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TEAMTALK

ALL ABOARD! ‘Om Swastiastu...’

Holidays are here and that means spending quality time with your family, especially with

your children. Of course Bali is the perfect destination for this as the island has a lot

of child-friendly places that make sure that your little ones have the best time of their lives. But if you can’t decide on where to go or what to do, don’t worry as we have the answers for you in this edition. If your children can’t get their hands off their gadgets, we believe this is the time to make some changes – flip through ‘Lifestyle & Leisure’ to find some fun outdoor activities for children and what to reward them with at the end of their adventure. And if all those

COVER Photo by Pirate’s Bay Cruising

activities make them hungry, read ‘Dine & Delights’ to discover four top-notch burgers to have on the island. Staying at the newly open The Sanctoo Villa is a perfect option for a family getaway, especially with the Bali Zoo sitting right next door – we share our experience of staying at The Sanctoo Villa in ‘Rest & Relaxation’. Meanwhile, a visit to the Sibang Breeding and Release Center of the Begawan Foundation where Bali Starlings are being preserved will educate your children about the importance of protecting endangered species – our team visited the site together with a number of students from Papua, which we share in ‘Little Loves’. For a fun family day out, why don’t you book an excursion? eOAsia can help you arrange a trip on Bali Adventure Tours that will take you and your family biking around a village, riding an elephant and rafting on the Ayung River. We have the coverage in ‘Action & Attraction’. Last but not least, don’t forget to make some memorable photos – check out ‘Foto Folio’ to find out how SweetEscape can help you capture those beautiful moments with your family during your holiday in Bali. Have a happy holiday!

‘Om Shanti Shanti Shanti Om…’ The Team

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THE SUN... THE SAND... THE SURF... THE CULTURE OF PARADISE AND OVER 18,000 SURROUNDING ISLANDS

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THE EVOLUTION OF KECAK

PHOTOS & FUN FACTS

Watching a Kecak Dance in the Uluwatu Temple

Snapshots and quotes picked up throughout April and May

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IT'S PLAYTIME!

A FAMILY SANCTUARY

Four fun activities for children in Bali

Staying at the newly opened The Sanctoo Villa

CRAFT&CULTURE

LIFESTYLE&LEISURE

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DINE&DELIGHTS THE BURGER HUNT

Four top-notch burgers to have on the island

SIGHTS&SOUNDS

REST&RELAXATION

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FOTOFOLIO

SWEET MEMORIES Creating holiday photos with SweetEscape

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JAZZ IT UP!

Hot deals and promotions of the month that shouldn’t be missed

Interview with Yuri Mahatma

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INVITE&INDULGE THE VILLAGE TREATS

Getting pampered at The Spa at Padma Resort Ubud

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This month’s select news updates from the island’s tourism industry and what’s new around the island

6 4 BEYONDUPDATES News updates from the tourism industry and what’s new beyond Bali

6 6 COMMUNITYCALENDAR Schedules, calendar highlights and various happenings of interest, from art exhibitions to special events

68 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

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FIRST COLUMN PHOTO COURTESY OF BO$$MAN BALI, SECOND COLUMN PHOTO COURTESY OF SWEETESCAPE, THIRD COLUMN PHOTO COURTESY OF MANDARA SPA

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LITTLELOVES

Visiting a Bali Starling breeding center

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BEYONDBALI

7 DAYS IN TOGEAN ISLANDS

Journey to the untouched paradise of Central Sulawesi

HIGHLAND BOUND A full-day excursion arranged by eOAsia

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TOP AND BOTTOM LEFT PHOTOS BY BALI ADVENTURE TOURS, BOTTOM RIGHT PHOTO BY FADIL AZIZ

FLY, LITTLE WINGS!


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PRIMEPROMOTION

KUTA’S FESTIVITY

WAIT NO MORE Now waiting for your late night flight won’t be so boring anymore. Just head to the Sundara Beach Club at Four Seasons Resort Bali after checking out from your hotel and enjoy Sundara’s VIP Boarding Lounge Experience. Indulge in any food and drink from the menu, take a dip in the 57-meter beachfront infinity pool and chill at Sundara’s day bed from 12 p.m. until a couple of hours prior to your departure time. By showing your ticket or e-boarding pass you can purchase the Rp. 750,000++ food and beverage credit and enjoy all the activities mentioned above. A plate of refreshing fruit, bottled water, free WiFi, towels and the poolside facilities are also included. Feeling a little bit tired? Indulge a treatment at the Healing Village Spa with a 15 percent discount that is included in the package. Sundara Beach Club Four Seasons Resort Bali, Jimbaran Bay, (0361) 708-333 www.sundarabali.com

Located at the heart of Kuta, the Kutabex Beachfront Hotel presents events from Tuesday through Sunday at The Seven Rooftop Bar and Kutabex Bar and Resto. Every Thursday The Seven Rooftop Bar hosts their “Balinese Night” where for only Rp. 100,000 nett guests can enjoy a Balinese buffet dinner accompanied by five kinds of Balinese traditional dance performances and live gamelan – a live Kecak Dance is also performed the last Thursday of every month. While at the Kutabex Bar and Resto, guests will be entertained with live music – enjoy 90’s songs on Tuesdays, Top 40 on Wednesdays, Blues on Thursdays, Pop Rock on Fridays, and Alternative Rock on Saturdays. For those who like to stay up late, there will be DJ performances from Friday to Sunday. Kutabex Beachfront Hotel Jalan Raya Pantai Kuta, Banjar Pande Mas, Kuta (0361) 300-7070 www.kutabexhotel.com

Puri Management International just launched their newest addition, the Atta Mesari Resort and Villas in Ubud. Only a 15-minute walk from the Ubud market and 10 minutes from the Ubud Palace, this resort offers 24 rooms divided into Suite, Private Pool Villa and Family Villa. The view that overlooks the rice paddies, forest and river adds to the positive ambience of the accommodation. And excitingly, the main swimming pool facing east which makes it the best spot to see the sunrise. The Atta Mesari also has their Blue Duck Restaurant that serves Indonesian comfort food, a yoga center that stands together with the spa lounge, a chapel with a view, and a wedding package. To celebrate their opening the hotel is offering special rates from Rp. 1,000,000/nett/room/night for rooms booked until December 23 2016. Atta Mesari Resort and Villas Jalan Suweta, Banjar Bentuyung, Ubud, (0361) 974-390 www.attamesarivillas.com

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UBUD GETAWAY


SUNDAY FIESTA Heading to Nusa Dua on a Sunday is a good option as The Laguna Bali offers their “Sunday BBQ by the Beach” brunch at the Arwana Restaurant. Available from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. this brunch will pamper you with selections of BBQ dishes such as seafood, chicken, beef, pork loin and pork knuckles as well as a lavish buffet that consists of salads, sushi and scrumptious desserts. For a more relaxing Sunday BBQ experience you can sit in the outdoor area where tables are set up between the white sandy beach and the hotel’s pool, accompanied by soothing music from an acoustic band. This brunch is available for Rp. 480,000 nett/person inclusive of beer, ice tea and soft drinks. Care to bring your children? You only need to pay half for children aged three to 12 years old. Arwana Restaurant The Laguna Bali BTDC Lot N2, Nusa Dua, (0361) 771-327 www.thelagunabali.com

FROM NYC TO BALI Good news for New Yorkers and Balinese – and the rest of you Americans and Indonesians – as Qatar Airways is now operating double daily fights from Bali to New York and vice versa. The flights are on Airbus A350’s and scheduled at 11.15 a.m. from New York with passengers transiting in Doha before continue the flight to Bali. A night flight is also available at 10 p.m. from New York that will have passengers arriving in Doha the following day. A long haul flight can cause jetlag symptoms indeed, but that won’t be a problem when flying with the Airbus A350 as the aircraft is complete with a high precision air management system and LED lighting system to manage the passengers’ melatonin levels and have them feeling fresh upon arrival. www.qatarairways.com

DANCING MASSAGE A special treatment is being offered at the Mandara Spa at the Grand Nikko Bali for those who are looking for the ultimate in relaxing spa treatments. The new Island Rhythm – Mandara Spa Style is a massage treatment that combines different kinds of depth strokes and speed rubs that will give a dance-like sensation to your body. Be one of the first to experience this 90-minute treatment in one of their spa villas for only Rp. 1,350,000 nett/person. Or if you are feeling outdoorsy you can experience this treatment at their spa bale, which is located at beach side. Mandara Spa Grand Nikko Bali Jalan Raya Nusa Dua Selatan, (0361) 773-377 www.grandnikkobali.com

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NEW&NEWS

ONE-STOP CHANNEL Amongst the abundant websites and TV channels that show everything about Bali, Bali Go Live saw the opportunity to create a one-stop platform where people can find Bali’s best in one to three-minute high-quality videos. Each video presents one particular topic, ranging from culture, events, destinations, lifestyle, and even secluded places, complete with a presenter and graphics that make each video dictionary-like. The best part is that you do not need to worry about the credibility of the videos as the Bali Tourism Promotion Board has appointed Bali Go Live as Bali’s official video channel. With that label in mind, Bali Go Live will be your first go-to channel if you want to explore the best of Bali. www.baligolive.com

IT’S A DEAL! After four years, the Fontana Hotel Bali is now standing under the PHM Hospitality umbrella in order to maintain the good quality of the hotel by following PHM Hospitality standards – this is also believed to boost the Fontana Hotel Bali’s excellent reputation in the hospitality industry. The official collaboration started last March, which was marked by introducing the new name of the hotel: Fontana Hotel Bali, a PHM Collection. The hotel has 136 rooms in four categories, the Suma Spa that sits at the rooftop, and the 24-hour Sunny16 Café and Portabella Bistro. Fontana Hotel Bali, a PHM Collection Jl. Dewi Sri No. 68, Kuta, (0361) 894-7100 www.phmcollection.com/fontanabali

Local wine is going big! Hatten Wines, the Balinese winery, has now opened their multifunction building in Sanur to introduce more of their product to the public. This building is also meant to be a hub where activities like wine classes, wine tasting and tailored wine dinners are hosted in their private dining room by request. As the newest landmark in Sanur, this building is easy to spot with bare bricks and architecture just like a cellar door in Europe. Hatten Wines has also teamed up with the luxurious home appliance maker Gaggenau, glassmaker Schott Zwiesel and Toto Kitchen to decorate the interior. Moreover, Hatten Wines plans to share its wine knowledge with the younger generation by making this hub a special training place where workshops about wine, food and beverages are conducted. Hatten Wines’ Cellar Door Bali Komplek Pertokoan Dewa Ruci 3 Jl. By Pass Ngurah Rai, Kuta, (0361) 767-422 www.hattenwines.com

