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FESTIVE SEASON ‘Om Swastiastu...’

It is quite hard to believe that we will soon say goodbye to 2016. However, let’s not get emotional with the fact that another year will soon pass, and let’s make the most of the remaining days to make sure that we paint wonderful memories of this year. And of course, Bali is never short of activities and tourist destinations to make your year-end holiday very remarkable.

COVER Photo Courtesy of Amandari

Looking for some tips and tricks on where to go, what to do and what to wear in Bali this month? Flip through ‘Lifestyle & Leisure’ where we have compiled some ideas for a fun December in Bali, from spending a beach day out to a night out on the town. Joining Mepantigan, the new martial art that is rich with Balinese wisdom, will also make your holiday in Bali a lot more fun as this activity takes place in a pool of mud. Find out all about it in ‘Action & Attraction’. As for culinary delights, the Cosmic Diner is still one of the best places for you to have a wonderful family lunch or dinner, as the restaurant has everything for everyone in the family, from burgers with a Wagyu beef patty for the meat lovers to selections of milkshakes for your little ones. Read ‘Dine & Delights’ to find out about more surprises at the Cosmic Diner. And during the Christmas holiday, the hotels and restaurants in Bali are offering special dining packages, from Christmas Eve dinners to Christmas brunches and lunches – check out our ‘Little Loves’ for more details. All in all, we wish you a happy year-end holiday in Bali, and… Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

‘Om Shanti Shanti Shanti Om…’ The Team

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is a Bali-based writer and photographer, coffee junkie, food addict and lover of the outdoors. He’ll write and shoot almost anything, from live concerts to water sports and everything in between.

received his MA in Journalism in the Philippines. He is passionate in education through photo stories and visual literacy. He is now a freelancer and is working on his new books and photo projects. Follow him on social media @taufanwijaya.

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

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PHOTOS & FUN FACTS

Witness a local celebration with Amandari

SIGHTS&SOUNDS

Snapshots and quotes picked up throughout October and November

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THE TIME TRAVELER INN

LIFESTYLE&LEISURE Tips and tricks for a fun December

REST&RELAXATION

Stay at the unique Luna2 Studiotel

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DINE&DELIGHTS THAT ‘50S DINER

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PROFILE&PORTRAIT THE BOOKWORM’S JOURNEY

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

Nila Tanzil establishes libraries in rural areas

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FROM PARIS WITH CARE Heavenly Spa by Westin collaborates with Maria Galland Paris

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

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6 8 BEYONDUPDATES News updates from the tourism industry and what’s new beyond Bali

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

72 SEE&SEEN Snapshots of events and happenings within the preceding month

74 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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78 INFOINDEX Useful directory of companies and island-based businesses

FIRST COLUMN PHOTO COURTESY OF COSMIC DINER, SECOND COLUMN PHOTO COURTESY OF LUNA2 STUDIOTEL, THIRD COLUMN PHOTO COURTESY OF THE MULIA, MULIA RESORT & VILLAS - NUSA DUA, BALI

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CHRISTMAS SPIRIT Where to celebrate Christmas in Bali

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Planning to dance your weekend away in Nusa Dua? Then you should head to the SKY Bar at The Mulia, Mulia Resort & Villas – Nusa Dua, Bali. Every Saturday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., SKY Bar hosts the “Upbeat Sky” that will entertain you with music by the island’s renowned DJs. Of course a party would be incomplete without some delicious drinks, so during “Upbeat Sky” you can choose one – or more – of their new signature cocktails that include Snake Fruit Martini, Sex on the Sky (S.O.S), BoRa-BoRa, GinRo, Bikini Mojito and Red-ocean. And don’t forget, Tapas packages are also on offer. With the view of the twilight sky and tranquil ocean, this is the place to be for a fun Saturday in Nusa Dua. SKY Bar The Mulia, Mulia Resort & Villas – Nusa Dua, Bali Jalan Raya Nusa Dua Selatan, Kawasan Sawangan, Nusa Dua (0361) 301-7777 www.themulia.com

LET IT SNOW Cuca is already known for its mind-blowing delicious desserts such as their After Eight with Balinese chocolate mousse and mint gelato and Bali Breakfast that combines sweet mango with whipped coconut. And now the restaurant is making another breakthrough by introducing its latest creation named Snow White. This sweet delight is a triple-tier frozen yoghurt cake that is made with a shortbread base. The most interesting element of all is the surprise hidden within the yoghurt shell – crack it open and discover the lush poached strawberries infused with mint inside. Are you drooling already? Come to Cuca, which is open every day from 12 p.m. to 12 a.m. Cuca Jalan Yoga Perkanthi, Jimbaran (0361) 708-066 www.cucaflavor.com

COCKTAIL TWIST If you’re looking for specially crafted cocktails in the Legian area, you have all the more reason to visit the AZUL Beach Club, the pioneer of Tiki Bar in Bali. This bar has launched selections of new refreshing Tiki Cocktails using locally sourced ingredients and premium alcohol. And with some Balinese infusion, the Tiki Cocktails at AZUL Beach Club have tropical flavors like no other. Try the Tiki Puka Puka that has a fruity and sweet flavor or the Nusa Cana Coconut Mojito that highlights Indonesian rum. You can find these new cocktails in their Tiki Room that is located on the second floor starting as early as 8 a.m. and going until late. Aside from its alcohol drinks, the AZUL Beach Club also offers delectable milkshakes with choices ranging from Candyland, to Salty Caramel and Cookies. AZUL Beach Club Jalan Padma No.2, Legian, (0361) 765-759, www.azulbali.com

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PRIMEPROMOTION

WELCOMING 2017

DRAG YOUR ANCHOR A harbour has been built inside the Lippo Mall Kuta and it offers a wide selection of cocktails and food! Yes, we are talking about The Harbour Cook & Brew. Presented by the Almajo Group, the group behind Kukusan Steamed Bun and Nu Lazer Sanur, The Harbour is ready to welcome everyone to mingle and enjoy their port-like ambiance. Designed to resemble a port, the Harbour does not only serve what’s on the menu, but it also allows guests to customize their food and beverages choices. For instance, guests can choose the toppings for their pizza, pasta, salad, or even grilled menu items. Apart from the food, The Harbour introduces their strong cocktails such as World Best Rum Cocktail and Jumbo Mojito. And until the end of the year, by spending Rp. 250,000/ person, one can get a passport and present it to the staff to get 10 percent discount on their ala carte menu! The Harbour Cook & Brew Lippo Mall Kuta, Level UG, Jalan Kartika Plaza, Kuta, (0361) 471-4632, www.facebook.com/theharbourbali

What are your plans for the New Year’s Eve? Why don’t you go to the Nusa Dua Beach Hotel & Spa and have a celebratory dinner with your loved ones. The Nusa Dua Beach Hotel & Spa has several restaurants, each offering different kinds of dining experiences yet they are all ready to make your New Year’s Eve memorable. If you opt for a set dinner, Raja’s Balinese Restaurant and Maguro Asian Bistro are offering a five-course dinner, each available at Rp. 750,000++/person, while the Tamarind

DINE IN BALI AGA A unique dining experience is waiting for you in East Bali, as Alila Manggis offers “Village Dining with the Bali Aga.” The culinary team of Alila Manggis has created a special dining experience that takes place in the house of Pak Gede, one of the villagers in the heart of Tenganan Village, an ancient area from the pre-Hindu era. Pak Gede is believed to be one of the descendants of the native Balinese that have occupied the island since before the Hindu-Javanese from the Majapahit kingdom arrived on the island. This dining experience will please your palate with homemade Balinese dishes, from soup to five family-style dishes and dessert. In addition, a private butler and Balinese music will accompany you. This culinary experience is even more special as you can admire Pak Gede’s artwork, such as woodcarvings and Sanskrit writing on palm leaves, special skills that he inherited from his ancestors. The “Village Dining with the Bali Aga” is available only for one couple or one family per day. Alila Manggis Desa Buitan, Manggis, Karangasem, (0363) 410-11 www.alilahotels.com/manggis

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Kitchen & Lounge presents a sevencourse dinner at Rp. 1,200,000++/ person. But if you want to enjoy a scrumptious buffet you can head to the Wedang Jahe Restaurant where your dinner (available at Rp. 1,500,000++/ person) will be accompanied by a live music performance. Dinner at each of the restaurants runs from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. – with a complimentary dinner cocktail at the lobby from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m – and children from six to 12 years old are half price. At 11 p.m., take your loved ones back to the lobby to join the New Year’s Eve countdown that will be merry with live performances and fireworks. Nusa Dua Beach Hotel & Spa BTDC Lot North 4, Nusa Dua (0361) 771-210 www.nusaduahotel.com


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NEW&NEWS

INDONESIAN CLAN Craving authentic Indonesian food? Look no more, as Kaum is now open at the Potato Head Beach Club Bali, and will please all palates that long for tasteful Indonesian food. In Indonesia, kaum means clan or tribe, so the name was chosen to represent the existence of the more than 600 ethnic groups in Indonesia. From that big number of tribes has been born numerous Indonesian dishes, and so Kaum is here to present traditional dishes from the west of Indonesia to the east. With ingredients that are sourced from different parts of Indonesia, including heirloom rice from the renowned Jatiluwih rice fields and Javanese long pepper, Kaum offers a well-crafted menu with dishes such as Sate Buntel, Batagor and Urutan Babi to be shared with family and friends at the communal table. They have also been working closely with remote tribal communities and local producers to bring the best quality food to Kaum customers. Kaum Potato Head Beach Club, Level 1 Jalan Petitenget No. 51 B, Seminyak, (0361) 300-7990 www.kaum.com

