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VOLUME 12 NO. 121
THE SUN... THE SAND... THE SURF... THE CULTURE OF PARADISE AND OVER 18,000 SURROUNDING ISLANDS
THIS YEAR’S MONTH-LONG FESTIVAL OF ARTS AND CULTURE CONTINUES TO SHOWCASE THE WEALTH OF THE ISLAND IN ITS 32ND YEAR
DOWN BY THE SEA
A GLIMPSE AT THE COASTAL CULTURE OF THE ISLAND; THE SIGNIFICANCE OF THE SEA IN THE LIFE OF THE BALINESE
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NEW & NEWS • INFO INDEX • MAP OF BALI • CLASSIFIED COLUMNS
‘Om Swastiastu...’ Welcome to the archipelago, welcome to Bali and to our June 2010 edition! And here we are in the middle of 2010, a period which is generally when school holidays start to come around, and so begins the so-called high season. Get ready to pack your bags and do some bookings... We have prepared this edition with interesting articles that we hope will accompany you during your stay here on the island, as well as on your adventures throughout the archipelago. In Craft & Culture we provide a glimpse of the coastal culture of the island, with the significance of the sea in the life of the Balinese. Bali is not only about rice terraces, temples, and eloquent dances but it is an island with a coastline full of life; beaches, fisherman, and salt farmers. The exquisiteness of Bali’s stretches of sand and its traditional societies span from east to west and north to south. For those who are in Bali during this month and through July, you are in for a real treat. Denpasar’s Arts Centre will play focus to a festival that displays the diverse and original arts and culture that help make Bali the renowned island that it is. The Island’s 32nd annual month-long grand festivity of the arts, the Bali Arts Festival, has been announced for June 12 to July 10 this year. As usual the colorful event will be presenting various local Balinese cultural highlights and several cultural presentations from neighboring islands as well as from foreign countries. Check it out in this month’s Action & Attractions. In Invite & Indulge, enjoy the beauty of the Myanmar lotus extract combined with advanced German research and technology, which results in a most attractive body treatment at the Laguna Spa. Through Pondering Point we discuss the ‘top destination’ designation that has recently been given to Ubud, Seminyak, Nusa Dua, and Jimbaran. This honor has upped the pride of Bali but also brought a slight hint of shame at the same time – pride for an achievement and shame for not being able to reach the highest level. Rest assured though, whatever the poll results show it cannot be considered the overall world’s opinion on one destination. Just a mere hint for introspective measures on improvement. In this month’s Profile & Portraits we meet up with I Gusti Ngurah Kanca, a chef who started his career over three decades ago and now holds a position as Executive Chef at the Melia Bali in Nusa Dua. Kanca has been fond of cooking since his childhood days, and now frequently visits the Bali Museum and reads from the collection of ancient lontar manuscripts that involve the subject of gastronomy. Read about his philosophy on food and life. And in Beyond Bali our contributor shares with you her tour to Central Java. As the second most popular tourist destination after Bali, Yogyakarta has its own unique atmosphere. The ancient Javanese cultural value is not just in the past, but it is a living memory that is still practiced in the present life of the people. Forget for a moment the busy city center of Yogyakarta with all its clamor, and travel out to its villages. In Capital Corner our Jakarta-based contributor stumbles upon a neat eat out, where she first meant to search for a bulky German dictionary. But it eventually led her to an afternoon of joyful sips and snacks in a corner of the Gramedia bookshop at the Grand Indonesia Mall. Well, she was certainly satisfied with a good read and a bite. And in the end it’s always your turn to have a go so... Enjoy this edition, enjoy the island and Indonesia itself, with all it has to offer! And keep safe! ‘Om Shanti Shanti Shanti Om…’ The Team
Hary Subastian is MRA Media’s senior photographer and his portfolio spans Indonesia’s high-end fashion and lifestyle magazines.
Kathy Petite spends her time writing about travel, lifestyle, arts and culture. She also writes songs, and is writing a novel she (still) never gets to finish.
Inggit Angela enjoyed her days as intern at Bali & Beyond some years back, and now she continues to supply us with her adventures from beyond Bali.
Hindrawan has extensive experiences in television and photography. He supplies us with this edition’s shots from Yogyakarta’s environs.
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THE SUN... THE SAND... THE SURF... THE CULTURE OF PARADISE AND OVER 18,000 SURROUNDING ISLANDS
June 2010 Volume 12 No. 121
CRAFT&CULTURE DOWN BY THE SEA The coastal culture of the island, the significance of the sea in Balinese life; the island's stretches of sand and coastal communities abound.
CAPITALCORNER INDULGE... IN BETWEEN THE LINES
INVITE&INDULGE TOUCH OF EAST MEETS WEST Lotus extract combined with advanced German technology results in an attractive spa treatment.
PHOTO COURTESY OF FUTURESSE
Our Jakarta-based contributor stumbles upon a neat eat out, when the search for a bulky dictionary led her to joyful reads, sips n’ snacks.
PHOTO BY KATHY PETITE
THE SUN... THE SAND... THE SURF... THE CULTURE OF PARADISE AND OVER 18,000 SURROUNDING ISLANDS
June 2010 Volume 12 No. 121
PHOTO COURTESY OF THE WESTIN RESORT
Decorative Dishes n' Display Photo by Nyoman Ari Gunadi Location Phoenix Hotel, Yogyakarta
A BALI ‘FOOD’ PHILOSOPHY
The Executive Chef at the Melia Bali in Nusa Dua shares a tale of his passion in cooking, as well as his philosophy on food and life.
Awards and honors may up the pride of Bali but can also bring slight shame – pride for an achievement, and shame for not being able to reach the highest level. 40 ACTION&ATTRACTIONS ANNUAL ARTS ACCOLADE Those who are in Bali during this month and through July are in for a treat, as the Annual Bali Arts Festival will display the diverse and original arts and culture that help make Bali the renowned island that it is.
12 NEW&NEWS This month’s select news updates from the island’s tourism industry and what’s new around the island. 58 BEYONDUPDATES News updates from the tourism industry and what’s new beyond Bali. 62 COMMUNITYCALENDAR Schedules, calendar highlights and various happenings of interest, from art exhibitions to special events. 66 SEE&SEEN Snapshots of events and happenings within the preceding month. 70 BALIMAPS Map of Bali showing specific tourism areas and places of interest, as well as a distance scale between the island’s main destinations. 73 CLASSIFIEDCOLUMNS Listings and product descriptions from various clientele. 74 INFOINDEX Useful directory of companies and island-based businesses.
BEYONDBALI BATIKS, BLESSINGS AND BITES
PHOTO BY DONNY CAHYADI
The Javanese cultural value of Yogyakarta is a living memory still practiced in the present life of the people. Travel out of the busy city to discover its rural villages.
PHOTO BY HINDRAWAN
The Bulgari Resort, Bali welcomes its newly appointed General Manager Mr. Alejandro Helbling. The Buenos Aires, Argentinian born hotelier started off his career in 1989 in Boston at The Lafayette Hotel before moving on to become Director of Catering at the Park Hyatt Buenos Aires, then Assistant Director of Food and Beverage at the Grand Hyatt Jakarta, and on to Food and Beverage Director at the Hyatt Regency Manila in the Philippines. In 2002 he joined as Hotel Manager at The Ritz-Carlton, Dubai, then moved to The Ritz-Carlton, Montreal in Canada as General Manager, during which time the hotel was ranked as one of Montreal’s leading hotels by Condé Nast Traveller and Travel + Leisure. From March 2006 to January 2010 he was General Manager of the luxury Hotel Villa Padierna in Marbella, Spain. Bulgari Hotels & Resorts, Bali, Jalan Goa Lempeh, Banjar Dinas Kangin, Uluwatu, (0361) 847-1000; www.bulgarihotels.com
DINE AT THE BAY
Wawasan Seafood Restaurant, formerly the Jimbaran Seafood Restaurant, introduces its enhanced dining options after a series of transformations and refurbishment in September last year. A relaxing atmosphere and calming ambiance is created by white-washed timber furnishings and rustic tile flooring. The restaurant is open for brunch and dinner, with beachside chairs in which to relax and sunbathe with a cool cocktail, fresh juice or cold beer supplied from a fully stocked bar. It claims to be the only restaurant in the area to offer fresh smoked fish. Russian cuisine is also a specialty, and special arrangements can be tailored for memorable moments. Free pick-up service from the Jimbaran and Nusa Dua area is available. Wawasan Cafe, Jalan Four Seasons, Muaya Beach, Jimbaran, (0361) 703-580
The Bali Dynasty Resort has recently announced the appointment of its new Director of Sales & Marketing. Nicoline Dolman, a Dutch national, who effectively took on this role last month. Ms. Dolman has worked in Bali in a variety of similar positions over a span of eight years in the industry. Bali Dynasty Resort, Jalan Kartika, South Kuta, (0361) 752-403 www.balidynasty.com
EVENTFUL, FOR EVENTS
InterContinental Bali Resort recently announced the appointment of Nyoman Winatha as its Director of Conference & Events. A local talent, Winatha is a Hospitality graduate and has risen through the ranks at the InterContinental Bali Resort over the last 17 years to achieve his well-deserved position in senior management. In 2006 Winatha achieved the position of Director of Food & Beverage Services at the Resort. Winatha will head a dedicated team responsible for the planning and execution of some of the most defining events ever to be hosted at the resort and on the island. InterContinental Bali Resort, Jalan Uluwatu 45, Jimbaran, (0361) 701-888; www.interconti.com
Expedia travelers have ranked The Westin Resort Nusa Dua, Bali among the world’s best hotels on this year’s Expedia Insiders’ Select list. The list formally recognizes individual hotels worldwide. The full list represents only a small percentage of the world’s top hotels from the more than 110,000 hotel properties offered on Expedia. The 2010 Expedia Insiders’ Select list is compiled based on the more than one million Traveler Opinions hotel reviews collected by Expedia, combined with a value rating and the local market expertise of more than 400 Expedia employees in local markets worldwide, resulting in an easy-tobrowse list that provides travelers with a powerful way to find the perfect hotel using the trusted insight of other travelers like themselves. For more information, visit www.expedia.com/insidersselect
Aston International continues to grow its hip two star favehotel group of hotels with the announcement of a second favehotel for Bali - the favehotel Seminyak. The new hotel has been under development for almost a year now and is scheduled to open this year. The favehotel Seminyak will feature 123 guest rooms, several meeting facilities, a cafe and a swimming pool, and was conceptualized to offer young and budget oriented travelers an attractive value proposition in an otherwise high cost area of Bali. Their first, the favehotel Denpasar, opened last year on Jalan Teuku Umar. www.aston-international.com
GREEN N’ GREENER
Nikko Bali Resort & Spa announced its pledge to “go green” by minimizing waste, preserving energy, and via other related activities. It had started the campaign a couple of years ago by advising guests to minimize the changing of linens and towels during their stay; with the installation of an auto switch that switches off the air conditioning in the room whenever the balcony door is open, and informing children at the resort’s Jungle Camp of how important it is to save the environment. With the assistance of international consultant company TÜVRheinland® (www.tuv.com), the resort has undergone evaluations of all existing actions already in place and identified problem points to determine further actions. The hotel aims to achieve the international Green Hotel standard. Nikko Bali Resort and Spa, (0361) 773-377
FOR FAMILY N’ FUN
Nusa Dua Beach Hotel & Spa, a luxurious yet family friendly resort, has recently added The Family Residence, a two-storey villa with three spacious bedrooms, separate dining room and living area. The villa is furnished Balinese style, replete with amenities including a widescreen TV, mini bar and a fully equipped kitchen. The whole family will love the breezy balcony with its invigorating view overlooking lush tropical gardens. Providing a real home within a five-star resort complex is part of the hotel’s effort to ensure that children have lots of fun and enjoyment as well as the parents on the family vacation. Visit www.nusaduahotel.com for further information about the hotel facilities and amenities.
LET IT ROCK!