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WINE TIME


DENPASAR MOON Amidst the hustle and bustle of the Renon area in Denpasar, NOX Coffee & Sake Bar has officially opened, bringing a unique concept of “coffee by day and sake by night” inside the Madam Tan Restaurant. Open until midnight, NOX uses high-quality Arabica beans freshly ground to make a variety of coffee beverages including Spanish-style Cafe Con Leche and Cortado, Affogatto, Café Zorro and Café Cubano. NOX collects beans from all around Indonesia – they even have a certified Luwak coffee on their menu. From the sake list they will spoil sake enthusiasts with Japan’s best sake like Junmai Daiginjo, Kubota Senju and Genjo. NOX also serves cocktails such as Jamaican Beach Nox Coffee and Baileys Nox Coffee Mocha. NOX Coffee & Sake Bar Jalan Cok Agung Kresna No. 55, Renon, Denpasar (0361) 472-3435 www.noxcoffee.com

HEALTHY SWEETS Once again, Gelato Secrets has surprised us all with their innovative new Jamu Collection, which presents jamu (a traditional Indonesian herbal remedy) as a sweet delight. Using kunyit asam (turmeric and tamarind), beras kencur (a concoction of rice and ginger) and wedang jahe (ginger tea) – all of which are believed to help cure any kind of ailment – the Jamu Collection is made fresh every day, turning those locally-sourced and hand-ground spices and herbs into Jamu Kunyit Asam Sorbetto, Jamu Beras Kencur Sorbetto and Wedang Jahe Sorbetto respectively. Interested to try it? These sorbettos won’t make you feel guilty for having a scoop – or more – as they benefit your health too! Gelato Secrets Jalan Monkey Forest, Ubud (0361) 898-9630 www.gelatosecrets.com

TEPPANYAKI TALENT L Hotel Seminyak welcomes Chef Alit Manuaba as the new chef of Kitano Teppanyaki, which is located at the hotel’s Luna Roof Bar. Having cooked Japanese dishes since 2009, Chef Alit Manuaba is now ready to show his Teppanyaki skills in the kitchen and serve delectable dishes with a new twist. His passion in culinary pursuits will generate new creations that will surely make guests want to come back for more. Kittano Teppanyaki is open from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. with a list of new menu items such as Ika Tama, Pork Loin, Dorayaki Ice Cream and Banana Flambe. Four types of set menu dinners are also included on the menu list. Kitano Teppanyaki L Hotel Seminyak Jalan Raya Petitenget 8L, Seminyak, (0361) 894-7898 www.thelhotels.com

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CRAFT&CULTURE

THE EVOLUTION OF KECAK

exoticism that holds important

OUR CONTRIBUTOR IRENE BARLIAN WATCHED A MAGICAL PERFORMANCE OF THE KECAK DANCE AT THE ULUWATU TEMPLE…

transformed from an ancient ritual

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historical value, and has been into a popular performance.

EAST MEETS WEST Walter Spies, a German artist and

here is no other place in

island merges the eastern and

scholar, is known as the creator of

Indonesia that embodies

western culture into one synchronous

this popular dance first staged in

Hindu spirituality more

harmony. Evidence of this is the

1930. Spies was already familiar

than Bali, an island that

famous Kecak Dance, a must-see

with Balinese culture as he had

is famous for its unique

performance that displays a cultural

studied Balinese music and dance,

culture. Bali offers an endless experience of offerings, purifications,

processions and dozens of religious ceremonies that the Balinese dedicate their lives to, which give a mystical and magical vibe to the island. Hindu temples rise every other kilometer, and the local culture derived from their Hindu traditions are imprinted as the identity of the island. Bali teaches us about faith, tolerance and diversity, as this

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but his inspiration for Kecak came

is placed in the middle of the

performance sets a new barometer

after watching the Sanghyang

dancers. Spies’ version of the Kecak

for traditional dance. Aesthetics

Dedari Trance, a purification

emphasizes more the structured and

now become a dominant factor in

procession to clean the village

dramatic choreography.

a Kecak performance, as well as

from a plague or a bad omen. This

Another person who also played

the music and choreography that

ritual was commonly performed

a part in the transition of the Kecak

are also crucial factors. The story

by the old Balinese society where

Dance was Wayan Limbak, a

is derived from the Ramayana, a

the dancers are believed to go

Balinese dancer. Together with

famous Indonesian folktale about

into a trance. During this state of

Spies, Wayan brought the Kecak

the adventure of Rama who was

unconsciousness, they believe that

into an art form whose function was

trying to save his lover Shinta

they can communicate with God or

purely for entertainment and no

from Rahwana, which has been

their ancestral spirits.

longer attached with ritual beliefs.

interpreted in so many ways.

In 1960 a lot of dance groups were

Costumes now become one of the

titled “Insel der Damonen” became

born and became popular in Bali.

most important elements in a Kecak

the root of the Kecak Dance as he re-

Ever since then, the Kecak has been

show as well. That’s why it’s obvious

choreographed the ancient Balinese

transformed into a cultural symbol

that the Kecak has gradually turned

ritual. Broadly speaking, there are

and plays an important role in Bali’s

into a dramatic art form, leaving all

some minor differences between

tourism industry.

its old ritual elements behind.

Hanoman, the legendary white monkey in the Ramayana story.

Spies’ involvement in the film

Kecak and Sanghyang Dedari. For

The melding process of the

example the sitting formation is

eastern and western cultures in that

MAGICAL SUNSET

changed and the damar, a torch

Kecak Dance was slow but sure. The

There are a lot of Kecak

with a decorative Balinese pattern,

marriage of culture and art in the

performances to see in Bali, but I

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The Pemangku, a Hindu priest, is spreading holy water on the dancers.

personally think the Kecak Dance

expressing anxiety, fear and

performance comes to an end with

at the Uluwatu Temple is the most

sadness in her face and movements,

the victory of Rama. Celebrating his

magical, as it is performed in Bali’s

and the wind that sweeps Shinta’s

win, Rama holds a bow and arrow

oldest temple during the sunset.

face complements the scene in a

while the rest of the dancers carry

subtle way.

Rahwana on top of their heads as

That moment is captivating and

they leave the podium. The ending

open circular podium at Uluwatu

audience can see that the Kecak

of the performance is even more

Temple, as more than fifty dancers

Dance is more than just a traditional

mystical as the sun sets on the

enter the stage. The dancers are

dance. It’s a theatrical performance

horizon.

all men wearing only black and

where the dancers move and act in

white checkered sarongs with a red

a very dramatic manner. Every facial

will the transformation of the Kecak

ribbon. They are sitting side by side,

expression, timing, space, motion

Dance go? Over the past 90 years,

Now the question is, how far

circling around the damar. There are

and costume is all thoughtfully

the Kecak is no longer considered

no musical instruments prior to this

designed in line with one another.

a spiritual procession but more of

show, only the interlocking vowels of

The dance is also rich with symbols,

a blend of tradition, history and

the dancers that create an exquisite

like the fireballs during a fight scene

culture that become one colossal

symphony.

between Hanoman and Rahwana

performance. It has become an

that symbolizes anger and the desire

integral part of Bali’s identity and

to win the battle.

more importantly, a symbolic

The twilight sky has just appeared when Shinta is abducted. The female dancer gives a remarkable performance in this scene by

The chanting of “cak, cak, cak” is still loudly heard when the dance

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representation of the nation. „ By Irene Barlian

PHOTO BY IRENE BARLIAN

“Cak, cak, cak,” the voices of the dancers begin to echo in the


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LIFESTYLE&LEISURE

Three out of many games at Bali Tree Top Adventure Park. Right page: Other than books, Pondok Pekak has activities like a painting class.

It’s Playtime!

OF ALL THE FUN ACTIVITIES OFFERED IN BALI, THESE FOUR WILL MAKE SURE THAT YOUR CHILDREN HAVE THE TIME OF THEIR LIVES…. By Suhartina Sindukusumo

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Bali Treetop Adventure Park offers a ‘Jungle Book’ kind of experience for your children – and for you too. Once you arrive at the park, your children can immediately envision themselves hopping from one tree to another as half of the site is filled with big trees, complete with bridges, nets, Tarzan jumps, flying

f your children have been

encourage them to get closer to

fox, and much more. Bali Treetop

refusing to play outdoors and

nature? Don’t worry as we have the

Adventure Park has 95 treetop

won’t take their eyes off their

answers right here. And at the end

games in total that are divided

gadgets, a holiday in Bali is the

of the trip you can reward them with

into six circuits surrounded by a

best way to bring a change to

a relaxing time at a high-end Kids

panoramic view. Each circuit is child-

their habits as this island has more

Spa in the middle of a five-star resort

friendly and designed for specific

than enough fun activities designed

complex.

ages. For example, the friendliest

for kids. The question is, what do

is the Squirrel Yellow Circuit, for

you want to offer your kids? Do you

SKILLS SEEKERS

age four to six only, whereas the

want your little ones to be a brave

Develop your children’s skills at the

Adrenaline Black Circuit is for

adventurer? Do you want them to

Bali Treetop Adventure Park! Set in

teenagers over 12 years old who

see the world through books? Or

the lush Bedugul Botanical Gardens,

can take the more challenging trails.

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files. Literature about Balinese and

THE GREENEST CAMP

complete one circuit, but it all

Indonesian culture and history are

The Green Camp is a one-stop

depends on the participants’

also found in every corner.

solution that will bring your kids

It takes around two hours to

capability as each circuit has its

The library has a terrace on

closer to nature, and eventually give

own difficulty level. No matter which

the upper level that becomes a

them one of the most memorable

one they take, each circuit will help

comfortable space to read to your

experiences of their lives. Sitting

build their confidence and make

children or at least accompany

next door to the famous Green

them brave enough to explore their

your little ones as they are flipping

School in Ubud, the Green Camp

own potential. For instance, the

through their favorite stories. The

offers special programs especially

160-meter long flying fox will make

best part is that you don’t have

for children from ages seven to 17

them jump onto the ground at the

to spend a lot to access these

years old. An overnight in the wild

end of the trail. Don’t worry though

books. By paying only Rp. 50,000

and encounters with lots of plants

as all participants will be geared up

nett you can have an all-you-can-

and insects are only some of the

with high-quality climbing equipment

read package for a month or Rp.

activities, and it doesn’t stop there.

like harness and carabiners. And

250,000 nett for one-year access.

