

Bloody Balinese ceremonies

Bali, Culture

Not all Balinese offerings look elegant and sophisticated like Canang Sari, which combines 4 kinds of flowers, woven coconut leaves and handfuls of rice. In the religion of Bali, one must accept both good and bad. We’ve talked a lot about gods, so today we’ll take a look at demons in balinese culture.

Alexandra Filippova 26.12.2019

A sacred ceremony of tooth filing

Bali, Culture

photo: jurusapuh

Alexandra Filippova 25.12.2019

Snorkeling and freediving on Gili Islands

Bali, Activity

This overview includes points for diving and snorkeling on the islands of three Gili - Trawangan, Meno and Air. If you have found any other cool spots on these islands, please add them.

Alexandra Filippova 11.12.2019

Beaches on Gili Islands (Trawangan, Meno, Air)

Bali, Attractions

east Trawangan beach north of the port; photo: Villa Almarik

Alexandra Filippova 30.11.2019

Obtaining and extending a social visa to Indonesia

Bali, Visas

*  This information is relevant for 2019

Alexandra Filippova 26.11.2019

Surprises of the difficult Balinese calendar

Bali, Culture

When we travel, it’s great to see how familiar things can become absolutely unusual. We understand that obsequial rites, ways of fasting, initiation into adulthood, and rules of marriage can be completely different. The kind that would be hard for us to imagine before we face them.

Alexandra Filippova 23.11.2019

10 best active entertainments in Bali!

Bali, Activity

You can come to Bali and spend your entire vacation on the beach, or you can spend this time much more interestingly! Here's a list of the most interesting activities in Bali!

Alexandra Filippova 22.11.2019

Bali Security Advices for Tourists and Expats

Bali, Security

For many people Bali is a small tropical paradise island in the ocean, with only beaches with azure water, surfing and interesting excursions. In fact, Bali is a very large island (80 x 150 km) with 4 million people living here and another 10 million annually coming as tourists! Tourism means money, so at some point the island began to attract criminals from all over Indonesia. Also, the Balinese themselves sometimes lose their mind and turn to crime.

Alexandra Filippova 20.11.2019

Currency fraud. Top ten most common scams and how to avoid getting hoodwinked.

Bali, Security

Many of us relax in the gentle tropical climate, admiring the natural beauty of Bali.  How can anything go wrong? Don't forget that Bali is not in the seventh heaven, but still on planet Earth. This beautiful island that can provide many pleasant moments, but don't forget to be cautious about security and especially financial security.

Alexandra Filippova 16.11.2019

Visa extension (VOA, visa on arrival)

Bali, Visas

Information is up to date as of May 2019!

Alexandra Filippova 11.11.2019

What to do if you get fined?

Recently, on-the-spot fines in Bali have increased. Imagine the situation - you have been pulled over for improper driving, given out a ticket, and your motorcycle documents and your license have been taken away. So... what do you do next?

Alexandra Filippova 10.11.2019

A new motorbike drivers handbook

Bali, Security

First of all, this article is intended for very beginner drivers who are just taking their first steps:

Alexandra Filippova 31.10.2019

Balinese tricks: How to avoid being scammed

Bali, Culture

Visitors to Bali are split between those who believe that the island miraculously fulfils desires and those who don't quite buy this theory. Once in Bali, many people realize that they must be careful with their requests from the universe. 

Alexandra Filippova 28.10.2019

Safety Rules for swimming in the ocean

Bali, Activity

Many people think that big waves are most dangerous thing in the ocean for swimmers. But they are not. When a big wave crashes, there is a strong white foam that will push you to the shore. Simply speaking, the waves themselves will not let you get close to them, and will constantly push you ashore. This might involve some tumbling, sand dragging, and other fun stuff, but ultimately you will be ok.

Alexandra Filippova 21.10.2019

Arak production - where and how

Bali, Food

Moonshine is translated from English not only as "Moonlight", but also as "distill". Symbolic and inexplicable. Traditional arak is a harsh palm vodka, which is produced in the old way, by hand and with the help of primitive ancient technologies.

Alexandra Filippova 21.10.2019

Secrets of Balinese Coffee - Introduction

Bali, Food

photo: de bali cosmetics

Alexandra Filippova 14.10.2019

Fruits in Bali

Bali, Food

You can buy fruits in Bali all year round; however, each fruit has its own "season". During its season, the fruit is especially juicy and the price is the lowest. Not all fruits you will find grow in Bali. Some come from other islands or countries, but for tourists it does not make any difference.