Hard Rock Cafe Bali is upgrading to a better exterior look and will launch in July. The new look will feature a new balcony lounge facing Kuta Beach for a more comfortable, stylish, and cool setting. This month it will celebrate the day the Hard Rock was born with its worldwide 39th anniversary “Founders Day” on June 14. This is 39 years after the very first Hard Rock Cafe was opened in London in 1971 by Isaac Tigrett and Peter Morton. The Hard Rock Cafe Bali will have special promotions and discounts on food, beverages, and merchandise. Hard Rock Cafe Bali, (0361) 755-661
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GRABBED THREE PRIZES
33-year old Pepen Hendrik defeated his opponent Dedi Santoso on May 13 in the 30-minute final of the Rusty Rumble in Da Jungle 6-star Coca-Cola ISC Tour event at Rangkan Beach with an incredible display of committed and aggressive surfing in perfect 5-6 foot waves. Hendrik now sits atop the 2010 Men’s Pro Division rankings after two tour events. Hendrik not only claimed the contest win and its paycheck of Rp 12. 5 million, but also nabbed the Coca-Cola Best Wave Award (Rp 1 million), and the Sabre Best Barrel Award (Rp 2 million), netting him a combined payday of Rp 15.5 million (USD 1,700) for the event. In addition, Hendrik has the distinction of gaining the highest combined wave score of the event (17.5), as well as highest single wave score of the event, a near perfect 9.5 out of a possible 10, all in the final 30 minute heat. www.isctour.com
Holiday Inn Resort Baruna Bali has created a special school holiday package valid from June 15 to July 15, that includes breakfast for two. There is also a “Kids Eat for Free” program for kids 12 years and younger, a free scoop of ice cream each for a maximum of 2 kids, a 25% discount on all spa treatments and a 25% discount on internet access, with free usage of the gym and airport transfers. As well as all of this, if guests book any of the suites including the Grand Ocean rooms, a complimentary Rascals kids club admission is offered together with a cool backpack each for up to 2 kids. Holiday Inn Resort Baruna Bali, Jalan Wana Segara 33, Tuban, (0361) 755-577; www.bali.holidayinn.com
Now back in its third edition by Editions Didier Millet, the modern classic Indonesian travel saga “Ring of Fire – an Indonesian Odyssey” by Lawrence and Lorne Blair is back on book shelves at all leading bookstores. Based on the Emmy award-winning documentary series of the same name, Ring of Fire is a first-person account of the adventures of two English brothers as they explore the astonishingly rich cultures of the Indonesian islands. This fascinating odyssey began in 1972 with a 2,500mile voyage through the fabled Spice Islands in search of the Greater Bird of Paradise. A decade of further exploration followed, during which the authors lived among the Asmat cannibals of Papua and the healers of Bali, and encountered man-eating dragons in Komodo and the elusive “dream wanderers” of Borneo. With extraordinary courage, humour and passion for the unknown, the Blairs draw us into a magical land where ancient myths still flourish. Amid impenetrable rain forests, erupting volcanoes and startling natural beauty, the brothers have captured on film and in words the story of one of the most captivating and intriguing explorations ever made. A faithful reprinting of the first and second editions, published in 1988 and 1991, the 3rd edition includes an introduction by Lawrence Blair reflecting on his four decade love-affair with the Indonesian archipelago. ISBN: 978-981-4260-10-7, 248 pp, 215 mm x 150 mm, paperback. www.edmbooks.com
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A DECADE TRANSCENDED...
ikko Bali Resort and Spa has completed the final phase in facility upgrades that started last decade, as part of the resort’s strategic repositioning.
Throughout the project, 385 rooms were refurbished and four different room types - Nikko Club, Nikko Family Room, Nikko Family Suite, and Seventh Heaven Room - were added. Nikko Family Rooms can comfortably accommodate two adults and two children under 12 years old, while Nikko Family Suites are more spacious and feature connecting rooms. All the en-suite bathrooms have safety features such as anti-slip padding in the bath tub, and mini steps. Junior guests in these rooms and suites can look forward to children’s toys, PlayStation 2 consoles, exclusive amenities, welcome bags and complimentary entrance to Nikko’s own Jungle Camp. The 14 Seventh Heaven rooms located on the seventh level were designed especially for a romantic retreat. Couples are pampered with a host of in-room amenities including a romantic dinner, special spa treatments, floral bath, organic designer toiletries, daily complimentary chocolate pralines, signature gift set and privileged entry to Nikko Club Lounge. Japanese Benkay Restaurant now presents a contemporary design carried through a live Teppanyaki counter, sushi bar, Nabemono (yakiniku, shabu-shabu and sukiyaki) tables, and five private rooms. Guests at Benkay will be treated to authentic cuisine prepared with premium ingredients. The Nikko Bali Resort & Spa is a 5-star resort located atop a 40-meter cliff in Nusa Dua that caters to business and leisure travellers, as well as families visiting the tropical island of Bali. ■
This is part of a multi-million dollar project that began in 2006
with the presentation of Wiwaha chapel, a cliff-top wedding venue. The split-level glass structure is completed in a contemporary design, and offers a sweeping 180-degree view of the Indian Ocean. Wiwaha is now a top wedding venue choice in Bali. The Nikko Club, a contemporary lounge and dining space launched in August 2007, incorporates a stylish outdoor swimming pool surrounded by a timber deck; a semi-open dining area bordered by half panes of frosted glass; and an indoor glassenclosed fully air-conditioned lounge providing seamless ocean views. Guests of the 73 Club rooms can expect premium facilities and services, such as all-day a la carte dining and refreshments, complimentary Wi-Fi Internet, and mini library of bestselling titles. The Shore Restaurant & Bar was unveiled in October 2008. Patrons at this trendy dining venue enjoy scenic views of the Indian Ocean; quality seafood, imported meats and a daily degustation menu paired with an exclusive selection of fine new world wines. In early 2009, guests were given access to Serenity Beach. The multi-purpose outdoor venue can accommodate up to 600 people for dinner receptions, banquets and large gatherings. It also has sun loungers and private cabanas where guests can sun-bath in privacy on the exclusive beach.
Nikko Bali Resort and Spa, Jalan Raya Nusa Dua Selatan T. +62 361 773 377
F. +62 361 773 388
ali is not only about rice terraces, temples, and eloquent dances but it is an island with a coastline full of life; the beaches alone, along
forces. Therefore the sea and the beaches were less favorable destinations among the primordial Balinese. The majority of them were agrarian societies that tended the fields and the farmlands. Traveling was not a significant part of their agenda, partly due to the intensity of their daily routines and the rituals that were embedded in their day-today lives. The Balinese believe in the concept of rwa bhineda, two contrasts yet as one. The
body has head and feet, up and down. A river has upstream and downstream, landscapes with mountains and the sea. To the mountains is designated as kaja where the gods live, while to the sea or kelod is where the evil spirits reside. The mountains are considered sacred as referred to by the tale of Mahabharata, an epic from India where the Pandavas, protagonists of the tale, in the end journeyed to the Himalayas, the abode of the gods. The seas are ruled by the god Baruna.
with the fishermen, and salt farmers. The exquisiteness of Bali’s stretches of sand and its traditional societies span from east to west and north to south. Once there was the belief that the sea was the dwelling place of malevolent
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A glimpse at the coastal culture of the island; the significance of the sea in the life of the Balinese.
Baruna is believed to be the deity over the laws of nature, what is absolute and universal, just as is cause and effect. At times this seems terrifying. Humans will never win over the forces of nature. The sea is also believed to be a destroyer, a neutralizer of forces, and a purifier at the same time. Several significant rituals involve an obligatory journey to the sea. Bali has its ngaben cremation ceremonies, where a part of it involves the release of ashes into the sea. This is meant
to part the bond between the spirit and its past worldly attributes, ensuring that its journey towards the divine is easy. The Melasti ceremonies that take place several days before the annual Nyepi holidays or Saka New Year is purposed at purifying the icons and precious heirlooms kept in the temples. Also in the agricultural Nangluk Merana ceremonies one of the processions includes a pilgrimage to the sea to rid and cleanse the crops of diseases and pests.
They ask for god Baruna’s blessings for the riddance of pestilence and hindrance from outbreaks. Although often represented as a terrible locality, you can find many temples on the coasts of Bali. In general the temples were built to honor the god Baruna as the ruler of the seas, such as the iconic Tanah Lot sea temple in Tabanan. Yet there are also other coastal temples that were built to worship other gods, such as Rambut Siwi in Jembrana built in honor
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PHOTO BY VINCENT HERRY
PHOTO BY HARY SUBASTIAN
As tourism has grown, fishermen in Lovina have gained additional income by guiding and escorting tourists to watch dolphins breaching the surface of the sea and jumping in groups at daybreak.
of the agricultural goddess Dewi Sri. With a departure from the sea related mythologies of Bali, there are indeed Balinese societies whose livelihoods are in close relationship to the sea. The northern coasts of Bali were perhaps the first stretches of sand to receive early civilizations. The north Bali coastal societies have interacted with the outside world since 2,000 years ago, through trade and seafaring. Nowadays you can still see fishermen in the Buleleng regency who are still faithful to their livelihood, catching fish at sea. A large majority of them depend on sea harvests. The terrestrial contours of North Bali; hilly and mostly arid, makes rice farming rather a scarce scene. Those in the lower lands cultivate fields, while
those in the uplands choose to grow commodities such as coffee and cloves. The coastal societies go out to sea or manage fish farms and earthen dams. As tourism has grown, fishermen in Lovina have gained additional income by guiding and escorting tourists to watch dolphins breaching the surface of the sea and jumping in groups at daybreak. These attractions have become a tourism trademark of Lovina. Through gradual development, the coastal societies of northwestern Bali began seaweed farming. The results were rewarding. They could cultivate and manage the carrageenan harvests feasibly. Seaweed is also part of the livelihood of southern Bali at places like Nusa Dua, Serangan Island, and the trio islets of Nusa
Penida, Ceningan and Lembongan. These coastal societies install pickets in the bays to open spaces for seaweed farming. The coastal communities in Nusa Dua, Geger and Sawangan beach harvest the Eucema cottonii and spinosum varieties. They sell their produce to merchants who later export them. These types of seaweed are usually made into food products and cosmetics. This makes up one of Bali’s exported commodities. Parents plant the seaweed on lines and at harvest time the children help to gather them. Nowadays, the rapid development of tourism has them busy, not only in harvesting their seaweed. The waves at Geger, Sawangan and Serangan are great for surfing, so many surfers go there to ride the waves; the same scene goes for the three islets. At Lembongan, the coastal communities are still involved in seaweed farming, but the children surf and the English-fluent have taken up work in the
tourism sector. Hotels now dot the karst edges of the islet and marine tourism has bloomed, absorbing local staff that knew their neighborhood surroundings the best. It seems that in this ‘globalised’ age there is not a single area untouched by foreign influence – tourism in this case. Many patterns have changed following this influence. Several of the younger generations have left their heritage livelihoods that have been passed down from generations past. They have taken up new ‘professions’ that even their greatgreat grandfathers knew nothing about. Surfing is a sport taken up by many kids in the south. History recalls that the first foreigner to bring surfing to Bali did so in the 1930s. The first surf contest was after surfing became a trend and is until now. Surf clothing and sporting brands flourished, many schools have opened offering surf lessons, and board rentals line the beach.
PHOTO BY DJUNA IVEREIGH
held in Uluwatu in the 1970s, and not long
Dolphins breach in Lovina (opposite page); Salt farmers on the coasts of Amed and Kusamba are iconic; a livelihood still embraced by the traditional communities.
PHOTO BY DJUNA IVEREIGH
Several of the younger generation have left their heritage livelihoods that have been passed down from generations past.
Surfing was first focused on several points, Sanur, the Bukit’s Uluwatu, Jimbaran, Kuta and up to Seminyak. Now there is an expansion eastward to Keramas beach in Gianyar and westward to the Balian and Medewi beaches in Jembrana. On the eastern coasts, up in Karangasem for example, tourism has brought a different development. The waves aren’t really fit for surfing, yet the underwater realms are wonderlands to enjoy through diving and snorkeling. One of the most famous diving spots is in Tulamben, where the USA ship the Liberty went down after receiving a Japanese torpedo hit during WWI. Divers frequently visit this spot; the small village has now become a tourist destination. The black sand beach has several hotels lined up offering budget accommodation choices for underwater
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adventure enthusiasts. What has seemingly remained unchanged is the life of the salt farmers on the coasts of Amed and Kusamba. This form of livelihood is still embraced by the traditional communities. Yet lately their fields have narrowed by the looming development of tourism facilities around them. Their salt farming living has gone through a shortage in manpower as the younger generations have shifted orientation to the tourism sector and urban life. An interesting idea would be to make salt farming a tourist attraction, introducing tourists to how salt is traditionally harvested. If this was implemented then both sides would benefit. The farmers would no longer become victims of the surrounding development, but also become part of it
and benefit from tourism. The island’s coastal potential abounds. Back then it was considered that coastal life and fishing were of the impoverished. But in reality, the villages of Kedonganan and Jimbaran are known for their fresh fish markets and auctions. Rows of cafes stand along the strip. The local fishermen know well that the locals and international guests alike enjoy their catch. This brings us back to the rwa bhineda concept embraced by the Balinese, that there are always two sides of the issue. Prevailing are two meanings, positive and negative. The sea can be a malevolent force and the dwelling of the bad spirits, yet it is at sea where purifications are held. The sea can rage with fury at times and cause destruction, yet it is also a source of food and a place to make a living. ■ Text by Ni Luh Dian Purniawati
PHOTOS BY VINCENT HERRY
Back then it was considered that coastal life and fishing were of the impoverished. But in reality, the villages of Kedonganan and Jimbaran are known for their lively fish markets.