The Green Camp aims to teach

every tree-oriented game is also built

And if you or your kids can’t finish

and secured with safety gear such as

reading your favorite books in one

pulleys and red-coated steel cables.

day, you can rent them for up to

However, if your children are

three days for only Rp. 2,000/day/

not interested in joining the treetop

book. Did we mention that they also

circuits they can walk on the trails in

have free Wi-Fi?

the forest, watching the others taking on the challenges from the ground

Pondok Pekak Library

level.

Jalan Monkey Forest, Ubud (0361) 976-194

Bali Tree Top Adventure Park

www.pondokpekaklibrary.com

“Eka Karya” Bali Botanical Garden, Candikuning (0361) 934-0009 www.balitreetop.com

THE BOOK HAVEN Are your children into books? Then just take them to the Pondok Pekak Library in Ubud, which we personally call the book haven for bookworms, no matter how old you are. The Pondok Pekak Library has more than 30,000 books on their shelves, ranging from bestsellers to al rare copies of local and international

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This photo: The eco rustic bamboo home for the campers at Green Camp. Tubing (below left) and gardening (below right).

children to live in an environmentally sustainable way and get up close and personal with Balinese culture. Having fun in nature as well as getting creative is what your children will experience at the Green Camp. There are two programs available, day and overnights – whichever your children choose they will participate in challengesuch as creating organic gardens

include cooking traditional treats,

kids to live sustainably with nature

and making organic chocolate

playing traditional drums around the

wherever they are.

harvested from the Green Camp’s

campfire, and seeing the iguanas

very own cacao trees. Tubing on the

that linger around the trees. As for

Green Camp

Ayung River, exploring biodiversity

campers who would like to stay for

Jalan Raya Sibang Kaja, Banjar

at Green Camp’s area, and

up to a week, they will get to bike

Saren, Abiansemal

discovering Bali’s rice paddies are

around the local village, go hiking

www.greencampbali.com

also among the list of activities.

in Bali’s mountains, and of course

On the overnight program the

experience a week full of laughter

THE KIDS SPA

campers will get to experience the

around the bonfires that spark up

Now that your children have

Yurt Village, an eco-rustic bamboo

the nights. By doing all the afore-

experienced one – or all – of these

home in the Green School jungle-

mentioned activities, the Green

activities, why don’t you treat them

like complex. Other activities

Camp is trying to encourage the

at a kid’s spa where they will be

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based outdoor learning adventure


pampered with love? The Westin Kids

while being massaged by a therapist

Spa at Westin Resort Nusa Dua is the

from the Heavenly Spa by Westin

place where your children can regain

and pampered with a Body Shop

their energy and feel fresh after

mask afterwards. This treatment is

joining in these outdoor activities.

usually combined with the ‘Prince or

Located in a quite space between

Princess’, a menu that consists of nail

the Westin Kids Club and the

art for girls and a temporary tattoo

swimming pool, The Westin Kids

session for boys. So while waiting

Spa is comfortably set with bean

for the mask to dry, your little girls

bag chairs and offers selections of

will have their nails done with non-

treatments especially designed for children, ranging from massages to facials, hair braiding and nail arts and more, all using children-friendly products made of pure and natural ingredients. The Body Shop and L’Oréal are among the products they use. Each treatment won’t take more than 45 minutes, so the children won’t get bored. The 30-minute Mini Facial is one of the kids’ most favorite treatment, as they get to lay on the beanbag toxic nail products for kids such as Piggy Paint and Snails, while your little boys can choose one or two selected temporary tattoos from Potatoo or other brands. Does mommy want to join? Sure you can, as Westin Kids Spa offers a ‘Mommy and Me’ package where kids and their mothers can indulge in a 30-minute massage by the beach. „ The Westin Kids Spa The Westin Resort Nusa Dua, Bali BTDC Lot N-3, Nusa Dua (0361)771-906, The selection of nail polish at The Westin Kids Spa.

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www.westinnusaduabali.com/ westin-kids-spa


DINE&DELIGHTS

THE BURGER HUNT THIS HOLIDAY SEASON, FILL UP YOUR LITTLE ONE’S TUMMIES AND YOUR OWN WITH ONE OF THESE DELECTABLE BURGERS AVAILABLE ON THE ISLAND…

W

hat food

pleases everybody’s taste, and

to eat

burgers are the simple answer.

to choose from, but the star of

There are a lot of burgers

this time?

From one dish, you – and your little

BO$$MAN is the Duck Duck Goose.

That’s one

ones – can get everything you need

Available for Rp. 195,000 nett, Duck

of the most

as meat, buns and veggies are all

Duck Goose sets a very high standard

challenging questions that arise

stacked and combined deliciously

for all burgers in Bali. Imagine fresh

when you go traveling with the

with a special sauce. But with so

burger buns filled with fried duck egg,

whole family. You’re looking for

many restaurants offering burgers,

duck parfait and foie gras – this is the

a restaurant that offers dishes that

you might wonder which ones are

ultimate gourmet burger with flavor

the best. Our team discovered four

that is beyond expectation. Here’s

top-notch burgers on the island that

a little secret to make your Duck

you must try!

Duck Goose even more sensational.

Chef Jethro

Since this dish is served with a knife

LIKE A BOSS

stabbed through the burger in the

The aroma of fresh-baked buns

center, you can cut the burger in two

mixed with ketchup, a patty, melted

using that knife and watch as the

cheese and mayonnaise welcomed

egg yolk start to run. Now, grab the

us as we walked into BO$$MAN.

burger before the yolk reaches the

Located right next to its sister

paper tray, take a bite and just enjoy

restaurant, Sisterfields, BO$$MAN

the sensation of foie gras mixed with

has a minimalist design where

duck parfait and egg yolk.

everyone can relish their top-notch

However, if you are up for a

burgers courtesy of the team led by

lighter style of burger, Kim ‘Chi’

Chef Jethro, all while enjoying the

Un is a great option. This burger

breezy Seminyak area.

combines sweet and sour Korean

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fried chicken and traditional Korean

The famous Wahrung black burger.

Kim Chi, which is smeared with gochujang mayo. The crispy chicken is made even more delish with sprinkles of sesame that add an Asian flavor to it. The burgers at BO$$MAN are generous, but if you still have some room left in your stomach, why don’t you try a side dish? Their Loaded Fries served with jalapeno, pulled pork, coriander and chipotle mayo will keep you coming back for more. BO$$MAN Bali Jalan Kayu Cendana No. 8B, Seminyak 0812-3916-7070 www.bossmanbali.com

BLACK BURGER Located on the first level of Seminyak Village, Wahrung offers burger

burger with natural ingredients

ingredients are cooked fresh and

selections like no other with its black

that are healthy – the burgers at

perfectly to enhance the flavor.

charcoal buns, which surprisingly

Wahrung have the whole package!

Each burger at Wahrung is

Wahrung has an attractive list

served with French Fries, but we

give it more flavor. According to the owner Mr. Wah, charcoal buns are

of burgers – Pulled-Pork Burger,

personally recommend that you

also healthier as charcoal benefits

Zero Fat Chicken Burger, Butter

pair your dish with White Truffle

the stomach by neutralizing acidity.

Fish Burger, Veggie Burger and the

Parmigiano French Fries on the

So, here we have a flavorsome

Chopped Aged Sirloin Steak Burger,

side. And for sure your kids will

the last one being our personal

love the restaurant’s Extra Thick

favorite. Using dry aged Australian

Classic Americano Milkshake – the

sirloin, the beef patty is really tender

chocolate one is sensational with

and the flavor is top-notch as it is

chocolate chips hidden in the drink!

combined not only with a charcoal bun but also rucola. The burger is

Wahrung

made even more delish with oven-

Seminyak Village, Level 1

dried tomato hidden in the stack,

Jalan Kayu Jati No. 8, Seminyak

and the restaurant’s homemade wild

(0361) 370-5208

honey mustard mayonnaise. It is a

www.facebook.com/

simple and classic burger where the

TastyWahrungbali

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IT’S A HABIT

is influenced by the classic American

cut fries served on the side, Sandy

It is impossible to hold it with

burger where the 100-percent

explained how he wanted to keep

only two hands, as the layers are

Australian beef patty is layered

Habitual Quench and Feed as a

extremely high even before it is

with high-quality cheese, deep-fried

small place where people come to

capped by the upper bun. The

bacon, caramelized onion and

eat and have a quality time over

cheese and mushroom are melting

sautéed mushrooms, not to mention

a comfort burger for brunch or

together and falling to the side

the fresh pickles, lettuce and tomato

lunch. His main goal is maintaining

as you take your first bite. Yes,

that add a healthy touch.

the restaurant’s great taste. Sandy

we are talking about the famous

As we munched on our hand-

admitted that he had never planned on making burgers as his signature menu, however it was word of mouth that worked its magic. But for us personally, the burger at Habitual Quench and Feed gives us a slice of an American-feel in Bali, where a classic burger is still praised amidst the fuss of fusion burgers around the world. Habitual Quench and Feed Jalan Umalas 1 No. 12B, Kerobokan 0851-0018-1801 www.facebook.com/

Mushroom, Cheese & Onion Burger, the bestselling burger at Habitual Quench and Feed in Umalas. For four years, Habitual Quench and Feed has been maintaining its quality, ensuring that this burger stays as one of the most-wanted burgers in the island. What’s their secret? Sandy, the owner-slash-chef, says that they are trying to keep the originality of this burger. The Mushroom, Cheese & Onion Burger

Habitual’s best selling Mushroom, Cheese & Onion Burger (above left). The dining area of Habitual Quench and Feed.

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HABITUAL QUENCH AND FEED PHOTOS BY SUHARTINA SINDUKUSUMO, ALL OTHERS COURTESY PHOTOS.

HabitualQuenchFeed


The yummy MOFO Burger (above). MOFO KITCHEN is the new gem in Seminyak (left).