BEACHFRONT GETAWAY Under the remarkable Santika Indonesia Hotels and Resorts flag, another beachfront getaway is born in Kuta. The Anvaya Beach Resort – Bali is ready to welcome guests to their peaceful sanctuary. The design of the resort is very much inspired by Balinese culture and history – touches of Bali Aga (the origins of the Balinese) are found in the 160 Deluxe Rooms, Kunyit Restaurant and nine meeting rooms, while influences from the Hindu Dharma Bali era (after the Majapahit Kingdom invaded the island) decorates the 302 Premiere Rooms, eight Deluxe Suites and six Premiere Suites. The hotel also includes touches of the modern world by putting contemporary Bali artwork in their 10 villas, The Sands restaurant and their Wine Cellar. The Anvaya Beach Resort – Bali Jalan Kartika Plaza, Kuta (0361) 759-991 www.theanvayabali.com

Formerly known as the Alila Villas Soori for the past six years, Soori Bali is now standing on its own. Still nestled in Tabanan and still housing the same resort that was designed by well-known architect Soo K. Chan, Soori Bali is ideally situated between Mount Batukaru and terraced rice fields. In addition to the 48 villas and residences, the resort also boasts a 100-seat platform for special events that is perched on a cliff overlooking the Indian Ocean. A wedding lawn is also available for couples who want to tie the knot on the magical seaside of Tabanan. Soori Bali is designed to be a private and re-energizing place with world-class resort quality. In addition, Soori Bali also stays sustainable with its own restaurant that uses spices from their own garden and buys fresh produce from local farms. Soori Bali Banjar Dukuh, Desa Kelating, Tabanan (0361) 894-6388 www.sooribali.com

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FEELING 21 Level 21 Bali is now open at the heart of Denpasar, giving you a new reason to go to the area. Restaurants, cafes and cinema – this new mall has them all, including a gym and beauty supplies. Not only Bali’s familiar tenants will open their branch at Level 21, but also big names like Bread Talk, Celebrity Fitness, Johny Andrean, Foodmart Primo, The Face Shop, J.Co Donuts and more. This is definitely a one-stop place for every need. Level 21 Jalan Teuku Umar No.1, Denpasar (0361) 257-790 www.level21mall.com

SKINS AWAKEN Created and produced in Bali, Wake Up with Me skincare products use the best local organic ingredients like ground Arabica beans and sea salt collected in northern part of Bali. This new skincare line has created three types of products; the ‘Coconut & Coffee Body Scrub’ that helps smoothen blood flow and decrease the appearance of cellulite, ‘Coffee & Cacao Face Masque’ that is mixed with jojoba oil and is useful to liven up dull skin, and the ‘Coffee Face Serum’ which will nourish, hydrate and protect the face from aging signs. Want to have them all? Just check out their social media account or simply head to the Bali Boat Shed, Body Works and Canaan Boutique in Seminyak or Mudra Boutique and Alchemy in Ubud. www.facebook.com/wakeupwithmeskin

THE KING OF BEER The only premium crafted beer in Indonesia is Stark Beer, and they have introduced their latest creations at Potato Head Beach Club Bali. Now the brand has six variants for customers to choose from – Wheat, Dark Wheat, Indonesian Pale Ale (IPA), LC Lager, Lychee Ale and Mango Ale. Stark Beer is produced in Bali using high-quality barley, wheat, oats, hops and more, but the main ingredient that makes this beer more special is the pure spring water from Batu Karu Mountain. Where to find them? Stark Beer is available in many restaurants, hotels and retails in Bali, such as the Segara Asian Grill Restaurant, Soul in a Bowl, Sheraton Bali Kuta, Katamama, Canggu Club, Pepito, Hardy’s and more. The team is also planning to export Stark Beer to the international market with the hope of putting Indonesian craft beer on the map. www.facebook.com/StarkBeer

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UBUD’S FESTIVITY STAY AT THE AMANDARI AND JOIN THE PEOPLE OF THE KEDEWATAN VILLAGE IN CELEBRATING THE ANNIVERSARY OF THE DALEM SUARGAN TEMPLE…

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t was 3.30 p.m. when I arrived at the Amandari in

is a duplex with its own living room and two separate

Ubud, using the hotel’s pick up service. As soon as

daybeds in the suite, and a private infinity swimming

I walked into the alfresco lobby I felt like I was in

pool and bale on the outside. Designed with teak

a serene sanctuary as the friendly staff welcomed

and marble decorative accents, this suite has a spiral

me, for the view of the greenery and the hotel’s

staircase that leads to the bedroom with a queen-size

infinity swimming pool was very pleasing to my eyes.

bed and glass windows that offer a tranquil view of the

While the staff was helping with my check in, I absorbed

greenery and the Ayung river valley.

the positive energy of the area that was much needed

As much as I wanted to rest in my room, I had to get

as I was going to witness a Balinese ceremony for two

ready for the highlight of the day – witnessing a Balinese

consecutive days.

ceremony at the local temple. But before that I still had

The staff then escorted me to one of the Ayung Suites, where I was to spend my night at Amandari. The suite

some time to swim in the private pool with the view of the forest to recharge my energy. The bedroom in the Ayung Suite.

Amandari is embracing the principles of a Balinese village

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Ready to march the God’s manifestations for a ceremony.

CLEANSING CEREMONY

wore white – the men were in white shirts while the

Dressed in my casual shirt and the hotel’s sarong, which

women were in white kebaya. “White clothes symbolize

was provided as a souvenir in each room, I was ready

that everyone is the same in front of God, regardless

to see the ceremony at 5 p.m. Sang Nyoman Arsana,

of their background,” explained Mr. Arsana when the

one of the hotel’s drivers, was already waiting for me at

prayers were done.

the lobby. Using the hotel’s car he took me to the Dalem

The afternoon prayer was followed by a march to

Suargan Temple, the village’s temple where the locals

a neighboring temple named the Tegal Suci Temple.

were gathered.

Gamelan music played and the Barong, Rangda and

“The anniversary is actually tomorrow,” Mr. Arsana

other tapakan (statues) that are believed to be God’s

explained when we arrived at the temple. “Today the

manifestations were ready to be taken to the Tegal

people gather to ask God for taksu (positive energy)

Suci Temple along with some offerings. All the people

for tomorrow’s ceremony.” Mr. Arsana led me to the

of Kedewatan Village then walked one kilometer

temple entrance and splashed some tirtha (holy water) on

northwards – and I suddenly found myself in the middle

himself and me at the gate. “I believe that everyone who

of a magnificent cultural ritual as I joined the march.

comes to the temple has good intentions, but the tirtha is

“In the next ceremony we are cleaning the Barong, the

here to make sure that one is clean from any negativity

Rangda and the other tapakan,” Mr. Arsana explained

before entering the temple,” he added.

amidst the sound of the gamelan. “The Balinese believe

Within minutes the temple was filled with Balinese

that every element in this world has to be cleaned from

people – men and women, young and old – who live

negativity at least once every six months. That’s why

in Kedewatan area. “There are 638 households in this

we celebrate the anniversary of our temple every six

area, and everyone knows everybody because we often

months.” When we arrived at the Tegal Suci Temple, the

gather for this kind of ceremony,” said Mr. Arsana

sun had already gone down. The Balinese sent up their

before he blended in with the crowd as the prayer

prayers and when this ritual was done they marched

started. While watching the Balinese praying from the

back to the Dalem Suargan Temple to keep the Barong,

back of the congregation I noticed that almost everyone

Rangda and other God’s manifestations overnight.

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the teenagers who march the God’s manifestations from one temple to another. “We also hold this ceremony to educate our younger generation so that this ritual will never vanish,” said Mr. Arsana. “All those traditional dances performed today are also to teach our children about kindness and that we have to give back what God has given to us.”

A VILLAGE RESORT During the ceremony I noticed that there was a foreign couple that wore the same sarong as me. It wasn’t hard The Rejang Dewa dance.

to tell that they too were the guests of the Amandari as the hotel’s sarong has its own distinctive characteristics. Mr. Arsana and I also encountered the Amandari’s

MORNING RITUAL

Marketing Communication and Human Resource staff

The next morning, I put the sarong back on, only this time it was paired with a kebaya that the hotel lent me. At 9 a.m., Mr. Arsana picked me up at the hotel’s lobby to take me back to the Dalem Suargan Temple. Just like the day before, the people of the Kedewatan Village had gathered at the temple to pray. Once again I witnessed how the Balinese prayed in unison, all wearing the white clothes that made them look the same in front of their God. Then as the gamelan music was playing again – it was time to march the Barong, Rangda and other God’s manifestations one more time, this time to the Meraja Pati Temple, which was around 500 meters south. The next ceremony was quite different. Not only did the Balinese pray but they also performed three Gede where the dancers performed with spears, the Rejang Dewa that was performed by young girls,

at the temple. According to Mr. Arsana, the hotel

and the Topeng Wali. “These dances have the same

employees including General Manager Jann Hess often

philosophical meaning though,” said Mr. Arsana, “That

joins in local ceremonies, which proves that the hotel has

we have to do rituals with sincerity. That what we offer or

a close relationship with the local community.

give to God today has nothing to do with what we ask of

“In fact, 70 percent of our employees are from the

God tomorrow. That we need to let the universe to take

Kedewatan Village where the Amandari is situated,” Mr.

control.”