Touch of East Meets
and technology results in a most attractive body treatment. Futuresse not
A luxurious face and body care brand blends eastern tradition and western research to create timeless beauty.
only offers quality products but also quality services through its treatments. The lotus flowers incorporated in Futuresse are grown in Lake Inle by the people of the lakeside village of Taung Yoe. The local people there are Buddhists, as are the majority of the Myanmar people. In Buddhism, the lotus flower signifies purity.
he beauty of the Myanmar lotus extract combined with advanced German research
The people use this flower frequently in their daily lives. They also make use of the petals for their tea infusions. The men pick the flower to present to their partners. They believe that the lotus can cleanse the body and spirit. The lotus can also bring forth inner beauty. That is why the Myanmar ladies pay respect to and adore the lotus. This is what has contributed special charm and uniqueness to the lotus. In Southeast Asia, traditionally the lotus is heavily used in beauty treatments. Now modern society can feel the benefits of the Nelumbo nucifera, which is modernly
Products have been coordinated with individual treatments to achieve optimal results including increases in moisture levels, elasticity and reductions in wrinkle depth.
processed by the Fribad cosmetic group based in Baden-Baden, Germany. For its treatments, Futuresse has cooperated with several of the world’s renowned spas including the Laguna Spa. The spa scene is no new area for the Laguna, and for treatments they are seasoned players in the field. Entering the Laguna Spa, you are transported into a very peaceful atmosphere. The charm and hospitality of the staff, the soft lighting features, and other small details lead you into a relaxing state of mind. Passing through pools and rippling water, you are soon welcomed into one of Laguna Spa’s majestic treatment villas. Prior to the series of pampering kneading
and stroking, you are treated to a unique ritual. This ritual starts off by placing your feet into a golden metal bowl. When the bowl is gently struck, the resonance from the bowl spreads to all the nerve pressure points on the soles of your feet. The therapist then pours in warm water and adds essential oils and milk, continuing by a foot massage. The warmth, moisture, softness and pressure somehow become one in contact with each pressure point. Relaxation is easily achieved. From the feet, the massage continues upwards to the head and ears. The nervous system has a great deal of dayto-day work, and that is why it needs relaxation. Thought our eyes can be shut
The metallic bowl comes into use again as you lie face down on the spa bed. It is gently struck just centimeters above your body. It resonates to the senses at specific and appropriate points.
when we relax, our ears have a hard time being shut against sounds. This organ also needs a ‘soft touch’ to relax. The metallic bowl comes into use again as you lie face down on the spa bed. It is gently struck just centimeters above your body. Again the resonance plays to the senses at specific and appropriate points: the head, back, and soles of the feet. At this stage, you will be deep into your relaxation. The therapists then start to drip warmed oil over your body and commence with unique movements. The massage routine is like telling a tale, that the lotus flowers from Lake Inle are treated specially. There are even special rituals during its harvest time. Emphasized in this massage is not the massage pressure itself but how it is
applied to the right points with the right pressure. The use of warm oil is also taken into account in order to ease the flow in the veins that carry back blood to the heart. Fatigue has a lot to do with the functional imbalance between the heart and veins. A healthy body will help bring out your inner beauty too. Should the body function well, the surface will also radiate on its own. During the treatment, mildly audible traditional music is played. Asian themed decorations and Buddha statues take you back to the treatment’s origin of Myanmar, all adding to the feel and nuance. At the end of the treatment, you are served by lotus tea sweetened with honey. Freshness is ever more perfected. What makes Futuresse so special is not
only the lotus flower extract but also the composition of the other active ingredients such as matrix simulators that encourage the growth of collagen, wheat protein as emollient, hyaluronic acid that helps the skin become moist, peach kernel oil for softer skin, and algae extracts for a moisturizer as well as for protection from free radicals. Skin beauty cannot be achieved in one single treatment. Yet Futuresse offers a faster result. Through routine treatment, over 4 weeks based on laboratorial research, skin moisture levels rise 40% and skin elasticity 35%. The treatments are not only focused on the body but also specifically on the face and feet. They have named their products attractively, such as “The Journey of the Lotus” for facials, which contain
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This product is not only inspired by the beauty of the lotus and the beauty of its natural habitat, but also by the legends surrounding the flower.
the message that beginning as a seed, the presence of a blooming lotus flower is highly anticipated. It is already beautiful even as a bud. This product is not only inspired by the beauty of the lotus and the beauty of its natural habitat, but also by the legends surrounding the flower. It is a tale of two lovers; Inle, a young fisherman, and a girl named Lotus. Lotus then became the symbol of youth and eternal beauty. Futuresse believes that natural beauty products have been used by the people for ages and are now perfected with advanced technology to produce a high
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quality product. Futuresse itself has won several awards. In October 2008 it won the SpaAsia Crystal Award in the Signature Body Treatment category. This further fixed its reputation as a recommended product. Spa treatments nowadays are recreational as well as of necessity. Arduous activities, pollution levels and the increase in stress always lead people to search for respite. These days there are many products emerging, each with their own special qualities from the traditional to the high tech. Here is a more moderate approach – combining both.
This choice becomes more perfect when presented and applied with a special technique and a supporting nuance. The Laguna in this case has become the appropriate choice. Experience, skill and quality always provide the best service and results. ■ Text by Ni Luh Dian Purniawati, photo courtesy The Laguna Spa
■ The Laguna Resort & Spa, Kawasan Pariwisata Nusa Dua, (0361) 771-327 www.luxurycollection.com
Executive Chef of the Melia Bali in Nusa Dua shares a tale of his passion in cooking, as well as his philosophy on food and life.
A BALI ‘FOOD’ PHILOSOPHY
eligious and spiritual attributes are not only bound to the temples that stand at each village corner in Bali but also in the food. There is not a
of cooking since his childhood days, and now frequently visits the Bali Museum and reads from the collection of ancient lontar manuscripts that involve the subject of gastronomy. If you had the chance and spent some time living with a Balinese family, every morning you would observe the act of offering a morning contribution after cooking in the form of banten saiban, which consists of the staple food of rice, salt, and minute portions of whatever else the meal is comprised of. The purpose is to express gratitude over the sustenance for the day. After the banten saiban is offered, only then the family enjoys the meal. Typical traditional Balinese food
includes lawar. Lawar is a mix of vegetables and meat with various spices presented with or without blood. The lawar mix is usually red after it is blended with blood. Back in the older times, raw pig’s blood was used, but now with the development of time and knowledge about health, the blood is boiled before it is used. The term ‘lawar’ itself is of old Javanese origin, meaning ‘raw’. However, some of the people still use raw blood, as the red color of the meal symbolizes energy and strength. The Balinese ingest blood as the Japanese eat sashimi. Bad constituents can be neutralized by spices that are mixed within the lawar. According to the ancient Lontar Dharma
single thing in Bail that is separable from the acts of devotion. To the Balinese, food is not only for life sustenance but it is also an offering. Because basically, the Balinese indulge in food that is ‘offered’ in some sort of ritual before it is consumed. This aspect was expressed by I Gusti Ngurah Kanca. He is a chef who started his career in the kitchen over three decades ago, and now holds the position of Executive Chef at the Melia Bali in Nusa Dua. Kanca has been fond
white; to the south is Brahma, with the color red. So food preparation among the Balinese is an important thing and not only functions to appease the appetite but also as a part of their devotion or yadnya. “Because it usually deals with communal feasts for many, and works with various heavy utensils and many chopped ingredients, food preparation in Bali is usually a male task,” stated I Gusti Ngurah I Gusti Ngurah Kanca, Executive Chef at the Melia Bali in Nusa Dua. Kanca. A reality that differs from the general Indonesian stereotype that cooking is a female duty. Kanca was born in the village of Sidemen in the regency of Karangasem,
career there. Kanca has worked at the Melia Bali up until now. His seasoned skills started to show off and his career rocketed. Although holding the highest position in the kitchen over all the F&B outlets at the Melia, he still feels that there is much more to learn. He confesses to working well over 8 hours each day at the hotel. Knowledge is ever changing. There are many new things to be known and learned. Reading is another of his hobbies. He likes to read and analyze, not acceding to everything presented as fact but also finding out how they came to be. It is interesting to know that there is one who knows a lot about Balinese life philosophies. So far those that deal with the subject are only limited to spiritual figures and scholars. The majority of the Balinese society used to have a low interest in reading, not many having the interest in libraries moreover reading lontar manuscripts. Kanca deeply regrets the political riots that occurred in Bali in 2001 that saw the burning of several important public facilities, one of them being the Badung regent’s office building. Several collections of lontar happened to be archived there and went up in flames. It was possible that the above-mentioned Lontar Dharma Caruban saw its destruction there. Regrettably, lontar weren’t produced massively, so if there were no efforts made in copying them, a loss of one single manuscript meant a loss of the whole collection of recorded information contained in them. Yet today’s technologies have made possible mass distribution. He longs for a good book about Balinese gastronomy to be published. Bali indeed does not have many varieties of foods. Yet it remains that knowledge of any subject is important to be handed over to those who are interested in exploring, especially the younger generations. ■ Text and photo by Ni Luh Dian Purniawati
Little Kanca, like many kids his age, didn’t like school. But he eventually pursued education in the subject... that was his hobby.
a village renowned for its Balinese variety of salak fruit. Fond of cooking since early boyhood, the ‘cooking for the family’ responsibility thus fell into his hands. His mother passed away when he was still in grade 4 of elementary school. Little Kanca, like many kids his age, didn’t like school. Perhaps the discipline of the classroom made him feel restricted, so he eventually drifted down to Denpasar. Arriving in Sanur, he by chance met with Ida Bagus Cetana Putra, the owner of the Santrian Hotel. It was this man that made Kanca willing to continue with his
Caruban manuscript, spices used in Balinese cooking are collectively called basa genep or complete spices. Several important components are ginger, greater galangal, lesser galangal, turmeric, and garlic, which are all also often used in traditional medicine. So intentionally or not, they also consume the ‘medicine’ as they enjoy their meal. Lawar without blood is aptly called lawar putih or white lawar. Red and white lawar have different functions. In rituals, the white lawar is placed as an offering to the east, while red to the south. This is closely related to the philosophy regarding the directions of the gods. In Hinduism, this relates to the 9 points of bearing with each a god having a different color and meaning. The god of the east is Iswara, of the color
schooling. This time he decided that he would dig deeper into his hobby and continue college at the BPLP, a hospitality training institute in Nusa Dua that is now known by the initials STP. Starting in 1973, Kanca worked at the Griya Santrian Hotel as a kitchen steward. After that he worked at the Bali Hai, the Bali Beach and then at the Champlung Mas Hotel in Kuta, where he held the position of Kitchen Trainer. When the Bali Tourism Development Corporation area in Nusa Dua was opened, so did the Melia, establishing its first hotel in Indonesia there. A friend who had already gotten a job there offered Kanca to move in with him. His experiences in several establishments prior became his pass to start his star hotel
In the preceding month, TripAdvisor.com, a free travel guide and research website that assists customers in gathering travel information, posts opinions on travel related issues, and engages in interactive travel forums, announced the winners of their Travelers’ Choice Destinations Awards 2010.