MOFO Burger is perfect for burger

a 10 percent discount for MOFO

lovers as the dish consists of a tender

CHILI purchased until the end of this

prime beef patty, sautéed button

June!

mushrooms and cheddar cheese

Other fusion menu items include

as well as seasoned fries on the

the Chicken Reggae Burger and

A SPICY TWIST

side. But the secret that makes this

MOFO Wings. But if you’re looking

It may have only been a couple

burger different from the others on

for some simple classic dishes, take

of months since MOFO KITCHEN

the island is the Jack Daniel’s BBQ

a look at their Western menu, like

first opened its doors, but this new

sauce, made from scratch by the

the Egg in a Jar (caviar d’aubergine

hip café has already become the

team at MOFO KITCHEN.

served with smoked cheese,

place to be for breakfast, brunch

All the fusion dishes are cooked

poached egg and crispy bacon)

and lunch in the Seminyak area.

with MOFO CHILI, the house’s

and selections of Eggs Benedict that

Founded by Foi and Thibault, an

signature chili sauce that is rich with

includes French Benedict. MOFO

Indonesian and French couple,

bold spicy flavor. But for an extra

KITCHEN is open Tuesday through

MOFO KITCHEN offers a menu that

punch, you can ask the staff to add

Sunday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. „

dates back to the couple’s origins

more MOFO CHILI to your dish.

By Risty Nurraisa

where some of the Western food is

There are two MOFO CHILI’s to

and Suhartina Sindukusumo

served in a classic simple style while

choose from and both are available

others are infused with Manadonese

for sale. ‘Dodge the Bullet’ (Rp.

MOFO KITCHEN

flavors from North Sulawesi.

45,000 nett) is semi-spicy while

Jalan Petitenget No. 200x,

‘Final Destination’ (Rp. 54,000 nett)

Kerobokan

the MOFO Burger is one of the stars.

takes chili sauce to a whole new

(0361) 934-5192

Available for Rp. 110,000++, the

level – the house is also offering

www.mofokitchen.com

If you are up for the fusion menu,

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KEEPING THE UBUD VILLAGE JAZZ FESTIVAL GOING SINCE 2013, YURI MAHATMA PROVES TO THE WORLD THAT A DREAM CAN COME TRUE...

BB: What brought the jazz festival

idea of making a jazz festival?

to Ubud?

YM: It was back in 2010 when

YM: When I decided to hold a

Anom, a friend of mine who is also

jazz festival my main goal was to

the owner of Antida Music, and I had

bring jazz to the right track, aside

a monthly jazz project called Jazz

from just promoting jazz in Bali.

Rendezvous. It was held at Serambi

There are a lot of jazz festivals in

Art Antida where we provided a

Indonesia, but most of them have the

platform to promote local jazz talent

same style. They are just copying

in Bali. Unfortunately the venue was

the other festival’s line-ups who often

shut down in 2011 due to internal

have nothing to do with jazz. We

problems, so since then we tried to

saw this as an opportunity. We did

continue the project but we did it

not want that kind of festival. We

from one cafe to another. It went all

wanted to be different. We wanted

right even though it took too much

to have a well-respected jazz festival

effort for less impact. Then Anom and

in terms of quality and authenticity.

I came up with the same thought –

At that time we had already gained

is name is definitely

that we had to be able to promote

an audience who wanted to see

not a stranger in

jazz in Bali and that we had to be

something different. And Ubud

the jazz world. As

heard in a wider scope of audience.

particularly is the best place to hold

a musician, Yuri

That was when we got the idea of

such a festival as it has a great

Mahatma has not

creating an international jazz festival.

reputation of being the village of

only made some wonderful tunes but

In 2013, the first annual Ubud Village

artists where people appreciate

also contributed a lot to the younger

Jazz Festival was successfully held.

the arts.

H

jazz generation. To name names, look to Joey Alexander, a young Indonesian Grammy-nominated pianist who is one of his students. Being a respected guitarist Yuri dedicated his talent to building the Jazz Clinic, which is now called

LEFT PAGE PHOTO COURTESY OF HENDRANATHA, RIGHT PAGE PHOTO COURTESY OF SURYA SANTOSO.

PROFILE&PORTRAIT

Jazz it Up!

BB: How did you come up with the

the Jazz Bali Summer School. Since 2007 he has also been conducting free jazz lessons at Monk’s Place in Sanur. Together with his dear friend, Yuri then initiated the Ubud Village Jazz Festival that will once again be held in August 12 and 13 to mark its fourth anniversary. Bali & Beyond (BB) talks to Yuri Mahatma (YM) about his passion for jazz.

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Yuri Mahatma at the Ubud Village Jazz Festival.

BB: How has the Ubud Village Jazz

jazz talents, especially the young

Festival shaped the music scene of

generation to participate in the

Bali or Indonesia?

festival so they can learn to become

BB: What makes this year’s festival

YM: By word of mouth, I’m happy

better musicians. And hopefully

different than the previous ones?

to hear that the Ubud Village Jazz

they will see that there are so many

YM: This year the festival’s theme

Festival has earned its reputation

possibilities in the music world.

is “Embracing Uniqueness and

as the “jazz music only” kind of

contain jazz tunes and jazz soul.

Tolerance”. Each of us is unique and

festival. I’m happy to hear that all

BB: As the co-founder of the Ubud

it takes a certain level of tolerance

artists are happy and proud to

Village Jazz Festival, what’s your

to accept differences. Jazz has

participate in this festival. We got

main message to your audience?

always been a great example of it.

many emails from musicians from

YM: I would like them to think about

It teaches us that we do not have to

all over the world who want to join

sambal (Indonesian chili sauce).

agree and understand the idea of

us, and some of them are the big

Sambal must be hot and have real

the people you work with because

names in the jazz world. I think

chili in it. Do not make sambal without

as long as we have tolerance we will

this is a way to make Bali’s music

a lot of chili just to cater to everyone’s

be doing just fine. „

scene resound in the world. And as

taste. It is the same with the Ubud

By Suhartina Sindukusumo

our contribution to the local jazz

Village Jazz Festival. It is a jazz

scene, we are always involving local

festival, so everything there should

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INVITE&INDULGE

THE VILLAGE TREATS OFFICIALLY OPENED LAST FEBRUARY, THE SPA AT PADMA RESORT UBUD IS A HAVEN IN THE QUIET PUHU VILLAGE OF UBUD….

The treatment room at The Spa is complete with a bathtub and a big window that overlooks the manicured garden.

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A

n infinity pool that is

CAVING BE LIKE

the longest swimming

Inspired by the natural caves that

pool in Gianyar, and

are found across Indonesia, The

a biking excursion

Spa boasts a cave-like interior

through the local

that distinguishes its design from

village – Padma Resort Ubud knows

any other spa on this island. Upon

exactly how to make the most of

entering over its doorstep, I instantly

their location. And recently the resort

noticed how spacious the spa is,

introduced its newest addition that

and my mind started imagining

adds other gem to Ubud, The Spa.

untouched caves nestled beside wild

Located perfectly between the hotel’s

rivers in Indonesia.

swimming pool and the manicured

My imagination didn’t stop there

gardens, The Spa gives a kind of

as I wandered around ‘the cave’,

‘Alice in Wonderland’ experience,

which is designed with stone walls,

where guests have to pass a corridor

and found that each treatment room

adorned with tropical flowers to find

is separated by huge pillars and

a place that is out of this world. The

completed with stepping stones

only element that was missing is the

across the water in front of its door.

rabbit hole, although The Spa’s door

The Spa is even more dramatic

is like the entrance to a magical

with the natural sunlight that comes

world.

through the glass on the ceiling and

The cave-like interior design at The Spa.

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who constantly assured me that this massage would make my body and muscles all relaxed by the end of my treatment. When we entered the room the therapist directed me to the closet, a wooden cupboard where two Yukatas and two towels are stored. It was love at the first sight when I saw the Yukata – the light turquoise robe that is designed with a black and white frangipani pattern and a pink collar, wrapped with a thick red belt. I put the Yukata on and then lay on the massage bed where The cozy treatment room (this photo) and the Yukatas (below).

the therapist applied the Relaxing Oil and gave me a firm massage on my back. Just then I realized that

is reflected on the water. It was the

oils. The Spa’s specially crafted

massage to help soothe a tired

first time in my life that I was blown

Relaxing Oil with chamomile as the

body.

away by a spa, even before trying

main ingredient was my choice to

My therapist stretched and

the treatment.

accompany my Balinese Massage,

stroked me with on-point pressure

which is The Spa’s signature

to ease my tension. Around this

when a therapist showed me one

treatment. I was then escorted to

time I recalled Padma Ubud’s motto

of the treatment rooms, just before

one of the rooms by a therapist

mentioned repeatedly by Reza

The Spa continued to surprise me

I chose my spa treatment. It was a

Sunardi, the General Manager

room for two, which for me seemed

of the Group, during the Grand

more like a hotel room. The room

Launching of the resort. “Refresh

was complete with a spacious closet,

Your Senses” – that’s the motto of

a cozy welcome area and a shower

the Padma Resort Ubud, and I could

room. A big glass window looking

definitely relate to it during my

out over the manicured garden

experience at The Spa. „

outside also added a natural touch.

By Suhartina Sindukusumo

ALL REFRESHED

The Spa

I then went back to the main cave

Padma Resort Ubud

– and by ‘main cave’ I mean the

Banjar Carik, Desa Puhu, Payangan

Spa Lounge – where I was greeted

Gianyar

by the Spa Manager who gave

(0361) 301-111

me the choice of four massage

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REST&RELAXATION

A FAMILY SANCTUARY A SERENE PLACE TO STAY ON A FAMILY HOLIDAY…

“S

anctoo” means “private” or “sacred”, and once you arrive at The Sanctoo

Villa you can easily see how this property lives up to its name. Tucked away in the Singapadu Village to the south of Ubud, only a one-hour

The spacious bedroom (top). A private pool is available at every villa.

drive away from the Ngurah Rai International Airport, The Sanctoo of lush greenery, surrounded by the

the staff – such hospitality made us

which allowed us to enjoy the

Wo River gorge where the sound of

feel at home instantly. As we waited

tranquil view of the greenery outside

water flowing adds a magical touch

for our check in, the staff pampered

even from the bed. Our arrival felt

to the place. This property is also

us with a refreshing cold towel and a

even more special as we found a

nestled right next to the Bali Zoo, one

welcome drink before they escorted

gift from the villa waiting on our

of the island’s top parks, making The

us to our villa.

bed– a sarong to be specific, while

Sanctoo Villa more than perfect for a family getaway this holiday season.

