Page 1

OCT - NOV 2013 / ISSUE 03


Live from BALI Bali plays host to Miss World 2013 Pageant

and APEC Conference


Justin Bieber and Snoop Dog in Bali

People in Profile

News Update

Social Pages


FROM THE DESK OF OUR MANAGING DIRECTOR Great to see you again and I trust that life has been treating you well! At Asia World Indonesia we


have been busy to say the least taking care of our

PAGES PEOPLE IN PROFILE Manager of the month 3 Agung Rai 30-31 NEWS UPDATE Ngurah Rai International Airport 4 New Airline to Launch in Bali 5 APEC Update 6-7 Bali Taxi Rate Increased 8 Bali Toll Road Opens 9 Hotel’s We Like 10-11 Waka Gangga Resort Re-opens 12 Rebirth of Aston Bali Beach Resort 13 Highlights: Borobudur Sunrise 14-15 Spa 16-17 Restaurants 18-19 Industry Update: Air Bali 20 In-car WiFi Available in Bali 21 Tugu Kunstkring Paleis 22-23 SOCIAL PAGES Miss World 2013 Pageant 3 BALINALE Film Festival 24-25 Ubud Readers & Writers Festival 26-27 Sanur Village Festival 28-29 Asia World Indonesia Cares 32 Who Was Here.. 33 Place of Interest.. 33 Highlight Recipe: Rice Porridge 34-35

valued clients. September 15 – 17 I attended PATA

OFFICE: Panorama Building Level 4 Jl. Bypass Ngurah Rai 620, Suwung - Denpasar 80228


Travel Mart 2013 at Century City New International Convention & Exhibition Center, Chengdu, China. Chengdu has been hailed as one of the “best tourist cities in China” by the China National Tourism Administration and UNWTO. It has many tourism resources, specifically the indigenous habitat and ecological culture that supports pandas – the leading tourism attraction of the area. In November I will be off again to attend World Travel Mart 2013 in London. The leading global event for the travel industry is always exciting meeting old friends and acquaintances as well as making new contacts. In Chicazine this issue we bring you news on Bali’s airport and the new tollway and much much more Enjoy the read.!

Renato Domini Managing Director


people IN profile

BALI PLAYS HOST TO MISS WORLD 2013 PAGEANT A new Miss World was crowned Saturday 28th

Rudi Sulistyawan FIT / GIT Manager World wide Q. What part of Indonesia are you from? A. Wonogiri, Central Java.

September and though she competed as Miss Phil-

Q. How long have you been in Bali and

ippines, she hails from the United States.

when did you join the company? A. I have been in Bali 20 years ago and

Megan Young, 23, an aspiring filmmaker, took

joined AWI in August 2011

the top honor at the competition, held in Bali, In-

Q. How do you like to spend your leisure


time ? A. Return to my home town to relax and I

“No words! Thank you so much for everyone for

also like listening to music.

choosing me. I promise to be the best Miss World

Q. What is your favourite tourism site in In-

ever,” Young said.

donesia … a must see ? A. Baliem Valley in Papua.

Miss France, Marine Lorphelin, and Miss Ghana, Carranzar Naa Okailey Shooter, were second and

Q. What type of music do you like? A. I prefer jazz and blues

third runners up, respectively.



News Update

New International Arrivals Terminal

The arrival process of

lion passengers per year,

of international passen-

passengers arriving for

nearly 200% more than

gers arriving at the

the first time at the new

the capacity of the old

port, was 2.2 million. This


terminal which only had

figure increased by 6%

ran smoothly

and orderly. The new terminal


very spacious

“What humbugs we are, who pretend to live for Beauty, and never see the Dawn!�

and the high ceilings






the same period last year. The first passengers to arrive at the new

ther add to



the spacious feeling.

a capacity of 8.5 million

greeted with Balinese art

With this development


and culture in the form of

the I Gusti Ngurah Rai Air-

performances and Skha

port it is now totally ca-

Up to the month of Au-

pable of serving 25 mil-

gust alone, the number



Pendet Gong.