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bud, Seminyak, Nusa Dua, and Jimbaran have all been given a ‘top destination’ designation. This honor has upped the pride of Bali but also brought a slight hint of shame at the same time – pride for an achievement, and shame for not being able
to reach the highest level. Last month, TripAdvisor.com, a free travel guide and research website that assists customers in gathering travel information, posts opinions on travel related issues, and engages in interactive travel forums, announced the winners of their Travelers’ Choice Destinations Awards 2010. This community is widely acknowledged by the public, especially among travelers. They have encouraged the travelers to provide comments about their experiences at various destinations, concerning such as the highs of the attractiveness of the area and even down to its lows points. Ratings are categorized as ‘The Best in the World’, or the ‘Best on Each Continent’. Awards range from ‘Top Destinations’, ‘Best for Families’, ‘Romance’, ‘Beach & Sun’, ‘Culture & Sightseeing’, ‘Food & Wine’, ‘Nightlife’, ‘Outdoor & Adventure’, ‘Relaxation & Spa’, and ‘Top Emerging TripAdvisor admits that millions of travelers contribute to inspiring and identifying the destinations that they consider remarkable. Out came Monte Carlo as the Best Destination in the World and in Asia it was Japan. What about Bali? Four places in Bali were also chosen, although in more specific categories and not all came out in first place. Ubud achieved a score in the ‘Top 10 Romance Destinations’ as the no. 5 in Asia, the best in the ‘Top 10 Relaxation & Spa Destinations in Asia’, and no. 6 in the ‘Top 10 Culture & Sightseeing Destinations in Asia’. If only its screening schedule came earlier, with Julia Roberts in the film adaptation of Eat, Pray, Love it might have kicked Ubud up to first place… that is if the film did good justice to the book as well as the destinations it portrayed, with Bali being one of them. Yet even without that, visitors still chose Ubud. Ubud has long “seemed” to be for artists and honeymooners. The traditional and religious attributes are still palpable, innate views of rice terraces with arts and crafts in the foreground provide its distinctive nuance. Though these nuances gradually diminish or evolve, many still do find their ‘imagined Bali’ in the corners of Ubud. The Ubud attributes stay in the hearts of those who find it. I feel that this is what has led Ubud to be chosen as a romantic place and an ideal relaxation stop. No wonder
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Jimbaran provides a different nuance. It offers a beautiful stretch of sand for those who wish to relax, and the same time offers thrills for wave riders. Some of the Jimbaran local communities still stick to their traditional livelihood. Jimbaran now has reached no. 2 on the ‘Top Four places in Bali were also chosen, although in more speciﬁc categories and not all came out in ﬁrst place. 10 Romance Destinations in Asia’. Again it is an achievement for the island. Each year TripAdvisor and other international publishers such as Conde Nast carry out polls such as these. Bali has nearly always landed a nomination in that there are so many spas in Ubud, with it leading up to it being chosen as the best spa destination. If Ubud is so green, placid and cool, then Seminyak is its counterpart. Besides the coastline and being a warmer place in the south, it is also known as an area for nightlife goers with all the traits that go with it. Various types of visitors lead to catering the various types of services. With this variety, Seminyak can be treated as a shopping and culinary haven. Rows of boutiques, restaurants and spas add to the colorfulness. Seminyak was chosen as no. 3 in the ‘Top 10 Food & Wine Destinations in Asia’, and no. 5 in the ‘Top 10 Relaxation & Spa Destinations in Asia’. Southward, we reach Nusa Dua. This area which 30 years ago was a stretch of barren land, has now obtained the tenth position in the ‘Top 10 Relaxation & Spa Destinations in Asia’, with its current day complex of international chain hotels and luxury facilities. An achievement it is, luring jet set guests to enjoy the slanting beaches of the Nusa Dua coast, where they can relax in a natural area with the beach and the twin islets. One rising area is Jimbaran. Covering a karst region, the area can be said to be the last to be experiencing the heights of tourism. Even up until now various developments in hospitality services continue.
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these lists. Several months ago we recall how Ubud was endowed with the ‘Best Town in Asia’ title. Yet the pride still leaves behind some burning questions. Why has Bali not been chosen as the best destination in the world or at least in Asia? Taking into account that its tourism image has been developing since before the 20th century! Then what about Kuta, the most hyped and unique bit of coastline that Bali has? It has not even been vaguely mentioned in one single category. The answers to these interesting questions are in the hands of the Balinese society themselves, especially the local government, who have strategic role in the future development of tourism. It must be taken into consideration that Bali is not only an exotic island that is close to nature, but also one where the people also preserve the heritage of their ancestors and have their own special qualities. It might just be possible then that not all of their qualities have been brought to the surface. When the time comes that Bali has no more potential to develop, they may come up with their so far ‘hidden’ treasures. One reassuring thing is, that whatever the big the polling results are, it cannot be considered the overall world’s opinion on one destination. However it can be a considerable hint for introspective measures, such as feedback on our efforts so far.■ Text by Ni Luh Dian Purniawati, photos by Nyoman Ari Gunadi
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he island’s 32nd annual month-long grand festivity of the arts, the Bali Arts Festival, has been announced for June 12 to July 10 this year, taking
on the theme Sudamala, literally “deep
Those in Bali during this month and through July are in for a treat, as The Annual Bali Arts Festival will display the diverse and original arts and culture.
soul search”. As usual the colorful event will take place at the Taman Budaya Art Centre in Denpasar, presenting various local Balinese cultural highlights and several cultural presentations from neighboring islands as well as foreign
several of the countries art groups had already communicated with the committee regarding their participation the following year. It showed that foreign art groups had a keen interest in becoming part of a colorful array of arts and a cultural showcase on the island. As this goes to press, it has been noted that many other art groups representing their countries will also express their participation this year. Sudhawa admitted that international participation in the arts festival throughout the years has fluctuated. Last year saw 14 foreign art groups, in 2008 there were 18 , and in 2007 there were 12, including those from Japan, the US, Singapore, India, South Korea, Thailand, UK and Malaysia. In the first trimester it was announced that seven countries had agreed to participate in the 32nd Bali Arts Festival this year. These countries include Sweden, Japan, United States, China, Singapore, India and Canada. Of the seven countries that have confirmed their participation; Japan will send three of its art groups to participate while the US will send two. The Head of Public Relations for the Bali Provincial Cultural Government Office, Anak Agung Tenaya Sandhi, explained some of the details after an internal preparatory meeting in March. According to Sandhi, the 32nd festival will also see around 180 sekaa (local art groups) from all over the island participating. It was also reported that the budget for this year’s festival was lower than last year’s at Rp 3.8 billion. With this reduced budget, Sandhi confirmed that there was to be several highlights absent from this year’s agenda, which were still to be announced. The Head of Bali’s Provincial Cultural Government Office, Ida Bagus Sudhawa, in April announced that as last year’s 31st Bali Arts Festival came to an end, The festival will showcase 180 art presentations and involve around 15,000 artistic envoys from all of Bali’s eight regencies and the city of Denpasar. The attendance of artists from other islands in Indonesia and various countries would heighten the morale of the local artists and community, and increase public awareness and education of these island’s wealth of arts. Sub themes in this year’s festival include a procession carrying on ‘Bhuwana Kreti’ or universal purification; performing arts carrying on ‘Stuti Manawibhawa’ or
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The festival’s late initiator believed that Bali should have a way of promoting their extraordinary culture to the international community, in hopes of improving cultural tourism.
sincere offering, competitions and parades of ‘Parasparo Upasraya’ competing in togetherness, cultural talks with the sub theme of ‘Dharmatula Subhaprawretiti’ or considering wisdom, and exhibitions carrying on the sub theme of ‘Silpa Hita Karana’ or source of blessings.
Culture Ida Bagus Mantra, who was later to become the Governor of Bali (19781988). He believed that Bali should have a way of promoting their extraordinary culture to the international community, and in hopes of improving tourism thus began the Bali Arts Festival. It was around that time that the famous phrase, “Tourism for Bali, not Bali for Tourism,” was coined. And now, 32 years later, the festival is still going strong. It is literally a time when all of Bali comes to the city to present its
offerings of dance, music and beauty. The festival is thus a unique opportunity to see local village culture both live and first hand. For those who are in Bali during this month and through July, you are in for this real treat. Denpasar’s Werdi Budaya Arts Centre will play focus to this festival that displays the diverse and original arts and culture that help make Bali the renowned island that it is. Prior to the festival itself, competitions are held in the many villages of the different
ISLAND’S MONTH-LONG SHOWCASE
The first Bali Arts Festival was formulated back in 1978 by former Director General of
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regencies to see who the best performers are and who will exemplify and present the artistry of their region. From there, the selected artists will travel to Denpasar where the Bali Arts Festival opens to the public. The common yearly scene comprises an opening parade that this year is scheduled to be held on Saturday, June 12 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. along Jalan Surapati in Denpasar. Also, a colossal Balinese mime dance drama titled “Anggada Duta” will be performed by the
Indonesian Art Institute Denpasar in the evening from 7.30 to 10 p.m. at the open stage of the Denpasar Art Center’s Ardha Candra. The opening parade procession involves all the different artists, each walking with envoys of the region that they are representing, dressed in their regions vibrant traditional clothes. Following behind the dancers and musicians are the famous and magnificent looking ogoh-ogoh, papier-mâché idols that usually color the
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The festival is a unique opportunity to see the island’s local arts and culture both live and first hand.
The rest of the highlights commonly take place at various venues within the Art Center itself, as well as at the Arts Institute Denpasar’s grounds.
streets on Nyepi, Saka New Year Eve, as well as giant traditional Balinese kites tailing behind. It is a very festive time on the street, with onlookers all excited about the start of the festival. One quick word of advice though, if you would like a chance to view all the artists and their beautiful traditional clothes it is highly recommended that you arrive early. The streets and the sidewalks become absolutely filled with people, peddlers and such. The rest of the highlights commonly take place at various venues within the
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Art Center itself, as well as at the Arts Institute Denpasar’s grounds. Competitions include flower arranging, food and fashion, traditional ensembles, classical dance and craftworks, children’s traditional games, youth poetry and singing. Check out the old tradition highlights that are part of an effort to preserve endangered cultures such as gamelan varieities of Gambang, Selonding, Saron, Genggong, Kembang Kirang, Gender Wayang, and Terompong Beruk, as well as the classical and sacred performing art pieces. These are showcased alongside the contemporary
pieces as well. After seeing the Bali Arts Festival at least once in your lifetime, you will truly be able to understand why there is so much pride in the Balinese culture and why it is famous through the world; as in one month, the whole island showcases its best and with the participating regions of Indonesia also here, you’ll get a glimpse of what the whole archipelago has to offer. For updated schedules, check out www.baliculturegov.com ■ Text by Nyoman Ari Gunadi Photos by Donny Cahyadi
BATIKS, BLESSINGS AND BITES
Tembi is a village based on tourism that offers a variation of holiday packages from homestay, batik and handicraft courses all the way to rice farming.
s the second most popular tourist destination after Bali, Yogyakarta has its own unique atmosphere. The ancient Javanese
flavors of peace, friendliness and tolerance. After being devastated by a major earthquake that registered 6.5 on the Richter scale on the May 27, 2006, Bantul has already gotten back on its feet. It has already been tidied up and is ready to serve tourists again. Many kinds of handicrafts are now on sale, along with the local traditions that are served with the friendly and peaceful nature of village life. And if you like to explore spiritual virtues, variations of knowledge from classic Javanese literature on to the local practices of the Javanese way of life are waiting for you in Bantul. And not just spiritual value, as Bantul offers you more value for your money as well, because the price for handicrafts are much cheaper than anywhere else in Indonesia. In short, it is just the right
place for you to shop for handmade paraphernalia and also enjoy the peaceful and kind ambience of village life.
WOODEN BATIK MOTIFS AT KAREBET ORCHARD
Karebet Orchard is a tourism village in Bantul that is well known for its wooden batik handicrafts. Pioneered in 1970 in the Sendangsari Village in the Pajangan sub district, this center of batik handicrafts is just a 15-minute drive from Yogyakarta City. It was named after the child name of a famous King from Pajang in Yogyakarta, Raden Mas Karebet, who was also referred to by the name Sultan Adiwijaya, who ruled from year 1549 to 1582. Although a bit hard to reach, as it is located on top of a hill, it is worth the effort to visit this place. There is no public
cultural value is not just in the past, but it is a living memory that is still practiced in the present life of the people. However, let us forget for a moment the busy city center of Yogyakarta with all of its clamor and travel out to its villages! Bantul is small regency in the Special Region of Yogyakarta (Daerah Istimewa Yogyakarta) that offers a vast and natural tourism destination away from the crowded city life. In this area, not to far away from the city center of Yogyakarta, you can still taste the original sense of Javanese culture, which offers the thick
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transport so you must drive your own car, rent a car, or get a taxi. The roads are accessible by car, but if you like adventure try bicycling or hiking to get fresh air and enjoy the beautiful ravines along the way. The most interesting aspect of this place is the woodcrafts, which are garnished with batik motives. Items such as klitik puppets, masks, congklak (traditional Javanese game boards), tissue boxes, and the many other accessories look more interesting in these traditional motifs. Among them, the wooden puppet masks are the most distinctive. These wooden puppets are decorated with almost all prominent classical batik designs such as parang barong, parang rusak, kawung, garuda, sidomukti, and sidorahayu. While shopping, you can see with your own eyes the process of batik painting by the craftsmen in the many workshops and art shops that line the slope of the hill along the main road. The process of painting on wood is very similar to batik painting on fabric. It starts with designing the batik pattern on the wood, the molani process. After that wax is applied to be the paint deterrent that creates the batik motif. As the finishing process, the nglorot process removes the layer of wax so that the batik motif can be seen clearly. For interested visitors, there are many wood batik-learning packages offered by several of the workshops. You can learn the wood batik process in an instant through the guidance of the professional craftsmen. And, if you really want to master the art of batik woodcraft, there are even some homestay packages offered for the serious learners. As a holiday package, you can take a trip via the Great Mosque (Masjid Agung) up to the Wijilrejo Village in the Pandak sub district, a place distinguished for its Batik Bantul. Batik from this place is unique for its color, the sogan (dark red) color, although decorated with the ordinary
classical motifs. And after Bantul you can choose Kasongan as your next destination, a place renowned for its pottery.
introducing modern design and expanding the market. Finally, large scale and commercial industrialization followed after Sahid Keramik was built around 1980. Nowadays, tourists can find various designs and motifs of the ceramics; even order what they had in mind to be shaped into ceramic designs. It is guaranteed that tourists will get a warm welcome from the local villagers. There are lots of exhibition rooms for you to browse for the many kinds of ceramic handicrafts. Not only can you sightsee and shop, you can also learn the process of making this earthenware directly from the craftsmen. The process begins with preparing the lump of clay, then shaping it using perbot, and sun drying the shape for 2-4 days. The dried shape is then burned in the furnace before getting its finishing touch with paint. Handicraft products from earthenware are varied, from common porcelain or pottery to frames, wall decorations, accessories and household furniture. One popular handicraft is a statue of a Javanese couple; a bride and a groom, known as Loro Blonyo. This statue takes its cue from the statue of a bride and groom in the Yogyakarta Palace. In the Javanese language, Loro means two or couple, while Blonyo means the preparation process of a wedding before the bride and groom meet each other. There is the belief that the Loro Blonyo statue will bring good luck and help a married couple find eternal happiness, and that’s the reason why this statue is a top seller in Kasongan.