There are 12 villas in total with

the villa’s bags and sandals made

two different types; the River View

of pandanous leaves make perfect

and the Garden View – we spent

souvenirs to take home.

INDONESIAN DESIGNS

our night at the latter. Sitting on a

It was 2 p.m. when our team arrived

300 square meter plot of land, the

in the bedroom we couldn’t resist

at the villa. As soon as we stepped

Garden View Villa is spacious with a

the urge to open the big glass door

out of The Sanctoo Villa’s transport

high ceiling and designed with floor-

and check out the villa’s private

service we were greeted by name by

to-ceiling glass doors and windows,

garden. Just like the rest of the

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As much as we wanted to relax

PHOTOS COURTESY OF THE SANCTOO VILLA

Villa offers tranquility in the middle


villas, our Garden View Villa was complete with a private swimming pool, a gazebo, a sundeck, and sun lounges. The garden is also spacious – we couldn’t stop imagining having a fun family gathering there as we dipped in the pool. But the surprises don’t stop there. Living up to its motto of “Embracing Nature, Experiencing Culture,” The But for those who are looking for

Sanctoo Villa has a unique design

massage is a must-try with on-point

that boasts its Indonesian heritage.

pressure techniques to overcome

a different dining experience, joining

The 12 villas are divided into three

sore muscles and reduce stress.

the Bali Zoo’s Night at the Zoo is

Right next to The Sanctoo

an experience to treasure. Using an

philosophy and unique designs

Wellness & Spa is The Sanctoo

electric cart, guests are transferred

of the three different islands in

Villa’s dining venue that includes

to and from the Bali Zoo where a

Indonesia – Celebes (Sulawesi),

a bar and a terrace lounge

number of animals are waiting.

Borneo and Bali.

overlooking the greenery. Offering

Before the dinner commences, guests

a private setting, this dining venue

can meet and take photos with a

MEET THE ANIMALS

is perfect to just relax while relishing

number of friendly animals, each

The Sanctoo Villa is completed by

their delicious Balinese and Western

one accompanied by a guard. After

The Sanctoo Wellness & Spa, a spa

dishes, all created using fresh

that, together with the other visitors,

sanctuary that is surrounded by a

ingredients. Not only that, the food

guests will be taken on a tour

tropical rainforest with a waterfall,

is designed to meet the guests’

around the park to see the animals’

the sound of which is soothing and

wellness goals – with healthy drinks

activities at night. Then it’s back to

will help you reach a relaxing state

and dishes including organic raw

the dining area where a three-course

of mind. A little tip…their Balinese

food.

set menu dinner is served under the

clusters, each one embracing the

night sky and with a live fire dance performance for entertainment. A spacious villa with a private swimming pool, a spa sanctuary, a food haven and a zoo right next door – The Sanctoo Villa for sure is a complete package for a family getaway. „ By Risty Nurraisa The Sanctoo Villa Jalan Raya Singapadu, Gianyar The Sanctoo Wellness & Spa (top). Dine with a view at The Sanctoo’s dining venue (left and above).

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(0361) 4711-222 www.thesanctoovilla.com


FOTOFOLIO

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LITTLELOVES

Fly, Little Wings! A CONSERVATION PROJECT PROTECTING BALI STARLINGS, THE MASCOT OF THE ISLAND OF GODS, AND OTHER INDIGENOUS INDONESIAN BIRDS… is an official breeding facility in Bali Barat’s National Park as poachers keep on stealing these birds both in the wild and from the center. But those who care will never give up preserving this bird species, especially because the Bali Starling is the mascot of Bali – and so its existence is important to this island. Founded in 1999 by Bradley and Debbie Gardner, the Begawan Foundation is striving to help the government to protect these endangered birds through its first initiative, the Bali Starling Conservation Project.

LITTLE BIRD’S NESTS The Begawan Foundation has a

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breeding sanctuary called the Sibang hite

against them, as they became

Breeding and Release Center, nestled

feathers

one of the most-wanted birds in

within the Green School complex

so pure

the world. Poachers become their

in the Sibangkaja Village. This is

with black

biggest enemies just as much as the

where the Bali Starlings are taken

tips on its

deforestation that takes away their

care of by the staff who prepare their

wings and tail, and blue skin around

natural habitat. In the late 1970s to

food, clean their cages, feed the

its eyes – Bali Starlings have such

early 1980s, the population of Bali

youngsters and monitor their health

beautiful characteristics. Also known

Starlings was estimated to be less

and numbers at all times, even when

as Bali Mynah, Jalak Bali and

than 200, and by 2002 the number

these birds are already flying free in

Leucopsar Rothschildi, Bali Starlings

decreased to only 16 in the wild.

the nearby forest.

are also gentle and have a trusting

The threat to Bali Starlings is

nature that eventually worked

real, despite the fact that there

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The foundation started by having only two pairs of Bali Starlings


in 1999, purchased from a

this area are also monitored by the

knowledgeable breeder near London

volunteers at the foundation and the

YOUNG AMBASSADORS

in England. Ever since being first

students of the Green School.”

The foundation realizes that the

acknowledged by Erwin Stresemann

Today the Sibang Breeding and

young generation is the best asset

in 1912, Bali Starlings went popular

Release Center is home to more

available in preserving these

worldwide and were exported to

or less 60 Bali Starlings as well

endangered birds. To gain more

Europe and USA in 1960s. As

as a number of other indigenous

awareness, the Sibang Breeding

soon as the Begawan Foundation

Indonesian birds such as the

and Release Center is open for guest

brought these pairs of birds back

Rangkong Julang Emas (Rhyticeros

visits, especially children visitors,

to their homeland, the foundation

Plicatus) from Papua, Mitchell’s

to create young ambassadors.

adopted a professional approach to

Lorikeets, and Forsten’s Lorikeets.

Last April for instance, a total of

breeding and conserving this species.

The foundation also takes care of

150 students from the Yayasan

In November 2005, the population

a number of parrots like an African

Pendidikan Jayawijaya (YPJ)

of Bali Starlings reached 97 birds,

Grey named Tatty and a pair of

National School in Papua visited

and all of them were transferred to a

Eclectus Parrots.

the breeding center in a series of

sanctuary in Nusa Penida where

eight field trips. On April 27, the

they were meant to fly free.

Begawan Foundation welcomed the last 18 fifth grade students from YPJ.

However, according to Amy Dunstone, one of the volunteers at

It was 9 a.m. in the morning when

the Sibang Breeding and Release

the students arrived at the center. The

Center, Nusa Penida is not as

study tour started with them watching

friendly as it used to be for these

a video titled “The Bali Starling: The

little fellows. “When we released

Icon” that consists of the Begawan

them there we kind of expected that not all of them would survive as some might be preyed upon by cats or snakes,” Amy explained to our team during our visit to the foundation. “But the real problem is that their number keeps on decreasing due to poachers.” Since Nusa Penida is not safe anymore, the Begawan Foundation decided to move all the birds and their enclosures to central Bali in 2010, adjacent to the Green School. “The government and local people here care about these birds so they know how important it is to keep these birds alive in the wild,” Amy continued. “The Bali Starlings in

Students meet the Bali Starlings and other birds up close.

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“When I asked if any of them have pet birds back at home, their answers pleased me,” said Mehd. “They said they used to have birds, some mentioned a few parrot species and one even said they had a Cassowary! But now they don’t anymore because they know wild birds are not to be kept in cages.” Mehd continued, “Their answers made me wonder how could the law in Papua be so strict but not in other parts of Indonesia? Especially Foundation’s vision and missions

papayas, bananas, peas, sprouts

knowing that most of the parrot

and an introduction to the sanctuary,

and carrots in small portions and put

species kept in Java and Bali are

aiming to increase the children’s

them in a bowl, mixed with insects

originally from Papua.” We sure

awareness about protecting this

like crickets and worms for protein.

hope that these students become

endangered species. The students

Of course some of the children

young ambassadors for preserving

were then divided into small groups

were disgusted by the insects, but

endangered species not just in

to join in the following four activities,

the foundation has provided gloves

Papua but also in all Indonesia and

escorted by a volunteer.

so they can mix all the ingredients

the rest of the world. „

safely. Once the food was ready the

By Risty Nurraisa

volunteers, the students toured the

children were led to a large enclosure

sanctuary to meet the Bali Starlings

where the birds were socializing, to

up close. They learned how to

feed them and watch them eat.

change the water for the birds to

Afterwards, the students learned

bathe in and the importance of clean

to identify different bird species

water for the environment. They

by examining the feathers under a

were taught to identify the difference

microscope in the laboratory with

between the male and female birds

Deva, the foundation’s veterinarian.

just by looking at the crests – the

Finally the students were taken on a

males have a longer crest to attract

tour around the Green School with

the females. During this tour they

Mehd Halaouate, the manager of

also got to meet Tatty the African

the Sibang Breeding and Release

Grey, the Rangkong Julang Emas,

Center, and shown the Bali Starlings

the lorikeets and the parrots.

that were flying freely in the wild.

On the second activity Ngurah,

Based on Mehd’s discussion

one of the bird keepers, accompanied

with the students at the end of the

the students and showed them how to

study tour, these students became

prepare the food for the birds. In the

aware that birds, especially parrots,

kitchen, the students helped prepare

shouldn’t be kept as pets anymore.