NEW AIRLINE TO LAUNCH IN BALI Sriwijaya subsidiary NAM Air receives permission to fly 300 domestic and international routes NAM Air, a subsidiary of Jakarta-based Sriwijaya Air, has received

tions on the type of air-

ther from Bombardier or

craft we plan to use.”


According to its flight

a flight permit from the



the latest in a series of

Indonesian government

been given the right to

Asian hybrid airlines, of-

and is now in the pro-

operate up to 300 routes,


cess of obtaining its Air

including 20 to interna-

and a limited range of


tional destinations.

services, such as in-flight


(AOC). And Sriwijaya’s CEO, Chandra Lie, was




NAM Air will become



Timor, Malaysia, Papua



snacks. The move marks the

»» “We are optimistic that this carrier will be

able to start providing its service by the end of 2013,” stated by Mr. Chandra Lie, Sriwijaya’s CEO.

reported saying that he is

New Guinea, the Philip-

first off-shoot for Sriwijaya,

confident the new airline



which is Indonesia’s third

will commence services

And according to our

largest carrier after Ga-

in the near future.

source it will initially oper-

ruda and Lion Air.





ate a fleet of Boeing 737-

ed as saying “We have

500s leased from parent

mapped out which areas

company Sriwijaya, be-

we are going to enter first

fore deciding on a new

and we are weighing op-

fleet of regional jets, ei-


APEC Update Heads of State Arrive for APEC Conference

Indonesia Investment Coordinating Board held “Pre-CEO Summit Conference: Invest Indonesia” on Saturday, October 5 at 2.30 p.m. at Bali International Convention Center, Nusa Dua, Bali. The event aimed to discuss current and future economic conditions and investment in Indonesia. The conference was opened by Chair Mahendra Siregar, and keynote speeches from Trade Minister Gita Wirjawan and Finance Minister Chatib Basri. Main session had Dr. Nouriel Roubini as speaker, who presented his view on the present and coming outlook of Indonesia, India, and China, followed by plenary session “Experiencing Indonesia” with respect to investment. The conference ended with Market Sounding and Project Consultation. Business leaders, business associations, and large companies as well as existing and potential investors from 21 economies attended. They were encouraged to exchange their views and experiences in conducting cross-border investment, especially in Indonesia. BKPM expected the conference would generate insight on “Invest in Remarkable Indonesia” and benefit from the current economic momentum.





More than one month after an increase in the cost of premium fuel, Bali authorities have finally increased taxi fares for licensed taxi operators across the island. The increase took effect from Monday, July 29, 2013. The increase was agreed following a meeting between government transportation authorities and taxi operators. The new taxi rates can be introduced any time starting from July 29th although some delays will be experienced while Bali’s hundreds of taxis undergo the process of meter recalibration. The tariff rates have increased between 20-30%. • flag falls have increased from Rp. 5,000 (US$0.50) to Rp. 6,000 (US$0.60). • The cost per traveled kilometer has increased from Rp. 4,500 (US$0.45) to

Rp 5,700 (US$0.57) per kilometer.

8 • Waiting CHICAZINE time has increased from Rp. 30,000 (US$3) to Rp. 40,000 (US$4) per hour.

BALI’S TOLL ROAD OVER THE SEA Bali toll road opens....

President Susilo Bambang

the 12.7 kilometer road.