KASONGAN: THE CERAMIC VILLAGE
Kasongan is a village located in Pedukuhan Kajen, Bangunjiwo, in the Kasihan sub district approximately 8 kilometers and a 15-20 minute ride from Yogyakarta’s city center. The Kasongan Village is the center of earthenware industry. Literally, earthenware is ceramics made of clay. The land in Kasongan is different from most typical villages in Java, in that wet rice fields do not dominate the village landscape. Historically, local folklore provides us with an explanation for this anomaly and that reason determined the emergence of ceramic craftsmanship in the area. According to legend, Kasongan was inhabited mostly by farmers who farmed the wet rice fields like in any other village. But then one day, during the time of the Dutch Colonial occupation, a dead horse was found inside one of the rice fields. Presumably, that horse belonged to a Dutch officer. The farmer who owned the land was terrified by the thought of possible retaliation from the Dutch officer, so he decided to immediately disown his land. The nearby farmers also got scared, so together they released all the rights to their land. Only a few farmers dared to hold on to their land, leaving many farmers landless. These landless farmers were the ones who pioneered the ceramic crafts, the idea coming after they took clay from their deserted land to make a ball. Then they got the idea to turn this clay into toys and kitchen utensils, something that finally became their livelihood and was passed on to their offspring. Modernization entered the area after Sapto Hudoyo (a famous artist from Yogyakarta) came to Kasongan around 1971-1972. He connected the modern ceramic industry to these craftsmen by
ENCHANTING NATURE TOURISM IN TEMBI
Tembi Village is a village based on tourism that offers a variation of holiday packages from homestay, batik and handicraft courses all the way to rice farming. It boasts the ubiquitous Javanese traditional houses (the permaculture architecture),
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A temple named the Jesus Sacred Heart Temple was completed in 1927. Its terrace is decorated with lotus flowers and the statue of Jesus in Javanese clothes.
contemporary art galleries, painting exhibitions, and ‘go green’ handicrafts as its major attractions, bundled with local hospitality and a peaceful environment. Located not far from the city center of Yogyakarta, just a 30-minute drive, it is the perfect place for you take a rest before going to Parangtritis (the most famous beach in Yogyakarta), as it is located just 8.5 kilometers from the beach. The Tembi Village is also a great choice for spending the night and getting a sense of the peaceful ambience of village life. The accommodation prices are just right too, from a thrifty package of around Rp. 180,000 per night to more expensive packages that offer luxurious Javanese nobility treatment. All covered in the clean and pleasant standard of a homestay. Some of them offer complimentary pick-up service back and forth to the airport or railway station, and some even offer a complete tour to all the tourism destinations in Yogyakarta if you stay for four days straight in their homestay. If you stay for a few days in the Tembi village, the first thing you will see is how the local villagers live side by side with nature. The lush green environment is dominated by rice fields, but with some strips of bamboo forest patching the landscape. Local farmers go to the rice fields, not in a hurry but with the slow rhythm of nature, practicing the ancient philosophy of being at one with nature as has been told to them for centuries
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by their ancestors. Traces of this ancient philosophy can still be found today in Javanese literature. In Tembi, you can study famous literature such as the Serat centhini, also known as Suluk Tembanglaras or Suluk Tembangraras-Amongraga by the Tembi villagers. Nowadays, the local villagers still preserve this ancient literature through the Javanese singing art, or tembang. For those of you who want to understand the meaning of the songs, that are sung in the ancient Javanese language, translators are available. In 2007, as a product of a long effort to preserve the culture and environment of the Tembi Village, the Tembi House of Culture was set up in a Tembi orchard.
With its motto “The past is always recent”, the Tembi House of Culture places ancient culture and history as the foundation for its present and future development.
OF SACRED HEART
After a physically tiring day of traveling around the villages described above, the Ganjuran Church is a great place where you can recharge your spiritual mind. The Ganjuran Jesus Sacred Heart Church is located in Ganjuran, around 20 kilometers south of Yogyakarta. The beautiful scenery of the lush green rice fields and pine trees will welcome you upon entering the village where this church is located. Visiting this church, you will learn the history of the church, as well as
the acculturation process of the Catholic people with the local community that is predominantly Muslim. The complex of the Ganjuran church was built in 1924 under the initiative of two Dutch siblings, Joseph Smutzer and Julius Smutzer. This church is one of the buildings built by the siblings while they managed the Gondang Lipura Sugar Factory in the area in 1912, as thanks for God’s blessings upon them. Together they constructed 12 schools and one clinic, which later become the Panti Rapih Hospital. This church was designed by Dutch architect J Yh van Oyen as one form of the church social spirit (Rerum Navarum) that the two Dutch siblings had, namely the spirit to love others, especially the surrounding community who were mostly workers in the sugar factory. This sugar factory reached its peak around 1918 -1930. In its development, the church complex was completed with the construction of a temple named the Jesus Sacred Heart Temple in 1927. The temple’s terrace is decorated with lotus flowers and the statue of Jesus in Javanese clothes. In addition to its use for the holy mass and pilgrimage, the terrace is also used to place offerings, a ritual which has roots in ancient Javanese beliefs.
Walking around the church you will notice the influences of European, Hindu, and Javanese architecture. European style is evident from the shape of the building forming a cross above the ground, while a hint of Javanese can be seen from the style of the roof that is supported by four teakwood pillars, yet at the same time is meant to symbolize the four gospels— Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. Other Javanese nuances are seen at the altar, sancristi (where instruments for mass celebration are kept), doopvont (water container for baptizing) and chatevummenen (the chamber for the Catholic teachers). The statues of Jesus and Mary carrying her son are depicted in Javanese clothes. The bas-relief characters at every stop of the Sanctification Path of Jesus are depicted with hair buns typical of Hindu monks. Upon entering the temple, you can take the holy water from the left side of the temple. After, you can sit in front of the temple and pray in front of the Christ statue. Some pilgrims take the holy water and put it in a bottle to take it home after they pray. After completing the ritual celebration or pilgrimage, take your time to talk with local people and get to know the history of the Ganjuran village where the church is located. In old Javanese history, Ganjuran
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was part of the Alas Mentaok territory named Lipuro. The place was used by Panembahan Senopati (the first king of Jogjakarta) as a place to meditate, and was to become the center of Mataram kingdom. The change of the name to Ganjuran itself was related to the forbidden love of Ki Ageng Mangir (a Mataram dissident) and Rara Pembayun (the youngest daughter of Panembahan Senopati) who were exiled by Mataram. The love story of these two people later inspired the creation of the Javanese song “Kala Ganjur”, which means the human basic binding line of living-together based on love. It was from this song’s name that the village’s name Lipuro was changed to Ganjuran. Local people know this folklore and others as well, such as the reason behind the cancellation of Lipuro for becoming the center of the Mataram
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Kingdom, the reason for exiling Ki Ageng Mangir and Roro Pembayun, and so on. Just come and talk to the local people, and they will willingly entertain you with such interesting folklore. If you are interested in buying souvenirs, you will find many kiosks selling them near the exit gate. Interestingly, the kiosks sell many different motifs of souvenirs with Christian themes, some even written in the Arabic alphabet. One of many proofs of the harmony between different religions in Ganjuran and many other villages in Indonesia. After exploring the rich and beautiful environment of Bantul, what we find is enchanting nature, peaceful villagers, and the harmony of life and nature. This is just the right place for you when you need to recharge your drained-out soul and find peace.
TEMBI YUMMY FACT
In the Waroeng Dhahar (Pulo Segaran) of the Tembi House of Culture, you can enjoy exotic and unique culinary delights. This restaurant offers many kinds of traditional dishes, as well as strange and extreme dishes, but with fine dining and good taste. For instance, there is sup bajing (squirrel soup), daging tupai goreng (fried squirrel meat), pepes tawes kali opak (freshwater fish from the Opak River that is wrapped in a banana leaf and roasted), oseng emprit (stir-fried sparrow with chili peppers) and gulai angsa banyak (goose curry). Should you be brave enough to taste them, you might actually find them yummy! ■ Text by Inggit Angela Photos by Hindrawan ■ Tembi House of Culture www.tembi.org
Our contributor stumbled upon a neat eat out, where she first meant to search for a bulky German dictionary but eventually had herself an afternoon of joyful sips and snacks.
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lead to an afternoon of joyful sips and snacks? Yes, that afternoon went quite differently from what my workmate and I had in mind for our lunch break. Springing out of the office at a quarter after twelve, we initially planned to just swing quickly by the famous and gigantic Gramedia bookshop in Grand Indonesia, when our eyes accidentally caught the sign of the Fab Café. Located at the very corner of the shop, it wasn’t very noticeable from
here are more than just books to devour at the Fab Cafe. Who could’ve thought that the search for a bulky German dictionary would
the moment you walked in. Curious and hungry, it took us just two seconds to glimpse those scribbled food descriptions on the blackboard hanging above the cashier desk before we decided to eat there. A window seat was instantly our choice. I mean, how can you not choose that if it spoils you with the bonus of a view of Jakarta’s landmark Hotel Indonesia roundabout? So there we were. Bathed in the bright afternoon sun that was shining through the tall and huge windows, we could feel how airy and radiant the place was. A sense of tranquility filled the air. A kind of quietness that is perfect for those who are in the need of reading, sipping or snacking, or
even browsing the cyber world with the given Internet connection. Brown tables and dark floors and ceiling make a nice balance of the marriage between the chili-red chairs and orange pumpkin chairs. A simple and modern lighting set of different shapes was hanging nicely above. I felt cozy and chilled out instantly. I looked at my “partner in crime” in front of me, who was still busy reading the menu. Hmm, do we have to go back to office later? I guess we don’t have any pressing deadlines and revisions on that copy and layout of that silly ad of… “Would you like to order a drink first?” The friendly voice of the waitress has just awakened me from my wandering
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A simple and modern lighting set of different shapes hang nicely above, providing an instant cozy and chilled out feel.
thoughts. I looked at my workmate, who just ordered her drink, the very adventurous choice of — a simple cup of warm black tea. “Liver Cleanser for me, please.” I know, it sounds too damn healthy doesn’t it? But guess what, it was actually “just” a light and refreshing mix of mango, kiwi, pineapple, mint and honey. Other drinks in their list of healthy juices include Raining Berries, Tropical Melon Smoothie, Strawberry Colada, Citrus Shake, and NRG Lassie. The latter one is a blend of papaya, strawberry, yoghurt and honey. I must say that the first thing that impressed me about the Fab Café is the variety of dishes in their menu. From soup to salad, sandwich to sweets, pretzels to burgers, pies to pasta, you can spend quite a bit of time changing your mind about your order until you are absolutely certain. (Or is it just me?) Around twenty minutes later I was
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munching on my turkey croissant. As for my workmate, she was busy sipping her tea and lifting spoons of pumpkin soup. The generous portion of meat and the overflowing salad and cucumber pieces sticking out from the croissant made you wish you could have a bigger croissant in order to accommodate it all. The dough itself was soft yet crispy. The pumpkin soup wasn’t bad either. It had such a lively orange color with a bit of white froth bubbling on the surface. Filling half of an average-sized bowl with some toasted bread on the side, it wasn’t too thick or too
runny. Another nice croissant sandwich you can choose is the salmon croissant. Served with a domino-layer of chips, it is a luscious little bite with abundant vegetables and fresh salmon. It surely is satisfactory on its own as an appetizer or even as a main dish for your meal. As a salmon buff, I didn’t want to miss the chance to try out their other dishes that also involved this succulent fish. Served on a huge white square plate with a sprinkle of grated cheese and toasted garlic bread, I was far from disappointed with their fettuccini in creamy mushroom sauce with
Over 1,000 workers are roaming around the old port every day, loading and unloading goods manually, without the help of any equipment. Because no cranes are used and the goods are carried in and out of boats by hand, it can take up to three weeks to unload a ship and load the new cargo.
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From soup to salad, sandwich to sweets, pretzels to burgers, pies to pasta, you can spend quite a bit of time changing your mind about your order until you are absolutely certain.