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A tour of the Sibang Breeding and Release Center is available at US$15/adult and US$12/ student, and all of the income is donated to the Begawan Foundation. Begawan Foundation Banjar Pengaji No. 14, Desa Melinggih Kelod, Payangan, Gianyar (0361) 900-1323 www.begawanfoundation.org Sibang Breeding and Release Center Begawan Foundation, Green School Complex Banjar Saren, Desa Sibangkaja, Abiansemal, Badung info@begawanfoundation.org

PHOTOS BY RISTY NURRAISA

Guided by Amy and Andres, also


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ACTION&ATTRACTION

view along the route is wonderful for your eyes. Not to mention that the road is not that challenging, so both professionals and first-timers can really enjoy the ride. At 9 a.m. sharp our team started off on our biking tour with Khasim, the guide from BAT. Plantations surrounded the starting point and it was crowded with local kids, so I could tell already that this ride would be filled with a lot of local engagement. “This is the Bayung Gede Village, one of the

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oldest villages in Bali,” said Khasim

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village on our route. “In this village,

A

after we peddled for a couple of minutes and then arrived at the first matchmaking is still done. The locals also hold the unique tradition of burying the placenta inside a

re you in the mood

arranged by eOasia one beautiful

coconut shell and keeping extended

for a full-day outdoor

Thursday. Follow along and see

families in one compound.”

activity? Then eOasia

what we did…

is the one you

We then continued the ride, passing by vegetable, orange and

THE CYCLIST DIARY

coffee plantations. The view was

an online travel activities booking

The cycling tour is the best way to

one to treasure until a wasteland

platform, eOasia is ready to help

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where coconut shells were scattered

should contact. As

you arrange a tour with any number of notable adventure operators that they collaborate with, who will take you from the mountains to the rivers and in between. One of the operators is Bali Adventure Tours (BAT), the pioneer of white water rafting in Bali, which provides a cycling and trekking tour through the Kintamani and Ubud villages as well as an elephant ride at the Elephant Safari Park & Lodge and rafting in The cyling tour ends at The Elephant Safari Park & Lodge.

the Ayung River. Interested? Our team booked an adventure at BAT

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around caught my eyes. “It’s not a waste land, it’s actually a placenta cemetery,” Khasim explained. “The villagers bury their children’s placenta inside a coconut shell and throw it onto this land. They believe that it will make their kids stay in this village forever.” This tradition explains the matchmaking culture in this village, where a woman should marry a man from the same village. If they break the rule and choose to marry a man outside of the village, the groom-to-be should give two cows as a dowry – a tradition I did not expect to discover within only a few kilometers of my cycling adventure. Moving on, we passed through Bayung Gede Village and soon entered Abuan Village, where big yet friendly spiders built their webs between the roofs and the trees. Despite their size, these spiders are easy to catch as they are not

Walking down the stairs to the starting point.

poisonous. But they were not the only ones who get the spotlight, because Khasim then took us to

of the compound where some family

passed by. In this village is nestled

one of the Balinese compounds to

members were creating wooden

a famous Hindu temple called Pura

show us how Balinese families live

crafts to be sold in Ubud. “They

Gunung Raung, which was built

together peacefully.

work together, eat together, help

by an Indian priest in the 1300s.

The compound we visited had a

each other, and live together. No

Every year this temple is visited by

small door with a Balinese carving

one’s left out,” said Khasim while

Hindus from across Bali and Java

and a bale danging in the center, a

walking us out of the compound to

to celebrate its anniversary. We

quintessential marker of a Balinese

get back to our bikes.

took some time to admire the temple

house. A bale danging is a pavilion

He rode ahead and we followed

while taking a rest before Khasim

where all the traditional ceremonies

him down the main road until we

took us on towards our finish line –

take place, and is surrounded

entered Taro Village. Schoolkids

the Elephant Safari Park & Lodge.

by four little houses, where each

were playing football and traditional

member of the nuclear family lives.

games during their break time, and

the Elephant Safari Park & Lodge

Khasim then took us to the backyard

some of them waved at us as we

is a sanctuary for elephants. After

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Located not far from the temple,


cycling down the elephant’s path in the park, we finally reached our destination where we parked our bikes and were welcomed with cold towels. Khasim then led us to the pick-up point for the elephant ride, where Arum the elephant and her mahout were already waiting to take us around the park on our approximately 20-minute ride.

White water rafting in the Ayung River.

After two hours of cycling, nothing felt more relaxing than riding an elephant around the green

hub, a 30-minute drive from the

found some hidden gems, like the

complex of the Elephant Safari

Elephant Safari Park & Lodge. The

waterfalls, stream terraces, and

Park & Lodge, where more than 20

white water rafting hub has complete

even a rainbow reflected in the

elephants live. But no, our adventure

safety gear for its guests, such as

water. Halfway down, we also

did not stop there as the river was

life jackets and helmets, and all are

spotted a Ramayana story carved

calling us.

displayed just like in a clothing store.

on a 200-meter long stretch of rocks

Guests are free to choose the size

on the left side of the river, which

that fits them best.

became such a mesmerizing art

It was 2 p.m. when the BAT team

“Signed and sealed, now we

took us to the white water rafting

are ready to warm up,” said the

display. Personally, I think the rafting

instructor after we signed the waiver.

experience felt more like a

He then took us down about 700

Pocahontas story than an adrenaline

stairs to the start of our rafting

rush – yes, we had to avoid the

adventure – the stairs are many

rocks to keep the raft moving but at

but the journey down feels like

the same time we were pleased by

therapy with the sound of the river,

the beautiful rainforest surrounding

the chirping of the birds and the

the Ayung River. It was a sweet

view of all the greenery. Down at

ending to a full day of adventure.

the riverside the rafts were already

By Suhartina Sindukusumo „

waiting for us in the calm water.

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However, the instructor reminded us not to underestimate the power of

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the water as the rocks can make the river flow with heavy currents – and that could make us fall out. We jumped in our rafts and joined the other guests, and instantly made ourselves a part of the team. We paddled down the river and

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The Nataraja sailing in the ocean.

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DAYS IN TOGEAN ISLANDS

HOP ON THE NATARAJA AND DISCOVER AN UNTOUCHED PARADISE IN CENTRAL SULAWESI…

I

t is no secret that sailing boats have always fascinated me. Their unparalleled elegance as they gracefully navigate in the open sea and silently penetrate the most secluded bays always remind me of stories

of adventurous sailors, mesmerizing landscapes, and unforgettable encounters with legendary creatures and fierce pirates. In this era of mass tourism where everything goes in fast-motion and thousands of airplanes bring people around the world in a matter of a few hours, sailing in a traditional boat is a tribute to the greatness of nature and a humble and respectful way to explore our planet. It was with this spirit that my friends and I boarded the Nataraja, excited to discover the Togean Islands in Central Sulawesi on an ancient yet so fresh mode of transportation with unique power that connect its passengers to the surrounding environment. As Ann Davison, the first woman to sail solo across the Atlantic Ocean, once said, “A tourist remains an outsider throughout his visit but a sailor is a part of the local scene from the moment he arrives.”

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were the only human presence in

swim and play with this resplendent

Our adventure started in Malenge,

the horizon and the water was so

marine life…just us under the starry

where the Nataraja and the Lambo,

transparent I could see the fish from

night.

the two traditional wooden sailing

above as if I was on the surface of

boats that would be our moving

an enormous aquarium. I had the

DAY 4

home for the following seven days,

impression that I was in the middle

It was time to cross between the two

were waiting, ready to set sail to

of nowhere but at the same time I felt

islands. We silently moved through

possibly the most unspoiled paradise

that the boats were surrounded by a

a channel bordered by mangrove

in Indonesia. These spacious

powerful and peculiar energy.

forests, admiring the roots sticking out of the salty water and enjoying

vessels were built in Sulawesi using traditional boat-building techniques,

DAY 3

the peaceful ride. We stopped to

and standing in the harbor as proud

The boats kept sailing southeast until

visit a local village where rows of

and beautiful wooden masterpieces

they arrived at a site known for its

wooden houses built on stilts and a

they were a pleasure to look at and,

limestone formations, similar to the

diverse fish market welcomed us. Just

as I soon discovered, are the most

huge sugar loaf mountains I had

to end this day even more perfectly,

comfortable means of transport I

admired in Raja Ampat in Papua.

we bought fresh lobsters to cook on

could have ever have dreamt of. We

We spent the day swimming and

the boat.

left in the early afternoon, blessed by

snorkeling around these giant coral

the company of a pod of dolphins,

gardens, and then headed back onto

who followed the boats for a while

the deck at the end of the afternoon

It was day five already, yet the

until we got further out into the

for a well-deserved snack. As the

diversity of the natural landscape

open sea.

sun set and the sky turned dark

of the Togean Islands was still

the color of the sea changed and

surprising me. We sailed north

started to flicker more and more, full

to reach a dive site where the

The following morning I got out of

of fluorescent plankton rising to the

wreckage of a WWII plane was

my cabin and admired the view

surface to drift with the currents. In

waiting to be explored. The boats

from the large deck. Our two boats

awe we jumped into the water to

stopped at some postcard-like

DAY 2

A private atol with a white sand beach, surrounded by clear water.

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DAY 5 PHOTOS BY PIRATE’S BAY CRUISING

DAY 1


beaches with white sand and pristine waters shaded by rows of coconut trees. After an interesting dive inside and around the plane wreck full of marine life, we got back on the boat just to get off again. We went down to the beach and started walking on a dirt path that brought us to a big salty lake, home to hundreds of jellyfish! Laughing, our guide confirmed that these were harmless jellyfish and that we could touch them. Needless to say, we spent

Silently navigating in the Togean Islands. Lobsters for dinner (below left) and harmless jellyfish (below right)

the following hour playing like kids in this warm lake – the water was 35°C!

DAY 6 The volcanic beaches of the UnaUna volcano were one of the last destinations on our trip. The landscape was again completely different to anything we had experienced so far. Lush jungles teeming with wildlife, beaches of black sand and amazing underwater life. We set off, ready for the long

crossing and last part of the journey

hundreds of islands than in a sail

when a blue marlin crossed our

boat. In just seven days at a rhythm

path. I felt privileged – the dolphins

that allowed us to enjoy every

had welcomed our arrival and the

moment without being rushed, we

blue marlin blessed our departure

could see places incredibly different

from this haven of natural wonders.

from one another, all sharing an amazing natural beauty that is

DAY 7

unfortunately so rare to experience

As we slowly made our way back

nowadays. All this in a state of

I laid down on the comfortable

disconnection from the 3G internet

deck, enjoying the last glimpses

world, in a real connection with

of this magnificent and untouched

nature and with ones self. Not as a

environment and felt as though I

tourist, but as an integral part of the

was in a timeless and limitless era.

beauty of nature. „

I believe there is no better way to explore this archipelago made of

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By Margeye (www.margeye.com)


CAPITALCORNER

OLD BATAVIA REVEALING HISTORICAL BUILDINGS IN THE OLD AREA OF JAKARTA…

A

s the capital city of

since they took a tour around the

trading port called Sunda Kelapa,

Indonesia, Jakarta is

old town. But a lot has changed in

a coastal outpost for the inland

a melting pot where

the last few years, making these

kingdom of Pajajaran. The city was

business, trade,

historical places worth another visit.

one of the key ports for the spice

politics, culture and

That’s why I’m inviting you to join

trade, and was later conquered by

other key aspects that influence

me on a tour around Old Batavia.

the joint Islamic forces of Banten and

Indonesia all congregate. The city

But before our journey starts, let me

Demak, led by Fatahillah. Sunda

never sleeps and its people are

tell you a little secret – it is best to

Kelapa was renamed Jayakarta

sometimes too busy living their lives

see Old Batavia on the weekends or

afterwards, which means “The City

to reminisce about the city’s history.

during a public holiday on foot or by

of Victory.”