Hess confirmed during an interview before I checked

I also admired how the Balinese children were

out of the hotel. “Aman resorts are unique with certain

involved in these rituals, from the little ones who pray

characteristics, including beautiful natural setting,

with their parents and perform the traditional dance to

exceptional hospitality service, a small number of rooms

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THIS PAGE SECOND COLUMN, FIRST PAGE AND LAST PAGE PHOTOS COURTESY OF AMANDARI, ALL OTHERS BY RISTY NURRAISA

traditional dances to mark the celebration; the Baris


Exceptional service with style influenced by local cultures.

for an exclusive experience, style influenced by local cultures and closest attention to details. The design of our resorts blends the local architecture with the surrounding environment as well. And Amandari is embracing the principles of Balinese village, resulting in a resort with a village concept that brings guests closer to the local community.” Balinese ceremonies may be found anywhere on the island, but at the Amandari, guests are accompanied by a personal guide who explains the history and culture in detail, and get the chance to blend with the locals and relax at the resort afterwards. I think this is a beautiful combination of a local-oriented and luxurious stay experience to treasure for life. n By Risty Nurraisa Amandari Kedewatan, Ubud (0361) 975-333 www.aman.com/resorts/amandari

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OUT ANDABOUT WHERE TO GO, WHAT TO DO AND WHAT TO WEAR – HERE ARE SOME INSPIRATIONS FOR A REMARKABLE YEAR-END HOLIDAY IN BALI. simply chill, read a book and feel the breeze. With some small cafes and colorful food stalls at the beach side and around the area, Canggu is the perfect spot for a relaxing

beach bags and sunglasses, and

year-end holiday.

even cushions and cutlery. When

What to do: Before heading down to Echo Beach make a stop

sunset, don’t forget to indulge in

at Grocer & Grind and have their

some fresh seafood at the seafood

Avocado eggs, Coconut Bowl, or

stands that are right at the heart of

‘The Morning After’ for breakfast.

the beach.

If the sun is shining too bright and

If you prefer Berawa Beach you

you want to go to the beach later

can visit Peloton Supershop first. This

that day, you can spend time at IVY

vegan joint serves a fresh brunch

and find knick-knacks that represent

menu with big portions and most of

ike the blink of an eye,

the island life. This lifestyle shop has

the ingredients are vegetable-based,

2016 is coming to an end.

everything that will make you dream

which are surprisingly fulfilling and

If you need some ideas on

of having a house on the island,

delicious! They surely know how

where to go, what to do and

from summer sandals and hats to

to apply the superfood philosophy

IVY

L

you reach Echo Beach to enjoy the

what to wear to make your

December in Bali a lot more fun, check out these tips and tricks that we have compiled just for you.

BEACH DAY OUT Where to go: During rainy December the beaches of Canggu are the ones to go to because you don’t have to descend hundreds of stairs to reach the beach. Berawa Beach and Echo Beach boast beautiful black sand beaches with waves perfect for

Peloton Supershop

surfing and swimming. You can also

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Resilrivera, and grab your shades

Lake Bratan itself remains popular

from GAIA (which has loads of cool

as the lake of the Holy Mountain

eyewear brands from Henry Holland

because of its abundant water.

to Le Specs) and then you are all set!

Spending a day or two in Bedugul

For the gentlemen, a wide selection

would not leave you idle, as it is

Milk the Goat

in their menu. While at the beach, Finn’s Beach Club is one of the options on where to spend your day. With a plunge pool located at the beachside, this beach club

Resilrivera

is the perfect spot to see the sunset from Berawa Beach. Don’t forget to nibble on their grand-size nachos

of shorts, cotton shirts and surf

that will make you crave for more.

accessories are available at Flow

What to wear: The beach life is

and Yonder.

the simplest life! For the ladies, just put on a pair of Indosole sandals

UPHILL EXPLORER

(which are made of old tires), throw

Where to go: Up in Bedugul, the

on Milk the Goat’s swimwear, top it

attractions are not only limited to

off with a kimono from the adorable

temples or restaurants with the view of the greenery. Pura Ulun Danu is still one of the most popular temples

Kebun Raya Bali

to visit, but Bedugul offers much more. During December the weather in Bedugul may get a bit colder,

also home to Kebun Raya Bali (Bali

which will make the scenery even

Botanic Garden) where you can

more beautiful because of the mist

simply roll out a picnic mat and just

that makes the area seems mystical

hang out. The 50-hectare botanical

yet magnificent.

garden displays numerous kinds of

What to do: The first site to see is

Indosole

plants, half of them are rare enough

of course Pura Ulan Danu. Standing

outside of Indonesia and Asia. The

on the side of Lake Bratan, this

collection also includes plants that

temple is where the Balinese hold

are usually used as medicine and

ceremonies to honor their water.

offerings.

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are mainly made of delicate fabrics

one of the newest places in the

with designs that are respectful yet

area with catchy typography that

casual at the same time.

spells ‘EXPAT’ on their takeaway cups, which is quite inviting.

STROLL THE TOWN

Expat Roasters is the creation of

Where to go: There is no better

international award-winning barista

Puravida

What to wear: To go the temple you need a decent outfit, which means no sleeveless T-shirts and shorts. Besides, the normal temperature in Bedugul is usually much colder than typical

Expat Roasters

Bali weather, so it is better to use a proper cardigan or light jacket. While it is hard to find such clothes

option than Seminyak for a day or

Shae Macnamara, making it one of

in Bali, Deus ex Machina has a

night out in town, because the area

the must-visit places for coffee lovers.

collection of cool sweaters. You can

has new cafes, stores, hotels and

simply drop by one of their stores

hang out spots that open almost

will pass by Seminyak Village,

around Kuta before you head up to

every month. Apart from that,

a shopping arcade in Seminyak

Bedugul. Puravida has the solution

Seminyak also has a night scene that

that is home to renowned luxury

for the ladies who want to dress like

is hard to beat for the partygoers.

boutiques like Farah Khan and

a chic island girl. Their collections

What to do: Expat Roasters is

Strolling around the hood you

MCM. They also have a shopping hall named Bonheur where you can find Aidan and Ice jewelry and skin products from L’Occitane. Pay a visit to the first floor and you will find Marketplace, another hall that presents Bali-based brands like Bali Wedding Shop. Now, let’s stroll along Kayu Aya Road and find the newly revamped Kim Soo that offers

Seminyak Village

uniquely designed lamp and ceramic

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Towel, Em&Lu pajamas and The


BIASA

collections. They also have their own café for you to have an afternoon tea or a big meal. Are you up for a night out? La Favela will not let you down. Sitting in the heart of Oberoi in Seminyak, La Favela plays every genre of music seven days a week. Try their killer cocktails or simply grab a local beer and dance the night away! What to wear: Lulu Yasmine offers clothes made of silk, lace and other fabrics that are comfortable for

Lulu Yasmine

a night and day out. Their design is simple yet elegant, making you look chic without trying too hard. The men’s collection from BIASA will also do the trick for a fashionable yet modest appearance. Their fall collection, which just launched last September, displays a number of playful shirts, kaftans, and pants with soft colors like tango orange and caramel brown. n

Cafe Kim Soo

By Suhartina Sindukusumo

Grocer & Grind www.grocerandgrind.com

Resilrivera Instagram: @resilrivera

Seminyak Village www.seminyakvillage.com

IVY www.ivybali.com

GAIA www.GAIA.co.id

Kim Soo www.kimsoohome.com

Peloton Supershop www.pelotonsupershop.com

Kebun Raya Bali www.kebunrayabali.com

La Favela www.lafavela.com

Finns Beach Club www.finnsbeachclub.com

Deus ex Machina www.deuscustoms.com

Lulu Yasmine www.luluyasmine.com

Indosole www.indosole.com

Puravida www.puravidafashion.com

BIASA www.biasagroup.com

Milk the Goat www.milkthegoat.net

Expat Roasters www.expatroasters.com

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DINE&DELIGHTS

THAT ‘50S DINER

MILKSHAKES, BURGERS AND A BUNCH OF NEW MENU ITEMS TO TRY AT COSMIC DINER FOR A FUN CASUAL DINING EXPERIENCE WITH FAMILY AND FRIENDS DURING YOUR HOLIDAY IN BALI…

I

f you’re looking for a casual

opened on the corner of Sunset

the background, you will feel as if

restaurant to satisfy every single

Road and Dewi Sri in Kuta, yet this

you were in a diner in the USA.

individual in your group during

restaurant will never fail to surprise

This year, Cosmic Diner has

your holiday with family and

you with their famous burgers and

launched a number of delectable

friends in Bali, then Cosmic

milkshakes as well as an eye-

new dishes, giving you all the

Diner is where you should go. It has

catching Pop Art interior design. And

more reason to visit this restaurant.

been four years since Cosmic Diner

with music from the ‘50s playing in

So take your family to Cosmic

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The ‘50s vibe in Cosmic Diner.