Alexandra Filippova 13.10.2019

Balinese cuisine: must-try dishes

Bali, Food

Bali is an island in an Asian country, so it is no surprise that Balinese cuisine has lot of spices. If you have never experienced asian food before, then be careful while trying Balinese cuisine for the first time. Some dishes can be really spicy, however, not all the dishes are this way. 

Alexandra Filippova 16.09.2019

The philosophy of Balinese offerings - or the essence of a beautiful purpose

Bali, Culture

All tourists who visited Bali sooner or later noticed small baskets of flowers, which Balinese carefully put at the doorsteps of houses or on a holy place in the house. They set fire to an aromatic stick and make enchanting gestures with their hands as if directing the smoke and fragrance of flowers to the sky.

Alexandra Filippova 16.09.2019

10 cultural shocks in Bali that you need to be prepared for

Bali, Culture

When you come to another country with other traditions and cultures, you inevitably face things that can shock you. At such moments you should not be upset or worried, you just have to be prepared for other people living differently. Here is a short list of things that can shock you in Bali. Don't be afraid, just be prepared for them

Alexandra Filippova 03.09.2019

How to behave in a Balinese temple

Bali, Culture

Ceremony in a Balinese temple; photo: leramulina

Alexandra Filippova 31.08.2019

The Pandan Battle

Bali, Culture

photo credit: Masbrooo Magazine

Alexandra Filippova 31.08.2019

Bali temple etiquette and temple dress code

Bali, Culture

Travel to any country necessarily includes visits to local temples and other religious centres. Whether you're in Egypt, France, Bali or Zimbabwe, you'll get the opportunity to learn about the local religion. It's interesting, informative and also helps you understand better than and how one or another nation live.

Alexandra Filippova 31.08.2019

Kajeng Kliwon Day

Bali, Culture

Kajeng Kliwon Day is a good day for prayers, and many temple anniversaries are celebrated that day.

Alexandra Filippova 31.08.2019

Pura Tirta Empul Temple

Bali, Attractions

Tirta Empul Temple is one of the main Hindu temples in Bali. It was founded in 962 A.D. during the reign of the Varmadev dynasty. It is located near Ubud in the village of Tampaksiring.

Alexandra Filippova 31.08.2019

The ancient Balinese ritual of Mebuug-buugan

Bali, Culture

The ancient Balinese ritual of Mebuug-buugan in the village of Kedonganan in South Kuta was forgotten for almost 60 years and then revived just three years ago. 

Alexandra Filippova 31.08.2019

Melukat ceremony

Bali, Culture

melukat in Tirta Empul; photo: Ketut Sukandia

Alexandra Filippova 31.08.2019

Balinese New Year Nyepi and the Silence Day

Bali, Culture

In 2020, Bali Nyepi will be celebrated on the 25 of March. Any noise, walking outside the house, light, fire, entertainment and work will be banned from 6 a.m. on 25th of March to 6 a.m. on 26th of March. The parade (Pengrupukan) will be held on 24th of March. It starts after sunset (exact time varies) and lasts for several hours (in different villages varies).

Alexandra Filippova 31.08.2019

The holy spring of Sebatu

Bali, Attractions

There is a hidden place from the eyes of tourists in the village of Sebatu, deep in the jungle in the valley of the river.

Alexandra Filippova 31.08.2019

The holy springs Beji Selati - Genah Melukat

Bali, Attractions

If you have already joined the Balinese tradition of ablutions melukat in holy springs, you probably already know such places as Tirta Empul and Sebatu. Tirta Empul is probably the most popular water purification site in Bali and it becomes particularly lively on the days when the Balinese come here for melukat according to Balinese calendar. Kajeng Kliwon Day is often chosen as the date. Kajeng, the third day of the three-day week, and Kliwon, the fifth day of the five-day week, are held simultaneously on this date. And it happens every 15 days.

Alexandra Filippova 31.08.2019

Pura Taman Mumbul Temple

Bali, Attractions

photo credit: @molo.silaban

Alexandra Filippova 31.08.2019

Pura Tirta Sudamala - holy spring water temple

Bali, Attractions

photo credit: @mad_in_bali

Alexandra Filippova 31.08.2019

Pura Luhur Uluwatu Temple

Bali, Attractions

Pura Luhur Uluwatu is one of the most meaningful Balinese temples, located on the southwestern tip of the Bukit Peninsula near Pecatu. The complex of buildings is located on the edge of the cliff at an altitude of about 90 meters above sea level. Pura Uluwatu is dedicated to protecting Bali from evil sea spirits. 