Yudhoyono presided over the official opening of the

that daily traffic will reach 39,000 vehicles per day, 56

The Indonesian Toll Road

percent of which would be

island’s first toll road. The Rp

Authority (BPJT) has set

2.48 trillion (US$220 million)

tariffs of Rp 4,000 for mo-

highway connects Benoa-

torcycles and Rp 10,000 for

Kuta-Nusa Dua and is ex-

cars, including small trucks

the sea and was built using

pected to ease congestion

and buses. Large trucks will

33,835 concrete columns,

in the area.

be charged from Rp 15,000

some of them through an

to Rp 30,000 depending on

area of previously pristine

The toll gates were

motorcycles. The toll road runs over

size. Electronic toll cards are

mangrove forest. The road

opened to the public on

provided by Bank Mandiri

has a separate lane for

the morning of Tuesday

for those who want a faster

motorcycles, making it the

23rd September, so that

service through the toll gate

country’s second toll road,

everyone could use the

dedicated to E-toll card

after the Suramadu toll

toll road for free for the first


road connecting Java to

week. As of October 1st motorists had to pay to use

Madura island in East Java, The company predicts

that allows motorcycles.


HOTEL’s we like Rimba Jimbaran Bali Another unique hotel

water bodies are cleverly


by AYANA Resort and

contoured to create dif-

ing and water recycling



ferent levels and slopes,

plant; recycled materi-

Bali opened its doors on

giving the impression of

als throughout the hotel;

18th September and is

entering a national park

maximum natural light;

perfectly positioned as a

with winding tree-lined

on-site greenhouse and

sanctuary for a relaxing

entrance and one hect-

organic fruit garden; and

break and a base from

are of swimming pools.

eco amenities.




which to explore Bali and nearby attractions.

Enjoying both sunrise



and sunset views from its

seamless service as they

Named after the In-

elevated location, RIM-

enjoy the best of both

donesian word for ‘for-

BA’s design is edgy and

worlds: RIMBA Jimbaran

est’, the 8 hectare hotel’s

innovative, with the com-

with its forest setting and



mitment to sustainability

unique dining concepts,

gardens and multi-tiered

evident in elements such

and multi-award-winning



AYANA’s unrivaled ocean-front location and world-class facilities including Rock Bar, Bali’s most iconic sunset destination. Alongside guests of AYANA, RIMBA in-house guests also enjoy scenic jogging trails, priority access to Rock Bar and at the award-winning AYANA including Kubu Beach, 7 restaurants and Spa. convenient room charge at both hotels. Rimba Jimbaran Bali | Karang Mas Estate, Jalan Karang Mas Sejahtera | Jimbaran, Bali 80364, Indonesia


WAKA GANGGA RESORT Reopens in October 2013

Waka Gangga Resort, located on the southwest coast of Bali and surrounded by amazing rice fields, will reopen on October 7, 2013, after complete redevelopment and reconstruction. The 21 villas of this luxury boutique resort offer a panoramic view over the Indian Ocean, and are designed in the classical Waka style that combines traditional and rustic elements with modern features. 15 villas, including one two-bedroom Villa and a Deluxe Villa have a private swimming pool. Facilities include a restaurant offering a wide range of western and traditional dishes, and a modern luxury spa. To celebrate its reopening all bookings until December 20, 2013 will receive a special promotional offer of complimentary lunch or dinner for two persons (excluding beverage).



The Re-birth of Aston Bali Beach Resort & Spa Following a dramatic



ing 320 square meter Ocean View Suite, each


contemporary flair with

of the 187 accommoda-

Aston Bali Beach Resort



tion types offer ample re-

& Spa was officially re-

chitecture, the refurbish-

laxation space for leisure

branded on September

ment of the rooms and


27th 2013 to become

suites has brought with it


the new and improved

a chic design accented

Grand Aston Bali Beach

by rich woods and im-

The resort also show-


peccable attention to

cased the re-launching

detail. Every room boasts

of its 4 restaurants, 2





Perhaps the most an-


luxe Room to the sweep-

Inspired by a fusion of




and a stunning overhaul











ticipated transformation

pool or ocean views,

dra Lounge, each one

of the beachfront Grand

topped off with a private

tempting guests with de-

Aston Bali Beach Resort

balcony. Ranging from

licious bites and refresh-

was the renovation and

the 45 square meters De-

ing tipples.