Diner and get ready to indulge in

But for those who are not up for a

The Memphis Pulled Pork Sandwich

their simple and classic Western

burger, let’s take a look at their latest

has Carolina Gold BBQ sauce that

dishes…

creations on the menu. The New

gives a sweet and tangy twist to the

York Hot Dog is definitely a must-try

dish. The burgers, the hot dog and

BEYOND BURGERS

with its beef Frankfurter sausage,

the sandwich also comes with French

To start with, the burgers at Cosmic

yellow mustard and ketchup. The hot

fries on the side which you can

Diner are still the star of the menu,

dog is also served with caramelized

upgrade to Cheese or Truffle fries.

but they are now taken to a whole

onion and bacon jam that gives

new level with Wagyu beef patties.

a sweet twist to the savory flavor

The meat is a mix of chuck, brisket

of the sausage, creating a perfect

and short ribs, and sourced from

combination.

100 percent growth hormone free

For a lighter option, the Truffle

Another option is the Memphis

cows. The Original Burger never

Pulled Pork Sandwich. Served with

goes wrong with pickled red onion,

a brioche bun and coleslaw, this

a brioche bun, tomato, lettuce and

sandwich is different from any

Cosmic Sauce that gives an elevated

sandwich there is on the island

flavor to a classic American burger.

because the meat is braised

But for me, burgers are incomplete

for 18 hours! The slow-cooking

without cheese, so the Cheeseburger

process makes the meat tender and

is the winning option with matured

flavorsome, as the meat and the

Cheddar.

seasoning beautifully blend together.

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Mac & Cheese from the Pasta list is also a star of the house. This dish is not just perfect for cheese lovers with matured Cheddar, American Cheddar, Grana Padano and Mozzarella, but it also elevates the traditional Mac & Cheese with truffle oil that gives it a bold flavor. Sprinkles of bone marrow and bacon crumble on top also adds a sensational crunch to this dish. And as if that’s not enough, you can opt to add butter poached Jimbaran bamboo lobster – an exquisite Mac & Cheese done right, I must say! Aside from these new creations, some of the old menu items are still all-time favorites such as the Chicken Parmigiana – a breaded chicken breast served with tomato sauce and a choice of French fries, Parmesan fruit smoothies are really fresh and

bar, classic vanilla, coconut, salted

made of natural ingredients with

caramel and more – Cosmic Diner

SHAKE, SHAKE, SHAKE!

no added sugar. There are three

has them all! Adults can also enjoy

Not only does Cosmic Diner

fruit smoothies to choose from

some alcohol-infused milkshakes

introduce new dishes, they also

– Berrylicious, Mango Madness

such as Rocky Road with Baileys

offer several new drinks to try. The

and Go Bananas! I personally

gelato, and toasted marshmallow

love the Berrylicious, which

and Kahlua. A little tip for the sweet

combines blueberries, strawberries,

tooth - the milkshake is best paired

raspberries, blackberries, acai,

with the dessert, such as (You’re

maple and yoghurt, resulting in a

the) Devil in Disguise – a choice of

beautiful purple-colored drink with a

pancakes or waffles with Nutella

real refreshing flavor.

and Snickers bar gelato. n

and the Beer-Battered Fish & Chips.

Milkshake, the signature drink.

Cosmic Diner also has a list of

By Risty Nurraisa

cold-pressed juices, cocktails, wine and beer, but their Milkshakes are

Cosmic Diner

still the highlight of the house – and

Corner of Sunset Road and

your little ones will love them for

Dewi Sri, Kuta

sure. From the Nutella milkshake

(0361) 894-7389

to cookies and cream, Snickers

www.cosmicdinerbali.com

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buttered rice or mashed potatoes –


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NILA TANZIL GIVES LIGHT TO CHILDREN IN RURAL AREAS BY ESTABLISHING LOCAL LIBRARIES…

F

rom creating libraries in remote areas to launching her latest book titled “Lembar Lembar Pelangi”, Nila Tanzil (NT) is

positively contributing to children’s education in Indonesia. She chatted with Bali & Beyond (BB) about her journey.

based in Labuan Bajo in Flores, so I

than 85,000 books. Each library has

began to explore the remote villages

a collection of 1,000 to 3,000 books.

BB: Congratulations on your book

of Flores. The journey opened my

All of them are children’s story books,

launching! Can you describe your

eyes as I found out how limited the

not text books, because the objective

relationship with books?

infrastructure was, both in education

is to instill the love of reading, make

NT: Since I was a kid, I loved reading

and public facilities. I also saw the

reading a habit and providing books

books. After school I would spend

poor quality of education in those

for the children in the remote areas of

hours reading children’s storybooks

remote villages. Living in Flores

eastern Indonesia.

and magazines. And this habit

allowed me to connect with the

continues until now. I love writing,

locals directly and understand their

BB: What is the hardest challenge

too. I was a junior journalist for one

culture and lifestyle as well as their

in creating and maintaining Taman

of the newspapers in elementary

challenges in education. There were

Bacaan Pelangi?

school. Back then I mainly wrote

so many challenges and I realized

NT: To accept that people are

about my holiday experiences and

that the education gap was so huge

different and not everyone has the

my interviews with famous people,

compared to that of big cities like

same concern for education. When I

including the former Indonesian

Jakarta. For instance, they did not

started the initiative I asked some of

President Soeharto. I also kept daily

have access to any books at all! So

my friends to join in volunteering at

journals to write about my feelings

I decided to set up a small library

the library every Saturday, or help

and views on life. Books have shaped

in Roe Village, about one hour from

me to input the data of the books,

me to be who I am today.

Labuan Bajo by car. I started with

or donate books or funds for us to

only 200 children’s storybooks. Now

purchase more books for the libraries.

BB: What made you decide to open

after almost seven years, Taman

But not all of them responded. It

Taman Bacaan Pelangi?

Bacaan Pelangi has established 39

was very hard for me to accept the

NT: Back in 2009 I worked as a

children’s libraries in 15 islands in the

fact that not everyone has the same

Communications Consultant for

eastern part of Indonesia, giving more

passion or concerns over education.

The Nature Conservancy and was

than 12,000 children access to more

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However, other friends were very

PHOTO COURTESY OF NILA TANZIL

PROFILE&PORTRAIT

THE BOOKWORM’S JOURNEY


supportive. Their support came in

closely with schools by establishing

BB: What is your favorite part of the

many forms, from spreading the news

libraries in local elementary schools.

journey in developing Taman Bacaan

of Taman Bacaan Pelangi to their

We train the teachers, so they

Pelangi?

networks to setting up fundraising

have more skills and knowledge,

NT: Seeing the smiles of the kids

campaigns. All of these things made

especially in library management

and witnessing the sparks in their

the journey worthwhile. I have

and conducting fun reading activities.

eyes when they flip the pages of the

learned so much about myself as

We also advocate to the Head of the

books in our libraries. It is priceless!

well as about people and patience.

Education Office in each district for

Another hard challenge is finding

the “Library Period”, which will be

BB: What is your message to the

local champions who are willing

embedded in the school’s curriculum.

people who want to do something

to go the extra mile to nurture

So every class has to go to the library

similar like Taman Bacaan Pelangi?

the children’s interest in reading.

for one hour per week. And during

NT: Start small. Stop overthinking

Working in remote areas in eastern

this “Library Period”, the teacher has

and just do it! Learn from your

Indonesia is a challenge on its own.

to conduct reading activities.

mistakes and don’t be afraid to

And to make Taman Bacaan Pelangi

Taman Bacaan Pelangi has a

evolve, because we all need to

sustainable, we have to work together

sustainable system because it

improve our organizations and

with the local people. This is also

becomes a part of the school’s

ourselves. n

challenging because not many people

curriculum. We empower the local

By Suhartina Sindukusumo

in remote areas understand the

people – school principals, teachers

importance of reading. Thus we work

and parents as well.

BALI&BEYOND DECEMBER 2016

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INVITE&INDULGE

From Paris with Care

HEAVENLY SPA BY WESTIN IS COLLABORATING WITH MARIA GALLAND PARIS TO PAMPER GUESTS WITH AN EXCLUSIVE FACIAL TREATMENT LIKE NO OTHER ON THE ISLAND…

Revive Facial Treatment at Heavenly Spa, like I experienced on one beautiful Sunday.

SHINE BRIGHT When I arrived at the lobby of Heavenly Spa the staff welcomed me with a fresh drink and a towel. They also handed me a form to fill in, examined my skin type, and then gave me suggestions on which

A

treatment was perfect for me – every s one of the leading

First established 50 years ago by

beauty journey at Heavenly Spa

spas in Bali having

a talented French dancer, Maria

starts with a consultation like this

earned numerous

Galland Paris has been working with

to make sure that the spa gives the

awards, Heavenly

top dermatologists to create skincare

best treatment for the guests. The

Spa by Westin never

products that focus on skin radiance

staff then introduced me to their

stops making new innovations.

and rejuvenation. Maria Galland

three new treatments using Maria

Towards the end of 2016 Heavenly

Paris is available in many salons

Galland Paris; The Revive Facial that

Spa announced their collaboration

and spas across the world, and now

is perfect for all skin types and is

with Maria Galland Paris, one of the

tourists and residents of Bali can

combined with a soothing massage,

world’s pioneering skincare brands.

enjoy these products through The

The Age Repair Facial that focuses

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Maria Galland Paris’ new products.