Alexandra Filippova 15.08.2019

Swimming with sharks

Bali, Activity

Unfortunately, shark hunting has not been regulated in Bali yet.

Alexandra Filippova 08.08.2019

Blue lagoon

Bali, Activity

Blue Lagoon near Padang Bai is one of the best snorkeling place in Bali. Blue Lagoon is a favorite snorkeling spot for families and new snorkelers because the waters are extremely calm. The place is also popular because of its proximity to world-class sites in Nusa Penida, and there are also some interesting spots for snorkeling close to Padang Bai itself.

Alexandra Filippova 08.08.2019

Biorock artificial reef

Bali, Activity

Biorock reefs in Pemuteran.

Alexandra Filippova 06.08.2019

The sunken Japanese patrol boat of WWII

Bali, Activity

The Japanese Wreck dive site in Amed is a 20 meters sunken wreck of a Japanese patrol ship sunk during World War II. The quiet bay of Lipah is located in the cozy resort town of Amed. Lipah's black sand is home to an amazingly rich reef, overgrown with soft and hard corals with lots of fish. It is one of the easiest and nicest places to snorkel in Bali. The wrecked Japanese patrol boat of World War II lies just 30 meters off the shore in the Lipah bay. The ship is visible from the surface during clear conditions.

Alexandra Filippova 31.07.2019

Menjangan island in Bali

Bali, Activity

Menjangan Island

Alexandra Filippova 31.07.2019

Manta Point

Bali, Activity

Nusa Penida is the only place near Bali where you can always find manta rays. Nusa Penida is an island southeast of Bali with two smaller adjacent islands, Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Ceningan.

Alexandra Filippova 23.07.2019

Tulamben USS Liberty Shipwreck and the Coral Garden

Bali, Activity

The USS Liberty Shipwreck in Tulamben has drawn divers from the world over to this quiet coastal village in East Bali.

Alexandra Filippova 20.07.2019

Taman Festival Park

Bali, Attractions

Taman Festival Park is located in the tourist area of the Sanur district. In the past, it was an amusement park with attractions, safaris, merry-go-rounds, an open-air amphitheatre, and a reptile park.

Alexandra Filippova 18.07.2019

Splash Water park

Bali, Attractions

Splash is the newest water park on the island and it is located right next to the main facilities of the Finns Recreation Club (formerly Canggu Club) sports and leisure complex in Canggu area (30 minutes away from Kuta and Seminyak). Here you will find waterslides and world-class entertainment, which will bring a lot of pleasure not only to children, but also to adults. Giant slide looks like a five-storey house anв can be used by up to 4 people at a time. The speed slide is designed for both children and adults.

Alexandra Filippova 17.07.2019

Waterbom water park

Bali, Attractions

The island's premier water park Waterbom is located in Kuta (5 minutes from the airport). There are lots of numerous waterslides, rides and playful games for all tastes (badminton, volleyball court, table tennis, climbing wall).

Alexandra Filippova 08.07.2019

Abandoned plane in Ngurah Rai By Pass

Bali, Attractions

This old Boeing 737 can be found on the left side of Jalan By Pass Ngurah Rai about 500 meters from Benoa Square and right next to Dunkin’ Donuts. This place is still covered with a touch of mystery. The story began about 8 years ago. Arif, the pilot of the Garuda airline, loved aircrafts so much, so he decided to buy one of the planes in order give it a new life. He dismantled the aircraft,  loaded it into containers and transported the plane from Java to a new location in Bali. The plane was to supposed to become a restaurant.

Alexandra Filippova 08.07.2019

Abandoned plane in Bukit

Bali, Attractions

There are two abandoned aircrafts in Bukit. One of them is located near the southern coast of the Bukit Peninsula, not far from Pandawa beach. According to local residents, both planes were planned to be used as restaurants, but this plan never came to life.

Alexandra Filippova 07.07.2019

Water Blow Nusa Dua

Bali, Attractions

Water Blow is one of the favourite tourist destinations in Nusa Dua.

Alexandra Filippova 03.07.2019

Bajra Sandhi Monument

Bali, Culture

photo credit: Info Wisata Kintamani Bali

Alexandra Filippova 03.07.2019

Pura Geger

Bali, Culture

Hindu Temple Pura Geger is one of Nusa Dua’s most important cultural landmarks. The temple is located close to the luxury hotels and overlooks the Geger Beach. This is a non-touristic temple.