another Highlights page

4D3N Borobudur Sunrise Jogjakarta or simply Jogja, is one of the foremost cultural centers of Java. Located at the foot of the still active Merapi volcano, Jogjakarta was in the 16th and 17th centuries the seat of the mighty Javanese empire of Mataram, from which present day Jogjakarta has inherited the best of traditions. Home to the Sultan of Jogja this city itself has a special charm and quiet refinement, which seldom fails to captivate the visitor. Renowned as a center of classical Javanese fine art and culture such as batik, Indonesia style ballet, drama, music,

Product Type:

poetry and shadow puppet shows.

Exploration Journey

is also known for its vivid contemporary


art scene, and its gamelan music, which

• 3 nights at Amanjiwo or Plataran Borobu-

developed in the royal courts of the

dur or Manohara

Sultans. Borobudur Monument, one of


the greatest Buddhist monuments in the

• Visit Borobudur Monument

world. This huge temple complex dates

• Visit Prambanan Temples

back to the 9th century and together

• Explore Candirejo Javanese Village

with Prambanan Temple is the largest

• See Merapi Volcano

draw card for visitors to Jogjakarta. From

• Explore Sultans Palace

pure beaches to thousands of years old

• Explore Jalan Malioboro

ancient temples with a unique combina-

More Info & Reservation:

tion of Highlights

Email to :




DAY 1 Arrival Jogjakarta - Magelang (No meals) Arrive at Adisucipto International Airport Jogjakarta where you will be met by our Asia World Indonesia representative and transferred to your hotel. Accommodation as per option.

DAY 2 Borobudur Sunrise – Candirejo – Merapi Volcano (B/L) Early morning drive to Borobudur to experience a delighful sunrise. Then, explore Candirejo, traditional Javanese village. In the afternoon, proceed to Kaliadem to view the famous Merapi Volcano.from close distance.

DAY 3 Jogjakarta City Tour - Prambanan (B/L) After breakfast, spend your morning touring in Jogjakarta. Visit interesting places such as: Sultans Palace (Kraton), Water castle, Kotagede (famous for silversmiths) and Jalan Malioboro. In the afternoon, visit the famous Hindu shrine, Prambanan Temple.

DAY 4 Magelang - Departure transfer (B) After breakfast, you will have free time until transfer to the airport for departure.


to escape the limelight. In the AWAY Spa, mega-wattage personalities wind down or rev-up in their natural elements. Custom formulated spa products are also available at the retail store. The state-of-theart workout facility. Sweat is open at all hours, day and night. Looking for a good soak after a hard workout ? Try AWAY Spa’s waterworks and experience the hot stone mineral bath, hydro jet cold plunge or simply detox at the Hammam AWAY.

AWAY Spa | W Retreat & Spa Bali – Seminyak

Spa’s 01. AWAY SPA - THIS ONE WE FELL IN LOVE WITH Escape within an escape at W Resort AWAY Spa where the whirlwind of W winds down and away means a disappearing act from the everyday into an insider’s scene of surprising sensations, a place to delightfully detox after the party. Whether escaping the city streets or refueling your cool from the heat of the beach, AWAY Spa is more than any spa, it’s W hotels’ way of whisking away from the ordinary. Ready to pause and rewind? A flirty, playful and fabulous space awaits! gorgeous and glamorous W insiders come to the AWAY Spa




Jari Menari translates to “dancing fingers”

Our enchanting visit to Jari Menari began

which describes the flow of the therapists’ fin-

when we stepped through the shoji door and

gers during these wonderful massages.

on through the secret gardens where we

Jari Menari is located in both Seminyak and

found 10 spacious massage rooms.

Nusa Dua areas of Bali.