The double treatment room of Heavenly Spa by Westin.

The treatment continued with 61 Gentle Cleansing Milk, a formula that works for all skin types including sensitive skin. Then the therapist applied 64 Silky Soft Lotion onto my face, neck and decollete to make my skin more supple and to prepare my skin for the 41 Gentle Cream that is perfect for exfoliation. This cream is also created for all skin types, and is applied with gentle circular movement to help remove dead skin on rejuvenating tired skin, and The

therapist asked me to lie down on the

cells. The therapist then applied the

Refiery Essential that is dedicated

massage bed facing up. I closed my

2 Creamy Soft Mask to my face,

for men. I opted for the first one,

eyes as soon as I felt comfortable on

neck and decollete for deeper

and after I made my choice, one

the bed, and my beauty journey using

cleansing, and the Silky Soft Lotion

of the therapists escorted me to the

Maria Galland Paris began with the

for the second time.

treatment room.

therapist cleansing my eyes with the

Just like the rest of the treatments

And then my favorite step of

65A Eye Make Up Remover. With

them all– the face mask, which

at Heavenly Spa, The Revive Facial

this cleansing process she massaged

was the highlight of the treatment.

started with a relaxing footbath.

my eye areas in a circular movement

My face, neck and decollete were

Once the footbath was done, the

to help prevent further aging.

soon covered with the 92 Hydrating

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cooling mask, which is rich with Glycengen (collagen and hyaluronic acid) to moisture my skin. The face mask session was very relaxing as the therapist gave me head and hand massages with on-point pressure techniques. Once the face mask was done, it was time for the finishing touches. The therapist applied the 64 Silky Soft Lotion once again, but this time it was continued with the 96 Intensive Hydrating Cream that is a moisturizer with Glycengen Thalasphere, and vitamin A and E that serve as antioxidants. This cream also works to protect skin from premature aging.

BRING IT HOME

The spa’s relaxation lounge.

After the 60-minute Revive Facial my skin was fresher and softer. I

deep research by dermatologists

of the brand’s products. This allows

also love the fact that Maria Galland

to cleanse, revive, replenish and

guests to maintain their beauty with

Paris products are created with

hydrate all skin types, which means

Maria Galland Paris at home. In

their products are safe for everyone.

addition, for this year’s Christmas

Another point I would like to

and New Year holiday, Heavenly

highlight is that the products didn’t

Spa also offers the latest Maria

make my skin greasy, so I could

Galland Paris products that include

leave the spa without having to wash

the limited edition Diamond Essence

my face. And this is perfect because

as well as the 22 J Protective Primer

it gave my skin more time to absorb

SPF 20 and 22 N Cell Renewal

all the goodness of the products after

Serum that guests can purchase at

the treatment was done.

the spa lobby before going home. n

The good news about having a

By Risty Nurraisa

treatment using Maria Galland Paris at Heavenly Spa doesn’t stop there.

Heavenly Spa by Westin

For every facial booked until the end

The Westin Resort Nusa Dua, Bali

of 2016 the spa also gives guests a

BTDC Lot N-3, Nusa Dua

signature Maria Galland Paris gift

(0361) 771-906

that consists a small version of one

www.westinnusaduabali.com

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This year at Marriott’s Global Appreciation We ek we were invited to watch “Docto r Strange” with the Ma rriott Bali team at the Cinemaxx Gold Theater at Lippo Mall Kut a. It was an intimate and fun Friday indeed!

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PHOTOS BY RISTY NURRAISA AND SUHARTINA SINDUKUSUMO

SIGHTS&SOUNDS

Our cork board of photos, quotes and fun facts that we picked up while exploring in October and November...


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REST&RELAXATION

THE TIME TRAVELER INN TUCKED AWAY IN A SERENE PART OF SEMINYAK, THE BEACHFRONT LUNA2 WILL TAKE YOU BACK TO THE 1960S ERA…

L

et’s travel through time and

beg for more though, as I am fan of

go back to when Luna2, the

everything in that era – the fringe

first spacecraft that landed on

hairstyle, the gamine supermodel

the moon, was revealed in

and the skin-tight printed leggings –

the 1959. Now, fast forward

you name it, I am obsessed!

to today and see how that spacecraft has inspired Luna2 Studiotel. Located in Seminyak, Luna2 Studiotel will take us back to late ‘50s to ‘60s era, the period when the Luna2 spacecraft existed.

BACK TO THE FUTURE If you are a fan of the ‘60s retro lifestyle and you have been wishing to experience the life of Twiggy or are a Beatles’ groupie, then you should head to Luna2 Studiotel to check that wish off your bucket list, even if only for a night or two. I will

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I was surprised when I stepped into the hotel and was in awe to see the ‘60s-inspired design, including the flooring that resembled a Monopoly board game and the Lego decorations. Even so, Luna2 tries to depict what the future looks like in the eyes of the 1960s people – and they start with a mural at the poolside that narrates the story of the Luna2 spacecraft. But before I explored more of the hotel, one of

Vibrant colors welcome guests at the lobby.

the staff handed me a Lunatini, a mix of Belvedere Vodka and Veuve

I thought to myself, but no, I was still

Clicquot champagne as a welcome

in Bali, although the name of my

drink. For me personally this drink

room was “Bond on Two” and it was

is unique, as not many hotels in Bali

next door to another room named

serve alcoholic welcome drinks. I

“Mayfair on Two”, both names

immediately got the feeling that my

taken from two of the main roads

stay would be a fabulous one.

in London. In the 1960s, London

As I sipped my Lunatini I could

was popular with the catch phrase

hear “These Boots are Made for

of ‘Swinging London’ that defined

Walking”, a song by Nancy Sinatra,

London as the ‘capital of cool’, and I

and at the same time a waitress

think this is another touch of the old-

dressed in a classic stewardess outfit

school era in Luna2.

walked past me. “Am I in London?”

Luna2 has 10 studio rooms in three different colors: blue, green

Sneak a peek of the Blue studio.

and yellow. I stayed at a green one with a poolside view, just like the

vintage-retro mini TV from Brionvega

other nine studio rooms, three grand

at the workstation – the latter has its

studios, and one sunset studio.

own headphones, perfect for those

My room was also bright as green

who like to surf the channels without

dominates the color of the sofa,

being disturbed.

pillow sheets and room accessories.

The MAXI bar, which is actually

It is spacious and cozy as well, and

a big black fridge from SMEG, is

Melanie Hall, the owner and interior

also impressive, as it combines the

designer of the hotel, managed to

futuristic and retro styles and what

put three TVs and one MAXI bar in

I found inside the fridge was just

each room. There was one TV in

as interesting – not only there were

front of the bathtub, one flat screen

local delicacies like POD chocolate

at the lounge area, and another

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The swimming pool at Luna2 Studiotel is inviting as the floor is set with Lego colors.

premium wines. In the MAXI bar,

relaxing pool, I walked to the lobby

have them all! A button is available

some delectable snacks that are

to discover some more hidden gems

near each seat for guests to call the

not very common to find in local

within the hotel.

staff to order popcorn (and popcorn-

supermarkets as well as an iPhone

infused cocktails!), champagne, or

cassette case, a Lego USB and

STAY PUT

even Lunafood from Luna2’s Orbit

Bond-themed cards were on display

Luna2 has earned its good

restaurant.

for sale. Artwork by Irene Hoff also

reputation because of their design

adds a unique touch to the space.

and distinctive character, but its

POP! Underground lounge bar

Honestly, this hotel was beyond

facilities are another story worth

that will have you dancing on the

my expectation because I thought

telling. This includes the In-flight

colorful floor with a wide selection

I could only find a place like this

Dining experience, where a waitress

of ‘60s dance music. And without

in artsy cities like Yogyakarta or

with a cart tray will knock on your

any signage outside the hotel, the

Bandung in Java.

door and ask, “Chicken or fish?”

lounge is exclusive for staying guests

just like when you’re on board in

and private events. So now, which

the beach, I managed to forget

an airplane. Luna2 also has the

facility would you like to experience

about it when I saw the pool from

Lunaplex, a 16-seat private cinema

first at Luna2? A day would not

my balcony. Designed in Mondrian

equipped with an advanced AV

suffice for sure. n

style, the pool is very colorful as the

system and cozy lounge chairs, and

By Suhartina Sindukusumo

floor is set with Lego colors such as

is perfect for all ages. Lunaplex plays

blue, red, green, and yellow. From

two movies each day and guests can

Luna2 Studiotel

above it looks like colorful stacks of

check the schedule from an iPad that

Jalan Sarinande No. 20/22,

Lego to me, and because of that I

is available in each room. There are

Seminyak

could not wait to take a dip. After I

a number of movies to choose from

(0361) 730-402

spent some time in the colorful and

– from new releases to classics, they

www.luna2.com

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PHOTO COURTESY OF LUNA2 STUDIOTEL

As much as I wanted to go to

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LITTLELOVES

chilly at Alila Seminyak! The hotel has also prepared a Christmas Brunch on the Christmas Day from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. The Restaurant will showcase their ‘Chef’s Display,’ where you can see Santa’s helpers assisting the chefs in the kitchen while Christmas tunes are playing in the background. This brunch is priced at Rp. 725,000++/person inclusive of Christmas drinks and Rp. 365,000++/child (under 12 years old). Make the day more festive by taking the free-flow alcoholic drinks p. package that is available at Rp. 1,575,000++/person. Alila Seminyak Jalan Taman Ganesha No. 9, Petitenget, Kerobokan (0361) 302-1888

CHRISTMAS SPIRIT

BE MERRY AND JOLLY BECAUSE CHRISTMAS IS COMING TO THE ISLAND!