Tasmanian smoked salmon. The next must-try at Fab Café is definitely the quiche. There are many different kinds of quiche on the menu and I opted for the smoked salmon and broccoli in butter crusted quiche. Served with a tiny creamy romaine salad, the quiche blew me away with its smooth, moist texture and golden-brown crispy crust on the edge. Not having high expectations for their sweet treats, I was again pleasantly surprised. Offering a broad range of
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breads, brownies, cakes and pastries, the Fab Café certainly has a hot and sizzling oven. Common sweet treats like tiramisu, chocolate cake, lemon cake, various pastries and muffins are sitting beautifully in the glass display by the cashier to tempt you right as you walk in. Believe me, it would be no surprise if you had already decided your dessert even before thinking about the main dish. You wouldn’t be the only one. Their chocolate apple crumble is divine. Prepare to make a (delicious)
mess though; especially at the moment where you press the fork into the middle part of the cake, leading to the apple filling bursting out. Right. A delightful scene easily imagined. It’s time to devour. ■ Text and photos by Kathy Petite
■ Fab Cafe, Gramedia Grand Indonesia East Mall Level 3, Jalan MH Thamrin, Jakarta
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JW Marriot Hotel Jakarta presents its series of promotions at its Sailendra, Asuka, Pearl and Blu Martini outlets. Among the array, Asuka brings Japan’s early summer to Jakarta with the Shoka promotion. Highlights include Katsuo Tossa (Skipjack Tuna) from Shikoku Island, Hamo (Pike Eels), Suzuki Sakana (Sea Bass served as Sashimi), and Ai Name Sakana (Fat Cod). Jakarta celebrates its 483rd birthday on June 22. In commemoration, Sailendra takes on the traditional ambiance of Betawi with traditional dishes featured from June 15 to 22. Jl. Lingkar Mega Kuningan, Jakarta, (021) 5798-8888 www.marriott.com/jktjw
In commemorating Kartini Day on April 21, the Surabaya Plaza Hotel (SPH) collaborated with the Women’s Empowerment & Studies Commission of Airlangga University (KPSW Unair) this year, holding its Kartini Awards. These awards have been held annually by the SPH since 1995, to provide recognition and support in unique professions to inherit the ideals as imagined by national heroine Raden Ajeng Kartini. The Kartini Awards 2010 were held at the Café Taman featuring various entertainment, and the award went to Esthi Susanti Hudiaono, initiator and formulator of the regional laws on the prevention and mitigation of HIV/AIDS. Surabaya Plaza Hotel, Jalan Pemuda 31-37, Surabaya, (031) 531-6833; www.sby.pphotels.com
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This month Garuda Indonesia reopens its JakartaAmsterdam-Jakarta service with a new flight that operates via Dubai. The flight will take off from Jakarta at 9 p.m., transit in Dubai and then touchdown at Amsterdam at 8 a.m. Departures from Amsterdam are at 10 a.m., again transiting in Dubai and arriving in Jakarta at 7.10 a.m. The route will be flown using A330-200 aircraft with a capacity of 222 seats. The A330-200 is capable of flying a distance of 12,500 km, as well as being fitted with 180° reclining seats for passengers’ total enjoyment and comfort. Garuda flies to Amsterdam seven times a week, and this is expected to facilitate tourists traveling to Indonesia thereby helping the Indonesian government develop the tourism sector. Garuda offers its passengers the Garuda Indonesia Experience (GIE) or Indonesia Hospitality. Meanwhile, Garuda Indonesia has also recently achieved the “World’s Most Improved Airline” recognition from Skytrax of London, which is an independent firm that rates the world’s airlines and follows the airlines various business transformations. www.garudaindonesia.co.uk
The Five Elements presents “The Glass Age” to be held at the Duta Fine Arts Foundation in Jakarta from June 19 to July 18. Ron Seivertson, Julien Espagne, Regis Anchuelo, and Francis Auboiron are from different backgrounds, skills and passion but come together in a unique opportunity as the Hot Glass team: The Five Elements. With The Glass Age they will be presenting unprecedented works of collectable Hot Glass Art that refer to the Stone Age. The Glass Age will show the masterpieces that The Five Elements have created by melding their unique blend of personalities, experience and histories together in a powerful and dynamic effort to create more unique works collectively than they ever have individually. Photos courtesy of Deborah Cayetano. www.horizonglassworks.com
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Alila Hotel Jakarta recently played host to an exhibition titled “Connection” featuring 30 paintings by artists from Bandung. The exhibition was held during the month of May and was opened by Eric Faivre, General Manager of the Alila Jakarta (pictured). Among those attending were H.E. Faysal Gouia, Tunisian ambassador (pictured) and Sylviana Murni, mayor of Central Jakarta, who are also art lovers, curators and part of the Jakarta socialite scene. The paintings mostly depicted collaborative expressions, harmony and differing backdrops through lively abstractions. The exhibition was held at the Hotel’s Space Lounge. Alila Hotel Jakarta, Jl. Pecenongan Kav 7-17, Jakarta, (021) 231-6008 www.alilahotels.com
CHIRPS N’ BLOOMS
The Group of Photographic Artists (GPA) is holding a photo exhibition at the Ciputra Mall from June 1 to 30. The title of the exhibition is Close Up (and Personal) Flora and Fauna. There are about 100 exquisite photos that explore the natural beauty and color of fauna, from insect life up to the big mammals, and flora such as the blossoming lotus. The GPA (Group of Photographic Artists) was established in Jakarta on October 24, 2008. Their members are all photography and art lovers from all around the world. The photo exhibition is part of their routine agenda and an opportunity to attract new members. For further information contact: email@example.com
PEDAL THE HIGHLANDS
Tour de Singkarak is an international bicycle-racing event held at West Sumatera. The event aims to provide a memorable sporting tourism experience as the tour combines bicycle racing and tourism in order to inspire champions and excite enthusiasts. The first race was held from April 29 to May 3 last year and was made up of 4 stages; Padang-Bukittingi (92.3 kms), Bukittinggi-Sawahlunto (85.1 kms), SawahluntoLake Singkarak (90.2 kms), Lake Singkarak-Lake Kembar-Lake Singkarak (188 kms), with total prize money of US$60,000 awarded. The success of last year’s race has led to this year’s advanced series with “Tour de Singkarak 2010” to take place this month. This event has already attracted riders from 20 countries. The route is also longer than before, about 700 kms over 6 to 7 days. For further information check out: www.tourdesingkarak.com
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Bali Tropic Resort & Spa
Bali Tropic Resort & Spa is an all-inclusive hotel that epitomizes the authentic Balinese architecture and style fringed by whitesand and crystalline sea--s. It combines nature, rejuvenating spa treatments, and a host of recreational activities to give you the ultimate tropical retreat... Perched gracefully between the ocean and the sky, embraced by the lush tropical landscape, resort serenity designed for indulgence, the ambience is definitely natural, a place of beauty beyond imagining. The resort offers 130 deluxe rooms, 14 royal bungalows and 3 2-bedroom suites, each featuring individually controlled air– conditioning, private bath/showers, satellite TV, IDD, minibars, and tea/coffee making facilities, safe deposit box. Vast choices for dining include three restaurants and four bars, serving international barbecue buffet dinner. Bali Tropical Spa has 10 treatment rooms with private shower and bathtub offering traditional massages, body scrubs, facial and other therapies to choose from. Experience the authentic Balinese hospitality.
Jl. Pratama 34A, Tanjung Benoa, Nusa Dua Tel: (62) 361 772130, Fax: (62) 361 772131 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.balitropic-resort.com
Pool Villa Club Sanur Beach Bali
The Pool Villa Club at Sanur Beach Bali offers luxurious one-bedroom ocean view villas with direct beach access. Each villa with private terrace and its own 11m private pool also comes with a majestic bed, living and dining areas and expansive gardens with gazebo. The villas have fully equipped kitchens with breakfast bar, a spacious bathroom with Jacuzzi and walk-in wardrobes. Guests may take the option of dining at the gazebo while enjoying the beach and the ocean. Personal butlers provide personalized services. A perfect place for couples, families or to entertain friends. Sanur Beach Bali also features 426 rooms and suites, 2 large pools, a choice of restaurants and bars.
Jl. Danau Tamblingan, Sanur 80228 Bali, Indonesia Ph: +62 361 288011 Fax: +62 361 287566 email@example.com www.sanurbeach.aerowisata.com
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Resort & Villas
The Patra Bali Resort & Villas is an 11 hectare five star resort in Tuban, offering one of the largest guestrooms in Kuta. All decorated in traditional Balinese style with exquisite wooden furnishings overlooking exotic tropical landscapes. The hotel has a warm and peaceful atmosphere and is ideal for total relaxation! The Resort has 206 rooms and suites, all beautifully appointed, with marble bathrooms and five-star amenities. There is a huge swimming pool right by the sea. The 22 Villas are a semi-boutique concept, giving extra privacy and luxury for families or couples. Many have private plunge pools, and they’ve all 24-hour butler service. Villa guests have their own huge seaside swimming pool and exclusive use of the Floating Heritage Lounge. The hotel offers more facilities like 4 restaurants, convention centers, a Kids club, Spa & Health club, a Beach Bar and free shuttle service to Kuta.
Jl. Ir. H. Juanda, South Kuta Beach, Kuta Tel : (0361) 751-161 Fax: (0361) 752-030 firstname.lastname@example.org www.patrabali.com
The location is ideal, a huge landscaped property on South Kuta Beach, directly on the Indian Ocean and next to the international airport. A 5-minute drive north brings you to the heart of Kuta’s shopping district.
The Dreamland Luxury Villas & Spa
The Dreamland Luxury Villas & Spa is a new destination for those who want to experience the atmosphere of first class service with state of the art facilities. 42 Private Pool Villas are available with different categories; 1 bedroom suite villa, 2 and 3 bedroom family villas to meet every guest’s dream. The Dream Spa is a fantastic hide away spa destination for the mind, body and soul. Featuring 3 Romantic Spa Rooms with double spa bed, shower, Jacuzzi, Sauna and spa locker. From the moment you enter into the resort’s lobby you can see the amazing Ocean Views, nice breeze, breathe in the fresh air, you can feel the sensation of the tranquil up hill environment. The Dream Spa is where a heavenly atmosphere invites you to relax, with an assortment of treatments invite you to indulge. Let the sensation of the Dream Spa’s atmosphere pamper and comport you soon. In the Ungasan village, high on the southernmost peninsula of the island of Bali. Ten minutes to Dreamland beach, from your villa by our free shuttle service. BALI&BEYOND JUNE 2010 61
Jl. Raya Uluwatu, Br. Bakung Sari, Ungasan, South Kuta, Bali Tel. (0361) 708 199; Fax. (3361) 708 168 E-mail: email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org www.dreamland-villa.com
Hanna Artspace is hosting an art exhibition presenting works by Balinese artists Gede Darmawan, Komang Sedana Putra, Komang Agus Dharma Putra, Gusti Made Mahardika, Gusti Made Adi Kurniawan, Wayan Linggih, Made Somadita, Nyoman Suarnata, and Ida Bagus Tilem titled “Super Heroes.” The exhibition runs through June 12. Through their artwork, these young emerging artists try to aesthetically emphasize the essence of hero within today’s context. How to be a hero? What should we save? Our self? Ideology? Or maybe nature? More questions will certainly bubble up. Cat Woman, Spiderman, Batman and Superman are only symbols of power that expectedly will inspire us to do more and better. Similar to this exhibition, the artists keep on making innovations to present better works that can be noted and become part of worldwide art and culture development. Hanna Artspace, Jalan Pengosekan, Ubud (0361) 978-216 www.hannaartspace.blogspot.com
SMALL PIECE OF KUTA
Gaya Art Space hosts a visual art exhibition by the Galang Kangin group titled “Kuta” through June 7. According to its curatorial, Kuta is a small territory in Bali with a wide problem. In Kuta, religious activities go hand in hand with glamorous party life. In Kuta the street hawkers are making transactions together with the wholesaler. The tourist and the fisherman breathe the same sea air. In Kuta, God, alcohol, and everything each gets their own seat. They realize that the problem in Kuta is too vast for study, but serves as fine art creation material. But with the purpose not to describe Kuta too extensively, the creative process must go on. Therefore we reach the conclusion that this exhibition is of a small piece of Kuta through their eyes. www.gayafusion.com
PORTRAYAL OF TRADITIONAL LIFE
Maya Ubud Resort & Spa features a solo painting exhibition by Balinese artist Wayan Pendet titled “Traditional Life of Bali” from June 15 to July 28. He will be displaying 17 of his unique works of art consisting mainly of traditional Balinese style paintings inspired by the colorful traditional life of Bali. Pendet uses acrylic watercolor on paper and canvas for his paintings. In his daily life Pendet is also a farmer, and it is from this that he has acquired inspiration for many of his paintings. His charming artworks reflect much of the traditional Balinese way of life, including dances, temple ceremonies and the colorful traditional markets. Maya Ubud Resort & Spa, (0361) 977-888
Villas & Spa
Bali Masari Villas is a hotel with a difference and features four onebedroom and eight two-bedroom luxury villas each with their own private plunge pool beautifully situated overlooking a ravine in the valley of the Petanu River. A place to be at one with nature, to soothe the senses - mind, body and soul. Self-contained villas are perfect for honeymooners, for discerning travelers and executives. Restaurant providing a range of Asian and European food; bars, a spa, a large swimming pool and a smaller childrens pool. The villas have recently been refurbished to four star standards, each featuring its own dip pool and equipped with television, air conditioning, hot and cold water, telephone, electronic safety deposit box and kitchen. Spacious rooms boast high Balinese roofs, marble floors, a large central living area and a pull out sofa double bed. The 1.6 hectare resort is situated near the Sukawati village in the Gianyar Regency. 45 minutes drive from the Ngurah Rai International Airport, 30 minutes from Ubud, 20 minutes from Sanur. Shopping and art markets are nearby in Sukawati.