Inhaling the intoxicating scent of the exotic


flowers and incense we were serenaded by

Jari Menari Spa I Jl. Basangkasa No. 47 I Seminyak, Bali | Indonesia

the sounds of nature with gently falling waters, local birds and swaying bamboo. All massage rooms are open to fresh air, natural light and a water wall spilling into the pond of fish and plants. The all male, professionally trained staffS deliver a massage with continuous, relaxing, long strokes that we found to be most serene, blissful and pleasing and living up to its name.


another Restaurants page In Bali we are spoilt for choice with great restaurants with top chefs creating sumptuous culinary delights for us. 01. BISTROT Discreetly situated behind a beautiful temple but roadside on the very popular ‘Eat Street’ in Seminyak southern Bali, this restaurant and bar conceptualized and lovingly put together by the formidable Morrocan and Belgian team of Zohra and Blaise really impressed us. An impressive wooden and natural hewn stone air-conditioned yet high ceilinged open space, where one immediately feels welcomed upon entering and reminded of a New York loft/factory space with a distinct industrial feel. This is a very metro meets retro feel. However, the interior furnishings are warm and accommodating, and pay homage to many antiques and artifacts sourced from around the Indonesian archipelago, most being from the couple’s personal collection. The upstairs bar, provides a space that Hemingway would be proud of, and the spacious restaurant area reminiscent of the chic Orient Express railway dining carriage. Bistrot is original, quirky, deli-



cious and very ‘fairytale’ adult.

The food by award-winning Executive

Bistrot begins the day with gourmet style

Chef Meidy Zuhri is all about simple dish-

breakfasts, or brunches at the week-

es from all over the world reinvented to

ends, with snappy lunches, a tea-time of

give them a gourmet twist. This concept

relaxation and chit chat, and delightfully

is about everyday gastronomy, where

played out dinners of an evening - food

anything from Chef’s special chicken

is all about pleasure at Bistrot. The Bar is

wings and gourmet bakso meatballs to

a glamorous place to dress up, catch

sous-vide steaks and fish dishes to cre-

up and enjoy a glass or two. Providing

ative desserts looks as good as it tastes

the freshest ingredients, always organic

but goes easy on the pocket. Cocktails

when possible, and locally sourced from

by the international mixologist Carson

the cool farms of the Bedugul highlands

Quinn deserve a special mentioning.

of northern Bali.

Having worked for the world-famous Roka Zuma restaurants group, Carson

Bistrot Seminyak – Bali I Jl Kayu Aya 117

02. CHARLIE RESTAURANT- Finally opens

specializes in tailor-made recipes that use only natural ingredients with no added sugar. All the syrups and infusions are home-made, moreover, Charlie is the

It took us nearly a year to build the

only bar in Bali that serves on-the-rocks

mansion intended to become the place

drinks with the hand-carved crystal-clear

for friends and other good people to

ice cubes.

gather over a good meal, pop in for drinks or start their morning over a coffee

Charlie Restaurant I Petitenget, Semin-

and home-baked goodies.

yak - Bali 19

Industry Update AIR BALI

Air Bali, Bali’s only helicopter company, has launched a daily Gili Trawangan shuttle transfer service. This is the fastest way to reach the small island in North Lombok after the daily speedboats services. The helicopter can take up till four passengers at a time, with limited amount of luggage. The journey in the Bell 206 Long Ranger Helicopter takes you along Bali’s northeast, over Mount Agung to your left and Lembongan Island to your right. As the helicopter approaches Gili Trawangan you can see Mount Rinjani, Indonesia’s second highest volcano, on neighboring Lombok dominating the views towards the east.



In-car Wifi available in Bali Asia World Indonesia, because we know the little things in life make a big difference now offers our guests in-car WiFi. This service is available upon request in Bali and if you book Superior transportation at no extra costs.