But Jakarta is so much more than

bicycle. I prefer the latter.

just office buildings and shopping

But the victory did not last that long. Jayakarta was ruled by the

malls. The historical sites are a must-

FATAHILLAH SQUARE

Portuguese, then by the Dutch at

see, as they will take you back to

Our tour starts at Fatahillah Square,

the end of the 16th century. The

the roots of the city. Maybe only a

which is located in northern side of

Dutch built a walled city and called

handful of people have ever spent

Jakarta and was called Batavia City

it “Batavia” in honor of the early

much time visiting these sites, and

Square in colonial times. Around

German tribes who settled in Holland.

maybe it has been a long time

500 years ago Jakarta was a tiny

Only a handful of people were

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building was bought by the Batavia Society of Arts and Sciences. The garden within the museum complex is actually the funeral site of General This photo: Fatahillah Square. The Martime Museum (top right) and one of the old buildings on Jalan Kali Besar Barat (right).

Governor Jan Pieterszoon Coen, the so-called founder of Batavia who died of cholera during the second siege by the Mataram Kingdom. Now if you need a break and want to chill out before continueing

allowed to stay in the city at that time.

the tour, you can stop and relax

The original site of the walled

at Cafe Batavia, another beautiful

city was centered in the present-

building built 200 years ago that

day Fatahillah Square. The largest

old building has just recently been

serves delicious dishes – after all, the

building in that area is Museum

restored and revamped, making it

old and preserved buildings are not

Fatahillah, also called the Jakarta

even more beautiful, so don’t forget

always the museums!

History Museum. This building

to bring your camera and snap some

was originally the Stadhuis or

pictures!

Municipal Hall of Batavia that was

EASTERN EUROPE

Moving on to the eastern side of

Next, let’s head to Jalan Kali Besar

built in 1707 and served as the

the square is the Wayang Museum,

Barat. Crossing the Krukut River

administrative headquarters for the

dedicated to the Javanese shadow

you will notice a row of magnificent

Dutch East India Company, and later

puppets. This building is nestled

buildings. The star in this area

for the Dutch Colonial Government

on a piece of land where a church

is the Toko Merah (Red Store), a

who ruled the entire archipelago.

built in 1640 used to stand. In

well-preserved red-colored two-story

1808 the church was destroyed

building that is pretty hard to miss.

However, not many people

Toko Merah is one of the oldest

realize that this three-story building

by an earthquake and then a new

is a smaller replica of The Royal

building was constructed to serve

buildings in Jakarta, and in the past

Palace in Amsterdam. This 300-year-

as a warehouse. A century later the

it once served as the oldest naval

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academy in Asia, a residence for

development of Batavia. On the

several governors and generals, a

both sides of the Krukut River, old

bank, and more. But it was not until

buildings are lined up in a north

Oey Liauw Kong purchased the

and south direction. And the local

building that the walls were painted

government has been striving to

red. Toko Merah has also undergone

preserve this area including cleaning

some renovations, which is why the

up the river, and the effort is very

paint and bricks look brand new –

much appreciated as the results are

architecture enthusiasts will love it!

beyond expectation. When captured

Don’t forget to pay attention to the

from above, this area looks like a

enclosed structure as it indicates the

city in Eastern Europe!

earliest period of Dutch architecture. Jalan Kali Besar Barat is the

SPICE TRACE

oldest part of Jayakarta after the

Now follow Jalan Kali Besar Barat

Dutch included this area in the early

to the north where the Krukut River

flows into the sea. As you walk along, just enjoy the scenery in Old Batavia – after all, you are in the the road for a couple of hundred meters until you find the VOC Shipyard on your left at the end of the road. This is also where the Krukut River and other canals meet. At this point you will see that Old Batavia is surrounded by canals, just like in Amsterdam. From here, cross to Pakin Street where the historical harbormaster tower stands and then move on to Pasar One of the remaining canals built by the VOC.

Ikan Street to visit Museum Bahari (the Maritime Museum), a large

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PHOTO BY FADIL AZIZ (WWW.ALCIBBUMPHOTOGRAPHY.COM)

heart of Jakarta’s birthplace. Follow


The Sunda Kelapa Harbor with Phinisi boats docked.

building enclosed by a thick white

goods from all over the archipelago

displayed. Not to be mistaken,

wall. The museum is quite spacious

were gathered before being shipped

you won’t find any spices inside

but a little bit concealed, and is

to various ports in Asia and Europe.

the museum but in the neighboring

surrounded by shops, houses, and

This museum complex consists

market you certainly will.

the daily activities in the area, which

of several buildings with red roofs

The most interesting part of the

somehow takes the spotlight away

and large windows. All are newly

museum is the walls, which was the

from the museum.

painted and restored, and for that

original walls that enclosed Batavia

I appreciate the local government’s

in the 17th century. If you’re still up

warehouse for spices, where it used

effort in making this complex look

for a tour, continue on to Sunda

to store nutmeg and cloves and later

charming again. Museum Bahari

Kelapa Harbor, only a couple of

coffee, tea and other commodities.

displays models of Dutch East Indian

hundred meters away, or you can

As you may already know, the

ships and other vessels found in

go back to Fatahillah Square. Based

main reason the Dutch and other

the archipelago. The museum also

on my experience, exploring Old

Europeans came to Indonesia

exhibits some of the world’s famous

Batavia requires more than just one

was for the spices and wanting to

navigator figures like Vasco da

visit, as there are still a lot of places

monopolize the spice trade. Museum

Gama, Ibnu Batutah, Marco Polo and

left to explore. „

Bahari was where the spices and

James Cook with short descriptions

By Fadil Aziz

Museum Bahari was originally a

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DISCONNECT TO RECONNECT As you may already know, non-stop use of digital devices negatively impacts our health, from causing sleep deprivation to feeling unsatisfied with our lives. If you’re experiencing any of these, joining the “Digital Detox Retreat” at the Alila Villas Soori is what you need. From June 17 to 19, the Alila Villa Soori is inviting you to disconnect from your gadgets and reconnect with yourself. Conducted by Lyndall Mitchell, a Life Coach and the founder of the Aurora Spa, this retreat is also filled with master classes that will help you simplify your life, create effective boundaries for a sustainable digital relationship and encourage you to move forward and use technology as a tool to make the best version of yourself. The two-day and three-night program is available at US$ 1,380++/person and US$ 1,915++/couple, and includes a one-bedroom pool villa, beach walk and yoga, a spa treatment, and meditation as well as a detox breakfast, daily healthy lunch and a welcome dinner. Alila Villas Soori Banjar Dukuh, Desa Kelating, Kerambitan, Tabanan (0361) 894-6388 www.alilahotels.com/soori

The fact that the Indonesian visual arts are very much influenced by Western techniques results in the true identity of Indonesian artists sometimes being questioned. What does it mean to be an Indonesian artist exactly? To answer this question, Bloo Art Space is hosting the Wall of Indonesia (WOI), a progressive art exhibition displaying creations from 18 Indonesian artists curated by Cata Odata. Agustian, Budi Agung Kuswara, DP Arsa and Made Bayak are only a few of the participants. Their artworks are displayed on Bloo Art Space’s Living Wall, revealing the meaning of being an Indonesian artist – that Indonesian artists are a group of people willing to share, learn and work together in harmonious synergy. This exhibition is divided into a series of events – the first and second was hosted in May while the third and fourth will be held on June 4 and June 9 respectively. The final and closing will be held on July 2 at 4 p.m., where there will also be a discussion about how the true identity of Indonesia is not fading away on canvas even though the artists are adopting foreign techniques. Bloo Art Space Bloo Lagoon Village, Jalan Silayukti, Padangbai, Bali www.bloolagoon.com

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BALI IN STYLE Last April, Bali Mode returned for its second year running, this time fully supported by Lippo Mall Kuta where the fashion show took place. Aiming to promote Bali through fashion, Bali Mode 2016 displayed creations from young designers under UNYX – a group of Angelica Wu Fashion Design Course alumni. Bali Mode 2016 also invited young designer from Jakarta Rangga Smash and Balinese designer Sita Wedastiti as well as Sunaka Jewelry, Wastu Kebaya, Whote Gown Bridal, and more. www.lippomalls.com

LEMBONGAN RETREAT Celebrating the opening of the first tented resort in Lembongan called The Retreat, Escape Nomade together with The Rocks Lembongan, Anzara Resorts and Peppers Seminyak hosted a degustation dinner. Held at Peppers Seminyak, the dinner indulged guests with delicious food courtesy of Jonay Armas. A cocktail reception and a preview of Escape Nomade Retail Tent welcomed guests prior to the dinner. www.escapenomade.com

HOUSE OF LIGHT Located on Jalan Gatot Subroto Barat No. 327 in Ubung, Denpasar, the newly open Philips Home Lighting Store offers a one-stop shopping experience where customers can find innovative lighting solutions to make their home and office cozier. More than 300 lighting products are offered including the Philips’ Heritage line, lighting decorations made of glass, metal and wood in various classic shapes, inspired by the world’s culture and traditions. The Philips Home Lighting Store also provides experts with whom customers can consult regarding the best lighting installation for their space. www.facebook.com/PhilipsLightingIndonesia

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THE BEST MIX Held at De Basilico Kitchen and Bar, The One Legian hosted its first ever mixology competition where local bartenders faced off for a series of challenges to create the most innovative cocktails. Judged by the bar manager of Stadium Café Kuta Samuel Morabito, Deputy 2 of Association Bartender Indonesia Ngurah Udayana and head mixologist of Woobar at W Retreat & Spa Bali - Seminyak Gusti Ari Naryana, it was Kenny Soetomo from Bar Academy who was announced the winner of the competition. Congratulations! www.theonelegian.com


WOMEN’S POWER Commemorating the birth of RA Kartini, one of Indonesia’s heroes who fought for women’s rights, The Trans Resort Bali together with Flash Charity hosted a charity luncheon at the resort’s grand ballroom. Attended by more than 200 guests, this event successfully collected funds to support Yayasan Rama Sesana, whose focus is to help local communities affected by the massive fire at Pasar Badung, a traditional market. The luncheon was also livened up by a fashion show featuring Uluwatu Handmade Balinese Lace, Danar Hadi, Ni Luh Djelantik, and more. www.thetranshotel.com