Jl. Pantai Purnama, Banjar Gelumpang, Sukawati, Gianyar Tel: (0361) 290-029 Fax: (0361) 290-050 E-mail: email@example.com Website: www.balimasarivillas.com
Mentari Sanur Hotel
The Mentari Sanur Hotel is tucked away down a small side street just off Jalan Hangtuah at the northern end off Sanur, Bali’s most enchanted village. Shaded by frangipani trees, this two-storey 28 rooms hotel offers the ideal combination of modern facilities and a charming Balinese atmosphere with family style hospitality and service. A large luxury private swimming pool is the right place for you to pamper your self and relax in a privacy atmosphere under a warm tropical sun. Tunjung Restaurant offers a combination of continental and traditional Balinese dining, cozy lounge is the area where you can sit down, relax, and bar will serves you varieties of drinks. Free exclusive broadband internet access. Located in a tranquil coastal village of Sanur make the Mentari Sanur Hotel is situated in an ideal location with immediate access to the main highway and just minutes from many great tourist activities and attraction, 25 minutes drive to the Ngurah Rai International Airport, 20 minutes drive to Kuta Beach, 5 minutes drive to the Sanur shopping area, 10 minutes drive to Denpasar and 30 minutes to Ubud.
Jl. Hangtuah III No.3, Sanur, Tel: (0361) 283-286, Fax: (0361) 283-017 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.mentarisanur.com
Maxi Hotel & Spa
The Maxi Hotel & Spa is situated in the heart of Bali’s shopping and nightlife district. Centrally located, the property offers an ideal base for visitors wishing to explore Bali while keeping all the island’s best shops, bars, restaurants and beaches within easy walking distance. Hotel facilities and services include restaurant, bar, meeting room, massage and spa, room service, swimming pool with Jacuzzi, children’s pool, laundry and dry cleaning service, airport pickup and transfer, snack bar, tour desk, doctor on call, free car park, baby sitter upon request, broadband internet connection, major credit cards accepted, individually controlled air-conditioning, local and IDD telephone, satellite TV, daily mineral water, private bathroom with bathtub and shower, mini bar, personal electronic safe deposit, tea & coffee maker. The balcony overlooking the swimming pool and landscaped tropical garden offers a private area for relaxing.
Jl. Legian 83A, Legian Tel: (0361) 754-082Fax: (0361) 750-792 E-mail: email@example.com Website: www.maxi-hotel.com
The hotel is less than 15 minutes from Ngurah Rai International Airport; 20 minutes drive to Denpasar, 30 minutes from Sanur, Nusa Dua and within 45 minutes drive to the artistic centre of Ubud and about 350 meters from Bali’s famous Kuta Beach.
The Haven Hotel
Pioneering three in one concept, hotel, suites and villas located in the heart of hippest Seminyak Area. Famous area for clubs, boutiques and restaurants. Walking distance to beaches. With perfect concept “Naturally Elegant” post Perfect palace for honeymooners, party goers and fashionista. 96 hotel rooms, 60 spacious suites, 7 villas with private pool in each, function and meeting rooms, Three Main swimming pools, Atma Spa, SABEEN Healthy Restaurant, Gym, Library, Tirta Pool bar, butler services, Limousine service, LCD TV’s, Broadband Internet connection.
Jl. Raya Seminyak 500 – Bali Tel: (0361) 738-001 The Haven Suites & Villas Gg. Raja, Jalan Double Six – Seminyak - Bali Tel: (0361) 738-001, Fax: (0361) 738-002 Sales: (0361) 738-008 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.thehavenbali.com
Honeymoon package, Meeting package, Bed and breakfast package and Photo-shoot wedding Package. 15 Minutes from Ngurah Rai International Airport, walking distance to beaches, Shopping area, and Boutiques.
Ganesha Gallery presents Post Modern Rambling, featuring the works of Ketut Teja Astawa and Em Sumba through June 28, 2010. In their individual searches to explore alienation, angst and the meaning of life in Bali in the 21st century, these artists have chosen very different visual styles with similar underlying themes, resulting in a stimulating contrast of shared emotions. The rambling nature of both the form and content of contemporary art in Bali is a mirror of the confused times we live in. Ganesha Gallery, Four Seasons Resort Bali at Jimbaran Bay, (0361) 701-010 www.fourseasons.com/jimbaranbay
Adi’s Gallery hosts its Adinnale 2010 - Relief’s, Collages, Objects, Assemblages, Paintings, Sculptures, Ready Made’s - through the end of July. It features “Not great art – but great enjoyment”. Amongst others, you’ll see 69 new pieces of art that Adi calls ‘My Life in 40 by 40’. These small formats – 40cm by 40 cm - show a lot of action and liveliness, and lot of ironic, thoughtful and witty ideas are presented; a firework of playfulness and creativity illuminates many of these little squares. About signs, symbols, short messages and trademarks Adi explained, “it seems to me that almost every piece of yours looks like a brand name of a hotel, a restaurant or a corporation”. “I’m primarily a designer, not a fine artist. But I like to ask you, is there something wrong with creating pieces of art that look like trademarks, brand names, and logos? In my opinion, art is a kind of communication and so I use my logos and symbols to try to communicate,” said Adi. Adi’s Gallery, Jl. Bisma 102, Ubud, (0361) 977-104; www.adi-s-gallery.com
CROSS THE HORIZON
Maha Art Gallery hosts a solo exhibition by Balinese painter Made Budhiana through June 26. Made Budhiana is an abstract painter, creative and full of spontaneous and fresh ideas. He wrote down his career and artistic journey in “Crossing the Horizon,” which launched on the same day of his solo exhibition opening of the same title. This book encloses Budhiana’s creative journey since childhood and continues through his tenure at the Indonesian Art Institute in Yogyakarta. The book also talks about his creativity after studying, his journey’s abroad, and his house studio Snerayuza. Maha Art Gallery, Club House Bali Beach Golf Course, Jl. Hang Tuah No 58, Sanur (0361) 872-8866; www.mahaartgallery.com
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NEW AT THE HELM
The Bulgari Resort, Bali invited members of the island’s tourism industry together with media and business partners for a meet and greet with newly appointed General Manager Mr. Alejandro Helbling on April 28. Cocktails were served at The Bulgari Villa with guests attending in resort attire while the new General Manager of the prestigious resort as well as his management team gave introductory speeches and became acquainted with the invitees. Bulgari Hotels & Resorts, Bali, Jalan Goa Lempeh, Banjar Dinas Kangin, Uluwatu (0361) 847-1000; www.bulgarihotels.com
At the recent Bali Barista Competition 2010, 6 out of 22 baristas made their journey to the finals to compete for the title of the first Barista winner. Given only 15 minutes for the competition, and another 15 minutes for preparation and clear-up, they were challenged to make 3 types of beverages. The 6 finalists were experienced winners, providing a tough challenge. The event was put on by students at the Hotel and Tourism Institute Nusa Dua-Bali, Hotel Administration B Class. For further information, contact: email@example.com
The Laguna, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa, Nusa Dua, Bali planted 2,000 mangroves at Serangan Beach on Thursday, April 29. This Care for Community initiative involved more than 200 employees from various departments led by General Manager David Cuddon together with Executive Committee members and Department Heads and staff, who departed from the resort at 2 p.m. to go to Serangan Beach. The mangrove planting this year is a continued effort from last year’s planting. They also invited 50 students from a Benoa elementary school. The Laguna Cycling Club and its members also provided their full support to this community event. The Laguna, Nusa Dua, (0361) 771-327
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SPARKLES AND PEARLS
Ju-Ma-Na at the Banyan Tree Ungasan officially opened its doors to the public at the end of April. A stylish crowd of local and international socialites joined in on the grand launching ceremony of the restaurant and the White Pearl Gourmet Club, an exclusive membership club for gourmands and trendsetters alike. Banyan Tree Ungasan General Manager Rudy Oretti presented a brief speech prior to the ribbon cutting, fireworks and flair. Ju-Ma-Na is open daily from 6.30 p.m. to 11 p.m. Banyan Tree Ungasan, Jalan Melasti, Banjar Kelod, Ungasan, (0361) 300-7000; firstname.lastname@example.org
Mercure Resort Sanur held “An Evening with The Mercure” at the end of April in appreciation to their corporate as well as event, MICE, and wedding organizer clients. It also was their first gathering for these clients. The evening saw a garden cocktail party followed by a buffet dinner and entertainment for the guests, with Indonesian pop singers from Jakarta, Rio Febrian, Jeanette, and Sabrina Kono. Mercure Resort Sanur, (0361) 288-833 www.mercureresortsanur.com
Aerowisata Hotels & Resorts recently agreed to cooperate with PT TUV International Indonesia in the implementation of the Eco-Hotel environmental management system standards certification throughout Aerowisata Hotels & Resorts. This covers the implementation of energy efficiency throughout the hotel facilities, water consumption and solid and liquid waste management, harmful chemical handling, and the management of the hotel work environments safety and health aspects. It is expected to be able to increase the operational efficiency of the hotel and increase the value to the community through environmental awareness corporate social responsibility programs. www.aerowisata.com
DATED WITH DESTINY
The Bali Convention Center recently played host to world-renowned motivator Anthony Robbins during his flagship event entitled “Date with Destiny”. This highly sought after seminar featured 6 days of intensive sessions and was attended by around 900 people from 17 countries. Date with Destiny is the ultimate journey for those who demand the most out of life. Former participants have included celebrities such as screenwriter and Oscar nominee Jeff Arch, international tennis champion Andre Agassi, world iron man champion Trevor Hendy, and many more. The Westin Resort, Nusa Dua, (0361) 771-906; www.westin.com
Mothercare store recently opened at the Discovery Mall Ground Floor, making it the 13th store in Indonesia. Mothercare is an international brand store for maternity and baby needs. For the in-store charity program, together with the Bali International Women’s Association, they promoted breast cancer awareness and gave support to all women who suffer from it during the Bali Pink Ribbon Walk on Saturday May 15 that took place in the BTDC, Nusa Dua area. www.mothercare.com
SKAL INTERNATIONAL BALI
An International Association of Travel and Tourism Professionals Doing Business Among Friends
PIRATES, BBQ AND REGGAE AT ON THE BEACH NIKKO BALI
Friday May 7 was fabulous evening with record turnout of over 125. Members, family, friends, guests and media invitees took part in a magic evening with a superb BBQ at beachside and great entertainment by a reggae band and fire dancers. The Nikko team decked out in pirate themed costumes were great hosts. In all, it was an evening that will be hard to beat.