Tugu Kunstkring Paleis Certificate of Recognition

News Update

On July 17th, 2013, the

in preserving the Indo-

U.S. Embassy in Jakarta,

nesian culture and heri-


represented by its Trade

tage. The Tugu properties

The Tugu Kunstkring at

AttachĂŠ, Mr. Jesse M

stay loyal to its mission


Lapierre awarded a Cer-

to bring back the past



history and romance of


to the Tugu Kunstkring

Indonesia through its col-

(Upper-left) The en-

Paleis. The award was re-

lections of beautiful an-


ceived personally by the

tiques and artworks, as

(Upper-right) Interior of

founder of Tugu Hotels,

well as in bringing back

Tugu Kunstkring.

Exotic Spas & Restaurants

traditions and almost-for-

(Bottom-center) Dining

Group, Mr Anhar Setjadi-

gotten cultures of Indo-

at Tugu Kunstkring


nesia. We are very hon-

This Certificate of Recog-

ored and thankful to the

nition was awarded to

U.S. Embassy, for recogni-

Bapak Anhar for his con-

tion of our years of work

sistent and faithful care

of passion!





You Ought to be in Pictures

BALINALE International Festival in Bali October 4-10, 2013 to Coincide with APEC Summit

The BALINALE Interna-

the associated events.

pointed to the Consulting

tional Film Festival re-

Known for its specialized

Organization for the Asia

turned To Bali October

knowledge and role in

Pacific Screen Awards




(Brisbane, Australia) and

the art of global cinema,

of the Asian and Indo-

ASEAN International Film

presenting all genres of

nesian film industry, BALI-

Festival & Awards (Kuch-

film at Cinema XXI locat-

NALE is associated with

ing, Malaysia).

ed at Kuta Beachwalk in

Asian Film Commissions


Network and its 16 mem-




ber countries. BALINALE is an interna-

This year’s BALINALE is the seventh edition of the Festival



tional film festival in In-

BALINALE has also

with the annual Asia-Pa-

donesia and recognized

played host to an ASEAN

cific Economic Coopera-



Film Focus held during


quality and diversity of

the 18th ASEAN Bali Sum-

Leaders’ Meeting in Bali.

its programming and its

mit and has been ap-

Many of the organiza-


professional delivery of





tion’s 21 member economies strongly sup-

tor and film-maker Christine Hakim

port film industries and the importance of

and Bali Film Center director Debo-

film as a means of promoting a destination

rah Gabinetti.

and fostering the careers of the creative individuals and industries behind the scenes of each film project.

BALINALE presents fiction, documentary, feature and shorts from around the world. Programming comes from

International productions filmed in Indo-

global submissions, international film

nesia supported by and/or featured in the

festivals and associations. The festival

festival, include; Sony Pictures Eat Pray Love

serves as an important avenue for In-

(Bali); Universal Pictures Savages (Moyo);

donesian filmmakers to present their

QED International Alex Cross (Bali), Magid-

work to a global audience, while in-

son Films’ Samsara (Java and Bali); Warner

viting foreign filmmakers to screen

Bros. Pictures IMAX Under the Sea 3D (Komo-

their films and experience Indonesia

do) and Born to be Wild (Kalimantan).

for possible film projects and co-productions.

BALINALE program of events for this year’s event included red carpet premieres, film Industry forums, exhibitions, children’s charity programs and a year-long series of educational workshops conducted by award winning filmmakers. The Mark Travis Directing Masterclass ran from October 2-4, 2013. Travis is considered the “Director’s Director” with over 30 directing awards; 60 plus productions in film, TV & theater; and lectures at more than 50 film schools About BALINALE Established in 2007 by Bali Taksu Indonesia Foundation, Award-winning Indonesian ac-


UBUD READERS & WRITERS FESTIVAL 2013 The 2013 Ubud Writers

the magical setting of

Lonely Planet co-founder

& Readers Festival brings

Ubud, to speak across all

Tony Wheeler, and leg-

with it the spirit of coming

forms of storytelling – from

endary Australian

home, and pulls togeth-

travel writing to songwrit-

toonist Michael Leunig.

er the best Indonesian,

ing, plays, poetry, com-


South East Asian and

edy and graphic novels.