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY! The night was young as S.K.A.I Beach Club celebrated its first anniversary in collaboration with The Mad Hueys, Cybergroove Entertainment and Bali Clubbing with an event titled “The Captain Cooked Party” which had the guests dancing until dawn to music by DJ Koyuki, DJ Yoga Yin and DJ Yuki Yamaguchi. Happy anniversary! www.skaibeachclub. com

WINE AND TAPAS It was a night to remember as Velada Tapas Bar & Kitchen at The Westin Resort Nusa Dua, Bali hosted the exclusive Freixenet Wine & Cava Tasting on April 29. Five different wines and cava treated the guests including Cordon Negro Brut, Carta Nevada Medium Dry and Elyssia Pinot Noir – all perfectly matched with the restaurant’s all-you-can-eat tapas dishes. This event welcomed more than 60 guests, and among the attendees was Jaime Fabregat, the brand ambassador for the Freixenet Group. www.westinnusaduabali.com

ROAD TO SUCCESS Located at the Inna Grand Bali Beach Hotel Sanur, the Indonesian Hotel General Manager Association (IHGMA) hosted its first ever seminar that was attended by more than 350 participants as well as a number of experts as spokespersons. Titled “20 Million Visitors? Empowering Culture, Sustaining Tourism for Powerful Business Strategy”, this seminar was aimed at supporting President Jokowi and the Ministry of Tourism’s plan to attract 20 million international visitors to Indonesia within five years. BALI&BEYOND JUNE 2016

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INFOINDEX

AIRLINES

Tel: (0361) 286-465, Fax: (0361) 286-408 E-mail: bali@honorary.mzv.cz

Renon, Denpasar Fax: (0361) 263-310 E-mail: rtc_bali@thaimail.com

■ AIRPORT OPERATOR Tel: (0361) 751-011

■ FRANCE

■ CATHAY PACIFIC AIRWAYS

Jl. Mertasari Gg. II No. 8, Sanur Tel: (0361) 285-485, Fax: (0361) 286-406 E-mail: consul@dps.centrin.net.id

■ TIMOR LESTE Jl. Prof. Yamin No. 4, Renon, Denpsar Tel: (0361) 235-093, Fax: (0361) 235-092 E-mail: cgtl@dpsbali.com

■ GERMANY

■ UNITED STATES

Tel: (0361) 768-358, Fax: (0361) 768-369

Jl. Pantai Karang 17, Batujimbar, Sanur Tel: (0361) 288-535, Fax: (0361) 288-826 Email: germanconsul@bali-ntb.com

Jl. Hayam Wuruk 188, Denpasar Tel: (0361) 233-605, Fax: (0361) 222-426 E-mail: amcobali@indosat.net.id

■ ROYAL BRUNEI

■ HUNGARY

Tel: (0361) 757-292

■ SINGAPORE AIRLINES

Marintur, Jl. By Pass Ngurah Rai 219, Sanur. Tel: (0361) 287-701, Fax: (0361) 287-456 Email: huconbali@telkom.net

Jl. I Gusti Ngurah Rai, Airport Tel: (0361) 936-8388, Fax: (0361) 936-8383

■ INDIA

■ GARUDA Jl. Jalan Sugianyar, 5 Denpasar

Jl. Raya Puputan 163, Renon - Denpasar Tel. (0361) 259-502/259-503 Fax.(0361) 259-505

Wisthi Sabha Building, 2nd Floor Ngurah Rai International Aiprort Call Centre: 0804-1-888888

■ CONTINENTAL MICRONESIA

Tel. (0361) 227-824, Fax: (0361) 226-298 24-hour access: 08071-807-807

■ MERPATI Jl. Gatot Subroto Tengah, 26 Denpasar Tel: (0361) 411-364 Airport Tel: (0361) 9351-011, 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

HEALTH&MEDICAL

■ ITALY Lotus Enterprises Building Jl. Bypass Ngurah Rai, Jimbaran Tel: (0361) 701-005, Fax: (0361) 701-005 E-mail: italconsbali @italconsbali.org

■ JAPAN Jl. Raya Puputan 170, Denpasar Tel: (0361) 227-628, Fax: (0361) 265-066 E-mail: denpasar@dp.mofa.go.jp

■ MALAYSIA Alam Kulkul Boutique Resort Jl. Pantai Kuta Tel: (0361) 752-520, Fax: (0361) 766-373 E-mail: info@consulmalaysia-bali.com

■ 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. Departure International Terminal, 2nd fl. – Room OP.II.8 East Wing Ngurah Rai International Airport Tel: (0361) 9360274; Fax : (0361) 9360275 ■ DEPARTURE Arrive at the airport two hours prior to departure. A Rp. 150,000 international departure tax is required. Domestic departure fee is Rp 75,000. No Fiscal tax-exempt to pay for Indonesian and expatriates holding KITAS for International departure. Ngurah Rai Intíl Airport, Tel: (0361) 751-011

■ MEXICO PT Puri Astina Putra Building Jl. Prof. Moh. Yamin 1A, Renon, Denpasar Tel: (0361) 223-266, Fax: (0361) 244-568 E-mail: consulmex@astinatravel.com

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 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.

■ NETHERLANDS

■ ROYAL DANISH Sunset Road No. 89 Ruko Sunset Indah I Kav. 3 Tel: (0361) 821-6979, Fax: (0361) 7666-38 E-mail: danishconsbali@gmail.com

CLINIC&HOSPITAL 24-hour emergency medical clinic services, medical evacuation, multilingual staff. Jl. Bypass Ngurah Rai 505X, Kuta 80361 Tel: (0361) 710-505, Fax: (0361) 710-515

(ARMA) Ubud, Tel: (0361) 976-659, Fax: 974-229. Jl. Pengosekan, Ubud, open daily 8 am-6pm

■ ABIAN KAPAS Jl. Nusa Indah, East Denpasar Tel: (0361) 227-176

■ ANTONIO BLANCO Ubud , Tel: (0361) 975-502, 975-551 open daily 8 am-5 pm

■ ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM Pejeng, Tel: (0361) 942-352 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 ■ 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.

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

■ BIMC Hospital Kuta ■ POLAND

■ BRITAIN

■ SPAIN

■ BIMC Hospital Nusa Dua

Jl. Tirta Nadi 20, Sanur, Denpasar Tel: (0361) 270-601, Fax: (0361) 287-804 E-mail: bcbali@dps.centrin.net.id

Istana Kuta Galeria, Blok Vallet 2, No. 11 Jl. Patih Jelantik, Kuta Tel: (0361) 769-296, Fax: (0361) 769-296 E-mail: espana_bali@blueline.net.id

24h Accident and Emergency Centre, 24h Medical Centre, international standard hospital with fully equipped ambulances, emergency room, intensive care unit, operating theatres, radiology and pathology, ward rooms, international and multilingual team of medical experts, CosMedic Centre, Dialysis Centre, Dental Centre. Kawasan BTDC, Blok D, Nusa Dua 80363, Tel: (0361) 3000-911, Fax: (0361) 3001-150

NEW ZEALAND Jl. Tantular No. 32, Renon - Denpasar 80234 Tel: (0361) 241-118, Fax: (0361) 221-195 E-mail: bali.congen@dfat.gov.au www.bali.indonesia.embassy.gov.au

■ AGUNG RAI MUSEUM OF ART

■ INTERNATIONAL SOS CLINIC

Jl.Gunung Agung 93, Denpasar 80118 Tel: (0361) 426-171, Fax: (0361) 426-477 E-mail: konsulslowakbali@yahoo.com

■ AUSTRALIA, CANADA,

MUSEUMS

■ MUSEUM PURI LUKISAN

KCB Travel, Jl. Raya Kuta 127, Kuta Tel: (0361) 761-502, Fax: (0361) 752-777 E-mail: dutchconsulate@kcb-tours.com

24h Accident and Emergency Centre, 24h Medical Centre, international standard hospital with fully equipped ambulances, emergency room, intensive care unit, operating theatres, radiology and pathology, ward rooms, international and multilingual team of medical experts, CosMedic Centre for non-invasive and invasive cosmetic and aesthetic treatments. Jl. Bypass Ngurah Rai 100X, Kuta 80361 Tel: (0361) 761-263, Fax: (0361) 767-701

CONSULATES

■ RUMAH SAKIT UMUM PUSAT SANGLAH (General Hospital): Jl. Diponegoro, Sanglah, Denpasar. Tel: (0361) 227-911/15

Jl. Raya Petitenget No. 11, Block I/C, Banjar Umasari, Kerobokan Tel: (0361) 732-165, Fax: (0361) 732-165 E-mail: consul@balipolandconsulate.com

■ SLOVAKIA

TOURIST INFO. ■ 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

■ BRAZIL Jl. Raya Legian No. 186, Kuta Tel: (0361) 757-775, Fax: (0361) 751-005 E–mail: brazilconsul@bali.net

■ SWEDEN & FINLAND Segara Village Hotel, Jl. Segara Ayu Tel: (0361) 282-211, Fax: 282-211 E-mail: sweconsul@yahoo.com

■ CHILE Jl. Jl. Pengembak Gg 1 No. 3, Sanur, Denpasar Tel: (0361) 756-781, Fax: (0361) 756-783 E-mail: chilehonconsulate@bali-villa.com

■ CZECH REPUBLIC Jl. Pengembak 17 Sanur.

■ THAILAND Jl. Puputan Raya No. 81,

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■ 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

■ SILOAM HOSPITALS

■ SINGARAJA TOURIST INFORMATION OFFICE Jl. Veteran 23, Singaraja Tel: (0362) 251-41

24-hour emergency 779-911 Jl. Sunset Road No. 818, Kuta, Badung, Bali Tel: +62-361-779-900 E-mail: info.bali@siloamhospitals.com

■ UBUD TOURIST INFORMATION SERVICE Jl. Raya Ubud, Gianyar Tel: (0361) 96-285, 973-285; 8 am - 9 pm

■ SWITZERLAND & AUSTRIA Jl. Ganetri 9 D, Gatot Subroto Timur, Denpasar Tel: (0361) 264-149, Fax: (0361) 243-747 E-mail: bali@honrep.ch

AIRPORT Tel: (0361) 751-011

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