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t is that time of the year

a winter wonderland to celebrate

Villas - Nusa Dua has them all to

again where Christmas trees,

Christmas and invite you to join

celebrate Christmas! On Christmas

gingerbread and warm lights are

their Winter Wonderland Christmas

Eve and Christmas Day, The Café

decorating the town. If you’re

Eve Dinner from 6 p.m. to 11

is offering an international food

spending your Christmas holiday

p.m. on December 24. For only

buffet; Table8 is presenting their

iin Bali but still have not decided

Rp. 850,000++/person and Rp.

Cantonese food, while Edogin is

yet where to celebrate this special

450,000++/child (under 12 years

hosting a Teppanyaki session from

day, do not worry. These hotels and

old), you can enjoy a four-course

6 p.m. to 11 p.m. Another option

restaurants will make sure that you

dinner that includes traditional

is Soleil, where you can bring your

are having the best Christmas Eve

Christmas food and beverages like

tyle family to indulge in a Family Style

and Day on the island.

eggnog and hot wine, accompanied

ecial dinner – Soleil also offers a special

by a live performance of Lydia

brunch on Christmas Day that will

WINTER IN BALI

Rose. Don’t forget to bring your

please your palate with choicess of

Alila Seminyak will transform orm into

sweater because be it’s going to be

Italian, French, Indonesian, and d

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a rising Bali-based band that was

at their Saraswati Lounge with the

just nominated as one of the best

performance of Christmas carols by

Reggae/Ska Bands at the AMI

the children from the Panti Salam

Awards 2016, from 4 p.m. to 8.30

orphanage. A Christmas dinner will

p.m. You can enjoy your Christmas

then be served at the Bella Cucina

dining experience at KU DE TA for

Restaurant that offers a Christmas

Rp. 950,000 nett/person and Rp.

Eve set menu and at KO Restaurant,

400,000 nett/child (from three to 12

Teppanyaki & Cocktail Lounge that

years old). Of course, if you don’t

presents a Sushi Extravaganza. But before that you can join the Christmas Eve Fisherman’s twohour Bicycle Tour that will take you around Kedonganan Fisherman’s Village and the traditional fish

The Mulia, Mulia Resort & Villas

market. On Christmas Day, don’t forget to spot the Santa with his

other Asian dishes accompanied by

horse-drawn carriage at the resort’s

free-flow wine. But before you go to

lobby around 10 a.m., as he will

either one of those restaurants make

spread a peaceful message before

sure you have a pre-dinner drink at

you spend Christmas Brunch and

Sky Bar while enjoying the stunning

Dinner at Bella Cucina. You can

view of Indian Ocean. Not to forget,

also take your little ones to Planet

go to The Bar to sip some holiday

Trekkers Kids Club where they can

special cocktails.

join the Christmas T-shirt Painting KU DE TA

TThe Mulia, Mulia Resort &

and Chocolate Decorating in the Christmas Kids’ Kitchen. And after

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feel like having a big meal you can

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still celebrate Christmas at KU DE TA

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with no entrance fee and order your

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favorite cocktails.

CHEERS TO CHRISTMAS!

KU DE TA

On Christmas Day, KU DE TA is

Jalan Kayu Aya No. 9, Petitenget,

ready to spoil you with delectable

Seminyak, (0361) 736-969

dishes during lunchtime from 12

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p.m. until 3 p.m. Kids activities are also available from lunchtime until

A DAY IN JIMBARAN

4 p.m. Your Christmas at KU DE TA

InterContinental Bali Resort

will also be merrier with a special

celebrates Christmas Eve by

performance by The Mangrooves,

serving complimentary cocktails

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all of these treats, why don’t you give back by giving a donation to the Panti Salam Orphanage or spending a little cash to take home a special gift that the orphans create? InterContinental Bali Resort Jalan Uluwatu No. 45, Jimbaran (0361) 701-888 www.bali.intercontinental.com

Pan Pacific Nirwana Bali Resort

DOUBLE CHRISTMAS

performance at both restaurants will

lot of culinary delights such as the

At Double-Six Luxury Hotel

make your Christmas lunch even

Indonesian Rijsttafel Degustation

Seminyak, everything is double

merrier! Do not spoil your breakfast

at their Merica Restaurant, special

including the Christmas lunch

with a big feast, as the lunch starts

afternoon tea at the Sunset Lounge,

that will be held in two of their

at 12 p.m. on Christmas Day!

and a Special Festive Happy

restaurants at the same time. Robert

Hour at the Drift Bar that offers a

Marchetti the Plantation Grill will

Double-Six Luxury Hotel Seminyak

buy one get one free on selected

take you on a three-course lunch

Double Six Beach No. 66, Seminyak

cocktails. During Christmas Eve and

journey for only Rp. 950,000++/

(0361) 730-466

Christmas Day, the hotel has more

person inclusive of a glass of

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special treats including ‘A Dazzling

champagne and canapes to nibble

Christmas Eve Celebration’, a gala

on when you arrive at the restaurant.

EARLY CELEBRATION

buffet at the Merica Restaurant

Meanwhile, Seminyak Italian Food

At the Pan Pacific Nirwana Bali

for Rp. 850,000++/person on

offers a four-course lunch for only

Resort, Christmas celebrations

December 24 from 6.30 p.m. until

Rp. 500,000++/person. More

start early. Starting on December

10 p.m. Merica Restaurant will also

excitingly, a special live music

1, the culinary team will serve a

host ‘The Grand Feast Christmas Dinner’ on Christmas Day from 6.30 p.m. until 10 p.m. and will serve guests an international-style buffet for the same price as the Christmas Eve celebration. Before dinner, you can take your kids to the Tanah Lot Gastro Deli where they can join the ‘Kids Christmas Cookies Decoration’ that costs Rp. 150,000++/person. Pan Pacific Nirwana Bali Resort abanan Jalan Raya Tanah Lot, Tabanan (0361) 815-900

Double-Six Luxury Hotel Seminyak

www.panpacific.com

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FESTIVE IN TABANAN Nestled in Tabanan, Soori Bali

Sofitel Bali Nusa Dua Beach Resort

has a special Christmas treat for you. From December 23 to 26, the Festive Breakfast Specials at the Cotta restaurant will let you indulge in some special Christmas pastries as well as other Christmas delights including Gingerbread Waffles and Christmas Pudding French Toast. You can continue the celebration by joining their Christmas Eve dinner at the Ombak Lawn, which is available from Rp. 825,000++/person. This dinner will not only please your palate but also your eyes and ears

Sofitel Bali Nusa Dua Beach Resorts

person will please your palate at Kwee Zeen on Christmas Eve while a five-course degustation dinner priced at Rp. 799,000++/person (inclusive of Christmas cocktails and mocktails) awaits you at Cut Catch Cucina. On Christmas Day, Cut Catch Cucina also offers a festive brunch accompanied by a beautiful Christmas choir. Available for Rp. Soori Bali

899,000++/person, this brunch also gives guests the privilege to swim in the hotel’s pool. Did we

with the fire dance and Christmas

MEET SANTA

mention that eight to 12-year-old

Carols. And on Christmas Day, you

Celebrating Christmas, Santa and

kids will get a 50 percent discount

can enjoy a la carte brunch that is

Santarina are spreading happiness

and kids under eight years old can

priced at Rp. 1,375,000++/person!

at Kwee Zeen and Cut Catch Cucina

eat for free?

at Sofitel Bali Nusa Dua Beach Soori Bali

Resort – the two restaurants also

Sofitel Bali Nusa Dua Beach Resorts

Banjar Dukuh, Desa Kelating,

invite you to enjoy their Christmas

Kawasan Pariwisata ITDC Lot N5,

Tabanan

Eve dinner and Christmas Day

Nusa Dua

8 (0361) 894-6388

ccelebration. A seafood buffet dinner

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a available at Rp. 499,000++/

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W W Bali Bali -–Seminyak Seminyak

TRENDY TOUCH

LEGIAN BOUND

hotel’s very own Santa Claus. Take

W Bali – Seminyak has lived up to

Situated right in front of Kuta Beach,

your kids or nieces and nephews

its reputation as a trendy hotel and

Pullman Bali Legian Nirwana offers

too, as you will only need to pay

the hotel’s Christmas celebrations

a modern Christmas dinner at their

half price for them. And if they are

are no exception. On Christmas Eve,

Deli Restaurant. On December 24,

under four years old, they can eat

Fire restaurant is hosting a ‘Night

the restaurant invites you to join

for free!