COMING EVENTS AT THE BEST VENUES IN BALI
The 145 members of Skal Bali meet monthly for a great meal, fellowship, fun, networking and an opportunity to bond and get to know industry colleagues. On the calendar 2010 are:
June 4 – Hu’u Bar and Nutmegs Restaurant - Petitenget July 2 – Tao - Tanjung Benoa
ABOUT SKAL AND SKAL BALI
Skal International, founded in Paris in 1934, is the World’s largest travel and tourism organization with over 20,000 members in 500 clubs in 90 countries. Members are industry management and professionals providing accommodation, tours, transportation, travel, cruising, maritime activities, attractions, restaurants, golf, spas, consultation and media. Skal Bali is the largest club in Southeast Asia and World Leader in Membership Growth Membership and Information Gede Juwena Telephone: 7840212, email: email@example.com
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N W S E
ra s Bagu Taru na
Jl. R aya Panta
Istana Kuta Galleria Harris Hotel
a aP laz rtik
Hard Rock Cafe
Jl. Pantai Kuta
Discovery Shopping Mall
Jl. Raya Tu
Kuta Sea View
Ground Zero Monument
Jl. Han g Tuah
H S H
Jl. Pratama Raya
Melia Benoa Art Market
au Be ra ta n
Inna Grand Bali Beach
Jl. Danau Buyan
Jl. Segara Ayu
Jl. Tegeh Agung
H H CD
Jl. Bypass Ngurah Rai
Sanur Paradise Paza French Consulate
Jl. Kurusetr a3
Sweden & Finland Consulate
N W S E
Jl. By pa ss Ng ur ah Ra
Jl. Danau Tamblingan
erta sar i
Bali Golf & Country Club
Jl. Danau Poso
Czech Rep. Consulate
Jl. N usa Dua Sela tan
The St. Regis
VILLA DIANA BALI – luxurious and exclusive place, good value for money. 3 villas with 3 bed rooms each, private swimming pool and garage, kitchenete, shower and bath tub, hot/cold running water. Jl. Kresna, Ulun Tanjung, Legian, Kuta. Tel: 754-038, 744-1282, 745-1600; Fax: 751-510 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; www.dianagrouphotel.com
during these tours are sometimes beyond description. BaliQuad (using ATV’s / quad bikes) and BaliBuggy (using off-road cars) are located in different locations which offer different tracks. A special “2-in-1 adventure” can be arranged, combining both off-road tours in one great adventurous day. BaliQuad, Jl. Wirasatya VI No.9X, Suwung Kangin, Denpasar, Tel: 720-766; Fax: 727-956 www.baliquad.com; www.balibuggy.com
ACTION & ATTRACTION
BALI ORCHID GARDEN – Enjoy the beauty of walking among hundreds of beautiful and rare orchids, Heliconia, Ginger and other interesting plants. A peaceful, natural and safe haven close to the city. Enjoy a drink and find unique souvenirs. Tel: 466-010, Fax: 466-011; www.baliorchidgardens.com; E-mail: email@example.com. BALI QUAD DISCOVERY TOURS - The Bali Quad and Bali Buggy tours both bring you to a part of Bali where you still can find old traditions alive. Drive yourself with a specially designed off-road vehicle that copes with all kinds of terrain, through an authentic part of the island, passing rice fields, crossing jungles and driving through a traditional Balinese village. The views
NEWSPAPER DIRECT – Bali widest range of daily newspapers from anywhere of the world. Chose from 1012 titles of 79 countries, daily, weekly or as you like it. This service delivers you the complete edition of your preferred hometown newspaper on the same day of publication to your hotel or residence on Bali. Contact your hotel or villa reception or call or email them for the selection and pricelist 0361 769414 / firstname.lastname@example.org
TOURS & TRAVEL
ADVENTURE INDONESIA – JUNGLE SURVIVAL TRAINING & FUN JUNGLE WAR, Student Field Trip, Orangutan & Dayak, Explore Irian Jaya Tribes, Komodo & Flores Adventure, Toraja Tour. BALI: Ruko Wana Segara 12A, Tel: (0361) 750 971, 750 964. JAKARTA: Wisma 31 kemang, 3rd floor tel: (021) 7182250/56, Email: email@example.com www.adventureindonesia.com
■ AIRPORT OPERATOR: Tel: (0361) 751-011 ■ CATHAY PACIFIC AIRWAYS: Wisthi Sabha Building, 2nd Floor Ngurah Rai International Aiprort Call Centre: 0804-1-888888 ■ CONTINENTAL MICRONESIA: Tel: (0361) 768-358, Fax: 768-369 ■ ROYAL BRUNEI: Tel: (0361) 757-292 ■ SINGAPORE AIRLINES: Jl. I Gusti Ngurah Rai, Airport Tel: (0361) 768-388, Fax: 768-383 ■ GARUDA: Jl. Jalan Sugianyar 5 Denpasar Tel. (0361) 227-824, Fax: 226-298 24-hour access: 08071-807-807 ■ MERPATI: Jl. Melati No. 51, Denpasar Tel: (0361) 235-358 Airport Tel: (0361) 751-011, ext. 5240/5242 Hotline: Tel: (0361) 722-740, 722-741 ■ MANDALA AIRLINES: Komp. Plaza Kertawijaya, Jl. Diponogoro No. 98, Denpasar Reservation Call center 08041234567 ■ NGURAH RAI AIRPORT: Tel/Fax: (0361) 759-761 ■ THAI INTERNATIONAL: Grand Bali Beach Sanur, Tel: (0361) 288-141 ■ QATAR AIRWAYS: Discovery Kartika Plaza Hotel, South Kuta Beach Tel: (0361) 752-222; Fax: 753-788. Wisti Sabha Building, 2nd Floor, Ngurah Rai International Aiprort, Tel: (0361) 760-274 Fax: 760-275 ■ DEPARTURE Arrive at the airport two hours prior to departure. A Rp. 150,000 international departure tax is required. Domestic departure fee is Rp 30,000. Residents pay an additional Rp. 2.5 million Fiscal tax for international departures, whereas holders of official tax registration (NPWP) numbers are Fiscal tax-exempt. Ngurah Rai Intíl Airport, Tel: (0361) 751-011 Tel: (0361) 285-485, Fax: 286-406 E-mail: consul @dps.centrin.net.id ■ GERMANY: Jl. Pantai Karang 17, Sanur Tel: (0361) 288-535; Fax: 288-826 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org ■ HUNGARY: Marintur, Jl. By Pass Ngurah Rai 219, Sanur. Tel: (0361) 287-701 Fax: 287-456 Email: email@example.com ■ ITALY: Lotus Enterprises Building Jl. Bypass Ngurah Rai, Jimbaran Tel: (0361) 701-005 E-mail: italconsbali @italconsbali.org ■ JAPAN: Jl. Raya Puputan 170, Denpasar Tel: (0361) 227-628; Fax: 265-066 ■ MEXICO: PT Puri Astina Putra Building Jl. Prof. Moh. Yamin 1A, Renon Tel: (0361) 223-266 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org ■ NETHERLANDS: KCB Travel, Jl. Raya Kuta 127, KutaTel: (0361) 751-517, Fax: 752-777 E-mail: email@example.com ■ NORWAY & DENMARK: Mimpi Resorts, Jimbaran, Tel: (0361) 701070 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org ■ SLOVAKIA: Jl.Gunung Agung 93, Denpasar 80118 Tel: (0361) 426171; Fax: 426-477 E-mail: email@example.com ■ SPAIN: Jl.Raya Sanggingan, Br. Lungsiakan Kedewatan, Ubud. Tel: (0361) 975-736 Fax: 975-726; E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org ■ SWEDEN & FINLAND: Jl. Segara Ayu (Segara Village Hotel) Tel: (0361) 288-407, Fax: 287-242 E-mail: email@example.com ■ SWITZERLAND & AUSTRIA: Istana Kuta Galeria Blok Valet 2 No 12, Kuta Tel: (0361) 751-735, Fax: 754-457 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org ■ UNITED STATES: Jl. Hayam Wuruk 188, Denpasar. Tel: (0361) 233-605 E-mail: email@example.com fever, but this is not a problem in tourist areas. Bali is non-malarial and prophylaxis is not required. Mosquito bites, cuts or abrasions easily become infected in the tropics. Treat them immediately. Drink only bottled or boiled water. Peel fruit before eating; avoid raw vegetables except at reputable restaurants. Ice in restaurants is safe. Protect yourself from the intense equatorial sun. Use high SPF sunblock and a hat. AIDS and sexually transmitted diseases are increasing in Indonesia. Local sex workers have multiple partners from around the world. They are not checked for sexually transmitted diseases. Act responsibly and use condoms, available over the counter at pharmacies. ■ MUSEUM LE MAYEUR: Tel: (0361) 286-164, Jl. Hang Tuah, Sanur. Open 8 am - 2 pm, Tuesday - Sunday. ■ MUSEUM MANUSA YADNYA: Mengwi, open daily, but often unattended. ■ MUSEUM NEKA: Tel: (0361) 975-074, 975-034, Jl. Raya Campuan, Ubud open daily 9 am - 5 pm. ■ MUSEUM PURI LUKISAN: Tel: (0361) 975-136, 971-159, Jl. Raya Ubud Ubud, www.mpl-ubud.com ■ MUSEUM RUDANA: Tel: (0361) 975-779, 976-479, Peliatan, Ubud. ■ MUSEUM SUBAK: Tel: (0361) 810-315, Jl. Raya Kediri, Desa Sanggulan, Tabanan.
■ MEDICAL EVACUATIONS: Contact your consulate. ■ BIMC HOSPITAL: Provides medical attention for emergencies and evacuations. Jl. Ngurah Rai 100X, at the KutaSanur-Nusa Dua roundabout. Tel: (0361) 761-263. ■ INTERNATIONAL SOS CLINIC: 24-hour emergency medical clinic services, medical evacuation, multilingual staff. Jl. Bypass Ngurah Rai 505X, Kuta 80361. Tel: (0361) 710-505, Fax: 710-515. ■ RUMAH SAKIT UMUM PUSAT SANGLAH (General Hospital): Jl. Diponegoro, Sanglah, Denpasar. Tel: (0361) 227-911/15. ■ KASIH IBU HOSPITAL: (Private Hospital) 24-hour emergency traumatology unit, maternity center, complete facilities and a full list of specialists, Jl. Teuku Umar 120, Denpasar. Tel: (0361) 223-036; Fax: 238-690 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.kasihibu.co.id
■ CELLULAR SERVICES Indonesia applies GSM (Global Services for Mobiles). You can purchase prepaid calling cards at lower cost than calling on your home card. Major Service Providers are Telkomsel, Satelindo, Pro XL and Indosat. Look for kiosks and outlet signs or banners with product variants and brand markings. ■ TELKOMSEL The major GSM provider, Telkomsel, is reputed to have the widest national coverage area, minimizing connection and signal relay inconvenience. Graha Telkomsel, Jl. Diponegoro 134 Denpasar. Tel: (0361) 228-811.
■ INTEGRATED TOURISM INFORMATION CENTER (ITIC) A one-stop tourist information complex of ten provinces in Indonesia comprising Bali, Lampung, Jakarta, Banten, West Java, Central Java, East Java, Jogjakarta. Jl. Raya Kuta 2, Kuta, 80361 Tel: (0361) 766-188 ■ NGURAH RAI INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT: Tel: (0361) 751-011 ■ BADUNG GOVERNMENT TOURISM OFFICE: Jl. Kuta Raya 2, Kuta Tel: (0361) 756-175/76 ■ BALI GOVERNMENT TOURISM OFFICE: Jl. Supratman, Niti Mandala, Renon, Denpasar Tel: (0361) 222-387 ■ SINGARAJA TOURIST INFORMATION OFFICE: Jl. Veteran 23, Singaraja Tel: (0362) 251-41 ■ UBUD TOURIST INFORMATION SERVICE: Jl. Raya Ubud, Gianyar Tel: (0361) 96-285, 973-285; 8 am - 9 pm.
■ ABIAN KAPAS: Tel: (0361) 227-176 East Denpasar. ■ AGUNG RAI MUSEUM OF ART (ARMA): Ubud, Tel: (0361) 976-659, Fax: 974-229. Jl. Pengosekan, Ubud, open daily 8 am-6pm. ■ ANTONIO BLANCO: Tel: (0361) 975-502, 975-551, Ubud, open daily 8 am-5 pm. ■ ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM: Tel: (0361) 942-352, Pejeng. Open 8 am - 3 pm weekdays. ■ GEDONG KIRTYA HISTORICAL LIBRARY: Tel: (0362) 25141, Jl. Veteran, Singaraja. Open 7am - 3pm Monday - Thursday, until Fridaynoon, closed on weekends. ■ GALLERY SENIWATI: Jl. Ubud Raya, Gianyar. Tel: (0361) 975-485 ■ MUSEUM BALI: Tel: (0361) 235-059, 222-680, Jl. Let. Kol Wisnu, Denpasar.
■ AUSTRALIA, CANADA, NEW ZEALAND: Jl. Tantular No. 32, Renon - Denpasar 80234 Tel: (0361) 241-118, Fax: 221-195 E-mail: email@example.com www.dfat.gov.au ■ BRITAIN: Jl. Mertasari 2, Sanur, Denpasar 80227. Tel: (0361) 270-601 Fax: 270-570 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org ■ CZECH REPUBLIC: Jl. Pengembak 17 Sanur. Tel: (0361) 286-465, Fax: 286-408 E-mail: email@example.com ■ FRANCE: Jl. Mertasari Gg. II No. 8, Sanur
HEALTH & MEDICAL
Call an ambulance by dialing 118, but it is a lot more practical and quicker to hire a taxi. Most hotels have on-call doctors on standby. For “Bali Belly”, Lomotil and Imodium eliminate symptoms, but not gastro-related infections. A fever along with symptoms requires doctor-prescribed antibiotics. Drink as much liquid as possible. Isotonic drinks under various brand names are widely available and are known to replenish body hydration and replace ﬂuids. For discomfort, diarrhea and cramping, drink strong, hot tea; avoid fruits and spicy foods. Some day-biting mosquitoes carry dengue