ard Flanagan and Nury

international voices as



Vittachi will return. The

it celebrates its 10-year

Joining the line-up –

Festival also welcomes

anniversary from 11 – 15

and in his first Festival ap-

Rolling Stone Woman of


pearance in the region

the Year Clare Bowditch,

– is bestselling UK author

as well as India’s ‘first



This October, the Fes-





tival will welcome more

song, Devil May Care), Li-

Tripathi. Other interna-

than 170 brilliant writers,

onel Shriver (We Need to

tional guests include Da-

performers, artists, musi-

Talk about Kevin), pub-

vid Vann (Legend of a

cians and visionaries to

lishing entrepreneur and

Suicide), two-time Miles



Franklin winner Kim Scott (That Deadman Dance), and one of France’s most prolific writers, Alain Mabanckou. These international names will be joined by a world-class line-up of Indonesia’s finest and most successful writers and thinkers. Preeminent Indonesian poet and man-of-letters Goenawan Mohamad, award-winning writer Ayu Utami, bestselling writer and celebrity singer Dewi Lestari, celebrated filmmaker Garin Nugroho, Laksmi Pamuntjak, Ahmad Fuadi and more than 45 others ensures the 2013 Festival represents the best of Indonesian literature. The 2013 Festival will also host an exclusive open-air preview screening of Daniel Ziv‘s highly-anticipated documentary film JALANAN, about the lives of three Jakarta street musicians.




Sanur Village Festival 24th - 28th September 2013, now in its 8th year, was held over 5 days, with the main attractions at the food festival area combined with a wide range of entertainment, both traditional and modern. This year’s festival featured new activities to support the upcoming Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum in early October. A series of exhibitions, discussions and workshops on creative industry were held during the festival, encouraging young business people and artists to participate and showcase their talent and products. The highlight of the festival consisted of art performances, music concerts, a food bazaar, Balinese culinary challenge, Sanur open golf tournament, jukung (traditional boat) competition, art parade, marine sports, cultural dialogue and environmental activities, all of which were presented at the festival themed “Segara Giri,” meaning “Ocean and Mountain”. The green program’s included a beach cleaning campaign, baby turtle release, coral reef conservation and tree plantation. 29


A Golden Hour page with Agung Rai Painter, art collector and owner of ARMA (Agung Rai Museum of Art) in Ubud, Bali

Anak Agung Gede Rai, or better known as Agung Rai was born on 17th July 1955 in Peliatan, Ubud and began his career as a painting vendor when he was just eleven years old. Initially his dream was to become a painter like his other village friends but realizing he did not have the talent, but loving the art world he decided to help his friends to sell their paintings. From this moment on Agung became a vendor selling paintings to tourists and continued selling paintings for ten years until he could buy a piece of land and build a gallery. In 1980 he began seriously collecting paintings from famous painters all over Indonesia and around the world. These days Agung Rai is one of the most prominent painting collectors in Bali, even Indonesia and at his galleries and museum ( ARMA) there are hundreds of various paintings from many famous artists from Indonesia especially Bali and around the world. ARMA has become a center of cultural activities in Bali, such as painting exhibitions, art performances, theatre, art workshops and seminars.



just north of Ubud, to lands that have not Agung Rai is still a humble man and not

changed in customs or traditions for thou-

your typical tour guide he doesn’t feel the

sands of years. Walk the verdant ricefields,

need to fill every moment with commen-

gaze upon Mt. Agung majestic in the

tary. I’m a frustrated artist,” he explains

dawn’s glow, stop for coffee at a local

“this is my contribution”

so far, this in-

warung… and along the way learn how

cludes extensive grounds which preserve

the Balinese really feel and think from one

a slice of rural Bali within urban Ubud. He

of the island’s most helpful and generous

even purchased the rice fields all around

tour guides. It is a special tour, the kind

the resort and museum grounds and leas-

that really opens your eyes to the beauty

es them back to the original farmer for the

of Bali.

price of the promise that he’ll continue to farm them. He uses the proceeds from

Examples of Balinese practicality and

museum admissions, the resort, and profits

spirituality abound, and Agung Rai en-

from his gallery to fund programs to pre-

courages one to just quietly look at what

serve Balinese culture via free arts educa-

goes on around you. “We aren’t a reli-

tion to Balinese children.

gious people so much as we’re spiritual,” he says. “We believe in connections to the

On the Golden Hour tour Agung Rai

world around us.”

personally takes you to his secret places It is an honour to be in his presence!