Alexandra Filippova 01.07.2019

Park GWK (Garuda Wisnu Kencana Cultural Park)

Bali, Culture

Garuda Wisnu Kencana, known as GWK, is a cultural park located in a picturesque canyon on the Bukit Peninsula and has an area of 60 hectares. This beautiful and atmospheric park became one of the attractions in Bali that must be visited. It is devoted to the Hindu god Vishnu and his mount, Garuda, the mythical bird who became his companion.

Alexandra Filippova 28.06.2019

Bali Museum

Bali, Culture

The island of Bali offers a great selection of museums, most of which are in Ubud. Ubud has lots of galleries, but the historical museums are located mainly in Denpasar. One of them is the Bali Museum.

Alexandra Filippova 28.06.2019

Seminyak Square

Bali, Attractions

photo credit: Expedia 

Alexandra Filippova 24.06.2019

Transmart Carrefour

Bali, Attractions

The Carrefour supermarket is part of a chain that boasts being the world’s second-largest retailer and the largest in Europe. There are two main stores in Kuta, with the largest being the plaza on Kuta’s Sunset Road. 

Alexandra Filippova 24.06.2019

Lippo Mall

Bali, Attractions

Lippo Mall is a spacious and air-conditioned new shopping center, which was opened in 2014. It is located in Kartika Plaza road across the Catholic Church St. Francis Xavier. At the center atrium there is an open space that usually host many kinds of events like exhibitions, shows, competition and others. 

Alexandra Filippova 22.06.2019

Mal Bali Galeria

Bali, Attractions

DFS Mal Bali Galeria is a large shopping complex conveniently located at the Simpang Dewaruci landmark and roundabout in Kuta. Mal Galeria offers Matahari - a big clothing store with accessories and cosmetics, Gramedia - a bookstore, Hypermart - grocery store, and ACE hardware store. Lots of international options as H&M, Nike, Uniqlo. There is a mobile operator office for Telkomsel, where you can register a sim card. For movies, there is the Galeria 21 Cineplex, the island’s premier cinema complex. (If you live in Kuta, it may be more convenient going to the cinema at Beachwalk or Lippo Mall).

Alexandra Filippova 20.06.2019

Discovery Shopping Mall

Bali, Attractions

The four-story Discovery Mall is located on Jl. Kartika Plaza in South Kuta. Discovery Shopping Mall is one among the largest shopping malls in Bali and the second largest shopping hub after Kuta Beachwalk. It is located on one of Kuta’s main roads, the Jalan Kartika Plaza. Shops offer a wide variety of products, ranging from clothes and shoes to traditional souvenirs made by local craftsmen.

Alexandra Filippova 20.06.2019

Beachwalk Shopping Center

Bali, Attractions

Beachwalk Shopping Center was opened in April 2012 and it is located right in front of the legendary Kuta Beach. This three-story building has a very has a unique architecture design with a green and open concept, creating relaxing and open atmosphere.

Alexandra Filippova 15.04.2019

Berawa Beach - West of Bali

Bali, Attractions

Berawa is one of Bali's volcanic black sand beaches. Water here is not transparent because of the sand’s color. Not ideal for swimming, but great for surfing. Normally people swim in front of the beach cafes, on the right side from the entrance. The cafes are open all day long, and it is nice to hide there with a coconut when it gets too hot. For a more sophisticated atmosphere, try the Finns Beach Club, which is located right at the beach.

Alexandra Filippova 15.04.2019

Kuta Beach - West of Bali

Bali, Attractions

Atmosphere 

Alexandra Filippova 15.04.2019

Kuta Beach - West of Bali

Bali, Attractions

Atmosphere 

Alexandra Filippova 03.04.2019

Sawangan Beach - Bukit Peninsula in Bali

Bali, Nature

Also known at Nikko Beach, based on the formerly named Hotel Nikko, which is now renamed to Hilton. The beach is next to the Hilton Hotel.

Alexandra Filippova 03.04.2019

Suluban Beach - Bukit Peninsula in Bali

Bali, Nature

photo credit: Wojciech Korzeniowski

Alexandra Filippova 02.04.2019

Suluban beach

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Atmosphere

Alexandra Filippova 02.04.2019

Suluban beach

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Atmosphere

Alexandra Filippova 02.04.2019

Suluban beach

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Atmosphere