Brunch Buffet’ that offers selections

the In-Tune Package Dinner that

of prime meat alongside salad,

is available for Rp. 380,000++/

a Pullman Bali Legian Nirwana

soup and other international dishes.

person. You can enjoy the dinner

Jalan Melasti No. 1, Legian, Kuta

The buffet will last for five hours

accompanied by wonderful

(0361) 762-500

starting from 6 p.m. and is priced

Christmas performances and the

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at Rp. 950,000++/person. On Christmas Day, come back to Fire for the ‘Super Brunch Buffet’ that is available from Rp. 1,000,000++/ person, and then join another round of ‘Night Brunch Buffet’ for dinner. If you fancy a degustation-style Christmas Eve dinner, just head to Starfish Bloo where a four-course dinner is served at Rp. 950,000++/ person. Starfish Bloo is also offering a Super Brunch on Christmas Day that is also available for Rp.

W Bali – Seminyak Jalan Petitenget, Kerobokan, Seminyak (0361) 300-0106 Pullman Bali Legian Nirwana

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ACTION&ATTRACTION

AMUD FIGHT!

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the afternoon in the area to life, as

participants about the Baris stance

there were almost no sounds but the

that is an up-right stance with hands

screaming cicadas. Their chant was

open wide and fierce eyes, just like

actually self-suggestive, as the words

the dancers in the Baris dance,”

meant, “I’m okay… I’m fine… I’m

explained the charismatic 40-year-

strong… I’m tough.”

old Putu Witsen. “We also teach the

Founded in 2002 by a Balinese man named Putu Witsen, a martial

side to side, another movement in

art enthusiast and practitioner as

Balinese dance.”

well as a Taekwondo medalist

A

‘Ngigel’, which consists of moving

The participants then stood in

during his heyday, Mepantigan

circle in the mud arena that was

is derived from a Balinese term

surrounded by a seating area made

“Pantig” that means to overthrow the

of aged cinderblocks and wild

opponent. And I was excited to be

grass, resembling the great Roman

seeing Mepantigan firsthand, from

coliseum, but only in a smaller

the very beginning all the way until

scale and designed with a Balinese

the participants plunge into the mud,

style. Then one of them stepped to

the main arena of this martial art.

the center, followed by one of the

5 foot 4 inch tall

apprentices – both of them were

man with a muscular

LET’S BEGIN!

already covered in mud, from torso

body, dressed in a

Before they get into the mud the

and limbs to face. They grabbed

red shirt and loose

participants must learn a proper

each other by the shoulder and

black pants overlaid

techniques on how to attack, to

swing side to side, aiming to tip

with a checkered sarong and a

pin down their opponents and to

their opponent off balance. They

Balinese udeng head dress led

fall safely. “The class also includes

tried to tackle each other by feet

seven foreign guests and four local

Balinese culture, as we teach the

and body before they both fell into

apprentices who wore the same outfit. Standing in a low stance, they were slapping their own thighs and beating their chests while shouting, “Sing kenken… Sing kenken… Cang katos… Cang katos,” similar to the indigenous Maori people of New Zealand when they do their Haka dance, which looks intimidating indeed. They were all joining a martial art class named Mepantigan under a thatched roof of an alfresco hall in the Green School in Sibang, their chants and shouts bringing

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the mud, causing mud to splash up

like the dancing movements as well

to two meters high. But when they

as the local wisdom of respecting

stood back on their feet, both were

others, deities and nature.

laughing and tapping each other as a friendly sign of no hard feelings.

THE MUD POOL

Then they headed to the bamboo

Witsen also incorporates a natural

shower at the corner of the arena to

element as the media of this martial

clean themselves up. It was so fun to

art. Before mud, the martial art was

watch!

done on sand. “We were dressed in loin cloths and soaked in pure

athlete for years, collecting

coconut oil, then we wrestled on the

medals from competitions, but

beach with gamelan music playing.

play with gadgets all the time now

then I thought, ‘Why am I doing

It was unique already, but sand got

love playing in the mud, which

this for Taekwondo?’” explained

reconnects them with nature,”

Witsen when asked about why he

explained Witsen, who also says

founded Mepantigan. Taekwondo

that the use of mud in this martial art

is considered as a foreign style, so

is to represent that rice, the staple

fueled by curiosity Witsen started

food of the Balinese, grows in mud. “This is the kind of martial art that

to try other martial arts that are originally from Indonesia such as

has an entertaining element. It also

Pencak Silat, Judo and Aikido.

helps the participants to be grateful

After learning all of those martial

for a well-balanced life, which helps

arts he found that all of them have

them achieve a positive attitude.

one element in common - harmony.

This kind of harmony can connect

But when he created Mepantigan,

us as human beings with God, other

he added the core essence of Bali,

human beings and our surrounding sticky on our bodies,” he added. So

environment,” he explained,

in 2006 he perfected Mepantigan

referring how Mepantigan is close

by using mud.

to the Balinese concept of Tri Hita

The mud pool is not just for the

Karana, a domino effect for a

sake of fun but also to help the

harmonious and balanced life,

participants connect with nature and

which is the goal of the Balinese

to show respect towards Mother

people. n

Earth, which in Bali is represented

By Gino Andrias

by Dewi Sri, the Goddess of rice. Using mud also makes this activity

Mepantigan Bali

one of a kind. “Both foreigners

Jalan Pasekan No.1, Pondok

and locals love this martial art,

Batu Alam No. 30, Banjar Tubuh,

and plenty of TV programs have

Batubulan,

come to spread the news. Another

0818-352-471

highlight is that kids who used to

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BEYONDBALI

A

THOUSAND DOORS

HOLD YOUR BREATH AND JOIN OUR CONTRIBUTOR TAUFAN WIJAYA AS HE EXPLORES A BUILDING THAT IS RUMORED TO BE A HAUNTED HOUSE…

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become the talk of the nation since it was first featured as a haunted house in a supernatural TV show. It was believed that this old building is home to many ghosts and dark spirits – a common tale for abandoned houses, especially with one the size and with the history of Lawang Sewu. Today, many people still believe that it is haunted and many claim to have spotted ghosts

can still recall the days when

show the location of the carnivals,

the great building Lawang Sewu

no matter how neglected the

looked eerie and abandoned

landmark was. Or perhaps they

Lawang Sewu remains an interesting

with its dull old doorways. And

wanted to show the contrast of

building that architecture and history

for some reason, photographers

an abandoned past and the lively

enthusiasts just have to see. So, are

current event in one picture.

you ready to take a look around?

liked to use it as a backdrop for their photos whenever there were

Lawang Sewu is an iconic

carnivals around the area. Perhaps

building in Semarang, the capital

they wanted to use the building to

city of Central Java, and has

in it. Regardless of the ghost stories,

Come and join me...

A TOUR AROUND Lawang Sewu is not exactly an old building. In fact, it could actually

Admiring the beautiful exterior of Lawang Sewu.

be considered a modern building as it was built in the early 20th century to serve as an office for a train company named NederlandsIndische Spoorweg Maatschappij (NIS). A poster in Lawang Sewu shows that the construction of the main building started in 1904 and it was finished in three years. Lawang Sewu is the work of Prof. Jacob F. Klinkhamer and B.J. Ouendag. However, unlike other historical buildings where the record of workers involved in the project or specific materials used are explained in detail, at Lawang Sewu the record is limited to its blueprint. However, looking at the structure, I could see that the building is made of quality

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Although popularly known as a haunted house, Lawang Sewu becomes a destination for a family day out.

materials, and that it was designed

that were used to store water for

as a grand two-story structure.

the officers. There is a red dome on

The Lawang Sewu complex

top of the two towers, just like the

consists of building’s A, B, C and

dome of Gereja Blenduk, the oldest

D as well as the small building

church in Semarang. This building

E – they were built in stages and

was also designed with dark brown

finally completed in 1919. All these

woodwork, which gives a dramatic

buildings were designed with a

contrast to the white walls.

specific door style and tall windows,

These buildings circle a courtyard

creating the illusion of a thousand

with a massive shady tree where

doors. In the Javanese language,

visitors can sit, relax and admire

a door is called “lawang”, and

the exterior of Lawang Sewu. Sitting

that is how the name was derived

on a bench park I couldn’t take my

– Lawang Sewu means a Thousand

eyes off the stained glass windows

Doors.

that gives an elegant touch to the main building. One of the ornaments

during my visit. Buildings “A” and

is at the corner of the L-shaped

on the windows is that of a flying

“B” are also connected by a shared

main building “A,” which sits at

wheel – perhaps it was the logo of

corridor on the second floor, with the

the intersection of what used to be

the Spoorweg Maatschappiz (train)

rows of doors and windows of both

called Bodjongweng, where Tugu

company.

buildings giving a dramatic touch

The entrance of the building

Muda stands today. Building “A” has two towers at the main entrance

There is a tunnel beneath building “A” but it was closed for restoration

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with porticos and archways that almost look like another door.


The look of Lawang Sewu in the middle of the rain at night.

ALIVE AGAIN

it also represents PT. KAI daop

10,000 (and an extra fee for the

Lawang Sewu has served different

IV Semarang, the company that

tour guide), no wonder that Lawang

purposes since it was first built. After

operates and maintains Lawang

Sewu attracts the young and old

the NIS and the fall of the Dutch

Sewu now.

and is always crowded with visitors,

Today, Lawang Sewu is more

especially during the weekends and

then it was reclaimed once again by

than just a historical place to visit,

holidays. Many visitors come with

the Dutch before it was finally taken

as the building often hosts special

their families – the place is pretty

by the Indonesian army. During the

events. During my visit for instance,

huge so kids can play and run

invasion of Japan the basement of

the main corridor of building B

around, while the unique windows

building B was used as a prison —

was used for a photo exhibition,

and doors become the perfect

and legend has it that is when the

an event that has become quite

background for teenagers to take

ghost stories started.

common here. The small building

their obligatory selfies. Looking

Lawang Sewu was finally returned

before the exit gate is also utilized

at how lively the building is now,

to PT. Kereta Api Indonesia (PT.

as a library, where visitors can

I believe that Lawang Sewu is no

KAI), the national railway company,

read about and see the illustrations

longer an abandoned building.

and was left abandoned for quite

of the history of trains in Indonesia.