Asia World Indonesia Cares

Straumann Clinic opens it’s doors

Social Pages

On April 1st this year Bali Kids new




menced operations. Under the highly professional direction of resident Dentist, Dr. Agung and Dental Nurse, Nyoman. Over 1,000 children received dental care during the first four months. Such a result would not have been possible without the support of major sponsors, The Dental program at Bali Kids goes back many years and was founded by, Dr. Greg Cox & Susan Ruselan. It was their vision that inspired Bali Kids to further the Dental program and create awareness of the importance of dental education and health in the community.

One interesting fact to come out of the program is



nor small change to buy snacks and candy.

that the children in the or-

Poor parents will often

phanages have far better

try to alleviate their guilt

teeth than children living in

about the things they can-

the villages. Dr. Agung feels

not afford to provide their

this is due to the fact that

children, by buying them

children living in orphan-

small treats which they can

ages, do not have access

afford. It is a lethal gift for

to food in between meals,

their children’s teeth.

Who was here... SNOOP DOG recently livened up our shores with a sell out concert at Potato Head in Seminyak. Rumour has it he stayed at W Retreat & Spa Bali – Seminyak and whilst here met Justin Beiber who was also on the island,for drinks at a nearby bar.

Place of interest... Tenganan, Traditional Balinese Village Hiding in the hills behind Candi- celebrations. dasa beachside resort on Bali’s east coast is Tenganan, home to

However, not everyday is a

the Bali Aga, Bali’s first inhabit- festival day and daily life goes ants whose customs and tradi- on. Early morning and late aftions have changed little over ternoons are the best times to the centuries.

visit these polite and very traditional people who open up

Behind the thick walls enclos- their lives and homes to visitors. ing the village the people go One of the biggest attractions, about their daily life secure and especially for textile collectors, protected from much of the is the unique double ikat hand madness of the modern world.

woven cloth known as gerinsing and this small village is one

Ceremonies and festivals of the of only three places in the world Bali Aga people draw interested that double ikat can be found villages and photographers from apart from Japan and Gujerat near and afar when the village in West India. becomes busy with all kinds of





Rice Porridge

“Created by Executive Chef Denny Frederick at Four Seasons Sayan this recipe for bubur ayam (Indonesian rice porridge).”

with Shredded Chicken and Crispy Shallots

Directions In a thick-bottomed pan, combine the rice with the water and ginger and cook. Stir with a whisk to help break the rice. When most of the water has been absorbed, add the chicken stock and cook until the rice is broken and stodgy. Season with light salty soya sauce and sesame oil, and

Ingredients • 200 grams rice • 750 ml chicken stock • 750 ml water • 1 piece fresh ginger, crushed whole • 1 grilled chicken breast • 1 teaspoon light salty soya sauce • ¼
teaspoon sesame oil • 1 piece tomato concassé

 • 1 teaspoon spring onion or chives • 1 teaspoon crispy shallots

serve the rice porridge garnished with shredded chicken, spring onion, tomato and crispy shallot on top. Serve with sliced hot chilli and salty soya sauce as condiments. Ready to serve

Condiments • Hot chili, sliced • Salty soya sauce

for 2 (two) portions.



Chicazine Oct-Nov 2013 / Issue 03  

A smart stylish magazine featuring travel related news from Asia World Indonesia

Read more
Read more
Similar to
Popular now
Just for you