In fact, it has been meticulously

some time before being restored

Old photos of Lawang Sewu are

restored and is still standing strong

in 2009. There is a historical

also on display, and visitors can

in all its glory, and has its own

locomotive placed on the front lawn

see how the site looked in the

charm that is unbeatable by the new

that not only serves as a decoration

early years.

buildings surrounding it. n

and a photo spot for tourists, but

For an entrance fee of only Rp.

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PHOTOS BY TAUFAN WIJAYA

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CAPITALCORNER

with a green view and fresh air,

A PICNIC DAY OUT

GO A LITTLE BIT OUTSIDE OF JAKARTA AND SPEND A DAY AT THE SCIENTIA SQUARE PARK WITH FAMILY AND FRIENDS…

and has become one of the dreamy escapes for the residents of Jakarta. For those who are looking for a children-friendly park in which to spend time with friends and family on the weekends, this is where you should go to, as the place is filled with a lot of fun activities for everyone in the family. It indeed

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shatters the idea that Jakarta people boy with his

in Gading Serpong in Tangerang,

can only go to the mall for a fun

skateboard crossed

one of Jakarta’s satellite cities that

family day out.

in front of me. He slid

is accessible via the highway road

down and went on a

in less than one hour. It wasn’t

EXPLORE THE PARK

small path between

long until I found myself very busy

Scientia Square Park is perfect for

the plants. A younger boy soon

enjoying almost every part of the

those who want to go jogging,

appeared running, trying to catch

park.

running or just walking outside of the

up with the bigger boy. That was

Scientia Square Park covers

park. The park management secures

the view that welcomed me when I

10,000 square meters of land. This

a route from Scientia Square Park to

arrived at the Scientia Square Park

multi-purpose park is an open space

Summarecon Mall Serpong from 5

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of harvesting and can explore the paddy field. Another surprise that lies among the rice fields is a track for radio control cars. This part of the park is not just filled by radio control car lovers, but also visitors who want to watch the racing. There is also a butterfly park where children can witness the butterfly metamorphosis that is rarely seen in a big city like Jakarta. If you are lucky you may see caterpillars, cocoons and butterflies all at the same time here. Next to the butterfly Rice fields at Scientia Square Park where children can learn about harvesting.

park is a small space that was turned into a rabbit enclosure where

a.m. to 9 a.m. every morning. Aside from that schedule you can still go jogging, running or walking inside the park on its jogging track. The park also has a lawn and wooden benches. This side of the park is designed for family picnics – it is also comfortable for single travelers where they can relax and read a book or for couples and friends to have a light conversation. The lawn is named the Universe Amphitheatre as it serves as a space to host performances at the park.

Next to the popular lawn there

children can see the rabbits up close

Moreover, the lawn is also popular

is a paddy field where the rice is

and feed them – they can also find

on social media as a spot to see the

harvested in every three months.

koi fish swimming in the pond next

sunset in Gading Serpong.

These rice fields makes Scientia

to it.

Square Park different from any other

On the other side of the park

YOUNG AND OLD

family park because not only can

are some challenging activities

Scientia Square Park is pretty

children go to play out under the

like wall climbing and biking that

educational for children as well.

sun, but they also learn the process

are available to pump up your

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adrenaline. No wonder that this area is mostly filled with groups

Wall climbing (left), rollerblading (this photo) or playing at the playground (below)... Children won’t be bored!

of teenagers who seem to have so much fun climbing the vertical wall using the provided equipment and

gather here on the weekends, such

options already, but you can opt to

under the watch of two officers to

as the yoga and the street workout

go outside of the park and explore

keep everyone safe. Meanwhile,

enthusiasts.

the shopping center and restaurants around the area – and then go

younger active children can also play at the playground or skate

ONE-DAY ACCESS

back into the park without having

around with rented rollerblades. The

The entrance fee is only Rp. 25,000

to pay another entrance fee. A

park is also perfect as a community

on weekdays and Rp. 40,000 on

little tip…make sure that you log

hub or meeting point – that is why

the weekends for a one-day pass.

on to its official website or check

some local community groups often

The park has a list of entertainment

out its social media accounts to see their daily schedule of activities prior to your visit. And don’t forget that the park is going to celebrate New Year’s Eve with fireworks that you can watch from the Universe Amphitheatre. n

Scientia Square Park Jalan Scientia Boulevard Gading Serpong, Tangerang (021) 2917-1268 www.scientiasquarepark.com

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By Edna Tarigan


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Celebrating its first anniversary, Alila Solo hosted a special dinner titled “Taste of Sulawesi”. Held at the Presidential Suite that boasts the skyline of Solo, the dinner took Sulawesi flavors to the fine dining scene courtesy of Chef Petty Elliott, the hotel’s Guest Chef in Residence. Among the dishes presented that night were Ikan Gohu from North Sulawesi as the appetizer, and Soto Makassar and Es Pallu Butung from South Sulawesi for the third and final courses respectively. The dinner was made even more special as each dish was paired beautifully with fine wine, including Matua Sauvignon Blanc from Australia and Bottega Amore Moscato from Italy. The touch of Sulawesi was even more authentic as the dinner was accompanied by the sounds of traditional Sulawesi musical instruments, performed live by a trio of musicians. Alila Solo Jalan Slamet Riyadi No. 562, Solo, Central Java (0271) 677-0888 www.alilahotels.com/solo

CLEAN THE CITY It was a Sunday to remember as 20,000 people in Jakarta from all works of life gathered to join in the fourth “Clean Up Jakarta Day”. Hand in hand they worked closely with the Dinas Kebersihan DKI (Jakarta’s Sanitation Department) to help clean 53 different spots in the capital city including two areas in Tangerang. These volunteers, who were labeled “Clean Up Heroes,” managed to collect 80,000 kilograms of waste from the streets and gutters and delivered 30,000 kilograms to Bank Sampah (The Waste Bank) for recycling. This movement is also taken root in other areas of Indonesia, including Bandung in West Java and Bali. www.cleanupjakartaday.org

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COMMUNITYCALENDAR

Dear runners, giddy up for the Bali Beach Run 2016! To be held on December 11, this year’s Bali Beach Run will be a lot more fun with a new concept that leaves the use of a timing chip behind so everyone will come home a winner! There are three categories to choose from – the 2.5K Family Run, the 5K Fun Run and the 10K. All of the runners will start at Petitenget Beach, and the 2.5K Family Run and the 5K Fun Run participants will turn back in front of Luna Villa at Seminyak Beach and The Lanai Restaurant at Double Six Beach respectively. Meanwhile, the 10K runners will continue on to Legian Beach and Kuta Beach before they turn back in front of The Hard Rock Hotel. Whichever category you choose, you can be sure that you’ll be running along the remarkable view of the ocean. Log on to the following website for more details and register as soon as possible because the registration will be close on December 8. www.balibeachrun.com

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FLORA AND FAUNA On November 5, the Bali Safari & Marine Park invited children from the Benih Kasih Orphanage to celebrate “Love Our Flora and Fauna Day”. The celebration began with a safari journey where the children saw animals from Africa, India and Indonesia, then continued with several programs including ‘Predator to Pray’ (a tiger show), ‘Elephant Education Show’ and ‘Safari Pool Paper’. The kids were also taken to the Park’s Petting Zoo and the Fun Zone. www.balisafarimarinepark.com

WRITERS GATHERING As a part of the Ubud Writers & Readers Festival 2016, “Talking Fiction with Lionel Shriver” took place at the Mozaic Restaurant Gastronomique in Ubud. October 28 saw this special event bringing the participants closer to Lionel Shiver and his compelling works of fiction in the past few years. The event became merrier with cocktails and canapes created by Chef Chris Salans from Mozaic. www.mozaic-bali.com

NAIL ARTS Creative Nail Design (CND) has finally come to Indonesia! This brand was brought to the country by P.T. Cantik Nilai Definit and the launching party was held at The Trans Resort Bali, where customers, salon professionals, and other related industries and projects were invited to present CND to the public. Among the attendees were the teams from CND and P.T. Cantik Nilai Definit as well as brand ambassador Nana Mirdad. CND also provided Trial Booth Tables for the invitees to try out the nail products. www.cnd.com 72

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FESTIVE SEASON Celebrating Christmas and the New Year holiday, AYANA Resort and Spa Bali and RIMBA Jimbaran by AYANA have prepared a bunch of activities and packages for their guests through its “Festive SeaSun” theme. To mark the start of the “Festive SeaSun”, Ayana held a spectacular celebration at the Rock Bar on November 10 where guests were entertained by live dancing, DJ and band performances, fireworks galore, and of course the Rock Bar’s delightful food and beverages. During the festivity, AYANA also introduced the new Greek menu at the Rock Bar. www.ayanaresort.com


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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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